Tiro.   Posted by TheDudeAbides.Group: 0
TheDudeAbides
 GM, 421 posts
Sat 19 Jul 2014
at 00:08
Tiro
    The outpost of Tiro was a relatively makeshift tower surrounded by a spattering of low roofed buildings. A few people pandered about in the streets but mostly the place seemed deserted. The sound of drunken singing could be heard from a small building located at the base of the tower. A shaggy looking soldier stumbled out with a tankard of ale in one hand and a rather haggish looking woman at his side. He pinched her backside and she slapped him vigorously in the face, they stumbled off towards a hovel and disappeared inside. The sun signaled that it was merely midday and this display was clearly indicative of the attitude shared by the entire garrison. The group arrived at the outskirts of Tiro with grumbling stomachs, they were running low on supplies and the past few days had been a bit grueling on a sparse diet.


9th day of the 2nd month: 15:30 PM.

Lynessa Crescent
 player, 110 posts
 Human
 Fighter
Tue 22 Jul 2014
at 00:46
Re: Tiro
Lynessa shifted in Jasper's saddle and frowned. Tiro was not what she had been expecting. The men garrisoned here were the first line of defense against foreign invaders. She had expected vigilance, yet the sights and sounds of merrymaking filled the streets. She could relate to the need to unwind; soldering could be stressful business. Everyday, there was a real possibility that you could find yourself at the wrong end of a sword or spear. She couldn't think of a single member of the Freeport Guard that hadn't gotten extremely drunk, or stumbled into some hovel with a fair-faced (or not so fair-faced, in some cases) stranger at least once.

But, somehow she sensed that this was the norm in Tiro. It frustrated her. How could they take their responsibilities so lightly? If they weren't interested in protecting Freeport, she figured they'd at least be interested in protecting themselves. Any invading force would almost certainly take Tiro first. How could they defend themselves if they were gallivanting around with women or getting drunk at midday?

“I'd wager we can find something to eat ahead,”
she said, nodding toward the squat building at the base of the tower. An obvious enough observation, meant more to break the silence than anything. “Perhaps they can point us to where we might resupply, and find Captain Merand as well.” She wasn't sure if they were even planning on confronting the man about the message they'd found. The last day or so had been pretty somber, and few words had passed between them.
Lalita Chandra
 player, 131 posts
Tue 22 Jul 2014
at 01:35
Re: Tiro

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Jada
 player, 86 posts
 Beast-Kin
 Monk
Tue 22 Jul 2014
at 02:03
Re: Tiro
..Tiro again. A moment of planning would have allowed us to avoid this wretched place. Will we even be able to find decent supplies here? Ugh I suppose foraging for everyone would take too much time. He thought with a frown as they rode into the outskirts of the town.

"I'd rather avoid unnecessary conflict if possible. Whatever trouble this captain is planning can't possibly be more dire than the darkness to the north. I think we should minimize risks to our party and our quest." He said as he wearily glanced down alleyways as they passed.
Lalita Chandra
 player, 132 posts
 Beast-Kin
 Caster
Tue 22 Jul 2014
at 02:22
Re: Tiro
Lalita had never quite seen a town such as Tiro. The people seemed interesting to glub the least and were filled with sadness as most were barely making it through the day. The hunger evident in their eyes. Her heart went out to them. Having experienced times where she cod've starved herself, she understood what it was like to walk with an empty stomach. The memories of living on the street fresh in her mind.

Upon listening to the swordfish, the fish-kin noticed a small girl looking up at them. A look of desperation in her eyes. Lalita reached back into her bag, and taking out a few rations as well as some coins dropped them into the girls hands. Instantly, a look of surprise appeared on the child's face as she looked up at the blue women. Lalita giving her a small smile before turning away.

Now with her attention back on her comrades, Lalita listened as Jada claimed it would be best for the party to focus on their main task rather than the captain issue. Which the women could agree with. Though, at the same time she didn't feel this was an issue they could simply look away from. Unsure what to say, the fish-kin stayed quiet. Waiting for the others to voice their own opinions before stating her own.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:28, Tue 22 July 2014.

Jerischo Elsinoir Addis
 player, 47 posts
 Human
 Bard
Tue 22 Jul 2014
at 02:42
Re: Tiro
Jerischo briefly recalled descriptions of such towns as Tiro as Comet continued his slow progress.  A wretched hive of scum and villainy.  Or something like that.  Wonderful;  it'd be just like home for him then.  Another settlement he'd rather have avoided if he could.  And for once, he found the beastkin sensible.  He said such, refusing to dismount unless he had no other choice.

"Oh they can't be so bad. Maybe just some former bandits and other undesirables.  Nothing so severe.  All the same, though, I think the North is more. . .important."
Lucinda Eravyn
 player, 201 posts
 Elf
 Alchemist
Tue 22 Jul 2014
at 02:54
Re: Tiro
After such a journey through the wilderness, Lucinda was more than happy to finally be back in a place of civilization. Well, if one could call it that. She found the place very different than Freeport. It was less bustling, and she did not understand the customs or mannerisms of the people. They seemed rather lazy and unproductive, something that did not endear them to the hard-working girl. She sniffed for a moment, remembering the smell of alcohol. She had made some in the past, but this place positively wreaked of it. Why would people need so much of it? It had few useful traits after all. She did suppose it worked as a cheap, crude anesthetic but there were far superior alternatives.  She sighed, not liking this place very much. She did realize they would have to resupply however. If possible she could find some new alchemy ingredients! ...She doubted she would find any here, but figured she might as well try.

