Chapter A: O'Malley's.   Posted by DM.Group: 0
DM
 GM, 30 posts
Fri 17 Jul 2015
at 15:24
Chapter 0: O'Malley's
Chapter A: We're Gettin' the Band, of Adventurers, Back Together.

Although you have found work as an adventurer up to this point there are only so many jobs in small towns.  You recently made the trip to the city of Valarez (or maybe you've always been here).  This metropolis is home to millions of citizens.  Rumors have been flowing about the strange circumstance of the recent city-state's population boom and new king.  Formerly ruled by a council led by Queen Mina, the king has now been added to the council.

The old citizens are calling the event the grand exodus and none of the new residents are talking about why they left home.  However, since their arrival the mountains to the west have begun producing a strange rock the king refers to as shadowrock.  Also, the woods to the east have started to turn a sickly amber at the center.  Did the newcomers bring these strange happenings with them or is this what they're running from?

Valarez is a grand city you would love to explore, but you're here for fame and treasure.  Exploring the city can wait.  Others have spoke of an inn called O'Malley's in the southern third, over Commons Bridge.  In the morning you make your way there.

Inn is an understatement.  The majority of this district, although small by measure of some others, is taken up by a single structure.  This enormous building is comprised of many interconnected buildings and reaches six or seven stories in some places.  Other adventuring types head for a set of large wooden doors near Commons Bridge.

The doors lead into a large stable where many horses and even a few unusual mounts are being kept.  Walking through you spot elephants, camels, large lizards, and possibly even a young copper dragon in the back.  At the other end of the stables you exit an identical set of doors which open into a large outdoor area.  Dozens of adventurers wait outside, some practicing swordplay, others minor magical tricks, and some seem to be waiting for the rest of their groups.  The largest of the sections of the huge structure with at least seven stories has a sign above the doors.

O'Malley's

You enter and are greeted by the legend himself.

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:38, Sun 16 Aug 2015.

O'Malley
 NPC, 7 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Fri 17 Jul 2015
at 15:24
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Welcome friends!  My name is O'Malley.  Gather round real quick and I'll explain things for the new ones, fresh-faced or otherwise."  O'Malley nods towards a particularly battle hardened half-orc in the corner.  The half-orc flips O'malley the finger and both share a silent chuckle.

"If it's work you're looking for I'll explain that part in a moment.  The dueling pit and betting have been moved since our relocation.  There is currently no basement, I hope that will change in the near future.  Upstairs are the expensive rooms.  I'd love for you to stay there, provided you have the coin that is.  The top floors house our private workstations, labs, forges, and libraries.  You could head into town for all that but why deal with the hassle when you could rent ours."

"Work then.  This floor is for eating, drinking, and obtaining work.  On the bar you'll see four small wooden boxes."  O'Malley gestures at the bar in front of him.  "Each box contains a different color of yarn strings.  If you make your coin by risking your body and your sword you'll want a blue string.  Combat casters take red.  Support casters take white.  That leaves those who specialize in certain skills and abilities.  All you sneaky and socially skilled folks grab a black string.  Tie the string around your wrist like a bracelet and find a seat.  Hopefully spend a few silver on some drinks and wait.  Those who need certain skills will find someone with the appropriate colored string.  Everything that happens between you and your employer is your business and does not affect my business.  Clear?  Good." 
Velkarah
 NPC, 13 posts
 Exotic Animal Trainer
Fri 17 Jul 2015
at 15:25
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
A black-haired woman with strange markings on her face walks up to the bar and grabs a blue string.  A fox follows behind her.
O'Malley
 NPC, 8 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Fri 17 Jul 2015
at 15:26
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Animals stay in the stable.  I have enough to clean up as it is."

Velkarah
 NPC, 14 posts
 Exotic Animal Trainer
Fri 17 Jul 2015
at 15:26
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The woman sits down at a table, looks at the fox and holds up six fingers.  The fox turns around and exits O'Malley's.

The woman reaches in a pouch at her belt and pulls out a small gray creature with spiked fur.  She sets it on the table and holds up one finger.

10:40, Fri 01 Aug 2014: Velkarah rolled 21 using 1d20+9 ((12)).

The animal begins a funny little dance and several patrons cheer and clap along.  O'Malley rolls his eyes and shrugs.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:54, Tue 21 July 2015.

Shiana
 player, 3 posts
 Healer
Wed 22 Jul 2015
at 14:53
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
A young human woman walks into the establishment. She was told this place was THE place to go to when you're new to town and looking for employment. Looking around, she's trying to not to simply walk out. Looks like much of the work that can be found here may involve violent methods. Distancing herself from violence is one of Shiana's goals, but she's finding it harder and harder to do so. She can only hope more people will be needing healing rather than harming.

After getting the large man's rundown of how this place works, she makes herself a white bracelet. She lays down a gold piece and asks for a meal and drink. Finishing her order, she goes to an empty table to set herself up. Not seeing many people here at the moment, she takes out her rough-bound journal and begins to write in it. Mostly just reminders for herself while she waits for her meal, and either company, employment, or both.
Guuug
 player, 5 posts
Wed 22 Jul 2015
at 15:11
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Everyone entering sees a massive gray boulder outside which is at least 10 feet high with a banner for o'Malleys, but on second inspection the boulder turns out to be a stone giant that is about as squat as it is high. The banner turns out to be a sort of massive apron which reads:


O'Malley's pub.
Food, drink and pleasure for all ages and races!
Southern District over Commons Bridge.
Opened from Noon.

The giant looks over at everyone entering O'Malley's and greets people who frequent the place by name. Those who know the giant know he is named Guuug, and he acts as the promoter and bouncer for the place. At his side is a life-size statue of a bear in the making, but the giant seems currently preoccupied with the high traffic entering the building, making sure everyone behaves, shouting out different promotions and instructions with his thundering bass voice. Those hearing it decide they're happy they don't live next to the inn...

"COME DRINK AT O'MALLEYS!"
"STABLES AROUND THE BACK. STABLEBOY SERVICE ONE COPPER FOR STANDARD MOUNTS!"
"DON'T MAKE TROUBLE OR I'LL SIT ON YOU!"
"BEST ALE OF VALAREZ!"


And occasionally looks on a paper for the latest addition to his repertoire;

"TODAY: RECRUITMENT OF CAPABLE TROUBLE-SOLVERS! INQUIRE WITHIN!"
Reginald Quintolian
 player, 4 posts
 Noble Gunslinger
Wed 22 Jul 2015
at 15:42
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
After the quite elaborate introduction by O'Malley, Reginald Quintolian quietly strolls into the famed inn. He can't help getting the feeling that he is out of place in this environment. After all, it was almost unheard of for any noble-folk to venture out so far from the upper-class side of Valarez, and even rarer for their destination to be O'Malley's despite its high reputation.

Reginald walks up to the bar and pulls a black string from its box, fastening it around his wrist. He walks up to the bar to order a brandy, then turns around to survey the scene in the rest of the inn. He first notices a table surrounded by overly excited inn patrons, and on closer inspection he sees a little gray animal dancing on the table per instruction from a woman also at the table. At another table, a lone girl sits scribbling in a book and appearing to be just as nervous of being in the inn as Reginald felt. He notices that she is wearing one of the colored strings just like him.

He slowly walks up to the table where the girl was seated. "Hello, I don't mean to intrude, but you looked like you could use some company. I am Reginald," he introduces himself to the girl. Holding up his wrist he adds, "I couldn't help but notice you're also wearing one of these wristbands. I don't suppose these have something to do with the 'recruitment' the giant outside spoke of?"
O'Malley
 NPC, 9 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Wed 22 Jul 2015
at 15:59
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Shiana's gold piece is swept off the counter to somewhere behind the bar by an unseen force.  O'Malley gives a quick wink before launching into the same speech as before, almost as if he repeats this same thing many times throughout the day.

"Welcome to O'Malley's..."

Maldrek
 player, 3 posts
Wed 22 Jul 2015
at 16:00
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Maldrek walks into the inn and stands patiently as O'Malley runs through his introduction. He says nothing but nods and then proceeds to walk over to the wooden boxes and pulls a blue string out and ties it around his wrist. He notices a man talking with a young woman, who was writing.

He scans the floor for an open table and finds a seat. He sets his pack down beside him and reaches into his pack. He removes his alchemical ingredients. He begins making things while he waits for a potential employer to find him.
Gnicely
 player, 6 posts
 Gnome Entertainer
Wed 22 Jul 2015
at 16:04
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gnicely finished playing the minstrel's gallery. She liked being at O'Malley's: the quality of the other players was excellent, and that always made her raise her game. As she finished the solo flute refrain of Lamech's Lament, a particularly lovely piece of music, she sniffed away a tear, and packed her flute. She had an hour's break now and it was time to see what was happening

On her wrist Gnicely had a red and blue chord that indicated she made her living by the sword and offensive magic. She was curious to see what was happening. A little extra gold never hurt, although the money she made at O'Malley's was certainly enough to keep the wolf from the door.

Picking up her sword and slinging it over her shoulder, she headed to the bar to get one of the drinks that came with being the entertainment she paused passing the table Reginald and Shiana were at. "Hello" she said "My name's something unpronouncable in gnomish, but I go by the name of Gnicely. I see you two are looking for work." she tapped her own wrist and made an amused noise. "Between us we have one of each colour"

"I haven't seen you around here before. Are you new to town?

Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 2 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Wed 22 Jul 2015
at 17:50
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric entered O'Malley's and glanced around, listening to the proprietor's introduction and explanations. Seemed a bit obvious, aside from the bit about yarn wristlets, but not every adventurer in the world was bright enough to render such discussions moot.

He went up to the bar and, by virtue of hoisting himself up on a barstool, requested a plate of food and a flagon of luglurch ale, placing a single gold coin on the bar in front of him.

While waiting on O'Malley to get a chance to respond, he took a black length of string from the box and began fashioning it into a braided wristlet. It was certainly long enough to fit the bill, given that it was clearly cut for a far larger person than he, but since he was far more used to working with metals, it wasn't very pretty.

Still, it was a far sight better then having a foot of extra material dangling from his wrist, and he thought about making something a bit more decorative the next time he worked with metals. Perhaps with jeweler's wire, dyed black....
Chaparral
 player, 3 posts
Wed 22 Jul 2015
at 18:50
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
While not nearly as tall as the big stone man outside, and barely as wide as one of his arms, Chaparral still has an easy time spotting the familiar animate billboard over the heads of all but the tallest humans as soon as she rounds the corner nearest the stable.  Offering Guuug a familiar nod well in advance of her passing by him she manages to be both polite and quiet about it.

Once inside she retrieves a braided combination of threads from her own pocket, clearly long used and formed into a wristband of just the right size to squeeze over her thin hand but not fall off.  Constructed of two red threats, a single blue and a single white it denotes a wide range of skills as well as an obvious preference in how they are used.

At the bar she reaches across to upend a small pouch into a somewhat larger bowl that must always be in the same place as even at her height seeing it tucked in closely to the back side of the bar should be impossible.  From the pouch fall approximately two dozen small bright red berries of the kind even the most ignorant about plants would be highly suspicious of eating.  This seems to be some sort of anticipated trade as it results in a nod from the nearest server and a large wooden mug of something that looks and smells more fruity than your average intoxicating drink being slid down the bar to her waiting hand without even a nod in the direction of coins.
Reginald Quintolian
 player, 7 posts
 Noble Gunslinger
Wed 22 Jul 2015
at 20:37
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gnicely:
"Hello" she said "My name's something unpronouncable in gnomish, but I go by the name of Gnicely. I see you two are looking for work." she tapped her own wrist and made an amused noise. "Between us we have one of each colour"

"I haven't seen you around here before. Are you new to town?


At the sound of another voice speaking, Reginald turns to see Gnicely standing behind him, also holding up her wrist donning colored bands. Equally amused, he responds, "Well how about that? Perhaps this means we would all work well together!"

Reginald feels himself relaxing a little as his apprehension of entering the inn begins to dissipate. Perhaps he was not as out of place as he had initially thought. Answering the gnome's question, he continues, "I am not at all new to the city, but this is my first time coming to O'Malley's. I must say, this establishment has certainly lived up to expectations already. I have heard of how extraordinary this building was, but actually seeing it for myself in person is something else!"
Gnicely
 player, 10 posts
 Gnome Entertainer
Wed 22 Jul 2015
at 20:44
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"I've been working here for about..." Gnicely counted on her fingers "mm... about twelve years now." she laughed a little "Back then it was just an inn in the middle of a field. It was a lot rougher, and the bar sucked"

"It's a lot better now. Money and effort, and the fighting pit is now the wine cellar."

"As for working together, it's important to work out how compatible you are with the other people. I for instance like to find non violent solutions to problems, whereas other people I find often want to cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war. I find it's much easier to say sorry if I've messed up, if I haven't killed anyone"

"Mind you with all the demonic incursions coming, I suspect I am going to have to change my tune soon. The mountains aren't going to keep back the demons and devils for long"
Gnicely bit her lip looking worried
Teloin Ytrael
 player, 3 posts
Wed 22 Jul 2015
at 21:40
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Chaparral (msg # 13):

Teloin listened in absentmindedly as O'malley gave his speech. It was the second time he had heard it, since he'd come here yesterday as well, and after it was finished he strode over to the boxes and took a black string, then a seat nearby at the bar. He glanced over the room yet again, taking careful note of both the new ones and the ones he had seen here the day before. As of now, the most intriguing person in the room was the woman with the red skin, sitting farther down the bar from him. He considered her for a few moments before standing up and wandering down, sitting a respectful distance from her. "Hello ma'am, my name is Teloin." He said, his lips quirking into a faint smile. "I do hope I'm not bothering you unduly. And if I am, I'll leave at your request." He glanced at her wrist. "You see, I make it my business to know all of the untold stories. Those stories that never make it into our history books, or the ones that are considered lesser. And conisdering your... varied skill-set, I have no doubt that you will be part of a great many of those stories." He nodded his head, as if talking to himself at the same time. "Now, I'm well aware we may or may not have the appropriate skill-sets to help each other, but at the very least, I'd like to request that you allow me to transcribe your adventures after you've accomplished them. You of course have the right to deny my request, but I assure you that my work will cause you no harm, nor cost you a single copper."

This message was last edited by the player at 21:41, Wed 22 July 2015.

Shiana
 player, 4 posts
 Healer
Wed 22 Jul 2015
at 22:09
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Shiana is taken aback by the sudden appearance of two other people. She was rather engrossed writing down her recollections of those she had helped along the way. When the two gave a break in the conversation, she mildly injected herself into the conversation. "I'm Shiana. And no, I'm not from here. I came from Craw to help heal the people of this land." Her voice sounds anything but meek. However, she is definitely not used to the level of noise in this establishment as it begins to see an influx in patrons.

Receiving her order, she listens to Gnicely and Reginald talk. She detaches her hide sleeves so she can eat without worrying about dirtying them. When she hears about demons and devils, it is plain as day that her heart has dropped a bit.

"I would rather avoid any kind of violence, but if such creatures threaten people, I will take up arms as well."
Kaylynn Skarsol
 player, 9 posts
Wed 22 Jul 2015
at 22:49
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Walking through the front door is a woman covered head to toe in blood red leather and black enameled plate armor (see character description for picture). She stands about 5'6". In one hand she keeps a relaxed grip on her warscythe, more commonly referred to as a fauchard. As she studys the crowd with a raptor gaze, listening as O'Malley gives his little speech about yarn.

She calmly walks over to the boxes and grabs a piece of red yarn, pauses for a minute and grabs a piece of blue, and a piece of black yard as well. Braiding the three pieces together absently, she looks for an empty table, one close to the door, but with a good enough vantage point for her to see the entirety of the room. Finding one, she takes a seat, and continues to look over the patrons in the Inn.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:50, Wed 22 July 2015.

Guuug
 player, 8 posts
Wed 22 Jul 2015
at 22:56
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Guuug's face fills the door opening after Kaylynn enters to see what she does, but she seems to be following the rules, so after a look around the face vacates the door opening again.
Chaparral
 player, 6 posts
Wed 22 Jul 2015
at 23:08
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
After letting Teloin finish his long winded introduction Chaparral's reply is at least polite, if not particularly positive. ”Do I look like a ma'am to you?  Perhaps something a little bit more polite as an introduction would serve you well, or even a little bit of a workup where you get to know someone before you go prying into their business?  I am sure you mean well but I have no desire to have any of my stories as you call them written down, if you can find other ways to make yourself useful then perhaps you can make some stories of your own and write those down.”
Teloin Ytrael
 player, 4 posts
Wed 22 Jul 2015
at 23:37
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Teloin blinked, and his smile turned into a brief frown. "Shoot, screwed up the first one." He said to himself, shaking his head. He looked back at Chaparral, and looked like he was about to sit up and walk away when he shrugged, and his posture went from the poise he'd previously been displaying to a more relaxed form. "Last I checked, ma'am was the appropriate thing to call a female that you don't know. And unless I've gotten my anatomy wrong, you are a female. It was rude of me to not ask your name, and also jump right into business though, so I do apologize sincerely." He hesitantly offered his hand. "If you're willing to forgive my mistakes, I'd like to start over. I'm Teloin. I'm a bard, and I am useful in my own ways." He shrugged again. "If you're not willing to forgive me, I apologize for wasting some of your time and hope you have a wonderful day."
Chaparral
 player, 7 posts
Wed 22 Jul 2015
at 23:45
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Waving off Teloin's even clumsier effort at recovery Chaparral shrugs as if it matters even less than his rudeness but throws him an opening anyways. ”Since you asked you may know my name, it is Chaparral, and while it has not yet been a pleasure to meet you at least you are more interesting than an empty bar stool.  Ma'am is the appropriate thing to call your mother, or an older woman in a position of social authority over you, so while it could be seen as technically correct it is a horrible way to start a conversation with someone you want to make your friend, particularly if you want to launch right over the 'getting to know you' stage and into their personal history, you could try Miss or Mrs, or even something a little more flirty if your up to the risk, but laying it on thick with the false attribution of authority at the cause of suggesting they look old and past their prime is hardly the right plan.”
Teloin Ytrael
 player, 5 posts
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 00:01
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Teloin nodded. "I apologize again, then. I grew up with nothing but other elves around me, so every female I've ever encountered has been older and in a position of authority over me. It's still hard for me to grasp that I'm likely 4 times older than the vast majority of at least the human females and males. Your name is very interesting, however. I appreciate you sharing it with me." He glanced at his wrist. "If it's any consolation, you're not the first one I've greeted like that." He said, not making eye-contact. "You are the first one who told me why it was wrong, however. The others kind of... stared at me aghastly. So... thank you. Could I buy you something, to at least keep myself more interesting than the barstools?" He frowned. "Oh, that sounds like a bribe. I'm not bribing you. I swear. Just... trying to be friendly..."
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 4 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 00:16
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric listened to the conversations around him, not eavesdropping particularly, just open to the words being spoken loud enough to comfortably hear.  It seemed that there were plenty of people making each other's acquaintances, and that seemed to suit them just fine.

As for Wilric, he preferred to quietly wait for his food and drink, observing the slowly thickening crowd.  This place was largely as the trade ship's captain described, a large and bustling (well, potentially bustling) hub of adventurers seeking work.

On the one hand, his skills would prove beneficial if hired as part of a group, or even to do a bit of solo roof-walking.  On the other, if everyone was expected to form their own groups for heading out, he might well be sitting at this bar until the last of his coin ran out, waiting for someone to pick him.  Difficult prospect, given that he was a halfling (and, thus, largely invisible to the larger races) and dressed so as to blend into shadows easily (not that he was doing so here).
Chala Sumner
 Player, 13 posts
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 01:10
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Chala walks into O'Malley's and draws a blue string from the box.

Her mithral breastplate and boots are both polished and spotlessly clean, even though they still show the telltale signs of an adventurer's rough treatment. Her oddly silver hair, obvious from her young face grayed well before its time, set in tight rows tucked out of the way of potential foes gasp.

As she walks at an even pace past the patrons she eyes the room in a way that gives away her past as guard to those who know to watch for such things.

Looking at the white twine around Shiana's wrist, Chala motions to one of the empty chairs at her table.

"Is this seat taken, child?"

This message was last edited by the player at 02:33, Thu 23 July 2015.

Shiana
 player, 5 posts
 Healer
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 01:26
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Finishing a sip of the rather potent drink O'Malley chose for her, Shiana looks up at the armored figure asking about sitting next to her. Her eyebrow cocks as the wild witch is referred to as 'child.' A rather wry smile creeps on her lips as she puts an elbow on the table and points a finger, perfectly level, at the chair in question.

"No one is using it, so it is free unless you decide to use it. The only company I'm expecting will be taking a seat right here," she wiggles her finger playfully before setting it level.

As the door opens for the next patron, a tiny brown blur streaks across to find rest on Shiana's finger. A thrush perches on her finger cheerfully. It's body is brown on the top and back with a white underbelly speckled with brown spots. It happily chirps before looking to Chala.

"My seat. Yours is open."

Shiana smiles again as she puts the bird on her shoulder. "He must like you if he telling you to take a seat."
Gnicely
 player, 12 posts
 Gnome Entertainer
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 02:10
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Like most gnomes Gnicely could speak with animal a little, and she greated the thrush politely with a little nod of the head and some chirps of her own, and greated Chala politely before continuing her conversation

"Most unpleasant all round. Still perhaps we have another decade to prepare. Perhaps not."

"I am heading to the bar to get a drink. Playing music is thirsty work. Can I get any of you three anything?"
she including Chala in the offer
Montgomery
 player, 2 posts
 Human - Monk
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 02:11
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
New to Valarez himself Montgomery had heard much of O'Malley's on his trip to the city. He was eager to see if their skilled craftsmen could make him a few items as well as all the other opportunities it held.
At the door hear gives a polite nod to the overly loud giant calling for what many are well aware of already. Perhaps farther from the door would be of use but Montgomery had received direction to the Inn long before he had it in sight.
He hears the rules of the establishment and sees no issue with any of them himself, basic law of the land. When he gets to the boxes he chooses a basic blue alone, not seeing himself as any of the other abilities represented.
Montgomery was just over six feet in height and rather slim, having toned his body as best he could. It seemed he had a high metabolism, for all his slimness he could eat so at the bar he requests a steak or good side of meat. Along with his favorite beverage... black coffee. Whereas many monks preferred tea Montgomery had a taste for coffee only, perhaps attributing to his high metabolism. Giving the bartender two gold to cover the food and hopefully good coffee.
From his position he can hear bits and pieces of the man and woman seeming to get know one another but does not intrude at this time. As he waits he looks about the room observing several others that came through about the same time as did he. Noting the behavior of the new and old patrons.
Chala Sumner
 Player, 14 posts
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 02:32
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Chala sets her heavy pack beside the table and takes a seat.

She nods toward Shiana and the thrush, "Thanks to the both of you."

Then she turns to Gnicely, "Appreciate the offer, but nothing for me just yet. I'm keen to look for work before considering drink. But a quick question, are you a local like me? I believe I hear a touch of Valarez to your voice."

This message was last edited by the player at 02:33, Thu 23 July 2015.

Chp'Chek
 player, 4 posts
 aka. Thistle
 Ratkin witch
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 02:57
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Outside, a Ratkin slowly strolled towards O'Malley's.  He wore a dark-red sarong with many belts around his hip.  From the belts hung more than ten pouches.  Chp'Chek stopped a few yards away from the talking mountain known as Guuug.  He had done this on numerous occasions, practically every time he came close to the man.  Chp'Chek stood there and stared, stared like a little child oblivious to the idea that staring could be considered rude.  Long, thin, clawed fingers removed a stalk of cat-o-nine tails from a pouch and place one end into his mouth.  He crunched on it noisily.  His stare never drifting from Guuug.
Nathaniel Direclaw
 player, 6 posts
 Witchwolf - Stalker
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 03:31
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Nathan walked through the door and immediately headed for the boxes. This wasn't his first time in O'Malley's and he knew the meaning of the strings. He grabbed a blue string and a black one, placing the blue string on his right wrist and the black one on his left.

With the book keeping all in order, Nathan now took the time to examine who was in the room, keeping his hands within grasping distance of the hilts of his kukri's. He wasn't changed at that moment, he looked human, his black hair tied back in a pony tail. Many might describe him as tall, dark and handsome, or at least that is what he liked to think.

He saw an intriguing figure in his peripheral vision. A woman in full plate and a covered face, she was holding some sort of polearm, she also happened to have 3 different coloured strings on her arm. Without any further consideration, Nathan headed towards the woman, hoping to take a seat at her table.

"Hello there. My name is Nathaniel, I noticed your rather interesting war scythe from over at the bar and decided that I just needed to have a closer look. I also see that you are a rather skilful combatant given how colourful your arm is....." As he got closer, Nathaniel noticed that her eyes and mouth were covered, which was slightly unnerving but he wasn't going to be put off by the strange look, she was rather beautiful from what he could tell. "Do you mind if I take this seat?"
Maldrek
 player, 4 posts
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 04:04
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Maldrek took in as many conversations as he could while he worked. Soon some of the liquids were giving off a surprisingly pleasant odor. He was nearly finished with his work and as he worked he corked several vials of different colored liquids. He stowed them away as he finished each one. He glanced around to find that others have grabbed more than one color threads.

There are some multi-talented people around here He muttered absentmindedly. His voice was deep and resonating as he spoke.
Kaylynn Skarsol
 player, 11 posts
 Your Mistress
 Your Death
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 04:49
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Nathaniel Direclaw:
"Hello there. My name is Nathaniel, I noticed your rather interesting war scythe from over at the bar and decided that I just needed to have a closer look. I also see that you are a rather skilful combatant given how colourful your arm is....." As he got closer, Nathaniel noticed that her eyes and mouth were covered, which was slightly unnerving but he wasn't going to be put off by the strange look, she was rather beautiful from what he could tell. "Do you mind if I take this seat?"

In uncaring tone, yet one with the authority of someone used to having her orders obeyed without question, she says;  Take it where ever you want. It's not mine.  As she looks Nathaniel directly in the eyes.
Chaparral
 player, 8 posts
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 05:12
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Shaking her head sadly Chaparral glances over at the bar tender and wiggles her mostly empty mug just enough to give him the right idea.  As another one is delivered she gestures at Teloin along with an answer. ”I think we have proven that trying to be friendly won't be much use to you, but you are welcome to bribe me for the indulgence of a seat you could otherwise simply take.”
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 6 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 05:41
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric continued to listen to the various conversations around him as his food and drink arrived.  It was interesting to him how quickly people took to trusting one another, though perhaps it was the nature of this place.

No, he reasoned, there's something more to it than that.  Even in Concordia, there were plenty of people who were friendly to travelling strangers -- so long as they didn't want more than a place for the night and perhaps to purchase some food -- for no reason beyond that's how they were.

It made little sense to Wilric, though with food in his belly and a nice, salty flagon of luglurch in front of him, he wasn't terribly given to such philosophical musings.

He noticed a monk who sat next to him, likewise given to solitary thought and observation.  He wordlessly nodded to the monk.  Were he one of these other types, he might've tried to strike up conversation, but open a dialogue wasn't precisely his strong suit.
Montgomery
 player, 3 posts
 Human - Monk
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 05:58
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Still awaiting his food and drink Montgomery makes eye contact with another patron exchanging nods he opens a bit of conversation.
"Greetings, how are you this day? Name is Montgomery. Are you from around here? Is the food good?"
In general just making some small talk while he waits on his food, one of the hardest things of his life is times of fast. He enjoys a good meal when he can though it does not show as he is active enough.
He paid the bartender two good golds and had yet to get his coffee or meal.
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 7 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 06:13
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric quickly swallowed a mouthful of his food, wanting to take this opportunity for conversation before it escaped him.  "Quite good," Wilric responded a bit hoarsely, glad he didn't have to open the conversation himself.  "Well met, my name is Wilric.  I'm... no, I'm not from around here, recently arrived," he concluded lamely, cursing himself for not preparing for conversational pleasantries before now.  Master Glimmerwhisper always made light conversation seem so effortless, but really, Wilric was all nerves -- worse than his first roof-walking session, worse than running from the guard with a pouch full of stolen gems.

What does one say to a monk who likely knew little of such things, after all?  He settled on a shrug.  "I heard enough to know this was the place to be for adventurers, and here I am," he started again, a bit more smoothly, as he gestured for -- and recieved -- a second flagon, just as the monk's food was placed on the bar before him.  "And it seems the time has come to find out how the food is yourself, Montgomery," he said with a hint of a chuckle.
Nathaniel Direclaw
 player, 7 posts
 Witchwolf - Stalker
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 06:20
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Nathaniel just sat in the chair, a smile on his face. Her tone was rather sharp and that would at least make the interaction enjoyable. "Forgive me, I was too dazzled by your appearance, I meant would you mind me sitting with you? Of course if you do mind I can move, but you seem more interesting than the other patrons. I don't suppose you will tell me your name?"

Nathan was having fun, even if it meant that he made an enemy here. Plus, how else was he going to spend the time before someone decided to hire him.
Guuug
 player, 9 posts
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 06:48
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Chp'Chek (msg # 30):

The ratman's strange habits had never seemed to have much impact on the stone giant. It turned to Chp'Chek with glacial slowness and its tiny eyes regarded the ratman without it moving a facial muscle (if the giant had any to begin with, because it seemed to have the emotional range of an average boulder). Seeing the ratman suckle on something it probably considered savory, Guuug decided he could do with a snack too so he turned again to his statue-in-making and stooped to grab a handful of marble chips. He brought a piece to his mouth and crunched down on it slowly. He liked marble. It had a nice texture and was very crunchy.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:49, Thu 23 July 2015.

Montgomery
 player, 4 posts
 Human - Monk
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 08:16
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer:
Wilric quickly swallowed a mouthful of his food, wanting to take this opportunity for conversation before it escaped him.  "Quite good," Wilric responded a bit hoarsely, glad he didn't have to open the conversation himself.  "Well met, my name is Wilric.  I'm... no, I'm not from around here, recently arrived," he concluded lamely, cursing himself for not preparing for conversational pleasantries before now.  Master Glimmerwhisper always made light conversation seem so effortless, but really, Wilric was all nerves -- worse than his first roof-walking session, worse than running from the guard with a pouch full of stolen gems.

What does one say to a monk who likely knew little of such things, after all?  He settled on a shrug.  "I heard enough to know this was the place to be for adventurers, and here I am," he started again, a bit more smoothly, as he gestured for -- and recieved -- a second flagon, just as the monk's food was placed on the bar before him.  "And it seems the time has come to find out how the food is yourself, Montgomery," he said with a hint of a chuckle.


Giving a small prayer over his food he wastes no time sampling what O'Malley's has to offer, chewing it fully before going on,
"Good to meet you, I see by your band you possess diverse talents."
Montgomery did not judge others so severely as many that were monks were assassins not viewed as good yet often necessary. Pausing in his eating he takes his coffee and swirls it a bit like one would wine to bring up its aroma. Taking a drink he is more than pleased.
"The food and drink are marvelous. I too am not from here, it is good to speak with a fellow traveler."
Montgomery will let the conversation lag for a moment while he finishes his meal, though will not stop talking for the sake of being polite. He had been the one to strike up conversation, otherwise would be ill mannered.
Gnicely
 player, 13 posts
 Gnome Entertainer
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 08:19
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gnicely nodded to the question about being local "Sort of. I've lived here about twenty years now, so that's bound to change my accent, and it's long enough it's kind of hard to remember much about before coming here. I'm part of the staff here" she gestured with her head towards the minstrel's gallery "have been for a decade, although I'm 'off-duty' right now."

"You seem quite focused on the search for work. I wouldn't worry if I was you. I've worn the white string in the past, and not had problems finding a group: people seem to like healers."

Teloin Ytrael
 player, 6 posts
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 13:19
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Chaparral (msg # 34):

Teloin shrugged. "I'm well aware I'm well past the becoming friends stage, but being friendly and being friends are two very different things. You can be friendly to a stranger without being friends with them. And despite what you seem to think, I have been being friendly. Our cultures only differed enough in normal social functions that my friendliness was misconstrued as rudeness." Teloin spoke calmly, and kept the faint smile on his face. "One person is hardly a loss however. There are hundreds of people that come through here, if not thousands. I need not be friends with all of them, but I can still be friendly to them. As long as they don't drown me in their own rudeness."
Reginald Quintolian
 player, 10 posts
 Noble Gunslinger
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 13:49
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Seeing Chala walk up to the table, Reginald introduces himself to both her, and Gnicely as he had forgotten to initially do so. "Hello, I am Reginald. I too am local to Valarez, I have grown up here my whole life."

Gnicely's comment about the white string piques Reginald's interest. "You used to wear a white string? If I may ask, what caused the switch?" He nods at the intertwined red and blue strings on Gnicely's wrist. "A combination of sword fighting and offensive magic is quite different from healing, at least as far as I know."
Gnicely
 player, 14 posts
 Gnome Entertainer
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 14:00
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gnicely gave an awkward gesture after acknowledging Reginald's name "It's about what you do when the going gets messy. Most missions I've been on, I have been fortunate enough to avoid conflict. When it does happen, I prefer to be the one defending people, and disabling the opponents to healing our side. I'm more for avoiding people getting hurt than dealing with the hurt. Given I am a gnome, it will be of little surprise to you to discover I'm an illusionist"

She gestured to her wrist "I've traveled with a couple of bards that had the red, white and blue. To be honest I'm not really that much of a fan of this bracelet system. I prefer traveling with people I know and trust. However my main adventuring group have headed off to oppose the demon incursion more directly. I don't feel ready to do that yet, so .. " she shrugged "I guess that's why I'm looking for other people"

"What about yourself. You don't look short of cash. What made you decide to .."
Gnicely gestured at his wrist
Kaylynn Skarsol
 player, 12 posts
 Your Mistress
 Your Death
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 14:09
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Nathaniel Direclaw:
Nathaniel just sat in the chair, a smile on his face. Her tone was rather sharp and that would at least make the interaction enjoyable. "Forgive me, I was too dazzled by your appearance, I meant would you mind me sitting with you? Of course if you do mind I can move, but you seem more interesting than the other patrons. I don't suppose you will tell me your name?"

Kaylynn shrugs. "...Men... Typical. All after the same thing. Can't even see what I look like and already he tries..."

Her voice takes on a more jaded tone, the authority still in her voice.  Small minds think small thoughts. Your simplicity cannot be helped. I am Signifier Mistress Kaylynn, and you will address me as such.  As she says her name, her voice takes on a harder edge, as if to let you know she expects what she says.

Shrugging again as a thought comes to her mind.  Or Mistress. Either one suits my mood at the moment...

Praytell, just how am I "more interesting than the other patrons"? Hmm? I had neither done nor said, anything of interest to you, or anyone else for that matter. So let's cut to the chase here, as it were. You come here to my table; assume that because I am sitting here alone, that what?.. I am interested?.. Looking for.. something?
  She gestures in the air vaguely with her hands.  You attempt to start meaningless conversation with me as if I were nothing more than a common tavern wench... yet fail in the most simplest of tasks... that of introducing yourself properly to your superior.
Reginald Quintolian
 player, 11 posts
 Noble Gunslinger
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 15:24
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Gnicely (msg # 44):

"I don't particularly blame you for staying behind. While I can't say I have any experience on the matter of demons myself, I imagine it would be quite an incredibly difficult and grueling commitment to eradicate such an incursion."

After the gnome had finished with her own inquiry in response to Reginald's, the noble nervously looks down at his clothing. "Perhaps not one of the best outfit choices for not trying to draw attention..." he regretfully thinks to himself.

After a second or so of trying to think of an answer, he responds, "...well, I suppose you could say that we have similar goals. You're right that I am not here for the money, but more so to make connections with other people here... almost sort of a business venture, really."
DM
 GM, 53 posts
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 18:45
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
As more customers enter O'Malley's several members of the wait staff rush out to deliver and take orders from a set of double doors that lead to the kitchen.  Any coins placed on the bar are pulled toward O'Malley and drop below the bar by some magical effect.  Those who have been to O'Malley's before are not surprised by this.  O'Malley has several well known secrets, one of which is the frequent aid of some of his magically gifted old friends.  O'Malley's has many enchantments and protections upon it including but not limited to several unseen servants constantly cleaning up after patrons (and their pets), the prevention of drawing weapons or spells against other patrons, and the collection of bar tabs.

O'Malley launches into his speech for a third time as more patrons flood into the room past Guuug.
Velkarah
 NPC, 18 posts
 Exotic Animal Trainer
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 18:47
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Velkarah scoops the small grey creature up and dumps it back into a pouch at her side.  She seems overly protective of her small friend.  Sitting quietly she watches the influx to O'Malley's.
Somitha
 player, 1 post
 Child of Shadows
 Knife in the Dark
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 18:54
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Somitha whispers something his horned owl companion, who flies off into the night. Then the pale man creeps into a corner booth, sipping on a pint of water. The night is still young, and opportunity is to be had everywhere.
Quix
 NPC, 3 posts
 Expert: Magical Trinkets
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 18:55
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
A small blue-haired gnome sporting several gaudy pieces of jewelry strides into the building.  "O'Malley, you'll never believe where I've just been.  There I was, face-to-face with a Balor.  He had come to visit me on account of my delicious pear trees.  Negotiations over the price of a bushel had broken down of course.  So there I was, face-to-face with this balor and he grabs for his steel.  But I'm quicker you see, so I pull a dagger and thrown it straight at this ugly beasts skull.  Little known fact, if you strike the skull at exactly forty-eight degrees it will splinter into the brain.  To make a short story long I need a place to bury this giant bloated devil corpse.  So I head over to Jeffers on Main street.  Well, let me tell you what he says..."
O'Malley
 NPC, 10 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 18:57
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
O'Malley stops in the middle of his speech to humor the gnome for a moment before letting her wander off and spin her tales elsewhere, not missing a word he continues.  "... the red string..."
Chaparral
 player, 9 posts
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 19:08
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Interrupted by the announcement being repeated again Chaparral takes the opportunity to drink a little bit more of her second mug of whatever it is she has not yet bothered ordering before she returns to her conversation with Teloin. ”Well hopefully you can learn from your mistakes then, because watching you stumble all over yourself hundreds or even thousands of times might be bad enough to make even this place seem less hospitable.  Hopefully your stories will never be quite as bad as Quix, but you may find that this place has already been biased against the idea of stories having any real value as she is hardly the only purveyor of tall tails to frequent this place.”
Guuug
 player, 10 posts
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 19:14
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The windows vibrate a little.

"TRY OUR HOUSE WINE!"
Teloin Ytrael
 player, 7 posts
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 19:46
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Teloin blinked at Chaparral. "Tall... tales...?" He said, his expression slowly becoming aghast. "Why would I ever tell a tall tale?" He said. "I'm an archivist, not a fireside storyteller! The very thought!" He shook his head in disgust. "Now I can see why you weren't interested in being included in the business." He said. "Tall tales. That's just deplorable!" But he took the advice of the friendly giant outside and ordered a small cup of House Wine from a servor, sipping at it experimentally. "Hmm, this is really quite good." He said to Chaparral, swishing it about. "But back to my point, I record the actual happenings of front line adventures. Not the exaggerated prowess of.... whatever idiot thinks twisting a story to make themselves sound good is a good idea. Entertainment is one thing, but trying to make yourself look better than you are. It's lying, and lying is a deplorable thing to do."
Jayne Kassender
 player, 3 posts
 Fighter
 Free Company Veteran
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 19:50
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Jayne Kassender sighed softly as she sidestepped a muddy puddle in the road only to have her boot almost step into a pile of dung from some unidentifiable but very large animal, not that the young red headed human woman would have minded all that much. Growing up on a farm gave a girl many gifts including a tolerance for the smell of animal waste and an appreciation for the virtues of hard physical work but she knew that town and city folk tended to be a bit weird about stuff like that. She still remembered the first time she'd visited that hole in the wall brothel in the provincial town, what was its name again Erlactin... Erlinacht... something like that, she'd been less than a month under the colors and eager to lose some money on drinks and pleasant company. Unfortunately she'd also been marching in columns behind the provincial cavalry for about a week, she'd barely noticed but that fat bottomed mistress had thrown seven kinds of fit at the amount of filth that Jayna and her mates had tracked into her 'fine establishment'. Jayne skill had a small scar on her neck from the fight that had broken out when she'd ordered her doorman to eject them and her companions, all young, tired, thirsty, hungry, and horny had decided they didn't feel like the idea of being thrown out on the street like a kicked dog. Town people were weird.

Jayne shrugged softly as she wondered at the ways of the folk that didn't grow up working a small plot of fertile black soil for all it was worth then gave it up for a bad job and instead focused on a little bit of fancy footwork to keep her feet from meeting another one of the hygiene hazards in the road. It wasn't the easiest thing in the world to do considering there seemed to be hardly any room to walk as she had to pass through knots of people going this way and that in the confined streets inside Valarez. This wasn't the first time that she'd traveled to the grand city looking for work or pleasure but every time she had wonder at how big the place was and how many people lived their together cheek to jowl without going completely mad, she wasn't sure she could do it. Although it might be worth it to learn considering some of the perk of living in a place like this, the young woman thought as her eyes followed some rather fine examples of them right now. Two very pretty specimens, one male the other female both wearing rich and deeply revealing clothes along with some carefully chosen jewelry, talking playfully with each other while very obviously trolling for customers. The young mercenary considered for a moment her dark blue eyes following them so boldly that if the village priest back home had seen her then she'd have had her face slapped so hard that her eyeballs would be rolling on the floor and she'd have spent the rest of the year doing tithe work cleaning the local temple and shrines.

With some reluctance the young mercenary turned away despite the seductive jingle of gold and silver in her purse, a purse that was decidedly lighter than when she'd first arrived in Valarez. She'd had her fun already in the last couple of days since she'd made it to the city, riding rather uncomfortable on the back of a ox cart filled lumber which she'd had to pay through the nose for the privilege of riding on instead of walking. There would be time for more fun when she had a solid contract lined up, which hopefully wouldn't take to long with the trouble brewing out there on the frontiers; all the big free companies would be looking for bodies to fill the ranks. Hells, she might even go back to taking King Elwin's coin again for another go round with those motherless sons and daughters of filth from Craw, it would feel nice to be fighting for the colors again even if those colors didn't mean what they used to. But thoughts like that were for later, for now she was looking for some honest coin to tide her over while she stayed in the city until she could get an audience with one of the recruits or captains of the Free Companies, work that would hopefully speed up the process of getting her noticed by said recruiters. Which lead her to the place, the myth, the legend.... O'Malleys.

The young red head woman smiled softly at the sounds and smells of a tavern, for a sellsword they were the smells and sounds of home for a people who rarely had one to go back to. She passed by the massive whatever it was that O'Malley had muscled into hawking for him on the street with a good natured wave before stepping inside with a slight spring in her step, after all she had coin to spend at the moment and even if she didn't get hired she could use a good meal, a better drink, a possibly a brawl. Jayne nodded at the familiar speech, "Miss me O'Malley... well of course you didn't but I bet you missed my gold. Lets see how badly you can rob me this time." Her smile is warm and toothy as she took a blue thread and tied it around her wrist, gods it was so freaking simply why didn't everyone do it like that, some of the companies she'd dealt with turned the whole thing into a ungodly clusterfuck, if they bothered to try and figure out specialities at all.

Jayne walked over to one of the tables and slide easily into the chair pulling off the well worn leather coat she wore, revealing the tight and colorful blouse and breeches dyed white and blue in the colors of her last Free Company employer. She hadn't seen any strong urge to rid herself of the faded and slightly gaudy uniform after all it was still very wearable, at least until she had to put someone else's colors on. She slide her wide brimmed cloth cap with feathers of a matching color onto the table and signaled the serving girl for food and drink. After that she sat back in her chair stretching out and idly played mumblety peg with her belt knife as she surveyed the tavern looking for potential prospects or someone to talk with for a couple hours.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:51, Thu 23 July 2015.

Mud
 NPC, 1 post
 council member
 Valarez
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 21:00
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
O'Malley begins his rant again only to stop himself as a robed man enters the building with a small girl in tow.  The man leans in to O'Malley and whispers something to him.  Looking a little unnerved to see the man O'Malley waves a serving girl over.

"Prepare a back room.  Now."

The serving girl hurries through a door at the opposite end of the room from the main entrance.  The man turns to face the girl behind him placing his hand under her chin to force eye contact.

"Do not stray far... Evelyn." He says her name in a way that makes the stomach of those of you who have just eaten churn in an unpleasant manner.

The man turns to head towards his room, then stops and holds out his open hand toward the bar.  An amber coin is swept up under O'Malley's bar before the man continues to the back of the room.  O'Malley makes a nod of thanks that goes unseen before he stumbles back into his speech.
Evelyn Innocente
 player, 3 posts
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 21:14
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The young woman pulled the hood of her white cloak down further over her face, hiding her wrapped eyes. The shackles around her wrist made an audible clank as she did so.

"Yes...Master. This One will stay here." she said quietly, her voice carrying an ethereal tone to it.

The woman moved gracefully to a table away from most of the other people. She sat down quietly, wondering if it would be permitted for her to engage the common people she so envied.
Maldrek
 player, 5 posts
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 21:22
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
That's not at all unnerving Maldrek said out loud without thinking. He had finished making his extracts for the day. He put all of his stuff back into his backpack and waved a serving girl over. He seemed a little nervous around him as he made his order. He handed her a gold coin. I apologize for my unnerving appearance. he said as gently as he could. She stared at him. He wore a set of dark studded leathers but his arms and face had black plates that looked like natural armor. He had no visible weapon but he did have a lot of vials secured in his armor for quick access.
Gnicely
 player, 16 posts
 Gnome Entertainer
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 21:22
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gnicely nodded to Reginald in response to the discussion on incursions "The real problem I suspect is that if the gateway isn't closed... then the demons eradicate us. Still that is a problem for the movers and shakers of this world"

"So what sort of business are you interested in?" she asked obviously interested "There are many strange people here today. I would venture to say that I have never seen so many new people on one night. Perhaps that's the result of some good marketing from O'Malley, or maybe fate."

Chala Sumner
 Player, 15 posts
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 21:37
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Chala responds with a pleasant if slightly tense tone to Gnicely and Reginald:

"I once was a town guard, but I am still relatively new to adventuring for coin. This is my first time back in town since I began and I must confess it's good to know some locals in the same pursuit."

She then involuntarily shivers as the man in the hood passes toward the back room.

"I know that my days working for pleasant old village elders ended when I came back to Valarez, but I'm not sure about accepting coin from that particular council member. I've heard some rumors about him that could the doorman wake in a cold sweat... or cold pebbles..."
Kaylynn Skarsol
 battlemage, 14 posts
 Your Mistress
 Your Death
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 21:45
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Evelyn Innocente (msg # 57):

As the robed man enters with the girl in tow, Kaylynn's curiousity piques, noting the harsh tone of the man, thshackles around the girls wrists. Watching them both intenetly, not bothering to care enough to hide the fact, she is watching them, she takes even more of an interest as she hears what passes between them.

"...interesting, very interesting...
Montgomery
 human monk, 5 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 22:01
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Evelyn Innocente (msg # 57):
Montegomery is just finishing his meal as the robed man comes in with a woman in tow wearing shackles. He did not know what to make of their situation as he did not know who they were. What he had heard made him believe she was somehow a slave almost and slavery did not sit well with him. But his training gave him much patience and this is what he had to fall on at this time.
His companion, Wilric, was new to town as well so may not know what the local views on slavery were but would ask while he watched.
"What if anything have you heard about slavery here about my friend."
He waves someone over to top off his coffee so it is again hot while he takes in all the other personalities coming through on a constant. Though he had enjoyed his meal the coffee was not giving him so much pleasure, yet drank it lost in thought.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:03, Thu 23 July 2015.

