Sirai - The Jeweled City.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
Herrin Madrigal
 Player, 162 posts
Thu 16 Sep 2021
at 16:03
Sirai - The Jeweled City
Herrin forgoes anything strong to drink, only ever partaking in such things when she feels safe, which is rare. She would rather not dull her senses, instead ordering the strongest tea the establishment can drum up. She preferred strong flavors, the more bitter the better, but then that suited her in more ways than one.

Her dark blue eyes flick to the other patrons as they wait. Her hard, piercing gaze tends to keep would-be admirers at bay, no matter her pretty features. Despite her feminine build, her strong muscles and tall frame also keep most men away, preferring the company of a daintier sort. She looks...unwelcoming. Always.

She rests a hand on her nearly shaven head, elbow propped on the table to hold it up. As bored looking as someone that alert can look. I hate waiting. she says flatly. And this tea tastes like weak piss.
Khalazar Ul Atahbi
 Player, 406 posts
 Human Shadow Sorcerer
 HP: 9/9 - AC: 14(17)
Fri 17 Sep 2021
at 12:12
Sirai - The Jeweled City
Khalazar's inch-long, mostly colourless eyebrows had furrowed upon seeing the dive.  He wasn't against living low, but this was a poor choice for the expedition leaders to have made.  Leaving both a bad impression on them and the Jewel itself for those new to it.

Inside he'd - unusually - insisted the group take seats near a window, which he had promptly opened and sat beside. The sun shone brightly but, as ever, had little effect on the old man whose skin seemed apathetic towards its existence.

Despite having intentionally ordered the most odourless things on the menu, Khalazar still could not fault Herrin's complaints.  He absently picked at the so called food with one of his long curved nails, whilst observing the world outside, occasionally taking deep sniffs through the open window.

This hole better have been chosen for convenience sake.  He spat out vitriolically with an almost imperceptible nod in Herrin's direction.  His voice carrying a dry, dusty rasp.  Like slowly swept straw.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:40, Fri 17 Sept.

GM
 GM, 674 posts
 Ask Questions
 Receive Answers
Mon 27 Sep 2021
at 23:10
Sirai - The Jeweled City
The ordered food and beverages are brought out. It is not passable as anything that was advertised, but for only coppers apiece, it works. The day is growing hot, the tail end of summer not relinquishing its grasp on the equatorial position of the Jeweled City. Fishmongers have started to call out the days catch and your bar maid informs you that she can get fresh fish and lentils from one of them if they wish to pay a premium for the service. Her accent marks her as a native of the city and likely trying to take advantage of you.
Herrin Madrigal
 Player, 164 posts
Tue 28 Sep 2021
at 19:20
Sirai - The Jeweled City
If this place can't even get tea right, I'm not fool enough to let you try your hand at fish, Herrin replies flatly, pushing the now empty cup to the edge of the table like it had offended her. At that point she proceeds to ignore the woman, instead leaning back in her chair and stretching, unconcerned. I don't know how much more of this I can stand, she addresses her companions with a glower. I need to move, stretch my legs. I'm tired of sitting in my own sweat.
Mennta
 Player, 280 posts
 Aasimar Druid
 HP: 11/11
Wed 29 Sep 2021
at 06:39
Re: Sirai - The Jeweled City
Mennta would never get used to the giant constructs that people called cities. He understood their convenience, and the safety they could provide for a group, but you removed yourself from so many things that made life worth living, made it enjoyable, or had any real meaning. It was easy to lose who you were and where you came from in great places such as this.

Here beside the water, at least, things were less chaotic than they otherwise would have been anywhere else in the city. If leaders of the Amur expedition were going to cross paths here, hopefully it would happen soon. Mennta looked at Herrin and nodded, "Yes, the sooner we get out of this place, the better. I think they chose it for the fact only a rare few would be here by choice, leaving room for others who are actually interested in joining." Mennta hadn't bothered with ordering food or drink; he knew better than to trust the quality, no matter how low the price.

Apologies for the long wait, the skunk turned out to be the least of concerns as life decided to punch me in the face. Most of my focus is on other things at the moment, so I might be a bit slow for a while. I'll do what I can, but I've got some other things I'm having to focus on for a bit.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:40, Wed 29 Sept.

