The Black Crow Inn.   Posted by Dungeon Master.Group: 0
Dungeon Master
 GM, 220 posts
Thu 24 Mar 2016
at 18:50
The Black Crow Inn
This establishment is one of the biggest buildings in town, located in centre of the town. The most popular (and only) watering hole in Ashwick, it's certainly quite busy at any hour. The place is well supplied with beverages of all kinds, the rooms are clean and free of vermin. The prices are a little higher then you are used to, though. Especially since the innkeeper appears to be a shrewd man of bussiness and always knows how to get an extra coin from the passing travelers.

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Estiri Kaelenn
 player, 8 posts
Thu 24 Mar 2016
at 19:32
The Black Crow Inn
In reply to Dungeon Master (msg # 1):

 The elf walked into the inn and took in her surroundings.  She had let her eagle familiar Eon fly up and perch himself on the roof of the tavern.  Before she let him go she spoke quiet words of goodbye to him and stroked his feathers lovingly before letting him fly up to take his perch.

 Many of those on the street in the area stopped to get a glimpse of the exotic looking elf and her pet bird of prey. She wore a tight woven tight fitting half shirt with loose fitting skirt that was slit open along the legs and revealed various pieces of body art.  Her skin was slightly tanned and her face was painted with ancient markings of the arcane, and her midsection was bare with a decorative swirl painted around her navel. Her ankle bore a painted chain of flowers around it and a pair of wings just above it. Her hair was long and blonde, braided  into many tight decorative braids.  She wore a pair of sandals with straps that wrapped decoratively around her legs.

 She entered the tavern and looked around sceptically for a moment.  Seeing that the scene was relatively lively she smiled and made her way up to the bar to investigate.  She addressed the man who appeared to be the barkeeper in fluttery accented common.

 " Hi. I'm Estiri of the Vale. Can I a glass of your finest if you please, I've come a very long way." she said.

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Thort Stonering
 player, 5 posts
 AC18 HP 37
Thu 24 Mar 2016
at 22:56
The Black Crow Inn
Thort sits at the bar, a cup of cheap sour wine by his hand. With his other hand he shifts his warhammer in his belt to free it from the bottom of his gray steel breastplate. He looks over at the elf that just entered and ordered, and tugs at his twin braided beard. "Nice braids," he says around the unlit cigar in his mouth. The mastiff at his feet raises its big head from the ham bone it's currently destroying to sniff at the new comer. "Might want to buy something other than his finest, even rotgut's a silver penny here."
Adfydd
 player, 2 posts
Thu 24 Mar 2016
at 23:16
The Black Crow Inn
In reply to Thort Stonering (msg # 3):

Adfydd and his traveling companion parted ways in the woods just outside of town. Gray wolves aren’t usually accepted as a normal part of civilized society, so Tundra would have to stay in a large stand of trees just outside of town. In truth the druid would have preferred sleeping in the woods with his friend, but Adfydd needed information, so into town he went. With his bow slung over his back, he took up his darkwood quarter staff and headed into town.

After about a half hour or so the woodsman came to a likely place to gather information. The sign over the door had a black crow perched on the branch of a limb, printing in white block letters read “The Black Crow Inn. “ From the sounds outside the inn seemed to be bustling with activity. Straitening his cloak, Adfydd pushed his way through the front doors.

Inside, he waited for his eyes to adjust, before walking towards the bar across the room. As he walked up to the bar he spied a rather large dog curled up on the floor chomping at a bone. The druid smiled and took an empty spot next to the dwarf; he assumed was the dog’s owner.

“Fine animal you have there friend.” he said making brief eye contact with the other man, before addressing the bar keep. “A tankard of ale if you please.” he asked, laying a silver coin on the bar in front of him.

