Fuzzy: The Dragons Den.   Posted by DM.Group: 0
DM
 GM, 2353 posts
Sun 19 Aug 2018
at 07:46
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
A painted sign, showing three green dragons and one white dragon, marks this out as an Inn.  Inside there is one large common room with a stage at one end.  Tables and chairs are scattered around the area, while there are a number of private booths at the opposite end to the stage.  Waiting staff are served from a small bar and servery, and they provide table service for the patrons.

For a few coppers you can get a mug of a local ale or hard cider, or a smaller cup of mead or local wine. A cup of herbal tea (onion or mint) is even cheaper.   There is always a selection of dinners available -  although most people just take the House Stew -  it is always ready to serve and you get a choice of Vegetable, Meat (often game) or Fish (often Eel)  - all served with a freshly cooked flatbread.

There are beds available in the  bunk room for an overnight stay - or you can take a private room, although you will be charged quite a bit extra for that.




This is a Fuzzy Thread that PCs and player-run NPCs can use when you want to.   It is located in Tusk -  but just about everyone needs to come to Tusk occasionally, so I am not going to object if distant NPCs turn up for a short while.  You can meet other PCs here, discuss plans, have assignations or just catch up with your entourage.  In other words - a place for non-combat Role Play.

The listed food and drink is covered by your standard expenses, as is a bunk bed - so you don’t need to account for payment.   If, however, you decide the character wants something fancy or posh -  It can probably be sourced -  BUT  you need to find the money to pay for it :}

For those of you whose characters have a performance skill, please feel free to take the stage and put on a small performance.  I am fairly sure you will spot a few musicians and a performance poet having a go before long.

This message was last edited by the GM at 18:52, Sat 01 Sept 2018.

_ Wyn Roth
 NPC, 11 posts
Sun 19 Aug 2018
at 08:05
Fuzzy: The Dragon's Den
Wyn steps outside onto the street and glances left and right.  Then, with a  wide grin, he twiddles his fingers until a bugle appears in his hands, and he blows a loud fanfare to attract everyone's attention.

"Ladieeeez and gentlemen, the Dragon's Den is now open for business!" He announces in a loud stage voice, before returning back inside the inn - twiddling his fingers as he goes.  By the time he gets to the stage, the bugle has turned into a flute and he launches into a series of folk tunes to help pass the time.
~ Berta Roth
 NPC p, 4 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Sun 19 Aug 2018
at 12:19
Fuzzy: The Dragon's Den
"I'd swear that flute is enchanted and half the time it's magic that drags the customers in," Berta smiles at Gedd and Winnie as she watches Wyn upon the stage.

"And the other half of the time it's because he's so damned good on it !" this last with a grin at the pair as she repeats a private joke they've heard often enough before.

This day finds the once-warrior-woman behind the bar, her red tresses tied back but still barely under control, drawing drinks for any patrons who belly up to the counter or loading the trays for Winnie and the other servers, leaving Gedd the duty of keeping an eye upon the crowd and making sure they behave themselves.
~ Gedd
 NPC p, 6 posts
 Gedd Roth
 Half-orc archer
Sun 19 Aug 2018
at 13:00
Fuzzy: The Dragon's Den
Gedd grinned back at Berta.

"Just don't let Wyn hear you say that, even if it is true. He is big-headed enough as it is!" he chuckled.

"Say, who did he find to paint the dragons on the sign out front? They've done a really good job on that."
~ Pete the Poacher
 NPC p, 5 posts
Sun 19 Aug 2018
at 17:04
Fuzzy: The Dragon's Den
Old Pete leaned back in his chair at his favourite table (it is amazing how quickly those old guys settle on a favourite spot, even in a brand new inn) and hummed along contentedly to the tunes Wyn was playing. Obviously he knew them well.
_ Wyn Roth
 NPC, 12 posts
Mon 20 Aug 2018
at 08:18
Fuzzy: The Dragon's Den
As more and more people come into the newly opened bar, Wyn changes from flute to performance poetry.  Turning  away from the room for a moment or two to compose himself, he turns back looking a little wilder and more unkempt, then launches into a poem ...

Three wheels on my wagon
And I'm still rolling along
The Goblinski are chasing me
Arrows fly
Right on by
But I’m heading for Henry’s land.

I'm shouting  - higgity, haggity, hoggety, high
Pioneers, they never say die
A mile up the road there's a hidden cave
And we can watch those Goblins go
barrelling by

Two wheels on my wagon
And I'm still rolling along
Them Goblinski are after me
Flaming spears
Burn my ears
But I’m heading for Henry’s land

I'm shouting - higgity, haggity hoggety, high
Pioneers, they never say die
Half a mile up the road there's a hidden cave
And we can watch those Goblins go
barrelling by

One wheel on my wagon
And I'm still rolling along
Them Goblinski after me
I'm all in flames
At the reins
But I’m heading for Henry’s land

I'm shouting - higgity, haggity hoggety, high
Pioneers, they never say die
Right around that turn there's a hidden cave
And we can watch those Goblins go
barrelling by

No wheels on my wagon
So I'm not rolling along
The cavalry rescued me
Things looked bad
I’m so glad
That I’m heading for Henry’s land

C'mon all you pioneers, shout along with me!
Higgity, haggity hoggety, high
Pioneers, they never say die
Higgity, haggity hoggety, high
Pioneers, they never say die
Higgity, haggity hoggety, high


before grining and allow his normal  urbane look to slide back into view.

"Anyone else want to give us a turn?" he asks.




With apologies to Burt Bacharach & Bob Hilliard
~ Folfast Balhon
 NPC p, 1 post
 Author, poet & playwright
 Guest at the Roth's Inn
Mon 20 Aug 2018
at 14:07
Fuzzy: The Dragon's Den
Folfast descends the stairs, making his way blearily to the bar where he quickly downs his scandolously late breakfast before turning back to the stage.

"It is bad enough that you rouse me from my slumbes and draw me forth from my blankets with your angelic tones ... but to issue such a challenge as you know I'll not refuse ... !" the big man remonstrates with his landlord belly wobbling in time.

"Ho then !  I accept !"

Gesturing for his fiddle to be brought and with a broad wink at Berta behind the bar, Folfast takes the stage, nodding formally to Wyn as he plucks on the strings of his instrument ... seemingly randomly at first, but slowly a tune takes form from those simple notes.

Tapping his foot in time with the beat, Folfast nods once more in satisfaction as he begins to sing ...


Blood drops on flagstones and talons on dragons
A jester that festers and poison in flagons
Locked in a dungeon and tied up in chains
These are a few of my least favourite things
Hellhounds and nightmares and terrible frights
Moaning and groaning and bumps in the night
Ranting and growling and wild mutterings
These are a few of my least favourite things


And then he picks up the pace ...

Gorgons and baslisks and horrid medusas
Carrion crawlers and gibbering mouthers
Beholders and vampires and balrogs with wings
These are a few of my least favourite fiends
When the ghoul bites,
When the stirge stings
When I've just been cursed
I simply remember my least favourite fiends
Then I feel soooooo ... much worse !


"Thank you all !" Folfast breaks off, holding up his fiddle with a flourish as he sketches a bow.



With abject apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein

This message was last edited by the player at 14:08, Mon 20 Aug 2018.

~ Berta Roth
 NPC p, 5 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Thu 23 Aug 2018
at 12:23
Fuzzy: The Dragon's Den
Berta leans towards Gedd.

