New Pavis: Rough Business.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
Ohanzee Shappa
 player, 4139 posts
 Rhino Rider
 Raven Follower
Tue 21 Aug 2018
at 21:53
Re: Rough Business
"Temush you're a boring old fart and if your heart isn't in it then perhaps you should sit this one out!"

"We're used to working together where the Three had not done so. And Grandmother Spider was not along the first time to tie her knots."

"The Wastes are hard whether you've a mount or not, and there are plenty who manage to travel it and live there without beasts. Of course they shall go to the Earth Temple, for them to stay here would leave them within the reach of the Darkness to snatch them back just as it did before."


He makes a sucking, clicking noise drawing air through his teeth as he clicks with his tongue.

"It'd be a shame not to have a Sunny boy on a quest that's meant to be for all the Rivals, but if you're lining up your excuses already..."
Temush Blinking-cloud
 Player, 742 posts
 Ostrich Rider
 Sun Hawk
Wed 22 Aug 2018
at 07:56
Re: Rough Business
I know that you find it hard to trust a plan once it's got out of your head Ohanzee, but I'm keen to see where the road leads and have some clue what we might be called on to do. Temush waves his arms about in an aimless sort of way What if we end up with two score of town folk and their kids who don't know a bull from a bush. Do you want us to point them at the Bleak Hills and say 'Two or three month's walk that way, you can't miss it... Oh, watch out for the Sun Folk... and the Broos' - they'll not last a week. We'd have to go with them, and either stock up on food or find them mounts. Run that by the Snowspear and your wife.

Now if we can find a place in the quest to set them up in a safe spot that might make more sense. Old fart for my years I may be, I put it on with the nose ring when I raked through my dead kin's last stand. You've been dead, I'd think that would grow you up some too, but what do I know? As for running four rivals with one left out that's a Raven plan. Of course I'll go. I did not say don't go, I said think on what we come back with. I'd be bucked if we freed some ostrich slaves, but if we get a lot of mouths out they'll need a lot of filling. We'll make it work I dare say, but it might help if we'd planned for it.

Henal Longgrass
 Player, 1711 posts
 Bison Rider
 Thunder Bird
Wed 22 Aug 2018
at 11:49
Re: Rough Business
Henal blearily replies "It makes sense that if they are not nomads then we want to leave them somewhere if we aren't taking them as slaves. Maybe that can help make these townies less convinced that every nomad is only ever looking at them to raid their farms, though the best place has to be the Giant Finger Holes".

Looking more serious he continues "surely in a heroquest we can be at many places at once and it can make leaving them somewhere easier than trying to go through the wastes with a lot of foot walkers."
Ohanzee Shappa
 player, 4143 posts
 Rhino Rider
 Raven Follower
Thu 23 Aug 2018
at 11:48
Re: Rough Business
Ohanzee just leans back and smiles at Temush as the Ostrich Rider responds, then turning to Henal as he speaks he responds "If we enter the Hero world then yes... and no. Like Amara said for the spirit world, it is everywhere and nowhere. No Time too."

"It is not as simple as just dropping them off where we want either. There are places where the boundary between the worlds is thinner, weaker, but you have to find them in this world or that. You then have to know which weakness in one world relates to a weakness in the other. Or you have to know how to bend the one world to the right place on the other."


He shrugs "But anyway we are not intending to invoke a full quest are we? That is a whole different matter than re-enacting a quest here in this world."

Taking a swig of his drink he turns his gaze back to Temush "My wife, indeed I think you'll find I'm the one who is grown up enough to leave the bachelors tent, something that you do not qualify for last I noticed." and he smiles again more broadly.

"Yes, dead I've been. Twice in fact I've left this body or good as. I've also been an enlo and I can tell you for a fact that any slave they have is a survivor or would have been eaten."

"And you assume that they are all town folk, but they are as likely to be nomads or foreign warriors."

"But yes, I'll escort them if that is what is needed, despite any problems that might cause. I am sworn to the Wandering Rangers and if we do this as the Wandering Rangers then that oath binds me to this too."

"Seems to me that for all this planning you want to do you need information that we can't get. Why don't you ask Sun Hawk what you'd be letting yourself in for?"


