1: Three Sheets to the Wind.   Posted by The GM.Group: 0
Falken Drango
Thu 7 Feb 2019
at 06:13
Re: 1: Three Sheets to the Wind
Calvus Skinner
He rose, stretching his arms up over his head, then clasping his hands behind his back. He looked about the room. It reminded Jack of a kid pretending to be innocent. "Embrace regret? Don't forget that I am Falken Drango, Madam Captain. I regret nothing. Just because a man allows a wine to breathe does not mean he will not drink his fill." He took two steps toward Jack. "But to truly appreciate the vintage, he would study the color, note the aroma." He leaned his strong nose to Jack's hair, inhaling deeply. His eyes met hers, then slowly moved downwards. "He would give appreciation to her legs. And then, with no other though in his mind, he would take the smallest of sips...." Falken had leaned forward to the squiggly lines at her ear, his lips brushed her skin in the barest of kisses. Jack saw how intent he was; all concentration on just that one act. His hands firmly behind his back, shackled by his honor, but his lips were free. "Smile more." he said, his breath sending chills along her neck. He turned to her arm and kissed her forearm "Bravery, and strength." he whispered. He was kneeling then, before her, and grinned. It was a greedy, wicked, hungry, pirates' grin, and Jack knew what that grin felt like. "No regrets..."

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Jack
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Tue 12 Feb 2019
at 20:02
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"Don't forget that I am Falken Drango, Madam Captain. I regret nothing."


She was counting on it.

Captain Falken Drango's vow from earlier on her ship —'to aid his rescuer in whatever fashion the Gods will permit'— superseded Skinner's vow in her mind.

Jack watched Falken approach, her brows slightly raised; her mouth holding a faint, expectant curve. She allowed her lips to quirk slightly higher at the sharing of a loophole: No hands. Ha! Pirate! She was inclined to acquiesce and tilted her head to offer more of her throat to the wolf with the flowery words. Her eyes held a warm note when met with his.

Willfully caught in her own mischief, Jack closed her eyes and did nothing but feel the exquisite brush of Falken's kiss, much too briefly, over the gentle curve of her neck. She breathed in his scent as well, imprinting it on her consciousness along with the delicious chills sent down her spine.

She smiled.

More.

Until the feathering warmth of a pirate's grin settled just so between them and utterly wrecked her resolve. A shiver of need went through her, accompanied by a small sound of longing. Jack imagined tangling her fingers in the dark silk of his phantom hair to press her linen veiled lips to the warmth of his, but reached out to cup his smooth head in her hands. "No regrets, Captain Drago," she whispered, and smiled down at him. "Make me never forget." With that one look, she relayed the most intimate of messages. Words ceasing to exist...
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Thu 14 Feb 2019
at 12:44
Re: 1: Three Sheets to the Wind
OOC: GM Nods

There was a banging on the door. Halleck called out "Captain? That dragoon, Montgomery? He's taking off! If we get after him now we should be able to catch him, but I don't think he's in a good way. He's sober enough, but I never saw a darker mood."

Jack saw a prismatic spray of emotions fly across the face of Falken Drango. Then he said "We don't always get what we want, but sometimes..." He looked up at her "What would you like to do, Captain? Montgomery is a good man on a bad road."
Jack
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Thu 14 Feb 2019
at 19:10
Re: 1: Three Sheets to the Wind

OOC: Nuther PM, for clarification. :)



GM EDIT:

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Jack
 player, 92 posts
Mon 18 Feb 2019
at 23:54
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The interruption was a bucket of ice on a blazing inferno; an abrupt halt in the beginning of her third cadenza. Jack briefly ignored Halleck to answer her Master Navigator.

"What would you like to do, Captain?"

"You," she whispered forthrightly and leaned down to brush her lips over Falken's with a sigh that was mostly residual pleasure, and partly frustration.

Captain Jack righted and took a step back on legs that had gone weak, smoothing her chemise down over the warmth that yet echoed there, low and sweet. She drew upon a centering breath even as she snatched up her pants, hurriedly shoving one leg in and then the other, and released her breath in a bark at the door. "Go after him, Halleck! We'll be right behind you!"

