LOCATION : The Dragon's Den (Under New Management)   Posted by DM.Group: 0
Claire
 NPC, 80 posts
 famed adventurer
Sun 25 Sep 2016
at 00:44
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"Yep."  Is all Claire manages.  She puts the mug down and doesn't pick it back up again.  The next time Winnie passes by she swipes the mug and replaces it with another.  This one is full of a green fizzy drink that seems more appropriate for a child, or maybe a gnome.
Flessel
 NPC, 12 posts
Sun 25 Sep 2016
at 00:44
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon

"The name change would be fine provided those who need the White Dragon still know where to look.  We keep business slow.  I'm sure you could rectify that." 


Gedd's grip on his mug loosens a bit as he feels his hand start to tingle, but he retains his grip and the feeling quickly goes away.  Claire gives him a concerned look when she sees the effort in his face.

"She actually didn't mention the halfling.  Like I said, Kezra has not worked with us for some time.  Her affairs are her own, she doesn't speak of them to me.  She is quite good at misdirection though."

"If I was concerned with how your family would take the other side of the business I would not have asked Winnie to find out more about you.  I'd have never even mentioned it.  I'm not ready to go into detail, but I make this offer because I trust you would handle our business the same as we would."
Gedd
 player, 336 posts
 Half-orc archer
Sun 25 Sep 2016
at 04:48
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Gedd frowns.

"This is like fencing with blindfolds on!" he grumbles.

"You're not sure how much we already know and we don't know what Kezra has told you. If we are going to make this deal work we need to get past that, so here's what we know already, or think we know.

"Tell me to stop if I get into things that someone else here doesn't need to know about. Claire was there so she already knows this stuff.

"Kezra hired us in the first place to go search for Elsin, who was searching for a young girl who was lost in the Shadowrock Mountains. That turned out to be Claire. So we gather that's the sort of work you do, quietly and discretely. Finding and recovering people, information, items?

"Then we were hired to find someone else and found him in the Amber Woods, but we encountered a green dragon there as well. She snatched up Wilric and flew back here to Valarez with him in her claws. It sounds like half the city saw her arrival. We raced back here and Kezra helped us get Wilric back. We saw Kezra in white dragon form as she wrestled the green dragon. Let's just say we managed to resolve that situation peacefully in the end and got Wilric back, more dead than alive but still breathing. Which explains why he doesn't want to go adventuring anymore.

"Kezra's white dragon tattoo was faded afterwards, so I'd guess that was how she was able to change into that form.

"So, that's where we are at. What else do we need to know?"

Wyn Roth
 player, 531 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Sun 25 Sep 2016
at 06:51
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
”It wasn’t Kezra’s misdirection I was thinking of.”  Wyn chips in with a hard glance towards Flessel, even though he knows the man can’t see him.  Then winces at Gedd’s choice of the blindfold fencing analogy.

”I suspect you and your  bo … err …. People,”” he had been going to say boys, but then remembers Winnie’s involvement, "are generally better prepared than we are.” He says ruing his own lack of preparation.  We knew there were secrets, and we didn’t check them out underpins a whole raft of other things.  Why didn’t we check out the library?  Kezra’s gloves have The Mother’s symbol, and Mud is supposed to be the Arcane Expert on the council.  What is her job?  Where did she train?  Flessel, Fless and Elsin must have histories.  And Winnie needs a good talking to with some good probing questions. Maybe quite a bit of probing.  After all she had some ‘explaining’  to do. Although switching the mugs like that was well done.  And he smiles slightly as his thoughts drift off subject.

But to some extent, those thoughts are water under the bridge, Wyn’s conscience was clear.  He had already added his conditions to the arrangement.  One on behalf of Takri and one on behalf of the family.  If there was something untoward happening he could walk away with a clear conscience.  And he could take his family with him.

”A sign with a large white dragon with a smaller green one would probably work.” Wyn comments on the question of the name change, ”Perhaps even another sign that says ‘formerly The White Dragon’, or something of that sort?” The bard muses as he waits for Flessel’s response to Gedd.

However, unless Flessle comes up with something outrageous, Wyn is minded to accept the deal.  Three and a half thousand gold is less than they got for the last job, and not a bad price to make sure that Wilric has somewhere to learn the trade - with no worries about start up fees, protection rackets or things like that.  And, with the people around here, no one is liable to break in and steal the family gear while they are away.

