LOCATION : The Dragon's Den (Under New Management)   Posted by DM.Group: 0
DM
 GM, 1930 posts
Sat 5 Nov 2016
at 18:42
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Winnie gladly accepts Wyn's help clearing the table before they slip into the kitchen for slightly longer than it should take to clean up.  While Berta talks with Elsin and Fless, Winnie shows Wyn around the White Dragon.


Elsin enjoys the conversation and when Wyn is finished tells a bit of his, and his father's, beginnings.  "My father did a bit of adventuring himself as a young man.  Mostly finding and bringing in wanted men for the local authority.  He became decent with a sword and earned enough to retire and buy a tavern within a few years.  My mother and father met shortly after he bought the tavern.  Fless and I learned some self defense from our father and followed in his footsteps before we returned to help out around the tavern."

He takes a long draw from his mug and glances up at Berta for a moment.  "Our mother took ill.  She fought it, but disease usually wins.  Our father spent everything he had, of course, to try and help her.  Clerics from the big temples, aid from fellows he met along the way in his adventuring days, even snake oil salesmen he knew were frauds.  After ma passed money was tight.  We went back to making money any way we knew how.  The tavern brought some in, tracking down wanted men brought in more."

"After a few years my father's heart healed and he met my step-mother.  She stayed long enough to hand Kezra off to him and be on her way.  Kezra being a fragile little girl, much like all women,"  Elsin gave an inquisitive look to Berta and the door Winnie had disappeared to with some plates.  "was denied the training my father gave Fless and me.  My father took a well paying job when Kezra was still a young girl, maybe thirteen.  It was the job that took his eyesight.  My father retired for good, left Fless and me to run the White Dragon, and Kezra went off on a quest to find my father's attacker in what would turn out to be nearly a decade long search."

"Your family reminds him of ours I think.  My father taught me to track and survive in the wilderness.  Fless learned to find men within the cities when I could not find them outside.  Kezra was denied my father's training and learned her own path, with some help from my step-mother's bloodline."
Berta Roth
 player, 319 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Sun 6 Nov 2016
at 14:19
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Berta listens to Elsin's talek without embarrassment.  "Your family's tale does indeed mirror our own - our families are very much alike."

"Our mother made some ... mistakes, but I thank the Mother herself for that, for it gave me Wyn and Gedd.  I was the one that father favoured, damn him, but I learned the sword and more from the guardsmen he commanded, mostly because it amused them than by any wish of his."

"Wyn was mother's favourite - he got his talent and love of music from her, and joined the church because father made him, but found his true devotion there.  Gedd ... father threw him out, and he was pretty much raised by the cook and our gardener, bless them - learned a lot about the lie of the land, and picked up a few tricks besides."

"My father was a bully and drove our mother to her death," Berta is blunt, "and I hope he rots in his jail cell !  We don't need him - we have each other."

"And Wilric.  We've adopted him and he can't get rid of us now !" she grins affectionately at the Halfling.

"Did you ever find your father's attacker ?" the warrior woman asks Elsin.
DM
 GM, 1931 posts
Sun 6 Nov 2016
at 18:16
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Elsin smiles to let Berta know he appreciates her candid telling of their own history.  Or maybe he appreciates how similar Berta is in both personality and familial role to himself.  "Every family has it's embarrassments."  He glances over at Fless who rolls his eyes and punches his older brother in the arm.  "We all have our reasons and our own demons.  I don't blame anyone for the past."

He sighs.  "No, I never did find his attacker.  I have a feeling Kezra did.  She had a look in her eyes when she finally returned.  A look that I didn't question.  Maybe you can pry the answer out of her next time you have a chance to ask.  Actually, I'd consider it a personal favor if you found out and let me know."
Wyn Roth
 player, 566 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Sun 6 Nov 2016
at 20:23
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Once the dishes are cleared, Wyn leans back in  his seat relaxed.  One hand rests lightly on Winnie's thigh, the other holds his cup of watered wine.

"Well, I think the talent came from my blood father, rather than Mother ..." Wyn says correcting the story slightly, "Although Mother's love of the arts certainly helped to develop my abilities.  And she taught me to sew." He adds brightly "I can make a shirt or trousers, even a coat of sorts.  So long as I stick to simple patterns.  My embroidery is terrible though." He concludes with a clearly artificial pout.
Berta Roth
 player, 320 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Mon 7 Nov 2016
at 13:32
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"Better than mine," Berta allows with a smile at Wyn. "If I ever got my hands on a needle I'd be as like to stab someone with it !"

