Chapter 1: The High and Lows.   Posted by Sol Invictus.Group: 0
Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 164 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Wed 13 Jul 2016
at 16:48
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Ixie rocked back on her heels and fluttered her wings lightly as she mulled the situation over. She gave Lirin a nod, as he declared his plan. "Right~  You know him, so you're probably the best one to talk to him. Umm... hey, Sash - wanna go along with Lirin? You might be able to... you know, pick up on anything if he's not being totally above board, right?" she prompted her friend gently.  She knew he was a smooth operator, at least. "Maybe meet up with the rest of us at the Bright Plaza? I guess we'll all go get ready to go find the shipment?" she prompted, looking to Yin and Rose with a slight shrug. "You mentioned that you need to get your armor - I left my crossbow at home, so I need to get that if we're going out hunting for whatever..."

She paused, and then glanced to Yin. ".. and.. ah...  hey... I know you did your best." She put a hand out, on her shoulder. "At least nobody got hurt, right?" she said with a nervous laugh. "I call that a win~" she chimed with an awkward, but optimistic tone, a bit  sheepish as she tried to earnestly cheer her up.
Sol Invictus
 GM, 97 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Thu 14 Jul 2016
at 15:01
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
"You all have made a pretty big mess of things, haven't you?" came the voice of one man who separated from the leaving crowds. Tall and muscular and dark skinned in what few parts of his skin showed behind his veil. His voice was surprisingly not filled with contempt, but he quickly apologized, "Not to intrude, but it sounds like you three are hoping that you can fix the blunder." The man's many rings and gaudy stone-inset amulet indicate his status as a Delzahn noble, and as he gives a slight bow, he introduces himself as "Ulan Zatushk-Beykhan."

-

Meanwhile, as Lirin goes to meet with the Tri-khan, it becomes more and more obvious that he has already retired for the night to his room, no longer about the now emptying party he hosted. "He's already heading up to his room," informed one of the few Delzahn guards on duty, pointing to the First Age lift that rises up several floors of the tower. Lirin had been in the Delzahn's private penthouse 30 stories above the ground level before, but the guard who'd spoken already to Lirin warned, "Just as a warning, he's not in the best of moods."
Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 165 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Thu 14 Jul 2016
at 16:19
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Ixie decided to take the lead after a moment's consideration - Yin seemed to have at least some of her confidence shaken, and Rose was - well, everything about her was really blunt...  She stepped up to the noble who spoke up to them, and after his brief introduction,she sheepishly glanced back to the others. "Ehe... Yeaaah, about that..." she began, but he pressed on too, and she trailed off to let him finish his introduction.

The perky little fae-blood offered a little bow of her own in return. "I'm Ixie~ You said something about us fixing things? Do you know anything about the shipment that's missing? We did hear about it, but we don't know where it was supposed to be coming from or why it's been delayed. It seemed like the best plan was to go see if it had broken down or was attacked in the desert or something, but we don't really know where to start looking, yet. Or if it was even coming overland, maybe it was an actual ship-ment... ya'know?"

The quirky girl tipped her head with a grin. "It's really good that you want to help, though. Not a lot of that here today, so, I'm glad you came to us~"

12:16, Today: Quixotic Quetzal rolled 2 successes using 8d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 with rolls of 2,6,1,10,3,1,4,3.  Read intentions.

Ixie is also gonna try and conceal that she's being just a touch suspicious of him, IE, Guile 3, to conceal the fact that she's repeating her assumption that he wants to help as a means to try and provoke a reaction she can read with her Read Intentions (IE, a Read Intentions stunt here, thus taking the stunt dice on it)

Sol Invictus
 GM, 98 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Sat 16 Jul 2016
at 14:09
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
"One of the guards serving at the party is from my sept," though as he notices that most of you, or truly all of you, are not Delzhan, he clarifies sept as, "My tribe - those who share the name Zatushk. He was saying what happened outside to me and it seems quite a pickle."

Questioned however, he answers, "I don't. It could be anything from missing shipments to the Tri-Khan simply wasting money on these parties. He's trying to play the Realm and the Guild at the same time...Tri-Khan before him would never do that precisely for this reason, I'm sure. However, The Water Carrier Drinks No Slime," he says, citing a proverb of the Delzahn, only to insist, "I cannot simply burn away any wealth and standing I have on trying to feed the masses of Chiaroscuro, but I would like your assistance. Where could I be the most help? I wish to purchase food and supplies where they can help the most."

He seems to be sincere in wanting to help the residents Ixie

This message was lightly edited by the GM at 19:32, Mon 18 July 2016.

Seven-Folded Rose
 Twilight, 40 posts
Mon 18 Jul 2016
at 04:19
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Rose went to get her armour. When she returned, she was a fearsome figure indeed, her oricahlcum and red jade hammer resting across her shoulders.
Lirin
 Night, 34 posts
Mon 18 Jul 2016
at 18:09
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Raising an eyebrow at the guard's warning, Lirin sighs.  "Lovely.  Well, I appreciate the warning."

