Who Watches the Watch Hill?   Posted by Segev Stormlord.Group: 0
Azalea
 player, 29 posts
Mon 8 Oct 2012
at 15:25
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
She looks at the injured -however superficially- hand and holds it if allowed, then takes a couple of pinkish flower petals and places them on the injury for a few moments.

"Why blood, if I may ask? And what is that metal that seems to be... moaning?"

She removes the petals and wipes the hand with a soft cloth before releasing his hand, offering no comment at her procedure but a gentle smile instead.
Segev Stormlord
 GM, 432 posts
Mon 8 Oct 2012
at 18:40
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
The youth permits the ministration to his hands, trying hard to boldly meet the woman's gaze and not stammer, "The metal moans in thirst for the offering; through our blood, we see from its eyes."

He rubs his palms together after she's done, gently. "We drop it in our eye and share it with the Mask, and let it attune to our blood so we can use it."
Azalea
 player, 30 posts
Tue 9 Oct 2012
at 00:03
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?

"I... see. Strange."

She looks back to Beatrix, unwilling to interrupt the purpose that brought them here further.
Segev Stormlord
 GM, 433 posts
Tue 9 Oct 2012
at 12:39
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
Sensing she doesn't quite share his enthusiasm for the Artifact, Salf trails off with, "Thanks for washing my hands, Miss."

The Duke looks to the ladies, and asks, "Was there anything else? It is a twenty-five minute walk back down. Do not short-change it. Before you deal with these bandit conspirators, speak with my chamberlain; he will give you a writ of authority to handle it legally."
Beatrix LeSchaye
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Wed 10 Oct 2012
at 16:37
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"Utterly fascinating," Beatrix mutters while making notes in a sketchbook; she's made rough drawings of the mask and of several of the tapestries and wall paintings, and she's smiling a genuine smile about something. "This is quite a thing you have here, sirs. I certainly understand why you would be so excited about it, Salf, but do be careful. Someone obviously went to stupendous lengths to safeguard this area, and..." she trails off, her thoughts apparently wandering a moment before she shakes her head, as if clearing something out of it.
Recovering her composure, she asks Salf, "You said that most of the bandit encampment was headed south; where is the other part heading, and what does this smaller group look like?"
Azalea
 player, 31 posts
Wed 10 Oct 2012
at 21:58
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?

Although she remains silent as Beatrix speaks, she observes around curiously, mainly for evidence on whether there is anything wrong with an artifact that uses human blood and moaning metals...
Segev Stormlord
 GM, 434 posts
Thu 11 Oct 2012
at 12:14
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
Salf covers his normal-looking eye with one hand and his red eye shifts a bit to his right. "Two people, riding west. They're not maintaining a constant pace, to judge by their horses' tracks, so they're likely doing a long-distance ride and pacing their horses to go as fast as they safely can," he says, proud of his analytical skills but not letting that impede a professional tone. There is a ghost of a smile on the Duke's face as his son speaks.
Captain August Galen
 player, 112 posts
Sat 13 Oct 2012
at 10:39
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
Outside the tower:

The Bush stood silently, as bushes are want to do. The Bush knew it needed to not draw attention to itself, so it concentrates on it's photosynthesis.

Mmmmmmm... Sunlight is so tasty.

The Bush concentrates, imagining it's glorious antenna complexes light-harvesting captured, unsuspecting photons from the Sun's bountiful rays. Ah, the poor, unsuspecting photons. The Bush looked forward to greedily savoring them. How they're least Gods must tremble when devoured by this green titan.


((OOC - Hide Roll while wearing bush branches: [Dexterity + Stealth]
06:36, Today: Captain August Galen rolled 3 successes using 6d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7. Hide as a bush.
))

This message was last edited by the player at 10:41, Sat 13 Oct 2012.

Beatrix LeSchaye
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Sun 14 Oct 2012
at 16:53
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
Beatrix frowns and checks over her shoulder briefly for something that isn't there. "Odd," she thinks to herself, "Whence this feeling of sudden dread?"
Shaking the momentary feeling off, she returns to the matter at hand. "Young master Salf, one more question. Can your keen eyes tell me anything of the appearance of the two who broke off from the pack, so that we may recognize them if we come upon them in person?"
Azalea
 player, 32 posts
Sun 14 Oct 2012
at 18:00
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?

Glad that she doesn't feel anything terribly out of place, she returns her attention to the conversation, although she remains silent.
Segev Stormlord
 GM, 435 posts
Mon 15 Oct 2012
at 23:36
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
Salf looks like he's not sure what to make of being called "young master," but pretends to take it in stride as he covers his normal-looking eye again and lets his red one drift. "They're both in hooded cloaks. Good quality, deep hoods. One is a very pretty woman, with expensive taste in clothing and cosmetics. The other is a large man, on a larger steed to match. The woman carries a mystic jewel of some sort. She's blond with hazel eyes." The Duke clears his throat, and Salf's eye focuses blindly but briefly on Beatrix. The boy blushes before hastily continuing, "The man has common dark green hair and ruddy skin likely tanned from days in the sun. He is also dressed expensively, but not as delicately. His horse likely cost more than the woman's, if the salesman knew what he was selling.

"The woman's horse has a holy symbol embroidered in its saddle bags..."
he squints his one eye, bending a bit awkwardly as if to see around something. "It's...a peach on a pillow?" He shakes his head in confusion, obviously not recognizing the symbol. Neither, apparently, does the Duke, as he keeps his silence.

