(Jan 1-4 2017)
What happens when Adric and Natass arrive in Mexton at the same time and both intent on finding Maddison? A town full of death is what. 33 dead and that’s just the beginning of the story…
Mexton (weasel, Bigby’s Crushing Hand, Spell Immunity, retreat, Pounce, Death spell – 33 dead, escape to Deerport/ Traitor/ Fiance/ Geas/ impersonating Natass & evil plans / Keep Darkskies & Lady Teneway / Teleport Maddison to keep / Adric falls unconscious.
C(OOC this was my last post on Obsidian Portal on January 26th 2015. If you recall other details of this scene post them please. If not… What does Maddison do? Game ON!)
K(OOC I don’t remember much but I do remember Adric being knocked out because of using too much powers or something like that)
Maddison: on her knees shaking adric trying to wake him up.
At the insistent shaking, Adric slowly opens his eyes. Doing so is quite the chore for the exhausted mage. He sees Maddison’s worried look and manages a smirk. He turns his head to look about. He recognizes his room at Sunborough Keep and that fact alone has him relieved. Maddison will be safe here while he recuperates. “I’m okay.. just need rest.” he reassures. “Please, for my peace of mind, don’t leave the keep while I’m resting?”
He tries to sit up but can’t manage it without aid.
He holds out a hand her, “Help me to my bed?”
Smiling at the fact that Adric has woken up she grabs his hand smiling assisting him to his bed proceeding to lay next to him “it’s been a long day I might as well rest as well I mean if you don’t mind” Maddison says with a smirk appearing on her face
Adric leans heavily on Maddison as she helps him to his bed. If he’s surprised at her laying down next to him, he’s too tired to show it. “Do as you like,” he responds half in a yawn. His eyes drift close and will sleep for 8 hours solid, snoring off and on – unless interrupted.
Maddison cuddles into him slowly falling asleep but making sure he is asleep before she is, sleeping until otherwise woken up
Adric wakes fully almost in an instant. Before even opening his eyes he realizes Maddison is still tucked asleep beside him. He sighs lightly and opens his eyes gingerly, lest she have a surprise for him in the way of her attire. Thankfully nothings changed and Adric begins to gently extract himself from her and the bedcovers.
With the feeling of the bed and bed covers moving around Maddison, her eyes start to slowly open awakening to see adric leaving the bed. She slowly wraps her arms around his waist leaving a kiss on his neck
Adric pauses as her arms wrap about him – tense, then seems to deflate a bit as her lips touch his neck. He breathes out a slow breath focusing his resolve before glancing back towards her. “Sleep well?”
Smiles when hearing his voice “I slept fine still kinda tired but I’ll be okay” Maddison says with a giggle kissing his neck again lightly.
The kiss sends a shiver down Adric’s back and he moves to extract himself from her arms. “Good.” He says briskly, standing up beside the bed. “You can see to arranging breakfast, while I refresh my spells. You can tell the cook I’ll be down in about an hour.”
“No Adric don’t go just stay here a little longer we have been running for days we just got back here please just sit with me” Maddison says with concerned in her voice
Adric grimaces knowing that if he waits and allows himself to be distracted by her, he would need to study three times as long afterwards. He shakes his head. “No, I must refresh my spells immediately or we could be in serious trouble if Natass were to break through the wards on the Keep before I am fully prepared.”
In compromise he adds, “I’ll attempt to do my studying here but you must not interrupt or I will require a much longer time to study later.”
“Fine you study in here I will go down stairs and make sure the cook makes breakfast than I shall come back up here with you” Maddison says with a caring tone he has never heard before “I just need one more thing before you start studying” she says with a smirk
Adric quirks an eyebrow at her smirk having his suspicions as to what she needs. “And what’s that? A good morning kiss?” he teases unable to refrain from playing along somewhat.