Evelyn Innocente
 player, 7 posts
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 22:09
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Evelyn looked around the room, hiding behind her long black hair. A subtle tremble of fear caused her shackles to tinkle on her wrists. She started to raise her hand, pausing for a moment to look in the direction her master had gone before extending her arm entirely. The quiet girl brushed the hair from her face with her other hand, revealing the red silken blindfold she wore. "Perhaps This One may be permitted to have a glass of...clean...water?" she called hopefully to a nearby waitress, the melodious quality of her voice quickly caused her to put her hand down and cover her mouth. The sight was almost silly.  The emphasis she had put on the word "clean" was as a small child would ask their parents for a sweet roll or a bit of rock sugar.
Jayne Kassender
 player, 5 posts
 Fighter
 Free Company Veteran
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 22:43
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Jayne sat up a little bit in her seat as the Council Member walked in, her knife thunked into the wood close to her boot indicating just how much she'd been distracted, with a soft curse the young mercenary pulled the blade from the wood and gave its edge a quick check before returning it to her belt sheath. Her blue eyes followed him with interest, she didn't much hold with the idea of slavery or serfdom, no honest small farm owners daughter could after seeing the effects of the big plantations and estates but she was a mercenary now. Her morals had become a lot more flexible since she'd left home and this was a powerful man and power meant wealth most of the time, if he could pay her price she'd fight for the robed bastard even if he decided to rape a sheep in the middle of the city square and she'd do it with a smile on her face.

Once the man had passed the young red haired mercenary leaned in to pick up the tankard of ale that had just been delivered, with a happy sigh she raised the pewter cup to her lips and took a long draft. "Ah O'Malley, you still have the best bitters this side of my da's own home brew and that a fact." Jayne took another long draft of the ale when she picked up some threads swirling among the mess of conversations in the taverns common room, before long she traced them back and her smile grew a little bit as she picked up on something that interested her.

Then the young red head stood up and walked over to the table with Chala, Gnicely, Shiana, and Reginald. "Aye, mind of I join ya." She said even as she kicked out a seat for herself and slide into it looking a Chala, "Did I hear ya right lass, you're where another soldier turned sword for hire?"

This message was last edited by the player at 23:04, Thu 23 July 2015.

Somitha
 player, 2 posts
 Child of Shadows
 Knife in the Dark
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 22:58
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
[Language Elven: "By the stars it certainly is noisy about the room this evening." ] The hooded figure mutters to himself as he looks about the room. He perks up a bit as he hears some of the announcements. "Trouble solvers, eh? So long as it's no trouble that I've caused. Now with whom do I inquire? Perhaps the proprietor." Somitha's eyes scan the room for O'Malley.
Nathaniel Direclaw
 player, 8 posts
 Witchwolf - Stalker
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 23:07
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Kaylynn certainly wasn't boring, her tone had harshened and most of the civility that was there previously had begun to evaporate.
"Well Kaylynn, I'm sure it is fine if I just call you Kaylynn, I am not one for titles or honorifics. As for simple minds, perhaps you are right, I am not the smartest adventurer in this room, most likely not even at this table." 'Mistress, she has got to be joking, she hasn't even bought me dinner yet.' Kaylynn seemed accustomed to getting her own way and that slightly annoyed Nathaniel, so he decided that he wouldn't bow to someone who so far had just attempted to make him leave.

"Surely, asking that question is in itself it's own answer. You are not normal, most would have ordered a drink or food, most would have attempted to interact with someone other than the empty space in the seat across from them, yet you have not. Perhaps my early attempts at flattery were misguided, however, I assure you that I expected nothing of this conversation. And while we are on the subject, I did indeed introduce myself in the very beginning and why should I recognise the superiority of someone who's only has this apparent superiority because she says so?" Nathan still maintained a smile, but most of the joviality had left his tone. This was the reaction he had expected and it was, and would be, an interesting way to fill in time before being hired.
Kaylynn Skarsol
 battlemage, 15 posts
 Your Mistress
 Your Death
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 23:23
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Nathaniel Direclaw:
Kaylynn certainly wasn't boring, her tone had harshened and most of the civility that was there previously had begun to evaporate.
"Well Kaylynn, I'm sure it is fine if I just call you Kaylynn, I am not one for titles or honorifics. As for simple minds, perhaps you are right, I am not the smartest adventurer in this room, most likely not even at this table." 'Mistress, she has got to be joking, she hasn't even bought me dinner yet.' Kaylynn seemed accustomed to getting her own way and that slightly annoyed Nathaniel, so he decided that he wouldn't bow to someone who so far had just attempted to make him leave.

"Surely, asking that question is in itself it's own answer. You are not normal, most would have ordered a drink or food, most would have attempted to interact with someone other than the empty space in the seat across from them, yet you have not. Perhaps my early attempts at flattery were misguided, however, I assure you that I expected nothing of this conversation. And while we are on the subject, I did indeed introduce myself in the very beginning and why should I recognise the superiority of someone who's only has this apparent superiority because she says so?" Nathan still maintained a smile, but most of the joviality had left his tone. This was the reaction he had expected and it was, and would be, an interesting way to fill in time before being hired.

No. It is not 'quite alright' to call me Kaylynn. You will adress me by my proper title. Or not at all... and I can easily show you my sureriority is more than 'because I said so'. Just because you are ignorant of the facts, does not mean they do not exist. Now... you have a choice before you; either leave, or address me by my proper name, the title I have earned... Signifier Mistress Kaylynn. Seeming to dismiss him until he addresses her properly, she turns back to study the girl in shackles.

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Chaparral
 player, 12 posts
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 23:32
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Sighing slightly as if at long last beginning to run out of motivation to continue down a failing path Chaparral offers one last version of her advice. ”The problem with stories is that there is never only the one story, and no matter how hard you try to include the truth you will never be able to get it right, all the specific details are not what makes something true it is the experience of being there.  Any other method of capturing reality will only ever end up as a close approximation at best, which if you wish to waste your time on I suppose that is up to you but for the rest of us who have far less time to waste it is better that we go out and make our own truth than try to find some version of someone else's that is worth bothering to listen to.”
Nathaniel Direclaw
 player, 9 posts
 Witchwolf - Stalker
Thu 23 Jul 2015
at 23:38
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Well then, if I am going to be forced to call you by your title, then could you at least inform me of it's significance? Of course, we could simply continue to sit here in this situation of mild hostility or we could at least not loathe each other by the end of this conversation." Nathaniel had begun to look at the other patrons, Kaylynn was being rather stubborn and perhaps one of the other patrons would provide a more cordial diversion to the wait.
Kaylynn Skarsol
 battlemage, 16 posts
 Your Mistress
 Your Death
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 00:28
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Nathaniel Direclaw:
"Well then, if I am going to be forced to call you by your title, then could you at least inform me of it's significance? Of course, we could simply continue to sit here in this situation of mild hostility or we could at least not loathe each other by the end of this conversation." Nathaniel had begun to look at the other patrons, Kaylynn was being rather stubborn and perhaps one of the other patrons would provide a more cordial diversion to the wait.

Turning her head back around to look Nathaniel in the eyes, she casually states;  I am Ennui's right hand. His Avatar in the mortal realms. I walked this plane ages before you were born; I will walk it ages after you die, and I have neither the inclination nor the interest, to waste loathing a human I do not know.  Kaylynn says matter-of-factly, her tone indicating that however outlandish her claims may be, she is, in fact, serious.
Chala Sumner
 Player, 16 posts
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 00:54
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Jayne Kassender (msg # 64):

Chala nods to Jayne as she sits.

"I decided take up adventuring after seeing how much others could accomplish by living off the normal path. I also grew weary of seeing criminals evade me by simply leaving town."
Nathaniel Direclaw
 player, 10 posts
 Witchwolf - Stalker
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 01:13
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Who said I was human?" As he spoke, Nathan's eyes changed from turquoise to amber. His facial structure changed, his jaw reconfigured into a more wolf like snout and his teeth elongated. He still looked more human than wolf but the resemblance was clearly there. Even with his more bestial appearance it was clear that Nathan was smiling.

"Your god cursed mine. However, I can't be too critical, Vedainerad wouldn't be a god if it wasn't for Ennui. I suppose I should have heard of you before now, or at least your title, however, we don't really have religious instruction in the church of discord." An observant patron may have noticed Nathan make a small sign under the table, it was fleeting but he crossed three fingers, for those outside the church of discord, this symbol would be completely foreign. Nathan believed her for the most part, she truly did seem to believe what she said, whether it was the truth or not was less clear. But at least a religious discussion may be interesting.
Evelyn Innocente
 player, 9 posts
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 01:21
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Evelyn had forgotten all about the water while watching the two people's arguement appeared to escalate. "Should This One do something?" she asked herself aloud. The young woman stood up, feeling particularly bold since her Master wasn't present. The clink of her shackles reminded her that she has no will of her own. Evelyn felt the familiar sad expression creep across her face. The young woman adjusted her blindfold to ensure it would not fall before walking over to the masked person claiming to be an avatar and the rather bestial man. Her white cloak open, showing an elegant yet slightly tattered black dress. Her bare feet were cool upon the floor. For a single moment, she felt as if she was a normal person like the two before her. "Please..." she said quietly with firmness, her voice compelling and sweet to the ear, "Could you be so kind as to stop arguing. This One would like to enjoy what little peace she is getting." As the words left her mouth, she immediately regretted it.
Kaylynn Skarsol
 battlemage, 17 posts
 Your Mistress
 Your Death
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 01:35
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Nathaniel Direclaw:
"Who said I was human?" As he spoke, Nathan's eyes changed from turquoise to amber. His facial structure changed, his jaw reconfigured into a more wolf like snout and his teeth elongated. He still looked more human than wolf but the resemblance was clearly there. Even with his more bestial appearance it was clear that Nathan was smiling.

"Your god cursed mine. However, I can't be too critical, Vedainerad wouldn't be a god if it wasn't for Ennui. I suppose I should have heard of you before now, or at least your title, however, we don't really have religious instruction in the church of discord." An observant patron may have noticed Nathan make a small sign under the table, it was fleeting but he crossed three fingers, for those outside the church of discord, this symbol would be completely foreign. Nathan believed her for the most part, she truly did seem to believe what she said, whether it was the truth or not was less clear. But at least a religious discussion may be interesting.

Shrugging nonchalantly  Human, animal. Same difference. And you would not have heard of me. I am not a part of those useless ingrates that call themselves Priests of Ennui. Nor is He my God. I am my own.  She pauses to let her words sink into his mind fully as she addresses the shackled girl. Her tone suddenly changing, becoming calmer, the ring of absolute authority clear in her words. Quiet slave, or I shall show you just how a slave should be treated when stepping out of its place.

Resuming her disscussion with Nathaniel, she ignores the girl, as if she didn't exist.  As I was saying before we were so rudely interrtuped; Ennui is no longer fit to call himself a God.
Jayne Kassender
 player, 8 posts
 Fighter
 Free Company Veteran
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 01:46
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Chala Sumner (msg # 71):

Jayne sits down and slides off her hat again and runs her free hand through her short red hair  bears a striking resemblance to molten copper in the light from the windows, candles, and fires in the taverns common room. The young mercenary takes a quick drink from the pewter tankard in her hand which was already starting to get low again, she signals one of the serving girls raising two fingers asking for two more best bitter as well as signalling were she wanted her food delivered. Then she turned back to the former city guard and smiled, "I can't say you made the right choice lass but you made the fun one... some of us just aren't suited to working all day on a plow behind the ass end of a horse or settling down to pop out a couple squealing younguns. It took me a while to figure that out after the war."

She set down her tankard and her hands started moving in energetic gestures that seem to be a form of speech all on their own. "Now you see luv, I was a farmer's daughter back before the whole big thing blew up in everyones face and not a particularly old one, hadn't been far from my parent's farm since the day I was born.. But when the war came our local Lord called up the militia and the levy, I just happened to be old enough so before I could even blink I found myself in the King's colors with a halberd in my hand and the King's shilling in my pocket. I wasn't half bad at it either and when the war ended, no home to go back to and my lord didn't want to keep me in the colors. I tried honest work and the occasional dishonest work but it never suited me. Till some local big shot started paying for sellswords... and I said to myself, I did, girl you still got your old gear and your still got your skill. Why not try your hand... I came home that day and I haven't looked back since."

She smiled at the tavern wench and took one of the tankards of ale then slide the other one over to Chala for the moment focused on her new conversational partner, "Here have one on me, as a welcome to the life. It'll be good to ya as long as ya have the stomach for it. Oh now where are me manners, Jayne, Jayne Kassender... formerly of the White Free Company."

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Chala Sumner
 Player, 17 posts
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 02:22
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Jayne Kassender (msg # 75):

"Chala Sumner, um.. pleased to meet you."

Chala responds awkwardly, it is obvious that she lacks a few social graces. Perhaps one too many solo night patrols.

Chala turns to include the rest of the table in the conversation.

"Are all of us at least somewhat experienced at adventuring or some other manner of training? I'm pretty skilled with a blade, if nothing else. I'm hoping to take on some bigger challenges than I've seen in the past, but I would be much happier if i could take on work with a few spellcasters or a scout by my side."
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 8 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 02:27
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric snapped from his reverie at the sound of clinking chains.  Rogues are known for many things, and valuing freedom -- their own, if not always that of others -- is often listed highly.  Wilric's blood began to boil at the sight of the mere child being led about as though cattle.

It took a moment for him to realize that the monk was addressing him once more.  "Not much that I'd encountered," he said quietly, steel in his voice, "and I'd personally enjoy making it a little bit less.  I have a feeling that fellow is quite important, though, so I don't think I'd do so in a public place."

Already, the wheels in his mind are turning -- a bit of light roof-walking, he could spirit the poor child away to safety with none the wiser until the sun rose... and by then, she could be halfway across the Amicus and safe from such slavery.

But he'd need to be careful, because if the fellow were half as important as he seemed -- and the fact he spent an Amber on a private room indicated he was pretty important after all -- it might not be as easy as he thought.  Still...
Chp'Chek
 player, 5 posts
 aka. Thistle
 Ratkin witch
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 02:32
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Chp'Chek eventually stopped staring at Guuug.  After finishing munching his stalk of cat tail he turned once more towards O'Malley's.  He hadn't been here too many times before, only twice to meet someone or another and once for a game of cards.  He had a tendency to stick to his neighborhood, the West Third.  However, his entrail-reading foretold that today would be an auspicious day to visit O'Malley's.

He passed through the door and took a few steps inside.  The place was much busier than the last time he visited.  He was already starting to regret coming.  Chp'Chek looked around, sniffing the air as he did so.  He squirmed his way to the bar and took a seat next to a Halfling.  He placed three copper pieces on the bar and muttered a single word, "Drink."  He untied a long pipe from his belt and fished around inside a pouch for a pinch of pipe weed.  He filled his pipe with care, taking the time to pack it just right.  "Shizak," he whispered and a green flame ignited the weed.  A thin plume of sweet acrid smoke slowly drifted from the end.  He took a long drag and exhaled the smoke slowly from his large nose, while wisps drifted lazily from around his lips.  He stared into the smoke looking for signs; anyone else would likely assume he was simply staring off into space.

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Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 9 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 02:47
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Lost as he was in thought, he noted when the ratkin came in and sat beside him.  He offered a friendly nod, but the ratkin seemed as lost in thought as he was, staring through his smoke at the wall behind.

Not wanting to disturb him, he returned to his own thoughts, his mind racing with scenarios for freeing the poor young girl clandestinely (while also doing it safely, with each scenario ending in a grisly what-if of worst-case outcomes).
Jayne Kassender
 player, 10 posts
 Fighter
 Free Company Veteran
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 02:48
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Jayne smiles even wider despite her conversational partners rather obvious social awkwardness as she nods in response, "A pleasure to me ya as well! And I'll tell you the same thing as I tell all the new bloods back during my Free Company days, try not to die on me to soon because learning some other poor sods name so soon would be a might annoying. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't but its worth trying lass." From her face it's hard to tell but she might be completely serious about that.

The red haired young mercenary takes another quick drink as she looks over Chala's companions at the table with professional eyes, "Aye, you all might just have some blood on your hands and that a fact. A pleasure to meet you all, I dare say that I don't need to introduce myself again."

At about that time one of the tavern wenches saunters over to deliver a pewter with Jayne's meal on it, it was all a fairly basic fair some kind of thick vegetable soup with slices of some unidentifiable meat floating in it along with a chunk of dark black bread, a cut of thick pungent cheese, and a couple equally dark dark greasy sausages which smelled violently of garlic and some other spice. The young red head gave the serving woman her most charming smile along with a less the subtle look once over, "Why thank you luv... Here you go, keep em comin." She reached into her purse pulling out a choice to pay for the meal and the drinks both past, present, and future. Then the young mercenary proceed to try and place her hand on the tavern wenches rather ample backside to give it a pinch and for her trouble received a rather emphatic slap on the offending had along with a 'I'm not for sale' glare.

Jayne shook her reddened hand but her smile never disappeared from her face during the whole episode as she turned back to her new companions, "Ahhhh.... she loves me, I know it... she's just playing hard to get." Then she picks up the provided knife and fork before she starts to work on the meal in front of her. "Never cared much for the sneaky stuff myself or the magicy hand wavey stuff... I'm just a simple farm girl with a skill for killing and a very sharp piece of metal in my hands. Like yourself Chala... there's nothin shameful about that. Even if the pointy hats and the cloaks are a mite useful."
Evelyn Innocente
 player, 10 posts
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 03:55
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Evelyn stepped back, the shackles on her wrists tinkling as if to echo what had been said. Just as she had done for years, she mechanically she bowed at the waist. "Forgive This One for not remembering her place." she said flatly and with no emotion before turning to go back to her seat. Her blindfold was moist with tears as she sat down in front of a single cup of water that had been brought to her table during her disrespectful outburst. Almost instantly, she smiled a smile that could melt steel. She took the cup in her hands as sipped it. "It's been a long time since This One was allowed such clean water. The gods have given me such a blessing. This One is richer than the queen herself." she said a little louder than she meant to. Even the sound of her shackles couldn't bring her down. The moment with the masked individual was a distant memory as she enjoyed her cup of water blissfully, sipping it as if were the finest wine.

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Maldrek
 player, 6 posts
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 04:04
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Maldrek felt a twinge of sympathy for the young blindfolded girl. Something compelled him to go over to her. At least should won't cringe at me. He grabbed his pack and his flagon and headed over to her table. He glance at the woman who struck her with harsh words. He came near her.

Miss, may I sit with you? He said with his deep resonating voice.
Evelyn Innocente
 player, 11 posts
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 04:15
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The sound of the deep voice startled Evelyn, almost causing her to drop her cup. She looked at the newcomer through her blindfold, an exasperated look swept across her face. "Forgive This One's outburst a moment ago. This One promises she'll be quiet. She will be quiet untill her Master returns, she promises. Just...please let her keep her water." The girl's head was bowed, her black hair spilling from her hood. Her voice, though it sounded as beautiful as snow falling in a silent forest, was frantic. Panic began to creep up on her as she gripped her cup. [Language unknown:  "Ntllse ad meeewi Unthi Il nde tic."]
Maldrek
 player, 7 posts
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 04:19
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
I am not angered with you. You can keep your water. I will even order another one for you if you'd like. I am just curious about you and the language you just spoke. I am familiar with a few but not that one. Maldrek said as gently as possible. He didn't want to make her feel afraid.
Shiana
 player, 7 posts
 Healer
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 04:22
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Shiana took to watching this Chala as she spoke to her table-mates. There is an obvious spark of worry and caring in those sapphires.  Indeed, seeing one so hardened by battle struck a heartstring. She was quite used to this back home, but it appears to be a rather universal problem.

As the thrush takes refuge under her long black hair while nestling in her shoulder,  Shiana cannot help but giggle at the latest arrival, Jayne. Her rather blunt manner is rather amusing. The way she makes a move on the wench gets a large smile from her.  It is only after the pointy hat crack that she decides to chime in.

"Come now, it's best not to disparage other people's crafts.  Oh, before I forget,  my name is Shiana. But let me share some of the most peculiar stories about people like me from the locals of this land.

She begins the telltale signs of a spell as three gently bright orbs of white light dance around Jayne's head harmlessly.  The then draw her gaze to Shiana's outstretched arm, focusing on the white yarn.  The slowly dance up her bare arm and guide view to her teasing smile.

"Some say witches like me use hexes to draw lovers deep to the wilderness.  Some say we curse people who cross us for simple slights. Some have even said witches come at night to steal infants. That one is quite the silly tale. The second one depends on the individual and I'm much to forgiving for that. The first one, well, it's not that bad as long as the wilderness and weather are nice. But not to worry. I was raised to heal those in need,  as long as they do no harm.  I have a rather fiery temper to those who bring pain to innocent lives," she finishes as the lights move before her face and fade away as if a fire burnt itself out in one great conflagration.  She looks to measure her audience's reactions.

This message was last edited by the player at 04:26, Fri 24 July 2015.

Teloin Ytrael
 player, 9 posts
 Bard
 In the Name of Truth
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 04:27
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Chaparral (msg # 68):

"I believe we may need to resort to the... cliche phrase of, 'Let's agree to disagree.'" He said, sipping at his wine again. "Arguing over personal opinions leads to little more than frustration and loss of temper." He stood, and gave a respectful bow to Chaparral. As he straightened, he hummed a quiet melody and pulled a rose out of thin air, placing it gingerly on the bar in front of her. "Now, whether or not you appreciate such a gift, I'd like to think we at least left each others' company on good terms, if not friendly ones." He continued humming to himself and turned away from the bar, examining the room. There was interest in the small blindfolded girl that had been left here by the robed man, but he took his time. There were stories already unfolding in the inn, and he would need to choose carefully which he partook of. At least he had learned from his encounter with Chaparral. Take it slow. Friends first, then business. He moved down the bar a bit and sat, keeping his watch on the room.
Evelyn Innocente
 player, 12 posts
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 04:33
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The girl's breath evened out at the odd man's words. She looked into his green eyes and took notice of his exposed skin. "Forgive This One. She is not used to people of higher status being so kind to her. She does not deserve it." The girl's shackles clinked as if in agreement as she sipped her water. "The tongue has been with This One since she was sixteen. She awoke knowing it and not understanding why. That was before she was..." The young woman trailed off, absently trailing her fingers over her shackles. Her hood slipped  a little lower, hiding her face.
Maldrek
 player, 8 posts
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 04:42
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
All is forgiven my dear. I am kind to everyone regardless if they feel they deserve it or not. No need to hide such a beautiful face. I don't look into the past to judge someone. Their actions are what give me the things I need to know about them. Do you know if that tongue has name, such as dwarven or infernal? He asked as he took a seat in front of the girl. He closed his eyes in his own frustration with himself. Forgive me for not introducing myself. My name is Maldrek, may I have the pleasure of knowing your name?
Reginald Quintolian
 player, 12 posts
 Noble Gunslinger
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 04:51
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gnicely:
Gnicely nodded to Reginald in response to the discussion on incursions "The real problem I suspect is that if the gateway isn't closed... then the demons eradicate us. Still that is a problem for the movers and shakers of this world"

"So what sort of business are you interested in?" she asked obviously interested "There are many strange people here today. I would venture to say that I have never seen so many new people on one night. Perhaps that's the result of some good marketing from O'Malley, or maybe fate."


"Well let us hope that the 'movers and shakers' of the world finish the job well, or else it may soon become a problem for us all!"

Reginald pauses for a moment to take a healthy swig of his brandy before continuing, "The business I am involved in is not terribly exciting, it is mostly trade operations. So for example establishing trade routes for different groups of merchants and organizing product deliveries and such. My business has just started out, so I came here to O'Malley's mostly for potential recruitment purposes rather than to offer my own services for hire."

He turns to the newcomer of the table. "Jayne, was it? I am Reginald, well met," he says politely. "You worked for the White Free Company, you say? Interesting, my father has employed sellswords from that company in the past. Quite reliable, he alway said."

But before the discussion could go even further, Shiana begins with her spectacle of lights and explanation of her magical powers. Reginald can't help but be amused by the dancing lights around the witch, he has not quite had much exposure to magic growing up, so any time he saw it always mesmerized him. When she is finished, Reginald laughs and comments, "Interesting! My mother always used to scare me as a child with stories of witches to get me to behave, so it is refreshing to see that the first one I meet at least will not bring me any harm!"
Evelyn Innocente
 player, 13 posts
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 05:10
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The woman looked at the man and pursed her lips."This One has been told it is the language of holy beings." Her voice was calm and almost sweet. The young woman slipped out of the chair and onto her knees, bowing till her nose touched the floor. "Forgive This One, Maldrek. She has rarely been asked her name in a long while. This One's name is not important. Master speaks it only when he is displeased with This One or when he wants her to sing for him." The young songstress was beyond embarrassed as color flooded her cheeks. She stood back up and sat down, realizing that her behavior would draw attention to her and that would displease her master.
Maldrek
 player, 9 posts
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 05:24
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Remarkable, but fair enough I will not press any further on your name. He noticed the color on her face.
No need to be embarrassed. You are only doing what you know. I will not fault you for that. Would you like another water? He asked with a faint smile on his face. She was definitely odd one but she at least made him smile for the first time in a long time.
Jayne Kassender
 player, 11 posts
 Fighter
 Free Company Veteran
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 05:25
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Shiana (msg # 85):

Jayne returns the smile turning her attention from her fellow former soldier and new drinking companion over to Shiana as she gives the mage a appraising look with those dark blue eyes before giving her as flourished a bow as a woman can possible give while still remaining seated at a table. "Beggin your pardon lass, I truly meant na disrespect to those of your craft or any of the others that we just mention. Its a simple soldiers way of talking about those who have skills that she doesn't understand and in all honesty, has na desire to learn being the simple soul that I am."

She considers Shiana appraisingly for a long minute then takes a quick deep drink from her tankard before putting it down and reaching up to begin to untie the leather ties to her blouse. Once she's finished with all three she opens it revealing the thin under tunic, which she promptly pulls up to expose a massive scar that covered the whole left side of her waist almost to her stomach starting right under her small left breast. "I got this beaut during the Battle of Blackstone Pass, I was in the fourth file when a ogre came smashing in the ranks and simply trampled the first three files, I was luckier, my file got the club instant... the thing had been a fukin tree before that thing had turned it into a club. I killed three of my mates in the first swing before it got to me, I lived through it although I went flying and when I hit earth all me ribs where shattered and me innards were nothin but jelly. I was dying fast and  I was dying hard, screaming the whole time for my mother and THE Mother when I wasn't choking on my own sweet blood. Then some robe wearin girl who was barely old enough to be looking at boys was there mouthin some silly words and then the pain was gone and I passed out. I woke up a week later in the chirurgen tent with this lovely thing gracing my body and a powerful hunger, but nothin else the miss inside me." She gave the healer a soft more serious smile and a nod, "You and the rest of your sisters will get nothin but respect from me. That includes the sneaky ones, the shootie ones, and the blastie ones that do cool things with lighin and fire."

She waits for a moment letting the others at the table get a look before slowly dropping the undertunic back and then closing the flap of her tunic and beginning to retie the leather cords that hold it in place. Her smile grew a little warmer at the mages display of her magical abilities and teasing nature, "Aye, back home in the small hamlet near mi families farm there was a woods witch, some trouble makes would always tell nasty stories about her and the foolish would always whisper about her spells and enchantments. But no one with half a brain took them seriously. She was a nice old biddie who could have been my grandmother by her age, she spent a lot of time tending her garden and she was always willing to offer a brew or a spell to make life a little easier. I'd never believe she stole a child or put a curse on someone who na deserved it. As for hexing lovers... well if she looked anything like you in her early days I doubt much hexing was required." The young mercenary's blue eyes sparkle playfully at that remark.

Then slowly at the last remark her smiling face seems to lock up almost as if a switch had been flipped, the easy smile disappears and the playful gleam fades quickly, for a moment the change seems almost unnatural after all the warms smiles and easy conversation but something about the look feels more 'right'. "Tis a truly a cryin shame, I fear that we will na be getting along as well as I found myself wishing the now, I should probably have been wiser in picking the people I be talking with. I fear that mi hands are covered in blood and na all of it guilty of some crime even if its only the poor judgement of trying to meet blades with me. War is a hard business and the kinds of people that hire people like me are hard people... they rarely had pity or concern for right or righteousness. I'm a good soldier, I follow ma orders, I've done a lot of things I'm not proud of, I've done things I'm ashamed of ,I've even done some things that wake ma up screaming at night, I na belive I won't have to do them again either. So I fear your fiery temper will find a ample target in me."

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Chaparral
 player, 13 posts
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 05:36
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Halting in mid reply as Teloin makes the rose appear not impressed, but clearly shocked and even a little offended it takes Chaparral a moment to even be able to speak again. ”If your idea of a friendly parting always involves senseless brutality and the decapitation of perfectly good flowers then your cultural training is going to cause you more than a few problems.  If it is instead your complete inability to learn anything about those you interact with before offering them insults intended or otherwise then I suspect your carrier as a story teller will be mostly imagined in your own mind, now if you will be so kind as to torment someone else I have some work to do.”  Discarding the hapless elf's presence in favor of that of the severed end of the rose bush Chaparral swipes an upside down glass from the far side of the bar and fills it with water so pure it hardly even bubbles with not much more than a whisper and a snap of her fingers, into which she quickly deposits the slowly dying rose, taking the glass from the tavern with no more than a quick glance and not to O'Malley she darts out the door, careful only to not further damage the salvaged rose.
Evelyn Innocente
 player, 14 posts
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 05:42
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The woman composed herself and nodded. After taking a moment to adjust her blindfold, she spoke. "This One's name is Evelyn. She smiled and continued. "Would you permit This One to ask what manner of person are you?" She can recall seeing her Master have dealings with creatures with traits much like this man has. The thought frightened her. Evelyn's shackles clinked as she clasped her hands together before pulling her hood back to allow her long hair fall out. The girl's skin was as pale as moonlight and would almost trick the eye into thinking it was luminescent. She furrowed her brow as she adjusted her red blindfold, tightening it. Evelyn then raised the hood on her white cloak one again, this time not hiding her face in her hair. She sat straight and put her hands in her lap, mimicking the ladies of the court she had seen while serving her master wine. Aside from the blindfold, shackles, and the state of her dress, she could pass for aristocracy and much more beside, given her almost otherworldly beauty.
Maldrek
 player, 10 posts
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 05:56
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
I don't mind at all. It's a pleasure to meet you Evelyn. My race is called tiefling. I know that my race doesn't have to brightest reputation but I assure you I am a good one. I would imagine you cannot see due to the blind fold. I don't really know how to describe myself. I'll be honest, I've never really had to. Thank you for allow me to see you in your entirety. I haven't seen such beauty in a long time. Maldrek replied with a faint smile. He was beginning to like her.
Guuug
 player, 11 posts
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 09:51
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"THE CHEESE, NUTS AND HONEY PLATTER WILL BE A DELIGHT TO YOUR TONGUE!"
Shiana
 player, 8 posts
 Healer
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 10:58
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Seeing Reginald's reaction kept her smile going. She is quite amused by his fascination as it's clear he does not see this often. While it is my wish to do no harm,  one must still be wary of me. The trickster nature of a witch is one I may have trouble overcoming," Shiana says with inflections of half-truth in her voice. It seems she enjoys keeping people guessing about her.

She listens to Jayne intently. Her eyes keep with the mercenary's until she sees the scar. The healer's instinct appraises the scar asshe looks with worry on her. While certain iI won't worsen, she can think of ways of making it less prominent. She dares not ask since warriors of this land might be as fond of their scars as the ones back home.

As Jayne tells of the things she's done, Shiana's response is only a reassuring smile. "Perhaps I misspoke. I'm not as innocent as I seem. The fiery temper was alluding to a very literal meaning. My mentor would have disowned me had she known I learned a spell that would burn a man. She would have flayed me alive if she knew I took a bribe from an abusive husband's wife to poison him as I treated him.  While he was a monster, it still haunts me.  So I would not be so quick to brush me aside, Jayne. I find that while nightmares are terrible to have, they show the person is not truly wicked. Also, nightmares can be cured with the right long term treatment. I have a few ideas of which might be,  how you say, pleasant to try with you, she teases with a teasing and sultry tone, adding a wink for effect as she finishes her drink.
Gnicely
 player, 18 posts
 Gnome Entertainer
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 11:33
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gnicely nodded in acknowledge of Reginald's comment. He was of course right. The business he was in sounded interesting, and she indicated such by body language rather than words: a nod of the head and a grunt of acknowledgement. She was going to ask more, but she decided not to interrupt the conversation between Shiana and Jayne.

"I have to say I share your views" she commented on Shiana's 'fiery temper to those who bring pain to innocent lives', and listened to Jayne's comment. "Something to consider, Miss Jayne" Gnicely observed looking up at the woman "Your nightmares are your conscience telling you something. You have choices. You can hide from the nightmares, pretending they don't exist. And that will harden you. Making it easier for you to do harm in the future. You can listen to them overmuch, and that may make you flinch when you have to strike down a foe, or defend yourself and others. Or you could take the simplest choice. "

"Realise that the nightmares are your conscience telling you that you were wrong. Accept that. Realise that those actions were wrong, and that you cannot change the way you behaved in the past. You don't need to 'atone' for your deeds: in many ways that is often impossible. You just have to accept that you harmed others, and decide not to do it again. There will always be a temptation, once you have experienced that path, but you can be strong enough to fight that"


Gnicely shrugged

"And here ends the lecture from Preacher Gnicely. It's a deeply personal thing, so think about it. If you want someone to talk to about it, I am usually find here on an evening" Gnicely gestured with her head to the minstrel's gallery "If you want me to mind my own business I can do that too"

Since Shiana clearly had her own plan, which sounded more physical and practical than her own, Gnicely tipped her head to the couple smiling a little to herself and withdrew to the bar to get a drink: indicating to Reginald he was welcome to come too. It was always nice to see signs of happiness. A reminder that not everything in the world was grim and about fighting.

This message was last edited by the player at 11:41, Fri 24 July 2015.

Evelyn Innocente
 player, 15 posts
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 13:11
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Evelyn was taken aback by his declaration of race. "This One sits with one who has the blood of those that dwell in the moon's shadow?" Evelyn recalled the cruelty she had suffered at the hands of some of her master's more...exotic guests. Still, this man did not seem to wish her any harm. She would have to keep her guard up in any case. Perhaps her master would be pleased should he find her with someone such as this and not ask her to service him tonight. The corners of her lips turned up. "This One has the ability to see, though not well. The gods have taken her sight and she doesn't understand why. Besides, Master tells This One to keep her blindfold on or she will be beaten for insubordination." she stated flatly. "This One would be beaten on her heels till she couldn't walk. Master says it is this way because This One's appearance and voice is able to make him large sums of money. Her shackles tinkled seemingly in agreement. Evelyn looked down at her feet, curling and uncurling her toes, her heels are incredibly dark compared to the milky color of the skin on the rest of her foot. she padded the floor happily. "Clean water and conversation. The gods have truly blessed This One today. She wonders what she's done to earn it." Evelyn said to herself aloud, for a moment forgetting the man that sat across from her. The young woman's stomach grumbled. She pulled a piece of something brown splotched with green and white hair and began nibbling it thoughtfully.
Chp'Chek
 player, 6 posts
 aka. Thistle
 Ratkin witch
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 13:40
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Chp'Chek continued to smoke his pipe and stare at the wall on the other side of the bar.  At first it seemed as if he were simply lost in thought, but his ears betrayed him.  He would tilt his head slightly when he heard something that peaked his interest.  A serving wench brought him a tankard of poor man's ale.  "Cheese, nut, honey platter," he said putting in an order.  He had had nothing but fire roasted newt and lizard as of late and so he was more than willing to part with a silver for decent food.  While he waited he backed off his stool and headed towards the boxes containing the colored threads.

He walked around a woman dressed in black and white prostrating herself on the floor.  He hardly gave her a notice.  He continued on and when he though no one was looking took a thread from each box.  He stashed all but the white one in a pouch at his hip.  Upon returning to his seat he tied the white one near the end of his tail.  He tapped his pipe, emptying its contents of ash on top of the counter.

As the wench returned she cocked a disapproving brow and wiped the ash pile away with a cloth before setting down his platter of food.  Chp'Chek sniffed each item of food before he ate it.  He also sniffed the air now and then taking in the scents of those gathered.  There were some interesting pink skins here this night.  One even proclaimed herself a fellow witch.  The Ratkin doubted they had much more in common than the title and the ability to heal the deserving.  He spied her familiar and began to wonder where his own was; likely scuttling about the room eating food dropped upon the floor.  Chp'Chek also caught a bit of Reginald's comments about looking for business opportunities.  There was a family of half-orcs that recently arrived in the West Third that had a wagon and hardy horses.  They were familiar with the geography and were looking for work.  Chp wondered if he introduced the two parties if he could possibly profit.

This message was last edited by the player at 13:45, Fri 24 July 2015.

Teloin Ytrael
 player, 10 posts
 Bard
 In the Name of Truth
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 13:52
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Teloin watched after Chaparral as she dashed out the building and frowned. "I pulled the rose out of thin air." He said, as if questioning himself. "Why would she assume that I cut it from a bush? The very thought!" He shook his head and turned his gaze back to the room. "Not an issue now, I suppose." He glanced over several seats and noticed a ratkin sitting there. His eyes perked, but he didn't move as he silently examined the man. There was a halfling sitting nearby that he had noted earlier as well, but the two didn't seem to be interested in each other. There was also a hooded man that had entered, which was strange considering he hadn't yet pulled his hood down, but Teloin's examination of him was brief before he returned his attention to the blindfolded girl and the Tiefling. He had heard of slavery, of course, but the sight was still extremely disturbing, and made him feel distinctly wrong. Sentient beings shouldn't be forced into the service of others, in any circumstance.
Quix
 NPC, 4 posts
 Expert: Magical Trinkets
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 14:15
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Somitha (msg # 65):

Quix finds an unfortunate soul sitting alone at a table and invites herself to the group.  "So anyway, this balor says to me he says, 'Quix, the pears are the best this side of The Nine Hells, but they ain't worth more than three gold'.  Three gold!  King Elwin himself paid no less than seven!  So there we are locked in an epic battle of hammer, parchment, blade when the balor's face changes into that of The Two-Faced Trickster himself.  He thanks me for my amusement, pays me eight gold for the pears, and tell me to go spend it at O'Malley's.  And here I am."

DM, on behalf of Somitha, rolled 22 using 1d20+6 ((16)).


Somitha can hardly believe this ridiculous story, and yet has trouble believing the blue-haired gnome a liar.  She seems to genuinely believe this to have happened.
O'Malley
 NPC, 11 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 14:24
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Evelyn Innocente (msg # 99):

Finally seeing a lull in the amount of incoming patrons O'Malley has a chance to stop speaking and come out from behind the bar.  His physique suggests an older man past his prime that was once quite impressive physically.  Though not unfit, and certainly stories tell of a superior ability with a blade, O'Malley appears to have left those days of adventuring long behind.

O'Malley scoops up a tray of drinks and begins to help the servers deliver orders.  As he passes by Evelyn's table O'Malley knocks a drink onto her table spilling it.  He quickly uprights the mug saving about half of the contents.  "I'm so sorry miss.  I'll send someone to clean this up for you.  Eventually."  He says this last bit with a wink to the girl.

O'Malley looks around for the busiest serving girl he can see and yells to her across the room.  "I have an empty glass here.  Can you grab it next time you have a chance?"  The serving girl seems to not even acknowledge hearing O'Malley.

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Evelyn Innocente
 player, 16 posts
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 14:31
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Evelyn flinched at the rapid movement as the liquid spilled upon her dress. Reflexively bowing her head. "Forgive This One for knocking over the drink. She should remember to stay out of the way." The beverage had soaked her moldy bread crust. She frowned and popped it into her mouth. At least it had become easier to eat.
Jayne Kassender
 player, 13 posts
 Fighter
 Free Company Veteran
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 15:07
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Jayne sat there for a long moments listening to the works of her new drinking companions, her fingers idly playing with her pewter tankard as she listened, she always seemed to like to be doing something with her hands. She nodded softly as the gnomish bard spoke to her or more accurately lectured her but at least she had the common sense to see that she was lecturing which tended to make the medicine go down easier and this wasn't anything that a certain red haired mercenary hadn't thought before. She took a shallow sipp of the rich brew in her tankard then began to speak herself, "Aye.... ya speak good common sense for a wee lass, I do my best to follow them in ma life but as my file sergeant once said a clean conscience is something a working woman can't afford. I'm a bought and paid for killer and thats a fact I don't try to pretend I'm anything else, so all I can do is live my own life as well as I can and follow orders when I'm on the job. Hopefully the orders will come from good men and both sides will play be ta rules then I'll sleep like babe... if not, if the orders come from a bad man or the sides decide to get nasty with each other, well then... thats what alcohol and pleasant company is for." She ended with a long draught of her brew finishing her best bitters then raised her hand before moving her fingers in the wordless symbol to give this table another round. "Say if want wee lass, I've got coin in ma purse and nothing better to spend it on. I'm buying the next round."

Then after finishing that very serious conversation the young stone faced mercenary with eyes that looked like they had been cut from glass had to stop for a long moment as she listened to Shiana speak. Jayne blinked once, twice, then three times coming as close as she normally got to looking like someone had clubbed her between the eyes of a poleaxe then she started to laugh right then and there. In a moment her face seemed to relax from the rigid attention it had been at, her mouth quirked up in the familiar eager smile, and something of the familiar sparkle returned to her deep blue eyes. "Aye! Maybe I was being a wee bit hasty with me assumptions, hardly surprising considering I've na found a way to not make myself look like a complete arse when meeting new people who weren't already covered in as much mud and blood as me." She gets a little bit more serious for a moment but the eager smile and the warm face remain in place even if she is suddenly stiller and her smile thinner, "I dare say that I have more unhallowed blood on me hands but that matters not, a murder is a murder whether its one man or a hundred it still leaves a mark even when it was justified. I can respect ya for what ya did, it was a brave thing to do to take that much hurt on yourself for another." After that she let some of the seriousness of it all break as her eyes grew decidedly playful even as her pale cheeks actually flushed a little. "By the gods, you are a fiery one in more ways than just your temper. I na dare say no to such a witch, who knows what spells and hex she might place upon me."

The young red headed mercenary flushed even more, the curse of her pale skin once again striking her down, as she looked around the table and realized the show it was putting on for her new companions. Normally that wouldn't bother her to much but she had literally just meet most of these people and tonight would be slightly less fun if they all fleed for the hills in embarrassment or even playful acceptance. She placed a fat coin on the table and gave them all a warm smile, "As I said the wee lass, I buy'n the next round. My last contract was good to me and I've got coin in mi purse that I've got nothing better to spend on." Her blue eyes flicked to the Reginald with a mild interest and more than a little appraisal, from everything he had said this one was looking to hire and he looked like he might have the shinies to actually pay. She liked the way her own saw edged rural accent contrasted violently with his own gentle aristocratic one, so she decided to put on a little bit more of the jock for him. "Aye tis my name, a pleasure to be meetin ya Reggie." She took his hand in her own rough hand and shook it firmly, "Aye I did, for the last year or so. When the Company marched south into the city states of the Border Princes, aye we made some good money there and did some good killin. It seem like every other bastard both high and low born wanted their neighbor dead and were willing to pay to have it done right quick; and when people weren't paying for that there was always rebellions that needed fighting, in that lovely rich countryside." Her smile was warm and contented like a cat sitting in front of a bowl filled to the brim with cream, "Reliable.... aye, the White Company is that. As long as you pay on time, we do that job and hold to the contact. Try and cheat us... well then its the last mistake ye be makin because you'll be goin on the black banner."
Maldrek
 player, 11 posts
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 16:01
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Maldrek's heart sank at what she told him. No one should ever be used like that. At least not without getting a cut of the money that's being made. I despise slavery. O'Malley went by and knocked the drink over. He gasped slightly and quickly reached for a piece of cloth in his bag and begins to wipe up the table. He took notice of her bread crust and growling stomach. Would you like something more to eat than that? I will gladly pay for it
Kaylynn Skarsol
 battlemage, 21 posts
 Your Mistress
 Your Death
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 16:37
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
As Kaylynn converses with the were-kin, she keeps half an ear on the conversation the insolent little slave is having. She cocks her head to look more in their direction as O'Malley "accidentally" spills the drink on its table.

 ..."Such a shame no one seems to be able to respect anothers' property. What IS this world coming to?"...

She thinks to herself shaking her head as she hears the tiefling speak with it.
Evelyn Innocente
 player, 17 posts
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 17:01
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Evelyn shook her head. "No thank you. This One has been given her food for the day. I am not allowed more unless permitted by Master." Evelyn sighed and looked around the crowded room. "Many adventurers gather here. What it must be like to see the world." The enslaved songstress turned her attention back to the tiefling. "Would you permit This One to hear a tale of your adventures, Master Maldrek?" The girl's eyes, though unseen, occasionally darted towards the direction of the back room where her master was. Evelyn was growing more comfortable with sitting in the tavern. She almost felt like a freewoman being able to converse with someone without fear of some form of abuse. "This One enjoys it..." she unknowingly mused allowed, raising her hand to scratch lightly at her blindfold. The shackles at her wrist clinked as she did so. The tears were beginning to dry and bother her skin.
Shiana
 player, 11 posts
 Healer
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 18:41
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
While Shiana keeps her attention with the rest of those at the table, she keeps her eyes on Jayne when she can. Sometimes a spark of light will draw the mercenary's attention towards her, where she'll find a waiting smile. The sparks continue as she tempts Jayne to gaze into her eyes. No magic other than a harmless light show is being used and yet she finds simple ways to keep the gaze on her when Jayne was not speaking.

Seeing the look Jayne gives Reginald, her smile took a more wicked, but playful, manner. Shifting slightly, she closes a fraction of the distance between her and Jayne. The witch's foot finds its way towards Jayne's own. Still encased in the fur boot, she pushes her foot onto Jayne's thigh before pulling it back. The look on her face is a combination of the mouse that took the cheese from the trap and the cat who caught said mouse.

She keeps an innocent, though somewhat coy, air about her while she listens to the others talk intently. If spoken to, she will respond. For now, she seems quite content toying with the red-headed mercenary.
Jayne Kassender
 player, 18 posts
 Fighter
 Free Company Veteran
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 21:33
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Jayne feels her playful smile growing a little bit widers as she sits there at the table continuing her conversation with her three remaining companions energetically, while she works at the food on her pewter plate with the pronged fork and her belt knife. The young red head rips off chunk of the thick black bread and dips it the soup to soften it before sliding some of the precious butter over it then pops it into her mouth with a happy sound. The fair was fairly plain but compared to what she was used to in the field it was very good and one thing that years of war had taught her was never ever treat food flippantly because you never knew when or what your next meal might be.

Although that was becoming increasingly hard to do as Shiana seemed bound and determined to tease the young warrior half to death, which wasn't exactly the most unpleasant situation that might befall Jayne today. Her blue eyes flicked back at the pretty witch every once in a while to follow the lights, looking away from who she was talking to or away from her plate but once again the looking was hardly a chore.