She looked back to Falken. "A good man deserves a second chance. I'll not give up on him, unless he's too fool to take that chance." She pulled on her boots, yanking the lacing up around the top, and tied them tight. She then retrieved her weapons and strode to the window, pulling back the dusty curtain on the offside chance she could cut Montgomery off at the pass.
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Fri 22 Feb 2019
at 20:23
Re: 1: Three Sheets to the Wind
1st Mate Halleck
"Captain! Aye!" The first mate shouted, and his boot-steps sounded down the hall.
Calvus Skinner
"Me? At your service, Captain." When Jack was eyeing the window, Skinner made a cradle of his palms and boosted his captain up. She spied Donovan outside move surprisingly speedily down the rubble-strewn road. The opening she clung to was framed in the same woven switches that formed the whole of the unusual building. They pulled at her clothing, but eventually flexed and let Jack pass. "You'll fit through there, but I suspect I'd do some damage. I'll follow Halleck."


OOC: Getting down is pretty Easy: maybe more than Difficulty Class (DC) 10, but not more than DC 12. Climbing down is either an Athletic thing, or an Acrobatic thing: Jack is more Athletic, so:
Jack has Athletics       (Str): +6 = +3  +3 (+3 from her 16 STR and +3 from Proficiency) So if she rolls a 9 on the die (like she did) then her total roll is 15 (which is enough to overcome something that is 'hard' to do) Scampering down from an open window is not 'hard' So this is a success!


Outside, Jack saw that she'd bought herself a lead on the wayward Dragoon. He was down the street, apparently picking a fight with six street toughs. While they traded insults she could barely hear, Jack saw Donovan put up his fists, while around him the toughs drew their shortswords.

Jack estimated the distance to the brawl was about twenty yards, and she could hear her first mate and navigator coming out of the 'Cat about twenty yards behind her.

OOC: Jack can close the twenty yards in a single turn (Move and Dash) but the toughs will get their turn at Donovan. If your men move as quickly (Dashing) then they will be at the conflict the turn after you.


Jack
 player, 93 posts
Sat 23 Feb 2019
at 00:04
Re: 1: Three Sheets to the Wind
Plans of action flashed rapid-fire through Jack's mind as she took in the scene and realized Montgomery was about to wish he hadn't skipped out on her.

Inconsiderate!

Six to one, fists to swords? Not very sporting! Jack wasn't keen on letting the Dragoon take any hard hits, when the damned fool's head was likely pounding already from last night's binge. She needed him to have his wits about him, though he seemed determined for oblivion.

Still, Captain Jack admired the fact that Montgomery wasn't willing to go down without a fight. There was hope for him yet!


~

OOC: Since I have minimal experience with DnD combat, I have questions before I post any IC actions...

Current Plan of Action: Ideally, Jack would like to hit first, before Montgomery is attacked (in order to even the odds and/or draw the majority of attention off Montgomery); while additionally instilling a bit of fear in the Short Swords (as I have affectionately termed them). ;)

All of which depends upon the dice roller agreeing with Jack, of course.


I'm looking at:

Not doing the Move & Dash, but instead
Make a ranged attack: Handaxe (x2): +6 | Slashing 1d6 +3 | Range 20/60
Use Extra Attack to Attack Twice in one action or use Action Surge (?), which is also two actions with a possible bonus action (whatever that last part means...idk)
Make an Intimidation roll, unless Jack's Background 'Variant Feature/Bad Reputation' will suffice in this instance?
Can I use Extra Attack with a Maneuver (such as Menacing Attack or Trip Attack, which would cause the Target to make a saving throw, if successful)? Or does it have to be either a Maneuver or the Extra Attack, but not both together?
Oh, and would/could the Magic Gauntlets of Berserker come into play? (https://dnd5e.fandom.com/wiki/Barbarian#Rage)

Thanks! :)



GM EDIT: Look here link to a message in this game for answers.

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Jack
 player, 94 posts
Sun 24 Feb 2019
at 02:50
Re: 1: Three Sheets to the Wind

Lightning-quick, in retrospect, too quick, Jack charged forward and hurled an axe as she moved, letting out a battle cry with the ferocity of a Valkyrie —intending to alarm as much as distract. No sooner had the handle of one axe left her hand, then she whipped out another and launched it, hard, at the nearest target. Her first strike missed by a hairbreadth, serving as little more than a warning, though her second strike hit true.

"I'll bet that smarted," she remarked coolly, when she was near enough to subject the recipient of her axe to a cold, Mephistophelian smile. She reached for her longsword, regarding Montgomery with a flick of her gaze before narrowing her blue eyes again on her target. "But look, you still have functioning limbs. Running is yet an option for the lot of you. Or," she added with a slight shrug, "You could stay and test my sword."



