Fuzzy: Dragons Den - Darius's Table.   Posted by DM.Group: 0
~ Pete the Poacher
 NPC p, 17 posts
Sun 20 Jan 2019
at 13:18
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Old Pete grins back at Gaim.

"I was just starting to look forward to a poem about what a lonesome thing an empty tankard is! Come to think of it, I remember hearing a song along those lines once. Now, how did it go? Can't remember it all but there was this one line as stuck with me.

"There's nothing so lonesome, so morbid or drear,
Than to stand in a bar, of a pub with no beer!


"Ha, that's not a fate I'd wish on any man!"


He slaps his thigh and laughs at the very idea.

When he calms down again he turns to Darius with a more serious suggestion.

"Have you met Gedd Roth yet? He's that halforc over by the bar, half-brother of Wyn and Berta Roth. He loves the outdoors as much as I do and I reckon he'd be just as interested in a decent map of the place as I am. I'll ask him to come over and have a look at what you've drawn up so far. Then there's Brother Florin over at the Temple of Abadar. I know he has quite a keen interest in the story of how Midmarch is developing, what Lord Henry's people have had to face within these lands and that sort of thing. I'll go and see if he is free to come over for a chat as well."

He gets up straight away and heads over to the bar to talk to Gedd Roth. After a couple of minutes he points to Darius, clearly pointing him out to the halforc, then heads out the door.
~ Gedd
 NPC p, 9 posts
 Gedd Roth
 Half-orc archer
Sun 20 Jan 2019
at 13:31
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Gedd was helping the barman when Old Pete came over for a chat and pointed out Darius seated at a table in the common room with a map laid out in front of him.

When Pete left the bar Gedd spoke a few words to the barman then walked over to Darius's table.

"Hello, gents. My name is Gedd. One of you is Darius? Pete told me you are working on a map of Midmarch and suggested I come over and have a look. Is that alright by you?" he asked.
~ Darius
 NPC e, 15 posts
 Scribe, Carouser
Mon 21 Jan 2019
at 04:11
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Darius nods, "yes, I'm Darius. Gedd, it's a nice to meet you. Please, have a seat," he says as he motions to the newly emptied chair next to him. "Yes, I'm working on a map of Midmarch, and would love any insight you might have so I can make it as accurate as possible."
Gaim the Poet
Mon 21 Jan 2019
at 09:19
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Gaim raises his newly filled tankard of ale towards Gedd as Darius welcomes the newcomer to the table.
~ Gedd
 NPC p, 10 posts
 Gedd Roth
 Half-orc archer
Mon 21 Jan 2019
at 13:54
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Gedd smiles at the poet and says, "I enjoyed your poem earlier. Well done. I'm sure Wyn and Berta will agree you are welcome back whenever you are in town."

Then he turns his attention back to the map on the table.

"You have the two lakes south of here right but did you know there is an island in the middle of the southern lake? We sailed past it on the way here but Captain Yitis-Aldori wouldn't tell us anything about it. He seemed to consider it bad luck even to talk about it and sailed well clear of it.

"I just had a thought. When you have this map fleshed out a bit more it would be great to have a copy up on the wall of this common room. That would give folks a way to point out their travels and share their tales about what they've seen along the way, as well as planning their next journey. How much would you charge us for a map like that?"
he asks Darius.
~ Berta Roth
 NPC p, 17 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Wed 23 Jan 2019
at 13:06
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Berta winces and shakes her head almost imperceptibly as her brother asks 'how much' ... but doesn't interrupt, turning away to listen to some other conversation that won't make her grind her teeth.
~ Darius
 NPC e, 16 posts
 Scribe, Carouser
Fri 25 Jan 2019
at 02:38
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"Hmm, an island you say," Darius asks with obvious interest. "That's good to know. Do you by chance have an idea of how large it is?"

With the question of cost, Darius sits back and ponders for a minute, "Hmm, I hadn't put too much thought into it. How about 15 gold pieces? with the added benefit that I will agree to update periodically free of charge."
Gaim the Poet
Fri 25 Jan 2019
at 07:46
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Gaim acknowledges Gedd's comment, then sits back and sips his ale as he listens to the conversation.

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:47, Fri 25 Jan.

