Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"   Posted by DM.Group: 0
Oswald Weiss
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Tue 30 May 2017
at 16:30
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In reply to Alaric von Innsbruck (msg # 123):

Oz walks toward the child as well, taking note of their demeanor.

[Insight: 22]

"Hello there!" he says brightly, crouching down to be near eye level with the child. "My name is Oz. I'm a magician! Would you like to see a trick?"

Without waiting for a response, he cups his hands together, blows into them, and opens them again to reveal a tiny wooden horse figurine.

He cups his hands together again, blows into them, and opens them once more to reveal a tiny puppy figurine instead.

A shower of sparkles surrounds the figurine, and Oz claps his hands together. The figurine is gone! He reaches out toward the child and "pulls" a series of figurines featuring various animals "from the child's ear", tossing them over his shoulder almost as soon as he's conjured them. They vanish before hitting the ground, dissolving into the air like wisps of smoke.

"How'd all that in get in there?" he says in an exaggerated voice. "They didn't tell me you were a magician, too! I bet you know all kinds of secrets."

Oz's smile fades slightly, and he becomes more serious.

"You know, my friends and I are helpers, just like you!" he says. "But instead of helping Father Lucian around the church, we help by keeping people safe."

He traces the outline of a pine box into the air as though writing with a sparkler, illustrating the niche and the altar as well for clarity.

"There used to be a box here that helped keep people safe, but it's gone missing. We really need to find it. Nobody's going to get into trouble over this. It's just..."

He puts an arm on the child's shoulder, and uses his other hand to conjure a series of simple images. The occupied niche. The church, surrounded by a bubble, with a smiley face. The empty niche. The church without a bubble, with a frowny face.

"...if we don't get it back, people could get hurt. And I'd rather they be safe and happy instead. So if you know anything at all that might help, please, share it with us."

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Tue 30 May 2017
at 23:50
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Alaric's attempt at a reassuring smile is almost enough to send Yeska scurrying back to his room.  But then the boy catches sight of Willemina and Brom, both sitting calmly in the presence of the scary monster-man, and calms down a bit.

Yeska cracks a shy smile and perhaps? even the hint of a giggle when Oz performs his magic. His young life having been devoid of a good deal of fun, this is some seriously cool shit. The lad's eyes sparkle with delight, but grow somber when Oz begins asking questions about the missing reliquary.

"I don't know if I should," the small boy whispers. "He said if I told, he would make Father Lucian go to jail too! I don't want to be left all alone in the church if Father Lucian goes away!"
Oswald Weiss
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Wed 31 May 2017
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In reply to DM (msg # 125):

"He did?" Oz exclaims in an exaggerated "I'm talking to a child" voice. "What a silly goose! You can't go to jail for helping -- or even for knowing someone who's helping."

He conjures the still image of a wavering goose with an admittedly comical expression. It vanishes a moment later.

"Say, I have an idea! Who told you that story? Maybe we could explain things to him when we go to get the box back. Then he wouldn't have to be worried -- and neither would you."

Oz smiles at the child.

"Who else was in jail, did you say?" he asks, as if it was hardly a detail that interested him in the slightest. "I can't seem to remember."

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Tobias Greysen
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Wed 31 May 2017
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Tobias nods, smiling as he sees Oz moving the child in just the right way.  Firm but not scary.  He keeps a small distance, not wanting to steal any of the spotlight.
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Wed 31 May 2017
at 22:10
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[Been rolling persuasion for Oz; doing very well!]

Yeska considers this proposal with much gravity for a bit.

"Ok," he says softly, and tugs on Oz's sleeve such that the mage obligingly bends over and the boy can whisper in his ear.
Oswald Weiss
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Thu 1 Jun 2017
at 13:47
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In reply to DM (msg # 128):

Oz gives the boy's shoulder a squeeze.

"How clever of them! Thank you for sharing that. You're a wonderful helper! You don't happen to know where he is today, do you?"

Regardless of the answer, he looks around, getting an idea.

"In fact, you're such a good helper, I think you deserve a reward..."

Oz rummages through his things and withdraws what appears to the untrained eye to be a basin-shaped mixture of wood and metal. (To the trained eye, it appears to be what it is: a moderately deep prospector's sieve).

"...an enchanted helmet!" Oz says, causing sparks of light to weave their way along its border. "It's served me well -- made me strong and lucky. But now it's yours to keep. Wear it whenever you get scared, and it will help you feel safer. And when you grow older, you may learn how to unlock its other powers."