A huge smile grows on her face at his reply “you’ve gotten to know me so well” she giggles “yes I want a good morning kiss” she says with a smile
Adric chuckles a bit thinking to himself, ‘I didn’t have much choice – it’s either learn your ‘tells’ or be overwhelmed’. Aloud he comments “But of course, all the better to please you,” and leans down to kiss her lightly.
Maddison: smiles and kisses back what would you like for breakfast? I will get the cook to make anything you want
Adric lingers over the kiss before collecting his focus once more. At her question he shrugs. “Surprise me.”
He leaves the bedside and goes to his travel pack to begin pulling out his books. Memorizing spells was the most tedious part of being a mage. He sits down at his desk to begin his studies, leaving Maddison to her devices for the next hour.
Maddison still smiling from the kiss exits the bedroom walking downstairs to the kitchen where the cook is. “Adric needs something to eat it needs to be ready in an hour and it needs to be something good” Maddison says with a stern voice
Meredith (the blind maid assigned to Maddison) was seated in the kitchen peeling potatoes by feel. With her at the table sat two other similiarly dressed women slightly older perhaps in their early 20’s, who were also busy with peeling and paring of various vegetables. Overseeing the three was a matronly woman who stood at the hearth side turning a few freshly plucked chickens. She had greying hair tied back into a prim and proper bun and wore a freshly laundered apron.
At Maddison’s entrance and subsequent order, the older woman looked over towards her assessingly, before acknowledging the order with a curt nod. “Yes ma’am. Does m’lord… and m’lady,” the last added as an afterthought, “have a preference this morning?”
“Surprise me just have it ready in an hour” Maddison replies before leaving the kitchen and going back upstairs to her room this time and laying on the bed
The hour passes quickly enough as she dozes. She is woken from her nap by a light tapping on her door.
Meredith’s voice filters through the wooden door. “Miss, I have breakfast for you and Lord Adric.”
She waits for a response before entering, an overflowing basket hanging at her elbow. Maddison is able to see fresh baked scones, and bread, an assortment of inseason fruit as well as smell the delicious scent of roasted chicken. “Will you be eating here or joining Lord Adric in his chambers?”
Maddison rubs her eyes after awakening for her nap “I will be joining adric” she says with a slight smile as she stands up and walks out the door then to adric room
“Yes Miss,” replies Meredith as she follows Maddison into the adjoining room carefully. She pauses a moment listening, then makes her way to the room’s small window side table. She feels about its surface to be sure it is clear then starts laying out the food from the basket.
Adric looks up from his pile of spell books to note their entrance. “Ah food! Smells wonderful. Thank you Meredith. Please pass on my appreciation to Mrs. Dunstan.”
Adric stands up from his desk and looks to Maddison. “You didn’t return.” He almost sounds disappointed. " I was half expecting to you keep me company while I studied."
Gives him a hug. “I’m sorry I fell asleep, I went down to the kitchen and then came up to my room and fell asleep” gives him a kiss
Adric awkwardly returns Maddison’s kiss, noting with a slight frown the focused attention Meredith is giving to her straightening of the breakfast setting.
He wonders what the keep staff must think of him and the forward attentions of his two female companions.
Quility had been with him for nearly a year, on and off, so he supposed they were used to her presence. Maddison however was relatively new to the scene. Did they approve? She was closer in age to him than Quility but just as quirky. Definitely not as lethal he suspected.
Clearing his throat, Adric addressed Meredith as he led Maddison to the table and held out a chair for her. “Thank you that will be all for now. You may resume your other duties.”
Meredith bowed towards him. “Yes, m’Lord. Miss.” Then carefully made her way back towards Maddison’s room to make up the bed. She shut the door behind her.
Maddison sits down “thank you” she says with a smirk on her face. Once Meredith leaves the room she giggles “did you miss me when I was gone”
He sits across from her and grabs a raisin scone from the breakfast laid out for them. “Not exactly missed as I was quite busy with my spell studies but I was aware of your absence.”
