Death on the Reik introduction.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
 GM, 752 posts
Sat 15 Jan 2011
at 01:35
Death on the Reik introduction
Bezahltag, 20th of Pflugzeit. Late morning aboard the Berebeli.

The investigation into the dark ritual being conducted by Teugen would be a long one. A number of prominent citizens had already discretely disappeared along with the entire Teugen family. The official story was that they had been taken to the dungeons at Castle Grauenberg but there were whispered rumors that the steward that Baron Saponatheim sent was a witch hunter and that the arrested parties were being tortured and executed in a secret location nearby.

In the end the truth remains a mystery. The investigators stopped contacting you after the first few days and then yesterday they informed you that they had no further use for you. They told you that you were cleared of suspicion and you were free to leave Bogenhafen. In fact, the watchman that delivered the message hinted that the town was eager to put the matter in the past and you were strongly encouraged to leave Bogenhafen and not return.

The scandal of a cult operating in Bogenhafen at the top rungs of society had been big news during the remainder of your stay but it wasn't the only news. The other major point of gossip was that Crown Prince Hergard Von Tasseninck- the only son and heir to Grand Prince Hals Von Tasseninck, the ruler of Ostland- had been killed on his expedition into the Grey Mountains. Details of his death were lacking at this point but people are saying that the expedition was ambushed in the night. OOC: Remember the expedition notice that brought you all to Altdorf in the beginning of the campaign? This is the same expedition. The death of the prince might be of particular interest to Ulrich since he is an Ostlander.

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Josef Quartjin
 NPC, 49 posts
 Boatman and Merchant
 Captain of the Berebeli
Sat 15 Jan 2011
at 01:44
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
"Well lads, are you ready to leave this thrice damned town behind us?" Josef asks as he walks the deck of the Berebeli, checking his cargo. The jovial river merchant had been a bit gloomier since being arrested for murder and nearly tortured. "I've got my eye on doing some trading back in Altdorf then taking my cargo up the Talabec."
Svlad Sejelli
 player, 330 posts
 01/15W 3/0 FP
 45/32/3/3 body 1 arms 1
Sat 15 Jan 2011
at 13:49
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
"I for one am very eager to get out of this shite hole.  And Josef....that whole mess...I'm sorry you were stuck in the riptide with us.  A truer friend I've never seen.  Most would have pulled up their anchor and set sail without us.  We owe you alot, and if there is anything you need you have but to ask and ole' Svlad Sejelli will be there for you Manann willing."
Josef Quartjin
 NPC, 50 posts
 Boatman and Merchant
 Captain of the Berebeli
Sun 16 Jan 2011
at 08:02
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
Josef stoically brushes the issue aside with a shrug and says, "Eh, these things happen," though being arrested for murder is not really something that just happens. "Besides, if you hadn't pulled me out of the drink when 'The Pearl' sank I'd be waltzing with Mannann at the bottom of the ocean."