Now the foot was becoming something of a distraction for her as she felt soft doe skin against the thick cloth of her breeches slowly rubbing against her, it took quite a bit of Jayne's self control not to twitch and start flushing. And the look on Shiana's face was both decidedly attractive and a playful challenge to you mercenary, who return the grin just as fiercely as her own leg moved. For a long moment she kept it still as if she was simply enjoying the experience but then her leg moved quickly to slide over the young witch leg trapping it in itself current position.
Gnicely
 player, 20 posts
 Gnome Entertainer
Fri 24 Jul 2015
at 21:36
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gnicely paused in her leaving "That's very kind of you Jayne" she said "I'll take that drink with you" she'd mostly been leaving to avoid getting in the way of any romantic entanglements. But since she'd been invited back...  She listened with interest to Jayne's views on the abusive husband. "Myself I've often found it awkward to deal with those sort of problems. I have tried physical violence on the husband, but sadly when under the influence of drink the husband tends to forget threats. It is a difficult problem, especially as often the wife is a women who likes abusive men." she shook her head "I've find no satisfactory solution. It may be a harder problem than closing the devil's gate"

Oblivious to the shenanigans going on under the table she continued

"Perhaps we should change the topic from hurting and killing"
she suggested after hearing about the White Company "There is a music festival this weekend at the College of Art. Would you two be interested in going?"
Reginald Quintolian
 player, 15 posts
 Noble Gunslinger
Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 03:01
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Jayne Kassender:
"It seem like every other bastard both high and low born wanted their neighbor dead and were willing to pay to have it done right quick;"

Reginald's voice turns to an almost somber tone when he replies to Jayne's comment, "Certainly correct about that. Quite a shame that today people are much more... indirect regarding their hostility towards one another. I feel like the value of civil discussion to set aside differences has lost its value nowadays. People would rather talk with swords than with words." He finishes the rest of his glass of brandy, staring out into nowhere in particular.

Lost in thought for a few seconds, he shakes the feeling off and mentally returns to the group around him. As Gnicely brings up the music festival, Reginald's now serious look is quickly replaced with an enthusiastic smile. "Ha, funny you should mention that, I had actually already made plans on going myself! I have always been a fan of the arts, music in particular, so I wouldn't have missed such an event for the world!"
Maldrek
 player, 12 posts
Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 03:04
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Evelyn Innocente (msg # 108):

Of course my dear. This particular tale goes back to when I first started learning the power of liquid. I was playing with different concoctions and I was the only testing dummy I had so I drank my own mixtures. I found that when I made this particular mixture it greatly increased my strength. I was having trouble moving something things and with that mixture I was able to do it without any trouble. He paused to take a drink. After writing down everything I did to make the mutagen, or mixture, I began thinking how I could tweak it to give it better properties for combat. Being a tiefling I already have sharp nails and teeth. I found that if I added bog myrtle to my current strength enhancing mutagen it will make my nails into claws and my teeth get longer and thicker. So I made one up and walked out into the forest and walked into an ambush. They all attacked me just after I drank my new mutagen. I sent men flying with my attacks I slashed one man across the chest killing him instantly and after that most of them ran screaming from me. Their leader was patient and waited for my mutagen to wear off. Once I returned to normal he attacked. I was able to kill him by hurling explosive mixtures at him. That's actually how I acquired this backpack. He finished the tale then finished off his drink. He felt bad drinking in front of her while she cannot have any, or "isn't allowed without permission"

I feel bad drinking in front of you. He said out loud without thinking about it. He growled quietly in frustration at himself.
Evelyn Innocente
 player, 20 posts
Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 04:36
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Evelyn was taken in by Maldrek's story. The girl sat on the edge of her seat envisioning was she considered a great epic. When the man had finished, she smiled and clapped. "Bravo, Master Maldrek! Surely no greater tale has been spun. This One never gets to hear stories." The young woman felt energized by the recounting of his discovery. After a few moments the girl calmed down and took a deep breath. "She knows it isn't her place, but This One wishes she could travel and experience the world." The shackles on her wrist clanked as she put her hands on the table. She looked around the crowded room once again, seeing all the different people that she assumed led lives of wonder and excitement and, for the first time in a very long time, she felt angry at her lot.
Maldrek
 player, 13 posts
Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 04:45
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
I would love to take you. I don't want to put a damper on your excitement with this deplorable question. Do you think I could buy you from your master. I will free you immediately of course and then should you choose to, we could travel together. I would even fight in the pits for you if your master asked it of me. I find myself drawn to you and I'm not sure why. He placed a gentle hand on hers, praying like hell it didn't frighten her or make her withdraw. She could feel that his hands were rough and scaly.
Shiana
 player, 12 posts
 Healer
Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 05:06
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
As the mercenary gets more aggressive, the smile on Shiana's face wanes. She shifted her eyes to indicate not only the others at the table, but the other patrons as well. A chastising look on her face is the prelude to her sitting in a more upright position as she finishes her drink. After catching her breath, she shifts her eyes back to Jayne. She makes a few gestures with her hands and head to show she's only keeping it from going too far and not outright rejecting Jayne.

Hearing Gnicely speak of her view on Shiana's dark decision, she leans back and takes a deep breath before speaking. "The way this man acted would have made it an easy decision to some. Even in his sick bed with a wasting disease, he still had no problem striking his wife for honestly the most trivial things imaginable. When she came to me, I told her taking a life was against everything I strive for. But the tears in her eyes and the bruises she bore moved me to go through with it. He may have been as cruel as a demon, but the least I could do was make it a peaceful passing. There was no pain in his end. His wife was so thankful to be free, I didn't know how to react to her thanks. After I left, I was visited by his visage in a nightmare. I have my own path to take, and fulfilling that path will help me get over it."

Hearing Gnicely offer a trip to a musical festival, Shiana contemplates going. "It does sound wonderful and I hope to go. But I do need to look around town to see if there is any formal places of healing. A goal of mine, the path I mentioned, was to open a house of healing. I think the locals around here would call it a hospital. If one exists, I simply wish to offer my services and expand it. If there is no such place, I intend to raise funds here to help build it. Though I'll have to get a little more since I'll have to live there for sake of ease rather than renting a room here after I've built it."
Evelyn Innocente
 player, 21 posts
Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 05:15
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Evelyn looked down at the table."This One doesn't know if it is at all possible. Master would most likely cast you into the depths where your blood hails from." The woman looked at her shackles. "Still, This One is a person, isn't she? Maybe she deserves to be free. She really isn't sure." The songstress flinched at the man's touch as she vividly recalled past violations at her master's whim. Evelyn pulled her hand away with a small smile on her face. Lowering her hood, she pointed rather blatantly at the table where a man, what appeared to be two women, and a gnome sat. "That is what This One hopes for one day. This One still hopes, Master Maldrek. She hasn't forgotten how." The blindfolded woman stood up and grabbed the scaled man by the hand. "Could This One engage those people? Perhaps they will not care that she is bound and she may listen to their stories until..." Evelyn turned her head to look at the door to the back room. Feeling bold again, she stood up, adjusted her blindfold, and proceeded to pull the man as a child would innocently drag their parents to the window of the toy shoppe.
Maldrek
 player, 14 posts
Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 05:28
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
If he threw me down there I would only claw my way to the surface again. Maldrek said boldly. I am glad you haven't forgotten how to hope. Sometimes it is the only thing one can do. He smiled as she took his hand. He willingly followed her over to the table with the man, two women, and the gnome. He made sure to grab his pack before heading over. He stood there with her, not really knowing how to start a conversation with them. He prayed that Evelyn's ambition would allow her to make the first move.
Evelyn Innocente
 player, 22 posts
Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 05:41
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Walking with unearthly grace and surrounded by the scent of lavender, Evelyn approached the table of strangers. Her heart raced. Slaves weren't allowed such liberties, but at this moment she didn't care. The young songstress bowed at the waist, remembering her station. ""Would a group of ecclectic people as yourselves allow This One and Maldrek the honor of sitting with you and listening to your tales?" Her voice had an ethereal quality to it as she made what her station dictated as a disrespectful request. Evelyn felt a bit embarrassed as she asked, never having done anything so rash in her long years of servitude. The shackles on her wrists clinked defiantly. The young woman's blindfold allowed no indication of the excitement she felt. Evelyn bit her lower lip, feeling incredibly awkward.
Barrett
 player, 2 posts
Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 05:54
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Barrett entered the establishment and pulled down his mask. The smells of the city always bothered him. The stink of bodies and sewage intertwined with fetid unknowns and a lingering stench of desperation. It was just the kind of city that he could get plenty of work in. Barrett adjusted his belt, the dagger settling easily. His hands unconsciously went to a pair of intricately carved oddities on his thighs. The weight was reassuring and settled into an easy posture. There was no sense in getting people on edge tonight. Not in a fresh town, city actually, when there was work to be found. Instead, he made his way to an empty seat, ordered some strong drink and food, and prepared to simply watch the patrons. It was a favorite past time of his. He adjusted the blue string slightly as he waited.

This message was last edited by the player at 12:23, Sat 25 July 2015.

Maldrek
 player, 15 posts
Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 06:14
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Evelyn Innocente (msg # 119):

Maldrek smiled as gracefully as he could. I apologize for the outburst. We would definitely like to hear some stories, and I will gladly share some of my own in return.
Gnicely
 player, 22 posts
 Gnome Entertainer
Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 11:22
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gnicely nodded to Reginald's comments on swords rather than words. She wondered how much that was due to the increased numbers of demons in the world. That was an utter classical ploy of the Fallen. Still she was glad when he took up her hint "I have a 'stand' there" she commented "Come along and listen: the event is very good... or at least it was the last couple of times. I am of course touting shamelessly for 'votes' for the best act. I was fifth last year, and the man who won has headed off for the war... " she winced for a moment, that war kept creeping in on everything.

Gnicely continued to listen to the two women talking, listening to them and Reginald attentively. They hadn't taken her hint, but that was OK. It was obviously an important matter to the witch.  Shiana's tale was poignant, but she suspected she'd of done something similar in a similar situation, although perhaps for different motives.

"A place of healing ..." she mused, thinking about the city "Perhaps the closest is the Temple of the Mother. If you do start one, let me know and I will be happy to come along and help a bit."

Just then there were a couple of strangers who approached the table. Gnicely looked at the girl with shackles on her wrists. For a moment a dark look crossed her face as her eyes moved from the shackles to Maldrek assessing him. The dark look was quickly replaced with a welcoming smile.

"Hello 'This One' and Maldrek" she said while gesturing to a couple of seats "This is a tavern, and it's busy. You are welcome to join us. We haven't got to the tale telling or bragging yet, but I'm sure we will."

OOC Detect Evil on all of you - Reginald, Jayne, Maldrek, Evelyn (Not by a spell, it's no more obvious than I wrote in the prose)
Nathaniel Direclaw
 player, 11 posts
 Witchwolf - Stalker
 Do worry, he bites.
Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 11:53
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Nathan was utterly flawed by Kaylynn's answers, and it clearly showed on his face as it slowly returned to it's human appearance. "Didn't you say that you were his avatar? How does someone who is the personification of a god end up thinking that they don't deserve to be a god?... And if he wasn't a god would you still exist?"

He was too stunned by Kaylynn's comment to even notice the girl in shackles, he even looked at her but Nathan wasn't even aware of her presence. "You say he is no longer fit, what did he do to lose your esteem?" Nathan had guessed that Kaylynn would be interesting but this was something else entirely. He didn't normally get into religious discussions and when he did they normally ended abruptly when people found out that he worshipped Vedainerad Solliwoudac.
Xtitkk
 player, 1 post
Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 11:58
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Reaching the building he'd been advised to visit; Xtitkk stood and appraised the towering gray behemoth. Stepping forward he glanced at the apron around the waist of this near solid form.
O'Malley's pub.
Food, drink and pleasure for all ages and races!
Southern Third over Commons Bridge.
Opened from Noon.

Nodding at the notice he looked about, as he absently rolled two metallic spheres smoothly between his fingers, nodding to himself in a manner akin to a decision. Tilting his head back to enable him to looking up at the chiselled face. Would you be Guuug...

This message was last edited by the GM at 16:41, Sat 25 July 2015.

Kaylynn Skarsol
 battlemage, 24 posts
 Your Mistress
 Your Death
Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 13:26
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Nathaniel Direclaw:
Nathan was utterly flawed by Kaylynn's answers, and it clearly showed on his face as it slowly returned to it's human appearance. "Didn't you say that you were his avatar? How does someone who is the personification of a god end up thinking that they don't deserve to be a god?... And if he wasn't a god would you still exist?"

He was too stunned by Kaylynn's comment to even notice the girl in shackles, he even looked at her but Nathan wasn't even aware of her presence. "You say he is no longer fit, what did he do to lose your esteem?" Nathan had guessed that Kaylynn would be interesting but this was something else entirely. He didn't normally get into religious discussions and when he did they normally ended abruptly when people found out that he worshipped Vedainerad Solliwoudac.

The contempt showing in her voice That would be like saying YOU wouldn't exist without your God. One has nothing to do with the other. I am NOT his personification, I am his Avatar, there is a distinct difference. He is weak. Plain and simple. The weak do not deserve to rule.
Berta Roth
 player, 2 posts
 Human Warrior-Woman
 Let's do it my way
Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 14:41
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The armoured woman swaggers as she approaches, the edge of her cloak pushed back and a hand resting on the pommel of one of her blades, just to let any bravo know he'd best try his luck elsewhere if he knew what was goof for him.

Berta stops as she finds herself at O'Malley's, pushing back her hood to reveal her long red tresses, nose wrinkling as it's assaulted by the smell from the nearby stables, nodding in familiar greeting to the stone giant whose announcements likewise assail her ears, knowing better than to try to involve him in conversation.

Opening the door, she enters, pausing on the threshold as her eyes scan the room, a flicker of recognition here and there and a few frowns.  E'en so, her lips purse in annoyance as she continues, making her way over to the crowded bar, another nod for the bartender as she fishes a blue string from the box.  She turns to look around the room again before dipping her hand in again for a second string, this one black.

"My brothers arrived yet ?" she asks hopefully, loud enough to be heard above the din, brows raised.
Chp'Chek
 player, 7 posts
 aka. Thistle
 Ratkin witch
Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 14:59
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Chp'Chek finished off his platter of cheese and nuts, then licked the lingering honey from his fingers.  He polished off his tankard of ale and fished around loosening one of the many pouches at his hip.  He hopped off his stool and moved to a short round table obviously made for the shorter patron types.  He spilled the contents of the pouch onto the table, a bunch of six-sided dice made out of bones.  He waited to see if anyone else was interested in a game of liar's dice, bones, craps, or odds and evens.  Waiting patiently he retrieved and packed his pipe once more with a pinch of smoke weed.
Evelyn Innocente
 player, 23 posts
Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 15:38
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Evelyn smiled sweetly. "This One has been having a wonderful evening. Even if you have no stories, the conversation would be blessing enough...almost as good as that glass of clean water..." Evelyn put her finger to her chin thoughtfully. "Perhaps even better." The songstress grinned, padding her bare feet on the tavern floor. She giggled from excitement which sounded almost like angelic bells ringing in the soul. "This One must not take this for granted. She is very grateful." The slave girl looked at the back door where her Master had disappeared to. After a few seconds, she smiled again. "Perhaps This One can risk disobeying the Master." she mused. Raising her delicate hand into her long black hair, which reached the middle of her thighs, and pulled the knot that held her red blindfold to her eyes. As she pulled it away, she blinked hard at the level of light assaulting her vision. Evelyn opened her eyes, revealing irises of iridescent blue as if they were made from the clearest sapphire. The girl's pupils were not quite black and made it difficult to detect where their edge ended and her irises began. In spite of this, her beauty was almost painful to the eye, causing her to catch the eye of more than a few of the tavern patrons. Some of the bar girls shot her angry looks though she took no notice of any of them. The young woman bowed yet again. "This One's name is Evelyn Innocente and it is a pleasure for her to meet you."
O'Malley
 NPC, 14 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 16:50
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Berta Roth (msg # 126):

O'Malley makes his way back behind the bar as the ginger-haired lass approaches.  "As embarrassed as I am to admit it.  We've gotten so busy I lost track of who is and isn't in here.  I don't recall seeing them, but it'd be best if you take a look around for yourself." 

O'Malley reaches for several mug from under the bar and begins wiping them out with a clean white rag.
Teloin Ytrael
 player, 13 posts
 Bard
 In the Name of Truth
Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 16:53
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Chp'Chek (msg # 127):

Teloin watched the ratkin lay out his dice on the table, and considered only momentarily before standing and wandering over. "That wouldn't happen to be an invitation to play, would it?" He asked, gesturing at the scattered dice. "You honestly never know, in a place like this."
Jayne Kassender
 player, 20 posts
 Fighter
 Free Company Veteran
Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 17:24
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Jayne gave the gnomish bard a wide warm smile as she returned to the table reaching over to give her a slightly gentler than normal comradely slap on the back, "Good on ya Gnicely, never turn down another woman's affection, coin, or booze. Its just plain bad manners and thats a fact." As the tavern wench makes her way through the crowded common room the young red headed mercenary gives her a playfully considering look again only to receive a glare that should have reduced her to a smoking pile of ash from the women. With a sheepish smile and a gaelic shrug the young mercenary woman very conspicuously placed both hands on the table and busied them with hacking away at those greasy black sausages that smelled even more aggressively of garlic and spices once she managed to cut them open. Once the tavern wench was sure her shapely backside was safe from pinching or goosing she approached delivering the various drinks to the man and women at the table. She also gave the young mercenary a slightly less lethal glare as she stook the coins the woman had slide onto the table.

After that was done the young redhead finished off the last of the best bitter in her tankard and returned to the conversation at hand stopping every once in a while to pop a piece of greasy soaked meat into her mouth. "Your a good soul, that you are wee lass. Now if it had been me in her shoes, I'd have kicked the door into whatever tavern the drunk lout haunted, dragged him out in front of the whole town, slapped him across his fool face and accused of be the beast that he was then I'd call him out on a affair of honor. That I would, that I would, and it would have be over for him. Whatever he picked and whatever the rules, he wouldn't have walked away from that field, accident happen ya know." Jayne sat back with a rather vicious smile on her face and took a long draft from her tankard enjoying the strong dark brew inside before setting the mug down with a contented sigh. "But ye be right Gnicely, talking of death and destruction isn't for the now. We'll be see'n plenty of that in the days to come if any of us get hired, of that I have no doubt, so drink up all and spit in Takri's eye for the night." She raised her glass to the motion then shrugged softly at the gnomes next question, "I fear that the effort of the artists could be wasted on one such as me, never had the ear or the voice for anything other than marching songs or dawdy songs. But since there na seems better things to do."

Jayne responded to Reginald's sudden somberness with a playful shove from across the table as she used her knife to work at some of the lump of cheese on her plate, "Don't be going all maudlin on me now Reggie me boyo... how am I going to get you drunk enough to pay for me drinks later if you be getting all somber and broody on the state of the world. I'm not complainin since I'm most certainly in the sword end of the business, besides its much easier to get the results you want with a nice hunk of sharpened steel."

The young red headed mercenary slowly lets the witches leg go as she looks at her with a soft and yet still play smile on her face, she give the young witch a soft little rub with her own before returning to normal. Maybe something would come of this and maybe it wouldn't, who could say except the Gods but Jayne had learned long ago it was always worth trying even if it only lasted for a night. She let the two women speak of the dead man from her past, her own views on the situation clear and she was respecting what she'd said about talking about death and hurting. Then as things turned to festival again, "Aye then, I'll be seeing ya both there then." Then she responded to the witches last statement, "A noble goal and good luck to ya, I mean that from the bottom of my heart because you'll probably see my fool face on a regular basis considering the business I'm in and the quality of most street healer and chirurgeon."

At Gnicely words the young red headed mercenary raised her tankard into the air, "Your damn right there will be... you haven't heard the story of how I single handled saved King Elwin at the Battle of the Burning Forest or how I slew the dreaded Doombull during the Battle of the Three Armies. Ya truly haven't lived until you've heard tales of my thrill'n heroics." The young mercenary waved invitingly to the two newest members of this little conversational group. "A pleasure to be meetin ya Evee... Jayne is my name and soldierin is me game. In case you needed anyone introduced to a nice sharp piece of metal anytime soon."

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Guuug
 player, 13 posts
Sat 25 Jul 2015
at 19:26
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
It took a moment before the giant registered he was being spoken to and looked down at the one addressing him. His small eyes, almost tiny for his massive form, looked over the newcomer with interest. And while slow and massive, the giant's eyes did sparkle with intelligence. So many passed by the large rock like form dismissing him as dumb labor that Guuug had long accepted it. Worse were the ones who joked at his expense. He did not like that. Why could people not just be nice? But rarer still were the people in the street who addressed him, and the giant's curiosity was raised at the rare occurrence. One couldn't see it by his appearance though. Not a single line of his face shifted. He might as well be as solid as the half-finished bear statue next to him. His reply was as simple as it was to the point. The heavy, deep voice rumbling forth from deep within the massive form.

"YES."

Xtitkk
 player, 2 posts
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 00:15
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Guuug (msg # 132):

Greetings Master Guuug, we are Xtitkk of the High Ranges. We have heard much of the Stalwart Guuug who doth tend the portal.
He introduces with a polite bow How fare you this day

This message was last edited by the player at 02:40, Sun 26 July 2015.

Montgomery
 human monk, 6 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 00:40
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Montgomery pushes his plate away well, full and satisfied, then looks to get the attention of the proprietor. Which he will ask about the establishment,
"Mr. O'Malley, could you tell me if you have blacksmiths within your employ that are good at their trade? I dabble with it as a form of art and focus. But wanted to see if there was someone here that could make something for me. If not, then where would be the best place to go to get master quality work."
He liked to see what other people could make compared to his own works. Besides this would give him an opportunity to have a look around the place and see what all it held.
Chp'Chek
 player, 8 posts
 aka. Thistle
 Ratkin witch
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 01:21
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Chp'Chek looked up at the pointy-eared pink skin that approached the table.  He sniffed the air, hoping the scent coming off the elf would reveal its gender.  Elves always looked the same to him.

Chp'Chek holds a hand,  palm up, over the table.  Around his wrist is a woven bracelet from which dangles a pinkish pearl.  With a gentle movement of his hand he offers the Elf a seat.  "Liar's Dice, odds and evens...?"
O'Malley
 NPC, 15 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 01:50
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Montgomery (msg # 134):

O'Malley looks up from wiping out mugs to answer Montgomery's question.  "I don't have much need to keep a smith on the payroll at this point in my life.  We do have workstations, forges, and libraries of all sorts for rent on the upper floors."  Expecting the reaction he's used to from this information O'Malley answers the question before anyone listening has time to ask.  "Seems unusual, I know, but when you have favors to call in from folks with more time and magical aptitude than common sense you end up with a seven story tavern with forges on the top floor and a library larger than seems possible inside the building.  I'm sure you could find someone in O'Malley's willing to make what you need.  You could also head to The North Third, over Commons Bridge.  The district Southwest of the market is more of an area for specialty items.  Or Head North of Castle Senectus along the river, before you reach the wall you'll find a good number of master craftsmen.  Be willing to pay for high quality though."
Teloin Ytrael
 player, 16 posts
 Bard
 In the Name of Truth
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 01:55
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Chp'Chek (msg # 135):

Teloin sat, considering for a moment before reaching out his hand with a rather plain cup in it, and placed it in front of Chp'Chek, and then placing a similar one in front of himself. Both had apparently come from nowhere, but Teloin acted as if it was completely normal. "Liar's Dice should be fine." He said. After a moment he waved his hand over his own cup and it went from a light brown to a bright red, at which time he gathered up the five dice that were his and dumped them into his cup. "Do you want to call the first bid, or should I?" He asked. He frowned. "Unless you play a different Liar's Dice than I was taught. I do believe the game is fairly standard throughout the lands, however." He said cautiously.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:59, Sun 26 July 2015.

Chp'Chek
 player, 9 posts
 aka. Thistle
 Ratkin witch
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 02:29
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"You be guest and a fair game be called.  You be first.  A game with no stakes be a waste of time.  Of coin I have few.  A favor we play for, yes?"

Chp'Chek loved Liar's Dice.  It told him much about a person.  Were they witty, perceptive, deceiving, or dull?  Win or lose, he would gain insight into what kind of person Teloin was.  Even if he were to lose, he felt as if he always came away with more than he bet.  Chp'Chek was far more intelligent than the world gave him credit for.

Chp cast his bones.  He didn't even bother looking at what he had rolled until after Teloin agreed to the terms and made the first call.
Montgomery
 human monk, 7 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 02:41
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to O'Malley (msg # 136):

"Well well, you rent forges. How much is it to rent one for like a week along with a decent room around within your place? I will make one myself so occupy myself until I find work or it finds me. Do you sell the materials needed or would that require shopping around? Much like the clientele I figure they sell a lot of their findings to you."
He would make himself a temple sword then find someone in the future to magic it for him at a latter time. He was even thinking he might incorporate some dragonscale into it, perhaps in the handle or dome other fashion. It was all speculation until he started.

Once he was done with making accommodations for a room and the forge he would set about getting his supplies/ Turning to Wilric,
"Well my friend, I have just found something to do, as I am sure you overheard. If you would like feel free to come by and visit, I will be looking for you to sit with when I return here for meals and the like."
Montgomery liked Wilric so he would be seeing him around.

Of those in the room many seemed lively and interesting indeed, he did not try to judge anyone. Montgomery knew all people added to the balance of life regardless of their callings. There was only one thing he had observed that bothered him and that was the poor slave girl. Though tolerated in many ways it just did not set well with him.
Teloin Ytrael
 player, 17 posts
 Bard
 In the Name of Truth
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 03:26
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Chp'Chek (msg # 138):

Teloin rolled the dice, and cast a brief glance at them before turning his gaze back up. "A favor, but only within my current powers. I'll be truthful on whether or not I can achieve the favor you ask me should I win, on my life, but I'm not one to take undue risk. Some is acceptable, but too much can make a person regret a great deal." He contemplated for a moment. "Two One's." He said, leaning back in his chair.
O'Malley
 NPC, 16 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 04:13
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Montgomery (msg # 139):

"A bed in the common room will run you two gold a night.  A private room is five.  But I do believe you mentioned a decent room.  I have several magnificent private rooms left that include your own personal assistant for shopping and messenger needs, meal delivery, a rental horse for in-town travel, a private bath, and free laundry service for a today only price of fifty gold a night."

O'Malley gives a half-smile as he raises his eyebrows as if asking a question.

"Oh, and forges rent for 10 gold for an hour.  Materials not included."
  He adds this as an afterthought hoping to get back to the conversation of renting a luxury room.
Evelyn Innocente
 player, 33 posts
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 04:37
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's

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Evelyn Innocente
 player, 34 posts
 Neutral Good
 Bard/Oracle
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 04:38
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Evelyn chuckled."This One thinks you're quite funny, Jayne." The young woman looked individually at each person at the table. "Would you permit This One to ask where you all hail from?" Her shackles clinked vigorously as she waved her hand in a large circle, apparently indicating the world. Her eyes were wide as she was ready to grasp on every word they said. She was forbidden to ask questions beyond clarification of her orders and even then she was often slapped for insubordination. Evelyn's piercing gaze was almost disturbing as she attempted to take in every feature of the people she had managed to surround herself with. She felt strangely safe. These people looked at her like a person rather than an object for pleasure or wrath.
Persephone Trueblade
 player, 1 post
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 04:46
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Persephone's eyes twinkled at the sales pitch of the inn keeper, there was no shortage of gold in his coffers she knew.  He ran one of the finest inns and taverns in the city and she was glad she had lodgings elsewhere and did not have to pay his prices to keep a roof over her head.

Fair and comely, she waded through the other patrons towards the bar.  Smiling cordially to the barman, she ordered a cider and paid him before turning back to regard the bar's patrons and return greetings.  She did not haunt the place but did make a point of returning on a regular basis to determine if there was work that needed to be done.

A blue strand of yarn encircled her wrist but the sword that hung against the curve of her hip and the toned, athletic build left little doubt that she was an adept warrior.

In the city, when not seeking out danger, she wore a simple jerkin of leather over her kirtle to afford her some minor protections should she need to draw steel.
Maldrek
 player, 17 posts
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 05:02
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Evelyn's laughter made chuckle right along with her. It was infectious. I, as miss Evelyn here stated, am Maldrek. I am an alchemist by trade but as you can see, I'm not afraid get bloody if necessary. He said with a lingering smile from Evelyn's laughter.
Berta Roth
 player, 3 posts
 Human Warrior-Woman
 Let's do it my way
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 05:43
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Berta nods her thanks to O'Malley, casting her eyes over the crowd once more before replying, "I'll do that."  She knots her strings around her wrist.

The warrior-woman is not pretty, but by no means plain.  Perhaps if brush ever touched her tangled tresses or she wore anything other than worn leathers, she might even turn a head or two.  Though she'd been told more than once that her manners could do with some polishing too.

Resignedly, Berta checks her pockets, sighing at the few coin in there, weighing up matters for a moment before decisively placing the cost of her drink upon the bar top. "Ale.  Please."

Her lips quirks upwards in amusement as the coins magically slide away and vanish from sight, and with mug in hand she begins a circuit of the room, gaze flicking to the door each time it opens.
Barrett
 player, 3 posts
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 08:15
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Barrett grinned at the variety of games and intrigue being played around the tavern area. He spotted a game of liar's dice going down and was curious as to the stakes. Cards floated around at various tables and he saw more than a few patrons also watching the crowd, eager to pounce upon lucrative opportunities. What interested Barrett the most, however, were the two able bodied warriors that had stepped through the door. The first appeared as many veterans did, at ease in posture with subtle hints of preparedness. Barrett knew the posture well. Her demeanor might have suggested more training than experience, but Barrett had long ago determined such summary judgements to be deadly mistakes.

The second woman he spied was one of arrogant easiness. She held her pommels in view to deter the uninitiated. She seemed more straight laced and businesslike. He had heard her ask for her brothers and that was not what he was looking for. She had prior engagements it seemed. Still, the red headed woman was a good candidate for his purposes. Should her kin not appear, he would offer her a job. Instead he chose to focus on the newly arrived, straw haired lady. He finished the last of his drink and placed a few coins for tip. He rose, adjusting his belt and bandoleers again as he did. His hands rested on the grips of the two intricately carved, finely wrought metal and wood curiosities on his thighs.

With a tip of his flat, wide brimmed hat and a quick check to make sure his mask was not in the way, Barrertt struck up a conversation with Persephone. "Blue string means you're lookin' to earn coin with your blade. I might be havin' a proposal to hire it. Interested?" ,Barrett asked bluntly. No point in wasting time with pleasantries. There was work to be done. Maybe once he had a crew together, they could enjoy the tavern services a little better.
Guuug
 player, 16 posts
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 08:34
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Xtitkk (msg # 133):

Guuug slowly looked to the left of Xtitkk, then he looked over to his right.

"There is only one of you."

The man talked funny. Maybe he had been touching the obscura?
Berta Roth
 player, 5 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 12:25
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The warrior-woman's lips tighten as she catches sight of the woman with bound eyes in shackles and she half turns away, thinking to choose her path to steer well clear, until she spots who else is sitting nearby.  If she notices Barrett's regard at all, as she makes her way through the crowded room, she shows no sign.

"Gnicely !" the smile which she directs at the gnome also takes in the others at the table, serving as apology for the interruption, though the smile falters in the face of Evelyn.  "You seen Wyn or Gedd ?" she names her brothers as she turns back to Gnicely, more familiar with the entertainer than she'd dare with O'Malley, her tone still hopeful that the pair are somewhere to be found.
Gnicely
 player, 26 posts
 Gnome Entertainer
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 13:03
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gnicely gave a cheery agreement to Jayne's comment. It was pretty clear when Jayne slapped her on the back that Gnicely wasn't one of those soft delicate Gnomes: her back was respectably muscled, something her clothes had been designed to minimize.

"I'd be keen to hear your tales" she ventured. "If not now, perhaps later. Sadly I have no such tales of my own, but it's good to add them to my repertoire. And I agree with This One, you are quite funny."

She turned to look at the slave, her eyes assessing Maldrek again. "Greeting Maldrek" her tone wasn't at welcoming to him. She didn't like slavers.

"I myself am from the Iron Hills, but I moved here two decades ago. There is a sizable community of gnomes and dwarves in the undercity, and I have a small place rented there." she gave an amused look at Jayne and the witch, fairly sure knew how they would take this news "I have rented a space above a brothel. In exchange for occasionally explaining to rowdy customers they are not welcome, I get a much reduced rent. There isn't much of that sort of thing though, Madam Palm is very good at spotting and deterring such people."

Just then she saw a familiar face

"Hi Berta. Berta may I introduce you to Reginald, Shiana, Jayne and This One" she said, largely ignoring Maldrek. Slavers got little courtesy from her. "I'm afraid I haven't seen them. Not since I started playing. Are you worried about them, because if not sit and join us"
Xtitkk
 player, 3 posts
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 14:11
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Guuug (msg # 148):

Mirroring the Bouncers action Xtitkk looks to the right and left of Guuug. Not seeing others he moves to closet to the Inn changing position so his back is against the wall, and so he can see anyone approaching Yes we are only one.
Wyn Roth
 player, 7 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 17:35
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wyn takes his time as he saunters back to O'Malleys, nodding courteously to the troll outside in the same way as he generally does.  Quickly he makes his way through the establishment to the bar area, pushing back his thigh length jacket, he drops his left hand onto his rapier to  to stop the blade swinging around behind him as he walks which casually displays the white string he wears around his wrist.

Pausing inside the door he looks around for  either Gedd or Berta, if they aren't here, they should be shortly.  Spotting Berta's red hair across the room he makes his way across to her.  "Gedd here yet?" he asks, nodding a greeting to the other people at the table.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:35, Sun 26 July 2015.

Guuug
 player, 18 posts
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 19:59
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The giant looked at Xtitkk for a few moments more. A few long moments. Just staring. Finally he seemed to make up his mind.

"NO OBSCURA USERS ALLOWED."
Gnicely
 player, 30 posts
 Gnome Entertainer
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 20:30
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Aha I claim a victory" Gnicely said eyes laughing "I have found a Wyn. Now we only need to find a Gedd" she nodded a welcome to Wyn, and introduced him to the other people around the table in the same way she had introduced Berta

"It seems to me, friend Reginald" she observed "That you have enough people at this table to meet the needs of your venture. The point of this evening is allow hirer and hiree's to get together. As you are interested in being a hirer, perhaps you could tell us what sort of mission you had in mind, and how many people you need"
Wyn Roth
 player, 12 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 20:41
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Evening Gnicely.  Ladies, Gentlemen." he includes the others in the general greeting. 

Then, in response to Gnicely's question, he looks towards Reginald expectantly.
Chp'Chek
 player, 11 posts
 aka. Thistle
 Ratkin witch
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 20:55
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The Ratkin kept a careful eye on the Elf's hands as he tipped his cup.  Slight of hand could change the odds.  Once the dice were on the table he stared at the Elf's face looking for any clue as to whether he was bluffing or not.

Two ones was either an interesting starting bet or a boring one.  It depended on whether the Elf was playing wilds or not.  "Are ones ones or are ones wild?  You be first caster, call is yours" Chp'Chek asked the Elf.  There were slight variations in rules across the land and he wasn't sure by which rules the Elf was playing.  If ones were ones, the Elf was basically forcing the move back onto Chp'Chek perhaps to see what number he would call.  If one's were wild, it would not only force Chp'Chek to bid at least 3 of something but it meant the Elf likey had a strong hand with so may wild dice showing.
Montgomery
 human monk, 8 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Sun 26 Jul 2015
at 23:44
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
O'Malley:
In reply to Montgomery (msg # 139):

"A bed in the common room will run you two gold a night.  A private room is five.  But I do believe you mentioned a decent room.  I have several magnificent private rooms left that include your own personal assistant for shopping and messenger needs, meal delivery, a rental horse for in-town travel, a private bath, and free laundry service for a today only price of fifty gold a night."

O'Malley gives a half-smile as he raises his eyebrows as if asking a question.

"Oh, and forges rent for 10 gold for an hour.  Materials not included."
  He adds this as an afterthought hoping to get back to the conversation of renting a luxury room.


As O'Malley runs down the prices of rooms and forges Montgomery nods approvingly though will close with,
"Oh no, a private room would be more than generous for my needs, I can manage the rest of it myself. Besides I would prefer eating down here where all the activity is at."
Getting out some coins Montgomery pays for his needs,
"So, I will pay for the private room for two weeks to be sure, two eight hour days in the forges and access to a workbench for that time...."
Adding the numbers in his head,
"70 gold for the room, 160 gold for the forge and throw in 70 gold for access to a workbench to finalize my work. 300 gold good for you?"
Persephone Trueblade
 player, 7 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 00:50
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
'O'Malley must be the wealthiest innkeeper on the content,' Persephone mused inwardly.  He just took in more gold from one customer than a lord or baron would take in from their holding in an entire month!  Her father would be impressed.  His best forged swords cost less than what O'Malley was charging for a mere 2 weeks and some forge time!

She shrugged inwardly, it was an honest deal, no deception involved, guests received the finest of everything and O'Malley did not conceal any costs, there was no fraud.
Evelyn Innocente
 player, 36 posts
 Neutral Good
 Bard/Oracle
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 01:21
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Evelyn pondered what the gnome had said as the apparent brothel enforcer indicated a few of her acquaintances that have just arrived. The slave girl's heart swelled as she pictured herself traveling far from her master and the torment she has suffered. She stared through the gnome, lost in thought.[Language unknown:  "En Acti Pral nce k utbe?"] Evelyn whispered under her breath. Her shackles clinked as if to answer her.
Xtitkk
 player, 4 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 02:14
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Guuug (msg # 153):

Xtitkk nods Master Guuug, If one may enquire what manner of race are you.
Teloin Ytrael
 player, 20 posts
 Bard
 In the Name of Truth
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 02:38
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Chp'Chek (msg # 156):

Teloin nodded at Chp'Chek. "Ones are wild." He said, leaning back in his chair. His face remained mostly impassive, though he was looking rather intently at the cup hiding his dice, as if thinking very carefully. His hands were still in his lap, but if one listened closely enough, he could be heard to be silently humming to himself.
Maldrek
 player, 18 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 02:54
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Gnicely (msg # 150):

Please, make no mistake. I do not own This One, or anyone for that matter. I despise slavery. I am a contrast to the reputation of my particular race. I have even thought of asking her master for a price or even an exchange for a lot of money in the fighting pits, by betting on an under dog. I may not look like much of a fighter but well all have an animal side. I have learned to harness that particular side of myself with my mixtures. His voice is resonating as he spoke. He indicated to his vials on his body that were visible when he mentioned is mixtures.
Persephone Trueblade
 player, 10 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 03:01
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Barrett:
Barrett grinned at the variety of games and intrigue being played around the tavern area. He spotted a game of liar's dice going down and was curious as to the stakes. Cards floated around at various tables and he saw more than a few patrons also watching the crowd, eager to pounce upon lucrative opportunities. What interested Barrett the most, however, were the two able bodied warriors that had stepped through the door. The first appeared as many veterans did, at ease in posture with subtle hints of preparedness. Barrett knew the posture well. Her demeanor might have suggested more training than experience, but Barrett had long ago determined such summary judgements to be deadly mistakes.

The second woman he spied was one of arrogant easiness. She held her pommels in view to deter the uninitiated. She seemed more straight laced and businesslike. He had heard her ask for her brothers and that was not what he was looking for. She had prior engagements it seemed. Still, the red headed woman was a good candidate for his purposes. Should her kin not appear, he would offer her a job. Instead he chose to focus on the newly arrived, straw haired lady. He finished the last of his drink and placed a few coins for tip. He rose, adjusting his belt and bandoleers again as he did. His hands rested on the grips of the two intricately carved, finely wrought metal and wood curiosities on his thighs.

With a tip of his flat, wide brimmed hat and a quick check to make sure his mask was not in the way, Barrertt struck up a conversation with Persephone. "Blue string means you're lookin' to earn coin with your blade. I might be havin' a proposal to hire it. Interested?" ,Barrett asked bluntly. No point in wasting time with pleasantries. There was work to be done. Maybe once he had a crew together, they could enjoy the tavern services a little better.


"Greetings I am called Persephone and I have taken gold for my skills but I am of the order of the Dragon, the cause must be just, the quarrel, honourable," Persephone responded courteously.

"Is the quest you speak of honourable?"
Chp'Chek
 player, 12 posts
 aka. Thistle
 Ratkin witch
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 05:50
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Chp'Chek pulled lightly on the long patch of hair growing from his chin.  "Lucky or full of goat droppings? he asked with a playful grin.  If the man really had two wilds already he could easily rebid if Chp's was too low, forcing Chp to bid and again in a manner more suited to the Elf's manipulations.  Chp'Chek got a wiley look in his dark walnut-brown eyes.  "Five threes." he said with a wide grin.
Jayne Kassender
 player, 23 posts
 Fighter
 Free Company Veteran
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 06:02
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Jayne gave the slave woman as warm as smile as she'd given the others although this time it took a little more effort than with them, she'd never held much with slavery and the way the young woman spoke about herself was more than a little off putting for the red head. But once that would have completely knocked her for a loop, now though she'd been hardened to the unusual and off putting by years in foreign lands fighting alongside foreign people often of strange or dubious quality. You didn't live long in her profession if you let other people's unusual customs or traits throw you for a loop, that was a good way of mortally offending someone who you would need watching your back during a fight or possibly watching over you will you slept in camp. "You're far too kind to a simple soldier mi lass but since you see fit to flatter me I shall grant ye the boon ya asked for... especially since it tis a answers that has no meanin of the now. I was born on a wee small farm a couple miles out of the hamlet of Three Rivers in Senectus and I spent much of me life there before I was called to war. The land was dark and rich, you could plant anything there and it would grow with only the smallest help from meddlin human hands while the rivers kept anything nasty for getting into the county so the woolies could roam free all over the fields. Ten generation of me ancestors were buried in those hills under grave stones engraved by our hands, son for father, daughter for mother..." For a moment then young mercenary leaned on the table her blue eyes clouded and distant not seeing the world as she started into the tankard of dark brown best bitter in front of her. "All dust and ash now...."

A long shuddering breath passed from the muscular scared form at that and for a moment she seemed on the edge of crumpling in on herself then with startling suddenness she threw her head back and drained the tankard in on long draw. She slammed the pewter mug down onto the table hard enough that there was a possibility she'd bent the soft metal with a loud sigh of pleasure at the taste then she let it go bring both of her hands up to her face and slapped them against her cheeks hard enough to live bright red marks. After that display she raised her hand calling for another and that wide warm smile was firmly back on her face while her blue eyes had cleared and seemed to sparkle with playful life again. "Ahhhhhhh....Beggin your pardons all... By the gods this is some good bitter... I be thinking that I'll need some help going home tonight lest I wake in the pig pen again." She made it sound like that wasn't a uncommon thing for her.

Jayne practically beamed at her gnomish drinking companion who'd taken her slap on the back so well, "Never ye fear my wee lass, this life that we are all apart of provides ample opportunities for tails both real and imagined. With a little luck by the time you've been in it as long as I have and you're still breathin then you'll have so many tails that you'll get tired of tellin them to the next generation of fresh meat. Thank ya both, you flatter me this simple soldier... which speaks volumes for both your tastes but I won't be holden that against ya."

She turned to look at Evelyn's companion as he spoke up and ended looking up and up with a spark of interest flashing in them as they fell on Maldrek, "My my, ye be a big fella arn't ye.... are you being this beauty's beast... or tis it the other way round."

The red haired young mercenary gave the two new friends of Gnice her familiar smile and raised a newly delivered tankard of best bitter invitingly for them, "A pleasure to be meetin the both of ya, you're more than welcome. You tis came at the rightest of times the coin purses are lose, the ale is flowing free, tongue are wagging fast and free, every person ya meet is yer best friend for life, and all tis be right with the world till the hangover potion be needed." Even as she spoke she gave the warrior women, Berta, a quick and very professional once over.

This message was last edited by the GM at 14:31, Mon 27 July 2015.

Barrett
 player, 11 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 07:33
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Persephone Trueblade (msg # 163):

Barrett took in a long, slow breath of patience. Last thing he wanted to deal with was a religious zealot, but maybe she had promise for him. He shifted his weight to one side and flipped the brim of his hat up. He spoke in the same, slow drawl as before but with a measure of something that could only be described as salesmanship. "Reckon' you aren't going to find my line of work agreeable. I'm a bounty hunter and looking for a few strong swords to help me track down the big payoffs. I figure these bounties, in a city this big, are going to have some muscle on the payroll. Still interested? Can't say I've met an upstanding citizen with a bounty, but the bounty doesn't pay to ask questions," he finished with a shrug of his shoulders. He eyes the woman again, trying not to leer. She didn't seem taken with fervor, merely expressing a strong morale code. He could work around those.
Guuug
 player, 20 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 07:53
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Xtitkk (msg # 160):

Guuug stared blankly at Xtitkk. This fellow's mind was clearly far removed from the world if he couldn't recognize what he was. It's not as if his kind was exactly keen at hiding themselves or in fact, walk down a street without being noticed. Surely the fellow had seen his kinsmen before. No, this man's mind was floating off on a cloud somewhere from whatever stuff he was using.

And that meant he was not a  welcome patron at O'Malley's. Guuug made a shooing motion (in glacial slowness) at Xtitkk to have the fellow wander off.

"YOU SHOULD LEAVE. NO OBSCURA USERS ALLOWED."
Wyn Roth
 player, 15 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 08:20
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wyn frowns slightly as he tries to make sense of the conversation that has been going on at the table he has, apparently, joined, but finishes up smiling passively and waiting for the potential patron to lay out his work requirements.

However, the voluble young red head reminds him that he doesn't yet have a drink, so he beckons a member of the waiting staff over.  With a quick glance to make sure that Berta still has a drink, he orders a cup of white wine mixed with water.

This message was last edited by the player at 09:46, Mon 27 July 2015.

Gnicely
 player, 37 posts
 Gnome Entertainer
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 11:43
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gnicely's attitude to Maldrek changed markedly as he explained he wasn't the slaver. She couldn't quite make out what The One was saying, but the girl had all the signs of someone damaged by her experiences to her. Gincely didn't say much, but she stopped giving him the cold shoulder.

"Tell you what Jayne" she suggested "How about if we stop short of that 'just one more drink' tonight. That will mean you remember what happened and have just as good a time. I'd offer to help you home but" she gestured down to herself and gave an amused look "you must weigh four times what I do"

"Speaking of which do you have a place to stay? You sound as though you are just back from the war. This place is a nice place, but it's more than a little pricey. There is a room next to mine at Madam Palm's. The rent is cheap. It's underground, but right next to the entrance down"
she looked at her drink and smiled a little. She was guessing as to Jayne's likes and dislikes and there was a mild problem. Even if Jayne might not see it as a problem "You'd have to be careful not to spend your money all there though..."

