Who Watches the Watch Hill?   Posted by Segev Stormlord.Group: 0
Segev Stormlord
 GM, 379 posts
Wed 22 Aug 2012
at 02:32
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"The ease of reaching your significantly less-well defended lands is part of why we are suspicious of your complicity," replies the Duke bluntly. Vaniel winces notably at his tone, while Methius simply nods and Clavien restrains his reactions. He takes a small, sparing bite of the veal, himself, savoring it methodically for a moment before swallowing with a sip of his wine. "I am told, however, that you have recently made arrangements to have the Seventh Legion begin aiding you in that matter. What troubles are you expecting?"

The Duke's son, a boy somewhere in his mid teens, looks up with a stony expression. His right eye is bloodshot to the point of lacking any visible white, but his tone is genuine. "By the way, we wanted to thank you for rescuing the peasants on the road. It was amazing how you disrupted those bandits so completely."

He turned his red-eyed gaze on Alistr, calmly and sedately. "Sir Blacksmith, tell us more about this bear you were hunting, please. It was quite remarkable that it aided your companions before loping off and losing you."

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Alistr Hamrsoung
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Wed 22 Aug 2012
at 15:39
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
  "It a far less interesting story then it sounds. The fact is that I think that the bear just happened to be wandering through on his way somewhere and came across our little bands locked in battle. Truth is I just merely scared it a very little. Smashed it's toes a couple of times with my hammer and it decided to run for it. Pain wasn't worth the meal. It was very big after all and probably wasn't used to too much of a fight from it's food. Speaking of which this is the best veal that I have had in many a moon." Alistr says while grinning from under his beard.
Segev Stormlord
 GM, 380 posts
Thu 23 Aug 2012
at 13:13
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"Amazing!" said the prince, leaning forward in poorly-feigned delight. "But, you were not at the battle until it was done. What prompted you to chase the bear all the way to the fight, then let it go when you found it not there?"

The assembled castle officials look from one to the other uncomfortably, while the three Knights look from their lord's son to Alistr and back in confusion. Sir Vaniel finally pipes up, "My lord, I am sure his hunting was not meant to poach on your royal preserves. Indeed, bear are not usually the choice game." He holds up a bite of the veal before making a show of savoring it in an attempt to lighten the mood.

Nathier follows suit, dutifully commenting, "This is very good!"
Beatrix LeSchaye
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Fri 24 Aug 2012
at 17:02
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"Well," Beatrix says, intervening in the son's discussion with Alistr and seeming somewhat abashed, "I admit to making rather a spectacle of myself at the time in order to intimidate the bandits who were accosting your citizens, young lord. It would not have been difficult for Alistr, whose hearing is keen, to hear me berating them; and from there it would have been simple for him to understand that there was a fight that was, if not happening already, then very nearly about to begin. That he was able to direct the bear at the fight, rather than merely abandoning the creature to its own devices, was quite a feat. We may need to concoct some manner of fanciful title to bestow upon him, now."

"As for your questions; yes, we are not a strongly defended nation. We have no martial history to draw upon; we have traditionally relied on greater distance from the beastman tribes to defend us from them, and on mercenaries and good intentions for the rest. We have been able to establish ourselves as being more valuable to other nations as trade partners than as serfs, and this has served us well. This is also something that should make it obvious that we are not complicit in the attacks on you; distance is really the only thing protecting us from the beastman tribes. If they were willing to cross that distance, then rather than making deals with us they would likely simply sack us. It is highly unlikely that we could convince them to attack a much more difficult target in exchange for trinkets that, to my knowledge, they do not even value - especially when we would likely be unable to keep them from simply taking them by force."

"It is in part a growing awareness of this fact that has lead me to contract with the Seventh Legion. And this in turn is due to the discovery of resources we wish to exploit that we will, we believe, make us a more appealing target to many - although I don't believe the beastmen will be among those, rather fearing raids from assorted robber kings to our west and of course pirates on the Yanaze, which have always been a problem for us. I believe that the Seventh Legion will be more than adequate to the task of protecting us; usually their name alone is enough to discourage bandits."

