LOCATION : The Dragon's Den (Under New Management)   Posted by DM.Group: 0
Berta Roth
 player, 419 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Sat 29 Jul 2017
at 06:06
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
With Wyn's impromptu trumpet flourish, Berta can hardly fail to notice Karon's entrance, nor that the big Hobgoblin seems to be scanning the room, looking for someone.  With a wicked grin on her face, the warrior-woman winks at Wilric and Antonio as she slides gracefully down from her stool and silently slips away ...

"KARON BOUNTYHUNTER, YOU UGLY OLD TROLL !  YOU GOT THAT LAST STRING YET ?"

Standing right behind the Hobgoblin ranger, Berta greets him loudly, but despite her words, clasps him in a one handed hug once he turns around.

"Glad to see you're numbered among the living," the warrior-woman grins as she lets Karon go.  "Hope you haven't been practicing with your darts !  I want to win next time !"

Dragging Karon to the bar she fishes out a few coins and places them on the counter.  "Just him," she tells Wilric.  "You've caught us on our way out the door," she tells the hobgoblin, eyeing the cup with no little regret.  "Work.  But at least you can have a drink on me and catch up with Wilric."

OOC: Stealth 32
Karon
 player, 482 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 28 HP 65/65 F+7R+9W+4
Sat 29 Jul 2017
at 07:41
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Before she can leave, he returns the hug saying "mind some company? You're the only reason I came here in the first place." He points at her new tattoo. In a soft voice he adds  "Friend of yours? Just ran into him and his hoard."
Berta Roth
 player, 420 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Sat 29 Jul 2017
at 13:35
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Berta muses over Karon's offer to join them, but finally shakes her head.  "Not our secrets to tell," she tells the Hobgoblin in a low voice. "And with any luck, this job calls for subtlety, not swords.  Quite frankly this pair," she smiles at Wyn and Gedd, "are only letting me come because I'm family - much as I'd like to stay here and down an ale or three !"

She glances towards Antonio with a smile as Karon questions her about him. "Honestly ?  Only just met him, but it seems we have some things in common ... and yes, I think he could be a friend."
Karon
 player, 483 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 28 HP 65/65 F+7R+9W+4
Sat 29 Jul 2017
at 14:28
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Pointing to her tattoo, Karon whispers "I was  talking about the green dragon, silly woman."
Vun fain
 player, 304 posts
 Kitsune Scholar
 Beware Everything!
Sat 29 Jul 2017
at 14:57
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Vun came along as well, but he has business he will have to attend to later. He wonders how much scrubbing it will take to get the smell of the tunnels out of his fur. Maybe in private he might change shape to fix the problem, but that's a big maybe. He is quietly listening to Karon as he converses with Berta.
Antonio de la Vega
 player, 127 posts
 Human
 Dashing Swordsman
Sat 29 Jul 2017
at 23:47
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Antonio offers his greetings to the new arrivals, though at this point he is on his fourth ale and not quite as steady on his feet as he might otherwise be. As he stands, he recognizes this. "Well met sir. Antonio de la Vega at your service. You'll have to excuse me, I seem to have gotten somewhat caught up in the moment." He turns his head looking for Winnie and has to blink furiously as his vision swims slightly. "Do you think I could get a water? It won't do to have a meeting in this condition."
Gedd
 player, 454 posts
 Half-orc archer
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Sun 30 Jul 2017
at 05:44
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Gedd slides across closer to Karon so he can join in their quiet conversation.

"Do you mean a young green dragon who might call himself Roth? Yes, he is a friend of ours. I hope you didn't make the mistake of tampering with his hoard. That might bring his mother and you really don't want to run into her! What inspired you to go down there in the first place?" Gedd added quietly.
Wyn Roth
 player, 697 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 Adoptive Dragonkin
Sun 30 Jul 2017
at 06:26
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"Enough of this here." Wyn hisses, remembering the way the clientele had 'turned' earlier.  "Either it is tales of 'Derring Do' away from the city or leave it until later."

Then he twiddles his fingers again, this time for some panpipes, and sets off around the bar playing a humorous melody.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:28, Sun 30 July 2017.

Berta Roth
 player, 421 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Sun 30 Jul 2017
at 06:29
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Rumours don't merely fly in this city, as much as permeate the very air !

"You heard about our tattoos ?" Berta shrugs, surprised but unconcerned, pleased even, patting her chain-covered shoulder as she responds to the Hobgoblin in equally quiet tones, nodding her head at Gedd's words in reply.

Her gaze flashes towards the Kitsune and waving her hand in a 'hold on' gesture to Karon, leans over to whisper in Wilric's ear.

This message was last edited by the player at 13:54, Sun 30 July 2017.

