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Mishann
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Wed 1 Feb 2017
at 07:39
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Mishann looks over to the dad, manages not to punch him out of reflex and says, "She'll be fine, but if you wait, we will explain what happened. Nathan, anything from him?"
Joe
 player, 527 posts
Wed 1 Feb 2017
at 07:43
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  Joe really hopes it's a typo that dad is coming from, ouch.

  "I'm getting a dejavu feeling."  No, no.  Running and screaming is not surrende-I mean, explaining.

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Narrator
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Wed 1 Feb 2017
at 07:50
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Mits turns her sword towards the angry person entering the scene, charging a spell.  The guy near pees himself.

"He's ok," Nathan says, casting glowy magics on the young lady, "His mind is an open book.

"Shayliss is quite alive, so you needn't worry about that."


The man sees that the heroes have things under control... probably.  But he takes cover till Mits lowers her sword.
Mishann
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Wed 1 Feb 2017
at 07:54
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Mishann says, "We have reason to believe your daughter here is victim to being used by a villain. We will be searching your basement as well because she mentioned rats and the last "rat" we investigated stabbed me in the throat."

At least her anger has severely abated. For now.
Joe
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Wed 1 Feb 2017
at 07:59
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  "Right, checking said basement then."  He's got a sunrod handy, because he expects a lack of proper lighting combined surprisingly flammable objects.
Mittens
 GM, 2134 posts
Wed 1 Feb 2017
at 08:09
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Pyrus uses his wing to fan the fainted girl.

"For her safety, you should tie her up," Nathan says to the dad, "And knock her back out if she wakes.  I'm a healer, so she'll be fine."

Mits heads down the basement, also providing light with her glowing sword.

Of course, there are no dire rats in the general store basement.  Instead, there's a convenient cot someoneís set up in the back of the room.  Along with fancy (for a commoner) sheets, pillows, and some romantic candles.

"Detecting any evil, Nathan?" Mits asks, sniffing about for the scent of brimstone.

"Nope.  And as evil as succubus are, I'm pretty sure I'd feel it if one was here recently and fled to the ethereal plane to escape us.  Starting to look like it was a much more down-to-earth attempt at seduction.  From a girl with an especially rock solid mind."
Mishann
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Thu 2 Feb 2017
at 03:49
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Mishann says, "Well just 'cause she isn't a succubus doesn't mean she isn't controlled by her. Please tell me we didn't just attack and knock out some innocent girl for nothing more than her being huffy with us for coming to help her."
Joe
 player, 529 posts
Thu 2 Feb 2017
at 03:53
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  "I'll leave that to the two better at saying that with it sounding less horrible then, Mishann."  When there is no angry/scared dad's in earshot, Joe will let her know she can consider it his fault considering the lady asked after him in the first place.
Mittens
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Thu 2 Feb 2017
at 04:35
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Mits headshakes.  "Let's look at this rationally.  Who in their right mind would antagonize the closest friends of the person they're attracted to, set up a 'romantic encounter' in a basement on the pretense that it's infested with dire rats, and attempt to flee rather than simply beg the pardon of the heroes who saved their entire town from being set on fire?  No one, that's who.  There is clearly something very wrong going on.  The question is, is it normal madness, or was it induced by something diabolical?"

"I can't really say without being able to probe her mind," Nathan answers, "Unless you all are willing to use more traditional interrogation."

"False alarms are a serious crime.  Maybe we should just have the town's acting Sheriff handle the interrogation.  Well... him and the town priest, just to be safe."
Mishann
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Thu 2 Feb 2017
at 04:40
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Mishann sighs in relief from Mittens' long-winded way of saying "No, Mishann. SHE was in the wrong."

Still feels guilty, but at least she isn't "arg I am evil incarnate!" like she was beginning to feel just a few seconds ago. "Alright. Yeah. Let's take her to the constabulary and call it a day. I still feel like I should say sorry to her... but we'll see if she is willing to say such on her own first."

She goes to the dad and informs him of what happened from start to finish.
Joe
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Thu 2 Feb 2017
at 04:52
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  "Considering how many people need actual help or things try to eat them, knowingly listing fake jobs on the job board is one of those 'worse than it sounds' situations, yeah."

  Hmm, has anyone tried asking her three times in a row?  Without interruption for other asides, Asking twice, saying something else, and then asking again clearly won't work.
Mittens
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Thu 2 Feb 2017
at 05:12
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The father is aghast at what he hears.

Mittens adds, "Now you may or may not have heard yet, but we have been able to determine that the glassworks massacre was perpetrated by a man under the spell of a succubus - a demoness of seduction.  The clues here point to your daughter either being under the influence of something with mind-control, or simple mental illness.  Either way, we're bound by law to take her to the barracks to be officially arrested for her crime.

"She was complaining about you spending too much time chasing down her sister, whom she had no hesitation in slandering if that tells you anything, so I strongly suggest that you find some help for handling all that's on your plate.  Someone to temporarily mind the store while you deal with family matters shouldn't be too hard to get your hands on.  This is the kind of thing that can really make or break a family."


