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Senior Courtesan Sayuncha
Mon 3 Oct 2016
at 10:47
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"Well, I am more familiar with male 'worms' than with people eating ones," said with a smirk.
"So, no, I'm not sure it was a demon."

"It was horrible enough to be one though."
Senior Stewart Jugal
Mon 3 Oct 2016
at 10:59
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After a look of concentration, "Do you mean the reddish brown fungus we call 'Ssu Spit'?"
"Nasty stuff."
Slowly realization spread across his face, "You mean introducing that to the Hungry Mouth?"

"That just might work!"

"While I'm sure some could be collected, how do we get it on the Mouth?"
Kumahl
 player, 556 posts
Mon 3 Oct 2016
at 14:10
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Hating himself for even suggesting it, "We have the tributes ingest it. And carry the Ssi Spit in wax coated pockets of their clothing. And encourage the Copper Shovel to take more than the normal tribute. A thin layer of candle wax will prohibit the spores from spreading until more heat or friction can remove it."
Huruyan
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Mon 3 Oct 2016
at 22:00
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In reply to Kumahl (msg # 64):

"Senior Stewart Jugal, we should get some of this mushroom as soon as possible. Do you know where there is some that I might be able to retrieve quickly? Oh, Kumahl, how can I harvest it and bring it here safely?"
Senior Stewart Jugal
Mon 3 Oct 2016
at 23:22
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"I am sure that members of the Blue Palm or the Red Axe clan have someone that knows where it can be found."
"The Blue Palm has many orchards and groves while the Red Axe hunts and logs all over the Flats."

"I can arrange for you to meet with them."
Kumahl
 player, 557 posts
Tue 4 Oct 2016
at 01:09
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"A fine mesh net coated in wax should work or you could try a chlen hide basket and shovel and try digging them out of the ground, the mushrooms that is. Remember to wear masks and remain upwind as much as possible."
Huruyan
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Tue 4 Oct 2016
at 21:00
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In reply to Kumahl (msg # 67):

"Good, digging them up from upwind sounds like the way to go. Now all we need to do is find some. Please Senior Stewart Jugal, talk the those who might know."
Kumahl
 player, 561 posts
Wed 5 Oct 2016
at 23:58
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"If we could get it within the next couple of hours, great."

"Senior Stewart Jugal, you apparently know the means to retain youth and beauty," Kumahl nods towards Senior Courtesan Sayuncha, "How about the opposite? Something we could administer to age the tributes before they are sacrificed but not before they leave the Jade Girdle hostel?"
Senior Stewart Jugal
Thu 6 Oct 2016
at 10:14
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"Unfortunately, there is no way to gather the fungus that quickly."
"Just getting an audience and making arrangements with the other clans would be difficult to do that quickly.

"I have found that retaining youth is much more sought after than speeding age."
"While there may be such a thing, there has been little call to search for it."

"I do know of some quite powerful poisons but if they would effect the Hungry Mouth, I can't say."
Kumahl
 player, 562 posts
Thu 6 Oct 2016
at 15:04
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"A completely different topic. If we were to stay a day or to longer, would the Copper Shovel expect additional tributes?"

Drawing on his parchment further, Kumahl looks at Senior Courtesan Sayuncha, "Ma'am, if we are to be helping you with your problem, then please, let us all be comfortable. Come sit," Kumahl motions to a set of cushions near him, "Senior Courtesan, and let your beauty inspire a wearied mind."

Without a pause, "Senior Stewart Jugal please describe the poisons you work with and the applicable doses for a grown man. Then we can decide on feasible applications."

"Brother Huruyan, it would be best to let the sleeping stay that way. We would arouse suspicions should our entire retinue be alert and prepared. We could separate the Emerald Fisher clansmen and Chodo's servant and have them entertained by the Jade Girdle as all are quite familiar with the Pleasures of Damelish," nodding towards Senior Courtesan Osure and Courtesan Ziya, "and we would have of course accommodated them in their efforts to relax and rejuvenate themselves."

