Freeport - Stables.   Posted by TheDudeAbides.Group: 0
Alfonz
 NPC, 2 posts
Sun 15 Jun 2014
at 23:37
Re: Freeport - Stables
    Alfonz watched as several others entered his precious stables; a shy looking elf, a fishy character and a boisterous flashy fellow all seemed interested in mounts. "Well ello there, don't be a stranger." Alfonz's voice was kind and reasuring, "So the lot of ye is a group? I had been told I might be visited by a party sent by the High Priestess erself." He inclined his head respectfully, "She's mighty strange, that one... always talking bout things what hasn't happened yet..."

    Alfonz looked at the fishy girl and the young elf, "Ye two look as green as a yew sapling in spring! If I may suggest, perhaps you might select a slightly... smaller horse?" He waved an arm officially around the stable, "I've got all me favorites available, in a multitude of coats!" He seemed quite proud of himself, and indeed he had a right. The horses of the Freeport stable were legendary across all of Linness. Rumor had it that Alfonz was the direct descendant of a long line of horse breeders from before the rending. "Now there is the matter of payment..." His eyes glimmered mischievously once again, and he seemed to be ringing his hands out in anticipation of the fortune he was about to make.
Lynessa Crescent
 player, 36 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 00:16
Re: Freeport - Stables
Lynessa experienced a moment of awkward silence as the old man touched on a sore spot, though was promptly brought back to the present by the sensation of the friendly dog nuzzling her leg. She placed a hand upon it's head and gave a quick scratch behind the ear. “Well met, Myrtle,” she greeted as the shepherd dog returned to her master's feet.

“I'm sorry about the lateness of the hour, Master Alfonz. We were sent by the High Priestess, I thought that we might see to our mounts before you turned in for the night. I apologize for disturbing your sleep.” She had already decided on her mount. Friesians had served her well in the past. She was looking forward to perusing Alfonz's selection.

“As for the payment, I thought that was already taken care of. The High Priestess gave us these...” she offered the stable master her voucher. “We each have one.” She glanced at Lucinda and Lalita. Alfonz would recognize inexperience around horses in a moment.

“Freeport breeds the finest horses in all of Linness, and Master Alfonz breeds the finest horses in all of Freeport,”
she told them, hoping she sounded reassuring.
Alfonz
 NPC, 3 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 01:23
Re: Freeport - Stables
    Alfonz stared at the young guard and a broad grin spread across his weathered face. "Of course ye do, I had me scribe do those up for the High Priestess erself!" He winked in a ridiculous manner, "I just be tuggin yer tabard love, so what kind of horse would please the young Crescent girl?" Alfonz hobbled into the darkness of the stable and could be heard grunting a bit, momentarily, a bright light burst forth as he lit the torches that lined the stable walls. Row after row of horse stalls lined the walls, each with a detailed plaque above its' entrance. Alfonz was slowly trudging back to the front gate, "Feel free to peruse about, those vouchers have been paid in full and ye can have any horse that catches yer fancy. The saddles are over there" he gestured to the side where a mountain of leather saddles had accumulated.

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Lalita Chandra
 player, 37 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 02:30
Re: Freeport - Stables
Lalita walked from one stall to the next, glancing at each horse while determining whether or not they were a good match for her. After a few moments of looking left and right one horse finally caught her eye, making the fish-kin come to a complete stop before turning so to get a better look at the creature. It was a celestial colt. Five ft tall, with dark grey spots freckled across it's white coat. "Almost as if somefish spattered paint all over it...Glub." She murmured while continuing to stare.

She looked into the horses eyes and giving it a small smile, gave him a small pat on the head. He was beautiful. Not in the same way as the other horses. Perhaps that is what drew her to the creature. In a way they were the same. Both different, both strange compared to others of their kind. "What is your name?" she whispered, closing her eyes as she listened closely to the whispers in her head. At last they sounded somewhat clear and as she opened her eyes she uttered two words, "Britt Hahnu..."

Suddenly, the colt lifted it's head to the girl's level and looked directly into her eyes. Lalita smiled. "It is a pleasure to meet you. My name is Lalita. Glub."