~ Gedd
 NPC p, 11 posts
 Gedd Roth
 Half-orc archer
Sat 26 Jan 2019
at 12:51
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"Fifteen gold? That seems fair," Gedd replies with a smile. No doubt you will be asked to produce more copies for other people too, at that price."

"I am not sure of the size of the island. We only saw it from a distance but I would be surprised if a man on foot could walk all the way around it in a day. The coastline looked quite rugged and the island quite heavily vegetated, so travel would be quite slow."

~ Darius
 NPC e, 17 posts
 Scribe, Carouser
Mon 28 Jan 2019
at 00:00
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Darius nods, "Well, I just approximate for now then. At least I can make sure it's on the map, and maybe Lord Henry will ask one of the adventuring groups to check it out. Our new poet, Gaim here, was just telling us about where he and his have settled, just east of Hunters Rest, about here," he says as he points to the map.
Gaim the Poet
Mon 28 Jan 2019
at 08:40
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Gaim nods happily then takes a mouthful of ale.
~ Brother Florin
 NPC e, 5 posts
 Acolyte at Temple of
 Abadar in Tusk Town
Mon 28 Jan 2019
at 15:35
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Just about now Old Pete returns with another young man in tow. He introduces the newcomer as Brother Florin, the acolyte at the local temple of Abadar in Tusk Town.

"May Abadar's blessings be upon you and upon this house," Brother Florin responds by way of greeting.

"Our friend Pete has told me of your map and the discussions you enjoying here. Would you be happy for me to join you and share what I might add to the discussion?"

His eyes wander across the map as he speaks but then he looks around at each of those assembled as he asks their permission to join them.
~ Gedd
 NPC p, 12 posts
 Gedd Roth
 Half-orc archer
Thu 31 Jan 2019
at 13:31
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As Darius and the poet seem too engrossed in the map itself to respond to Brother Florin, Gedd takes it upon himself to welcome the young cleric.

"No objections at all, Brother. I know little of the lands around here, as we came up the river from the south and Tusk Town was already established by the time we arrived."
~ Brother Florin
 NPC e, 6 posts
 Acolyte at Temple of
 Abadar in Tusk Town
Thu 31 Jan 2019
at 15:34
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Brother Florin smiles and takes a seat at the table.

"I arrived after settlement of the town had begun, too, but I came from the northeast, from the city of Restov in one of the caravans of wagons that bring most of the new settlers to Midmarch. I was too late to witness any of the heroic battles fought by the adventurers that Lord Henry first recruited to help wrest these lands from the bandits who used to terrorise anyone who set foot here. I have been finding out as much as I can about the history of the founding of Midmarch and what was here before, but there are still many gaps in that story to be filled.

"Have you ever heard about the series of battles that Henry's adventurers fought against the Stag Lord's bandits here in Midmarch?

"The first battle was up in the north here,"
he points to the site labelled Oleg's on the map. "That was called Oleg's Trading Post back then, although it has grown into a village now. A band of bandits came for their regular pay-off so they wouldn't destroy the trading post but Henry's folk defeated them and took some prisoners, although I think some of the bandits did escape at the end of that fight.

"The second and third battles were a number of weeks after that. I think they both happened about the same time as Lord Henry divided his forces into two groups to explore the lands southwest and southeast from Oleg's.

"One group went southwest to the forests of the Narlemarches, where they discovered a bandit camp and defeated the bandits there. That is over here at the site now known as Hunters Rest. I think of that as the second battle just because it was closer than the third site and therefore likely to have been reached first.

"The third battle was over to the east at a wooden ring-fort known as the Orcy Ring."
He points to the site labelled Ringbridge on the map. "It was home to a band of bandits lead by a wizardess and her halforc sons. Our head priest at the temple of Abadar here in Tusk Town, Father Andalon, has told me all about that battle. He and his friends had discovered the ring-fort a few weeks earlier and thought it was deserted apart from a halforc who tried to ambush them when they started exploring the tunnels beneath the ring-fort. They discovered just enough during that first visit that they were able to locate a hidden entrance into those tunnels from outside the ring-fort when they returned a few weeks later and found the fort full of bandits this time. Needless to say, Henry's men and women defeated the bandits and claimed the ring-fort in Lord Henry's name.

