Lost City

A Bit Rusty 2: Electric Boogaloo
Rust gets jumped by a thug and Marros awakens to scare everyone shitless.

For the second time, a bunch of men come through Rust’s camp, this time in the middle of the night. Rust stealths himself successfully into a bush right in front of the two men’s faces. The merchant demands that the man crack a sunrod, and he does so. It turns out that it is the merchant slaver and a thug-looking guy. They talk about how the merchant is displeased that Rust lost him “his merchandise” (the boy). The merchant states that he wants to get Rust caught for what he did to him, as well as because he is a dirty half-breed. They start collecting stuff from his camp, and Rust springs upon the merchant, knife to his throat. The thug draws his warhammer. Rust demands why they were doing this, and the merchant tries to justify. Rust then decides to incumber the merchant by slicing his achilles tendon, and to go after the thug. They get in an altercation, and Rust gets down to half health, and uses second wind to return him to his normal defenses. The thug decides to bull rush him and he pushes Rust into a large stone boulder behind him.

At that precise moment, the air turns thick and humid, despite it previously being a cold night and the boulder behind him starts to vibrate. Clouds start overlaying a previously completely clear sky. Out of the stars, a sharp radiant beam of white light shoots from the middle of the clouds and into the center of the boulder. It is…a man. No, a goliath. An eight feet tall figure of stone and clay. He draws his weapon, and leaves everyone on the field stunned. Rust runs out of the line of fire, as Marros draws his falchion and stabs the thug through the chest. The thug drops to his knees and falls on the blade. Marros runs to the merchant, who is trembling at the sight of him. Rust tries to kick the merchant in the face to impede him, but Marros ends up taking his bare fists and caving his head in. After the fight’s conclusion, Rust and Marros are still unsure of each other, so then decide to part ways, Marros to the town, and Rust to clean up the dead bodies.

Rust finds nothing on the thug but blood, but the merchant had 500 gold pieces, four thunderstones, and a miniature golden cask of endless ale. He also had a beautiful and ornate gold/platinum compass, which Rust discerned was magic, due to the slightly vibrating and thick-air nature of the artifact. Rust takes the evening and stride and decides to be on his path alone… to be continued.

A Bit Rusty
We meet half-elf Rust, learn that all nations are in a cold war, and witness him saving a slave boy.

It is now 100 years in the future. The situation between all the races, especially the humans and elves, is at a breaking point. Cold war is upon all of the nations. Before, where there was wariness, there is now distrust and where there was dislike, there now is pure hatred. We meet Rust, a thirty-something half-elf who has lived in the Lo Woods (human side), almost on the border of the Hye Woods (Elven side), since he was four years old, without incident. Elves think half-elves are an abomination, but are not worth the trouble of trying to kill them. Humans, on the other hand, think that half-elves should be stamped out as they are an impure addition to the human race. One day, out of the blue, a merchant wanders into Rust’s camp. Rust hides immediately and listens to the merchant cry for help. Rust throws his voice across camp to ask him what he was needing help with. The merchant, Cedric, replies that his son has gone missing and ran into the woods, and he also admitted that he was a slaver. Rust was not moved by this plea and told him to leave him.

Two days later, another visitor stumbles upon the camp. This time it was a small boy, around 11 or 12. As Rust hides again, the boy pleads for someone to help him find his father. Rust came out to offer his services, feeds the boy (who looks half starved) and begins the journey through the Lo Woods. After a handful of miles, another group traipses through, this time soldiers from New Erif. Rust takes the boy behind a bush and clamps his hand over the boy’s mouth. The boy, however, wriggles free with a shout of “Daddy!!” One of the guardsmen embraced the boy, and Rust revealed himself. The soldier said that he had always heard of a man in the woods, but now he knew it was true. He thanked Rust for his assistance with his son and Rust leaves the men to go back to his camp. Things settle down for a couple of weeks until… to be continued.

The Flashback Episode
18-year-old Marros is kicked out into the human world, breaks a door down with a human male, and is sentenced to working in the Erif guard.

