Returning from the main cavern the ranger eyes his companions. "I do not suggest we take hostages" meeting everybody's gaze in turn he acknowledges their understanding "We should lay in wait for his arrival in the main chamber, perhaps we can conclude our business here without further blood shed"
"We could be here a while if that is our plan. Unless you have your eye on someone, Carrow. You looking to settle down in an ice cavern?" I look over the women cowering as I make light of their situation. Most of them don't understand me, even if it is obvious I am not serious. "I suppose there are a few widows here now. Or maybe Ladrian has his eye on expanding his dragon cult."
Upon hearing Carrow's remark, Ladrian turns to the group of non-combatants, sizing them up with his gaze.
A few moments later he grins with an innocent smile "Oh my, where are our manners? I swear, the longer we travel in this wild lands, the more barbarian we become" he shakes his cloak magically casting Prestidigitation, making himself clean and royal, as if he just had a bath a new fresh set of clothes.
He opens his arms with a dramatic flair "Hear me, hear me you brave group!. Today is the day your lives change. Today is the beginning of the rest of your lives. Today is your.... Initiation Day!" He lowers his voice in a hush tone "You see, my friends, fate and destiny joined their best efforts to that our paths got crossed. We, are Emissaries for the Dragon Cult! And as luck would have it, so can you today" he says with a bang!
"War, pestilence, hunger, corruption, violence, racism and terror, all roam our lands freely, in abundance and without check! You've seen it with your own eyes I'm sure! From the noble using slaves for his lascivious lifestyle with beatings to keep them down, to the warlord trying to rally troops to cause death, destruction and desolation for just a few more acres of land, not caring about the families of the dead soldiers and that's just a few situations to mention" he picks up speed in his speech trying to entice the group. He uses Minor Illusion to cast still images of corrupt nobles, bloodthirsty warlords and the poor common people getting beaten into submission.
"But not anymore! You are not alone anymore. Our Great Leader, is amassing everyone's hopes and dreams and pushing the Evil back! With Him at our side, we will all live a live of freedom, power and financial sustainability where everyone is equal! Our movement represents the conditions of the liberation of the common people! Of those in the society which depends entirely from the sale of its labor and does not draw profit from any kind of capital; whose weal and woe, whose life and death, whose sole existence depends on the demand for labor and services. We will establish a democratic constitution, and through this, centralize everything and share it equally between all our followers: money, lands, education, and much more." He uses Minor Illusion to cast still images of happy common people living their life without challenges.
"The Revolution is already coming my friends and you can have a small but important part of it: Joins us. Join us now and forsake your past shackled life and embrace the possibilities in front of you. In lands far away our Great Leader already fought this political and military battle and won! As a castle of cards, tribes and kingdoms far away are collapsing due to their corruption and their people, the real common people, are living a life of joy and it is spreading as wild fire." he gestures to his companies "We are the Precursors. We've come from a distant continent to share our Great Leader's word and we urge you to join us and do the same. You will be greatly reward for helping us in our mission and even more so if you decide to join us. As a proof of our Power we offer you freely these gifts" he then goes to each of the women and children touching them in the forehead casting Prestidigitation to clean their clothing in the hopes they are not afraid anymore. He casts Prestidigitation a second time to warm up their clothes to fight the chilly weather.
"Last, but not least" he says moving to the bedridden old man and casts on him Cure Wounds for 6 hit points "Raise up my friend. Our Great Leader heals you!"
He finally turns to the others: "These gifts were freely given without any strings attached. You've heard what we had to say and we ask for your help and our allegiance. What say you?" he says Prestidigitation twice to snuff out all sources of fire nearby and lighting up one at his feet. He casts Minor Illusion on the ground with a big symbol of a Dragon Rune
Again, I'm not sure what to roll here *sigh* I might have gone too far...
Deception: For all the lies obviously - 17
Persuasion: To help us and/or joining our Cult: 26
If you want me to roll anything else just let me know.