Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"   Posted by DM.Group: 0
Oswald Weiss
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Tue 31 Oct 2017
at 18:42
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Nico Viszco (msg # 398):

Oz watches with growing impatience and incredulity as the party fractures over how to accomplish a task as simple as operating a pulley system. When the suggestion of finding a random villager who knows how to do the task is floated, he throws up his hands in frustration.

Absolutely not. I'll die of old age before we resolve this matter at this rate.

While the others are occupied, he grabs the ropes himself, spools them, and attaches them to first of the secured coffins. This accomplished, he returns to the pulley and begins the process of winching the coffin downward.

"Little help?" he calls out.
Joaquin
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Tue 31 Oct 2017
at 22:22
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
I'll go for the water, then.
Joaquin
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Wed 1 Nov 2017
at 17:39
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín returns to the back of the shop with two buckets of water and goes back inside to search for more water containin devices.

[Investigation: 3]

Not finding any more buckets, ignoring the obviously wash basin and the wine bottles, and fogetting about the water skin in his bag, Joaquín goes upstairs to see why the first Vampyreling box still hasn't been lowered.

What is taking so long up there?
Oswald Weiss
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Wed 1 Nov 2017
at 17:43
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Joaquin (msg # 401):

(So is this a strength check or can we assume that a group of average adults can work a pulley system well enough to lower a box weighing 150 pounds, give or take?)
DM
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Wed 1 Nov 2017
at 17:49
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In the interests of doing a goddamn thing, let's say that yes, a group of adults, some of whom are of above average strength, can successfully lower a box.
Oswald Weiss
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Wed 1 Nov 2017
at 17:57
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 403):

Oz quickly and capably lowers both boxes using the pulley system, and is finished shortly after Joaquin returns with what limited water he's been able to procure.

With or without the rest of the group's assistance, Oz then maneuvers the boxes out back and stands ready for one of the party's bruisers to punch open the necessary hole prior to lighting them on fire...

...unless of course this is easy enough to be automatically successful, in which case he facilitates the burnination as described earlier and returns to the discussion of what to do next.
DM
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Thu 2 Nov 2017
at 20:35
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
By their powers combined, the party is able to lower the boxes o'vampyres down to the street level, at which point they are summarily toasted.  A few curious passersby stop to watch the burninations, but are easily fobbed off with the lie that this is just early preparation for the Festival of the Blazing Sun.

Which still, of course, leaves one vampyre at large.  Not to mention an invitation to the mysterious Wachterhaus for tea.
Joaquin
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Thu 2 Nov 2017
at 21:16
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
I have a holy symbol to check on and I'd like to find the rest of the town's shops to barter mending for goods. Do you think the Burgermeister's speech has already happened?

Also, does anyone know what time they take tea in Vallaki? I'm sure we should go and see what the Wachters are all about, and I dont want to be late.  All the other children went for tea, except for Smee, he went for a pee.

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Thu 2 Nov 2017
at 21:34
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Niklas Wachter indicated that tea would be served at the expected time--roughly 3 or so in the afternoon.  Vargas' speech is to occur at around 6 in the evening, at least that's the talk in the village.

Blinsky seems most pleased to see Joaquin return to his shop, and hurries over to the cleric bearing an item wrapped in some scrap folds of soft leather.

"Mr. Joaquin, my friend, you have returned!  I am finishing with my work on your symbol.  It has turned out most well, I think!"

Gadof Blinsky pulls back a fold of the leather to reveal. . . .actually, a rather beautiful (if thematically unusual) holy symbol.

The symbol is carved of a medium-hued wood, possibly maple, and has been buffed and sealed so that the wood gleams with a warm glow. It is in the shape of a circle, inside of which glares the fierce demeanor of a giant miniature space hamster, a real bone clenched between its incisors (also real). The rodent's eye sockets are currently two empty little pits.

"You had mentioned silver.  I was thinking that if you like, I could set pieces of silver in to make the eyes, and inlay some more around the edges.  An alternative is amber."
Joaquin
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Fri 3 Nov 2017
at 00:37
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Staring at the holy symbol, Joaquín is taken in by its lustre.

Mr. Gadof, this is amazingly beautiful.  I'm still waiting on the silver.  Perhaps amber for now and then silver inlaid around the edges as you suggested?

In a voice that sounds ever more like that that rang out when the Great God Boo's spectral hammer struck the killing blow in Henrik's shop, Joaquín continues sounding less and less like himself as he goes on:

I must tell you Mr. Gadof, I don't think my mending work was nearly enough for what you have crafted for me.  What else can I do for you?  Anything at all you need done?  A message delivered to another village? A supply or a material delivered that you have trouble getting?

A rude person that needs a talking to?  Money?
Food?
Healing?
An enemy destroyed? What can I do for you now that you have done so much for my servant?

DM
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Fri 3 Nov 2017
at 01:22
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Gadof blinks in surprise as a presence other than Joaquin seems to fill his shop.

"Mr. Joaquin, you've gone all scary-like," he says, a bit worriedly.

Gadof Blinsky hums to himself as he considers Joaquin's offer, then says almost shyly:

"I know that you and your friends are great heroes, Mr. Joaquin sir.  Maybe even great enough to go into Ravenloft itself!  Well, I can tell you that although you are happy with this work that I have done--and how glad I am that you are!--it is like garbage next to the work of Fritz von Weerg."

"He was a great inventor, and made ever such wonderful toys!  Now, I have heard rumors that Mr. Fritz's greatest invention is somewhere inside Castle Ravenloft.  You will not be believing it, but it is a man made entirely of clockwork!  An automaton.  If you and your brave friends go the castle to battle all the evil things there, I should very much like for to be seeing this creation!  If you cannot bring it, then even just a description of it should make me most happy indeed."