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Jada
 player, 38 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 02:47
Re: Freeport - Stables
Following quietly behind the others, Jada kept this thoughts to himself. He glanced down the streets alleys as they passed, but his mind was elsewhere. I said I would have faith in them, but do they actually know what they are doing? The time they would save by not needing to take watches would be more than they could reasonably travel at night. Then there is the time needed to find a spot to rest, to take care of the horses, then they'll probably want to setup tents, which will need to be packed in the morning. All so they can depart the safety of the city sooner. And they all think this plan is reasonable? Have they thought this through? Am I missing something? Are they all just over zealous in their desire to see this quest through? Hopefully their hastiness will exhaust itself before we reach the darkness..

His thoughts shifted to horses as they reached the stables, which he was surprised to discover that the stable master himself was attending. I wonder what it will be like to ride on a horse. Are they going to come with feed? How much does it cost to feed it? Ugh this is going to be troublesome isn't it.

From the rear of the group, Jada silently listened to the conversation while his eyes roamed the scene before him. He noticed Lalita's movements, but thought nothing of them until the bard muttered her name. He didn't sound pleased.. worried maybe? When nothing developed from it and Lalita went over to talk to the horse, Jada made a mental note and moved on. Waiting politely for a good moment, he addressed the stable master. "Master Alfonz, I am afraid I know nothing of horses. Could you lend me your expertise in selecting one?"

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Jerischo Elsinoir Addis
 player, 27 posts
 Will play music for Dosh.
 And Deeds 4 Cheap.
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 03:14
Re: Freeport - Stables
Trying his damnedest to focus on horses and not that last name, Jerischo redoubled his not-inconsiderable experience to finding the breeds he desired.  He seemed almost preternaturally focused, pulling out an apple, slicing it quickly, and offering a piece to each and every horse that caught his eye.  All of them were Friesians and Akhals.  He coughed, suddenly popping out of his little stealth mode, before spending more time simply staring and holding a hand to each of the equines he'd picked.
Alfonz
 NPC, 4 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 07:10
Re: Freeport - Stables
    Alfonz started momentarily when the large beast-kin spoke directly to him, but quickly recovered. "Oi! aren't ye a big feller, lets see..." He crooked his head in thought and with a sudden movement snapped about, "I know the perfect lady for ye lad!" The old man hobbled over to a stall not far from the main entrance. He emerged momentarily with a Chestnut Shire, she was a massive animal and towered comedically over Alfonz. He led the beautiful creature over to the strange beast-kin and she immediately responded by nosing the stranger and nibbled gently on this hair. "Ahhh she's a right beauty this one, I always called er Blanche but ye can name er as ye wish. She's one of me biggest animals and a right clever one if ye ask me." Alfonz patted the horses haunch tenderly, "always a bit sad to see me favorites go, but ye look the kind of man who takes care of his own. If ye like the look of er hand me over yer voucher and fetch a large saddle over yonder."
Jerischo Elsinoir Addis
 player, 29 posts
 Will play music for Dosh.
 And Deeds 4 Cheap.
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 08:27
Re: Freeport - Stables
"Alfonz, was it?"  The voice was that of the young man, hereto quiet.  His steps brought him a bit closer, though he preferred to stay near his candidates. "Might I be so bold as request your help?  I've narrowed down the choices to the Friesians and the Akhals.  However, I can't seem to get a good reading on any of them without time with each.  Time I don't think the others feel we have.  So. . ."  The request was clear;  Jerischo wanted the personalities of each, their temperaments, and their ticks.  What an odd bard.
Lucinda Eravyn
 player, 108 posts
 Elf
 Alchemist
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 11:59
Re: Freeport - Stables
Luckily, Lucinda had read a book on horse breeding once thanks to her parents experiments with creating stronger mounts through alchemy. She knew, physically at least, some of the more favorable traits on a horse. She tried to look for a few ones that were excellent physical specimens. Then she realized she knew absolutely nothing about their behaviors, which were, according to her parents anyway, quite important. After all, one of the serums they concocted worked excellent in a physical manner, boosting strength and speed output by a fine margin, but was scrapped regardless due to its tendency to make the horses rather perceptively insane. She had to make sure she took a good horse, but had no idea where to start. She figured she should get help, and hung her head in shame at not knowing something. "U-um...h-how about a horse...er....for beginners?" She asked meekly.
Jada
 player, 41 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 16:08
Re: Freeport - Stables
Jada gave a lighthearted laugh at the horse's attention. "Hey I'm not food." He said with a smile as he brushed his hair away from her nibbling. Discovering that the horse didn't mind him was a welcome respite from the typical reaction. Holding out his hand, he let the horse smell it. "I think Blanche is a fine name. I'll be sure to take good care of her." He replied as he handed his voucher over and went to fetch a saddle.
Lynessa Crescent
 player, 41 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 18:38
Re: Freeport - Stables
“A Friesian,” Lynessa replied as the darkness shrank away from the sudden light. She blinked a few times while her eyes adjusted. Requests for the stable master's were coming in from all sides, and while Lynessa was hardly an expert on horses she felt confident enough to select a mount without the stable master's aid, freeing him up to help her companions instead.