She nodded to Wyn

"I was just saying we are a pretty reasonable group at this table. Support. Swords. Skills and combat magics. Perhaps Mr Reginald here, or some other patron would be interested in discussing something with us"
Persephone Trueblade
 player, 11 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 11:50
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Barrett (msg # 166):

"Who is it you are trying to find?  What crime are they accused of or sentence have they eluded?" Persephone asked, saying neither 'yes' or 'no' to the possible work, merely wishing to learn enough to make a decision.
Barrett
 player, 14 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 12:37
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Barrett put a hand out in a gesture of placation. "I think you misunderstand me. I don't have a contracted bounty. Not yet. I'm looking for swords to have my back. If you want a cut of the bounty, you get a say in which ones we take. Everyone pays in gold, so I'm not picky on who hires us. I will say that the city guard have a few souls they look to exchange gold for. Most of the time, you don't even have to kill them. Alive pays just as good as dead. So don't worry about killing or trackin' down innocents. I'm a man of honor, not an assassin," he finished with a sincere look and tone.
Persephone Trueblade
 player, 13 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 12:59
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"I am relieved to hear of your principled outlook and if the matter is one of principled justice then I would be willing to partake in such a quest - but only if it is justice.  So I will say neither yes or no, merely when the bounty is offered, I will consider it then," Persephone responded tactfully.  "How long have you been collecting bounties?" she asked, wanting to hear more.
Barrett
 player, 15 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 13:11
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Barrett scratched a phantom itch on the side of his face. Usually people didn't ask him too many questions as he tended to keep to himself. He knew the deal was still to be made, however, and he needed to close it. "Tell you what. I've been at this awhile and would be willing to part with a few stories in exchange for some  drinks. After you hear my tales, you join me going either to the bounty boards or city guard and picking the first bounty. Let you get a feel for the work. If you don't like it, you can leave, no questions asked. Hunting down folk ain't easy or everyone would do it," Barrett said with an outstretched hand. He would have to find a few more bodies to fill out his posse, but one was a good start. Well, a possible one anyway.
Persephone Trueblade
 player, 14 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 13:20
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Persephone was unaccustomed to buying drinks for anyone, typically they had been bought for her and often only given a sip of courtesy as drinking to excess was less then exemplar in one attempting to be an example of good character.
"Very well Yeoman, what will you drink and what is your name?" she asked, addressing him as a freeman as he did not seem to be the gentry, clergy, nobility and if he could afford to be in such a place, he was no peasant.
Berta Roth
 player, 10 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 13:28
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Worried that they'll get here after all the best jobs have gone," Berta mutters sourly in reply to Gnicely, then starts as one of her missing brothers comes up behind her.  "You're late," she accuses Wyn, fighting the urge to turn around and glare at him, instead nodding again at those the gnome introduced and a grin for Jayne whom she'd seen around the city, though never exchanged more than a look, spreading her cloak wide with her free hand under that worthy's regard to reveal her blades ... but ends up in some confusion as her gaze falls last on the unannounced Maldrek, raising a brow to her friend.

"You're welcome to him,"
she mutters to the gnome, turning away quickly ... but as soon as the words are out of her mouth she gathers Wyn up in a rough hug to give them the lie, then releasing him to dicker with Reginald, in light of Gnicely's question, her own interest apparent though she knows when to hold her tongue ...

... particularly in light of Maldrek's admission - though she shares the gnome's relief, those vials speak of something unnatural, despite the man's claims to the contrary, though if Gnicely is willing to give him a chance, that's good enough for her.

"I'm up for it,"
whether she speaks of the hangover Jayne promises or the gnome's suggestion is unclear, "but you'll have to talk to him," she nudges Wyn with her elbow. "He's the clever one."
Barrett
 player, 16 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 13:39
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Barrett smiled an impish smile and replied in the normal drawl from before. "Something strong and I'm known as Barrett," he said. Barrett eased his body a bit, unwinding from the unexpected tension of negotiations. He gestured to an open area where they could chat. Once settled, Barrett regarded his new accomplice. "So, what's got ya curious?" , he asked in a simple tone. Even though they had struck a simple deal, the real conversation was about to begin. Barrett had a feeling he was going to enjoy it.

Unconsciously, his hand returned to rest near the grip of his favored sidearm. The thing was nearly two decades old, the wear and tear subtle under the diligent maintenance. Barrett was closing in on his fifth decade and his knowledge, guile, but most importantly his skill with his weapons kept him alive. Hard living was etched on his face as he removed his hat and set it down next to him to facilitate proper conversation. Plus it was just plain rude to have a hat on at the table. His knuckle bore the scars of that lesson well. His skin was leathery, tanned by the sun and wind. He had an odd charm about him though. It was a mix of rugged reassurance, confidence, and the hint of once handsome features a score of years past.
Persephone Trueblade
 player, 17 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 14:14
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Very well Barrett," Persephone responded agreeably, ordering two varieties of mead, cyser for her and considerably stronger, sack mead for him.  She directed the barman to send it to their table before turning to find a table.

Taking a chair, she gathered her kirtle's skirt about her and sat up straight to speak with him. "So, you have had many season's in the service of justice?" she asked, turning to accept her drink when it arrived and toasting him before taking a sip and listening for his response.

This message was last edited by the player at 14:15, Mon 27 July 2015.

O'Malley
 NPC, 17 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 14:41
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Montgomery (msg # 157):

"That is my price.  I thank you for staying with us and please don't hesitate to ask one of the staff for anything else you may need."  O'Malley slides a small flat green stone towards Montgomery.

At closer inspection the stone appears to be some kind of rock similar to jade.  On the top is a number "15" carved into the stone.  "Key." O'Malley states.  "Let's you in, but keeps everyone else out." 
Kaylynn Skarsol
 battlemage, 34 posts
 Your Mistress
 Your Death
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 14:49
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Kaylynn watches the slave with growing interest as she discusses the finer points of religion with Nathaniel.

"...When the cat's away, the mice will play; as the expression goes. One wonders whether or not its Master will let ME play with it?.. After all, it did have the audacity to speak to me, demanding I be quiet as well. Perhaps I should demand it needs lashings?..."
Evelyn Innocente
 player, 41 posts
 Neutral Good
 Bard/Oracle
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 14:54
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Evelyn's eyes sparkled at the similarity she found she had with Jayne. "This One once lived on a farm as well. She would wake at sunrise and milk the cow, and she would climb her GIANT apple tree." the slave waved her arms, her shackles sounding like tiny bells. " There was also a hive of the nicest honey bees that lived in the walnut tree behind the cabin. They always let This One have some of their honey to sell at the market." Evelyn shivered with delight at the memory. She looked around at the different people who had gravitated towards the table. Her mind reeling at the thought of all the different places they had seen, things they had done, and memories they had made. As Jayne made mention of her beauty, she bowed her head as fitting her station. "This One is not deserving of such words. Those are reserved for people, not slaves such as I."
Mud
 NPC, 2 posts
 council member
 Valarez
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 15:03
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Evelyn Innocente (msg # 180):

As Evelyn finishes speaking the back door her master entered opens.  The robed man walks into the common room with a look of preoccupation on his face.  He suddenly stops without even taking his hand off the door and quickly goes back into the private room as if he forgot something.  He did not even have a chance to look toward Evelyn, but she knew better than to assume he didn't know what she was up to.
Barrett
 player, 18 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 15:06
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Barrett cocked his head in thought for a moment before answering Persephone's question. He had to honestly think about how long he had been at his career. Once the number was settled, he answered. "It's been the better part of a score o' years. First started after I learned powder and shot ain't to cheap to make. The hunt for better materials turned me to bounty hunting. The gold was easier to get back then. Now I gotta work for it. Even so, it isn't justice that drives me. I ain't fit to judge a man, but I can bring him to someone that is. Only been a few cases where the bounty was placed out of greed or vengeance. I've collected on both the infamous and the simple man. 'Tis not me that will say if the farmer who didn't pay his taxes deserves mercy. All I know about him is he brings in ten silver alive and none dead. Justice ain't in my determination. Only the bounty and the reason for it," he finished, taking a sip of mead. He gestured at Persephone with his mug. "How long have you held the righteous sword?"
Evelyn Innocente
 player, 43 posts
 Neutral Good
 Bard/Oracle
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 15:29
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
out of the corner of her eye, the slave saw the back room door open and her master step out. Fear cut through her like cold slimy dagger. The dread apparent on her face, she dropped to the ground, fumbling with her blindfold. The girl's shackles let out a cacophony of noise as she rushed to make her self more "appropriate". Evelyn quickly tied the blindfold and raise her hood. The woman's pale skin was clammy as she shook with an almost primal fear. [Language unknown:  "Es In me th enatutst! Ssres ivcapo mius ompliv setha ck tha om n tinithvor ore ing ca! Ad ncll li som eefoofthus es ieeeta! Inear e miek'watr!"] Evelyn quietly said amid the legs of the people she had just been enjoying herself with. "This One has no will of her own. She lives because master allows it. She should be thankful to her master, and THIS is how she repays him?!" Her cheerful and curious disposition had faded, leaving her a broken mess on the floor.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 16:37, Mon 27 July 2015.

Persephone Trueblade
 player, 20 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 16:07
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Law tempered with mercy is important," Persephone responded to his explanation of judgement.  "My family is called Trueblade for the tools and weapons they have forged for generations.  Sturdy, dependable, and sold with honour are descriptions of our wares," she smiled with a small degree of pride. "When a messenger of the Dragon came to me five seasons ago to request service to the Dragon I could not refuse.  I have earned my spurs and shield but remain a Dame-errant, perhaps one day, when I merit it, I shall rise higher in our order," she smiled humbly.
Shiana
 player, 15 posts
 Healer
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 16:11
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Before she can speak, the girl who kept referring to herself in a strange way threw her thoughts off. The way she spoke of herself and her situation made the witch grow angry. The person who has the audacity to say they own this girl had earned her ire. Thinking back to how she wanted to avoid violence but constantly finding ways to push her, she cannot help but think this is some kind of test for her. She looks to the thrush sleeping on her shoulder then upwards to the ceiling in a gesture of looking to the sky while muttering what could be a prayer. "[Language unknown:  Iowi leeliv omosom o ul fohana ront ndle ti, sa o toen?]"

Seeing Jayne quite inebriated and trying to leave for home while noticing the time of day, Shiana sighs as she stands. She intercepts Jayne before she can leave for good. "I think I know something that can help. It's not that late in the day and this will be my drink to you." She guides Jayne to a stool near the bar as she asks for a two glasses, one filled with hot water and the other with cool. While waiting, she digs out a few strange looking herbs from her pouch. Taking about four pinches from four different ones, she mixes them in her hand. Once the hot water arrives, she tosses in the mixture and stirs it in.

Handing both glasses to her, she beams up. "Take the one with herbs first. You're going to want to drink fast since it is not a pleasant taste. Then drink the plain water to help wash it down. You'll still be inebriated, but it shouldn't be as apparent and you should be able to think a little clearer. " She simply waits with a smile to see if Jayne drinks them. It's also evident she is waiting to be amused by the kind of reaction the mercenary will give once she imbibes the remedy.
Vun fain
 player, 2 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 16:25
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
 *A Humanoid fox man standing a 6 feet even and dressed in a blue shirt covered by a grey vest and almost matching blue pants steps through the doorway. A silver pendant depicting a Melting Hourglass hangs from his neck, a sign that he is a devout worshiper of The Mother, and yet hanging from his side by a small chain is a large book, common for Wizards. He walks in, using his well made wooden quarterstaff as a sort of walking stick. He realizes his kind might be an unusual sight around here, but he makes no attempt to hide himself. Still he seems wary of everything around him as he finds a place to sit and does so.*
Reginald Quintolian
 player, 18 posts
 Noble Gunslinger
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 16:59
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
As Evelyn and Maldrek approach the table, Reginald shoots a furtive glance over to the others at his table. Quite an interesting duo if he might say so himself. Even more curious were the shackles tightly wrapped around Evelyn's wrists... Still one to be polite, however, Reginald introduces himself to the two. "Hello Evelyn and Maldrek, I am Reginald. I have actually grown up in Valarez my entire life, but unfortunately I cannot say I have any tales of adventure or escapades for you, Evelyn. I could tell you about my business, but I have a feeling you won't find that particularly interesting..."

Turning to Gnicely, but still speaking to the whole table, Reginald responds to her inquiry, "I do have a purpose for coming here, but it is not quite necessarily related to my line of work. Lately I have noticed that some of the politics of Valarez have become somewhat muddied with some of the wealthier families involving themselves by less than legal means. Bribery, backroom deals with crime organizations, what have you. I haven't quite worked out the details of everything just yet, but there was something I'd like to do about this situation..."

He would have continued with his explanation, but suddenly Evelyn throws herself underneath the table, her attitude a complete flip of what it was when she had introduced herself. "Master?" he asks, quite disgusted at the thought of slavery residing within his own Valarez.  Suddenly her shackles made a lot more sense. "Evelyn, who is your master?"

This message was last edited by the player at 17:06, Mon 27 July 2015.

Karon
 player, 3 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 17:02
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
As the Knight and the Bounty Hunter discuss their professions, a dark-cloaked being silently approaches from behind the bounty hunter, quite silently (OOC: Stealth @ +18). He pointedly clears his throat, alerting both conversationalists of his presence. In a rough, gravelly voice, he says "Distracted by another pretty face. That always was your problem, Chuck. If I was hunting you, I'd have you cold right now." He peels back his hood to reveal a green-skinned face garbed in the finest armor. It is a hobgoblin, but one who appears more competent than the norm for that race. He reaches for a heavily-laden sack at his hip, and tosses it onto the table between Persephone and Barrett, where it lands with a thump. "Melroth sends his regards" says the creature as a part of the sack falls aside to show a severed human head. "Meet Temro Sinclair. Thug and assassin from Ferrignis. Melroth offered me the bounty on you, but he's such a cheapskate that I turned him down. Instead, this guy got the commission. Lucky for you, there was a price on his head as well. Consider this a favor. For old times' sake."

This message was last edited by the player at 17:03, Mon 27 July 2015.

Evelyn Innocente
 player, 45 posts
 Neutral Good
 Bard/Oracle
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 17:19
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Evelyn had heard the young man at the table address her, but she dared not move from her spot on the floor. "This One is the sole property of Mud, master of the arcane and member of the Council that serves our majesty, the king. This One is his. He took her for his own after binding her former master." The slave said, her elegant voice dripping with fear almost beyond reason.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:20, Mon 27 July 2015.

Kaylynn Skarsol
 battlemage, 35 posts
 Your Mistress
 Your Death
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 17:27
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Evelyn Innocente:
out of the corner of her eye, the slave saw the back room door open and her master step out. Fear cut through her like cold slimy dagger. The dread apparent on her face, she dropped to the ground, fumbling with her blindfold. The girl's shackles let out a cacophony of noise as she rushed to make her self more "appropriate". Evelyn quickly tied the blindfold and raise her hood. The woman's pale skin was clammy as she shook with an almost primal fear.  Evelyn quietly said amid the legs of the people she had just been enjoying herself with. "This One has no will of her own. She lives because master allows it. She should be thankful to her master, and THIS is how she repays him?!" Her cheerful and curious disposition had faded, leaving her a broken mess on the floor.

Kaylynn laughs quietly to herself as she watches the slave prostrate herself, as if it would make a difference.

"...Wonderful. How delightful..."

Resuming her conversation with Nathaniel;  Ennui is no longer fit to be a God. He was cursed to walk alone, separate from the Gods, from the beginning. He has the Power of Godhood, yet the other Gods curse him to live as he did as a mortal; alone. He is uncaring, apathetic towards even his own flock. That alone should be explanation enough.  As Kaylynn talks, her voice takes on a hard edge to it, her contempt for Ennui clear.
Persephone Trueblade
 player, 21 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 17:34
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Karon:
As the Knight and the Bounty Hunter discuss their professions, a dark-cloaked being silently approaches from behind the bounty hunter, quite silently (OOC: Stealth @ +18). He pointedly clears his throat, alerting both conversationalists of his presence. In a rough, gravelly voice, he says "Distracted by another pretty face. That always was your problem, Chuck. If I was hunting you, I'd have you cold right now." He peels back his hood to reveal a green-skinned face garbed in the finest armor. It is a hobgoblin, but one who appears more competent than the norm for that race. He reaches for a heavily-laden sack at his hip, and tosses it onto the table between Persephone and Barrett, where it lands with a thump. "Melroth sends his regards" says the creature as a part of the sack falls aside to show a severed human head. "Meet Temro Sinclair. Thug and assassin from Ferrignis. Melroth offered me the bounty on you, but he's such a cheapskate that I turned him down. Instead, this guy got the commission. Lucky for you, there was a price on his head as well. Consider this a favor. For old times' sake."


Persephone turned astonished at the words and actions of the newcomer.  Not cowed by the demonstration, she spoke sternly in even, measured tones.

"Your actions are unbecoming and distasteful, this is a place of food and companionship, not a charnel pit.  Remove this from this place and demonstrate some respect for this establishment and the company here,"
her eyes flashed, the twinkle was gone replaced with steel.
Reginald Quintolian
 player, 19 posts
 Noble Gunslinger
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 17:40
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Hearing Evelyn's response, Reginald shakes his head. "I believe this just proves my point of the ever-growing corruption in Valarez's political system," he says in a matter-of-fact tone to the rest of the table.

Leaning under the table to talk more directly to Evelyn, he asks in a quite serious tone, "I don't suppose your master, Mud, is present here in O'Malley's today? I'd very much like to have a word with him, if possible..."
O'Malley
 NPC, 18 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 17:47
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Karon (msg # 188):

O'Malley shouts over at the newly arrived hobgoblin.  "O'Malley's is safe haven for all adventurers.  Mind that or I'll have Guuug mind you."  He goes back to serving drinks before looking back up again.  "And keep the garbage off my floors and tables!"
Vun fain
 player, 7 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 17:53
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
*Vun's ears twitch at the Hobgoblin's warning. This establishment seems a little rowdy and yet his presence hasn't even really been noticed. This works out for him as although he is not ashamed of his nature, he still doesn't like drawing unpleasant attention to himself. Still, one of the joys of wandering is meeting new people and seeing new places. He pulls out a single die from his possessions and rolls it on the table to decide if he should go talk to someone. He nods at the result and puts the die back before continuing to sit there and observe.*
Evelyn Innocente
 player, 48 posts
 Neutral Good
 Bard/Oracle
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 17:54
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Evelyn stood and gazed at the man through her thin blindfold. "You would be throwing your life away for the sake of a worthless piece of property. Master is cunning and subtle beyond comprehension. He wouldn't even notice you lest you draw his ire any more than you take notice of the ants as you walk down the street." Evelyn hangs her head. "How dare you, a freeman, concern yourself with trash." Tears began to dampen her blindfold once again. Her shackles clinked as her hands hung by her side. The woman bit her lower lip, causing a trickle of blood to run down her chin.
Karon
 player, 4 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 18:02
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Persephone Trueblade (msg # 191):

"Bah. Don't get your chainmail underwear in a twist, little miss" Karon says as he picks up the sack and restores it to his belt. "Just reminding my 'colleague' here that sometimes you're the pursuee instead of the pursuer." He sketches a brief bow in Persephone's direction. "Forgive the crudeness of my introduction. My name is Karon. Like Chuck here, I'm a bounty hunter. We last met in Ferrignis where we were both hunting down a necromancer."
Kaylynn Skarsol
 battlemage, 39 posts
 Your Mistress
 Your Death
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 18:43
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Evelyn Innocente:
Evelyn had heard the young man at the table address her, but she dared not move from her spot on the floor. "This One is the sole property of Mud, master of the arcane and member of the Council that serves our majesty, the king. This One is his. He took her for his own after binding her former master." The slave said, her elegant voice dripping with fear almost beyond reason.

...

Evelyn stood and gazed at the man through her thin blindfold. "You would be throwing your life away for the sake of a worthless piece of property. Master is cunning and subtle beyond comprehension. He wouldn't even notice you lest you draw his ire any more than you take notice of the ants as you walk down the street." Evelyn hangs her head. "How dare you, a freeman, concern yourself with trash." Tears began to dampen her blindfold once again. Her shackles clinked as her hands hung by her side. The woman bit her lower lip, causing a trickle of blood to run down her chin.


"...Hmm. Interesting. I must search out this "Mud", though I doubt that's his real name..."
Persephone Trueblade
 player, 22 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 19:02
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Karon:
In reply to Persephone Trueblade (msg # 191):

"Bah. Don't get your chainmail underwear in a twist, little miss" Karon says as he picks up the sack and restores it to his belt. "Just reminding my 'colleague' here that sometimes you're the pursuee instead of the pursuer." He sketches a brief bow in Persephone's direction. "Forgive the crudeness of my introduction. My name is Karon. Like Chuck here, I'm a bounty hunter. We last met in Ferrignis where we were both hunting down a necromancer."

"Lit-" Persephone began to retort at the manner of address but instead regained her composure. "Your decision is appreciated Karon.  I am Dame-errant Persephone of the Order of the Mercurial Dragon," she responded in introduction, drawing out her full title in response to 'little miss'.

She glanced at Barrett for his response to his seeming comrade.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 19:50, Mon 27 July 2015.

Gnicely
 player, 42 posts
 Gnome Entertainer
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 19:06
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Excuse me a few moments" Gnicely said to the people around her "Too much to drink" with that she headed to the ladies washroom


OOC Sorry I can't post with the post rate this high. I'll come back when it calms down.
Teloin Ytrael
 player, 22 posts
 Bard
 In the Name of Truth
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 19:12
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Chp'Chek (msg # 164):


Teloin cocked his head, and for a brief moment toyed with his cup before simply picking it up and revealing his dice in challenge. He'd gotten an awful roll, and his persistence would result in little more than an excessively drawn out game. Better to accept defeat than drag things out. "I believe, unless you ended up rolling even worse than I did, that you may have won that favor." He said, laughing quietly.
Kittran Valerian
 player, 15 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 19:21
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Taking his time during the noontime lull, Kittran had decided to spend a few minutes on the eastern bridge, leaning his forearms against the wooden railing and gaze out over the water.  There was always something about it that soothed his mind, and considering his past history, he likely needed a good amount of that.  There was a time during the War of Senectus where looking over a body of water would have made him tense or frustrated, but he was no longer waiting for his lover's return from a far away land.  Now, the sound of the water lapping against the wooden support beams of the bridge just served to ease away the troubles of the day.

Luckily for him there weren't very many people who were interested in perusing a library of magical information and artifacts in Valarez.  Less so when they saw part of it under construction.  It had been quite a while since he had settled in the city, but he was never quite satisfied with the building that was simultaneously his home and his place of business.  It seemed to be perpetually under construction, and what money he had earned that didn't go to his family he poured into constant renovation.  After all, there was no telling when there would be a person that would require a wealth of information to solve their problems.  The thought that he could help in such a manner made all of the trouble worthwhile to him.

Pushing off the wooden railing with a sigh, the young man rolled his shoulders to ease the sore and stiff muscles from too much late night reading before he moved on.  While his forest green hood was covering his head to ward off the noonday sun, staying in one place too long often made the inside of it feel like a sauna.  The little bit of breeze that picked up as he walked was enough to pick up his spirits as he headed south along the end of the bridge before turning west towards O'Malley's, some of the chain links interwoven with his tunic clinking in response to the increased speed of his movements.

Kittran was no stranger to the local establishment.  In fact, it was his usual spot for lunch given the fact that it was also a decent location to scout for jobs for either himself or the mercenary group he had joined in the recent past.  As a strategist, keeping up on local information was also something that he could never quite wean himself away from even though he was no longer as active an adventurer has he had been a few years prior.  However, he always wore the strings he had long since gotten from O'Malley's before.  He had them so long they had been long since woven together out of boredom into a red and blue bracelet that he wore on his left wrist.  It was usually deposited in a bag that hung from the red sash that was cinched around his waist, but the inn was on his planned agenda for the day.

Rounding the corner, he approached the establishment only to be greeted by the familiar figure of large stone standing before the door.  Raising both his hands to the sides of his head, he pulled back the hood to reveal his face which was brightened with a smile in greeting to the bouncer of the watering hole.  [Language unknown:  "Shetioard ilpoil, Chtana,"] he stated with a pleasant lilt to his voice, letting his hands come to rest at his sides.  [Language unknown:  "Iv ovela e lesi nt forardwer.  Noalst misi wi ne outmenthi lateautraess llitel P bleei be tiniet intratant no was us?  P whtoit p usnot hisng seho, ndeughwhi.  Naone uthi m vor lo tistno wabe lifo, u strthimen!"]  The language of the giants came easily to his lips as though it was something he had practiced for many years.  The laughter at the joke he made came just as easily as the good-natured smile evolved into a charming grin that split the well-maintained beard on his face.
Guuug
 player, 25 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 19:46
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Guuug turned to the familiar voice as slowly as ever as he carefully stepped around in his spot. Seeing Kittran made him happy, but as ever it did not show outwardly. The man's Giant was good, but it was always odd to hear someone so small speak it. It seemed to lack... timbre. Still, the idea was a good one. It was too busy for him to get to his sculpting, but a pipe would do just fine.

[Language unknown:  "TICBUTNDE. NGST. EEIO AREVIRTHI K ALLWILWAS. P OER RUT USNCENHA IL ECEIRE. Ss LE OUOFEI NOT FORAC STLE ULPEPA. O THIREDHIS PA HI ULCEMOIV SANIE. ICOU RILLIVIL WEREVEARE. LEATE."] The giant raised an arm a bit in the direction of Xtitkk.

The giant then turned to the stable boy. It took a few moments. "GO GET MY SMOKING BAG SAM. IN THE KITCHEN." The boy had already anticipated it, and had gotten up and had been patiently awaiting Guuug turning around, but he wandered off to do what he was asked.

In a few moments more, Guuug will be turned back to Kittran and Xtitkk.
DM
 GM, 76 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 19:47
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
I'm closing the thread for a bit to post some npcs that will get groups split.  Bear with me and check back later.


Please see my post in the OOC thread. 

This message was last edited by the GM at 01:31, Tue 28 July 2015.

Mud
 NPC, 3 posts
 council member
 Valarez
Mon 27 Jul 2015
at 20:00
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The back door opens and this time Mud does indeed come back into the room.  He heads directly to the table Evelyn is cowering under.  “Come, it is time.”  He commands the girl.  He turns to walk away then changes his mind and turns back toward the others sitting at the table with Evelyn.  “Would you feed a starving red dragon?  Or give the lich back it’s phylactery?  Not all who shine are stars, some are raging infernos.  They just need one little spark to ignite.”  Mud turns and walks away from the table not caring to hear a response.

Instead he walks to the table where Kaylynn and Nathaniel sit.  First addressing Kaylynn, “I would be honored if you should join me for a bit of conversation.  I don’t expect one such as yourself to take up my offer, but at least do me the favor of listening to my request.”

Then to Nathaniel, “I know of you as well.  Vedainerad holds you in high regard if he saw fit to send you to me.”

Turning to Chaparral, “Would you do me the pleasure as well?”

Mud then calls over to O’Malley loudly enough so even those outside can hear.  “And O’Malley, tell that great buffoon at your door to let my hairy friend in for The Mother’s sake!  Send him back when he manages to find his way around that obese rock.”


OOC - Please move to the Chapter 1 thread
Kezra Callie
 NPC, 1 post
 council member
 Valarez
Fri 31 Jul 2015
at 12:50
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
A woman wearing a white silk dress accented with a gold chain belt approached O’Malley’s.  Her long blond wavy hair contained a single stripe of gold at the side of her bangs.  A blue bandana pulled up over her face covered the majority as if she were ready to hold up the Queen’s Bank.

“Guuug, keeping all the riff-raff out?  How would O’Malley make more money if you did?”  She gave the bouncer a smile beneath the bandana.  Reaching into her sleeve the woman pulled out a handful of small violet stones.  “I’ve heard they taste like candy.”  She hands the pile over to Guuug as a shout comes from inside.

“And O’Malley, tell that great buffoon at your door to let my pipe smoking friend in for The Mother’s sake!”   The woman looks at Chk’Chek.  “I think you’re wanted inside.  You as well Guuug, if you have a few minutes that is.  I think it’s your break time.”

The woman steps inside O’Malley’s to see Mud finish berating the bouncer without his presence.  “Mud, so good to see you old friend.”  The smirk fades from Mud’s face.  “O’Malley, I need a private room in the back please.  You do still have that delightful enchantment on the bar I hope?”  She turns to see O’Malley nod before pulling an impossibly large sack from her sleeve.  “I think this will cover it.”  The blonde woman tosses the sack, but not to O’Malley.  Instead she throws it opening down to the far side of Mud.  As it flies through the air thousands of copper pieces spill across O’Malley’s.  Seconds later they begin to slide along the floor toward the bar in a wave of copper.  Mud nearly loses his footing as the woman chuckles.  Her laugh is ethereal and contagious.  Several other patrons begin to laugh as well.
Mud
 NPC, 4 posts
 council member
 Valarez
Fri 31 Jul 2015
at 12:51
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
After catching his balance Mud gives the woman a burning stare.  “Tell your father I said hello Kezra.”  He turns and makes his way toward the back room.
Kezra Callie
 NPC, 2 posts
 council member
 Valarez
Fri 31 Jul 2015
at 12:52
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Kezra’s laugh abruptly stops.  She scans the room settling on the table where Evelyn hides.  [Language unknown:  “Ameal onmo poomth pe sonderestnot p lesomewer llpo'eecaan ven tethof.  Enc ul shetedave proeauwhe ill.  Ni ent.”]  Examining the wrists of many of the patrons the woman points to almost a dozen or so.  “I need a job done, well paid but legal.”  Kezra motions to Chala, Montgomery, Maldrek, Shiana, and Xtitkk.  “Actually, make that two rooms O’Malley.”  She tosses several platinum on the bar and motions Wyn, Berta, Gedd, Somitha, and Wilric to the second room.
Luca Grey
 NPC, 10 posts
 Lt. of the Guard
 South Third
Fri 31 Jul 2015
at 12:57
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
An older human clad in heavy but ornate armor walks into O'Malley's.  He scans the room seeming to look each person in the bar in the face before moving to the next.  The man walks up to several tables close enough that he can speak without yelling and says something to several adventurers.    Before you have a chance to respond the man continues on to another table seeming to search for someone.  The man eventually seems content that he has examined the entire crowd of would-be adventurers and makes his way to the table in the back left corner.  He pulls out a chair and sits.
Hearth
 NPC, 1 post
 famed adventurer
Fri 31 Jul 2015
at 12:58
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
A large human, but not unnaturally so, enters O’Malley’s.  His height reaches well above six feet and his width is nearly half that.  He wears a set of gloves with the symbol of a melting hourglass on them.

Seeing the older man who recently arrived speaking to only part of a group at a nearby table the large man waits.  Once the older man is finished the large man approaches the remainder of the group.  “If he can trust you lot then I suppose so can I.  If it’s work you’re looking for I have one of noble purpose and financial reward.  Meet me at that empty table if you’re interested.”  He points to a small table against the wall.
Velkarah
 NPC, 19 posts
 Exotic Animal Trainer
Fri 31 Jul 2015
at 19:46
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
As the room begins to clear out Velkarah looks over at Quix knowing the loud-mouthed gnome was here to hire a group.  Velkarah wanted to get the "left-overs" but still have her choice over the gnome.

"I'll wait a few more minutes Seg."  She says to the small grey animal in her pouch.  "We may have a few stragglers still." 
Kamahou
 player, 2 posts
 Kameron
 Human
Fri 31 Jul 2015
at 20:04
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
He stood proud. He stood tall, with his head held high. He walked into O'Malley's with a smirk on his face and oomph in his step. He was proud of himself and his accomplishments, he was proud of being himself and clearly, nothing could get him down.

Now, if only he wasn't eye-level with the underside of a table, someone might actually take him seriously... For once. His bravado and hubris wound up with him waltzing in and, rather unceremoniously, knocking his head into the edge of a table. Thankfully, nothing was on it, but it was clear that he'd seen better days now. The reddened part of his forehead was a glistening reminder of his lack of awareness and while the sights and sounds of the locale were all too interesting, the smaller human seemed to hoist himself up onto the chair and sat the somewhat vacant table, lamenting his attempt at looking cooler.

(Infernal) "Stupid table... If I knew where that sorcerer was, I'd have you turned into a fancy pile of ash. Or some kind of charred husk. You just wait..."

Muttering a bit more to himself, he eventually would look to catch a waitress on her way by to order some water and a room, clearly seeing the need to have somewhere safe to sleep.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:05, Fri 31 July 2015.

Maderas
 player, 6 posts
Fri 31 Jul 2015
at 20:15
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
A smiling human wandered into O'Malley's looking at a card. "Ah yes I believe this is the place. Now where are they hiring?" He looked around for the other adventurers.
Darkadesh Itznogud
 player, 2 posts
 Blue Hair, Steelgrey Eyes
 CG Gnome Engineer
Fri 31 Jul 2015
at 21:23
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Being in a new Town still was quite exciting to Dar. So many new things to see, and it was also the biggest town he had ever been to, in his entire life. It felt a little overwhelming to him.

It had taken him a little asking around, and investigation, but most of the people seem to feel like O'Malley's was the place to go if one was looking for a job and while Dar hadn't secured a lodging just yet, getting a head start on the whole job business would probably help with his depleting funds.

Just as he reached the Pub, a human, holding a card, passed him by, opening the door for him, for which Dar was silently grateful. He wouldn't have to worry about trying to reach up to open a doorknob that wasn't exactly designed for someone of his size.

Nodding to Nyko, the white Kingsheperd Dog, into the direction of the open door. “Let's go Nyko. And remember, we talked about this. No barking or growling at strangers. This isn't our home.

And with that he moved in, followed closely by his white Dog, towering over him. Dar looked around, trying to make sense of what was going on inside the pub, and finally spotted what he was looking for. A large blackboard, where locals would leave small messages and advertisements. Making his way over the the board, still followed by the Dog, he pulled over an empty bar stool and climbing on top of it. Once standing on the stool, he reached back and pulled a prepared parchment from the scroll case attached to his backpack.

Pinning the parchment onto the message board, he climbed back down and and turned his attention to one of the empty tables, putting the stool back into its place, before he made his way over to one of the tables, still flanked by the Dog, which seemed to keep an Watchful eye over its master.

The parchment now hanging on the message board reads:

Darkadesh Itznogud, Gnome Engineer Extraordinare
In need a skilled Clock-, Lock- or Trapsmith?
Searching for an Invention?
Look no further. Darkadesh Itznogud is at your service for a reasonable fee.”

Vu
 player, 1 post
Fri 31 Jul 2015
at 23:44
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Vu scurry's into the door just before is closed behind the last patron. He doesn't like being around so many humans, or other races. He doesn't even see another Kobold, but maybe in the crowd. Either way Vu needs work, and this is the kind of place to get work. First things first, he walks over to a bar stool and pulls himself up. "Anybody around here hiring?"
Karon
 player, 6 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
Fri 31 Jul 2015
at 23:51
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Persephone Trueblade (msg # 198):

"You're Errant? Well, I'm not one to judge how you humans conduct yourselves" Karon says with a grin to let the woman know he is tying to be humorous. "I think I heard a Bard once who put it aptly. There ain't nothing Like a Dame....." He glances at Barret to see if he has any reply, or whether he planned to be his usual somber self.
Xtitkk
 player, 5 posts
Fri 31 Jul 2015
at 23:53
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Guuug (msg # 202):

Disregarding the rude creature Xtitkk headed down the wall and entered the Inns open area. Winding his way through the tables to an vacant one which was positioned near a section of the wall without a window. Seating he scanned the other partons and waited for an attendant to approach.
Danethel
 player, 2 posts
 Eclectic scholar
 Elf
Sat 1 Aug 2015
at 00:30
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Down the stairs that lead to the sleeping chambers descends a bleary eyed elf. He's dressed in rich clothes of black velvet and violet satin, and shimmering gold jewelry about his neck and fingers.  While finely attired his clothing is in disarray as if slept in.

He slumps into a seat at an empty table and waves a packet in his hand absently at the waitress, "barmaid! Make a tea from these herbs, and bring me some stew and bread."  He looks about at all the assembled patrons through heavy lidded eyes.  "Isn't it a bit early for a party?"

This message was last edited by the player at 00:33, Sat 01 Aug 2015.

Barrett
 player, 24 posts
 Bounty Hunter
Sat 1 Aug 2015
at 02:40
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Karon (msg # 215):

Barrett looked up with a slight grin, hand never leaving his pistol. He rose to meet Karon, eye to eye, and tilted his head towards an empty table. "Seems I have a job waiting for me, Karon. We maybe in the same town again, but hopefully it is big enough that you won't fall as flat as your jokes. I'll be seeing you around," he said as he moved to the table the the big man had indicated.
Vun fain
 player, 20 posts
 Kitsune Scholar
 Beware Everything!
Sat 1 Aug 2015
at 03:20
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
*Vun has been quietly reviewing his own spellbook at a table this whole time. This must truly be a diverse and almost jade town if the sight of a Kitsune in his natural form walking into the tavern didn't attract at least a little attention. It was just as well since he wasn't wanting to cause any trouble anyway, but still he found it surprising. He had been idly listening to some of the other conversations, but felt it was rude to eavesdrop too much.*
Archain
 player, 4 posts
Sat 1 Aug 2015
at 06:26
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The enigmatic Archain was fashionably late to arrive, catching only the tail end of O'Malley's instructions. He caught enough though to know he needed to tie some yarn around his wrist. He paused as he contemplated which string to pull.

"Technically, I could be called a combat caster," he mused silently. "Though, Drox does risk himself at my behest."

He stroked his chin as he contemplated.

"Best not to confuse things," he resigned with a visible shrug. He pulls out a length of the red yarn, enough to wrap three times around his wrist. He then finds a place at the bar, nodding to get the tender's attention.

"Greetings," he says with a friendly grin and putting a couple gold on the counter. "Your best house ale, and keep it coming."
Gorn
 player, 2 posts
 Human
 Ranger Guide
Sat 1 Aug 2015
at 07:02
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gorn quietyly entered O'Malley's and took a seat in the corner. Life had told him to carefully weight his surroundings before making any decisions. When he had inquired about a place to eat and provide residence he question was always answered with "O'Malley's". Now that he had finally located the place, the range of patrons and possible inhabitants peaked his interest.
O'Malley
 NPC, 19 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Sat 1 Aug 2015
at 12:51
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
O'Malley launches into his memorized speech yet again as a flood of new patrons enters.

O'Malley:
"Welcome friends!  My name is O'Malley.  Gather round real quick and I'll explain things for the new ones, fresh-faced or otherwise."

"If it's work you're looking for I'll explain that part in a moment.  The dueling pit and betting have been moved since our relocation.  There is currently no basement, I hope that will change in the near future.  Upstairs are the expensive rooms.  I'd love for you to stay there, provided you have the coin that is.  The top floors house our private workstations, labs, forges, and libraries.  You could head into town for all that but why deal with the hassle when you could rent ours."

"Work then.  This floor is for eating, drinking, and obtaining work.  On the bar you'll see four small wooden boxes."  O'Malley gestures at the bar in front of him.  "Each box contains a different color of yarn strings.  If you make your coin by risking your body and your sword you'll want a blue string.  Combat casters take red.  Support casters take white.  That leaves those who specialize in certain skills and abilities.  All you sneaky and socially skilled folks grab a black string.  Tie the string around your wrist like a bracelet and find a seat.  Hopefully spend a few silver on some drinks and wait.  Those who need certain skills will find someone with the appropriate colored string.  Everything that happens between you and your employer is your business and does not affect my business.  Clear?  Good." 


"Animals stay outside!  He shouts at the white dog." 
Mud
 NPC, 5 posts
 council member
 Valarez
Sat 1 Aug 2015
at 12:53
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
A cloaked man moves toward Vu with confidence.  "I have need of your skills.  Please join us in the back room."  He motions toward a door at the back.  "The others are already in there." 
Quix
 NPC, 5 posts
 Expert: Magical Trinkets
Sat 1 Aug 2015
at 13:04
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
A blue-haired gnome finishes telling a long-winded and almost certainly embelished tale about the time she talked her way out of a beholder's lair before pointing to several patrons in O'Malley's.  "You there, I have some work!"

OOC - Gorn, Archain, Kamahou, Maderas, and Darkadesh please start posting in the separate thread.
Velkarah
 NPC, 20 posts
 Exotic Animal Trainer
Sat 1 Aug 2015
at 13:10
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Seeing her missed opportunity Velkarah curses in Abyssal.  [Language unknown:  "Ofof, houundsta.  Hou u k hiwhe lesina."]

She rises from her seat for the first time since entering O'Malley's prior to all these adventurers coming in.  The small grey animal hops out of her pouch onto the table and seems to guard the table for her not realizes it couldn't scare off a mouse let alone a human.  Walking to each adventurer in turn she nods at them and motions to the table with the dancing creature on it.

OOC - Kittran, Karon, Vun fain, and Danethel please start posting in the chapter 1 thread.
Karon
 player, 7 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
Sat 1 Aug 2015
at 15:07
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Karon crosses over to the boxes, taking out both a blue string and a black string....for future needs. He then goes to join the strange-hued woman.
Kittran Valerian
 player, 22 posts
Sat 1 Aug 2015
at 16:11
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The smile remaining on his face, Kittran waited for the large monolith of a creature to turn in mid-conversation.  The young man was used to taking in the quiet times and moments in life: the rustling of wind in the trees, birds singing, the warm feeling of sunshine.  So, waiting for Guuug to finish moving wasn't irritating in the slightest--it just allowed him to take in and enjoy the little things in life.  Listening for the telltale, sharp click-clack that signified his large friend had finished his rotation, Kittran's forest green eyes focused once again after letting his thoughts drift to the rustling grass nearby.

 he replied with a wry smile.    The language of the Giants still felt a little strange to the young man.  The rumbling of chest required for a fully fluent accent still eluded him, and not due to lack of attempts.  According to the calculations he had been working with before, his chest would need to be expanded to at least three times its size in order to achieve the correct vibrato to equate to some of the finer accents.  Like pebbles crackling and rumbling in a gorge.  He had been working on a spell for such a thing, but it still required a bit more research first.  Initial testing suggested that it could interfere with breathing, which could be bad.  Thankfully, he had hired a new apprentice earlier in the day.

Stepping to the side, Kittran allowed the councilwoman to step past him into the establishment.  Kezra was an interesting woman he had to deal with previously when trying to establish his library.  However, he would not take a job from her at this point in time--it was often better not to mix business with pleasure.  On one hand he had the library, and on the other he had O'Malley's.  Honestly, he wasn't sure which was business and which was pleasure, but if both of them involved Kezra, he had the feeling that neither would be the latter.  His eyes simply followed her into the inn.  Noting the change of the regular random chaos into a more ordered chaos in the foyer when the door opened to admit the councilwoman, the young man could not help but sigh.

"Apologies, my friend, but I don't think we will have time for that smoke after all," he stated, his voice tinged with wistful regret in the now Common tongue he spoke.  "It seems the jobs are starting to be organized, and I would hate to be left out at the last minute.  You should start heading there yourself before all the good ones are picked!"  With that, he clapped Guuug on the back of the leg good-naturedly and instantly regretted it when his hand began to throb.  Sometimes he forgot that he was talking to a giant, animated pile of rocks.  Closing his hand into a fist, he shoved it into a pocket to save face from the swelling that was likely to start happening soon before making his way inside O'Malley's.

Upon entering, he scanned the tables, mentally crossing off potential jobs that did not seem to interest him.  Kezra's table was the first on the list to be eliminated in his mind followed by a few others.  Finally, his eyes settled on Velkarah as she stood.  Quite interesting.  When the small animal fell out of her pouch onto the table, Kittran's eyes fairly lit up.  It had just gone from interesting to intriguing!  That was usually all he required to hear out what a job entailed.  What was the point of doing another banal job when he already had the library?

With a chuckle, he stepped softly toward her table, the interwoven chain in his tunic making the same small intermittent metallic sound as coins in a coinpurse.
Danethel
 player, 3 posts
 Eclectic scholar
 Elf
Sat 1 Aug 2015
at 18:50
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Danethel's tea arrives smelling strongly of mint and other herbs.  He makes some gestures over it and mumbles arcane sounding words, then begins drinking.  As he does so his eyes clear and he sits up straighter. Once he's done he arranges his outfit and takes in the room once more.  He's now alert and well kept a stark change from his earlier appearance, the image of nobility.  Among the usual half orcs, humans, elves, and gnomes he sees a kobold and raises an eye brow, and a ratkin he raises another eyebrow, as well as a kitsune unfortunately he's out of eyebrows.

He has barely finished his stew when a strange woman motions him to her table.  Intrigued, he heads over and sits relaxed in one of the chairs.
Xtitkk
 player, 6 posts
Sat 1 Aug 2015
at 21:20
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
On hearing the Proprietor's Comment Xtitkk moved across to the boxes available in the courtyard. Picking out the ban he required and slipped it on. Returning to his table he glanced at those worn by others he passed.
Vu
 player, 3 posts
Sun 2 Aug 2015
at 00:32
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Vu looks at Mud curiously, Work is Work he thinks. He hops down to the floor and walks into the room which he was directed to.
Malgrom
 player, 2 posts
 Hobgoblin Ranger
 Known Around Town
Sat 8 Aug 2015
at 23:40
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Malgrom slips quietly through the door. The green skinned hobgoblin sways as he walks, his dark grey cloak showing humps on his back suggesting weapons or something large being concealed. He grins as he looks around the room, happy to see the diversity of the city he calls home.

He walks up to the counter, and twines a red and black thread over his wrist, then lays down a coin on the bar, paying for an ale. He waits patiently for his drink.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:41, Sat 08 Aug 2015.

DM
 GM, 94 posts
Sun 9 Aug 2015
at 13:00
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Malgrom (msg # 231):

A large man sitting at a table with three others waves Malgrom over.

OOC - switch to the group thread please. 
Kaylynn Skarsol
 battlemage, 63 posts
 Your Mistress
 Your Death
Sun 9 Aug 2015
at 14:27
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Kaylynn walks out from the back room she went into with Mud and several others. She looks around for an empty table and sits down, waiting for an employer with more taste and respect than "Mud" displayed.

As she sits there watching the other patrons, she thinks to her self.

"... perhaps I SHOULD find that sword. For someone else, anyhow. Worthless human attempting to insult me like that. Or better yet, find it on my own and hold it for ransom. Or just simply keep it.... One wonders what the human would think of that?..."

This message was last edited by the player at 14:38, Sun 09 Aug 2015.

Darkleigh Noon
 player, 3 posts
 The Other Guy
Sun 9 Aug 2015
at 17:10
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
     Leigh bent down low to give a fist bump to a much smaller adventurer next to him, both of them laughing as they walked away from the temple of the mother, the squeeky voice next to him came from a squirrel walking tall with an acorn under each arm "And then i told the priestess she needed a bath!" Leigh shrugged and nodded sagely, curiously looking around the city "Communing with nature will do that." The spent some time checking out the elephants, tethered much like a mount, the squirrel struck a few heroic poses from on it's head, they both cheered as it ate an acorn and slobbered on Leigh, they tried not to laugh while wishing the stable lad good luck, the three of them checking out the poo mountain forming in the street before the continued on, looking around the city in amazement before making it to O'Malley's.

     THey stood out front, watching in amazement at Gruug as Leigh considered the possibilities, could he even feel most things? the chance to write things on him alone seemed pretty sweet, if there was an emergency, just how long would it take him to actually get there, and could he fit through the door? He stepped into the noisy room as things were picking up it seemed, a boy was talking to the door... man, stone... thing, O'Malley was reciting a speech about the place as Leigh moved toward him giving a halfhearted wave and starting to introduce himself "Hi, I'm..." He stopped abruptly as he watched the other patrons and the goings on, facing O'malley as his eyes followed a shower of coins and he simply explained ... have to do this." He slid under a patron's table and went for it, crashing into the stream of coins and rolling around in it as he was carried toward the bar, slowly picking up speed, he tried to stand up and surf on them before doing an awkward split and rolling away as his back hit the bar with a crash. He struggled with it, going back and forth before yanking out a handful of copper coins, the few that were tossed to the sides resumed their path and moved toward the bar.

     Leigh and his companion sat there by the bar for several minutes, laughing loudly as he put down a couple of coins and the squirrel tried to ride them along the  the bar while striking poses and doing tricks, hopping between coins, grinding along the edge, excitedly exclaiming "Dude!"

