LOCATION : The Dragon's Den (Under New Management)   Posted by DM.Group: 0
Antonio de la Vega
 player, 130 posts
 Human
 Dashing Swordsman
Tue 1 Aug 2017
at 01:24
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Antonio has just wrapped up a tale involving two clumsy dockworkers when Kalroth enters. He waves his companion towards an empty table in the corner before responding to his question. "Well, I can't remember if I mentioned it or not, but I used to work for Councilor Callie before I struck out on my own. So I know her to a degree, but to tell the truth I don't really know what to expect or when she might arrive." He makes a lazy survey of the room as though disinterested, before returning his eyes to Kalroth. "Also, I have been advised by the owners not to 'talk shop' as it were in front of the patrons. So we'd best keep to ourselves until the Councilor arrives and gives better instructions. Barrett stopped by but I think he has history with one of the owners. And not in a good way."

In an attempt to change the subject, Antonio eyes Kalroth more critically. "Well it doesn't take magic to see that you're uncomfortable in places like this. Have a drink to take the edge off if you like, but I wouldn't worry overmuch about fitting in."
Berta Roth
 player, 424 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Tue 1 Aug 2017
at 05:56
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Berta grins broadly as Antonio sobers quickly at her threat of a kiss.  "Now there's a gentleman," she informs Karon, one hand up to ward the hobgoblin off, the other with finger raised and pointing at the dashing swordsman ... though her gaze is now on Wyn as he confronts Barrett, loosing her breath as the latter chooses to leave.  "I suggest you pay him close attention," she tells Karon, dismissively, if absently.

"It's quieter at O'Malley's," she tells her brothers ruefully as they leave.  "Do we just attract trouble ?  Wilric will be pleased to see the back of us !"

"And didn't that fellow who shot you owe you a drink ... ?"
Malgrom
 player, 204 posts
 Hobgoblin Ranger
 Known Around Town
Tue 1 Aug 2017
at 08:55
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Malgrom walks in, tired from sorting out what he came across in the tunnels. He fins a spot at the bar and simply asks, "Ale please."
DM
 GM, 2243 posts
Thu 3 Aug 2017
at 03:28
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
The patrons appreciate all of the drama, tales, and jokes.  By nightfall the bar is packed with customers hoping to see more.  They get their wish as Councilwoman Kezra enters.
Kezra Callie
 NPC, 99 posts
 council member
 Valarez
Thu 3 Aug 2017
at 03:28
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Kezra, as usual, has a blue bandana up over her face.  She makes her way to the bar but does not sit.  Instead she catches Winnie's eye.  The barmaid nods to Antonio.  "Let's talk somewhere with less ears."  She tells those who are here to see her.  She waves for you to follow and starts up the stairs to the second floor.
Antonio de la Vega
 player, 132 posts
 Human
 Dashing Swordsman
Thu 3 Aug 2017
at 13:23
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Antonio is on feet feet and standing as though at attention as soon as the Councilor enters. When she motions for him to follow, he nods and proceeds imediately up the stairs after her without a word.
Karon
 player, 486 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 28 HP 65/65 F+7R+9W+4
Thu 3 Aug 2017
at 13:51
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Karon makes his way over to Wilric. "How deep have I dug my hole, would you say?" Karon takes a sip of ale, and sighs. "Let the Roths know, when you see them? There might be a Devil loose from the Temple of Vendainerad that we discovered beneath Valarez. Something killed our buddy, leaving infernal wounds and draining him of blood. Tell Berta to be careful, because clerical magic doesn't close those wounds."
Kalroth Beastrunner
 player, 259 posts
 forest guide
 human?
Thu 3 Aug 2017
at 15:41
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Seeing Antonio standing and heading upstairs, Kalroth finishes his drink and follows.
DM
 GM, 2245 posts
Fri 4 Aug 2017
at 03:30
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Wilric nods to Karon. "I think you're okay still.  I'm not an expert on women, especially human women, but they seem to hold a grudge and not live by the forgive and forget adage.  Maybe a peace offering?"

