Jul 19

Songs of Ulubrae: Chapter 21


Polite Meaningless Words


Noon, Godsday, Communication Week, Delve Season, 1017.


After the disturbing red light of the previous night, the Embassy was very subdued on Godsday. When Hildeboldus walked to the Embassy, he was shocked to smell the lingering scent of several skaven. He sent Mangok to fetch Adlartok, but the trollkin could only find Umiaq.


After a conversation mocking Adlartok at length, the trio finally began hunting down the skaven. Hildeboldus lead them to a small cavern, about an hour away from the city. Umiaq crept through the shadows to spy upon the three skaven, and a hulking rat brute. At the edge of the firelight, Umiaq spotted a cloak and helm similar to those worn by the rat brute. The troll disguised himself as a rat brute, then strode confidently into the cavern.


Umiaq was amazed when the rat brute answered him in dark tongue. The rat brute was wary, but quickly revealed to Umiaq how they had been sent with a message to the troll Ambassador. However. Umiaq’s charm was not enough to tease the contents of the message from the rat brute.


The three Heroes hurried back to the Embassy to investigate this apparent breach in security. They discovered it was Adlartok’s trollkin who had admitted the skaven on Adlartok’s orders. Adlartok was not available for comment.


Umiaq insisted on questioning his mother, the Ambassador. However, as it was Godsday, she was away at prayer. Instead, Umiaq decided to risk the magical protections of the Ambassador’s office, and search there for a hard-copy of the skaven’s message.


The guardian shadow elemental was not pleased to see Umiaq in the office alone. However, Umiaq persisted in searching the room. His attempts to rummage through the Ambassador’s scrolls were immediately resisted by the powerful guardian. Umiaq was quickly ejected from the office.


When dusk rolled around, the painful red light shone out once more from the tower in the Altarium Quarter. The darkness in the embassy thickened protectively around the trolls, but Umiaq did not feel the same violent aversion to the light.


Meanwhile, in the Sanatorium, Arrluk recovered from his seizure on Lawsday. The after-effects included repeated vomiting, but Arrluk took a dose of medication to ensure he made a little progress towards his recovery. He smuggled a small supply of bread into his sparse quarters, to ease his hunger pangs through the night.



Happy Gaming




The Songs of Ulubrae are the session summaries from the Shadows of Ulubrae story arc in my Tales of the Hero Wars campaign.


For more details, see the Shadows of Ulubrae page


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