TFC // A First Stride

Session 1 - Crazy Circus Capers

by Nick Gough - Belethor Falcon

Our four adventurers walked into Quillion as strangers, but by the end of the night would find bonds forged by drink, failures, anger and combat.

  • Belathor, a wiry human who looked as if he’d been hit in the face with a chair a time too many, was escorting a nobleman and his daughter from a nearby town, stopping in at the Naughty Cob for rooms and celebrations of a job well done.
  • Bryse’is, a hulking purple skinned horned lady, was ribbing her Blood Knuckle companions and looking for the next opponent to crush in a fight.
  • Pitz, a halfling who carried himself with all the confidence of a man thrice his size, entered on his trusty mastiff steed, followed by his overburdened servant Wendell Handel.
  • Strider She’himas, a mysterious half-elf who protected the village from all sorts of threats magical and mundane, rode in on his steed and set up in his usual spot at the inn, seated in the corner watching the crowd.

Through absolutely no fault of Pitz’s, Bryse’is thought he uttered an insult directed at her, causing a slight confrontation and for the quartet to be evicted from the premises for the night.

They decided to amble around the fair grounds for the night, with Bryse’is winning a lovely silver statue after proving her aim in a game of Dragon Toss. Pitz and Strider She’himas got a rather ominous fortune telling from the withered Nadina, Belathor misjudged the velocity of a spinning wheel and hit an assistant with a dagger, and Bryse’is fought in single combat against the mysterious Raphigue, where her blows seemed to bounce off his tattooed flesh.

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All of a sudden, monstrous axe-beaked birds struck down the town gate, bursting inside and slicing civilians down. Bryse’is, weakened from her earlier bought with Raphigue, found herself struck down from behind by him, before he ran off with the rest of the circus folk.

Pitz, Strider She’himas and Belathor suddenly found themselves facing the atrocious avians, but thanks to Strider’s She’himas’ quick wit, they turned an alleyway into a chokepoint to negate the advantage of numbers. From there, it was an easy fight, with Belathor on the ground and Pitz and Strider She’himas firing from the rooftops.

It was a short fight, but in that time three townsfolk had died, and a bond had been made between the combatants. Now comes the matter of cleaning up, and finding out who was behind the attack…

Image credit: www.christopherburdett.com

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