PROLOGUE - Neria & Tone.   Posted by Dungeon Master.Group: 0
Dungeon Master
 GM, 56 posts
Thu 13 May 2021
at 00:30
PROLOGUE - Neria & Tone
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PROLOGUE
Don't Be a Stranger

The young woman was the first to run, eyes going wide as Tone invoked the title of the High Priestess. She obviously wasn't taking any chances of getting into trouble with the temple and she left the remaining two young men high and dry. It seemed Tone's deception had worked on the woman who appeared to had been leading this small group. The other two young men looked between themselves and Patrick gave Tone a confused look, as though trying to work out how she knew his name.

The skinnier one with the knife was shuffling on his feel, clearly having his own hesitations but his jaw dropped as Neria approached and cleared her throat. He backed away in the direction where the young woman ran, "Uh, didn't mean nothin' Paladin. Ma'am." He turned around and rook off after the young woman.

That left Patrick. His stocky frame rotated between Tone and Neria, a dumb look on his face as he appeared to struggle to make sense of what was happening. "Bu... Bu...But she's a devil!" He tried to justify his actions and while he pointed the hammer at Tone he was not threatening in any way.
Tone
 player, 49 posts
Thu 13 May 2021
at 02:51
PROLOGUE - Neria & Tone
This was actually working out much better than she had anticipated, and seeing two of her aspiring persecutors take to their heels... well. It felt good. Buoyed by her confidence and the confusion on the face of the tall stocky lout (not to mention the attitude of the few locals paying them attention), she stepped still closer to the man with the hammer, and the corner of the bakery's roof cast a shadow across her features.

Her teeth shone white and pointed in the darkness, and all four horns silhouetted against the bright light behind her. While she still wasn't close to Patrick's height, she seemed taller and her accent more pronounced as she smiled.

"Yeesss,"  she drawled, "a devil..." drawing out those last syllables while she gauged her moment. "You know it's been a long night in the darkness and I'm awfully hungry - and you and your friends interrupted my breakfast. Rarr!" She leapt towards him and he fled too quickly to see her land in the sunshine three full paces short of him, her ferocious snarl dissolving into laughter.

10:38, Today: Tone rolled 22 using 1d20+3.  Intimidation (rah!).

She smiled up at the Paladin who had come across to bring the authority of the temple to the area and waved a hand dismissively as she did her best to charm her. "Don't worry, no problems over here. Some humans being idiots, but I didn't lay a hand on them - I promise!"

Having just borrowed the authority of the Temple, the last thing she needed was to get in trouble with its actual agents.
Neria
 player, 15 posts
 Human Paladin
Thu 13 May 2021
at 22:17
PROLOGUE - Neria & Tone
Of course lies and deception came naturally to Tieflings, that much even Neria knew from her studies.  The reality was rather different, however, and at first she felt almost as overwhelmed as the young man, who now seemed even younger as he blustered defensively.  It was quite remarkable, how fluently the Tiefling was able to spin stories and even change her whole persona in a disturbingly convincing manner.  While Neria had always known that such things were more commonplace out in the world than they were in the precincts of the temple, it was unsettling to think that it might be this commonplace.  She wasn't particularly good at lying, and wasn't entirely sure she wanted to become good at it.

Still, she couldn't argue that it was sometimes a useful defensive technique, as in this case, and without it the situation might have easily ended in a fight.  As it was, she suspected that the young human was about to discover that he had urgent business somewhere in the direction that his companions had already gone.  To be on the safe side, she decided to try some of her own encouragement in that line.

"Perhaps you might want to leave the handling of devils to those more experienced in such things," she suggested, calmly, guessing that her position as a representative of order would more than make up for the relative quiet of the statement.  "And if you're truly concerned, perhaps you should go to the temple more often," she added, reasoning that it might not hurt to try to teach him to spend his time more wisely than in harassing passersby, even if they were devils.

17:14, Today: Neria rolled 10 using 1d20+4.  Persuasion.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 62 posts
Fri 14 May 2021
at 00:04
PROLOGUE - Neria & Tone
Sure enough, the stern words from Neria had the boy thinking but it was the frightful leap towards him by Tone that had him turning back and fleeing to where his fellow troublemakers ran off to.

Others in the town appeared more confident in the situation now that Neria had involved herself. After all, they had no need to worry about a devil if a Paladin was in control of the situation. The villagers in the area promptly returned to their usual business and the bakery door was unlocked and opened.
Tone
 player, 51 posts
Fri 14 May 2021
at 01:05
PROLOGUE - Neria & Tone
Seeing the town return to its business now that the paladin had shown up to take charge of the situation, Atonement felt a twinge of sadness in her heart but easily kept it from reaching her face. She was used to it now and on the upper side when she spoke the brown-haired paladin seemed to have come over to help scare the trouble makers away. That was rare in her experience of human clergy. Rare in humans generally actually; even the ones she found herself liking usually tolerated her oddities rather than acting as an active ally.