     They still chuckled and tried to dust themselves off, looking dignified as if they meant to do that and took in the scene, clearly they had missed what was going on in most of the bar, that and they seemed to be a bit late to the party. They sat down and quietly watched the other for several minutes before hearing the welcoming speech again, quietly rooting through the boxes as Leigh tied a blue thread over his sleeve, the squirrel attempted to look bad ass as he took a black one, putting it on like a headband and scowling at the barman, Darkleigh sat back down, pondering what to order as the squirrel dug through his pocket, tail sticking out and waving around before he jumped don and carried of a coin to go talk to the dancing hedgehog, and order something.
Velkarah
 NPC, 25 posts
 Exotic Animal Trainer
Sun 9 Aug 2015
at 17:19
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The small grey animal looked to Velkarah as she spoke to the others.  It seemed to be waiting for a command or permission.  Without looking down Velkarah held up six fingers to the animal, all five on her right hand and the thumb on her left.  The creature scurried over to the squirrel and began to perform it's funny little dance.
Hipparran
 Player, 29 posts
Sun 9 Aug 2015
at 17:35
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The tall, bald man entered the tavern. At a glance there was little out of the ordinary about this man, he was certainly much less unusual than the other patrons of this establishment. Sure his clothes bore the dust of the road, his backpack was taut with supplies, and his bronzed skin appeared to be no stranger to the sun; but the same could be said of nearly any farmer or merchant.

The man paused and let his gaze pass over the room. At that moment an observer may have been struck by this man's eyes. His eyes were a bright green-blue and the iris took up nearly the entire orb.

After surveying the scene he walked up to the bar and leaned against the wooden structure as he waited to be served. At this point, anyone close to him may have noticed a few unusual traits about this man: a fragrance of salt and sea air hung over him, the sun hardened skin of his arms and knuckles were hairless, and there was a weight to him - as though his presence alone drew attention.
Hearth
 NPC, 8 posts
 famed adventurer
Sun 9 Aug 2015
at 17:51
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
A large man at the side of the room begins a loud full-bellied laugh which goes on for at least a full minute.

"He'll look like a farmer, but you'll want him!  Are you looking for work friend!"
Hearth calls over to Hipparran.  "A friend said you'd be here and I was beginning to think her a liar!"

Hearth waves the man at the bar over to the group.
Hipparran
 Player, 30 posts
Sun 9 Aug 2015
at 18:54
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
After receiving his drink the bald man grabs a red thread from the box and ties it around his wrist before turning to look for a place to sit.
Govannon
 player, 1 post
 HP: 37/37 AC: 23/12/21
 Fort +6 Ref +6 Will +5
Sun 9 Aug 2015
at 22:36
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Govannon enters O'Malleys after a long farewell to his warcat, Molly, whom he is forced to leave in the stables. He gives the appropriate coin to the stableboy for the sabling of the exotic creature, but he reiterates that the warcat will not listen to anyone but himself. After a sandpaper kiss from the beast, he makes his way inside on stout legs. After stepping through the threshold, he hears one of O'Malley's repetitions and grabs himself a blue string. The dwarf ties the string as a bracelet after rlling up his sleeves, the blue of the string clashing wonderfully with the red rug of hair on his wrist.

"A job fair. Well, I ain't ever seen nothin' like that before." he said, mostly to himself. Govannon made his way steadily to the bar, where he climbed up on a stool and ordered a few pints of stiff brew.
Krognar
 player, 1 post
Mon 10 Aug 2015
at 15:43
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
After some arguing whether or not he should leave Sascha, the Ioun Wyrd at the stables, and finally (after a trying back and forth) decided to do so, Krognar entered the bar, grumbling.

"I need a drink, " he said as he approached his brother. "Leaving Sascha outside all alone, someone can.." his grumbling went on and on.
Govannon
 player, 3 posts
 HP: 37/37 AC: 23/12/21
 Fort +6 Ref +6 Will +5
Mon 10 Aug 2015
at 18:39
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Govannon clapped his brother on the back in greeting. "She'll be fine. She'll probably find Molly and they'll watch after each other." The dwarf didn't like leaving his warcat alone in a stable either, but at the least he had his beast whistle in case he needed her quickly. "I ordered a few pints for us to get started with." he said, waiting for their drinks.
O'Malley
 NPC, 20 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Mon 10 Aug 2015
at 18:48
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"It seems you missed most of the commotion."  O'Malley calls over to the dwarves.  "We had a good three dozen adventurers looking for work not an hour or two ago.  Now the room's mostly empty.  You can see a few stragglers here and there." O'Malley points to a tiefling speaking to a group at one table and a large human, in both height and girth, dealing with another group.  "Don't worry, there's always more work to be found at O'Malley's.  Have a few drinks and I'm sure someone will find you.  If not, I'm always willing to pay a silver a day for dishwashers." O'Malley slaps the dwarves on the back as he laughs.
Ragdahr
 player, 1 post
Tue 11 Aug 2015
at 01:08
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Shortly after the pair of dwarves arrived, a third one stepped through the door. He had a certain resemblance to the pair that had arrived just before him, and like them, he approached the bar. "This is why I travel light," he said, letting out hearty chuckle. "Don't have to worry about stables and all." But travel light he did not.

Ragdahr took notice of the ribbon around his older brother's wrist, quirking an eyebrow slightly as he noticed the box with the rest of them. "I take it we are supposed to snatch up one of these?" he asked, glancing between his brothers and the innkeeper. Without waiting for an answer, he reached into the box and grabbed one of the blue ribbons. "Blue is a mighty fine color," he added as he proceeded to tie the ribbon around his left wrist.

"So who's got the first round?"
Govannon
 player, 4 posts
 HP: 37/37 AC: 23/12/21
 Fort +6 Ref +6 Will +5
Tue 11 Aug 2015
at 01:28
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Govannon claps the middle brother of the Boulderfall Boys, glad to have him along with them. "Of course yer askin' who's buyin' the first round." he said, chuckling to himself. "Ale's waitin' fer us, brother."

The oldest of the three looks up to O'Malley and speaks. "This a fine place ye got, O'Malley. Ye'll be seein' us Boulderfall Boys often enough."
Krognar
 player, 2 posts
Tue 11 Aug 2015
at 15:30
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Brother, nice ta see ya! How's the merc-life treating ya? I see you've gotten nice and fat, but have you gotten rich?"

Krognar laughs as he slaps his brother square in the back.

"Who are those folks, now?" Asks Krongar as O'Malley chats up the Dwarves.
Ragdahr
 player, 2 posts
Tue 11 Aug 2015
at 16:59
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Good," said Ragdahr, a grin forming across his lips, clearly pleased by the prospect of a full tankard of ale.

"Can't complain," he said to his younger brother. "It hasn't made me rich, but I've earned enough to lead a comfortable life." He shrugged slightly after saying those words. "It's been a bit dull as of late though, so I figured that I may find some more interesting work opportunities around this place," he added after a brief pause.
Govannon
 player, 6 posts
 Dwarf Hunter
 Boulderfall Boy
Tue 11 Aug 2015
at 17:21
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Govannon put an arm around each of his little brothers' shoulders. "Boys, we're gonna find one 'ell of an adventure out 'ere." he said, elated he had his family with him. "I can feel it in me beard. 'Ere's gonna be gold 'n glory 'n all sorts o' booze for us ta drink!" The dwarf tried to recall his last truly exciting escapade and it took far too long for his liking. Govannon felt he was due for something to get his blood pumping and knew his warcat needed it too. The thought of his trusted beast companion made him worry, as he knew how she didn't like to be alone.
Chaparral
 player, 25 posts
Wed 12 Aug 2015
at 02:28
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Returning to the main room of O'Malley's from one of it's back rooms the slightly enigmatic, and very red woman finds herself an empty seat at the bar and settles back down, the wristband indicating she still has yet to find a satisfactory contract still adorning her wrist.  Shortly there after the bartender brings over another wooden mug of whatever it was she was drinking before, and given the lack of need to order is likely the only thing she drinks here.
WaveTail MapleRider
 player, 1 post
Wed 12 Aug 2015
at 02:43
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
    He walked confidently through the bar, running up one of the tables and jumping onto the counter before shouting back toward O'Malley in a high pitch "Where do you keep your NUTS?" Leaving just Chaparral sitting there as he looked, he was concealed behind the mug.
O'Malley
 NPC, 21 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Wed 12 Aug 2015
at 13:38
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Below the bar.  Where do you keep yours?"  O'Malley grins as he leads Wavetail on.

Many of the waitstaff have left the formerly busy room and have started to clean up the area.  O'Malley continues to pour drinks and clean out mugs at the bar for the remaining patrons.

"There's always more work to be found at O'Malley's."
  He calls to those left in the bar.  "It just takes patience."
Govannon
 player, 10 posts
 Dwarven Hunter
 Boulderfall Boy
Wed 12 Aug 2015
at 15:12
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Govannon nods to O'Malley. "Long as tha ale keeps flowin', I'll be patient." he said, smirking. Looking back to his brothers, he asks a question. "So, which one o' ye 'as tha next round?"
Kaylynn Skarsol
 battlemage, 66 posts
 Your Mistress
 Your Death
Wed 12 Aug 2015
at 15:43
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Kaylynn watches as Chaparral leaves the back room and finds a seat at the bar. Her gaze turns back to the door from which she came, interested to see if any of the others prove "as worthless" to Mud as he thinks.

"...seems "Mud" isn't as experienced a negotiator as he thought he was..."
WaveTail MapleRider
 player, 2 posts
 The other Other Guy
Wed 12 Aug 2015
at 16:08
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
 "In my nutsack."   Wavetail dangled off the edge of the bar before swinging down, making an odd *Pitter**patter* as he ran up and down the shelves, finally leaving a couple copper coins behind as he jumped down, carrying a bulging coin purse over his shoulder like santa's sack, both cheeks stretched out to an impressive, oddly peanut shaped bulge as he sauntered out the door.
DM
 GM, 100 posts
Wed 12 Aug 2015
at 19:30
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
One of the doors to the back opens, a group Kezra took in emerges and heads for the exit.  Kezra comes out last and heads into the other room she rented.  After another twenty minutes or so this door also opens and the group files out much like the first, with Kezra at the back.  She follows the group out but catches Kaylynn's eye.
Kezra Callie
 NPC, 24 posts
 council member
 Valarez
Wed 12 Aug 2015
at 19:36
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
As the last of her new employees exits O'malley's Kezra stops at the door.  She turns and comes back to the table where Kaylynn sits and speaks loud enough for Chaparral to hear as well.

"Disagreement with the group?  Or did you find my old friend to be as disagreeable with yourselves as I find him to myself?  I would be interested to hear your thoughts.  Even pay for them perhaps.  As a matter of fact, I may have something you both could help me with.  Unless you're not interested in vengeance mixed with money?"

Ragdahr
 player, 4 posts
 Dwarven Fighter
 Tough as nails
Wed 12 Aug 2015
at 21:39
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Ragdahr looked around the bar as some other people walked into the inn, quirking an eyebrow slightly at some of the interactions. "I'll get the next one," he said in response to Govannon, turning his attention back towards his siblings.

"We can drink our fill for now, 'till some work opportunity shows itself," he said to the pair, a toothy grin forming across his mouth. "Or 'till we run out of coin!" He let out another chuckle after saying those last words. "Hopefully we can find some work before the latter happens," he added after a brief pause.
Danethel
 player, 14 posts
 Eclectic scholar
 Elf
Wed 12 Aug 2015
at 22:20
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Danethel rises, downs his ale, and bows to his companions at the table.  He then pays his tab at the bar, and exits O'Malley's.
Kaylynn Skarsol
 battlemage, 67 posts
 Your Mistress
 Your Death
Thu 13 Aug 2015
at 04:37
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Kezra Callie:
As the last of her new employees exits O'malley's Kezra stops at the door.  She turns and comes back to the table where Kaylynn sits and speaks loud enough for Chaparral to hear as well.

"Disagreement with the group?  Or did you find my old friend to be as disagreeable with yourselves as I find him to myself?  I would be interested to hear your thoughts.  Even pay for them perhaps.  As a matter of fact, I may have something you both could help me with.  Unless you're not interested in vengeance mixed with money?"

And what, praytell, would you be interested in my help for? If you have somewhere more, private, perhaps we can indeed talk.
Kezra Callie
 NPC, 25 posts
 council member
 Valarez
Thu 13 Aug 2015
at 13:50
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Kaylynn Skarsol (msg # 258):

"The enemy of my enemy..."  Kezra looks to the now empty room at the back.  "If either of you is interested I'll be in the back."  She walks toward the back making a detour to the dwarves' table.  "Stick around.  Next round's on me."  Leaving several gold on the table she continues on to the back and enters the room she had just left minutes ago.
Kaylynn Skarsol
 battlemage, 68 posts
 Your Mistress
 Your Death
Thu 13 Aug 2015
at 14:25
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
...Is most likely still my enemy, though they are more often than not, a great deal more useful.  Kaylynn says, finishing Kezra's statement. She gives a glance over to Chaparral, and with a shrugs as if to say "can't hurt" she follows Kezra into the back room.
Govannon
 player, 14 posts
 Dwarven Hunter
 Boulderfall Boy
Thu 13 Aug 2015
at 15:10
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Govannon blinks a few times at the generosity of the stranger, raising his brows in bemusement. "Boys, I think this city likes us!" he said, rousing his brothers with hands on their shoulders. "Let's drink like we don't have to pay the tab!" In truth, they probably didn't need to. Several gold would take care of the rounds already bought and quite a few more.
Ragdahr
 player, 5 posts
 Dwarven Fighter
 Tough as nails
Thu 13 Aug 2015
at 15:46
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Ragdahr downed the rest of his drink, clearly in a cheerful mood. "Stick around we will," he said as the mysterious woman placed some gold coins on the table before walking away. "You know brother, I think you may be onto something," he said to Govannon as that toothy grin of his returned to his lips.

"Barkeep! Another round," he called out jovially as he waved the empty tankard in his hand.
Govannon
 player, 15 posts
 Dwarven Hunter
 Boulderfall Boy
Thu 13 Aug 2015
at 16:01
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Govannon followed suit and downed his drink. "Make it two!" he said, mostly-white teeth poking past his beard as he grinned.
Krognar
 player, 3 posts
Thu 13 Aug 2015
at 16:46
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Like an Avalance, Krognar picked up on the Momentum of his Brothers, and demanded another round. "Oi, three!" He called out, excitedly!
Govannon
 player, 16 posts
 Dwarven Hunter
 Boulderfall Boy
Thu 13 Aug 2015
at 18:06
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Govannon set his drink down and leaned in, looking to Ragdahr. "Brother, it's been some time since I've seen you. I hope you've been collecting interesting tales in your line of work." he said, his beard shifting as he smirked. He, himself, had certainly been accruing stories and was anticipating even greater ones now that he was with kin.
Chaparral
 player, 27 posts
Thu 13 Aug 2015
at 18:30
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Unmoved by the vague taunting of Kaylynn, Chaparral does at least offer her attention when a job is mentioned, it is not however until the offered free round that she finishes off her current drink and slowly rises to her feet to investigate yet another back room full of secrets and mystery.
Ragdahr
 player, 6 posts
 Dwarven Fighter
 Tough as nails
Fri 14 Aug 2015
at 16:31
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"A few here and there," replied the middle brother. "But at times, guarding caravans just involves a lot of walking." He chuckled slightly and offered and nonchalant shrug. "Some unfortunate encounters with bandits every now and then," he added after a brief pause.

"Well, unfortunate for the bandits, I should say."

He let out another laugh and then took a hearty sip from his newly refilled tankard. Well, gulp would be more like it. "This is some fine ale you've got here," said the dwarf, raising his tankard in O'Malley's direction. [Language unknown:  "Str intnc man larentfor ileau wermi, eenll lale laek ncnot staic!"]
Gorn
 player, 13 posts
 Human
 Ranger Guide
Fri 14 Aug 2015
at 21:12
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gorn walked out of the room with Quix and returned to the seat he had occupied prior to the episode with Quix. Taking his seat he looked about the room, wondering if those still in the room had experienced similar frustration in their offers.
Krognar
 player, 4 posts
Sat 15 Aug 2015
at 04:54
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Krognar let loose a hearty laugh at Raghdar's quip about bandits. "Show them not to cross a Boulderfall 'eh!"

He shrugged at his brother's comment on the ale, and held up a finger in a matter of fact fashion."[Language unknown:  "wiadur beion. Yin llshe iouencble red di Ent k nd!]",

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Govannon
 player, 21 posts
 Dwarven Hunter
 Boulderfall Boy
Sat 15 Aug 2015
at 05:01
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Govannon nods, thoroughly satisfied that his brother's line of work hasn't been needlessly dangerous. He turns to the youngest, Krognar, and leans back. "And you, Krognar?" he asks, "I've seen Molly more than I've seen you lately. What have you been doing?"
Kezra Callie
 NPC, 31 posts
 council member
 Valarez
Sat 15 Aug 2015
at 18:39
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Kezra reemerges from the back room and walks to the dwarves' table.  "I have a job offer if you're interested.  Please join me in the back room after you finish your drinks if you are interested."

She looks over at Gorn who appears to be waiting for work as well.  "If you're looking for work I could use you as well.  It's at least worth a listen."

Kezra makes her way back to the door and calls back, "I'll let O'Malley know when I'm ready for you."
Ragdahr
 player, 7 posts
 Dwarven Fighter
 Tough as nails
Sun 16 Aug 2015
at 14:09
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Ragdahr chuckled at his younger brother's words. ""Indeed," he said, but his attention turned to the mysterious woman as she walked over to their table. "Yes ma'am," he said in response to her words. It seemed like patience did pay off indeed, as the barkeep had said. The dwarf took another sip of ale, trying to figure out what to make out of Kezra. He would find out sooner or later, since it seemed like she had a job offer for the Boulderfall Boys.

"And thank you for the drinks," he added before she went back into the other room. While Kezra remained much of a mystery to him, Ragdahr certainly appreciated her hospitality.
Krognar
 player, 5 posts
Sun 16 Aug 2015
at 16:09
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Oh, you know. Studying the stones. It sounds like a lot of technical nonsense if you're not trained. I can share it with you if you'd like, but I'm not sure yeh'd understand."

At the mention of a job, Krognar Idly turned his attention to Kezra and nodded. "Or we can just talk about it on the road!"
Govannon
 player, 22 posts
 Dwarven Hunter
 Boulderfall Boy
Sun 16 Aug 2015
at 16:13
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Govannon downs the remaining drink he had and nodded to Kezra. He looked to Krognar and smirked. "I dun' got rocks fer brains like ye, Krognar." he said, chuckling. "Ye can leave it ta yerself unless Ragdahr wants to hear."

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Gorn
 player, 14 posts
 Human
 Ranger Guide
Sun 16 Aug 2015
at 16:46
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gorn acknowledges Kezra with a nod. Looking over at the other table Kezra had spoken to, he stands and walks over to the table. "Greetings, appears we may be working together. My name is Gorn, may I join you?"
Ragdahr
 player, 8 posts
 Dwarven Fighter
 Tough as nails
Sun 16 Aug 2015
at 17:56
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Ragdahr had not really been listening to the talk about stones. His mind was still trying to make sense of the mystery that was Kezra. "What? Stones? What are ya two talkin' about?" he said to his siblings, turning his attention away from the door that Kezra had walked through.

As he returned his attention to his brothers, he noticed the human that Kezra had spoken to had approached their table. "Greetings Gorn," said the dwarf in a welcoming tone. "I am Ragdahr Boulderfall. These are my brothers," he said as he gestured to the pair. "I say, the more the merrier! Besides, it'd be good ta get ta know ya if we are gonna be doing a job together," he added after a brief pause, gesturing to the empty chair at their table.
O'Malley
 NPC, 22 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Sun 16 Aug 2015
at 19:37
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Kezra says she's ready for you!" O'Malley calls over to the table.  "Take your time, finish your drinks."

OOC - Go ahead to the other thread when you're ready. 



Chapter B



This message was last edited by the player at 11:45, Mon 17 Aug 2015.

Gorn
 player, 15 posts
 Human
 Ranger Guide
Sun 16 Aug 2015
at 20:00
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
As Gorn is about to take a seat with the brothers, O'Malley interrupts and lets them know Kezra is waiting for them. Shrugging, "Guess we'll have to put a hold on introductions for now." as he stands up and heads in the direction of the room. "Hopefully this one is a little more forthcoming," he thinks to himself "not really up for it."
Chp'Chek
 player, 29 posts
 aka. Thistle
 Ratkin witch
Sun 16 Aug 2015
at 20:17
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Chp'Chek stepped out of a back room looking annoyed.  He shook his head before heading over to the table made for smaller patrons.  He sat down and once again pulled out a pouch of dice.  He poured them onto the table and waited for anyone that may be interested in a game.  Maybe the whole day wouldn't turn out to be such a waste.
Govannon
 player, 23 posts
 Dwarven Hunter
 Boulderfall Boy
Sun 16 Aug 2015
at 20:25
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Govannon, finished with his drink, stands up out of his seat. Not much taller than the table, he peers over the edge to the rest of the Boulderfall Boys. <brown>"Alright, brothers! Let's show 'em 'ow it's done!" He then follows Gorn into the room.

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Vu
 player, 17 posts
 Kobold
 Conjurer
Sun 16 Aug 2015
at 22:23
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Vu scampered out of the back room, all the way muttering to himself. "Stupid Mud, No Shinies, get work better bar. With that he scampered out the front door, picking up a rat that was just outside as he went.
Ragdahr
 player, 9 posts
 Dwarven Fighter
 Tough as nails
Mon 17 Aug 2015
at 00:02
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Ragdahr nodded in response to Gorn. "I'm sure there'll be time to catch up later," he said in response to the human. Just like his older brother, he downed the rest of his drink before setting the tankard down on the table.

"Let's go find out what this job is all about!"

With those words, the dwarf followed the lead of Gorn and his older brother, leaving their table behind as they headed towards the room Kezra had gone into.
Mud
 NPC, 21 posts
 council member
 Valarez
Mon 17 Aug 2015
at 11:54
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The back room door flies open.  Mud storms out not even bothering to look at anyone still sitting in O'Malley's.

"Come!"  He barks to Evelyn before continuing out the front door.
Evelyn Innocente
 player, 135 posts
 Neutral Good
 Bard/Oracle
Mon 17 Aug 2015
at 13:12
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Evelyn walked out of the back room, her head bowed so that her face was hidden by her long black hair. The broken shackles clinked with every step she took. "Forgive This One, Master. She only wishes to protect you." she said quietly as she gracefully glided after Mud, her bare feet padding softly on the tavern floor. "This One is ready." Evelyn stated. The slave lifted her head to look around the room through her crimson blindfold. Sighing, she moved closer to Mud, awaiting his next move.
Chp'Chek
 player, 30 posts
 aka. Thistle
 Ratkin witch
Tue 18 Aug 2015
at 00:51
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
There were few willing to gamble away their money or even favors this evening.  Chp'Chek looked around the bar, but the person he was hoping to spot no longer seemed to be around.  He collected his bone dice and dropped them back into a pouch.  He tied it to his side and left the bar; a small rat darted out with him.

Maybe Tink would have something that interested him...
Harald
 player, 1 post
Fri 21 Aug 2015
at 06:45
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
As he entered the tavern Harald notice a small rat cross the tip of his boot.  It seemed to be following the patron he passed on the way in.  Perhaps it was entranced by the rattling in his side pouch. It did not sound like gold, but Harald made a mental note anyway.
O'Malley
 NPC, 23 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Fri 21 Aug 2015
at 13:32
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Evening."  O'Malley calls to the newcomer. "Most of the work has already been assigned for the day I think, but feel free to sit down and enjoy some of O'Malley's famous brew.  You never know who may wander in looking to hire some folks."
Harald
 player, 2 posts
Fri 21 Aug 2015
at 16:16
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Harald lays down a gold coin, but before the barkeep can replace it with his brew, Harald drops his finger on it.  Pinning it to the counter, he starts rattling in the barkeeps ear.  "You know my friend, you look to have an honest face.  I going to do something I don't normally do.  I going to make you a deal.  I'm going to let you in on a remarkable new concept.  I call it IN SHU RANCE" he emphasizes each syllable. " It's quite a grand concept really.  It's like a bet you see." Harald explains that's for the price of this solitary gold coin, the barkeep could place a bet on whether his bar would burn down or not. " there is of course a small fee for my time."
O'Malley
 NPC, 24 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Fri 21 Aug 2015
at 17:21
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The gold coin is yanked out from under Harald's finger by the unseen force that collects money from the bar.  "She doesn't like it when you try and withhold money.  As for me, you know what they say about a fool and his money." O'Malley glances below the bar where the coin had gone.  "Too late."  He says with a smirk.
Harald
 player, 6 posts
Fri 21 Aug 2015
at 17:47
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Well like I said it is quite a new concept. " With that Harald draws his arm back grabbing his drink a bit to quickly and sloshes so on the counter.  "Err....sorry about that". He rummages  through some his inner coat pocket, laying its contents on the bar. There were some tiny parchment scraps with The letters IOU scrawled on them some, some dried out plums, and a small leatherbound volume with a strange sigil in its center. " awww here it is" Harald produced a small cloth and wiped away the spill. Still somewhat embarrassed he heaved up brew, toasting to health, and downed a swig. " Its quite good"
O'Malley
 NPC, 25 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Fri 21 Aug 2015
at 18:27
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Feeling a bit sorry now that the rest of the picture had been painted for him O'Malley refills Harald's mug.  "On the house.  It was a good day."  He tosses a gold piece from his pocket back onto the bar.  "I can appreciate moxie, just be careful which toes you step on around here."
Kaylynn Skarsol
 battlemage, 88 posts
 Your Mistress
 Your Death
Mon 24 Aug 2015
at 16:38
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stepping out of the back room behind Kezra, Kaylynn scans the room. Not seeing who she was apparently looking for, she walks up to O'Malley.  Mud. Where is he. I need to speak to him.  She says simply.
Harald
 player, 14 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2015
at 02:55
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Harald sees her approach the barkeep O'Malley and trys to feign disinterest.  As he overhears their brief conversation he wonders what kind of name mud is for anyone really.  He mutters into his brew. "Not very distinguished if you ask me.."  He takes another sip.
O'Malley
 NPC, 26 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Tue 25 Aug 2015
at 15:35
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Mud left, friend.  I'd be happy to give him a message the next time he comes in."

Calling over to Harald, "I've thought the same thing.  Suppose it's common for all these cloak and dagger types that come and go.  Can't say I've never used an alias myself back in the exciting days."
Kaylynn Skarsol
 battlemage, 90 posts
 Your Mistress
 Your Death
Tue 25 Aug 2015
at 20:34
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Tell him I wish to take him up on his offer, and I have some information he might find interesting as well.  Kaylynn says before handing O'Malley 5 good pieces. For my room. Seems I'll be saying a bit longer than I thought. I'll be back later. Also, is there a competent weapon smith here in town? I'll have need of one.
O'Malley
 NPC, 27 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Tue 25 Aug 2015
at 20:57
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The gold slides behind the bar.  O'Malley pulls a flat stone from underneath the bar and passes it to Kaylynn.  The stone is identical to the last one save for the number on it.

"Competent craftsman are easy to find in the North Third.  Master craftsmen are a little tougher, but can be hired on a job for job basis.  Most of them operate around the professionals west of the market district." 

Danethel
 player, 43 posts
 Eclectic scholar
 Elf
Sat 12 Sep 2015
at 19:26
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Danethel walks into the bar, gets a whisky and a beer, puts on a black wrist band, and takes a seat at a corner table.
O'Malley
 NPC, 28 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Sun 13 Sep 2015
at 11:53
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
O'Malley begins to launch into his usually speech but sees Danethel already knows the spiel and stops.  O'Malley's looks dead right now and only a few other patrons sit inside.  A barmaid stops by to ask Danethel if he would like food or drink.
Danethel
 player, 44 posts
 Eclectic scholar
 Elf
Sun 13 Sep 2015
at 16:31
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Danethel nods to O'malley then he smiles to the waitress while placing some coin on the table, "I'd like a glass of whisky and a beer, please.  I won't need anything to eat at this time. I'll call you if I do."
DM
 GM, 288 posts
Sun 13 Sep 2015
at 18:11
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The coins slide under the bar as the barmaid leaves to retrieve Danethel's drinks.  A few minutes later she returns with his drinks and a smile.  She may be fishing for tips during off hours, but maybe not.
Vun fain
 player, 57 posts
 Kitsune Scholar
 Beware Everything!
Fri 18 Sep 2015
at 18:22
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
 Vun returns to the pub. That was an interesting day. He wondered if he was still going to travel with that group to capture a certain exotic animal. There was a bit of a side track that distracted them and left a bit of a bloody mess in a forest. He decided it was best to take some time to relax until the others were ready to set out again. He casually sat down and calmly looked around.
Aldon Wolfcrag
 player npc, 5 posts
Fri 18 Sep 2015
at 19:20
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aldon strolls in through the door and finds a table. Catching the barmaid's attention, he motions her over with a smile, "Business is a bit slow for me right now, too. A beer, please. Need a little break from the dull." Placing a coin on the table to wait, he leans back in his chair, stretching his back and looking up toward the ceiling. With a sigh, he sits back upright and peers about the room, curious to see who else might be around.
O'Malley
 NPC, 29 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Fri 18 Sep 2015
at 20:57
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
As Aldon waits he sees his coin slide off the table and under the bar by some magical means.  At the bar stands a legend in Valarez, O'Malley.  It was said he was once an adventurer who retired to open an inn and bar where other adventurers could come to find work.

"I know it looks a bit empty now, but you should have been here this morning."


A barmaid stops by placing a mug in front of Aldon before moving on to Vun and shooting Danethel another smile.
Aldon Wolfcrag
 player npc, 6 posts
Fri 18 Sep 2015
at 21:43
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aldon lifts the mug to his lips, sipping the drink slowly and turning his smile toward O'Malley. The man was always good for a leisurely conversation when the days grew long, and hearing about exciting times and good people almost made him miss his travels, "Busy start, I take it? Latest wave of adventuring souls setting off to make their fortune with the dawn and all that? Or was there a caravan came through that I didn't hear about?"
O'Malley
 NPC, 30 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Sat 19 Sep 2015
at 06:45
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Nah.  The usual bunch of hopefuls.  Just busier than the average day.  The real question is how many we'll see back by next week.  I hate to say it but odds are against seeing them all again.  Some quit, some fall during the duties of their job, others settle down to open inns."  O'Malley grins.
Jahi Penman
 player npc, 2 posts
 Scribe, Linguist, Artist
 Cartographer & Translator
Sat 19 Sep 2015
at 08:20
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Ardon.  O'Mally."  Jahi nods a greeting to the pair as he pulls a seat up to the table.

He signals the waitress for an ale before continuing.  "Much happening?" he asks the pair.
Danethel
 player, 46 posts
 Eclectic scholar
 Elf
Sun 20 Sep 2015
at 03:25
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Danethel casually drops a couple more coppers on the table for the watress.  He sees Vun enter and raises his glass in salute, "I see great minds think alike." He heads over and asks, "mind if I join you?" while he takes a seat.  "Well, that was a bit of adventure now wasn't it?"
Aldon Wolfcrag
 player npc, 9 posts
Sun 20 Sep 2015
at 19:06
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aldon greets Jahi with a smile. "'Fraid not. Business is slow, but that tends to be the case right after a wave of the adventuring types leave for their adventures, and apparently one just did. The good news is, when they get back they usually have coin to spend." He takes a long drink from his mug and looks around the room again, hoping to see more friends to chat with.

"What do you think, O'Malley? Did it look like this new wave has what it takes? Will they make it back in one piece, overflowing with stories and treasure?"
Stray
 player npc, 4 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Sun 20 Sep 2015
at 19:24
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
A scrawny, undersized runt of a kid walked into O'Malley's at a quick pace, stopping just inside the door for a moment to take in the fact that the building was near-empty before approaching the bar.

"Hullo, O'Malley!" he said brightly, glancing at the others but not addressing them directly.  He knew of them, of course; one couldn't tumble a barmaid without word passing around Valarez, it seemed, provided you knew who to listen to.  A spate of new shops were opening, and of course they'd be packed full of adventurers ere long...

Provided there were any about, that is.  "Looks like I just missed the crowd," he remarked idly, smirking.  "Busy times for busy adventurers and all that?"  He plopped a couple copper on the bar.  "A bit o' dinner would be nice, though I wouldn't say no to some ale if'n you changed your mind on servin' it to me?"  Stray grinned impishly at the bartender, as if already expecting the usual response.
Jahi Penman
 player npc, 15 posts
 Scrolls, Translations
 Maps and Magic
Sun 20 Sep 2015
at 19:31
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Isn't that the courier lad?" Jahi asks, nodding across towards Stray.  "It might be worth our while to slip him a couple of coins to get him to drop a word over to us when they get back." he suggests as he awaits O'Malley's assessment of the new set of adventurers.
Vun fain
 player, 59 posts
 Kitsune Scholar
 Beware Everything!
Sun 20 Sep 2015
at 20:00
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
 What was clear to Vun was he should rest and regain his spells before he sets out again with the group. Before he does that he sits at a table contemplating his options for what might be useful to cast in the future.
Danethel
 player, 47 posts
 Eclectic scholar
 Elf
Mon 21 Sep 2015
at 05:06
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
He nods to Vun, "well, you seem to be deep in thought. I'm sorry for interrupting.  fair well."  He moves on from Vun's table.
Stray
 proprietor, 14 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Mon 21 Sep 2015
at 05:19
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stray looked up and grinned as his food arrived and quickly dug in, only pausing for a moment for one last snarky remark about the lack of ale.  He was aware of the attention on him; however, usually only two kinds of people paid him any mind, the people who saw a street kid and thought they knew better than he where he belonged... or possible customers.

Whichever the case, if it mattered to the older man who was looking at him, he'd say something.  Until then, his meal was the priority, and he paid it his near-complete attention, occasionally pausing to take sips of the provided water.
Vun fain
 player, 60 posts
 Kitsune Scholar
 Beware Everything!
Mon 21 Sep 2015
at 08:34
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Danethel (msg # 312):

Hm? Oh, no, it's quite alright. I was just considering the possibilities for my prepared spells when we head out again. Some of my animal controlling spells are a given, but there are so many others that could be useful.
Berat Asur
 proprietor, 20 posts
 No good deed,
 shall go unpunished.
Mon 21 Sep 2015
at 13:45
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
It was time for dinner and Berat decided to avail himself of the local fare. These were his people now that the bank was up and runninh, the sooner he became part of the landscape, the sooner the people would become comfortable enough to deal with him.  Not willing to take any chances on messing up the first impression, Berat went as far as resorting to a bit of magic to enhance his local accent and manners.

Once inside he stopped to examine the place to see if there is an open spot at the bar and get the general layout, then proceed to take a seat and ordered a drink and whatever the majority of others seem to be having.
O'Malley
 NPC, 31 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Mon 21 Sep 2015
at 20:38
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
O'Malley was delighted to see some new customers enter.  The usual four boxes of colored yarn sat at the end of the bar, but these were for adventurers and he recognized many of the new patrons as local shop owners.  O'Malley opted to not launch into his usual speech.

Looking down at the boy O'Malley says, "It would hardly seem worth me walking over to fill the glass.  After all, it would only take a thimble full to knock you on your behind."  He catches the copper as it slides toward the back of the bar and places it back in front of Stray.  "Already been paid for.  Kezra says it's a prepayment for when one of these groups of adventurers comes back looking for her.  Come get her."

Then he calls over to answer the older man sitting at the table.  "Mr. Penmen, I'd be lying if I said I ever expect any group to come back just as it left.  Especially when Mud and Kezra are concerned.  They no doubt have those folks at each others throats as we speak, even if they don't realize it yet.  There did seem to be a good many that knew the business though.  We'll see a good many return." 
Stray
 proprietor, 15 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Mon 21 Sep 2015
at 23:33
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stray looked up from his meal as O'Malley handed back the copper and mentioned Kezra's request.  "Can't say as I'm complainin'!" he replied, grinning, and returned pocketed the copper.  "So, Kezra herself has an errand for me, huh?  Guess I'm movin' up in the world!"  He shook his head, grinning broadly, and returned to his meal.
DM
 GM, 335 posts
Tue 22 Sep 2015
at 00:53
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Don't get too excited pup.  It's just a simple message delivery and return."  O'Malley smiles and tosses an extra chunk of lamb on Stray's plate.
Danethel
 player, 48 posts
 Eclectic scholar
 Elf
Tue 22 Sep 2015
at 05:12
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Vun fain (msg # 314):

He smiles and nods returning to the table, "you do have a good variety of spells.  That's fortunate.  Do you have any spells that work against undead?  I'm concerned that the necromancer may have some animated bodies in the forest.  My rapier is a poor weapon against them so I picked up a morning star, but that's the best I can do."
Vun fain
 player, 63 posts
 Kitsune Scholar
 Beware Everything!
Tue 22 Sep 2015
at 11:31
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Danethel (msg # 319):

My Arcane spells are not very effective against the undead, however I am a Cleric as well and between channeling positive energy and the Divine spells my patron can provide, I can contribute against and undead abominations.

Danethel
 player, 49 posts
 Eclectic scholar
 Elf
Tue 22 Sep 2015
at 17:00
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Vun fain (msg # 320):

"Excellent! It probably won't be an issue, but it's good to be prepared."
O'Malley
 NPC, 32 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Tue 22 Sep 2015
at 23:12
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"What's this about a necromancer in the woods?!"  O'Malley shouts a little too loudly across the bar.  "What's this about a necromancer in the woods?"  He says again at a normal volume.
Stray
 proprietor, 18 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Tue 22 Sep 2015
at 23:19
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stray shuddered at the mention of a necromancer, but otherwise didn't respond.  There were some things that shouldn't be talked about at night, in his opinion, and mages that commanded the creatures of the night were high on that list for him.
O'Malley
 NPC, 33 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Tue 22 Sep 2015
at 23:50
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"No worries boy.  I've slaughtered my fair share of fiends.  I was a younger man then, but I can still swing a sword well enough."  O'Malley tries to comfort Stray.
Aldon Wolfcrag
 proprietor, 31 posts
Wed 23 Sep 2015
at 00:03
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aldon looks up at O'Malley's call. Taking a long draught from his mug, he wipes his mouth before calling out, "Necromancers mean skeletons, and a sword isn't as good as a trusty mace or club for them! I could whip one up pretty quick if you need one."

Realizing he's not entirely sure who he's speaking to, he looks around for who O'Malley might have been speaking with about the necromancer.
Danethel
 player, 50 posts
 Eclectic scholar
 Elf
Wed 23 Sep 2015
at 04:16
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to O'Malley (msg # 322):

Danethel addresses O'malley, "Necromancy wasn't confirmed, however there were people trafficking in humanoid remains in the woods.  There's only a limited use for rotting corpses, so its reasonable to assume they're being used for the creation of the undead."  He addresses those eating, "I apologize.  That's not really dinner conversation is it."
Stray
 proprietor, 21 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Wed 23 Sep 2015
at 04:42
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stray bristled a bit at O'Malley's attempt at assurance, hearing in the tone the sort of comfort one might offer a babe in swaddling rags. "'M not scared," he said, pulling himself up to his full (still unimpressive) height. "Take more'n a few skeletons to scare me."

It wasn't the most convincing speech, to be sure, but Stray was satisfied enough with it to settle back down to his food after a quick glance around the room.
Jahi Penman
 proprietor, 33 posts
 Scrolls, Translations
 Maps and Magic
Wed 23 Sep 2015
at 08:24
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Jahi smiled and made a mental note that he should check through his stocks of scrolls and potions to ensure that he had something useful.

"Thats the benefit of living in town." he says quietly to Aldon.  "No woods and no skeletons -  except for those hiding in people's closets of course."

This message was last edited by the player at 20:04, Wed 23 Sept 2015.

Vun fain
 player, 68 posts
 Kitsune Scholar
 Beware Everything!
Wed 23 Sep 2015
at 19:50
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Of course in town, the living can be a far more dangerous threat. You never know when a random villager will be stupid and violent.
Jahi Penman
 proprietor, 37 posts
 Scrolls, Translations
 Maps and Magic
Wed 23 Sep 2015
at 20:10
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Jahi just raises an eyebrow and smiles gently at the humourless foxman.
O'Malley
 NPC, 34 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Thu 24 Sep 2015
at 23:50
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aridon Tink walks into O'Malley's and speaks privately to O'Malley.

Afterwards O'Malley turns to Stray while he finishes up his meal. "You're on the clock, boy.  Find Lt. Grey and bring him back here, and be discreet."   O'malley tosses a gold piece at Stray, expecting the overpayment to drive home the need for discretion.
Aridon Tink
 player, 96 posts
 Gnome Wizard
Thu 24 Sep 2015
at 23:55
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aridon makes his way toward a table in a quiet corner, where he waits for his employer.
Danethel
 player, 52 posts
 Eclectic scholar
 Elf
Fri 25 Sep 2015
at 05:01
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Danethel drains his beer and motions for the waitress to refill it.  Then he addresses the assembled patrons, or at least those interested in the conversation,  "Don't be to quick to judge. I've seen the destructive might of angry villagers.  Even in the face of the walking dead, it's not to be taken lightly.

It was back at university.  Our usual alchemy lab had been damaged during the previous semester in a freak explosion, and we were renting a facility off campus.  It was an old castle long since unused for its original purpose, but it had stout masonry walls, and multiple cells for separating the experiments, also it was well away from the more populated city.  Perfect for the kind of practices that had forced us out of our old facility.

We weren't the only tenants.  There was a necromancer housed in a lower level.  A bit of an odd duck, but then again most necromancers are odd ducks.  More so than other mages, well, with the exception of transmutation mages who are some times literally odd ducks.  Anyway, as I later learned, he had a plan to produce zombies with enough intelligence to preform complex tasks, which he would then sell for labor.  Now, he needed a source of raw materials for his experiments, and he found that in the local cemetery.

On one particular night one of the alchemy students working late and sleep deprived happened upon a remarkable discovery.  While mixing various chemicals he produced a cloud of sleep gas which leaked into the lower level where the necromancer was moving some of his subjects to other parts of the lab.  With their master unconscious the zombies were free to wreak havoc.  Fortunately I was on the scene.  As an underclassman I was charged with cleaning the lab on certain nights and my immunity to sleep magic left me in a position to take my colleague to safety.

I'll say this for the necromancer he had some success with his zombies.  They had enough consciousness to remember where they lived.  There they returned to relatives who weren't all that thrilled to see them.  After getting over their initial shock the villagers made short work of the zombies and turned their rage on the source.  It was already too late for the necromancer however.  He had been killed by his creations while he slept.  But that didn't stop them taking out their anger on the castle itself.  They set it to the torch and fueled by our chemicals it was soon engulfed in flames.

That's what angry villagers can do, especially when they have the torches and pitch forks, they can burn a masonry building to the ground."
  He takes a sip from his new beer.
Karon
 player, 54 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Fri 25 Sep 2015
at 05:22
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Karon makes his way into the tavern. Seeing two of his companions at a table, he makes his way over. He drops a sack that chinks of metal in front of Vun fain and Danethel. "Hey boys, where are the others? I have their shares of what we earned so far." Each sack contains 40 gold pieces. Karon explains. "I tracked the buyer back to the oak, where I found he had climbed the tree astride one of the lizards. I did not follow since I was alone. But at the base of the tree, I found consumed spell components. Among them were pieces of tainted oak and amber wood. I brought those to the shop owner and she paid 2 amber pieces. Did we get any reward for the prisoners? And will you be ready to hunt the animal tomorrow, after rememorizing spells?"

This message was last edited by the player at 05:23, Fri 25 Sept 2015.

Stray
 proprietor, 26 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Fri 25 Sep 2015
at 05:52
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Watching with awe the gold piece that dropped into his suddenly outstretched hand, he took another quick bite of his meal and pushed the reminder (hardly enough to notice, in reality, a bit of gravy and a bit of vegetable) away, standing up.

"Back soon," he said, his grinning boisterous behavior replaced by a sudden solemnity, as though he was a completely different youth.  Still, anyone who'd ever seen Stray on the job would recognize the no-nonsense attitude he had when work was afoot.

With only a brief moment to gather himself, he was out the door and into the night.
Vun fain
 player, 69 posts
 Kitsune Scholar
 Beware Everything!
Fri 25 Sep 2015
at 10:47
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Karon (msg # 334):

I believe I'll be ready, yes. Like before I will be preparing spells to either entrance and ensnare the beast or control the field so it will be more difficult to run away or fight back.
Karon
 player, 57 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 05:46
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"It just occurred to me. Do you think Dark and Kittran may have reported the incident to the wrong people? If the one they reported it to worked for the 'buyer', they may have been eliminated for their interference. Or is that overly paranoid? " asks Karon.
Danethel
 player, 53 posts
 Eclectic scholar
 Elf
Sat 26 Sep 2015
at 17:31
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Danethel takes his portion of the loot.  "Well met, Karon!  Thank you for the money and your diligent scouting.  I left early, but the last I saw of Dark he was being accompanied by that guard officer to the temple of the Mercurial Dragon with the prisoners.  I don't know what happened after that, but it's the reasonable course of action. Perhaps we could ask someone at the temple or the guard's head quarters. I assumed Kittran returned to his library."
Luca Grey
 NPC, 22 posts
 Lt. of the Guard
 South Third
Sun 27 Sep 2015
at 18:28
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Lt. Grey enters O'Malley's with a sense of urgency.  Maybe it was just how he was when on duty.  He looked around, nodded to O'Malley, and then sat at an empty table in the back.
Karon
 player, 58 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Sun 27 Sep 2015
at 20:00
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
His sharp eyes picking out details, Karon interjects "There. That man there, I recognize him. He's with the Mercurial Dragon. Perhaps he can tell us something of what happened with the prisoner turn-in, since neither Dark nor Kittran have returned." He hand resting on the pommel of his blade, Karon makes his way back to the table with Lt Grey. "Pardon the interruption, sir. Some friends of ours made their way to the Mercurial Dragon, and we haven't seen them since. Can you tell me what happened to Darkleigh Noon and Kittran Valerian? I assume they made it to the temple in one piece, with prisoners. We have news for them and we were hoping to hear an update from them as well." Karon watches him closely for any hint of deception.

13:01, Today: Karon rolled 29 using 1d20+11.  Sense Motive.
13:00, Today: Karon rolled 22 using 1d20+14.  Perception.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:01, Sun 27 Sept 2015.

Stray
 proprietor, 38 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Sun 27 Sep 2015
at 20:32
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stray re-entered O'Malley's and took a seat at the bar near where O'Malley stood.  After a moment, his familiar grin reappeared as he looked around the room, taking the temperature and trying to figure out what he'd missed.
Luca Grey
 NPC, 23 posts
 Lt. of the Guard
 South Third
Mon 28 Sep 2015
at 02:11
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Karon (msg # 340):

"I'm afraid I haven't been to the temple today.  Lt. Rast's men took the prisoners after I met them at the gate.  I spend most of my day in the South Third.  If Lt. Rast were around you could ask him, but then again you may as well just go to the temple and ask.  It's not like he actually patrols the North Third.  I'm sorry, I didn't mean to bring personal matters in.  Did you call me here?"  Luca scans the room and spots someone else.  "Ah.  Nevermind, I think I see who I'm looking for." He waited to see if Karon had any more questions.

OOC - I would have answered your question, but until I hear from either player I don't want to assume what they may or may not do.  If I don;t hear from them soon I'll take over from there and Rast's men can tell you what happened. 

This message was last edited by the player at 20:43, Mon 28 Sept 2015.

