And So It Begins....   Posted by Comte De Treville.Group: 0
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 189 posts
Tue 3 Jan 2017
at 04:55
And So It Begins....
23:52, Today: Gerard D'Amberville rolled 6 using 1d20-2.  Reaction parry to club attack.

base roll : 8
-1 for Long Sword
-1 for baton
+ 6 for reaction parry

Modified parry roll: 12

I think that stops it

 The back guy has 4 points on him minus clothing protection.

This message was last edited by the player at 04:57, Tue 03 Jan 2017.

Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 191 posts
Wed 4 Jan 2017
at 00:24
And So It Begins....
 The Cavalier’s blade sank into the left arm of his opponent. This was not where he had intended to ply his blade, but it would have to do, for another ruffian armed with a quarterstaff wished to dance.

Lazare was more than willing to oblige the rogue, as he attempted to thrust his blade into his opponent’s chest, but missed the mark. He attempted to move out of the way of the quarterstaff.

 Actions: Thrust to chest/ Duck -3 to opponents roll to hit


14:59, Today: Gerard D'Amberville rolled 17 using 1d20-2.  Thrust attack with long sword.

 roll to hit:19
 Long sword -1
 Thrust -1 for Italian style -1

Modified roll :17

A miss!

This message was last edited by the player at 18:08, Wed 04 Jan 2017.

Comte De Treville
 GM, 142 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Fri 6 Jan 2017
at 01:55
And So It Begins....
Jean-Luc had found a hiding place behind a big tree and his persuer approached it with care. The Lackey heard his approach and gatered a handful of leaves and dirt which he threw on one side of the tree and ran in the other. His foe seeing the movement was indeed tricks as he followed the first movement and was about to swing his club when he realized his folly!

Jacques was obviously in a battle of his own. Gerard could hear the grunts and movement off in the distance but could not take his eyes from his own opponent.

Though he was able to parry his own foes downwardstrike his own sword thrust was easily avoided. The ruffian slowly circled the nobleman though his initial confidence had diminished somewhat.

The wounded horseman shouted "At him! What am I paying you good coin for!"

Spurred on by his master the ruffian, again aiming for the nobleman's head swung a vicious blow!


Gerad must parry or he takes a serious wound 2+1d6!
9:55, Today: Comte De Treville rolled 10 using 1d20.  Where The ruffian hits!
19:55, Today: Comte De Treville rolled 8 using 1d20.  Where The ruffian hits!
19:54, Today: Comte De Treville rolled 2 using 1d20.  Ruffian's Club attack!

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:06, Fri 06 Jan 2017.

Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 194 posts
Fri 6 Jan 2017
at 02:36
And So It Begins....
 Gerard’s thrust missed, and the action took him of balance. The ruffians club caught the Cavalier a goodly blow in his chest. pain like a hammer blow made it hard to breath, as he went to one knee. He attempted to defend himself by interposing his blade between himself and his antagonist.

21:25, Today: Gerard D'Amberville rolled 23 using 1d20+4.  Reaction parry to club attack.

Reactionary parry missed, Gerard is stunned,and losses all action this round.And he may only do one short action next round.

( Good shot.. you dirty @#$%) :)

This message was last edited by the player at 03:21, Fri 06 Jan 2017.

Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 197 posts
Fri 6 Jan 2017
at 03:22
And So It Begins....
 The Cavalier slashed his blade at the others legs,in an attempt to make him give ground,so the young Cavalier could regain his feet.

22:18, Today: Gerard D'Amberville rolled 17 using 1d20-2.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:22, Fri 06 Jan 2017.

Comte De Treville
 GM, 145 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Sat 7 Jan 2017
at 01:23
And So It Begins....
The horseman laughs as the nobleman took a vicious blow to his chest and the ruffian that opposed Gerard was emboldened by his own success. It would take a heroic effort by the young noble to ward off another powerful strike to his chest! Jean-Luc seemed to evade his opponent even as Jacques fought on!




19:18, Today: Comte De Treville rolled 6 using 1d20.  Where The ruffian hits!
19:18, Today: Comte De Treville rolled 19 using 1d20.  Where The ruffian hits!
19:18, Today: Comte De Treville rolled 2 using 1d20.  Ruffian's Club attack!

Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 203 posts
Sat 7 Jan 2017
at 01:32
And So It Begins....

 The dazed Nobleman attempted to block the club armed ruffians blow, but it was for naught. The club struck him yet again.
Comte De Treville
 GM, 147 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Sat 7 Jan 2017
at 02:19
And So It Begins....
The club hit near the same location and with a jolt of pain darkness overcame Gerard!