"I hope you have your bow handy. If either of them start in on that never-ending song about Bishop Brugar, you have my permission to put an arrow in them !" she tells her brother, keeping a straight face.
~ Gedd
 NPC p, 7 posts
 Gedd Roth
 Half-orc archer
Thu 23 Aug 2018
at 13:13
Fuzzy: The Dragon's Den
Gedd frowns at Berta's comment and responds with mock-seriousness.

"Really? You're not a fan of one of the finest champions of justice that ever lived?"

But he can't keep up the pretense and bursts out laughing at the thought of what Berta would do if she ever came face to face with that lecherous old gods-botherer.
~ Berta Roth
 NPC p, 6 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Fri 24 Aug 2018
at 04:39
Fuzzy: The Dragon's Den
Berta joins in with her brother's mirth, grinning broadly.

"Aye, if such a man as Bishop Brugar ever did live, then I'd be pleased to make his acquaintance and liberate a jug or two with him ... it's the verses those two reprobates come up with," she nods in the direction of Wyn and Folfast, "that'd get us shut down !"
Adoven
 Player, 262 posts
 Rogue / Bard
Fri 24 Aug 2018
at 11:18
Fuzzy: The Dragon's Den
Adoven strums his lute to a spritely tune, saying "I fear my voice isn't as cultured as yours, my friend. Still, I offer this little ditty, called the Captain's Wife's Lament."


 "The ship sailed into harbor
 After fifteen months at sea
 The captain hit the tavern
 With his crew of fifty-three

 After drinking up their pay
 They staggered through the town
 But all the inns and public houses
 Turned the sailors down

 The captain said “Fear not, me lads
 You all can come with me
 I live just ‘round the corner
 And you all can stay for free”

But when the captain’s wife awoke
 Upon the break of day
 They say that you could hear her wailin’
Clear to Bot’ny Bay…

She said there’s
 Seamen all around the bed
 And seamen on the floor
 Seamen in the bathroom
 And behind the closet door

 There’s seamen in the fireplace
 And seamen in the hall
 The living room is carpeted
 With seamen, wall to wall

 There’s seamen in the entryway
 And seamen on the stair
 And worst of all, there’s even seamen
 In me underwear

 There’s some behind the larder
 And beneath the table, too
 I do believe your seamen
 Got into me Irish stew

 There’s seamen here in front of me
 And seamen in the rear
 My God—there’s even seamen
 Hanging from the chandelier

 There’s seamen on the windowsill
 And seamen in the yard
 The seamen even left a stain
 Upon the Saint Bernard

 Although I am a patient wife
‘Tis more than I can bear
 To wake up in the morning
 With your seamen in my hair

 I ne’er again do wish to see thee
 Darken up my door
 So clean up all your seamen and
 Come round my way no more
 So clean up all your seamen and
 Come round my way no more!"



Courtesy of Paul and Storm

This message was last edited by the player at 13:27, Sat 25 Aug 2018.

~ Gedd
 NPC p, 8 posts
 Gedd Roth
 Half-orc archer
Fri 24 Aug 2018
at 14:17
Fuzzy: The Dragon's Den
Gedd listened to Adoven's song and was soon clapping in time to the beat. As the song finished he burst out laughing and applauded loudly.

Still grinning he turned back to Berta to ask, "What about sea shanties like that one? Are they OK or do you want me to shoot him too?"
_Winnie
 NPC, 6 posts
Fri 24 Aug 2018
at 14:24
Fuzzy: The Dragon's Den
Winnie laughs lightly as Adoven works his way through the song, then nods across at Wyn and Folfast  "I suspect those two reprobates would approve."
~ Berta Roth
 NPC p, 7 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Sat 25 Aug 2018
at 05:14
Fuzzy: The Dragon's Den
Despite her earlier remarks, Berta grins at Adoven's sea shanty, and her smile only broadens as she leans close to reply to her brother.

"Shoot him ?  Might be a kindness.  If Captain Bannar or his Aldori Guards hear of this, they'll likely gut him and string him up by his entrails !"
~ Darius
 NPC e, 1 post
 Scribe, Carouser
Tue 28 Aug 2018
at 22:17
Fuzzy: The Dragon's Den
Darius' head swayed slightly in rhythm with Adoven's song as he walked towards Pete the Poacher's table, hard cider in hand. "Mind if I join ya," he asked as he pulled out a chair and took a set without waiting for an answer. "What's new Pete? Other than this here establishment of course," he added with a sly smile.
~ Pete the Poacher
 NPC p, 6 posts
Wed 29 Aug 2018
at 13:06
Fuzzy: The Dragon's Den
Old Pete glances across at the newcomer for a moment before nodding.

"Whole town's new, far as I can tell, 'cept the fort on the hill. I've known Folfast for more years than he'd like to admit and known Wyn a couple of years too, but first time I've seen young Adoven perform. But it's the first time I heard any of those songs they sang. So, a good start to the night, I reckon.

"Outside of the town, I don't know much yet. Haven't had a chance to explore too far yet. I've been a bit busy helping 'em get this place set up. Now that it's up and running I reckon I might have a good look around outside of town, talk to folk about what sort of game is available in the area and start getting a feel for the place that way. I heard something about some kind of swamp down south with some interesting mushrooms that might be worth a visit, too.

"What about you, young fella?"
he asked Darius. "You got any plans of what you hope to do here?"
~ Darius
 NPC e, 2 posts
 Scribe, Carouser
Sat 1 Sep 2018
at 15:27
Fuzzy: The Dragon's Den
Darius shrugs as he takes a sip from his cider, "Not quite sure. I'm came out here for a change of scenery. I'm offering scribe services for those interested, but I can't expect that to bring in too much money. I'll guess we'll see."
~ Pete the Poacher
 NPC p, 7 posts
Sat 1 Sep 2018
at 16:08
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Old Pete looks at Darius for a moment then taps his chin thoughtfully.

"What about maps? If you can use pen and ink you can probably make a fair copy of a map and add in extra bits as folk explore and report what they find. I hear Henry LeMaistre has a decent overall map of Midmarch and he will let folk study it when they need to. Might be a market for copies of that, especially if you can add more details as they become known.  Actually, it's funny how many of those adventurous explorer types find there way into an inn like this one when they stagger back into town. Thirsty work, obviously," he adds with a grin.

"You could even write down the tales that folk tell you about the places they've seen. Or the songs that get sung here of a night time. You might have to read them out loud for those of us as can't read for ourselves, of course. The more I think on it, the more I can see uses for what you can do. Talk to merchants like V&A - that's Adoven up there who just finished singing - and Henry LeMaistre's people about using your services as a scribe or bookkeeper or mapmaker. I think you will find plenty of work here," he concludes.

This message was last updated by the GM at 18:52, Sat 01 Sept 2018.

~ Darius
 NPC e, 3 posts
 Scribe, Carouser
Tue 11 Sep 2018
at 01:48
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Darius rubs his chin, pondering for a moment. "Maps? Hmm, I hadn't thought of that, but it's an intriguing idea. And I'm sure something that would prove useful out here.

Serving as a scribe, especially for official documents such as Henry LeMaistre and the various merchants around here might need, was my original thought and something I will pursue. But I am now quite interested in how I might fare with mapmaking. Thank you for the idea."

~ Folfast Balhon
 NPC p, 2 posts
 Author, poet & playwright
 Guest at the Roth's Inn
Sun 23 Sep 2018
at 06:31
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
On his way to the bar for a sip of second breakfast, Folfast weighs in on the discussion in passing.

"The tales and stories are welcome fodder from which we happy few might spin song and verse to enthrall and inspire," he booms.  "From such are legends made !"

