Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway.   Posted by Segev Stormlord.Group: 0
Segev Stormlord
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Thu 10 May 2012
at 19:39
Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
Four days later finds the trio of Knights leading the diplomatic envoy from Trademeet once more on the road to Watch Hill, where they will confront Duke Lothus. The news of Prince Seln's Exaltation dominated court gossip and kept the rookery occupied with hundreds of messages destined for all over the kingdom. Feasts were held nightly, first in celebration for the Ducal family and their guests, and then for the local gentry, and then a hasty festival for the townsfolk. The Knights' leaving was almost unnoticed in the hubbub. Even the arrival and subsequent disappearance of an air ship over the castle became merely a part of the more important event to Falanian politics.

Nonetheless, the new arrivals with the traveling group find themselves easily enough integrated. Though Sir Methius continues to watch them like a hawk expecting the mouse to flee at a moment's notice, Sirs Vaniel and Clavien treat them more as the diplomats and guests that they insist they are.

Mason and Sevastian had some minor difficulty escaping the affections of some of the lovely maids at Castle Oredol, so they had to spend the morning catching back up. Freverick rode with his big brother, pouting that he has to leave his friend Seln behind, but eager to catch up with Nath and see what trouble they can get into together. As noon draws near, those three catch sight of the rest of the traveling party of more than fifty people, and are, in turn, spotted by anybody who can make a single success on a Perception+Awareness roll.
Captain August Galen
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Fri 11 May 2012
at 02:26
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
In reply to Segev Stormlord (msg #1):

((OOC: 22:18, Today: Captain August Galen rolled 4 successes using 6d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7. Perception+Awareness.))


"Hello, my friends." Galen greats the late arrivals enthusiastically, but there is a weakness to the privateer's voice. Deep, dark circles rust under the Captain's eyes.
Alistr Hamrsoung
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Sun 13 May 2012
at 22:54
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
OOC: 3 successes on Per+Awareness. (9,2,10)

"So where exactly are we headed to and why? I never did find that out. Do we have a plan for when we get there?"
Mason Vaugn
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Tue 15 May 2012
at 23:32
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
Mason shrugged his shoulders as he walked down the road with the others.  "No offense, but I thought we were going to head north and see what was up there with the raids."
Beatrix LeSchaye
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Mon 21 May 2012
at 02:33
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
Beatrix nods in response to the queries from Mason and Alistr. "That is exactly where we are going. Watch Hill is indeed north of here, and it is on the frontier of the kingdom, as it were, where its people must, regrettably, weather frequent attacks from the beastman tribes we seek to investigate. We are traveling there to clear up the small matter of Duke Lothus' men being sent to abduct citizens of another nation, apparently in response to heavy losses due to the aforementioned raids. While there, we will also begin investigations into what the beastmen have been doing lately, in particular the details of their attacks against Falan. Once the matter between this nation and my own is settled, then we will proceed north to deal with the beastmen proper, and hopefully by this time will we have more information in our arsenal than we currently do."
Johy Crofterson
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Sat 9 Jun 2012
at 15:59
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
"The only thing unusual is the frequency of their attacks," says the young guard with whom Merlin had been taking time to spar. "I don't think anybody can really put a stop to it entirely," he continues resignedly, "but then, before Merlin, I hadn't seen a man fly without being a hawk-man. Perhaps you can do something. I will ask Sir Methius if I can accompany you, when you've explained things to the Duke. You may need a guide."

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Sir Vaniel
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Sun 8 Jul 2012
at 13:39
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
Sir Vaniel slides his horse into position to join the conversation. "If Lady LeSchaye requires a guide, it would be remiss to send only one guard. I will volunteer to escort her personally, with a dozen of my men to see that she travels in safety and comfort," he offers loftily.

Johy inclines his head, not arguing with the knight. He does venture, "I merely wish to continue to prove myself worthy, that I may one day earn knighthood, myself, Sir."

"A very noble and lofty goal," agrees Vaniel gracefully. "Though you have never been a squire. You may wish to speak to Sir Methius about finding you such a position, if you're serious about it.

"What say you,"
he says, turning his attention on Beatrix, "How may I support you in your noble endeavors, m'Lady?"

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 13:39, Sun 08 July 2012.

