Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves.   Posted by TheDudeAbides.Group: 0
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 181 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 20:15
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The guard grunted his assent as the elf handed him the invitation. He pulled a scroll from a pouch at his side and compared it with the letter. "Seems that all is in order, Salinda. Ye may join us over here whilst we wait for the others." The guard relaxed and turned back towards his post, "McNaley may be an idiot, but he knows the best places round here to gamble yer money away." The whiny voice piped up again despite the larger mans grumbling, "Yes yes yes! ye should check out the Suckling Pig, they be the finest gambling hall in all o Vayas." A resounding thwack could be heard as the larger man smacked McNaley on the forehead.
Salinda
 player, 41 posts
 Elven Moon Priestess
 The light in the darkness
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 20:53
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
"Thank you. And, please don't hurt him for no reason." Her mood never seemed to waver, though, a brightness in her eyes danced with life and a bit of mischief.

Laughing about money, "Oh, I never gamble my money away. As the ancient texts say, luck be a lady tonight. Though, like many ladies her mood can be quite fickle."

Sitting, she quickly got comfortable, "McNaley, so what type of place is the Suckling Pig?" She was curious, the last town she'd spent all of her winnings but a small savings helping a few people keep their homes. Now it was time to start once again.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 183 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 21:45
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The large guard grunted, "I got me reason little elf lady don't ye worry bout that." Apparently uninterested in the conversation, the big man strode off to make his rounds. He would return to the front gate in a few minutes. McNaley took advantage of his absence and immediately burst forth, "yes yes yes, the Suckling Pig indeed... such a lovely place, the meed flows like water and the ladies be so pretty." The squirrely fellow was clearly fawning over some distant memory but quickly snapped back, "they gots dice games aplenty and even sometimes a pigeon race! I sure do loves the races."

    The light afforded the elf a better view of the guards, McNaley was a weaselly looking man with beady eyes set too close together. His armor was not nearly as well kept as his counterparts but regardless had a luster that only money could buy. "McNaly could take ye!" The rodent of a man leapt up and went to grasp Salinda's hand, "Come we could go now! Don't ye worry about this ere meeting, McNaly will show ye a good time!"
Salinda
 player, 42 posts
 Elven Moon Priestess
 The light in the darkness
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 22:07
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
"I do love mead, and dice, not so much the races." She didn't care for anything with animals too much, there was an outside element that she couldn't fully understand. Or it was complete chance with no skill.

"Down boy," Salinda said when he jumped up. "I have commitments that I can't get away from...and from the look of it so do you. If you lose your job you'll lose your gambling funds. There is always time," although humans seemed to be far more impulsive than elves. She indulged, but relaxed. And knew there would always be a tomorrow. She was likely the oldest person here, and she was but a child, yet they wanted to waste their lives rushing to the next thing instead of savoring the moment. "And, conversation is just as good. Unless you want to play a game, any of you other boys are welcome to join. I always carry dice and cards, perhaps a game of Hazard," more chance with dice, "or something that requires some skill like Primero," she did love games with bluffing, and the man in front of her seemed to be the type to have more than one tell. "It's much more fun for a group like this. If there are any other takers."
Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 5 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 23:06
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
The darkness beyond the gates of Vayas seemed to slither it's way over the ground in lazy waves, it's dark tendrils held at bay by the flickers of light that came from the city.
Somewhere among it, a tall figure, dressed in a dark colored hooded cloak was moving in the direction of the gates, though no footsteps were heard to announce someone's arrival.

Walking slowly but with a purpose, Nasukaya stepped closer to the gates and into the light, sharp eyes watching the development a bit further ahead, involving a young looking elf maiden and a particularly eager guard. Going unnoticed so far, she listened to the conversation taking place, only lightly chuckling beneath her hood at the elf maid trying to bring the guard's enthusiasm down a notch.