We received a flashback into Marros’s past before Black Widow or Draelos. This memory started in Marros’s clan and the surrounding ones, who live on Bald Craig [on the island of the Citadel of Ridebal the Elder] (the only mountain in the area with no snow). Marros’s grandfather, Aroutelus, tells the 18-year-old Marros that it was time for him to make a name for himself in the outer world and return to him with adventures to tell. He leaves and traipses through the woods until he comes across a sign, which said Forden Keep if he could read it. Entering the town, he spies a woman beating laundry on a line as it grows more and more dusky. He approaches the woman, who has never seen a Goliath before, but does not try to call the local law enforcement. She rushes inside.

Marros walks further into the town and comes across a smallish figure wearing an Assassin’s Creed-esque outfit, standing outside of a door with one foot propped up. Marros approaches him and asks him if he has an adventure. The man says that he could give him one. The men enter The Golden Earring, the local tavern of Forden Keep. The bar is raucous now it is after dark. Two men on a small stage play the keyboard and a windchime type instrument. While Marros gets funny looks, no one starts anything with him. They continue to the bar, where the man makes conversation with the bartender and tavern owner, a flamboyantly gay man with two pierced ears named Curly. Curly calls over a barmaid, Ambre, and another man at the bar, Frank. James, our suspicious man, talks to the group about raiding the nearby citadel’s city hall in search of plans for advanced weaponry. He said he had a man who would pay them 10,000 gold pieces for them. James insisted a 60% cut, whereas Curly, Frank, and Ambre would split 40%, and that this did not include Marros. Marros, while not able to follow all the nuances of the conversation, could tell that James was a bad guy who was going to not include him on any of the profits. Marros decided to bust the group, but to pretend to play along with their plans. Curly puts him up in the cellar overnight.

The next morning, the group gets together again in one of the back rooms. James tries to insist that Marros take a weapon, but he shouts “NO WEAPON” at him. At this moment, James was visibly afraid for the first time ever since he was a little boy. They set Amber up with lockpicks for inside the citadel’s main courthouse and Allan gets the plans for the city. They travel to the Citadel of Ridebal the Eldritch, James and Ambre bickering the whole way about their former relationship. In the center of the citadel there is a white stone hall that looks like the city’s town hall, with roman style pillars. On the ground floor to the east is a wooden door. Before James could command Marros to do something, as he was still fighting with Ambre, Marros picks him up by the neck and feet and throws him at the door. The door breaks and James is unconscious. Ambre is screaming, Frank very surprised, Marros turns to the both of them and yells for them to “GO HOME.”

Ambre runs away and Frank shrugs and leaves. Unfortunately for Marros, the noise has attracted three guards of the Citadel. Coming to him, Marros tries to demonstrate that James is guilty. However, he rifles through James’s pockets only to find a package of medieval weed, illegal but not incriminating him of a potential heist. The guards demanded him to follow them into the hall. The captain of the guard, Flannigan O’Shenk, tells Marros in a holding cell that he can either pick to go to jail indefinitely for his crime, or join the guard, as they were impressed by his feats of strength and Goliath race. Marros decides to join the guard and is shipped out to Erif Castle to the slight southeast where adventures await him until he encounters a certain witch…. to be continued.

Getting Lucky
Marros is sucked into another astral plane, meets a dragon, and solves a riddle.

Marros wakes up in the middle of a beautiful, serene, unblemished valley. In this valley he can see for miles and miles. It is quiet but not unearthly still, as birds are chirping and there is a slight breeze. He decides, in seeing a pool of water to the south, to make his way to it in order to take a drink from the pool. When he sticks a hand in to do so, a rock outcrop in the middle of the lagoon disappears and reappears in front of him. It turns out it was not rocks at all but a large white dragon. At first, Marros cannot tell if the dragon is going to act antagonistic towards him but it turns out the dragon is confused. He asks him what he is doing here ahead of his time. Marros replies that he was sent here by a witch named the Black Widow who put him under a sleeping spell. The dragon, Draelos as he is called, replies that he should try and get out of this plane and that he could do so by retrieving four keys held by elemental guardians. Draelos told Marros to return the keys to him so that he could be released. Draelos told him they might not understand his purpose, as many try to escape (only two have) in order to live again, therefore might attack.