Beatrix LeSchaye
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Mon 25 Jun 2012
at 02:04
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
"Our greatest need at the moment," says Bea, "would be information. You are a knight in the service of Falan, a kingdom hard pressed by the very attacks we have decided to investigate. If there is anything you know about the attacks that you have yet to tell us, I should be thankful to hear it."

"This goes for anyone who may have anything to share. Alistr, Mason, if you have anything you know or feel about all of this -- any hunch, no matter how vague, or any detail, no matter how seemingly trifling -- now would be the time to bring it up, for the road affords us the luxury of time with which to consider these matters."
Mason Vaugn
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Mon 25 Jun 2012
at 02:04
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
Mason walked down the road, idly kicking a rock as he goes.  "Given that we're going closer to Miss LeSchaye's home territory, I doubt a guide will be necessary.  We'll be at our destination safe and sound sooner than we know."

After a hard kick sent the rock flying a good distance down the road, Mason looked over his shoulder and said to Beatrix, "Oh, by the way, there was no spy ring in that castle.  Just a lot of gossipy busy-bodies with too much time on their hands.  I think that they are probably grossly overstaffed."
Alistr Hamrsoung
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Thu 5 Jul 2012
at 17:12
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
  "Umm well if you want to know about Ma-Ha-Suchi's Beastmen well he isn't being very nice Ma'am. I don't want to shock any of your sensibilities so would you accept broad strokes of the paintbrush as it were for what little bit I know o his plan for them and the slaves that he takes." Alistr asks honestly and without any hint of falsehood or guile. A trained observer would see that he is bad at that.
Sir Methius
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Sun 8 Jul 2012
at 13:38
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
The oldest of the Knights reined up his horse to let Alistr and those to whom he spoke catch up, his ears proverbially twitching. "That monster has particular plans for his most recent crop of victims?" he managed to roar without yelling. Demandingly, he went on, "Tell me everything you know. And how you know it." That last bit came with narrowed, suspicious eyes.
Alistr Hamrsoung
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Sun 8 Jul 2012
at 16:22
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
   "Well last I knew he has them taken back to his camp and processed then they go to separate camps. One for combat personnel and another for noncombatant personnel. I don't know what exactly takes place within the camps. As far as how I know I have been there. Saw things and it didn't sit well so I made it out and now I'm here. Don't know what else you want to know knight, but threatening me is a bad idea. I'm a smith first and foremost.
Beatrix LeSchaye
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Sun 8 Jul 2012
at 18:33
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
"I would indeed accept broad strokes," says Beatrix in response to Alistr. And noting that Alistr has no ability to dissemble, she decides to do so on his behalf. "As for how, Sir Methius, goodman Alistr knows this, it is simple; he belongs to an organization that has cause to consider Ma-Ha-Suchi their enemy. He and several others have been in the area spying upon his doings for some time, and it can be hoped that we will benefit from what they have learned in our efforts to deal a blow against that terrible beast."
With a smirk she continues; "Do you know, the first time I met one of their number they accused me of being a spy for the best? I was terribly offended at the time, naturally, but between that and your own accusations, I cannot help but find humor in it now."
Alistr Hamrsoung
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Sun 8 Jul 2012
at 18:48
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
"Enemy not so much. Idiot very much so. Either is good for the same reason. Broad stroke is this every few weeks he gets more Beastmen I can assume he is using slaves to breed them. The men go in weak and scared and come out strong and brave. That scares me. The logic is that Beastmen make better shock troops. Details I am unfortunately low on pretty high on assumptions." he says as nicely as possible.
Sir Methius
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Tue 10 Jul 2012
at 00:45
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
"And you came to know about this 'organization' without telling us about it?" grumbled Methius, shaking his head. "What do you mean, young man, that the 'men come out strong and brave?'
Alistr Hamrsoung
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Tue 10 Jul 2012
at 09:11
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
 "They are trained soldiers who are fanatics. Fanatics aren't brave in the standard sense."
Sir Methius
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Tue 10 Jul 2012
at 11:12
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
The grizzled knight frowns. Which is impressive; it implies he was not frowning before. "He's adding his human prisoners to his forces, then? Even worse than we'd thought. We'll have to start levying the peasantry and engage in some punative raiding to put a stop to this, for the peasants' own protection if nothing else," mused Methius, stroking his beard. "Where are these mind-control camps?"
Beatrix LeSchaye
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Fri 13 Jul 2012
at 04:59
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
"On the contrary," says Beatrix, "I believe, with all due respect sir Methius, that sending peasant conscripts after them will only make things worse. They will be outnumbered, and in addition, the beastmen will have an advantage in that each individual is more powerful and better trained. Conscripts will likely be captures in large numbers - and then turned into more fanatics, as Alistr has described."
"Instead," she continues, "I believe precision raids by a small band of highly capable individuals with the willpower to resist unnatural mental influence would yield better results. We could go in, kill the ones who are brainwashing the peasantry, and then get out. Depending on the means employed, this may or may not break the control over those who have already been indoctrinated. If it does, all the better - the enemy will suddenly have a revolt on their hands."
She looks thoughtful. "And if that doesn't happen on its own, perhaps it could be encouraged. What, I wonder, would your lord think of having the enemy forces suddenly fighting themselves, with the end result being their numbers cut by more than half? Would that be, perhaps, a sufficient show of goodwill on the part of Trademeet to remove suspicion from our people?"
Sir Vaniel
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Sat 14 Jul 2012
at 03:16
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
"That sounds like an excellent idea!" exclaim both Nathier and Sir Vaniel at once. The squire looks a bit embarrassed, but his noble master pats him heartily on the back. "Well said, Nath! But yes, Lady LeSchaye, I pledge my men to this task."

