Who Watches the Watch Hill?   Posted by Segev Stormlord.Group: 0
Azalea
 player, 55 posts
Thu 15 Nov 2012
at 11:17
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?

Azalea - assuming she's included in the conversation - seems worried.


"I knew it felt peculiar, but demons?"
Captain August Galen
 player, 122 posts
Thu 15 Nov 2012
at 13:37
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
When Galen follows the others to meet the Masked Stranger™ the brigand eyes the person suspiciously throughout, and seems quite taken-back that this man should dare to talk with familiarity.  Still, it seems The Captain's allies seem to recognize him. Did Galen meet & forget this person? It's happened before.

In reply to Alistr Hamrsoung (msg # 177):

"Well, we could tell the royals the truth. They already know we are hiding a lot about how many and what type of Exalted we have in our group.

I have to say I'm very impressed that they haven't pushed the subject. They've been surprisingly open and honest about a great many things.

We could also just rephrase the inquiry, while being discreet on the particular, and make sure the royals feel in the loop on our progress. I'm very much against lying to them, but it's obvious they know we are keeping some information close to our chests and are currently comfortable with that.

Hmmm... They know Lady LeSchaye is Exalted. What if we tell the Duke we have a concern that the Beastman are interested in the magic that powers the tower? The Lady and Mr. Hamrsoung could tell the Duke that she wishes to take her technical assistant, (Mr. Hamsoung) and see what is what in the tower, with someone the Duke trusts to assist, of course."

This message was last edited by the player at 13:38, Thu 15 Nov 2012.

Alistr Hamrsoung
 player, 92 posts
 Full Time No Moon Lunar
 Part time Smith
Thu 15 Nov 2012
at 15:02
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
  "They didn't take it well when I told the kid that I saved well at all Captain. As for actually fixing or altering it that might not be possible. It was a thought to look into. If I knew more about this device I might be able to make a more accurate guess. Fact is I am still training in this area and this would be an enormous task."
Beatrix LeSchaye
 player, 291 posts
 Solar
 Zenith
Thu 15 Nov 2012
at 15:49
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
Beatrix pays for the goat and the gems before coming to speak with the others. She also gives Ned (a.k.a. Radiant Goat-Lord Clad In Peasant Attire) some money to feed himself with on the way back home, since he's probably been on the road longer than expected already.

"A remarkable and excellent insight, Merlin," says Beatrix after hearing what the man has to say. "My main concern, should your feeling prove true, is that these stepped-up invasions are a recent occurrence; something has changed to make this place a greater target." After a brief pause, she says "I wonder how recently Deen and Salf took over the role of using the device? Likely very recently; Sir Clavien mentioned that the two of them being able to use the device in tandem was new to him, which means it likely happened after he left for Trademeet."

After thinking a bit longer, she says. "Mmm. Sand from Malfeas. Would that be the border you were patrolling, little Carrabas?" She scritches the creature affectionately. "I believe I recall it being said there are no gods in Malfeas. Please, anyone correct me if they know otherwise, but if so I believe this would explain... well, nearly everything."

"If you will all forgive a brief diversion, I must ensure everyone is on the same page, now. There is, I am told, a group calling themselves the 'Five-Score Fellowship'. If those I've heard about it from are to be believed, they are a group of gods who take it upon themselves to police other gods, and evidently to meddle in the affairs of mortals. One of their agents came to me for economic advice, and moreover to attempt to convince me to assist in a plan they had for Falan."

"You see," she says as she continues, and it's evident as she goes that she is counting time on he right hand, "I've come to realize they were aware of the beastman raids and the effect they are having on Falan. They believed this would lead Falan to invade other nations in order to abduct warm bodies to pad their borders with. This I now realize is true, and I see it because our host has already made such an attempt in small scale. This is in great part what brought me here."

"Their proposed solution to this problem was to greatly increase the trade of slaves in this region, via Trademeet. They needed my assistance in this because slavery is illegal in trademeet, and they thought that perhaps I could circumvent this somehow. I declined to help them and declared my intent to find another solution. My initial plan will not work, because I see now this isn't a plan that money will solve on its own. But I've learned much and believe I have the beginnings of another solution."

"However, if the Tower is the source of all this trouble, then their plan, aside from being immoral, would also be entirely inadequate to dealing with the problem; instead of solving anything it would simply prolong a war, at least until whatever powerful force is directing the Beastmen becomes involved personally. However, if they are unaware of the Tower's nature due to its connection to Malfeas, then it would explain this error in judgement."
Captain August Galen
 player, 123 posts
Thu 15 Nov 2012
at 16:32
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
In reply to Alistr Hamrsoung (msg # 180):

"Hmmm... It does sound like a very involved and time consuming effort, and it could turn out to be just a coincidence. Perhaps we should concentrate on investigating the Beastmen & discovering their reason for invading this area, first. If it does have to do with the Infernal nature of the tower, then we can more easily persuade the Duke to allow us access, yes?"