"I'm sorry to hear about your friend.  I'll let them know.  Makes me glad I got out of the adventuring game.  One dragon ride too many for me.  I don't even want to get into escaped demon territory."

Kezra Callie
 NPC, 100 posts
 council member
 Valarez
Fri 4 Aug 2017
at 03:30
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Kezra walks down the hall of the second floor.  She stops at the second door on the left and waves her hand in front of it.  Grasping the doorknob she opens the door.  It swings away from the wall but instead of a room behind the door there is only solid wall.  The door slams flat against the wall beside where it started.  Kezra swings the door a second time back to it's original position.  On the third opening A small room with dark red wooden walls is revealed.  She motions for you to enter.

----> To new thread.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:58, Sun 06 Aug 2017.

Poppy Pleasance
 NPC, 11 posts
Sat 19 Aug 2017
at 15:39
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
The gnome pushes the door open  and walks across to the bar, her heels clicking loudly with every step.  Setting the case she carries up against the side of the bar, she climbs up onto the step put out for people of a shorter persuasion and calls for a drink.

"Half a Poacher's please."

This message was last edited by the player at 15:40, Sat 19 Aug 2017.

DM
 GM, 2270 posts
Sat 19 Aug 2017
at 18:00
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Wilric slides the gnome's drinks down the bar to her with a smile.  He attempts to pour on the charm with some small talk.  Whether his goal is a bigger tip or the gnome's attention isn't entirely clear.

Winnie hides a smirk.
Poppy Pleasance
 NPC, 12 posts
Sat 19 Aug 2017
at 18:26
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Poppy takes a careful look at the glass, just in case Willric is trying to distract her from the ale.  Once she has sure it has been filled properly, she slides the right money across the bar.  As she reaches out to take a sip of drink, Willric can see that her  hands and fingers are heavily discolored, and the nails are trimmed short.

"Not bad." she opines.
DM
 GM, 2272 posts
Sat 19 Aug 2017
at 19:35
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"Thanks.  What line of work are you in Miss..."  Wilric fishes for her name.
Poppy Pleasance
 NPC, 13 posts
Sat 19 Aug 2017
at 20:04
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"Pleasance.  Poppy Pleasance.  And I am a brewer, after a fashion." The gnome replies hesitantly, before asking  "I heard you had some entertainments going on in here?"
Folfast Balhon
 NPC, 1 post
Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 05:25
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
A dishevelled figure stomps down the stairs that lead to the guest rooms above, careless of the noise from his heavy footfalls.

Stretching and yawning, the large man looks blearily about the common room, his unattractive face settling into a grimace of disappointment when he sees his favourite table unoccupied, denying him the opportunity to castigate and evict the interloper.

Poppy's words, however give him pause.

"Entertainment Entertainment, madam ?  If you perchance are referring to the celebrations of high art that the patrons of this fine establishment are oft times privileged to witness, then yes, the siren call that drew you hence did not mislead you !"

"Folfast is the name.  Folfast Balhon.  Author, poet, playwright.  Undoubtedly you have heard of me," he waves away any response.

"My usual, if you would be so kind !" he calls out to Winnie, dipping his head respectfully to that worthy as he points his finger towards his table.

"Good evening, madam," he does similar service to Poppy.

This message was last updated by the player at 05:30, Sun 20 Aug 2017.

Karon
 player, 500 posts
 Hobgoblin Manhunter
 AC 28 HP 65/65 F+7R+9W+4
Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 05:39
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
In reply to DM (msg # 530):

Karon replies "Good advice. I'll try to come up with something. Well, I have a meeting to get to with that lady reporter. Best not to be late." He rises and nods as he makes his way to the door. Before he goes, though, he turns and addresses the new face..."Bombast, did you say? How very appropriate!" With that shot across the bow delivered, Karon makes his way out to O'Malleys  (continued in that thread).
Poppy Pleasance
 NPC, 14 posts
Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 05:42
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Poppy's face drops a bit as Folfast introduces himself and becomes a bit wary as he nods and points to his table.  Too many old men had tried things on with the young gnome girl in the past for her not to be, at least a bit, wary.

