First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season.   Posted by Ben.Group: 0
Lindon Laru
 player, 13 posts
Tue 23 Oct 2018
at 04:00
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
"That may get us out of helping," Lindon explained to Alayna, "showing them we're really nothing special, but it doesn't help the people of this town.

"Did you see how many children were in the front rows?  What will happen to them if this Gnapsnip succeeds in stirring up a war?"


He looked around at the others and added with a smirk, "And we all know that together, we're far from nothing special."
Nwofia Barandi
 player, 27 posts
 Acrobat, Actress and
 A Living Surprise
Tue 23 Oct 2018
at 11:07
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
Nwofia sighs.  "Doesn't much matter really, whoever wins, the Infernals win.  I'd like Pugnant to win because Cambete would be a nicer place to live and I like nice."
Alayna
 player, 36 posts
 Half Elf Equestrian
 Comely and young
Wed 24 Oct 2018
at 01:40
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
Alayna massaged her leg.  "So how do we discredit an Orc?  Show him as crazy?  Or create something he believes that everyone knows is fake and make him out to be fake?"

Of course, such magics were not her thing.

"Maybe someone can spy on him?  Find out what he's doing?"
Tahra
 player, 30 posts
Wed 24 Oct 2018
at 06:08
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
Tahra considers the conversation and voices one thought. Alayna, I'm not against spying exactly, but I wonder. From what i know of the infernals, they delight in lies and deceit. That doesn't mean we can't act in secret or work indirectly. For instance, we could stage a play where a villain wins but hat seeming victory destroys him.
Lindon Laru
 player, 14 posts
Fri 26 Oct 2018
at 14:44
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
"I like Alayna's idea to discredit Gnugsnap," Lindon said.  "We just need to keep anyone from joining his cause.

"We could spread a rumor that he's claimed speaking to higher beings before when he wasn't.  Then have that puppet show, the one with the three pigs and the wolf.  You know, where the pigs cried out for help when there was no wolf?"

Nwofia Barandi
 player, 28 posts
 Acrobat, Actress and
 A Living Surprise
Sat 27 Oct 2018
at 13:26
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
Nwofia grins her most wicked grin, the kind of grin that makes drow go pale, and suggests with no hint of a smile, "Perhaps we could sneak into his house at night and cover him in perfume?"
Tahra
 player, 32 posts
Sat 27 Oct 2018
at 17:13
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
If we put on play or do something pertinent, I suggest we make an orc a hero...or heroine.
Aria
 player, 4 posts
 Music is all around us.
 We only have to listen.
Sat 27 Oct 2018
at 22:21
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
Aria had remained quiet as she listened to everyone's thoughts and suggestions. The very idea of helping orcs sent a shiver through the young girl's body. While she couldn't remember that fateful day sixteen years ago, her "mother" had spared no detail in the description of the carnage she had been found in. Now that she was part of the show itself and not just one of the countless workers who saw to the logistics of the operation, Aria felt compelled to move past her reticence and speak.

"I like Tahra's idea," Aria said softly. Even when she spoke, her voice had an ethereal quality that was made doubly so when she sang. "I volunteer to be the orc if it is necessary. I can speak the language, even sing it, and that would make it more real to those watching."
Ben
 GM, 46 posts
 Your Master of Ceremonies
Mon 29 Oct 2018
at 00:39
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
"I share Nwofia's opinion," Phileas said.  "I think even though Pugnant is an Orc, his path is better for the people of Cambete than Gnashrip's.  Though I am skeptical of Nwofia's tactics... covering him with perfume would humiliate him, yes.  In fact, I have it on good authority that Orcs find the scent of lavender particularly repellent.  However... it is a temporary measure, and we would have to move on, and leave behind a very unhappy Orc with revenge on his mind. Tahra suggests presenting an Orc as a hero or heroine... but it would have to be an Orc who has chosen the path of reconciliation and coexistence, of course.  Aria, you can speak their tongue, than you will be our Orc.  We need a story that has Aria being a successful model to shore up support for Pugnant."

The show master looked off in thought for a moment.  Those who knew him understood that there was often a kind of "extra curricular activity" that followed these kind of things.  Clearly he was thinking of one.

"Of course... I am curious to know where this Gnashrip fellow goes, since he comes and goes frequently from the town.  Judging by what I am told of the time, it can't be far.  Does he have an ally nearby?  Some hidden supporters waiting in the wings?  Or perhaps a master he reports to?  I would very much like to know what he is up to."
Lindon Laru
 player, 15 posts
Mon 29 Oct 2018
at 01:05
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
Lindon looked around to see if anyone was going to volunteer to follow the unstable orc with very large muscles as he met with an infernal creature in the dark far from help.
Alayna
 player, 37 posts
 Half Elf Equestrian
 Comely and young
Mon 29 Oct 2018
at 06:28
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
Alayna paused in her rubbing of her knee to look around.  She thought for a long moment, then spoke up.

"I... I could follow him.  I mean, I would see where he goes, if that is needed."
Tahra
 player, 33 posts
Tue 30 Oct 2018
at 05:08
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
That would be spying, which would give fuel to suspicions.
Alayna
 player, 38 posts
 Half Elf Equestrian
 Comely and young
Tue 30 Oct 2018
at 05:16
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
She gave a smile.  "Only if they catch me.  Little girl, light of foot, all in black?"
Tahra
 player, 34 posts
Tue 30 Oct 2018
at 05:32
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
Radiating heat....
Ben
 GM, 47 posts
 Your Master of Ceremonies
Tue 30 Oct 2018
at 23:43
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
"Safely, from a distance," Phileas says with a worried look.  "Just to see where he goes.  It would be better not to be alone, though."