"The fourth and final battle was right here where Tusk Town now stands. Fort Tusk was known as Fort Stag back then. It was the primary stronghold of the bandit leader called the Stag Lord, who was overall leader of all the bandits that Henry's forces had fought so far. Well, here there was no easy way in so Henry's adventurers scaled the walls of the fort at night and defeated the Stag Lord and his bandits right there inside the fort. The Stag Lord fought to the death, so when he was finally slain that really was the end of the bandits here in Midmarch and opened the door for all the rest of us who have come here to start a new life in Midmarch."

~ Darius
 NPC e, 18 posts
 Scribe, Carouser
Thu 31 Jan 2019
at 20:28
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Darius looked up from the map and smiled as Brother Florin joined him. When the young acolyte began speaking, he quickly pulled out some parchment and ink and began writing as quickly as he could to capture everything he said. "This is great. In addition to making a comprehensive map of the area, I'm hoping to collect the history of Midmarch to this point, and chronicle it as it continues to grow. What more can you tell me about these specific areas, perhaps so that I can better annotate the map I have begun?"
DM
 GM, 2558 posts
Fri 1 Feb 2019
at 09:23
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Gaim finishes his ale, says his goodbyes and heads off to his friends table.

OOC:  You might want to look at this page  http://rp.baileymail.net/doku....ch:midmarchgazetteer
~ Brother Florin
 NPC e, 8 posts
 Acolyte at Temple of
 Abadar in Tusk Town
Fri 1 Feb 2019
at 13:50
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Brother Florin smiles at Darius's enthusiasm, obviously delighted to have found a kindred spirit in this frontier town.

"Well, let me see. Lord Henry has built himself a villa up there at Henryhall as the last stop before leaving Midmarch on the road to Restov, or the first stop on the way in. He has also established a fort at that spot labelled Outpost, with a garrison of guards to patrol the roads across the middle of Midmarch.

"Down here, on the Shrike River about halfway between Tusk Town and Ringbridge, there is a restricted area called Sootscale. It is the home territory of the Sootscale tribe of kobolds. Lord Henry has agreed some sort of treaty with them, so the area is basically off limits except that river travel between Tusk Town and Ringbridge is permitted - just make sure you stay on the boat and obey the warning signs along both banks of the river. Oh, some folk would definitely be tempted to go in uninvited as the kobolds have a silver mine there, but Marik Metals have secured the rights to that trade and Marik himself is Henry's appointed agent for all dealings with Sootscale. So anyone wanting to even talk to the kobolds needs to talk to Marik first.

"Then there is another restricted area up in the northern part of the Narlemarch forests. It is the homeland of a community of fey creatures of various sorts. Again, Lord Henry has some sort of treaty with them, so it is a case of keep out or you'll have more trouble than you looked for on both sides of the border.

"Up there in the Northern Narlemarch Reserve, as well as the Fey lands you have got Hunters Rest and an ancient shrine to Erastil called Elkwall. That sounds like a fascinating sight. I heard someone describe Elkwall as a 300-foot long cliff carved to look like an enormous elk! Much as it pains me to promote anything about any other religion but Abadar's, it certainly sounds like that would be one place any worshipper of Erastil would want to see before they die!"


He leans back with a happy smile on his face as he studies the map laid out in front of him, then waves a barmaid over to the table.

"Well, this is a jolly nice way to spend the evening, isn't it? I think I might just indulge in a small beer while I am here."
~ Gedd
 NPC p, 15 posts
 Gedd Roth
 Half-orc archer
Thu 7 Feb 2019
at 13:13
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Gedd slides back into his seat before the others had even realised he was gone, so engrossed was everyone else in Brother Florin's geography lesson.

He chuckles quietly to himself before whispering something to Darius, Pete and Brother Florin.

This message was last edited by the player at 13:14, Thu 07 Feb.

~ Darius
 NPC e, 19 posts
 Scribe, Carouser
Sat 9 Feb 2019
at 16:44
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Darius nods to the young acolyte, "Yes, please join us for a beer. You are more than welcome, and have been extremely helpful already."

