1. Kishire - The King's Mission.   Posted by ~Jaguar.Group: public
James Alexander
 player, 23 posts
 Mage for Hire
 Adviser In-Training
Thu 19 Nov 2015
at 17:06
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
James was pensive though the entire interview process. Between his instinctive over analysis of his responses and the continual dizziness brought about by the mages daze James was rather fatigued towards the end. Luckily for him he was not dismissed and divided into one of the two groups. Why have they divided the group once more? This division made much less sense then the previous. The only consistencies were that both Ginny and himself attacked the assailant and that the farmer was selected by Ginny to join them.

Then Captain Maltby spoke and James began tense, his mind empty. After waiting for a few more moments the King entered the courtyard and James followed Captain Maltby's direction and knelt. When the King told them they could rise James made sure to rise slowly and keep his gaze to the ground.

He listened to the mission that the King desired them to undertake and immediately became suspicious. A mission of this nature might in deed require disposable adventurers but several of the people gathered did not fit that requirement. Astrid was the daughter of nobles and a paladin at the very least her order would question her disappearance. The same with the dwarven priest and Maudeline. Also why gather warriors and mages to prevent a political kidnapping? Where they to kill the conspirers or simply protect Lady Silvi? So many questions but none that could be answered.

"I am asking each of you to undertake a mission that has deep personal meaning to me. I am trusting you. Will you help?"

James bowed as he responded, "It is as you request sire."
Ginny Hawk
 player, 29 posts
Thu 19 Nov 2015
at 23:55
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
Ginny wouldn't have stayed once she'd felt the dizziness if it hadn't been for the payout at the end. For all she knew, they could be magicking the *CENSORED* out of her. Gin didn't quite get magic, but she knew killing the caster stopped a lot of the shenanigans. She raised a brow at the final separation, but said nothing about it. Being separated from the Orc was probably for the best anyway. She could see getting in a lot of arguments with him.

Even if they weren't warranted.

When the king came out, Ginny curtsied as well as she was able, given she had no dress to speak of. She may be crude and brash, but she knew a person that could jail her for three lifetimes when she saw one. If she ever wanted to walk this kingdom again, she'd had best keep her tongue curbed. Well, unless she somehow became the best of friends with the king. ...Unlikely.

Still, She was not from Estrana, and therefore could be partially exempt from their customs. From where she was from, kneeling was for your own royalty. Not someone else's.

At least, that's what her mother had taught her. Gin hadn't met her own royalty before. She'd caught a glimpse of a coattail once when she'd been too young to care and too short to see past the crowd.

When the King said his piece, Hawk was obviously going to do it. In her mind anyway. If nothing else, she'd gained a good sense of family from her parents. "Family's worth more than gold." Which was Gin's 'Yes'.
Xochil
 player, 21 posts
Fri 20 Nov 2015
at 01:41
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
Xochil was a little disappointed when the peacocks finally came out. No fanfare, no frills, hardly any gussiness at all. Not hardly even any jewels to speak of! Better quality fabrics,  sure, but... plain.  All that waiting and questioning and magickers possibly rustling about in his head for this?

Belatedly he realized people were kneeling and -- was that supposd to be a curtsey? It sure looked silly without a skirt -- and wondered if he should have bowed or something. Of course, it wasn't as if there'd been actual introductions made, so... eh. Folk were already standing again.

He listened to what the plainly dressed king had to say. Now, a secret mission sounded like it had the potential for fun; certainly it was the most interesting thing he'd heard yet today. Lot of options mayhem, in something like that.

He tipped his head a bit sideways to watch Hawk agree to go, then glanced over at where the orc stood. Hmmm... two groups? That worked for him.

He glanced back at the king. "I'll go wi' her," he told the plainly dressed ruler, pointing a finger at the archer. Help with his shooting, and opportunities for making trouble with someone who wanted to force a "marriage," yeh, that'd be worthwhile.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:43, Fri 20 Nov 2015.

