LOCATION : The Dragon's Den (Under New Management)   Posted by DM.Group: 0
Wyn Roth
 player, 546 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Sat 8 Oct 2016
at 22:11
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Wyn dresses in his best clothes for dinner, and appears in a stylish, but understated, dark green suit and wears a selection of silver jewellery that matches his silvered rapier.  His hair and beard are neatly trimmed and he walks with the air of a gentleman about town.

Entering the bar, he holds the door for his siblings and greets those already at the table in turn.    ”Good evening, Winnie.” He smiles, taking her hand and raising it to his lips so that he can brush his lips lightly against it.  Then he nods his greeting to the four seated at the table.  ”Flessel, Kezra, Elsin, Fless.”  If he is surprised to see all four of them, it doesn’t show on his face.
Gedd
 player, 353 posts
 Half-orc archer
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Sun 9 Oct 2016
at 03:04
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Gedd sent his raven du Noir up to the rooftop to wait for their return. Then he waited for Berta, Wyn and Wilric to enter the inn before him. He still looked like he belonged out in the forest but at least it looked like someone had made an effort with his appearance. Probably Wyn or Berta. He paused at the designated storage place (behind the bar?) to deposit his sword, bow and quiver for safe-keeping before following Wyn's lead with a nod, a smile and a simple "Good evening, everyone."
Berta Roth
 player, 301 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Sun 9 Oct 2016
at 05:03
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Probably Wyn is responsible for the appearance of both his siblings - Berta has at least a clean linen shirt and breeches (Gedd is more like to wear a dress than she), and her own hair looks like it fought a battle with the hairbrush and the brush lost.

Even so, she enters the common room as if one defeated and glares sourly at Winnie for that 'lady' as she sheds her voluminous cloak (which it seems did not manage to best the brush that was used upon it, hopefully not the same as that which lost to her wayward tresses), showing that this night she carries but a dagger in deference to the occasion, lacking both armour and more familiar armament.  She nods politely to each of the White Dragon's family in turn, favouring Kezra with a smile, pleased to see the councilwoman both present and seemingly well.

"Evening," Berta manages the niceties, strange enough for her, as the first words usually past her lips in any tavern is a call for ale, and though her eyes flick towards the bar, she manages to resist the urge.

"Please," Winnie now earns a nod and a smile herself as Berta realises that while introductions may be very formal, it is only good manners to do so for Master Flessel.  Besides, it saves everyone from her next conversational gambit which involves a few stilted phrases remarking upon the weather.
Wyn Roth
 player, 547 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Sun 9 Oct 2016
at 07:53
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
As Gedd moves to store his weapons, Wyn removes his rapier and hands it across to his brother.  "Would you mind?" he asks.
Berta Roth
 player, 302 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Sun 9 Oct 2016
at 13:40
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Berta doesn't actually regard the dagger she carries at her hip as a weapon (she'd feel undressed without it), so doesn't think to hand it over, though she will gladly deposit it with the others if her brothers or anyone else suggests she does so.  :>
DM
 GM, 1873 posts
Sun 9 Oct 2016
at 18:45
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"May I present Master Wyn Roth, Master Gedd Roth, and Mistress Berta Roth to you Lord Callie."  Winnie calls to Flessel.  Both his sons crack a smile.  Kezra, more used to the formalities of court thinks nothing of the joke.  Or perhaps thinks little of Winnie, as their relationship seemed to be strained the last few times the Roths saw them together.

Each of those already present is dressed more similar to Wyn than Gedd or Berta.  Kezra and Winnie both in dresses with some elaborate detailing around the edges, Flessel in something you may see lesser nobility in court wearing, and the sons more closely to what you may expect from a commoner trying to dress like nobility.

"Shall we eat before conducting business?"
  Flessel asks.  His children take it more as an order than a question.  Kezra stands to pass the plates to the Roth's as they sit.  She winces and a hand instinctively goes to her ribs.

"A little sore, Kezra?"  Fless asks his sister.  "Stubbornness will cause that." 

The teasing seems good-natured, but Kezra's face does not seem amused.  She holds her arm out at him and unrolls her fingers.  Fless's mouth drops open and an excess of saliva rolls out of his mouth.  Elsin bursts out in a belly laugh.  Fless uses his hand shut shut his own mouth and keep it closed for a few seconds until the effect wears off.  Fless shares many of Flessels' features, and could be a younger portrait of the patriarch.  While Elsin is obviously a relation he must have more of his mother's features.  Seeing the entire family at one time it is easier to see that Kezra must be a half-sibling.  She looks nothing like her brothers and only barely resembles her father.

After pouring the drinks Winnie sits between Wyn and Kezra.  She gives Wyn's shoulder a gentle touch as she sits.
Wyn Roth
 player, 549 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Sun 9 Oct 2016
at 19:34
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Wyn is about to offer Kezra some healing to deal with the soreness, but holds back as he sees the way she deals with Fless.  The is no point in antagonising anyone this early in the proceedings, instead he takes the offered plates and passes them along the line.