He stands and walks out before Temush can respond, to his face at least, dismissing himself with a "Gotta piss" over his shoulder.
Temush Blinking-cloud
 Player, 746 posts
 Ostrich Rider
 Sun Hawk
Fri 24 Aug 2018
at 08:36
Re: Rough Business
Temush puts his thumb to he nose and wiggles his fingers at Ohanzee's back. 'Tent, schment...' he mutters
Melock
 player, 4834 posts
 Bison
 Raven
Sun 26 Aug 2018
at 16:59
Re: Rough Business
Chuckling at the antics of his fellow Rangers, "It's a pity we are so far away from the Giant Finger Holes as we could have persuaded Gadesha to help move anyone we free, just like we did when we rescued Ohanzee from the Red Thorns." He rubs the scars on the palm of his left hand, "If we had a shaman with us, maybe we could enter the spirit world here and leave it at the Finger Holes? But if we some how get them there, what will become of them? Even if we succeed in making a new tribe, will they all learn to ride or become a new group of Oasis people?"
Hoskar Two-Feather
 Player, 2980 posts
 Rhino clan (Sky Watchers)
 Condor
Fri 31 Aug 2018
at 11:30
Re: Rough Business
Retaining his wan, lopsided smile and still speaking softly, Hoskar murmurs Best teach them to ride, Melock. Many different mounts perhaps. Can't imagine the tribes ever properly accepting a set of walkers.

He seems huddled in on himself almost, and takes another pull from his mug.
Melock
 player, 4841 posts
 Bison
 Raven
Fri 31 Aug 2018
at 12:21
Re: Rough Business
Nudging Hoskar, "As long as they're not riding Sables," Melock laughs. Noticing Hoskars quiet mood, Melock cuts short his laughter, "What's up? not looking forward to going against the trolls?"
Hoskar Two-Feather
 Player, 2981 posts
 Rhino clan (Sky Watchers)
 Condor
Fri 31 Aug 2018
at 15:50
Re: Rough Business
Raising his head from his cups, Hoskar glances across at Melock then back down. It's not that. Well not really. Last time didn't go well with the Uz and it's not something I am looking forward to, but we all have to to walk the walk.

Probably just readjusting. From the quiet of the wastes to the noise of the city. Excitement at being back, knowing things, then realising I'm not back either. You're never quite back where you were, you know. People leave, things change. You might say the spider spins on
he remarks in lugubrious tone.

He shakes his head then looks back up with a happier but still wry smile, and shrugs. Having forgotten to put down his mug, he nearly spills the precious fluid in the process and has to juggle a moment to avoid waste.

Probably be alright tomorrow. Staying sober for days what with missions can't have helped any. Reckon I'll wake up with a sore head and a new start he adds more brightly.

And thank you. Friend. Melock. That you asked is a help by itself.
Temush Blinking-cloud
 Player, 748 posts
 Ostrich Rider
 Sun Hawk
Sat 1 Sep 2018
at 00:52
Re: Rough Business
Temush clinks his tankard against Hoskar's stabilised mug and slowly puts it down with extreme care on the table before sparking out and narrowly missing upsetting it when his head lands insensible on the woodwork
Amara Brightsky
 player, 3688 posts
 Rhino Clan
 Thunder Bird
Sat 1 Sep 2018
at 03:41
Re: Rough Business
Since her newest friend was a sable rider Amara kicked Melock under the table. "I am not sure if we should even make the attempt to form a new tribe. I am happy as a SkyWatcher. I celebrate our differences....even including the ravens."
Melock
 player, 4842 posts
 Bison
 Raven
Sun 2 Sep 2018
at 10:34
Re: Rough Business
Before he gets chance to reply to Hoskar, Melock lets out a yelp as Amara's foot connects with his shin, "What was that for?" He leans forward to rub his leg and his eyes focus on Temush's unconscious form, "Then what do we do with the ones we rescue?" Sliding his chair slowly back, Melock walks, with a slight limp, over to the fire place and finds a piece of charcoal. He blackens one of his fingers and walks quietly up behind Temush, with a cheeky grin, Melock leans over him and with his blackened finger gently draws disorder and darkness runes on Temush's cheek. Smiling he walks back to his seat, sits down and carries on like nothing has happened. "Like it or not Amara, we're on our way to becoming our own tribe and the more of us there are the better our chances."

