PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra.   Posted by Dungeon Master.Group: 0
Dungeon Master
 GM, 137 posts
Fri 21 May 2021
at 00:09
PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
PROLOGUE
Might as Well Get Juiced

Savia took off her gauntlets and called Wrex over, "Whiskey please, Riden Wrex. Leave the bottle."

Wrex drew a bottle of whiskey and a cup from below the bar and sat them in front of Savia as requested. He scooped up the two gold coins and slid them into his apron with a nod. He didn't say anything but didn't move too far, currently it looked like Savia was the only paying customer now that Sugarra was seeing Biggie out the door. The whiskey was far from the best but it was strong, if Savia's intent was to forget her woes of earlier in the night it would certainly do the job.

Biggie gave Suggara a pat on the forearm, "Just make sure ye get back to see me again. Then we can talk about ye tales of adventure and ye can share your wealth." He nodded and smiled up to Sugarra as he left the tavern. "Be careful Sugarra."

Sugarra sat down beside Savia. "You look like you've seen better times." The elf was studying a small scrap of paper in one hand, cup of whiskey in the other. "My mother used to tell me that every mark carries a story worth telling. So, what's the story there?" She motioned to her face, where Savia's injuries were most obvious and perhaps the blood on her chin was not quite fully cleaned.
Savia
 player, 40 posts
Fri 21 May 2021
at 01:27
PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
Savia looked to Sugarra as she sat beside her, "Was hoping you would still be around." He initial thought on the half-orc was she was the hired entertainment for the tavern, but if that was the case she would have packed up and left much earlier. Savia had never met a minstrel who was in a tavern in the early hours of the morning. Now it seemed she was just a friendly and curious visitor and after the night Savia just had a friend would likely prove a more worthy distraction than a bottle of spirits.

Still she took a drink as she replied. "I have definitely seen better times." She placed the scrip of paper on the counter beside the bottle and turned on the stool to face Sugarra, "Did you know there was an ogre in the River District? I didn't." She scrubbed at her chin and ran a finger over a graze on her cheek. "There is truely a story there, only one I might be too embarrassed to tell." There was mirth in her tone but it didn't reach her face. She spoke in a light but mature voice and clipped her words so that each was precisely spoken, an elvish accent common with her kind was present but not strong.
Sugarra
 player, 49 posts
Fri 21 May 2021
at 02:39
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
Savia:
"Did you know there was an ogre in the River District? I didn't."


"Really? Never seen an ogre before. I'll have to go see for myself." She actually seemed to perk up a bit - excited by the prospect of a new experience, however unimportant it may seem to others. "I just came to Athkatla yesterday."

quote:
She scrubbed at her chin and ran a finger over a graze on her cheek. "There is truely a story there, only one I might be too embarrassed to tell."


Sugarra scrunched her face a bit trying to figure the best response then inspiration hit. She leaned in closer and lowered her voice slightly. "Until I came here, I worked on a farm since I was a little girl. Once, I was milking a particularly anxious cow when something suddenly spooked her. She turned quickly and her tail caught me in the head. She must have recently relieved herself. There was still a bit of fresh dropping still on her tail... which now made its way into my hair. I was already so dirty that day that I didn't notice right away. I worked the rest of the day wondering what that smell was."

Sugarra paused long enough to take a long drink before looking back to Savia as though it was her turn to share one embarrassing story for another.
Savia
 player, 41 posts
Fri 21 May 2021
at 03:13
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
"I would not recommend going to visit the ogre." Savia replied, tilting her head slightly as she watched Sugarra, "It turned out to be far more trouble that it was worth."

As Sugarra continued Savia widened her eyes slightly in surprise, "Oh, arrived so recently. You seem right at home in the city. I actually took you for a minstrel on hire by the tavern." She waved a hand vaguely in the direction of where Sugarra was seated earlier, "You had gathered such an admiring crowd."

When Sugarra spoke of her encounter with the cow Savia blinked her eyes slowly as though imagining the scene. A corner of her mouth curled up, a possible attempt at a grin as she replied. "Such a strong memory to recall, and such humility to admit to it." She drained her glass and filled it again from the bottle before placing it down between them.

