LOCATION : The Dragon's Den (Under New Management)   Posted by DM.Group: 0
Wyn Roth
 player, 689 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 Adoptive Dragonkin
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 13:23
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"Yet?" Wyn intends to pursue that but is distracted by the coin pouch.   "Wha ...  Whe ..." Wyn half blusters before grinning, although perhaps not as broadly as before.  "I can see that I will have to make a fully body search later.  Just in case I have lost anything else." he says falling back into his normal style, as he attempts to cover up his surprise.
Berta Roth
 player, 413 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 13:55
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Berta grins at Winnie's deft filtching of Wyn's coin purse, but shakes her head, grinning even more broadly at her elder brother's flirtatious response.

"Listen to him, straight out of the guard's handbook !  Next thing he'll be threatening to put her in restraints !"

She pauses, considering as she takes a sip from her cup.

"We are not getting him on of those magic ropes," she tells Gedd with an arched brow.

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Antonio de la Vega
 player, 113 posts
 Human
 Dashing Swordsman
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 14:29
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
It is more or less at this moment that Antonio makes his way into the Dragon's Den with a twirl of his cape. Right inside the doorway, he removes his hat, his cape, and his sword and hangs them from a peg. Then with a broad grin he approaches the bar and leans his back against it facing the room. "So tell me patrons, how many of you have heard of the fearsome Doom Lord of Ferrignis? The terrible pirate who plies the waves of the Amicus Ocean and strikes fear into men's hearts with not but the mention of his name." His rich voice easily fills the room as he waits to see how many will pay attention after his small performance. He also calls for a drink when he catches the eye of the waitress.
DM
 GM, 2229 posts
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 14:52
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
The patrons perk up when they sense the coming of another tale from an exciting adventurer.  The attractive blonde gets Antonio's order, she leans over to Wyn afterwards and whispers to him, "I do need more practice trying to get myself out of rope."

The halfling behind the bar pours Antonio's drink and places it on a tray with a few others.  Winnie, the current and only barmaid in the building, makes another round of deliveries ending with Antonio.
Wyn Roth
 player, 690 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 Adoptive Dragonkin
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 15:06
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"Well I did spend some time with father." the older brother replies, but he is distracted by Antonio's entrance, and doesn't push it any further.  Instead he slides a coin across to Wilric in payment for the drink the dashing swordsman has ordered. "This could be interesting ...." he comments quietly.

When Winnie returns, he smiles at her comment, "Well, I think I could arrange something ...." he responds quietly.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 15:06, Thu 20 July 2017.

Antonio de la Vega
 player, 114 posts
 Human
 Dashing Swordsman
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 21:28
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
As he takes his drink, Antonio nods his thanks to the barmaid Winnie and then to Wyn as he pays for it. He takes a long drink, emptying perhaps half of the mug in just a few moments, before he continues his story. He has already chosen the optimum place in the small establishment and so he places his foot on a chair to lean forward dramatically. "Well friends let me tell you that you are currently looking at one of the few men in all of Valarez who has looked the Doom Lord in the eye and lived to tell the tale. You might think to yourselves: 'no one encounters the Doom Lord on the high seas and lives to tell the tale'. But if so, then you must tell me my friends, where do the stories come from? You might then think to yourselves: 'perhaps he's just a lout who has come in here to tell us tales.' Well, my friends as it so often proves, the truth is stranger than fiction. The tale that I am about to tell you is so incredible, that you will not dare disbelieve it!" Antonio's exclaims the final statement of this introduction and reach for his drink.

After a short sip, he continues. "I have just returned from a voyage across the Amicus Ocean and Asper Bay to the small town of Tolero. The vessel on which I had booked passage was returning to Valarez when, in the rough waters of Asper Bay, we sighted a ship. One glance through the spyglass was enough to confirm our fears, it was Ferrignian pirates. Our captain made a valiant effort to escape but they had the wind and there was nothing to be done. As the vessel drew closer we realized that our lot was even worse than we had suspected. The pirate vessel was none other than that of the Doom Lord Geron. Now I am no coward and neither were my companions, but even the stoutest heart would have wavered in such a situation. We were pinned against the shore and shortly to be forced into a fight with one of the most feared pirate crews in the known world." Here again Antonio pauses for a drink before continuing.

