One things for certain, whatever we decide to do should likely be delayed until tomorrow. Tonight should be spent getting used to our new home, since we'll be staying here for the next month. Tomorrow, Jack could try to gather information in town. I for one have several interviews I'd like to schedule. Father Grimburrow, the farmers who were attacked by stirges, and the children who visited the prision should all have interesting stories to tell. Kendra, Is my old room still available? Perhaps you should show the others to rooms of their own so they can settle in before dinner. I'll be here in the library where I can begin cataloging books. Perhaps I'll even come across something that will help us translate this Manual of the Palatine Eye. He begins skimming the shelves, deciphering the Professor's cataloging system. Before Kendra can leave, he'll turn to her with an almost afterthought. One more question for you dear, regarding the "noble" Avidion. He decided not to accept his inheritence from your father, could I have the Symbol to look it over? It may give some insight into his motivations.
"If it's alright, I'd like to go with Jack into town," Pan says at the mention of making friends in the village. "I'm good at attracting attention and calming the minds of people." He holds up his flute with a twinkle in his eye as he says this. All the talk of magic tomes and haunted prisons is over his head. Sure, he was a student of magic, but not anything that dealt with the dead. He prefers his subjects to be alive and prone to emotional manipulation of the subtle sort, the kind music enhanced with magic can easily bend to his will.
"If there's anyone who needs charming, I can lend a hand."
"Look. This is all well and good, I mean we've got a plan here. The scarab book's open. We can interrogate a few people for info about what happened at the prison and about the crypt. But I think we're forgetting something about the will that has to do with Kendra? Namely, we should be helping her get settled in after her fathers death, yet here we are talking about murder, secret crypts and mysterious books. I doubt this is helping right now. when we have time, we can take care of everything else, but for right now let's take care of the immediate problems of helping Kendra decide what to do with her inheritence and the books."
Jack seems quite bored at this point. He eyes Pan's flute warily and replies to him, "...I guess someone nearby would help in town...just don't try any of that funny mental business. As for the books and such, I don't care. Let me know if you all need me, but for now I'm planning on goin' to town tomorrow. I'll find myself a guest room. Come find me if you decide we need night guards or whatnot."
Jack leaves to go settle in to his room...eventually. He first takes a quick personal tour of the house, to get an idea of its layout. (OOC: If Kendra leads him to the guest room Jack will ask to take a look around the house. No worries, he's keeping his hands to himself...for now )
Perhaps I'll even come across something that will help us translate this Manual of the Palatine Eye.
"No need Januarius, Lorrimor himself has postumously provided us with the solution to this problem. The book he willed to me contains a ritual that will allow the user to decifer any language. It will take me some time to master, but I suspect that by the morning I shall be able to cast it."
The tall, bald man takes a seat at the smaller desk in the room. Please, do not disturb my work if you wish to know the contents of that book. I shall join you for supper but no other distractions please."
OOC: Markelhay is going to master the Comprehend Languages ritual. This takes 8 hours for him to master it and copy it into his own ritual book
"If you do not mind, I would be interested in studying that ritual as well," Andrezi says as Markelhay announces his intention.
"Leoben," he coninutes, "understanding what is happening here is going to help us meet the conditions of the Professor's will. If we are lucky it is nothing but misadventure," he smiles in amusement at his own words, "but this is Ustalav, that will not be the case."
He as he concludes indicating that while he might wish it were otherwise it is not the case so why not prepare for the worst.
Kendra nods to Januarius, "Yes, the guest room's still there. We can fit in two of you in there, plus two in my father's old room, if you don't mind sharing a bed. I'm afraid the rest will have to make do with sleeping on the couch in the living room and the one in here. You could also get rooms at the inn, if you don't want to spent a month sleeping on a couch." (here= library/workroom) She nods again as he asks for the holy symbols and hands it over to him.
As Leoben points out that Kendra has to decide what to do, she sighs, "Yes, I really don't feel like staying here. The house is too big and there's not much going on here, but I'm not sure where to move to. And I'll really need a place where I can have a garden. For starters, cataloguing my father's library and estimating it's value is already much help to me."
Kendra is happy to show Jack around the house. There's a combined living and dining room on the ground floor, plus a kitchen, storage and a bathroom. Upstairs is the Professors library-workroom, his old room stuffed full of more memoriabily, plus Kendra's room and a guestroom with green walls, a large wardrobe and two beds. There's also an attic crammed full of more crates that will need sorting through, and a small cellar, including a collection of wine. Finally, the building is surrounded by a well tended, fenced-in garden which is Kendra's pride.
Dinner is a simpler matter than lunch and afterwards, you spend some more time relaxing, reading, studying or helping Kendra around the house before each of you finally retires to his room.
OK, I think we're ready to move on to next morning?
Having stayed up late sorting books, Januarius almost missed breakfast by the time he made it downstairs the next morning. Grabbing a few leftover pastries from the day before, he sits at the table and rubs his sleep-deprived eyes. Good morning, fellow travelers. Have we discussed the order of events for the day? I think that I should like to visit with the children first, then with Father Grimburrow. It's probably best to save questions for the farmers 'til last so as not to disrupt their work day. I know Jack was planning on heading out to check other local rumors, Pan, did you want to go with him, or travel with me? What about the rest of you? He looks around the table to see if the others have any input.
Jack had entered the room a short while after Leoben, eyeing Leoben as he grabs breakfast. "Maybe take it easy today, huh?" He doesn't sit at the table, but stands at the large windows looking out upon the grounds, lost in thought. He holds an apple in one hand and is performing tricks with one of his daggers in the other, tossing it lightly so it spins in the air and lands with the hilt in his hand again. He occasionally uses it to cut off a piece of the apple and pop it in his mouth. Once Januarius arrives and addresses the group, Jack gives a short reply:
"The tavern crowd will likely peak around noon, and again tonight. I'll hop into town and talk up the bartender this morning. If any of ya need me today, you 'kin find me at the tavern or elsewheah around town. A Halfling shouldn' be too hard to spot."
He waits to hear everyone's plans before heading out, remaining quiet and somewhat guarded in the presence of the group.