OOC: Based on your reply (thank you!), I believe the following is correct.
  • Move: Closing Range to 30'
  • Action: Extra Attack #1 (Throw Axe): 1d20+6, AC/14, rolled 12, +1d6 Inspiration, rolled 1, Total 13 Fail!
  • Extra Attack #2 (Throw Axe): 1d20+6, AC/14, rolled 18 Success!
  • Dmg: 1d6+3, +1Superiority Die (Menacing), rolled: 8
  • Extra Dmg: 1d8 (if Target fails WIS save DC 14), rolled: 5 (Total Dmg: 13)?


Not sure on the talking, sword drawing... insert where appropriate. ;)

The GM
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Tue 26 Feb 2019
at 07:39
Re: 1: Three Sheets to the Wind
OOC: actual damage to A is 12   (4+3+5)

The thug Jack had struck replied "Yeah, that does smart." and began to back away.

As for the man distracted by her first axe, Donovan Montgomery swung his fist smartly into the exposed jaw. Donovan wrapped the man's arm behind his back and shoved his grappled captive in front of himself like a shield. The tough tried to escape, but failed.

One of his fellows slashed at the Dragoon, nicking him, and then the fourth dealt him a cruel blow. Still he held on, trying to keep the grappled tough between himself and the others.

Although the toughs had taken some abuse, they knew they had the advantage in numbers. "Come on then," said one to Jack. "You show me your sword, and I'll show you mine." He readied his sword to strike when Jack can within range.


Salty Dogs
Armor Class 14
A: HP 20 8 Frightened
B: HP 20  11 Grappled
C: HP 20
D: HP 20
E: HP 20
F: HP 20
Shortsword. Melee: +3 to hit, one target. Damage: 1d6+2 P
Sneak Attack: +1d6 damage if attacking with Advantage

Jack
 player, 95 posts
Sat 2 Mar 2019
at 00:56
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quote:
"Come on then," said one to Jack. "You show me your sword, and I'll show you mine." He readied his sword to strike when Jack came within range.


"Mine's bigger." Jack smiled as the thug backed away, though he had accepted her challenge and readied for her attack. A Zwerchau, she decided right then. A maneuver designed to surprise an opponent enough to make them reevaluate. She knew these toughs believed they had strength in numbers, and as the Dragoon appeared to be holding his own at the moment, she'd let them believe.

Suddenly, Jack stepped off to her right with a cut from her right shoulder into an upward extended ochs, levering her sword in warding off any offense even as she slashed out. She then pivoted rather quickly, powering her hips and legs into a second attack, angling her sword for the best opening.

~

Rolls PM'd, because I'm not sure if I did it correctly. ;)


Zwerchau (if anyone is interested): https://youtu.be/w-8U3IoRnGo
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Sun 3 Mar 2019
at 05:49
Re: 1: Three Sheets to the Wind

OOC: Since the Dog was Ready, he strikes first when Jack comes within range.
He missed with a '2'

Since you stated your turn consisted of a Move, and then Action Surge on Extra Attack, I'm assuming you want an Attack, with Extra Attack, and then an ActionSurge Attack with Extra Attack. That' four attacks (and you cannot use Action Surge again without resting). The enemies are all close enough to reach. We use your Precision Attack to greatest effect when we look at the rolls. Looking to hit AC 14:
First Roll to Hit: Jack rolled 16 using 1d20+6 with rolls of 10. (16 is a hit: no need for Precision)
Second Roll to Hit: Jack rolled 10 using 1d20+6 with rolls of 4.  (miss)
Damage Roll: Jack rolled 8 using 1d10+3 with rolls of 5.  Dmg #1. (right)

The next roll said 'SD' but it was a d20, your SD are d8. I'm going to use it as Attack roll #3:
Third Roll to Hit: Jack rolled 13 using 1d20 with rolls of 13.  (13 + 6 is 19, which hits AC 14)

Since you said you wanted to use a SD on attack # 2 I will roll 1d8 and add it to the original total for #2: Rolled 6 using 1d8. Attack #2 was a 10, but +6 gives you 16 which is a hit.
Damage Roll: Jack rolled 11 using 1d10+3 with rolls of 8.  Dmg# 2.(right)

So! we now need a last, fourth roll to hit and the damages for hits #3 and #4
Lemme just do that:
The GM rolled 24 using 1d20+6 with rolls of 18.  to hit #4.
That's a hit, too
21:40, Today: The GM rolled 7 using 1d10+3 with rolls of 4.  Damage.
21:39, Today: The GM rolled 7 using 1d10+3 with rolls of 4.  Damage.

