Hunting by the gaslights.   Posted by The Keeper.Group: 0
General Commander Luzitanne
Tue 17 Nov 2020
at 03:50
Hunting by the gaslights.
Four people had come and pretty quickly while at that. That should have to do for the time being. General Commander Luzitanne stood from her chair and addressed them. "Thank you for coming with this little notice." She took off the hat and the jacket that marked her rank in the Watch. "I don't think I need to explain the situation, we all know what is happening, second hand or otherwise" she turned to look at Titus as she said "otherwise".

"I have organized patrols across the slums and near the river, but I'm not exactly asking you to join them" She said with sadness in her voice. "I'm afraid that the murderer we have on the loose seems to have good connections, or at least has a way to get privileged information from the watch."

She added. "That is why I'm asking you, I think I can trust you with this. To investigate on your own and to keep your investigation under wraps."
Alison Romtree
 player, 9 posts
 Master of Precious
Tue 17 Nov 2020
at 13:33
Hunting by the gaslights.
Alison nodded, ”So I just put ‘special assignment’ on the paperwork then?”
Titus Gray
 player, 6 posts
 Fighter 4
Tue 17 Nov 2020
at 15:58
Hunting by the gaslights.
Titus averted his gaze in shame. While he could not bear sole responsibility for having failed in finding the murderer he was a city watchmen and it was his responsibility, his duty to protect the people of Ondinium. Still when the General Commander insinuated that one of his own number was conspiring to hide the murderer he snapped his head towards her, words leaving his mouth before they fully processed in his head.

"Surely you jest. No member of the City Watch would ever..."

With rapidly dawning realization he snapped his mouth shut and coughed into his hand. When he spoke again it was at a much more measured and respectful tone.

"What I meant to say General Commander is that I personally find it hard to believe that one of our own number would be complicit in these heinous crimes."
Vinnick
 player, 7 posts
Tue 17 Nov 2020
at 16:34
Hunting by the gaslights.
So that was the reason they were here. Vinnick thought to his self. "If that is the reasoning then perhaps a list of those directly involved in the investigation would serve as a starting point. We could discreetly question them in less formal settings and determine who if any play a part in the murders." Vinnick was taking a bit of delight in the fact that he could turn the tables and investigate the city watch rather than them looking into him.
Precious
 player, 7 posts
 Alison's Companion
Tue 17 Nov 2020
at 16:46
Hunting by the gaslights.
Uncurling from her spot in the corner to speak to Alison the Shubbet isn't loud enough to interrupt the others, but anyone paying attention could probably make out what she says.  ”They may be unwitting spies, or subject to magical coercion.”
Alison Romtree
 player, 10 posts
 Master of Precious
Tue 17 Nov 2020
at 19:56
Hunting by the gaslights.
Alison spoke quietly but with a measure of confidence, as if she is simply soft spoken. ”Have you not heard of the Red Wall of Silence*? Those who wear these red cloaks, the Watch, tend to rally around their own. They know enough not to speak, especially when accusations are coming their way. No this will require boot leather and evidence.” She smiled, ”Then we confront those here who are involved and find out who is behind this all.”

She straightened her posture and pulled at the hem of her cloak as she looked back to the General, ”Do you have any special instructions or items for our use?”
Vinnick
 player, 8 posts
Tue 17 Nov 2020
at 20:50
Hunting by the gaslights.
Vinnick laughs at confidence of the woman. "All walls can be breached. One just has to know where. You'd be surprised what information people give away that they think is of little consequence. And I said it would best be done discreetly, something the Watch has yet to learn to do."
General Commander Luzitanne
Sat 21 Nov 2020
at 02:44
Hunting by the gaslights.
"I knew I could count on you." the Commander smiled. "The only instructions are that you are not to work in the headquarters and not to leave paperwork. Nominally you are assigned to early morning watch so that you are justified. But your true work is to investigate not to keep watch."

Wow, I didn't expect this to get so close to real world... Ok here are the possible leads:

Most members of the watch frequent the Stone sword pub. If you want to get them drunk it is the place.

All paperwork goes through the two secretaries in the headquarters. They are basically civilians hired from the street.

Captain Virgil has a lot of control over watches. Even though this time he isn't in control of the watches, he is bound to know most of them.

Last month there was a fresh wave of recruits. Five new people joined the guard.

Alison Romtree
 player, 11 posts
 Master of Precious
Mon 23 Nov 2020
at 19:44
Hunting by the gaslights.
Alison nodded, "Very well. I have a few maps in my office that might be of aid. If you all would care to join me?" She nodded at Precious, We will need your ability to read minds very soon I think.

This message was last edited by the player at 14:15, Tue 24 Nov 2020.

