Chapter 1: The High and Lows.   Posted by Sol Invictus.Group: 0
Zhu Yin
 Zenith, 38 posts
Tue 17 May 2016
at 20:03
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
"Oh?" Yin said. "You think I'm a priestess?"

She rubbed the back of her head.

"I'm not. I mean, I was a monk, but ... I'm not anymore. I just don't own any other clothes so I may still look a bit holy."

She smiled, but there was a sadness there as well.

"I'm not afraid of rocks though. Bronze skin after all."

She chuckled.
Sol Invictus
 GM, 54 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Wed 18 May 2016
at 03:15
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
As Sash strikes up conversation, the pretty Guild merchant he's found seems to be the perfect gossip. He did have eyes for such a thing, and to her, he seemed just another guest. "It is a nice way to relax. Brings back the confidence with all the well..." Of course, as their conversation went on, Okapi mentioned this and that between drinks, complaining about the stresses of being a merchant. "It is nice to relax a minute - also shows the Tri-Khan's not broke - everyone's been worried about it after all. Missing food shipments from the Lap? Personally, I never put much stock in he-forgot-to-pay. The Delzahn tribes are too prosperous in cattle, meat, and bringing stones back from Gem. You ever see the rings on the man? One of those could buy a month of food for the city!" she chuckled as she seemed to talk a mile a minute. If he wanted his answer about the party, he had it. If he wanted a list of every gripe that a merchant in town had...well, he had that too.
Seven-Folded Rose
 Twilight, 23 posts
Wed 18 May 2016
at 03:19
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
"Lots of poor angry people out there," Rose repeated. "Your priestess better be a good one to get them to settle down and your Tri-Khan better back it up with some compassion. Treat poor people badly and they'll boil up like an overhot cauldron."
Lirin
 Night, 21 posts
Thu 19 May 2016
at 13:15
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Raising an eyebrow at Rose's "glowing" comment, Lirin is distracted by Ixie tapping on his shoulder.  Smiling at the young woman as she went around him, he nods in agreement.

"Hopefully you're right," he says, "and they will disperse relatively quickly.  If not, well, this party might have a bit more blood than usual if the city guard need to break them up."
Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 127 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Thu 19 May 2016
at 18:33
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Ixie grinned a little. "Glad you all agree. Maybe Liry can get the guards to let us out and try to calm things down?" she suggested helpfully, giving the Ti-Khan's investigator a little nod.  "Since the guards know who you are and all.I have a friend trying to pick up any information on what might be troubling them, but he's not back yet. We'll just have to try and calm things down for now." she advised helpfully, glancing between the other three with a perky smile.
Silken Sash
 Eclipse, 15 posts
Sat 21 May 2016
at 16:26
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Sash nodded, listening carefully to the gossip presented by the merchant, committing each detail to memory as exact as possible. The fact that food shipments were simply going missing was suspicious, to the say very least, and although he didn't show it, the elegant thief's blood was boiling at the prospect.

"Well, surely that must be affecting you as well, no? Missing product is always bad for business."
Sol Invictus
 GM, 63 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Sun 22 May 2016
at 01:52
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Okapi shook her head a single time. "Well if it was my product, I would be...still got everyone saving up their money though. I mostly deal in textiles personally. Bring down some of the furs of the North and bring back up fine cotton linens for high paying patrons. They go wild for them in Lookshy. Basic food stuffs though?" she scoffed and tsked a bit, as if she was disappointed just thinking about how the Tri-khan acted around the Guild, "The Tri-khan's got that all handled by his men. He's afraid that if the Guild had their hands on the grain supplies, we'd drive the price high as the Blessed Isle. Which I'm sure some of my fellow Guild merchants would do."

She made sure to ever so subtly point over to a man in Emerald-green robes who stroked his fu-manchu while smoking from a hookah with a few Delzahn men, "Jade Hind or whatever he goes by these days...notorious for it. He'd sell a pepple painted green as rare Jade obols from the Shogunate. But there's still a few merchants, like myself, who keep an honest price if you're ever looking for something lovely to wear to one of these events." As she says this, she palms a small card into your hand that seems to be directions to where she sets up shop so to speak in Chiaroscuro.
Lirin
 Night, 23 posts
Tue 24 May 2016
at 13:05
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Nodding at Yin and Ixie's propsal, Lirin thinks for a moment before replying.  "If you think that you can calm them, it may be a better option than leaving it to the guards.  They are already upset, there is no need to make them even moreso by violence," he says before walking up to one of the party's uniformed guards, Lirin's most authoritarian look on his face.

