Beast begins to ask the farmer why things are locked from the inside, but Pundit speaks over him, using the story about the other burned farm as a lead-in to what sounds like a somewhat boring but casual discussion, but drops his voice low and places his hand on the farmer's shoulder, talking as quietly as possible but still maintaining a normal posture, "We are here to help, if you are in trouble let us know. We can take care of the problem. If something is wrong and you don't want to say just blink your eyes twice."
Namdar removes a flask of lamp oil, a bit of cloth and a flint-and-steel tinderbox, setting them subtly on the nearby fence and obscuring them by hanging his pack on the post in front of them.
He then nods covertly to Skedvick to inspect this mysterious but popular tree stump further, while he heads over to the rest of the party dealing with the farmer, hopefully drawing any attention away from the ranger.
Still near the front fence with the party's gear and Grue, Oliron walks then over to Jonas and tries to make sure her and the male donkey are well fed, so they do not eat any of the farmers crops.
Krusten addresses the farmer sharply, "What manner of treachery is this, what are you hiding?" * Krusten uses her sharp eyes to peer into the man's soul, her charisma forcing the truth out of him. *SA: Get the answer from him. Not sure I need to roll something for this?
Namdar approaches her, his eyes sternly trying to catch her attention and hint for her to assume less alarming behavior, while the others are trying a different approach - he attempts to redirect her question to sound like an unrelated matter.
Okay GM, we are still waiting for someone to check out the stump, but we could use an update with the farmer, here's the relaitive posts.
Lionel waits for the farmer to answer, but says to Oliron, "I thinks so too, that's way I wish to know more about the Duke." Lionel breaks in intrigued, "Tell me, just how close are you to your half brother and what can you tell me about him", Lionel asks, "you see I am of royal birth as well, the prince of AnhangÃ¡", shows the farmer his royal symbol (the necklace).
ooc: Unsure if it would make a difference but, I rolled a 21 counting +4 for charisma on a 1d20. If it does help, I hope to gain more information. (in case this didn't get addressed last time)
Perhaps Amaruil could use one of her abilities (bluff, diplomacy, gather information or sense motive) to find out more? She is persuasive, after all.
Oliron wants to continue north, as more farmers are dying by the minute, but waits to see what the party does.
The others wish to talk a moment to the farmer about the Duke and what his or the Duke's take has been on the orcs, and in general,
and how "The Duke" is doing lately, to get any info and see if there is any indication of intentional lying or ulterior motives, and what emotions or stresses the farmer is under.
Namdar wants to go to the other side of his horse and fiddle with the packs sort of obviously, then slowly and gradually edge further and further back and out of sight, and sneak around the area out of the farmer's sight (and anyone else Namdar thinks might be hiding in particular places), and see if he can find out any more about the other buildings or farmhouse, etc.
If there is a way to find any openings, back doors, exposed locks, Namdar uses his skills to at least be able to peer inside to gage what is inside the different structures, be it people or equipment or food or what, and will stay out of sight and monitor anything unusual, then he will return to tell the others subtly without the farmer knowing.
"Actually, the Duke will not know I"m am here, you see I"m new to these parts, as is those I am traveling with", Lionel says with all honest (at least as far as can be given without giving the group away), "I am Lionel Alexander Cortez, and am in search for a young women dear to me, who I feel has become by now become a druid", Lionel continues, "We are a group of travelers, and we are looking for work, if by chance, you have a means of contacting the Duke for us, we would be willing to hire ourselves to him." While Lionel waits for the farmer to answer, he looks at the other members of his group, nodding as if to say "I will describe my plan later", and many of the group can clearly see cogs moving in Lionel's head.
ooc: The way I see it, if we can somehow get close to this duke, maybe even show him we can be 'trusted" we may be able to find out some dirt on this guy, that is my idea anyway. I fell it is better then attacking the orcs head on.
We give Lionel's plan a chance to work out, if it appears it might be something quickly achievable and worthwhile, otherwise, the group will say their farewells and move on north ASAP.
Good news, KNtoran, something wacky!
Please forgive me but I wish to add this for Lionel.
Lionel sighs as he places a hand on Oliron and gives him a look that say "be quite". He turns to the solders and says, "My friend here has run into many hard times, and has see much to make him mistrust solders, please forgive him and forget his words".
ooc: Rolled a 1d20 for a charisma roll added 4 and got 18, hopefully it is enough to for Lionel to persuade the solders to disregarded Oliron's word.
The Dukes stronghold is north and east of Larrys farm with is east of the main road. The Dukes men are allowed to patrol south of the Duke's strong hold only. They can patrol as far west as the road you now stand upon which is east of the main road and only leads between the Dukes Strong hold and Larry's farm. The Patrols can go east as far as the river which runs pretty much north and south. This is the east end of the Dukes Lands. The Dukes western edge is the main north south road. A rival Duke owns the lands west of the Main Road but no one has heard from him for a few months. I hope this helps you understand the area a bit more. I will see about getting a map drawn up so you can better see where everything is that you have seen.