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    "Very good, send them in."

    A guard bows to the speaker and walks to a large metal door.
    "BRING... IN... THE DIPLOMATS!" he shouts. Twelve guards escort a dwarf, a human, a gnome, a half-orc, and an armoured female human into the room. The guards are elite soldiers of Baron Reldir's Special Guard - and are each armed with a halberd and a short-sword. They wear breastplates emblazoned with the symbol of Anur.

    The room is in the centre of Baron Reldir's Castle, and is used as the council room. Banners of Anur's symbol (the back of a white horse rearing in front of a large city) adorn the walls - crossed swords hang between every two of the banners. No windows grace the room. The weak candle light from several candelabra at each wall, being the only thing to penetrate the darkness.

    "Ahhh - so you are the diplomats chosen to represent Anur," states a half-elf, sitting at the large desk in the middle of the room. One candle sits above the mass of papers sprawled over the steel desk. One can just barely glimpse that the Half-Elf sitting there happens to be Baron Reldir himself. "Please, come forward and introduce yourselves," requests the Baron. "Tell me the reasons that caused each of you to... decide to join this remarkable quest."
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    One of the group members, a gnome with short, brown hair, stands up and makes a little bow. He wears a cloak that is covered with stitched feathery patters in silver and olive. "Well, let's see. My name is Krey Bom. I'm a druid of the order of the Silverleaf. I suppose my first reason for coming here was simple curiosity. However, since arriving, I simply decided that I would rather this country not go to war, and I'm here to make that happen. I speak Orc, so I should be able to help with negotiations when the need arises." He then sits back down, looking fairly self-consious after his speech.

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    An interesting thing about Baron Reldir, was that his smile- even when well intentioned -was capable of breaking the nerve of everyone in the room. He was smiling now. "A very admirable reason indeed," he said, his white teeth flashing in the candle light. The guards wince. "Most orcs can speak the common tongue, but still it's alway useful to avoid... confusion, when two groups are speaking.
    "Who would be next for their... self introduction?"
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    With hollowed out eyes and a pale complexion, he couldn’t help but think he was a little thinner. Gauli didn’t bother trying to smile as he looked the baron straight in the eye. “My clan is called Springweather, Baron. I’m a son of the nearby caverns your Excellency recently visited on parley.” His gravelly tone told everyone he hadn’t gotten much sleep. He would have smiled to any other ruler, but by then he had found those teeth. He lowered his eyes as soon as he could.

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    Baron Reldir turns to the dwarf. He is still smiling, but now with his mouth closed. "Ah yes," he said, his teeth flashing with every opening of his mouth. "The Dwarf Caverns - charming in its... quaintness. Has the ceiling been raised yet?"
    One of the guards, at the back of the group, lets out a quiet snicker at Reldir's comment. In the flicker of candlelight, the Baron's ears suddenly look to almost be twitching. He turns away from the Springwheather dwarf, guards shuffling to keep out of line of sight. The icy gaze finally stops upon the guard who snickered. He looks very alone.

    "Ah..." Baron Reldir begins, with a pause ensuing. This is often a bad sign. "Simmons, wasn't it?"
    "Yes sir," the guard answers quietly, fixedly studying his feet.
    "Tell me... Simmons," the Baron continues. Every one of his teeth can be seen now, the grin on his face dripping with the stuff of nightmares. "What was it you found so... humorous?"
    "Erm, well... you see, sir," the guard struggles to reply. He gives a slight glance up at the Half-Elven face of his conversation partner. This is enough to glue his chin to his breastplate. "It's jus' tha', you bein' so clever with insultin' tha' dwarf in tha'..." There is one fact that most people know about the Baron - and this is that no one laughs at his sardonic comments and lives to not regret it.
    "Insult?" the Baron repeats, seeming offended. The majority of the guards look at the snickerer with great pity, including the snickerer himself. "You dare say that I of all people would insult my dear friends the dwarves?"
    "N-no, sir, I-"
    "Enough!" interrupts Reldir with the sweep of a hand. "I'll have no more of your accusations. Take him to the Stockade."
    "B-but - I-" before the snickerer finishes, he is escorted out of the room by two guards.

    The Baron sighs deeply. "Now," he begins, "Which member of our diplomatic group is next for self introduction?"
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    I wish I wasn't here. I wish I wasn't here.
    The mage, tall with cloths that seemed to be dragging his arms down, speaks with a quiver in his voice, visibly unnerved.
    Uhh.. That would be me, Mexanis, lord, from the Mages college. I also speak and read orcish, and my thesis is on orcs, and their umm... diplomatic practices.
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    Thargol just stands there, aiming too remain calm in the presence of so much strangers and the baron himself. Breathing deeply, regularly.
    "It´s all much easier digging ditches or working the fields" he thought. The calm, the simple straightforward approach to things. There was not much chance of spoiling anything with strange behavior or his orcish heritage, what with orcs not being terribly popular these days.

    While he stood there, with the hands in front of his navel, palms upward and fingers interlocked, he waited for the baron to comment his predecessor introduction, fidgeting with his thumbs "Lets just get this over with...."
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    A small exhale was the only thing that showed his displeasure. He leaned back on his heels and clasped his forearms together behind him. A small protest went up in his mind and he swore it would be in his report. That level was the only one the Baron had been allowed to visit. And they had just started building it.

