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Drayner looks up to Verossa and her bloody polearm, slowly moving his arm forward and pushing it to the side gently. (with the arm that isn't still held out to help the goblin up)
"He does not speak common or elven, he may have information we could use. Or he could be a conscription, they might not just conscript from towns theyhave taken over... or he could be a bandit, and lead us to their hoard."
He looks down to the goblin and grabs it's arms with both hands and hoists him up standing straight. If the goblin resists, Drayner just drops him back to the ground.
"I don't think he'll be much of a problem, but if he is, go ahead, at least I can understand anything he says now, still can't talk back though"
He looks down thoughtful for a moment, before looking over to where Raif, and Elanora are coming from. Then back to Verossa, "If you want him dead, kill him now, because once everyone arrives, I'll ask if any can speak goblin... then you can kill him if you see fit." Drayner flashes devilish smile at Verossa briefly.
The Goblin, hearing another horse approaching fast starts quivering again, curling up into a ball on the ground, one arm covering it's head, the other waving wildly, trying to fend off any attacks that may come.
Suddenly, being wrenched from the ground it screams something then goes limp, staring at the man with the demon eyes, shaking, waiting for the brief moment of agony that is bound to come.
Once you've touched him you understand what he screamed. "Make it quick, make it quick!"
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Raif's about to heal Verossa, but she swings up onto Warrior.
Clearsight curses, and swings himself up onto Filofax.
Raif Clearsight sees Verossa and Drayner standing over the prone figure of the goblin.
'Ha. Well done, you've caught him'. Raif rummages in his backpack and brings out his silk rope.
'Could you give me a hand with this?'
'We can learn much from this one. Of course, keeping him alive until we can interrogate him properly will be difficult, but well worth the effort. After all, if we're going to disrupt the Hand's goblin armies we're going to need to learn about their culture. The advancements I'll make in the goblin language alone should more than repay us'.
Raif pulls up next to Verossa.
'May I heal you? All you have to do is give me your hand. I warn you, it will hurt'.
If Verossa accepts
Cure Moderate Wounds (2d8+3)
'Initially, by observation. There's so much we can learn, just from his body language, daily customs, what sort of things he likes to eat, what he does not. I hope to discover cultural taboos, what sort of things they like, basic physiology, and so on...
Of course, direct communication will be impossible at first, unless one of us has a spell that allows us to speak the goblin language'.
Raif Clearsight dims slightly, then lights up.
'But I have purchased a book, and by listening to our prisoner I expect to progress quickly'.
Raif hears Verossa.
'Hmm? Yes, I expect it will be a challenging, and ultimately painful meeting of minds, as both of us challenge our cultural assumptions'.
Raif examines the goblin for initial impressions
Roll Wisdom? Spot? Same roll anyhow. (1d20+4)
Halabur finally makes his way to the rest of the group. "I found a small amount of gold and gems on the bugbear, a little more than thirtys worth." He turns to the captive goblin, and says in perfect goblin, "Well hello there, you're an ugly litte guy aren't you? I hope you're being cooperative with these good people, they're a bit forceful if they don't get their way."
Drayner shakes his head at the goblin, before turning to the rest of the group.
"I can understand him, but I'm afraid I can't to him, I was hoping someone else could. He thinks we are going to kill him, I think attempting to scare him into submission was a little too successful. He does not understand common or elven, I have tried communicating with him but to little avail."
EDIT 'cause I got ninja'd: "Our gnomish friend seems to fluently speak goblin, if you couldn't tell already. He is just making sure that he will be well behaved in our custody"
'Well this will certainly make things easier'.' Clearsight opines.
'Well, first, let's ask him why they attacked us. Then let's try to find out whether they're working for the cult. We also need to know if there are any more goblins in the area, and if so, whether we can expect to run into them. That's for starters.
I think that we should tell him he will not be harmed, if he co-operates; that we will treat him well - give him food, water and healing'. Raif Clearsight pauses.
'And we should probably tell him that we will release him when we have learnt all we wish to - though no need to mention that that may be some time...'
" A most excellent plan, Raif. I couldn't have come up with a better one myself." I give the goblin a friendly smile. "Who knows? Perhaps we may even be able to convince the little wretch that his efforts would much better be spent fighting under my command, for the glory of all that is good!" I say, half-joking.
It matters not who may be the first to join my army, so long as they do, and are fully loyal. Perhaps this little goblin may have that potential...
'If it is the Covenant, launching action behind coalition lines, then yes, it is relevant.
Though we cannot afford to disrupt our rendezvous with the dwarves, equally we cannot allow rogue forces to attack our supply lines with impunity. In which case, we should at least report back a warning. But let's not be hasty - they may not even be Covenant'.
"From big water," the Goblin says, pointing to the northwest towards the top of the mountain, "We follow pack round mountain. Pack head this way. We follow what Pack kills."
As it seems more and more likely that he is not going to be killed he stops shaking, his voice becoming more confident.
"Loknarg is Chief. Loknarg big and strong... Much stronger than Gronig. He take over tribe after Masrak leave with fat Red man and big Orc with red and black hand on face. Loknarg no like them. He tell Masrak but Masrak no listen and leave with half of tribe and most of packs."
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"Alright, I'll give you his exact words. 'From big water,' the Goblin said, while pointing to the northwest towards the top of the mountain, 'We follow pack round mountain. Pack head this way. We follow what Pack kills.'
It would appear then that last night that pack came though this way, but continuing on,
'Loknarg is Chief. Loknarg big and strong... Much stronger than Gronig. He take over tribe after Masrak leave with fat Red man and big Orc with red and black hand on face. Loknarg no like them. He tell Masrak but Masrak no listen and leave with half of tribe and most of packs.'
I'm now asking him about these two fellows. Do we know of anyone in the Covenent who'd fit that description?"