“You missed me, you missed me” she nags giggling with a big smile on her face grabbing a scone
At the childish taunting Adric quirks an eyebrow before commenting drily as he stifles a chuckle “Do proper conversations bother you that much?”
“I’m offended” Maddison says and pouts “how could you be so mean to me”
Adric shakes his head at her reaction but plays along “I didn’t mean to offend. Please forgive me.”
“I don’t think I can forgive you, you need to prove that you are sorry” Maddison says with a slight smirk
Adric almost chokes on the scone he’d taken a bite out of. “Oh really?”
To himself he wonders how long he was willing to play her mind games. Apparently, for a while longer still he noted as he took in her smirk and couldn’t help but smile back.
“Please tell me – what should I do to prove how sorry I am?”
“That’s for you to decide but you must make it quick before your time runs out” Maddison replies with a giggle and a smirk
Adric grimaced. His decision and a time limit?! She really was milking this mind-game for all it was worth. Fine, he’d already decided to play along – so what was it that he could do to would sway her to ‘forgive’ him? Sincerity was his usual first option but that was hard to convey when he knew that he she wasn’t really offended and was just playing with him. So the next best option for her was of course – shows of affection and intimacy. He’d try a mix of both.
He was so glad that Meredith had left performing like this with her present would have been unthinkable.
Adric got up from his chair to kneel beside her chair facing her. He gently took one of her hands in his, and met her mirthful gaze, while he did his best to keep from laughing. “Dearest Maddison, please, forgive my offending comment. I am but a rude cad who doesn’t know how to speak without barbs and insults. Yes, of course, I did miss you.”
Adric then raised her held hand, turning her wrist gently so that palm faced up and laid a soft kiss to her palm. He’d seen Caladon present Teneway with a kiss like that once – when the Ranger had thought Adric was occupied with his camp chores. As Adric recalled, the palm-kiss had brought a heated blush to his sister’s face so figured the meaning was somewhat intimate. He watched Maddison for her reaction.
When Adric stood up Maddison had a bit of concern until he kneeled down beside her. I listening to every word he spoke made her smile and when he kissed her hand she did blush “fine I guess I can forgive you”
Adric smiled at her forgiveness. As he stood up he leaned forward and stole a brief kiss. “Thank you.” He resumed his seat and poured each of them a cup of tea from the pot Meredith had left steeping in the center of the table service. “I suppose we should discuss what happened yesterday and plan our next move.”
(OOC sadly I lost all our IC conversation posts from 2014 when I accidentally cleared my texting memory… so I don’t remember much of what went on)
“All I remember from yesterday is running from Natass, I ran away and you followed me, then you passing out” Maddison says a a little confused by her slight memory of yesterday
Adric frowned at Maddison’s comment. His memory of yesterday was hazy as well – he’d at first thought that it was perhaps from over exerting himself but if Maddison was having similar issues then it was most likely the effects of a spell. Maybe something that Natass had cast or maybe one of his own spells gone awry, like that of a wild mage?
“My memory too has holes. I recall arriving in Mexton searching for you, I believe I flew there on Pounce.. I don’t remember why you were there though. I remember a weasel…” He frowns trying to piece together why that had been important enough for him to remember. “I think that it was Natass animal form or maybe one of his spies and he came to Mexton to take you. He and I fought.. and we nearly destroyed the city with our magic – so many died…” Adric lowered his head at the memory – dozens of his people dead, people he had an obligation to protect. “But I don’t think I managed to kill him…”
“I remember the weasel” Maddison said giggling a little, “I was in a hotel room in mexton and it kept following me” Maddison said with a little more concern “why was I in mexton” Maddison questioned herself
Adric opened his mouth to answer then frowned. “I don’t know. Do you know people in Mexton? Or maybe had work there? I get the sense that we’d argued sometime before Mexton, and I was looking for you.”
