LOCATION : The Dragon's Den (Under New Management)   Posted by DM.Group: 0
Poppy Pleasance
 NPC, 18 posts
Mon 21 Aug 2017
at 13:56
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"Maybe that's why I haven't heard one yet." The gnome ponders as she runs her fingers along the ribs of the board and taps the bell.

"Marta thinks I should be home before things get that interesting."
Folfast Balhon
 NPC, 6 posts
 Author, poet & playwright
 Guest at the Dragon's Den
Mon 21 Aug 2017
at 14:07
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Folfast waves aside Poppy's concerns as his fiddle appears.  "Ah, but the interest is the thing !" he tells her as he settles his fiddle and sets bow to strings.

"Now ..."

"1, 2, 3 ..."

THE MAN AND THE MAID

Oh, a man loved a maid
And the maid did smile
And her smile was a look of pure delight
And her smile was ray of pure sunlight
And she smiled at the man
And the man grew bold
So bold, so bold, so I have been told
And he offered his hand
To the maid with the smile
And they danced and they danced and they danced a while
And the music soared
As the band played on
And the board did tap and roll and strum
And the fiddle did drone and pluck and hum
And the pipes did rise to the beat of the drum
And the maid loved the man
So they went to the church
And they danced and they danced right down the aisle
And the priest said the words
As they stood hand in hand
The happiest pair in all the land
And they smiled and they danced
Their whole lives long ...
And the Poacher's flowed all around, all around
And the Poacher's flowed all around !



With his fiddle wedged under his chin as he sings, Folfast struggles to hold note in either his instrument or indeed the song itself, but at the conclusion seems much satisfied with his efforts on both parts ... and Poppy's contribution of course !
Poppy Pleasance
 NPC, 19 posts
Mon 21 Aug 2017
at 14:20
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Poppy listens to the first few chords and then, tentatively,  joins in.  Soon she has a simple rhythm going, matching Folfast's  tune and lyrics, although some of the bell and block taps seem a touch late.

"I haven't heard that one before, but its a nice song ..." she admits, perhaps trying to explain the mediocrity of her playing "... but I'll be better next time."
Poppy Pleasance
 NPC, 19 posts
Tue 22 Aug 2017
at 13:53
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"This was always one of my favourites." Poppy says hesitantly, and starts out on an old childhood classic.  She sets the rhythm patterns up, giving Folfast plenty of time to join in if he know the tune, and then sings softly ...


Oh, when I was a little kid I never liked to eat,
Mama'd put things on my plate, I'd dump them on her feet,
But then one day she made this soup, I ate it all in bed,
I asked her what she put in it, and this is what she said:

“Chicken lips and lizard hips and alligator eyes.
Monkey legs and buzzard eggs and salamander thighs.
Rabbit ears and camel rears and tasty toe-nail pies.
Stir them all together, it's Mama's Soup Surprise!"

I went into the bathroom and stood beside the sink,
I said, "I'm feeling slightly ill, I think I'd like a drink.”
 Mama said "I've just the thing, I'll get it in a wink,
It's full of dirty water, and other things that stink.”

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Folfast Balhon
 NPC, 7 posts
 Author, poet & playwright
 Guest at the Dragon's Den
Tue 22 Aug 2017
at 13:49
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Folfast ponders.  "It needs the full ensemble and goes better, as the verse suggests, when the ale is free-flowing ..."

As Poppy begins to tap and strum her washboard, the big man listens carefully, fiddle in one hand bow in the other, until he picks up the rhythm.

Slotting the instrument's rest beneath his chin, he confidently sets the bow to the strings, smiling broadly at the lyrics.
Winnie
 NPC, 44 posts
 bartender
 The White Dragon
Tue 22 Aug 2017
at 16:13
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Wilric looks on in disappointment as the gnome leaves the bar to follow to the old man.  He pours Folfast's regular drink and hands it to Winnie.

Winnie delivers Folfast's drink with a smile and a compliment.  "Brilliant as always."  As she turns she gives Poppy a wink.  "I haven't heard that one since I was a small girl.  Well played, Miss Pleasance.  Incidentally, if you need some instruction in the content of a ribald nature I'm sure Wilric over there would be happy to teach you."

"Folfast, play it loud.  My cousin is upstairs.  Now's your chance to impress her, maybe earn a regular commission.  Or at the very least convince her to grace us with a dance."

Poppy Pleasance
 NPC, 21 posts
Tue 22 Aug 2017
at 16:43
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"Really?  A dance?  I have my dancing shoes on."  Poppy says excitedly clicking her heels sharply against the floor a few times.

Then something makes he pause.  "Your cousin?  Does he work here as well?"

This message was last edited by the player at 17:14, Sat 21 Oct 2017.

Folfast Balhon
 NPC, 9 posts
 Author, poet & playwright
 Guest at the Dragon's Den
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 06:30
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Folfast grins at Winnie's words, nodding his thanks as he accepts the cup of ale.  "Impress her ?  More like to greatly annoy the good Councilwoman !  I'd not irk the Lady for all the ale that's flowed beneath this hallowed roof !"

