Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"   Posted by DM.Group: 0
DM
 GM, 240 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Mon 1 May 2017
at 14:11
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"Davian a wizard?  Hah!  The only thing magical about him is how fast he can consume wine," Udo laughs.

"Listen, we really ought to be getting back to the gate.  It was interesting meeting you lot."

Udo and his companion turn to head back the way they came.  As they leave the party catches muffled snippets of conversation.

". . . . .you WANT Itzek to know. . . ."

". . . . .don't really care. . . . . .Itzek can bite my. . . ."


". . . . . .arrested. . . . . "

Astrid Gunnarsdottir
 player, 101 posts
 A little bit Viking
 A little bit rock'n'roll
Mon 1 May 2017
at 14:25
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Astrid just listens to all this conversation, but when it's over, she starts to head into the village.  As she does, she cups a hand over her mouth and mumbles something inaudible into it... seven times.

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Tobias Greysen
 player, 148 posts
 I'm dexy and I know it.
Tue 2 May 2017
at 22:18
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Agreed.  Why don't we head towards the bar and inn first though? I wouldn't mind a drink plus, there is a decent chance this drunk isn't the 'wizard of wine' we are looking for...just another drunk rather. 
Ireena Kolyana
 NPC, 14 posts
 Chosen of Strahd
 Wears turtlenecks
Tue 2 May 2017
at 22:53
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"Our friend Udo didn't seem to think much of the burgomaster of Vallaki," Ireena muses aloud. "But Father Donavich told us before we left that this Vargas was no friend of Strahd."
Joaquin
 player, 169 posts
 Once a soldier
 Now a cleric
Tue 2 May 2017
at 23:15
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To Oz:

We should also investigate better weapons.  The weird wolf seemed to be resistant to most everything except magic, and I doubt that it will be the last creature to be like that.

Looking around after hearing Astrid's voice, but not seeing her talking, Joaquín bellows:

Yes, Agent Farnsworth, I agree!

Upon seeing Astrid shushing him, Joaquín realizes what happened and looks sheepishly around.

You'd think you'd be used to hearing voices by now, doofus.
Ireena Kolyana
 NPC, 15 posts
 Chosen of Strahd
 Wears turtlenecks
Tue 2 May 2017
at 23:58
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"All the more reason to pay Vargas Vallakovich a visit!" Ireena says excitedly. "If he's indeed wealthy, and if he's an enemy of Strahd, he may agree to outfit us with better quality weaponry!"

"And if he's not to be trusted, as Udo seems to think," Ireena adds slyly, "then perhaps we can use the opportunity to explore his manse and. . . ."liberate" some useful items, should we find them."
Ismark Kolyanovich
 NPC, 21 posts
 Strahd's eating my sister
 Not like that, gross
Wed 3 May 2017
at 00:00
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Ismark looks aghast at his little sister's suggestion of moral thievery.  He gives the rest of the party a look, as if to suggest that they are a bad influence on her.

"Yes Reenie, but if Vargas is not to be trusted, would it not make more sense to visit this inn first?  It's bound to be the best place for finding out information on this town and its burgomaster.  Besides. . .I wouldn't say no to a hot meal after six days of trail rations."
Tobias Greysen
 player, 149 posts
 I'm dexy and I know it.
Wed 3 May 2017
at 00:12
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Tobias peers around the town, taking it all in.  He had always preferred being in town to the wilds.  Nature was nice in small, controlled doses.  The wolves had really reminded him that he would love a nice bed.  Even if it was just for a night.

I agree with the both of you.  The inn first for food, to investigate the proprietor, and maybe to take the town's pulse on the man of manse.  Plus, between the inn and Vargas, we are almost sure to find accommodations for the night.

Hopefully, Vargas will do just that, Ireena but I wouldn't get too excited.  Rarely do people just give things of such value away.  It will likely come with quite a cost - money or otherwise

Oswald Weiss
 player, 261 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Wed 3 May 2017
at 02:16
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In reply to Tobias Greysen (msg # 31):

Oz frowns thoughtfully.

"Tavern, then manse. Then back on the road toward the abbey in the morning...unless this fellow has horses to spare
."
Alaric von Innsbruck
 player, 163 posts
 Silver for monsters
 Steel for men
Wed 3 May 2017
at 04:47
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Silver, Alaric says. We need to get our hands on some properly silvered weapons as soon as possible.
Oswald Weiss
 player, 262 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Wed 3 May 2017
at 12:52
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In reply to Alaric von Innsbruck (msg # 33):

Did you stumble upon a treasure trove I didn't notice?" Oz replies good-naturedly. "Because that's not cheap."

He runs a finger across a rough patch on his staff.