Lirin continues to into one of the lifts and takes a deep breath muttering under his breath, "I never like these things..."
Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 166 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Mon 18 Jul 2016
at 18:20
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Ixie frowned a little, nodding as the man relays the story he heard. "Yeah, it was kind of a mess out there. I'm just glad nobody got hurt. Honestly, I'm not that great with organizing all the details,  but any help we can provide will help someone. If... I had to choose, I'd say try and help the children first, they shouldn't go hungry." Ixie said, then glanced to the others. "U-umm - Anyone have any other advice on that?"
Sol Invictus
 GM, 100 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Tue 19 Jul 2016
at 00:14
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
As the lift of glass rose up, powered by systems Lirin didn't pretend to understand, he could feel the talisman he wore give off a resonating buzz. It didn't actually move, or glow, or truly do anything, but Lirin could feel it. Still, the floor he wanted was quick to reach when it wasn't slaves pulling on pulleys of a lift and with a cloudlike gentleness, the glass floor stopped on the floor he was meant to arrive at.

It was impossible not to hear the shouting from the Tri-Khan's room as a Delzahn noble left, clearly unable to learn much from talking to the king - or perhaps unable to play this the way he wanted. Everyone wanted something from the man Lirin served and as soon as his foot steps entered, the large-turban of his head nearly fell off as he turned to shout "I thought I said-Oh! Lirin," and near immediately his hands went to his face with dread as the older man considered carefully what to say, settling on the words, "What a disaster this night has become." He almost looked expectantly to the Exalt ignorant of his own abilities, practically praying that Lirin could bring him good news.
Zhu Yin
 Zenith, 57 posts
Fri 22 Jul 2016
at 20:22
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Yin hadn't said anything since she got back inside. And for a woman with so much natural "presence", her confidence seemed to have taken a hit. She seemed ashamed, having completely misread a situation and caused an awkward mess. All she hoped now was that the others at least knew that her intentions were good. She only wished that things weren't so urgent that she could sit down and have a conversation with everyone. She wanted to tell them who she was and where she came from, so that they understood why she had made a fool of herself.

Standing at the back of the group, she let out a low whisper.

"Is there anything I can do?" she asked.
Seven-Folded Rose
 Twilight, 42 posts
Fri 22 Jul 2016
at 23:53
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
"Stay with me," Rose, now armoured in burnished steel lamellar and carrying an orichalcum hammer. The giant of a woman was ready for trouble.
Silken Sash
 Eclipse, 26 posts
Sun 24 Jul 2016
at 14:12
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Having followed Lirin, silent as a whisper, he popped up next to him in the lift like a figure taking form in the mist. "If it's easier on you, I can do most of the talking. Consider it my forte."

The young man reached into his robe, grabbing a comb and using it to put up his hair, trying to appear more 'presentable' to the Tri-Khan.
Lirin
 Night, 35 posts
Tue 26 Jul 2016
at 18:00
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Deep in thought on the ride up to the Tri-Khan's apartment, Lirin barely notices when Silken Sash followed him into the lift.   Turning to the other man, who despite their similar ages looks far younger than Lirin, "Perhaps I should introduce you first, no?  Who are you by the way; Ixie just said that you were a friend."
Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 172 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Thu 28 Jul 2016
at 15:57
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Ixie, for her part, briefly gave the other two women a gentle frown as they ignored her question. Not really a lot of help from them in that regard. She turned her gaze back to the guildsman. "Well, that's about the best advice I have on that for now. I don't want you to get overrun by desperate, hungry people. If you start feeding some, people are going to come to you. All I can say is try to make sure there's not any violence - that's really not what anyone wants when we're trying to help people." She offered a hopeful little smile. "A couple of my companions are talking to the Tri-Khan right now, though. Maybe we'll have some clues or support once they get done. I think we're planning to set out and see if we can uncover what happened to the missing shipment, and try to retrieve what we can, if it went missing en route."

Ixie turned to Rose and Yin at that, stretching her wings out and arms up, drawing her hands in behind her head with a yawn, and a little twist to her slight frame... "I have to go get my crossbow from home before we go - I could ask Grandmother Bright if she can provide any advice on this. I don't think she can do to much actual helping - her priority is maintaining the Plaza, and she can't compromise that for the sake of the city - that just isn't how Gods work. But I do know she'd want to help."
Silken Sash
 Eclipse, 28 posts
Tue 2 Aug 2016
at 16:23
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
"My name is Silken Sash. Pleasure to meet you." He said, giving a slight dip of his head in order to show respect. But aside from that brief bit, he said nothing more about himself. "I promise you, I'll place us on the Tri-Khan's good side."
Sol Invictus
 GM, 106 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Tue 2 Aug 2016
at 16:28
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
"I am certain that Grandmother Bright has seen the plaza through tougher times than these," confirmed Ulan, as he nodded at Ixie's statement. "Practical advice is what I want though. It would be a wonderous thing if I could feed all the children of the city or even a few, but even if I feed all the children living in the richest districts, I wouldn't really be helping." He seemed to easily appraise that none of the women standing in front of him were from great wealth, which seemed to add to why he had come to them, "Perhaps I should be more clear. I would like you to report to me should you actually see where I could be the most help. With people like this, I don't exactly want to be walking up and down the streets handing out silver and jade."
Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 177 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Tue 2 Aug 2016
at 16:47
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Ixie's eyes fluttered and she blushed a little as Ulan regarded her. "Oh... right. Well, that shouldn't be too hard to piece together. I'll get the information together on where people are hit hardest, and let you know as soon as I know." she said, then turned to Yin and Rose. "... Maybe you two can get water for the trip. I don't think we should take food given the problem the city is in. I should be able to hunt, if we need anything on the way. Not a lot to hunt, but I can shoot a desert lizard from fifty paces."

