Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"   Posted by DM.Group: 0
Nico Viszco
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Tue 26 Sep 2017
at 19:03
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquin:
Picking a piece of splintered bone out from between his teeth with more bone, Joaquín casts a withering look at Astrid:

You ignored the thrust of the question, oh slippery bard.  You know, the part about taking her away from where she wants to be without her consent?  In doing so, you would take her ability to choose her own fate, just as Strahd would do. So, do you intend to carry Ireena off if and when she wants to stay here, even if you disagree with her choice?


Regarding Ireena, no one has suggested carrying heroff without her consent. My hope is that we can convince her that our plan of action is the best - and certainly safest - course of action. I think we have a good chance of convincing her, especially with her brother leading the charge on the subject.


As far as these arguments that we've started a fire here... we didn't put Vargas in power nor are we responsible for removing him. All we did was free one prisoner from his mansion.

That seems like a pretty minor thing to be held up as the spark that will start a revolution. Especially considering that we haven't discussed the ramifications of such a coup with the people who live here. We have no plan for what happens after Vargas is gone; who would fill the vacuum?

Deciding that we know best (after a few days here!), and that Vargas should be deposed with violence (which I think we can all agree would be necessary) seems like a dramatic step. And one that we're contemplating after extremely limited exposure to this place and its issues.

Finally, if Vargas does decide to take the actions of our group out on the town, maybe THAT will be the spark that will cause them to take action against him. If Vargas is to be removed from power, I think it really ought to be the people who live here who actually do it, not a bunch of outsiders like us.


As for Oz's plan, it seems like a good plan aside from the fact that step 2 requires making a huge leap of faith. I think it seems likely that we would be attacked at step 2, possibly without even being given a chance to explain ourselves.

If folks think our actions tonight have sparked a fire, it doesn't make sense that Vargas would automatically buy into our innocence. You can't have it both ways.

Also, Oz's plan assumes that we have already agreed to stay and deal with Vargas...


Oswald Weiss
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Tue 26 Sep 2017
at 19:54
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Nico Viszco (msg # 324):

"Vargas has no reason to suspect we had anything at all to do with the Udo's liberty. He's not exactly the brightest candle on the table, is he? And we'd be telling him something he wants to hear: a way to make his blazing celebration all the more terrific."

He extinguishes the flames dancing across his palms, but the smoky scent remains.

"The people who live here lack the strength to put up any real resistance. When peasants armed with fire pokers stand up against armor and swords, there can be only one result: an early grave. These people need our help. You'd turn your back on them?"

The power vacuum is a problem that will solve itself. We left behind no leadership in Izmark's territory, and spirited away the late burgomaster's heirs, yet we do not fear it will fall to ruin.


Oz looks over his companions and heaves a weary sigh.

"You read my fortune, Nico. This is where it leads, plain as day. Ireena sees the value of staying, as does Tobias and, I hope, Joaquin. The plan will work with just we four, if the rest of you see fit to flee to the abbey with all speed. It would put the rest of us at greater risk, but if you feel that strongly about it, I'm perfectly pleased to rejoin you once the matter at hand has been resolved."

He frowns slightly.

"Of course, without Ireena, what's the point? And I'll be wanting my share of the wages back from the purse, if it comes to parting ways..."

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Nico Viszco
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Tue 26 Sep 2017
at 20:58
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Oswald Weiss (msg # 325):

We must be the obvious suspects in Udo's escape. We created a diversion, if nothing else. Even if he's not a smart man, I doubt he'll buy that the kindling spontaneously combusted, or that our presence and Udo's escape are a coincidence.

I agree that Vargas is awful, but I'm not normally in the habit of overthrowing governments and toppling despots. Are we going to go from town to town, interfering in local politics at every stop along our way?

Or can we just focus on the mission that brought us together in the first place, which was to help Ireena with her curse and deal with Strahd, if possible?


Of course, as you say, if Ireena insists on staying despite the persuasive arguments put before her and her brother's urgings, then you are right that there is no point to move on without her.

However, if she agrees and wants to leave, I will not abandon her to stay and deal with Vargas.