The young man continues, "The man's tack bears the emblem of one of the Guild trading consortia. We don't do much business with that one; I fear I do not know their common trade, nor why they're here. But the manacle and coin aurum crossed by argent quill is Pelenast Inner Sea Financiers," he says with more certainty than he feels. The Duke's subtle nod of pride indicates that he thinks his son is exactly right, however. "She's got a self bow and a long knife, mostly decorative, I think, but he's got a sword just barely small enough that he doesn't have to be a Seventh Legionnaire to wield it."

The boy trails off, blinking his open eye and rubbing his covered one as they refocus, seeing the room proper again. He looks between the two female guests to try to gauge their reactions, a tiny tear of blood pooling in his red eye's outer corner. The top of it is showing white again.
Azalea
 player, 33 posts
Tue 16 Oct 2012
at 00:49
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?

Seems very very lost about the whole of the description, looking between those gathered puzzledly.
When it is obvious that the scrying has finished, she mutters "You... can see all that?..."
Segev Stormlord
 GM, 436 posts
Tue 16 Oct 2012
at 02:12
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
Blinking, and trying not to be obvious about wiping the red tear from his eye when he accidentally squeezes it out, Salf nods once. "The Viewing Mask is very good at seeing anything within the Duchy. And a bit beyond; it is part of how we are always ready to defend our lands. Which is why the increased raids that stretch our forces thin and even slip--" he coughs, clearing his throat before continuing, "are very frustrating. We've got to find out why they're so much more...more...eager lately."
Azalea
 player, 34 posts
Tue 16 Oct 2012
at 02:46
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She looks at Beatrix, somewhat worried.
Beatrix LeSchaye
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Wed 17 Oct 2012
at 22:36
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
Beatrix frowns in thought for a moment. "The holy symbol represents Ystara, goddess of luxury products; she is popular with the wealthy and nobility, and rather influential as gods go. The Pelenast Inner Sea Financiers are actually a front group for slavers. ...I believe I know what is going on now, at least in part. Thank you very much for your help, Lordship, Salf. I should go and begin attending to this at once. Twenty-three minutes of walking, was it?"
Segev Stormlord
 GM, 437 posts
Wed 17 Oct 2012
at 22:39
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"Twenty-five," corrects the Duke. "You had been following me for two when I stepped out. Will you need anything to facilitate your journey?"

The prince struggles not to beam under the thanks of the lovely lady, and instead looks to Azalea. "Is something the matter, Miss?"
Azalea
 player, 35 posts
Wed 17 Oct 2012
at 23:24
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"What? Oh, uh, no. I don't know?"

She looks between the lord and Salf

"It's just that the situation seems rather worrisome, for some reason that I can't really understand yet."

She looks thoughtful for a moment.

"...why twenty five?"
Segev Stormlord
 GM, 438 posts
Thu 18 Oct 2012
at 00:01
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"If you leave the sand tower before you've walked for twenty-five minutes, you won't come out on the bottom floor of the tower. Or in the tower at all," explains Salf, ominously.
Azalea
 player, 36 posts
Thu 18 Oct 2012
at 00:03
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"...where will you end up?"
Beatrix LeSchaye
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Thu 18 Oct 2012
at 00:24
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"Ah, thank you for the correction, your Lordship," says Beatrix. "As for assistance... prayers for our success would be most welcome. If I am right, there may be a conspiracy of gods working against us in this matter. I will not let it deter me, however. Come, Azalea! Our work load has seemingly increased, and we ought to set upon it immediately."
That said, Beatrix turns and heads out the door, back into the mysterious sands.
Segev Stormlord
 GM, 439 posts
Thu 18 Oct 2012
at 00:42
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
"Someplace from which you'll never return," is Salf's only - and somewhat pretentious - reply.

The Duke inclines his head. "We will help as we can. If it is gods that are your foes, prayers may not be your best of friends."


The silver sands are much as the duo last saw them. As they walk, the murals once again move as if they were windows, and the door and the green orb shift positions on the walls relative to each other.

Twenty-five minutes later, they step out of the door and into the long hallway leading out to the courtyard.
Azalea
 player, 37 posts
Thu 18 Oct 2012
at 00:44
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?

"I... ah..."

She looks between Beatrix walking away and Salf, then follows Beatrix.

"...okay...?"

She glances back to Salf, perhaps for a trailing explanation, then blinks and looks at Beatrix again.

"Wait, what? Conspiracy of Gods?"
Beatrix LeSchaye
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Thu 18 Oct 2012
at 03:15
Re: Who Watches the Watch Hill?
Beatrix adopts a wry smile on the way out. "Oh, we shall simply pray to different gods. They are a contentious lot, I've been told, and have rivalries much as we do."

She puts off answering Azalea's question until they're a bit into the walk. "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 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."
Azalea
 player, 38 posts
Thu 18 Oct 2012
at 03:30
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She nods occasionally to show she's paying attention, but remains silent as she tries to take all that in.

Only after it becomes apparent that Beatrix is done, she speaks.

"So, that fellowship wants to prevent Falan from invading other countries by making sure it gets slaves for what they believe they need? Namely, defense against Beastmen?"
Beatrix LeSchaye
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Thu 18 Oct 2012
at 03:39
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Beatrix nods. "Primarily. The case was made to me that the goal was to stave off the nation's economic collapse, but it's now clear that the cause for this in the first place is the recent increase of barbarian activity. Salf described them as 'eager', and the boy has a good eye. They've apparently found a new motivation, and we ought to see what it is."