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    "Ah yes," Baron Reldir says, smiling at Mexanis with his teeth apart. It gives the effect of a wolf, about to devour its victim. "The Mages' College. I'm ever so glad that you've... volunteered for this task.
    "I was wondering at which point the wizards would become useful - and it seems to be the one at which any historian would do just as well."


    The Baron takes his gaze away from Mexanis, and looks over the remaining candidates. "Next..." Reldir says, pausing as his eyes view the half-orc, "'person', please."
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    Philosophy wars with reflexive respect for nobility; the smile wins. The woman with the chain body armor keeps her eyes fixed on the edge of the Baron's desk. "I'm here to help prevent war, sir. I was passing through, and it seems a group like this will go places a healer is needed." Having said her piece, she lets her focus slip from the top edge of the desk to the bottom. Noticing she has left out a detail that might be important, she speaks up again. "My name's Arianelle."

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    "A pleasure to meet you, Arianelle," Baron Reldir replies. "A healer is such a valuable necessity to this... venture, that the services of even a woman are very welcome.
    "Now... 'who' is left for me to become acquainted with?"
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    "I....I´m Thargol" he began to reply, slightly stuttering "I hail from the blackspar monastery. We are your subjects as well, and I was sent as a courier, posessing some skills for overland travel". He than proceeded to bow, very slightly, before the baron, with sweat beading his Forehead.
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    "Ah yes, the Blackspar Monastery. Thank you ever so much for informing me that it's within my influence," the Baron replies - giving Thargol a smile so friendly that the guards look as though they wish to run and hide. "It is wonderful to have such an enlightened creature as yourself to help us.
    "Now. If you've all been introduced, then I suggest we move on to your briefing."


    Baron Reldir puts out his hand. The Guard who called for the emissaries (who seems to be the captain of the Elite Guard) places several papers into the outstretched hand. "As you already know," Reldir says, as he reads over the papers, [The emissaries and the guards are then spared from Reldir's attention] "a tribe of orcs to the west of Anur have been growing in strength. Our last attempt at attacking their camp failed, due to the fact that they are in some kind of alliance with the kobolds.
    "Since we took severe casualties in the attack, orcs are proliferate breeders, and war is a common event when orcs are involved-" the Baron looks up at the emissaries, "-we think that establishing a treaty would be in the City's best interests."


    Reldir hands one of the papers over to the Captain. "Your mission," the Baron begins again, turning his head back to his desk, "is to travel to the orc camp, recover what information you can and- first and foremost -establish peace with the orcs.
    "You will receive any equipment you need for the journey, as well as any weapons and armour you find necessary for completing the task."


    The Half-Elf stamps a paper, and seals it within an envelope. He holds it up in front of himself, bringing his gaze upon the group. "Whoever takes this letter," he says, smiling gently, "will be legally established as the leader of your group, and will be charged with seeing it delivered to the Orc Chief.
    "Which of you is to step forward and take this... responsibility?"
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    Arianelle looks over the rest of the group as surreptitiously as possible, hoping to spot someone willing to take the letter.
    The half-orc and the mage look spooked...maybe the druid? Or the dwarf?

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    The womans looking at me. Why? Does she expect me to take the letter? The elders told me to try and secure leadership, but I really don't want to.

    Isn't anyone going to take it. gahh! Lets this just end!

    During this interanl monologue, Mexanis grows visibly more nervous and uncomfortable.

    Fine, I'll take the Letter!
    Crap I said that out loud, didn't I. Blood Queen Preserve Me. Well, I guess that makes me leader. This won't end well.
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    Krey

    Krey jumps a bit at the proclamation. He had almost been thinking of overcoming his fear of the Baron and taking the letter, but now it looked as though it was out of his hands.
    Wierd, that's almost a relief. He thinks. Though, leader or not, I'm still gonna have to do the best I possibly can, if for no other reason then not to make this Baron guy mad at me. He begins to nervously paw his walking-staff.


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    The Dwarf settles in behind the new leader as quickly as he can, doing his best to avoid attention. "You'll do fine, lad." He intones gently. "Big bad bully on the throne is as big a baby I've ever seen." His muscles look relaxed, and his face haggard. He was trying to hide any unease, and hoped he was doing a good job.

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    The Baron raises his left hand. All the guards place the tips of their halberds very close to the dwarf's neck. "You're lucky that I don't care about such trivial insults," says Baron Reldir, "because if you were talking to the Orc Chief, you'd be tortured to death and hung from the castle walls. But I don't care, of course." He lowers his left hand slowly, and the guards retract their halberds. "Now, take this letter and be off to the orc stockade." He holds out the letter, waiting for it to be taken.

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    Gods. If the Orcs are this dangerous, we'll need a cool head to survive this. Thinks Krey. Krey turns to look at Mexanis. Sorry lad, but it's obvious you can't bear the pressure if you are made leader. That outburst was nervous pressure, nothing more, and if you were actually responsible for us, I think you'd crack. He looks at the dwarf. And if you are careless like that in front of the orcs, we're all dead. He sighs mentally, being careful not to actually sigh out loud in the Baron's presence. Then I guess it's come to me.

