A Man, His Wife, and the Gaming Table: Part 1.   Posted by Narrator.Group: archive 1
Narrator
 GM, 67 posts
Tue 24 May 2011
at 16:34
A Man, His Wife, and the Gaming Table: Part 1
When Ash and Darrahn depart the scene of battle, it is only a short couple steps to find themselves inside the stockade. The earthquake did some damage to the elven shacks, but recovery should be quick. The alienage tree, the Vhendahl, sets well away from any cook fires and did not suffer damage there. As most of the dwellings are tents and hovels the elves fared pretty well. No heavy beams destroyed anything and injuries were minimized. Due to the time of day, most of the cook fires were low or extinguished. The few buildings suffered some damage, but elves are already getting to work patching the holes and roofs. While, not a full-blown alienage, the elves work together to make sure everyone will have somewhere to sleep tonight.

Still, the appearance of a human is marked with a rush of silence. They openly stare at the shemlen, who has dared breach their walls. Satorio, serving as the closest thing to a hahren the elves have, approaches first.

"What do you do here, shemlen?" he asks. His tone is aggressive and ready for a fight, but the tone cannot be matched by action. "We have nothing that you need and none that are here can be spared to help your kind."
Ash
 player, 17 posts
 Lost elf
 Apostate by trade
Tue 24 May 2011
at 20:52
Re: A Man, His Wife, and the Gaming Table: Part 1
Ash step between Satorio and Darrahn. He had knew not Darrahn nor how he would react, if he reacted poorly and the shemlens already sought to blame someone, why not the elves. "He is with me Satorio." Ash said while bowing his head with respect to the other elf and speaking in a calm quiet voice. He has been a short time in town but he knew the other elves would have an inkling on who he was or rather what role he was studying to be.

"We came here to talk to Ursula, she left a note on the Chanter board that her husband has been missing. We want to help and see if there is any connection to his disappearance and shade attack. Can you please direct us to her house?"
Darrahn
 player, 11 posts
Wed 25 May 2011
at 03:38
Re: A Man, His Wife, and the Gaming Table: Part 1
It seems to Darrahn as if this 'Ash' tries too hard to play the part of the submissive elf. He would have sweared he saw someone at the rear of the battlefield using magic, he felt it, in his bones. Could it been him? The Dalish are known for their strange rituals and ceremonies, some of which may have actual power...

One way or the other, the immediate pressure of so many eyes staring at him quickly brought him back to reality. I must tread carefully here. They might fear human reprisals, but they are as scared as the rest of the townsfolk too, and I'm the stranger in here.

Promptly answering to the elder in front of him: Indeed. I mean no ill will towards you or your people, elder. We just come here to talk and help, if it is in our power to do so.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:40, Wed 25 May 2011.

Narrator
 GM, 72 posts
Wed 25 May 2011
at 13:33
Re: A Man, His Wife, and the Gaming Table: Part 1
Satorio looks Darrahn over with a careful eye; he weighs the truth of the man's words. Finally, he nods and cocks his head to the left. "She's the washer woman; don't go riling my people up, shem. Everyone knows her husband wastes her wages at the dice. He probably finally run off to escape his debt."
Ash
 player, 18 posts
 Lost elf
 Apostate by trade
Thu 26 May 2011
at 05:52
Re: A Man, His Wife, and the Gaming Table: Part 1
Ash nods to Satorio "Thank you." he say with respect in his voice.

"Come." he tells Darrahn and walk in the direction they were referred to.
Darrahn
 player, 12 posts
Wed 1 Jun 2011
at 00:09
Re: A Man, His Wife, and the Gaming Table: Part 1
Darrahn listened, and for once, kept his mouth shut. Just show us the way, please. Maybe this won't lead to anything, but it was worth a shot...
Narrator
 GM, 76 posts
Wed 1 Jun 2011
at 15:20
Re: A Man, His Wife, and the Gaming Table: Part 1
Despite the unfriendly stares that Darrahn receives as he walks with Ash through the stockade, the pair finds Ursula. She makes simple repairs to her clothesline. While several elven children assist her by collecting the laundry that fell during the quake. She has a sad face, graying blonde hair, and blue eyes. She is thin for an elf, as are the children nearby. As she hears their approach she shakes her head sadly, "I cannot accept any more wash today. The quake has set me behind."
Ash
 player, 19 posts
 Lost elf
 Apostate by trade
Wed 1 Jun 2011
at 17:53
Re: A Man, His Wife, and the Gaming Table: Part 1
Ash lean his staff on a nearby wall and lean to help pickup the fallen laundry. "We are not here for laundry Ursula." he says softly "We are here regarding your plea for help concerning your husband. We came to offer our help." He spoke in a soft tender voice, the scene gave him a cold flashback to his own childhood long before his gift/curse manifested itself.
Narrator
 GM, 78 posts
Thu 2 Jun 2011
at 14:20
Re: A Man, His Wife, and the Gaming Table: Part 1
"Oh," she says genuinely surprised. "I did not think any would...Well, um...yes." She wrings her hands slightly before taking the laundry from Ash. "I know what they say about Aleric, but he would not just run away. What do you need to know?"
Ash
 player, 20 posts
 Lost elf
 Apostate by trade
Thu 2 Jun 2011
at 14:24
Re: A Man, His Wife, and the Gaming Table: Part 1
Ash smiles and nod to her "Where he was last seen, does he have somewhere he like to ran to when he need time alone?" he sighs the next bit was delicate "Did he say or acted out of the ordinary in the last couple of days before his disappearance?"
Narrator
 GM, 80 posts
Fri 3 Jun 2011
at 11:25
Re: A Man, His Wife, and the Gaming Table: Part 1
"No, he was supposed to meet with Keirdan Grobain at the Ruddy Sword the day he disappeared. I asked him to stop gambling with that man, but he said he was due a big score." She lowers her voice as if sharing something no one else should know, which seems odd when she does reveal it. "Aleric weren't the only one to go missing. Two weeks ago, Nina's husband went to work for the Miller's and never came back or reported to work. Then, Chlelsa's youngest girl, Heather was just up and gone last week."
Ash
 player, 22 posts
 Lost elf
 Apostate by trade
Sun 5 Jun 2011
at 07:07
Re: A Man, His Wife, and the Gaming Table: Part 1
Ash frowns rubbing his chin while thinking "Please tell us where can we find Nina, Chlesa and Keirdan Grobain?" this was turning into a bigger mystery then he originally thought. Of course just because three people disappeared across a couple of weeks did not guarantee the events were related but still worth poking into.