And So It Begins....   Posted by Comte De Treville.Group: 0
Comte De Treville
 GM, 113 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Thu 8 Dec 2016
at 03:14
And So It Begins....
The Vitcome smiled "Monsieur? You are becoming a most valuable man indeed. If he knew of your departing you must have a care. No doubt, just down the road lies another ambuscade waiting just for you. Oui! Yet, you will be aware of it. Go to this man's room and seek the evidence that he has collaborated with... with these ruffians and I shall see to him. Then you may see to your mission. Seek the Le baron. I feel we may be too late but what course do we have?"

The same young lad who brought you to the study also escorted you to the servant's room. It was unlocked for what servant could hope to secure his poor quarters. SO, Gerard must enter and seek what he may. Inside was quite spartan as Gerard may well have imagined. Just a cot of straw, a table and chair in the center of the room and a bed side table with wash basin, cloth, soap, mirror and razor. The window before the small bed side table was thrown open to allow the fresh air to enter. There were birds chirping in the trees outside.
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 151 posts
Thu 8 Dec 2016
at 04:12
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  Garard was led to the humble quarters, of the suspect servant, and left to his own devises. The young noble just stood there for several moments, not really sure what to do. On top of that feeling, he felt like a complete fool for even attempting this act. However, he drew his dagger and started poking it into the straw of the mattress, to see if he struck anything. He would lift said mattress at first then poke. The drawers where opened and taken out to make sure nothing had been hidden. Gerard would even look under everything. If that did not show results, he would seek any loose floor boards.
Comte De Treville
 GM, 114 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Thu 8 Dec 2016
at 22:33
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Gerard stabbed the straw bed without striking anything that stopped his blade. Nor was there anyhing under the bed save for a pair of worn out and muddy boots. the drawers were also empty save for a few pairs of worn trousers and tunics. Yet, when he continued his search upon the floor boards he did find one rather lose under where the bed would have lied. Lifting it up he was rewarded with to small pouches which clinked with the sound of coin. However, there was no sign of notes, inks, or parchments upon which to write a missive. Though each pouch was small the weight of each was heavy to Gerard's hand. As the breeze blew in to caress his face, Gerard noticed the treeline was not over far from the window... yet far enough that one must surely shout to be heard...
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 154 posts
Fri 9 Dec 2016
at 02:55
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 Having come up with no idea more than the small bags of money, Gerard wondered if they were used for bribes, perhaps. The young noble took the bags of money and tossed them onto the bed. He gathered up the bags, using the blanket as a make shift sack. Gerard went to find and report his findings to the Vicomte.

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Comte De Treville
 GM, 115 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Fri 9 Dec 2016
at 03:57
And So It Begins....
The Vicomte looked upon Gerard as he came in with a blanket that clinked with coin.

"Monsieur? What have you found? Surely a mere blanket means nothing! Yet my ears, if they do not deceive me, there is more there than a servant's blanket."

He motioned for Gerard to place the blanket upon his desk "Place it here! We shall see what we shall see! Oui! Let us look at this together."
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 155 posts
Fri 9 Dec 2016
at 04:12
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 Lazare did as the Vicomte bid him do. Gerard laid the blanket open to expose the several small bags of coins.

“I found these under a loose floor board, Mon Seigneur. I am sorry to say, that is all I found, after searching his quarters. The only reasons I can think of having these bags, one is bribes, the other more far fetched. Could he slip a narrative into the pouch, and then throw it to an accomplice near the trees, from his window? The coins might be payment, for the spies report to be delivered. That is as far as my thinking takes me.”

 Lazare opened one of the pouches at random, and poured out the contents upon the table.

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Comte De Treville
 GM, 117 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Sat 10 Dec 2016
at 14:20
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The Vitcomte looked at the coins with a frown of displeasure and placed a hand upon his hip as he waved his other over the now scattered coin.

"Bribes or payments? Either or both are possible Monsieur."


"One thing is for sure Monsieur, I did not give the man this coin for it far out weighs his own wages. So, is he a spy, a thief, or both. If there was a way perhaps to catch this scoundrel in the act? I wonder if he knows you are leaving for Les pavements?"