    Krey stands up slowly. "I'll take the letter, and humbly accept the mantle of leadership." He bows slightly, and takes the letter from the Baron's waiting hand. He immediately feels the unseen weight of duty and responsibility settle onto his shoulders. He futilely tries to mentally still his fluttering heart, and takes a mental deep breath. Well, that's it. No turning back now. "Now.. Sir Baron Reldir? This letter. Is it meant for us to read, or are we delivering it to the orcs? Or is there, perhaps, some other purpose for it?


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    Arianelle's head snaps around for a surprised second look at the mage. I didn't see that. Well, now I don't have to take it...

    Her contemplation of the new leader is cut off by the Springweather dwarf's remark, and she stares at him in utter disbelief. That...stupidity or courage alone can't begin to explain that... As the guards step in, she turns away to stare fixedly at the desk again.


    The gnome stepping up takes her by surprise yet again, a feeling she is getting tired of rapidly. She looks back and forth between gnome and man, before settling back on the desk. I hope there's no conflict there...

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    "The letter," Baron Reldir says, bright to a terrifying extent, "is an introduction from me, and it's to be given to the orc chieftain.
    "Congratulations on becoming the leader of your... group. Satus, take them to the armoury to be properly... equipped for their journey."

    "Yes, lord," answers the Captain. He then hits his breastplate with his right hand, and salutes with his left (the common salute for Anur). He and the twelve guards begin escorting the party to the armoury.
    "Oh, one more thing," Reldir interrupts, halting the guards. "If you start a war, I'll personally see to it that you fight at the front of it. Good luck on your quest!"

    The emissaries are brought through the narrow, dimly lit passageways they came through. The company stops at a large metal door, which the captain knocks eleven times upon. It opens.

    The armoury isn't a vast improvement from the Baron's Council room. It is brighter, being filled with several hanging torches, but the racks of weapons give one a similar feeling to the Baron's teeth. "We have quite a large selection," Captain Satus says, "but noting to exotic. Tell me what weapons and armour each of you would like and I'll see what I can do."
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    Unslinging a somewhat battered wooden shield from her back, Arianelle offers it to the captain. "I'd like to get a buckler to replace this. I don't think I need anything else."

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    The Captain nods to one of the guards.

    After taking away the battered shield and placing it on rack, the guard hands a brand new buckler to Arianelle.
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    "As for myself," Krey begins, "My... sect dictates that I not wear armor crafted from natural minerals. So, unless you happen to have a breastplate crafted from ironwood, all I can take in the way of armor is a heavy wooden shield. As for weapons, I belive I have all I need."
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    I don't think I could use any of those big hunks of metal. To stifling. Besides, they would complicate my casing. My dagger and robes will suit me fine for now.

    Mexanis speaks softly to Krey, after the guard has moved on to someone else.
    Thank you for taking the letter from me, I was nevous, and the Elder Mages had told me to take the letter, and I just couldn't stand the tension.
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    The guard brings out a heavy wooden shield and hands it to Krey. "Well, anything else?" the Captain queries, "we haven't got all day."
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    Gauli smiles warmly and nods to the Captain. "You run an efficient garrison, Captain." He offers a hand. "A good shield would do me good."

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    The Half-Orc lets his sight roam over the weapons displayed, then shakes his head and says:"I wasn´t trained in the use of most of these weapons anyway, and I already have a shovel. A hatchet for firewood would be nice, but not necessary"

    He cast a sidelong glance at the others, moving out of the way, obviously not to comfortable with being in the castle at all.
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    The Captain brings out a heavy metal shield and gives it to Gauli. He then brings out a scroll, which he unrolls before the group. "This is the map to the orc camp," he says, "There are three ways of getting there:
    "One. Going through the forest, Anur's Garden, which is directly between here and the camp. It's likely to be the quickest way - but.... It is also where our archers were ambushed, and could still contain kobold lying in wait.

    "The second way, is going around the forest, through Grengill's Plain-" Grengill is the name of the white horse on Anur's Banner [legend says that he was tied to a mountain by the devil. But rather than stay there for eternity, Grengill uprooted the mountain, and ran for a hundred miles before he stopped to rest. Here is where he is said to have stopped, here where the city of Anur was built out of the mountain.] "-this being the second fastest way there. The problem is, that the area is still littered with caltrops, and contains a good deal of traps.
    "The last method available for reaching the camp, would be to go through the Mountain's Trench-"
    a long series of gullies which is said to have been made by the weight of the mountain, "-which although being the longest route, is probably the safest as well."

    The Captain looks over the emissaries, and absentmindedly hands an axe to the half-orc (whether it's an axe for wood or an axe for battle, is very hard to say). "So, what's it going to be then?" he asks. "Don't take too long deciding on it."

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    "Well," Krey begins, "I think we can probably rule out the forest, due to the likelyhood of another attack. Judging from the descriptons, I think that the plains would be the next best choice, if we have someone who knows how to search out and avoid traps. Can anyone here do that?"
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