As he takes his drink he casts a glance around the room to ensure that he has everyone's rapt attention. He continues his tale from this point, describing in eloquent detail every aspect of the battle from the initial pirate broadside, to his own counter-boarding of the enemy vessel in order to face enemy mages, and volleys of crossbow bolts fired against the pirates. He does not neglect to mention the contributions of his companions, one of whom mowed down pirates with his gunpowder weapons and the other who transformed into a monstrous lizard. Just as this story reaches a fever pitch, he suddenly gets quiet.

Leaning even further forward as though to tell a secret, Antonio relies on the dead silence of the room to carry his words. "... and that is when he came on deck. The Doom Lord himself, clad in black plate mail and wielding a massive battleaxe. He was truly a terrifying sight. The entire battle seemed to slow to watch as he emerged. I naturally moved to engage him in the hopes of at least delaying him long enough that my companions could move to my aid. Sadly even I, a swordsman of no small skill, was little match for the Doom Lord. He gave me this to remember him by." Here Antonio lifts one of his pant legs to reveal a tightly wrapped bandage. "As each of my companions joined in the fight against him, we each came to a solemn realization: even together we were no match for this foe. It was then, when all hope seemed lost, that our salvation appeared. It was not another ship, nor a lucky blow which saved us. No, it was a little girl. Another passenger on our vessel who, with more courage than many men I have known, had boarded to Doom Lord's vessel and now smote him at point blank range with a gunpowder pistol." Here Antonio takes another dramatic pause to let the details sink in.

After taking another drink, he proceeds to conclude his story. "The Doom Lord fell to his knees there before me. Bleeding from a wound delivered by a child. The mighty Doom Lord used magic to flee from the battle lest he be killed because of the actions of a brave little girl!" Antonio finishes his drink and leans back against the bar with finality. "What do you say to that?!"
Gedd
 player, 452 posts
 Half-orc archer
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Sat 22 Jul 2017
at 15:32
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
The half-orc leaning at the bar had listened attentively throughout Antonio's tale and as the performance came to an end he grinned at the half-elf whispering to the waitress, Winnie. He started to applaud.

"Well done, friend! An excellent tale, that much we must surely agree. I hope you managed to look after the little girl and keep her safe after such an adventure. Did you capture the pirate's ship or did they manage to escape after the Doom Lord fled? Come join us for another drink and tell us more."

He slides a couple of coins across the bar to the Halfling bartender to pay for the stranger's next drink.
Berta Roth
 player, 414 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Sun 23 Jul 2017
at 07:06
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"I think you were right ... they were terrible pirates !"  Berta grins broadly, raising her cup in salute to Antonio.  "Though lucky for you that they were no better, else you'd not be here to tell the tale !"

"This Doom Lord, though ..." for a change the warrior woman seems quite serious, even going to far as to set down her cup "... you were lucky indeed to escape his clutches, for it seems even death cannot hold him for long.   I've heard, from an impeccable source, that Geron's head and body parted ways a long time ago ... but truly I do not dispute your account, for the same source also spoke of the rumours of his return, aye, and of his ship and Asper Bay !"

"You've earned that drink my friend !"
Antonio de la Vega
 player, 120 posts
 Human
 Dashing Swordsman
Sun 23 Jul 2017
at 14:39
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Seeing his drinks starting to add up, Antonio finishes the first and signals for another. He moves over slightly so that he is standing near the half-orc and the human woman, though in the small space that isn't very far. "Oh yes, the girl made it back here to Valarez safe and sound though it wasn't for the Doom Lord's lack of trying. He fled using magic that caused his entire ship to disappear from under us. I am not a poor swimmer, but being in the Asper Bay with a great gash in one's leg would be difficult for even a champion swimmer I think. Still, our own ship was at hand and they managed to get us out before we all drowned." He chuckles as though the near death experience were just a little joke.

He then bursts out with a true guffaw at Berta's joke. "Aye, here's to terrible pirates!" As she grows serious, only the swordsman's eyes show that he is lending due gravity to her words. "Truth be told, I never got a good look at his face. He was so well hidden in armor that it might have been any hulking Drow pirate, but I doubt it. If he has survived decapitation, then I fear we will continue to hear from him after this piddling encounter." At this moment however the joviality returns to his voice and he grins broadly. "Fortunately, from this point forward it will be with a greatly reduced reputation. The title of Doom Lord is less impressive when everyone knows that you've been forced to flee from a child."

This message was last edited by the player at 14:44, Sun 23 July 2017.