Oz performs a few more tricks -- pulling trinkets out of the 'enchanted helmet', lightshows, etc. -- before winding down.

"My friends and I will be in town for a little while," he says. "If you'd like to gather your friends together tomorrow morning, I'd be happy to do a show for them."

Oz glances over at Astrid.

"There might even be music!" he continues, cupping the outside of his hand around his mouth in an exaggerated whisper. "If you don't mind a girl being there."

***

When his audience with the child has come to an end, Oz walks back over to the PARTY and to Father Lucian.

"He says someone you know named Milivoj battered in the niche with a shovel and stole the box. He also says he was told that you, Father, would be sent to jail if he told anyone. He made it sound like someone had already been sent there, but wouldn't disclose who that might be."

He grins slightly.

"He also has a keen new 'hat'. I recommend complimenting him on it."

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Fri 2 Jun 2017
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Yeska quirks a smile and fiddles with his light-up headgear.  It looks exactly like what it is: a prospecting sieve turned LA Lights hat.  It looks most silly, but Yeska seems pleased with his new accessory.

Lucian rubs a hand tiredly across his face once the boy has left.

"Milivoj? I guess that's not a surprise--he's in and out of here a lot of the time.  He's a local teenager who does some of the more labor-intensive chores around here.  Gardening, grave digging.  That sort of thing.  Gruff lad, a little rough around the edges."

Lucian frowns.

"But why would he have any reason to take the bones?"
Joaquin
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Fri 2 Jun 2017
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Joaquín is disturbed by how well Oz pumps the seven year old.  It's almost like he has manipulated children into doing what he wanted many times before.

That thought triggers a vision of Oz driving in a strange metal horseless carriage, painted white.  Oz drives the carriage through a run-down part of a village, whereupon Oz stops and offers candy and the chance to hold a snake to a young boy if he gets in the metal horseless carriage. The boy yells, "I can touch a snake! Cool!" and climbs in. Moments later the carriage begins rocking back and forth and the vision ends.  Joaquín, realizing what the Great God Boo is telling him, takes out his hammer, and swinging it at Oz's unprotected head bellows, Oz you pederast, prepare to die!



Shaking his head, as if he were trying to come out of a daydream, Joaquín asks:
Does Milivoj hang around with anyone else, or seem to look up to them? Or else he might have been manipulated into stealing the bones for someone else, perhaps someone that has the power to jail people?
Tobias Greysen
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Fri 2 Jun 2017
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I think here the most direct path is probably best.  I think we should simply confront the boy and see what his reasoning is.  Of course we should make it clear once he inevitably accuses Yeska of lying, that neither do we know who that is nor is he the one that lead us to him.

Tobias turns to Father Lucian,

In fact, is there a lawman in this town you wholly trust, Father?  Someone who might be useful for something like this?
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 2 Jun 2017
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In reply to Tobias Greysen (msg # 132):

I think we should not reveal how we know. The boy might do Yeska harm otherwise.

He nods at Alaric.

Maybe we can make something up about how Witchers can sniff out hands that have defiled the dead's resting place or something.

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Sat 3 Jun 2017
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Father Lucian gives a half-smile when Joaquin asks about a lawman in town.

"Unfortunately, Izek is essentially the law around here. I'd just as soon not involve him.  But speak of the devil.  Figuratively, of course."

A young man perhaps a year or so older than Victor Vallakovich--maybe sixteen or seventeen--enters the church through the front door.  Though still a teen, the burly young man is tall and broad-shouldered, with muscles that speak of a life of physical labor. [Think Gendry from GoT].  He has a sullen expression on his face, and a shovel over his shoulder.

Milovij stops, taken aback by the little crowd in the chapel, though his rather blank face betrays no surprise.

"Was wondering what chores needed doing today, Father,"
Oswald Weiss
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Mon 5 Jun 2017
at 15:13
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In reply to DM (msg # 134):

"Oh, don't mind us," Oz says cheerfully. "We're just pilgrims, come from a far-off land to pay our respects to the blessed saint whose bones are housed within these hallowed halls."

He turns around and mutters something.

[Casting: Minor Illusion]

When he turns back around, a simple pine box can be seen upon the altar.

"Which was no mean feat, seeing as they seem to have gone for a stroll the other night. Why, the entire sconce was smashed to bits."

