Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception.   Posted by DM.Group: 0
~Tic Hucklebuckle
 NPC e, 12 posts
 Hunter and Tracker
 Domitius Companion
Wed 14 Oct 2020
at 11:22
Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception
"Why thank you very much Lord Mordane, I'm quite pleased master Domitius didn't skewer you today." he said with a cheeky grin as he began piling food onto his plate. "I have heard many a good tale about your kitchens here if half of them are true this could be the finest meal I have had for some time."
Rana Nervetti
 player, 40 posts
 Tavern wench?
 Perhaps not!
Thu 15 Oct 2020
at 20:14
Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception
Rana wasn't sure what to make of the halfling.  He seemed harmless enough and he proved an interesting contrast to Big Job.  Silently she made up several scenarios which might explain his eye patch, however, as her mam always told her it was rude to ask personal questions of people you didn't know, she kept her thoughts and questions to herself.

Rana's hand paused halfway to her mouth with a hunk of cheese at the halfling's comment about the mayor being almost skewered.  Her eyes widened slightly and she could feel her heart began to race.  "Skewered?" She turned her attention to Cass, her eyes taking in his demeanour and wondering whatever the halfling had referred to was general knowledge.
Cass Mordane
 Player, 696 posts
 Opportunist
Thu 15 Oct 2020
at 22:06
Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception
“You are just as welcome as your master Domitius is that I did not have to skewer him today.”  Cass said playfully. “Although in all honesty, I had no intention to skewer him, merely take off a few nice slices.”

Cass turned to Rana to explain. “Dom challenged me to a duel over what he perceived as a slight against his background over words that I spoke in condemning ‘some’ of the Aldori and the preparations for war against Surtova. The duel was to take place today but his fiancé arrived requesting that the duel did not take place, announcing that she was with child. Domitius instead decided that the day would be their wedding, I apologized that he had taken my words for affront, relieving him of any responsibility to his honor to continue with the duel. He graciously asked me to stand up for him at his wedding and I gifted the newly wedded couple with the wedding reception that we are all currently enjoying.”

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~Tic Hucklebuckle
 NPC e, 13 posts
 Hunter and Tracker
 Domitius Companion
Fri 16 Oct 2020
at 10:04
Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception
"No offence yer Lordship, but I expect sooner or later you two will have another chance, even if it's just with practice blades.  Should be a fine match I would say, it drew a big enough crowd today.  Bigger than many expected I would have thought." he grins impishly "Master Domitius spends hours each day practicing with and without Blazefury.  He is very good to my eye." then points a stubby finger at the patch he is wearing.
Rana Nervetti
 player, 42 posts
 Tavern wench?
 Perhaps not!
Fri 16 Oct 2020
at 13:52
Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception
Rana listened to Cass' recitation of the day's events with interest.

"I have never met an Aldori, but it seems an interesting way to try and resolve a disagreement.  That is if the two are evenly matched."  She shrugged before popping the small piece of cheese she still held in her fingers into her mouth and chewing it delicately.  With a swallow and a sip of her drink, she added, "However, if there is a vast different in the skill level of the pair, that would be like a master baker challenging a cobbler to a baking competition."

As her words, spoken without malice, sunk in to her own brain, Rana blushed slightly.  "Please accept my apologies, Cass, if I've offended.  I have no idea how proficient you are with a sword and no offense was intended."

Sometimes, Rana thought to herself, you just need to think before you speak!
~Big Job
 NPC e, 23 posts
 Bouncer: Bottled Nymph
 in Tusk
Fri 16 Oct 2020
at 14:21
Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception
Big Job buries his face in his jug of ale, but somehow that  just seems to amplify his chuckling.
Rana Nervetti
 player, 43 posts
 Tavern wench?
 Perhaps not!
Fri 16 Oct 2020
at 21:25
Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception
The young woman glared briefly at Big Job as if to say 'you're not helping things!' while her brain scrambled around trying to find a way to extricate herself from her latest faux pas.  If she could disappear from sight or could have the ground open up to swallow her, Rana would have been quite happy.  Unfortunately neither of those was a viable option and, as her mam always had told her 'if you make a mistake, own up to it, but don't make excuses.  Mistakes happen to everyone.

Rana could feel that her face was still red with embarrassment as she attempted to make amends as quickly as possible.  There was a slight tremble in her normally calm voice as she spoke and her words seemed to tumble out of her mouth. "I wasn't talking specifics, Cass.  I mean, I've only just met you and I have no idea how skilled you are with a sword. I just meant in general terms a duel seems a fair way to resolve a disagreement if both people are evenly matched and you may well be for all I know.  And I don't know, so really, what I meant was ..."  Her voice trailed off as Rana felt she was losing the plot.

