In the Shepherd's Shack.   Posted by Segev Stormlord.Group: 0
Merlin
 player, 230 posts
Tue 20 Mar 2012
at 05:05
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
In reply to Mason Vaugn (msg #38):

"Well then, that answers my main question. M'Lady, does that answer any of your questions?"
Beatrix LeSchaye
 player, 204 posts
 Solar
 Zenith
Tue 20 Mar 2012
at 14:16
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
"It is sufficient," says Beatrix placidly. As she does, she reaches over and, perhaps out of some sort of instinct, scratching Galen's odd creature behind the ears.

"It is curious that this should be the problem you seek, because ours is quite similar; beastman barbarians to the north, perhaps under the banner of Ma-Ha-Suchi, an ancient and powerful Lunar, have been raiding for slaves in an increased volume, and it seems that they may be selling them to someone."

She has a sip of wine; a large amount of the food in front of her has vanished while nobody was looking. "Duke Lothus to the north has born the brunt of these raids, it seems, and has decided to affix blame to the nation-state I represent, Trademeet Dale, and to punish us by abducting our citizens to replace the serfs he has lost."

She nods to the servers as they bring the first bits of the roast out, along with some bread and stewed carrots. "Quite naturally, we are upset that a foreign nation has sent troops inside our borders to abduct our citizens. If Duke Lothus does not produce a much better reason for this behavior than we have heard from his knights, we may have no choice but to consider it an act of war. Adding insult to injury, there is a problem with the accusation itself; Trademeet does not deal in slaves. It is the one commodity we categorically refuse to purchase, sell, or even transport on behalf of others, and it is an affront to our sensibilities to have us accused of such a thing."

She has a dainty bite of meat, and after chewing she adds. "And besides, dealing with the beastmen tribes tends to be a foolish affair. They do not believe in contracts or fair deals. They are, in short, bad for business."
Mason Vaugn
 player, 25 posts
 Changing Moon Lunar
 Happy to be alive
Wed 21 Mar 2012
at 01:01
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
Mason clapped his hands once.  "Oh, good.  You do know about Ma-Ha-Suchi.  That makes things much easier for me since I didn't really want to go into the long-winded explanation about him."

Mason then leaned forward in his chair his elbows on the table and arms propping him up.  He lowers his voice and says in a conspiratorial voice, "And thus you should realize why I'm here.  This is just a stopover for me on the way to see what Ma-Ha-Suchi is up to exactly with these slaves.  My information stated that he was purchasing them, but if he is raiding for them, this becomes an even more pressing issue."

Mason then leaned back in his chair and took a big drink from his mug.  "Besides, he's giving all of us a bad name, and we can't be having that."
Beatrix LeSchaye
 player, 206 posts
 Solar
 Zenith
Wed 21 Mar 2012
at 01:16
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
Bea quirks an eyebrow. "'Us'? I see." She smiles a little. "That also answers the other question more thoroughly."

She has another dainty bite of delicious roast before saying "Interestingly, this does add some clarity to the situation. I believe the northern beastman tribes may be using the captured serfs as a substitute for their customary tribute. This would explain an increase in material wealth that has been observed among them, as well as being the source of the new slaves you're looking for. This does not, however, explain the question of why he is doing this."

Another bite; she must be hungry. "I cannot imagine the reason would be anything pleasant. We should stop the raiding and then see what we can do about Ma-Ha-Suchi's plans, preferably without confronting him directly."
Merlin
 player, 231 posts
Wed 21 Mar 2012
at 05:35
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
In reply to Beatrix LeSchaye (msg #42):

"Agreed."

Merlin seems to quark an eye, "The real question then is, what is our next move?"
Captain August Galen
 player, 91 posts
Wed 21 Mar 2012
at 10:27
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
Mason Vaugn:
"Well, it's a little from column A and a little from column B.  I've never met the guy, but I know him by reputation.  And his reputation is something he proudly flaunts as well as his status as a chosen of Luna."


"Ah. See, if-if he is saying stupid stuff like that, it's either e's stupid, and we can sick the Wyld Hunt on 'em to do our dirty work, or he's smart, and i's a trup...  ...trap. Or e's both, and that g-gets tricky, 'cause yer never sure 'en e's bein' cleaver or stupid." Galen takes another drink, and seems to get very wobbly in the chair. The Captain is probably close to passing out at this point.

Mason Vaugn:
"You just have to generally be awesome like I am."