Oz frowns slightly.

"Fortunately, the bones of the blessed saint always find their way home. Why, I bet we could even ask them what happened."

He turns toward the altar and makes a grand display of reverence.

"Oh holy and distinguished bones of the great...er...saint. Tell these humble pilgrims what caused you to be removed from your rightful resting place?"

[Casting: Prestigiditation]

The "box" is surrounded by a faint red light, and a tiny sparkler line traces itself from the "box" over to the boy's shovel. The spade is outlined with a red aura, which pulses in tandem with the one around the "box".

"Curious," Oz murmurs, turning to scrutinize the boy more closely. "What do you make of this?"

His voice grows a little softer.

"The saints never lie, you know..."
Tobias Greysen
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Tue 6 Jun 2017
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While Oz speaks and puts on his light show, Tobias casually moves around to the other side of Milovij, cutting off a lane of escape.
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Tue 6 Jun 2017
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"I. . . .I don't know what you're talking about," Milivoj mutters. His eyes follow Tobias as the paladin moves around him.

He shakes his shovel in a fruitless attempt to make the red aura fall off. It does not.
Oswald Weiss
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Wed 7 Jun 2017
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In reply to DM (msg # 137):

"Are you sure?" Oz asks, sparkler-lights tracing out the letters "L I A R" in the air near the boy's face.
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Wed 7 Jun 2017
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When people lie, they waste my time, Alaric states evenly. He fixes Milivoj with his inhuman gaze.

I don't like it when people waste my time.
Astrid Gunnarsdottir
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Wed 7 Jun 2017
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Astrid watches the boy's face, looking for signs that he knows more than he lets on.

Apparently, she doesn't spot any.

[Insight 8]
Joaquin
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Wed 7 Jun 2017
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Joaquín studies the young man as he responds to this "holy" accusation, but Joaquín can't be sure if he is hiding something or simply frightened by Oz's light show.

[Insight 8]

(OOC: looks like we aren't supposed to know yet...)
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Thu 8 Jun 2017
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"Alright!" says Milivoj, quailing under Alaric's yellow gaze.


"Yeah, I took the bones. Chose a night when Father Lucian was out sitting up with a sick lady. Yeska heard me--I thought he'd have maybe gone with the Father, but I guess he didn't. So I scared him a little to keep him quiet.  It was just some old bones, didn't think anyone would even care that they'd gone missing."
Oswald Weiss
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Thu 8 Jun 2017
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In reply to DM (msg # 142):

"You thought wrong."

Oz makes a dismissive gesture and the lights wink out. It wasn't spooking the boy, anyway.

"Father Lucian believes that those bones have been protecting this church from the full brunt of Strahd's wrath."

He ponders the boy's reaction to this statement, which he has certainly heard before.

"But you obviously didn't believe that was true, or you wouldn't have stolen them. Honestly, it doesn't matter if it was true or not. What matters is that they gave the people here hope, and that's a precious commodity in short supply."

He nods toward Alaric.

"Tell me where the bones are, Milivoj. Or else he'll get...upset."
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"Ok, ok!" Milivoj yelps as Alaric takes a meaningful step forward.


"Right.  I stole them for Henrik van der Voort--the carpenter.  He told me that he would give me money if I brought him the reliquary containing the bones.  I don't know why.
 I didn't ask. But I needed money to buy food for my younger brothers and sisters. We're on our own, our parents died of fever a few years ago."


Father Lucian nods as Milivoj explains his family's situation.

"That's true. I remember it well. Milivoj's parents weren't the only ones we lost."

Milivoj continues to stare warily at Alaric.

"I don't know why he wanted them though.  I swear I don't!"
Tobias Greysen
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Fri 9 Jun 2017
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Have you given him the bones already?
Oswald Weiss
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Mon 12 Jun 2017
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In reply to Tobias Greysen (msg # 145):

"Where does he live?"
DM
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Tue 13 Jun 2017
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"Well no, I don't have them anymore.  I gave them to Henrik.  Like I said."

Milivoj shuffles uncomfortably.

"Can I go now?  I've told you all I know."
Tobias Greysen
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Tue 13 Jun 2017
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Nope, not quite yet. Smiled Tobias See, we are pretty new around here.  We need someone to show us to this Henrik and you just got drafted.

Tobias clasped the young man on the shoulder.  While not overtly threatening it was quite clear that regardless of how it was phrased, this was not a request.