"Indeed, someone," his tone suffice to inform that it should be anyone other than himself, who is at least able to scratch out words without offending the gods of grammar and spelling, "should commit the history of this fledgling outpost to parchment that it be passed down for posterity."

"Milady !" having spoken his piece, Folfast turns away, raising a hand in plaintive entreaty towards Berta at the bar, "I am in dire need of refreshment !  A glass, quickly, lest I perish !"
~ Berta Roth
 NPC p, 9 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Sun 30 Sep 2018
at 12:22
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
"I've told you not to call me that," Berta hisses crossly at Folfast as she pours him a glass, banging down on the counter, glaring at the old sot all the while.
~ Darius
 NPC e, 4 posts
 Scribe, Carouser
Sun 30 Sep 2018
at 18:17
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Darius chuckled at Berta's response as he turned to Folfast, "well, I'm no bard such as yourself, but I am quite capable of putting words down on parchment. Perhaps we could work together to pen a gripping tale of the story of Midmarch?"
DM
 GM, 2488 posts
Mon 24 Dec 2018
at 15:25
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
New day.

With the summer over and autumn drawing to a close, it would soon be too cold to travel far.  With winter would come the snow, storms, ice and fog for which the region was famed.  Soon it would be time for warm fires, mulled wines and warm, sticky puddings.

But now the harvest was in, and the new city's suppliers for the winter secured, it was time for a celebration.  New ales are available at the bar, and warming stews and puddings are already starting to show on the menu.

Up on the small stage an itinerant performer recites a simple folk poem, that describes a country boy's education.

Boy and Uncle marching proud,
Calling critters names aloud,
Travelling o'er ground unploughed
Through early morning's misty shroud.
Another trip, already vowed!

Look there! Quickly! See?
See the squirrel climb the tree?
He hides his nuts from you and me.

A Cabbage White, that butterfly,
Dipping low, then flapping high.
He checks for food, that he might spy.

Watch the rabbit in his  hole,
Skirting round the tree trunk's bole,
Looking deep within your soul?

Feathered grouse, hid underfoot
Wingtip feathers black like soot.
Eggs in nest, so nicely put.

Foxgloves standing in the dells
With flowery spikes of purple bells
Deadly poison, and death foretells.

Staghorn beetle's spiky nose,
Grubbing round the dead thorn rose.
Then taking up a fighting pose

Vixen in her covered den!
Blood and feathers  from a hen,
'Twas taken from the farmers pen.

Rufus Robin on the twig,
Jumping down to earth to dig.
He's finding worms, both fat and big

Watch the eagle way up there
Smaller creatures all beware,
And head home swiftly, for your lair

Boy and Uncle marching proud,
Calling critters names aloud,
Travelling o'er ground unploughed
Through early morning's misty shroud.
Another trip already vowed!

Zach Malford
 NPC e, 1 post
 Business Manager of
 Winters Wares and Spices
Tue 25 Dec 2018
at 21:41
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Zach Malford had ordered a private room for dinner this evening. He had a special guest. He called upon the Dragons Den because it was becoming on of the favorites here in Tusk Town. And he needed to make a favorable impression.

"Be sure to serve the wine as soon as we are seated. Followed by the appetizers." Zach instructed the staff. "I'll let you know when to bring in the main dish. And keep the wine cups full at all times."

Zach Malford was in his element. He wore a black and silver ensemble that kept everything neat and simple. Yet there was an air of confidence in the man. That was one of the reasons he held the position of business manager. As a business manager, he was responsible for making sure that the business venture was profitable. And there were many ways to that end, some of them were less than legal. He just had to make sure that they weren't illegal; for that would strain his relationship with the owner. Zach had to find the grey areas; that was where the greatest profits lie.

Several minutes later, a servant escorted the special guest into the private room. "Good evening Sir Winters. I trust that your travels went well. Please enjoy the evening while I summarize the reports for your business venture."

"Wine?"
Zach gave a nod to the servant who began pouring the wine. Appetizers soon followed.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:45, Tue 25 Dec 2018.

_Winnie
 NPC, 7 posts
Tue 25 Dec 2018
at 21:53
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Winnie smiles sweetly as she listens to Zach's instructions, and then leaves to make sure that the private room is all properly and neatly arranged with fresh linens and the crockery and cutlery arranged to perfection.

A bottle of wine sits prominently on a side table, and she starts to pour as soon as directed, before leaving for a moment or two and returning with a tray full of small appetizers.

There is a selection of small savoury pastries, a creamy fish dressing on small circular slices of toast, sticks of vegetables and various dips to help get the meal started.  Then she stands, almost in a military 'at ease' position, by the door waiting for the  diners to finish the course so that she can clear the table and bring the main course.

This message was last edited by the GM at 22:00, Tue 25 Dec 2018.

Kendrick Winters
 player, 130 posts
 House Winters
Tue 25 Dec 2018
at 22:09
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Kendrick Winters stomped the hard ground as he walked the streets of Tusk Town. The ground was getting colder, harder. The wind held a chill of what was to come. Winter was coming.Iomedae

He entered the Dragons Den and quickly closed the door behind him. He opened his cloak and shook the chill from his outer garment. The warmth of the room cheered his demeanor. Kendrick asked a passing serving girl, "I'm here to see Master Malford. I understand that he has a private room?" The girl pointed to a room deeper in the Dragons Den before she rushed to fulfill a drink order.

Kendrick found the room and Zack Malford. Zack greeted him and offered him a cup of wine. "Thank you. Indeed our mission into the Narlemarch posed some challenges, but we did manage the best outcome possible... given the circumstances."

The two men continued in their chat while sampling the appetizers and the wine. Both wore a symbol of the sun and sword, a holy symbol of Iomedae. One of of dark wood and the other of silver. They were of similar height but Kendrick had the build of a seasoned warrior and Zach was more accustomed to the quill than that of a sword. "Zach. Tell me how things are going with the business?"

Zach turned to Winnie and motioned for the main course to be served.
_Winnie
 NPC, 8 posts
Tue 25 Dec 2018
at 22:19
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Wiine acknowledges the instruction, and pokes her head out of the door, before she starts to clear the remains of the first course.  Shortly afterwards a waiter appears with a steaming roasted haunch of elk, acompanied by a selection of vegetable.

Taking a large knife, Winnie sharpens it against a steel, and carves the joint while the waiter removes the used dishes.  Once the meat is carved, she serves portion to each of the guests, and then adds vegetables from the selection on the table.  After checking whether they want gravy, she tops up wine glasses and returns to her station,  where she waits demurely.

This message was last edited by the GM at 22:19, Tue 25 Dec 2018.

~ Darius
 NPC e, 5 posts
 Scribe, Carouser
Tue 25 Dec 2018
at 22:25
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Darius sat at his usual table, nursing an ale as a now finished bowl of stew sat on the edge of the table. A rudimentary map was laid out in front of him, his first foray into his potential new business; one that he felt could also benefit his benefactor.

It didn't pass his notice that Zach made his way to a private room, and shortly thereafter was followed by Sir Winters. He wondered to himself what that could be about.
Zach Malford
 NPC e, 2 posts
 Business Manager of
 Winters Wares and Spices
Tue 25 Dec 2018
at 22:51
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Zach reported on the business, "I think we need to rename the business to 'Winters Wares and Spices'. This will give our customers a better idea of what makes us different from other businesses. And of course, there will always be a market for spices. As places like the Dragons Den opens, the spice must follow... otherwise, it's simply camp food."

He stopped speaking as the staff brought in the roasted elk. "This dish was prepared with some of the spices that I gave the cook." The two men ate. Their silence was often interrupted with more drinking and complements.