GM
 GM, 676 posts
 Ask Questions
 Receive Answers
Tue 5 Oct 2021
at 19:30
Re: Sirai - The Jeweled City
The barmaid looks disappointed but not offended and moves off to try her luck with other customers. As you prepare to leave, however, a man dressed in the finery of one of the House nobles and accompanied by several guards stops in front of the dive. Whispering a few words to one of his guards, he stands and looks over the patrons. The guards quickly fan out and approach each customer. A small bit of coin exchanges hands and most of the occupants leave. One of the guards comes to your table, speaking in the native dialect. "The place has been reserved by Vizier Imophet of House Sarlutet. You will be compensated for your time with one silver," he states and places the three coins on the table.
Herrin Madrigal
 Player, 165 posts
Fri 8 Oct 2021
at 20:24
Re: Sirai - The Jeweled City
Herrin, already about to leave anyway, gives a smirk and immediately takes a coin, flicking it in the air and catching it before shoving it in a pocket. She stands, likely almost as tall as the guard himself, and gives him a tiny nod of acknowledgement, turning to give her companions a waiting look. In actuality, there should be many reasons to wonder why a Vizier should want to reserve such a shoddy establishment. Perhaps even reasons that would be relevant to Herrin, but she'd sat too long and her legs were too stiff to be curious now. She wanted to move, get something real to eat, get blood flowing to her muscles, which were used to far more vigorous activity than rotting in this hellish place.
Mennta
 Player, 281 posts
 Aasimar Druid
 HP: 11/11
Fri 8 Oct 2021
at 23:54
Re: Sirai - The Jeweled City
Mennta stood, considered waiving off the coin, then decided to take it instead so as to not cause a scene. They had been waiting for the man's arrival, which meant it was finally time for something other than just sitting here. Well, near enough, at least.
Khalazar Ul Atahbi
 Player, 409 posts
 Human Shadow Sorcerer
 HP: 9/9 - AC: 14(17)
Sat 9 Oct 2021
at 14:58
Re: Sirai - The Jeweled City
Khalazar makes a show out of getting up.  Apparently stiff joints make extricating himself from the cornered window seat an arduous task for the old man. He grumbled incoherently to himself, until finally freed and standing in front of the guard, head turned floorward.

He'd been hoping that at least one of his associates would speak up, but since that didn't happen he supposed he'd have to be the one to raise the issue.  Whilst hovering a shaky hand over the silver coin, he paused to ask:

"We," he gently indicated to Mennta and Herrin with the top of his staff, "are here for a meeting.  About an excursion of no small academic importance?" The old man spoke slowly, peering up from under his lengthy eyebrows for any reaction from the guard.  "Not wishing to pry, but perhaps the Vizier made mentioned of such?"

This message was last edited by the player at 15:00, Sat 09 Oct.

GM
 GM, 677 posts
 Ask Questions
 Receive Answers
Mon 11 Oct 2021
at 16:50
Re: Sirai - The Jeweled City
The guard looks the group over, eyeing Herrin in particular before nodding and holding out his hand in a stopping motion. "Wait here," he instructed and made his way over near the Vizier. Whispers pass between the two and the Vizier smiles slightly and looks at your group. As the guards clear the rest of the patrons out, the Vizier strides over to your table.

You can see that he is wrapped in finery, though the garb and trinkets appear to be nothing more than costume pieces for even the lesser trained eye. He stops and gestures to the table. "Please, sit. My guard tells me that you have come about the rumors of an expedition to Amur, is that correct? If so, may I ask what you are looking to do on the island?"
Herrin Madrigal
 Player, 167 posts
Wed 13 Oct 2021
at 19:50
Re: Sirai - The Jeweled City
Herrin watches the man get the Vizier, but does not offer to give him the coin back. If he says something, fine, but the way she sees it, he owes her that much for making her wait in this awful place.

