Chapter 2. Missing clues.   Posted by edgy_rhinx.Group: 0
edgy_rhinx
 GM, 70 posts
Sun 19 Mar 2017
at 17:12
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
"Many thanks, but I really have to deliver the supplies personally to Ms. Blythe's hands, paws, claws or tentacles, and to be direct I do prefer hands, but with the Conclave's business you can never be certain," - Patrick replied eagerly.

(Check the game's map.)

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Ayesha Jamarthe
 player, 10 posts
Mon 20 Mar 2017
at 01:38
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
Ayesha swivelled on her stool to observe the strangely dressed delivery boy. 'What are you, a wizard? Or is it a witch? Someone who wears pointy hats, anyway. Like kings, and bishops. Are you a bishop?' she wondered, aloud. As the crates came past, she tried to peer inside. 'Ooh, what's inside? I hope it's beer. And mugs. And mugs with beer inside so it can be put straight in my hands coz I'm still waiting to be served...'
edgy_rhinx
 GM, 71 posts
Mon 20 Mar 2017
at 14:19
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
"Oh, Ma'am, hello!" Patrick replied slightly dumbfounded by your sudden interest in his person. "I am not a delivery boy, no. By trade we are farmers ever since my grand-grand father, I think.

I am just helping my girlfriend, Aggie. We've known each other since we were kids, grew in the same village, you see. Then she became a witch like her ma, and well, I remained her boyfriend.
Now I have to go on witch business from time to time when she is occupied or being plain lazy. You know I have to support her career choice, and help.

... about these garments,"
he took off the pointy hat. "The broom does not work without them, it probably suspects something". He shook the broom a little.

As you came closer he got a bit protective of the crates. "Ma'am, are you Mrs Blythe? I really need to give them to her," he said apologetically.

"There is no beer in the crates though, they are full of witched vegetables, beef, fish - it's good food.
Witched is sort of like dried, but once you add a drop of water it goes back to totally fresh. And it takes almost no space when witched. I am carrying several hundred kilos of food right now."
He smiled, clearly happy to explain the magical stuff he learned.

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Ayesha Jamarthe
 player, 11 posts
Tue 21 Mar 2017
at 02:08
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
Ayesha was going 'Aha.' through the delivery-witch's life-story, not all that interested in it. When he asked if she was Blythe, she shook her head, 'Nope. I just sit here. Wrong side of the bar, see? The lady you want's down there.' she directed him toward the actual barkeeper. 'Or the cat, he seems to be in charge of food stuff.'

Then she got very interested at the contents of the crates, marvelling the ingenious concept and how it could really help feed people. 'Ooh! That's very clever... Mmm, I suppose you wouldn't want these getting wet all at once though? Like if it had rained on those crates outside, or if someone spilled a drink on them now...'
Delivante 'Vance' Cross
 player, 5 posts
 Detective
 "The Truth Is Waiting"
Tue 21 Mar 2017
at 07:19
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
In reply to Blythe (msg # 18):

Vance would give a deep nod of his head as he would respond to her, continuing giving a smile

"My condolences, but no, your uncle didn't owe me anything. I just wished for his help, and since you're so willing. I'm sure you'll be able to help."

Vance re-adjusted his position on the table and continued

"I wanted to ask about a mirror that your Uncle owned at one point. I think it may have been strange in some way, so I wished to know if-"

Vance was about to continue, but there was a call of another person. Patrick, Vance looked behind him, and saw the person. Returning his attention to Blythe, Vance spoke

"Well, I suppose we can talk later, it seems that you're needed here instead. I'll just wait until things in the tavern are more open, yes?"

Vance would give another smile and would allow Blythe to continue her work.

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edgy_rhinx
 GM, 72 posts
Tue 21 Mar 2017
at 10:36
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
"Spilling beer over the crates would be a very bad idea," Patrick replied cautiously. "And, Ma'am, why do you have those bad ideas?" He said slowly turning and interposing himself between you and the crates.
Ayesha Jamarthe
 player, 12 posts
Tue 21 Mar 2017
at 11:13
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
'Doesn't everyone?' said Ayesha simply, with a totally not guilty look. 'Just being careful. Hey, d'you need a hand carrying those crates? I'm stronger than I look.' she offered, figuring there might be a complimentary drink in it.
Blythe
 player, 24 posts
 Barkeeper
Thu 23 Mar 2017
at 14:11
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
Blythe thinks for a moment, before telling Vance "I don't think there's any weird mirrors around, but I can check." Standing up with a soft yawn, she heads over to Patrick. "Hi, sorry. I've been a bit busy tonight. I'm Blythe, sorry to keep you waiting." She asks him, stretching her tired arms. "Do you need payment?"
Alleran the Bold
 player, 24 posts
Thu 23 Mar 2017
at 15:33
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
"I could help move em as well," Alleran said. "Being a blacksmith is pretty good for upper body strength, you know," he said, smirking.