( OOC: Beatrix activates Violet Wall of Text Prana! )
Segev Stormlord
 GM, 381 posts
Sat 25 Aug 2012
at 22:37
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
Duke Lothus laid a hand on his son's wrist, and the prince leaned back, sipping his wine rather than continuing his verbal probes. His eye turned consideringly on Beatrix as his father spoke, however. "You are the one financing the new operation south of Oredol, in the Yanaze, then?" asked the middle-aged man. "What is it you're panning for out there? My sources have said it's everything from soulsteel to silver to a secret plot to uncover an ancient Scavenger-Lands hoard.

"I've also heard rumors that the Guild is involved, either selling slave labor to that operation, or using it as a clandestine slave-trading point with the Fair Folk."

Merlin
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Sun 26 Aug 2012
at 02:26
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
Merlin chuckles a bit and says the following as the lady finishes chewing a piece of meat.

"Well, we all know how rumor spreads and magnifies in the absence of actual facts m'Lord. I believe that such has happened in this case."
Beatrix LeSchaye
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Sun 26 Aug 2012
at 02:58
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
Beatrix nods to Merlin's comment, managing to curb her usual anger over the subject of slavery being brought up (and once again in the form of an accusation against her). "Just so, Merlin," she says. "Even if I were willing to tolerate slave labor at a site I am invested in - which I am most certainly not - it is ultimately unnecessary. I have ensured a streamlined operation allowing us to provide wages for the laborers which are, for unskilled labor, rather exceptional. The guild, as an organization, is not involved in the operation, although it is not out of the question that one of the investors may have personal ties with them that are not a direct factor in this operation."
"To the other rumors, I shall also dismiss them - Soulsteel is not mined, but refined. I do not know the process myself, but I am assured it is dreadful. Silver is usually found in large copper deposits and I have never heard of it being panned for, and if we find a ruin underneath the sand bar, I should be delighted, but it is not something I am expecting. And considering any entrance to such a place would be below the level of the river, getting into any such ruin without flooding it with water and silt would be quite a bother at any rate."
Segev Stormlord
 GM, 382 posts
Sun 26 Aug 2012
at 04:13
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"That it does, Merlin," replies the Duke.

His son frowns. "You would know of things that fly on wings, I suppose," he began argumentitively before the Duke's disapproving glower silenced the youth again.

"Forgive Deen's rudeness," offered Lothus with cold courtesy but no apology in his voice. "He speaks his mind before he filters his thoughts through wisdom normally gained with age. I expect he will grow out of it." Looking to Beatrix, he served himself a rasher of spiced and cooked apples before sending a servant to her side to offer the same to her. "I am surprised to hear you would invest so heavily in unskilled labor. But Trademeet is famous for its profitable businesses. Tell me, what is this valuable commodity you are gathering? And if you are not dealing with the Guild on this venture, how are they operating in Trademeet Dale's circle of influence to enrich the Beastmen?"
Beatrix LeSchaye
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Tue 28 Aug 2012
at 02:42
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
Beatrix seems confused for a moment, before realization dawns on her.
"Ah! Er, yes, well," she says, apparently fighting to remain polite in the face of some sort of rising ...emotion, "The Guild operates where they will, and we could hardly stop them if we wished to; if we did not deal with them openly, they would simply turn to smuggling, and it would be an enormous bother for both of us. Instead we welcome trade with them, so long as they respect our laws, especially those regarding slavery."
For a moment she pauses and sips her drink, apparently trying to determine how to explain something, before settling on; "You see, trade means profit, and consequently, more trade with more people means more profit. Trying to keep them out would be Bad for Business, as they represent an immense market for our goods. In turn they agree to work with us rather than against us because it is more profitable for them; violating our laws would be expensive and bothersome, whereas following them and trading openly with us while avoiding contraband is lucrative and hassle-free. While we often compete with them, this is not the same manner of competition as may exist between nations; we have no real problem with doing business with one another, and we do not engage one another with force of arms. In truth, like any trade organization, people within the Guild often compete with each other as well; it is not a monolithic group. Likewise, all merchants within Trademeet naturally compete against each other. That's just how it works."
Segev Stormlord
 GM, 384 posts
Wed 29 Aug 2012
at 04:10
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
Dubious and confused whispers greet Beatrix's explanation. The Duke speaks moments before his son can say anything more, shifting to more pressing business. "So, then. You have as much reason to get to the bottom of this as I, if the Guild is violating your laws in kidnapping our people within your realm of trade.