As Winnie sits down next to him, Wyn allows the back of his hand to  press gently against her thigh for a moment, before he takes a sip of the wine in front of him.
DM
 GM, 1875 posts
Sun 9 Oct 2016
at 19:58
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Wilric follows the others in, he had stopped outside to properly clean his feet before entering.  A habit from his childhood.  He never wore shoes back home and wouldn't think of dishonoring Flessel by bringing shoes into his home.  He hangs his head a bit when he sees everyone else not only has shoes, but is dressed more formally than he his, well, maybe not Gedd and Berta.

He quickly sits down between Gedd and Fless.
Wyn Roth
 player, 550 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Sun 9 Oct 2016
at 20:01
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"A very nice wine." Wyn says raising his glass slightly, in salute to his hosts.
Berta Roth
 player, 304 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Mon 10 Oct 2016
at 13:01
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Winnie earns another frown, though not so harsh as earlier, 'Mistress' obviously being a little easier to stomach than 'Lady' in Berta's reckoning.

She smiles and nods as Wilric enters in their wake, feeling a bit less outnumbered by folks in finery and with far better manners than her.  At least Wyn can hold his own with such, matter not that she actually likes them.  She wishes Claire was here for the meal - no conversation remains stilted for long around that young woman !

Berta winces in sympathy with Kezra as the council-woman feels the pain of her ribs ... and tries to keep a straight face as she takes her revenge upon her brother for his mocking remarks, as she takes a seat, deciding on the chair next to Flessel, Lord Callie, though she's at a loss to work out how anyone knows who should sit where.  And there seems to be rather too much in the way of knives and forks and spoons.  She may not need her dagger.  And thank goodness she didn't bring her tankard !

With a smile of thanks to Kezra, she takes her plate, half rising to do so, joining Wyn in his salute before taking a cautious sip.  Stronger drink than she's used to, and she can see why they don't serve that in pint cups !

"So ... you're a lord ... m'lord ?" she asks Flessel brightly, desperately.
Gedd
 player, 354 posts
 Half-orc archer
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Mon 10 Oct 2016
at 13:28
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Gedd follows Wyn and Berta's example and raises his wine cup in salute too. Then he takes a sip as Berta did and looks pleasantly surprised by the taste.

"Mmm, nice," he agrees then turns to thank Winnie.

"No one ever called me Gedd Roth before," he tells her. "Nor Master. Thanks. Gedd Roth. I like the sound of it."
DM
 GM, 1877 posts
Tue 11 Oct 2016
at 00:13
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"You outdid yourself Winnie."  Elsin gives his cousin a compliment.

The eldest son smiles at Berta's question.  "I'm afraid my father's title is self proclaimed.  Actually, pretty much everything about my father is self proclaimed.  The nobility typically don't approve of the family business.  We tend not to be welcome in court.  Well, we aren't."  Elsin points to himself and his brother.

"I suspect Master Gedd Roth of the Dragon's Den may soon become a common name to seek out in the South Third of Valarez."
Wyn Roth
 player, 553 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Tue 11 Oct 2016
at 08:39
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"But, I suspect, it is important to have contacts in all areas of the city." Wyn suggests with a glance towards Kezra.

"The pheasant is very good." Wyn comments between mouthfuls.  "Did you cook this, Winnie?"  he says remembering Flessel had commented that  Winnie would 'take care' of dinner.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 14:43, Tue 11 Oct 2016.

Berta Roth
 player, 306 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Tue 11 Oct 2016
at 14:11
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Berta grins at Fless, welcoming his honestly blunt response. "Well as our family is now linked to yours, I shouldn't expect too many invitations to evening soirees then ?  Which is all to the good ... can you see me as a Lady in a fine dress ?!!" she snorts.

"Don't think I've had pheasant before ..." she favours Winnie with a smile of gratitude, appreciating the effort, especially given her own culinary disasters.

"You do much trade in food here ?  If not, then we should.  This is good !"  She looks to Wyn seeming to recall that he had previously suggested that as an option.
Gedd
 player, 357 posts
 Half-orc archer
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Tue 11 Oct 2016
at 14:22
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"No doubt there's more than a few in the South Third who will come looking for all of the Roth family after reading what that McGee woman wrote in that rag of hers," Gedd remarked sourly.

"Speaking of that, Kezra, can you tell us what arrangement you finally agreed upon with Mother Green and her son?" he asked.
Winnie
 NPC, 37 posts
 bartender
 The White Dragon
Sat 15 Oct 2016
at 20:39
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"I'm not just a pretty face.  I can do other things."  Winnie says with a smile to Wyn.
Kezra Callie
 NPC, 78 posts
 council member
 Valarez
Sat 15 Oct 2016
at 20:52
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"My father and brothers prefer to do things on a small scale, taking care of things on their own.  They do not like to owe others a favor.  I, on the other hand, follow the old adage of 'work smart, not hard'.  If I can convince someone else to complete a task for me, that leaves me time to work on a different task."