Gedd
 player, 453 posts
 Half-orc archer
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Sun 23 Jul 2017
at 15:17
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Gedd scowls unhappily as more details unfold.

"It is starting to sound like some sort of haunted pirate ship with the ghost of the Doom Lord captaining it. Maybe you need a powerful priest with you if you even see it again. There's only so much that steel can do against the spirit world. I'm glad my place is here on solid ground!"
Wyn Roth
 player, 692 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 Adoptive Dragonkin
Sun 23 Jul 2017
at 15:28
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Wyn's eyes narrow as he hears the tale and throws a glance at Winnie.  He'd heard a tale about a small girl who wanted to wield a gunpowder pistol before.   "And the small child was called?" He asks de le Vega.
Berta Roth
 player, 415 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Mon 24 Jul 2017
at 12:43
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Berta hooks a stool with her foot and waves Antonio towards it.  "Here ... have a seat - especially if your leg pains you, or have you had that taken care of ?"  Like most who make their living by the blade, the warrior-woman has a rather cavalier attitude to the cuts and gashes and worse that are part and parcel of her trade, though having a brother who can call on the divine for succor is both a literal godsend and not something she will ever take for granted.

"You are right," Berta muses.  "It must gall this Doomlord, whether he cares for reputation or no.  The child will need to be ..." she breaks off as she hears the tone in Wyn's voice as he poses his question.

"Hearth would be very interested in this tale," she glances to Gedd.

The warrior-woman falls silent a moment, cup now forgotten as something in Antonio's tale jogs loose a recent memory.

"Claire's words ... looking out over the water shortly after we met Maeve.  Something about waves and bodies ... and 'he is not who he seems' and ... 'his head' ??"

Berta sounds most uncertain about this last, looking to Wyn who undoubtedly had better recall of such things than she.
Wyn Roth
 player, 693 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 Adoptive Dragonkin
Mon 24 Jul 2017
at 13:16
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Wyn shrugs, "I wasn't really paying attention to Claire then, because I was talking to Maeve.  However, I seem to recall  something about a sea of dead and  her not seeing inside his head?"

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DM
 GM, 2232 posts
Mon 24 Jul 2017
at 13:47
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
The crowd stays silent throughout the tale.  Many whisper in hushed tones at the conclusion.  A few even balk at the end claiming they don't believe a girl could accomplish the task.  Even those still show doubt and fear in their eyes and do not question Antonio about it.  Many continue to watch the exchange between the Roths and Antonio.
Winnie
 NPC, 41 posts
 bartender
 The White Dragon
Mon 24 Jul 2017
at 13:47
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"I think I heard something from Dru down at Pen and Ink about a girl.  A bounty hunter brought her in after something terrible happened at her home.  A gunslinger, brimmed hat and all.  Stephanie maybe?"
Wyn Roth
 player, 694 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 Adoptive Dragonkin
Mon 24 Jul 2017
at 13:54
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Wyn nods at Winnie's memories and then glances out across the room.  For a moment a frown creases his brow, but then he grins broadly and leaps to his feet.  "Perhaps a little music to lighten the atmosphere?" he half asks his potential audience.

Without waiting for a response, he twiddles his fingers until a flute appears in his hands and then launches into an upbeat melody.
Berta Roth
 player, 416 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Mon 24 Jul 2017
at 14:11
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Berta eyes Wyn, nodding as he leaps up.  "I think we're scaring our patrons with such tales of terror," she leans closer to Antonio and Gedd.  "And rumour spreads like wildfire in this city."

"Perhaps more derring-do and lest damned doom and gloom, eh ?" she grins, beginning to thump her hand on the bar in accompaniment to her elder brother's tune.
Antonio de la Vega
 player, 123 posts
 Human
 Dashing Swordsman
Mon 24 Jul 2017
at 22:39
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Antonio nods solemnly at Gedd's observations about the limits of steel. "It is sadly true. My sword cannot compare to magic and the gods. I failed to mention the true tragedy of this encounter which was the unfortunately loss of my favorite hat to a blasted fire spell." He sighs dramatically at this and takes a long drink as he moves to take the proffered seat next to Berta.

He doesn't seem to limp or make any sign of pain as he moves. In fact, he is if anything overly spry. "I am suffering the longer healing process in the hopes of generating an impressive scar. It always helps a story to have a good visual aid and I am sure I will be telling this one for the rest of my life. Never let it be said that I did not suffer for my art." He listens to the vague conversation between Berta and Wyn, but without the context to understand it, he focuses mostly on finishing his drink and signaling for another.

