D&D From Taverns to Campsights.   Posted by Timothius.Group: 0
Elric
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Sat 11 Jan 2020
at 22:12
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Elric listens to what the others say and when asked about the lingo, Elric shakes his head and says, “Unfortunately I don't know about such slang either. Although honestly, I would prefer to avoid convoluted solutions as odds are something would go wrong and thus I think a simpler plan would be better, but in this situation, I do not know what choice we have in the matter. It's not like we can just march up to the front door and ask to see Jared since we are guarding a message from a prospective client and be let through so we can negotiate with him on behalf of our employer. After all large sums of money tend to be guarded...plus guards would be necessary to transport the 'cargo'.... hmm actually I do not know if that is convoluted or not. Is it? After all, a reclusive client might send someone else to do the dirty work for them to avoid being incriminated if something went wrong.” As Elric rambles on a bit as he ponders and thinks out how Joe's idea could be implemented...
Joe
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Sun 12 Jan 2020
at 01:28
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
  Good thing we're not dealing with dice rolls or this would be Doomed By Statistics.  Instead we're dealing with natural capacity for rambling convincingly.

  "I mean, I prefer simple plans myself. You're usually stuck with that when your options are 'what should I stab them with'.  But trying to save a bunch of helpless people in the middle of danger tends to invite stupidity you pass off as heroism after the fact." Somewhere, a draconian rogue leaps off a tall structure thanking obscure fall damage rules.

  "Twenty two people sounds like a lot, until you think about it like a slaver and decide cramming them all in a single enclosed wagon is cheaper than their comfort.  So that and an extra wagon is the easy part, and will even make it easier to fight around them.  The hard part is deciding on an absurd but believable reason to be shopping for people bulk with no care for quality.  Like, 'Oh our boss has his heart set on this old kobold cave but there are just too many goddamned traps left for our schedule.  And it's cheaper to throw slaves at it than to hire and replace people to disarm them properly.'"

  He considers the group, and says "Gods help us that I'm probably gonna be the one doing the talking.  But at least we're all probably very good at looking bored about the suffering of others... Or just Angry At All times."  Don't mind the Gnome, she ALWAYS looks like she wants to start beating people to death with her tiny hands.

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Kitau
 Player, 96 posts
Wed 15 Jan 2020
at 05:11
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Kitau and Eren both shake their heads to the question of whether they know street slang.  They both know enough monster race lingo to be able to guess where's best to set the next trap, but that won't help here.  They quietly listen to the smarter ones hammer out the details of the plan.

Kitau has lots of feelings: https://tinyurl.com/td3pnb6
Khuridoth
 Player, 12 posts
 I am a dwarf
 and I'm digging a hole
Sun 19 Jan 2020
at 20:24
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Khuridoth says, "Thanks for volunteering, Joe." then looks around at the team generically and says, "In a perfect world, we could completely close this. Figuring out who the corrupt officials are, exposing them, and all that rot. And when we capture Jarred and set the slaves free, the corrupt officials will act like they never knew Jarred and will be the ones congratulating us while the worst that happens to them is they lose the side bribe-money they have been getting. But as much as I wanna put them away, I came here for Jarred. Heck... a coward like him might squeal about which officials are corrupt anyway and we'll be that much closer to stopping the corruption. Just thinkin' out loud..."

He nods. "Alright. So Joe will initiate. I'm here to 'make sure the price is fair'. Eren won't even be seen with us because he'll be keeping watch over Jarred. Elric will be our 'enforcer' because he looks intimidating with that robe and mask. Kitau is our 'talent scout' who found out about Jarred and his operation in this city, but doesn't like to talk so she can't be questioned about how she found Jarred. This work for everyone?"

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Elric
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Sun 26 Jan 2020
at 22:55
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Elric nods to Khuridoth and adds, “I can do that... not to mention many are intimidated by my favored weapon...” as he activates his ArmCannon to transform his hand into his Repeating Shot Mixed-Use Gun as he continues, “Plus Rush can also help in the intimidation department.”