Marros goes to the woodland sector, the ground shakes and rocky outcrops fly out of the ground to form an entity. Marros successful intimidates it in order to get the first key. The earth elemental told Marros that he would have to piece together a riddle and answer it in order to leave and that each guardian held a piece of it. Marros received the riddle piece “The force from the Beginning.” Next, he traveled to the lava quadrant. Here he tried reasoning with the elemental spirit but was unable to make himself understood nor intimidate him. Eventually, the elemental-lava fire spirit was defeated when it fell to the ground and Marros stabbed it through the back with his falchion. The fire spirit had enough cognizance to know when it was defeated, and triggered the vents to spell out the next clue “Like the legend of the phoenix.” Next elemental being was that of the wind spirit, who took the form of a giant vortex. As it began to swirl around Marros, he tried appealing to its intelligence.

Marros said that Draelos told him that something was wrong on the outer realm if he was able to be sent here. This spirit seemed saddened and gave him the piece of his puzzle “What keeps the planet spinning.” Lastly, was the water spirit who looked like a lake-wide water canine. This spirit knew of Marros’s quest and gave him the key, “All ends with beginnings”. He returned to the center of the world to give Draelos all the information and was met with a new issue—this was a riddle. Draelos asked him, simply, what was the force from the beginning. Marros asked if there was a right answer, to which Draelos mystically replied “it is whatever is correct for you.” Marros then settled on the answer of “Rebirth being the force that keeps the planet spinning, the force from the beginning.” Draelos nodded sagely and bits of Marros started started to dissolve into small pieces of light.

One hundred years later, a half-elf pinned by an angry mob in the corner awakens what he originally thought was a particularly large boulder….to be continued.

Rip van Goliath
We meet Marros, he cons an old man out of a cool-ass weapon, and he encounters spiderwoman.

We were introduced to Marros, the barbarian Goliath ~18 at this time (50 in goliath years), who works for the palace guard due to paying for an offense he made when he was a younger man. Marros works for the Erif castle guard as a soldier. In a skirmish, he broke his falchion. Therefore he went to Grainger’s Weapons Emporium to buy a new one. He examines a rage blade that helps channels his emotions whenever a crash resounded from the back of the room.

Grainger and Marros go to investigate, and turns out it is Grainger’s son on the floor, in a dead sleep, units of shelving fallen off the walls. Grainger also mysteriously falls into a deep sleep mid-sentence. Marros decides to pay 50 gold pieces (versus 600) for the falchion and leaves the shop, to run into Captain Rolf of the guard who invited him to a meeting with the palace war council, which was unusual as normal foot soldiers weren’t invited to those. As he enters the room, the earl is discussing des Poins to the north (the elves) who seem to be preparing an attack over the Hye and Lo Woods. Warchast Conkle is already asleep, but sleeps into the mysterious deep sleep, Rolf follows suit. The Earl says, as he is beginning to fall uncontrollably asleep, that the Lo Woods have the answers to all the questions to save them.

Marros goes back to the weapons store before he leaves, noticing how everyone has fallen asleep, and takes back his 50 gold. He makes his way out of the stronghold and into the Lo woods, noticing the trader’s route and a secondary side-path. He takes the sidepath, noticing the unearthly stillness of the surrounding area. He hears the snapping of twigs behind him and he calls the thing to show itself, out come to adolescent monstrous spiders and one slightly larger looking spider, who leaves almost immediately to summon the largest spider he’s ever seen in his life. The two small ones keep attacking Marros, who is unable to hit them (despite his brute strength) because of their agility. The largest spider spins a web and sits on it, beginning to start the process of eating her mate. After the two adolescents die, she summons a swarm of abnormally large house spiders. Marros deftly deals with them and proceeds to charge the big spider, blooding her in one blow. To his astonishment, the spider starts to molt and a naked woman steps out, introducing herself as the Black Widow. She says the eternal sleep faced by Erif was merely payback for what they did to her people. Marros asks why he hadn’t been affected, and she gives him a kiss and tells him he already had. Marros slowly falls into a deep eternal sleep in the middle of the Lo woods…to be continued.


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