The Parchment and Skull.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
 GM, 153 posts
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Sun 25 May 2014
at 03:27
The Skull and Parchment
While a 'market' calls to mind the colorful arrays of foods, jewelry, and other goods, the Iron District is also home to the minor mercenary business, The Parchment and Skull. It was a simple premise, those who had a job that needed to be done, and they didn't want to bother with an actual guild or mercenary group, would come and put down a job request, and any old sap who came by could walk in and accept the job, receiving most of the payment (a small fee was deducted to keep business going). For some reason Alice was the only one who ever regularly appeared in the place, and that was mostly because she owned it.

It was a comfy building, furnished just enough to appear professional, but not excessive, and gave an impression of cost-efficiency.

Those who knew the right people in the right places also knew of the less-frequented side door, in a rather dark alley adjacent to the building. For some reason the passerby who weren't aware of the door's purpose seemed to think the sign on the door occasionally changed from "Go Away" to "Go Here"
Alice
 player, 279 posts
 An orange a day
 keeps the assassins away
Sun 25 May 2014
at 05:44
Re: The Parchment and Skull
Alice rounded the corner at a moderate pace and stopped in front of the building. She sighed slightly, expressing something somewhere between sorrow and contentment. Opening the door, she stepped inside, greeted only by the far-off ring on the bell in the back room as the door swung shut. She'd grown quite used to the emptiness here, usually the only people who stopped by knew when she was usually there and knew not to try when she wasn't. She really ought to hire a clerk or something to at least hold down the fort in the main area when she went out. She sighed again, knowing that the clerk wouldn't add enough processed jobs to make it worth the money; most of her funds came in through the back-door, and she couldn't trust those deals to some random clerk.

Making sure to leave the door unlocked, she passed across the room, checking the offer list to refresh her memory on what there was to be done. She groaned inwardly as she remembered one of the offerers being insistant that the job be done by a team.

Setting the list back on a table, she slipped into the back room, momentarily fiddling with the slider on the alleyway door in case a more interesting job decided to introduce itself. With that she settled into a chair, putting her feet up on a nearby table, and started to think, and eventually doze....

This message was last updated by the player at 06:19, Tue 25 Nov 2014.

Choryn Ghaoughran
 player, 338 posts
 Scout/Ranger/Tracker
 Merc, Contractor
Sun 25 May 2014
at 05:57
Re: The Skull and Parchment
>>>>> IRON DISTRICT>>>>

Choryn walked into the the shop, he noticed it was quite spartan, and empty.  Except for the woman from before sitting at the desk.  Seeing her he immediately turned bright red pausing.
Lavender Isthmus
 player, 6 posts
 Apothacary, Healer
 Companion to Choryn
Sun 25 May 2014
at 06:10
Re: The Skull and Parchment
Lavender was darting about having a grand time until they arrived. As Choryn walked through the door she alighted on his shoulder.  The spartan room didn't surprise her, though in her mind it needed some more decorations.  She giggled when Choryn saw the girl from the bar at the desk and blushed. "For a mighty warrior you sure are a chicken around women. It's not like you felt her up or anything... Or did you. you sly dog." she says loudly. She winks at the girl and quickly darts over to her.   "She's cute and fit," says Lavender, "judging by the performance earlier a capable fighter."  She looks at Alice inches from her face.  "High I'm Lavender, I'm Choryn's friend, and travel companion. What's your name?" she gushes enthusiastically extending her hand as a form of greeting. In Lavender's ear she whispers with in a conspiratorial voice, "Be gentle on him, he isn't so good with women, especially the pretty kind."
Choryn Ghaoughran
 player, 340 posts
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 Merc, Contractor
Sun 25 May 2014
at 06:15
Re: The Skull and Parchment
Choryn blushes to the roots of his hair, and turns beet red. "Why must you say that" he whispers hanging his head in embarrassment. Looking up at the lady, "I'm Choryn" he mutters with a polite bow managing to look uncomfortable, nervous, shy, and embarrassed all at the same time.
Alice
 player, 282 posts
 An orange a day
 keeps the assassins away
Sun 25 May 2014
at 06:23
Re: The Skull and Parchment
"I don't think..... you said.... a single thing.... that hasn't already been covered from our previous run-in." She hadn't expected the man to actually stop by. Most people didn't. Most people didn't want extra work or did things themselves. Still, she made a decent living off of the sell-sword business, so at least it worked.

Bringing her attention back to the room, she looked past the miniscule person in her face at Choryn, direcing her next comment at him. "So, are you here because you actually know what this place is for, or just because I gave you the address?" she remarked coolly, almost sounding apathetic, a jarring difference from the residual cheer she'd had from the barfight.
Choryn Ghaoughran
 player, 342 posts
 Scout/Ranger/Tracker
 Merc, Contractor
Sun 25 May 2014
at 06:28
Re: The Skull and Parchment
Choryn shrugs, "The paper you gave only had an address..." he looks at Lavender know she'll have more to say and save him the trouble. He pulls out the paper along with his reference letters.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:35, Sun 25 May 2014.