Rush grins revealing his sharp metal teeth as he growls out slowly, “Intimidate.” as the canine Steel Defender looks ready to pounce on something.
Joe
 player, 900 posts
Sun 26 Jan 2020
at 23:48
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
  Qualified by default is a proud(?) tradition, so of course Joe's running with it.  "While it gets a point across, they may take it the wrong way if you show off your particular choice of weapons Elric.  Anyways, we're agreed with 'grab closed wagon first' and 'Kobold caves, totally' then?  I guess we might want to make up a name of who we are supposedly working for while we're at it."
Kitau
 Player, 97 posts
Mon 27 Jan 2020
at 00:45
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Eren hates being intimidated.  But the metal dog is certainly succeeding in that department.  So he discreetly flies off to keep an eye on Jarred.

Kitau nods.  "Kalarel."

She follows along with the group to get a covered wagon.

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Khuridoth
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 I am a dwarf
 and I'm digging a hole
Wed 29 Jan 2020
at 01:13
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
For what it's worth, Joe, the zany puppet-wielding Mittens has lost count of the times she is the sane one / voice of reason in any given day of adventuring.

Khuridoth says, "I'm torn, Elric. On one hand, your weapon is so alien, most would see it and let their imaginations run wild as to what it does which can be scarier than knowing how deadly something is. On the other hand, Joe may be right. So we'll keep with Rush will growl if our 'client' steps out of line. When we meet Jarred, keep your weapon handy but hidden under your cloak."

He looks down at Rush and grins a grin much like a dwarf who just hacked an orcs to pieces. "Now that's a good dog."

Khuridoth follows with the group to fetch the covered wagon. That is easily enough obtained with gold and no need for plans there.

Meanwhile, Eren can see Jarred heading up to check on the slaves. The man addresses them and gives them a reminder of 'their place' and invites them to 'please step out of line' because he's bored and hasn't tortured a slave in a while. He genuinely tries to get any of them to be defiant, but one of the guards reminds him of HIS place. "Listen, Jarred... they are subdued. These people are money. Don't needlessly mess with the boss's money or your name will become mud quickly and then you'll be on the outs with the slaving business."

Jarred frowns, looking annoyed that his fun was taken away, but says "Fine. Spoil my fun..." before going back down and finding an animal to torture. He manages to catch a squirrel that he begins dissecting alive.

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Elric
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Sat 1 Feb 2020
at 20:49
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Elric nods to Khuridoth deactivates his ArmCannon since he can call it forth with a moment's notice but he does keep the option of having it activated under his cloak for a surprise if needed. The Warforged Battle Smith glances around as he follows the rest of the group in his attempt to appear to be the group's silent enforcer while keeping alert to what goes on around the group.

Rush continues to keep his intimidating appearance while sticking next to Elric as the Canine Steel Defender growls when appropriate for the group's cover.
Joe
 player, 902 posts
Sat 1 Feb 2020
at 23:44
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
  "Right, time to get this show on the road then." It's in a place with paved streets, it counts more literally than usual.

  Should there be no requests otherwise from others, assuming the next stop is Slaves R Us, Joe starts out with "I heard you can handle sales by the wagonload.  We intend to make that quite literal if your prices are right."

  OOC: <squirrel>"The term is vivisection, BLARGH"</squirrel>
Kitau
 Player, 98 posts
Mon 10 Feb 2020
at 03:08
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Eren's face twists in disgust at Jarred.  It's too late for the squirrel, but it torments the fairy's nature to have to stay in hiding while the poor creature suffers.  But he remains vigilant.

Kitau nods in agreement with Khuridoth.  And though she doesn't want to admit it, she had no clue that that thing was a weapon until that loud noise happened.  So there's that.

When negotiations start, she hardens herself for the conversation, trying to keep the rage against these monsters down until the time is right.  Lots of practice with that.
Narrator
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Tue 11 Feb 2020
at 07:12
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
The man shrugs and says, "We do. What would you like from us, sir? You got the coin, we can probably secure the goods."

Khuridoth has his arms folded to both look intimidating and non-threatening at the same time. After all, his hands are not on his weapons.

The guards in the room look bored like they've heard this conversation a thousand times before and have little to no interest. But the group is still dangerous looking, so they are ready to draw weapons at a moments notice. Albeit in a "sigh, if I have to" way that betrays they don't expect danger at all.