Assuming that since people had actually bothered to put guards on the gates, one could not just walk into the city and go about their business... Well, at least not if you played by the rules.
Not wanting to be the cause of any unnecessary commotion, Nasukaya stood in her place, all but the bottom of her face and the lower half of her boots visible from under the dark cloak.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 186 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 23:26
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
  The large guard materialized out of the darkness and promptly put an end to the discussion on gambling, "Now listen here missy, and you too McNaly, I will have none of that gambling nonsense on me watch." He looked about with a fierce scowl, daring anyone to disagree with him. "I take me responsibilities seriously and that is why the masters have put ME in change."

    A timid knock could be heard coming from the inside of the gate and the large man strode over and opened a small sliding peephole. A young serving girl handed through a plate of cheese and some additional bread. The guard thanked the young lady in a surprisingly gentle voice; he turned about and brought the plate of food back to the group, his face once again plastered with its usual scowl. "Yer bloody companions better show up soon or the masters will be ... unhappy..." The guard placed the plate in front of the group and whirled about officially, his eyes searched the darkness for any sign of the others on his list.

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:26, Mon 16 June 2014.

Salinda
 player, 43 posts
 Elven Moon Priestess
 The light in the darkness
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 23:33
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
"I was trying to keep your men here, he wanted to drag me away." She shrugged. It seemed that the guarding didn't actually take that much. "And I'd be happy to just head onto my meeting. You said wait and I do tend to fill the time."  She really didn't see a point of staying here, especially unwanted. "I've already been given pass, right? And I won't be a distraction if I stop in at the first restaurant instead of here. And wasn't it the 'masters' that invited me and these companions that I don't know?"
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 187 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 23:50
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The guard was clearly attempting to remain calm. "Listen miss, when yer companions get here I'll open the gate. Not a moment before or a moment after, my job is to comply with the masters orders. They gives me the list and says to me, open the gate when ye all are here; that's what I intends on doin." He smacked McNaly on the head again, "Dammit boy! What's she talkin bout? Ye better not dream of leavin yer post or I'll have ye out on yer ass in two flicks of a horses tail!"

    The weaselly man cowered a bit but stood up and spoke in a quiet voice, "Aye cap'n, I'll go do the rounds." He slinked off into the darkness and left the young elf girl and the large guard in a rather awkward situation. For the time being, the two other guards had remained silent and largely motionless at either side of the gate. Clearly, they recognized the Captains authority and had no interest in displeasing him.

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:56, Mon 16 June 2014.

Salinda
 player, 45 posts
 Elven Moon Priestess
 The light in the darkness
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 00:24
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
"I'm sure your masters would appreciate you berating his guests as well. And if I'd known I would have made certain to be late." His near loss on calm was hilarious. She just couldn't help it.

Salinda really hoped the others would be there soon. she could be patient, but not bored. Boredom was something she didn't do well unless she was meditating. But that was different.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 191 posts
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 00:52
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The large guard raised a hand and one of the stationary men reacted immediately and ran to his side. He leaned over and whispered a few words in the newcomers ear. The man responded without hesitation, he ran back to the gate and made a signal to the guards posted on top of the wall. The men above began quickly raising the gate; and once there was sufficient room for the soldier to squeeze under, he did so and the gate came crashing down behind him. The captain of the guard returned his steely gaze to the elf and simply stood there quietly. He would not be goaded by this unknown. He had been appointed captain of the guard for one of the most powerful guilds on Linness because of his years of service and bravery on multiple accounts. There was no need for him to lose his temper, a savage smile broke across his weathered face. "Hopefully your companions don't tarry much long milady."
Fidelias
 player, 20 posts
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 04:20
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Excited that his fighting prowess and overall godly appeal had finally been recognized, Fidelias set out for Red Groves with a hasty pace and an unsuccessfully stifled crooked grin--perhaps a little too hasty, as he managed to stumble and almost hit the ground. After regaining his balance, he angrily looked around for the culprit that caused his near-demise, ready to unleash completely rational and productive behavior upon said inanimate object, but found nothing. Must have been an earthquake Fidelias thought, as surely he couldn't have simply tripped.