Was it getting warm in the room? It certainly felt like it was getting warm.  She raised her glass to her lips, thinking that perhaps a drink would calm her nerves.  Unfortunately, her nerves were getting the better of her and she managed to miss her mouth completely instead sloshing some of the wine out of the glass and on to her new dress.  Surely, if there were gods, one of them would kindly open up the ground and take her away from what was swiftly turning into a most horrible evening!  Without thinking, Rana murmured under her breath as she waved a hand over the offending stain, then breathed a sigh of relief as it disappeared.  She set the glass down on the table and returned her attention to the mayor, Big Job and the halfling.

"If you'll excuse me, gentlemen, I think I need some air."  Rana scanned the room, looking for the easiest route out.
~Robert Samuels
 NPC e, 9 posts
 Sword Master
 V&A Sword School
Fri 16 Oct 2020
at 22:11
Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception
Robert sees a familiar face and finds the solace of familiarity. "Good day, Lord Mayor" he says to Cass. As he approaches, a woman accidentally spills some wine on herself and catches a bit of it on his new surcoat.Her immediately pulls out a kerchief and offers it to the flustered woman. "Beg pardon, miss, but I think you need this more than I do" he says as he offers the kerchief. In an aside to Cass, he adds "I had a bet with Lord Adoven that I could get through the evening without spilling any wine on myself. I'll lose the bet, but meeting such a charming Lady is well worth it "
Cass Mordane
 Player, 697 posts
 Opportunist
Fri 16 Oct 2020
at 22:26
Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception
“Good day, Sword Master.” Cass said with gusto. In a whisper he added, “Sometimes a loss in one place is a win in another.” Cass was glad to see people socializing and enjoying themselves. Whether on a street corner, a smoky inn, a raucous pub, or a feasting hall, it brought back good memories when people were able to enjoy a bit of comfort and friendship.

“No offense taken,” Cass smiled to Rana and to Tic. “Every duelist thinks that he has the greater skill, else he would shy away from duels. In all fairness, I am probably only middling fair at the art, but even a diplomat may bristle when his toes have been stepped upon.”

Catching the trick with the wine stain, Cass motioned his fingers and a cantrip of his own was unleashed. A cool breeze of air washed in, rather refreshing. “I hope you don’t feel the need to depart on my account. These days I consider myself more of a Magus than a duelist, and hospitality is my specialty regardless of what I may call myself.”

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 22:28, Fri 16 Oct.

Rana Nervetti
 player, 44 posts
 Tavern wench?
 Perhaps not!
Sat 17 Oct 2020
at 01:03
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With the approach of another new person and one whose clothing suffered from her clumsiness, Rana began to feel an overwhelming urge to run until she remembered something that her father had often told her as she was growing up, 'It don't matter who they are or think they are, they're just people like you and me - they get up in the morning, they get dressed like we do and have the same hopes and fears that we do.  Don't ever think you aren't as good or worthy as they are, 'cause I'll have you know that you are just as good as them, and probably better then most.'

Taking a deep breath, Rana cleared her mind of all the current turmoil and managed to find a place of relative calmness within herself.  The cool breeze washed over her and helped her to focus even more.  She looked at the kerchief in her hand, then to her dress which showed no signs of the spilt wine, and finally to the stranger's surcoat.  "I would hate for you to lose a bet because of my clumsiness," she said softly as she reached tentatively out to dab at the stain on his clothing with the kerchief still in her hand as she, again, muttered under her breath while the stain on his clothing faded, then disappeared.  She proffered the kerchief to its owner.  "I'm Rana, by the way. Very pleased to meet you."  The smile on her lips was echoed in her eyes as she tilted her head in greeting.

Her attention turned back to Cass and her voice seemed more settled and certain, "If you are sure that I haven't offended you, then I would be honoured to stay."  Rana paused as she felt a smile come a bit more naturally to her lips,  "There does seem to be a bit more air flowing through here now, so that helps."  She reached for a couple of the olives that Cass had pointed out earlier and popped one in her mouth.