Perhaps if Amiku's dad had talked things out with her?...

Nathan nods.  "If you find anything that is even remotely suspicious, strange sounds, smells, or missing food, anything...  Be sure to inform the authorities.  Do not attempt to confront or investigate something potentially dangerous on your own.  A family man lost his life tonight trying to handle a goblin commando on his own."

The man is in tears and nods.  "Thank you.  I understand.  I'll go with you."

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Mishann
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Thu 2 Feb 2017
at 05:22
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Mishann walks the bunch to the constabulary and explains to the guard there about the girl using the quest board to catch Joe and the events that followed. "She probably genuinely had no idea just how serious stuff like this is, so please.. just let her know we don't mean to be mean or harsh."

Mishann still has a Nathan plushy in her arms.
Joe
 player, 531 posts
Thu 2 Feb 2017
at 05:50
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  Joe thinks at this rate Mishann may need... Hmm.  "Hey Mittens, can you conjure up Nathan Plushie so Mishann can hold two nathans."

  Oh right, family drama.  "We're not mad, just disappointed." There.
Mittens
 GM, 2137 posts
Thu 2 Feb 2017
at 06:47
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Nathan nods in agreement with Mishann and Joe.

quote:
Shayliss is, if anything, even more of a troubleseeker than her sister,
something that a DC 20 Gather Information or Knowledge (local)
check can warn a PC about.
Any refusal to accompany Shayliss back
to the store must be handled delicately; without a successful Bluff
check or a DC 20 Diplomacy check, her infatuation with the PC
quickly turns into bitter hate, and she could become a recurring foil
as she spreads slanderous rumors about the PC and his friends.

Shayliss reveals her true intentions as soon as she has her chosen
PC alone in the basement of her fatherís store; her bodice comes off
and she slides herself into an embrace as she tries to guide the PC
over to a convenient cot someoneís set up in the back of the room.

Whatever develops from this awkward interlude, Shaylissí
father Ven Vinder (LN male human commoner 7) is destined to
head down into the basement not long after Shayliss makes her
move. Allow both Shayliss and the PC a DC 15 Listen check to
hear her father coming down the stairs at the far end of the basement. If neither notices his approach, they certainly will when he
finds them, roars in rage, and threatens the PC with his large and
meaty fists.

If the PC flees, Ven wonít follow, but neither will he allow the
PC or his friends to shop in his store any more. Being a well-liked
man in town, Venís displeasure with the PCs incurs a Ė2 penalty on
all Diplomacy and Gather Information checks made in town until
the PCs find some way to make things right with him.

A PC who tries to talk his way out of the situation can do so
with a successful Bluff check or a DC 20 Diplomacy check; success with a roll 10 higher than the required DC indicates that the
character has not only extricated himself, but has done so in a
way that leaves no hard feelings with Shayliss, who might try to
seduce the PC again at a later date.

This encounter is not meant to be physically ruinous to the
PCs, but it can certainly head that wayóVen might be a commoner, but he knows his way around a fistfight. If the PC retaliates with lethal force, Ven tries to flee with his daughter to call
the sheriff, at which point the PCís reputation in town immediately falls under scrutiny. If either Ven or Shayliss are killed, the
PC faces a murder charge, spends 1d3 days in jail, and is then sent
to Magnimar for trial.

Ad Hoc Experience Award: If the PCs manage to navigate this
delicate encounter without hurting anyone and without disrupting
Vinderís family, award them a CR 2 experience award


Mits is mad, but not at Shayliss at least.  More at the situation.  Didn't get to fix anything with explosions.

"Whoever said, 'more explosives solves everything,' was clearly naive," she asserts.

The requested Nathan plushie is provided.  http://img09.deviantart.net/5c...sh_by_ikeikegogo.jpg
Mishann
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Thu 2 Feb 2017
at 07:12
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Mishann gets water-eyed. "It's so CYOOOT!" she squeaks and hugs it, makes it nuzzle Nathan and gets girly about it.

She then looks at Mittens and says, "Wellll... either naive or would have blown people up and not cared. Then blown up anyone trying to arrest them. Thanks for sticking together, everyone."
Joe
 player, 532 posts
Thu 2 Feb 2017
at 07:16
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  "People who say it and mean it also mean metaphorical explosions.  Like a burst of enthusiasm, in which case Mittens you are always exploding, forever."

  Oh good, Joe occasionally has good ideas to go with his stupid ones. As demonstrated by learning dragons (even half ones) can squeak.
Narrator
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Thu 2 Feb 2017
at 07:34
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Nathan blushes from having to nuzzle a plushie Nathan.  But he can't help but sing something related.

"I need you always beside me
'Cause without you I'm beside myself.
Now without you I'm beside myself... "


Mittens grins proudly.  "Glad you like!  And thank you, Joe!"

Pyrus makes and explosion gesture at Mittens along with an explosion sound effect.  Then flutters over to nuzzle the Nathans.
Mishann
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Thu 2 Feb 2017
at 07:37
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Mishann yawns. "Well... we took care of all the quest-board stuff. Let's go get some sleep so we can be ready for Aldern tomorrow."

