Pophar's Estate - Manor Second Floor.   Posted by The GM.Group: 0
The GM
 GM, 233 posts
Wed 11 Nov 2015
at 03:01
Pophar's Estate - Manor Second Floor
The second floor of Pophar's manor house is mostly taken up by sitting rooms, offices, and various smaller, more private gathering spaces than the grand reception halls of the first floor.


-= from Pophar's Estate: Jezper Emberson =-

Getting up from his dive through the window, Jez finds that he's in a short, narrow service hallway with a set of dumbwaiters to one side. A cabinet next to the dumbwaiters holds stacks of various dishes and eating utensils, fancy cloth napkins, and jars of condiments. A small sink is under the window, and an ant is presently climbing through the window into the sink, with more ants crowding behind the first one. Jez might've taken too long looking over the rest of the room first...
Jezper Emberson
 player, 32 posts
 Graceful Jack
 Moves Like a Cat
Wed 11 Nov 2015
at 03:28
Pophar's Estate - Manor Second Floor
Running through the upper storey of a manor while being chased by giant ants was not how Jez had envisioned this heist taking form. He quickly mentally reviewed his options. He could try to hide, but the ants could probably smell or sense him anyway. He could attack, but he would be overwhelmed. A quickly set rope trap might slow them down temporarily. Or he could admit defeat and run away, but he didn't have much to show for his efforts so far and he felt so close to a big score.

Maybe he could tie an ant into the window, at least blocking the other ants from entering. That would be tricky and involve entering within range of those gnashing jaws, but Jez had done more intricate moves during his Wandering Sun Troupe days.

Jez leaps over the giant ant to land on the window sill, balancing in place as he attempts to immobilise the creature.
The GM
 GM, 235 posts
Fri 13 Nov 2015
at 02:29
Pophar's Estate - Manor Second Floor
With a whole lot of fancy tap-dancing and arm-waving on the windowsill, Jez miraculously avoids being bitten by the ant he is trying to tie down as well as the other three ants crowding through the window and snapping their mandibles at all of his extremities. Unfortunately, actually securing the creature doesn't go as well as he had hoped, and the ant in the sink wriggles free and lands on the floor. As it rolls over and turns around to face Jez, another ant bolts for the sink through the window. A fifth ant takes its place in the waiting crowd.
Jezper Emberson
 player, 33 posts
 Graceful Jack
 Moves Like a Cat
Sat 14 Nov 2015
at 08:26
Pophar's Estate - Manor Second Floor

Having not managed to tie down his ant-agonists, Jez decides to hightail it out of the nearest door. He runs at full speed, trying to jump out of the way of the gnashing mandibles, while keeping an eye out for potential exits.
The GM
 GM, 239 posts
Sun 15 Nov 2015
at 04:12
Pophar's Estate - Manor Second Floor
Jez leaps out of the way of the incoming ants and through the doorway into a larger hall. There are several doors on his left and around the bend of the hall, and a railing on his right. Beyond the railing, the space is open to the floor below. A plushly carpeted staircase rises from the first floor to the second floor on the other side of the open space.

He also runs straight into an older, well-dressed, portly gentleman who had been heading toward the door next to the service hallway. The man stares in shock at Jez for a second, then shouts, "What is the meaning of this? Gardeners have no business in this part of the house!"

A couple of other doors open, and housekeepers poke their heads out to look.
Jezper Emberson
 player, 34 posts
 Graceful Jack
 Moves Like a Cat
Wed 18 Nov 2015
at 21:29
Pophar's Estate - Manor Second Floor
Jez decides that honesty is the best policy, and in a voice fill with mostly-genuine terror screams, "SORRY SIR BUT THE ANTS ARE CHASING ME!" as he bolts past the well-dressed gentlemen to follow the bend in the hallway.
The GM
 GM, 244 posts
Sat 21 Nov 2015
at 14:37
Pophar's Estate - Manor Second Floor
The gentleman quickly moves to the railing and shouts at the floor below. "Someone stop that man! Are you down there Walter?"

