Dragon Coast: A Killer's Funeral.   Posted by DM Mike.Group: 0
Ardo Surwin (NPC)
 NPC, 3 posts
Mon 25 Dec 2006
at 18:52
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
OOC: I think it would be good to post little RP type comments here, so we can keep the game "active".

<rd>'tis a smart man who knows when he has been beaten so he can come back anew to try again at another time.</red>
Nissa Hardwicke (NPC)
 NPC, 5 posts
Mon 25 Dec 2006
at 18:56
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
The dealer folds and looks around the table at those still in the game.

Okay, who wants cards?
Ardo Surwin (NPC)
 NPC, 4 posts
Mon 25 Dec 2006
at 19:00
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
OOC: Matter of fact, to move things along, EDIT over in the poker game thread, but also post your bets, etc. here.

The thin man looks at his cards once, then slides on face down to the dealer.

One should suffice.

Krissa nods and deals him one card.

As he picks it up, you can not tell if the card helped Ardo's hand or not.  The man's eyes are cold as snows on dead grass and his lips barely move, even when he speaks.
Nissa Hardwicke (NPC)
 NPC, 6 posts
Mon 25 Dec 2006
at 19:01
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
Looking to Amylarn, the halfling chirps You're next, toots.

How many ya want?

Amylarn
 player, 99 posts
 Init +2    AC 15/F13/T12
 HP13/17  F+1  R+5  W+2
Tue 26 Dec 2006
at 16:06
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
After checking her cards yet again, Amy pulls two of her hidden cards from her hand and slides them toward the halfling. ”Aah’ll take two please.” She goes back to fiddling with her hair.
Nissa Hardwicke (NPC)
 NPC, 7 posts
Wed 27 Dec 2006
at 03:09
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
Two it is...

This message was last edited by the player at 03:12, Wed 27 Dec 2006.

Durken Shark (NPC)
 NPC, 4 posts
Thu 28 Dec 2006
at 04:49
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
Durken Shark looks at his cards for only a second and slides one to Nissa,  She slides him a replacement card, and he smiles slightly as he adds it to his hand.

Ardo groans quietly.
Nissa Hardwicke (NPC)
 NPC, 8 posts
Thu 28 Dec 2006
at 04:51
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
The halfling looks to Elodier and gives him a nod.
Elodeir Nightjewel
 player, 48 posts
 Init: +3, AC 13/10/13
 HP: 15/17 Svs F:3/R:4/W:4
Fri 5 Jan 2007
at 14:28
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
"Two cards, I think is all I need. . .," Elodeir mumbled after checking out his cards for a moment or three, before handing in two of his old ones.
DM Mike
 GM, 1001 posts
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Sat 13 Jan 2007
at 15:38
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
OOC: See the OCC thread for am important message about the "poker game experiment".  I am very sorry it did not work out as I had hoped.  Maybe one day...

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You while away about an hour playing several hands of the card game.  Some thuggish-looking men stray near the table and watch the game.  No one seems to mind (despite their strong breath and stronger body odor) until one of them whispers loudly enough for some of you to hear that "Durken got his last name for his cheating at cards".

The blond man moves fast as lightning and rises from the table, grabs the man by his throat with his left hand and pulls a wicked dagger to the man's throat with his right one in a single fluid motion.

Oh, really?  I hear I got it for other reasons.  His smile is fierce and his grip is so hard the man's face turns red.

I...gahk...I meant nothin'...Dur...Durken....ahhk!

Ah, let 'im go, Mr. Shark.  Lodru's just drunk-talkin' is all...

Durken looks to the other roughs as they plead with him and runs his dagger acrss the man's throat lightly, without even looking at his work.  Blood trickles from the squirming man's light wound and Durken lets the man fall back onto a the next table.

The Shark borther looks with disdain at the man as the rough stumbles, gripping his neck.

Ah, that will heal in a day or so.  Let it remind you not to be so loose with your words, Lodru.

Durken sit at the table, picking up his cards with blood still on his hand.

Now, where were we?  Ah yes. Ardo waws about to show us his cards, weren't you?

This message was last edited by the GM at 15:39, Sat 13 Jan 2007.