"And I think that we have an opportunity to expand." The last comment brought Kendrick to set down the food. He reached for the wine. "Expand? How so?"

"Ringbridge."
Kendrick Winters
 player, 131 posts
 House Winters
Wed 26 Dec 2018
at 02:41
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Ringbridge. Kendrick repeated the town's name silently while Zach continued speaking...

"Kendrick, Kendrick. Did you hear what I said?" Zach paused while waiting for a reaction from Kendrick.

Kendrick finally blinked, "Yes, yes. Of course. I'm fine with the new business name. You convinced me last month that my best decision was to hire you as the business manager. I appreciate these reports." His hand slowly reached for a dagger at his belt. "As for Ringbridge, that make sense too."

He pulled out the sheathed dagger. "Here. Take this." The pommel of the dagger was wrapped in a leather strip. Kendrick pulled the dagger from the sheath, "It's a silver dagger. Last time I was in Ringbridge I was called upon to help track and kill a man inflicted with lycanthrope. We were successful." He thrust the dagger into the sheath, "I worry that there may be more. Lt Lincoln said that he would be alert for any similar sightings. You should check in with him and with Gandred at the Torag's House while you're there."

Kendrick pushed his plate forward. "What's for dessert?"

"More WINE!" Zach almost shouted with a hint of panic.

This message was last edited by the player at 04:59, Wed 26 Dec 2018.

~ Berta Roth
 NPC p, 10 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Wed 26 Dec 2018
at 06:15
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
This evening luck was with Berta and sees her dressed in her leathers and keeping a wary eye over the gathering crowd, while Gedd lends a hand behind the bar, though with the place filling up, she's had to reluctantly surrender her seat for the use of paying customers,and can only look on as the ale flows their way not hers.  Not while 'on duty'.

Zach's peremptory manner of addressing the servants brings a narrowing of her eyes and a sympathetic glance at Winnie, but does not suffice to stir her to teach the man to speak more politely ... or if it does, then she sets that urge aside, though it's certain it's not forgotten, much less forgiven.

The arrival of Kendrick for the meeting is noted ... and his courtesy gets a nod of approval, though she keeps her eye on the door, and when the urgent call comes for more wine, she pushes herself to her feet and collects tray and bottle from the bar to delivery it personally to Winnie, her lip twitching in a smile.

"Everything well here ?" she asks her sister-in-law.
_Winnie
 NPC, 9 posts
Wed 26 Dec 2018
at 07:55
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Winnie nods and smiles as Berta delivers the wine, assuring her sister-in-law that all is fine within.  "If you could get one of the lads to clear the dishes and bring the desserts, I would appreciate it."

Turning back to the room, Winnie tops up the glasses before she clears the remains of the main course onto the side table.  "As the weather is turning cold," she tells her guests, "The chef has prepared an apple pie, complete with a hot sauce made from eggs and cream, flavoured with some of the spices that you supplied."

A few mintes later the pie, accompanied by a large jug of custard, appears and generous portions are served up.

This message was last edited by the GM at 13:42, Wed 26 Dec 2018.

Zach Malford
 NPC e, 3 posts
 Business Manager of
 Winters Wares and Spices
Wed 26 Dec 2018
at 12:56
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Zach Malford has been diligent in planning tonight's meal for Sir Winters. Well everything except for dessert. He was never known for having a sweet tooth. Damn those spies. What good are they if they can't get to the truth of the matter! He sat back, relieved when Minnie described the dessert that was already prepared. He smiled and mouthed, THANK YOU, when she rescued him. Zach made a mental note to leave a generous tip.
Kendrick Winters
 player, 132 posts
 House Winters
Wed 26 Dec 2018
at 13:07
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
"One more thing." Kendrick said after his set his wine glass down. "Prepare my room in both locations. I may drop by from time to time. I'm planning on visiting the Knight Commander."

"Certainly. However this may involve expanding our facilities beyond the simple storefront that we have right now..." Zach explained as he tested Sir Winters intentions.

"That's understandable." He replied quickly his focus on Winnie and the two plates of creamy custard and pie.

Zach smiled. Clearly the outcome this evening went better than planned.
_Winnie
 NPC, 10 posts
Wed 26 Dec 2018
at 22:46
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Once the dessert is finished and cleared away, Winnie takes a small decanter from a shelf, along with a couple of glasses.  Approaching the table she sets a glass infront of each man and pours a generous measure from the decanter into each glass.  "A small digestif, on the house, gentlemen.  Not the best of brandies, I am afraid, but among the best that we can get this far north."  With a nod she returns the decanter to the shelf, and leaves the two to their measures of the rather fiery spirt.
DM
 GM, 2492 posts
Wed 26 Dec 2018
at 22:53
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
The barman calls Wyn across, and points to a man dressed in leathers.  Smiling the proprietor, walks across to the countryman and they chat for a short while, before the newcomer hands something over to Wyn.

After examining it, he nods to the fellow and walks him across to the bar.  A few moments later the countryman has a pitcher of ale in his hand, and heads towards a table full of men dressed in basic but simple clothing.  Then a few moments later, a waiter delivers half-a-dozen more pitchers to the table.
~ Berta Roth
 NPC p, 11 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Thu 27 Dec 2018
at 04:17
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Berta's forehead furrows once more as she watches her elder brother.  Certainly there is nothing immediately suspicious about Wyn's conversation with the stranger and the exchange is not exactly furtive, but from long experience he doesn't deserve the benefit of the doubt.

Turning away, Berta resolves to get to the bottom of the matter.  She'll ask Winnie later ... but only after she begs her sister-in-law for a helping of the apple pie.
~ Darius
 NPC e, 6 posts
 Scribe, Carouser
Thu 27 Dec 2018
at 04:32
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Darius glances up for a moment to survey the crowd before looking back down at his map.
~ Pete the Poacher
 NPC p, 8 posts
Thu 27 Dec 2018
at 06:49
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Old Pete collects a couple of mugs of ale from the bar and ambles over to the table where Darius sits with his map. He sets both mugs down on the table, sits himself down in a chair and pushes one mug across to Darius.

"How are ye going, lad? The map is looking good. Ye've got the shape of Tusk Town right, and the lake and river too. I've not been further afield yet myself. Have ye heard anything interesting yet from others who've travelled a bit further out?" he asked.

This message was last edited by the player at 14:09, Fri 28 Dec 2018.

_ Wyn Roth
 NPC, 13 posts
Thu 27 Dec 2018
at 08:14
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Wyn grins happily and slaps winnie's booitom as she passes by with the ramains of the apple pie.
_Winnie
 NPC, 11 posts
Thu 27 Dec 2018
at 08:15
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
"Stop it." Winnie replies, smiling across at her husband.  "We're in public ..."
~ Darius
 NPC e, 7 posts
 Scribe, Carouser
Fri 28 Dec 2018
at 04:55
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Darius nods in thanks to Old Pete as he takes a sip from new mug. He takes a look down at the map and shrugs, "it's looking okay I guess, but it's going to take me some time before I've really got the skills down to drawn things accurately. I'm still a novice at this," he says as someone who is not used to be a novice at things.
DM
 GM, 2493 posts
Fri 28 Dec 2018
at 07:11
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
The poet from earlier has finished his set, and wanders through the room, holding his cap out, calling ...

Winter is coming. The goose is getting fat.
Please put a penny in the poet’s hat.
If you haven't got a penny, then a ha' penny will do.
If you haven't got a ha' penny, may the Gods bless you!


It is well-known that the Dragon's Den allows performers to 'Busk' in the bar, in the hope of making a few coins from their skills.  Just so long as Wyn thinks they are good enough, of course.