"Perhaps we should set our instruments aside for a moment ?" he suggests to Poppy. "Now we've whetted the appetite of these drunken sots," he smiles broadly and raises his cup to toast the regular patrons, as is his wont.

"This Lady's praises are to be valued," he tells Poppy, "she herself is quite an accomplished singer.  Perhaps you might join us later ?" he begs Winnie.

"You will, of course, perform here with us this evening ?" he asks Poppy, warming to the idea.  "The more discerning of our guests must not be deprived of our talents !"

"You'd not want to miss out on all those naughty songs," he whispers to the gnome with a theatrical wink.  "Wilric's not the only one who knows a bawdy song or two."
Poppy Pleasance
 NPC, 22 posts
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 09:08
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
”Your cousin is a Council Woman?” Poppy asks,  her mouth half dropping open before  she drags it shut again  ”That's like being a Lady?  Isn't it?”  She asks, exposing her status as a country girl who has only recently arrived in the city.

”And you can sing as well?  That’s great.”  She grins at Winnie.  ”And will you sing with us?” she continues excited to be making new friends - then her face drops.  ”I will have to ask Miss Marta if I am allowed out this evening.  She seems to think that apprentices, especially female apprentices, should be home at a reasonable time.”

This message was last edited by the player at 09:29, Fri 25 Aug 2017.

Winnie
 NPC, 45 posts
 bartender
 The White Dragon
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 20:49
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Winnie blushes at the idea of singing in front of a crowd.  "I know a few tunes if I have to sing, but I'm no entertainer.  Miss Marta?  From Pen and Ink?  I'm sure you could persuade her to at the very least come along with you for an hour or two.  Get a break from that dark cold tower.  Warm up a bit with some Poacher's Pale perhaps?"

"Folfast has a point.  It's much easier to annoy my cousin than impress her.  I believe she does hold the title Lady, but not in Valarez.  The council is more like the highest tier of a professional organization than royalty.  Some of the most talented in the areas of magic, military tactics, or economics for example."
  Winnie explains to Poppy.
Poppy Pleasance
 NPC, 23 posts
Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 21:17
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"Oh, go on.  It'll be fun ..." Poppy encourages her new friend "We can sing some of those silly songs like Mama's Soup Surprise, I am sure we will be able to find a couple we both know.  And I am sure Folfast will join in too.  Won't you Folfast?  It will be fun," she  pleads enthusiastically.

"I don't know so much about Miss Marta, she can be very formal, I'm not sure that she likes to be seen with me.  The one time I saw her in O'Malleys she sent me home.  I'll ask Dru to come with me, she can be a bit more lively.  And she might even join in." Although the thought of that makes Poppy smile, for some reason.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 08:05, Sat 26 Aug 2017.

Folfast Balhon
 NPC, 10 posts
 Author, poet & playwright
 Guest at the Dragon's Den
Sat 26 Aug 2017
at 06:42
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"I do not judge a Lady by the small matter of her birth and breeding," Folstaff casually discards any technical definition in favour of his own interpretation.

"Miss Marta might not fully appreciate such playful airs as the Ballad of Bishop Brugar," he accepts Poppy's opinion without question.

"It is settled then," any objections Winnie might have are similarly ignored. "Tonight we three stalwarts of the symphony shall regale the crowds with the delights of our music !"
Winnie
 NPC, 46 posts
 bartender
 The White Dragon
Sun 27 Aug 2017
at 01:26
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Winnie opens her mouth to object but instead just sighs and accepts her fate.  "Until tonight."  She gives the pair a slow dramatic bow before heading off to deliver drinks.


The sound of footsteps on the stairs prompts one last remark.  "She can be very formal as well."

Several men who previously sat in the common room descend the stairs and exit.  Soon after Winnie's cousin, Councilwoman Kezra, follows suit.  She gives an inquisitive look toward Poppy and Folfast before heading for the door.
Poppy Pleasance
 NPC, 24 posts
Mon 28 Aug 2017
at 20:43
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Poppy waits until the men and Winnie's cousin leave, just so she can gawp at the 'lady' as she walks past.  Then she leaves her washboard behind the bar and heads back to the tower.