Galen perks up for a moment. "Oh? Then, do I have the job for you!"

Galen looks to Merlin for a second. "And of course you too! If your up for it. You know how to keep the worst scum detained. Hell, I could use everybody's help with this job."

Beatrix LeSchaye:
As she does, she reaches over and, perhaps out of some sort of instinct, scratching Galen's odd creature behind the ears.


Carabas cues pitifully, and starts giving Lady LeSchaye, and anyone else who looks at it affectionately, 'puppy eyes' as it struggles vainly to move in it's odd, golden chains.

Galen suddenly hoists Carabas up by the golden chain wrapped around the strange, but winsome creature. "This... this..." Galen goes cross-eyed for a moment. "This is Carabas. 'E is a March. He is my March, and by extension, your March, for I am your Captain. I mean, I am at your disposal, as your Captain. And you wanted me to fly you to places to beat up... slavers. And I didn't know 'ed poison me. And I am this little fluff-ball's Marquis."

Galen's eyes squint and focus on Mason. "Do NOT let e'm go! You need to watch e'm tonight, or they're be problems in the morning. The Duke would hate it! 'E will try to escape. A lot. No chain can hold 'em but this one. Can ya do that, big man?"

Galen then falls face first onto the table, letting Carabas go. The creature immediately tries to squirm off the table, but falls over.

OOC [06:23, Today: Captain August Galen rolled 1 success using 3d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 with rolls of 7,1,4. Carabas Escape! -2 penaty (Bound Chains). ]
Segev Stormlord
 GM, 330 posts
Wed 21 Mar 2012
at 15:11
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
The barkeep and his teen serving boy carry the rest of the now-fully-roasted haunch over to the table, and lay it on a large wooden platter in the middle. They're careful about avoiding inconveniencing any of the guests. As the middle-aged man carves the meat into slices, he asks, "Can we get you fine gentlemen - and lovely lady - anything else?" The barkeep assiduously ignores the spectacle of the passed-out captain, though the youth can't help but turn up his nose in poorly-veiled disgust. He does, at least, have the tact to say nothing.
Merlin
 player, 233 posts
Wed 21 Mar 2012
at 15:20
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
In reply to Segev Stormlord (msg #45):

"No, but thank you," says Merlin as he deftly catches the chain.

He raps the chain around the Captain's wrist a few times and leaves it at that. He will slice off a choice portion for the Lady and slide it to her plate. He slides and dices for everybody else as well, eventually there is little left on the bone, but the plates are full.
Mason Vaugn
 player, 26 posts
 Changing Moon Lunar
 Happy to be alive
Thu 22 Mar 2012
at 04:49
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
Mason takes a few bites from his meat before asking, "So, what are your plans here and where are you going?  I'm just working here till I get a few more coins to help me on my travels from here.  I heard the lady say that you might be going to put a stop to some of these raiders to find information.  Do you have any ideas how you might go about doing this?"

Mason takes a big swig before continuing, "I'd just go to the source myself.  Ma-Ha-Suchi's land is a little way's away from here, though, so I can understand if you might not want to undergo such a trip.  Mostly wilderness between here and there."
Beatrix LeSchaye
 player, 207 posts
 Solar
 Zenith
Thu 22 Mar 2012
at 13:54
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
Beatrix thanks Merlin as he serves, and listens to Mason (and eats) as he speaks. When he's done, she says "At this moment, our plans entail convincing Duke Lothus to stop abducting the citizens of other nations, which if continued could worsen a situation which is evidently poor enough already. As this means we will already be heading North, we can then continue into the territory of the Beastman tribes, and there we can see if we may cause their raids to cease for a time, whether through diplomacy or violence. In these ways, I would hope we could disarm the entire situation without directly dealing with Ma-Ha-Suchi, who has a rather well known reputation for demolishing those heroic souls who confront him. As I have no information to dispel the terrible things said of him, I intend for the time being to treat them as true. Even if they are not, his armies are substantial and not to be taken lightly."
Mason Vaugn
 player, 27 posts
 Changing Moon Lunar
 Happy to be alive
Sat 24 Mar 2012
at 18:47
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
Huh.  It appears that this lady isn't just appeareance.  What a refreshing change of pace.