Karon
 player, 61 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 05:13
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Thank you. Might you know where we can find Lt Rast at this hour? Is he still on duty?" Karon asks.
Luca Grey
 NPC, 24 posts
 Lt. of the Guard
 South Third
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 20:03
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"I suspect you'll find him around the market or noble's homes in the North Third.  I hear he spends most of his time patrolling those districts."
Danethel
 player, 55 posts
 Eclectic scholar
 Elf
Wed 30 Sep 2015
at 05:20
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Danethel drains his beer and rises, " well, it seems our next destination is clear.  Perhaps if we find our companions quickly we can get some shopping in."
DM
 GM, 406 posts
Wed 30 Sep 2015
at 23:29
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Danethel, Karon, and Vun fain can finish up in here and move to the Chapter 3 thread I posted. 
Danethel
 player, 56 posts
 Eclectic scholar
 Elf
Thu 1 Oct 2015
at 03:37
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Danethel gives a slight bow to Lt. Grey, "Thank you, sir, for your assistance.", and he heads out to the street.
Aridon Tink
 player, 105 posts
 Gnome Wizard
Fri 2 Oct 2015
at 21:13
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aridon stands up and goes to Lt Grey's table. Not as discrete as he would like, or as the lieutenant specified, but there is some anonymity in being but one of a crowd talking with the man.
Luca Grey
 NPC, 25 posts
 Lt. of the Guard
 South Third
Sat 3 Oct 2015
at 13:51
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Grey waits for the first group to leave before shoving an empty chair forward with his foot.  "I didn't expect news so quickly.  Where are the others?"
Aridon Tink
 player, 106 posts
 Gnome Wizard
Sat 3 Oct 2015
at 15:05
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Two are still investigating something at the zoo; I don't think it's directly linked to your query, but they insisted. And Jayne was called away on a family emergency. It's down to Myoti and I, I'm afraid."

Aridon lowers his voice.

"On the positive side, we now have a fairly good idea of what happened. You were right, there were eggs, three to be exact, and the druids did send three couriers to steal them - but the couriers betrayed the druids.

According to Gri, who sends his regards even though I never told him who I was investigating for, one courier was eaten and the egg destroyed almost immediately when the enraged dragon mother went after them. No proof to be had here. One courier brought his egg to Tolero and sold it there. Getting any proof would mean a long journey with no guarantee of success. And the last courier hid in the city, and the egg... well, Gri's best guess would be that the egg is back at the zoo, hidden somewhere against the day when the law changes again and the zoo can once again exhibit a dragon. Possibly it has hatched, and they are keeping the wyrmling somewhere, although keeping an actual dragon secret would be much harder...

I have to say, our investigations at the zoo make me think this is quite possible. The manager was stonewalling and dissembling, implying he wasn't even employed by the zoo at the time; and the one employee we found who was there at the time apparently never even heard of any eggs, just a dragon escaping.

So probably our best bet if you want proof would be to locate the egg still in the city and recover it. Maybe I can locate it and you can then show up officially and seize it; I doubt I could recover it with only Myoti's help."

Luca Grey
 NPC, 26 posts
 Lt. of the Guard
 South Third
Sat 3 Oct 2015
at 15:53
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Grey frowns at the news that Gri heard of his involvement.  "Gri is clever.  I'm sure his information is accurate, but be wary of him.  He deals in information, the more you give him the easier it is for Gri to use you for his own purposes.  I agree with your decisions on the eggs.  Tracking the egg from Tolero at this point would take too long and be too unlikely to yield any results.  Head back to the zoo, see what you can uncover.  It may take some after hours searching."  Lt. Grey winks.  "Good thing you know the lieutenant of the South Third.  I'll stay nearby, give me a signal if you need me to bring some men tonight." 
Aridon Tink
 player, 107 posts
 Gnome Wizard
Sat 3 Oct 2015
at 17:26
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Understood, I'll see what I can dig up... hmm, that is one possibility, they might have buried the egg..."

Aridon stands up to leave.
Luca Grey
 NPC, 27 posts
 Lt. of the Guard
 South Third
Sun 4 Oct 2015
at 17:33
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
After staying for some lamb shank and roasted carrots Lt. Grey exits O'Malley's.
Aldon Wolfcrag
 proprietor, 70 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 15:35
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
He sits quietly and nurses his drink along, comfortably soaking in the ambiance of the tavern around him. Letting the hum of conversations wash over him, he closes his eyes to better think back on the good day. Suddenly, Aldon's eyes light up as he remembers something and he gently slaps his forehead for forgetting. Looking around, he spots the owner, "O'Malley! Hey, if you have a moment, we can talk about that work request you had for me."

Not wanting to yell O'Malley's business across the common room of the tavern, he waits for him to either come over or motion him toward a more private room.
O'Malley
 NPC, 36 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 20:21
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
O'Malley waves Aldon over to the bar.  "Ah yes, for the festival!"  He yells across the bar.  "Everyone's invited!"
Aldon Wolfcrag
 proprietor, 71 posts
Sat 17 Oct 2015
at 14:22
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aldon crosses the room and steps up to the bar. Setting his drink down, he greets O'Malley with a smile. "First, you're welcome to join the guild. It's 250 gold pieces to join. While normally I might offer suggestions on how to supplement your income in case you were a bit short," He quickly looks from one side of the room to the other and back at O'Malley, "I doubt it will be a problem for you. As to the boxes, I'm afraid I will need a bit more information. You mentioned you'd like ornate. Were you wanting all wood with ornate carvings, a little gold and silver inlaid, gemstones... basically, how ornate were you thinking?"

Aldon then holds up his hands a certain distance apart, "And how big? Roughly the size of a scroll box, or something smaller?
O'Malley
 NPC, 37 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Sun 18 Oct 2015
at 19:24
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"I'll have someone sent over for the guild fee.  Nothing too expensive for the boxes.  I was thinking just carved wood, no metals or stones.  About this big.  Square." O'Malley shows the size with his hands about six inches apart.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 19:24, Sun 18 Oct 2015.

Aldon Wolfcrag
 proprietor, 75 posts
Sat 17 Oct 2015
at 20:11
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aldon nods as O'Malley describes what he wants, "Good. Good. That is certainly doable. Do you know when you'll need them? If you need a rush job, I'll have to take some of my guys off their usual work which'll mean higher cost."
O'Malley
 NPC, 37 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Sun 18 Oct 2015
at 19:23
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"I was thinking a week or so.  Is that doable without pulling any workers off their current assignments?  I can adjust the timetable if need be, this thing is in the early planning stages."  O'Malley smiles.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:23, Sun 18 Oct 2015.

Aldon Wolfcrag
 proprietor, 79 posts
Sun 18 Oct 2015
at 19:18
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aldon rubs his chin and does a little math in his head, "Well, I think I could manage it in a week and a half without affecting my guys much. How does 5 gold a box sound? Or is that a bit too fancy for what you were thinking?" He smiles over the counter and takes another drink while he waits for O'Malley's response.
O'Malley
 NPC, 37 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Sun 18 Oct 2015
at 19:23
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Thirty boxes at five gold apiece would be one hundred fifty.  How about one hundred gold for twenty-five boxes?  A week and a half would be fine for the time frame." 
Aldon Wolfcrag
 proprietor, 81 posts
Sun 18 Oct 2015
at 22:15
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aldon smiles and shakes O'Malley's hand, "Sounds good. We'll get started first thing in the morning. Any particular designs you would like included on the boxes, or just abstract fancy decorations?"
DM
 GM, 527 posts
Mon 19 Oct 2015
at 12:28
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Your people have artistic license.  If I knew what was fancy I wouldn't need to hire the job out to someone else.  I may need to stop by the guild later to complete the rest of the gift.  I have an idea for something inside the box."
Aldon Wolfcrag
 proprietor, 83 posts
Mon 19 Oct 2015
at 15:58
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aldon finishes his drink, and gives O'Malley a nod, "Sure thing. Though if it will take time to make the rest, be sure not to wait till the last minute. Would hate to see the gifts be delivered late. We'll get to work on our part though. I look forward to the festival." With a wave, Aldon heads for the door.
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 84 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Mon 26 Oct 2015
at 06:14
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The young craftsman entered the popular established watering hole and took to the bar.

Once the bartender came along, he ordered and spoke briefly.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:10, Mon 26 Oct 2015.

bartender
 NPC, 5 posts
Mon 26 Oct 2015
at 13:31
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"We tend to only get adventuring types in here.  I can't say I remember him, which I probably would if he came in.  Not the typical patron, you know?"   

This message was lightly edited by the player at 22:11, Mon 26 Oct 2015.

Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 85 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Mon 26 Oct 2015
at 20:30
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aeos looked across the bar for the young Stray, not seeing him, Aeos asked the bartender to ring the bell for the young courier.

Taking out a sheet of paper and using one of his own samples of ink and a stylus, Aeos penned a invitation, then folded it for delivery.


Along with the note, Aeos will include a blank page, stylus and ink sample to be given for the reply.
DM
 GM, 569 posts
Mon 26 Oct 2015
at 22:13
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The barman leaves the bar for a moment to find the young messenger.  Before leaving he tops off Aeos's drink, and a few others further down the bar.
Stray
 proprietor, 50 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Wed 28 Oct 2015
at 05:18
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stray entered the bar and, not stopping to look about, headed directly to O'Malley.

"Here I am," he said to the bartender to grab his attention.
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 86 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Wed 28 Oct 2015
at 05:30
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The proprietor turned and addressed Sray when he came to the bar.

This message was last edited by the player at 09:00, Wed 28 Oct 2015.

Stray
 proprietor, 51 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Wed 28 Oct 2015
at 05:41
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stray accepted the letter and accompanying items, nodding that the destination was committed to mind.

As for the comment about his attire... "No worries, sir," he replied coolly, his tone neutral.  "I've attire sufficient enough to pass in the Nobles' Quarter." It was evident enough that he didn't say all he wished, but he was off into the night without another word passing his lips.
DM
 GM, 585 posts
Fri 30 Oct 2015
at 20:11
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
CHAPTER C

The next morning comes and brings with it a new bunch of hopeful adventurers waiting for work in the common room of O'Malley's.  It's still early but a few of the more enthusiastic adventurers are already scattered about the room.

O'Malley stays at the inn himself and has already opened up the kitchen for breakfast.  The smell of fresh eggs, pumpernickel bread, and thick slabs of bacon fill the common room.
Stray
 proprietor, 58 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Tue 3 Nov 2015
at 01:26
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stray entered the bar, albeit dressed in a finer cut of clothing than his normal attire, and began looking about.  More time had passed than he'd like, navigating the city, and he wasn't entirely sure the person he sought was still about...
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 91 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Tue 3 Nov 2015
at 01:31
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aeos waves the courier over with an open hand.

When Stray makes his way over, Aeos signals for drinks for both, asking Stray what he would like before they get to business, Aeos himself orders Apple brandy, commonly known as Applejack.
Stray
 proprietor, 59 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Tue 3 Nov 2015
at 01:47
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Naught to drink, thank you," Stray replied easily.  "Some porridge would be nice, though; been a bit of a long night for me, something warm ought to keep me going a bit longer."
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 92 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Tue 3 Nov 2015
at 02:00
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Porridge it is." Aeos orders.



This message was last edited by the player at 02:02, Tue 03 Nov 2015.

Stray
 proprietor, 60 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Tue 3 Nov 2015
at 02:07
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stray beamed as his porridge was brought around and immediately tucked in.
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 93 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Tue 3 Nov 2015
at 02:18
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aeos sips his drink while the young courier consumes eats his porridge.
Stray
 proprietor, 61 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Wed 4 Nov 2015
at 23:11
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stray finished his porridge and pushed the bowl away with a contented sigh.
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 94 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Wed 4 Nov 2015
at 23:52
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aeos looked pleased as well, then turned to look at the various goings-on and denizens of O'Malley's before turning back to the courier.
Stray
 proprietor, 62 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Thu 5 Nov 2015
at 01:47
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's


Stray glanced around, noting the early morning crowd beginning to shuffle in, some looking for work and possibly some offering it.

"Looks like the bar's picking up for the day," he said in an offhand tone to O'Malley, grinning.
O'Malley
 NPC, 43 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Thu 5 Nov 2015
at 02:13
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The inn owner winks at Stray before launching into his adventurer spiel.  Several extra barmaids comes out to the common room to accommodate the extra patrons.
Stray
 proprietor, 63 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Fri 6 Nov 2015
at 03:53
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stray stood and stretched, then performed a mock bow towards O'Malley.  "Guess it's time I got back to work," he said, grinning.  "Knowing my luck, if I sit here and relax, I might miss out on a job." With a wave to the barkeep, he was out the door and into the early morning sun.
Vun fain
 player, 102 posts
 Kitsune Scholar
 Beware Everything!
Tue 10 Nov 2015
at 09:37
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
 Not being sure where else to wait for his group, Vun patiently stations himself at a table in O'Malley's. He couldn't wait to tell the group everyone what he learned about the aurumvorax, but he has no idea how small that group has become.
DM
 GM, 643 posts
Tue 10 Nov 2015
at 15:14
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
PM
Karon
 player, 112 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Tue 10 Nov 2015
at 16:24
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The hobgoblin bounty hunter moves quietly into the tavern, glancing over his shoulder a few times. Scanning the room, he spots Vun fain and crosses over to the other adventurer. "Vun", he says, "whatever you may do, do not trust Lt Rast. He's a murderer and a traitor to Valarez. Do not put yourself in his power, or you'll end up dead like the others." He glances around for O'Malley. He owed it to his fellow adventurers to warn them of Rast. Perhaps O'Malley could get the word out.....
Vun fain
 player, 103 posts
 Kitsune Scholar
 Beware Everything!
Tue 10 Nov 2015
at 18:33
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Karon (msg # 386):

"Oh dear, where are the others... Oh, he didn't... did he?"

 Vun speaks with equal parts confusion and dread at this news his new friend Karon had to share.
Karon
 player, 113 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Tue 10 Nov 2015
at 19:11
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"As it turns out.....the woods where we interrupted the exchange of the dead bodies to what I presume is a Necromancer? Rast's family owns a great deal of the land, or at least has the grant to make use of it for their lumberyard. It's possible that either Rast or one of his family has a deal going with this Necromancer. All I know is, we turned in the Ferrignans at the gate. Darkleigh and Kittran were to accompany them to the Temple of the Mercurial Dragon. Along the way, Lt Rast and his men 'arrested' Darkleigh and Kittran for treason, stating that they were trying to protect the prisoners. The prisoners and our comrades were taken to the jail." Karon looks around again, clearly nervous. "Danethel and I tracked down what happened to our party, and we went to the jail; to talk to our friends, at Lt Rast's suggestion. They would only allow us inside if we stripped ourselves or arms and armor. Danethel went in, talked to a clerk, and was escorted into the jail. More than an hour passed, and there was no sign of Danethel. I sent for Luca Grey. Another hour passed. But when Grey finally arrived, suddenly there was an explosion from within the jail. Although Rast is trying to pass it off as a failed jailbreak, the evidence suggests murder. One of the victims was Danethel."
Vun fain
 player, 104 posts
 Kitsune Scholar
 Beware Everything!
Tue 10 Nov 2015
at 19:19
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"I'm practically speechless. I fear if I was there, I would have only become a victim as well. I found out a lot about the Aurumvorax, but none of that seems to matter anymore... What should we do now? I will follow your lead. It's probably best to stick together now."
Karon
 player, 114 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Tue 10 Nov 2015
at 20:12
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"I'm hoping that Grey is coming here to discuss our options. In the meantime, our best bet is to tell O'Malley. He can get word through to other mercs to beware of Rast, and not trust him. O'Malley would also know the best people to contact about the Necromancer."
DM
 GM, 657 posts
Wed 11 Nov 2015
at 21:58
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
A stable boy from O'Malley's runs in from outside and speaks to O'Malley.  He tries to keep quiet but in his excitement his voice carries across most of the room.  "There's been a jailbreak!  Some of the prisoners set off an explosive from inside the jail.  I heard they fell from the hole and died."

O'Malley nods without responding and points a thumb toward the door directing the boy back outside.
Karon
 player, 115 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Wed 11 Nov 2015
at 23:28
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Karon waits until the boy has left. He makes his way over to O'Malley and says in a quiet voice "That report is in error. Yes, there was an explosion at the jail. But it was engineered by a corrupt Lawman, to cover up his family's dealings with a Necromancer and Ferrignans."
O'Malley
 NPC, 44 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Wed 11 Nov 2015
at 23:36
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"I'm sensing you know more of the truth behind this incident.  Which family?  A Ferrignian necromancer or Ferrignians and a necromancer?"  O'Malley waits intently on this second question.
Karon
 player, 116 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Thu 12 Nov 2015
at 06:28
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"The latter. The family that Lt Rast belongs to. We were on the trail of an aumvarax for the exotic pets lady, and we encountered a troop of soldiers in the woods. Darkleigh identified the crest that some of them wore as Ferrignan. I watched as they were paid by a man for the contents of a covered wagon. They were to deliver the wagon to an old oak tree and leave it there. We intercepted the wagon, slew all but two of them, and captured the rest. Inside the wagon were dead bodies. Who else but a necromancer would pay gold for dead bodies? And outside the city, where no one could observe.
Darkleigh and Kittran came here with the prisoners and turned them over to the guard. When they described what had happened, Lt Rast had them arrested for treason, saying they were protecting the prisoners and acting violently. I could believe that of Dark, but Kittran is on the pacifistic side. Is it a coincidence that the exchange of money and bodies happened on land controleed by Rast and his family? I don't think so.

O'Malley
 NPC, 45 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Fri 13 Nov 2015
at 01:03
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"You may be on to something.  Some friendly advice, keep it under your hat.  I appreciate being kept in the loop and it certainly needs to be revealed, but corruption can run deep.  Until you know for sure who you can trust you need to be careful.  I suspect you're waiting for someone.  Make sure you can trust them and see how this plays out.  I've lost more than one companion to backstabbing and betrayal."
Karon
 player, 117 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Fri 13 Nov 2015
at 01:41
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"True. But there's a lot of mercenaries that use this place to get hired. I needed to let you know so you could subtly warn folks away from trusting Rast or his family. And to be extra cautious in those woods. Telling the wrong person what one sees out there could get you killed." responds Karon. Karon nods to O'Malley, then returns to Vun fain. "Here" he says, handing over 60 gold. "Since 3 of our number are dead, they won't need their share of what I collected for the tainted wood ash I discovered. At least it'll keep you fed and housed until either of us can get a new assignment. Unless you think the two of us can capture that aumvarax on our own?" asks Karon.
Aridon Tink
 player, 185 posts
 Gnome Wizard
Fri 13 Nov 2015
at 01:49
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aridon enters the bar again, asks for a beer, and tell the bartender to send anyone looking for him to his favorite table in the corner.
Luca Grey
 NPC, 32 posts
 Lt. of the Guard
 South Third
Fri 13 Nov 2015
at 02:01
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Shortly after Aridon enters O'Malley's Lt. Grey walks through the door.  Scanning the room he does a double take as he sees several parties inside he needs to speak with.  But first he heads to the bar holds up three fingers and receives a mug full of dark red liquid from O'Malley without a word being exchanged between either one.
Vun fain
 player, 105 posts
 Kitsune Scholar
 Beware Everything!
Fri 13 Nov 2015
at 11:19
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Karon (msg # 396):

"I doubt we can. The information suggested that it is quite a fearsome creature and even if we were going to capture a child, the mother probably wouldn't be far behind."
Aridon Tink
 player, 186 posts
 Gnome Wizard
Fri 13 Nov 2015
at 12:43
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aridon finishes his beer and walks to the bar, and to Lieutenant Grey.

"We need to talk, Lieutenant, somewhere less public. I believe I have found what you asked me for."
Luca Grey
 NPC, 33 posts
 Lt. of the Guard
 South Third
Sat 14 Nov 2015
at 00:22
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Grey nods, finishing off his drink in a few large gulps.  He hands O'Malley a few coins.  "Back room?"  O'Malley nods taking the coins.  Lt. Grey waves Aridon on to walk with him.  As he passed Karon and Vun Fain Grey says in a low voice, "Finish your drinks.  You need it after today.  I'll be back in a few minutes."
Stray
 proprietor, 81 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Mon 16 Nov 2015
at 20:58
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stray entered the bar, obviously looking for someone he knew was there.

On sighting Karon and Vun Fain, he quickly moved to their table, grabbing a seat with them.
Karon
 player, 119 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Mon 16 Nov 2015
at 21:10
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
PM
Stray
 proprietor, 82 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Mon 16 Nov 2015
at 22:49
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stray nodded and stood up, clearly in a hurry.


He quickly left the tavern without so much as a backwards glance.
Luca Grey
 NPC, 36 posts
 Lt. of the Guard
 South Third
Tue 17 Nov 2015
at 01:20
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aridon leaves the back room, followed by Lt. Grey who stops in the doorway.  He grabs Karon and Vun Fain's attention and waves them into the room.

OOC - I'll open a new thread.  Go ahead and post in there when you're ready.

Stray
 proprietor, 85 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Tue 17 Nov 2015
at 01:55
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stray returned within moments of the lieutenant's wave, nodding to Karon and Vun Fain before they left the room.

He took a seat by O'Malley, with one eye towards the door the lieutenant beckoned them through, and asked for a mug of water while he waited.
O'Malley
 NPC, 46 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Tue 17 Nov 2015
at 02:28
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Busy day?"  O'Malley slides Stray a mug of clean water after squeezing half an orange into it.
Stray
 proprietor, 86 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Tue 17 Nov 2015
at 02:52
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Aye, that," he agreed, taking a drink of the water. "Feels like I've walked from Tolero to here in a single day, might let one of the kids handle the rest and take a nap."  He grinned at O'Malley and winked.
DM
 GM, 690 posts
Wed 18 Nov 2015
at 00:05
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"I second that.  My shift's up."  O'Malley smiles back and calls one of the barmen to take over.  "Have a restful night kid.  Hope to see you at the festival in a week or two."
Stray
 proprietor, 92 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Wed 18 Nov 2015
at 04:07
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"If not sooner," Stray replied with an impish grin.  He made no move towards the door, however, remaining at the bar even as the bartender took over for the morning.
Velkarah
 NPC, 43 posts
 Exotic Animal Trainer
Thu 19 Nov 2015
at 01:24
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The tiefling woman enters O'Malley's and sits down at an empty table.  She waves a barmaid away without ordering a drink.  She appears to be waiting for someone who isn't here yet.  She wears an annoyed expression openly on her face.
Stray
 proprietor, 95 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Thu 19 Nov 2015
at 02:41
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stray stood from the bar, stretching, and moved to one of the tables closer to the door.
Karon
 player, 126 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Sat 21 Nov 2015
at 04:01
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Noticing Velkarah waving, Karon crosses to sit at her table. He makes room for Vun as well. "I heard you wanted to talk. Vun did some research and has something to share as well."
Stray
 proprietor, 98 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Sat 21 Nov 2015
at 04:31
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
As Karon and Vun Fain emerge from the room and join Velkarah, Stray stood and stretched, then left silently.
Vun fain
 player, 117 posts
 Kitsune Scholar
 Beware Everything!
Sat 21 Nov 2015
at 09:49
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Well, I figure it's about as much as an expert of creatures like yourself already knows, but at least I know now. There has been some unpleasantness that has lead to our group just being the two of us now..."
Velkarah
 NPC, 44 posts
 Exotic Animal Trainer
Sat 21 Nov 2015
at 20:36
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Comes with the occupation."  Velkarah shows no sympathy for your lost group members, but doesn't seem to be making a point of lingering on it.

"I'd hear whatever you've learned.  I'm not fool enough to think I can't still learn more.  Before that, there have been some developments.  I had a druid I work with sometimes take a look at the ash.  She said it's some pretty dark necromantic stuff.  A component for one of many spells that could be harming the woods."

"I may have need for you again about this matter, but not right now.  As for the aaurumvorax, my buyer pulled out.  He was impatient and went another direction for his needs.  The agreement was 800 for the beast, which you do not have.  Seeing as I'd like to keep in good graces in the event I need to hire you again I'm willing to still pay 400 gold each for your time."  The tiefling snaps her fingers and the small grey creature she had the last time you met crawled out from under her chair.  It hauled a small pouch up to the table and dragged it over to Karon before retrieving a second pouch from somewhere and bringing it to Vun Fain.

OOC - Feel free to continue the conversation, but if you don't this completes your first adventure.  Go ahead and level up to level 6.  You also have 6 days of downtime if you want it for anything before you will be back at O'Malley's looking for more work.
Karon
 player, 127 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Sat 21 Nov 2015
at 22:58
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Thank you" responds Karon. "I'll be glad to make my services available in the future." He packs the gold away. "Keep this under your hat, but it looks like Lt Rast of the City Guard might have something to do with this. The exchange happened on his family's land, and that's why 3 of our number are now dead or missing."
Vun fain
 player, 118 posts
 Kitsune Scholar
 Beware Everything!
Sun 22 Nov 2015
at 07:58
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Velkarah (msg # 416):

"I'm a little uncomfortable accepting payment for an incomplete job. If you need my help for anything, I will accept this payment now and then help you for free next time... I guess."
Velkarah
 NPC, 45 posts
 Exotic Animal Trainer
Sun 22 Nov 2015
at 17:34
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"I'm paying you for your time spent that could have been spent earning gold somewhere else.  I'm not going to argue free help though.  I'll be glad to contact you for help when I find out more about the woods."
Karon
 player, 128 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Mon 23 Nov 2015
at 01:13
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"The spellcaster using the ash.... Could it be that he isn't a necromancer, but a Blighter? But then why pay for dead bodies?" Karon muses. "Vun, why don't you tell our employer what your research turned up about the aaurumvorax?"
Vun fain
 player, 119 posts
 Kitsune Scholar
 Beware Everything!
Mon 23 Nov 2015
at 01:20
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
After focusing, Vun recites all he has learned.

"Aurumvoraxes are very aggressive creatures, and lead solitary lives except when they mate. Adults typically claim the hunting area within a mile of their warrens, ruthlessly driving away other predators. In addition to fresh meat, aurumvoraxes are fond of gnawing on metals (particularly gold and copper), though whether they do this to sharpen their teeth or because of some nutritional need is unknown. Aurumvorax warrens can stretch for thousands of feet, often winding deep into the earth. The avaricious appetite of aurumvoraxes has earned them the appellation "golden gorger" among dwarves, who have lost more than a few miners to the dangerous beasts.

In battle, an aurumvorax latches onto its victim with its jaws and gouges savage wounds with its claws. It rarely looses its grip before it or its foe is dead. It typically attacks the nearest living creature regardless of size, and ignores any wounds it suffers at the hands of others until its prey is dead.

A typical aurumvorax is only 3 feet long but weighs more than 200 pounds, for it is densely packed with muscle and thick, sturdy bones. Its fur is golden, while its claws are black and sharp. Its weight relative to its body size makes it a poor swimmer, and most dislike crossing water, though they can trundle along the bottom of still or slow water if necessary.

Adult aurumvoraxes are impossible to train, but their offspring are valued for training as guard beasts. A healthy aurumvorax kit can be sold for 5,000 gp or more to a discerning buyer. Female aurumvoraxes rarely give birth to more than one offspring at a time, and are ferociously protective of their young.

An aurumvorax drags its prey back to its lair to consume at its leisure, and its bone-midden often contains valuable belongings from past kills. Uneaten precious metals, discarded gems, and well-chewed metal items can also be found in its warrens. Despite its metallic coloration, an aurumvorax is not vulnerable to attacks that target metal, such as heat metal or the touch of a rust monster—in fact, aurumvoraxes easily kill and eat rust monsters, and some dwarf clans use aurumvorax pets to protect their storehouses against them.

Environment: temperate plains, hills, or forests
Organization: solitary or pair
Treasure: standard

They are small yet fearsome eight-legged beast with powerful muscles rippling beneath their golden fur. Though fast (4 Dex AC; initiative +8; +12 reflex) their real power lies in being very tough (HP between 100 and 150; +14 fort) and will fight to the bitter end (ferocity trait). They are immune to poisons, and their tough hide (8 natural AC) makes them highly impervious to fire, piercing and slashing weapons (DR and fire resistance 10). They can move underground with great ease (burrow speed 10ft) and as such have developed quite a keep sense of sight in the dark as well as fine attuned sense of smell. Their strong jaws can penetrate steel (+18 atk), but their favorite form of attack is latch on to a target and literally tear him apart with their equally power powerful and deadly 8 legs.

However after all is said and done they are just animals (Neutral; 2 intelligence; +7 will).

The best way to capture one if to intrude upon its territory and provoke a response because when an Aurumvorax doesn't want to be found it can be quite a challenge to find it (stealth +17)"

Velkarah
 NPC, 46 posts
 Exotic Animal Trainer
Tue 24 Nov 2015
at 00:50
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"You're right.  I did already know that." The tiefling says in a dry tone.  The small grey creature scurries back to her pocket as she stands.  Her pointed devil tail wagging slowly back and forth as she exits the tavern.
Karon
 player, 130 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Tue 24 Nov 2015
at 04:49
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"That sounds like the type of creature that only the greatest of hunters could capture. And your customer sounds like he was cheating you on the price." Karon shrugs, satisfied with the monies he did collect. He looked forward to another venture.
Vun fain
 player, 123 posts
 Kitsune Scholar
 Beware Everything!
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 19:09
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
 Vun was also satisfied with his reward and felt that his research at least awarded him with not just information about such a strange creature, but also magical talent.
Karon
 player, 133 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Sun 6 Dec 2015
at 12:10
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Karon offers his hand to Vun. "Perhaps I'll see you next week when those away jobs are posted. As it is, I have some business to discuss tonight, and maybe get a few tips. Fare well, my ally." Karon rises to depart.
Vun fain
 player, 130 posts
 Kitsune Scholar
 Beware Everything!
Sun 6 Dec 2015
at 12:30
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Take care of yourself, friend"
Stray
 proprietor, 122 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 03:01
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
A young boy, dressed in what looked like someone's cast-off finery, ran into O'Malley's and directly up to the bartender, scarce able to catch his breath.  On second glance, the cut and color of his clothing was similar enough to that worn by the messenger, Stray, as to place this boy as one of his runners for anyone in the know.

"O'Malley!" the boy shouted, clearly scared out of his skin.  "Foul magics afoot in Valarez, like to be that necromancer's work!  We paid visit to old Qorchi's tower, see if we could help fix it up, and a dark spirit tried to eat us up, all three of us!"

From the tale, it's evident the boy wasn't alone at the tower, though he seemed not to note that he's alone now.
O'Malley
 NPC, 49 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 04:05
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Calm down, clam down.  Only place in Valarez safer then O'Malley's is Castle Antrim.  Where're the other boys?"  O'Malley motions to one of the bartenders who rushes over.  Whispering something in his ear O'Malley turns his attention back to the boy as the bartender rushes out of the tavern.
Stray
 proprietor, 123 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 04:29
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's


Hearing O'Malley's question, the boy began scanning the room frantically, only just realizing his friends were no longer with him.  "I don't know!" he exclaimed, O'Malley's attempts to calm him showing no effect.  "They were right there with me, I know we all got away from the tower together, they were still with me up to the bridge over here, but what if the spirit was followin' us?  What if it got them after all?"

The boy collapsed on a stool, dread and exhaustion chasing each other across his face.  "I dunno what happened, but it's gotta be that same necromancer, it's gotta be!  What else would make a shadow-spirit that chases around boys what was only trying to help an honest fella like Qorchi out?"
Tamarie Silver
 proprietor, 73 posts
 Master Jeweller
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 05:11
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
A half-elf girl hesitantly walks into O'Malley's, carrying a satchel very close to her side. She looks around wide-eyed before she sees O'Malley and heads towards him. She waits when she notices that O'Malley is talking to someone else, fidgeting with the hem of the satchel while she waits her turn.

A halfling woman also follows her in at a discrete distance, her gaze fixed on the half-elf girl and everyone else in the bar. She is armed and armoured and making no effort to conceal the fact that she's security.
O'Malley
 NPC, 50 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Tue 8 Dec 2015
at 01:05
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
O'Malley waves Tamarie over to the bar as he continues to speak to the boy.  "I'm sure they got away Marcus.  Probably just ran off to let Stray or someone at the shop know."  O'Malley's demeanor betrayed his true thoughts a bit.  "Have some pie, on the house kid."  He points to a barmaid who slips in the back before returning with a plate of blueberry pie for Marcus.  O'Malley shakes his head while he thinks.

Turning to the half-elf, "Yes, Miss Silver?"
Tamarie Silver
 proprietor, 74 posts
 Master Jeweller
Tue 8 Dec 2015
at 01:07
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The half-elf squeaks and shakes her head. It's not Tamarie - too young, now that you look at her.

"Sorry - I'm Beatrice. Miss Tamarie said to deliver these to you," the girl says hurriedly, pulling out a box and handing it to O'Malley. Inside are the rings he ordered.
O'Malley
 NPC, 51 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Tue 8 Dec 2015
at 01:45
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Oh.  Sorry, Miss.  The boy's story must have distracted me a bit."  O'Malley takes the box and examines the rings.  "Fantastic work.  Please thank Tamarie, and those who helped her with these.  You brought some protection."  O'Malley motions to the guard.  "Are you to take the payment back or should I send it with one of my own people?"

O'Malley calls over a barman.  "William, take this to the office and lock it in the safe.  Then head upstairs and let Mr. Harington know I'm ready for his services."
Stray
 proprietor, 126 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Tue 8 Dec 2015
at 02:37
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Marcus doesn't seem to even register the offer of pie, instead shaking his head morosely.  "I hope you're right, mister," he said, his voice now moving into shock.  "I'll check back the shop, but with Stray out on business all day, I dunno why they'd go back there 'less they thought they weren't safe here neither."

A strange, almost haunted look crossed his face for a moment, and he abruptly turned and left the bar.
Tamarie Silver
 proprietor, 75 posts
 Master Jeweller
Tue 8 Dec 2015
at 23:18
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to O'Malley (msg # 433):

"We can take it back - that's why Rochelle's here," Beatrice replies, pointing at the conspicuous halfling. "Thank you sir."
O'Malley
 NPC, 52 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Tue 8 Dec 2015
at 23:53
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"No, thank you.  Saves my people a trip."  O'Malley calls for one of the barmaids and whispers something to her.  She heads to the back through the kitchen doors.  "Blueberry pie while you wait?  It'll go to waste otherwise."  He slides the pie Marcus ignored down one seat closer to Beatrice.
Vun fain
 player, 144 posts
 Kitsune Scholar
 Beware Everything!
Sat 12 Dec 2015
at 21:11
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
 After completing his work at Jahi Penman's place, the foxy scholar returned to the tavern armed with new knowledge that would aid him in his next venture. Hopefully this next job will go better than the last one.
Karon
 player, 134 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Sat 12 Dec 2015
at 23:06
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
That evening, Karon meets up with Lt Cordule's men at O'Malley's, and buys them dinner before they take care of their arrangements.
Tamarie Silver
 proprietor, 76 posts
 Master Jeweller
Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 04:30
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to O'Malley (msg # 436):

Beatrice's eyes light up. "Yes please!" she exclaims, digging in without waiting very long at all.
DM
 GM, 823 posts
Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 17:01
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Karon

The guards seem to enjoy the meal and are very grateful for it.  They maintain what might pass for manners as best they can and are polite, thanking Karon for the meal.  It's apparent Lt. Cordule demands a certain attitude from her men.  They know what comes next and nod to Karon in understanding after the meal is over.


Vun fain

Several of the groups, or at least parts of them, have returned from their jobs and are now scattered around O'Malley's.  Employers,however, look scarce.  You overhear O'Malley discussing an upcoming festival with some patrons that should bring in some more jobs for adventurers.


Tamarie

After Beatrice finishes the pie one of O'Malley's employees comes out from the back and hands him a small piece of paper.  O'Malley takes a quill and vial of ink from the woman and signs the paper before handing to Beatrice.  "It's a bank note.  Every bank in Valarez will accept it.  Miss Silver simply needs to take it in and cash it.  A little safer than carrying a bag of gold around town, especially at night."  O'Malley smiles before going back to a conversation with a few patrons at the bar.
Archain
 player, 89 posts
 HP 23/33 AC 19
 Drox: HP 35/40 AC 18
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 03:04
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
With Kameron in Drox's arms, Archain leads the group to the nearest temple, or to whatever temple Kameron chooses, for healing. While Kameron is getting healed, Archain will heal Drox before thanking him for his service and sending him back to his plane.

Once everyone and everything is in order, Archain will lead the way back to O'Malley's where he will look for Quix.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:45, Mon 14 Dec 2015.

Karon
 player, 135 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 03:30
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Before he leaves with the troops, Karon sidles up to O'Malley and asks "Any idea when your next job postings will be going up? I'd like to know when to check in next."
Darkadesh Itznogud
 player, 157 posts
 Blue Hair, Steelgrey Eyes
 CG Gnome Engineer
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 05:32
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Following Archain and Kameron, Darkadesh enters the Bar, carring the Device they had brought for Quix.
DM
 GM, 826 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 13:23
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Karon

"It's been slow, friend.  We don't typically post jobs, but wait for employers to come to us.  I'm planning a little festival in a few days that should drum up some business.  I'd check back in during, or after, the festival.  In the meantime time a couple days off, they don't often show back up once you've made a name for yourself."

Quix's group

O'Malley's is devoid of any employers at this time of night, many citizens and merchants will be heading off for bed soon.  A few adventurers still come and go and O'Malley is cleaning up the bar ready to hand the reins over to the night shift when he spots the group.

"I know that look.  A job completed and looking to get paid?  Who was it that hired you?  I may be able to help if they're staying here."
Tamarie Silver
 proprietor, 77 posts
 Master Jeweller
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 22:09
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to DM (msg # 440):

Beatrice blinks for a moment before she accepts the note. It clearly wasn't what she was expecting.

"Thank you, Mr. O'Malley - I'll get it to her right away. And thank you very much for the pie - it was delicious!" she says before she scoots off and heads out with the guard.
Darkadesh Itznogud
 player, 158 posts
 Blue Hair, Steelgrey Eyes
 CG Gnome Engineer
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 22:21
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Darkadesh looks up to the bar, having to stands on his tip toes. "Quix hired us to get something from her uncles place. And while we haven't had much success getting a straight answer from her, do you happen to know, what killed her gruncle?"
O'Malley
 NPC, 53 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 00:02
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The tavern owner laughs a full belly laugh that fills the room.  "Quix.  If you had gotten a straight answer from her you'd be the first.  She likes to tell stories, missed her calling as a bard I'd say.  But a good gnome regardless.  I can't say I've heard anything about her relatives.  If it were something unusual I'd likely have heard.  Quix booked a room upstairs.  I'll send someone to get her.  Please make yourselves comfortable in one of the back rooms."

OOC - Quix's group can head back to the chapter 1 thread when each of you is ready.

Karon
 player, 136 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 01:40
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Karon nods. The Festival sounded like a good place to pick up new contacts and contracts. He leads the cordon of men to one of his favorite haunts.
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 147 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Thu 17 Dec 2015
at 01:55
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric entered O'Malley's, a haunted look on his face, and walked up to the bar.

"I'll need 4 flagons of ale, please."  His order placed, he headed to one of the tables, expecting his companions to be along shortly.
Malgrom
 player, 45 posts
 Hobgoblin Ranger
 Known Around Town
Thu 17 Dec 2015
at 07:27
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Malgrom walks in and heads up to the bar. He says, "An ale please. Hearth around?"

OOC: Where did Claire go? Sorry if I missed it.
Gedd
 player, 137 posts
 Half-orc archer
Thu 17 Dec 2015
at 14:05
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd is the next to enter O'Malley's, hopefully with Claire by his side. He heads over to join Wilric then waves over a barmaid to order a drink for Claire and that fish dinner he sort of promised her. Depending what she orders and whether he can actually afford it he will order meals for himself, Wilric, Wynn and Berta as well, assuming his brother and sister will be joining them soon.

"Malgrom," he calls to the hobgoblin at the bar. "Do you and your friends want to join us?"

This message was last edited by the player at 14:21, Thu 17 Dec 2015.

O'Malley
 NPC, 54 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Thu 17 Dec 2015
at 21:14
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Coming right up."  O'Malley pounds his fist on the door behind the bar twice.  Three barmaids come rushing out to take orders.

One of the women cranes her neck to look at the entire group.  "Party of ten for O'Malley's?"
Claire
 NPC, 32 posts
 famed adventurer
Thu 17 Dec 2015
at 21:14
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Yes, please.  I'll have the fish."
DM
 GM, 845 posts
Thu 17 Dec 2015
at 21:19
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The barmaid begins writing down orders as she leads the large group to a table near the back.  Claire continues to drag Gedd along to the table until she sits down and tucks a tan napkin into the top of her garment.  O'Malley grins as he watches Claire's antics.

OOC - You didn't miss it Malgrom.  I just hadn't posted anything yet.

Stray
 proprietor, 145 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Thu 17 Dec 2015
at 23:04
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stray entered O'Malley's, looking a bit road-worn, and sat at the bar.  "What's cooking tonight?" he asked, his eyes darting around and taking in the crowds, "and do you have any left after all these adventurers?"
O'Malley
 NPC, 55 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Fri 18 Dec 2015
at 03:30
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"We still have some lamb left.  It looks like most of the jobs are finishing up from a day or two ago."
Stray
 proprietor, 146 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Fri 18 Dec 2015
at 03:45
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Ah, sounds good!" Stray replied, grinning.  "Lamb it is, and glad to see so many adventurers coming back in one piece!"

He paused a moment, as though trying to remember something half forgotten, then pulled a note from his pocket.  "Speaking of adventurers," he continued in a softer, but still audible, tone, "Aeos is apparently looking for some thief catchers.  Not sure the details, but if anyone's gonna turn up who's interested in the job, it'll be here.  I'd offer to keep an eye out, me and the boys, but when it comes to catching..."
O'Malley
 NPC, 56 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Fri 18 Dec 2015
at 03:56
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
O'Malley nods.  "I'll keep it in mind if anyone asks about short-term jobs.  William, bring out another lamb plate."  One of the barmen heads in the back and returns with a plate containing a lamb chop and green beans.
Stray
 proprietor, 147 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Fri 18 Dec 2015
at 04:22
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stray passed over the price of the meal without further comment and tucked in, seemingly oblivious to anything other than his food.
Wyn Roth
 player, 241 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Fri 18 Dec 2015
at 08:33
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Stray (msg # 459):

By the time Wyn arrives in O'Malleys he is immaculately  dressed  in a dark  blue  frock coat with the Golden Road symbl of Takri on his right lapel.
Berta Roth
 player, 128 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Fri 18 Dec 2015
at 14:21
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Berta follows close behind Wyn, and while he may look immaculate, she looks as travel-weary as she feels.

Looking around she sees Gedd has already organised a table, so nudges her older brother in the direction of the younger.
Gedd
 player, 138 posts
 Half-orc archer
Sat 19 Dec 2015
at 10:54
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Fish for me too, thanks," Gedd tells the waitress.

"So Claire, are you feeling any different now that we are away from all that shadow rock?" he asks the young woman by his side.
Vun fain
 player, 145 posts
 Kitsune Scholar
 Beware Everything!
Sat 19 Dec 2015
at 12:01
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
 Vun makes himself as comfortable as possible at his table and begins to idly make a doodle in his personal journal. After snapping back to attention, the Kitsune scholar is surprised on how well his beautiful sketch of a misty hilly landscape turned out.

(06:59, Today: Vun fain rolled 26 using 1d20+6.  craft art.)
Berta Roth
 player, 129 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Sat 19 Dec 2015
at 13:35
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Fish," Berta nods as she slumps down onto the bench. "Beer," she winks at Barrett as she spares him the cost of anything more exotic or expensive, though if truth be told she'd rather just quench her thirst than cost the gunslinger a pretty penny.

"Please."

Elbow on the table (what would Mother say !) and hand supporting head, if only just, she slowly turns toward Gedd, lips quirking in a smile as she awaits Claire's response.  "Sorry there were no ducks," the red-haired woman apologises to their young charge.  "Maybe next time."
Malgrom
 player, 46 posts
 Hobgoblin Ranger
 Known Around Town
Sat 19 Dec 2015
at 19:46
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Malgrom waits to hear about Hearth, and then heads over to the table with the group containing Claire with his ale. He walks up and asks, "Mind if I join you, I am waiting to see if Hearth is around. I am a little curious about our overlapping assignments."
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 148 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Sun 20 Dec 2015
at 00:12
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric nodded, not saying a word, his attention taken by the barmaid bringing over the round of drinks he'd ordered.  He handed one to each of his adoptive siblings, briefly pausing to shake that thought from his head as it occurred.
Claire
 NPC, 33 posts
 famed adventurer
Sun 20 Dec 2015
at 00:36
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Different?"  Claire looks confused at the question.  [Language unknown:  "Nd entithoreoer om ntelinany miha int eenan andorteveing."]  She mumbles to herself.

Claire stretches in her seat to look at Vun's drawing.  "I've been there!"  She says excitedly before sitting back down in her seat.  Berta catches her attention and she loses interest in the drawing.

"I hate ducks.  Always jerks to the pennaguanna."  Her eyes glaze over.  "Duck and cover... [Language unknown:  ekbepliv houoveeauwer]... [Language unknown:  ioatal llth tin]... [Language unknown:  k nindtr uleist illin mepend]... [Language unknown:  ecei andto inas]... [Language unknown:  Trathieve oulesscon?]"  She comes back around when the barmaid brings everyone their drink.
Berta Roth
 player, 130 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Sun 20 Dec 2015
at 04:50
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Belfred waves Malgrom to take a seat at their table. "More th' merrier," she mutters in welcome, though truth be told her attention is distracted by the arrival of her drink.  She smiles at the barmaid and Wilric in gratitude as she commandeers a tankard, licking her lips in anticipation before raising the glass to her lips.

Claire's thoughts about ducks are mostly incomprehensible to the warrior woman, leaving her unsure how to respond.  "Perhaps we could get Melvin a fish," she suggests, tentatively.

"I'm guessing that Hearth was Elsin's employer - sent him to find Claire, then sent you because he thought Elsin had failed. Whereas the Councilwoman was worried about her brother and what had happened to him and the girl he was looking for."  Berta shrugs.  "In the end they were both after the same thing."
Vun fain
 player, 146 posts
 Kitsune Scholar
 Beware Everything!
Sun 20 Dec 2015
at 07:42
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
 Vun still admired his own work and was surprised that Claire said She had been to such a place, as Vun had not. This was a image that came to him off the top of his head. Was this a vision or some kind of message given to him? Strange, yet still if this is such a fine work, perhaps it might be worth trying to sell to someone. It's worth a shot right?
Wyn Roth
 player, 243 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Sun 20 Dec 2015
at 08:35
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wyn takes his drink with a nod of thanks and raises his glass in a toast to Wilric.  However, he only sips at the drink, before  passing the tankard across to Berta. "I hope you don't mind, Wilric.  I am not the greatest of ale  drinkers." he says half-apologetically as if he has had this conversation with others in the past.

Instead, when the waitress comes around again, he orders a cup of white wine cut with water to go with his meal.
DM
 GM, 852 posts
Sun 20 Dec 2015
at 18:29
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
As the barmaid comes back with Wyn's wine she glances at Vun's picture.  "That's really good!  You should work for Jahi Penman.  Ever been there?  All sorts of drawings.  He offered to draw me once.  I said no, but might be persuaded by the right person."  She winks at Vun as she heads back to the kitchen.