Larek
 player, 19 posts
Fri 20 Nov 2015
at 03:57
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
Somehow Larek had passed the final questioning in his furious state. Two groups being formed finally allowed him to calm down. If a bunch of fools felt like they wanted to add the random element of some arrows being dropped on them by their supposed allies as well as their enemies, so be it, Larek thought. He had tried to talk sense into these people, and it was up to them to decide if they wanted to listen or not. The only problem was he still felt sorry for the farm boy, who not only was in over his head but now also grouped with the lunatic who counted people as good as dead at the first sign of trouble. The farm boy was a favourite to get into trouble first. Larek looked directly at the boy for a while until he finally caught the novice adventurer's eye. He then gave the boy a subtle, inviting hand gesture, hoping he would have enough sense to ask to switch groups.

When the king came out, Larek stayed standing up looking at the king. He had no intention of sucking up. It wasn't his king, and even if it was, orcs rarely knelt. In fact, orcs had an entire culture of questioning whether they recognized someone's authority or deemed them unworthy to rule. This made it quite hard, even dangerous to be an orc leader, but on the other hand it also ensured most orc leaders were very capable. For example, King Xig of Gules was not just a brilliant tactical mind, but also without a doubt one of the, if not the strongest individual combatant in all of Gules. Otherwise he would not had been able to stay in power. While in this case Larek recognized that King Rufus had authority over Estrana, he felt he had already done more than enough to respect that authority by obeying the laws of Estrana. He wouldn't show subservience. Even with his orcish pride, however, a similar thought to what Ginny was, unbeknownst to Larek, pondering at the exact same time, occured to Larek. Some royalty were vain and childish about these things. Larek counted on the humans being well aware of orcs not kneeling, however, and figured at the worst he could play the part of a clueless brute. When he saw the half orc on the other group keeping on his feet, too, Larek felt a touch of amusement and even approval.

The approval soon dissipated, however, when the half-orc voiced his willingness to go with the friendly firing archer. Larek soon remembered how everyone knew half-orcs were useless weaklings. That wasn't even the worst part of them. Almost always their fathers were the worst kind of orcs, honourless and corrupt. It only made sense that their rotten personalities passed on to their offpsring. Larek frowned and let out a small puff that perhaps wasn't even quite audible to the other group. When it was finally his turn to answer the king's question, he said, "With these people, sure.", motioning with his hand at the group on his side.
Astrid Daleborn
 player, 28 posts
 Human
 Paladin
Fri 20 Nov 2015
at 07:10
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
Throughout each of the questioning, Astrid was sure that she'd be turned away. She was sure that she would be told that she wasn't experienced enough. She was sure that she'd be told that she wasn't loyal enough to Estrena. She was sure that she'd mess something up. She was sure that she'd be told that she wasn't strong enough. she was sure that she would be sent home like all of the others, that she would be no better than those peasant's they'd turned away. That all of her training, all of her faith, and all of her hard work would mean nothing to these people. With every question, with every look from the strange robed man, with every time her mind was read, her heart started beating harder and faster. She was going to fail. She was going to amount to nothing. But, much to her shock, she found herself before the king. Had she...made it? Was she really to be granted so great of a quest?

When it came time to bow before the king, she made sure to show the proper respect and kneel. After all, even if she was a noble of Awarene, their customs were not so much different from the Estranans. It was not hard to tell that she had to kneel before the king, and that she had to speak as politely as possible. She kept on a stoic face for the moment, keeping the excitement that was bursting through her heart from bubbling forth, at least for the moment. She listened with great interest as the man began his speech, marveled by the dignity of him and the queen. She was in the presence of royalty now. She could not disrespect him, lest she ruin the honor of her house, of herself, and of her very church.

She winced slightly as she heard the request. It seemed almost...mundane. More of a political matter than the sort of grandiose quest meant for a Paladin. She hoped that she would have been recruited to stop some great threat to the entire world. She had hoped that she would have been recruited to slay a dragon or defeat a demonic incursion, the kind of stories that tales would be told about for centuries to come. Instead this was more related to politics, something that would be but a footnote in history. Still, she was a little curious about the seeming simplicity of the task. After all, such a thing would not normally warrant the grand reward that was presented. Was their task secretly far graver than this? She could not tell, at least not yet.