"I had heard there was music." The young Gnome says as she follows Folfast across the room, her heavy shoes clicking loudly every time her heels hit the ground.   Then she holds up the case she put by side of the bar and adds, "I even brought my board with me."
Folfast Balhon
 NPC, 2 posts
 Author, poet & playwright
 Guest at the Dragon's Den
Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 06:02
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Though the gesture was meant for Winnie, Folfast shows no surprise as Poppy follows him, though he does raise a brow at her revelation.

"You play ?" he asks, not at all unkindly, his gaze flicking from gnome to the case and back again.  "I myself but dabble," to the accompaniment of an expansive gesture with his hand as if to wave away any protests from the other patrons that he is far too modest.  "The fiddle is my instrument ... yet first and foremost I am a crafter of words !"

"You favour the ... washboard ?" he asks Poppy with interest.
Poppy Pleasance
 NPC, 15 posts
Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 06:41
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"Yes indeed.  Back up in the Hamtops the board is fairly common." Poppy says as she opens the bag to pull out a small washboard, complete with brass ribs, an Iron plate and a copper bell.  "I made this one myself," she says proudly as she reaches into the bag for a set of thimbles. "Well not the frame,  but the rest of it", she clarifies as the thimbles are fitted to her fingertips.

Setting the board on her lap, she runs the thimbles down the slats, creating the traditional whirring noise, before tapping the bell to punctuate the musical phrase.
Folfast Balhon
 NPC, 3 posts
 Author, poet & playwright
 Guest at the Dragon's Den
Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 13:52
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"Authentic indeed," Folfast murmurs.  Unable to lay claim to any great skill in the fashioning of musical instruments himself, it seems the master of the quill is most impressed by the gnome's skill.

"Will you favour us with a tune, good lady ?" he asks in uncharacteristic low tones, allowing Poppy the opportunity to refuse with good grace without suffering the clambering of the masses.
Poppy Pleasance
 NPC, 16 posts
Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 14:19
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"Or perhaps I could accompany you instead?" Poppy suggests  "A wash board isn't really a solo instrument, rather a basic rhythm section in support of a fiddle or a whistle ..." she reminds the senior musician, and then adds    "... Or at least, I am not of a standard to make it a good solo lead instrument."

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 14:20, Sun 20 Aug 2017.

Folfast Balhon
 NPC, 4 posts
 Author, poet & playwright
 Guest at the Dragon's Den
Mon 21 Aug 2017
at 13:35
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"Hah ! " the large man exclaims, slapping his hand upon the table.  "Never let it be said that Folfast e'er shirked from a challenge !"

"You know the Man and the Maid ?  It matters not, just follow my lead !"

"Winnie !  Fetch me my fiddle and Poppy and I shall raise the rafters !"
Poppy Pleasance
 NPC, 17 posts
Mon 21 Aug 2017
at 13:44
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"Is that one of those naughty songs?" Poppy asked.  "I was warned about those when I left the mountains."

"Mind you, I haven't heard one yet." She adds a bit wistfully, as she slips the washboard  strap over her head and puts thimbles on the fingers of her other hand.
Folfast Balhon
 NPC, 5 posts
 Author, poet & playwright
 Guest at the Dragon's Den
Mon 21 Aug 2017
at 13:51
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"Fear not, good lady it is but an innocent ditty - enough to whet the appetite for more.   When the goodwives and sober men are all abed and the ale flows free - that's when one must satiate the lusts of the addled mob with songs and tunes to stir the blood !"

"My fiddle !  Bring me my fiddle !"