"Lets just call it even and not make a habit of it,"
he adds with a hint of a smile.
Ulrich Von Wolfenstein
 player, 437 posts
 Ag:41 Ar:0/2 WS:41 BS:36
 W:4/11 F:1/5 SB:3 TB:4
Sun 16 Jan 2011
at 11:08
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
Ulrich had been busy with the town officials on clearing the group of any wrong doings. The back and forth and constant interrogations had taken its toll on the young nobleman. When they finally were allowed to leave the city Ulrich had cheerfully exclaimed it was time for celebration.
A cart pulls up to the boat and several kegs of the city's finest beer is rolled on board. Ulrich pays the stevedores and sends Josef a grin.
"Ready to haul anchor, captain!"
Lothar Gluhend
 player, 1 post
 Ag39 SB3 TB4 1H/1A/1B/0L
 W13/13 F3/3
Sun 16 Jan 2011
at 18:21
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
A rather small and slender middle-aged man approaches the ship at anchor.
He's clothed in black robes, the hood is dangling at the back of his shoulders. He's armoured in leather and a broad wooden shield is bound at this back while a sword is hanging at his hip. The sword does not dangle around though, he's clearly accustomed to its weight, clearly an indication that he also knows how to use it.
A backpack is also strapped to his back.
The man walks with a uncanny stride, as if he listens to a particular rhythm and adjusts his steps accordingly.
Only when he approaches further do you notice the pendant displayed at his chest - the twin-tailed comet, and a rather big one at that. No doubts about the man's chosen faith.
His hair is black and curly, his beard carefully trimmed and short, therefore unable to hide the nasty burn scar at his left cheek. In fact, probably that's the reason why the beard is so carefulyl trimmed, because surely no hair would grow on that wax-like skin.
His gaze is fervent and bright.
"Gruesse, meine Herren, I'm looking for the captain of this ship ? Do you know where I might find him ?"
You notice that he is holding a scroll case in his left hand, seemingly prepared to present it to the captain.
Ulrich Von Wolfenstein
 player, 438 posts
 Ag:41 Ar:0/2 WS:41 BS:36
 W:13/13 F:5/5 SB:3 TB:4
Sun 16 Jan 2011
at 18:34
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
"Depends on who is asking?" Ulrich answers calmly as he eyes the stranger. His right hand resting lightly on the pistol in his belt.
Imrak Ragnar
 player, 204 posts
 2/14 W 2/3 FP
 58/37/3/5 b/l:3 h/a: 1
Sun 16 Jan 2011
at 21:50
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
Imrak enjoys the last couple of days in the city.  He is still a little upset that they never did, for sure, find out what happened to his brethren.
Svlad Sejelli
 player, 331 posts
 01/15W 3/0 FP
 45/32/3/3 body 1 arms 1
Sun 16 Jan 2011
at 23:33
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
Lothar Gluhend:
"Gruesse, meine Herren, I'm looking for the captain of this ship ? Do you know where I might find him ?"
You notice that he is holding a scroll case in his left hand, seemingly prepared to present it to the captain.


Svlad stands up and walks over to the gangplank at the approach of the stranger.  "I'm first mate.  What's yer business with the Captain?  I'll go and fetch him if it is worth his time and he is not too busy."
Lothar Gluhend
 player, 2 posts
 Ag39 SB3 TB4 1H/1A/1B/0L
 W13/13 F3/3
Mon 17 Jan 2011
at 06:51
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
The man first frowns at Ulric’s hand moving to his pistol, obviously he has registered his cautious attitude.
Then his frown eases and he addresses Svlad, holding the scroll tube somewhat in front of him, as if he couldn’t decide whether the first mate should be privy to its contents or not.
”My name is Lothar Gluehend. I serve at the local temple of his holiness Sigmar and have been charged to report about what has transpired in this city and inform the temple at Grissenwald about the implications.”
He waves the scroll case a bit. By now you can discern that the case is sealed with the sign of the hammer.
”This is the report I’m charged to deliver. I was informed that this ship is bound for Altdorf and wish to arrange transport.”
Svlad Sejelli
 player, 332 posts
 15/15W 4/4 FP
 45/32/3/3 AP 1 All
Mon 17 Jan 2011
at 13:47
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
"I will go and get the Captain.  Please wait here and I'll be right back."  Svlad seems satisfied with the man's answer and leaves to go grab Josef.
Josef Quartjin
 NPC, 51 posts
 Boatman and Merchant
 Captain of the Berebeli
Mon 17 Jan 2011
at 23:42
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
Josef comes up on the deck, already carrying a tankard of the beer that Ulrich had purchased. His new cargo of wool from the Schaffenfest would likely be very profitable but not nearly as much fun to transport as the wine he had picked up in Altdorf had been. The beer was already improving the river merchant's mood though.