But none of that mattered. She had gotten this far. For all of the people that were turned away, for all of the people that had worked hard to train her and get her here, she had no choice but to accept. She knelt again. "On the name of House Daleborn and as a Paladin of Rauna, I pledge my service to this cause."
Ciara Rubeir
 Player, 30 posts
Fri 20 Nov 2015
at 11:03
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
Ciara's reaction to the King's presence was similar to that of Ginny. Her opinion of the man who stood behind them wasn't much higher than anyone else she might meet for the first time, but his position was high enough that she knew better than to make a scene of disrespect toward someone who probably wouldn't even need to say a word, rather, simply nod in her direction and the guards would be dragging her after the man who had attacked Maudeline.

She listened intently as the king explained the mission that he had called them together for, and as he did, her heart sunk and her eyes rolled. It was a kill mission. Something that he could claim no responsibility for if they failed, because there wasn't an overly confident expectation for them to succeed in the mission. At least now she understood why he was throwing the kingdom at them.

And yet each of them were lapping it up. She listened as each of them responded in turn to the King's request, and she shot a sidelong gaze at Ginny when the redheaded woman responded about family. It was obviously an acceptance of the call, but the words chosen suggested something behind it that was more than gold or land.

The reality was, Ciara was pretty sure that she was now trapped between a rock and a hard place. She knew what the plan was now, and if she said no to it, then she doubted her chances of walking out of here. The king wasn't about to just let someone walk out of the palace with his big political secret that would be worth a great reward from the Emperor of Qethage.

"I guess I'm in too." She said after a moment's thought.
Owen Valet
 NPC, 3 posts
Fri 20 Nov 2015
at 12:30
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
Owen didn't quite know how he had made it this far through the proceedings. He had somehow managed to answer each of the questions he'd been asked correctly, and fought his way through the dizzy spells that came when the man in the blue robe stared so intently at him. Finally, though, the process seemed to be at the end. He was grateful to be standing with Ginny, and noticed the Orc's invitation across to their group. Owen shook his head at Larek, hoping that he had conveyed sufficient politeness with it. The woman with the bow, in spite of her brash actions earlier, was someone he thought might be worth staying alongside. If he was going to make a life out of this, then he needed to find some good companions to travel with.

When Captain Maltby said that the king was going to come, Owen could barely hold in his excitement. It was all that he could do to maintain the stoic expression on his face and keep from wriggling with anticipation. He could imagine the expressions on his younger sisters' faces when he told them that he had met the king of Estrana. Even if he didn't make it the rest of the way, and was, for some reason, sent home after this event, then he would at least be able to tell them that. He would have a story.

But he did not want that to be the only story that he had to tell. He was determined to prove himself.

When King Rufus came out, Owen followed the movements of Captain Maltby, dropping to one knee and lowering his head until the king told them what the mission was. Owen again found the whole thing hard to comprehend. He was being asked to rescue a noble, the king's niece, nonetheless. The things that King Rufus said about why he had chosen them, well, that wasn't something Owen really understood, but what he did understand was that he was being chosen to participate in an adventure that would allow him to claim a title, and land, that he could actually own. It was far and away beyond anything he had imagined when he'd decided to answer the call of this mission. This one mission would allow him to take care of his entire family for the rest of their lives. Owen had decided well before the king finished speaking.

"My duty is yours, Sire." Owen said, bowing his head.
Maudeline Black
 player, 40 posts
Fri 20 Nov 2015
at 20:30
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
Maudeline was a little unnerved by how they were divided into groups again. On one hand, Ciara was with her. On the other, James wasn't and Larek was. She gave him a timid little wave, not quite sure about how to deal with him after he left in such a huff earlier.

Luckily, she was distracted by the entrance of the king and queen themselves. She went through the proper motions - certainly, her mother would have died with shame, had she not - and listened to him attentively. It sounded like quite a task - politically sensitive, travel required, obviously, mentions of torture...yet at the same time many of the details remained opaque.

"Of course, sire. But what exactly would be expected of us? Are we to retrieve your honourable niece or to ensure that the kidnapping attempt is stopped before it can be executed? Will we be t-traveling t-ogether or are there two goals, seeing that... um...oh gods does this fall under addressing the king before he addresses me? Um."
Ginny Hawk
 player, 30 posts
Tue 24 Nov 2015
at 04:19
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
Well well well. Looks like the Orc wasn't going to get what he wanted. Again. In her mind, Ginny went through the situation again. Had she done the right thing? Of course I did. If they think you have no interest in the well-being of the hostage, then they're less likely to kill them. It's harder to carry a meatshield than it is to have them move themselves.