She heard the conversation going on about what they were going to do. The mousy girl wanted to stay completely out of the conversation which could easily prove heated, but, perhaps surprisingly, she had some words to say on the matter. "U-um....w-we'll have to get supplies, I-I'll go get them for y-you guys...a-and Lynessa can go meet the Captain." She was pretty sure whatever Lynessa was going to do with the captain wouldn't take much time anyway
Lynessa Crescent
 player, 111 posts
 Human
 Fighter
Wed 23 Jul 2014
at 04:43
Re: Tiro
"I'm not sure I want to confront Merand," Lynessa confessed. "If the message is an invasion order," the words felt odd coming out of her mouth, Freeport marching on Denair was not a possibility she had ever considered in her life, "it would be best that he never learn of it. Besides, Jeri is right. The North is our objective." She smiled at Lucinda. "Thank you for thinking of my wishes, though."

She didn't feel completely satisfied though. To do nothing about the messaged stuck her as the worst kind of neglect. She wished there was someone she could trust at Trio. If Ewan or Gregory were stationed here, she could entrust them with the message and rest well knowing it would end up in Captain Awlgood's hands back in Freeport.
Lucinda Eravyn
 player, 204 posts
 Elf
 Alchemist
Wed 23 Jul 2014
at 15:25
Re: Tiro
She blushed from the smile and thanks. It wasn't every day something like that. "U-um....." She had an idea bout that whole mess. Even if this Captain Merand did not receive the letter, wouldn't Freeport just send another message to mobilize the troops? This didn't seem like something that would just go away so easily. However, Lynessa was a guard. She probably knew far more about these matters than Lucinda did. Lucinda thought she was probably just being stupid again. That did tend to happen a lot. So she decided to just hold her tongue for the moment.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:37, Wed 23 July 2014.

Devi McCain
 player, 75 posts
 Human
 Caster
Fri 25 Jul 2014
at 14:25
Re: Tiro
Devi watched the discussion with a blank expression. She'd been on the silent side these last few days: apparently the woman wasn't much for small talk. "I did not think I would ever say this, but I find myself agreeing with our alchemist," she said, a cool smile on her lips.

She looked around to check if she could speak freely before continuing. "We're rushing off to face an enemy we don't yet understand, guided by mysterious riddles. At the same time a known evil will be allowed to play out here. Do you all truly think these two matters are unrelated? The letter speaks of something akin to an invasion. A captain of the watch is involved, They even mention the Priestess' death, and the Priestess was a great ward against the evil we must fight now. We can rush headfirst to some faceless darkness, or we can make use of our advantage here and slow down Linness' descent into choas." Devi's motives were purely tactical, not sentimental. Her uncle had once explained to her how it was important to always keep sight of the small things, because once you started focusing too much on the big picture, those small things would bite you in the back. Of course, he'd been talking about some cancerous growth on a sheep, but the point had been applicable to many things in her life.

"If we are not careful, we might destroy the darkness in the north to find the south has fallen to the same evil. Do not underestimate what us mere mortals can achieve if we put our minds to it. Falling night brings about cockroaches in all shapes and sizes." Her lips twisted upwards again as she took the letter from its hiding place.

"Simply not delivering the letter would be ineffective. In a few more days our good captain will start suspecting a messenger had lost his way. We have the letter here. There's so much we can do with it! We can change the contents, establish contacts here to keep an eye on the captain's movements, we could even disguise one of us as the messenger, deliver the message, and then dispose of Merand."

This message was last edited by the player at 14:26, Fri 25 July 2014.

Lalita Chandra
 player, 134 posts
 Beast-Kin
 Caster
Fri 25 Jul 2014
at 14:56
Re: Tiro
Upon listening to Devi, the fish-kin codn't help but agree. "You're right." She glubbed, giving the other women a small pat on the back. "This does seem to be closely related to our main goal and much too important to shrimply swim away from."

Lalita then looked  up to face the rest of the group and giving them all a bright smile said. " We have the chance to save Liness from a possible threat. Why allow danger when you can avoid it? I sink we should go along with what the hawkfish says and deal with this Merand before it is too late. Whale, what do you guppies sink? Shall we catch ourselves a captain? Glub."
Jada
 player, 89 posts
 Beast-Kin
 Monk
Fri 25 Jul 2014
at 15:16
Re: Tiro
Jada sighed. The party was already steering into trouble. It was inevitable of course, but that didn't make it pleasant. "If you think this the right course of action, then I will help you see it through. Just be careful. Dispose of is a simple phrase, but the consequences will be anything but. Just because we believe the captain is guilty of something doesn't mean others will too. It is very likely that we will be marked as criminals if we take action against a captain without first exposing his misdeeds."

This message was last edited by the player at 15:16, Fri 25 July 2014.

Jerischo Elsinoir Addis
 player, 48 posts
 Human
 Bard
Sun 27 Jul 2014
at 07:37
Re: Tiro
. . .They actually were going to do this.  They actually intended to do this.  There were no words for what Jerischo was feeling, short of abject depression and dread.  Even the stubborn and thick Jada was relenting.  Oh Lilith, he'd have to go along with this.  Not a single bit of any of these thoughts showed through his facade, which was one of concern and understanding.  He finally dismounted, and nodded his "assent."  If you could call it that.  More like acceptance, really.

"Well then," he said, to no one in particular, his voice as serene as ever, "I can set about retrieving rooms and food for us.  In fact. . ."  It was quite possible for him to get a discount;  especially if he decided to ply some of his. . .talents, so to speak.  And of course, he didn't speak about it, so it didn't get noted.