LOCATION : The Dragon's Den (Under New Management)   Posted by DM.Group: 0
DM
 GM, 102 posts
Thu 13 Aug 2015
at 14:21
Chapter2 : The White Dragon
After fetching their supplies the group meets up at the White Dragon.  The surrounding area is mostly residential, homes of commoners who work in or around the city.  Many are the more common humanoid races you would find in other cities, humans, elves, halflings, etc.

The White Dragon looks like a typical bar.  Small and of older construction, it looks to be one of the original buildings in the city rather than something recently built like the majority of the construction.  The sign depicts a large white dragon similar to Kezra's tattoo.  The sign looks to be made by someone of much lesser artistic skill than the tattoo.

The door creaks as you enter the bar.  Compared to O'Malley's this bar is tiny.  Five or six tables line the right wall with a dozen stools lining the long bar at the left.  A young human man stands at the bar looking bored for lack of work.  A single patron drinks from a wooden mug at a near table while a young half-elven girl flirts with him, most likely trying to up her tip.  An older man sits in the far corner behind the bar.  His head down on his chest, he appears to be sleeping.
Gedd
 player, 18 posts
 Half-orc archer
Thu 13 Aug 2015
at 14:51
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Gedd looks around the room and nods cheerfully at any there that meet his eye.

"Ale all round?" he asks his companions. "It's my shout this time."

He pauses just long enough to confirm their preferences before heading to the bar to buy the drinks.
bartender
 NPC, 1 post
Thu 13 Aug 2015
at 15:07
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
The young man seems startled.

"You... you want a drink?  Ah, yeah.  No problem."  He stumbled around finding enough wooden mugs.  Struggling with the bottle he eventually opens it and pours a dark ale into each mug spilling almost as much on the bar.
Gedd
 player, 19 posts
 Half-orc archer
Thu 13 Aug 2015
at 15:34
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Gedd couldn't help himself. He laughed out loud at the young bartender's reaction.

"Must be a funny sort of bar if no one comes here to drink," he chuckles. "Tell me, friend, what else do folk do here? And how much do I owe you for these?" He waves a hand at the results of the bartender's efforts.
bartender
 NPC, 2 posts
Thu 13 Aug 2015
at 20:22
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
The bartender looks down at the bar embarrassed by his inexperience.

"Um, one..."  He looks over at the sleeping old man.  "... three silver?"  It comes out more of a question than a statement.

"Most folks just come to talk to one a the owners.  I think it's more an old dream than a real bar."
  He whispers to Gedd.
Wyn Roth
 player, 63 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Thu 13 Aug 2015
at 20:49
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Wyn catches the barman's glance towards the sleeping man and  half leans his back against the bar so that he can see into the body of the room.  "Interesting." he says after a sip of the ale  "Now I remember why I prefer wine." he adds with a slight frown towards his sister.

"However, that is somewhat Ironic." the bard continues "Seeing as we came here to ask you after the owners. A friend of Drix said you might be able to help us." he continues, adding the pass phrase they were given.
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 30 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Thu 13 Aug 2015
at 23:17
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Wilric accepted the offered ale... the house ale, more suitable for cleaning armor than drinking from the flavor... with a nod, alert to the room as Wyn provided the passphrase to gain them audience.

He was hardly noticeable to anyone that didn't realize he was here; in this case, his companions knew he was with them, and that was fine by him. He'd let the others do the lion's share of the talking.

Probably for the best anyways; the ale was astringent enough to melt his vocal cords.
Berta Roth
 player, 31 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Fri 14 Aug 2015
at 14:14
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"Because it costs more !" Berta ripostes to Wyn with a broad grin. "Gedd and I sup ale while you sip wine and it's us that ends up out of pocket !"

"Though it might be charitable to call this ale," she grimaces after taking a sip. "I guess they don't have much call for new barrels then," she surmises after the bartender's admission.

"It'll do," she shrugs, nodding her thanks to Gedd.
Gedd
 player, 21 posts
 Half-orc archer
Fri 14 Aug 2015
at 14:45
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"Ah, now that takes me back to happy times!" Gedd responds fondly after taking a deep swallow of the ale. "Just like the poachers used to brew it back home. Drink up. It'll do you good. It'll give you the strength you'll need where we are going next, or clean you right out, or help you sleep. Or all three!"

He fishes out a gold coin from his belt pouch and passes it to the young barman.
Berta Roth
 player, 33 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Sat 15 Aug 2015
at 06:43
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"City living has made us soft !" Berta snorts, acknowledging Gedd's reminiscence. "Aye," this time when she lifts her glass she takes a mouthful, swallowing quickly so that it is already down her gullet before her tastebuds have time to register complaint.  "Bracing," she agrees.

"You think there'd be a market for Poacher's Pale," she suggests.  "Among the more adventurous, at least."
Wyn Roth
 player, 65 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Sat 15 Aug 2015
at 07:32
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"Poachers is the reason I started drinking wine." Wyn concurs with a chuckle as he tries to keep an eye on the sleeping man, although his gaze is drawn more naturally to the girl flirting at the other table.

"Berta gets a bit whimsical occasionally." He confides to Wilric. "She has visions of living in a pub." Then there is a quick glance across to check his sister's  reaction as he continues his teasing "I think she has a fantasy of living upstairs and eating breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper in the bar.  Probably all served up by some hunk of a barman.