When Gedd returns, Darius raises an eyebrow and then laughs at what the half-orc whispers to the group. "Understood, and rest assured we'll hold a memorial for you if it comes to that," he adds with a wink.
~ Berta Roth
 NPC p, 21 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Sun 10 Feb 2019
at 05:26
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Berta grinds her teeth some more.  Not even much point tossing Darius out as Gedd will just drag him back in again.  She could probably throw Gedd out ... but it'd not be a sure thing which of them would end up on the wrong side of the door, and there'd be a lot of collateral damage that'd just come out of her and our brothers' own pockets, never mind the damage to the Dragon's reputation.

Eyes narrowing, the warrior-woman casts her gaze around the room once more, looking for trouble elsewhere.
~ Brother Florin
 NPC e, 10 posts
 Acolyte at Temple of
 Abadar in Tusk Town
Mon 11 Feb 2019
at 14:43
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Brother Florin looks a little startled by Gedd's whisper and when the young acolyte glances at Berta's angry face he pales slightly and hastily looks away.

"Oh, er, thankyou Darius. Where was I? Oh, yes, Father Andalon mentioned that they met a hermit called Bokken out in the wilderness east of Oleg's. He lives in a hut there and brews a number of useful potions that he will sell to visitors.

"Over on the western side of the Narlemarch is a fishing village called Drowned Trees. I understand that it was a pirate base before Lord Henry sent his men there to clear it out. Now it is just a fishing village in the swamp, with little to recommend it to visitors unless you consider eel a particularly delicious delicacy.

"A little closer to home, you all know the lake we call the Tuskwater south of Tusk Town? Well over there on the eastern side is a boggy hollow called the Mudbowl. Apparently it is full of all sorts of exotic mushrooms, toadstools and other fungi, but it has a guardian, of sorts. A great tentacled monster called a tendriculos, which preys upon any creature lured into the bog in search of those exotic mushrooms. One of those mushrooms is called the Black Rattlecap. It is supposed to have some sort of useful properties but I am not clear about what they might be. One person who does prize it is a strange old woman called the Old Beldame, who lives across the lake on the western shore of the Tuskwater. Apparently she doesn't welcome visitors but she will trade potions for Black Rattlecap Mushrooms, one for one. She may not be a particularly friendly personality but it certainly sounds like she would be well able to look after herself. Father Andalon also mentioned that the Tusk Town Council would be very upset if anyone from here ever set out to harm the Beldame."


He taps the side of his nose with one finger as though hinting that last bit of information should be taken as a word to the wise.
_Wyn Roth
 NPC, 15 posts
Sat 16 Feb 2019
at 17:08
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Wyn makes his way across to Darius's table, a slight frown furrowing his brow as he looks from his sister to his brother and then back again.

"Everything alright here?" the half-elf asks Darius,  flashing his teeth in  the smile that service staff reserve for  making  everyday enquiries of their customers.
~ Gedd
 NPC p, 17 posts
 Gedd Roth
 Half-orc archer
Sun 17 Feb 2019
at 04:58
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"You want to commission a jeweller to make a nose ring, right?" Gedd responds to Wyn with a grin.
_Wyn Roth
 NPC, 16 posts
Sun 17 Feb 2019
at 08:17
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"What?" Wyn looks at his brother in that 'what the hell are you talking about way' that is reserved for siblings.

"No," he says a moment later, and drops his voice slightly "I want a jeweller to make a  ....  No.  If you spoiled the surprise for Winnie, I'd have to hurt you!"
~ Berta Roth
 NPC p, 22 posts
 Human Female Dragonfriend
 Let's do it my way
Sun 17 Feb 2019
at 13:00
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As Wyn replies in the negative, Berta weighs up the trajectory between her younger sibling and the tankard on a nearby table ... then remembers she's supposed to be stamping out any sign of trouble, not being the cause of it.

She sighs.  It's like being back in the guards ... no, never that, for she loves the pair of them fiercely, unlike ... 'the Captain', as Gedd called him.

Frown and irritation vanished upon the instant, the warrior-woman smiles indulgently at her brothers, neither hearing Wyn's whispered words, nor caring overmuch - whatever trouble he's getting them into, she'll gladly be there to help get them out of it.

As for poor Brother Florin ... she'll have to ask him about those Black Rattlecaps - maybe they've some equivalent she's more familiar with, matter not the young man gets terribly tongue-tied around her - though that does amuse her !

The face that turns back to the crowded in is by far less belligerent.