Foreman's Stop.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
 GM, 300 posts
 My word is law.
 But I'm a cool guy :3
Mon 1 Sep 2014
at 03:37
Foreman's Stop
A cutthroat town of crooks, thieves, liars, and worst of all, merchants. Foreman's Stop serves as a collective closet for Zedia's skeletons to hide and take refuge. The only comparable, functioning, towns and cities lie within the Pirate Kingdom of the Silver Isles. However, as per the agreement between the crooked city's leaders and the Grey Court, safe zones have been established for licensed travelers and officials, at least to some extent. But the golden rule still applies, keep one eye on the man next to you, and one hand on your coin-purse.
GM
 GM, 301 posts
 My word is law.
 But I'm a cool guy :3
Mon 1 Sep 2014
at 03:49
Re: Foreman's Stop
The lead Dwarven merchant lead the group through the busting streets, eying a few shady people he seemed to know. Soon they approached a large Inn that looked to be a lot less....crooked.

"Alright everyone, here we are. The place is called the Sleeping Stone, and its probably the only safe place to sleep in this town. They take their job very seriously and are very respected, so we should be fine so long as no one causes a ruckus. Unfortunately...."

The Dwarf turned around to face the group, waiting until everyone caught up and payed attention.

"I only rented four group rooms for the night. Two for me and the boys, and two for our hired help. And seeing as we've picked up some strapping extra muscle, you will have to double up. The group rooms have two beds of course, but you will need to choose a roommate."
Sahara
 player, 16 posts
 Half-Beast Warrior
Mon 1 Sep 2014
at 07:46
Re: Foreman's Stop
A quite audible sigh of relief fought its way through Sahara's lips as her scowl turned into a somewhat pleased look; then came the bad news from the Dwarf. "Well normally I'd room with Zayden, but I wouldn't want Lilith to feel awkward so . . ." she started as she turned to the group, "Lilith, you're with me. Zayden, you're rooming with Corthian." A sly smile broke through her steely visage, contorting her face into a more devilish look as her eyes rested on Zayden and Lilith. "Unless you two would rather stay together." She couldn't help but laugh in anticipation of Zayden's flustered response.
Lilith Sereg
 player, 59 posts
 Blood will Tell
Tue 2 Sep 2014
at 23:13
Re: Foreman's Stop
Lilith somewhat eagerly eyed the town as they approached the inn. This place reminded her of some places she had visited as a mercenary. Perhaps she could find a mug of ale that wasn't too watered down and a dice game that wasn't too crooked before turning in for the night. The Sleeping Stone looked promising once they rolled up outside and the dwarf explained the sleeping situation. A blush once again began to bloom in the blood mage's cheeks at Sahara's insinuation. Curse the light but other woman certainly seemed to be enjoying this. Two could play at that game.

Forcing the color from her face, Lilith gave Sahara the most innocent look she could muster. "If you're saying you'd prefer some time alone with Corthian, I certainly wouldn't want to deny you that."
Zayden
 player, 18 posts
 Human Mage
Wed 3 Sep 2014
at 10:43
Re: Foreman's Stop
Zayden was more than willing to accept his defeat and comply with Sahara's orders, making the woman's joke at his expense extremely unnecessary. Her stare was unsettling and he was pretty sure this was the first time he's actually seen her smile. Just as the woman expected, he fumbled with a would-be reply until Lilith took the matters into her own hands. Now the young mage was stunned for a moment; he had just been placed inbetween a rock and a very scary place. Sahara was his superior in a sense and he's actually seen what she's capable of when she's angry. Lilith, on the other hand, was pretty . . . and she was caring in a not-judging-you-hard-style sense. Naturally, Zayden did what any man would do when caught in the middle of what had the makings of a cat fight; he threw logical thought out the window and literally placed himself inbetween the two women. "That's enough, c'mon now. We're not children here." He amazed himself with how well he was handling the situation and hoped it continued. "We don't want to look bad in front of the money." *So far so good.* "What I think Sahara is trying to ask is, who do you want to sleep with tonight? Er-uhm, ROOM WITH! I-I meant room with." *And there it is. Congratulations, idiot!*
Corthian Joust
 player, 12 posts
 I'm a real man!
 Terra give me strength
Wed 3 Sep 2014
at 20:05
Re: Foreman's Stop
Corthian hadn't been in a town for some time...and this town he had tried very hard to avoid before his ascent into the mountains. He could feel the eyes of many townspeople that were still wandering the streets at night. It made no difference to him. People had always stared at him and no was no different. He just continued looking forward as the group in front of him made it to what would be the inn they all would be staying at. He did not care for sleeping indoors, he would rather remain outside close to the Earth. After all, he had just spent countless years without a soft bed or the amenities that come with it. He chuckled to himself as he thought to himself and closed his eyes to enjoy his first moment of peace in quite a long time.