So: four hits: The thug you attack goes from 20 HP down 8 to 12, down 11 to 1.
The next blow would kill him. Do you kill him or spread the damage around to his fellows?


Salty Dogs
Armor Class 14
A: HP 20 8 Frightened
B: HP 20  11 Grappled
C: HP 20 12 1
D: HP 20
E: HP 20
F: HP 20
Shortsword. Melee: +3 to hit, one target. Damage: 1d6+2 P
Sneak Attack: +1d6 damage if attacking with Advantage


Jack moved through the toughs like a hot knife through butter. After she spoke there was little else but screams of pain and fear.

GM ADDED:
After Jack split the one man's leather armor open, and drifted her blade threateningly in front of her face, she gave two of the other toughs pokes in the arms that they would remember--especially if prompted. They recoiled, and the one who had been 'ready' for her assault dropped his blade and whimpered for mercy.

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Jack
 player, 97 posts
Tue 5 Mar 2019
at 06:06
Re: 1: Three Sheets to the Wind
Jack was all about fairness, spreading the love around. She hadn't intended to kill anyone, but when thugs play with swords and threaten a potential ally...dicey things can happen. She had warned them off first, so her conscious was utterly clear. Their choices were their own to bear, their pain and fear a consequence.

"Who's next?" Jack addressed any thugs who weren't either crawling or running away, or who hadn't passed out from blood loss. "I'm fresh as a daisy, just getting warmed up. Any takers?"

A little white lie on the daisies, but she'd proved her point.

"Good morning, Montgomery." There was a hint of censure in her pleasantry as she spared a glance over her shoulder (for Halleck and Falken), then looked to the Dragoon. "I was hoping we could have a little chat over breakfast this morning, but it would appear you had other plans. How's your head?"

She crooked an assessing eyebrow at the Dragoon, confident the thugs weren't so foolish as to remain. If they did, she'd give them a hard stare to ward them off.
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Tue 5 Mar 2019
at 06:26
Re: 1: Three Sheets to the Wind
Donovan Montgomery
"And you can take that back to Rickard Bleardon, you Salty Dogs!" Shouted the dragoon. He was bleeding, just a bit, but seemed to pay it little mind. "My head is fine! No thanks to this lot." The toughs scattered, and Donovan seemed just as inclined to let them go. "This. This is the reason I scarpered. If I didn't have bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. I'm an anchor fouled on the bottom, and just waiting to sink another ship. I was trying to save you the trouble, and those Salty Dogs would have saved me some. But I couldn't abide their disrespect! Kill a man, aye! But never disrespect him while you're at it!" He wiped at the blood and said "I feel up for a drink."
Calvus Skinner
Captain Jack's two crew ran up then, breathless as the toughs vanished down various alleyways and streets.

"Did I miss it?" Skinner said as he pounded up the cobbles, "There was a fight, and I missed it. Dang!"
1st Mate Halleck
"Captain! Is everyone all right?"

Jack
 player, 98 posts
Fri 8 Mar 2019
at 04:32
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"Well that's a load of rubbish."
Jack wiped her blade clean and slid it back into its sheathe, tucking the soiled cloth away. "You're a champion, Montgomery. You make your own damn luck, and I aim to help you recollect how to make it work for, not against you. If you're up to the task?" She flashed her most charming of smiles, the likes of which could wheedle honey from a bee. Not that she was up to any real trickery, but more that the lift of her lips fit her mood. "It's been a grand morning thus far and I'm feeling downright generous."

Jack turned her smile toward her men. "We're perfectly fine. You didn't miss much." She quirked a single, eyebrow at her First Mate. "Halleck, you...shaved. So. Smoothly. Uh," she glanced back to Donovan, setting aside her musings on Halleck's new look to inquire of the Dragoon. "So whaddaya say? Ready to pull up that rusty ol' anchor and set your sails with Captain Jack?"
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Fri 15 Mar 2019
at 02:33
Re: 1: Three Sheets to the Wind
Donovan Montgomery
Donovan seemed embarrassed at the praise. "I'm no champion, Captain, but I know when I'm in their presence. And I'll be proud to serve with you and yours, as long as you'll have me." He made to doff his hat, and then realized he had none. "Ah, forgot I pawned my lid. Well, then. Where to next?"
1st Mate Halleck
Halleck answered that: "We aim to take a meeting with Commander Gregory Bonedeuce. The Captain has business with the Commander."