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:25, Fri 28 Dec 2018.

~ Pete the Poacher
 NPC p, 9 posts
Fri 28 Dec 2018
at 14:04
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Old Pete smiles kindly at Darius.

"Don't ye worry, lad, I've seen plenty worse maps traded for gold just because they showed where some long lost treasure was supposedly buried, or the entrance to an old, forgotten gold mine, or some such thing. You just need the right story to go with your map. Some of the folk here in town used to be brigands in this area when the fort here was controlled by their leader, the Stag Lord, so some of them are likely to have a tale to tell about things that happened around here in his time or legends about things before that. The only thing I've seen that might be of any interest was the tracks of a giant stag beetle in the woods west of here. They are of no value in themselves but sometimes they become a real threat to logging communities and woodsmen because they are attracted by rotting wood. I've known of a bounty being offered elsewhere to get rid of them when they become a nuisance," he tells Darius.

When the poet passes their table he tosses a silver penny into the man's cap.

"Thank ye, young fella. That reminded me of many a walk with me ol' dad when I was just a youngster. I don't suppose ye know any tales of things that happened around here in the past, do ye?" he asks the poet.
~ Darius
 NPC e, 8 posts
 Scribe, Carouser
Mon 31 Dec 2018
at 05:33
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
"Giant stag beetles? Those don't sound fun, or sanitary," Darius mused. "I suppose it's a good start, but I'm hoping that when the expeditions return I can get some more useful information on here. A maps not worth a whole lot if it doesn't provide accurate information after all."

When the poet comes by, Darius also tosses a coin into his cap. "Yes, tales of this area would be interesting indeed," Darius added.
DM
 GM, 2496 posts
Mon 31 Dec 2018
at 09:15
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
The poet looks, significantly, at the ales in front of both Darius and Pete.  "Thank 'ee gentlemen."
~ Pete the Poacher
 NPC p, 10 posts
Tue 1 Jan 2019
at 16:18
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Pete's eyes follow the poet's gaze to the mugs of ale and he just grunts softly to himself before raising his arm to attract one of the serving lasses to order a mug of ale for the poet too.

"Sit a while with us and tell us what ye know, young fella," he advises the poet.
Kendrick Winters
 player, 134 posts
 House Winters
Sat 5 Jan 2019
at 16:41
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Kendrick and Zach finished their dinners. The two men sat and enjoyed their drink, savoring each sip. Finally Zach turned to Kendrick, "Please excuse me. I still have to attend to business matters this evening." He picked up the silver dagger as he stood. "G'night Sir Winters."




Kendrick savored the drink. He sat in the private room until servants arrived to clear the table. The young knight stood drink in hand, "Excuse me, I was just leaving. Thank you." He stepped into the main room and found an empty table.
DM
 GM, 2501 posts
Sat 5 Jan 2019
at 17:16
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
"I'll be back in  just a moment ...." the Poet grins, then continues his round of the other customers collecting what few coins that he can.  Returning to Pete and Darius's table, he takes a chair and then reaches appreciatively for the ale that was ordered for him.

"Busy in here tonight.  Gearing up for Harvestfest, I'll be bound."

This message was last edited by the GM at 17:16, Sat 05 Jan.

~ Berta Roth
 NPC p, 12 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Sun 6 Jan 2019
at 05:57
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Watching the crowd, Berta notes the reappearance of Kendrick, pleased that the young knight chooses to stay on once his business is done, the moreso as from what she's seen of him so far he's not likely to be the cause of any trouble in her inn.

The warrior-woman stares down the erstwhile Poet as he waves his cap in her direction ... but just for the form of it, calling him back with a laconic grin as she flips a silver coin his way and graces him with an approving nod.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:58, Sun 06 Jan.

Domitius
 player, 66 posts
 Half Elf Fighter/Rogue
 AC:18 HP:18
Sun 6 Jan 2019
at 06:37
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
It had been a while since the last time Domitius had let his hair down and from all accounts the Dragon's Den seemed to be the place to be in town.  Dressed in his second finest outfit he headed in to the bar.

As he approached he paused outside and cast an eye over the new building then with a nod of approval he headed in.  He stopped just inside the entrance to allow his eyes to adjust and to scope out the room.  Spotting an empty seat near Sir Kendrick he made his way through the crowd and said "Good evening Sir Kendrick, may I join you?
Kendrick Winters
 player, 135 posts
 House Winters
Sun 6 Jan 2019
at 07:20
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Kendrick smiled as he saw Domitius approach his table. "Please do. What are you drinking tonight?" The young man held a glass in his hand. The liquid inside was a deep brown. He brought the drink to his lips and sipped slowly.
~ Pete the Poacher
 NPC p, 11 posts
Sun 6 Jan 2019
at 07:59
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Old Pete shifted his chair a bit to make room for the poet to take a seat at the table with him and Darius.

"This is my first year here, so I've not seen what passes for Harvestfest here yet. Something to look forward to though, right enough. So, what's your name, lad? I'm Pete and this here is Darius. Tell us a bit about yourself and how ye come to be here in Tusk Town."
Domitius
 player, 67 posts
 Half Elf Fighter/Rogue
 AC:18 HP:18
Sun 6 Jan 2019
at 10:06
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Taking a seat at Kendrick's table with view of the front door, he gave a nod of thanks as he did so and Domitius replied "Oldlaw whiskey, assuming they have some."
~ Berta Roth
 NPC p, 13 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Fri 11 Jan 2019
at 06:19
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
With nobody as yet needing to be picked up, sat down or forcibly expelled from their establishement, Berta lends half an ear to the conversations at the tables, snorting with good humour at what she hears.
Cass Mordane
 Player, 297 posts
 Bard, Sword Scion
 Sometime Diplomat
Sat 19 Jan 2019
at 03:20
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den

Cass Mordane would likely never admit it to another living soul, but he might be getting spoiled. He couldn't remember the last time he had to sleep under an onion cart, or curl up next to some drover's dogs to keep warm.

Cass had eventually moved up to a blanket and a place on the floor of some common room of a hole in the wall tavern or inn on the outskirts of Restov thanks to earning a few coins busking in the streets.

As Cass became a better entertainer, the flow of coins increased and where to sleep was less of a concern. Getting sleep was another matter. Cass had begun to spent every spare coin on the Aldori dueling arts, and that meant many long nights of exercise, practice, and sparring.

Then came the Charter and Cass hitched his star to Midmarch and the keen plans of Henry LeMaistre. Henry kept his teams' patrol times short, especially with the approach of inclement weather. And he was kind enough to provide lodging for the members of the Tusk Town City Council.

So when the cold wind drove Cass off the streets and into the warm, cozy surroundings of The Dragons Den, it had been awhile since he had felt so closed in upon. But that was always the way of the coming winter, wasn't it?

Cass stopped blowing on his hands for warmth and looked around the room to see who was present. Then he shook off his chill and stepped to the bar.

"A warm cider please. If it is hot enough to scald a wyvern's tail, I won't complain. I will just draw the heat into my bones. If it is hard enough to stagger a dwarven wrestler, then I won't mind at all. I will just count it as medicinal."

Cass tried to hide the rumbling of his stomach as well. "And if it is not too much trouble, a bit of that dark bread that the locals call Nick. And a bowl of your house stew. If it has game in it, that would be a delight. I know the local cuisine is still in progress, but if I have to eat another eel, I will likely have spotted kittens about the issue."
DM
 GM, 2541 posts
Sun 20 Jan 2019
at 07:16
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Winnie is busy, on the other side of the room, so a different waitress comes to take the order.  When she returns, she wipes the table quickly and slides the clay tankard onto it.  "Misteess Winnie's own recipe …" she says indicating the mulled cider.