Returning some 30 minutes later she collects her board and says  "Jahi was there.  He said I could come out, but that I wasn't to leave until one of his guards came to escort me home."
Winnie
 NPC, 47 posts
 bartender
 The White Dragon
Mon 28 Aug 2017
at 22:54
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Overhearing from the bar Winnie smiles.  "Excellent news!  I'll keep an eye out for your escort, you focus on the music."  Winnie hides a mischievous look knowing full well Poppy would trust her with the task and not question when Winnie 'accidentally' misses the guard arrive for at least a good half an hour before pointing him out to the gnome.
DM
 GM, 2290 posts
Sat 2 Sep 2017
at 18:42
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
That night Wilric stands behind the bar cleaning shelves of bottles while Winnie helps Poppy and Folfast set up.
Borak Annanock
 player, 229 posts
 Oriad
 Cleric
Tue 5 Sep 2017
at 03:13
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Borak enters the Inn and steps up to the bar, and ask's Wilric. Have you seen any of the Roth's around ? and if not do you know how to get a message to Berta, Wyn or Gedd. If you can could you tell them that Borak, Marceline's friend would like to speak to them and that I'll be here waiting all night until closing,

After delivering his message, Borak gets a table beside the stage and orders himself a meal.
Wyn Roth
 player, 720 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 Adoptive Dragonkin
Tue 5 Sep 2017
at 06:33
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Not long after, Wyn makes his way back into The Dragons.  He smiles briefly at the two setting up on stage and makes his way up to the bar. Speaking quietly, he says  "Wilric, I need a glass of watered wine." he grins at the thought of teasing his sister "And Winnie, when Berta comes in, I need you to run up and give me a really big kiss on the cheek.  She tried to tell me that I can't have either this evening."

However, the sparkle in his eye, his grin and the quick flash of his tongue between his teeth, tell them that it is just sibling teasing rather than any real nastiness.

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Gedd
 player, 463 posts
 Half-orc archer
 and Not-Dragon-Slayer
Tue 5 Sep 2017
at 13:16
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Gedd follows close behind Wyn with his raven duNoir perched on his shoulder. Gedd says a quick hello to Winnie and Wilric then heads straight out back to the kitchen to find a few tasty scraps tidbits to feed duNoir.

When he comes back he joins Wyn and Wilric (and Berta, if she has arrived) at the bar. He whispers something to Wilric, clearly not wanting to be overheard.
Wyn Roth
 player, 721 posts
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
 Adoptive Dragonkin
Tue 5 Sep 2017
at 13:28
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Having reminded himself of the old man earlier, Wyn scans the bar quickly for Flessel.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 17:16, Sat 21 Oct 2017.

Berta Roth
 player, 430 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Tue 5 Sep 2017
at 13:57
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
"I'm here," Berta follows close on Gedd's heels, nodding a quick greeting to Wilric as she elects to wait by the door for her brothers.

Scanning the crowd, the warrior-woman sees Borak seated near the stage and raises her hand in greeting to the cleric, though she does not stir from her post.
Borak Annanock
 player, 231 posts
 Oriad
 Cleric
Tue 5 Sep 2017
at 20:49
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
When Borak see's Berta wave, he crosses the bar to where she stands by the door, and in a low whisper say's. On Marceline's suggestion I've come looking for the three of you. I have four personal journals that belonged to Malvese. I would like to turn them over to someone with the time to glean any important information they may contain. I'm worried about whom I can trust. Mar said I should give them to a Kezra Callie I believe she met this person through your family.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:13, Thu 07 Sept 2017.

Berta Roth
 player, 431 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Sat 9 Sep 2017
at 05:36
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Berta's bantering greeting dies on her lips as the import of Borak's words induces her to more subtle speech, and her voice, when she replies to the Cleric, is barely above a whisper.

"If they are indeed his journals, then you are right to be cautious ... but I trust the Councilwoman - she'll know whether they are genuine or not ... and if so, then she's the best person to entrust them to, for they may prove to be very important and you did well to locate them.  Kezra was supposed to be here earlier, but I don't know if she's left or not ..."

The warrior-woman looks around till she spots Winnie and beckons her over.

"Winnie is Kezra's cousin - she'll know if the Councilwoman is still here and if not might know where she's gone or at least can get an urgent message to her."

"I'd stay, or accompany you as needed, but my brothers and I are working on another assignment for Kezra," well, it's Hearth they're dealing with mostly this time, but Berta knows full well that he's but acting at Kezra's behest.
Borak Annanock
 player, 232 posts
 Oriad
 Cleric
Sat 9 Sep 2017
at 21:49
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
Then I will stay here at the table over there until the council women contacts me. Borak points over to the table beside the stage where he was sitting. I will stay until the bar closes if I have to I to have another job starting tomorrow, I do not wish to carry the books and the ledger I found at Malvese's house out to only the Mother knows where. Marceline is going to meet me here, if you could have the woman you spoke of, Winnie contact Kazera for me I would be in your debt Lady Roth.

After speaking to Berta Borak returns to his table, and attempts to get Winnie or a servers attention, so he can order a meal and some thing to drink,
Marceline
 player, 151 posts
 Changeling, but not lost
 Witch
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 03:12
Re: Chapter2 : The Dragon's Den
An hour after she'd left Borak at O'Malleys, Marceline enters the Dragon's Den, looking slightly disheveled and unimpressed. Looking around, she doesn't seem to spy any of the Roths but sees Borak and makes her way over, taking a seat opposite her companion.

"Are they here?" she asks.