Antonio raises his voice a little when he replies to Winnie's musings so the whole room can just hear what he says. Would you believe that I cannot for the life of me remember the young lady's name? All that excitement and everyone kept calling her 'Little Miss' and it has slipped my memory. I feel quite certain it did not start with an 's' however. No, I want to say it was 't' something..." He winks at the barmaid and immediately jumps onto the opportunity for music and a change of subject. He nods at Berta's observation and hums along to the song as he starts on his third drink.
Winnie
 NPC, 42 posts
 bartender
 The White Dragon
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 12:30
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Winnie gives Antonio a half smile before responding.  "Yes!  That's it swordsman.  It was Theresa.  How could I forget, the bounty hunter brought her here for a safe night of rest one night.  We often get semi-celebrities at the Dragon's Den.  You never know who you may see." She says the last bit loud enough to be heard over the music hoping to add some free advertising in with the tales and tunes.  +

She leans in close to Antonio after.  "Regardless, this is a tale my cousin would be interested in hearing.  Perhaps I could set up a time for you to meet Hearth and Kezra here later."
Berta Roth
 player, 417 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 13:05
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Berta leaves off the beat for a moment to clap Antonio on the shoulder.  "A scar, eh ?  Good man !  And at least the hat did not die in vain, for it gave its all in defence of your locks - a scar is one thing - burned patches and blisters on your head quite another !"

The warrior-woman's own flame-red tresses are matted and tangled, moreso than usual after a few nights in the woods ... it is not so sure that the same is true for her !

Grinning at Winnie's sales pitch, Berta sobers as, well it's hard to think of her as merely a barmaid, in much the same way that Wilric will never be just the barman to her, though he's proved a dab hand at pouring the drinks and keeping the customers happy.  Nevertheless, Berta listens quite seriously as Winnie makes her request of Antonio.

"Please do - the tale will out anyway, but far better it come first hand.  I believe it could be very important.  We Roths are on good terms with the pair - indeed, we but recently bought this fine establishment from the Councilwoman's family."
Antonio de la Vega
 player, 126 posts
 Human
 Dashing Swordsman
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 13:28
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Antonio raises an eyebrow at the suggestion, seems to consider, and then nods. "That isn't a bad idea. I had thought that since Councilor Mud was aware that would naturally mean that the entire council would know, but given that it's Councilor Mud it may be necessary to tell someone else." He takes a sip of his drink and his eyes twinkle mischieviously. "That and we shall test Councilor Callie's memory. Let us see if she remembers me or not. Yes, if it is not too much trouble, please set up a meeting and I will gladly tell them what I know."

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Berta Roth
 player, 418 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 13:41
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
The mention of Councillor Mud brings a sour look to Berta's face that has her reaching for her cup as if a drink might clear the taste of his name away.

"Aye," she agrees with Antonio's assessment.  "I fear that Mud's first concern may not always be the good of the city."

"Unfortunately we have business of our own to conduct, so we probably won't be here to chaperone you," she grins broadly at the swordsman.  "But please do give the pair our best regards."

The warrior-woman takes another sip from her cup, displeased to find it's the last, but waves away any offer of another.  "Just the one for me, alas - as I say, we've that business to attend to, so I'll want a clear head."
DM
 GM, 2239 posts
Thu 27 Jul 2017
at 15:04
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Wilric, the halfing behind the bar, clears the empty mugs from the bar and begins cleaning them.

Antonio, when you're ready and the Roths have left you can post with a time jump to tonight.
Karon
 player, 481 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 28 HP 65/65 F+7R+9W+4
Thu 27 Jul 2017
at 15:22
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
The big Hobgoblin ranger walks in (possibly with others in tow) looking somewhat tired. He looks for a table and spots Wilric behind the bar in surprise. He looks around to see if his favorite female warrior is in.

Perception 17.

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Wyn Roth
 player, 696 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 Adoptive Dragonkin
Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 06:45
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Seeing Karon come into the bar, Wyn breaks from his flute tune, twiddles the instrument around in his fingers until it becomes a trumpet - and launches into a heroic fanfare to welcome this new adventurer into the room.

"May I introduce, Karon.  Riddle Champion of Valarez and darts master par excellence ..." then more softly  "We have all been telling tales of our most recent adventures."  With that the half-elf takes his opportunity to leave Karon center stage and head back to the bar, Winnie and his drink.