"How many amongst your number are Exalted? We have not had Exalted in our lands in recorded history; perhaps we can put this to good use and finally push back the Beastmen tribes."


((OOC: Intelligence+Lore[Realm or Immaculate Order] rolls, please. Target is two successes.))

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Alistr Hamrsoung
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 Full Time No Moon Lunar
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Wed 29 Aug 2012
at 04:37
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
  "Sir I assure you I had no poaching aspirations. I am sorry if I offended you. If you would like when I get back to my forge I will forge a masterpiece heirloom armor and sword set if you don't yet have one. I'm sure I can find a way to make it right. As for the rest I'm afraid I rather recently joined Beatrix's little group." Alistr adds as soon as he takes a breath from the meal.

OOC: I got 4 successes. On a straight Intelligence+Lore roll.
Merlin
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Thu 30 Aug 2012
at 01:39
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
In reply to Alistr Hamrsoung (msg # 13):

Merlin keeps his own council as he knows little concerning the current conversation topics. He does, however, pay particular attention to peoples body language as the Duke speaks.



20:34, Today: Merlin rolled 1 success using 5d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7. Int+Lore (Some Immaculate).
Segev Stormlord
 GM, 389 posts
Sun 2 Sep 2012
at 20:25
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"I have no doubt that, were you poaching, my knights would have already dealt with you, blacksmith," responds the Duke. "It is just strange, and strange things are rarely good."

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Beatrix LeSchaye
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Wed 12 Sep 2012
at 23:50
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"Essentially, yes," says Beatrix with a nod. The Duke had finally stopped being an adversary; now to make him an ally. "There are other reasons, of course. Falan is a trade partner and neighbor, and we would be remiss not to help you when in need. To be honest, I am not even certain that the Guild is involved... but I fully intend to find out, if you will but allow it."
"As for how many Exalted we have... well." Here she smiles charmingly. "Enough, good sir. We have enough."
Segev Stormlord
 GM, 394 posts
Thu 13 Sep 2012
at 00:46
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
The Duke's son's eyes widen briefly, perhaps at the stunning display of breath control, while the Duke's own narrow and he eyes Beatrix, then the others in her entourage. His expression is considering and not entirely pleasant. "Very well. You have my leave to investigate. See to it that no more of my serfs go...missing," he says, finally. "Duke Amaran is too soft, but he is a good judge of character. If he thought you capable of--"

"Father, we need to ready the garrison," interrupts Deen, punctuating his remark with a sudden clasping of Duke Lothus's wrist. "The Beastmen are coming for Bloody Glade. They'll be there by night fall."

Lothus frowned, looking down at his son's red eye. "You were not to be using the Viewing Mask today, Deen. You will have to bleed again too soon."

"Father!" the boy tried to sound insistant rather than whiny. "Salf's using the other eye. With this going on, we wanted to get word quickly! He's maintaining--"

"No need to explain, my son," cut off the Duke with a sharp glance towards the strangers in their midst. "I will take it over. Banthazine, see to our guests' comfort. Sir Vaniel, your men will want to ride with mine; see that they get horses. Methius, since you and Sir Clavien are here as well, I will take your men. We will crush this little raid. Clavien, you will remain here; if this is a feint, I will be sending you to deal with any other problems." The Duke had risen smoothly but swiftly to his feet, and barked out commands with cold precision before turning and sweeping out of the room.

Deen started after him, but seemed to think better of it. "Sorry, Salf," he muttered to himself. "You can deal with Father on your own."

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Beatrix LeSchaye
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Thu 13 Sep 2012
at 02:04
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"So," says Beatrix, smiling. "Who is this Salf fellow? He sounds quite helpful. Is he one of your father's knights?"
Segev Stormlord
 GM, 395 posts
Thu 13 Sep 2012
at 02:32
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"Yeah, we wish," snorts the teenaged prince. "He's my brother. I guess he's helpful when he's not being a..." he trails off before actually calling his brother names in front of foreign dignitaries.
Beatrix LeSchaye
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Thu 13 Sep 2012
at 02:35
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"A bother?," Beatrix supplies helpfully. Descriptive but not injurious. "Sounds like a sibling, true enough. What manner of things does he help with?"
Segev Stormlord
 GM, 396 posts
Thu 13 Sep 2012
at 02:39
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"He's a prince like me. So he helps with...things princes do," replied Deen, trailing off in the middle before getting more vague than he might have originally intended. "Whatever Father needs us to do, really. We help defend the Duchy, attend knights' council meetings, train for combat and to lead men in combat, that sort of thing." He puffs his chest out a little, obviously hoping to impress.