Not only is the cider warmed, it has been infused with herbs and spices that give it that reconisable 'winter' flavour.
_Wyn Roth
 NPC, 14 posts
Tue 5 Feb 2019
at 14:39
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Wyn saunters out from behind the bar, whistling jauntily to himself, and pins a notice on the notice board.
~ Gedd
 NPC p, 13 posts
 Gedd Roth
 Half-orc archer
Tue 5 Feb 2019
at 15:31
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
After a suitable interval (at least 30 seconds) Gedd wanders over to the notice board and glances nonchalantly at the notice Wyn has pinned up.
DM
 GM, 2571 posts
Tue 5 Feb 2019
at 15:44
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
The notice reads .....
~ Berta Roth
 NPC p, 18 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Wed 6 Feb 2019
at 04:13
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
"Mother preserve us," Berta frowns as she watches her older brother pin up the notice.  It's the whistling she objects to, mostly.

Exchanging a glace with her younger sibling, the warrior-woman grimaces ... but resists the urge to race over to the board, expecting that the contents will reach her ears sooner or later.

Probably sooner ...
~ Gedd
 NPC p, 14 posts
 Gedd Roth
 Half-orc archer
Wed 6 Feb 2019
at 13:53
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Gedd catches Berta's glance and slowly walks over to join her.

"I always knew he thinks it is past time you found yourself a husband, but I never thought he'd go that far," he mutters to her, shaking his head in disbelief.
~ Berta Roth
 NPC p, 19 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Thu 7 Feb 2019
at 05:18
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
"Not hungry ..." her reply dies on her lips as Berta races over to the board, hand straying to the hilt of one of the blades that hangs at her hip, face set in a stone-like mask as she stares at the notice ...
DM
 GM, 2572 posts
Thu 7 Feb 2019
at 08:09
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
The notice reads .....

This message was last edited by the GM at 08:33, Thu 07 Feb.

~ Berta Roth
 NPC p, 20 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Fri 8 Feb 2019
at 05:56
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
"Skilled jeweller !"  Bertha reads the notice aloud, the relief in her voice evident ... as is the threat in the narrowed gaze as she turns back to search the crowd for Gedd, which widens to take in anyone else who looks as if they're enjoying the jest at her expense.

"Skilled jeweller !" the warrior-woman mutters again as she takes her hand off the hilt of her sword and crosses the common room to return to her favoured spot, younger brother or no.

"Maybe if he was very rich ... and as nice to look at as all the fancy baubles ..."

A moment's reflection as she casts her eyes over the room once more, then:

"Wonder what Wyn's really up to ?"
~ Gedd
 NPC p, 16 posts
 Gedd Roth
 Half-orc archer
Fri 8 Feb 2019
at 15:30
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
"A nose ring! No, surely not. That's only an orcish custom, isn't it?"

Gedd's voice drifts across the room from the table where he now sits with a couple of his friends.
~ Liam Rivers
 NPC e, 3 posts
 Sergeant at Arms
Tue 19 Feb 2019
at 21:40
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Liam had been sitting at a quiet table nursing a drink. The man was in leathers and a longsword was sheathed at his waist. He was content to watch people pass by on their business. But with several people moving to read the notice that was put up, curiosity got the better of him. He had to read the notice himself.
DM
 GM, 2609 posts
 Mad, bad and slightly sad
Tue 19 Feb 2019
at 22:57
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
One of the waitresses tops up Liam's drink.
~ Liam Rivers
 NPC e, 4 posts
 Sergeant at Arms
Tue 19 Feb 2019
at 22:59
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
With the topped off drink in hand, Liam walked over to the notice. He skimmed the text and sipped his drink.
DM
 GM, 2610 posts
 Mad, bad and slightly sad
Tue 19 Feb 2019
at 23:03
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
The notice reads .....
~Magatha Primrose
 NPC e, 1 post
Mon 25 Feb 2019
at 22:48
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den


Magatha Primrose marched into the Dragon's Den. Not marching like someone who was in a hurry. No, marching in slow, measured steps with her head held high and her back straight as an arrow.

It was almost a strut, Magatha's walk. A prance, reminiscent of trained ponies. It was the formal march of the military on parade, polish, shine, and all.

And it would have been as impressive as intended, if she was not just a touch over three feet tall. Still, she looked proud as a peacock, this gnome woman. And just as colorful with her magenta hair and her chartreuse eyes.

Her top coat was crisp and without a wrinkle. It was dark blue with red and gold accents and a whole lot of shiny buttons. The coat was cut away from the legs like those of a cavalry officer and held in place by a tight leather belt. Her jack boots reached up to her knees.

On top of her head, the gnome wore a hat that reminded one of a sleek ship. It was accented by a large red feather or plume. The red contrasted nicely with her hair. She had a cutlass sheathed on each hip.

"Here I am!" Magatha announced with a flourish of her hands. "Straight off the boat!"

She cast her eyes around at everyone, then over to the bar. "A tall whiskey, please. Something spicy, if you have it."
~ Gedd
 NPC p, 18 posts
 Gedd Roth
 Half-orc archer
Tue 26 Feb 2019
at 12:20
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
The halforc standing by the bar gave the little newcomer a long, appraising look before finally nodding toward the other end of the common room.

"The stage is over there," he told her firmly. "What's your act? Singing? Dancing? Acrobatics? Juggling? Go on, tell me you're a sword-swallower!"
~Magatha Primrose
 NPC e, 2 posts
Thu 28 Feb 2019
at 20:52
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
The gnomish woman scrunched up her face at Gedd's remarks, then held up her finger in a 'just you wait' gesture.

Next, she marched herself directly to the aforementioned stage. Magatha then gave Gedd a nod and an exaggerated wink. "I can treat you to a bedazzling display of a swordsmanship!"

So saying, she drew out both of her blades and began to move in a swift and deadly form of dance covering the entirety of the stage.

Recognizing Aldori forms, Cass Mordane moved forward to the edge of his seat, removed a wind instrument from his pack, and began to play The Hills Low and Far in accompaniment to the gnome woman's moves. The song flowed with each move as if they had been originally orchestrated together.
~ Gedd
 NPC p, 19 posts
 Gedd Roth
 Half-orc archer
Thu 28 Feb 2019
at 23:11
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Gedd grinned as the little lady marched onto the stage but he watched with real appreciation and applauded loudly when she finished. He stepped behind the bar and poured the drink she had ordered, then took it up to the stage to her while she was still taking her bows.

He handed the glass to her with a smile then went back to his place by the bar.
Adoven
 Player, 326 posts
 Rogue / Bard
Fri 1 Mar 2019
at 16:39
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Adoven applauds. "very nice. I need to strengthen such skills myself. Might you be available for hire?"
~ Berta Roth
 NPC p, 23 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Sat 2 Mar 2019
at 06:26
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
The Inn's bouncer and part-owner smiles at the gnome woman's entrance ... not mocking her size (her adopted brother Wilric is probably no taller and certainly was once a force to be reckoned with), but appreciative that there's another sharing her red tresses, though in truth Magatha's locks are far less unruly than her own.

So too the woman seems to know what she's doing with her blades, though Berta has little time for the fashion of the Aldori, finding the dance-like moves too flashy and wasteful - while she too wields two swords, her own preference is to cut straight to the heart of the matter, not to bedazzle ones opponent.  Her size would certainly be to her advantage, though - one rarely finds one so small yet brandishing such sharp blades.