Oswald Weiss
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Tue 26 Sep 2017
at 21:18
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Nico Viszco (msg # 326):

"You don't think the room of dolls and the presence of vampires here might have something specific to do with our quest, and some link to Strahd and his designs on Ireena?"
Nico Viszco
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Tue 26 Sep 2017
at 21:53
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
I agree that the dolls suggest a possible connection to Strahd, but I'm not sure how overthrowing Vargas gets us any answers, unless we can interrogate him on the subject and he's willing to explain himself...

OOC: Nico probably isn't cool with torturing him for information.

As for the vampire spawn, it's curious that they're here, but wouldn't we assume they're spread all over the region at this point? I'm not sure how much importance we should place on their presence here. Alaric, do you have any thoughts on the matter? Do you know how they spread?


OOC: Since today has been the Nico and Oz show, I think we should let the others jump into the fray rather than continuing this back and forth. Besides, we need to reach a decision soon so our characters can go to sleep!
DM
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Wed 27 Sep 2017
at 00:10
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
At this point, the party's quiet yet intense discussion is interrupted by a soft knocking at the door of the inn.  The door opens as a young man pokes his head around it and, upon seeing the party, smiles and steps inside.

He is clad in fine, well-made clothing although the prominent veins on his nose and a physique that is just starting to run to fat indicate that he is a young man who appreciates his alcohol.  In fact, you may recall him as one of the two drunk guys sitting in the inn common room during that day's lunch.

"My mother wished me to convey to you that the cobbler is safe at our home, and his wounds are being tended to," the young man says.  "You were wise to send him to us.  My mother is also most interested in meeting you.  I believe she admires your gumption, stealing a prisoner out from under Vargas' nose.  Will you still be in town on the morrow?"

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Joaquin
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Wed 27 Sep 2017
at 01:33
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquin, looking a bit miffed at having to deal with an interloper, brightens up when he hears that Udo is doing well.

We are very glad to hear that Udo is well, and that he is safe. I am Joaquin, el arcipreste del Gran Dios Boo.  We were in fact just discussing that very question.
Turning to the group, Joaquin reiterates his position:  I have made my feelings known, I wish to stay, at least through the festival. Having said that though, I will go where the majority choose to go as I have a feeling you will have need of the Gran Dios Boo's beneficent protection, which in truth, your doubts make you unlikely to receive on your own.

Turning back to the fellow at the door, Joaquin gestures over to the corner table to invite the Lady Wachter's son to sit with him: Perhaps while the others deliberate, you would be so kind as to speak with me a while. I wish to know a bit more about Vargas and his servant Izek.  I suspect you will tell us the truth, instead of cowering behind platitudes.
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Wed 27 Sep 2017
at 12:20
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
[In line with the previous conversation, prior to Lady Wachter's son entering]

Vampirism is spread via a greater vampire. The lesser vampires we've seen thus far is the end result of the affliction that Ireena is currently battling.

As far as my vote, I was contracted to attempt to lift the curse from Ireena. If she doesn't wish to travel onward yet, then I remain here until she does.


He turns to address Ireena directly at this point. As far as the matter of these...unsettling...dolls goes, Alaric purses his lips, and it's clear that this is the first he's heard of it as well, I don't blame you for wanting to get to the bottom of it. And it *is* possible that the dolls are somehow linked with your condition. There are records of Simulcra being used to work spells on people from a distance.

He shoots a quick look over to Viktoryia, raising his eyebrow as if in invitation to elaborate before turning back to Ireena.

I will remind you that time *is* of the essence in getting you to treatment. However, if we tarry here a single day, it could be a calculated risk to gain a better understanding of your situation. It could be worth it. I support whatever decision you make.

[When Lady Wachter's son arrives]

Alaric will keep silent during the conversation with Lady Wachter's son. Once he departs, the witcher speaks up.

If Ireena does decide to stay another day, it might be prudent to take him up on his invitation. And even more prudent to wait to hear what she has to say before doing anything...rash.

This last bit seems pretty obviously directed at Oz.

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Oswald Weiss
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Wed 27 Sep 2017
at 13:12
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Alaric von Innsbruck (msg # 331):

Oz quirks an eyebrow in a "who, me?" fashion, but otherwise does not favor Alaric with a response.
Viktoriya Katinova
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Wed 27 Sep 2017
at 19:40
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Viktoriya speaks up from her place by Ireena. Well, as I told you when we met, I'm traveling to the Abbey. I don't mind waiting around for a day or so if there's business to conduct here, though I will take no part in overthrowing any governments. If you all decide to tarry longer than that, I'm afraid I'll have to take my leave and head to the Abbey on my own.