"Besides, silver is not a good investment for me. I'd prefer to find some interesting artifacts or potions."
Joaquin
 player, 171 posts
 Once a soldier
 Now a cleric
Wed 3 May 2017
at 15:30
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Since silvered weapons and artifacts are likely to be quite expensive, I think we will need a way to make money.  I can mend, Asteroid can sing, we can all kill things, but we need to know what is available so that we can know if we even have a hope of making enough money to buy things.

I have no preference between talking to the burgomaster first or going to the inn first, just so long as we eventually do both, but I think finding merchants is a high priority as well.

DM
 GM, 243 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Wed 3 May 2017
at 22:52
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Anyone you meet in the street is able to steer you toward the Blue Water Inn (N2 on the Vallaki map.)

Gray smoke issues from the chimney of this large, two-story wooden building with a stone foundation and sagging tile roof, upon which several ravens have perched. A painted wooden sign hanging above the main entrance depicts a blue waterfall.

Inside, damp cloaks hang from pegs in the entrance portico. The tavern is packed with tables and chairs, with narrow paths meandering between them. A bar stretches along one wall, under a balcony that can be reached by a wooden staircase that hugs the north wall. Another balcony overhangs an entrance to the east. All the windows are fitted with thick shutters and crossbars. Lanterns hanging above the bar and resting on the tables bathe the room in dull orange light and cast shadows upon the walls, most of which are adorned with wolf heads mounted on wooden plaques.

A small, efficient woman with black hair pulled back in a bun decorated with a few raven feathers mans the bar, occasionally yelling at two small boys, aged about 11 and 7 as they run by.

A few tables are occupied by travelers and locals.  Two dour fellows clad in rough hides and worn boots sit together at one table.  At another, two other men in comparatively rich attire are talking loudly with each other.  They look as though they perhaps have had one too many already.
Alaric von Innsbruck
 player, 164 posts
 Silver for monsters
 Steel for men
Thu 4 May 2017
at 03:47
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Alaric glides over to the bar. Ale, please, he says to the woman tending bar. His eyes drift up to the collection of wolf heads mounted throughout the tavern. Impressive collection, he notes, is there a story to go with them? Seems there's no shortage of wolves to mount in these parts.
Oswald Weiss
 player, 263 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Thu 4 May 2017
at 14:55
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In reply to Alaric von Innsbruck (msg # 37):

Brennan takes a seat near the fire, quietly looking at the various patrons to get a sense for how many might be locals and how many might have arrived from afield for this "festival".
Tobias Greysen
 player, 151 posts
 I'm dexy and I know it.
Thu 4 May 2017
at 20:17
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I'll take a wine thank you.  Also, Is Davian here?

Tobias sniffs the wine and nods but doesnt drink.
DM
 GM, 244 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Thu 4 May 2017
at 23:47
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"Ah,  you've noticed our growing collection then, have you?" the black-haired woman says conversationally as she fills a tankard for Alaric.  Although clearly taken aback by his presence, she's doing her best to hide it. "Packs keep prowling the roads, little ones and direwolves alike. Well-armed hunters and trappers like Szoldar and Yevgeni manage to kill some of them, but more just keep coming,"

At the mention of Szoldar and Yevgeni, the woman points to the two rough-clad men at one of the tables.

"Purple Grapemash or Red Dragon Crush?" the woman asks Tobias when he requests wine, and proceeds to pour him whichever variety he pleases.

"Davian?  Here?  Psh.  The old crow wouldn't stoop to visiting his own flesh and blood. He and Urwin don't get on, and he rarely leaves his vineyards.  Last time he deigned to come to Vallaki was when Bray was born. Speaking of that--BROM!  BRAY!  We have guests!
 See to it that they have a nice table by the fire."


The two dark haired little boys gape in fascination at the party, before scurrying to tend to their chores.

"I'm Danika.  Danika Dorakova, and those two hellions are our sons, Brom and Bray. My better half is in the kitchen; does most of the cooking."
Joaquin
 player, 177 posts
 Once a soldier
 Now a cleric
Fri 5 May 2017
at 00:19
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Joaquín joins Alaric at the bar and hears about the wolf problem, as well as about the owners and their family.

I'm Joaquín.  I've been travelling with this group for quite some time now, after I was set upon by wolves myself.

Anyhow, I'm guessing that with two boys running around, there are probably a number of accidents that break things around here, eh? I'm a mender of no small power, and I was hoping that perhaps you'd be open to some bartering? I noticed the lyre hanging on the wall that needs repair, would you be willing to give it to me in exchange for fixing things around the inn?

DM
 GM, 245 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Fri 5 May 2017
at 00:42
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The smaller of the two boys, Bray, overhears this and looks to his mother expectantly.

"Would it be ok if he came and fixed the broken toy in our room, mom? Please?"