Home, training establishment and vault in one.
Berta Roth
 player, 287 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Sun 25 Sep 2016
at 14:09
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Less concerned than her brothers and considerably more thick-skinned.

"You assure us that these clandestine activities are on the side of the angels and that's good enough for me," Berta avows with a pointed look at Gedd.  "If I had to guess, I'd say Kezra's looking out for the city ... she's a council woman, after all ... while your efforts are, shall we say, looking out for the greater good."

"If we're prepared to shake on the deal, then I'm happy to take your word that whatever happens in the back room is something I'd approve of, if I knew what it was."

The warrior-woman replays that convoluted logic back for a moment, grimacing, before adding, "What I'm saying is that we like you and your family, we trust you and your family, and we're willing to be be as much a part of what you do as you let us."

Berta glares at both her brothers, daring them to contradict her.
Gedd
 player, 337 posts
 Half-orc archer
Sun 25 Sep 2016
at 15:50
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Gedd grinned at Berta, took another healthy mouthful of ale and belatedly decided the mug was safer on the bar than in his hand.

"That goes for me, too," he agreed. "I'm happy to seal the deal as soon as you want to."
Wyn Roth
 player, 532 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Sun 25 Sep 2016
at 16:12
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Wyn looks from his sister to his brother, "OK.  We're in."
Flessel
 NPC, 13 posts
Sun 25 Sep 2016
at 21:56
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"I find fencing with a blindfold much the same as fencing without one."  Flessel jokes at Gedd's word choice.

"I suppose you've earned a bit more than what we've given you.  My daughter is very talented with magic, it runs through her veins.  The same skill can't be said of her half-brothers.  She learned to use her body to her advantage long before she used the tattoo, but she also had the tattoo long before she learned to harness her magic.  You'd have to ask her, it's a long story for another time."

"You could say the angels are on our side."  Flessel chuckles to himself at some private joke.  "I think a white dragon on the sign would be enough for our clientele.  The poor, the weak, the hopeless.  That is who the White Dragon answers to.  They must know where to find us.  We make things right for those who do not have the strength to do it themselves, by any means necessary.  I'll leave the details for another time."

Flessel extends a hand to the Roth family.  "Let's put this to paper then."
Berta Roth
 player, 288 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Mon 26 Sep 2016
at 05:09
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"The poor, the weak and the hopeless," Berta muses, nodding slowly.  The very people that the city guard were supposed to look out for, or so she'd thought until the realities of the job disabused her of that notion.  Turns out it was the rich that got most of the benefits even when the guardsmen themselves were on the take.

The warrior woman places her nearly empty cup on the bar top, sliding from her stool and crossing the room to where Flessel sits, taking his hand in her own.  "I'll gladly shake on that," she tells the old man with a smile on her lips.
Gedd
 player, 338 posts
 Half-orc archer
Mon 26 Sep 2016
at 10:08
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"I'll drink to that!" Gedd responded and drained the rest of his ale.

His smile was as broad as Berta's as he joined her to shake the old man's hand.
Wyn Roth
 player, 533 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Mon 26 Sep 2016
at 12:04
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"Do you know someone who can  do that?" Wyn asks as Flessel  speaks about laying out a contract.  But queues up, behind his siblings to shake on the deal.

"And, young lady, I will need words with you later." He says, mock sternly, to Winnie, once the deal is agreed.  However, he grins as he moves towards the bar.  "But not until you have finished your shift." he adds pretending to be a responsible employer.
Winnie
 NPC, 31 posts
 bartender
 The White Dragon
Tue 27 Sep 2016
at 19:29
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"Yes, sir.  Sorry, sir."  Winnie says putting her head down before giving Wyn a pouty face.
Flessel
 NPC, 14 posts
Tue 27 Sep 2016
at 19:30
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"Aye.  Come back tomorrow for dinner.  I'll have everything ready.  Except the dinner.  Winnie'll take care of that."
Berta Roth
 player, 289 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Wed 28 Sep 2016
at 13:57
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Berta is all smiles and nods appreciatively at Winnie, though likely the lady has eyes only for her brother.  "Just as well," she remarks confidentially to Flessel.  "I certainly can't cook !  When it's my turn we generally eat out !"

The warrior woman grins as she recalls the last conversation she and her brothers had in that regard ..

Wyn: Is anybody cooking? Or are we on trail rations?

Berta: My turn to cook ?  You want it rare or well done ... doesn't matter - it's in the lap of the gods anyway.