Ardo Surwin (NPC)
 NPC, 5 posts
Sat 13 Jan 2007
at 15:43
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
The thin and pale man turned a bit paler, but not from the sudden show of anger and violence.

Instead he looks to his dwindling pot, the cards in his hand, and then at Durken.

He spreads his cards out and it is clear Ardo was trying to win by having three 8's.  But at least one of you has a better hand than that, and Durken's never lost to so weak a hand once since you've joined the game.

I....I don't win, do I?

Durken laughs and shakes his head.

Licking his thin lips, Ardo slowly pushes his few remaining coins to the center of the table.

Well, there goes my monthly dues...
Durken Shark (NPC)
 NPC, 5 posts
Sat 13 Jan 2007
at 15:46
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
With cold eyes, the handsom Durken looks to Ardo.

You should have thought of that before you bet so high.  Now....

Durken shrugs and looks to Drake, who also loses this hand.

Well, Tymora is fickle, huh?

But she is not mean to the smart.  At least some of you will walk away with money this night.


He then turns to the thugs who are helping their friend up.

Or their lives...
Nissa Hardwicke (NPC)
 NPC, 9 posts
Sat 13 Jan 2007
at 15:52
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
Hey, hey, the game ain't over yet, is it?

Kirssa shows her hand - 4 10's.

Durken shakes his head and lets out a low chuckle.

Beats my 4 6's, at least.

Anyone else?


No one has better than Krissa's hand, so all the coins in the last pot go to her.

She scoops them up and tosses two 5-gold trade coins to Ardo.

Here; pay your damn dues and make sure you pay me back before the next full moon, mageling.
Durken Shark (NPC)
 NPC, 6 posts
Sat 13 Jan 2007
at 15:55
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
Once again Durnken's eyes go cold as a grave.  He smiles, but it is so forced is looks ugly.

He looks into Ardo's eyes but speaks to the rest of you.

It was grand to meet you all, and I hope we can play at cards again one night.

But leave us, please, for we have other affairs to speak of now.


Ardo tries to hand over the 2 large coins to Durnken, and the big blond man shakes his head hard once.  Ardo puts the coins down onto the table and steps away from them.

Durken waits for you to leave the table before speaking again.
Nissa Hardwicke (NPC)
 NPC, 10 posts
Sat 13 Jan 2007
at 16:07
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
OOC: I have to rush ahead to move things along in the story.  I know some of you would like to RP and get involved in some of this, but please bear with me as the game goes forward.

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You move away from the game table and Krissa makes her way to the bar, stuffing her winnings into various pockets in her skirt and blouse, as few of them in not-so lady-like places.

She flips the bartender (now a tall human with one ear cut off and a nasty scar running down his right cheek) one of the gold coins she won in the last pot.

Hey, handsome.  This here'll take care of the three plates of fishfingers I ate and the drinks we had.

The man snorts and tells Kirssa she had five plates.  She shurgs and plunks down an additional two silvers.  Now give me something sweet to eat, and no jokes, okay?

The man scoops the coins up and puts them into a steel strongbox.  He gives her a plate of something brown and a wooden spoon.  Krissa gobbles it up and smiles wide.  Best batch since last time, good-lookin'!

Krissa notices you standing near the bar away from the table where Ardo and Durken are talking in hushed tones.

She motions you over and buys you drinks, tossing another coin to the ugly bartender.  He has to stoop to pick it up, and he winces as he bends down.

Look, don't let what Durken did to that fella and all bug you much.  He gets all worked up, you know, like a man will, and his haughty-taughty girlfried don't help him get over it, like a good woman should, if ya know what I mean.

The halfling winks to Amylarn and continues.

Ardo and him belong to some club or somethin'.  They tried to get me to join, but it's just too cobwebs and bones for my tastes.  Durken is some sorta big-wig in the club, and his lady-friend runs it, and Ardo is trying get go up in ranks with his spells and all that crap.

Too complicated, if you ask me.

Live simply, and you'll enjoy life more.

So, where you all hail from?  Ain't seen ya about before.

This message was lightly edited by the GM at 17:01, Sat 13 Jan 2007.