Moreover, she likes Magatha's confidence and bold dress, and no less her choice of drink, adding her own applause to the rest !
Marceline
 player, 65 posts
 Half-Elf Inquisitor
Sat 2 Mar 2019
at 17:47
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
A little tired from the journey back from the Kamelands but excited to see what her friends had done with their tavern, Marceline enters the Dragons Den and immediately makes her way over to Berta, the first familiar face she spies in the tavern.

"Berta! Good to see you again."
~Magatha Primrose
 NPC e, 3 posts
Sun 3 Mar 2019
at 16:52
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
"Much thanks." Magatha said to Gedd as he handed her the glass of whiskey.

"I am sure something can be arranged." Magatha said to Adoven with a wink and a sly smile.

But it was to Berta Roth that Magatha raised her glass in salute. She had seen those assessing eyes, and approved.

"Oh. It tastes just like smoke and fire." Magatha rasped almost silently as she closed her eyes in pleasure, leaning her head back and enjoying the inner touching of the liquid as it trailed down.
El
 player, 110 posts
Sun 3 Mar 2019
at 23:26
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
>>From the Water

El came into the Dragons Den with much the same attitude as she'd had outside of it. All smiles and less worn for wear. In a way, she had felt she had something to prove to herself and now that she had, she felt more inclined to enjoy it.

"Oh, this certainly brings back memories." She said to herself, quite brightly, and seemed to stand a bit taller. "I'll fetch the drinks, you lads find us a table. Any special requests?" She asked, before walking off to fetch the order at the bar. She'd no mind to bother a tavern wench unless the need arose.
Andalon de Lebeda
 Player, 724 posts
 Cleric of Abadar
Mon 4 Mar 2019
at 13:10
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Andalon entered close behind El and looked around for a table with chairs for six.

"A mug of ale would be most welcome, thank you El," he replied.

Then he lead the way across the common room to an empty table and took a seat. He was dressed in travel-stained studded leather armour rather than the heavier armour or clerical robes he might normally be expected to be seen in around town.

This message was last edited by the player at 13:12, Mon 04 Mar.

Adoven
 Player, 334 posts
 Rogue / Bard
Tue 5 Mar 2019
at 01:00
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Moved to the  El & Andalon table thread -  which just helps to separate out conversations and keep the Dragons Den threads readable.

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:47, Tue 05 Mar.

_Winnie
 NPC, 16 posts
 Smiling Half-Elf
Tue 5 Mar 2019
at 13:10
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
"Hey!  Marcy!  How are you doing?   Grab a table and I'll fetch some drinks over."  Winnie says as she sees her travelling companion enter the bar.  "Maybe Berta will join us later ..." she says throwing a glance at her sister-in-law, who seems taken by the Gnome sword-dancer.

With that she heads off to the bar to let them know they need to get on without her for a while.

>>> To Marceline's table
~ Findlas
 NPC e, 1 post
 World Weary
 Wary Gnome
Tue 5 Mar 2019
at 16:33
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Dust covered a little gnome as he entered the dragon's den and peered around. He was a study in contrast to the gnome who'd just stepped in a little while ago. Bespectacled, he trudged into the bar and sat his belongings down at the first chair he could find. He then rubbed his face and looked around again at those present. He was quiet and observed the goings on and tables that had people around them.

Not seeing anyone familiar, he clambered up on the seat next to his many pouches and bags and waited on someone to serve him. Seems this is the place after all. I'll wait a bit and then see what we see.
Dara Algot
 Player, 1 post
Wed 6 Mar 2019
at 21:50
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
It had been a long, long road.  The caravan was finally putting in and the travelers spreading to the ends of the most recent settlement.  Dara wasted little time taking her backpack and precious cargo from Lydia and surrendering the horse's reigns to her.  "Someone deserves a nice brushing and an apple," she told the horse affectionately before leading her off in the direction of the stables.  Passing the necessary coin from her earnings, she walked with Lydia down the street looking for somewhere to get a hot meal and a room to sleep in.  The road was her friend but the last two years had been burdensome on her.

Finding the sign with three green dragons and one white, she felt a ray of hope fill her.  Or maybe it was the smell of food coming from within.  Either way, she was drawn into the establishment before she realized what she was doing.  Dara was still road worn, dusty and fatigued but still maintaining some spirit as she walked in.  Spying the counter, she and Lydia walked to it and sat down.

"What do you have ready?  Stew?  Yes that sounds wonderful, I'd like a bowl please and may I have an extra spoon?"  Dara's precious cargo was that of the most precious type, an infant child bundled tightly in a blanket for warmth and concealment.  One didn't walk through unknown cities without showing great care, even with a scimitar on her belt.

When the food served she wiggled in her chair enough to put the child on her leg in her left arm.  Sliding the bowl to the right she took a bite to test the temperature before blowing on it.  The child took a tepid bite before flailing about, knocking the spoon from Dara's hand and sending it falling to the floor.  Lydia reached down and picked it up to find the patron of the house already there with a new spoon.  "She's not very hungry," Dara said to Lydia before taking a spoonful for herself.  Unlike the baby, Dara was quite hungry and she wasted little time starting on the meal while Lydia secured a room for the night.  In between bites, Dara took a look around to see who was present, what the place was like, who the typical patrons were.  She tried once more to feed the baby and was rewarded as she took a mouthful of the sauce and swallowed with without fuss.  "Do you have any warm milk?" she asked.
DM
 GM, 2691 posts
 Mad, bad and slightly sad
Wed 6 Mar 2019
at 21:58
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
With Winnie otherwise occupied, the other serving staff have to work much harder than normal, flitting from tables to table collecting orders  and running them up to the bar as quickly as they can.

One waitress, jugging a tray full of empties, stops by Findlas' table to take his order, then pulls a face as the woman at the next table asks for warmed milk.  "I'll see what I can do ..." she responds with a forced smile.
DM
 GM, 2706 posts
 Mad, bad and slightly sad
Thu 7 Mar 2019
at 20:43
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Dara / Findlas conversation moved to new thread :)
~ Berta Roth
 NPC p, 25 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Sat 9 Mar 2019
at 06:27
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Berta smiles and nods to both Marceline and Magatha, though feels the lack of a cup to return the salute ... but for the moment she's on duty, and her roving eyes scan the room.

Voices growing a bit too loud and angry  launch her from her comfortable post, sending  her across the floor, not quickly, but with her habitual swagger that gives those she's heading for time enough to kiss and make up before she draws close, saying nothing but lingering long enough to let it be a warning, before leaving them to it.

With nobody else looking as if they need her to eyeball them at the moment, the warrior-woman elects to take up her vigil at the table that Marceline has chosen, grasping her friend in a robust hug of greeting.

>>> To Marceline's table (but she's still watching you all !  ;>)
~Magatha Primrose
 NPC e, 4 posts
Sat 9 Mar 2019
at 23:59
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Magatha strode from the stage with as much purpose as she had strode onto it. She dutifully returned the empty whiskey glass to the bar, never one to be a bad guest.

It was to the half-elven man who had played the song at the proper tempo to keep her sword exercises in sync that she directed her final march.