"Guardsman," he starts, uncertain of the man's rank given his atypical status with the Tri-Kahn's men.  "We need to go out and talk with this crowd before it becomes a mob. Let us through and give us, and them, a few moments without armed and armored guards looming over them."

OOC: Roll?
Sol Invictus
 GM, 65 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Wed 25 May 2016
at 18:54
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
The guard seems fairly agreeable to the plan, especially without an alternative to turn to. As he nods and gives you berth to exit, he watches as the small group following behind Lirin forms a small entourage..
Zhu Yin
 Zenith, 39 posts
Wed 25 May 2016
at 19:38
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
"Everyone behind me," Yin said. "This skin of mine isn't just for show. If they are aggressive, it's better for us all if they are so towards me."
Seven-Folded Rose
 Twilight, 26 posts
Thu 26 May 2016
at 00:07
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Rose rested her hammer across her shoulders. "I can be pretty tough too, Priestess."

She followed everyone else outside.
Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 133 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Thu 26 May 2016
at 00:11
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Ixie covered her lips and let out a somewhat inappropriate giggle, given the current situation, as Yin stepped forward. "Thank you~!" She leaned over and lightly tapped on her metallic skin again, to help make her point. She then drew her wings in and stepped along after Rose and Yin, turning over to Lirin. "Hehe, nice to see you again~ Don't worry, I'm sure everything will be fine. I just hope we can handle this smoothly."

This message was last edited by the player at 15:24, Tue 31 May 2016.

Silken Sash
 Eclipse, 16 posts
Thu 26 May 2016
at 14:11
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows

Listening carefully, Sash nodded along as Okapi spoke to show that he was listening. Any merchant who happened to deal with clothing was always a valuable asset for him, even more-so if they were willing to offer him a discount. Which, with the right amount of sweet talking, wasn't as hard to come by as one might think. Smiling, Silken Sash took the card and read over its contents before carefully tucking it within the folds of his robe. "I'll most certainly keep you in mind. You know, I've been hoping to find something fur - a shawl perhaps, for when the evenings grow colder. Do you think you might have something like that?
Sol Invictus
 GM, 66 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Fri 27 May 2016
at 03:29
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
"Oh I'm sure we can find something for you!" she says as she seems to take a few looks over you, "Sizing you up, I'm sure I've got quite a few things that would certainly stand out with your distinguished look." Even as he hands brush over the fabrics you're wearing and across your shoulders, she smiles gently. "A man like you clearly only wears the fin-" her sentence stops as Okapi, you, and virtually every guess hears the commotion outside.

Okapi's attempting to see approximately how wealthy you are, but my crummy luck continues
23:19, Today: Sol Invictus, for the NPC Okapi, rolled 1 success using 6d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 with rolls of 5,2,3,3,8,2.  Read Intentions.
1 vs your Guile fails


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As the doors open, the situation outside is clearly escalating. While you're allowed out, the doors are open only long enough for a few shouts to attract attention inside. Then they're promptly shut once more. Violence hasn't broken out, but the guards of the Tri-khan have their scimitars drawn, pushing them towards the crowd to keep them backed up. While words are drowned by voices, it's obvious "-hungry", "-a party-", and a few choice less favorable words are thrown out the most often.

As several more things are thrown at the glass and even at Lirin, Ixie, Rose, and Zhu Yin, it's clear that the guards won't be playing nice much longer. And the crowd won't be either.
Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 134 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Fri 27 May 2016
at 04:30
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Ixie was quick to slip out the doors, and promptly, she turned her eyes across the crowd, frowning as she spotted the guards keeping them at sword-point. Then again, the crowd was kind of hostile. Kind of. She flinched a little when a rock came her way, turning away from it in time to avoid having her wing smashed.  "Ahh! " She cried out, ducking behind Zhu Yin as per her request. "We can't do a thing to help them unless we can calm them down!" She called out, so she could be heard over the din of the crowd by the handful of people near her.  For all her optimism, Ixie really didn't know how to go about solving this problem. She didn't have a stash of food anywhere. She glanced over to Lirin. "I take it the Khan won't be amenable to helping them out?" she prompted with an uncertain frown. "People aren't going to take it easy if they're starving - I didn't realize things were this bad right now." she said, her expression softening a little.  She did not have her finger on the pulse of the market in town, unfortunately.