Turning to look around the room, he made eye contact with the elf woman standing next to the dwarf. "M'lady." he said bowing his head slightly in greeting, and smiling a friendly smile.
Thort Stonering
 player, 6 posts
 AC18 HP 37
Fri 25 Mar 2016
at 02:42
The Black Crow Inn
"Thanks stranger," the dwarf replies with a nod. He extends his hand, "Name's Thort Stonering. That there's Meri. Been with me since we left Jordrukat-Sturm. He likes ham almost as much as goblin." He chuckles and grins, the cigar dipping dangerously close to falling from his mouth.
Estiri Kaelenn
 player, 9 posts
Fri 25 Mar 2016
at 11:54
The Black Crow Inn
Estiri turned toward the voice beside her and looked around for a moment as if she hadn't spotted the owner right away.  But then she looked down with a playful smile at the dwarf.

 " Oh hello!  Likewise." she said to Thort.  She knelt down to pet Merri as the druid approached.

 07:45, Today: Estiri Kaelenn rolled 16 using 1d20+1 ((15)). Animal Handling

 She spoke to the dog soothingly in elvish as she scratched her behind her ears.

 You're a good girl aren't you?  yeeea you are!  It's nice to meet you!  yes it's nice to meet you!f she said in the equivalent of an elven baby-voice.

 She looked up at the new comer and smiled as their eyes met.  Estiri's eyes were very almond shaped and twinkled with sylvan mischievous.  She stood up and looked at the new comer seriously.

 " Do you think it's fate that all three of us are drinking at this bar at the same time, on the same night.  All in the same land. We each obviously don't belong here." she said with a somewhat intense and mysterious tone.

 " I would like to purchase a drink for my two new friends! May we be friends until the very end of all existence!" she said rather cheerfully. She threw a couple pieces on the bar, displaying a fair bit of natural elven dexterity.

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Adfydd
 player, 3 posts
Fri 25 Mar 2016
at 14:58
The Black Crow Inn
In reply to Thort Stonering (msg # 5):

Adfydd gripped Thort's hand in friendship. "Well Met Master Stonering, I am Adfydd, simple woodsman and keeper of the balance." he said in reply. "And well met to you too Meri." he said to the eating dog.

Adfydd returned the elf woman's smile. "You have a way with animals, M'lady." he said continuing to smile. "I don't know about fate" he answered "but anyone who is a friend to animals as you are, I will call my friend."  he said raising his tankard of ale in toast.

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Thort Stonering
 player, 7 posts
 AC18 HP 37
Fri 25 Mar 2016
at 17:42
The Black Crow Inn
Meri sniffs and licks Estiri's hand, but prefers the taste of his bone and returns to it soon enough.

"Some guard dog you are," Thort says to the dog in a mock-scolding voice. "I don't know about the fates, it's fortune that brought me here, as in money. Ever hear of the Eyes of Kay-Leeth?" he takes a gulp of his sour wine and indicates to the bartender to refill it when Estiri offers to buy. "Three gems as big as my fist," he displays his rather substantial fist. "Last known to be here in Selenrad. Before they were stolen by underdark raiders." He looks at the elf and human inquiringly, perhaps hoping to get more details about the missing stones.
Estiri Kaelenn
 player, 10 posts
Fri 25 Mar 2016
at 19:01
The Black Crow Inn
 Estiri stood and smiled at the druid.

 " Likewise. My people do not even eat animals.  We see it the same as if you butchered a person and chopped them up to sell variouos pieces at the market, then discard the rest. It is savage. A practice shunned by my people." she said.

 She turned her attention to the dwarf and raised and eyebrow at the mention of  The Eyes of Kay-Leeth...