Donovan Montgomery
Donovan looked impressed. "I'm familiar with the man. He's one of the best the Stormreach navy has to offer. Maybe the best. At least, now he is. I can lead you to where he has his offices."
Calvus Skinner
"The best, eh?" Skinner muttered quietly.
Donovan Montgomery
Donovan nodded, missing the edge in Skinner's voice. "We should be able to find him now at Lorsmarch Palace. West end of Marketplace. Ready when you are."

Jack
 player, 102 posts
Mon 18 Mar 2019
at 05:45
Re: 1: Three Sheets to the Wind

"Good to have you on board, Captain Montgomery,"
Jack said brightly, accepting the compliment and the man with a smile. She made a mental note to get him a new hat. Maybe at the Marketplace, since they were headed in that direction. "Let’s go make something of this day then, shall we? Lead on."

She started walking first, to retrieve her thrown axes which she slipped back into their leather holsters at her waist.

"So what makes Commander Bonedeuce 'the best'," she queried of their newest team member as they walked, giving Falken a secret wink behind the Dragoon's shoulders. "What makes him tick? Likes, dislikes? ...Is he a morning person?"
Donovan Montgomery
Wed 27 Mar 2019
at 23:22
Re: 1: Three Sheets to the Wind
Donovan Montgomery
Donovan thought for a bit. "Well, he's definitely a fellow who sets his sights high. I've never seen him off his game. Morning, evening; he's clever, resourceful. There was only one man who could have been a rival to the Commander, and that was Captain Razor. But they both went against the Pirate King Bloodbane, Bonedeuce and Razor. Only Bonedeuce returned.

The Commander does enjoy the finer things in life. I imagine that I'd do the same in his position. I would not venture to insult the man; he's not rash, but he makes sure to come out on top, including socially."

Jack
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Sun 7 Apr 2019
at 08:16
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"Ambitious, sharp, and resourceful."
Jack smiled outwardly, the warmth of her expression belying the dark speculation of her thoughts. Three can keep a secret when two are dead. "I suppose that's what makes Bonedeuce the Commander. A pity about Captain Razor, though. Life can be downright perilous, if not unpredictable. Which is why one should live it to the fullest, every single moment as if it's our last. It very well could be! Wouldn't you agree, Captain Montgomery?"

Life was funny too, in a double-edged sort of way. There was a letter in her pocket addressed to a dead man who was, to her suspicious mind, murdered by the very man she sought to do business with in the dead man's stead. The Commander, who allegedly took down Garr Bloodbane. And here she was, striding merrily onward, having fresh-plucked the only stray cutthroat outta the sea who could possibly out-pirate Bloodbane's reputation —a man with a hefty bounty on his head— tagging right along with her to certain uncertainty.

Danger.