"I'm not familiar with the term magus, Cass, what does that mean exactly?"  She wasn't going to let herself feel stupid around these strangers - if she wanted to learn, she knew she would have to ask questions, no matter how naive it might make her appear.
~Robert Samuels
 NPC e, 10 posts
 Sword Master
 V&A Sword School
Sat 17 Oct 2020
at 11:57
Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception
Robert accepts the kerchief back, and smiles in return. He answers "I am Robert, milady, and the pleasure is mine." He silently marveled at the magic done so swiftly,  and felt his confidence surge slightly. He hadn't made a fool of himself in his first social encounter, and in so doing had met a nost charming stranger. He says "I run the Sword School that the happy couple were married amidst. May I inquire of your own occupation?" he asks.
Rana Nervetti
 player, 45 posts
 Tavern wench?
 Perhaps not!
Sat 17 Oct 2020
at 13:49
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Rana turned her attention back to Robert, a smile on her lips.

"You are too kind, Robert.  You must be quite good with a sword if you run the sword school. I am always impressed by people who can use a sword properly, I'm afraid I can just about manage a morningstar and a dagger, but Da never really trusted me sharp, pointy things." She chuckled lightly.  "I don't really have an occupation at the moment.  I am only recently arrived in this area from Stoneclimb in the Icerime Peaks.  My parents own the best tavern in Stoneclimb called the Travellers Rest, if you ever get that far north, and until I left home a few weeks, or months ago, I worked with them."  Rana shrugged minutely before continuing, "There were very few opportunities back home, so I decided I wanted to see a bit of the world and hopefully find a place to make my own way."

"I also hoped to find someone who could help me understand more of this," she added quietly as she gestured to where the stain on his surcoat had been as well as on her dress.  "The rest of my family, for as long as we can trace, are normal," she added almost as an afterthought.

This message was last edited by the player at 14:02, Sat 17 Oct.

~Robert Samuels
 NPC e, 11 posts
 Sword Master
 V&A Sword School
Sat 17 Oct 2020
at 21:32
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Robert chuckles. "I'm a fair hand at the Rondolero style, but oddly enough the man who began the school doesn't ascribe to any established style. He combines a two-blade style with arcane magic that seems to work for him. Heavens help him if he tries teaching it though." He listens to Rana describe her background. He then adds "my own family are farmers, north of Restov. To them, I'm  a bit of an aberration as well. Perhaps your magics are similar to Lord Adoven's, then? He's no wizard, just a scholar that picks up a lot of talents."
Rana Nervetti
 player, 47 posts
 Tavern wench?
 Perhaps not!
Sun 18 Oct 2020
at 07:26
Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception
Rana listened attentively to Robert's answer, interested in the possibility that she might meet someone with a similar background to her own.  "I wouldn't class myself as a scholar.  I am fair handy with numbers and reading, but I haven't studied to learn magics ... they just sort of are."  She retrieved her not-quite-empty wine glass from the table, took a sip, then turned her gaze briefly towards Cass again.  "It," meaning magics, "isn't something I often talk about ... with anyone.  It is just part of me - something that evolved and is evolving.  I just seem to understand how to do something, or make something happen."

She looked from Robert to Cass, then lowered her eyes and voice as she added, "Sometimes it scares me.  I don't understand why I am like this and, more than ever, I wish to know why."  Her voice trembled for a moment and a note of underlying anguish could be heard, but then she smiled again and sighed, looking back to the men.  "It is what it is and it would be like questioning why the apple tree grows apples and not pears."  Obviously (or maybe not so obviously) this must have been something either her Mam or Da had often told her.

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:40, Mon 19 Oct.