After Lady Wachter's son makes his offer, she adds If we decide to stay, I certainly will be taking her up on her invitation.
DM
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Wed 27 Sep 2017
at 21:06
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Introductions are [I would guess] made all 'round, and the young man introduces himself as Niklas.

"Alas my friend, I am afraid that I cannot stay long," says Niklas to Joaquin, moving around to the back of the bar and helping himself to a cup of wine from one of the barrels stored back there.

"We keep a line of credit," he says by was of explanation if any of the party voice their opposition to him doing this.  "Running a little low on the Red Dragon Crush.  Ah well."

Niklas downs the fine wine as if it were water and wipes his mouth with the back of his hand.

"But yes, I was told to deliver my message and come straight back. Mother would rather I not run afoul of the town guards if they're out searching for Vargas' escaped captive.  Bad blood between the families, you know.

Feel free to come for tea tomorrow, and Mother will be more than pleased to answer your questions.  Any enemy of Vargas Vallakovich is always welcome at Wachterhaus."

Joaquin
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Thu 28 Sep 2017
at 21:03
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
After Niklas leaves, Joaquín makes his closing argument in favor of staying on town. It seems to me that we now have even more reason to stay, at least for another day so that we can get to the bottom of a few mysteries and make the acquaintance of Lady Wachter.  I believe you offered to take first watch with me Ozgood, no Osbourne, no Ozymandias, no Brendan. Joaquín tilts his head and whacks it as if trying to jiggle a loose gear back into place while grimacing and muttering to himself Blast it all, those are the old names. Straightening up and smiling a bit maniacally, he continues Ah, there it is, Ozwald. Ozwald, you suggested we take first watch? Keep a good watch on this one, something has been rattling around in here tonight.
DM
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Fri 29 Sep 2017
at 00:14
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"


A decision is made to stay in Vallaki for at least one more day, and the party retires to their cozy beds to pass the night in uninterrupted sleep.

Everyone awakens to a new dawn (finally), rested and refreshed.  Heading downstairs, you find Ismark and Ireena already up and breaking their fast on sweet rolls, smoked trout, and hard-boiled eggs.  They are talking with an older man garbed in colorful clothing that appears almost Vistani-like in its garishness.  This fellow is certainly not Vistani though.  Notably, he has pointy ears.

"I take it that we are in fact *not* leaving town early today?" Ireena says a bit archly.  [You'll recall that they went to bed before you finished your discussion last night so as not to sway your decision with any DM influence.]

"If so, I want to check out this Izek fellow.  You've certainly piqued my interest there.  Oh, this is Rictavio," Ireena says, waving a hand to indicate the pointy-eared man.
Joaquin
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Fri 29 Sep 2017
at 10:38
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín strides over to the three of them and sits at the chair next to Ireena, while pulling out his chair he leans over and whispers to Ireena. After breakfast there are things about Izek you should know.

After he sits down, Joaquín addresses the newcomer I am Joaquín, Arcipreste del Gran Dios Boo. How do you do?

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Oswald Weiss
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Fri 29 Sep 2017
at 14:03
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Joaquin (msg # 337):

"...hello," Oz says, rubbing his eyes sleepily and nodding at the pointed-eared fellow. "Just traveling through?"

Oz tucks into his breakfast with relish and pulls up a seat next to the man while they converse.

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DM
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Fri 29 Sep 2017
at 14:49
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
The man with the pointy ears--Rictavio--greets the other members of the party warmly.

"A very good morning to all of you," he says, tipping the brim of his comically-feathered hat toward the party.

"Been here about a month, actually, imposing myself upon the great generosity of our hosts Urwin and Danika."  He tips the brim of his hat again toward the lady of the house, who is bringing out more food.  She rolls her eyes good-naturedly and retreats back to the kitchen.

"I'm a storyteller by ambition, and a carnival manager by trade.  The carnival business does tend to dry up though in the autumn, so what better place to gather new fodder for tales than here in Barovia?"

Rictavio regards all of the members of the party with interest, but his sharp gaze lingers longest upon Alaric, studying the Witcher with silent contemplation.
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Fri 29 Sep 2017
at 17:28
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Alaric's yellow eyes widen slightly in surprise as he notes Rictavio's heritage, but his face remains neutral. He takes a seat across from the man.