Josef walks to the rail to peer down at Lothar "Svlad tells me you're a churchman. You're welcome to come aboard and discuss things," he calls to him. "Uh, you're not a man opposed to the drink, are you father?" he adds cautiously with a slightly worried tone. Lothar didn't really have the look of a sigmarite priest but the merchant didn't want to risk offending him until he could be sure.

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Connor Dugan
 player, 446 posts
 Ag:39 Ar:1/3 WS:37 BS:51
 W:13/13 FP3/3 SB:3 TB:3
Tue 18 Jan 2011
at 01:35
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
Connor stretched lazily, and finally rolled out of the hammock he had been napping in. He strolled out on the deck and said "Hard to sleep with all this talking. Are we shipping out soon Capt?" Connor looked  at the new man standing on the deck, he didn't care much for clergy, as most can be a bit...extreme.
Lothar Gluhend
 player, 3 posts
 Ag39 SB3 TB4 1H/1A/1B/0L
 W13/13 F3/3
Tue 18 Jan 2011
at 06:34
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
Lothar looks first a bit surprised, then clearly uncomfortable.
“Captain, thank you for inviting me on board. I do need to object to be addressed as father, though. It would not be proper, not proper at all. I’m merely a guardian and protector of the clergy and the temple itself including its treasures.”, the man says while walking on board.
He actually starts to smile
”No, I'm not opposed to drink."
Lothar turns serious again.
"Like I was saying to your mate, I’m bound for Grissenwald, for the Sigmarite temple there, to be precise. Father Revesham informed me that you will head for Altdorf, which would be on my way, too. So I would like to arrange transport for myself and my meagre belongings.
No special attention for me, just a place to take a rest. I would offer to work or help in any way, but I’m not familiar with the workings of ships. ”

Otto Kliest
 player, 273 posts
 Human Burgler
 WS34 BS50 W13 T34 FP2/3
Tue 18 Jan 2011
at 13:24
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
After the events of the last few days, Otto had decided that the road was the place for him...  (or the river rather...)  after seeing how many fine things the merchants had in their houses,seeing the things they were capable of doing , the political power they weilded he decided that they were not deserving of the riches they had... so he was going to lighten their load.

Hearing the new comer talking to the captain, Otto made his way  to the deck nodding to his companions he bows before the Sigmarite " The light of Sigmar leads us all,  welcome aboard."
Imrak Ragnar
 player, 205 posts
 2/14 W 2/3 FP
 58/37/3/5 b/l:3 h/a: 1
Tue 18 Jan 2011
at 14:15
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
Imrak looks at his new .. comrads "Eye may be a look'n for a r'd ut a'well.  Nu plans, and we 'ad a gud time at it ta ast few days."
Josef Quartjin
 NPC, 51 posts
 Boatman and Merchant
 Captain of the Berebeli
Wed 19 Jan 2011
at 06:26
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
Josef relaxes a bit when he hears Lothar's answers. "That's good," he says with relief. "I can't trust a man who doesn't drink. Come and have a mug or two and we'll discuss getting you to your destination."

The portly river merchant leads Lothar down to the galley of the ship and hands him a pint in a wooden mug wrapped in twine. "Let me introduce you to my crew, this is Wolmar and his wife Gilda," Josef says as he points to a man and woman who look very much like a fisherman and a fishwife. "You've already met my first mate Svlad," he says as he indicates the Nordland seaman. "And these are his friends Otto, Imrak, Paulus, Kast- I mean Connor Dugan, and Ulrich Von Wolfenstein," he says to complete the introductions.

