The Noble says...
While riding, Archival seems lost in thought. He barely even seems to notice the traps and only really looks up from his contemplation at Mykael and Zorks outburst. "Hmmm?! I apologize, what were you saying? I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the situation. A man went south seeking the Stag Lord. I doubt he was a crusader or he would not have given up his arms and armor without a fight. Attacking a fort single-handedly is a stretch in itself, but to do so unarmed too – highly unlikely. That would be the act of a man with a death wish. Maybe he is someone that has lost his way? It seems taboo, but I am sure it happens all too often in the world these days. We should find him and offer aid and support if this is the case."
Turning to address the former bandits, Archival continues, "Can you tell us of any further identifying marks and details about the grey haired man with a short beard? Any little detail could prove useful. I nearly lost my own way recently - I can not stand the thought of others going through similar hardships," He pauses, glancing at Mykael. Continuing, he addresses the former bandits with one last idea, "My goddess Sarenrae counts among her most sincere worshipers those that have been redeemed. She is a god of redemption, honesty, and healing. If you men do truly wish to change your ways, this area will need men of courage and honor to defend it from the wilds. While I do not have much in the way of wealth currently, I will again soon. When that day comes, if you do indeed choose to follow the path of righteousness instead of that of banditry, I would gladly take you into my employ." Chuckling, he adds, "It seems almost destiny. Sarenrae also counts farmers among her worshipers. If wielding a weapon no longer suits you, mayhaps you could start your own farm in the area?"
"You waiver between Iomedae and Gorum? It seems you have your own struggles you are dealing with. The two are near opposite sides of a spectrum. Iomedae upholds valor, justice, and honor while Gorum cares more for chaos, destruction, blood, and rage. In fact, Gorum's championing of war could be seen as a failure of the ideal of rulership that Iomedae holds dear."
Archival then turns to Zork and Theaton, "As for the issue of gained goods, I must express my liking for Mykael's idea to put ten percent into a fund to assist the party when needs be and have the rest distributed equally. However, you two have been out here far longer than us. Anything that was in your party fund prior to our arrival should be split amongst the two of you. A new fund should be started for the four of us in order to be fair."
"Zork... The fey do not like cold iron. Mayhaps you are antagonizing them and bringing more of their pranks upon yourself by brandishing such a thing? I understand its usefulness, but in some situations, diplomacy cuts to the heart of the matter truer than any blade. Have you noticed they do not attempt such things with Theaton and I? Theaton, you left a gift to them at that nest the other day too, correct?"
"It is an good idea to determine if equipment has magical properties prior to using it. While I cannot identify such properties, I can determine if the item has any magic on it. Here, allow me to detect magic on the items." Moving closer to the loot, Archival casts Detect Magic and concentrates for up to three minutes, depending on the total amount of auras he must identify. Edited: Diarmadhim on 13th Sep, 2015 - 4:05pm