"Several hundred kilos, you say? That's some impressive magic. Wonder if you could do that on a mass scale..." he said, contemplating the business possibilities.
Percival Rutherford Finch
 player, 18 posts
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 21:23
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
Percival had been about to give Blythe a fitting reprimand for simply tossing his polite and prefectly reasonable request for ingredients onto someone else, but held his tongue as the apparent delivery boy arrived. He listened in half fascination and half annoyance as the boy talked with the rest of the circus about some nonsense about his girlfriend, although he did perk up at the mentioned of witched food. Obviously the boy and his witch girl were amateurs, that much was plain from the god awful attire he was wearing. no proper self respecting arcane scholar would wear something that silly. Pointy hats... They were obviously hedge witches, or some other low brow spellcasters. He allowed the conversation to go back and forth a little while longer, waiting patiently for them to bring the food into the kitchen. But to his annoyance, they just kept yammering on.
"Enough of this nonsense. I am in the middle of cooking, so bring those ingredients into the kitchen already!? The vegetables will become soggy if thy cook too long, and I settle for nothing less than the best when I create!" He exclaimed loudly, sticking his head out into the common room to give them all the stink eye as only a feline can do it.
"Expected to work under these conditions... Bloody unprofessional... Peasants..." he muttered irately as he went back to his cooking.
edgy_rhinx
 GM, 75 posts
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 18:30
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
Patrick addressed Blythe, and relayed the same story about the delivery, adding that no payment was necessary, as the Conclave had an active contract with Les Clefs d'Or, and that it was a favor for favor kind of trade, not monetary. He took out a brass widget akin an astrolabe, measured Blythe's aura, and checked the numbers against the crumpled sheet of paper. Evidently, they matched, thus he declared that the shipment was hers.

As asked, Patrick got the crates to the kitchen, tried to explain to Percival Rutherford Finch how to use them, but was abruptly stopped, as the cat apparently knew everything there was to know about the witched food, and was not an eager listener for his "101 things a peasant should learn about magic" type of wisdom.

After that Patrick went for the door almost stumbling near the exit into Donovan, muttering excuses he finally left.
Ayesha Jamarthe
 player, 14 posts
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 01:31
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
Her arms not needed, Ayesha shrugged and returned her attention to the bar while the crates were delivered. She waved to Patrick as he made his way out. 'G'night!'
edgy_rhinx
 GM, 78 posts
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 08:14
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
Blythe, Delivante 'Vance' Cross, there are indeed no mirrors in the open rooms of the tavern.

Ayesha, are you staying near the bar for the night?

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Ayesha Jamarthe
 player, 15 posts
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 08:27
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
OOC: Sure, probably passed out under or near it. :)
Blythe
 player, 26 posts
 Barkeeper
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 22:12
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
Blythe yawns, and grabs her master key. "Alright guys, I'm closing up. There are some rooms open if you want to sleep here, if not, get out or sleep in front of the fire." She says through her yawning. Walking up to the office, she opens the door to sleep inside it.
Alleran the Bold
 player, 25 posts
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 22:49
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
Alleran yawned. "I'll be heading back for the evening. I got a bit o' work to catch up on, anyway." He glanced at Blythe once more before heading back home.
Delivante 'Vance' Cross
 player, 6 posts
 Detective
 "The Truth Is Waiting"
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 23:05
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
Vance, unlike the others, was not tired. However he did take up Blythe's offer of a room. Though Vance didn't go to bed, at least not yet. Vance could tell that Blythe didn't know anything about what he's searching for, so Vance wanted to see if he could find anything here first. It was mostly because he believed that there was a secret that the old owner kept. And that it could help him solve his own case.
Ayesha Jamarthe
 player, 16 posts
Mon 27 Mar 2017
at 07:56
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
'So much for a drink then.' Ayesha mused without rancor but some disappointment.

Yawning, she wondered over her options. Arabel had no shrine to Ilmater she could kip at, let alone a temple. As an itinerant monk of an order that valued poverty, she was no stranger to sleeping in the streets, and fending off those that tried to take advantage of her, but she didn't particularly have to if she didn't have to. She could find an inn, and, oh yeah, she was already in one. Problem solved then.