Kezra folds her hands in her lap to continue the conversation without food in her mouth.  Something she undoubtedly practices in the company of the nobility.  Her brothers did not practice this as they continue to shovel food into their mouths.  "Berta, you would be surprised how many of the nobles took their title, rather than inherited it.  I think you may be in similar company more often than you would expect."

"Maggie McGee is a tool for the upper class.  She writes what they want her to write.  I would be lying if I said I never used her to my advantage.  She thinks she is speaking for the people.  her intentions are often good, though not always.  Good doesn't sell papers."

"Drix and I are still negotiating an arrangement.  She will not enter the city again unless it is to retrieve Roth or their possessions.  I suspect foul play with the toy Aridon Tink had brought.  Once Drix and Roth and safely out of the city I will investigate further."

Gedd
 player, 359 posts
 Half-orc archer
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Sun 16 Oct 2016
at 03:06
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"So young Roth is still here?" Gedd asks in surprise. "I thought Drix would have taken him with her straight away. I suppose she needs time to find a new lair before she takes him there. Perhaps I could visit him again before they leave. Do you think he will like our new tattoos?"

Without waiting for a response Gedd rolls up his sleeve to show off the stylised green and black dragon, with red claws and wing tips, which stretches almost from elbow to shoulder on the outside of his right arm. Wyn had taken care of healing the skin after the tattoo was applied so it now looked quite presentable.
Berta Roth
 player, 309 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Sun 16 Oct 2016
at 04:55
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Berta snorts at Kezra's explanation of the ascent of the nobility.  "Don't give him ideas !" she begs the councilwoman, nodding her head at Wyn.

"So no point me having a 'conversation' with Miss McGee, then ?" the warrior-woman deduces.  "Probably just as well - from what you say that'd just make things worse."

"Drix ... that reminds me," Berta fumbles in her pocket for the scrap of paper they'd recovered from Tink's body, leaning over the table and across her fellow diners to hand it to Kezra.  "Found this on Tink," she explains, "it's a receipt for that ball from one Tanda Brightflower."

"Don't know if it's a forgery or not, or whether it means anything, but thought it might be useful to you either way."

Berta sits back down, pleased with herself.

"Mine's exactly the same as that," she nods at Gedd's tattoo as she takes another forkful of pheasant followed by a sip of her wine, "you can use your imagination," she tells Fless and Elsin.
Gedd
 player, 361 posts
 Half-orc archer
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Sun 16 Oct 2016
at 13:00
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Gedd glances at Elsin and Fless and grins.

"I can guess where your imagination has gone to, but Berta's tattoo is on her arm too, same as mine," he chuckles.
Berta Roth
 player, 310 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Sun 16 Oct 2016
at 13:06
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Berta nearly sprays her brother with wine at that, but settles for choking just a little, grinning broadly at Gedd as she coughs, without even the faintest trace of a blush.
Kezra Callie
 NPC, 79 posts
 council member
 Valarez
Thu 20 Oct 2016
at 12:30
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Kezra leans forward with a grimace to take the receipt from Berta.  "Thank you.  This could be a great help."
DM
 GM, 1896 posts
Thu 20 Oct 2016
at 12:30
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Fless, the younger of the two brothers, leans forward with one arm on the table pretending to think when Berta suggests he use his imagination.  "Not in my imagination it isn't."  He tells Gedd.  "I'd show you mine Berta, but that's typically how I end business, not start it."  Elsin and Flessel share a brief laugh at some private joke.  Kezra simply rolls her eyes.

"It is very good craftsmanship though.  Where did you have them done?"
  Elsin asks trying to change the subject.
Gedd
 player, 363 posts
 Half-orc archer
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Thu 20 Oct 2016
at 13:09
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"We went to Aldon Wolfcrag at Mystical Memories," Gedd replied promptly. "He's a talented fellow. He runs another business, too - Wolf's Wares. I got him to enchant my chain shirt a few days ago and I'd be happy to recommend him to anyone wanting that sort of work done as well."

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

Kezra Callie
 NPC, 80 posts
 council member
 Valarez
Thu 20 Oct 2016
at 13:39
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"Thank you, I'll look into him next time I need some work done."  Elsin replies.

"Speaking of work done, I wanted to thank you all for your help in defending Valarez from the possible threat of Drix and Roth.  It was not a part of your deal with Hearth and should be rewarded."
  Kezra stands and motions the Roth family to come to her side of the table.  She stands with her hands out in front of her, palms facing down.  You get the idea she is modeling what she wants you to do.

"The gloves I gave you not so long ago, they are a traditional of two peoples.  The centakri and the lentakri are connected but different.  The lentakri are sturdy and strong both in mind and body.  They are deliberate in action and careful in their planning.  The centakri are quick to act and speak.  They act on emotion and are passionate in their beliefs."

"Traditionally the Antrim Guard, those who wore the gloves before you, would choose a path one year into training.  The path of the centakri or the path of the lentakri.  The gloves will respond to the path you choose to take."