"There is a man in this town that I am looking to meet. They say he was a street performer and now he holds town meetings. Something of a gift for music, they say. And describe him to look a certain way. If that man be you, then I have a business proposal to discuss. In private. "
Adoven
 Player, 384 posts
 HP 34 AC 18 F+2 R+8 W+2
 Rogue / Bard
Thu 21 Mar 2019
at 09:19
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
When she returns from her private meeting with Cass, Magatha Primrose has another man waiting for her. An elaborate bow is followed by the words "Madam, I am in awe of your skills. I am striving to master a dueling style and believe you can help me strengthen a few basics that seem to have escaped me. I also need the services of a skilled inventor, because I have an idea that might aid trade within the River Kingdoms. Might you be available for consultation? For a proper fee, of course."
~ Darius
 NPC e, 19 posts
 Scribe, Carouser
Fri 22 Mar 2019
at 21:30
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Considering all of the commotion and hilarity that the simple notice Wyn had put up caused, Darius decided he needed to take a look at it for himself.

This message was lightly edited by the player at 21:30, Fri 22 Mar.

DM
 GM, 2832 posts
 Mad, bad and slightly sad
Fri 22 Mar 2019
at 21:34
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
The Notice reads:
~ Darius
 NPC e, 19 posts
 Scribe, Carouser
Fri 5 Apr 2019
at 21:22
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Darius heads over to the bar to get another drink, nonchalantly glancing around the bar as he does so.

This message was lightly edited by the GM at 21:22, Fri 05 Apr.

DM
 GM, 2970 posts
Sat 13 Apr 2019
at 06:54
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
PM
~ Berta Roth
 NPC p, 30 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Sun 14 Apr 2019
at 13:58
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Ever vigilant, Berta takes heed of those amongst the crowd who choose to read the notice her brother posted, her brow rising almost imperceptibly as Darius ventures over to the bar, his surreptitious glances not escaping her attention.
~Findlas
 NPC e, 9 posts
 World Weary
 Wary Gnome
Thu 11 Jul 2019
at 17:12
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Findlas walked up to the bar and took at look at the notice that had grabbed the attention of others since he'd come in waiting, wondering what it might be about.
DM
 GM, 3108 posts
Thu 11 Jul 2019
at 17:53
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
The Notice Reads
~Findlas
 NPC e, 10 posts
 World Weary
 Wary Gnome
Thu 11 Jul 2019
at 18:05
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
He chuffed a bit to himself when he read the notice and popped up on a stool and said to the bartender. "So... says someone wants a skilled jeweler. I happen to be one such. Who needs what done?"
DM
 GM, 3109 posts
Thu 11 Jul 2019
at 18:24
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
The bartender nods, and calls Wyn over.

The bard looks down at the gnome.  "So you are a jeweller?  And you say you are a skilled jeweller?  OK, so show me some of your work."
~Findlas
 NPC e, 11 posts
 World Weary
 Wary Gnome
Thu 11 Jul 2019
at 21:33
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Findlas looked up at the man asking with a squint in his eye, "I do say, yup. I don't carry my work about with me because it's all sold son. Just arrived in town after all. You show me some jewels that need work though and I'll show you my work first hand."

He did reach into a pack and pull out some incredibly well-made tools for jewel work. "Gnome doesn't come by tools like this less he's got some skill with the work. But if you need me to show you jewels I've cut and polished, well there's none right now."
_ Wyn Roth
 NPC, 17 posts
 Flamboyant Half-Elf
Thu 11 Jul 2019
at 22:23
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
"And you just expect me to hand over precious metals to the first gnome who happens to pop into my bar?  That is a good way to lose money real quick.  Look, I am not saying you will do a runner on me, but I need some sort of references or surety before I have over a lump of gold t a complete stranger.  I expect you want to see the money, before you hand over a finished piece of work ...."
~Findlas
 NPC e, 12 posts
 World Weary
 Wary Gnome
Thu 11 Jul 2019
at 22:36
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
"Well, like I said. I just got to town so I don't have much to give you that'll act as a guarantee. Friend of mine sent for me. Said I might find things to interest me down here that I hadn't seen before. It was time for me to move on so I took her up on it. I'm hoping to meet up with her down here, but I've got the letter she sent me. She works for that Lord Henry doin' some such, and I think she's getting me setup up at Oleg's too. I passed through there on the way in, but they told me she was down this way doing things." Findlas grumbled to the man as he pulled out a letter to show Wyn.

"As to payment..." he shrugged. "If you try to stiff me, I'll have the jewels which are worth more than my work likely. So... don't stiff me and we'll be fine. I don't need to see your money before I do the work, just when you want to claim the jewel or jewels back."
~Berta Roth
 NPC p, 31 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Fri 12 Jul 2019
at 06:47
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Stuck helping out behind the bar this evening Berta half listens to the conversation betwixt the gnome and her elder brother, while keeping an eye out for Winnie, ready to send Ged, whose turn it is to watch the crowd, to intercept and divert her sister-in-law away from them should it prove necessary.

"They're a thirsty lot these Tuskers !" she grins to one of the servers, filling another jug of ale and passing it over.
_ Wyn Roth
 NPC, 18 posts
 Flamboyant Half-Elf
Fri 12 Jul 2019
at 07:19
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Wyn reads the letter that Findlas hands over and starts to smile as the gnome threatens him.  "I see you haven't quite got the idea.  There are no jewels, just the gold.  However, this resolves the problem," he says waving the letter around, before returning it to the Gnome.  "I'll pop into see you next time I am up at Oleg's and you have your workshop set up."

Wyn waves one of the servers across, then turns back to the Gnome.  "Thank you for coming across to see me,  allow me to buy you a drink ..." he says indicating the server.
Adoven
 Player, 492 posts
 HP 34 AC 18 F+2 R+8 W+2
 Rogue / Bard
Fri 12 Jul 2019
at 07:26
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
In reply to ~Findlas (msg # 101):

Adoven is nursing an ale and contemplating plans for the future. He walks up holding his mug and asks "Good sir, are you from Jovvox by any chance?"
_ Wyn Roth
 NPC, 19 posts
 Flamboyant Half-Elf
Fri 12 Jul 2019
at 07:36
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
With a smile towards the merchant, Wyn instructs the server, "Oh, and get one for Adoven as well."
~Berta Roth
 NPC p, 32 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Fri 12 Jul 2019
at 13:25
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Berta has two cups of ale waiting on the counter by the time the server turns about again, ready to lift them onto the tray and send her on her way.

Jovvox ?  Somewhere in the River Kingdoms, she thinks, though her grasp of the geography of these parts is uncertain.
~Findlas
 NPC e, 13 posts
 World Weary
 Wary Gnome
Fri 12 Jul 2019
at 17:07
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Findlas looks oddly at Wyn, "yeah. Guess I didn't get it, but now I do. Usually when I see a note like that it's someone wanting some rough stuff cleaned up for a fee, not ready coin to spend on already done work. But I get you now. Sure come on up when in a few weeks. I should have some stuff by then." He nodded his thanks for the drink and sipped it as Adoven walked up.

"Jovvox? Not so much, but I've passed through a time or two. Adoven's your name then? What's Jovvox to you?"
Adoven
 Player, 493 posts
 HP 34 AC 18 F+2 R+8 W+2
 Rogue / Bard
Fri 12 Jul 2019
at 17:20
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Adoven says "my company and I are looking to expand trade to the south. It occurs to me that being able to set up a jetty in Jovvox might be mutually beneficial with Tusk. Somehow I don't see Mivon welcoming a competing shipper within their city unless I establish a semi-local presence first."
~Findlas
 NPC e, 14 posts
 World Weary
 Wary Gnome
Fri 12 Jul 2019
at 18:10
Fuzzy: The Dragons Den
Findlas nodded, "ahh. Well as to that, not sure what help I'll be. As I said, I've been there and passed through. Not from there though, so not much help to you in trying to set something up."

"If you do get a meet with someone down there, I might could write you an introduction or some such one gnome to another, but beyond that not sure what help I could be."