He raises an eyebrow at the assembled group.
Alayna
 player, 39 posts
 Half Elf Equestrian
 Comely and young
Wed 31 Oct 2018
at 00:00
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
Alayna looked disgruntled, certain this was aimed at her.  She thought she was old enough.  And careful enough.  So she stayed quiet, saying nothing.  For now.
Lindon Laru
 player, 17 posts
Wed 31 Oct 2018
at 00:56
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
"I'll go with her," Lindon sighed.  He couldn't just sit there and let all the ladies do the heavy lifting.  He didn't even think Escher showed up for the meeting.

"Do we know where he is now?"
Aria
 player, 6 posts
 Music is all around us.
 We only have to listen.
Wed 31 Oct 2018
at 01:07
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
Aria noticed her friend's look. It was the same look she had had many times in the past when she thought her age or size was being held against her. Patting the half-elf on the shoulder in reassurance, Aria whispered softly, "I thought it was a great idea. I'm sure you'll do a great job."
Alayna
 player, 40 posts
 Half Elf Equestrian
 Comely and young
Wed 31 Oct 2018
at 01:55
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
Alayna blushed a little, then reached up and squeezed Aria's hand.  "Thank you.  I... I needed that."

She looked at Lindon.  "So. We need to get ready to follow, right?" she stated, feeling better with her friend's support.
Ben
 GM, 48 posts
 Your Master of Ceremonies
Fri 2 Nov 2018
at 01:17
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
"To follow him we must find him," Phileas says.   "And for that there is Tahra's plan.  We must be quick, and create this Orc-heroine story for the next show.  When the Orc learn that we are deliberately portraying them in a positive light, I'm sure this Gnashrip will show up.  I'll just have to get one Pugnant's fellows to point him out to me."

He takes a deep breath.

"So, we have to quickly redo a story, to feature an Orc.. but let's not be silly about it, we still have to entertain the Human audience.  And of course, the visiting Elves!"
Tahra
 player, 35 posts
Fri 2 Nov 2018
at 05:23
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
Tahra puts forth an idea.

I can be a witch with my cauldron. Somebody can be an orc. I can tell the orc he can be a great ruler, make all fear him if only he will swear fealty to the great God Mumbo-Jumbo, Patron of those who want to do whatever they want. The orc could see thought the plot. Hmm. won't work with just one; probably would work better if a companion of the orc fell into the trap.

https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/mumbo-jumbo.html  There's also a racist poem The Congo Vachel Lindsey (who was anti-racist)
The phrase probably originated from the Mandingo name Maamajomboo, which was a masked dancer that took part in religious ceremonies. In the 18th century Mumbo-jumbo referred to a West African god.

Francis Moore, in his 1738 work Travels into the inland parts of Africa noted:

    "The women are kept in the greatest subjection; and the men, to render their power as compleat as possible, influence their wives to give them an unlimited obedience, by all the force of fear and terror. For this purpose the Mundingoes have a kind of image eight or nine feet high, made of the bark of trees, dressed in a long coat, and crowned with a whisp of straw. This is called a Mumbo Jumbo; and whenever the men have any dispute with the women, this is sent for to determine the contest, which is almost always done in favour of the men. One who is in the secret, conceals himself under the coat, and bringing in the image, is the oracle on these occasions. No one is allowed to come armed into his presence. When the women hear him coming, they run away and hide themselves; but if you are acquainted with the person concealed in the Mumbo Jumbo, he will send them all to come, make them sit down, and afterward either sing or dance, as he pleases; and if any refuse to come, he will send for, and whip them. Whenever any one enters into this society, they swear in the most solemn manner never to divulge the secret to any woman, or to any person that is not entered into it: and to preserve the secret inviolable, no boys are admitted under 16 years of age. The people also swear by the Mumbo Jumbo; and the oath is esteemed irrevocable. There are very few towns of any note that have not one of these objects of terror, to frighten the poor women into obedience."
Lindon Laru
 player, 18 posts
Sat 3 Nov 2018
at 01:19
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
"Do we really want to have any orcs at all?" Lindon asked skeptically.  "We don't want to be obvious that we're talking about them.

"Are there any myths or stories where Infernals trick people?  If we just use a real story, people will know we're not making it up.  It'll just be a coincidence.

"We don't want to be obvious we're meddling."

Marcos Conner Esher
 player, 20 posts
 confuse the senses
 confound the logical mind
Thu 8 Nov 2018
at 15:53
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
Escher listen quietly from his spot on top of his wagon. With a waive of his hand (major image; duration: concentration) a sheet of parchment drifts down from the sky landing on the ground.

falling piece of paper:
the best spy are not just disguised but not even seen.

if you want a permanent solution to this orc...try abolith mucus. it prevent the breathing of air for 3 hours, does not grant water breathing, is not magic, so it cant be dispelled, it is not a poison so magic wont help there either, removing it is next to impossible, and if any one helps they get effected with equal effectiveness.

the hurtle is how to apply it with out touching it.

it would not even be difficult to frame the assassination on an infernal abolith as long as we infect him just as he returns from where ever he disappears to.


uppon reading the papper vannishes leaving no proof it even existed.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:54, Thu 08 Nov 2018.

Nwofia Barandi
 player, 30 posts
 Acrobat, Actress and
 A Living Surprise
Fri 9 Nov 2018
at 12:37
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
Nwofia looks up toward the top of the wagon and clicks her teeth but otherwise says nothing.  She's not a big fan of unpleasantness.
Lindon Laru
 player, 19 posts
Sat 10 Nov 2018
at 02:55
Re: First day in Cambete, First Show of the Season
"I don't think that's what we're being asked," Lindon said, looking up at Escher.  "We're not assassins."