All I'm looking for is a good fight and a few coins. And to keep these two in one piece, she nods to her companions with a half smile. Her time as a bodyguard to them had made her somewhat fond of the two. Closest things to friends she had.
Mennta
 Player, 282 posts
 Aasimar Druid
 HP: 11/11
Fri 15 Oct 2021
at 04:23
Re: Sirai - The Jeweled City
"I'm here to keep this one's head from swelling to an unwieldy size," pointing to Herrin. "I'm also a student ancient writings and artifacts, and a fair hand at staying alive in the wild."
Khalazar Ul Atahbi
 Player, 411 posts
 Human Shadow Sorcerer
 HP: 9/9 - AC: 14(17)
Fri 15 Oct 2021
at 21:19
Re: Sirai - The Jeweled City
"Knowledge," is all Khalazar says as he once again finds himself a seat.
GM
 GM, 678 posts
 Ask Questions
 Receive Answers
Sat 30 Oct 2021
at 03:09
Sirai - The Jeweled City
The man nods sagely, steepling his fingers as he looks over your group. After a moment he smiles. “I am happy to say that all are available in Amur. We will be leaving in a fortnight but I must tell you that it is not free. Expeditions are expensive operations. Everyone must cover the cost of travel. Fifty gold is the amount to buy into the journey. Details upon deposit. I can accept ten percent now to ensure there is room enough,” he finishes.

You can practically feel the oil sliding from his tongue. His tone and demeanor is obvious as a trained busker or showman. You’ve been in this city long enough to know when a negotiation has started.
Herrin Madrigal
 Player, 168 posts
Sat 30 Oct 2021
at 14:24
Sirai - The Jeweled City
No. Herrin says flatly, thinking it's good she kept that soldier's coin. I'm not paying that.

In her blunt fashion, negotiations have begun for her too. Her dark blue eyes stare back at the man, unblinking.
Khalazar Ul Atahbi
 Player, 412 posts
 Human Shadow Sorcerer
 HP: 9/9 - AC: 14(17)
Sat 30 Oct 2021
at 18:36
Sirai - The Jeweled City
For the first time, Khalazar starts to seriously take the measure of the man in front of him.  His brow furrowing in the process.

"Just so." he says to Herrin.

"Sir,"  the old man pushes a chair out towards the vizier with the butt of his staff.  "Surely you would agree that, by definition, business negotiations do require at least a little actual negotiation before any hand-shaking occurs?  Before that though, we would first like to know who we are dealing with.  Your papers, please?"


Persuasion: 7
12:19, Today: Khalazar Ul Atahbi rolled 7 using 1d20+5.  Persuasion - It's just good business.

This message was last edited by the player at 12:19, Mon 01 Nov.

Mennta
 Player, 283 posts
 Aasimar Druid
 HP: 11/11
Tue 2 Nov 2021
at 00:40
Sirai - The Jeweled City
"What if we were to sign on as guards and escorts, rather than just people tagging along for a ride?"
GM
 GM, 680 posts
 Ask Questions
 Receive Answers
Wed 3 Nov 2021
at 17:03
Sirai - The Jeweled City
The man laughed and twirled his facial hair. “My friends, I have guards. I am not going to the island for adventure. I am going to facilitate trade. Trade in antiquities. Coins and artifacts abound in Amur. That is my goal. To purchase things that are found within the jungles and ruins of the island. That and any interesting beasts you may capture,” he says and looks to one of his guards.

“Ezekiel, what did that creature from the last expedition go for in the market? The scaly dragon things with claws?”, he asked.

The guard that gave you the coin spoke up. “Two thousand gold was the final bid. The auctioneer called it an Allosaurus, my lord.”