Meanwhile, as Erin is forced to listen to the heartwrenching screams of the squirrel, he sees another fairy approaching Jarred from behind. He is dressed in armor made out of acorn parts (after all, that has proven to be so hard even biggenses have a hard time crushing it) and has a thumbtack in his hands. He is setting the thumbtack on the spot Jarred is sitting, just shy of Jarred's butt so all Jarred would have to do is sit up again and he will get stabbed.
Elric
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Tue 11 Feb 2020
at 22:17
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Elric remains silent and still with Rush by his side. Rush grows somewhat at the implication that they might not have the money as if such a comment was an insult to the steel skinned canine. Elric softly speaks as Rush growls, “Rush, he is just doing his job... he did not intend to insult us by suggesting that the group lack funds, nor is he impeding us... yet.”

The metal canine then growls out slowly, “So don't eat him if he continues to insult us?”

Elric shakes his head, and answers bluntly, “Not without my permission. And I have only given permission to eat those who attack us or imped the group's purpose for being here... And remember, no eating the cargo on our way back. I don't want that deducted from my wages.” As Elric gently rubs the top of Rush' head with his large right hand...which unknown to the guard, is ready to be transformed into its Mixed-Use gun form at a moment's notice.

Rush growls softly “Understood.”. Rush looks to the guard as if begging him to imped the group so the metal canine can pounce into action as Rush imitates the expression of a hungry wolf, at least as much as his metallic body can.

Elric figures it is best to not reveal to the guards that Rush actually doesn't eat... but he figures they don't need to realize that fact.
Joe
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Wed 12 Feb 2020
at 01:24
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
  The universal expression of 'This is my henchperson day, but you understand' is put to (maybe) good use here, as Joe continues on.  "Right, we've got a job where qualified employees cost too much and would take too long.  What we need is a wagonload of an untrained workforce in a hurry to help us find every last trap in a kobold ****hole our boss has taken a liking to. Why, it's a job so easy a kid could do it at least once. Isn't that nice?"

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Kitau
 Player, 99 posts
Wed 12 Feb 2020
at 03:43
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Kitau was tense already, but now the cracks are showing.  Nose flaring, brow furrowing deeper, fists clenching tighter, veins in eyes turning red.  She's sure to not make eye contact with the guards lest they take it as a threat, but she's already planning out how to cut them down at the knees at the drop of a hat.

Meanwhile, Erin is torn.  On the one hand, this newcomer is putting the whole operation in jeopardy.  On the other, he really wanted to at least this much to Jarred himself and sooo can't blame the fairy.  He considers the possible outcomes.  Jarred blames the guards, the prank works in favor of the team.  Jarred suspects a prankster and searches.  Finds Erin.  Combat makes the plan fall apart.  Finds the newcomer.  Eren has to decide whether to attack Jarred to keep him from catching them.  Or maybe...  Eren assassinates Jarred with a very well-placed blade in an artery and another in his voice box.  Guards never hear a scream for help.  Too risky.  Too likely to end in disaster.

Erin sneaks to the chair to remove the tack, makes eye contact with the newcommer, and nudges his head toward cover to indicate that they should confer quietly behind cover.
Khuridoth
 Player, 14 posts
 I am a dwarf
 and I'm digging a hole
Wed 12 Feb 2020
at 06:23
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
The fairy looks very confused, but follows Erin, giving him a benefit of the doubt. He barely waits to be out of hearing range before angrily whispering with tears in his eyes, "That squirrel needs help. What gives?"

Meanwhile, the business man says, "Ah. I see... well at the moment, we have a small group. Twenty-two; eight men, eight women, six children. Men are 15 gold a piece. Women are 10 gold a piece. Children are 5 gold a piece. So if you're sure you want all of them, that would be 230 gold. We don't have bulk discounts."

Khuridoth manages to keep a straight face. And his dwarven physique is solid as stone, so nobody really sees his muscles tensing. But inside, he is quite angry.

The guards do seem slightly nervous about Rush. Good thing because he is distracting them from potentially noticing how aggro Kitau is.