***   *****   ***

Sometime later Gerard awoke, bound and thrown in back of a cart. In the cart with him was none other than Jacques. He too was bound. Tending the cart were the two ruffians that had fought Gerard, one with his left arm in a makeshift sling. It was he who showed the bound noble a primed and flintlock pistol. the very one given to Jacques. Of Gerard's retainer, he seemed hearty and hale enough without wounds.

As Gerard shifted his weight he felt a serve pain in his ribs. He was no physician but one or two may have been broken during the fight.

"My pardon Monsieur! But they said they would kill you if I did not surrender." he said with shame exhibited in his eyes.

"Quiet!" hissed the ruffian with the pistol. "If you make noise I shall shoot! Andre thinks their may be a ransom for you Monsieur but if you cause trouble... "

The last was said as he dragged his thumb across his neck. His companion just chuckled.

"He was so nice... there are less of us to share it with now!"




0:04, Today: Secret Roll: Comte De Treville rolled 5 using 1d6.  Club Damage/ Serious Wound. Gerard has 3 hit points left!
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 205 posts
Sat 7 Jan 2017
at 02:49
And So It Begins....
 The feeling of the club striking Gerard, was the last thing he recalled, as the world faded away in a haze of pain. Sometime later, pain is what brought him to his senses. A swaying motion caused his ribs to sing a song of agony, each time the cart swayed in movement. He slowly opened his eyes and took in his and his companion’s situation. Jacque was present, but there was no sign of his lackey.

“ It would seem that you have chosen poorly, in a patron.”

 Gerard then regarded the two rogues, and in particular, he that threatened himself and his retainer.

 “ Cause trouble? We are bound up like a brace of boars, ready for the spit. And as for you shooting me or mine, I dare say, your Master would not thank you. Ransoms are seldom  paid for dead men….Dolt”

 Gerard grunted in pain again.

This message was last edited by the player at 13:49, Wed 11 Jan 2017.

Comte De Treville
 GM, 152 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Thu 12 Jan 2017
at 00:45
And So It Begins....
The cart traveled on for most of the day, only stopping for their guards to rest the horses and for them to eat. Jacques and Gerard did without food and only a few ships of water from a jug. The sun was nearly at the horizon as the cart and it's occupants left the main road for the the small track that led to the Chateau de Les Pavements. They pulled to the side of the the manor house and there stood the wounded horseman who sent a liveried footman inside. As the cart slowly pulled alongside him, he nodded to driver.

"He lives then?" the Horseman asked.

The cart's driver nodded "Aye! Alive n' awake. Wot shall we do wi' 'im then?"

"I sent for Andre. He will have to decide." the Horseman replied.
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 213 posts
Thu 12 Jan 2017
at 01:49
And So It Begins....
 The rest of the journey was conducted in silence, as Gerard was doing his best to devise a plan of escape. But as much as he tried, no options came to mind, except one.  At some point Gerard would lean over and whisper to Jacques.

“ You are unharmed, and I am badly injured. When you are given the chance, you must escape. I insist.”
Comte De Treville
 GM, 153 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Thu 12 Jan 2017
at 03:12
And So It Begins....
Jacques nodded solemnly, without saying a word. The driver comes around and cuts the bonds on both of the companion's feet but not their arms. The one-armed ruffian still kept a a pistol on them.

The Horseman said "Help them from the cart. If either gives you trouble shoot the trooper but leave the noble."

The one-armed bandit nodded "Fer ah ransom aye!"

A voice from the doorway said "I shall be the judge of that. Let me have a look at them."

The horseman nodded "The nobleman is still in the cart."

Jacques was helped out but one-arm had the pistol on him.
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 215 posts
Thu 12 Jan 2017
at 03:26
And So It Begins....
 In spite of the pain and their diminished circumstances, Gerard could not help himself. When he heard of a ransom being spoken of, he had the image of his elder brother, and the look on his face, if he received a ransom note. The mental image caused a hearty laugh, even if it hurt him to do so.
Comte De Treville
 GM, 154 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Thu 12 Jan 2017
at 05:06
And So It Begins....
The man Gerard thought to be Andre walked to the cart when he heard him snorting and laughing. Gerard had to put pressure against his chest and side as pain, like white hot pokers spread because of his laughter.

"Is this the man you saw yesterday?" Andre asked the Horseman.

The Horseman shrugged slightly but then nodded "The man was far away and we were in the woods bit I believe so My Lord."

Andre looked upon Gerard and frowned "You have nettled to much in my affairs Monsieur. First you take my Mother to the Viscomte... where she may yet live and this very day you wound two of my men and kill a another. Well? Why should I let you live?"