Regrettably, this peace of his didn't last very long at all. Before he knew it, he could hear Sahara and Lilith getting into a verbal altercation about who would be lodging with who. Apparently this was some ploy to out fluster one another, but what made Corthian open his eyes was Zayden's entry into an arena that was not meant for his gender. He sighed as he lifted his staff up a couple inches off the ground. He brought the staff back down where it landed with nothing more than a simple tap for a sound, but the ground beneath the three slightly bickering companions began to shake. The very localized tremor didn't last more than a second, that was all he felt was needed.

Enough. Such things are childish. A stern look was upon his face as he spoke to them. Are we not adults? Corthian regrettably felt like he was scolding children. I will be sleeping outside, as to guard our haven for this evening. This being known, whomever you all decide to sleep with is your own business. Now he looked directly at Zayden. And you, yound lad. Did you ever have a woman teach you to not be in between two women in what could become an argument? I may have been in the mountains for some time, but that lesson doesn't ever fade from memory. He began to walk past the three of them, walking up to the side of the inn door, where he turned around and sat upon the ground. Some things never change do they?
Lilith Sereg
 player, 61 posts
 Blood will Tell
Sun 7 Sep 2014
at 02:01
Re: Foreman's Stop
Of all the possible responses to her taunting Lilith had not expected Zayden to jump into the middle of it. Did he completely lack a sense of self preservation? She quirked an eyebrow up as he tried to diffuse the situation. He was doing surprisingly well...and then completely put his foot in his mouth.  The blood mage couldn't help but laugh.

Before Lilith had the chance to respond, however, the ground beneath her feet began to tremble as Corthian decided to enter the debate. His chiding tone struck a nerve and she shot him the briefest of glares before turning to Sahara. "Forgive me if I offered offense. I am content to room where ever is most convenient for everyone. I've traveled with a band of mercenaries that was mostly men, so mixed quarters would be no stranger to me." Her tone and phrasing had turned somewhat formal, akin to what might be expected from a soldier addressing an officer of slightly higher rank. Glancing over to Corthian her words came out a bit harsher than intended but she quickly smoothed her voice, removing any trace of remaining irritation. "Are you sure that's wise, old man? These aren't your mountains; this kind of town isn't exactly the safest of places at night, especially alone. If you're concerned about the goods in the caravan I can place wards, but you would be safer inside."
Sahara
 player, 17 posts
 Half-Beast Warrior
Sun 7 Sep 2014
at 06:48
Re: Foreman's Stop
Sahara wasn't expecting Lilith to have such a quick tongue, but then again she didn't expect anything less from the blood mage. Besides, she had her fun making Zayden a fool. After the apparent arguement was over and the apologies made, she turned to the warm looking inn. "If Corthian wants to sleep outside, let him. He's a capable fighter, he'll be fine." She walked towards the door. "I don't like the idea of our two injured rooming together, but I do like the idea of a room to myself. Plus this place seems okay. Zayden, you're with Lilith, I'm pushing my two beds together and sleeping like a queen tonight!" She walked into the inn with a newfound spring in her step.
GM
 GM, 314 posts
 My word is law.
 But I'm a cool guy :3
Sun 21 Sep 2014
at 15:52
Re: Foreman's Stop
As the sun came up over Foreman's Stop, shanty city became even more active than it was the night before. Various people were running about the early morning streets, preparing for the day ahead. The more merchants began packing up most of their more illegal merchandise, replacing it with their day stock, and the more legitimate merchants began to set up their stands as well. A blacksmith's hammer could be heard, a good sign that the shops that were closed last night are preparing o open their doors. All in all, it appeared that Foreman's Stop turned into an entirely different place.
Sahara
 player, 18 posts
 Half-Beast Warrior
Tue 30 Sep 2014
at 20:20
Re: Foreman's Stop
Sahara actually seemed happy as she strolled into the main room of the inn. She had enjoyed the peace and quiet of a night without Zayden and indulged herself in the comfort of two beds pushed together into one large one. She found a seat near the caravan dwarves, contemplating what to order for breakfast.
Ure-Gushan
 player, 2 posts
Wed 1 Oct 2014
at 21:30
Re: Foreman's Stop
Ure had been tracking the plumes of smoke from the area for a day or so before he finally came upon the town. He kept to the trees and scouted the area from a distance, slowly circling the area to find the routes in and out. This wasn't anything like the small orcish village he had lived his whole life in. So much diversity spotted throughout the area that he didn't understand. His tribe was at constant war with other orc tribes over anything from land to food sources to the simple fact that they knew the other existed. It was a bit mind boggling to see so many different peoples among one another, seemingly getting along.

