Chapter 6.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
Inquisitor
 NPC, 42 posts
Wed 24 Jul 2019
at 14:07
Chapter 6
In reply to Brennan Otthild (msg # 589):

If you do not stay, you will be hunted.  If your goals are truly of import, the citadel will assist you.
Inquisitor
 NPC, 43 posts
Thu 25 Jul 2019
at 13:54
Chapter 6
In reply to Inquisitor (msg # 590):

The inquisitor makes some desperate noises, throat working violently before more blood splatters out of her mouth.

Talking seems to be becoming more difficult.

You are not our enemey yet, Brennan.  We wish... to help...

Another pause to work blood from her throat.

Citadel can aid...
Brennan Otthild
 player, 1959 posts
 Seer. Prophet. Charlatan.
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Sat 27 Jul 2019
at 02:20
Chapter 6
In reply to Inquisitor (msg # 591):

"It certainly could," Brennan murmurs. "But I rather doubt it will."

He looks to Cyril.

"Is there nothing more we can do for her?"
Ciryl Fontaine
 player, 361 posts
 Cure for what ails you
 Whatever the price
Sat 27 Jul 2019
at 04:23
Chapter 6
"In the best care I don't know if she can survive these wounds.  I don't have what I need to make the best medicine.  I don't think I could spend the months necessary to treat her if I could.  The best she could hope for is that the inquisition is more able than I to care for their own, and even then only if she survives the days it will take them to arrive," Ciryl answers solemnly.
Inquisitor
 NPC, 44 posts
Tue 30 Jul 2019
at 12:25
Chapter 6
In reply to Ciryl Fontaine (msg # 593):

The Inquisitor seems to be working her throat, lips parting slightly to allow blood to seep down one corner.  She is speaking but it is too quiet to hear.

Brennan and Ciryl lean forward to attempt to make out her words.

Even in the darkness, Brennan's sharp eyes make out the movement of a sharp curve, and he leans quickly back, pressing a forearm across Ciryl to get them both out of range.

The Inquisitor splutters, then drops the needled bulb from her hand.  Her breath slows and becomes more raspy.  She is once again unconscious.

OOC: The Master of Arms will leave you alone for only a few moments more.  You must decide what you are doing with the Inquisitor, if you are picking her pockets, etc, and how to make your exit.
Ciryl Fontaine
 player, 363 posts
 Cure for what ails you
 Whatever the price
Tue 30 Jul 2019
at 13:46
Chapter 6
Ciryl reaches forward and picks up the dropped item.  He twists it in his hand as if examining the exterior might inform him on its contents, then without a word he straightens one of the inquisitor’s arms and plunges the needle into a vein before squeezing the bulb.
Brennan Otthild
 player, 1961 posts
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Tue 30 Jul 2019
at 16:12
Chapter 6
In reply to Ciryl Fontaine (msg # 595):

"Don't waste it, it's a sedative!"

Brennan sighs, the deed being done, then relieves the Inquisitor of her belt of many pockets, writ of Inquisition, and badge, if present.

If she has amber, he takes that too.

He also drains some of her blood into a vial and dashes a good bit of it into the chalice that hangs from his belt.

"Let's go," he says at last. "If that's the sort of help we can expect from The citadel, I suggest we take our chances at Losthelm. Besides, our allies should already be there."

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Ciryl Fontaine
 player, 364 posts
 Cure for what ails you
 Whatever the price
Tue 30 Jul 2019
at 16:45
Chapter 6
Ciryl slaps at Brennan's hand has he goes to remove the Inquisitor's belt and badge and rifle her pockets for a writ, "Have some damn respect for the dying," he hisses tersely.  The inquisitor's blood is in ready supply and he does little to stop Brennan claiming any of it.  "What allies?  Your mercenary didn't seem interested in having any part of us once we turned back and I haven't seen Deev all night."
Brennan Otthild
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Tue 30 Jul 2019
at 18:47
Chapter 6
In reply to Ciryl Fontaine (msg # 597):

"There will not be another opportunity to access the body unhindered," Brennan replies easily. "And they will be at the rendezvous, if not Losthelm itself. Bryce has nowhere else to go and Deev is one of us."

This message was last edited by the player at 22:34, Tue 30 July.