Gedd
 player, 455 posts
 Half-orc archer
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Sun 30 Jul 2017
at 13:17
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Ooc: It was Gedd that showed off his green dragon tattoo to everyone in the bar just after we entered today. See msg #468 in this thread.
Karon
 player, 484 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 28 HP 65/65 F+7R+9W+4
Sun 30 Jul 2017
at 14:08
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Karon gladly holds on.......to Berta. A smirk crosses his face. "That discussion can wait until you get back. Oh, but I've missed you, beautiful woman." He dares to kiss her, surprising both himself and the warrior-woman.
Wyn Roth
 player, 698 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 Adoptive Dragonkin
Sun 30 Jul 2017
at 14:37
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Karon's actions catch Wyn's attention, and the half-elf grimaces slightly - although that is difficult while playing the pan pipes. Sure that Berta and Gedd will sort any problems out peacefully, Wyn decided on distraction as the best thing for the customers.


Heading away from the Bar, Wyn leaps up onto a table, spins around to face audience and takes up that stance that an Actor uses to present a monologue - then clears his throat loudly.

Through the wonders of evolution

A grasshopper learned to speak.

So excited by his revelation

The grasshopper rushed off

To tell the first human

He could find

About his amazing discovery.

But when the first human

Happened along

He did not see

The little grasshopper

Standing in the path

Waving his tiny arms...

And the careless human

Lost in his thoughts

Stepped on the poor little grasshopper.

And all he

Could manage to say to the human

Was "ouch"

This message was last edited by the player at 14:42, Sun 30 July 2017.

Berta Roth
 player, 422 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Sun 30 Jul 2017
at 14:39
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Her fists clenching, Berta does her best to duck away from that kiss, ready to land a punch square on the Hobgoblin's nose should he prove too swift for her to avoid !

"I choose who to kiss ... or not !" the warrior-woman explains, quite affronted, leveling a threatening finger.  "If you're after some doxy, then you need look elsewhere !"
Karon
 player, 485 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 28 HP 65/65 F+7R+9W+4
Sun 30 Jul 2017
at 15:08
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"Never a doxy, dearest lady" Karon says as he avoids the blow. "But when we fought the devil and I thought I was going to die from infernal wounds, yours was the only face I thought of.
 The only regret I had in my life was not showing you my heart. Forgive my clumsy way of expressing myself."
Gedd
 player, 456 posts
 Half-orc archer
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 12:42
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Gedd doesn't say anything but he glares at Karon and slides closer to Berta and into Karon's line of sight so the hobgoblin can't help be reminded that he is there.
Berta Roth
 player, 423 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 13:49
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Being the object of someone's affections is a novelty for Berta and she can't help but laugh out loud, though her derision is that anyone might hold a candle for her, and not at Karon's earnestness.

"Should've concentrated more on the fight !" she chides the Hobgoblin with a grin, waving her hand to let Gedd know she's not angry, at least not that angry, not any more.  "Told you that dancing would get you in trouble !"

"He at least has the decency to get some scars to make himself prettier," she points her finger to Antonio.  "Perhaps I should kiss him ?!!"  Berta looks at the dashing swordsman appraisingly, trying to work out just how drunk he is, before shaking her head.

"I'm tired, I want another drink and am not going to ... and we're in danger of being late for our meeting.  I don't have time for games !"

"We're going now !" she tells Gedd and Wyn.
Antonio de la Vega
 player, 128 posts
 Human
 Dashing Swordsman
Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 15:40
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Antonio is in the process of cracking his neck to wake himself up when Berta makes her assertion. "Most unfortunately Berta, I am already spoken for. Perhaps while I am waiting around here I can endeavor to instruct your friend in some manners." He seems to catch the possible implication of his own statement as he says it and holds up a finger. "That is to say, in the sense of actual, verbal instruction. Not the sense in which I normally instruct someone in manners, which is with my blade." He grins at Karon.

As the Roths begin to make their exit, he goes to tip his hat only to remember as he does so that it is hung on a peg by the door. He waves to them instead and sits back to wait for the arrival of the councilor.
Barrett
 player, 234 posts
 Bounty Hunter
Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 17:02
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Barrett entered The Dragon's Den in his usually grim mood. He had not liked the finality in which Mud had dismissed them, but the strange man's money was as good as any other and would be used well. Barrett had already started buying the materials for his new projects. Seeing Antonio he nods and virtually ignores the others. Instead he went to the bar and flagged down the barman. "A triple finger of whiskey and a single finger, thank you," he asked as he made for his purse, the revolver on his hip and bandoleer of bullets strapped around him.

When he got what he was looking for and paid, Barrett down the triple in one slug and made for Antonio with the other. He sat down and smiled, "So, what can we do to put some mud in the good councilor's eye?"
Wyn Roth
 player, 699 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 Adoptive Dragonkin
Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 18:22
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"And that, Ladies and Gentlemen is why you never get in a conversation with a grass hopper.  Mind you, I once had a cricket as a friend, a little chap called Jimini ...." But keeping one eye on the potential trouble over by the bar, he spots Berta's decision to leave.