"Well, it at least sounds like you guys have some sort of plan.  When were you planning on finally heading out of here?"
Beatrix LeSchaye
 player, 208 posts
 Solar
 Zenith
Sat 24 Mar 2012
at 22:02
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
"Perhaps as early as tomorrow," says Beatrix. "However, there is first a matter I would wish to discuss with my worthy associate here," and here she indicates Sevastian.
Alistr Hamrsoung
 player, 29 posts
 Full Time No Moon Lunar
 Part time Smith
Mon 26 Mar 2012
at 04:10
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
"Do you need a place as a base of operation? I might have a place slightly off the beaten path and quiet as can be. If you guys are interested let me know and I can make it a little more comfortable. It has minimal comfort as I require very little. Good news is that it has a forge." Alistr spoke up as plans were put up on the table.
Captain August Galen
 player, 94 posts
Tue 27 Mar 2012
at 02:39
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
Merlin:
"No, but thank you," says Merlin as he deftly catches the chain.

He raps the chain around the Captain's wrist a few times and leaves it at that.


The strange creature huffs in defeats and glowers at Merlin.

Merlin:
He will slice off a choice portion for the Lady and slide it to her plate. He slides and dices for everybody else as well, eventually there is little left on the bone, but the plates are full.


Carabas walks over to Galen's plate, sniffs the delicious meat, and  nibbles on a piece. It gives a very content 'harrumph,' and proceeds to swallow an entire slice, without chewing.

Then another, and another, until Galen's plate is clean. Though Carabas was roughly the same mass as the food on the plate before partaking of it, the added mass does not show on Carabas in the slightest.

As Mr. Hamrsoung speaks, Carabas nervously looking over its shoulder at the others before crawling up Galen's wide sleeve. This is soon followed by a lot of ruffling up the sleeve.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:57, Tue 27 Mar 2012.

Sevastian
 player, 124 posts
 Dragon-Blooded
 Water
Tue 27 Mar 2012
at 20:35
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
Hearing his name, the butler returns to the table, standing to Beatrix right.

"How can I assist you, madam."
He queries with a slight bow.
Beatrix LeSchaye
 player, 209 posts
 Solar
 Zenith
Wed 28 Mar 2012
at 03:02
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
Beatrix nods to Sevastian. "Sevastian, it has come to my notice that the lady of the manor, the Duchess, has quite a spy network on her hands. They are quite noteworthy because they are all women - you no doubt saw many of them as you passed through the manor, and possibly spoke with and worked with many of them. The organization extends past the bounds of this Duchy. I was wondering if you knew anything about such an organization, or if you would perhaps like to employ your obvious charms against them to see what you can learn?" To the others at the table, she offers a friendly 'feel free to chime in' look.
Mason Vaugn
 player, 28 posts
 Changing Moon Lunar
 Happy to be alive
Wed 4 Apr 2012
at 01:33
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
Mason continued to lean back in his chair.  Hopefully it won't fall out from under him.

"Well, there are a few things to consider when it comes to infiltrating an organization of any kind.  First, what do you hope to gain?  It is obvious that you want information, but what kind?"

Mason looked from Beatrix to Sevastian.  "Second, what do you know of the organization that will help you infiltrate them successfully?  We know from Beatrix's statement that they are all women.  Second, do they have a way to identify themselves to each other?  In most organizations, and especially in spying circles, people don't know other people in the organization.  If they have a way to signal to each other that they are members, we'll need to know that."

And with a grin on his face, Mason asked, "And most importantly, are any of them cute?"
Sevastian
 player, 125 posts
 Dragon-Blooded
 Water
Wed 4 Apr 2012
at 19:01
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
Sevastian smiles at Mason.
"Servants tend to talk to servants."

His smile turns to a grin.
"And I am slightly persuasive.  Not so much as my lady, but one does not need to be that persuasive if someone  is not on guard."

The dragon looks back to Lady LeSchaye.
"I had not heard of such an organization, but I will see if the lovely ladies care to speak with me."

He smiles.
"I will be discrete."
Merlin
 player, 234 posts
Wed 4 Apr 2012
at 21:54
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
In reply to Sevastian (msg #56):

Merlin smiles at Sevastian. Nobody else might know exactly how discreet he might be, but Merlin at least has more than a few clues to piece together.