He cocked a brow at Gerard "Monsieur Lazare? How tight-lipped is your lackey hmmmm? What if he was to let it slip... let us say that you ride to Les Pavements this very day. Then you only pretend to ride away... only to double back and seek the trees behind his window?"
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 158 posts
Sat 10 Dec 2016
at 20:47
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 Gerard was perhaps a more direct sort of fellow, then the good Vicomte. He listened to the others plan with an attentive look. When the other was finished, Gerard spoke.

“Mon Seigneur, your plan has merit, but I may be so bold, as to offer another road to travel, in this.” Gerard pressed on before the Vicomte could nay say him.

“You are the law in the area, and as seeing you, as his Master, did not give this other all this coin, we must then assume he stole it. It really doesn’t matter how he acquired the money, it is enough if you bring him before you and offer the option explaining all he knows, or be taken outside and made to dangle from the nearest tree.”
Comte De Treville
 GM, 118 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Sun 11 Dec 2016
at 14:38
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The Vitcome listened to Gerard's counsel and was quiet for a while as he contemplated his decision. He finally sighed as he turned to the nobleman.

"Oui! I could do so. However, some men are so stubborn... what if will not talk even though I threaten him with death? We will not know who his compatriots are. If the man communicates with someone then that someone must come here... to my Chateaux oui? If this man comes it is from him we shall get more information. My servant is to my mind no more than a lackey to these ruffians in the woods... those that you met upon the road. These men are the ones paying my man. I would catch one of these if I could."
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 159 posts
Sun 11 Dec 2016
at 20:57
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 Gerard slowly nodded. “Very well, Mon Seigneur, I shall have my Lackey let it slip that we depart this very day, to the spy. We shall then see what we shall see. Please have him watched carefully.”

 Gerard waited to be dismissed, so he might return to the courtyard, and speak with his Lackey.
Comte De Treville
 GM, 119 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Sun 11 Dec 2016
at 23:44
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The Vitcome nodded and said "Oui! Very well Monsieur, I have full confidence in your ability to bring me answers as well as these ruffians who stalk my lands. To show my gratitude Monsieur, you may keep those bags of coins and I shall owe you one favor in the future. Of course that and you will always be welcome under my roof. Now then, you must hurry. We have delayed the trip to Les Pavements long enough.  Au Revoir!"






There are fifty pistoles in one bag and twenty livres in the other. Bon Chance!
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 160 posts
Mon 12 Dec 2016
at 01:13
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Gerard almost refused the money, as it was an insult to his honor. He opened his mouth to refuse, but then closed it again. He was but Lazare, a would be soldier. The old life he had led was not buried, and not to be dug up until he had covered himself in glory, and gained advantage of influence. Lazare could only reclaim his name, once his family honor had been reclaimed.

 Gerard took the coins bags, and bowed.

“Meri, Mon Seigneur. I shall attend to the matter, at once. But might I ask the loan of two brace of pistols, with shot and power?"

 If the Vicomte agree to the loan of the four pistols, or if he refused, Gerard withdrew to speak with his Lackey on what must be done.

 When Gerard returned to the courtyard and his men, He tossed the purse with the twenty Livres in it, to Jacques. The one with the pistoles, followed suit. “Consider this your first pay, Jacques. Not a King’s ransom, but it is something.”

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Jean-Luc Le Chat
 NPC, 13 posts
 Lackey
 Groom
Tue 13 Dec 2016
at 03:45
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The Vitcome gave Gerard two pistols and enough ball and shot for twenty rounds. As he approached Jacques, the older man caught the pouches deftly enough. With a broad grin he bowed.

"Merci! You honor me Monsieur. I shall fetch Jean- Luc!" and the old campaigner did exactly that.

"You called Monsieur" said the lackey with a grin of his own. "Was I right Monsieur? Is this man a spy? A Highwayman himself? Never trust a man with beady eyes Monsieur! Do you wish to throttle him yourself or shall we bring him forth for judgement of the Vitcome?"he asked with raised brows. Then those bloodshot eyes spotted the pistols.

"Ah Hah! I knew it! See Jacgues! The Vitcome has honored Monsieur with a brace of pistols and that coin! We are rising like the sun at midday as I knew we would. Your Mama! She would be so proud!"
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 163 posts
Wed 14 Dec 2016
at 01:40
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 Lazare was pleased, indeed, that he could fulfill the part of his oath, to his Retainer. Payments had been promised, and payment had been made. It would suffice for the time being. He nodded in response to Jaques’s words.