"For ransom!" nearly shouted one-arm!

"Shut up fool! I asked our guest here. Well Monsieur? Answer me or I shall kill your man before your eyes. I will not ask again." asked Andre with a slight smile upon his lips.
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 217 posts
Thu 12 Jan 2017
at 23:22
And So It Begins....
  When the supposed “nephew"  spoke to Gerard, about his interfering in the Nephews affairs, Gerard hated to admit it, but he was afraid. Bound hand and foot, and the threat of his own demise, staring him in the face, not to mention the demise of his sworn man. In god’s honest truth, what rational man would not be afraid. For all his education, and long conversations with his father, on a multitude of topics, Gerard was still an inexperienced young man of nine and ten. Such situations as this, where just not covered in his learning.

 The young nobleman did his best to maintain the so-called Court Face. That mask that one wore when one wished to conceal ones true feelings. The Nephew then said something that Gerard grabbed for, like an offered hand to a drowning man. In his best effort to show indifference.

“Mon Seigneur, I am but a stranger, which more or less blundered into this situation. I was on my way to Rouen, with my man, in the hopes of finding a situation. We came upon a barricade that had been placed across the road. I, of course, assumed it was placed there by brigands, so we intended to proceed with caution. Suddenly, a carriage came thundering down the road, at break neck speed, the coachman whipping the horses, and  crying out like a mad man.”

 Gerard coughed at this point, and attempted to clear his throat. Having hardly any water, made it hard to speak, but he continued.

“The horses cleared the obstacle, but the coach struck it, and rolled.  I investigated, and found the Baroness inside, senseless and badly injured. What could I do, but attempt to get the Lady to the nearest assistance. It is by the grace of god, that we had a Brother travelling with us. He like many of his  calling, have some healing skills."

 Gerard looked  at the horseman and the other rogue, then back to the “Nephew”

“As for your..Ahem, retainers, they presented themselves, claimed to be in the service of a Baron, and demanded the Baroness. Being a Gentleman, how could I not, deny them? I mean.. Look at them, they hardly present themselves as retainers of a Lord. I took them for brigands.  And if they were to bring you the Baroness, did you wish her in a shroud? In my opinion, you where ill-served by them, in this.”

 Gerard could not but wonder, if he had just talked himself into a ditch, face down.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:34, Thu 12 Jan 2017.

Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 218 posts
Thu 12 Jan 2017
at 23:23
And So It Begins....

I rolled both, not being sure which one would apply.

18:22, Today: Gerard D'Amberville rolled 4 using 1d20.  Luck roll.
18:22, Today: Gerard D'Amberville rolled 15 using 1d20.  Oratory roll.

Comte De Treville
 GM, 155 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Fri 13 Jan 2017
at 02:49
And So It Begins....
Andre listened with intent as Gerard told his tale. As the the tale grew, so did the nobleman's frown.

"So! You admit both crimes against me then. First the rescue of My Mother, La Baroness and then the assault upon my henchmen. I do understand your sense of Chivalry that drove you but I am afraid that I must... " he was about to say more when from the doorway came a familiar voice!

"Signore! Per favore! I know this man. I trained him in the sword myself. Perhaps, not well enough. If I should vouch for him... would you consider giving him over to me. He was no doubt telling the truth. protect a woman and defending himself. For me? A favor si?" said a lean, hard-eyed man, whom Gerard recognized as Fortunio! An Italian mercenary turned fencing master. His fencing master.

Andre scowled "You know... him? I... he has done me and my house an offense Fortunio! He may cause further problems which will unsettle my position here and yours with me. You would risk all that we have for... this man?"

Fortunio chuckled "There is no harm speaking to him si? He is unarmed and wounded it would seem Signore. I owe his father much so si! I would risk it Signore."




I went with Luck as it was a much better roll and made for a better story.

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:50, Fri 13 Jan 2017.

Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 219 posts
Fri 13 Jan 2017
at 03:42
And So It Begins....
  Gerard was about to try another tactic, when he saw that his attempting was for naught. But just before he could speak again, and interrupt the “nephew” having him killed, a voice from Gerard’s past  was heard. The young noble turned his head and saw his old Fencing Master. Gerard’s jaw went slack in surprise, as the Old Italian gentleman seemed to be coming to the aid of his one-time pupil.
Comte De Treville
 GM, 156 posts
 Lieutenant-Captain
 King's Musketeer
Sat 14 Jan 2017
at 02:52
And So It Begins....
Andre nodded to the horseman "Take his lackey downstairs and have him guarded. Have the nobleman unbound and help him from the cart. Monsieur Fortunio, I shall turn the man over to your care and he will be your responsibility. You take my meaning Monsieur?"