Gin's thoughts were never very linearly charged with everyone else. She looked at things differently. Besides, How did they know they were working for the right side? Gin would have to do some research. Were they doing the saving, or the kidnapping? Was this really what that crowned uppity-shmuck was making it out to be?

She would go on this job. And she will save the princess. From whom, well that remained to be seen. Even if it meant turning on all these wonderful mercenaries. Not that she didn't mind their company, but there was a lot about a person that a legend just didn't tell you.

for instance. My father is a barrel maker. Bet none of you shmozzle-crucks know that! With also begged the question: What, pray tell, is a shmozzle-cruck? Well, it's just a pile of gobbledygook that sounded like it should fit as an insult. Something to make you feel stupid when you heard it. I think it fits nicely.

And so Hawk's eyes flickered about, using her peripheral vision more than anything, (So as to not draw attention to herself.) She noted the members she was grouped with. The farmer who'd been initially pegged to fail. The very peppy knight woman. The demi-Orc with all the knives and bow that may-or-may-not be his. (You could tell by the way he was uncomfortable with carrying it, constant adjustments.) And finally, the other one who'd actually done something when someone had been in peril. Rather than watch, slack-jawed.

She was minorly disappointed that they didn't have the dwarf. He looked very capable in at least medicine. At least Gin could cauterize her own wounds. That was something. Right? It hurt like hell, and no you can't see the scar, but she could do it!

She did look at Maud though. "Calm down. Breathe. You'll be fine. They're all questions any sane person would ask. Going in blind wouldn't be a very pleasurable experience for anyone." The king would need to elaborate for any of the skilled adventurers to stay. However, he was probably going to leave the explanation to Maltby or a man of similar station once he left with assurance of 'it will be done.'.
King Rufus
 NPC, 2 posts
 King of Estrana
Tue 24 Nov 2015
at 12:11
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
The King didn't interrupt as each of the people before him offered their acceptance of the mission that he had, but his gratefulness was evident on his face as each did.

When Maudeline began her series of questions, Captain Maltby's eyes lit up with frustration, and he took a single pace forward before King Rufus stepped out, holding up a hand to the Captain to silence him. Rufus greeted Maudeline with a smile.

"I certainly was not intending to have you say yes, and then leave you to your devices." He said, after a patient - if pointed - pause after Ginny had responded. "I do not have the information of exactly when the Qethagians will be undertaking this plan, and I pray with my heart that the information that has been received is some sort of misdirection. However, on the chance that it is true, we must take action.

"Obviously, the ideal situation is for you to arrive in Awrawrene and retrieve my niece before anything happens to her. However, if this is not the case, someone will make contact with you. We know where it is likely that she will be taken if it does happen. Either way, once you have her in your own protection, you will take her to Anabridge, where a ship will bring you by sea back to Estrana."

He stepped back again, his body moving regally, somehow managing to almost glide as he moved back alongside where his wife stood.

"I must leave you all now, but Captain Maltby will provide you with the additional information required. I hope to see you all again in the months to come."

The king didn't stop to take any further questions, rather, he spun on his heel, and held out a hand to his wife who fell into step alongside him, her hand in his, as the two walked back toward the castle.
Brumli Gesudek
 player, 13 posts
 Priest of Aemis
 Khethian Dwarf
Wed 25 Nov 2015
at 03:27
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
Brumli had bowed ceremonially at the entrance of the King of Estrana. It was more appropriate than kneeling for a priest of his station; besides, his overall height came out to about the same as a kneeling human.

The King's mission made sense. A family member is in danger from an obviously-vile despot. Though it didn't sound like an opportunity to tend to the masses, it was still a noble endeavor. And, again, the influence he could garner from this quest would allow him to found a great hospital, or temple, or maybe both. Noble means to a noble end, he thought. When Rufus concluded his imposition, Brumli had responded with level voice, "Aye, ye have a staff o' Aemis in your corner." He had hoped the straightforwardness of his reply would be a reassurance to the King, and possibly cleanse his palette of the more... irreverent replies.

quote:
With these people, sure.