"Last item of note. My Brother and I are currently escorting the Blazoned Crescent and their cargo. It would be very unfortunate should anything be amiss with our delivery. Where would be the best place to secure it while we discuss the next stages of our mutual interests?"
Huruyan
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Mon 10 Oct 2016
at 10:55
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In reply to Kumahl (msg # 71):

"Yes that is a good question, how often do they require a sacrifice and how many at a time?"
GM
 GM, 768 posts
 Past Future
Wed 12 Oct 2016
at 22:55
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Having a couple of hovering servants arrange pillows Senior Courtesan Sayuncha carefully sat.
In deference to her guests she only added the thinnest pillow about the level of her guests.
She then said, "Since the tribute is once a week, another day or more would make no difference."

Senior Stewart Jugal started rambling off various plants and chemicals that he knew of.
Some Huruyan recognized as having seen while hunting. Others Kumahl had heard of and used as a tanner.
However, most were meaningless as neither of the brothers were Alchemists.

Senior Courtesan Osure spoke to Courtesan Ziya about having the identified clans folk separated into their own spaces.
She then instructed the nearby guardsman to have the Blazoned Crescent chests secured and guarded, just in case.

To Huruyan, Senior Courtesan Sayuncha said, "Like I told Craftsman Kumahl here, they take as many as three at a time."
Huruyan
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Mon 17 Oct 2016
at 15:25
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In reply to GM (msg # 73):

"Senior Stewart Jugal, if you would please arrange a meeting so that we may get the mushrooms."

This message was last edited by the player at 13:22, Thu 20 Oct 2016.

Senior Stewart Jugal
Tue 18 Oct 2016
at 21:44
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After looking to Senior Courtesan Sayuncha, Senior Stewart Jugal climbed down from the large woman's back and she carefully assisted him into his sling chair.

"I will send messengers to the other clan houses and let you know their responses."

With that, he departed from the hall.
Kumahl
 player, 572 posts
Wed 19 Oct 2016
at 01:45
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Kumahl stares up at the ceiling, then remembers the Carapace of the Death Beetle. Returning to his notes, Kumahl draws up a carrier system in the carapace for the Ssi Spit so that the spores remained contained and covered. He further designs a harness so the carapace can be worn on the back.
Senior Courtesan Sayuncha
Wed 19 Oct 2016
at 10:18
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"I'm not sure how you intend to get this mushroom to the Hungry Mouth but as there is no more we can do about that this evening, is there an entertainment we can offer?"

"We have many diversions available to while away the hours."
Huruyan
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Wed 19 Oct 2016
at 10:51
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In reply to Senior Courtesan Sayuncha (msg # 77):

"Thank you, however I believe that I have had enough for one evening and tomorrow looks to be a busy day, so if you could show me to my room I will call it a night. On second thought after an encounter with some really bad spores I am in need of some clothing. Do you have anything that would be appropriate?"

This message was last edited by the player at 13:24, Thu 20 Oct 2016.

Senior Courtesan Sayuncha
Thu 20 Oct 2016
at 22:57
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With a nod his way, "I was wondering why you were in the company of Lord Seer until I realized that your outfit had been damaged."
"I am surprised that you are not travelling with a complete wardrobe."

"I'm sure that we could find something appropriate for the right compensation."
"What did you have in mind?"
Kumahl
 player, 573 posts
Fri 21 Oct 2016
at 02:12
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At this change in conversation Kumahl perks up, "Every time he gets a new set of clothing he manages to ruin it. If he were up to it, I would insert chlen hide into his body and buy him a year's supply of loin cloths."
Huruyan
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Fri 21 Oct 2016
at 10:43
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In reply to Kumahl (msg # 80):

"Thank you Kumahl, I love you to." Turning to Senior Courtesan Sayuncha, "given that we are likely to be fighting and doing other things that will be very hard on clothing, just something simple."
Lord Seer Epengar
Fri 21 Oct 2016
at 23:00
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With a leer, "Senior Courtesan Sayuncha I would be happy for a diversion ... or two ... sent to my room."