She made her way down the isles slowly, pausing a moment to watch Lalita's strange behavior. ”It's almost like she thinks she's actually have a conversation with the animal. How silly,” she thought. Eventually, she came to a stall housing a proud looking horse with a light, almost butter-colored coat. “Hello, there...” she greeted, and the horse's ears poked up and leaned in toward her slightly. That was a good sign.

She approached the horse and slipped her hand, palm up, under the horse's mouth. After it had gotten her scent, she reached up and gently stroked its neck. “I think I've found my mount,” she said to no one in particular. With her voucher already in Alfonz's possession, she made her way over to the saddles to collect one.
Alfonz
 NPC, 5 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 19:24
Re: Freeport - Stables
    Alfonz looked about as different members of the group asked him questions, "Oi! strange man who asn't introduced himself or even so much as said hello, can't make yer mind up between a Friesian or an Akhal ehhhh?" Alfonz tapped his gnarled cane and cocked his head in a quizzical manner. "I will tell ye, fer one so clever as yerself ye should go with an Akhal. Ye won't find their match in wits and cunning... and ye know the saying... birds o the feather..." His voice diminished into sputtered mumblings, "Fergot the rest but ye get my point."

    Turning to the young elf girl Alfonz chuckled, "Such a wee tiny thing ain't ye? A little lady such as yerself needs a gentle horse that won't buck ye off." He ambled over to a stall a fair distance away and moments later returned with a jet black Friesian in tow. The horse whinnied and tossed its long mane about elegantly. "This ere is Benjamin, although I just calls em Benji." Alfonz guided the beautiful animal towards the shy elf girl. "Don't be afraid missy, Benji here is as sweet as a honeysuckle blossom."

    Alfonz received the voucher from the tall beast-kin, "Oi! I hope you do take care of er, she's one of me favorites... but I already said that didn't I..." He grumbled something inaudible about getting old and looked about the stable as the rest of the group milled about.
Lalita Chandra
 player, 39 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 19:33
Re: Freeport - Stables
Pleased with the horse she picked, Lalita quickly went up to the stables master and presented to him her voucher. "Sir Alfonz, my name is Lalita. It is a pleasure to meet you. I believe I have chosen my mount." She announced, pointing to the spotted grey horse behind her. "He is shrimply wonderful! May i ask for his name? I promise to take good care of him! Glub."

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Alfonz
 NPC, 6 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 21:17
Re: Freeport - Stables
    Alfonz tilted his head to the young lady as she spoke to him, "Well met Lalita, I see ye have chosen well." He drifted over to the horse that was standing dutifully behind the beast-kin. "His name ye say?" Alfonz's eyes twinkled with the familiar mischievous glimmer, "Something tells me ye already know more bout him then ye let on. He's a special horse this one, got a personality that shines brighter than the sun on a summer day. I calls him Apollo. He will serve ye well and loyal, young fishy." Alfonz took the voucher from Lalita and stowed it away with the others in his back pocket. "Go get yerself a saddle young lady."
Lalita Chandra
 player, 42 posts
Mon 16 Jun 2014
at 22:42
Re: Freeport - Stables
Lalita thanked the stables master and quickly rushed off to collect a saddle. Poking swordfish on the way as she rushed passed her. "I'm so glubbin excited!!!" she thought to herself as she picked up a random saddle, not caring which one she grabbed. She looked back at her new partner Apollo, who was looking her way. Indeed. This was going to be fintastic!