~Robert Samuels
 NPC e, 12 posts
 Sword Master
 V&A Sword School
Tue 20 Oct 2020
at 05:00
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Robert smiles. "If some of the coy glances I've seen directed at you are any indication, milady, then one thing you've managed to 'make happen' is set several hearts aflutter. I know little of magics that come naturally, although Lord Adoven seems to have a similar gift. I have been privy to some of his planning sessions for V&A, and I do believe he is planning to create a Bardic College within the next 2 years. Perhaps something taught there can help you understand and expand your own abilities?"
Rana Nervetti
 player, 50 posts
 Tavern wench?
 Perhaps not!
Tue 20 Oct 2020
at 09:11
Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception
Rana chuckled at Robert's observation, although she doubted its veracity it was pleasant to be complimented.  "You are too kind, Robert.  As for a bardic college, I've not heard of the like before and, to be honest, I would not have considered such for myself as I am most definitely not a bard - I have no talent for song, or music and my Mam always said that I must have too left feet e'en though they don't appear to be."  She went quiet for a moment, then added softly, "But, perhaps it is something for me to think about.  An opportunity that I hadn't considered."
~Robert Samuels
 NPC e, 13 posts
 Sword Master
 V&A Sword School
Mon 26 Oct 2020
at 07:59
Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception
Robert adds "and if Lord Adoven is considering a Bardic College, then likely at least 3 people in Tusk are thinking about a Magic College. I think Tusk has the most innovative dreamers I've ever seen in one place. If you have a need, doubtless someone here has a solution. If you wish, I can find out if anybody is planning a School of Magic where you might learn more about your gifts?"
Rana Nervetti
 player, 53 posts
 Tavern wench?
 Perhaps not!
Wed 28 Oct 2020
at 06:14
Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception
Rana smiled at Robert.  "You are too kind, Robert.  I would be pleased to learn if there were any such plans.  I'm not certain that I would be a good student, but I suppose I won't know until I try."  She raised her glass in a small toast to the man before turning her attention back to Cass.  "Cass, if all else fails for me, would you be in need of a reasonably good waitress?"
Cass Mordane
 Player, 701 posts
 Opportunist
Fri 30 Oct 2020
at 12:33
Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception
“An honorable occupation, “ Cass laughed. “But I believe that you will be much more fulfilled by continuing with your magical discoveries. You asked earlier about what it entailed to be a magus, let me answer that now. A magus is a mage who has trained in martial weapons and armor much like a warrior. I also have learned how to use a weapon as a magical focus much like a wand, so that I may cast spells while wielding my sword.”
Rana Nervetti
 player, 54 posts
 Tavern wench?
 Perhaps not!
Sat 31 Oct 2020
at 07:08
Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception
Rana smiled at Cass and listened intently to his explanation of a magus.  "Fascinating! I did not realise that was something that was possible, but it makes sense and I could see it surprising people on occasion, which must be useful as well."
Alisa Medvyed-Solanus
 player, 407 posts
 Half-elf Cleric
Thu 5 Nov 2020
at 00:20
Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception
Spotting the mayor, Alisa made her way over.   She nodded politely to the young lady in peach, the half-orc man she knew - though had never met - as 'Bigjob', and the other gentleman she believed she recognized from the dueling salon.

"Apologies if I interrupt - but I wanted to make certain this got delivered, just in case he decides to slip out early."   She addressed Cass - "Lord Mayor - Cass - I just wanted to say thank you for offering to host our reception here.   It was so sweet and generous of you to do that for Domitius and I.  And, we would be poor guests not to bring something for our host."   She held up a rectangular box, wrapped in azure blue, adorned with gold and silver ribbon.

"I don't know you too well.  So, we went with something I know you like, though I do hope it's not redundant.."   She offered him the package.

Which, once its opened contains a bottle of the finest vintage perlet we could get our hands on, as well as a cork-screw; hilt made of silver, artistically fashioned like a sword-lord's dueling sword, with a small fire opal set into the hilt.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:37, Thu 05 Nov.

Marceline
 player, 236 posts
 Half-Elf Inquisitor
Thu 5 Nov 2020
at 01:35
Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception
It isn't just that she's late, it's that she's long past what she could try to pass off as fashionably late - and it's hard to hurry in her nicer clothing.

Still, she's arrived to the reception area - better late than never, after all, right? - and quickly giving herself a once over to not look too frazzled at her being late, carefully checks her gift of wine and looks about to spy any familiar faces.

OOC: Better late than never.
DM
 GM, 4185 posts
Sun 8 Nov 2020
at 16:01
Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception
The conversation continues for a while, but eventually the wedding draws to a close.

OOC:  You can post to finish off, if you wish, but no more XP in this thread.
Cass Mordane
 Player, 702 posts
 Opportunist
Tue 10 Nov 2020
at 07:14
Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception
Given the open an celebratory nature of the occasion, Cass felt that it was appropriate to open Alisa’s gift so that the others could share in its unveiling. Once opened, his smile was as genuine and as large as anyone was likely to ever see. “Lady Alisa, you have been too kind. I don’t think that I have ever received a more thoughtful or appropriate gift. Thank you.”
Alisa Medvyed-Solanus
 player, 411 posts
 Half-elf Cleric
Wed 11 Nov 2020
at 02:04
Fuzzy: The Wedding Party - Reception
Alisa smiled in return, nodded.

"You are most entirely welcome, sir.  Just don't go stabbing my husband with it," she winked, wagging a finger.