Elsin's request that she ask Kezra garners that worthy a raised brow and a muttered, "I'm not quite that brave !"  But she gives him a quick nod thereafter as she acquiesces.  "When the opportunity presents itself," she promises him.
Gedd
 player, 369 posts
 Half-orc archer
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Mon 7 Nov 2016
at 15:33
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Gedd listens to the conversation in a cheerfully muddled frame of mind, thanks to the ale. When Kezra's mother is mentioned he tries a bit harder to focus.

"Kezra's ma? 'ow strong wuz the bloodline in 'er, d'ya know? Draconic, right? White. Is that where th' name of this place come from, an' th' tattoos, or wuz there already a link there?" he asks.
DM
 GM, 1932 posts
Wed 9 Nov 2016
at 02:55
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"Can't say my mother taught me any useful skills.  More of the social aspects of life and setting our moral compass.  Important, but not anything I could make a living with.  I'm sure your embroidery is still better than what I could muster."

Elsin responds to Wyn before nodding at Berta's less than enthusiastic agreement.

Fless interrupts his older brother with a laugh as he half-chokes on his ale.  "No, not draconic.  Could you imagine her temper if she had dragon blood in her."  He nudges Elsin with a laugh.  "The white dragon is a story best left for our pa to tell on another night.  Our family has had a connection for a few generations.  The dragon is more of a family patron than anything else.  My sister's magic is celestial in nature.  About as strong as you can get without being full-blooded I imagine."
Berta Roth
 player, 321 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Wed 9 Nov 2016
at 13:22
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"Time to go !" Berta repeats herself, patting Gedd's shoulder while rolling her eyes for the benefit of their hosts, matter not that it's usually her that's passing-out drunk by this time of night and he that gets to pull her out of whatever brawl she's aiming for.

"There'll be plenty of other opportunities," she assures both her brother and their hosts.  "Our turn to provide the meal next time !"
Gedd
 player, 370 posts
 Half-orc archer
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Wed 9 Nov 2016
at 13:55
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"Really?" Gedd sounds genuinely surprised about the nature of Kezra's heritage but the promise of the tale of the white dragon on a future visit more than makes up for it.

"Look forward to hearing about it. Next time. G'night!" he calls back over his shoulder as Berta leads him toward the door.

"Oh, wait a moment. Gotta get my bow. Can't go leavin' that behind!"
DM
 GM, 1936 posts
Fri 11 Nov 2016
at 02:33
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"I look forward to seeing you again."  Elsin stresses the word "seeing" with a nod to Berta.
DM
 GM, 2218 posts
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 17:31
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
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Wyn Roth
 player, 685 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 Adoptive Dragonkin
Mon 17 Jul 2017
at 18:53
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Wyn opens the door to the Dragon's Den and tentatively looks inside, wondering what changes Willric has made in the short time they have been away
DM
 GM, 2221 posts
Tue 18 Jul 2017
at 12:26
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Walking down the street toward the White Dragon you see a change a scenery.  The old faded wooden sign depicting a white dragon has been replaced with a much larger and brightly painted green dragon with stylized lettering underneath, 'Dragon's Den'.

Stepping inside you see many of the small details are still being worked on.  The tables and chairs have been replaced and rearranged to allow for a few more patrons, but the size of the structure is still small in comparison to other taverns.

Wilric smiles and waves from behind the bar.  About half the tables are filled with patrons.
 Winnie is serving ale to most of them.  Wilric gestures to a few unmarked jugs on the shelf behind the bar.  "Found a brewer here in Valarez to make some poacher pale, and a dwarven supplier for the heavy stuff."
Berta Roth
 player, 410 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Tue 18 Jul 2017
at 13:39
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Berta pushes past Wyn, a broad grin on her face as she crosses the room, nodding benevolently at their patrons before fetching up at the bar.

"Glad to see you well," she says quietly, smiling at their adopted brother, before adding, more loudly, "Looks like you've been doing a great job here !  Poacher's Pale, indeed !  And I like the sign outside."  Leaning back and looking around once more, she catches Winnie's eye and waves a greeting to her as well.

"We've been tramping around a forest !  Thirsty work ..."
Gedd
 player, 450 posts
 Half-orc archer
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Tue 18 Jul 2017
at 14:56
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Gedd grins at Winnie and shakes Wilric's hand enthusiastically.

"Well done, little brother, well done. Two pints of Poacher's Pale for me, two for Berta and a glass of wine for Wyn. That's what was agreed, isn't it Wyn?"