Wedi cwrdd â hi, Rictavio. Fy enw i yw Alaric o Innsbruck, he says softly, his normally brusk voice taking on an almost melodic quality. The witcher takes a helping of the breakfast spread as he speaks.

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Nico Viszco
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Fri 29 Sep 2017
at 20:34
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Nico does not join the group for breakfast. In fact, no one has seen him since everyone went to sleep.
DM
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Sat 30 Sep 2017
at 01:45
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
If Rictavio is surprised to hear Elvish being spoken, he registers it with the exact same amount of emotion as did Alaric: a slight upturn of the lips, and nothing more.

"Cyfarfu â hi, Alaric von Innsbruck. Bu'n hir ers i mi glywed rhywun i siarad y iaith Elvish, a hyd yn oed yn hirach ers i mi weld un o'ch math.

Er nad yw'n rhyfedd gweld Witcher yn Barovia, mae'n * odd i weld un sy'n teithio gyda ffrindiau."




Rictavio reverts back to the Common tongue out of courtesy.

"For that matter, it is strange to see such an. . . .assorted group traveling in these parts.  What brings all of you here?"

Danika comes back to the table bearing a package wrapped in butcher's paper and twine, which she gives to Rictavio.  The pointy-eared man smiles and thanks her.
Oswald Weiss
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Mon 2 Oct 2017
at 15:57
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 342):

"Some of us would tell you that we're contractors," Oz says, directing no small amount of his attention to those who voted to leave while he speaks. "That we're only here to do one specific job, at the expense of all others."

He shakes his head and swallows another mouthful of food. Frowning at his plate, he extends a hand over it, palm down. A sizzling sound is soon readily heard, at which point he withdraws his hand and resumes his meal.

"But seems to me, if we're going to be in the business of making the world a better place, we might as well bloom where we're planted."

He frowns, failing to place his most vocal adversary among those gathered.

"Speaking of, has anyone seen Nico since last night? It's not like him to oversleep."

He withdraws a piece of parchment from his pocket and re-reads it, frowning, before replacing it.

He should have been back by now...

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DM
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Mon 2 Oct 2017
at 23:37
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Rictavio quirks an eyebrow as Oz chargrills his breakfast to a desired degree of doneness but, much as he did with Alaric, says nothing.

"Byddai gennyf ddiddordeb mewn siarad yn fwy ar adeg eich dewis. Rwyf bob amser yn edrych i ychwanegu at fy straeon, ac yn sicr mae'n rhaid i Witcher gael llawer," Rictavio says in a quick aside to Alaric, then considers Oz's response.


"That's a very broad answer and, at the same time, not much of an answer at all.  Very well.  No doubt you have your reasons for keeping your silence."

Rictavio finishes off his morning tea, then stands, checks the contents of his package, and gives another grateful nod to Danika.

"Well, I must be off.  Things to do and such. I've been trying to ingratiate myself with the Vistani camp to the south of town--master storytellers, the Vistani--but alas, to no avail. It's the ears, I think," he says with a self-deprecating smile.

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Alaric von Innsbruck
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Tue 3 Oct 2017
at 19:09
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Alaric nods. Yn yr un modd, byddwn yn gwerthfawrogi persbectif un rhagdybiaeth gan y rhagfarnau a'r gorgyffyrddiadau y mae'n ymddangos bod y bobl leol yn cydymffurfio â hwy.

He frowns slightly as Rictavio speaks of his lack of welcome among the Vistani. One would think outcasts would be themselves more open minded of differences. But it seems the world rarely works that way.

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Joaquin
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Tue 3 Oct 2017
at 19:26
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Joaquín, finishing his breakfast catches the end of Rictavio's comment and begins looking around.

Odd, where is Nico?  He may well have been open to sharing his tales, what with travelling with us.  Strange to think he'd miss breakfast.
Oswald Weiss
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Tue 3 Oct 2017
at 20:01
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to Joaquin (msg # 346):

Oz nods.

"That's what I've been saying," he says through another mouthful of food. "Haven't seen him anywhere."
Joaquin
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Wed 4 Oct 2017
at 01:45
Re: Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
Very odd indeed.  Anyone know if he had an early errand to run?  Or a late night visit?