After a few hours of being hopelessly lost, his initial soaring confidence degraded after the frustrating amount of time it took to find the Red Groves gate, Fidelias finally sighted the gate. He witnessed it admit a stalking, hooded figure, and promptly sink back down behind him. He set off toward the gate with renewed vigor and confidence.

"Oi! Open the bloody gate!" Fidelias demanded as he advanced on the gate. He stopped a good 10 feet from the gate, hands on his hips, face seething with impatience, arrogance palpable, and waited for the gate to raise at his command.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:22, Sun 29 June 2014.

TheDudeAbides
 GM, 210 posts
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 05:49
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The burly captain had been standing with muscled arms crossed over his chest, watching for the arrival of the other individuals on his list. He was aware of the young purple haired man before he so boisterous ordered the gate to be raised. The captain's unsettling smile became even more terrifying as it widened with an animalistic ferocity. "Boy" he said curtly, spitting the syllable  like a fireball. "Step a bit closer." The words were an order and rang like swords clashing on a battlefield. The captain's nerves were already worn thin, the young elf had been toying with him and now this impudent brat had the gall to issue orders. He flexed armored fists and stretched his powerful frame as if he was preparing to tear the young man limb from limb. The remaining guard who had stood motionless at the gate began to fidget with nervousness; he was mumbling softly to himself, "not again, not again, cap'n is angry, not again not again." To some it might sound the ramblings of a mad man, but to men of the guard it was a warranted response.

    The Menders had chosen well when they promoted Captain James Olander to be the head of their personal guard. He was a direct descendant of Lord Weatherby Olander known before the rending as "The Wolf." Lilith herself had appointed Weatherby Olander  to lead her private "enforcer" detail; the subsequent tales were fraught with gore and often used to scare young children into obedience. The descendant of this brutal and terrifying man now stood at the gates of the Red Grove. Hackles raised and ready for a fight, the Cap'n beckoned the newcomer forward.

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:51, Tue 17 June 2014.

Fidelias
 player, 21 posts
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 06:18
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Fidelias set his jaw and locked eyes with the captain, assessing the man. The captain obviously meant business, and by the look of his armor, this certainly wasn't the first time. He figured he had reached the bitter edge of respect, and further breaches may follow with himself locking blades with this enormous man. As confident as he was, Fidelias did not relish the thought of fighting this man, so he shut his mouth, strode forward with real confidence mixed with hidden trepidation, and waited, showing a touch less impatience. His eyes never left the captain's.
Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 6 posts
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 06:24
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Watching a young man with purple hair approach the gate and demand them to be opened, Nasukaya considered it a rather opportune moment to approach as well. After all, the young man had such of aura of self importance around him that he had easily drew the eye and the probability was that no one would remember someone else entering the gates as well.
As the burly captain called him over in a commanding voice, the assassin smirked and stepped into the line of sight.
Since the captain looked to be quite on edge, she opted for slipping her hood off and opening her cloak, revealing the dark colored leather and steel armor beneath it, both of her hands visible and away from her weapons, only holding the letter she received in one hand.
Not that keeping her hands visible had really meant anything. Years of observing people and their behaviors taught her that most of the time, people tended to be less aggressive if she had shown no outward signs of hostility. She assumed that was because they considered her less of a threat on some subconscious level.

Her stance was calm and relaxed as she waited for the captain to either finish his business with the loud young man first, or call her forward as well.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:26, Tue 17 June 2014.