Not seeing any of his own kind though amidst the hustle and bustle, made him wary of every movement. He didn't know how the inhabitants might greet him and with his lack of an ability to communicate well, he thought best to keep out of sight. He spotted a large building not too far from his position which seemed to be the source of the smoke and he slowly crept up towards it. While his size was more than a hindrance when it came to sneaking about, Ure had spent plenty of time stalking prey and enemies that he knew had to move himself silently and mostly successfully. He had managed to make it to the back of the building without being spotted...at least by anyone that would be believed. The two hallucinating dwarves that were carrying on about the mystical visions they were seeing after Ure had blown ayuasca into their faces, would prove a good distraction. He stepped around a corner and watched carefully as a couple of people moved out of the doorway to find out what the drug addled dwarves were rambling on about.

Ure pulled Dascano from his back and sprinted inside the door. Once inside he quickly realized that the quick action may have been a mistake as he noticed the room seemed to be filled with people of different types. His eyes shot to food that was placed on a table before some dwarves and an apparent female warrior. He let out a snarl and planted his feet as he pointed the pole axe at the people, making his intentions clear that he planned to take their food as he inched closer.
Lilith Sereg
 player, 64 posts
 Blood will Tell
Thu 2 Oct 2014
at 00:22
Re: Foreman's Stop
The beds of the Inn had proved far better than Lilith had expected in a town like Foreman's Stop. Sahara's claim to the room by herself had not come entirely as a surprise. If the mercenary was understanding the relationship between Zayden and Sahara correctly, the fighter outranked the mage by several degrees. Officer's prerogative gave her first claim.

She did hope that the arrangements hadn't made Zayden too uncomfortable to sleep. Once rooming had been decided Lilith bid a quick good night to him and Corthian before making her way up to the room and falling asleep within minutes.