It might as well be the air in her lungs, as much as it made her feel alive. Jack couldn't help but smile again, looking forward to what the day might bring. Although somewhere in the very recesses of her mind, she wondered at what might be considered an insult to a man of Boneduce's character. Aside from any references to his mother, she supposed an insult would be synonymous with anything that challenged his status.
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Thu 11 Apr 2019
at 01:41
Re: 1: Three Sheets to the Wind
Donovan Montgomery
"And he fiddles... I don't know if that's important. He's a very popular fiddler."
Jenkie Barnes
A raggedy dock hand was walking up the street towards them. His face cracked into a smile when he saw Montgomery "Oi! Look who's hanging out with th' fancy folk?. And it looks like you've gotten into a fight or two as well."
Donovan Montgomery
"Jenkie! You should know I gave as good as I got! This is Captain Jack and First Mate Halleck; and this is her Sailing Master Skinner. How d'ja do?"
Jenkie Barnes
He sketched a poor bow. "Pleased to meet'cha! Listen, I've picked up some work at the docks. First I'm gonna unload, and then you know what? I'm gonna load! I was gonna tell ya. It's not much coin, but better 'n begging. Hey! I heerd they got a new high priest o' the Flame to open up th' lodge and he tends wounds fer free! Might even patch up a sorry lot like yerself, Don."
Donovan Montgomery
"That sounds like something I might have already known...." He scratched his chin.
Jenkie Barnes
"Well ye won't have heard this: They found Drango's ship all covered in blood, and not a body to be found. He musta gone mad and et 'em all! And then you know what? I bet he went and et McFarrow's wife too. They'll hang McFarrows for it though; they still can't find a scrap of Falken Drango. But you know that one body on the yardarm is a good as another to the guard."
Donovan Montgomery
"Drango's a bad one... but I can't see him eating his crew. They smelled worse than you do. Anyhow what man would willingly give up his ship?"
Jenkie Barnes
"I suppose. Does that mean McFarrow et them? Oh, and there's one bit o' bad news. They found the map to Garr Bloodbane’s gold! The real map. No joke. Hargrove found it, of course. The rich always make out, don’t they? And you know how I know it's true? Word is they’re equipping an expedition. Those’re expensive. They don’t send something like that out unless the map is real, I tell you. Maybe I can get a job on the crew for that expedition? What do y'say? Put in a good word fer me?"
Donovan Montgomery
"My words are wind, as far as Barrison Hargrove's concerned. He never liked it when the Wave Riders were sailing about. And he seems to like me less on land. Though he doesn't seem much bothered by Chambers. Maybe it's just me. If I see Aeron Chambers I'll tell him to recommend you, Jenkie, how's that?"

Jack
 player, 106 posts
Mon 15 Apr 2019
at 03:37
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That Montgomery's response to living life to the fullest was to mention fiddling, left Jack with a single quirked brow that arched into two with the newcomer.

Jabbering Jenkie.

"I'm not one to ever argue a man's appetite," she interjected, curiosity and a bit of guile framing her words. "But it wouldn't surprise me in the least if the reason there wasn't a scrap of this Drango character to be found, is because they were all 'et by none other than Olaus the Grey. You can pass that along, Jenkie. Colossal beast with a roar to knock your knickers clean off, if you don't wet 'em first. Might be my luck that serpent had a full belly to slow it down or my ship might not have outrun it. 'Course," she added, tossing a brief smile in Drango's direction. "Wouldn't have steered quite so well and fast away if not for Skinner here. You won't find a better navigator.

As for the rich always making out,"
she redirected. "I'd venture that's because they grasp opportunity when it presents itself. Who is Barrison Hargrove anyway?"

Jack wondered, too, who Mr. and Mrs. McFarrow were in relation to Drango's tale, but she held that curiosity in check.
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Fri 19 Apr 2019
at 02:04
Re: 1: Three Sheets to the Wind
Donovan Montgomery
"Oh he's...."
Jenkie Barnes
"Only the single most powerful man in the city! He's the Stormlord-maker!"
Donovan Montgomery
"Yeah, some say that. He's a personal adviser to Jonas Wylkes, and is credited with turning the family fortunes around. He's had dealings with House Lyrandar too. That can get touchy, and Barrison Hargrove's the only one who's navigated those reefs."
Jenkie Barnes
"And rich as a whale, that one. He lives in a castle that's on a floating rock! Can you imagine? He can go out every morning and piss on us all!"
Donovan Montgomery
"Jenkie, that's disgusting."
Jenkie Barnes
"Well-- he probably don't, but he probably could...I suppose.

So, Capt'n you think Drango an' all his crew got et by Olaus? He's usually further out to sea, but I sure could picture him a-gobblin' and then I guess the ship jest drifts along, through the reefs, and then fetches up on the shore. Kinda surprising it didn't break up or git smashed."
Donovan Montgomery
"But other than that it makes sense, eh? Ah Jenkie, we may never know what happened to Falken Drango. An' that's probably fer the best. He was a magnet fer trouble."

Jack
 player, 108 posts
Sun 21 Apr 2019
at 21:32
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"Trouble is never hard to find,"
Jack said conversely, giving both Halleck and Skinner a sidelong glance to gauge their take on the current conversation. "What great thing was ever won without it?"

Jack filed away the information gleaned: Barrison Hargrove. Advisor to Jonas Wylkes. Rich as a whale...in a floating castle. Single-most powerful man. Stormlord maker. Only one to have navigated the reefs that Drango's ship washed up on...

"Hm...speaking of trouble," she said, seeking other knowledge they might have. "You know anything about a Gnoll slaver named Bonegnaw?"