Fidelias
 player, 22 posts
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 06:42
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Fidelias sensed more than heard someone behind him approach the gate as well. He could only hope they meant him no ill, though he found it unlikely they did; he figured he would surely be dead already if they had. He felt it in his best interest not to show any signs of weakness and maintain the fiery eye contact with the man they called "cap'n".
Salinda
 player, 59 posts
 Elven Moon Priestess
 The light in the darkness
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 18:03
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Salinda was happy that the others were arriving, but she still didn't like this entire affair. She didn't like that people holed themselves away from others. Although, the new boy that had arrived was being quite rude. While Salinda had rubbed the guard the wrong way, she had never been impolite. They just clearly had virtually the opposite views on how life should be.

For the time, though, she just sat, playing with a deck of cards to keep her hands occupied. And practicing her trick shuffling, Salinda watched a few face up cards as they danced into different places in the deck, the flow of probabilities changing with each move of the deck.
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 218 posts
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 23:18
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    The Captain emitted a deep rumbling laugh as the young man approached with his head held high. "Boy, ye must have nerves of steel... that or yer just plain stupid." The large man noticed out of the corner of his eye that another figure had appeared out of the shadows. The woman approached with cautiousness and a slightly disturbing ease; she clearly was no fool. In her hand he could see the familiar outlines of a letter; perhaps this young man was also summoned by the masters. Considering this a possibility, the captain relaxed his sword arm and the blade slid back down into it's scabbard with a thud.

    Like a bolt fired from a crossbow, James Olander shot forth with speed that seemed impossible given his overwhelming size. An armored fist snatched the purple haired man by the folds of his shirt and hoisted him high into the air. "What is yer business in the Red Groves, boy? Choose yer words with caution, or I've alf a mind to snap yer puny neck." The man was not joking, he both possessed the strength and license to act of his own volition. The masters trusted his actions implicitly despite his rash tendency to over-react. Veins in the Captain's neck pulsed and his breathing was heavy and coarse, "Well, speak up boy!" He looked past the young man dangling awkwardly from his sword arm and shouted at the woman, "Give me one moment miss, just sorting somethin out."

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:19, Tue 17 June 2014.

Fidelias
 player, 24 posts
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 02:33
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
"Left breast pocket, left breast pocket!" Fidelias gasped, as he helplessly struggled under the big man's grip. The man had moved far too fast for his own comfort, but his head was bigger than his muscles, and the stunning display did not stop Fidelias from choking out "big oaf!". Fidelias wasn't sure if the man was going to release him, but hell if he was going to show any weakness voluntarily. He could only hope the big captain would let him go with some shred of dignity, though it appeared the likelihood may be wearing thin.

Even through the struggle, though, Fidelias never broke eye contact, even as he dangled from the big man's grip. Fidelias wondered if he could maybe connect with a rib and force him to drop him, but he doubted that even if it did work, it would be worth the effort. Fidelias was starting to think that perhaps his mouth had finally taken him too far to dig back out of, but Fidelias regrets nothing.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:22, Sun 29 June 2014.

TheDudeAbides
 GM, 224 posts
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 04:46
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
    Captain Olander grunted and reached his free hand up to the young man's breast pocket. He pulled out a slightly crumpled letter and a look of disappointment flashed across his leathery face. He released his hold on the stranger and took a step back to read the letter. He slowly scanned the lines and withdrew a scroll from his pouch to compare. "I guess yer safe fer today, BOY." He pointed to the elf girl who had been there waiting, "Join yer new companion and don't be mouthing off, just cause ye got an invitation don't mean I can't rough ye up a bit. Bandits roam these streets at night, and I hears they love laying down a hurting on smart-ass youngins such as yerself." His eyes twinkled with the implication and he wheeled about to face the woman who approached slowly from behind Fidelias.
"Oi! come on princess, let us see yer invitation."
Fidelias
 player, 25 posts
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 05:15
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Damn my mouth, that was a close one Fidelias thought, as he dusted himself off and stepped aside so the elf girl could present her letter. Glad I didn't forget my letter...

Fidelias pretended to check his armor's buckles and other equipment to take his mind off the raw display of overwhelming power the man just displayed. If Fidelias could be humbled, he would have been, but a near-narcissistic view of one's self tends to prevent such things.