  He then turned and addressed his Lackey. “Enough of that, Jean-Luc. The Pistols are only a loan, mind you. But the Vicomte has entrusted me with a delicate task. This is why I have need of you, to perform a task, my faithful servant. Return to where the one you spoke to me about. Engage him in conversation, and let it be known, that we departed for Les Pavements, within the next two hours. Now be off with you.”

 Gerard smiled as he saw Jean-Luc depart. If his Lackey performed well, there just might be that bottle of wine, in Jean-Luc’s future.
Jean-Luc Le Chat
 NPC, 14 posts
 Lackey
 Groom
Wed 14 Dec 2016
at 02:33
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Jean-Luc returned after some time had passed. Once he reached his master, and made sure no one else could overhear them he spoke.

"Monsieur, I did what you asked. I did so that he would not suspect. I paraded your horse and began to brush it down. I saw him in a game of dice and I casually asked him how far was Les Pavements from here? He said about a half day's travel by horse. Why? He wanted to know. I told him we were riding there to tell Le Baron about his wife... that we would then ride on to Rouen. He said, How is she? I told him I did not know. We have not seen her this day. He only nodded. He then some time later got angry and accused a groom of cheating. He quit the game just now and has left. Did I do well Monsieur?"
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 164 posts
Wed 14 Dec 2016
at 03:33
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 After hearing Jean-Luc’s tale, Lazare nodded in approval.

“Exceptionnel, Jean-Luc. You performed your task well. We must now make haste, and go to conceal ourselves in the trees near this rogue’s window. I am curious as to what sights we shall see.”

With that being said, Lazer led the other two towards the trees, so they might hide themselves.
Comte De Treville
 GM, 121 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Wed 14 Dec 2016
at 03:39
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OOC: Make a Stealth check for me! Merci! Bon Chance!
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 165 posts
Wed 14 Dec 2016
at 03:56
And So It Begins....
22:54, Today: Gerard D'Amberville rolled 11 using 1d20.  Stealth.

 That would be a fairly good roll. Well, except for one problem. Gerard does not have stealth.
Sooooooo... Stomp, Stomp, Snap of twigs, etc..... sigh
Comte De Treville
 GM, 122 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Wed 14 Dec 2016
at 04:38
And So It Begins....
Gerard was able to find a place where he could see both window and treeline. He was rewarded with seeing a few flashes of light coming from yon window. There were two quick flashes followed by one slightly longer. It was not long that Gerard saw three men standing within the treeline, unfortunately they saw him as well. They turned upon their heels and took off back into the trees!
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 167 posts
Wed 14 Dec 2016
at 22:05
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 When the rogues took to their heels, Lazare drew a pistol, and gave chase.

  “After them! I want at least one of them alive.” Said the young Cavalier, with a grin upon his face.

This was what he wanted in his heart of hearts. Adventure, excitement, and here they were. His heart sang, as he and his companions gave chase.

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Comte De Treville
 GM, 124 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Wed 14 Dec 2016
at 23:25
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Gerard and his companions gave chase, all the while he could hear his quarry, though  they remained always a half step ahead of him. That is until they came upon a clearing where the three became six and each with a horse. Gerard thought he recognized a face or two from yesterday. They were a motley group some draped in ill-fitting finery while others in threadbare clothing of a peasant. The leader, or Gerard assumed him so for he turned and grimaced in his direction.

"Well? We meet again Monsieur!" said the stocky man wearing an eye-patch over his left eye. A longsword was sheathed upon his left hip. There were pistols arranged upon his horse.

The other five had a mismatch of weapons with only one other having a sword. Most were carrying staves or broad bladed hunting knives.

"This time you have intruded where one never should. I am afraid you must pay with this with your life." he said as his hand slipped to the hilt of his sword.
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 168 posts
Thu 15 Dec 2016
at 00:29
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 Lazare came skidding to a halt, as did his companions, upon seeing the motley crew of mounted men. He did, indeed, recognize some of the faces, from the earlier encounter, from a few days ago. When their leader spoke to Lazare, the Nobleman did not even bother to reply. He just raised his wheel lock pistol. Depressed the trigger. Causing the wheel to be released, to spin and cause sparks from the iron pyrite held in the dog. A flash in the pan, followed by a larger flame from the barrel, then a bang sound. For all that, the ball flew wide of the mark.