The Horseman nodded to one arm and he led Jacques off with his own pistol guarding him. The horseman then helped Gerard from the cart and produced a broad bladed dagger from his belt. With this he cut the nobleman's bonds.

"I thank you Signore! Grazie! I shall see him upstairs and cleaned up. Shall we be expected for dinner?" Fortunio said smiling though his eyes remained hard.

Andre merely nodded and went inside.

Fortunio came up to Gerard and his smile was gone "What? Why? A pupil of mine taken by... by such rabble? I am happy that you live Gerard D'Amberville and you may thank my love for your father and you. Now tell me... are there more to your party than that man and is he indeed your lackey?"

Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 221 posts
Sat 14 Jan 2017
at 03:27
And So It Begins....
Gerard fell and remained silent, as he was cut loose, and turned over into the care of his late Fencing teacher. When his one-time teacher, seemed to think it was alright to speak, Gerard answered as best he could.

" My shame and apology, Signore Fortunio. I was not sure of the timing of my opponent. He was armed with a club, and the only weapons I have ever faced where swords. After the first strike, I was almost rendered senseless. The second blow finished what the first started. My word, if given the opportunity, it shall not happen again."

 Gerrard grunted in pain, as he attempted to change position. At least he could rub his wrists to get feeling back into them. " The one with me, he is my retainer. Why are you, a Gentleman of the old school, with such filth, Signore?"
Fortunio
 NPC, 1 post
 Fencing Master
 Italian Mercenary
Sun 15 Jan 2017
at 06:45
And So It Begins....
"Enough with your silly questions!" Fortunio hissed and took Gerard by the arm but not roughly as he leaned in. "All in good time Capisce?" the Master whispered.

The lean italian, who moved with grace, took Gerad inside the Chateaux. It was very spartan indeed and the furnishings appeared to be more shabby than the young nobleman would have thought, though recent additions such a rug or tapestry was noticeable to his keen eye. Fortunio, his nom de guerre no doubt, led the younger man up a back stair most likely used by servants. Soon they stood at a doorway which the sword-master opened and ushered him inside. Fortunio nodded at the pitcher and basin upon his night table.

"Wash up and refresh yourself Signore. I will fetch some wine and we shall talk si?" he said as he slipped a stiletto from his sleeve and flipped it casually in his hand so the pommel faced Gerard.

"For you Signore. I can not give you a... more formal weapon without raising suspicions capisce? But at the same time I wish you to be armed in case... ah you know I am sure." he said with a wink.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:45, Sun 15 Jan 2017.

Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 224 posts
Sun 15 Jan 2017
at 18:42
And So It Begins....
 Gerard was led to the room, which he assumed was the man’s quarters. As they went there, he could not help but notice, the dilapidated state of the Chateau. Once within, Fortunio offered Gerard what hospitality was to be had. But when the older man offered him a blade, Gerard broke into a smile. “I knew you could not be part of this hive of villainy. What why are you here, my old teacher?”

He accepted the blade, and slide it into the top of his boot, then rolled the boot higher to clear the hilt somewhat.
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 225 posts
Sun 15 Jan 2017
at 19:10
And So It Begins....
I saw some of your posting times. Sheez, you must be like Napoleon, he could get by on four or five hours a sleep a night, for long periods of time.

 Your move, Monsieur….
Fortunio
 NPC, 2 posts
 Fencing Master
 Italian Mercenary
Sun 15 Jan 2017
at 19:35
And So It Begins....
Fortunio cracked the door and peeped out to make sure no idle servant was listening at the there before closing the door once more.

"Si! Si Signore! In heart I am not apart of this... this hive of yours no! But, I must confess the Baron to be is an ally. Wait!" Fortunio snapped the last as a quick hand swiftly rose to ward off further questions.

"Un momento per favore! I will explain, for I trust you. I know you and your family are Papists so... I serve the Queen Mother Signore. I am her eyes and ears... though only one of them. A Huguenot noble is raising an army to... to bring her to her heels and with her the young boy Louis. So... I am here to see what there is to see. Andre may be under handed si, but he shares the same faith so I am advising him and teaching him sword play. In return, he gives me a place to stay and train the Queens troops to be." the older master said with a slight shrug.
Gerard D'Amberville
 player, 226 posts
Sun 15 Jan 2017
at 22:40
And So It Begins....
 Gerard just stared at his old Fencing teacher, attempting to hide his shock at what he was hearing. “ So then you are.. you are.. a spy?” The word left a foul taste upon his palate,as he whispered it aloud."

A spy was the lowest form of creature in the mind of the young nobleman. He could not believe this, there must be another explanation.