Putting away her prayerbook and the stick of incense she'd palmed from her pack, she retrieved the sack of bread and tore it in half, offering the quarter loaf with its crunchy brown crust to the armed woman looking after the fleeing lout. "Thank you for your help," she said with a neat smile, her accent faint once more. "I'm not used to Paladins running to me instead of after me," she grinned. "You must let me treat you to breakfast. Don't worry, I'll be leaving westward as soon as I've eaten."

She seemed very tired and tore at her own bread with sharp teeth as soon as Neria responded to her offer. She'd briefly considered sleeping here; it would be nice to rest under rooftops and her thighs and back were aching from the long travel. But as the troublemakers had proven, small villages just weren't safe places for her kind travelling alone.

Humans.
Neria
 player, 17 posts
 Human Paladin
Fri 14 May 2021
at 22:04
PROLOGUE - Neria & Tone
"Thank you, I --" Neria began to turn down the offer, explaining that she had already eaten that morning, until it occurred to her that that might not be the most diplomatic of replies.  Her help had been minimal, but she suspected most people, and perhaps even some paladins, would not have given any assistance at all, and the Tiefling seemed to genuinely want to thank her.  It might hurt the girl's pride to refuse the offer, or might even make her think that Neria considered herself too good to stop and break her fast with a Tiefling.

"I don't have much of an appetite right now, but I'll have a little, thank you," she said, accepting the hunk of bread, breaking it in half again and offering one piece back to the girl.  From the look of her, it seemed likely she had little to spend on food, and this seemed a fair compromise between preserving her pride and making sure she had a reasonable amount of nourishment.

As the girl tucked into her meal, Neria was faintly startled by the glint of pointed teeth.  She'd known that was characteristic of Tieflings, but seeing it -- not to mention the tail -- was still a surprise.  And her eyes... the mismatch, Neria believed, was not characteristic of the race, though she balked at the idea of being so bold as to ask about it.  They made for rather pretty eyes, really, she mused, taking a bite of her own bread.  The combination of the gold and silver was striking, and --

Again a thought struck her, and she nearly dropped her own food.  It was quite a mad thought, a ridiculous idea, but with as little information as she had... "Uh, what brings you to Eveningstar?  That is, I don't want to pry, but -- Well, there aren't many travelers on this road aside from the caravans, and I wondered..."  She paused, awkwardly, offering a hopeful look.
Tone
 player, 53 posts
Sat 15 May 2021
at 01:21
PROLOGUE - Neria & Tone
Tone's mismatched eyes watched closely as the Paladin first took the offered bread and then broke off a piece to return to her and something eased inside her. It was tasty fresh bread, she knew that, and Paladins were usually supposed to be 'good' but that wouldn't keep some who saw themselves as 'good' from charging more highly for their help. If they'd have been helping her at all, and not supporting the hooligans and chasing her out of town for the crime of looking different.

This paladin didn't reject her or her courtesy, and didn't seem to be looking to extort or punish her for her generosity. Tone relaxed subtly and her smile became a little more open as she took the smaller hunk back and stowed it into her belt pouch. Perhaps she was different.

Perhaps she could learn from her.

"Just passing through," she assured her quickly. "On my way to somewhere else. I would have walked around the town and gone on west into the Stormhorns. I probably wouldn't have tried the mountain today," she admitted, "but I'll camp once I'm up into the foothills and see if I can make it through the pass in one long day. I'm not with any caravan yet, but I have business in Amn and thought I could find someone to travel with down on the Trader's Road."

She wasn't sure what to make of that expression on the human woman. Was she hoping that Atonement wasn't here to make trouble? She did seem younger than most of the Paladins the Tiefling had met in her life. Maybe she was a little afraid of the devil-girl too?

"I'm Tone by the way," she offered the woman her hand and her best attempt at a charming smile to ease the woman's concerns and set her at her ease.

"What's your name?"

11:20, Today: Tone rolled 17 using 1d20+3.  Charm Neria (although obviously Neria chooses how she takes it).
Neria
 player, 18 posts
 Human Paladin
Sat 15 May 2021
at 17:46
PROLOGUE - Neria & Tone
"Neria," she replied, automatically, though she was still distracted and uncertain.  It was such a strange idea, she hardly knew where to begin to investigate it, though simply continuing to talk with the Tiefling -- Tone, she reminded herself -- was probably the best way to start.  Perhaps there was a clue in the girl's destination, Neria reasoned, and she seemed quite friendly and open now that there was no potential danger.

"In Amn," she echoed, mulling over the word.  "The capital is Athkatla, isn't it?  The City of Coin?""  That almost seemed too simple, but that was often the nature of the historical prophecies she'd learned about, that they were deceptively simple once you knew the answer.

"I'm traveling in that direction myself, you see," she explained, realizing that her manner might seem odd.  "I've just set out.  We -- we could travel together, if you don't mind."  She felt strangely self-conscious making the suggestion, wondering if Tone might think the offer condescending.  "I'd be glad of company," she added, sincerely, taking another bite of bread.  Prophecies and fate aside, she was out in the world for the first time, and she had never looked forward to traveling alone.