 Lazare uttered a curse word, and handed the second pistol to his retainer, Jacques. He had two pistols now, and Lazare hoped the man could shoot straight.

“Jaques shoot that eye patch wearing rogue, and anyone else, you judge, that knows what he is about.”

 Lazare drew his sword and main gauche.

19:15, Today: Gerard D'Amberville rolled 12 using 1d20.  Pistol shot on leader with the eye patch.

( Again, not a bad roll,but he does not fire arms, due to be a Noble. Never agreed with that rule. Maybe he can get Jaque to teach him.)

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Comte De Treville
 GM, 126 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Fri 16 Dec 2016
at 03:34
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Jacques fires and hits the swordsman's chest though he turned slightly and it is but a grazing wound (@ points of damage but padded jerkin takes 1 for a total of 1!). Jean-Luc calls out and one of the ruffians tales off in pursuit of the lackey, Leaving 5 to do battle with the remaining 2.

The swordsman draws his rapier but decides to hold but he urges his companions forward!

Two of the ruffians come toward you and two toward Jacques! The Fifth throws a dagger at Jacques! It flies past the older man's head and into the woods.




Gerard Dex is higher so he will go first! Bon Chance!
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 188 posts
Tue 3 Jan 2017
at 03:27
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 The dance that was as old as man himself, began  in earnest. The clash of steel and shouts of those involved provided the music to the dance. Only the dance steps changed from time to time, with the invention of new styles and combinations. But for all that, the dance changed little.

 The vibration of his retainer’s pistol report, still ringing in Gerard’s ears, as  he drew his sword and baton that he used to parry with.  Gerard saw that four of the rogues thought to move forward and engage his retainer, and himself. Gerard had been instructed in the school of the blade, by an Italian Master hired by his father. The style called for those taught it, to be aggressive . So, with that in mind, Gerard ran forward to meet one of the rogues, and attempted a drive his blade into the dog’s solerplex.

“Pour l'honneur et la gloire!” was upon the young Cavaliers lips, as he engaged in the dance.


Attack type: Lunge to the chest

20:36, Today: Gerard D'Amberville rolled 11 using 1d20.  Flank
20:36, Today: Gerard D'Amberville rolled 15 using 1d20.
17:06, Mon 19 Dec 2016: Gerard D'Amberville rolled 10 using 1d20-1.

attack roll: 11
-1 for Long sword
-1 for Italian style on a Lunge or Thrust

Attack roll final : 9

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Comte De Treville
 GM, 139 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Tue 3 Jan 2017
at 04:38
And So It Begins....
Jean-Luc  continued to race from tree to tree. Ducking here and there as the ruffian chased after him waving his club angrily.

"Now now!" cried the Lackey. "I'm just a servant! I... I can pay Monsieur! Five pistoles! No! Ten! Ten pistoles!"

Jacques calmly took out his second pistol and aimed it at one of the oncoming ruffians. He pulled the tigger and with a flash and boom of the gunpowder the ruffian flew backwards and landed upon the grassy field around them with a thud! the ruffian gasped and groaned as he clawed at his chest and the fast growing stain there. Gerard lost sight of his companion as he too was engaged!

Gerard's blade lunged forward and pierced the ruffian's left arm as he meant to push aside the nobleman's sword. He Cried out in pain and dropped his club in an effort to staunch the blood flow.

The second ruffian swung is makeshift club in an effort to bash Gerard over his head, which will no doubt land if it can not be parried! Yet, with skill the young swordsman easily parried the foe's blow much to his surprise!

NEXT ROUND



The frist ruffian struck had only a linen tunic and over that a leather jerkin which did not cover his arms. So he took all 4 points!
Club Expertise 13- Hits on a 8 or less!
 22:36, Today: Comte De Treville rolled 8 using 1d20.  Ruffian's Club attack!

This message was last edited by the GM at 21:39, Tue 03 Jan 2017.