The Vizier smiled and opened his arms. “See? And that expedition only lost ten people to the island. A success in my book. It is not often that you will have the opportunity to get to the island, so my price remains firm. I will offer a bit of information, as a show of good faith and the fact that you have won me a fair bit of money, my muscle bound maiden. You can keep any coin or artifact you find on the island. After all, the fee is just to get you there. There will be room for fifty adventurers. The rest of the expedition is to support the base camp we establish at the abandoned port on the southern portion of the island. Basic amenities will be there. A tent city of services if you will. We stay for two months before the storm season will force us back here. Does this satisfy your curiosities?”
Herrin Madrigal
 Player, 170 posts
Wed 3 Nov 2021
at 22:32
Sirai - The Jeweled City
Herrin listens, her expression darkening at mention of the Allosaurus. She always had a soft spot for animals, scaly or not, especially since she knew what it felt like to be captured and caged. When the Vizier brings up winning money from her, her full lips twitch in a smirk. If you made money off my matches, then you know what I'm capable of. I can be useful to you, we all can. But we're not paying fifty gold when you should count yourself lucky to have us.
Khalazar Ul Atahbi
 Player, 415 posts
 Human Shadow Sorcerer
 HP: 9/9 - AC: 14(17)
Wed 3 Nov 2021
at 23:44
Sirai - The Jeweled City
Khalazar leans forward, onto his staff, with a "hmph."
Mennta
 Player, 284 posts
 Aasimar Druid
 HP: 11/11
Thu 4 Nov 2021
at 23:20
Sirai - The Jeweled City
Mennta nodded to Herrin's comment, but said no more.
GM
 GM, 683 posts
 Ask Questions
 Receive Answers
Fri 5 Nov 2021
at 00:05
Sirai - The Jeweled City
The man nods and his smile never waivers. “Ahhh, but mercenaries and hired swords are a silver a dozen. I am looking for those that might be able to not just survive the fallen kingdom but maybe even succeed in making themselves rich, with a modest profit from my services as well. If you find yourselves lacking the coin, I can understand. Fifty gold a head is steep for most, but it also weeds out the riff raff,” he says as he looks around at the dive bar.

“I do have an alternative to fifty gold. There is a man that owes me quite a sum. Two hundred gold that he has not paid me back after a few unlucky bets. If you can gather that for me, I will consider his debt paid and your fees waived. There is also another avenue. Sir Alanzo Brightscale is looking for crusaders to take with him. He intends to honor some fallen Imperial hero by taking on the beast that felled the island. He has paid in full for his company. Thirty men and women. You can try to garner a spot on his roster for passage. Or simply find jobs to do to gain the one hundred and fifty gold your group needs. In any case, there are others that will want to test my prices for passage. If you have need of my services or want to pay your fees, I can be found in the Spice District. Ask for House Sarlutet and you can find me,” finishes with a smile and departs for a table that has been cleaned and prepped for him. It looks like dates, figs, and wine that was not part of the menu had be brought for him while he passes the time.
Herrin Madrigal
 Player, 171 posts
Fri 5 Nov 2021
at 19:52
Sirai - The Jeweled City
Herrin considers the options with a thoughtful frown. Collecting the debt was tempting. She did not balk at collecting money where money was due. However, judging by how seedy the Vizier was, it was entirely possible the man was justified in not paying this "debt," and she didn't particularly want to pummel an innocent if she could avoid it. That brought up the possibility of the crusaders. It was tempting...so long as they didn't get in the way and the creature truly deserved it. What a mess. Too many possibilities. She preferred it when her way was more certain.

With a sigh, she turns to her companions. I don't want to get jobs. If I earn fifty gold I'm not giving it to that bastard, she sneers. I don't consider that a deal. That leaves the debtor or the crusade. Neither excites me but they could do. I'll leave it to you masterminds to decide, she says with a smirk.
Mennta
 Player, 286 posts
 Aasimar Druid
 HP: 11/11
Sat 6 Nov 2021
at 03:20
Sirai - The Jeweled City
Mennta spoke softly so as to avoid the ears of others outside the group, "We can talk to the debtor, see what he has to say about the situation, and then decide whether we collect on the debt or not. If not, then we can look into the crusade. Both options allow us entry without having to give him any gold of our own."
Khalazar Ul Atahbi
 Player, 417 posts
 Human Shadow Sorcerer
 HP: 9/9 - AC: 14(17)
Mon 8 Nov 2021
at 15:03
Sirai - The Jeweled City
Khalazar hauls himself to his feet once again.

"As long as we get to Amur."

"Though, I'd be surprised if this Vizier has seen one-hundred gold in his life, let alone two." He adds, grumbling under his breath.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:03, Mon 08 Nov.