Tales of the E-Squires

The Ardelberg Gauntlet
Part 3

The Trial of Speed!
Way to go, you got third place in the race.

First place in the competition!

you got some cool magic stuff. Someone else should write these.

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The Ardellberg Gauntlet
Part 2

During the second half of the day the E-Squires picked up more points, surely taking the lead over other teams before the trial of speed.on the third day of the festival.

In order to complete the Trial of the Lost Ship, Aaegor took the form of a trout to find the tokens, and then signaled to Astralafel before losing control of his powers, turning back into an elf at the worst possible time, almost drowning before Throndil rescued him. Zap laughed. Astralafel, taking the signal, swam to the bottom, and tied a rope around a token, proving his great endurance. Then Astralafel, Aegor, Throndil, and Zap hauled the weight to the shore, as Fredrich cleverly stole a token from another contestant, throwing it back into the river to slow down another team. Once the token was brought to the surface, the team took it to the judge for 5 points.

The party then ran for the Trial of Fury, which meant a battle against another team. The E-Squires found themselves up against a dwarven engineer with a hammer, a human thief with a magical amulet, a human sorceress with blue hair, a human priest with a mace, and a human scholar with smoked spectacles. During the fight, the scholar’s glasses were smashed by Zap, who received a fair beating himself. Friedrich and the thief went mano y mano, and Friedrich cam out victorious (by a hair). Aegor transformed into a great bear, and had no trouble barreling down enemies. Astralafel stuck to his rapier instead of using his bardic inspiration, jumping in where he was needed, and Throndil used her bow to great effect before accidentally snapping the string. In the end, all but the engineer were knocked unconscious, at which point the engineer surrendered, and the E-Squires won 5 points.

At the Trial of Might the team attempted to roll a great boulder up a hill. To pull the boulder, Aegor tried to turn into a Moose, but lost control of his powers and turned into a goose instead, which turned out to be a great help when he made a beeline for the Trial of the Titanslayer. There he was able to retrieve the token from the top of the pole just before the games ended, earning another 5 points.

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The Ardellberg Gauntlet
Part 1

The first day of the Ardleberg Gauntlet went smoothly. The E-Squires met briefly, and decided against a whole lot of chatting or exploring and hit the hay early to get started on the games. An exotic group of would-be adventurers were thrown together as E-Squires: Aegor the elf druid (Aaron), Throndil the elf ranger (Kelcie), Astralalafel the elf bard, Friedrich the human thief, and Zap the dwarf cleric.

At dawn on the first day, they got a great start on the trials of OCI, beginning with the Trial of Justice. The investigation into the death of a young girl was completed thoroughly, quickly, and fairly through the quick thinking of Zap the cleric, summoning the spirit of the victim for interrogation, netting 8 points from the judges.

After the Trial of Justice the E-Squires moved on to the Freeport Bazaar for the Trial of Shadows. Aegor, taking the form of a crow flew to the middle of the Bazaar, spotting another adventurer making for the token required for completing the challenge, and was preparing to swoop in while Fredrich and Astralafel distracted the crowd. Throndil’s animal companion scared off the other thief just as a mage competitor teleported the token to himself and began running. Using Aegor’s speed and Throndil’s tracking skills, and Fredrich’s sharp eyes the E-Squires catch the other adventurer, take the coin, and tie it to the leg of the pigeon so as to escape the bazaar without giving the guards the opportunity to stop them, earning 5 points.

The group then moved to the Grinning Sphinx Tavern to take part in the Trial of the Sphinx, where they answered 9 riddles correctly, taking 9 points, it’s been going very well, but it’s getting late and the group knows other groups have been splitting up (sometimes with success and sometimes without).

Heading to the twisted alleys by the Freeport docks, the group began the Trial of Cunning with a genius plan to capture the wily alley cat, Black Tom. Aegor was used as bait, turning into a mouse to tempt the cat into coming out of hiding; Fredrich, Throndil, Astralafel, and Zap set a trap, climaxing in Fredrich nabbing the cat into a sack, and delivering him to the judge for 5 points.

There are 5 points still available at the Trial of the Titanslayer, at the Trial of the Lost Ship, at the Trial of Might, and the Trial of Fury. The team doesn’t have much time left on the second day, but have a very high score; they have been very successful so far!

The third and final day of the competition is taken by the Trial of Speed, a relay race around the city, by far the most exciting event; the victorious team receives 20 points, second place is worth 15, third is worth 10, and fourth place is worth 5.

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Hello everybody

Hey gang. I’m changing things up. I’m sorry, but I am scrapping the old campaign. It wasn’t unsalvageable or anything, I just thought it would need a lot of work and it would be sorta iffy story-wise to continue. I’ve done some work on a new one that I feel will be way better. It also leaves the door open for lots of law-jokes.

You play as adventurers [lawyers] who will compete in a contest [oci] to work for a guild [firm]. If this hits a little too close to home I’ll just remind you that it’s all going to be ok, and you’ll all be in a great guild together. Or a bad one…I guess that depends on how well you do in the contest. But you’ll be “randomly” assigned to a team together, and that team will get drafted by the guilds. So you’ll be together! and you’ll get a place. Hooray!

I’ll reach out to each of you separately to find out who you want to play and where you are from, and if not from the area, why you are coming to Freeport. I’d like to try to get character creation out of the way so we can jump right into playing!

Everything on here is just an idea, and it all can be changed, so if you think of something funnier or more epic or awesome or gritty and realistic or just more fun, always always always tell me!

I’m really looking forward to this, I think it should be great. So the story so far is that you’ve come to this competition for starting adventurers, and you’ve been “randomly” assigned to work with these other schmucks in the contest. Hope they’re good!

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