DM Mike
 GM, 1002 posts
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Sat 13 Jan 2007
at 16:21
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
As one or more of you talk to Krissa, those who want to try to listen in on Durken and Ardo's conversation hear the following:

OOC: "Listen" checks are not needed: at least one of you made it and tell the others what you heard.

Ardo tries to give Durken the coins that Krissa left and at first the big man refuses to take them.  He tells Ardo that this is the second month in a row where he has had to borrow money to pay his monthly dues.

So what does it matter where I get the money, so long as I give it to you?  Besides, Constance has so much money she could keep the Order afloat herself for year!

Durken takes one of the coins and pushes it hard into Ardo's lips, gripping the thin man hard by the shoulder.

What she has is none of your concern "brother".  What she and I say IS of your concern.  And I say you are on your last rope with the Order.  If not for Krissa's help, you'd be on the block tonight, you know.  Keep that in mind as you stay in line.

Now come on and help get things ready.  We wasted enough time here.  I thought that blonde would be a bit of fun, but...


The tavern doors open and a pair of tall men in matching dark grey embroidered doublets over gleaming chainmail shirts enter.  One spots Durken and pokes his head out the doors.

Durken's eyes go wide.  oh no...

A slender woman with raven-black long hair and pale skin walks into the seedy dive.  Durken seems to shrink and even takes a step back as the woman's eyes find him.

Her long blood-red gown goes to the floor, making it seem like she glides across the floor.

Gods, but I wish you'd keep your baser instincts in check.

She looks to Ardo, who bows low, moving his hands in a fast and intricate weave.

At least one of you knows how to show me some respect.

Now come.  I have been to our meeting place, and am dismayed to see it is not ready.


I...I thought my brother would-

He did not.  Now you must.

With that, Ardo, Durken, and the imperial woman leave.  The two guards follow, taking up pace a few steps back.

Krissa shakes her head.  The "Princess" Constance Ilithrane herself!

Sheesh, he used to have a spine.

What that cold fish does for him, I'll never know.

At first he was into her just for her money, but now...


The halfling shrugs and orders another bowl of the pudding.

This message was last edited by the GM at 16:27, Sat 13 Jan 2007.

DM Mike
 GM, 1003 posts
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Sat 13 Jan 2007
at 16:33
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
Constance Ilithrane:


Drake Debonn
 player, 286 posts
 I: +7  AC/FF/TA  18/15/13
 30/31 HP  F/R/W : 5/4/1
Thu 25 Jan 2007
at 21:52
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
When all are gone and the group is alone again Drake says the obvious, "Ardo, looks to be the weak link"

"Something else is in the plans." Drake also observed.

The search for some answers is running them all over the city, yet they know little more than Constance is probably funding whatever is going on here.
Amylarn
 player, 102 posts
 Init +2    AC 15/F13/T12
 HP13/17  F+1  R+5  W+2
Fri 26 Jan 2007
at 06:54
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
After the group had gotten alone again, it had taken less time for Amylarn to resume her normal appearance than it did to assume the part of the harlot. This fact bothered her little. It took the same amount of time to take off the disguise of the old lady or of a dirty street urchin. "I am all for sneaky searches and a dropping eaves. For that to work we will have to be more...aggressive. I say we find our way to that special "meeting place" of theirs and take a look-see. Mayhap we can convince Ardo to help us inside."
DM Mike
 GM, 1004 posts
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Fri 26 Jan 2007
at 13:30
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
OOC: Just to move things along a bit...

The group leaves a few moments after Constance, Durken, Ardo, and the two guards do.  It is not hard to spot them on the streets - it is rare for so large a group to travel together in the small city, it seems - something you may want to keep in mind for future forays.

They seem in a hurry, as their pace is fast and it never slows or falters.

They make their way back to the Shark Brother's shop and rending plant.

As they stop for Durken to open the door, the guards peer about, one of them almost spotting you.

You catch Constance's voice, but can not make out what she is saying.  Durken's response is loud and clear, though.

I'm sure Marl got things ready!  I have faith in my  brothers, even if you don't!