Joaquin
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Fri 3 Nov 2017
at 16:10
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
I'm sorry, I don't know what came over me. 

Joaquín touches the holy symbol wonderingly.  He does know what came over him, but is shocked it happened.

I'm sure we will wind up in Ravenloft eventually.  I will make sure I try to find it and bring it back for you.  Did this master make any more things I should be on the lookout for?  If I can I would love to bring one back for you.

Also, did he work in Ravenloft or did he have a workshop somewhere else?

DM
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Fri 3 Nov 2017
at 16:24
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Perhaps it is just Joaquin's imagination, but it seems as though the holy symbol of Boo glows briefly with something more than just the luster of finely-polished wood.  No sooner has the mysterious glint appeared, then it is gone.

Gadof Blinsky explains more about the life of Fritz von Weerg, clearly happy to discuss the work of a man whom he venerates.  Von Weerg, it seems, was a historical figure who was a tinkerer by trade, though a very talented one.  He made all many of interesting and intricate things, ranging from watches to children's toys to ingenious and useful household devices. It's possible that some of these items are still to be found around Barovia, but none is so fabled as Fritz Von Weerg's clockwork man.

"But," says Gadof excitedly, "what Mr. Fritz was being most interested in was to be making life!  He wanted to be making a man who could move and even to think on his own.  And the stories say. . .he did. Some say it is just a silly story, but me, I am thinking it to be true."
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 3 Nov 2017
at 18:12
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 411):

Having disposed of the spawn (well, most of them anyway), Oz dusts off his hands and decides to pay Father Lucian a visit until such time as they are summoned for tea.

Someone has to tell him about the boy's fate, he reasons. And he might know more about the boy's routine, and thus help us track down the spawn that killed him.
Joaquin
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Sat 4 Nov 2017
at 01:28
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín is beginning to believe the stories, outlandish as that may be.

What did the automaton do?  Did it help him with his work?  Could it build more of itself?
DM
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Sat 4 Nov 2017
at 12:02
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Father Lucian, as might be expected, does not take the news well.

"Oh god," he says, sinking down slowly into one of the pews of his church. "That poor boy.  Milivoj was always rough around the edges, but he was a good kid at heart.  He did what he could to feed his siblings and keep a roof over their heads. . . . .oh god, what is going to become of them now?"

Lucian fixes the group with an angry stare.

"I thought you said that these. . . *things* were secured?!  And now you say that, in fact, they were not and one of them is running amok in my town?"

"Very well.  What do you propose to do about this?"



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"I. . .I do not know, Mr. Joaquin," says Gadof, appearing truly distressed that he does not know more of this tale. "Me, I think Mr. Fritz made the clockwork man merely to see if he could.  What he is doing with it after, I do not know."
Joaquin
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Sat 4 Nov 2017
at 17:33
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Have you ever tried to make an automaton yourself, Gadof?  You are very skilled.

Joaquín says as he holds touches the holy symbol again.

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DM
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Mon 6 Nov 2017
at 23:13
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Gadof indicates that, while he is quite skilled at making dolls, has never attempted to imbue one with life and frankly isn't sure that he could.
Joaquin
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Tue 7 Nov 2017
at 01:44
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
That's fair Gadof.  Tell me, if I happened to have a ruby who would be able to cut it into eyes for this holy symbol?


DM
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Wed 8 Nov 2017
at 00:05
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
"Oh, what a inspired idea, Mr. Joaquin sir!  I am thinking that it would look most fearsome."

Gadof will almost certainly not be able to cut the gems with the same level of dexterity as an actual jeweler, but seeing as the town of Vallaki is notably lacking in one of those, he's probably the next best thing.
Joaquin
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Wed 8 Nov 2017
at 00:40
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín laughs quite merrily and says.

That is wonderful Gadof, just wonderful!


Do you have any idea who might need some mending?  The Great God Boo commands that I mend things to help keep the world from devolving into chaos.

DM
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Wed 8 Nov 2017
at 01:12
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Gadof cocks his head meaningfully and gazes out of his shop into the street, where people are still milling about and chatting in urgent whispers about this morning's murder.

"It would be seeming to me that maybe it is a bit late for that already," Gadof Blinsky says in a noteworthy moment of sanity.
Joaquin
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Wed 8 Nov 2017
at 02:23
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
It would seem that you are correct. I shall take my leave, Gadof. When should I return for the symbol?
Joaquin
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Wed 8 Nov 2017
at 21:39
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Once I get my answer I'm cool with hand waiving me to where ever there is a shop/junk store/inn and picking up from there
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 10 Nov 2017
at 14:36
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Joaquin (msg # 422):

"They WERE secured," Oz says testily. "What do you want, a money-back guarantee? If we hadn't destroyed the rest of them, there would have been an even greater loss of life today. I regret that we didn't get them all, but don't act like we somehow unleashed this nightmare on the town!"

He bounces a tuft a flame from one hand to the other absently as he speaks.

"As for what to do about it, that spawn is only about the fourth-worst monster plaguing the town right now. I'm not sure we should do anything in particular about it."

He ticks off a few of the problems at random.

You have werewolves and such preying on the outskirts. Vargas's heir is dabbling in necromancy and is, against all odds, a rather powerful wizard in my estimation -- or knows one. Most of this village's backbone is in prison due to the boy's father. You're wasting gods know how much of your limited resources on pointless, expensive festivals. I could go on."

Oz clenches his hand into a fist, abruptly snuffing out the flame.

"So, please. You tell me. What do you think we should focus our efforts upon? The ocean of opportunity is VAST, and our boat of action is tiny by comparison."

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