The Great Market.   Posted by Gamemaster.Group: 0
Gamemaster
 GM, 41 posts
 Ufufufu~
Fri 21 Mar 2014
at 20:50
The Great Market
In a flash of light, seven people and a wagon appear out of nowhere, high in the air above the plain. Agatha, with almost casual ease, grabs the wagon and gently arrests the sudden fall.

The lot of you land softly on the road, some few kilometres from the Great Market proper. Barely a minute of flight away, really.

Hye would prefer if you stay with her though, at least until you're inside. The nomads make cursory inspections of travellers, and she somewhat fears how you'd handle it without her. Of course, you can ignore her as you please.

You can see the many columns of smoke rise up from the market, though no doubt they are as nothing to the number that will appear in the evening. Further out, almost by the horizon, you can see the dense forest which surrounds the place.

The herds of the nomads are everywhere. The birdlike creatures mill about as great feathery blobs on the land. Among them you sometimes spot faint shapes that are no doubt their nomadic handlers.

Decisions
If you are planning to do something other than just follow Hye's directions until you are inside the market, say so.

Once you are inside the market, Hye will go about her business. You may, each of you, either follow her, or go search for something. If you search for something, specify, and possibly make up a search plan.

Anything else you want to do, make sure to add it.
Claire Foulke
 player, 24 posts
Sun 23 Mar 2014
at 12:27
Re: The Great Market
It's good to be outside the ship.

Bright blue skies, fluffy white clouds. And a temperature regulating barrier jacket, so it feels just cozy. And while the smell isn't exactly pleasant, it's ignorable.

Of course, since we're traveling on foot, it's going to take awhile to reach the city. Assuming the Great Market is a city, and not just a big collection of tents and other non-permanent dwellings. And given these people's current tech levels... They might understand the importance of hygiene and proper waste disposal. On some worlds, I hear they understood it in ancient times.

Until then though, I think I'll just avoid trying the local food and water. Just in case.

Still, we have some time to kill.

I sidle up next to our local guide. She's kinda cute, and only has a few inches on me, compared to the full head everyone else seems to bring to the table. The cloak doesn't really do her figure any favors, though. Then again, she's wearing travel clothes. Comfort and durability, with professionalism coming next, are probably what drives her clothing choice, not attractiveness. Still, I can imagine.

<"So, Miss Hye?"> I open up with a warm smile. <"What's the sort of thing a lovely lady like you bringing to the market?">

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Hye
 NPC, 17 posts
 Travelling Merchant
 Free City of Anjeong
Sun 23 Mar 2014
at 17:45
Re: The Great Market
There's a moment of perfect silence as Hye apparently does a double-take, the somewhat flirty tone carrying rather well across the telepathic connection.

You suspect that she kinda wanted to sputter in shock, but as it stands, she just boggles quietly for a moment, and then shifts a bit awkwardly in her seat.

<"Ah, my best ware is alcohol from the city states. I also carry some screws, screwdrivers and drills. They're still fairly rare outside cities, and they can produce a lot of them these days. Not too valuable back home, but out here it can carry a pretty solid price. I was originally planning on exchanging it for something exotic, maybe from the Silver Empire or further out even, and then take it back to the city states, but, well, priorities have changed.">

She smiles, a tad awkwardly. And... wait, is that a blush?

<"What, um, brought you here? On the ship, I mean. Do you, uh, like exploring?">
Mattias Wim Dohman
 player, 27 posts
Mon 24 Mar 2014
at 07:14
Re: The Great Market
<"Half and half, in my case. It's nice to see new things, but it's also nice to find ancient relics or just exotic goods that people are willing to pay a large amount of money for."> Mattias admits. <"Even doing the sane thing and avoiding the places with horrible murder guardians attached, people are always willing to pay for the exotic shinies that they can flaunt with the sure knowledge that their neighbors can't easily get a copy of whatever it is. And in the process we get to see some really really nice stuff, too.">
Hye
 NPC, 18 posts
 Travelling Merchant
 Free City of Anjeong
Mon 24 Mar 2014
at 18:38
Re: The Great Market
Hye jerks slightly in surprise as Mattias joins the conversation, but nods in understanding.
Namlos Blitzklinge
 player, 40 posts
Mon 24 Mar 2014
at 19:40
Re: The Great Market
<"That was rather rude, good friend Dohman. But since we are all likely getting involved in the conversation now, anyway - I will confess that I am here solely out of greed. Well, perhaps 'greed' sounds rather uncharitable, but it is true that I followed captain Sharpe here primarily for the promise of wealth. Thus why I were so, ehem, enthusiastic regarding this whole business enterprise we are now embarking on.">

All true, Namlos thought privately. Even if he was leaving things out.

<"... hey, incidentally, you two, are you solely interested in other women or do you travel down both paths? For future reference.">
Gladyn Briallen
 player, 24 posts
Mon 24 Mar 2014
at 20:45
Re: The Great Market
Gladyn, her pristine white and blue-trimmed plate-armour like Barrier Jacket gleaming in the sun, had the vague impression that the group would stick out like an ulcerous thumb, as the saying went. Or was it sore? She'd have to ask.

quote:
<"... hey, incidentally, you two, are you solely interested in other women or do you travel down both paths? For future reference.">


Gladyn's head tilted, involuntarily and she opened her mouth, trying to find the correct words, formulate the right telepathic message. Something eloquent, snappy, sarcastic.