Brumli had given Larek a pat on the back (well, he managed to reach the small of it anyway) at this show of approval. Simultaneously, he had also smiled across the way at Miss Hawk and Mister Alexander; despite the misgivings of some of the others present, he appreciated their quickness to action, even if he did hope they'd work on their aim.

As Rufus and his Queen retreated back into the palace, Brumli gave another bow. As the palace doors shut, he lifted his gaze dutifully to Maltby. "Well now, Cap'n. What kin ye tell us about th' fox in th' hen house?"

This message was lightly edited by the player at 03:28, Wed 25 Nov 2015.

Astrid Daleborn
 player, 31 posts
 Human
 Paladin
Wed 25 Nov 2015
at 07:32
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
Astrid took a small sigh of relief once the King left the area. She seemed a little more comfortable now, and she certainly was. After all, now she had no chance of insulting the king, ruining her reputation, or preventing everyone else from getting to go on the mission. From here on out, she could handle it. She had nothing to fear! Well, except for the great chance of failure, the possibility of starting a war, the possibility of being scapegoated should the mission go badly, and a whole host of other problems. But she did not want to think about that! At least not right now.

On the bright side she was going to head back to Estrana for part of their quest. It was always nice to go closer to home, even if she doubted that she would have time to go back to the manor and see her parents during a quest of such importance. Still, at least she would be more comfortable with the terrain and such. She looked to the rest of their group and to see their reactions. She scratched her chin before looking to Captain Maltby. "Ah yes fair captain!" She said in an aristocratic lilt. "I needs must ask. What does our fair princess know of the plot? How should we inform her of the danger? Or would you prefer we simply secret her away, the poor girl none the wiser?"
Xochil
 player, 22 posts
Wed 25 Nov 2015
at 14:52
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
Giving the self-proclaimed paladin a sideways look at her speech -- did she think she was a poet, or did she just talk sweet to any man in office? Or was that any man in rank over her, as he didn't recall her "fair-ing" up anyone at the inn -- Xochil shifted away from her a little. She reminded him a the puppies he'd seen at a farm where he'd over-nighted a few days outside of Kishire. She didn't exactly bounce as much, which was good considering that with all that armor, it'd be an awful clatter, but she had the same air of eagerly wanting attention paid to her.

Given he'd rather have less attention sent in his direction, not standing too close to her sounded like a good idea.

And given the hour... Xochil was hungry again. "This shoulda come wi' lunch," he grumbled. All their sorting and questioning and waiting had put them well into the afternoon, and not like to make a good start to anywhere today. And now the guard captain wanted to talk some more.

Examining his fingernails again as his stomach growled -- just in case he'd missed anything -- reminded him he still had the rest of the nuts. So he promptly let his pack drop to the ground and fetched the little sack back out. No reason not to nosh while the captain chattered. Eating didn't interfere with Xochil's hearing at all.

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Captain Maltby
 NPC, 5 posts
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 12:46
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
Maltby stiffened when Maudeline began ranting, and even though the king took it in his stride, the captain retained his own unimpressed demeanour. It wasn't, of course, for him to go beyond what the king had chosen to ignore, and therefore he made nothing further of it, instead, only bowing as the king and queen left. When he heard the doors close behind their departure, his body finally rose back to a standing position and he turned his attention to the mob in front of him.

The dwarf asked his question, and in almost the same breath, the paladin of Rauna also asked her own question. Maltby took both in his stride.

"Most nations in this land have agencies beyond their own military, who are focused on spying and intelligence gathering. However, the Qethage Empire have been known to use their agents for acts beyond espionage. Intelligence gathered around the lands, though, suggest that in recent years, the current Emperor, Vosjan, has taken an active interest in political machinations around the world. To date, it is known of two failed assassination attempts that would have drawn war between other nations.

"Vosjan, it seems, has a goal, and Yavia is a part of it. The Princess is naive to the plot against her, and should remain as such for as long as possible - always, would be ideal. If you can get her out and back to Kishire without knowing the risk to her safety, then that would be the best situation."

He paused, his eyes scanning over them.

"You will travel together. However, should there be any need to separate, then the groups that you are in will be the way you divide."