Lavender Isthmus
 player, 7 posts
 Apothacary, Healer
 Companion to Choryn
Sun 25 May 2014
at 06:40
Re: The Skull and Parchment
Lavender hear's the cool tone "did something actually happen between them?" but she adjusted to a more formal tone. "Like Choryn said, the paper only had an address, no other details. We thought you had a job that needed to be done. Meeting at an address is not the most typical way we take jobs, but there have been more odd circumstances..." She pauses momentarily. "Wait... didn't you say you were Alice." Darting over to Choryn. "Hey Choryn.  Her name is Alice." she says before darting back.  She lands on the desk, and curtsies, "It's a pleasure to meet you. Do you work here? Honestly we really don't know anything about this place, but we do have letters of introduction from previous employers." She smiles at Alice.
Alice
 player, 285 posts
 An orange a day
 keeps the assassins away
Sun 25 May 2014
at 06:46
Re: The Skull and Parchment
"Wh- n- Yeah, but I told you- tch." Apparently nobody asked around before going to strange addresses they'd never seen before. Made it very hard to build a good business reputation. Or any reputation really.

"This is a low-keyed strongarm business, if someone needs something done, needs a bit of extra coin, they come here. Saves people from having to pay exorbitant guild fees. Unfortunately," (she gestures around) "as you can see, I'm a bit low on business lately."

She takes her feet off the table, then picks up the job roster off the table from where her feet has been.

"You mentioned looking for a job?"
Choryn Ghaoughran
 player, 344 posts
 Scout/Ranger/Tracker
 Merc, Contractor
Sun 25 May 2014
at 06:51
Re: The Skull and Parchment
Choryn shrugs actually not concerned about the whole issue of strange addresses, but he nods eagerly at the mention of work, his face having settled on what looked like a nice shade of lobster red.  He approaches the desk his papers definitely qualify him for something more than grunt work, but not having anyone at home he figures it's easier to increase his savings through freelance work than to work for the small change the nobles pay for a huntsman. He places the documents on the table for Alice to look over if she wishes.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:53, Sun 25 May 2014.

Lavender Isthmus
 player, 8 posts
 Apothacary, Healer
 Companion to Choryn
Sun 25 May 2014
at 07:04
Re: The Skull and Parchment
Lavender shrugged, "that's the business though. I am sure it'll pick up as all the freelances back from the winter campaign start looking for work again once they've drank their pay from their pockets." Assuming Alice will look at the references Lavender states, "As you may notice from the documentation we are well qualified to do higher level work, and have the campaign beads to verify those documents as well. I noticed you are quite adept at defending yourself. What kind of skills and specialties do you have?" Lavender, ever the conversationalist finishes with a question intending to learn more about Alice.
Alice
 player, 287 posts
 An orange a day
 keeps the assassins away
Sun 25 May 2014
at 07:11
Re: The Skull and Parchment
Alice glanced over the papers. This guy looked like he was actually of a more-or-less equal caliber to her. Surprise, surprise, competent people did show up here. There was still one problem though.

"Well, you're about as overqualified for this sort of thing as I am, so I suppose that's nice. Though, there's one catch. I only have two job requests right now, and only one of them pays well enough to make it worth doing. The person who made the request insisted that it be done by a team. Which is where our problem is. Because I work alone, and I doubt they would count Lavender here as a second party member. No offense," she added to the end, almost as an afterthought.

"We'd have to work together."

It would seem that Alice was clearly more interested in negotiating the job than Lavender's small talk.
Choryn Ghaoughran
 player, 346 posts
 Scout/Ranger/Tracker
 Merc, Contractor
Sun 25 May 2014
at 07:19
Re: The Skull and Parchment
Choryn frowns slightly at mention of Lavender not being a good party member, as far as he was concerned a skilled medic beat throwing a bandage on it just about any day. "She heals, and can defend against magic users." He says quietly not even addressing the job itself for a moment. " We are not opposed or unfamiliar with working in a team setting." other than to Lavender it's perhaps the most he'd said to a girl all day, and much less one that had fallen onto him.
Lavender Isthmus
 player, 9 posts
 Apothacary, Healer
 Companion to Choryn
Sun 25 May 2014
at 07:34
Re: The Skull and Parchment
"Hey!" Lavender says, "I'm not just some mascot. I happen to be an accomplished healer, just because I don't specialize in putting holes in people doesn't mean I can't contribute." There is a slight chill in her voice. Lavender hates when people assume since she's a fairy that she cannot contribute. "We have worked as a part of a team before, and are not opposed to doing it again, what kind of split are you looking at for this job."  Despite her frustration Lavender manages to keep tone professional, and resolves if they accept it to show Alice that she is a valuable member of the party.
Alice
 player, 291 posts
 An orange a day
 keeps the assassins away
Sun 25 May 2014
at 14:12
Re: The Skull and Parchment
"Yes, I realize that every person here has their distinct advantages and disadvantages. But this isn't my judgement, it's what the employer would likely think."