Precious
 player, 8 posts
 Alison's Companion
Mon 23 Nov 2020
at 20:53
Re: Hunting by the gaslights.
Clearly happy to be the focus of Alison's attention, even if only for a moment, Precious perks up immediately when addressed.  ”We will need to be careful so they don't know who is listening in, I can hide in the cabinet while you ask the questions.”
Titus Gray
 player, 7 posts
 Fighter 4
Mon 23 Nov 2020
at 23:36
Re: Hunting by the gaslights.
Titus gritted his teeth somewhat but elected not to depend his shames. Besides every watchman knew that the best recourse against the slanderous lies of the Red Wall of Silence was to deny its existence. No self-respecting watchman would violate that basic tenet of the brotherhood they shared. Turning to the others he considered their options before speaking.

"I think I'm best suited to clandestinely ask questions of others of the Watch, at least in a social situation. They are unlikely to suspect me of anything unsavory and it will help to clear good men and women of these heinous accusations."

This message was last edited by the player at 23:37, Mon 23 Nov 2020.

Vinnick
 player, 9 posts
Tue 24 Nov 2020
at 20:34
Re: Hunting by the gaslights.
"If you wouldn't mind the company. I'd like to join you. I move about the bars, the ones with the watch included. So I shouldn't draw much attention. I can even pass a minstrel if you'd perfer. The maids at such places often hear more than they let on."
The Keeper
 GM, 12 posts
Wed 25 Nov 2020
at 18:25
Re: Hunting by the gaslights.
The group made its way to the Stone Sword Pub. There was some disturbance on the streets. People showed general distress and acted skittish. There was tension all around.

The weather was very cold, and it seemed it could snow at any time that afternoon.

Once they reached the Stone Sword Pub, the climate was less somber. People in there were having some fun. The bartender was Lanie as usual, and while she gave a drink to a new customer, she snickered at seeing more familiar faces. Her drinks and food were legendarily good, she was also a great listener and known for her advice.

There were five tables occupied. One of them had a small group of rookies, the other had Mark a more veteran member of the watch who didn't waste any time getting wasted. Some of the other tables had regular visitors, and the last one had a small group of what looked like mercenaries, including a bearaler. There was a singer in the stage with his shubbet playing the drums.

Even one of the secretaries was in the bar talking to Lanie. This wasn't exactly an expected sight, considering the secretaries normally worked all the way until sundown.
Vinnick
 player, 12 posts
Wed 25 Nov 2020
at 19:51
Re: Hunting by the gaslights.
Walking into the pub Vinnick flashes a wide smile. "Lanie! My friend. How are you?" He calls out in a loud and blusterous voice. "Can we get a round of drinks for the bar?" My friend here.." He says as he slaps the back of his hand against Titus' middle. "Lost a bet with me and will be buying the first round." As he talks his eyes move about the room taking in what details he could. Including how deep into their cups most of the patrons were.


OOC:
lets see how drunk everyone is.
14:49, Today: Vinnick rolled 18 using 1d20+4.  perception.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:51, Wed 25 Nov 2020.

Titus Gray
 player, 11 posts
 Fighter 4
Tue 1 Dec 2020
at 17:41
Re: Hunting by the gaslights.
Titus grunted at the sudden contact, casting a steely glare at Vinnick as he absently rubbed at his stomach.

"Yeah I lost the bet alright. I'll take an ale Lanie and maybe a tankard of dirty water from the scullery or perhaps just a bed pan for good old Vinnick here."

He returned Vinnick's slap with one of his own, albeit aimed at his shoulder blade.
Alison Romtree
 player, 14 posts
 Master of Precious
Tue 1 Dec 2020
at 17:52
Re: Hunting by the gaslights.
Alison followed but waited outside the tavern for a twenty count before walking in. She wanted to make it seem as though she and Precious were not with the boys. As they enter she took a free table near enough to the boys that Precious could "Listen" in on thoughts. She ordered a weak ale and sipped it while watching the room.
Precious
 player, 10 posts
 Alison's Companion
Tue 1 Dec 2020
at 18:45
Re: Hunting by the gaslights.
Nudging Alison to a table fairly centrally located in the room, likely not big enough that any part of it is excluded from the spell, Precious slides one of the adjacent chairs up to the one Alison sat in and hops up on it to lean against her, both a fairly normal thing to do and a good way to avoid any detection of her unusual behavior.  Despite not being an actual spell and thus requiring no components her concentration on the effect itself might still be detectable were someone else to engage in some form of interaction.  ”I will start by just listening in their surface thoughts are harder to hide so they won't know I am listening.”
The Keeper
 GM, 14 posts
Sun 6 Dec 2020
at 04:09
Re: Hunting by the gaslights.
Lanie chuckled at the antics of the guardian and Vinnick. "Vinnick, honey. I've told you you need better friends. Or actual friends period." She turned around and produced two tankards. "Is the usual ok?" she left the tankards on the bar and turned her attention back to the secretary. "Have you considered that's what he actually wants? Some boys just need to put themselves in danger to feel manly"
Vinnick
 player, 13 posts
Mon 7 Dec 2020
at 07:14
Re: Hunting by the gaslights.
Vinnick hands Titus his le as he leans against the counter and takes a sip of his. Normally he would banter more with Lanie, but it seemed that there was a more pressing conversation that needed tending. So he let it go as he gazed over the room. The bard on stage wasn't doing much for the atmosphere. 'Well this wont do at all." Vinnick says just loud enough for Titus to hear but not anyone else. Taking a large drink of his ale, Vinnick calls up to the bard on stage. :Oi! Play something lively! With a smile he winks at Titus and whispers "See what you can get out of the rookies" He then proceeds to take hold of one of the free barmaids and starts to dance with her as he starts singing very loudly.

