Chapter 1 - Prisoners.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
 GM, 7 posts
Sat 9 Sep 2017
at 01:24
Chapter 1 - Prisoners
Darkness.

Then, a hint of blurry light.

Slowly, the dim outline of a small, cramped, dusty room became clearer to the four people sitting on the floor of the room.  Dark, think wood surrounded them, and each of their hands were tied behind their backs.  Save for the four apparent captives, the room was empty.  Light shone through two small roughly cut circular windows high up on one wall.  On the wall across from the windows was a wooden, sturdy-looking door.

Each individual was slumped in each of the room's bare four corners.  In the corner to the right of the door was a tall, muscular middle-aged man with short-cropped grey and black hair and scars lining his face and visible skin.  Across the closed door from him was a man of somewhat similar build and looks, although his hair was longer and he appeared slightly older.

The two individuals in the corners further from the door, however, were quite different in appearance.  In the far right corner sat slumped a young, pale, gangly man with short, wavy hair that was basically as pale as his skin.  And across from him was the only woman in the room; she was attractive, short but muscular, with long dark hair and a face somehow both gentle and stern at the same time.  All four prisoners were dressed in similar pale white baggy shirts and dirty, clearly long-used trousers.

Almost simultaneously, the same thoughts ran through each of their heads: Where am I? Who am I? And why can't I remember anything? 

The only response to their unspoken thoughts was the creaking of boards overhead accompanied by muffled voices.

As the four confused and discombobulated individuals began to take stock of themselves, flashes of memory - but no more - returned to them.

[You can now each remember your names and the three memories you posted with your character creation sheets.  You also know basic things like how to speak and what things are, but you can't remember how you got here or anything about your pasts or about the world you apparently live in.]

They only had a few moments to collect their thoughts, however, before the floor began to drop out from under them!  Or, that was what it first felt like.  Soon it became clear that the entire room was moving up and down - the unmistakable feeling of being on a boat in rough weather.

The creaking footsteps overhead became more frantic and louder, suggesting someone moving closer to directly above them.  Actual words could now be heard as part of muffled shouting above, although the exact contents of what the man (for it was clearly a man's voice) was saying.

"...landfall...storm...cargo...voyage..."

Before any response could be heard, a much clearer voice, this time not from above but through the boards on the side of the room, rang out much more clearly.

"What is going on! Where am I? Someone answer me!"
Oren Behyd
 player, 3 posts
Sat 9 Sep 2017
at 03:14
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The younger man stirred, but not in any meaningful way, at least at first. He shifted in his corner, first this way, then that, restless and clearly uncomfortable before he belched softly and placed his head against the hull to steady himself.

His misery was palpable, and his expression, although half hidden by the way he slumped in the corner was one that suggested that he would be physically ill if the undulating motion of the ship upon the waves did not stop, and soon.

"Air" he said softly as he tried to stand but was restrained by his bonds. "need some...Hello?" he called out more forcefully, his eyes screwed tightly shut "Excuse me! Hello? We need air! Fresh air!" he called in a plaintive way, almost pleading.

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Milos Forte
 player, 2 posts
Sat 9 Sep 2017
at 04:03
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Milos blinked and tried to concentrate. With the increase in wave sways, he came to. The middle-aged man looked at the others.

"Do I know any of you?" he asked. Without waiting for an answer, he rose. The ship rocked again. Milos lost his balance and fell to one knee. He placed a hand upon the nearby wall and rose again, using the wall to steady himself as he moved forward. Upon reaching the door, Milos attempted to open it.
Viprisse de Sadier
 player, 6 posts
Sat 9 Sep 2017
at 07:32
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Viprisse shook her head no to Milos' question, rolling her shoulders a little to get the the feel of her bonds. She may not remember why or how, but the muscle memory of having been in them before never left her.

"They couldn't have wanted us to stay in these bonds too badly or they would have tied us to something," the young woman comments in a voice that has a musical, cultured lilt. "I'll untie someone if they are willing to untie me in return." She offers, waggling her slim, dextrous fingers behind her back. She didn't know how wise it was for her to do so, but she figured that she'd rather be free when the guys realised that it would be relatively easy to free themselves anyhow.

Using her slim legs as leverage, she pushed her shoulders against the wall to help her get into a standing position. If the rolling of the ship bothered her she didn't say anything. Her trim dancer's physique seemed to be loose-limbed and dextrous enough that she could stay on her feet well.