Really, Grandmother Bright would definitely have that kind of information. People turned to her frequently, seeking help, even if she didn't have the resources to help everyone, she should have the information. "I'm going to go get my own gear, I think. I'll check in with Grandmother Bright, figure out where you should set up, and be back in a few minutes." she said to Ulan.

"Now, I wonder if they'll let me go up and jump off one of the upper balconies for my fly back to the Plaza..."
Sol Invictus
 GM, 107 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Thu 4 Aug 2016
at 16:00
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
As Lirin introduced Sash to the Tri-Khan, giving him just enough introduction that the man in charge of the city wouldn't disapprove in this time of need, the Tri-Khan's hands went to his face with dread as the older man considered carefully what to say, settling on the words, "What a disaster this night has become." He almost looked expectantly to the Exalt ignorant of his own abilities, practically praying that Lirin could bring him good news.

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Quixotic Quetzal is heading to the Plaza, Zhu Yin and Rose, would you two like to do anything?

This message was last edited by the GM at 16:03, Thu 04 Aug 2016.

Seven-Folded Rose
 Twilight, 44 posts
Thu 4 Aug 2016
at 22:02
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Rose will follow Ixie.
Sol Invictus
 GM, 109 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Fri 5 Aug 2016
at 15:47
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Feel free to post in Plaza.
Silken Sash
 Eclipse, 29 posts
Sun 7 Aug 2016
at 11:37
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Sash felt at least a small bit of sympathy as the Tri-Khan despaired. Perhaps he wasn't so bad after all. But then again, the possibility that he was just a clever snake did pop into his mind.

"Just what is happening in regards to the foot shortages?"
Sol Invictus
 GM, 115 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Mon 8 Aug 2016
at 03:57
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
The last words the Tri-Khan wanted to hear spoken were of course the first ones said in the conversation. "Missing food, panic and starvation in the streets, we starve we starve we starve." His hands slammed down as he quotes the things he'd been hearing, and stood. "Our food supplies are fine. We've got a single shipment missing. This is why we have reserves. People can a smaller portion in the dole, learn one shipment didn't show up, and they call me a tyrant. The Realm calls me desperate. The Guild calls me bankrupt!"

He sat back down with a 'harumph' before placing his fingers to his temples once more. "I have held the title Tri-Khan for three generations. And even with the city at it's best, it never gets any easier. The missing shipment is troubling, but it does not spell the end." As he looks to Lirin, he asks, "Someone must be inciting this all. I need you to figure out who it is. Unease is one thing, but I don't think I'd have a mob at my door if this was simply unease. And you..." he said as he appraised Sash up and down, "Apologies you must see me at my worst. May I ask your occupation? Are you with the Guild?"
Silken Sash
 Eclipse, 30 posts
Wed 17 Aug 2016
at 14:06
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
"Yes, it's nice to meet you, finally, sir." He gave a bow to show his respects, moving closer a bit. The soft, calming scent of lavender filled the air from his shampoo, wafting over the leader's senses. "It's so unfortunate that such a minor thing has caused the people to turn against you like this. Humans truly are fickle things, aren't they?

I'd like to make a roll to see if he's lying about their food supplies.
Sol Invictus
 GM, 118 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Thu 18 Aug 2016
at 01:28
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Read Intentions (Perception + Socialize). He's got Resolve and Guile 4
Silken Sash
 Eclipse, 31 posts
Thu 18 Aug 2016
at 03:43
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Activating Motive Discerning Technique for 3 motes, granting me double 9s. 30/33 peripheral essence.

23:38, Today: Silken Sash rolled 3 successes using 7d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 ((2,3,8,6,8,2,8)).

So much for that.

Sol Invictus
 GM, 119 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Sat 20 Aug 2016
at 14:56
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
It's about as hard to read the Tri-khan's face as it is any good politician. He's maintained 40 years of office for a reason.

"Ha, I may have inherited his title, but don't mistake me for some god-king like Tamas Khan," the man says, letting out a guffawing laugh at the 'humans' comment, taking Sash's words as a joke. And a much needed one at that. But his face hardens soon enough as he begins to think. "We've had shipments delayed before. People always go on edge. I will not have riots breaking down my city."

He looks to Lirin once more to confirm Sash's good standing, before he looks intently. "I believe it's time to win the people over. I tried to win the rich and it ended less than perfect. To do that, we've got to cut out the abscess itself, not cover it up - Lirin, Silken Sash; Someone is causing these riots and I want to know who and I want them stopped." His voice was strict, perhaps the wound to his reputation throbbing as much as an actual dagger for one in such a perilous position.