Danika pauses and looks penetratingly at Joaquin, clearly uncertain about letting a stranger accompany her kid up to his room.

"Take Brom with you, but yes that should be fine."
Joaquin
 player, 178 posts
 Once a soldier
 Now a cleric
Fri 5 May 2017
at 01:03
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Joaquín, being a perceptive and insightful sort, catches the penetrating stare and artfully dances around the situation:

I think your mother would like to see me do the mending.  I'll bet if she sees how good a job I do, she'll think of other things that need work, too, and she seems like a nice lady that could use my help. What do you say you bring it down, so that she can see it, too?

Only to have his inner voice make its presence known:

What's the matter, does she think you're a diddler? Poor doofus, tarred with the same brush as all the other priests when you're nothing but jolly old fool.

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Tobias Greysen
 player, 152 posts
 I'm dexy and I know it.
Fri 5 May 2017
at 02:00
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The Red Dragon I suppose. Tobias gratefully accepts the wine.

It is always tough when family doesn't get on.  Families are...complicated.

Is the vineyard at least close by?  Forgive my prying.  I have heard that he is a maker of great talent -
Tobias drinks - and it appears the rumors are true.  I would love to see the vineyard myself.
Oswald Weiss
 player, 266 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Fri 5 May 2017
at 14:26
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In reply to Tobias Greysen (msg # 44):

Oz, having completed his observations and bored of idle chatter about spirits, heads over to where the two hunter-trappers are seated.

"Evening," he says at the first opening in their conversation. "I hear the two of you are accomplished hunters."

He traces an outline on their table, and an image of the werewolf (before and after) appears there.

"My friends and I fought a wolf pack on the way in. One of them didn't stay a wolf after it died. You ever seen anything like that before?"
Alaric von Innsbruck
 player, 165 posts
 Silver for monsters
 Steel for men
Fri 5 May 2017
at 18:17
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Alaric accepts his ale with a nod of thanks, heading over to join Oswald with the hunters.
DM
 GM, 246 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Sat 6 May 2017
at 23:39
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Danika nods after a moment's hesitation, and Bray darts off up the flight of stairs to retrieve his toy.  Brom, being of an age where weapons and adventurers are of much greater interest, perches himself on a stool at the bar next to Tobias.  Being also of an age where his interest in attractive women is beginning to burgeon, Brom sneaks sidelong glances at the women of the party, blushing furiously as he does.

The Red Dragon wine is a revelation: a white that somehow manages to capture the richness of a red vintage.  It burns pleasantly on the way down, like a good quality liquor.

"You're not prying, don't worry yourself on account of that," Danika assures Tobias. "The Wizard's a good ways off though. A week or so's journey to the west, to the south of Tzer.  The vineyards are interesting, if you're interested in that sort of thing, but if you're planning a trip, don't expect a warm welcome.  The old crow likes to keep himself to himself.  'Spose that's why he chose to set up shop in the woods like he did."

"I will say though: if you're heading that way, ask Davian what's holding up this latest shipment.  Our supply of wine is running low, and the last delivery is overdue."


Meanwhile, the two "gentlemen" at the table stare dourly at Oz and Alaric. Both of them are dressed in rough hunting attire that has clearly seen much time out in the woods.  A longbow belonging to one of the hunters leans against the wall; there are innumerable notches cut into it. The other hunter wears a long, wolfskin cloak with numerous swathes of fur in all shades of dun, grey and brown sewn roughly to it.

"Might've,"
Longbow Hunter grunts."Who wants to know?" Cloak Hunter says nothing, his eyes darting from Oz's bit of prestidigitation, to Alaric's features, and back again.

Bray comes running back into the taproom, bearing in his hands one of the most exquisite toys Joaquin has ever seen.  It's a little toy Vistani wagon, hitched to a wooden horse.  The top of the wagon is removable, to reveal a number of tiny wooden Vistani figures inside. The level of detail in the carvings is remarkable.

"The wagon has a broken wheel," Bray complains.  "I asked the nice, pointy-eared man if he could fix it, but he was it wasn't his "area of expert e's."  How can you be an expert on the letter E?"
Joaquin
 player, 179 posts
 Once a soldier
 Now a cleric
Sun 7 May 2017
at 01:19
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Joaquín takes the toy and stares at it in wonder.

I've never met a man who was an expert in Es either.  Maybe the man who made this is an expert in Es? Do you know who made it?  It is absolutely amazing how well made it is. I'd be honored to mend it, and I'd love to talk to whoever made it.

Joaquín picks up the broken bits, and says

¡Que se remiende!

The wheel begins to mend itself much to the wonder of Bray and his mother, Danika.  Once it's done, Joaquín asks Danika:

So, madam, do you have anything else you'd like me to fix before I work on the lyre?