Claire is about to answer Berta when Elsin walks through the door and spots the groups.  He makes his way to the table waving off the barmaid when she approaches him.  "My sister will be along soon.  By the time you finish your meals she should be here.  I stopped off to let Hearth know you're here as well.  I'll go get a back room ready."  Elsin stops at the bar to pay for a back room before making his way to the leftmost back room.
Hipparran
 Player, 84 posts
 Dragonblood Sorcerer
 Grandson of a Bronze Wyrm
Mon 21 Dec 2015
at 10:37
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Hipparrann also orders a meal of fish - it had been a while since he had tasted fine fish, hopefully O'Malley's would be able to cure him of that. He then moved over to join Malgrom, Wilric, Berta, and Wyn.

Hipparran was still a little on edge from their experiences and perhaps a drink would ease his concerns. He graciously accepted the drink that Wilric offered to him. As the group raised their glasses in a toast he offered his own expression to the mix: [Language unknown:  "Ardstaenc."].

This message was last edited by the player at 10:42, Mon 21 Dec 2015.

Gedd
 player, 139 posts
 Half-orc archer
Mon 21 Dec 2015
at 12:29
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd listened to Claire's ramblings with a sad expression on his face.

"Too soon, I guess," he concluded. "They say time heals all wounds. I just hope it is true."

He raised his own mug in a toast of his own.

"To Melvin, the best pennaguana guide I've ever heard of!"
Wyn Roth
 player, 244 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Mon 21 Dec 2015
at 12:48
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wyn raises his glass to the various toasts and respond "And one of the best sliders I know!" he pauses for a moment and picks at his meal, small slivers of chicken mixed in with various leaves, nuts and vegetables, before he continues.

"Is Melvin your familiar?" he asks Claire, "Or is he someone else's  special friend?" he asks trying to resolve the issue in his mind.  Originally, he has assumed that Claire was a caster and the pennaguana her familiar, but after her skating display, he was starting to wonder. Perhaps Kezra, or some other caster, had led them from afar?  It didn't really matter, but it is good to know things, just in case ...
Berta Roth
 player, 131 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Mon 21 Dec 2015
at 14:01
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Berta eagerly commandeers Wyn's neglected tankard, grinning hugely at Gedd as she beats her younger brother to the pinch, setting the second cup down besides her first so she can better guard it.

 she responds to Hipparran's toast in a gutteral tongue, and "To Melvin !" in Common, though fatigue, or perhaps her recent experience of Dwarven beverages has left her somewhat subdued, and she merely takes a good gulp of O'Malley's ale, leaving quaffing to those who still have the energy for such exertions.
Claire
 NPC, 34 posts
 famed adventurer
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 00:05
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Claire's face turns sour at Gedd's comment.  [Language unknown:  "Een thnt po siolla butureortvorrom."]  Wyn's questions and the toast cause her to forget quickly and she drinks with the others before answering.

"I learned from the best.  A family of pennaguanna we found in the caves long ago.  They used to guide lost dwarves out from the depths.  Melvin's my friend from the caves.  Haven't seen him for two or three..."  Claire trails off before finishing the thought.

At this the barmaid brings the last round of meals.  She tops of pitchers and mugs before leaving.  The fish tasty, and worth the price, but not something to write home about.  As the group is finishing up their meal Kezra enters O'Malley's followed closely by Hearth.  She makes her way past the table and makes a friendly gestures as she passes.  Hearth stops to slap a few of the group on the back and give some small talk before moving on.  "Join us in the back room when you're all ready."

Head into the new thread when you are ready to leave the table. 

Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 172 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 04:14
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aeos enters O'Malley's, looking around for someone.

Finding a table he orders some fare and a glass of Apple brandy.
Stray
 proprietor, 150 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 04:48
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stray pushed his plate away and looked around, noticing a few more people come in.  He stood up, grabbed his mug of water, and walked over to Aeos's table, sitting down across from the craftsman.
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 149 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 04:50
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
His ale half-gone, Wilric stood and wordlessly walked past the merchant and the messenger to the appointed room.
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 173 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 05:51
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aeos nods and smiles as Stray sits, noting that he just spent some time looking for the lad and saw not hide nor hide.
Wyn Roth
 player, 245 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 09:09
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Seeing his new adoptive brother get up and walk away alone, Wyn grins.  But he stands, nods in the direction of Wilric's back,  and asks his siblings "Shall we?" as he picks up the remains of his wine  and prepares to follow the halfling into the back room.

However, considering Gedd's success so far, he leaves it to his brother to invite Claire to join them in the back room.  However, his mind wanders slightly as he spots the barmaid and motions for another round of drinks ... Cousin Winnie ... and he can't quite make up his mind whether to smile or frown.
Berta Roth
 player, 132 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 14:29
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
[Language unknown:  "Oun mind dayillday trie ur pata ardthusti !"] Berta grins broadly on the back of Claire's response to Gedd.

"I'm taking my drink ... you taking your drinks ?" she asks her brothers, quickly draining the remains of one tankard and clasping the second protectively, almost knocking her now discarded knife and fork to the floor in her haste.

"Leave that for now," she suggests to Wyn.  "Best not keep Wilric or our patron waiting too long - not if we want to stay in her good books, maybe pick up more work.  Come on," she tells both brothers, and Claire as well, taking the young woman's hand if Gedd does not.
Gedd
 player, 140 posts
 Half-orc archer
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 15:07
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd grins back at Berta and responds in the same tongue to both her and Claire.

[Language unknown:  "Thaivetraine stwaacha es illas wasmenive inca Il pl yinourcom," iv ithwilsti. "Stnt pe lehoof ofwe el conichhas dayek a p!"]

He takes his mug of ale in one hand and extends the other hand to escort Claire again. Although he will not be offended if she prefers to accompany Berta instead, this time. He then follows the others to the back room prepared by Elsin.
Claire
 NPC, 36 posts
 famed adventurer
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 15:13
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Claire tilts her head in confusion at Gedd.  "I don't understand."  She rises and follows Gedd to the meeting room.  "No speaky orcy."  She adds.
Stray
 proprietor, 151 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 18:33
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stray looked askance at the group of adventurers walking by, but said nothing.
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 175 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 21:32
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aeos nods as he listens to the courier.
Stray
 proprietor, 152 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 23:34
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stray shook his head briefly before continuing.


While talking, he flushed, but he continued.
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 177 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 00:58
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aeos continues a quiet steady conversation.
Stray
 proprietor, 153 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 04:39
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Stray seemed to flush even darker as he continued.
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 179 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 05:17
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aeos nods and listens.

This message was last edited by the player at 08:12, Wed 23 Dec 2015.

Stray
 proprietor, 155 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 13:05
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's


Stray shook Aeos's hand and stood to leave.
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 181 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 13:13
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's


Aeos nods and goes back to his drnk and looking over the patrons and activity in O'Malley's.
Captain Kreet
 player, 7 posts
 ship captain
 smuggler
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 21:37
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
A flamboyantly dressed gnome strides into O'Malley's making a point of clearing his throat several times as he walks up to the bar.  "A gnome's fist worth of rum."  He orders at the bar before hoping up on a stool and looking around.
Vun fain
 player, 147 posts
 Kitsune Scholar
 Beware Everything!
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 21:51
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
 Not meaning to say anything, Vun quietly wonders sitting in his chair just how much is a Gnome's fist worth?
DM
 GM, 882 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 23:35
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
O'Malley pours some rum in a short glass, stopping when it hits the height the gnome's fist would be had he placed it on the bar.  "Captain."  He greets the gnome.  "Another order of fish for tomorrow?  I sold out today.  Maybe a few of those local swordfish for the big spenders?"

edit: out, not old, lol.  Always cutting costs that O'Malley.

This message was last edited by the GM at 14:38, Thu 24 Dec 2015.

Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 153 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 05:14
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric emerged from the meeting room and walked over to O'Malley.  Seeing he was currently speaking with someone, he hung back a bit.  His conversational partner seemed familiar enough at first, though owing to a possible case of mistaken identity, he said nothing.
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 188 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 07:52
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aeos gets up from his chair, leaving his drink on the table, and takes a few steps over to the bar.

"Excuse me, I heard 'Captain.' My name is Aeos Foldstone, Captain, I would like to speak with you.

If you have the time, could you join me over at a table
."
Captain Kreet
 player, 10 posts
 ship captain
 smuggler
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 14:46
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Captain Kreet grabs his glass and looks to the table where Aeos had been sitting.  "Aye.  Once the sun's down I've plenty of time off Concordia's Courier."

The stout gnome takes a second look at Wilric.  "Concordia?  A few months ago?  No?"
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 154 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 15:18
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric's eyes widened momentarily, realizing that he was right in his guess and this was no case of mistaken identity after all.

"That's me," he replied quietly, nodding to the captain.  "Thank you again for your assistance getting over to Valarez."  He looked as though he wanted to say more, when he realized that someone else wanted the captain's attention as well, and likely for business.  "I owe you a pint or two, but we can catch up later, when business isn't calling,"  he finished, nodding pointedly towards Aeos.
Captain Kreet
 player, 12 posts
 ship captain
 smuggler
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 15:35
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"I never forget a liquid debt, my friend.  Next time."  Captain Kreet joins Aeos at his table.  "You have need of a ship?  The name's Kreet, captain of Concordia's Courier.  How can I help, mate?"
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 189 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 20:30
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aeos turns to the Halfling,
."

Walking and waiting to sit after the Captain sits, Aeos sips.

"Captain I wanted to hear about life at sea. I would like very much to hear about what it is like out there, on the open seas."
Captain Kreet
 player, 13 posts
 ship captain
 smuggler
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 20:59
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Stories are free.  I travel back and forth to Concordia frequently.  We've encountered pirates from Ferrignis a few times recently, but they tend to stay North.  I've seen more seas monsters than pirates.  Just a few weeks ago we outran a dire croc near Asper Bay.  Had to be forty feet long, at least."
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 190 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 22:28
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aeos pays rapt attention.

"You can out pace these sea monsters?  What if you can not?"
Captain Kreet
 player, 14 posts
 ship captain
 smuggler
Fri 25 Dec 2015
at 01:42
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Oh, Sea Squared can outpace any creature large enough to do us damage.  If we ever got caught it'd be one hell of a fight.  My crew goes down fighting.  We took down a large sea snake once, hauled it to Tolero and sold it to the craftsmen there.  They specialize in using exotic materials.  Life wouldn't be worth living without a sense of the unknown.  Why start the chase if the winner is already obvious?"  Captain Kreet drains his glass and waves for a refill.
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 191 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Fri 25 Dec 2015
at 04:33
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"And pirates? Just out run those?

At sea that has to be easy, you can see a ship at the horizon
."

Aeos orders another apple brandy and pays for all drinks at the table.
Captain Kreet
 player, 15 posts
 ship captain
 smuggler
Sun 27 Dec 2015
at 22:06
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"If you can't beat em..."  Kreet smiles and winks.
Hipparran
 Player, 85 posts
 Dragonblood Sorcerer
 Grandson of a Bronze Wyrm
Mon 28 Dec 2015
at 10:35
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Talk of the sea drew Hipparran over to the captain.

"Excuse me Captain,"
Hipparran left a pause to indicate that he did not know the Captain's name. "May I join you. I grew up on the sea and long to hear of it now that I am far from the sound of waves and the call of gulls."
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 198 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Mon 28 Dec 2015
at 10:40
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"All are welcome, sit friend.

I am Aeos Foldstone, name your drink
."  The proprietor signals for a serving girl.
Captain Kreet
 player, 16 posts
 ship captain
 smuggler
Mon 28 Dec 2015
at 18:06
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Aye, what travels would you like to hear?  A certain place?  Or perhaps treasure and women?"

This message was lightly edited by the player at 18:08, Mon 28 Dec 2015.

Hipparran
 Player, 86 posts
 Dragonblood Sorcerer
 Grandson of a Bronze Wyrm
Tue 29 Dec 2015
at 10:30
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Thank you, I am called Hipparran and I'll have whatever it is that you are drinking," he said taking a seat at the table. "So far as stories go, their are women everywhere it seems but the treasures of the ocean are unparalleled, so a story of treasure of course."
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 201 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Tue 29 Dec 2015
at 11:11
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
When the serving girl arrives, Aeos orders an apple brandy for the newest seat at the table.

Eager to hear what the Captain has for a story.
Stray
 proprietor, 163 posts
 Stray's Courier Services
 Swift and Sure!
Wed 30 Dec 2015
at 01:56
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
A scruffy-looking kid wearing Stray's colors entered the bar and immediately walked to O'Malley, holding a sheet of parchment in his hand with several others tucked away.  He immediately presented it to the man and gestured toward the wall, as though wordlessly asking permission to hang the flyer.

From the way it's being carried, its message is clear to even the most casual of observer:

quote:
Senior Potions Apprenticeship offered at Pen and Ink

You must already know how to brew potions and have a basic understanding of magical application.  However, you will get the chance to work with our Senior Brewer Marta Ligan, Mistress of the Cauldron and have access to our spell repository.

Live in, all found, a new suit of clothes each year and spending money.  Come to the tower and ask for Mistress Marta.

Jahi Penman
.

Captain Kreet
 player, 17 posts
 ship captain
 smuggler
Thu 31 Dec 2015
at 15:30
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Indeed!  I've heard many tales of lost treasure.  One in particular interests me."  Kreet lowers his voice.  "Have ye heard of the warlord near Senectus?  They say he's a figure of death, wields a scythe at the front of the battle.  Grouping all the independent tribes, he is.  More importantly, he hates magic.  Destroy all he can find.  Tales say he simply snaps them in two with his massive strength and tosses them inta the ocean.  I'm no wizard, but I hear magic items can be repaired.  Savvy?"
O'Malley
 NPC, 57 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Thu 31 Dec 2015
at 15:32
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Stray (msg # 512):

O'Malley nods to the boy before handing his rag off to a young barman.  "Time to clean up and gets some rest before the setup for the festival."

O'Malley shouts over the conversations in the bar.  "Don't forget to stay in town for a few more days ladies and gents.  O'Malley's Festival will be soon, a good time for all.  Until tomorrow folks."
Hipparran
 Player, 87 posts
 Dragonblood Sorcerer
 Grandson of a Bronze Wyrm
Wed 6 Jan 2016
at 10:40
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Captain Kreet (msg # 513):

"I too have heard of this man," Hipparran responded to the captain. "I did not realize that he discarded the ruins of enchanted items that came into his possession in the sea. Indeed their are many treasures claimed by the sea," a long, pregnant pause followed "and I suppose that few of them will ever be seen by any save the sahaugin."

This message was last edited by the player at 10:41, Wed 06 Jan 2016.

Captain Kreet
 player, 18 posts
 ship captain
 smuggler
Thu 7 Jan 2016
at 00:12
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"I'm willing to take a few fishing nets and drag the ocean floor for a few days if it could result in thousands of coins worth of repairable magic items.  I haven't heard of the warlord ever concerning 'imself with the sea, so the only concern'd be sea creatures, like you said."  Kreet takes another swig of rum.
Hipparran
 Player, 88 posts
 Dragonblood Sorcerer
 Grandson of a Bronze Wyrm
Thu 7 Jan 2016
at 10:39
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"All we would would be an artificer as that is not the area of my magical expertise," Hipparran holds up his wrist with the red string still tied on revealing his combat-oriented magic skills. "And gold to fund the initial operation."
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 218 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Thu 7 Jan 2016
at 12:43
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Yet, all that magic represents a significant amount of wealth, and he does not find someone to take it in exchange for gold, he simply throws it into the waters.

This would seem hatred in an absolute state
."
Captain Kreet
 player, 19 posts
 ship captain
 smuggler
Thu 7 Jan 2016
at 20:37
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Aye.  I've heard mixed stories on the warlord.  Blinding hate for magic, killing magic users on sight, but also compassion for his own people.  Building hospitals and orphanages for those injured or made homeless by the battles in the area.  Like I said, he never takes to the water.  We just need to stay off the shore.  Are either of you looking to put up the gold for such an expedition?  We could make an arrangement." 
Guuug
 player, 64 posts
Sat 9 Jan 2016
at 22:07
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The ground shook a little with steady pulses growing ever stronger. Dust that had been allowed to gather for a few months was finally shaken loose by what has always been a common occurance in the tavern, for Guuug had returned. The tavern's stone giant bouncer was slowly walking up to the tavern. Not because he couldn't be quick, but more out of concern of his surroundings. Most people and buildings would not come away unscathed from Guuug misstepping, so he had long ago learned to be careful. And just before the ground shaking became so bad that ale left mugs it stopped, and the door was taken up with the lower half of Guuug's body. What happened next was even stranger for the uninitiated, as the giant seemed to... shrink, deflate. Ever so slowly his size reduced, until he finally was about the size of the door opening. the reason the wood of the door was so weathered and scratched then became apparent, as Guuug, even in his reduced form, was not quite the correct size for it, and he had to step through sideways, his shoulders, head and belly grinding noisily through the frame. Finally inside, he carefully stepped forward, the floorboards groaning in agony as the still-heavy giant stomped across the room to o'Malley himself.

Guuug simply handed him a sword.

"The White Dragon needs it placed in her pack."

Anyone who was asleep is now wide awake.
O'Malley
 NPC, 64 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Sat 9 Jan 2016
at 22:52
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
O'Malley nods.  "Will you be back at work then?"  He calls over a barmaid while waiting for the response.  Handing her the sword O'Malley whispers something in her ear.  She immediately takes the sword through the doors to the kitchen.
Guuug
 player, 65 posts
Sat 9 Jan 2016
at 22:56
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Guuuug nods slowly.

"I got a plot to build my house. But I need to earn a bit more for materials. So I may take on another mission if it pays well. Luckily the last one was easy."

He neglects to mention how everyone else on his team died on the way somehow, but he wasn't lying, Guuug really had no trouble completing the mission.
O'Malley
 NPC, 64 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 03:58
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Comes naturally to some of us.  I'll see you in the morning then?"

This message was last updated by the player at 03:58, Mon 11 Jan 2016.

Guuug
 player, 66 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2016
at 10:28
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Yes."

Guuug glacially turned around and carefully stomped outside, accented by the cries of agony the door frame produced, followed by receding miniature earthquakes as Guuug grew to his proper size and headed to his customary resting place.
Hipparran
 Player, 89 posts
 Dragonblood Sorcerer
 Grandson of a Bronze Wyrm
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 10:44
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Captain Kreet (msg # 519):

"Interested yes," Hipparran responded. "Currently able to back a mission no. Perhaps a few more jobs here at O'Malley's will give me gold needed."
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 222 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 11:27
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Captain Kreet:
"Aye.  I've heard mixed stories on the warlord.  Blinding hate for magic, killing magic users on sight, but also compassion for his own people.  Building hospitals and orphanages for those injured or made homeless by the battles in the area.  Like I said, he never takes to the water.

We just need to stay off the shore.  Are either of you looking to put up the gold for such an expedition?  We could make an arrangement." 

Listening to the words of the man next to him, Aeos gives his answer.

"More research and facts, maps, would be needed before I could entertain th  eidea of such an expedition.

I am about to take a trip to Craw, for business
."
Captain Kreet
 proprietor, 20 posts
 ship captain
 smuggler
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 13:38
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"A trip?  Do you need passage?  It's not a long trip, but your business may take a few days.  Time for us to acquire some funding and maps for a later expedition?"
O'Malley
 NPC, 65 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 14:01
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Once the hard-to-miss Guuug exits the tavern all the patrons hear, "Last call!"

OOC- Please wrap up any conversations so I can move this ahead 2 days and start the adventures.  If you want to move it to a pm that's fine with me as well, but it seems to be wrapping up anyway.
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 223 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 20:18
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Captain Kreet:
"A trip?  Do you need passage?  It's not a long trip, but your business may take a few days.  Time for us to acquire some funding and maps for a later expedition?"

"I do, I am unsure the length of my stay in Craw, a couple of days sounds right.

What do you charge for passage Captain
?"
Captain Kreet
 proprietor, 21 posts
 ship captain
 smuggler
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 23:47
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Craw's 'bout 60 miles round trip.  I'd go five gold per passenger, meals included.  Each way it shouldn't be more'n a five or six hour trip."
Karon
 player, 171 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Mon 11 Jan 2016
at 23:55
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
After the main bulk of the Festival concludes, Karon wanders into O'Malley's. Spotting the impeccably dressed Aeos, he makes his way to the table to inquire "Okay, Master Foldstone. Fun is done. What's the job?"
DM
 GM, 963 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 00:11
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Sorry to cut anyone off.  Again, if you want to continue feel free to do so through pm or another thread.  Especially those of you I just cut off due to taking so long to finish this post that you posted ahead of me.



Chapter C



Two days have passed since the festival.  The promise of work and free ale has drawn several dozen adventurers to O'Malley's.  The tables in the common room are spotted with hopeful men and women sporting colorful yarn bracelets.  At the far end of the bar a dwarf familiar to several of you sits sipping a mug.  Harsk listens to Hearth as he has a one sided conversation with the abrasive dwarf.

The usual boxes of yarn sit on O'Malley's bar as he gives his speech for any newcomers.

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:40, Tue 12 Jan 2016.

Montgomery
 human monk, 75 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 01:30
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Disappointed that he had missed the riddle contest Montgomery walks about the last of the festivities though does not participate. Eventually he will find his way back to O'Malley's where so many adventuring types end up.
Inside he gives a cursory glance around for Xtitkk and not finding him he takes a seat at any open table. Unless he sees a familiar face of anyone working for Kezra or that were at least approachable the last time he was here.
After a time he orders something to eat, not really anything specific. He requests that the waitress surprise him with something she enjoys.
Barrett
 player, 91 posts
 Bounty Hunter
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 01:48
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Barrett entered the room and grabbed his customary blue string from the box. He was about to step away when he thought for a moment. He retrieved a black string as well. He twined the two together and displayed it. He took a mug of ale and adjusted himself in a seat so that he was comfortable.
DM
 GM, 964 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 03:43
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Montgomery (msg # 533):

Montgomery recognizes Hearth at the end of the bar, the large man Kezra had been speaking with when she originally sent the group through the water.  He is currently speaking with a surly looking dwarf, but gives you a nod when he sees you looking.  The barmaid returns shortly with a mug of deep red ale.  "Seasonal."  She tells you.
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 171 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 03:58
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric entered and quietly claimed a corner table with a good view of the door, one where his companions could hardly miss him, even at his height.

He sat and waved over a barmaid, light catching and reflecting on a metallic alternative to the string system, a wire-wrapped black band with a single piece of what looked like polished obsidian set in it.
Malgrom
 player, 47 posts
 Hobgoblin Ranger
 Known Around Town
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 08:30
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Malgrom walks in, and recognizing Hearth he walks over to him, looking for a stool to slide onto.On his way he grabs his usual string and moves along. He asks Hearth, "How are you today?"

OOC: Sorry to dodge the color, but it's really late here....will update it tomorrow.
Wyn Roth
 player, 300 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 11:48
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wyn enter the bar and takes a seat at the halfling's table, ordering a watered wine for himself as he does so.

"Nice string." he says nodding towards Wilric's wrist.
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 172 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 13:08
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric grinned up at Wyn's arrival.  When Wyn remarked on the wristlet, he reached into his pocket and produced three more; one of them, of white wire with a matching piece of polished obsidian, he handed over to Wyn.
Wyn Roth
 player, 302 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 13:16
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Thats nice." he says appreciatively, as he fastens it around his wrist "Where did you get them from?"
Gedd
 player, 167 posts
 Half-orc archer
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 13:23
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd walks in soon after his brother Wyn. He stops off at the bar to select a blue thread then walks over to join Wyn and Wilric before trying to tie it on his wrist.

"Bit tricky tying them on your own wrist one-handed, isn't it?" he comments as he tries to do it on his own.
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 173 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 13:31
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
As Gedd walked up, Wilric handed him the second wristlet, this one blue, though also with a piece of polished obsidian.

The fourth, blue and black entwined, he set on the table for Berta's arrival.
Wyn Roth
 player, 303 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 13:50
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"We could  tell her it is a gift from that Hobgoblin ...." he suggests, nodding towards the lonely looking bracelt on the table.
Berta Roth
 player, 150 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 14:02
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Berta has been working at her task at hand with uncharacteristic diligence, and so arrives after her brothers (birth or adoptive).  More relaxed with her leathers back on and blades at her hips, the warrior woman swaggers over to the bar to collect the black and blue strands of twine, waving to those she recognises (either from her recent adventures or met later at the Festival) and ordering a well deserved ale before joining her family, collapsing on the bench with a sigh of pleasure.

"Glad one of you found us a table,"
she congratulates the three. "It's going to be crowded in here later !  Warming up already ..."

This message was last edited by the player at 14:52, Tue 12 Jan 2016.

Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 174 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 14:28
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric rolled his eyes at Gedd's comment, but said nothing.  When Berta sat down, he passed the final wristlet over to her, and despite their brother's joke, it was obvious enough that all four formed a set of sorts.
Berta Roth
 player, 151 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 14:58
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Berta's eyes widen as she picks up the wristlet, and she thanks Wilric with a warm smile as she fastens it to her wrist in place of the string, admiring the craftmanship, and noting the other three have similar devices.  "Where did you get them from ?" she asks the Halfling, wondering if Wilric fashioned them himself.

"It's beautiful ..." she's almost embarrassed to say it, not generally given to such, but greatly moved by the gesture.
Montgomery
 human monk, 76 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 15:52
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to DM (msg # 535):

He returns Hearths' nod and motions for he to come over, acknowledging if he cannot do so immediately.

As the barmaid bring him a drink he thanks her but explains he really desired new foods. Beginning to tell her the long story of his raising in the temple and its simple fare. Seeing her begin to look around at the other customers he closes and orders two or three items he may like to try. Tipping her a gold now for her troubles and patience.
Gedd
 player, 168 posts
 Half-orc archer
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 16:13
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd is delighted with Wilric's gift and quickly slips it onto his wrist.

"Thanks, little brother! That's much easier than trying to tie that bit of string. I like the black stone. Obsidian, isn't it? And a matching set for all four of us. Very nice. What made you chose that particular stone?" he asked.
Vun Long
 player, 72 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 17:04
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"GOODMORNING VALAREZ!!!" the kitsune that had been introduced as Vun Fain's cousin made a flashy entrance. He practically jumped and skipped all the way to where the strings were, greeting everyone with a big toothy smile along the way. But then he looked a liitle confused. "Now what was this one for again?" he could be heard wondering outloud. Then with a shrug just tied all of them. Except for the white ones, "Eh? seems like someone left lint here"

Then he invited himself into the company of the largest gathering of other comrade adventurers "Wow, that was some festival eh? Good times, good times. SHame cuz didn't win the contest. Should've entered it myself, I was crazy about that stuff when I was a young cub. Mind you, what was the deal with that whole Mud councilor guy?"
Guuug
 player, 67 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 21:27
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Outside Guuuug had taken up his customary position next to the door as the bouncer and advertiser. His huge apron was a banner that could be seen from afar and his voice carried even further, booming through the streets.

"COME TO O'MALLEY'S! TRY OUR HEAVY BROWN ALE!"
Karon
 player, 172 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 22:45
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
From the shadows comes a voice, saying "Yeah. They bottle it after Guuug takes a bath!"
Guuug
 player, 68 posts
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 23:18
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Guuug slowly turns to the direction the voice came from. "I usually need one after I give annoying patrons a dusting."
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 175 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Tue 12 Jan 2016
at 23:34
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Ignoring - or trying to, at least - the boisterous conversations starting around him, Wilric grinned shyly at the thanks and compliments about the wristlets.

"I made them," he admitted quietly.  "Lived with a blacksmith for a while, and while I couldn't manage the heavy lifting, things like this came easy to me."

When asked about the stone, his eyes got difficult to read.  "It's a memory, y'know, about the shadowrock.  I didn't want to put REAL shadowrock on there, but obsidian kinda looks the same without being dangerous."
Hearth
 NPC, 17 posts
 famed adventurer
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 00:46
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Montgomery (msg # 547):

Hearth joins Montgomery after a few minutes, having finished his one-sided conversation with Harsk.  "Not a drinker?  I don't know if I can trust a man who doesn't imbibe." He teases.
Wyn Roth
 player, 306 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 09:01
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Very nice ..." Wyn voices his respect for the halfling's work.

However, he is somewhat distracted by the loud dog-man over by the bar.  He considers, for a moment, whether it is a bit of an act, or whether the creature really is that gauche.

This message was last edited by the player at 11:07, Wed 13 Jan 2016.

Hipparran
 Player, 90 posts
 Dragonblood Sorcerer
 Grandson of a Bronze Wyrm
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 10:43
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Hipparran looks at the red string on his wrist, realizing that he was supposed to turn it back in after returning to O'Malley's. With a small shrug he goes over to join Malgrom and Barrett.
Berta Roth
 player, 152 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 14:06
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"They're beautiful," Berta's drink remains untouched as she continues to admire the bracelet.  "You're very talented," she tells Wilric, gratefully, echoing her brothers' earlier compliments.

"I never really learned any useful trade," the warrior woman admits ruefully.  "Father was 'Captain of the Guard'," she affects a pompous tone.  "So I can ride a horse, and use a sword ..."

"I can play a drum," she narrows her eyes at Wyn, daring him to suggest otherwise. "And I can juggle ... never really made anything, though."

"Tell a lie and it will come back to bite you," she corrects herself. "I did learn some herb-lore," she smiles warmly at Gedd.  "Forgotten a lot of it ... might not be the worst thing if I worked a bit harder at it.  Stop me spending all my coin on drinks !"  Her smile broadens as she recalls her neglected drink and she snatches the cup up, raising it high.  "To Wilric !" she toasts the Halfling.
Wyn Roth
 player, 307 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 14:13
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wyn is more than happy to echo that toast, although less flamboyantly than his sister.  "Aye. To Wilric. Our new brother!" and then he takes a sip of his watered wine.
Gedd
 player, 169 posts
 Half-orc archer
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 14:23
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Ah, of course, I should have guessed. Very appropriate and definitely something that should not be forgotten. I like it."

He raises his mug of ale and joins Berta and Wyn's toast.

"To Wilric, the best little brother we could wish for!"
DM
 GM, 967 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 19:40
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
A small girl rushes into O'Malley's.  She runs straight up to the tavern owner and tugs on his apron.  He looks down in shock to see the young girl here.  She motions for him to lean down which he obliges.  The girl whispers something in his ear.  O'Malley smiles and holds up one finger to tell the girl to wait a moment.  In the meantime he picks the girl up by the waist and sits her on the bar where a barmaid places a small plate of blackberry pie in front.
Wyn Roth
 player, 310 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Wed 13 Jan 2016
at 19:53
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wyn smiles softly as he watches the goings on at the bar.
Kamahou
 player, 48 posts
 Kameron
 Human
Thu 14 Jan 2016
at 05:09
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Though his leg was still somewhat bruised and battered, Kameron had taken his days off to rest and recover, doing what he could to avoid putting any weight on his leg. While spending time cooped up in a room was far from his interest, it made better sense to avoid worsening his leg any further than it was already. After the days had gone by, the human staggered into the inn, using various objects to help keep the weight off his injured side as best as possible. Finding a seat near the fire pit, Kameron stayed to himself, unsure at the moment of whether to instigate an issue or not... Injuries were no reason to avoid a bit of mischief.
Darkadesh Itznogud
 player, 174 posts
 Blue Hair, Steelgrey Eyes
 CG Gnome Engineer
Thu 14 Jan 2016
at 08:53
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Having left Nyko back at home again, to guard the place against any unwanted intruders, Darkadesh decided to visit O'Malley's again. Being in need of a bit of coin it wouldn't be a bad idea to see if there were more jobs to be had, and if anyone could possibly need the expertise of an Engineer.

Entering the Tavern, with pretty much most of his gear, Darkadesh made his way over to the bar, ordering another juniper gruit in the hopes they still had some left over them the recent festival.
Wyn Roth
 player, 313 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Thu 14 Jan 2016
at 09:00
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wyn watches the newcomer stagger across the room supporting himself on various pieces of furniture and wonders what ails the man.  It must be something quite serious if none of the temples have been able to cure it magically.

But then he turns back to his companions, leans back in his chair and stretches.  The sleeves of his long dark green coat slide back, to reveal the newly aquired white wristlet, as he works the muscles of in his shoulders.  "Too much sitting in a room enchanting and too little dancing." he complains to his companions as he works the kinks out.
Berta Roth
 player, 153 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Thu 14 Jan 2016
at 14:04
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"We do appreciate your sacrifice," Berta assures Wyn, her tone light but nevertheless genuine.  "Looks like that fellow lost his last fight," she nods in the direction of the newcomer by the firepit.  "Wouldn't begrudge him a drink, but he's going to find it hard to find employment in that condition."
Wyn Roth
 player, 314 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Thu 14 Jan 2016
at 14:51
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"It wasn't you that curtailed my dancing." he grins across at his sister, "And the enchanting will always be down to me.  It is just time for a bit of exercise is all.  And even then, I'll leave the strenuous stuff to you guys."

This message was last edited by the player at 15:37, Thu 14 Jan 2016.

Karon
 player, 173 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Thu 14 Jan 2016
at 15:31
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Karon walls in and finds a table after retrieving his strings. As he did last time, he pulled out 3 colored strings and took them to his table.

OOC: Remind me of the color code? Or put it into a thread for everyone to see.
Vun Long
 player, 73 posts
Thu 14 Jan 2016
at 15:40
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The kitsune notices Karon, the person who had told him about the coloring system of the tavern, wearing 3 strings just like him.

"Hey buddy!" he comes over and greets him with a hearty slam on the back "See you're going triple paint like me huh. Are we badass of what, eh. High FIVE!"

This message was last edited by the player at 15:41, Thu 14 Jan 2016.

Gedd
 player, 170 posts
 Half-orc archer
Thu 14 Jan 2016
at 15:43
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd looked at the man Berta had pointed out, then grinned.

"I know what is going to come next. You two will spend all evening imagining what happened to him and swapping tales of 'could have been'. Then I won't get a moment's sleep tonight without dreaming a thousand more! Well, that's not going to happen tonight," Gedd declares.

He gets up and walks over to where the man had taken a seat by the fire.

"Hello, I'm Gedd," he introduced himself to Kameron. "My friends over there saw how bad you're limping. Looks like there's one hell of a story there. I'd be happy to buy you a drink if you'll come over and tell us what happened."

If Kameron agrees Gedd will lead him back to where Wyn, Berta and Wilric are seated.
Gedd
 player, 171 posts
 Half-orc archer
Thu 14 Jan 2016
at 15:47
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Karon (msg # 567):

O'Malley:
"Work then.  This floor is for eating, drinking, and obtaining work.  On the bar you'll see four small wooden boxes."  O'Malley gestures at the bar in front of him.  "Each box contains a different color of yarn strings.  If you make your coin by risking your body and your sword you'll want a blue string.  Combat casters take red.  Support casters take white.  That leaves those who specialize in certain skills and abilities.  All you sneaky and socially skilled folks grab a black string.  Tie the string around your wrist like a bracelet and find a seat.  Hopefully spend a few silver on some drinks and wait.  Those who need certain skills will find someone with the appropriate colored string.  Everything that happens between you and your employer is your business and does not affect my business.  Clear?  Good." 

O'Malley
 NPC, 66 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Thu 14 Jan 2016
at 20:43
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
As more folks begin to pack into the tavern O'Malley launches into his trademark speech.

"Welcome friends!  My name is O'Malley.  Gather round real quick and I'll explain things for the new ones, fresh-faced or otherwise."

"If it's work you're looking for I'll explain that part in a moment.  The dueling pit and betting have been moved since our relocation.  There is currently no basement, I hope that will change in the near future.  Upstairs are the expensive rooms.  I'd love for you to stay there, provided you have the coin that is.  The top floors house our private workstations, labs, forges, and libraries.  You could head into town for all that but why deal with the hassle when you could rent ours."

"Work then.  This floor is for eating, drinking, and obtaining work.  On the bar you'll see four small wooden boxes."  O'Malley gestures at the bar in front of him.  "Each box contains a different color of yarn strings.  If you make your coin by risking your body and your sword you'll want a blue string.  Combat casters take red.  Support casters take white.  That leaves those who specialize in certain skills and abilities.  All you sneaky and socially skilled folks grab a black string.  Tie the string around your wrist like a bracelet and find a seat.  Hopefully spend a few silver on some food and wait.  Those who need certain skills will find someone with the appropriate colored string.  Everything that happens between you and your employer is your business and does not affect my business.  Clear?  Good." 

OOC - as requested, even if I was beaten to the punch

This message was last edited by the player at 20:44, Thu 14 Jan 2016.

Lt. Chala Sumner
 NPC, 26 posts
 Lt. of the Guard
 South Third
Thu 14 Jan 2016
at 20:47
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The newly appointed Lt. of the South Third enters O'Malley's.  She takes a seat at the bar where Hearth had been and slowly drains a mug of ale as she studies the room.  Perhaps a technique taught by Capt. Grey who had done the same when he frequented O'Malley's.  Or maybe just a common trait among those who perform the duties of the city guard.
Anton
 NPC, 1 post
 tengu
 community elder
Thu 14 Jan 2016
at 20:51
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Right behind the lieutenant rushes in an older tengu man.  His white and purple robes flutter as he hurries to the bar.  Once he gets there he seems uncertain what to do and calls a bartender over.  The two exchange a few words before the tengu relaxes a bit and finds an empty seat.  He looks around at ll the patrons and nervously wrings his hands.
Vun Long
 player, 74 posts
Thu 14 Jan 2016
at 20:59
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The kitsune approaches Lt. Chala Sumner with a bright toothy smile "Good morning! And how is Valarez's favorite liutenant doing this morning? I meant to congratulate you at the festival, but I didn't want to be a pest. I'm Vun Fain's cousin BTW, nice to meech ya!" he offers a paw for a handshake. That was the 3rd time he practically shoved his 3 colored string hand. "Are you hear on council maters?" he asked offhandedly, then leaned in a little closer and asked in a playful conspirator-like whisper "Is it about what's been hapening with the councilmen lately?" he seemed beaming with enthusiasm and curiosity.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:59, Thu 14 Jan 2016.

Lt. Chala Sumner
 NPC, 27 posts
 Lt. of the Guard
 South Third
Thu 14 Jan 2016
at 21:14
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Who's Vun Fain?"  She answers in a dry tone, clearly not in the mood for Vun Long's exuberance.  "I am here on city matters.  That is all you need to know for now.  Which councilman are you referring to, and what is it that has been happening to him?"
Vun Long
 player, 75 posts
Thu 14 Jan 2016
at 21:22
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"...wow, tough crowd" mumbled Vun as he leaned away from her. "I dunno, there was this council guy accused of treason, then this other council guy who executed the council guy for the treason, I dunno I didn't pay that much attention to it at the time," the kitsune talked about it as if talking about the weather, after a particular calm day with no storms in sight for weeks. "SO-" he quickly tried to change the subject "-if you don't mind me asking but does this 'city business' hold any possibility for coin and glory for a passing, gung-ho kitsune with an adventuristic spirit, by any chance?" the toothy smile was flashing again as he visibly rubbed his thumb and index finger.
Montgomery
 human monk, 77 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Thu 14 Jan 2016
at 21:29
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Montgomery did not take a string at the moment as he was already employed and was waiting to meet either the rest of his group or his employer.
Not wanting to lose his table in the event they came he tries to catch the eye of someone he had met previous. He motions to Wilric but in this crowd he is not sure that he will be seen.
Kamahou
 player, 49 posts
 Kameron
 Human
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 01:45
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Gedd (msg # 569):

As Gedd walked over and introduced himself, Kameron's eyes seem to light up and a smile crosses his face in a somewhat goofy manner. For some reason, the joy seemed to be completely unrelated to the offer of a drink. Following along behind Gedd carefully, making use of the cane that Darkadesh had fashioned for him, Kameron took a seat with the offered group before making an appropriate introduction. His voice seemed to be unaffected by his injury as he seemed to easily divulge his tale.

"There's not enough thanks to give out for your offer, I really do hope I'm not intruding on anything particularly important.

I'm Kameron, a dagger for hire. I know humans and such use the saying 'Hired Sword' or the likes, but a dagger's so much easier to carry... And their cheap too, so no worries if I lose a few.

Anyway, the good Sir Gedd here mentioned the curiosity abound in regards to my injury. Well, your good natures need not be spoiled on me, the silly thing is already on its way to a proper recovery.

My injury comes from a rather unusual method. You see, my associates and I were investigating the leftover home of a gnome who had left behind a rather mysterious device. His ever charming niece, Quix... At least, I think she's his niece... Maybe granddaughter...

Anyway, she hired us to investigate his house for this device. He'd just vanished without a word and seeing an opportunity, she contacted the lot of us to find the device. Well, weren't we in for a surprise when we go to the second floor to discover a living bed. The thing had steam and electricity and bolts everywhere... Worse yet, we beat it. I say it was worse because it was clearly magic, it had some kind of special mechanism which wound up making me teleport far outside the house, some fifty odd feet above it no less.

My wailing aside, a fifty foot drop did take its toll on my legs. I wound up stranded on the roof for a few minutes until my hero, a rather devilish looking one if I say so, came to procure me from my perch.

Sadly, nothing too great to write about just yet. But I figure the best is yet to come and when I finally get my little paws on some juicy adventures, oh the stories I can tell then!"

Lt. Chala Sumner
 NPC, 28 posts
 Lt. of the Guard
 South Third
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 03:08
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Chala continues on in her matter-of-fact conversation.  "I've been instructed to look for a group with certain skill sets.  Should you match the description I will inform you."
O'Malley
 NPC, 67 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 03:14
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
As Montgomery walks in O'Malley waves him over to the bar.  "I was asked to give you this."  He passes a small pouch over to Montgomery.  "My bouncer apparently finished up some business for your group."
Malgrom
 player, 48 posts
 Hobgoblin Ranger
 Known Around Town
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 03:28
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Malgrom walks over to HEarth and Montgomery, a blue and black string entwined on his wrist. He nods to Hearth, and then say to Montgomery, "Pleased to meet you. Malgrom. I headed into some interesting mountains for Hearth here."
Montgomery
 human monk, 78 posts
 HP-32 AC19/F-16/T-19
 FRT+6/REF+6/WILL+9
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 03:39
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to O'Malley (msg # 580):

Well, he thanks O'Malley for his pouch and ask,
"Do you know if our employer will be continuing with her quest?"

He grabs a blue string while speaking with O'Malley then returns to his table awaiting Kezras return.
O'Malley
 NPC, 68 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 03:54
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Sorry, I make a point to not ask questions about things that aren't my business.  You'll have to take that up with her."
Hearth
 NPC, 18 posts
 famed adventurer
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 03:56
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Hearth raises his mug in toast.  "Cheaper and faster than the brew.  Probably much harder to shake though.  I've spent my fair share of time around the shadowrock.  I never got used to it."
Malgrom
 player, 49 posts
 Hobgoblin Ranger
 Known Around Town
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 05:51
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Malgrom barks a short laugh, his fangs showing in a toothy grin. He raises his drink to Hearth and replies, "Yes, definitely something else. I shoot several good arrows into a patch of the stuff."
Karon
 player, 181 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 05:56
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
With black, blue, and white strings adorning his wrist, Karon moves to get an ale from the bar, then spots Berta and her 'family'. "May I join you?" he inquires, "if only to wait until offers of employment come up?"
Berta Roth
 player, 154 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 06:31
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"We should take that Kitsune with us, next time we head into danger," Berta whispers to Wilric, shaking her head as Vun Long accosts the the new Lieutenant.  "Leave him in a pit somewhere far, far away ..."  she smiles as the guardswoman cuts her assailant short.

Whether Kamahou's story is true or not (and on the face of it, that seems mostly unlikely) both the tale itself and the man's delivery is most entertaining and the warrior-woman listens attentively, the smile on her face broadening all the while, until she snorts with laughter as he shrugs off his close brush with death.  "If your life becomes any more exciting," she tells Kamahou, "you'll need someone to carry you in here !"

"Please do," Berta waves Karon to the last spare chair with an expansive gesture.  Nodding at the hobgoblin's hand as she notes the three cords wrapped about it, she asks "a man of many talents - you going for the full set ?"
Wyn Roth
 player, 317 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 09:12
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Its an act." Wyn replies  quietly when Berta mentions the Kitsune "Or at least a large chunk of it is. Better keep an eye out for accomplices,  just in case he is acting as decoy for someone else." he mutters.

When Gedd and his new friend arrive, he listens to the story with interest, but can't help asking  "Didn't you go to one of the temples for some healing, or even down to Pen and Ink?  Jahi tells me they sell curing potions down there as well as scrolls.  Or he might cure you himself, after all he is a priest of Takri.  That would, surely, improve your chances of getting work this time around."

"Karon." he greets the Hobgoblin as he arrives and asks permission to join them. Then he coughs suddenly, his hand coming up to cover his lower mouth and he appears to get a tick around one eye.

This message was last edited by the player at 13:25, Fri 15 Jan 2016.

Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 176 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 10:57
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric drank in the praise from his adoptive family, but otherwise seemed oblivious to the goings-on around him until the two joined their table.  He did note a brief wave from his one-time companion at the bar, the monk, and he nodded back, though leaving his table became more difficult as more people crowded around the table.
Berta Roth
 player, 155 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 11:29
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"It's annoying," Berta whispers back, but smiles wryly. "Good luck to him then, but I'll not trust a word that passes that Kitsune's lips."

"Cures cost money, eh ?" she remarks sympathetically to Kamahou.

"Something in your eye ?" the warrior-woman inquires archly, noting Wyn's contortions.
Karon
 player, 182 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 12:36
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Berta Roth (msg # 587):

"Not hardly" chuckles the hobgoblin. "My primary profession is as a bounty hunter. That's very hands-on. And while I can cast a few spells to aid me ahead of time, trying to do so in the midst of an attempt to take my prey would tend to lend itself to a dagger in the ribs. Nope, I'll stick to what I do best. But, as you said, I have a number of talents. Not all of which are apparent at first glance. Like yourself, no doubt."
Gedd
 player, 172 posts
 Half-orc archer
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 12:46
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd grins merrily as he listens to Kameron's story and he waves over a barmaid to get the man a drink, as promised.

"That's a good one, alright! Fifty feet in the air, eh? That really would make an impact and leave a lasting impression! Yeah, actually I think I heard one of those gnome tinkerers talking about something like that one time. Called it his 'eject-a-sheet', or something like that, but I thought he just wanted a quick way to strip his bed! Looks like he never did perfect it."

He laughed and shook Kameron's hand.

"Pleased to meet you, Kameron, but just call me Gedd. Even I don't call myself good and nobody calls me Sir!"
Berta Roth
 player, 156 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 13:05
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Always keep 'em guessing !" Berta grins broadly at Karon.  "As I was saying before you arrived," she tells the hobgoblin, with a glance towards the lieutenant who sits at the bar, "I was once a guard myself ... and my Captain," she pauses for a brief moment before continuing, "begrudged bounty hunters every last copper coin he was forced to hand over."

She waits a beat or two before continuing. "So that makes you alright in my book !"
Gedd
 player, 173 posts
 Half-orc archer
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 13:14
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Oh Captain, my Captain," Gedd mutters sourly. "Only thing he ever gave me was my name!"
Berta Roth
 player, 157 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 13:35
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Berta clasps her brother's shoulder in sympathy.  "And he tried to give me away ... or more like sell me like some brood mare !" she sympathises with Gedd, before shaking her head to clear it the foul mood, her long red tresses bobbing.  "But our sour faces will scare off any potential employers, and the ale is free besides !  So come, let us drink to your inventive gnomes, to Kamahou's lucky escape and to making our own reputations !"
Wyn Roth
 player, 319 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 15:42
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wyn just grins as the cough and tic subside, and he returns his attention to the table.  "Indeed." He responds generally and raises his cup to Berta's toast, before taking a small sip. However, he stays aware of what is going on generally in the room, checking to see who is coming in and out.