GM Note:
quote:
He's had dealings with House Lyrandar too. That can get touchy, and Barrison Hargrove's the only one who's navigated those reefs.
I confess I was being flowery with my speech, and Montgomery meant that Hargrove was the only person who can diplomatically manage the dealings between Stormlords and Dragonmarked (Who normally would not get along.)

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Wed 24 Apr 2019
at 01:47
Re: 1: Three Sheets to the Wind
Jenkie Barnes
"Oh gods of the Host! That Bonegnaw is the worst of the worst.... Well, since Garr Bloodbane was killed by Commander Bonedeuce, he's the worst of the worst. You know he's a slaver, but really that's just something he does for fun. He pirates and smuggles and deals dragonsmoke. And then he relaxes by slaving. Eating people alive, now, where does that get fun?"
Donovan Montgomery
"Jenkie, that's disgusting."
Calvus Skinner
Skinner had been visibly managing his calm as Mongomery had cast aspersions on Falken Drango's character. "Bonegnaw's a lot more likely to eat a feller than Drango, that's certain."
1st Mate Halleck
"One would hope." His look towards Skinner was cautious. "No, I'm sure that of the two, Bonegnaw is the only cannibal. Drango would flaunt it, if he were."
Jenkie Barnes
"Speaking of trouble..." He was eyeing some dragoons approaching along the street "... I'd better be getting along, or I'll be in some. Smooth sailing Don. Nice to meet'cha Captain, sirs." He held his hand up to the back of his head, having discovered a sudden need to scratch himself, which necessitated his covering his face from the approaching soldiers. He moved swiftly, without running, away.

Jack
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Sun 28 Apr 2019
at 19:29
Re: 1: Three Sheets to the Wind

"Farewell, Jenkie."


Jack offered a nod and smile in parting, even though the sailor's telling of Bonegnaw had her mind conjuring up brutally, gruesome images.

"I wonder," she mused, watching Jenkie move swiftly away. "If there's a particular scent that repulses Bonegnaw? Something he would find abhorrent and decidedly less appetizing, which might be slightly more advantageous to us than armor. But then again," an afterthought given with a shrug even as she set her gaze forward in search of Lorsmarch Palace. "I do need to get close enough to introduce him to my blade."

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Re: 1: Three Sheets to the Wind
"You would have to know gnolls, I suppose" added Halleck.

'Skinner' nodded in the direction they were going; "A whole lotta guards and Dragoons up ahead. Not sure you want me to accompany you all the way inside. Me... being all stinky... from running, earlier."

The marketplace had been bustling for several hours already. Merchants at stalls and carts were hawking fish, and other goods, each attempting to out shout the other.

The people of Stormreach were here too: those that knew the city moved easily in the bustle, visitors hesitated, looked around, sought some guidance. The guards mostly talked and laughed amongst themselves.

The conversation of the guards was mostly recounting the misfortunes of others. There was some speculation on the guilt of McFarrows, and repetition of what Jenkies had said. There was an exclamation at the number of reported shark bites. Two guards were talking about a 'ghost' woman in her underclothes that had led one of the pair on a merry chase into Delera's Watch, the local graveyard, and then disappeared.

And at the periphery were the drow. They were the bearers, the sweepers; expected to be obsequious when addressed, and silently subservient when not addressed. Or they were begging for coin, or scraps of food. Once, Jack overheard one Tulita ask for 'dragonsmoke' and noted the aroused guards converge on the poor beggar. He was escorted away from the plaza forthwith. The ones begging for coin were merely ignored. One beggar was hawking 'genuine treasure maps'. He too was ignored.

Donovan Montgomery pointed at the palace, and Jack was struck by the incongruity of the word with what she saw. In Lhazaar, palaces were gaudy things built of the profit of the pirate kings. This was... grand in its way, but not a planned thing. The sprawling mis-matched 'palace' was as cobbled together as the rest of the city. There were even still som functional rope walkways suspended high overhead.

He said "The Commander won't be turned aside by an honest man's sweat; and you've bathed in the last few days, I can tell." He tapped his nose "I have a nose for these things. I, ahh. Jenkie's a good man, but I wouldn't have him near the gold or china plates without supervision. A lot can go wrong around Jenkie."

"I bet there's someone in Stormreach who would know about gnolls. And what they are repulsed by," mused Skinner.