"A gypsy rover came over the hill
Down through the valley so shady.
He whistled and he sang ’til the green woods rang
And he won the heart of a lady.

Ah-dee-doo-ah-dee-doo-dah-day
Ah-dee-doo-ah-dee-day-dee
He whistled and he sang ’til the green woods rang
And he won the heart of a lady.

She left her own fine lover.
She left her servants and her state
To follow her gypsy rover.

She left behind her velvet gown
And shoes of Spanish leather
They whistled and they sang ’till the green woods rang
As they rode off together

Last night, she slept on a goose feather bed
With silken sheets for cover
Tonight she’ll sleep on the cold, cold ground
Beside her gyspy lover

Her father saddled up his fastest stead
And roamed the valley all over.
Sought his daughter at great speed
And the whistlin’ gypsy rover.

He came at last to a mansion fine
Down by the river Claydee.
And there was music and there was wine
For the gypsy and his lady.

“He is no gypsy, my Father,” she cried
“but Lord of these lands all over.
And I shall stay ’til my dying day
with my whistlin’ gypsy rover.”



02:11, Today: Vinnick rolled 18 using 1d20+5.  Performance. (song)

02:12, Today: Vinnick rolled 13 using 1d20+5.  Performance. (Dance)

OOC:
Gypsy Rover
lyrics and music Leo Maguire, based on Child Ballad #200

Precious
 player, 11 posts
 Alison's Companion
Mon 7 Dec 2020
at 07:37
Re: Hunting by the gaslights.
Seemingly content to ignore the bar, and the song, Precious stays snuggled up against Alison and appears to drift off into a lazy sleep.

This message was lightly edited by the player at 07:37, Mon 07 Dec 2020.

Alison Romtree
 player, 15 posts
 Master of Precious
Mon 7 Dec 2020
at 15:39
Re: Hunting by the gaslights.
Alison scratched Precious' scalp the way she liked and sipped her own drink.
Titus Gray
 player, 12 posts
 Fighter 4
Tue 15 Dec 2020
at 15:34
Re: Hunting by the gaslights.
Titus takes his drink, pleasant smile on his face and begins to simply listen to Vinnick's performance. While his accomplice sings he takes in his surroundings. He doesn't know where to begin but perhaps there might be an easy in somewhere. A group of watchmen a little too deep into their drink to hold their tongues as firmly as they should or perhaps rookies with still to green to know when they are being worked for information.
The Keeper
 GM, 17 posts
Tue 15 Dec 2020
at 16:36
Re: Hunting by the gaslights.


The musician had gone along with Vinnick's performance, he instructed something to his companion who moved closer to him. The secretary waved Lannie goodbye and left some coins on the counter. The cloaked stranger by the mercinaries table turned away in disgust to the performance while the bearaler listened with emotion certainly captivated by it. The rookies couldn't care less and asked for another round.
Titus Gray
 player, 14 posts
 Fighter 4
Tue 15 Dec 2020
at 17:07
Re: Hunting by the gaslights.
Seeing his opening Titus finished off his first ale in a considerable chug and ordered another to go along with the rookies. As the drinks were being ferried to the table he moved alongside them. Meeting the eyes of one of the rookies he gave a broad smile.

"Evening rookies."

He then invited himself to the table, not asking permission due to his seniority.

"Out for a few drinks I see."
Vinnick
 player, 14 posts
Tue 15 Dec 2020
at 20:08
Re: Hunting by the gaslights.
Vinnik gives a bow to the barmaid and gives her a kiss on the hand. </purple>"A pleasure my dear."</purple> He says with a broad smile and a twinkle in his eye. "Lannie! A round for the whole! Put it on the tab!" He calls out. Seeing the attention the bearaler was paying to the act, Vinnick walks over to the table. "Well met my friends. You look as if you enjoyed the song and dance. Your first time at Stone Sword?"



15:07, Today: Vinnick rolled 9 using 1d20+7.  Persuasion.

and on the off chance I got advantage for the song and dance

15:07, Today: Vinnick rolled 24 using 1d20+7.  Persuasion.