As Jez passes the housekeepers, he overhears them whispering to each other.
"Is that the new gardener apprentice?"
"Why would the ants chase him?"
"Well he must be a scoundrel then."
"It's sure hard to find good help these days!"

By the time Jez reaches the top of the stairs, three men are at the bottom. One is tall, thin, and dressed like a butler. The other two look like cooks. One is holding a cleaver.
Jezper Emberson
 player, 35 posts
 Graceful Jack
 Moves Like a Cat
Wed 25 Nov 2015
at 21:57
Pophar's Estate - Manor Second Floor
Jez was not planning on being ant food nor chopped up by a man with a cleaver, later to be ant food. He decides to trust in his innate acrobatic skill and dives out the nearest window, tuck and rolling as he hits the ground.
The GM
 GM, 250 posts
Fri 27 Nov 2015
at 02:41
Pophar's Estate - Manor Second Floor
The nearest window turns out to be above the front doors of the manor, and the driveway below is a bit closer than Jez expected. He dives and tucks, but instead of rolling, lands hard on his back with all the wind knocked out of him. While he's lying there pondering his next move for when he can next move, the front door opens and the butler says, "Yes sir, he's still here."
Jezper Emberson
 player, 36 posts
 Graceful Jack
 Moves Like a Cat
Mon 30 Nov 2015
at 22:54
Pophar's Estate - Manor Second Floor
After taking a moment to recover from his one storey fall, Jez leaps to his feet and quickly scans the area. He looks around for roaming security ants, and runs in whichever direction provides an escape route and the least number of ants.
The GM
 GM, 254 posts
Wed 2 Dec 2015
at 05:06
Pophar's Estate - Manor Second Floor
There aren't any ants in Jez's immediate area, but there's a large number of them near the front gate, along with a man riding one of the really big ants. He's talking to the big blue guy who is surrounded by ants. Another swarm is biting into the gorilla, and three other people are lying on the ground. Ajeni is nowhere to be seen.

The rear of the manor house, Jez probably recalls, is where he was when the ants started chasing him in the first place - and the regularly spaced foxholes they came from are around the entire house. He could run toward the carriage house or the servant quarters.
Jezper Emberson
 player, 37 posts
 Graceful Jack
 Moves Like a Cat
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 07:42
Pophar's Estate - Manor Second Floor
Jez runs towards the carriage house, reasoning that:

a) the servants knew that he was a thief already; and
b) there were mounts at the carriage house - albeit large silvery ant mounts - that he might be able to use to escape.
The GM
 GM, 256 posts
Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 03:14
Pophar's Estate - Manor Second Floor
-= to Pophar's Estate - Carriage House: Jezper Emberson =-
The GM
 GM, 307 posts
Sat 23 Jan 2016
at 15:28
Pophar's Estate - Manor Second Floor
-= from Pophar's Estate: Ajeni Darrow =-

Looking through the double doors, Ajeni sees a wide foyer-like area in front of her with a railing at the opposite end. Beyond the railing is a brightly lit open space, and on the other side there are three floors of very large tinted windows at regular intervals. If she angles her head to peer leftward and rightward, she can see that these windows seem to wrap all the way around the open space.

There are also a couple of dog-sized ants ambling into view from the right, and two others ambling out of view toward the left.

The doors turn out to be unlocked.

This message was last edited by the GM at 15:30, Sat 23 Jan 2016.

Ajeni Darrow
 player, 115 posts
Sun 24 Jan 2016
at 19:45
Pophar's Estate - Manor Second Floor
Ajeni waits for the second ant-patrol to pass, then slips into the foyer and closes the door quietly behind her. Crossing over to the railing, she leans out into the open space to have a better look around. She looks to the left and right again and then decides to follow after the ants, off to the left.
The GM
 GM, 309 posts
Wed 27 Jan 2016
at 04:20
Pophar's Estate - Manor Second Floor
-= to Pophar's Estate - A Zoo: Ajeni Darrow =-