She completely failed.

<"Are... you. I. What. What.">=

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Namlos Blitzklinge
 player, 41 posts
Mon 24 Mar 2014
at 20:49
Re: The Great Market
<"Yes, Gladyn?>"

He wasn't smiling.

Outwardly. Indeed, his face was perfectly, completely serious.

He wasn't sure he was managing to conceal his amusement over the telepathic link, though. He'd never really been good with that kind of stuff...

Success.
Mattias Wim Dohman
 player, 28 posts
Mon 24 Mar 2014
at 21:00
Re: The Great Market
In reply to Namlos Blitzklinge (msg # 6):

Mattias shrugs. <"No conversation right next to other people is private when you're talking loud enough for everyone else to hear you.">
Gladyn Briallen
 player, 25 posts
Mon 24 Mar 2014
at 21:06
Re: The Great Market
In reply to Namlos Blitzklinge (msg # 8):

Namlos failed to conceal his amusement.

<"You think this is... amusing?">

She struggled to put her thoughts together.

<"Mr. Blitzklinge, this was not amusing. This was idiotic and tactless. Please stop talking, before you cause an incident.">

'The incident being me sealing your intestine shut the next time you need healing. Oh yes, there will be a reckoning. Glady? Yes, you will pay for that nickname and that annoying accent and its butchery of language, I will personally make sure of that!'

Gladyn quickly cleared her throat to suppress the sudden urge to cackle.

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Agatha Dietrich
 player, 15 posts
Mon 24 Mar 2014
at 22:10
Re: The Great Market
Agatha stretches languidly, fingers knitted together, arms pressed out above her head. Running a light visual enhance spell, nothing major, just some redirection of light protons, she takes a closer look at the gathering. Looks interesting. The market sure looked fun. Oh, maybe they have those bra-things that those people are the spaceport talked about. Apparently, they were supposed to be more comfortable than chest bindings. Or maybe they would have some tournaments. The knights at the monastery always said she needed more first hand experience that book learning couldn't teach her.

Yeah, that be nice and- oh, the others were talking. Agatha listened in, and then frowned. Well, that wasn't very nice for all. <"Hey, Gladyn, I don't think you get that angry at Namlos. He was just asking for instructions. It's a new place, so it's expected that he's not too familiar with the paths.">

Besides, wasn't the reason they had brought Hye to guide them? It'd make sense that he'd ask her.
Theodore Sharpe
 player, 56 posts
Mon 24 Mar 2014
at 22:56
Re: The Great Market
I frowned at the way Namlos handled himself, and resolved to talk to him privately later. And it was shaping up to being a nice day too.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:12, Mon 24 Mar 2014.

Claire Foulke
 player, 25 posts
Tue 25 Mar 2014
at 14:27
Re: The Great Market
I grit my teeth, and imagine in great detail just what I'm going to do to Namlos and Mattias. It would involve glue, glitter, popcorn, tinsel, a levitation spell, a yule log, a high level binding array, and a short list of holiday favorites.

With that lovely image in mind, I simply let myself smile back at the pair of them.

<"There are things you don't talk about ask in polite company."> The tone carried was honey-sweet. And also dripping with venom.

If they can't read a hint, well. I'd just have to get more drastic is all.

<"Anyway..."> I returned my attention to our lovely guide, relaxing a bit. <"It's kind of a long story, but I suppose the best way to put it is that I wanted to break out of my Dad's shadow. He's..."> I grasp at the air with one hand. How to put it... <"Well, he's a brilliant engineer. And I am too. But everyone keeps expecting me to do the same stuff as him."> Fingers run through my hair, while I sigh. <"I love my Dad, I really do. But I don't want to be him.">

And isn't that an understatement.
Hye
 NPC, 19 posts
 Travelling Merchant
 Free City of Anjeong
Tue 25 Mar 2014
at 16:45
Re: The Great Market
For a moment, Hye seems like she wants to say something, but then she shrugs and evidently decides to ignore most of the chatter. Probably for the best, really.

<"Ah. It's kind of..."> She pauses.

<"You sometimes seem like a noble, and then moments afterwards you, ah, don't. Sorry, I guess that doesn't really make much sense to you. What do you want to engineer, then?"> She finally says.
Claire Foulke
 player, 26 posts
Wed 26 Mar 2014
at 04:13
Re: The Great Market
I blinked at the mention of seeming like a noble. I can't really say I exude poise or elegance, or anything like that. But for the moment, I just focus on answering Hye's question.

<"Well, when I went to university, I mostly studied shipbuilding and Device construction."> And here I shrugged, before lacing my fingers behind my head. <"But really, I'd be happy making stuff that helps people. Of course, it paying well would be nice too. One can't live off of the charity of others, after all.">

<"But really..."> I carefully raise an eyebrow, arching it in a way I'm told is usually pretty elegant looking. <"What makes me seem like a noble?">
Hye
 NPC, 20 posts
 Travelling Merchant
 Free City of Anjeong
Wed 26 Mar 2014
at 08:22
Re: The Great Market
<"Ah, sorry, it's, um, just this kind of weird impression. Um. I can't really explain it that well. Nevermind it?"> She says.