This message was last edited by the player at 11:05, Sun 02 Sept 2018.

Hoskar Two-Feather
 Player, 2982 posts
 Rhino clan (Sky Watchers)
 Condor
Mon 3 Sep 2018
at 18:44
Re: Rough Business
Not expecting much of a reply, Hoskar settles into his cups. Then flinches at Melock's yelp. Then settles again.

The more the merrier he murmurs, his tone flat. And each one different. And arguing. I'd nominate me for leader. Fit in the...er...whassitcalleds...interstices. Thatsit. Except I'd be a useless leader. Happy sidekick.

He brightens up suddenly, fumbling for his pouch. Anyone else feel like a smoke?
Four Paws
 NPC, 117 posts
 Manul spirit
Mon 3 Sep 2018
at 18:54
Re: Rough Business
Water is the way for you now, or else morningtide comes sadly. Do not claim I did not warn you when your mother's ire approaches.
Amara Brightsky
 player, 3689 posts
 Rhino Clan
 Thunder Bird
Tue 4 Sep 2018
at 02:33
Re: Rough Business
Amara looked sad at Melock's comments "You think so? I thought we were doing well as separate tribes. Our strength comes from diversity. The rangers grow strong, but the thing that unites the rangers is not clan or mount. It is one vision. The return of the green. It is one song, sung by many voices from all tribes. That is where we get our strength. Make us a tribe, and we force others to sing our song. We get involved in tribe politics, and instead of people dealing with us as the rangers, they deal with us as rivals. This is not the way forward."
Hoskar Two-Feather
 Player, 2983 posts
 Rhino clan (Sky Watchers)
 Condor
Tue 4 Sep 2018
at 08:10
Re: Rough Business
Hoskar blinks owlishly, fumbling to stuff tobakeh into a surprisingly recalcitrant pipe.

Haddn' seen it like that he observes, slurring his words considerably. Donwe have a clash comin sometime anyhow? When Ohanzees bigger than Featherwait an KobalandAmara bigger thanna khan an I'm tradin bigger thanthem?

Tribes wonlike it. Be a threatoneday.

Gloriousvision, thesongthough. Bright hope.
He manages to enunciate the last two words with surprising - if careful - clarity.

His eyes swim briefly into focus, happily moistening at the picture Amara has painted, and he puts down his pipe with elaborate care. Scuseme. Think I might need to do something private. Outside. Backson.
Melock
 player, 4844 posts
 Bison
 Raven
Tue 4 Sep 2018
at 12:31
Re: Rough Business
Melock's face drops, "You're right Amara, I hadn't thought that far ahead, as usual." his grin comes back as he watches Hoskar carefully put his pipe down. "We could ask the ones we rescue if they want to join the Wandering Rangers. I wonder if the tribe forming quest could still be used, but instead of making a new tribe, use it to make the Rangers in to a tribe that welcomes everyone," Melock thinks for a moment, "No that makes the same problem." he shakes his head, "I can't see a way round upsetting one tribe or another, maybe in the morning with a clear head." Melock pushes his drink away.
Grundar
 Player, 272 posts
 Sky Watcher
 Raven
Tue 4 Sep 2018
at 14:36
Re: Rough Business
There's a story my parents used to tell, pipes up Grundar. Maybe it might help? Four different beasts living on the plain together, a rhino, a bison and so on. Each could protect itself with its horns, teeth or claws, but none were invincible on their own. Every now and then they would be attacked by broo, but they didn't care. No! The would form a circle, butts together in the middle and horns, teeth and claws on the outside. No matter which way the broo came, they were defended and stayed safe and strong. One sad day, however, they fell out. History has forgotten why, but I suspect it was something petty and unimportant, it usually is. Each went to its own corner of the plain. Now when the broo attacked, they could sneak up behind where they were unseen and the beasts vulnerable. One by one they were picked off. Four different beasts, four different tribes, strong together, weak apart. Perhaps we can be different tribes and yet one?
Melock
 player, 4846 posts
 Bison
 Raven
Tue 4 Sep 2018
at 19:23
Re: Rough Business
Nodding at Grundar's story, "That adds more weight to Amara's words." He rubs his neck scars while he talks, "Amara, your Goddess has rescued a lot of people, do you know of any stories of how she did it, that we could follow?"
Ohanzee Shappa
 player, 4147 posts
 Rhino Rider
 Raven Follower
Tue 4 Sep 2018
at 21:46
Re: Rough Business
Ohanzee returns wiping the front of his leggings and muttering  "Still, no need to act like that, we were perfectly safe and..." then has to sidestep Hoskar "Wow, steady on there. Bucket is to the left"