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Gedd
 player, 23 posts
 Half-orc archer
Sat 15 Aug 2015
at 09:54
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"Poacher's Pale, I like that!" Gedd chuckles.

"You got that, lad?" he asks the barman. "If anyone comes in and asks for Poacher's Pale, this is what you give them, right?"
Wilric Shadow-Wanderer
 player, 31 posts
 Silently Watching
 Silently Waiting...
Sat 15 Aug 2015
at 12:05
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"Poacher's Pale," Wilric muttered incredulously under his breath.  "So called because it takes all the color from your face, no doubt."  He took another swig. "Not as bad on second taste, probably because I lost my tastebuds from the first taste."
bartender
 NPC, 3 posts
Sat 15 Aug 2015
at 13:50
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"Uh, yes sir.  Poacher's Pale."

The boy takes the gold and passes Gedd's change back to him.

Hearing Wyn mention the phrase Kezra had given the group the girl clears her throat at the bartender.

"Oh, right!  Real shame, Drix was a good gnome.  I mean, he always played pranks on me.  I still have a scar.  Still, a real shame."
  The girl rolls her eyes as she returns to the bar, then tilts her head towards the sleeping old man.

"Sorry.  The owner is here, but business is usually handled by one of his sons."

"Or his 'daughter'."  The girl adds with an angry edge to the words.

"Lay off Winnie.  Just because she gets more attention than you..."  The boy turns bright red as he trails off.  "I haven't seen Elsin for a few days at least.  He usually talks with people."

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Gedd
 player, 24 posts
 Half-orc archer
Sat 15 Aug 2015
at 14:10
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
"Elsin."

Gedd scratched his head.

"Yeah, that's the name that Drix's friend mentioned. He's the one we probably need to talk to. We were told he has gone off to find something for someone he spoke to here. Do you remember who he was speaking to before he left? Maybe they would know where he has gone."
Wyn Roth
 player, 66 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Sat 15 Aug 2015
at 14:49
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Wyn smiles at the byplay between the girl and the barkeep, and notes the roll her eyes that confirm the 'The Owner' is probably the sleeping man in the corner.  Or rather than man who appears to be sleeping in the corner.  However, the comments about 'the daughter' imply that both she and the barkeep  thinks the old man is really is asleep.  Maybe he just lets them think that.  Or maybe there is a test here ...

For a moment, he reaches up to fiddle with the scarf Kezra gave him, and that he is now wearing as a neckerchief.  "Oh, I got the impression she didn't come here that often." he says, quietly questioningly, to Winnie.
bartender
 NPC, 4 posts
Sat 15 Aug 2015
at 15:00
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Both the bartender and the girl's eyes grow wide as they notice the neckerchief Wyn wears.  The boy hurries over to the old man and begins to wake him.  The girl rushes off to the table she came from trying to look busy.

After a few moments the bartender manages to wake the old man, who seems to have legitimately been asleep.  The boy helps the old man over to the group, holding his arm.  As the old man approaches you see his eyes are heavily scarred over and seem to have been removed, by surgery or by battle you can't be certain of.
Wyn Roth
 player, 67 posts
 1/2 Elf
 Undertaker Extraordinaire
Sat 15 Aug 2015
at 15:19
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
As the lad starts to help the old man up, Wyn moves across towards the table he was sitting at.  "Perhaps we could join you for a moment, Sir?" he asks, gesturing the others to join him.

"We would very much appreciate a quiet word with you, if we may." he asks, nodding his thanks to the barman for his help.
Gedd
 player, 25 posts
 Half-orc archer
Sat 15 Aug 2015
at 15:31
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Gedd glances at Wyn for a moment after he draws their attention to Kezra's scarf. He opens his mouth to respond but Wyn but his brother has already moved on. Gedd pauses with mouth open for a moment but then closes it again and shrugs, just a little. It probably is best to let Wyn do the talking here. That is his strong suit, after all.
Flessel
 NPC, 1 post
Sat 15 Aug 2015
at 18:16
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
The old man sits back down with help from the bartender.  He has a gentle, mild voice.  "Yes, yes.  Please sit down.  I'm afraid Fless and Elsin ain't here.  I can try'n pass the word."
Berta Roth
 player, 34 posts
 Human Female (blue/black)
 Let's do it my way
Sun 16 Aug 2015
at 05:47
Re: Chapter2 : The White Dragon
Berta slaps her thigh in mirth as Gedd instructs the bartender, but her brow furrows as she tries to follow the thread of familial ties, giving it up as a bad job once her brothers start to get somewhere, drawing out mention of Elsin's name and gaining introduction to the owner, whom she'd been ignoring as just another old drunk !

"Take it easy," she cautions Wilric kindly, all too aware that the cup she holds is her third for the day, and she needs to keep her own wits about her.  "It has a way of creeping up on you."

With a nod to Gedd that she's planning something, Berta stretches, taking her cup with her as she walks over to the table to which Winnie retreated.

"Apologies," she mumbles to the girl.  "We didn't mean to stir the pot ... my brothers can be a bit tactless at times."  She manages to keep her lips from curling into a broad grin at that slander.