He grins at Wyn and chuckles cheerfully.
Wyn Roth
 player, 686 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 Adoptive Dragonkin
Tue 18 Jul 2017
at 15:47
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"So I have been told." Wyn calls across to his brother as he makes his way across to Inn towards Winnie, a broad grin on his face.

His prestiditation reaches out to ruffle her hair as he calls out "Hi ya."
Berta Roth
 player, 411 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 12:34
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"One for me," Berta holds up a finger.  "I want to keep a clear head.  And house rules ... we pay for what we drink.  These are on me."

She grins at Wilric, pushing a few coins over the bar.

"So how's it been ?" she asks the Halfling.  "You've certainly done a lot in a short time," Berta congratulates him.
DM
 GM, 2226 posts
Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 13:56
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Wilric pours the drinks.  "Still a lot more to be done.  I like this better than traveling.  Something in my halfling blood loves to be a homebody.  I can call this place home and know the comforts will be here tomorrow.  Of course, our original patrons are still here, but Winnie helped me drum up some new customers."  Wilric points to the old man and original owner sitting in his usual seat at the end of the bar.
Winnie
 NPC, 38 posts
 bartender
 The White Dragon
Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 13:56
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Winnie smiles and gives Wyn a peck on the cheek after setting down a tray of empty mugs.  "I've been promising these good people some tales of the Roth family.  How many dragon have you slain since your last adventure?"  Not giving Wyn chance to answer she answers for him.  "What's that?  You say it was a horde of demons, escaped from the ancient lands of Senectus!  How brave!"

The patrons start to murmur excitedly.
Wyn Roth
 player, 687 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 Adoptive Dragonkin
Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 14:11
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Wyn grins, inwardly deciding exactly how she is going to pay for that later.  "Well you had better get me a glass of wine, you know the way I like it, while I tell these good people about the Burning Hound we fought out in the woods.  We weren't expecting it and we didn't even know it existed, that's why we call it the Burning Hound." he says as an aside to give himself time to think.

"We first came across it's sign, with a creature burned from the inside out ....  "  He starts before spinning a tale of the creature attacking them  by jumping out of a tree in the middle of the night, and how Berta (who was on watch) had fought it single handed, until Gedd was able to assist her.  And how, finally,  Wyn himself had been able to defeat the evil monster by using the Power of Takri, to conjure a weapon of pure force.

"We got some of its burning poison," he finally tells the audience in confidence, "But keep it quiet for a couple of days until we have sold it ....." Then with a wink he makes his way to the bar and the wine that should be waiting for him.

"Well ..." he asks Winnie, with raised eyebrows and a grin, "Are you pleased to see the conquering hero return?"

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Berta Roth
 player, 412 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 14:18
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Berta listens, with as rapt attention as any of their patrons.

"Close enough," she grins broadly at Gedd at the conclusion of the stirring tale, raising her cup to Wyn, and then raises it again to any of the audience brave enough to catch her eye.
Gedd
 player, 451 posts
 Half-orc archer
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 17:15
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Gedd listened to Wyn's tale too and agreed with Berta, "Yep, close enough."

But he couldn't resist teasing Winnie about her dragon joke.

"Come now, Winnie. You know we're not dragon slayers. They are almost like our family's coat of arms these days!"

He grins as he rolls up his sleeve to show off the green dragon tattoo on his right arm
Winnie
 NPC, 39 posts
 bartender
 The White Dragon
Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 21:52
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
The crowd listens intently.  A voice calls out when Wyn describes the monster.  "My friends cousin had one of those things take his sheep."  The crowd ooos and awwws until the end of the story, then bursts into cheers between drinks.


"That's true."  Winne responds to Gedd.  "I haven't earned mine yet."  She says pointing to her back in the place where Kezra revealed her own tattoo not that long ago.

"My hero!"
  She calls to Wyn in a mock swoon as he comes back to the bar.
Wyn Roth
 player, 688 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 Adoptive Dragonkin
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 07:48
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"I should hope so ..." Wyn grins at Winnie as he makes his way back to the bar.  "So what do you have to do you get to earn your tattoo?" he asks as he takes a sip of his watered wine.
Winnie
 NPC, 40 posts
 bartender
 The White Dragon
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 12:49
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"Family secret, and you're not family... yet."

Winnie thinks for a moment.  "I could have earned it when we first met, but I listened to my woman's intuition instead.  Lucky for you."  She says in a sing-song voice before tossing a pouch in front of Wyn.

The pouch jingles as the coins inside hit the bar.  It's a pouch of money, Wyn's money to be exact.  "I'm getting better.  Or you're getting worse."  Winnie teases as she picks up a tray to deliver another round of drinks to the patrons.