Fuzzy: The Dragons Den.   Posted by DM.Group: 0
~ 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.