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Elric
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Wed 12 Feb 2020
at 21:29
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Elric remains silent as the businessman talks while Rush still has an 'I want to eat you' look on its metallic face. Elric glares at the guards and businessman while waiting, as he looks like he is starting to get annoyed with the delay...and glances to Khuridoth and Joe as he speaks up, “While I'll get paid either way make sure that the cargo isn't already at death's door. It would be kind of difficult to complete the job for our boss if they all die of hunger, disease, thirst, or previously sustained wounds before we even reach our destination. If they are wanting to be paid for merchandise unseen, it would indicate that their product is of inferior stock and useless to us... that is if it even really exists. Why waste money on something that is possibly too damaged to even walk twenty feet before keeling over dead? That is the problem with fleshy races... so fragile..and we shouldn't have to waste time nursing them back to health just to complete the boss' task for us. If they continue to delay us or try to get us to buy the product without even confirming its existence and condition...and thus its claimed value, are they volunteering to become Rush's next snack?” Elric sounds like he is starting to get annoyed with just standing around but isn't to the point where he'll give permission for Rush to 'eat' just yet.

Rush makes a sound that is halfway between a growl and a chuckle, “Tasty ... flesh.” as Rush looks between the guards and businessman as if trying to decide which one to eat first if he is given permission to eat them.
Joe
 player, 907 posts
Thu 13 Feb 2020
at 02:33
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
  Oh no, Elric is trying to shop like they want a lasting purchase instead of 'Haha throw the peasant at the room full of traps' disposable people.  Joe can't even be mad due to his own twisty straw logic about 'Standards > Morals'.

  "Oh my gods, we talked about this.  Today it doesn't matter if they have a limp or filth fever, we're here to clear out their stock.  Even if I do appreciate your eye for quality merchandise."

  He shrugs apologetically to the guards "Still, we are on a schedule.  How about I make it a nice round 250 and you can get yourselves a couple wine bottles to celebrate what good salesmen you are, if you help us get everything loaded within the hour." Free booze, AND  a 'rush' job they can still drag their feet on. Hopefully that gets through any bruised egos.
Kitau
 Player, 100 posts
Mon 17 Feb 2020
at 05:11
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Kitau figures Elric was trying to be authentic by initiating a haggle to lower the price.  But Joe's approach is probably for the best.  The promise of extra pay for making things happen sooner is strong incentive to overlook anything suspicious.  She quietly takes out a strip of jerky and offers it to Rush.

Eren returns the look with an enraged look of his own. (( http://static3.wikia.nocookie...._kill_the_Titans.png ))

"Don't you think I know that?  But there's children upstairs, and my best friend in the other room, who'll all die if we try to rescue the squirrel.  Go watch over her.  The gnome with marigold hair.  She and her team are tricking these killers into handing over the prisoners."
Khuridoth
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Tue 18 Feb 2020
at 00:05
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While the guards are getting slightly nervous by Elric's threats, the salesman seems to be getting angered. He was considering upping the price, but Joe appeases the businessman. Money covers most offenses. "250 it is. Bring the merch out for our customers."

Khuridoth is quiet, doing the silent intimidation thing like Kitau.

Just as the fairy Erin was talking to is about to take off to watch over Kitau, some guard calls out, "Jarred! Jarred! Get the merch! All of it! We got a bulk buy."

He sighs and gets up to enter the building and its elevator.

The fairy quickly swoops in to help the squirrel. "I'll care for the squirrel since the jerk left."

Assuming Erin continues to watch Jarred, he sees Jarred take the slaves and load them up on the elevator several at a time. 5, 6, 5, 6. When Jarred brings the first group, the salesman explains: "This here is Jarred. He captured the ones we have in stock. He's bringing them in small groups because we simply can't fit 22 people on the lift all at once. The whole process should be done in 10 or 15 minutes."

Jarred eyes Kitau and says, "Is the gnome up for trade or sale?"

The salesman says, "Just get the rest of the merch, Jarred."

Things seem to be going smoothly as the people are being loaded onto the wagon. Assuming everyone keeps to their part of the act, soon, every "slave" is no longer on the premises.
Elric
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Tue 18 Feb 2020
at 16:29
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Elric remains silent but keeps a close eye on the merchandise both to make sure the count is correct and to see that they are all in decent health. When Jarred talks about wanting to acquire Kitau as a slave, Elric is tempted to shoot him in the face right then and there but holds off and instead says to the salesman when Jarred is in the process of retrieving the second group, “Jarred seems like a wildcard... how do you keep him under control so he doesn't screw up business?”