Lilith stretched as she came down the stairs to the Inn. Out of force of habit she had buckled on her belt and twin daggers before seeking food. Entering the common room, it seemed that had likely been a good idea. She could see Sahara across the room, on the other side of massive orc who was menacing the inn with a rather peculiar polearm. Silently she slipped one of her daggers loose and ran her her thumb across the blade, staining the polished steel crimson. Otherwise she made no move, instead watching and waiting to see what he would do.
Sahara
 player, 19 posts
 Half-Beast Warrior
Sun 5 Oct 2014
at 00:04
Re: Foreman's Stop
Sahara watched as the strange orc rushed through the doors of the inn. She knew a handful of half-orcs and only ever dealt with one actual orc before, the latter experience not one she would like to repeat. Growing up in a warrior village, she knew exactly what Ure's intentions were through his body language although the orc didn't voice it. The smart thing to do would probably be handing the food over, but Sahara hardly ever gave out handouts. She stood her ground and pulled out her battle axe, using the axe head to block the food. "I don't give a damn who you are or how tough you think you are, you can pay for your own food like everyone else!" Listening to her snarling voice, it's hard to imagine she had a goodnight's rest.
Ure-Gushan
 player, 3 posts
Wed 8 Oct 2014
at 02:35
Re: Foreman's Stop
Ure watched the woman attentively, tracing every movement as he tried to learn her body's fluidity. English was a loss to the large orc, he understood"food" and her intentions to keep it by the threatening posture she took but beyond that her words were lost on him. Neither did the harshness of her voice detour him because he was used to a harshness in tone due to the typical rough undertones of the orcish language. He did realize however that her placing the axe head on the table would give him a slight advantage as an axe swung from the side wouldn't come as quickly or powerfully as an axe swung from overhead.

Before he could take another step towards the table he heard the slight creek of wooden steps behind him. His head snapped around to identify the source and immediately a look of confusion swept across his face as he saw the woman cut herself. He recognized the magic quickly having seen shamin use this before to craft blades of blood that cut through enemies like foil. It was amoment he couldn't conceive. Orcish religion determined that only those orcs that had been marked by the gods could use such a thing but this woman wasn't an orc? It confused him endlessly but finally, he did the only thing he knew to do.

He straightened himself and planted the hilt of Dascono to the floor. Slowly,, he lowered himself to his knees and laid the pole axe on the floor before him as he bowed his head to the woman. "URE DRAS KRELO VAS SHAMIN!" He grabbed hold ofthe axe with both hands but didn't move to lift it. "DASCONO DRAS KRELO VAS SHAMIN!" It didn't matter if the woman was orcish or not, his faith determined that when his religious leader was lost he would devote his life to the next shamin that he found. And since he had only known shamins to be able to use blood magic he had to assume that Lilith was a shamin and he had just devoted his life and weapon to her even if she didn't realize it. He picked up Dascono and stood up straight again placing the weapon on its hilt. He stared at the woman, waiting for her instruction.

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Corthian Joust
 player, 14 posts
 I'm a real man!
 Terra give me strength
Wed 8 Oct 2014
at 13:40
Re: Foreman's Stop
Corthian slept well through the night, perched beside the door. In his dreamless sleep he almost became like the a stone, making him look like a statue. He could still hear the hustle and bustle around him as the sun began to rise through his sleep, but heard nothing of threat. Before he rose, he began to hear strange noises coming from the inside of the inn. He stood up and opened his eyes, the light from the morning sun being a welcome visitor to him as began his day.

He stretched himself. Corthian knew that there would be more walking today. While stretching he heard Sahara shout at someone about her food. Oh come now...this early in the morning? Who would be so stupid as to threaten her? He gripped his staff a little tighter and turned toward the door. Corthian opened the door to a scene in which what looked like quite the big orc was bowing down to Lilith and...proclaiming something. Corthian looked at Lilith and got nothing more from her other than a shocked and bewildered expression. Corthian shut the door.

He drew a deep breath. It's too early in the morning for any of this foolishness. He reopened the door and brought himself within the threshold of the building, not taking his eyes off of the kneeling Orc. Lilith, are you alright? And you Sahara? Is the new patron distrubing you ladies? He brought his staff down so that it touched the floor. Corthian was ready to contain the Orc if needed...but he would wait to see what the man would do next.
Lilith Sereg
 player, 65 posts
 Blood will Tell
Wed 8 Oct 2014
at 22:49
Re: Foreman's Stop
The orc turned towards her and Lilith's posture shifted as she prepared for him to attack. Her lips parted as the mage began to speak the first words of an incantation to bind him in place. Instead of charging, however, he dropped his weapon and knelt prostrate on the floor. Confusion blossomed on her face as the orc addressed her. Lilith had fought orcs before, enough to recognize the rough, guttural nature of the language but the meaning of the words was far beyond her. "What in the seven hells just happened?" He wasn't actively threatening anyone anymore, which was an improvement, but now it seemed he was waiting for her to do something.