Nathier, meanwhile, waves a subtle good-bye to the prince as he finishes gathering up Vaniel's things. Panil, Methius's squire, helps the younger squire with a couple loose bits as the knights head after the Duke.
Beatrix LeSchaye
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Sun 16 Sep 2012
at 05:58
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"And the Mask?" asks Beatrix, continuing on as though suddenly bringing up what sounds like a scrying artifact that requires blood sacrifice were the most natural thing in the world (and in fairness, the young prince had brought it up at the dinner table in the first place). "It sounds like it may be of considerable use to our mission. Could this be so?"
Segev Stormlord
 GM, 398 posts
Sun 16 Sep 2012
at 06:03
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
The boy replies a little discouragingly, "I don't think so, Lady LeSchaye. It only works if you put the drops attuned to the family bloodline into your eye. I can see only because Salf is directing it at the top of the Watch Tower. Father is upset because it is Salf's week, but we will just get more drawn to set in the vials tonight.

"I don't think you would want to use it even if you could, my Lady,"
he finishes with a slight bow, mimicking his father's cold formality in a way that comes off more as stiff than uncaring.

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Merlin
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Sun 16 Sep 2012
at 17:51
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
In reply to Segev Stormlord (msg # 23):

"But of course, the famed Watch Tower and its ever vigilant wardens are known far and wide. Here nearer to the edges of creation such ancient devices are necessary to the good governance and stability of the region. Having such a system to forewarn Falan's rulers provides its citizens with a comfort few other states can provide. The Haslanti League and its flying ships and scouts provide such for its peoples, although at a much greater cost in manpower."
Segev Stormlord
 GM, 399 posts
Sun 16 Sep 2012
at 19:13
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"There isn't anything like the Watch Tower East of Lookshy," proclaims Deen proudly. "It was a gift to the first Duke of Watch Hill and his family, as the first line of defense against the return of the demons."

Sir Clavien frowns, adding diplomatically, "I doubt that it is 'famed' anywhere, either. Watch Hill's tower is not widely advertised, and the Viewing Mask is something of a state secret." He looks at the prince meaningfully, and the youth tries his best to merely return a calm acknowledging nod despite looking a bit rebuked.
Merlin
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Sun 16 Sep 2012
at 19:57
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
In reply to Segev Stormlord (msg # 25):

"Perhaps not in the West, but I have heard of it and I am from the North.."

Perhaps Merlin overheard of it from some Captain wistfully wishing he had one instead of having to brave the coldest of days aboard airship. Perhaps not.

"Sir Clavien, do you think the Duke would appreciate aerial reconnaissance, such that I can provide?"

Sir Clavien would have certainly seen the display of piloting skill at the previous Dukes estates.
Sir Clavien
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Mon 17 Sep 2012
at 00:40
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"It would not be remiss. We cannot communicate from the Tower to the field; it is just an early warning system," says the middle-aged knight, carefully. He raises a hand to silence some of the castellan's men. "They will find out if they wish to, and Trademeet Dale has more to lose from betraying any of our trust than we do at the moment. And Merlin--"

"You're the one who flew in last night, then? How did you move so quickly?" interjected Deen, forgetting his assumed calm in a moment of excitement. "And Salf and I can dual-operate the Tower to get communication to the field, Sir Clav...ien..." he trailed off at a stern glare from the knight.

"That development is new." Sir Clavien clearly doesn't like this line of conversation, and changes the subject less than delicately. "As your liaison, I will speak to the Duke's men, if you wish to offer that aid." When Deen opened his mouth, Clavien raised his voice. "More eyes are always helpful. Unless he's needed wherever Lady LeSchaye is going."

The prince forced his expression back to the cold false neutrality he'd assumed before. "Of course."

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