She leads the way to the inn unless stopped. And is SO going to cuddle the Nathan plushy when she sleeps tonight. :)
Joe
 player, 533 posts
Thu 2 Feb 2017
at 12:11
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  "Good. Now, for my next insane demand-oh you've already covered the fact most sentient species need sleep."  But he hasn't even used his daily yet, and is therefore an eternal night vigilante like batman until-Nah he's totally going to sleep.  In an actual bed, what a world.

  "Remember to mind the beartraps by the window if you go out for night flying."  The notches scratched into the beartrap metal are for crushed ninja kobold legs.
Mittens
 GM, 2138 posts
Thu 2 Feb 2017
at 19:29
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The night passes without any ninja kobold ambushes.  The following morning, Aldern buys the group breakfast.  During breakfast, Shalelu learns of the PC plan to combine laying traps with the hunting trip and she offers to gather up donated traps from the locals and meet the group at the stables.

Aldern gladly buys each PC his own mount from Goblin
Squash Stables, then eagerly leads the PCs and his three manservants
west over Tannerís Bridge and along the southern banks of the
Turandarok River.

https://sites.google.com/site/...nt%20Hinterlands.png

Itís a two mile ride to the Tickwood Ford, just north of the
upthrust limestone escarpment known as the Devilís Platter.
Despite its ominous name, Tickwood is actually a relatively safe
woodland, one well known to be the home of wild boars, deer, and
perhaps one or two firepelt cougarsóno goblin tribes dwell within
its boundaries.

The ride to Tickwood takes about a half hour.
Aldern is a
charming conversationalist, well-read
and with a seemingly endless cache of
stories about the high life in Magnimar.
Heís more interested in the PCs,
though.

"So how did your night go?"

Mits counts on her fingers, "One goblin commando slain, one grieving family comforted and cared for, one crazy person incarcerated, one plushie conjured.  Pretty busy."

Nathan chuckles that a plushie made her list.  He didn't bother getting a mount.  Pyrus discovers that not one of the horses wants to let him use their head as a seat.

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Mishann
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Thu 2 Feb 2017
at 21:32
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Mishann giggles from Joe calling sleep an insane demand. She asides to Joe, "Good thing you have insane friends, eh Joe?"

Everyone in the team gets goodnight hugs from the half-dragon because that's just how she feels about them. NEXT DAY HAPPENS!

Mishann DID mount a horse and asked Nathan why he didn't. "It's fun, Nathan!" Her inner princess is showing as she is clearly squee over having a horse again. Apparently, she isn't offputting to animals, so not only have dogs in town treated her the same as anyone, it seems the horses also treat her like they would anyone else. It isn't dragon blood that worries animals so much as evil. Horses, like dogs, are a good test of one's alignment.

Mishann isn't a reader so much as she had been forced to learn a bunch of stuff. So when it comes to non-fiction, at least (and only the most popular fiction), it seems Mishann is keeping up with Aldern. "I felt bad for the crazy girl since it looked like all she wanted was to flirt with a good man. Buuuut the guys at the constabulary assured me she is a trouble-maker and a bit spoiled. And Mittens conjured a Nathan plushy for me. One of the cutest plushies I've ever seen, but not as cute as the real thing."

Mishann looks at Mittens, "And don't forget that all was the same day as the glassworks."

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Joe
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Fri 3 Feb 2017
at 00:54
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  Joe is very glad his friends have similar standards to his own, yes.

  One fast forward later, Joe is commenting "Hopefully, the coming days are only as busy, rather than as mixed."  He turns to their horse providing host, and asks "Do you frequently hunt board in these parts, or was it a spur of the moment decision?"

  Also, why is it boar hunts seem to be the ones most known for tragic injuries and/or betrayals?
Mittens
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Fri 3 Feb 2017
at 05:53
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"It was indeed," Mittens agrees with Mishann before pushing up her fake glasses and affecting a mock nerd tone, "But he asked how our night went.  The glassworks was during the day."

Aldern chuckles at the exchange.  "Wow!  You all are so amazing to accomplish so much in just one day!"

He considers Joe's question, "No, not frequently.  I don't leave the city very often.  Always so much going on in Magnimar!  But when I heard there was going to be a big festival for the dedication of their new cathedral, I figured it would make for a fun change of pace to come up and contribute to the festivities."

Nathan shrugs to Mishann's question.  "Fun for a bit, sure.  But the bumpiness makes it difficult to sing or play music.  And I'm so lightweight, a horse is overkill.  I could easily hitch a ride with one of you all if needed."

Aldern asks, "So how long have you all been adventuring and fighting goblins?  You must have quite a few tales to tell."
Mishann
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Fri 3 Feb 2017
at 05:59
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Mishann says, "Not long. A month maybe. But just like our time here in Sandpoint, there is *always* something to do. Though this is the first time in our adventures together that danger encroached on a town in this way, where innocent people are being attacked all over town. And so... ruthlessly. And a demon being involved too! So far, it has been kobolds, bandits, and goblins... all out in the wilderness or on the road, but in-town problems have been bar fights and troublemakers up till now."