The sharp-eyed guard winces and looks around again, as if to see if anoyone was walking about in earshot.  Then the group heads into the rending plant.
You hear Durken call out for Marl and his other brothers as Ardo closes the door.
Bethany
 player, 61 posts
 Init: +2, AC/F/T:17/15/13
 HP: 11/16, F+5/R+5/W+4
Mon 29 Jan 2007
at 01:40
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
Doing her best to hide with the others in the shadows that are about she wispers to no one impaticular.  Should we take the guards out with something long range and silent?  I could use my bow if need be.  I am up for what you all think would be best right now.  Looking to the others almost as if wishing they would say yes, she fingers a few of the arrows in her quiver.
DM Mike
 GM, 1010 posts
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Sat 3 Feb 2007
at 23:34
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
As you stand outside the Shark Brother's Rending Shop the sky grows dark, the moon rising up over the sea.

You hear a "psst" coming from down the street and a small old woman comes out of a doorway.

They's something bad goin' on in there, I tells ya.  I hear screams sometimes, and people come an' go at all hours.

You gets used to things livin' near a slaughterhouse an' such, of course, but of late...well...

I really think that Durken fella is behind it all, and his brothers, they answer to him, since he's oldest.

Them boys been no good since they been born.  They been bullies and roughs and such, but now...I really think something wrong is goin' on in there, and I don't mean they're sellin' three-quarters a pound of meat an' sayin' it's a pound, you know.  Somethin' worse...


The sound of people running can be heard, and the old woman gasps and hurries back to her home.

Two men run down the street and make for the rending shop.

Tymora's teats, Durken'll have our hides comin' so late!  If your wife handn't kept you...  A young man in dandy's clothes tries to open the door of the shop.

The other man, fat and bald, pants I told you to leave, Cal, but you were too chicken, and now look!  They went and locked the door!  We won't get in on the ceremony!

The door thrusts open and the two guards reach out and yank the two late-comers in.  As the door closes you hear one of the guards grumble Durken says there's still some more stragglers coming later...
Amylarn
 player, 105 posts
 Init +2    AC 15/F13/T12
 HP13/17  F+1  R+5  W+2
Sun 4 Feb 2007
at 11:07
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
"Right then. Here we go." It sounded like Amylarn had another plan in mind and wanted everyone's opinion. "Sounds like the no-good brothers and the Princess Ilithrane have an open invitation for some more ne'er-do-wells. The guards say they expect stragglers and like it or not I say that is our best way in.

"We were all in there earlier, 'cept you Shaeria, so we know the layout of the place and we know where we might be going and we know who we are out to deal with and we know the best way to deal with 'em and we know..."
The blonde stopped to think for just a moment, but not long enough for anyone else to open their mouth. "Well I suppose 'tis all we know but still and all we are in good shape to stop their scream-inducing endeavors 'fore we see the dawn and usually I am all for being subtle and working from the safe shadows so swords and stabbings steer safely away from me but the illicit Ilithrane irritates and aggravates my ire implicit of her idiot assistants and individuals of ill-repute." Amy pulled a dagger from the folds of her skirt. "Lets go cut 'em down. Anyone have a better idea?"
Drake Debonn
 player, 287 posts
 I: +7  AC/FF/TA  18/15/13
 30/31 HP  F/R/W : 5/4/1
Mon 5 Feb 2007
at 03:59
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
Drake has no better idea. Even though he questions force vs. stealth, he can not deny that he has been trained well and his sword is all he has to offer in occasions like these.

Drake makes last minute checks of his weapons and equipment, ensuring all is in order.  He does not draw his sword though, but seems ready to go and knods to the other, agreeing with Amy's plan.

A thought comes quickly to him "Let me go first, with no weapon drawn. As soon as the door is closed, then others knock." Drake's plan is not said with great confidence, his voice is soft and voice wavering. The fighter goes on to further explain his idea "This will allow me to be inside already and when the door is opened again, It will place me on the other side of them, giving us an additional surprise."
DM Mike
 GM, 1019 posts
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Tue 6 Feb 2007
at 01:16
Re: Dragon Coast Adventure - "A Killer's Funeral"
OOC:   I am going to wait for others to post before moving on.  I want to make sure the others are okay with the plan.