In reply to Beatrix LeSchaye (msg # 181):

"I must admit, I'm starting to suspect the interest in the tower is due to it's strategic advantages, rather then it's power source. I worry that a practiced Shapeshifter, like the one controlling the Beastmen, might be able to mimic a member of the Duke's family that they can use its power. Or they could intend on simply kidnapping and forcing the family to obey.

Or they may instead simply want to destroy it as a threat to a larger expansion move.

Either way, it's looking like we need more direct intelligence from the enemy themselves.

I wounder if we can secure a spy among them?"

This message was last edited by the player at 16:34, Thu 15 Nov 2012.

Azalea
 player, 56 posts
Thu 15 Nov 2012
at 16:44
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?

Seems very puzzled throughout the conversation, but she doesn't ask anything in particular.
Alistr Hamrsoung
 player, 93 posts
 Full Time No Moon Lunar
 Part time Smith
Thu 15 Nov 2012
at 17:22
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
  "It's not likely that He has anyone that can shift into a member of the Duke's family. He would have had to get a hold of one of them and then hunt and kill them. Far to time consuming for him or his normal methods. As to the Infernal nature pulling the Beastmen here I can't say, but I think that it has more to it than that."
Merlin
 player, 296 posts
 If you knew he
 would have to kill you
Fri 16 Nov 2012
at 00:23
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
In reply to Alistr Hamrsoung (msg # 184):

The masked man, 'hrrrmmms'.

"The strategic use of the tower is a factor, but more of a detrimental one to the enemy. If it is true that only the blood of the Duke's family can utilize it then one would have to be subverted in order for it to be useful. Of course, if its built with magical materials or as part of a manse then almost any essence wielder to utilize it give access or atunement.

How do we make sure that Suchi is the master of these beast men? Rumor would have it that this is somewhere near Suchi's territory, but that is unconfirmed, of course.
"
Alistr Hamrsoung
 player, 94 posts
 Full Time No Moon Lunar
 Part time Smith
Sun 18 Nov 2012
at 10:40
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
  "If they are WolfGoatmen then they are Ma-Ha-Suchi's. Do not doubt that. If he found out that another Lunar was breeding WolfGoatmen to give him a bad name he would have a fit. The offender would not likely survive. MHS's Lair is nearish. I tend to think that this is built on or near a manse to draw some power from."
Captain August Galen
 player, 124 posts
Wed 21 Nov 2012
at 11:33
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
Alistr Hamrsoung:
  "It's not likely that He has anyone that can shift into a member of the Duke's family. He would have had to get a hold of one of them and then hunt and kill them. Far to time consuming for him or his normal methods. As to the Infernal nature pulling the Beastmen here I can't say, but I think that it has more to it than that."


"THAT is how Lunar Shapeshifting works? Ewwwwww..." Galen shudders and shakes gloved hands as though something disgusting and gross had to be touched with them. The Captain then stops and has a thoughtful moment.

"Do elders have the same limits?"


Alistr Hamrsoung:
  "If they are WolfGoatmen then they are Ma-Ha-Suchi's. Do not doubt that. If he found out that another Lunar was breeding WolfGoatmen to give him a bad name he would have a fit. The offender would not likely survive. MHS's Lair is nearish. I tend to think that this is built on or near a manse to draw some power from."


"Huh. Well, if we are going to investigate him, what's the best way? I admit, I don't know much about the man's temperament. Is a direct approach best? Or sneakery?"

This message was last edited by the player at 11:34, Wed 21 Nov 2012.

Alistr Hamrsoung
 player, 95 posts
 Full Time No Moon Lunar
 Part time Smith
Wed 21 Nov 2012
at 15:05
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"I have never heard of MHS learning any other way to acquire a form. That doesn't mean he hasn't mind you. Vital fluids are all that are really required for some of the more esoteric demons and Raksha. As for investigating him. Sneaky cause if you get caught you are dead as well a door nail. MHS is generally accepted to be insane. He is an Elder of the Silver Pact so we let him live."
Azalea
 player, 57 posts
Wed 21 Nov 2012
at 15:46
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?

She looks at Beatrix curiously, keeping her voice low to avoid interrupting the conversation.

"What do they mean 'aquire a form'?"
Captain August Galen
 player, 125 posts
Wed 21 Nov 2012
at 16:31
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
Alistr Hamrsoung:
"I have never heard of MHS learning any other way to acquire a form. That doesn't mean he hasn't mind you. Vital fluids are all that are really required for some of the more esoteric demons and Raksha.


"Bodily fluids? That's kind of... kinky." Galen looks a little sheepish in posture, and averts eyes away from everyone. The Captain may be blushing under the unseemly high collar. "That makes Lunars like sparkly, silver vampires. Oh, I want one..."


Alistr Hamrsoung:
As for investigating him. Sneaky cause if you get caught you are dead as well a door nail. MHS is generally accepted to be insane. He is an Elder of the Silver Pact so we let him live."