She glanced over to Rose.  "I... I don't think the hammer's going to help too much." she confessed sheepishly. "Hitting somebody is just probably going to incite the fighting that's about to boil over already." Her distress was audible in her voice, but she seemed incapable of admitting defeat. It was an impossible task for her, but she was wracking her mind for options. Grandmother Bright did have limited food stores, but those were reserved for her Plaza and those under her protection, and by her nature as a Goddess, that wasn't an option here.

OOC: Ixie doesn't have a lot of direct action options here, given her inherent social penalty. She's just going to try and provide moral support to the group!

This message was last edited by the player at 15:25, Tue 31 May 2016.

Lirin
 Night, 24 posts
Fri 27 May 2016
at 09:52
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Seeing and hearing the mob of people firsthand is far different than viewing them from afar, in the tower; realizing the size of the crowd of people before him, Lirin swallows and takes a very quick moment to calm himself.

"It'll be fine, you can do this," he thinks to himself, this group being far larger than he is used to handling.

Walking forward, in front the guard's line, he starts, "People of Chiaroscuro," buying time for Zhu Yin to think of something more useful to say, "What is your cause for this assembly today?"

OOC: Trying to get thwm to reply in voice so Zhu Yin can directly address their problem. Charisma+Presence?  Performance?
Seven-Folded Rose
 Twilight, 27 posts
Sat 28 May 2016
at 08:29
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
"I don't wanna hit them. I just hope you can talk them down before I have to," Rose said grimly. "I have guest-duty to the Tri-Khan but I can bet these people are marching because they're hungry. It's a bad situation."
Zhu Yin
 Zenith, 40 posts
Sat 28 May 2016
at 09:21
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
[OOC: I activate Majestic Radiant Presence to get them to stop throwing stuff at us. Will wait for Lirin's results before I do a social influence action.]

Yin faced the angry mob with straight back and high resolve. She showed no outward signs of being nervous or unsure of herself. This mob didn't threaten her, and she'd make sure they didn't threaten the others here as well.
Sol Invictus
 GM, 68 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Tue 31 May 2016
at 13:16
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
The people give a moment of pause as the woman of bronze steps before them. Around the mob, people's hands lower, pulling them from their rage as the bold majesty of Zhu Yin stays them from throwing anything else. The awe inspired keeps them calm a moment - it compels them to silence and then brought out of the madness of the mob, a few voices rise up, now audible over the crowd's low murmur.

"We're hungry!"

"The Tri-Khan holds a party while waiting for us to starve!"

"The grain delivery's a week late! Where's our rations in the poor district."

"Feed us!"

Each complaint is a separate petition, but truly they are all the same. The faces of merchant, slum dweller, and artisan mix and mingle among the crowds, likely all from different districts, gathered along the way. While it's unlikely they're all hungry, a party did nothing for morale once they had been riled up. The vast majority of the men and women gathered are clothed in garb that marks them as likely from the tents set up in the lowest of the low districts.
Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 135 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Tue 31 May 2016
at 15:24
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Ixie frowned, searching the crowd for something, but she didn't find what she was looking for.

She seemed surprised when they stopped throwing things, and gently peeked out from behind Zhu Yin, a hand lightly on the bronzed arm. "...We've got to do something..." Ixie chimed softly, for her companions' ears. If we can get them a meal, maybe we can go out and find the missing caravan or handle the delivery ourselves or something?" She suggested, her eyes going to Lirin. After all, they'd worked together for the good of the city, before. "I don't suppose the Tri-Khan would hear you out on this matter?"
Zhu Yin
 Zenith, 41 posts
Tue 31 May 2016
at 18:07
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Yin's stomach churned a little at the sight of the hungry mob. She had lived a very isolated life where she hadn't been exposed to much politics and where she had never seen people as hungry as this. She had never cooked in her life, since the good people of her home donated food to the monks of her temple. There weren't any luxuries on par with the Tri-Kahn. Everyone served the temple and everyone got along---at least from her perspective at the time.

She knew of the concept of poverty, but she couldn't truly grasp how poverty was a consequence of politics. She didn't know why these people were poor, and she couldn't help them in a practical way. She could only help them in a spiritual one.

"It is true that the Tri-Kahn have food," she said. "But you cannot simply demand them to share their food. I feel your pain. I have gone for weeks without a proper meal in my travels. It is not an easy thing to live about your life when you've got the growl in your belly."

She put her hand over her belly, vastly underestimated the level of malnourishment these people were suffering from. They weren't simply hungry after all. They were starving.

"Demanding someone to give you something is equal to theft," she said. "It is only called giving when it comes from a pure heart. If it's being forced, then it's not giving. Then you are the criminals, taking what isn't yours."