In the back of Fidelias' mind, he knew he'd been bested, but he rationalized that he just lacked experience and one day Fidelias would be back, and he would challenge the captain.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:41, Wed 18 June 2014.

Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 9 posts
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 06:34
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Watching the development of the situation with interest and a certain amount of amusement, Nasukaya waited for the captain to 'sort it out', not overly concerned for the young man. At least not enough to get involved.
The captain had size on his side, not to mention impressive speed for someone that heavily armored, though the whole ordeal seemed to be more for show, rather than having an actual intent behind it.

She did, however, peered curiously at the purple haired man and the elf woman a bit further away. It would appear that there was more than one person whom the odd latter has reached and directed here.

Re-adjusting her traveling bag to sit on her back more comfortably, Nasukaya approached to the side of the young man and stepped in front of the burly captain of the guards.
Her face remained impassive as she simply extended her hand and presented the neatly folded letter to him.
Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 6 posts
 hello ladies
 let me play you a song
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 14:03
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Wandering up to the gate, having been distracted several times Eandro notices an altercation trading place between a burly looking guard and purple haired man, he pauses for a moment glad the farmer had let him wash up, shave and clean his clothes. He had stopped on the to town and picked a early blooming rose. Seeing two ladies present he regretted not thinking ahead and picking two roses.  The first was dressed finely, and the second had the look of pure business. Schooling his features he walks up to the woman clearly dressed for shady dealings. "Bit of a bright day for such a scowl and dark wear. I'd call you beautiful, but I'm sure you already have a name that rivals your looks." he offers her the rose having completely forgotten why he was at the gate in the first place.
Nasukaya Hawke
 player, 10 posts
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 15:06
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
The assassin payed no attention to the man she felt approaching, until a fresh rose appeared in her line of vision.

One thin eyebrow rising up at the words spoken to her, she slowly turned her head and spent a few moments just looking at the fine clothed young man who offered the flower.
Not all human, was the first thought that went through her head, as she noticed the fine lines on his face, that human men were just not able have.

Amber eyes then moved back to the flower, than to the captain they stood next to, than back to the man again, as she was trying to determine if this was some kind of a joke she didn't get.

She was never offered things.
Not food, not presents and certainly not flowers.
What was she supposed to do with it? Stick it behind her ear and look pretty while she threw a blade in someone's neck?
Nasukaya blinked once, then twice before she spoke, a slight note of uncertainty and perhaps a touch of worry about the young man's mental health was heard in her voice.
"It's night time." she informed him, making no move to take the offered flower.

OOC: just FYI, I laughed so hard while I wrote this. I'm going to love writing out her awkwardness at social norms. X'D

This message was last edited by the player at 15:07, Wed 18 June 2014.

Eandro Leerstrom
 player, 8 posts
 hello ladies
 let me play you a song
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 16:41
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Eandro looked about, like he hadn't noticed the time, "Ah! So it is, how careless of me not to notice." he smiled still offerring the rose "Still a rose to brighten your night" he says flashing rose before her eyes demonstrating the lack of  and then in one smooth motion quick motion tucked rose behind her ear. Turning to the others he states,"on such a lovely night a bit of music yes?" pulling out his fiddle he starts out on a moderately lively song not to peppy or light hearted, but definitely not morose either.
Salinda
 player, 61 posts
 Elven Moon Priestess
 The light in the darkness
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 17:46
Re: Vayas - Gate to the Red Groves
Salinda laughed at the new man's display. "The moon is especially bright tonight. It is an easy mistake." Her words clear, that sort of upper class but not aristocracy that fit this particular area.

Listening to the song, she looked over her companions. All young, one dressed like an assassin, but the bard, he seemed the type to have a good time, though not necessarily the sharpest blade in the weapon shop. "Oh, that's a lovely piece."