"Huh. But, if he's a part of this Silver Pact, could we seek an audience with them if we have their blessing?"

This message was last edited by the player at 13:53, Thu 22 Nov 2012.

Beatrix LeSchaye
 player, 292 posts
 Solar
 Zenith
Thu 22 Nov 2012
at 00:14
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
In reply to Azalea (msg # 189):

Beatrix looks up from her contemplation, her long ears twitching. "Ah? Oh, my pardons. They are referring, I think, to the ability of the Chosen of Luna to adopt the shapes of other beings. I am honestly not entirely clear on the details; Alistr would know more, being himself a Lunar."
Azalea
 player, 58 posts
Thu 22 Nov 2012
at 13:24
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?

She looks at Alistr, then, surprise evident by the size of her eyes.

"Really?"

She proceeds to stare curiously.
Captain August Galen
 player, 126 posts
Thu 22 Nov 2012
at 14:26
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"Is it possible to get approval from this Silver Pack organization to get an official audience with the esteemed Ma-ha-Suki?

If not, I'm feeling a little bored, and I'd like to attack & kidnap some of his lieutenants to find out more about him & his possible interest in the tower. I need to punch things."

This message was last edited by the player at 13:22, Tue 27 Nov 2012.

Beatrix LeSchaye
 player, 293 posts
 Solar
 Zenith
Tue 27 Nov 2012
at 14:59
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"I am uncertain," says Beatrix. "Ma-Ha-Suchi is not portrayed as one prone to diplomacy, generally speaking. I suppose it would be worth the attempt, if only to see what we may learn by it."
She turns to the Lunar of the group. "Alistr, what say you? Is such a thing possible?"
Alistr Hamrsoung
 player, 97 posts
 Full Time No Moon Lunar
 Part time Smith
Tue 27 Nov 2012
at 16:41
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
   "Possible sure. So is Malfeas actually repenting. Neither is very likely. MHS doesn't deal kindly with a certain type of shiny Anathema if you get my drift. If I of all Lunars showed up with shiny Anathema well it would be bad all around. For them and worse for me. Diplomacy is possible sure. I just don't like the odds." Alistr shivers when he mentions the consequences for shiny Anathema and shivers worse yet when he mentions his own consequences. While he may not be the most valorous of the group he most certainly isn't afraid often or by a whole lot.
Captain August Galen
 player, 129 posts
Tue 27 Nov 2012
at 17:02
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"Oh. OK.

So, kidnapping and interrogation, then?"


Galen enthusiastically raises a hand in a thumbs up.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:22, Tue 27 Nov 2012.

Beatrix LeSchaye
 player, 295 posts
 Solar
 Zenith
Tue 27 Nov 2012
at 18:04
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
Beatrix nods. "That is as good as a 'no' for negotiating with Ma-Ha-Suchi himself, then. We shall see what we can get out of his followers, but we should be prepared for the violence that seems likely to occur. Gathering information is our foremost priority, so it seems Galen's suggestion is the most likely to succeed. We could attempt to discern what about the tower is wanted by the beastmen ourselves, but asking them would be much simpler."
"Let us be about it, then."
Captain August Galen
 player, 130 posts
Tue 27 Nov 2012
at 18:30
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
In reply to Beatrix LeSchaye (msg # 197):

"Y-eeeeeess!

Ha, ha! Punching!"


Galen holds up a clenched fist with glee, then starts talking to it, intimately. "Oh, enemies faces, how my fist has missed you?"

Galen puts the pointer finger from the other hand onto the fist to shush it. "No, no. Shush, my love. There is no other. I know I have not done the dance of fun with you in a while, but there is no one but you.

What? My friends? No, violence is not for them. Only for the bad peoples. Only you, my pet. Only you. Kiss, kiss."
And Galen slowly kisses the gloved hand.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:31, Tue 27 Nov 2012.

Azalea
 player, 60 posts
Tue 27 Nov 2012
at 20:18
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?

Azalea observes Galen's... affections with a surprised, confused expression.

...and more than a little worry.
Beatrix LeSchaye
 player, 296 posts
 Solar
 Zenith
Tue 27 Nov 2012
at 20:48
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
Beatrix observes Galen with a carefully neutral expression before coughing into her hand and simply heading back.
Captain August Galen
 player, 132 posts
Tue 27 Nov 2012
at 22:50
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
In reply to Beatrix LeSchaye (msg # 200):

Hearing the cough, Galen suddenly remembers not being alone & looks around. The Captain then straightens up, adjusts the red coat, and jaunts away, like a clumsy cat whom has fallen, then pretends it never occurred.
Merlin
 player, 297 posts
 If you knew he
 would have to kill you
Wed 28 Nov 2012
at 01:51
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
In reply to Captain August Galen (msg # 201):

The masked man betrays nothing from behind the mask, but one hand can be seen caressing a throwing chakrum. It almost seems that he would like to use it.....almost. As the group dissolves so does the masked man as he heads into the evening.