Staggering to his feet, "If you would be kind enough to have someone lead the way to them."
Senior Courtesan Sayuncha
Fri 21 Oct 2016
at 23:11
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"Hunter Huruyan, I will have someone meet with you in the morning so that you can pick out something suitable."
"As we have no connection to your clan at this point, we will require personal compensation."
"Unless that is, Lord Seer accepts responsibility."


With no acknowledgement from Lord Seer, "Senior Courtesan Osure, if you would have someone escort the Lord Seer to his quarters."


Turning to Kumahl, "What about you Craftsman Kumahl? Do you have needs that we can fill tonight, or in the morning?"
Kumahl
 player, 574 posts
Sat 22 Oct 2016
at 00:37
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"Definitely tomorrow morning after I have had time to think things through this evening."

Kumahl leans over to check on Lord Seer before he is lead staggering to his quarters.


After checking on Lord Seer, he looks over at the Guardsmen passed out, "Please return him to the group of guards, not the servants please."
GM
 GM, 774 posts
 Past Future
Sun 23 Oct 2016
at 13:07
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Everyone was lead away to separate quarters appropriate to their apparent rank accept Kumahl.

Kumahl was lead aside by the Senior Courtesan Osure and Courtesan Ziya.
The Courtesan Ziya had a slight smirk on her face.
Kumahl
 player, 575 posts
Sun 23 Oct 2016
at 16:09
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Kumahl needing time to refocus and to work out some frustrations about the past week or so, has sought inspiration under Dilamesh's direction. Thinking to himself, "A real shame that the Gods' and their favor don't coincide more."

Judging age, Kumahl figures that Osure is older than him and that Ziya is younger. Having been lead to a separate chamber, he motions to the two women to have a seat. Kneeling down a little further from them, Kumahl sets down his staff and pack. With his back to them, he unties his blouse, folds and set it aside.

"Dilamesh is a favorite among many peoples and my island community is no exception."

Unbuckling his chainmail shirt he sets it aside on his folded blouse top.

"Osure, you mentioned that I was handsome. Well that must have been Dilamesh's gift to me from birth. At a young age, I was sent to be trained to entertain the sexual pleasures of both men and women. The young and the old."

The rough leather jerkin is then untied and folded. Putting the leather jerkin next to the pile of his other belongings, Kumahl continues speaking.

"Our community had a very efficient doctor and priest, who always managed to repair what was broken or out of place on the outside. But on the inside I did not know who I was. I felt empty and hollow."

Before removing his silk shirt Kumahl continues with his story. "The Doctor Priest intrigued me, but he would not take from the entertainment house. Interestingly enough, I had managed to save enough to bear the Works of Dilamesh." With that Kumahl removes the silk shirt to reveal a very detailed mural upon his back.

The Works of Dilamesh are a mural composed of raised flesh, tattoos of bright and dark hues,  intricate, fine and detailed metalwork, and inserted objects like beads and slivers of wood. It covers the entire back, the back of his forearms, and ends at his waist.

Slipping out of the rest of his equipment and armor, so that only his britches remained he stood and walked back to the two women. "I was under the knife and needle for many months over the course of several years. But my back is not the only art on my body." As he gets closer the two women can see the fine and feint scares of both whip and knife across his chest and forearms. "I have been many things and I have seen many things."

Picking out from Osure's equipment a short handled riding crop with a stiff four inch long braid and a metal bird's foot at the end. Gently placing the thong and foot between Osure's collar bones and along the breastbone, he whips the crop fast and quick, pulling it  slightly down and away from the body. "Ladies, the rules for this evening are thus. You may use any instrument you have on me once and I can only use that instrument once on you. Then we put it aside. When the night is done, I will use my other skills and mend you to only feint scars. If you agree, then skin down and join me."

Kumahl uses whatever comes of the remainder of the evening to distract him from his failed attempt to save Chodo. Understanding the Gods has been frustrating him for the last couple of weeks. Hopefully this distraction will help him refocus.

This message was lightly edited by the player at 16:11, Sun 23 Oct 2016.