She looked back over her shoulder towards the gate leading indoors.

"There is a lot of food in there," she continued. "I don't know if it's enough for all of you. But even if it is, it isn't yours for the taking. Instead of yelling and throwing rocks, you should try to explain to the Tri-Kahn how they could help you live about a less painful life. Everyone has goodness in their hearts. I am sure they would want to help you if they understand how you truly feel, rather than being scared by how you act."

She showed them a genuine, innocent smile. If she only knew how they really felt, and the reason why things were this way. Then she would have acted differently. Unfortunately she didn't have that frame of reference yet.

"I have some bread in my satchel and I left a goblet of cider in there. That is all I can offer you. That is all that is mine."

[OOC: This will be tricky. Yin is genuinely trying to persuade them to stop with their actions by utilizing their intimacies towards being good people who don't want to steal for selfish purposes. She's totally clueless and someone should help her understand the situation later. ^^

Listener-Swaying Argument (3m Peripheral) will give me successes and bonus die depending on if the targets are having their resolves buffed aby anything. Harmonious Presence Meditation (already active and committed to). I max out my Excellency too (5m Personal). Total dice pool is 16 (+2 from stunt) = 18 dice.

Zhu Yin rolled 7 successes using 18d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 with rolls of 1,3,9,2,1,10,2,2,5,1,10,9,8,3,6,1,4,6.

Seven successes from before LSW is added to the equation. The bonus dice from there are non-Charm dice and can be added on top of the pool, even at this point. I imagine that there should at least be one more success and die since they probably have strong contesting intimacies.
]
Seven-Folded Rose
 Twilight, 28 posts
Wed 1 Jun 2016
at 00:06
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Rose took note of the grain ration being late and decided that later she'd do something about it. Most people tended to talk when a big woman with a big hammer persuaded them too.
Sol Invictus
 GM, 69 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Wed 1 Jun 2016
at 15:57
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
You technically forgot the -3 penalty for making a social roll against multiple targets, however you get +1 die for Listener Swaying Argument (for their intimacy) and two dice extra for a 2 die stunt* - 7 successes still beats their resolve!

*If you're missing a Willpower, you may regain it, though don't think you are


The crowds murmur, silence, then return to murmuring, filling the cool night air with nothing but the sound of several dozen whispers. It seems Zhu Yin has caused the people to pause, at least momentarily, and while the guards look relieved, they stay with sword hands raised. Perhaps justifiably so - even as some people begin to leave, many more stay outside the gates of the party.

The first of the citizens to speak up against Zhu Yin does, one voice calling out, "Then what would you have us do? Starve in our homes? Not feed our children?" He was a short man with his hair just beginning to gray in front of the crowd.

Someone near the middle, well-dressed, added on, "Do you expect to feed the city with a loaf of bread? What will we do when the last reserve runs dry from the Tri-Khan throwing a party?"

Finally a woman garbed in blue scarves near the front yells, "If you care about our cause then speak with the Tri-Khan, not us! We have done nothing wrong!" Her voice pauses a moment shaking, then begs once more, "Please, help us! That's all we ask!"

She's going to try and create an intimacy for their cause with you
Normally she'd have 6 dice, but she's going to spend one of her two points of Willpower for one automatic success
11:54, Today: Sol Invictus rolled 3 successes using 6d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 with rolls of 2,1,9,10,4,4.

That's a total of 4 vs your resolve to Instill Minor Tie: People of Chiaroscuro (Sympathy)

Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 136 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Wed 1 Jun 2016
at 16:53
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Ixie bit her lip, as one of the better-dressed people spoke. She made up her mind - she would do something about all this, even if the Tri-Khan wouldn't. She glanced briefly to the others standing by with her, then stepped out of her safe spot behind  Yin.

She looked aside and up at her with hopeful, questioning eyes, then gave a little nod. She'd help - it didn't take much to see what she wanted to say. She would help; somehow, at least.

"I could fly out and look for the missing caravan..." she offered Yin softly, to see what she had to say to that. "Well, sort of. I could glide out and see what I can see." she said softly. "Please, tell them we'll help...?" she whispered, then glanced back to the others, hopeful.

Resolve 5, but I'm also both waiving defense and accepting the intimacy (and honestly, would have a -2 from the duty to use my power to protect the helpless intimacy)

This message was last edited by the player at 17:30, Wed 01 June 2016.

Sol Invictus
 GM, 70 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Wed 1 Jun 2016
at 17:20
Re: Chapter 1: The High and Lows
That was at Zhu Yin, but hey, anyone is able to accept the cause