A Bard's Tale.   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
Joe
 player, 438 posts
Sat 17 Sep 2016
at 04:49
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  In a world of magic and questionable physics, it can be hard sometimes to separate which kinds of stupid actually happen.

  "Hmm, mostly intangible entities tend to be a real headache." That's because you don't have convenient AoE or radiant spam, Joe.
Callie
 NPC, 343 posts
 Cleric of Sehanine
 Lover Halfling
Sat 17 Sep 2016
at 04:54
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Callie says, "Maybe... but there is no proof the merchant was using any magic, is there? At least now we know Chestnut will soon be exonerated. Unless the guards are actually involved."
Grabthar
 Player, 44 posts
Sat 17 Sep 2016
at 04:57
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"Part of why I came to you first.  I'm wondering if some clever plan could be cooked up.  Unfortunately, my cleverness ends at being able to sneak about, so I don't know how to draw out the villain."
Joe
 player, 439 posts
Sat 17 Sep 2016
at 05:00
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  "The fact they are willing to be obvious to the point of idiocy just to screw with Chesdnut? He's locked in a holding cell, they still planted stuff on him anyways.  When the guards will know even if Chessnut did escape and came back when they weren't looking, he can't have stolen that much stuff in thirty seconds."
Callie
 NPC, 344 posts
 Cleric of Sehanine
 Lover Halfling
Sat 17 Sep 2016
at 05:03
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Callie says, "Joe has a point. Whoever is doing this, whether it is the merchant or not, seems to be pretty obsessive with it. If Chestnut is set free, the person trying to frame him might try something desperate."
Grabthar
 Player, 45 posts
Sat 17 Sep 2016
at 05:06
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"Very well.  Let's go to the mayor with our plan so he can make it look like Chestnut was released for political reasons so the guards won't have any reason to check his bags on the way out.  That'll really infuriate the scoundrel!"
Joe
 player, 440 posts
Sat 17 Sep 2016
at 05:11
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  "Well, if the stuff is actually stolen goods then they may not let us just walk off with them.  Even if we intend on giving them back when this is sorted. I'm all for plans based around annoying the enemy, though"
Callie
 NPC, 345 posts
 Cleric of Sehanine
 Lover Halfling
Sun 18 Sep 2016
at 03:22
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When the group checks in with the guards, they inform the group that, as predicted, the stolen goods had been planted in Chestnut's stuff. "So we were going to release Chestnut anyway. But yeah. We can make like we released him without checking his stuff."

Chestnut waves at his buddies with a bright smile. "You should've seen how upset the merchant was when I smiled. I think the guy just doesn't believe in being happy."
Grabthar
 Player, 46 posts
Sun 18 Sep 2016
at 03:27
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Grabthar nods and lets the guards know about the shadow creature thing.  To Chestnut he chuckles.

"More likely that his last experience with a Kender left him hating all Kender.  I'm quite sure there are still plenty of things that would make him happy.  Just not your happiness."
Joe
 player, 441 posts
Sun 18 Sep 2016
at 03:36
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 "True, I am expecting a too little too late sympathetic sob story that really did suck for whoever is dealing with the shadow thing."  Knowing their luck, it could just as likely be the cranky merchant unknowingly manifesting a shadow that reinforces his prejudices so he gets to believe he's right.
Callie
 NPC, 346 posts
 Cleric of Sehanine
 Lover Halfling
Sun 18 Sep 2016
at 03:49
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Chestnut nods to Joe. Callie interjects, "Sob story or not, it is wrong to frame innocent people for crimes they didn't commit. I will feel sympathy and pity for a villain with a sob story, but only when it is shown they are repentant for hurting others who didn't deserve to be hurt. I've little patience for people who believe the universe revolves around only them."

Chestnut shrugs. "We don't know who is doing this or why. Whoever it is, if they apologize, I'll forgive 'em. If they don't apologize, I'll be disappointed, but still willing to forgive... if they stop."
Grabthar
 Player, 47 posts
Sun 18 Sep 2016
at 03:53
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Grabthar adjusts his monocle.  "Quite.  Now shall we be going, then?"
Joe
 player, 442 posts
Sun 18 Sep 2016
at 03:56
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  "Might as well, it would be pointless to stop partway."
Callie
 NPC, 347 posts
 Cleric of Sehanine
 Lover Halfling
Sun 18 Sep 2016
at 04:04
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Chestnut says, "Sure! So... where are we going?"

Callie says, "We never did figure out exactly what to bait the enemy with. Or for that matter, how to stop a person made entirely of shadow."
Grabthar
 Player, 48 posts
Sun 18 Sep 2016
at 04:06
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"I'll leave the shadow fighting to the moon cleric," Grabthar says, "But after a quick boast at the tavern, if our quarry leaves us alone, I was pretty sure we were wanting to track down an evil witch of some kind."
Joe
 player, 443 posts
Sun 18 Sep 2016
at 04:11
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  "Getting paid and thanked for the bandits all on it's own might set them off, at least.  Oh no, He must have made those bandits turn to crime in the first place by stealing their stuff!"
Callie
 NPC, 348 posts
 Cleric of Sehanine
 Lover Halfling
Sun 18 Sep 2016
at 04:17
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Chestnut says, "So back to my favorite place? Sweet!"

The group gets to the tavern and are served as usual. People are surprised to see Chestnut, as the word had already spread that the thief was caught and it was the kender. But Callie and Chestnut both have good charisma, so between the two of them, they easily explain that Chestnut was found innocent without giving away the detail about the stuff.
Grabthar
 Player, 49 posts
Sun 18 Sep 2016
at 04:21
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Grabthar is keeping a sharp eye out for anyone... or anything suspicious.
Joe
 player, 444 posts
Sun 18 Sep 2016
at 04:32
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  Joe keeps in mind that he's also trained in thievery, for the option of stealing the stolen goods from chesstnut so accusations look stupid with the kendar's pockets/boots/pants/etc empty when they look.
Callie
 NPC, 349 posts
 Cleric of Sehanine
 Lover Halfling
Sun 18 Sep 2016
at 04:35
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Nobody present seems suspicious. And nobody made of shadow appears.
Grabthar
 Player, 50 posts
Sun 18 Sep 2016
at 04:36
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"Well now that we've properly relayed the news that Chestnut was not the culprit, shall we be on our way?"
Joe
 player, 445 posts
Sun 18 Sep 2016
at 04:41
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  "Seems so, honestly we should probably start thinking about that sorceress again." Oh yeah, people being frozen is probably more inconvenient than petty theft.
Callie
 NPC, 350 posts
 Cleric of Sehanine
 Lover Halfling
Sun 18 Sep 2016
at 04:44
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Callie and John are, of course, relieved that the no more time has to pass before worrying about the sorceress. It is another long trek and night falls long before they arrive at the destination, so camp is set up.
Grabthar
 Player, 51 posts
Sun 18 Sep 2016
at 04:49
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Grabthar's mood improved the more distance he put between himself and that town.  He inhales deeply of the fresh air.  "Ah.  Open country!  I wonder if I ever succeed at my goals if I'll even be able to settle down having tasted of the freedom of travel."

Goose down pillows.  Servants cooking your meals.  Tea and other luxuries...  I'm sure you'll manage.
Joe
 player, 446 posts
Sun 18 Sep 2016
at 04:53
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  Joe has long since learned to accept that sometimes sidequests need to be put to the side.

  "I suppose that's what getting extra rich and living on a fancy airship is for."