- Dec 30, 2010
An Easy Score
Rikke surveyed the scene before her with slight unease. The abandoned manor house had sounded like an easy score at the time but now that she was here her nerves twitched something wasn't right. The looming structure appeared abandoned from its overgrown grounds and faded paint but something seemed off. Trying to recall the details from the previous night was difficult and she cursed the inns local specialty for being extremely potent. What she could remember however was soon sliding together forming a clear picture that she may have been duped by a peasants tall tale.
The tale as she recalled involved the lord knight of the manor and all his kin as well as the servants disappearing over night never to be heard of again. Of course every other peasant farmer and two bits bard had heard the tale and each one had their own version to tell. In one the lord knight went berserk and killed everyone before ending his own life. Yet another tale told of how the knight's wife had resisted the advances of a daemon and in a rage he cursed them all to be living shadows forever haunting their home. Still despite all the differences they all had at lest one part common that a vast fortune lay abandoned in a manor house a little over a day's walk from their village.
Despite her doubts Rikke decided to examine the compound in better detail. The manor house had several buildings including itself that made up the entire compound. One was clearly a stable its stalls empty and roof partially collapsed. The second building was of a more robust construction. It was a single story very squat and flat with several poles sticking out of the ground in front of its entry. The next group of structures seemed to be a group of four single room house with over grown gardens probably built to house the less desirable servants. Having scouted the other buildings only the manor house was left to examine. It was an imposing structure made of stone with its highest point being a rounded tower like structure about 3 or four floors tall. The rest of the manor house with the exception of a small single ruin of room that may have once been a kitchen looked to be about two floors. All the walls had a think growth of ivy which concealed most of the windows that adorned the building.
Having finished her scouting Rikke's trained eye had spotted three possible entrances to the manor itself. The first and most obvious would be the front door. The second was the ruined kitchen where she could squeeze threw the rubble and gain entry through the servants' entrance. The third and passable most risky was a broken window on the second floor. She would have to climb the ivy but the overgrowth looked like it could hold her weight. Of course she could always explore the outer buildings first or leave deciding that the local peasants have over active imaginations.
Hp: 44/44 Ep: 36/36 Pp: 36/36 Conditions:
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