 14:52, Today: Estiri Kaelenn rolled 27 using 1d20+8 ((19)). Knowledge Arcana

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Dungeon Master
 GM, 222 posts
Fri 25 Mar 2016
at 19:11
The Black Crow Inn
"Like a goblin, huh? That dog must not be picky then." A fierce looking giant of a man sitting nearby comments on this. He is bears many battle scars and carries many weapons, each one odder then the last. You can also see some trophies he has collecte from his marks. That cloak he is wearing is obviously made from the hide of some monster. He is accompanied by two others

"Those filthy, disgusting creatures. Shame there aren't that many around here. I was looking forward to a good hunt, but all they have bounties on in this town are orcs and bugbears. Not nearly as much fun to hunt and exterminate. I thought they would atleast have kobolds - crafty little buggers - ogres or maybe minotaurs, but orcs are everywhere. When I get a job    it's what we call "the monday job". he grins as he chugs down another flagon of ale. "And I don't really get how you leaf-eaters can go without a nice steak or two every so often, but if you think that you are on the same level as cows and pigs, well, that's yer bloody bussiness."

"Anyway, you three seem like an odd bunch. You ain't here as competition, are ya? Well, there's pleanty of huntin' around here, even if the bounties from the guard captain leave much to be desired." he suddenly turns grim from his jovial mood and so do his companions.

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Thort Stonering
 player, 8 posts
 AC18 HP 37
Fri 25 Mar 2016
at 20:55
The Black Crow Inn
Fighting words... that's what the little tickle on the back of his neck mean. Thort twists casually on his stool, reflexively moving to a position where he can stand without interference. Meri chews more slowly and her ears perk up. Thort's warhammer has shifted under the edge of his armor again and he absentmindedly frees it. "She's picky enough," he says to the rude stranger. "Her favorite is insulting blowhards. Have you seen any?"
Adfydd
 player, 4 posts
Fri 25 Mar 2016
at 21:34
The Black Crow Inn
In reply to Thort Stonering (msg # 11):

Adfydd stood and listened to the conversation. When Thort asked about the eyes of Kay-Leeth, the druid shook his head no.

When the loud mouth man interrupted their conversation with his rant, Adfydd did his best to pretend as if the man wasn't there. However, when Thort made his comment, the woodsman moved so his quarter staff was within easy access, and waited to see what would happen next..

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 21:35, Fri 25 Mar 2016.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 223 posts
Fri 25 Mar 2016
at 22:06
The Black Crow Inn
"Not sure what yer problem is, shorty, but I'd be real' happy if you just moved over here and said that to my face. I'd even let you borrow a chair or two you can stand on." he laughs together with his companions. The inkeeper eyes you all nervously. "Please, don't fight in here. This is not a place to settle any grudges."
"Piss off, nothing is happening yet. This runt ain't dumb enough to start anything. Am I right, shorty?" the man raises his mug of ale to mockingly toast Thort and downs it all at once, then gestures to the inkeeper for more ale.

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Estiri Kaelenn
 player, 11 posts
Sat 26 Mar 2016
at 03:14
The Black Crow Inn
 " You keep making cuts at his size. This dwarf is more venerable then you and definitely should not be talked down to by the likes of you." she said as she looked the large main up and down with disdain. " The most powerful beings come in the smallest of packages." she added almost as a warning.

 She turned the dwarf. "I say we go collect all the bounties in these lands, before the half-ogre here even sobers up  " she said, indicating the large man with a nod of her head.

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Thort Stonering
 player, 10 posts
 AC18 HP 37
Sat 26 Mar 2016
at 16:51
The Black Crow Inn
The innkeeper was right, the fight should not be here. That would only make the price of cheap wine more expensive. Still... Thort moves a hand quickly to his belt, just to see if the other man would jump. But instead of grasping a weapon, he pulls out a silver coin to leave on the bar. "Tell me, bartender, does this city have a dueling grounds?"
Adfydd
 player, 6 posts
Sat 26 Mar 2016
at 17:51
The Black Crow Inn
In reply to Thort Stonering (msg # 15):

"If I were you my friend, I would chalk this fellows words to what they are, the boasting and ramblings of a man that has had more than enough to drink." Adfydd said laying his hand on Thort's shoulder."He's really not worth your time and effort."