Catching the tail end of the conversation he asks "So what's wrong with trying the form a new tribe quest?" and when he is filled in on the reasoning he laughs aloud. Recovering he says "What on earth made you think that was an idea to even consider?"

He looks at the Rangers he met first in Rhino Gouge "So you lot rescued the baboons from the Basmoli, I suppose that makes you you lot baboons now then" he laughs again "Doubt the Walking Square tribe, if they ever come into being, would even consider adopting a bunch of hairy monkeys like you, for that is what would be needed."

Then laughing again he looks at Melock "And then there was the broo that spared your life at the trading station, does that mean you welcomed that broo into your tribe?"

He shakes his head sniggering at the thought "Think of all the people we've rescued, harpies too. If you lot think a rescuing means you have to join the tribe of the ones you help, then you're even more mixed up than me!"

"Ha, I'm a Wandering Ranger and I'm a Sky Watcher of the Rhino Tribe. That's enough for me."

This message was last edited by the player at 21:47, Tue 04 Sept 2018.

Amara Brightsky
 player, 3690 posts
 Rhino Clan
 Thunder Bird
Wed 5 Sep 2018
at 02:19
Re: Rough Business
Amara smirked at Ohanzee "It would make me one of every tribe we've encountered, and a Sun Domer, and a Lunar, and newtling, and river person and... lots of other things. I am happy being Amara Brightsky of the Skywatchers, who is known for being a Wandering Ranger." she nodded in affirmation of that "Although if we go strictly by the amount of times I've had to rescue Ohanzee I think I would still remain a Skywatcher."
Hoskar Two-Feather
 Player, 2986 posts
 Rhino clan (Sky Watchers)
 Condor
Thu 6 Sep 2018
at 18:36
Re: Rough Business
There are noises off, nigh-on inaudible through exterior doors. It is a chance in a hundred that anyone inside hears a sound akin to discarded stew being hurled at a wall as Hoskar deals with his malady in the alley.

He returns shortly, wiping his mouth less inconspicuously than he thinks is the case. He is pale, perspiring, but slightly less prone to bump into the furniture than before. Grinning sheepishly, he takes up his pipe, wrestles with it some more, and applies a flame.

That's better he sighs after a couple of inhalations. Anyone? He proffers the pipe vaguely around the Rangers.
Melock
 player, 4848 posts
 Bison
 Raven
Mon 10 Sep 2018
at 18:59
Re: Rough Business
Ignoring Ohanzee, Melock turns to the rest of the Rangers, "I think we need to clear our heads before planning this properly."
Temush Blinking-cloud
 Player, 749 posts
 Ostrich Rider
 Sun Hawk
Thu 20 Sep 2018
at 13:53
Re: Rough Business
Temush suddenly sits bolt upright, eyes open but unfocused, says 'CHEAPING CHEAPING CHEAPING BIRD!' and then slumps back onto the table
Hoskar Two-Feather
 Player, 2992 posts
 Rhino clan (Sky Watchers)
 Condor
Sat 10 Nov 2018
at 17:52
Re: Rough Business
In reply to Temush Blinking-cloud (msg # 313):

Shaking his head vigorously, vision clearing somewhat, Hoskar takes a deep draw from the pipe he's been proffering. No-one? Fair enough. Sweet lishlle birdie. Nother time.

Pormally, I'm less nissed than this.