I might be able to amaze mortals with feats of aerial expertise, but Sevastian does things that I am even amazed at.
Mason Vaugn
 player, 31 posts
 Changing Moon Lunar
 Happy to be alive
Wed 4 Apr 2012
at 22:42
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
Mason replies with a smirk, "Okay, have fun.  If you screw it up, I'll be here, still pretending to be a guard.  After all, I'm sure a female-only spy organization will take kindly to a man poking his head around in things he shouldn't know about.  Not at all suspicious."

Turning his attention back to the others, "So, what are you guys going to do while he's off doing... whatever he's going to do?"

This message was last edited by the player at 23:06, Wed 04 Apr 2012.

Beatrix LeSchaye
 player, 212 posts
 Solar
 Zenith
Thu 5 Apr 2012
at 02:08
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
Beatrix smirks. "Goodman Vaughn, who says we will be so direct about it? We needn't ask about the spy organization, although I suppose I can do that later if need be. We need only ask about what we want to know - which is information regarding our mission. It follows naturally that the local part of the network would chiefly be concerned with politics within the kingdom, which means that it is likely that they would know what wheels are turning behind the scenes to make the northern duchies behave in the manner that they are. Thus, it can safely be hoped that when we leave here, it will be with more knowledge that may prepare us for what awaits us."

After a sip of her wine, she continues. "It is noteworthy that there is no woman in the castle who is not a part of this network. The Duchess is the local center, and there are social cliques within that serve as sorts of factions within the network, but it is ultimately all one. Enjoy picking your target, Sevastian."

She smiles at Mason. "Of course, if you want to try your hand regardless, please feel free to do so. It cannot hurt, after all. As for what we will be doing as you go, I can only speak for myself, and I believe I shall remain here for a time and enjoy the roast."

This message was last edited by the player at 02:10, Thu 05 Apr 2012.

Mason Vaugn
 player, 32 posts
 Changing Moon Lunar
 Happy to be alive
Fri 6 Apr 2012
at 05:16
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
Mason replied after a thought, "It would probably take me the better part of a day, if not two, to get the information you're looking for.  Spy work takes a gentle hand, after all.  If you're too pushy, they'll figure out you're onto them.  If you don't mind waiting a day or few, I can look into it."

Mason laughed mildly.  "Oh, the sacrifices I make for my new found companions.  Going and talking to pretty ladies.  I have no idea how I'll survive, but I'm sure I'll manage.  I can only hope you appreciate all this work I'll have to put forth."
Beatrix LeSchaye
 player, 213 posts
 Solar
 Zenith
Fri 6 Apr 2012
at 12:51
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
"Oh!" Says Bea dramatically, putting her wrist to her forehead in a fainting-damsel pose, "It is a horrible fate we have thrust upon you, Sir Vaughn, but you must endure! Think not of the grisly flirting, nor the terrible violence of the candle-lit dinners, but think instead of all the children you will be siring -- that is, saving -- by this noble and selfless act!"

She has another bite of the roast before saying "Slip of the tongue," in a musical tone.
Mason Vaugn
 player, 36 posts
 Changing Moon Lunar
 Happy to be alive
Tue 10 Apr 2012
at 05:35
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
Mason stood up from the table.  "Well, if I'm going to do this, I'm going to have to turn in a little early.  I'll see all of you in a few days.  Hopefully before then, you won't see me."

Mason turned and walked away before returning to the table again.  He unslung his unstrung bow and laid it on the table.  He then unbuckled his quiver and placed it next to his ordinary-looking wooden bow.  "I'll have to acquire a more suitable weapon than this bow for my disguise, but I don't trust leaving it in the guard barracks.  I trust one of you can look after it until I come back for it."

As he turned to walk back towards the exit, he said over his shoulder, "And don't play around with it.  You'll just end up hurting yourselves trying to use it."

This message was last edited by the player at 05:37, Tue 10 Apr 2012.

Merlin
 player, 236 posts
 If you knew he
 would have to kill you
Tue 10 Apr 2012
at 15:17
Re: In the Shepherd's Shack
In reply to Mason Vaugn (msg #62):

"That is good then. I will take up the guarding of bow."

Merlin doesn't touch the bow yet, but instead speaks to Alistr.

"I think that perhaps it might be a good idea for you and I to guard our wagon and its contents, of which the bow will become. Meet me there when you are done with the meal. I am going to walk out with Mr. Vaugn."

Merlin gets up, gathers the bow and quiver, and walks out with Mason. They part ways shortly without a word from Merlin who goes to the groups wagon and puts the bow and quiver inside. He also makes sure that his wing-board is still where he put it last.