"You're not planning on changing course now, are you? asks Sir Clavien incredulously.

Sir Methius shakes his head. "Of course not. The Duke awaits. He might approve this plan, though."

"Sir Methius, Sir Clavien, of course we do this now! The Lady's plan is bold, and must be acted upon swiftly!"
Beatrix LeSchaye
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Mon 16 Jul 2012
at 02:51
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
"Oh but sir," says Beatrix, "I would never think to risk you and your men in such fashion. While I have no doubt of your valor nor your noble intentions, you would not hold out against the mind control. But you see, I am Exalted, and therefore I have methods of resisting such control that you do not. Merlin is as well, and we have some number of others we may call upon as allies in this endeavor; we can go in with impunity against the perfidious influence of Ma-Ha-Suchi, deal a blow against the means by which this influence spreads, turn it upon itself, and leave."
She smirks. "Besides, we will need you doughty men upon the border to keep it safe for us lest they chase us from their foul den. Even if our plan goes off perfectly, there is likely to be some attempt at retaliation, crippled though it be. Would it not be rude to prepare an admittedly cold welcome for them?"
Sir Methius
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Mon 16 Jul 2012
at 03:26
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
"Wait, you don't think you're going off without meeting the Duke first!" exclaims Sir Methius. "You will have to get his Grace's per--"

Vaniel interrupts smoothly, "That's why I and my men will accompany her. I am sure, as an Exalt, the ravishing Lady LeSchaye can counteract this dastardly mind control for a few brave warriors.

"My sincere apologies, m'Lady, but you do see that at least one of us must accompany you, if only to represent Falanian interests."


Sir Methius looks like he's about to argue, but he suddenly changes his mind as his shoulders slump. "Feh. Politics," he grunts. "Clavien, you and I'll report this nonsense to the Duke. If young Vaniel doesn't return, we'll let him draw his own conclusions. I'm getting to old to argue with these young hotheads." The middle-in-age of the three knights seems very surprised by the eldest's acquiescence. So much so that he doesn't voice objection.

Nathier, the squire, claps a hand over his mouth to restrain the delighted squeak that would otherwise have escaped.
Beatrix LeSchaye
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Mon 16 Jul 2012
at 04:01
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
"Ah," says Beatrix. "I should note that I hadn't said we won't be speaking to the Duke. If nothing else I wish to ensure that he will not be making any further unfortunate misapprehensions while we do our work."
Sir Methius
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Mon 16 Jul 2012
at 11:18
Re: Ripples and Rumors in the Roadway
Methius and Clavien look relieved at that. "Oh, good. Let us be on our way, then. Unless any of the rest of you lot have some sudden urge to make dramatic declarations?"