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Lothar Gluhend
 player, 4 posts
 Ag39 SB3 TB4 1H/1A/1B/0L
 W13/13 F3/3
Wed 19 Jan 2011
at 06:49
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
Lothar nods to each in turn
”Gruesse, meine Dame, meine Herren. Glad to meet you.“
He hesitates a bit
”From your names I take it that some of you have obviously been involved in the late delicate occurrences concerning a sinister plot by the merchant guild and the untimely demise of the head of the Teugen family.”, he waits a bit for any reactions, then continues.
”So actually, your brave actions are the cause for my journey, since it was you who have informed the authorities about the witch Etelka Herzen. The purpose of my journey is to inform the Grissenwald Sigmarite community about her and possibly to hunt her down.”
He nods again at the companions – at least those that have been officially involved and thus their names registered with the local authorities – almost but not quite a bow of respect.
”It’s an honour to travel in such a brave company. Sigmar alone knows what would have happened without you interrupting the vile proceedings of the Ordo Septenarius.”
Paulus Greenbottom
 NPC, 246 posts
 Ag 45 WS29 BS54 SB2 TB2
 W11/12, FP0/3
Thu 20 Jan 2011
at 10:28
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
"Aww, it tweren't nothin'" Paulus says with false modesty as he puffs up his chest. It was nice to be getting some recognition for a change!

This message was last edited by the player at 10:31, Thu 20 Jan 2011.

Josef Quartjin
 NPC, 52 posts
 Boatman and Merchant
 Captain of the Berebeli
Thu 20 Jan 2011
at 11:39
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
Josef seems satisfied. "Well you seem like a good enough fellow- not some trouble starter," the river merchant says before slapping his leg and declaring, "You've booked yourself passage to Altdorf. Shame I can't take you further but my cargo is destined for the settlements along the Talabec."

"You're welcome to come along as well Imrak," Josef says to the dwarf. "Svlad vouches for you as a friend and that's good enough for me. Besides, you've got the mark of a seaman," he says, pointing to the dwarf's anchor tattoo. "There a story behind that?"

This message was last edited by the player at 10:16, Fri 21 Jan 2011.

Imrak Ragnar
 player, 206 posts
 14/14 W 4/4 FP
 58/37/3/5 b/l/h:3 a: 1
Thu 20 Jan 2011
at 13:20
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
Imrak smiles as he remembers his past...

"Ey, Mot pe'ple tink all us dwarf 'ate ta water.  But we dwarfs uf Barak Varr .. get used ta it.  We ave ta biggest echa ships in ta world.  Tey be amazing contraptens. Eye irked in ta forges, making ta moven parts.  Dwarf secet mind yah.  Once wa get'a grasp of da ships, and get tour se'egs, we get ta tats.  Tis also ta 'ark of Barak Varr."

OCC Translation: Most people think all of us dwarfs hate the water.  But we dwarfs of Barak Varr get used to it.  We have the biggest Mechanical ships in the world.  They are amazing contraptions.  I worked in the forges, making the moving parts.  Dwarf secrets mind you.  Once we get a grasp of the ships, and get out sea legs, we get the tattoos.  It also a mark of the Barak Varr.
Josef Quartjin
 NPC, 53 posts
 Boatman and Merchant
 Captain of the Berebeli
Fri 21 Jan 2011
at 10:24
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
Over the next hour Josef has a few more beers and hammers out an agreement over the price of taking Lothar to Altdorf. After shaking on it, Josef stands up, ready to depart. His gait is a little clumsy and he bumps against the table. "Uh... you better take the tiller Svlad," the intoxicated merchant says as he walks up the stairs to the deck.

ooc: Svlad, make a sail roll and we'll continue in the next thread: 'Incognito'. Failure doesn't mean a mishap, it just has an effect on speed.

This message was last edited by the player at 10:26, Fri 21 Jan 2011.

Svlad Sejelli
 player, 333 posts
 15/15W 4/4 FP
 45/32/3/3 AP 1 All
Fri 21 Jan 2011
at 11:38
Re: Death on the Reik introduction
Svlad, more used to getting to swab the deck and folding sail, tries his best but it is clear he has spent too long as a landlubber as of late.

07:37, Today: Svlad Sejelli rolled 92 using 1d100 with rolls of 92. FP re-roll I'm on a boat.
07:37, Today: Svlad Sejelli rolled 59 using 1d100 with rolls of 59. I'm on a boat!.