Rush continues to glance back and forth between the guards and the salesman, and Jarred when he's present.
Joe
 player, 910 posts
Wed 19 Feb 2020
at 18:43
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  "Jarod, my dear friend supplying me in my hour of employee need... Even if she died, she would find a way to kill me if I so much as thought about it." First impressions, or Metagame knowledge? You make the call!

  At Elric's understandable critique, Joe shrugs.  "You aren't as used to having to tell yourself 'The results are still worth the headache', and I hope you never will be.  Of course, you and your bark bark friend save me from headaches."

  While he's sure Elric, Kitau, and even Bark Bark friend have done so already.  Joe also kept count in his head to make sure 'All of the slaves' was indeed, ALL of the slaves scouted in case Jarod decided to keep some for himself... And not act like he noticed such a difference if so.

  Save the hostages you've got now and not the hostages you wish you had, etc etc.  Either way, Joe is (probably) going to be getting his gold back real soon.
Kitau
 Player, 101 posts
Fri 21 Feb 2020
at 04:24
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
Kitau was just about to offer 100 gold for the guards to look the other way for just 5 seconds.*  But things move along without her having to say a word - just the way she likes it.  Still, with Jarred here, where's Eren?  No.  Better not to look.  Find him and your eyes'll give away his location.  Even just looking will raise suspicion.  Trust that he's doing his part.

Eren just nodded to the other fairy and kept to his mission of watching over Jarred from the shadows.  The comment about Kitau's being up for sale was... weird.  Was there a special request for a gnome from another customer?  More reason to take him alive.

*(( Gotta love 4e melee ranger.  Low level character unloading 5 attacks in 1 round is a thing.  With all kinds of ways to deal extra damage as icing on top.  n.n ))

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Khuridoth
 Player, 16 posts
 I am a dwarf
 and I'm digging a hole
Fri 21 Feb 2020
at 04:45
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
The team is able to see that was every slave accounted for. Erin himself can see it was every slave accounted for and now all safely on the wagon. None of the slaves had anything worse than bruises on them.

Khuridoth cracks his knuckles. "Well then. Shall we?"

He takes a swing at Jarred, knocking the surprised man out with one punch. Because dwarf punch to cowardly guy whose only claim to fame is how he tortures helpless people.

The rest of the people present are surprised and take an entire second to begin leaping into action.

The barely contained PCs who have been holding back like wound up rubber bands, however, are a different story.

(Enjoy describing your battle! The only people in the room are the desk clerk - who is just a commoner, the unconscious Jarred, and the two guards who amount to level 1 fighters.)
Elric
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Sat 22 Feb 2020
at 14:50
Re: D&D From Taverns to Campsights
As Khuridoth takes out Jarred with a surprise sucker-punch, Elric transforms his ArmCannon into its Mixed-Use Gun Form as he says, “Rush, incapacitate the clerk. If he tries to run or scream... rip his throat out.”

As the closer of the two guards notices what is going on the Guard exclaims, "What the..." and is cut off as Elric fires a cartridge round into the man's face...which jerks what is left of the man's head back a moment before the now corpse falls to the floor.

Simultaneously, Rush charges the Desk Clerk and pounces at him gripping the man's throat with the Steel Defender's metallic teeth which for some reason doesn't impair Rush's ability to speak as the constructed canine growls, “Make a sound or move... and I eat your throat... cooperate with us and I won't kill you.”

OOC: Funny enough the Cartridge Barrel in a Mixed-Use Gun does 2d6+dex (3) damage which averages to 7+3=10 which is the expected hit points for the average level 1 fighter (unless they get a constitution bonus which I don't expect these guards to have and Rush's average attack damage is enough to take out the commoner desk clerk. This leaves one more guard left for the party to deal with before the desk clerk can be interrogated, and possibly handed over to the proper authorities or otherwise dealt with. Note that Rush has not claimed anything about what anyone ELSE will do to the desk clerk.

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