Then Adfydd spoke in a calming tone words of encouragement to the dwarf in a language only other druids would understand


In Druidic: "Give this man the strength of a bull."

OOC: Cast bulls strength on Thort, +4 to strenght for 3 minutes

Then the druid smiled and said."Why fight? Challenge the brute to arm wrestle. "
Estiri Kaelenn
 player, 12 posts
Sat 26 Mar 2016
at 18:23
The Black Crow Inn
 Estiri watched the druid work and took a special intrest when he spoke in an ancient language.

  14:22, Today: Estiri Kaelenn rolled 15 using 1d20+8 ((7)).Spellcraft 
Thort Stonering
 player, 11 posts
 AC18 HP 37
Sat 26 Mar 2016
at 21:06
The Black Crow Inn
Thort feels something akin to a rush of adrenaline, and flexes subconsciously. "Not as rewarding as beating him to a bloody pulp, but I'm game." He looks to the blowhard. "You willing to eat those words when I beat you?"

I think that I just guaranteed rolling a 1. :D
Estiri Kaelenn
 player, 14 posts
Sun 27 Mar 2016
at 00:01
The Black Crow Inn
  " I say they duel, and then you heal them with your powers." she said with a mischievous smile and a quick wink to the druid.

 " When two alpha males claim dominance over the other in the wild, there is always an insuing duel to see who indeed holds dominance.  I am going to place 10 golden coins on the dwarf! Any takers?" she said after fishing out 10 gold coins and holding them up for everyone to see.

 She leaned over and whispered to the dwarf. " I can  convince him to fight you, if you wish ." she said, again with a mischievous smile.
 OOC: Good to get the 1 outta the way now ;)

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Thort Stonering
 player, 12 posts
 AC18 HP 37
Mon 28 Mar 2016
at 03:20
The Black Crow Inn
The bounty hunter doesn't seem the type to agree to the terms of arm wrestling, so Thort announces to the tavern. "You all heard the unprovoked taunts and insults hurled at my companions and me. Now I challenge this braggart to a duel. I will await outside for satisfaction." He slides off his stool and makes his way to the door, never taking his eyes from the bounty hunter.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 226 posts
Mon 28 Mar 2016
at 19:49
The Black Crow Inn
"Arm wrestling? Waste of time." the bounty hunter dismisses the druid's suggestion and as the dwarf begins to leave, he gets up and walks over to him. "Hold it right there, dwarf." the bounty hunter stops Thort and speaks loudly enough for the whole tavern to hear him. "I'm not the one flinging insults. Was just curious about you three and tryin' to start a conversation, but you were less then friendly. All I did was make a joke about your goblin-eating dog. And if ye can't take a little joke, well, that ain't my problem. Am I right?" he adresses the other patrons. "So, I think you should apologize for making a scene and then buy me and my friends a drink. Or, better yet, a round for the whole tavern." he looks at Thort expectantly.

Dungeon Master, for the NPC Bounty Hunter, rolled 24 using 1d20+5 with rolls of 19.  Diplomacy.

Dungeon Master, on behalf of Thort Stonering, rolled 0 using 1d20-2 with rolls of 2.  Diplomacy. Ouch.


The bounty hunter appears to be way more eloquent then his mannerism and appearance would suggest. And the offer of potential free drinks helped. In no time, the other patrons seem to take his side and Thort not only fails to win their hearts, but something about him doesn't seem quite right to the others. Whatever it is, he manages to alienate them. They all turn to chastise Thort with none too flattering words.

"That's right. I don't know where you came from, dwarf, but we don't appreciate troublemakers in these parts."

"Yeah, you've insulted him first. If anyone should apologize, it's you and that she-elf!"

"You should be ashamed of yourself!"

"I think the dwarf had a little bit too much to drink."

"The dwarf looks kinda shifty, don't you think?"

"Obviously, he is just using this as an excuse to start a fight."

"You think we should go fetch the town guard? The dwarf seems aggressive."

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