"Lets just hope it doesn't involve too much shadow rock this time." he continues on the subject of employers and the work they might have to offer.
Karon
 player, 183 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 18:04
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Shadow rock, huh? Personally, I'm hoping to get another shot at that Necromancer." Karon says mysteriously.
Xtitkk
 player, 61 posts
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 20:58
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Montgomery (msg # 582):

Making his way to the covered courtyard of O'Malley's, Xtitkk spotted Montgomery waiting at a table inside the building. Catching Montgomery's eye he motioned to a table by the wall of the courtyard indicating his preference for this location to that of the one inside the structure.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:16, Fri 15 Jan 2016.

Kamahou
 player, 50 posts
 Kameron
 Human
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 21:03
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Well... If you're the one carrying me in, then I suppose I may have to wind up injured more often."

As if he was just waiting for the response, Kameron jumps in on the opportunity to slide in a bit of a adorable flirting, even if it was harmless fun. At Wyn's response, Kameron's face somewhat soured, not to the actual comment, but the implication.

"Alas, quite sadly, the prices for such recovery are beyond my means right now. Were I home among my people, it'd be far less of an issue... I could simply have someone drag my injured self to the local physician and have him fix me up while giving me a stern lecture about silly stunts and stupid ideas. Don't hold my injury against me though, if I can stagger, I can run... Pained as it might be, but I can forgo my health to keep up with everyone.

I'm also a somewhat avaricious, yet adorable, little one. Someone as lovable as me shouldn't have to waste money on services that can be acquired naturally... Albeit that I have to wait awhile."


He seemed proud of that. Even if he was wounded, he was apparently far from willing to drag others down with him. His self appreciating comments might have come off as arrogant, but his playful side and nature would hopefully make it seem more of a joke, as it was intended. At Gedd's comment, however, Kameron snorted. If it was meant to be a laugh, it failed horribly and somewhat painfully since he wasn't expecting the statement.

"Eject-a-sheet?

Oh Gods! My story just became so much better... A bed golem sounds so dull. What do you think of 'Eject-a-sheet-o-tron'? Has a ring to it, sort of... Not exactly a bell-like ring, but it's a ring no less.

And nonsense. Everyone I meet is a 'Sir' or 'Madame' or anything else in that sense. Respect is something so rare these days and I get to meet so many amazing and friendly people that I can't help myself."


Then he looked at Karon. The massive man of a hunter was a sight to behold. Kameron's eyes lit up, his mouth slightly ajar as he gaped at the giant who easily towered over him, even sitting.

"You're big. Like... As big as a dragon, almost."

The statement, as comically blunt as it may have been, was childlike in nature and filled with awe and amazement. Clearly, Kameron was impressed.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:05, Fri 15 Jan 2016.

Wyn Roth
 player, 320 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 21:36
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Karon’s comment about the necromancer catches Wyn’s attention,  and he is about to ask more when Gedd’s new friend starts to tell his  story.  The necromancer will have to wait until later.

Wyn, a priest of the goddess of death, smiles at the concept of waiting for nature to take its course.  All too often that leads to his mistress’s house.  As does taking a wound onto a battle field.  Takri is ready to welcome everyone to her Golden Road, when their time is due.  Whether they think it so, or not.  But that is not his concern,  not yet.  Instead he asks about the reason behind Kameron’s reasons to not bother investing in his own health and well being.

”An avaricious little one?” he asks prompting the strange man to say more.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:54, Fri 15 Jan 2016.

DM
 GM, 979 posts
Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 23:47
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Xtitkk (msg # 598):

The bartender who often takes up O'Malley's place in the graveyard shift hours approaches Xtitkk and Montgomery.  "O'Malley asked me to deliver this on behalf of your employer.  As well as a message.  'Your contract is considered completed.'"  The barman hands Xtitkk a small pouch.
Harsk
 NPC, 11 posts
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 00:02
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The dwarf at the bar polishes off his ale and makes his way toward a large gathering of adventurers.  He points to Karon and then to Malgrom.  "You'll do.  Meet me in the back room on the left."  He points the door out.  Many of those at the table recognize Harsk.

Afterwards he walks towards the exit looking around the room as he does.
Anton
 NPC, 2 posts
 tengu
 community elder
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 00:08
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The elderly bird man, possibly loosing his confidence, gets back up and exits O'Malley's.  As he leaves he spots Guuug.  "I could use you.  You aren't for hire are you?"  He looks around Guuug and spots Montgomery and Xtitkk.  "Maybe I need you as well."  He approaches the table.  "Might I hire the three of you?  I may need another, we'll see."

OOC - Go to thread: Chapter 11: Two to Tengu

Hearth
 NPC, 19 posts
 famed adventurer
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 00:22
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Hearth motions for the Roth family, all four of them, to follow him.  He takes his mug and heads for the middle back room.
Gedd
 player, 174 posts
 Half-orc archer
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 02:20
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd notes Hearth's unspoken summons and nods acknowledgement to him.

"Come on, we're up," he tells Wyn, Berta and Wilric.

"See you around, Kameron. I hope your legs are fully healed next time we see you. Then maybe we can go and try out your eject-a-sheet-o-tron together. I bet it would be a lot if fun if we can sort out a safer landing!"

He grins and heads off toward the middle back room that Hearth had indicated.
Kamahou
 player, 51 posts
 Kameron
 Human
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 02:27
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
As Kameron's about to open his mouth to explain his meanings to Wyn, Gedd mentions their need to depart and a look of dismay seems to cross Kameron's face.

"It would be a pleasure. Shame you can't stay longer, but I'd dare not keep you from the adventures you're about to have. Make sure to take notes, I always love a great story and it's even better when I manage to have lots of details. Makes for great campfire tales."
Kalroth Beastrunner
 player, 1 post
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 03:15
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The dust from the road still heavy on his cloak, Kalroth brushes it off as best he can at the door and tosses the cloak over a hide and fur covered shoulder before entering. He wastes no time before striding over to the boxes and tying off a black and blue string around his wrist. Once finished, he holds the wrist up to look at the new decorations and chuckles at the irony of that particular combination before turning to find a table and drink.
Berta Roth
 player, 158 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 05:25
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Oh, I wouldn't be carrying you," Berta assures Kameron with a grin, "if you can't keep up, I'd be dragging you !"

"Looks like you're in demand," she congratulates the hobgoblin as Harsk requests Karon's presence ...

... "Hah !  And us !" she adds but a moment later, with no little satisfaction, as Hearth comes by closely after the Dwarf to summon herself and her brothers.  "Try not to get yourself killed," she instructs Karon as she stands, taking her cup and following after Gedd, her free hand high in the air as she waves over her shoulder to those remaining at the table.
Karon
 player, 188 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 23 HP 43 F+6 R+8 W+3
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 07:12
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Karon calls back, "of course not. You still owe me a dance, girl." Karon smothers a chuckle as he disappears into a side room.
Wyn Roth
 player, 321 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 09:40
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wyn stands to follow the others smiling at the thought that they might finish up giving anyone, apart from their employers, lots of detail about what ever task they are about to undertake.  A brief overview, perhaps, but discretion is always the better part in this game.  If he hadn't know that already, he would have learned it from his conversations with Flessel the  Well Respected.

However, the smile turns to a broad grin as Karon reminds Berta that she 'owes' him a dance. "Wear your biggest boots, for when she tramples all over your feet." he warns the Hobgoblin as they both head off to see their pr prospective employers.
Lt. Chala Sumner
 NPC, 29 posts
 Lt. of the Guard
 South Third
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 15:15
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
With a smirk Chala seems to spot what she had been looking for.  "You're with me, mouth."  She says to Vun Long.  She points to a table in the corner of the common room.  "I'll meet you there."

Chala walks over to the nearly empty table where Kameron sits.  "I need someone with your skills for a job.  Join me at the table in the corner.  The one with chirpy over there."  She points to Vun Long.

Before he can even sit down Chala grabs Kalroth's attention.  "Looking for work?  I may have some use of someone with your skills.  Table in the corner."
Anton
 NPC, 6 posts
 tengu
 community elder
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 16:35
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The bird man, less jittery now, reenters O'Malley's.  He looks around seeing many tables emptying.  Anton skitters over to Hipparran at a now mostly empty table.  He peers at the yarn and then address the adventurer.  "I have need for someone with magical talents.  Would you be so kind as to join me at the table outside, sir?"  After hearing an answer Anton makes his way back outside.
O'Malley
 NPC, 69 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 16:47
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
O'Malley waves Barrett and Darkadesh over to the bar.  Looking back at the small girl for approval, she shakes her head no.  "Where's the Lady in armor?"  O'Malley asks Barrett.
Persephone Trueblade
 player, 128 posts
 Dame-Errant of the Order
 of the Mercurial Dragon
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 16:59
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
As if on cue, Persephone strode through the door.  Her plate armour was polished to a high shine and covered in a tabard of the Mercurial Dragon.
O'Malley
 NPC, 70 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 17:05
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Ah, just like a fairy tale."  O'Malley looks back to the small girl.  Seeing the woman in her polished armor the girl excitedly nods her head yes.  O'Malley wave Persephone over.  "Hmmm, maybe one more.  Where's the one that took down the corrupt zookeeper single-handedly?  Tink, I think it was?"
Barrett
 player, 92 posts
 Bounty Hunter
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 19:10
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Barrett was about to answer the big bartender and inn owner when Persephone entered. He made a gesture as if to accent the fairy tale comment and went back to his beer. He eyed the gnome in his company and knew of the other gnome that O'Malley was speaking about. Barrett smiled warmly at the paladin and raised his glass, his words and actions clashing in decorum. "A pleasure to see you again, m'lady."
Persephone Trueblade
 player, 129 posts
 Dame-Errant of the Order
 of the Mercurial Dragon
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 19:33
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"May the Dragon smile upon all here."  Persephone smiled amiably, striding across the room, her spurs jingling with each step.

"Well met Master Barret.  I am pleased to see you are in good health."
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 177 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 20:49
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
A strange look crossed Wilric's eyes as he regarded Kameron, but the same moment he seemed on the verge of actually joining the conversation, the table's tenants were all heralded in their different directions.

Wilric turned and gazed at Kameron's back as he joined his group, an unreadable look in his eyes, before entering the room he'd been summoned to.
Aridon Tink
 player, 225 posts
 Gnome Wizard
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 21:33
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Once again Aridon braves the crowd and dangers of O'Malley's, sporting a red yarn string on his wrists. He goes straight to his favorite table in the most secluded corner, half hoping that no work would look his way and he could go back to his other pursuits...
O'Malley
 NPC, 71 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 21:38
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Just as he sits Aridon hears O'Malley shout to him.  "Tink, right?!  Over here!"

"Dragon slayer."
  He whispers back to the little girl.

OOC - Those at the bar, go ahead into the separate thread.
Kamahou
 player, 52 posts
 Kameron
 Human
Sat 16 Jan 2016
at 22:15
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Lt. Chala Sumner (msg # 611):

"Me~? I'll be over as soon as I can."

The woman's approach was unexpected, to say the least. Though to hear of someone chirpy in the corner, Kameron was up and at it as quickly as he could manage. The prospect of conversation was far from something he was willing to let go and even injured, he'd go as fast as he could to the corner table where Vun was located.
Vun Long
 player, 79 posts
Sun 17 Jan 2016
at 04:54
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
A certain kitsune was drooping at a table like a puppy left out on the rain. It mournfully looked at the mug of mead he was nursing. No one was quite sharing his enthusiasm about adventure and glory. Which is why he was so ecstatic that Chala told his she had chosen him for a job, despite her reservations, that his ears perked up and tail started twitching.

Wanting to get to the common room as fast as possible, before she had a chance to change her mind, the kitsune grabbed an empty tray with dishes from a passing wench and "Serving staff!" Long sent the nearest a buxom crashing into a nearby companion. And she wasn't the only one ether. The kitsune was pushing wildly across the room, bashing aside crowds and ramming adventurers into the food bowls, and generally doing anything to cleave a path across the room. "Serving staff! Coming through—excuse me, pardon me—excuse me!" he charged straight for the corner table. "Urgent order for table six! Gangway!" The self-appointed temporary serving...(what's the male equivalent of "wench"?) whipped past an astonished crowd, leaping a hurdle of fallen men and went sailing like shrapnel through the sky.

As the very understandable outrage broke out in his wake, the culprit was dreaded to suddenly discover the rest of the way to the corner table crowded with dwarves. From their poor mastery of the common tongue (foreign dignitaries perhaps?) he could tell these weren't from around and a bunch he dared not cross. But there was 1 phrase every dwarf knew, a phrase you'd be surprised how many social situations it can see them through. "Free beer—that way!" Long said to them, pointing back the way he came.

The effect was astonishing; with their war cry of "I'll have another round!" the dwarves pushing frantically against the efforts of the angry mob coming to wring themselves a big fox.

Two problems neutralized at once, the obstacle in front and the threat from behind, Vun Long sat down at the corner table looking very pleased with himself.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:16, Sun 17 Jan 2016.

Kamahou
 player, 53 posts
 Kameron
 Human
Sun 17 Jan 2016
at 05:52
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Kameron simply stood, astonished... That man, that... Glorious, glorious, GLORIOUS man there. That was a kindred spirit. That was nothing short of a man who understood life and it's finest possessions. Though injured, Kameron hobbled to the side cautiously, allowing the sudden outrage to happen as he made his way to the table where Vun had eventually settled at. In spite of the idea that he appeared human, Kameron had a mischievous grin, ear to ear, as he looked at Vun from across the table. While the fellow kin was seemingly unaffected by those knowing of his nature, Kameron had never been so fortunate to be around tolerable crowds and many often lashed out violently at his pranks.

Offering to start the conversation, Kameron smiled to Vun before opening his mouth.

[Language unknown:  Ssprtowite ionthayin ithhisers ingthetio osaios. N any m p utasri but ionan ai moulca a orederess? Adhaur acurle manwilati ei wheillint... Whiateughlat wa son wh arndng omlin u pala omelatkor e o esur u hecach no e ulore te ouadni.]

He spoke in a language that every kitsune should know. He lifted his goggles so that they sat just on top of his head, revealing a set of amber eyes. While he wasn't about to just reveal his whole self just yet, his motions were such that he was making some rather clear indications for Vun to pick up on. Moving past that little instance, Kameron would cautiously swipe two bowls, some salt and pepper while everyone was occupied or not looking their way.


"Hungry, friend? I've more than enough to share."

Searching through his clothes momentarily, the crafty 'human' would produce a small spoon from inside his clothes. With a smile, he placed the spoon in the bowls, one at a time. From inside the bowl, it would fill up with an oatmeal colored mush, to which it would sprinkled with some salt and pepper for flavoring. Pushing the bowl over to Vun with a spoon and a smile, Kameron would quickly dig into his food, offering a brief warning beforehand.

"Not precisely tasty, but you get used to it after awhile.

Anyway, please, tell me your name. I'd be delighted to know you better."

Vun Long
 player, 81 posts
Sun 17 Jan 2016
at 06:43
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
@Kamaron

ooc: We should probably move this to our own thread. The one that says chapter 11.


Being in the corner of the room provided them with some privacy.
O'Malley
 NPC, 73 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Sun 17 Jan 2016
at 13:40
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Looking up from his dealings with the group at the bar O'Malley was shocked to see the chaos in his tavern.  There was one solution...

"Guuug!"  O'Malley bellowed for his bouncer.

The thirsty dwarves rushed the bar, having had way too many to remember drinks had been free all day they demanded their free ale.  O'Malley obliged them and they went off merrily to an unoccupied table.  O'Malley rolled his eyes and went back to business.
Persephone Trueblade
 player, 131 posts
 Dame-Errant of the Order
 of the Mercurial Dragon
Mon 18 Jan 2016
at 00:32
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"What news Master O'Malley?" Persephone strode up, her hand rested upon the hilt of her sword to keep it from swaying about.
O'Malley
 NPC, 75 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Mon 18 Jan 2016
at 04:45
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Good Lady of the Mercurial Dragon, we have need of your services."  O'Malley looks back at the young girl sitting on the bar.
Malgrom
 player, 50 posts
 Hobgoblin Ranger
 Known Around Town
Mon 18 Jan 2016
at 06:08
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Malgrom raises his glass in recognition to Persephone, and continues drinking slowly and silently, watching the goings on in the bar.
Derrik
 player, 94 posts
 HP 43/43
Mon 18 Jan 2016
at 06:41
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In walks yet another new adventurer to the area. He is a tall, well built man with black hair and brown eyes. His breastplate armor shows signs of much use and great care as well. The greatsword at his back adds to his intimidating presence. He looks around the bar, nodding to those he makes eye contact with.

"Ale, please," he says to the barkeep when he arrives at the counter. "So, I hear this is the place to be if a wanderer is looking for work."
Hipparran
 Player, 91 posts
 Dragonblood Sorcerer
 Grandson of a Bronze Wyrm
Mon 18 Jan 2016
at 10:43
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Hipparran stood up from his spot next to Malgrom and approached Persephone at the bar.

"It is good to see you Persephone," he said once he was within easy earshot of her.
O'Malley
 NPC, 76 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Mon 18 Jan 2016
at 14:58
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
O'Malley steps away from his conversation for a moment.  "Indeed.  This is the only place to go for work."  Not quite true, but O'Malley doesn;t mind bending the truth in this case.  A scrappy looking human man in a cloak follows Derrik in.  O'Malley launches into his adventurer speech explaining the colored strings on the bar.

After the speech the gaunt man grabs for a hand crossbow hanging at his side.  "Give me all the coin under the bar O'Malley!"  He yells.  O'Malley's enchantment in the tavern prevents the man from drawing a weapon against another and he struggles with the crossbow.

O'Malley leans on the bar staring at the man.  "Not too bright, are you son?  You can't draw that in here.  Or anything else for that matter.  If you want some coin grab a string and wait for work."  O'malley nonchalant attitude towards the robber frightens the criminal.  He looks around the tavern at those now watching the scene and then bolts for the door.  Smashing into the back of Guuug, who may not even have noticed judging from his lack of reaction, the robber falls backwards to the ground rolling end over end several times.

From the corner of the room Lt. Sumner whistles to two city guard having lunch at a nearby table.  The guards pick up the man by the arms and haul him out.
Harsk
 NPC, 15 posts
Mon 18 Jan 2016
at 15:10
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
A gruff looking dwarf comes out of a back room hearing the commotion.  Although the situation has been resolved he approaches the bar.  He points to those standing at the bar and looks to O'Malley.

O'Malley shakes his head at the dwarf when pointing to Persephone and Barrett.  When the dwarf gets to Derrik O'Malley nods yes.

"Oi.  You good with that over-sized blade?"
  He barks at Derrik.  "I need a little more muscle.  Come on back."  Not waiting for a response Harsk returns to the back room he came out of.
Derrik
 player, 95 posts
 HP 43/43
Mon 18 Jan 2016
at 20:40
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Derrik goes on guard when the would be robber starts. Seeing O'Malley's response though put the fighter at ease. Obviously the barkeep knew something Derrik didn't. when he says he wouldn't be able to fire the crossbow in here, Derrik couldn't help but wonder if there were enchantments in place.

Derrik tries to reply to the dwarf, but never gets a chance. He simply shrugs his shoulders and follows.
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 245 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Mon 18 Jan 2016
at 23:12
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Aeos will enter the establishment, go to the bar and ask if O'Malley is free for a little conversation.
bartender
 NPC, 6 posts
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 00:51
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Mr. O'Malley is busy with some customers at the moment, sir.  I may be able to help you.  Or if you prefer to speak with Mr. O'Malley himself I'm sure he won't be too much longer.  Can I get you a drink or something to eat while you wait?  Ale is on the house today."
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 246 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 00:56
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"I am looking for a Governess, for two exuberant boys, during the working hours.

I was hoping that O'Malley might know of someone, or a few candidates that could be selected from, by a concerned mother
."
bartender
 NPC, 7 posts
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 01:19
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"I'm not sure he'd be able to help out there.  Finding a bodyguard for a wizard maybe, but not a ward for two children.  Maybe try the temple of The Mother, they run a few orphanages and set up apprenticeships for those old enough to learn a trade."
Aeos Foldstone
 proprietor, 247 posts
 Proprietor: Black Liquor
 In libris libertas
Wed 20 Jan 2016
at 01:23
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"My thanks, I will try the Temple."

Aeos heads out of the Inn.
DM
 GM, 1089 posts
Tue 2 Feb 2016
at 02:54
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's



Chapter D



Gedd
 player, 188 posts
 Half-orc archer
Tue 2 Feb 2016
at 15:39
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd walks back into the inn with Berta, Wilric and Claire. He looks around briefly and smiles cheerfully at this warm and welcoming place that has quickly come to feel almost like home.

He leads the way to the bar and makes a point of heading for O'Malley himself. He orders a round of drinks for the four of them then leans forward to speak quietly with O'Malley.
O'Malley
 NPC, 80 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Wed 3 Feb 2016
at 03:22
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
O'Malley sets a glass down and leans in to speak with the Roth's and their new charge.
Berta Roth
 player, 172 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Wed 3 Feb 2016
at 13:45
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Berta smiles.
Gedd
 player, 189 posts
 Half-orc archer
Wed 3 Feb 2016
at 13:49
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd nods and relaxes with his hip against the bar. He savours a mouthful of ale before asking another question.

"Thanks, O'Malley. You're probably right. But you've been here a lot longer than we have and used to be an adventurer yourself, right? Say if you wanted to go chasing after dragons - for their treasure hoard, I mean - where would you start looking? Is there someone here in Valarez that would be the obvious first choice that an adventurer would ask about any sightings of dragons or rumours of where the closest dragon lairs might be?" he asks.
Berta Roth
 player, 173 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Wed 3 Feb 2016
at 14:11
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"There was something in the Sun," Berta looks to Wilric ... and Claire that the young woman not feel left out.  "Some attempt to steal dragon eggs from the Zoo ?  Lieutenant ... Captain Grey uncovered the plot.  She might know something ?" the warrior woman's tone suggests she'd not be willing to wager good coin on that.
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 186 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Thu 4 Feb 2016
at 02:10
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric nodded, his eyes clouded, as though lost in thought.
Berta Roth
 player, 174 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Thu 4 Feb 2016
at 13:38
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Berta licks her lips, but puts her cup down on the bar, untouched, but nods in encouragment at Wilric's quiet words.
Gedd
 player, 190 posts
 Half-orc archer
Thu 4 Feb 2016
at 14:02
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd looks a bit puzzled by Berta's words.

"I was thinking of something a bit bigger than dragons' eggs. It would be a few decades before they would be big enough to get too excited about."

He adds something more quietly to Wilric.
Berta Roth
 player, 175 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Thu 4 Feb 2016
at 14:09
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"I'm discreet !" Berta objects loudly, but with a broad grin.  "Those who seek dragon eggs might know something of dragons," she explains her reasoning to her brother.
Claire
 NPC, 42 posts
 famed adventurer
Tue 9 Feb 2016
at 22:23
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
O'Malley nods as the group thanks him.  Then attends to business farther down the bar.

Claire chimes in at the mention of dragon eggs.  "I ate ostrich eggs once, I wonder how large dragon eggs are.  I wonder if Balen would come out of hiding for a dragon egg omelet?  Maybe some relish on top.  No, he hated relish.  Maybe a different kind of relish?  He'd probably say he hated it even if it was good.  Jerk."  Claire's eyes glaze over as she mumbles on.  "Jerk... twist... dance hall... bright lights.. lit up like a ball... make him nervous, that'll do... set him off like a fireball... use the curse... just like a sailor..."  Claire comes to and turns to Gedd.  "Do sailor's like eggs?  If so we should start at the docks."
Gedd
 player, 191 posts
 Half-orc archer
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 12:27
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Of all that Claire had said, Gedd focussed on only one phrase.

"Use the curse?"

He leaned in a bit closer to speak quietly to Claire.
Berta Roth
 player, 176 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Wed 10 Feb 2016
at 13:47
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Berta nods at Gedd's question dipping her head towards Claire to indicate yet another member of the Heroes of Senectus that may also have been afflicted by the same curse, though she makes sure the young woman is looking the other way before she does so.

"Perhaps ..." she begins, then noting her brother's caution, reduces that to a whisper.
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 187 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Thu 11 Feb 2016
at 05:46
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric shook his head, likewise leaning in.
Claire
 NPC, 43 posts
 famed adventurer
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 15:43
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Claire looks puzzled.
Berta Roth
 player, 177 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 06:27
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"You were probably lucky," Berta attempts to console Claire, though the look that strays to Gedd and Wilric says differently.
Gedd
 player, 192 posts
 Half-orc archer
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 08:39
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Maybe you just got really, really lucky," Gedd suggests to Claire. "I have never seen anyone climb as quick or slide as agilely as you did back in that icy tunnel, and you never fell once." He leans in again and continues more softly.
Claire
 NPC, 44 posts
 famed adventurer
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 20:23
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Claire swipes someone else's mug from the bar, takes a drink and sets it back down before the patron even realizes what she's done.  She leans in to whisper with the others.  Not for the sake of secrecy, but because she want s to copy what the others are doing.
Gedd
 player, 193 posts
 Half-orc archer
Mon 15 Feb 2016
at 12:59
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd nodded thoughtfully and took a good mouthful of ale from his own mug. He glanced around at everyone else in the tavern and grinned in his typically toothy, half-orc way, before returning to their quiet conversation.
Berta Roth
 player, 178 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Wed 17 Feb 2016
at 14:37
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Berta grins broadly.
DM
 GM, 1125 posts
Thu 18 Feb 2016
at 02:19
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Many groups are taking advantage of O'Malley's drink special today.  Berta spots a table with several halflings and gnomes, as well as a table with three halflings.
Gedd
 player, 194 posts
 Half-orc archer
Thu 18 Feb 2016
at 12:14
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd beckoned O'Malley over again and requested a new round of drinks. All this thinking is thirsty work. Then he leant forward to speak to him more quietly.
O'Malley
 NPC, 81 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Fri 19 Feb 2016
at 00:26
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
O'Malley slides another round of drinks across the bar to Gedd before approaching.
Gedd
 player, 195 posts
 Half-orc archer
Fri 19 Feb 2016
at 13:10
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd lifted his mug in a toast to O'Malley and chuckled at something the inn owner had said.
Berta Roth
 player, 179 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Fri 19 Feb 2016
at 13:26
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Shall we ?" Berta asks Wilric as she spots a couple of groups of halflings.  "You stay with our ranger," she smiles at Claire, indicating her brother deep in conversation with O'Malley, "wouldn't want him to be alone !"
O'Malley
 NPC, 82 posts
 Inn Owner
 Former Adventuring Legend
Fri 19 Feb 2016
at 20:14
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
O'Malley chuckles to himself as Claire gracefully hops onto a stood and leans on Gedd's shoulder with both elbows, propping her head up on her hands like she's waiting for a story.
DM
 GM, 1135 posts
Fri 19 Feb 2016
at 20:16
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The small group of halflings keeping to themselves slowly sip at their ale.  Each one saying a nonsensical word in turns as the others giggle.

"Vanderwaffen."
  One says in his best impersonation of a gunslinger.

"Kromulent."
  Another says like a snotty nobleman.
Gedd
 player, 196 posts
 Half-orc archer
Sat 20 Feb 2016
at 14:18
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd nods to O'Malley and lifts his mug in salute.

"Thanks O'Malley. I'll do that," he responds.

Then he turns Claire around so they are both seated on stools at the bar to watch how Wilric and Berta get on with the halflings.

"What do you think, Claire? Have you ever seen any of them before?" he asks her.
Berta Roth
 player, 180 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Sun 21 Feb 2016
at 06:01
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Assuming that the Halflings are sharing some joke in their own tongue, Berta nods pleasantly and raises her cup as she looks to Wilric to engage his kinsmen, glancing back to bar as she does so and flashing Gedd and Claire a quick smile that says 'wish us luck' before she turns her attention back to the group.
Claire
 NPC, 45 posts
 famed adventurer
Mon 22 Feb 2016
at 21:43
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"That's a strange question.  What do you mean?  I see them, if that's what you're asking."  Claire holds a thumbs up way up in the air to Berta before slouching back against the bar.
DM
 GM, 1141 posts
Mon 22 Feb 2016
at 21:45
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
One of the halflings looks at Berta as she and Wilric approach.

"Prendaflitter?"
  He seems to ask her.
Gedd
 player, 197 posts
 Half-orc archer
Tue 23 Feb 2016
at 13:10
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd laughs and does a thumbs up signal with Claire.
Berta Roth
 player, 181 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Wed 24 Feb 2016
at 13:46
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Sensing that her adopted brother is no less confused than herself at the antics of his kinsman, Berta elects to jump in, boots and all.

"Never on an empty stomach," she informs the Halfling with all due seriousness, but a broad smile on her lips as she looks for an empty chair, either at their table or within easy reach, else she elects to squat besides it, propped up on her elbows, rather than tower over them.

"Balen."  No preamble, no explanation, just watching for any reaction, though hoping for something more enlightening.
Claire
 NPC, 46 posts
 famed adventurer
Wed 24 Feb 2016
at 21:14
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Yeah, I remember them.  But that might just be from today, memory's a funny thing.  I don't think I remember them from before today."  Claire stares into her mug, watching the liquid move.
DM
 GM, 1156 posts
Wed 24 Feb 2016
at 21:17
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Delighted with Berta's response one of the halflings grins from ear to ear.  "Gragalog."  He responds to Berta, motioning for her to join them.

After she has a seat in a slightly uncomfortable halfling sized chair Berta catches a look of surprise by another halfling when she mentions Balen.

"Uddmore."  He says in an awed voice as he pretends to worship a deity.
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 188 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Wed 24 Feb 2016
at 23:29
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric smirked as they joined the table, recognizing what was going on right away.

...that is, up until the reaction to Balen's name.  </gray>"Exturbulare,"</gray> he offered in a pleading tone, sounding like a young thief with his hand caught in a nobleman's moneypouch.
Berta Roth
 player, 184 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Thu 25 Feb 2016
at 13:35
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric might have worked it out, but Berta certainly hasn't, still believing that the Halflings are conversing in their own tongue.  But the look of surprise does not go unnoticed, though the response proves less than enlightening.

The warrior-woman shifts uncomfortably on her chair, trying not to knock the table over, or (Mother forfend) spill the drinks as she manoeuvres round to raise a brow at her adopted brother, hoping he is making sense of it all.
Gedd
 player, 198 posts
 Half-orc archer
Sat 27 Feb 2016
at 14:00
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Yeah, memory sure is a funny thing," Gedd agrees with Claire.

He has another drink from his mug of ale and casually watches Berta and Wilric talk to the halflings.

"What did you used to do in your adventuring party before, Claire?" asks to keep the conversation flowing. "I mean I can see the roles of the others as fighters, mage and rogue but what was your role in the party? Did you have a cleric with that group?"
Claire
 NPC, 47 posts
 famed adventurer
Sat 27 Feb 2016
at 19:10
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Unique insight.  I think that's what they used to say.  We had a cleric or two.  Not sure... what...mmm.  Right, right.  There was some unpleasantness.  Actually, lots of unpleasantness.  I liked the gnome with the red box, Hearth didn't.  He used to ask you to put your hand in the box.  If you pulled it out red he laughed and laughed.  It never worked for me."  Claire frowns clearly not understanding her good fortune in this matter.
DM
 GM, 1159 posts
Sat 27 Feb 2016
at 19:15
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Wilric Shadow-Wanderer (msg # 674):

Pleased with how things are progressing the halflings excitement rises.  "Waddleford?"  The leader says as he opens his arms to signify the entire group at the table.  The gesture reads as an open invitation to Wilric.  To Berta is looks like a strange challenge.

Wilric continues to play the game well, while Berta thinks she may have figured something out only to realize she still has no idea what's going on.  These halfling folk are starting to get irritating.
Berta Roth
 player, 186 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Sun 28 Feb 2016
at 04:36
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The frown grows on Berta's brow as she looks more and more perplexed.  Waddleford, her lips move though no sound comes out as she repeats the Halfling's words, racking her memory for any hint as to whether that might be place or person ... or is it something else entirely in the small folk's native tongue.

That Wilric seems to understand what they are saying sees the warrior-woman leaning towards the latter explanation ... though she can't help but feel the constant smirks and laughter are somehow directed at herself.

"Periannath ?" she asks quizzically, almost desperately, in the hope that this might bring some clarity.
Gedd
 player, 199 posts
 Half-orc archer
Sun 28 Feb 2016
at 09:20
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Unique insight," Gedd echoes that phrase from Claire's explanation. "Yes, that would fit. Do you understand that word game those halflings are playing? Those words sound like the names of people or places. I'm sure I've heard one of those words, Kromulent, as part of someone's name but I have no idea what it is supposed to mean to these halflings."
Claire
 NPC, 48 posts
 famed adventurer
Tue 1 Mar 2016
at 22:11
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Balen played a lot of fun games.  They usually don't make much sense."  Coming from Claire this comment may give much more insight to the halfling game than she intended.  "It's not a halfling word, either way.  I do like the sound of it though.  Kromulent.  Rolls off the tongue.  Krom-u-lent.  Kro-mu-lent.  Kromul-ent."  Claire shrugs.
DM
 GM, 1166 posts
Tue 1 Mar 2016
at 22:14
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
In reply to Berta Roth (msg # 679):

The halflings groan at Berta, one evens boos softly.    The game apparently over, one of the halflings speaks up.  "We know of Balen, never met him though."
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 190 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Wed 2 Mar 2016
at 00:42
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric sighed and shook his head at Berta's interjection, resolving to explain to her later what was happening here.

"That's too bad," he replied to the halfling, playing on a hunch.  "If you knew Balen and helped us out, it could've been worth your while..."

He stood, obviously done with the conversation.  "Drabaplos," he said by way of farewell, though with one inquisitive eye still resting on the one so quick to reply.
Berta Roth
 player, 189 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Wed 2 Mar 2016
at 14:30
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Muthahalpuz !" Berta rolls her eyes at the ceiling, pleading for strength, frustrated with the Halflings response ... and nearly tipping her chair over in the process.  Maybe they just don't like Elves.  Lucky Wyn took the other errand, then, else even his half-blood might have given more offence than she !

Wilric's ploy she does understand, and remains seated for the moment, narrowing her eyes at the one that seemed so surprised at the mention of Balen's name and watching him carefully.
DM
 GM, 1194 posts
Wed 9 Mar 2016
at 01:32
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"We're awful thirsty after a day of working hard."  The halfling looks toward the bar, but makes no attempt to get up.  "Tough to talk with a dry mouth."

He ignores Berta's latest attempt, having given up on her after the grievous error she already made.
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 191 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Wed 9 Mar 2016
at 04:48
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric half-grinned and quickly bought a round of luglurch for the table, knowing as only a halfling could just how close they were to their prize.

He set the mugs down and resumed his seat.  [Language unknown:  "Sanallain ons ant ounratinedayder, ardanykor toreweei ratartfor t sta ni was u, der thu whma estwasear."]  He grinned impishly at Berta, the first time she'd seen such a look on his face, before he returned his attention to the table.
Berta Roth
 player, 190 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Wed 9 Mar 2016
at 12:27
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The warrior-woman knows when she's defeated.  With a sigh and a nod of her head, she stands, not without difficulty, resting her hand on Wilric's shoulder for a moment.  "I'll be at the bar," she tells her adopted brother, rolling her eyes, turning back to bow her head with as much respect as she can muster to the halflings, before beating her retreat as gracefully as she can, shrugging her shoulders as she rejoins Gedd and Claire, and gratefully accepting another mug of ale before settling back to watch Wilric.  "No idea," she tells her two companions with a heartfelt sigh.
Gedd
 player, 200 posts
 Half-orc archer
Wed 9 Mar 2016
at 15:11
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd grinned at his sister and shrugged his shoulders too.

"Me neither," he agreed. "No doubt we are overlooking something perfectly obvious to the little folk."
Claire
 NPC, 49 posts
 famed adventurer
Sat 12 Mar 2016
at 22:03
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"No idea about what?  They didn't know anything?  At least you did alright at the start of the game."  Claire spots a rough looking orc sitting at a table alone, a strand of blue string hanging from his wrist.  She hops off the stool and skips over to him.  Leaning in about two inches from the orc's face Claire quickly snatches an amulet from around his neck and holds it up in front of her face.  The orc sneers at Claire, who seems not to notice.  Just before the orc opens his mouth Claire drops the amulet back to his neck and smiles at him.  The sneer turns to a look of confusion as Claire skips back to her stool and awaits Wilric.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:03, Sat 12 Mar 2016.

DM
 GM, 1199 posts
Sat 12 Mar 2016
at 22:09
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
  The halfling says to Wilric.
Gedd
 player, 201 posts
 Half-orc archer
Sun 13 Mar 2016
at 13:55
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd looks worried when Claire starts her unfathomable game with the orc's amulet but sighs with relief when she calmly defuses the situation with just a cheerful smile.

"Are you sure your talent is 'unique insight' rather than just 'born lucky'?" he asks her in amazement. "What was so interesting about that orc's amulet that made you want to go see it up close like that?"
Berta Roth
 player, 191 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Sun 13 Mar 2016
at 14:12
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Game ?" but the question does not pass Berta's lips before Claire is up and off, sighing with resignation as the young woman grabs the amulet, then raising a brow as she calmly puts it back around the Orc's neck and returns unscathed.

"I'm still saying lucky," the warrior-woman mutters beneath her breath. "Damned lucky."  Still shaking her head she turns back to see how Wilric's faring.
Claire
 NPC, 50 posts
 famed adventurer
Wed 16 Mar 2016
at 03:10
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"It doesn't look so breakable to me, or worth ten gold.  More like ten copper."
Berta Roth
 player, 192 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Wed 16 Mar 2016
at 12:53
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Berta looks to the Orc, then back to Claire, then shrugs at her brother.  But at least this is one puzzle she might solve ...

Acquiring another tankard of foaming ale from O'Malley, the warrior woman makes her way over to the Orc's table and places the drink before him.

[Language unknown:  "Se ughthopre ilar ect iv saieha someveenc," osare heisca for ure anpepa'atce, "int es wilamence Wa hotho ho enter no der e la riear.  Ce ivfi'nala ac ee nicaal mosien,"] she jerks a thumb over her shoulder in Claire's direction.  [Language unknown:  "Dinal wi m ore ceekec chmonamo.  Witonsyin eraichect an peou vor ee outineine ion prowerday ou ntiratshehat k io atioulder !"] she smiles winningly.

[Language unknown: "U moridi i an atedertin oventeder u ng trprul hami he ?  Pa comwheshe k anyeartra earck onste liant o menles'setvirvor o ... ratme Ne ill ai ratsomset llmealis hastheest ounverany m ?  Tedthadinhis kor latyiners in evewa palaec p stur manwilugheraill ?"]

Berta raises her hands and shrugs.  [Language unknown:  "San st peuspa n verstrwhihasore ven, a U nd hien ev neth fopre roosan."]
Gedd
 player, 202 posts
 Half-orc archer
Thu 17 Mar 2016
at 12:51
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd looks puzzled by Claire's comment but keeps an eye on Berta as she goes to talk to the orc. Gedd's expression isn't exactly friendly when he looks at the orc. Although distracted by that sideshow he still manages to ask Claire about the amulet.

"What do you mean, Claire? Why would anyone want an amulet to be breakable? Then again, he is an orc!"
DM
 GM, 1213 posts
Sat 19 Mar 2016
at 20:38
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The orc's expression turns anger, and he raises his voice quickly.  [Language unknown:  "Asckilen?  Al k ca haevwa ivewerredble!  Iver we notck ardandwilwit m us, rendst!"]

He looks around nervously at the other patrons.
Claire
 NPC, 51 posts
 famed adventurer
Sat 19 Mar 2016
at 20:40
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"I don't know.  I didn't break it.  Ask Wilric."
Berta Roth
 player, 193 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Sun 20 Mar 2016
at 04:56
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Berta remains calm in the face of what, she admits, is not a wholly unexpected outburst on the part of the Orc.  [Language unknown:  "Di thilarcon ss ainreaameica nt ho iouesswas ticlesderout,"] she raises her hands.  [Language unknown:  "Llne pa olss sswit asneur, Be fomen rour der ca to."]

[Language unknown:  "Ng,"] once more she jerks her thumb over her shoulder towards Claire, this time with a good deal of feeling, [Language unknown:  "cktiil ei undresout n ilta, re osusce ckfoca olwi'aiil e int Ereil neofberoeras ngthu.  Urouut ers, chour serom romoar."]

[Language unknown:  "A ieonpoan ... Rehas usnafi tin wh eenillthi i fobeev ch ughameour."] She nods respectfully, backing away towards the bar.

Perhaps Claire is lucky, but she sure has a habit of making things exciting for those around her !
Gedd
 player, 203 posts
 Half-orc archer
Sun 20 Mar 2016
at 12:42
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd grins.

"Good idea," he says to Claire. "I'm sure Wilric will be able to explain a lot of things when he has finished talking to his halfling pals over there."
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 192 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Tue 22 Mar 2016
at 05:17
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric shrugged at the mention of the "cost" of Gri's knowledge.  "The copper you leave behind becomes the gold you missed," he replied mock-solemnly.  "We'll figure out the cost if we get there.  Where can we find Gri?"
DM
 GM, 1219 posts
Sun 27 Mar 2016
at 04:34
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The halfling gulps down the remains of his drink.  "There's a small community of kobolds in the South Third, just over the Shadow Bridge.  Ask around there, one of his boys'll find you quick enough.  Thanks for the drink, friend."

After Berta finishes speaking to the orc he quickly gets up and tries to make his way across the room, away from Berta and Claire.  He unwittingly chooses a spot the group is already keeping a eye on.  The orc walks past a table of halflings and bumps into Wilric, dropping a small amulet on the floor.  As it hits the small crystal shatters.  "My mother's amulet!"  He growls at Wilric.  "I needed that to fund my next adventure.  Unless you can put it back together I suggest you pony up the ten gold they offered for it down at Pen and Ink."
Berta Roth
 player, 196 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Sun 27 Mar 2016
at 05:13
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Back at the bar, Berta watches the Orc beat a retreat of his own, remarking glumly to Gedd, "I don't think I ..."  She breaks off as he bumps into their adopted brother, jaw dropping as events unfold.

"How did you ... ?" she starts to ask Claire, then thinks better of it, shaking her head.  "We don't want to get barred from O'Malley's," she cautions Gedd, finally managing to form a complete sentence, though from her tone it sound more like she's reminding herself of that, as she watches to see Wilric's response, ready to come to the Halfing's assistance.

"I don't have ten gold coins, though ... you ?"
Gedd
 player, 206 posts
 Half-orc archer
Sun 27 Mar 2016
at 08:21
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd watches the orc's performance unfold and snorts in disbelief as he sees what he is up to.

"Hey, O'Malley," he calls out loudly - loud enough for the orc to hear and far louder than required to alert the man behind the bar. "How do you usually handle a conman dumb enough to try his tricks on your customers right here in the tavern?"

His eyes never leave the orc.
Wyn Roth
 player, 383 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Sun 27 Mar 2016
at 09:32
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
The door swings open and Wyn walks in, a wide grin splitting his face from ear to ear.  However, that disappears as soon as he sees the Orc threatening Wilric. Sauntering across to the halflings's table he lets himself look as un-threatening as possible. 

"Whats up?" he asks  as he looks down at the shattered pendant.
Berta Roth
 player, 197 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Sun 27 Mar 2016
at 10:29
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"You mean ... ?" Berta is back to unfinished sentences as she turns to Gedd, her brow furrowed as understanding slowly dawns.

And then Wyn walks in, looking very self-satisfied.  Berta snorts, settling back against the counter.  "That's done it.  The Orc will probably end up paying Wyn and thanking him for it !"
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 193 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Sun 27 Mar 2016
at 16:54
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric nodded to the halfling and was about to reply when someone knocked into his chair from behind, suddenly followed by the sound of something breaking behind him.

He looked down at the broken pendant, then at the orc extorting him over what was either an example of orcish clumsiness or the most hamfisted attempt at a con he'd seen yet.

Without replying, Wilric leaned down and studied the broken pendant, seized by a sudden suspicion...

OOC: Wilric Shadow-Wanderer rolled 13 using 1d20+8.  Jewelcraft roll to inspect pendant.
DM
 GM, 1227 posts
Mon 28 Mar 2016
at 15:36
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Hearing Gedd call loudly across the tavern the orc begins to look about nervously.  As Wilric and Wyn study the pendant the orc starts to stammer.  "I...I... it's a family... priceless to me... you'll, you'll..."  Blood flushes his cheeks.  Not even bothering to scoop up the remains of his amulet the orc rushes out of O'Malley's to a chorus of laughter from those watching the scene unfold.
Wyn Roth
 player, 385 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Mon 28 Mar 2016
at 16:00
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wyn reaches down to pick up the remains of the pendant, and study it at his leisure - although he leaves the shattered 'gem' on the floor for the cleaners to sweep up later.  Then the wide, satisfied, grin  returns to his face.  No daft Orc is going to spoil his mood this evening.

"So what was that all about." he asks as he heads over the Bar.
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 194 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Mon 28 Mar 2016
at 20:15
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Glass," Wilric announced in a conversational tone to the other halflings, more amused than offended by the attempted hoax.  The setting might've been worth something, but certainly not the 10 gold he proclaimed.
Gedd
 player, 207 posts
 Half-orc archer
Tue 29 Mar 2016
at 12:41
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Gedd watched with a sneer on his face as the orc departs at top speed.

"Oh by the Mother, I hate orcs so damn much!" he exclaims.
Berta Roth
 player, 198 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Tue 29 Mar 2016
at 14:21
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"I don't like that one," Berta growls.  "I'd have paid him off and been left with a handful of broken glass !"

"Well spotted," the warrior-woman congratulates Claire.

"So ... who's going first ?" setting that unpleasantness behind her, Berta grins at Wilric and Wyn, eagerly awaiting to hear what they have discovered.
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 195 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Wed 30 Mar 2016
at 01:48
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
Wilric excused himself from the table with the halflings, still chuckling softly over the attempted con, and arrived in time to catch Berta's question.

"We have a possible lead on Balen, we can talk to Gri, hangs out around the kobold camp in the South Third.  We might want to save him as a backup plan though, they were pretty convinced the cost outweighs the benefit when dealing with Gri."

He smirked at Berta then, as though suddenly reminded of something. "By the way, interrupting Halfling games is considered rude..."
Wyn Roth
 player, 386 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Wed 30 Mar 2016
at 06:36
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"You can." Wyn responds to Berta's question, reminding her that he hasn't been privvy to their earlier conversations.

"Can we do it here in the bar, or should we try and reclaim the room that Hearth and Claire saw us in?"
Berta Roth
 player, 199 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Wed 30 Mar 2016
at 14:23
Re: Chapter 1: O'Malley's
"Doubt we can afford it," Berta smiles sweetly at Wyn.  "Only the drinks are free."

"We can probably find a noisy corner where we won't be overheard ... or we can exchange tales on the way if you think this Gri is our best bet," she nods to Wilric congratulating him on his skill in winkling that information out of the group.  "That was well done !"   Then snorts at his latter comment.  "They were playing a game ?  Only games I learned involved cold steel ..."
Gedd
 player, 208 posts
 Half-orc archer
Wed 30 Mar 2016
at 14:36