Ciryl Fontaine
 player, 365 posts
 Cure for what ails you
 Whatever the price
Tue 30 Jul 2019
at 19:03
Chapter 6
"This is not an opportunity to 'access the body,'" Ciryl replies, just as discouragingly.  "You don't have to like the inquisition, and if their help comes with a wasp sting attached I understand why, but I'm not going to stand here and let you deny a dying woman's request just before rifling through her pockets.  If you want nothing to do with the inquisition then that is precisely what you get; nothing.  Go find out where your undead witch wandered off to."
Brennan Otthild
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Tue 30 Jul 2019
at 19:24
Chapter 6
In reply to Ciryl Fontaine (msg # 599):

Brennan begins to reply, but frowns when Cyril reaches the end of his sentence.

"Where my what now?"

This message was last edited by the player at 22:33, Tue 30 July.

Ciryl Fontaine
 player, 367 posts
 Cure for what ails you
 Whatever the price
Tue 30 Jul 2019
at 19:38
Chapter 6
"Where did Titus go?" Ciryl clarifies.
Brennan Otthild
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Tue 30 Jul 2019
at 22:35
Chapter 6
In reply to Ciryl Fontaine (msg # 601):

Brennan blinks and look around.

"I have no idea."

He sighs and waits for the Inquisitor to be dead enough to loot respectfully.
Ciryl Fontaine
 player, 368 posts
 Cure for what ails you
 Whatever the price
Tue 30 Jul 2019
at 22:49
Chapter 6
"Then perhaps you should find him before he does something else stupid," Ciryl suggests.

((he's not gonna make looting easy for you.))

This message was last edited by the player at 05:10, Wed 31 July.

Brennan Otthild
 player, 1966 posts
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Wed 31 Jul 2019
at 00:20
Chapter 6
In reply to Ciryl Fontaine (msg # 603):

"He'll turn up again soon enough. Either here or on the road. The man's an illusionist. If he doesn't want to be found, he's not going to BE found."

Brennan raises an eyebrow, then folds his arms crossly.

"You did not seem to have an aversion to rifling through the possessions of others during the battle," he says. "This isn't some vanity project. I'm not looking for coins to spend at the nearest tavern like a common cutpurse."

"The belt contains whatever contraband this Inquisitor may have collected so far. Ritual pieces, perhaps. And oils, ointments, and similar items that could be useful on the road ahead. The amber is necessary to protect ourselves from the Inquisition's sight as we travel, and as you saw, it grants a measure of power against demonic influences. Which we may well need. As for the writ and badge..."

Brennan exhales sharply.

"Fine, THOSE are vanity projects. But only Partially. I want to at least confirm she HAS them, so we know she is who she says she is. They will also allow us to know her name. There is power in Names."

His expression softens somewhat.

"Besides, are not the least bit curious as to who she really was?"

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Ciryl Fontaine
 player, 369 posts
 Cure for what ails you
 Whatever the price
Wed 31 Jul 2019
at 16:22
Chapter 6
"I wouldn't have had to rifle through others' possessions if they'd been conscious," Ciryl replies to Brennan pointedly before gesturing to the discarded helmet, "Might've been amber in there, but it looks like it was burned out, whatever good it'll do you.  I don't want to know what uses you have for Inquisitorial contraband, but if you intend to travel with me, I won't be having it.  Until today I didn't have anything to do with the Inquisition and if I can't keep it that way, I am not going to give them more reason to be after me.  And it's for the same reason I am not the least bit curious who she was.  She was an Inquisitor, that's good enough for me to want nothing else from her, and if that's not the case she's a damn sight better at faking it than you are.  If you can't let your vanity project go I'd be happy to have the Master of Arms pass along her name and cause once she's put to rest."
Brennan Otthild
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Thu 1 Aug 2019
at 16:24
Chapter 6
In reply to Ciryl Fontaine (msg # 605):

"I was conscious!" Brennan protests. "You just don't know what to look for."

He waits for Ciryl to finish.

"We all want nothing to do with the Inquisition. But while some people are content to hope and cross their fingers, I intend to take more active measures to protect myself. You fear contraband? You ARE contraband. All of the Chosen are."

Brennan folds his arms and stares at the medicine man.

"Inquisitors can see through each others' eyes. You have been seen aiding and abetting Titus and myself. Your identity is known to them. Unless you plan on traveling to the Citadel, where you will be thrown into a cage far less pleasant than the one this one tossed you into, I recommend you stick with us. That may mean doing some things that make you uncomfortable."

He gestures toward the body.