“I don’t know anyone from mexton” Maddison said a little worried, “I haven’t been to mexton in Years” she said with a confused voice
Hearing the worry and confusion in her voice Adric, moved to crouch beside her, his hand reaching for hers once more. “Hey, it’s okay. I suspect that Natass might’ve used some spell to confuse us but don’t worry, the effects aren’t likely to be permanent. Until our memories return, we’ll just have to plan with what we do remember. I remember seeing my sister… but I can’t recall if that was before or after the attack in Mexton. Do you remember that? Were you with me then?”
Smiles a little “yeah I remember that a little it was after we took pounce to her house and she was talking to us” Maddison says
Adric nods. “Do recall anything of what we spoke? It’s a blank for me… I recall being there but not much else. Did we arrange for aid to be sent to Mexton? Or plan a retaliatory attack on Natass?” He frowns at the lack of detail he can retrieve from his memories.
" honestly I do not recall much conversation" Maddison says “I do remember your sister wondering who I was” she says with a giggle
Adric frowned.. oh yeah he hadn’t brought her to meet Teneway before ‘with good reason’ he thought wryly to himself. “OK so speaking to Teneway & Caladon should be on my priorities today… if just to see what we decided last night.”
stands up and walks to his bed laying down “I’m just trying to remember why I was in mexton and where I was heading to” Maddison says trying to remember what she was doing
Adric stands up from his crouch as she walks to his bed and lays down. He figured, she must be still tired. “It should come back to you. I’ll leave you rest some more and see about contacting Teneway.” At the same time he would speak to his seneschal – to ensure that he’d send aid to Mexton and also speak with Captain of his keep guard to have the guard put on alert.
When adric lays down beside her she automatically cuddles into him “don’t leave just lay her with me” Maddison says holding him
Adric realizes his mistake as soon as he lays down and she cuddles into him. She would demand his undivided attention because she was bored and he wouldn’t be able to get any of his work down, so he does the only thing he can think of. He smiles gently at her, kissing her lightly, teasingly on the lips keeping her attention, while his free hand delves into a specific pocket of his robe and pulls out the proper spell ingredient.
As Maddison didn’t notice what adric was doing (rolled perception got 5) she kisses him back smiling
After a moment he draws his lips from her and murmurs in her ear. “I hope you forgive me for this.” He begins to briefly utters syllables that are incomprehensible to her as he pulls out of her embrace suddenly and backs away from the bed weaving hand signs and opening the folded paper he’d pulled from his pocket while kissing her. Inside the folded paper was a bit of spider web that disappeared as if it burnt away. As they disappeared, thicker stronger sticky webs began to form atop the bed that Maddison lay on.
(roll a savings throw)(D20)
Maddison not knowing what is going on starts to fight the Web trying to get out of it screaming “Adric what did you do to me”
Adric gives a half apologetic shrug. "Sorry, I need to get things done and that won’t happen if I have to be here entertaining you. I can’t trust you not to get yourself into more mischief on your own so … " He motions to the webs holding her down on the bed. “I’ll be back as quick as I can” he says as he heads out the door to his room and closes it behind. He considers locking the door with a spell but figures he can trust his staff not to enter his chamber and free her even if she does scream out for help.
Maddison: Continues to fight the Web “help me someone please help”
As Adric heads downstairs to contact his sister, there’s a cautious tapping on the door to Maddison’s adjoining room. Meredith’s concerned voice comes muffled from the other side. “M’Lord? Is there a problem?”
“Help me” Maddison screams trying to break her way free
At her scream, Meredith cautiously opens the door. “Lord Adric? Miss? What’s wrong?” her voice trembles in fear, not knowing why Maddison is screaming for help. In all her time at the Lord’s Keep this was the first time anything of the sort has occurred. She’d felt protected and safe in the Keep.. up til now.
“Can someone get these spider webs off of me” Maddison says panicked continuing to try and get them off
Meredith seemed confused by the panicked response. Surely there weren’t spiderwebs in her lord’s bedchamber? But even so if there were, it shouldn’t be cause for such a fit of screaming. Sometimes nobility and their attitudes made no sense to her.