He continued, beginning to stride slowly in front of them, his polished boots snapping against the cobbled courtyard.

"Enough of you should be well enough travelled," He continued, his eyes shifting toward Ginny and Ciara in particular, "That you don't need to be told how to get to Osraco. When you arrive, you will check in to the Esterion Hotel, and use the name Howell Dale. Your contact from Yavia will meet you for the remainder of your mission.

"Are there any final questions?" He concluded, his eyes disinterested.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:16, Thu 10 Dec 2015.

James Alexander
 player, 27 posts
 Mage for Hire
 Adviser In-Training
Thu 10 Dec 2015
at 02:17
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
James took in the information presented to him. He could tell that the Captain was not going to give him any more useful information so he remained silent. He did, however, thing to the logic that they employed when dividing them into groups. Also how would they monitor their actions once they left the kingdom? Surely it didn't matter if we remained in the groups that they had assigned for us? James personally didn't mind but his skills might be more synergistic with Maudeline's then if they were separate.

Dismissing his internal ramblings he waited for someone to take the lead. He was no leader by any measure.
Ginny Hawk
 player, 34 posts
Thu 10 Dec 2015
at 03:21
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
"Do you really believe that we'll stick to these groups if we have the need to split?" Asked Ginny, knowing what the answer should be. There was a right answer for every circumstance, and this wasn't it. She was just making sure they were all on the same page. There was some things she knew that wouldn't happen. The Orc would likely never wish to go anywhere with her in the first place. Something she didn't really mind.

It's not that she didn't like him, it's that he didn't like her (For obvious reasons.) And she wasn't going to waste her breath arguing the point right now. All she had to do was make sure the brute didn't kill her in her sleep and blame it on bandits.

They were supposedly on the same team. What that meant to Hawk, was that she wouldn't attack any of them without provocation. OR unless it would immediately save the rest of their skins. But they didn't need to know that. It was professional after all. She bode no ill will towards these people. Far from it.

Gin hefted her bag and stood on her own two feet, mentally checking off the list. Osraco. Esterion hotel? Howell Dale. It was there, and she could remember it until such a time that she could write it down.

Never the less, things were as they stood. It was about time to hit the road. "So we could be facing anyone or anything? Considering eyes and ears tend to be virtually any person at all, Even their closest allies. Trust no one?" There was a lot of information that was needed, yet not necessarily readily available.
Ciara Rubeir
 Player, 31 posts
Thu 10 Dec 2015
at 11:23
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
Attention spurred by the mission, Ciara had fallen quiet, letting her mind track through the different ways that this could pan out, and sadly, there was only one good way. Two, if she counted the fact that it wouldn't be that difficult to disappear. Now it was just about time to get on the road. Her stomach was starting to remind her that they'd been here for a long time, and she was ready to go.

Of course, others still wanted to ask questions, and so she kept listening, and she was glad that she did. She was more intrigued when Maltby began to tell them about the goings on in the political arena. If what Maltby was saying was true, then there were going to be other major events going on in the years to come as well, and that bore keeping in mind.

"The groups make sense," She said, in response to Ginny, "Pretty evenly balanced, but I don't think we'll come to that."

She looked over them, continuing to talk over any response that Maltby may want to offer to what seemed as much a rhetorical question as any she had heard. They were, after all, going to face what they would face. Ginny, she thought, would understand that more than most of the others in the group - perhaps Larek and Brumli also.

"And on that, I think we should get started, don't you all?" She said, "Standing around here chatting about it isn't going to rescue the Princess."
Xochil
 player, 25 posts
Thu 10 Dec 2015
at 14:50
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
Eyeing the other group, Xochil frowned at the thought of traveling in company with an orc. How soon something could be arranged to split the group? He could put up with the excitable paladin more easily than the orc. She was too naive to be a problem for him.

As for the others he'd been placed with... he had a use for the archer, and the skinny wizard wouldn't be a problem. The young woodsman, even more than the paladin, had an earnest innocence to him that would make him easy to deal with. As long as he didn't start sucking up to the paladin; an earnest lackey was worse than a viper in the grass.