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Lucinda Eravyn
 player, 110 posts
 Elf
 Alchemist
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 00:23
Re: Freeport - Stables
Lucinda nodded at the man's wisdom. He probably knew about this far better than her after all. Horse selection was hardly something she was an expert in. She gulped as she approached the horse rather timidly. It was so....big. Far bigger than her. Bigger than her parents. It was even bigger than most of her machines back at the lab! And it was alive and moving like that...it was more than a little unnerving. She decided to try and pet it on the nose, flinching as she did it.
Alfonz
 NPC, 7 posts
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 00:34
Re: Freeport - Stables
    Alfonz watched with a wide smile that cracked his leather face; the elf girl seemed terrified of the animal. Benji, the horse, obviously loved the attention that the girl was giving him. He pranced in place ever so slightly and licked her arm enthusiastically. "Oi! I do believe he likes ye!" exclaimed Alfonz and his smile quickly turned into a laugh as he saw the look of fear and confusion written across the girls face. "Give it time dear and ye will become more comfortable with him. A horse is like a brand new pair of shoes, at first the leather is hard and unforgiving but with time they become as soft and supple as a second skin." He nodded in agreement with himself and patted Myrtle lovingly on the head.

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Lynessa Crescent
 player, 43 posts
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 01:30
Re: Freeport - Stables
While she looked over the saddles in search of one that seemed to suit her, Lynessa felt a sudden poke against her shoulder. “Hm?” she looked up just in time to see the fish-kin rush past her. It didn't take much to put two and two together; in their short time together it was obvious that Lalita was as playful and mischievous as a child. “You should be wary of where you put your fingers. You never can tell what might decide to keep them,” she teased. She nodded at the saddle Lalita had selected, quite hastily. “You'll want to be sure you find one designed for a woman, otherwise you'll find yourself very uncomfortable at the end of a long ride,” she advised.

Lynessa found a saddle that was to her liking and hefted it onto her shoulder. She carried it across the stables to her mount's stall, stopping briefly to admire Lucinda's horse. “You can't go wrong with a Friesian, Lucinda,” she said. Obviously, she was a bit partial when it came to horse breeds.

“Master Alfonz, can you tell me this one's name,” she asked, indicating the horse she had taken a shine to with a quick nod of her head.

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Alfonz
 NPC, 8 posts
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 01:45
Re: Freeport - Stables
    Alfonz walked over to the stall where Lynessa was saddling her chosen horse. "Ahhh yes young lady, now he is a rare horse indeed. Friesian horses don't usually have coats like em, mostly they are black or sometimes a chestnut brown. He is called a cream coat, and they are truly a rarity." Alfonz reached up and fed the horse a carrot which he had produced from within his tunic, "Jasper is his name." The horses ears perked up at the mention of his name and he opened his mouth in what looked like a big toothy grin. Alfonz chuckled, "He's a smart one, knows we is talking bout em."
Lucinda Eravyn
 player, 112 posts
 Elf
 Alchemist
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 02:03
Re: Freeport - Stables
She smiled awkwardly as the beast slobbered all over her hands. She recognized that it was probably a gesture of encouragement, but nevertheless it still seemed gross to the girl. It probably shouldn't have, given some of the rather wild and lively substances she had gotten on her hands in the past. The displacer blood was especially bizarre, it seemed to...she suddenly realized that she was merely standing there thinking for a few moments rather than reacting to the horse or the man. She shook her head to try to scatter her distraction. "S-s-sorry! Sh-she's a very good horse sir! Th-thank you!" She said bowing a few too many times. "B-benji right? I-I'll take care of her!" She ran over and handed him the voucher before stepping back and taking a deep breath.
Jada
 player, 43 posts
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 03:12
Re: Freeport - Stables
Returning with a large saddle, Jada waited by Blanche until he could grab the stable master's attention once more. "Could you show me how to fit this probably, I don't want to cause problems for Blanche. I'll be able to do it on my own once I watch a master do it." He said with a smile, before clearly remembering he had forgotten something. "Haha, you'll have to forgive me. It's been quite sometime since people decided to be civil with me and I seem to have fallen out of practice. I am Jada from the Tranquil Key. It is a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for your help." He said with smile and offered his hand to shake.