She set the roster down, and leaned her head back onto the edge of the chair.

After a slight pause, she continued, "However......

He did mention upping the pay based on how many people took the job. Probably just something he said to keep me from doing it myself, but if we could convince him that Lavender counts as a party member......"

Choryn Ghaoughran
 player, 354 posts
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 Merc, Contractor
Sun 25 May 2014
at 17:30
Re: The Skull and Parchment
Choryn liked this idea. He was not opposed to getting paid more, and he knew Lavender hated the stereotype of Fairies not being regarded as people just because their small size and the acts of other fairies who seem to thrive on causing chaos.  Lavender had told him that she a had mentor who taught her the practical aspects of medicine, who happened to be a noble physician.  Based on that knowledge he was sure that Lavender could get a reference, that could sway the employer.  "Lavender can get reference papers, if needed. but would they need to know she's a fairy if it will cause trouble?""  While he doesn't want to cause trouble he fails to see how Lavender being a fairy would make her less of a contributor. "Some people are hopelessly close minded" He decides.
Alice
 player, 298 posts
 An orange a day
 keeps the assassins away
Sun 25 May 2014
at 17:47
Re: The Skull and Parchment
Alice shifted position again, this time leaning forward, resting her elbows on the table, and arranging her hands in front of her face. (OoC: If you've seen EVA, think Gendo Ikari.)

Liking where Choryn was going with this, she nodded, saying, "That.... could work......

We show up, take the job, inform him of the third member, and show him the papers..... He gives us the extra pay, and it no longer matters what the employer thinks of Lavender......

Yes, that could work."
She grinned behind her hands, knowing full well that Lavender wouldn't be able to take the extra cash and she could practically force Choryn to split the extra share 50/50.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:47, Sun 25 May 2014.

Lavender Isthmus
 player, 10 posts
 Apothacary, Healer
 Companion to Choryn
Sun 25 May 2014
at 18:02
Re: The Skull and Parchment
Lavender hops up and flits over to Choryn's shoulder, "Great, I can get the reference." Lavender says. "So let's talk payment," she continues. "Other than the finders fee that I am sure you charge here. I propose we divide the remainder into 3 even shares. Since my overhead is a bit less than either of you so I'll divide my share into three parts, and will give one part back to you, Alice. The other two parts of the share will be mine. Does that sound fair?" She asks.
Alice
 player, 300 posts
 An orange a day
 keeps the assassins away
Sun 25 May 2014
at 18:21
Re: The Skull and Parchment
Alice continued every visibly cheerful expression, but her left eye narrowed slightly.... Was the little fairy really worth two thirds of the third share? Then again, while she normally didn't charge the finder's fee for jobs she was personally involved in, these two didn't need to know that.... Depending on the pay that fee might be just what she needed to adjust the ratios to the right amount. On the other hand, if the pay was good enough, the fee'd practically be irrelevant.

Resting her hands on the table, she nodded once more. "I suppose that'll work." Her voice had faded from the cold, harsh, business-dealing tone to a more apathetic sound. "We can cover that better once we get the numbers for how much this bloke pays for a group of three."
Lavender Isthmus
 player, 11 posts
 Apothacary, Healer
 Companion to Choryn
Sun 25 May 2014
at 19:03
Re: The Skull and Parchment
"Sounds good, it won't take long to get the reference, two hours tops." says Lavender. She thinks for a moment, trying to recall Lord Silverkin schedule, "Will should be enjoying his mid-afternoon tea unless someone is ill in the royal family." she thinks to herself.  It will be nice to have tea with Will and I am sure he will vouch for my skills after all he did teach me almost everything I know. She decides to head straight for the garden. "Should I just meet you back here or do you have a different location where you will be meeting the employer" she asks, looking at Alice.
Choryn Ghaoughran
 player, 357 posts
 Scout/Ranger/Tracker
 Merc, Contractor
Sun 25 May 2014
at 19:25
Re: The Skull and Parchment
Choryn looked at Alice, "if it's not too much hassle I'd rather we settle on the finders fee now." His face is still bright red, but in his mind he is in business mode now, and though quiet, Choryn had not earned those letters of introduction by not being a shrewd business man. After all the skills were about 80% of the job, the other 20% was equipment, and you didn't make money unless you were smart about it.  "I think we can agree that 5 pieces out of every 100 is fair"" Says Choryn setting the bar low.  He anticipates Alice will want 15-20 pieces out of the 100, and hopes to talk her down to between 10-12.  Truth be told he is glad to talk business, because he can partially ignore the fact that he is having to interact with a woman.