Gedd: Um, 'well done' means you skinned it first, doesn't it?

Berta: Means I killed it first.


"It was a pleasure doing business with you, sir," Berta stoops to kiss the old man awkwardly on his cheek. "I'm sure we'll not disappoint you."
Gedd
 player, 342 posts
 Half-orc archer
Wed 28 Sep 2016
at 15:01
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Gedd looks both confused and worried when Berta kisses Flessel's cheek.

He points to himself then pouts his lips as he points to Flessel, looking questioningly to Berta for guidance.
Winnie
 NPC, 32 posts
 bartender
 The White Dragon
Wed 28 Sep 2016
at 23:53
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Winnie grins and nods at Gedd reassuringly.  She points him to move closer to Flessel.
Gedd
 player, 343 posts
 Half-orc archer
Thu 29 Sep 2016
at 00:29
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Gedd still looks very uncertain but steels himself for what is obviously expected of him.

"I wish I grew up in the big house with Wyn and Berta," he mutters. "I still have so much to learn!"

Then he quickly bends down to plant a quick kiss on the same spot on Flessel's cheek that Berta kissed.
Wyn Roth
 player, 534 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Thu 29 Sep 2016
at 06:23
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Wyn nods gently at Gedd's assessment that he still had a lot to learn and says "I'll leave the kissing to my siblings." Wyn says with a grin, letting Flessel know that he needn't prepare himself for a cheek-kiss from a second male stranger.    Although it is difficult to tell whether he is teasing his brother, or is serious in his implications.


"I need to talk to Winnie about the play wot I wrote.  I want her to be the narrator.  And then I have a couple of private things I need to discuss with her ...."  he says leaving that for his siblings, and Flessel, to take as they will.


OOC:  Happy for those things to be 'assumed' and move on to next day.  Although Wyn  needs to do some 'magicking' in there somewhere, if he is to enchant his cloak up to +2
Winnie
 NPC, 33 posts
 bartender
 The White Dragon
Thu 29 Sep 2016
at 14:13
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Winnie is unable to contain her laughter and a single loud burst of, "Ha!" erupts from her mouth as Gedd gives the old man a kiss.  She covers her mouth with her hands and turns her back to compose herself.  Still smiling, face bright red she turns back to see the Roth family out, Wyn in particular.
Berta Roth
 player, 290 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Fri 30 Sep 2016
at 13:47
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Berta is slow to catch on ... until her younger brother kisses Flessel, then doesn't know whether to laugh or apologise profusely.

"The first thing you need to learn is don't listen to Winnie !" she settles for admonishing Gedd, shaking her head, but unable to keep the smile from her lips.
Wyn Roth
 player, 538 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Sat 1 Oct 2016
at 07:11
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Dropping to the rear as the family leaves, Wyn slides his  hand around Winnie's waist and then lets it drop casually to her hip.  "So what time are you off?" he asks her, "I'll come back ..." he says with a grin.
Winnie
 NPC, 34 posts
 bartender
 The White Dragon
Sat 1 Oct 2016
at 15:02
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"Come back when you're done with everything else you need to do today.  I'll be done by then.  We can discuss your performance,"  She smiles and places her hand on Wyn's.  "and also your play."
Wyn Roth
 player, 539 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Sat 1 Oct 2016
at 15:10
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Wyn nods as his thumb stokes her side "That works.  Although I should warn you that there are some things I want to explore deeply, and at length."
Winnie
 NPC, 35 posts
 bartender
 The White Dragon
Tue 4 Oct 2016
at 00:08
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"You may need a longer tool then."  She teases with a twinkle in her eye.
Winnie
 NPC, 36 posts
 bartender
 The White Dragon
Tue 4 Oct 2016
at 01:06
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
The next day





The White Dragon is empty as usual when the Roth family arrives.  Wilric is still a little shaken up but comes along.  He may never be the same.  Several tables are pushed together to create a large dinning table.  Roast pheasant and glazed carrots sit on the table.  Several old dusty bottles of wine are waiting to be opened.

Winnie greets you as you enter.  "Good evening lords and lady.  Shall I announce you to Master Flessel?"  She says in her best imitation of a noble.

Flessel sits at the end of the table, Elsin and Fless at each of his sides.  Kezra beside Elsin.  Kezra is missing her trademark blue bandana, you can almost imagine Flessel reprimanding her for wearing it to the dinner table.