"Keep your rope. I'm not sure if they will come to check on us, but you'll need to pretend to be bound if you do." Viprisse murmured before looking for volunteers to be unbound.
Cairn
 player, 2 posts
Sat 9 Sep 2017
at 15:53
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The memories floated around in Cairn's head, amidst the growing confusion and anger as he gathered his bearings. He saw the dark room before him and the three strangers. He tried to massage his aching head, but his arms wouldn't move from their place behind him. Gasping, he tried once more only to realize his hands were bound.

In a panic, Cairn tried to stand. His legs felt like jelly and he fell to a kneeling position. He was growing increasingly manic, he had no idea what was going on other than he absolutely didn't like it. He looked to his fellow prisoners with wild eyes. "Who th' fuck - where th' fuck..."

Then he heard the footsteps above. He pointed his head up and yelled. "Hey!! Let me out you whoresons! I'll tear your-"

The room rocked, and Cairn fell onto his belly. He grunted, realizing that they were on board a ship.
GM
 GM, 10 posts
Wed 13 Sep 2017
at 01:59
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As the man named Cairn shouted to the rafters above, the pacing quieted, as if whoever was up there had stopped walking.  The muffled voices, however, continued.

"...cargo...waking up...time...news..."  Another, coarser voice responded, but all that could be heard was a gruff laugh.  The footsteps resumed, then quickly grew fainter.  The rocking of what was, presumably, a boat on rough water continued.

Meanwhile, upon examining the door in the dim light Milos discovered that there was no handle, latch or other apparent means of opening the door from this side, and pushing against it didn't cause the door to budge - whatever was holding it closed was on the other side.  The door was made of essentially the same planks as the rest of the room, suggesting that while the wood could potentially be broken, it would take a lot of pounding or prying.

The voice coming from the other side of the planks paused as the apparent prisoners roused themselves, then continued when it was evident no one was really paying attention.  "Hey! I hear you in there! I...why am I bound? And why can't I remember anything?"
Oren Behyd
 player, 4 posts
Wed 13 Sep 2017
at 02:49
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The pale youth seemed oblivious to all but his suffering, but he did hazard a glance up at the sound of voices, searching for something perhaps before he closed his eyes once more and pressed his head into the hull.

Then suddenly his head perked up and he turned towards the sound of the other voice. "I...I don't know...there are four of us here..." he trailed off, looking to each in turn.
Milos Forte
 player, 3 posts
Wed 13 Sep 2017
at 04:23
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Milos, disappointed that the simple solution of an openable door did not come to fruition, walked to the wall where the man's voice was coming from.

"Are you alone?" he asked.
Cairn
 player, 4 posts
Wed 13 Sep 2017
at 04:56
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Broken thoughts raced through Cairn's mind. The only sure thing he knew is that he wanted out, or something was going to get broken.

He looked over to the lithe woman who spoke of untying their binds. Cairn brought himself up to a standing position. He stumbled over, turning so that his back was to hers.

"Aye, free my hands and I'll do the same."

Cairn wasn't sure he trusted any of these people, but he knew he didn't have much of a choice. They were all in the same situation as him, and surely had the mutual desire of figuring out what the hell was going on.
GM
 GM, 12 posts
Wed 13 Sep 2017
at 16:05
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The voice - fairly clearly a man's voice - responded to Milos and Oren.  "Yes, I'm alone, and my hands are tied.  I tried the door but it seems to be locked. There are four of you? Are you bound as well? And do you know what's going on? I can remember my name and a few hazy memories but otherwise I can't seem to remember who I am or how I -"

The voice paused, then resumed, but what it was saying was unclear as it sounded as if it had moved away from the wall next to the four prisoners.  The voice paused again, then said something quickly, and then they could hear the voice again up against their wall.

"There are people on the other side of me too! And they can't remember anything either! What is going on?"
Viprisse de Sadier
 player, 8 posts
Wed 13 Sep 2017
at 18:55
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Viprisse nodded and moved over to Cairn to stand behind him and begin to work on the knots. As her hands were tied behind her back, she had to do it backwards but she was a determined girl and rather dexterous as well. She couldn't remember why or how her fingers found the knots so easily, perhaps she was a weaver or a rug maker, but she seemed to have little difficulty easing them to make it comfortable for the larger man.

"Your instinct is going to be to pull against them as I start loosening them, but I beg you not to- you'll be out of them faster if I do not have to fight your muscles as well," the girl laughed.

((Not sure if I need to be rolling for that or not?))
GM
 GM, 14 posts
Thu 14 Sep 2017
at 02:17
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Viprisse turned her body to face away from Cairn, then tried to use her own bound hands to free his.  She felt like she was close to undoing the knots, but her bindings were just slightly too tight to move her wrists in the proper way to actually undo Cairn's bindings.

This message was last edited by the GM at 14:08, Thu 14 Sept 2017.