"I'm not unreasonable. We can compromise. I will leave the badge and the writ and assume she was on the level. I will even leave her belt, but not before I've searched it. If she possesses relics or texts or runes, I simply must have them. They will make the path to Losthelm and beyond far easier for everyone."
Ciryl Fontaine
 player, 370 posts
 Cure for what ails you
 Whatever the price
Thu 1 Aug 2019
at 17:39
Chapter 6
"I have been seen cooperating with the inquisitor.  I have been seen aiding in the destruction of a demon.  I have been seen holding her accountable and doing little else to keep you or Titus away from the inquisition.  I am not going to be jailed for that. She didn't have the first idea what we are and I'm beginning to wonder if anyone else in the inquisition does either.  You're the one who keeps saying they're after us because of what we are, but only evidence I've seen is that they're after you because of who you are," Ciryl speaks as he slowly picks himself up off the ground and stands to look Brennan in the eye.

"I am a law abiding citizen.  I have rendered aid where it was needed.  I have done nothing wrong and intend to keep it that way.  If the rest of the inquisition has seen what she's seen then they've seen all the contraband she's kept in her pockets and if any of it is missing when they get here they will know you stole it and hold anyone traveling with you accountable. So what you 'simply must' do is walk away from her and leave well enough alone.  I don't know how you have so much faith that people will flock to you given time and opportunity and at the same time have so little regard for them that do."

He chokes up on he cane so that he can rase the handle to waggle at Brennan's face, "Whatever you think you or we or whoever was chosen for, it is not to subvert the inquisition.  That is your mission, and I'm not interested in it."  He looks over Brennan's shoulder before getting a response and speaks louder than their conversation had thus far been, "Master, the inquisitor's unconscious.  She took the worst of the fight.  If you can have your men help me move her somewhere she might rest, it's the best chance she has.  If you could get a long board or something to move her on, she's in delicate condition."
Brennan Otthild
 player, 1968 posts
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 Can't Stop Reading Ahead
Thu 1 Aug 2019
at 18:08
Chapter 6
In reply to Ciryl Fontaine (msg # 607):

"I couldn't care less about subverting the Inquisition. I want them to leave me, and you, and everyone like us alone."

Brennan shakes his head as he gathers his things, unwilling to further escalate matters at the present. He checks to see what's missing from among his belongings as he does so.


When he is satisfied that all is more or less in order, he prepares to take his leave.

"You were Chosen by the First Men. That makes you a witch in the eyes of the Inquisition, and they will burn you for it no matter how helpful you are to them." Brennan says at last. "I'll take my chances with the road. This world is quite literally going to Hell. Or, rather, Hell is coming to it. Worse than Jack are coming. Worse than Jack may already be here, if truth be told."

Brennan arches an eyebrow.

"But it doesn't have to be that way. It isn't too late, not yet. We have been Chosen to do something about it. And the tools we need to complete the job aren't at the Citadel. They're at Losthelm."

This message was last edited by the player at 18:10, Thu 01 Aug.

GM
 GM, 2021 posts
Fri 2 Aug 2019
at 11:23
Chapter 6
In reply to Brennan Otthild (msg # 608):

The Master of Arms makes a face that imparts perfectly his lack of desire to be ordered around.  However, he does make a small nod to one of his lieutenants, who bounds off to fetch a stretcher.

They will return shortly
GM
 GM, 2024 posts
Mon 12 Aug 2019
at 13:48
Chapter 6
In reply to GM (msg # 609):

Brennan extracts the Wasp Sting from the Inquisitor.
Ciryl Fontaine
 player, 374 posts
 Cure for what ails you
 Whatever the price
Mon 12 Aug 2019
at 15:41
Chapter 6
"You have a lot of use for that?" Ciryl asks, though he doesn't actually stop Brennan from taking it.
Brennan Otthild
 player, 1974 posts
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Wed 14 Aug 2019
at 22:05
Chapter 6
In reply to Ciryl Fontaine (msg # 611):

Rather more use for it lately than I'd like, Brennan replies, shoving it primly back into his belt pouch. It is a nonlethal countermeasure. I should think you'd appreciate that.
Ciryl Fontaine
 player, 376 posts
 Cure for what ails you
 Whatever the price
Thu 15 Aug 2019
at 00:44
Chapter 6
"That really depends on what's put in it.  See that you keep it nonlethal." Ciryl replies, a wary eye on Brennan.
Titus Blackwell
 player, 2505 posts
 Murdered by a demon
 Returned on his own
Thu 15 Aug 2019
at 15:23
Chapter 6
In reply to Ciryl Fontaine (msg # 613):

[Titus continues to do his thing]