Yeh, splitting up sooner than later would definitely be better.
Naomi Lotus
 player, 22 posts
Thu 10 Dec 2015
at 15:00
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
Naomi nodded to what the captain said, but didn't say anything in return. She didn't have any questions, since all she needed to know had been answered.
Maudeline Black
 player, 46 posts
Thu 10 Dec 2015
at 16:29
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
Maudeline shrank back under Maltby's disapproving gaze, and half-hid behind Ciara for the rest of the conversation, cheeks burning. What on earth had moved her to just ask the first things on her mind like the King was a fellow student at the University? Well, at least the King himself hadn't seemed to mind, probable because he had people for that, like the captain.

At least they wouldn't split up, which was a good thing as far as Maudeline was concerned. There was safety in numbers and they'd need all the help they could get on their coming journey. And since she'd started training with James she'd already made so much progress! It would benefit her to train more with him. Besides, she wasn't opposed to spending more time with him as a person. This was a rare occurance for the mage, who viewed most social interaction as a huge trap just waiting to slam shut on her. Obviously, this in itself worried her too. There were a myriad of ways in which she could make things awkward. Her mind spent some time cataloguing them until she heard Ciara speak of leaving. "Yes, a-agreed."
Brumli Gesudek
 player, 18 posts
 Priest of Aemis
 Khethian Dwarf
Thu 10 Dec 2015
at 18:30
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
Ciara:
"The groups make sense. Pretty evenly balanced, but I don't think we'll come to that."


"Aye," agreed Brumli, "it's good t' have options." Then, holding his staff horizontally in front of him, he offered to the group at large, "Remember: a flock divided kin better spot th' wolf." He snapped his staff to the vertical position. "But a flock united kin better fight'im off."

Brumli bowed deep to the captain. "Thank ye for yer patience, Maltby. We'll be on our way."

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Ciara Rubeir
 Player, 32 posts
Fri 11 Dec 2015
at 13:10
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
Ciara smirked.

"I find that I usually prefer to be the wolf myself," she replied to Brumli's comment, shooting a wink in his direction.

She cast an eye around the group, assuming that their collective silence meant that no one else had any further questions. Showing far less respect to the Captain than Brumli did,she simply offered Maltby a nod of acknowledgement, before turning on her heel and taking a step toward the exit. She tapped Maud on the elbow as she moved past, guiding the young mage to join her, and began the walk toward the gate.
Astrid Daleborn
 player, 37 posts
 Human
 Paladin
Fri 11 Dec 2015
at 18:39
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
The Paladin bowed low to the captain. "Do not worry good sir. We shall make sure that the princess is returned safely." She said in a strict, stoic tone, hosting slightly less of her usual aristocratic lilt for the moment as she made her declaration. This was a truly impressive quest! And with such a grand reward! It was clear to Astrid that the king truly valued his daughter, and that alone was a reason that she was more than happy to complete this mission. The idea of gaining such riches and prestige was merely icing on the proverbial cake. She could not wait to continue.

She would wait for the rest of the group to leave before taking her own, in order to ensure that she was properly dismissed by Captain Maltby. She did not wish to risk insulting the good captain, nor his organization after all! Still, her eyes brightened with excitement despite the sweat running down her face. This would matter. This would be important. This would be what she had always wished for.
~Jaguar
 GM, 52 posts
 Weaver of tales
 Master of destiny
Sat 12 Dec 2015
at 08:07
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
When the group started to depart, Captain Maltby bowed his own head subtly toward them and took a step back, folding his arms and watching them until they were out of the gate. His expression was neutral, perhaps mildly disinterested.

With a few remaining hours left in the afternoon, the group had enough time to get out of Kishire and make their way to Beggar's Hole, the next town to the south.

At Beggar's Hole, they would have to make the decision of whether to take the Eastern or Western pass out of Estrana. To the east was the safer route, taking them along the Estrana coast to the pass, and then through Shazia and Sothela, to Cainadel and down to Awrawrene. The journey, though, was significantly longer. To go west would be at least a week shorter, but would involve going through Gules before taking them into Cainadel and the rest of the way to Awrawrene.
Naomi Lotus
 player, 23 posts
Sat 12 Dec 2015
at 08:25
Re: 1. Kishire - The King's Mission
Naomi followed the group out, and walked with them as far as they went. She stopped at Beggar'sHole.