"... However, that story will have to wait until another day." he grins at his audience as he jumps down ready to join Gedd and Berta.  Just as he hears Barrett's comments up at the bar and remembers how well the clientele here listen, hear and probably remember.  Rolling his eyes at his siblings he wearily makes his way back to the bar.

"Gentlemen ..." he says with a broad smile and arms outstretched, "This is a convivial bar.  Good for a few drinks, some general conversation and maybe some light entertainment.  It isn't, however, the best place for you to discuss business.  O'Malley's is, by far, the best place for that.  You are more than welcome to come back here when you need a break from all of that thirsty adventuring work, and we will welcome you with open arms."

Then he leans in  closer and adds, much more quietly, "And this isn't the place to plot against the council, or any of its members.  You can rest assured that they WILL have observers in here.  Especially now it is under New, Roth Style, management."

Then he stands back and looks across at the bar,  "Wilric?  Will you give these gentlemen a drink on me ...  but please try and keep your fingers out of the man's whiskey."
Barrett
 player, 235 posts
 Bounty Hunter
Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 18:46
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Barrett looked up at the man and cocked an eyebrow. "It's an expression, friend, not treason. Actually, it's a toast. So unless you want to grab a drink and join us in regaling our encounter with the Doom Lord, which I am pretty sure you weren't there, to Councilor Callie, then this ain't your table," he said and looked to the barman as he finished his drink.

Barrett stands to retrieve his free drink and leans into whisper his own reply to Wyn, "I ain't aiming to bad mouth any council member in broad daylight, but I do wish one to know my displeasure. You and your family ain't the only ones with ears here and I know which one I am looking to hear me."

Barrett went to retrieve the drink and placed fresh coins on the bar. He turned to Wyn and raised a glass to him. "Here's mud in your eye, friend," Barrett said with a smile. "I appreciate the offer, but I don't take anything I haven't earned." He finished the drink and paid for another.
Wyn Roth
 player, 700 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 Adoptive Dragonkin
Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 19:13
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"Ah.  I am afraid you are wrong there, my friend.  It is my table.  Well at least part of it is.  So is the chair.  And that table over there.  Indeed, I own part of all of the tables.  My sister owns another part and Gedd, my brother, owns another part of that same table.  And so, actually, does Wilric, there, who just poured your drink.  He is our adoptive brother." Wyn says quietly but firmly.

"We don't just eat here, we bought into it, and as I said, it isn't as place for business.  If you want to irritate a councilor, any councilor, go somewhere else and do it."  And then he adds even more quietly "And the rest of the bar is owned by Councilor Callie's family.  This really isn't the place to shoot your mouth like that."

"And now, seeing as you have paid for your drinks, you can either leave or you can stay, and abide by the house rules.  Your choice old man."
Barrett
 player, 236 posts
 Bounty Hunter
Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 19:15
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Barrett nodded and left without another word.
Wyn Roth
 player, 701 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 Adoptive Dragonkin
Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 19:22
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Wyn watches the bounty hunter leave, and turns to the others that are gathered ther.  "I never did like him much," he says casually "Not since he shot me down in the caves." Then he looks around them with the grin back on his face, "But as I said, this isn't a place for working -  well not that type of work, anyway.  Catch you all later." he finishes with a cheery wave as he makes his way back towards his siblings.
Antonio de la Vega
 player, 129 posts
 Human
 Dashing Swordsman
Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 22:14
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
When Barrett enters and buys Antonio a drink, he holds onto it rather than downing it as the gunslinger proposes his toast. "Glad to see you got my message and decided to show up." He smiles broadly back at Barrett and maintains the smile as Wyn approaches and addresses them.  He watches somewhat helplessly as Barrett and Wyn spar and shakes his head as Barrett is out the door as soon as he arrived. He gives Wyn a non-committal, semi-apologetic shrug as the Roths take their leave.

Turning back to Wilric he gives a rueful smile. "Never a dull day in Valarez eh?" As he waits for night to come Antonio tells several stories to the bar's crowd though he keeps these light and humorous. He also refrains from having any more to drink than the single finger of whiskey Barrett bought and instead soothes his throat with water as he waits for the councilor to arrive with a great uncertainty prompted by Wyn's final words.

Perform(Comedy): 17

-----Time skip to the evening-----

Kalroth Beastrunner
 player, 257 posts
 forest guide
 human?
Tue 1 Aug 2017
at 01:01
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
As the sun sinks low in the sky, Kalroth walks through the Den's door. He gives a nod to the bartender, but holds off on buying a drink till he knows what the evening's schedule entails. Taking a moment to look around, he spies Antonio in the room and heads over. "Evening. Any idea what to expect? Or when?" Cities were not Kalroth's strong suit, nor the social establishments. Give him a quiet forest any day. Still, recent work made Antonio a companion, if not a friend, and he had asked for Kalroth's presence and possibly assistance. A friend's request, even just a potential one's, is not something to dismiss lightly.