At the sound of the door opening Lilith glanced over in time to see Corthian immediately close it again. She certainly couldn't blame the man but it still rankled her. A moment later he re-entered though. It seemed he was as caught off guard by the situation as everyone else. Lilith straightened out of the defensive stance she had assumed but kept a wary eye on the orc. Her dagger was still gripped tightly in her hand. "I'm...fine. Although I have no idea what I did that elicited whatever proclamation this..patron, as you called him, just gave."
Sahara
 player, 20 posts
 Half-Beast Warrior
Sun 12 Oct 2014
at 00:18
Re: Foreman's Stop
Sahara was baffled at the scene in front of her. She seemed to relax though as Ure no longer showed signs of aggression, laying her axe on the table as she sat back down. "Looks like you got another admirer." she joked to Lilith before turning to Corthian, "We're fine, looks like it was just a misunderstanding." She watched the orc for a moment but soon turned her attention back to her breakfast, not wanting it to get cold. "If he wants to stay there, just let him." she stated in between bites.
Ure-Gushan
 player, 4 posts
Tue 14 Oct 2014
at 21:23
Re: Foreman's Stop
Ure stood, staring at the woman, waiting for direction. His body quickly snapped to the man's voice suddenly behind him and he quickly brought Dascono to the ready. Hearing the quick exchange between the two, Ure decided the man wasn't threatening himself or his newly proclaimed master so he stood himself straight and slung the axe back over his back.

The words spoke around him held no meaning and since no-one seemed to be attempting to address him directly, the large orc stepped back, just behind and to the side of Lilith. He stood vigilant, neither making a move or sound as the others spoke save for the loud grumblings coming from within his stomach.
Lilith Sereg
 player, 66 posts
 Blood will Tell
Fri 17 Oct 2014
at 12:44
Re: Foreman's Stop
Lilith shot a frustrated glare at Sahara but her attention was quickly turned back to the orc as he took a position of bodyguard beside her. At least for now it seemed he was no longer going to attack anyone. Lilith sighed inwardly as she sheathed her dagger sealed the cut on her hand with a whispered word of power. It was far too early in the morning for this, especially on an empty stomach. The audible growls from the orc's stomach seconded her decision to get some food before trying to sort everything out.

Moving toward one of the unoccupied tables on the side of room Lilith gestured for Ure to follow her and sit while she retrieved some food for the both of them from the bar. As she ate she studied him closer, watching carefully for any change in his demeanor. "Can you understand me? Do you speak any of the common tongue?" Shaking her head she tried a different tack. Pointing to herself, "Lilith.". She pointed to Ure, "You?"
Zayden
 player, 19 posts
 Human Mage
Tue 21 Oct 2014
at 08:30
Re: Foreman's Stop
Zayden finally made his way to the common room of the inn. His movements were slow and lazy and sleep was still in his eyes. He stretched, rubbed his eyes, and yawned as he examined the room. As he glanced at the tables of his allies, he was quite surprised to see Lilith chatting with an orc. He made his way over to their table, knowing better than to bother Sahara first thing in the morning. "Good morning Lilith. Who's your friend?"
Corthian Joust
 player, 15 posts
 I'm a real man!
 Terra give me strength
Fri 24 Oct 2014
at 04:33
Re: Foreman's Stop
Corthian was very happy to hear that both Sahara and Lilith were ok...hell at this point Cort thought that Lilith was more than ok. She now appeared to have a new friend as the orc moved into a vigilant position behind her. Huh. Well you don't see that every day. Is this normal now...cause I have been up in the mountains for some time now. He shook his head and let out a deep chested, but quiet laugh. He made his way over to the table that Sahara was eating at and noticed the last member of their entourage come down the stairs. Well good morning, Zayden. It seems that not even a full day has passed and I have been replaced as the new member of this group. Cort laughed again. Sadly though it looks like Lilith's new friend doesn't seem to speak a word of common tongue. How saddening. He looked back at Lilith and gestured toward them both. Come now Lilith, I'm sure we all have much to discuss over breakfast. Might as well bring your new left hand as well. I believe some introductions are in order.
Ure-Gushan
 player, 6 posts
Sun 2 Nov 2014
at 01:54
Re: Foreman's Stop
Ure's eyes widened as he watched Lilith meld her skin back together. For someone to possess both the power of blood and healing was an absolutely astronomical idea to him though he wouldn't question his new shamin...she wouldn't know what he was asking anyway. Then as she moved towards the table he kept in stride with her, making sure their footsteps came in unison as he followed.