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Alfonz
 NPC, 9 posts
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 03:28
Re: Freeport - Stables
    Alfonz smiled at the beast-kin, "Why sure, strong Jada, it's actually quite easy when ye know what yer doing... like most things hehehehe." The old man dragged a step stool over to the massive horse and with remarkable ease ascended to the top. "If ye would be so kind Jada please toss that saddle up with the pommel facing forward." Jada hoisted the saddle up onto the horses back with ease, "Well done, well done... It's quite easy with this style of saddle, ye simply take that strap that ye see dangling beneath called a cinch and bring it up about the horses midsection. It attaches here at the side and ye can adjust it to be nice and snug." The old man nimbly grasped the cinch and brought it up around the horse. "There is no need to make it incredibly tight, ye don't want to choke the life out yer horse. Also, it's not a must but if ye have a blanket ye can put that down beneath the saddle and it will help make everybody a bit more comfy." Alfonz descended the step stool and waved his hands in a ridiculous manner of presentation. "Ye will be a professional momentarily!" he said encouragingly.

    The young elf girl ran forward and handed Alfonz her voucher, he spoke to her in a friendly tone. "Thanks young lady, don't be afraid, all will work out well. Ye just keep yer horse close by, ye never know, he might save yer hide one day."

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Lalita Chandra
 player, 46 posts
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 03:40
Re: Freeport - Stables
Lalita laughed at swordfish's response. "I'll be shore to keep that in mind." she giggled as she looked at the saddle in her hands to make sure it was for a women. Luckily it was. "Perfect!" she chirped as she hurried back to Apollo. The fish-kin then stopped to think about how to put the saddle on the horse. "Whale..." she started to mutter to herself. "Lets sea if this works.."

She went slightly up on the front of her feet and raising the saddle over her head placed it over the colt. "Ah! Just like a glove! Glub." she said, proud of herself. She noticed straps hanging on both sides of the horse. Obviously this was to keep the saddle in place and not fall off. She slightly bent her knee's and grabbing a hold of both straps, fastened them around the mid section of her steed. "Alright guppy!" she said, looking up into the horses eyes. "We did it~"
Jerischo Elsinoir Addis
 player, 30 posts
 Will play music for Dosh.
 And Deeds 4 Cheap.
Tue 17 Jun 2014
at 21:19
Re: Freeport - Stables
Hm hm.  Clever one?  Well, Alfonz was right on that.  The bard smiled, and pet the Akhal.  And yes, of course he remembered the expression;  he knew it well.  He'd heard it as the rationale used in his youth, he'd heard it when  people wouldn't want to do things.  It was a cliche, and a practiced one.  But in this case. . .  "I'll take this one, if I may.  And my name is Jerischo, Alfonz." He said.  He went for his own saddle, having somewhat more experience than most of the others in the horse department.  As for a name. . .Well, let's find out what the original name was.
Lynessa Crescent
 player, 47 posts
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 02:01
Re: Freeport - Stables
Lynessa watched Lalita for a few moments to make sure she didn't need any help, and found herself a little surprised when the fish-kin managed to saddle her horse without any trouble. She had been expecting Lalita to need help, after all... who ever heard of a fish riding a horse?

She carried the saddle into the stall of her own horse and set the leather seat on Jasper's back. She patted his neck. “It's alright, Jasper. I'm just going to cinch this around you, like so...” she said as she fastened the straps around the mid-section of her steed. “That isn't so bad, right? Not too heavy, not too tight. And it'll make us both a lot more comfortable later on.”