Shamelessly, she leaned over the bar and looked over the empty mugs, and swiftly drained those still with dregs in them, at last getting her drink, and even scooping up leftover food from the platters. Afterward, she could flop down beside the fire, her head on her pack. But not before she knelt in prayer and meditation to Ilmater, the Broken God.

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edgy_rhinx
 GM, 82 posts
Mon 27 Mar 2017
at 19:31
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
"In the darkness demons come", the parrot said ruffling up its feathers.

As the characters went to bed it got unusually quiet. The streets and the tavern submerged into a deep dense fog. The windows turned milky-white, the fog crept in under the front doors, covering the floor of the dining hall like a semitransparent grey carpet.

Half-asleep Ayesha noticed a figure in a dark coat moving around, snooping near the bar area. The figure did not radiate any menace and seemed to have its own agenda, so Ayesha's street sense soothed and she closed her eyes once again, this time for a long refreshing sleep.

If Alleran were to look at the tavern on his way back, he would notice a faint blue light coming from one of the top windows. A detail of no particular importance, yet he would be hard-pressed to recall any light source of that spectrum, as candles, fireplaces, or even oil lamps all had a warm yellow-to-red gleam.

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edgy_rhinx
 GM, 83 posts
Mon 27 Mar 2017
at 20:15
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
The text below is partly hidden.

The bar had a few recipes and a general ledger book. It contained orders done in different places across Faerun. The orders themselves were trivial, but the geographical coverage was surprising. Taverns did not operate globally in those days.

There was a crossbow hidden behind the counter, black and white bolts stacked near it.


The spirits were arranged from left to right:

Dalelands white wine,
Rethild sink-in vodka,
Ammath river sweet liquor,
Ordulin's infusion,
Narfell distilled finest whiskey,
Gwynneth seashine bourbon.
Delivante 'Vance' Cross
 player, 7 posts
 Detective
 "The Truth Is Waiting"
Wed 29 Mar 2017
at 10:36
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
Vance would quietly and calmly take a look over the various things near the bar, being careful not to make much noise, but not going around in a suspicious manner. Taking a look over at the ledger, Vance would want to take a look and make a cross-reference list with any of the missing people to see if they've ever been here before.

Also, aside from that, Vance would also would take the Gwynneth seashine bourbon, and place it between the Ammath river sweet liquor, and Ordulin's infusion, mostly for kicks, and to have something to smile about later on. After that, if nothing would have propped up, Vance would keep his eyes open.
edgy_rhinx
 GM, 86 posts
Wed 29 Mar 2017
at 19:00
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
The names of the missing people were not on the ledger, but the list itself was unusual. You recognized several drow and shadar kai names, as well as certain Thay mages.

When you changed the bottles placement, the inner side of the shelf moved away, revealing two more bottles.


It was hard to see in the night, so the additional search did not yield any results. You somewhat disturbed the parrot, the bird was a light sleeper. "The mouse has a million legs, the mouse has a million hands, the mouse has a million eyes, it is watching you, cat..." the cockatoo said through his sleep.

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edgy_rhinx
 GM, 87 posts
Wed 29 Mar 2017
at 19:13
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
Vance, you can describe your actions here.
The other players, please, move to the Chapter 3.

Delivante 'Vance' Cross
 player, 8 posts
 Detective
 "The Truth Is Waiting"
Wed 29 Mar 2017
at 22:02
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
Vance took this moment to write down what he found so far, keeping his calm and cool as he carefully looked around. This place was definitely strange, creepy even in some cases. A new mystery to be held all together...however most of this had nothing to do with the current case he was working on, as unfortunate as it seemed. Vance would than dutifully carry out his investigations, ensuring he doesn't wake the parrot...but what it said was strange to him.
edgy_rhinx
 GM, 89 posts
Thu 30 Mar 2017
at 17:31
Re: Chapter 2. Missing clues
You wrote down the names and locations from the general ledger. You did not see any patterns in the data at that time, but one particular thing surfaced. Apparently, the bottle of the ghost wine was ordered by someone named Crystalline.

As you restored the order, the hidden surface slid back to the closed position.

In the kitchen your attention was drawn to a distant deep-humming sound coming from the sealed hatch in the floor. As you rummaged through the kitchenware and accessories you were stunned by the abundance of exquisite instruments, one of which was beyond rare - the vorpal kitchen knife, its transparent glass-like blade captured the moonlight along the edge.

What were they going to do with it, shred stones?

Please, continue in the Chapter 3.

This message was last edited by the GM at 17:33, Thu 30 Mar 2017.