The battle in the caves is over. The slavers have been killed and the townsfolk have been freed. The party has searched for clues, treasure, and information. During that time Delian has been quiet. He’s deliberately kept out from underfoot of the rest of the party, deliberately avoiding them. It’s not until everyone exits the caves that Delian finally address the group.
What are we doing? We’re six strangers forced to work together. We are together because of a shared desire to bringing some good into the darker recesses of the world, and of course to pay back a shared debt. We’ve been a “party” for over a month and we’re still acting like strangers. Our performance here today was a disgrace. I’m embarrassed at our performance.
Each of us brings a different skill-set to the group. We need to watch each other and learn how our companions operate. Everyone has a role to play and we need to be crystal clear on what that role is. That’s not to say that these roles are inflexible. Quite the opposite, we each need to know our role and ensure that we are fulfilling it yet understand that there will be situations where a more non-traditional approach is warranted. But the non-traditional approach needs to be the exception and not the norm.
We need to act as a single unit. Ever since we left Black Pit and headed for the mine we’ve all been doing our own thing. No one seems to be paying attention to what anyone else is doing. We need to act as one group with one plan. Not six individuals executing six different plans. When circumstances permit, we need to discus what we are going to do and then stick to the plan.
I’ve been watching this party and I can’t believe some of the things I’ve witnessed. I was content to mind my tongue and not criticize, but through my inactions this party has taken multiple beatings and an innocent man was killed. I refuse to remain silent any longer. If my criticisms will act as a slap in the face and force this party to wake up then I won’t hold back.
When it comes to exploring there are two scouts in this party: Ethan and Larien. Ethan has demonstrated his ability to move undetected, perform reconnaissance, and open locks. Larien has demonstrated her ability to move stealthfully and her keen senses have detected sights and sounds before any of the rest of ours. Everyone else, me included, is wearing heavy, metal armor. None of us should even be attempting to be part of the silent minority. Each step we make is loud and clumsy. Our place is well back of the scouts, not at their side ruining any chance of gaining an advantage through stealth. And to the scouts, you need to stick together. Wandering off alone without informing the party of your intentions is a potential death sentence. The next time someone goes off on their own may be the last time we see them.
Our combat technique is also disgraceful. Some of us have formal training others have picked up what they can from the streets. We need to work at becoming a team during a fight. What I witnessed in the cavern was disgusting. The actions of some have put this party at risk. (Delain glares at Braddoc.) You dishonour yourself and this party by being selfish and narrow-focused during the combat.
Our chaotic approach to saving the townsfolk led to the needless death of an innocent man. (Delian scowls at Jonathon). I place his death on your head. I hope the Sovereign Host will forgive you because it will be a long time before I do. During the fighting you were so busy swinging your mace that you were unable to hear your friend’s cries for help. You need to be more mindful of the battlefield and use your healing magic to help those who are in the thick of battle.
So far we’ve been lucky. Perhaps we need to decide on a party leader. Discussion is fine but we need to know that once the leader has made a decision that the rest of the party follows that decision.
Based on what I’ve seen so far I think the leader should be Sterling or me. This is a decision that we all need to agree on or else it’s not going to work.