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    Captured by the drow! You wouldn't wish this fate upon anyone, yet here you areólocked in a dark cave. the cold, heavy weight of metal tight around your throat and wrists. You are not alone. Other prisoners are trapped in here with you, in an underground outpost far from the light of the sun. [See the companion PCs thread in the Campaign Log regarding the other prisoners.]

    Your captors include a cruel drow priestess who calls herself mistress Ilvara of House Mizzrym. Over the past several days, you've met her several times, robed in silken garments and flanked by two male drow, one of whom has a mass of scars along one side of his face and neck.

    Mistress llvara likes to impress her will with scourge in hand and remind you that your life now belongs to her. ďAccept your fate, learn to obey, and you may survive." Her words echo in your memory, even as you plot your escape.

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    You are all wearing iron slave collars, as well as manacles that are attached to iron belts by a short length of chain. The manacles convey the Restrained condition, except they do not affect your movement or speed. Those of you able to cast spells felt disconnected from the Weave or your deity's power the moment the manacles were placed on you.

    You have arrived at separate times, and every now and again the guards pull a few of you out of the cage at a time to have you perform manual labor. You work either alone or in pairs, and never with the same prisoner more than once. Your tasks range from the reasonable (doing laundry, washing dishes) to the degrading (cleaning chamber pots), to the humiliating and pointless (stacking and unstacking rocks, coiling and stretching out ropes). However, this time out of your cell has afforded you the opportunity to learn about the outpost and scavenge some items as well.

    --Karl, you have been a prisoner for 2 days and have acquired a 5-foot-long strand of silk rope.
    --Samiel, you have been a prisoner for 3 days and have also acquired a 5-foot-long strand of silk rope.
    --Nyx, you have been a prisoner for 5 days and have acquired a rusted iron bar that could be used as a club
    --Malbocco, you have been a prisoner for just 1 day. They seem a bit scared of you and haven't let you out of the cell. A spider the size of a tarantula seems to have taken a liking to you, though.
    --Voraxus, you have been a prisoner for 3 days, though you came in separately from Samiel. You have found a gold coin.
    --Dargyr, you have been a prisoner for 6 days and have found a flawed carnelian gemstone worth 10gp.
    --Theander, you have been a prisoner for 6 days as well, though you came in separately from Dargyr. You have found a flint shard that could be used as a dagger.

    You are currently all in your cell. I'll let you get acquainted with each other and your other cellmates.



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    (Are we all in the same cell?)

    Theander kept his flint-knife hidden up his sleeve, and when he was not being worked he simply sat in the corner, relatively despondent. He didn't know where his spellbook was, and for whatever reason, assumeably the shackles he couldn't even manage a cantrip, just his luck.


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    [OOC: Yes, you are all kept in one cell - room 11 on the Velkynvelve map in the Campaign Log. It is roughly 30 feet deep, and 20 feet wide at its widest point near the middle. Its gate is made of heavy iron and is bolted into the stone. The gate is (of course) locked, and is always guarded by one drow.]



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    Dargyr paces back and forth, growling under his breath, teeth bared and ears laid flat against his skull. The chains rattle as he moves. Suddenly, he lets out a loud snarl and grabs one of the chains attached to his wrist and yanks it taut. The lean muscles on his back and arms strain under his fur as he applies all his might toward breaking the chain.

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    Dargyr gets his finger caught in the chain and whimpers as he accidentally pinches it.
    [You can still use Help to assist others on their rolls to try this, but you cannot attempt this again until you have taken a long rest.]
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    Dargyr spits out a guttural curse in Gnollish. Aggression spent, he throws down the chain with disgust. The matted fur and dried blood on his wrists show that this isn't the first time he has tried this. Picking out an empty spot along the wall, he sits down in a huff. He puts his insulted finger up to his mouth and worries at it with his teeth, the lips of his muzzle still lifted up in half a snarl. "I will tear their throats out!" he says.

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    "That's quite a violent threat!" A small figure that had been huddled in the corner perks up at Dargyr's statement. He has unkempt white hair and a long beard. "I'd shake your hand but it looks like you've injured it. My name is Buppido. Pleased to meet you...?" He seems to be waiting for Dargyr to introduce himself in return.



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    Voraxus is crouched in a corner idly fiddling with the gold coin he found, holding it between two clawed digits. He had not seen such a piece of metal until his arrival in this place. His people did not use any form of currency. His head jerks up at the sound of a gnoll crying out in frustration and he lets out a deep hissing laugh. "I don't think that'sss going to work, hairy one" his baritone voice carrying well among the silent prisoners. Voraxus cocks his head in a very bird-like manner as he watches the gnoll put his injured finger in his mouth, "sssee." The same hissing laugh as before can be heard as he returns his attention to the gold coin.

    When a diminutive figure comes forward and speaks with the gnoll, Voraxus looks up. With a gleam in his narrowed gaze, he looks over this creature. He seems to be deciding if said creature would make a decent meal when things become desperate.
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    The huddled form of Theander huffed in the corner, murmuring something to the effect of, 'What would you even do if you got out?' but then just tucked itself in tighter and said, "Well, good luck..."
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    "You shut mouth, lizard man!" an orc sitting near the door bellows. "We get out one day, you not. We strong!" He bashes his chains against a rock outcropping, but nothing happens.



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