He was unaccustomed to the idea of being allowed to eat with his shamin but her gesture to sit down was as direct of an order as she had given and he quickly sat himself next to her and watched the people move around him. His vigilance faltered though as food was sat before him and without thought or manner, he began to shovel the food into his mouth desperately. His teeth mashed and ground loudly as bits of food scattered from his rabid attempts to ingest everything before him. Mere seconds later his plate was empty and a near contented growl emitted from his throat.

His attention quickly snapped back to the woman when he heard her voice. He was a bit dumbfounded at the words that flowed from her mouth, at least until he saw her draw a hand to herself. His eyes focused hard on her mouth. "SHAMIN L-L...LEE...LIIII..." He struggled as his tongue fumbled around his mouth, trying to duplicate what he had watched her do. A frustrated snort escaped his nose. "LEEEELEEET." It was as close as he was going to get for the time being. When she reached out to him, he quickly stood, slamming a fist to his chest and proudly proclaimed. "URE-GASHON!" He spat out before retaking his seat.

As others moved towards them Ure kept quiet but watched intently as he tried to figure out how these people caused such delicate sounds to come from their mouths.
Lilith Sereg
 player, 68 posts
 Blood will Tell
Wed 5 Nov 2014
at 01:32
Re: Foreman's Stop
"Leeleet. Close enough." Lilith's mouth quirked in a half smile as she watched Ure devour his food. She turned the other word he had spoken over in her mind. Shaymeen, was that what he had called her? There was something that her father had once said about orcs and blood magic, but it was eluding her. Anyways since it seemed he was going to be staying she could figure it out later, once they had found a better way of communicating. She was already beginning to form an idea that might work.

"Morning, Zayden. I'm surprised you slept through the commotion." she gently teased. "If I understand what has happened correctly, it appears this fellow here has sworn himself to me. Although I'm not quite clear on the why or the specifics yet."

The blood mage turned her attention to Corthian. "Yes, I suppose you're right, and no this is not normal." She pointed to each of her companions in turn. "Zayden. Corthian. Sahara. As I'm sure you heard, this is Ure-Gushan."
Zayden
 player, 20 posts
 Human Mage
Tue 25 Nov 2014
at 10:13
Re: Foreman's Stop
"Good morning." Zayden casually replied to Corthian as he took a seat. He turned his attention to Lilith as she addressed him and enlightened him on the events before his arrival. *Sworn himself to you? . . . SWORN HIMSELF TO YOU!?* He tried to keep a neutral appearance as she introduced the orc, even cracking a fake half smile. "Uh, it's nice to meet you Ure-Gushan . . ." there was a waver in his voice as he paused. "Can we just rewind real quick? What do you mean by he sworn himself to you!?"
Corthian Joust
 player, 16 posts
 I'm a real man!
 Terra give me strength
Sun 14 Dec 2014
at 17:26
Re: Foreman's Stop
Corthian looked over at young Zayden as his slight jealously made it's way out of his mouth in regards to Lilith's new follower. Cort laughed while he sat at the table, finding the whole ordeal quite amusing. Well, now that I believe all that is out of the way, I think it is imperative that we discuss our next course of action. So, seeing as how our new orcish friend and I are quite new to the party, could someone explain to use the overall plan? Cort crossed his arms, glancing between Lilith, Sahara and Zayden to see who would fill him in first.