Meredith’s fear was replaced with immediate apology. “Oh I’m so sorry for that Miss. I do my best to dust and clean all corners of my lord’s chamber. Allow me to help clear them off you. Where is it?” She began carefully navigating the room towards the bed where she hear Maddison making all the fuss. As she made her way over she pull a dust rag from her maid’s apron, intending to assist in wiping away what she assumed was a bit of errant webbing.
“Please go get one of the guards” Maddison said sounding irritated “it’s alittle more than just a little spider web”
Meredith paused halfway to the bed at the irritated tone. “A guard? Yes, Miss as you say. Right away.” She turned sharply towards the door, knowing the pacing of her lord’s room and headed out. Once outside the room, she made her way down the hall towards the stairs. If it had been an emergency she might have rung the alarm bell in the room but Meredith couldn’t bring herself to disrupt the entire Keeps guard over spiderwebs. As it was she was concerned about being reprimanded for pulling a guard away from it’s duties to deal with the Lord’s mistress.
“Thank you” she says as she’s trying to pull the spiderweb off of her
thank god there aren’t any spiders is all she can think to herself
Meredith returns about 5 minutes later with a guard. His expression of almost humour turns to surprise and then concern at the sight of Maddison pinned to the bed covered in strands of thick webbing. He pulls out a boot knife and tries to cut the webbing free (roll me a D20 please). As he does this he questions “What happened here? Where is Lord Adric?”
Meredith answers with a nervous shrug, not realizing the guard was questioning Maddison. “I don’t know. He had been in here but 10 minutes ago breaking fast. But he didn’t answer my calls when I heard Miss Maddison screaming for help so assumed he’d left.” Worry tinged her voice.
(rolled 20 on guards str)
The knife and guards hands become stuck and tangled in the sticky webbing. “Ah! No I’m stuck now too.”
“He went to contact his sister” Maddison replies “please just get me out of here” when Maddison here the guard is stuck she starts to freak out more trying to get herself out, pulling and ripping the webs
The guard at hearing Adric’s whereabouts, frowned as realization dawned. “Oh damn. He cast this on you, so as not to follow him – didn’t he?”
“He had left before this happened to me” Maddison says “please just help me get out adric wouldn’t do this to me” Maddison says worried
The guard, being taken in by her lie, comes to the conclusion that if Lord Adric hadn’t done with then there was an intruder on the premises. He begins to struggle anew (another d20 roll please) (rolled a 7). “Meredith, sound the alarm. There’s been an intruder in the Lord’s chamber. They may still be on the premise.”
Meredith looks shocked. “Oh dear!” and begins heading for a pull rope hanging near the side of the bed. (roll me a second D20 for her dex.. see if she doesn’t get stuck in the webbing as well trying to reach the alarm.. hahaha!)(rolled a 3)
trying to break free Maddison is worried at this point because they think someone is in the keep, she just wants to get free so she can go and find Adric
Not being corrected of the intruder assumption, Meredith felt along the bedside wall for the pull rope and grasping it yanked on it several times. A reverberating gong sounded for each pull. From outside the open door, down the hall the shouts could be heard. “To your posts!”
There was several minutes of ordered chaos as guards combed through the Keep looking for both their missing Lord (just in case) and the non-existent intruder. Several staff worked on freeing Maddison and the entangled guard and struggled to cut them free until one came up with the idea of perhaps burning the webs.
With wet towels at the ready to smother the flame if it put either Maddison or guard at risk, the man set a candle to the web furthest from Maddison and the guard. The web caught flame quickly and it travel swift along the webbing, almost alighting the bedding it was attached to but for the wet towels that quickly doused the hungry flames. The guard however did notice a definite difference in the how far he could pull on the webbing now.
Continuing could be dangerous with severe burns for one or both of them. The guard looked to Maddison. “It’s up to you Miss”
(to be continued)