"Alright then." She did look down the bar, ensuring Wrex was far enough away. "I was sent to retrieve a debt from somebody called Pigman. I very quickly discovered that this Pigman was an ogre living in a stable at the back of a tavern. Well, the ogre was drunk. Very drunk. Failing being able to wake him, it was a him as his loincloth covered far less that it needed to, I decided to treat the creature as any other drunk. Which meant a firm kick in the ribs." She paused and her brow twitched, "The ogre did not appreciate that and before I could ready myself he took a lazy swing at me which sent me into the stable wall and had me passed out in the dirt. And that's where I spent the majority of the night until I came to."
Sugarra
 player, 50 posts
Fri 21 May 2021
at 05:09
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
Savia:
"I would not recommend going to visit the ogre." Savia replied, tilting her head slightly as she watched Sugarra, "It turned out to be far more trouble that it was worth."


"Maybe" Sugarra shrugged "But it's still something I would want to see at least once if for no other reason than to be able to say that I did.

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As Sugarra continued Savia widened her eyes slightly in surprise, "Oh, arrived so recently. You seem right at home in the city. I actually took you for a minstrel on hire by the tavern." She waved a hand vaguely in the direction of where Sugarra was seated earlier, "You had gathered such an admiring crowd."


"And why wouldn't they? It's not the first time I've drawn a crowd and I'm sure it won't be the last." She shot a quick wink Savia's way. "They either gather to admire or to gawk. There is rarely a middle ground. If they're going to do it anyway, I may as well get a few free drinks out of it." Sugarra seemed to drift off into her own thoughts for a brief moment. She had certainly gotten a head start on Savia where the evening's drinks were concerned and it was, perhaps, catching up to her.

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When Sugarra spoke of her encounter with the cow Savia blinked her eyes slowly as though imagining the scene. A corner of her mouth curled up, a possible attempt at a grin as she replied. "Such a strong memory to recall, and such humility to admit to it." She drained her glass and filled it again from the bottle before placing it down between them.


As the topic went back to her story about the cow, Sugarra couldn't help but laugh. "I will be very happy once I have better stories to tell than that. I intend to see more of the world than the stories I've heard and add a few to the tales that others pass along." Whatever thought had dampened her mood only seconds earlier had seemed to have passed already. Taking the bottle placement as an invitation, she poured a bit into her empty mug and took a drink.

Once Savia had completed her account of the run-in with the ogre, Sugarra cringed in sympathy. "And the debt? You have to go empty-handed?" She glanced over to the bottle now understanding why Savia wanted something so strong. "You want to go try again? Maybe with a little help this time?" She seemed suddenly excited by the prospect. No rational person would voluntarily go face an ogre, right? Sugarra had to be joking. Then again, the strong scent of ale that accompanied each word might hint that she may not be joking.
Savia
 player, 42 posts
Fri 21 May 2021
at 06:29
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
She may not have been overly emotive however Savia seemed intrigued by Sugarra, or perhaps it was the half-orcs interest in the ogre. As Sugarra laments about her lack of stories Savia shrugged, "You are human, you are young. This place is yours," She gestured wide with a hand, "If anyone was fit to tell the tales of this world it is you."

As the subject passed back to her Savia lowered her head. "The debt?" She shook her head, "My employers got paid, I made sure of that. I was not able to recover the gold from the ogre."

When Sugarra again pressed to visit the ogre again Savia narrowed her eyes. "I am sure he is still asleep." She turned her head, looking at Sugarra with a side eye. "It is not that far of a walk and as long as you realise that I am running if he is awake then I am happy to show you where he is." She was honestly a little concerned about returning and what exactly Sugarra had in mind for meeting an ogre. She also wasn't entirely sure Sugarra was serious, or that it was an entirely good idea to bring a drunk half-orc to visit an ogre.
Sugarra
 player, 51 posts
Fri 21 May 2021
at 06:41
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
"Your employer was paid but you didn't get it from the man pig?" Sugarra may have been of a more diplomatic mindset earlier, but that was many drinks ago. She brought both hands palm-down on the bartop with a thud that seemed to propel her to her feet. "Well, that settles that! Let's go and get your gold back!" Savia hadn't mentioned that it was only a matter of a mere five gold, but it probably wouldn't dissuade her even if she had said something. She grabbed Savia by the arm and strode determined towards the door. No armor... no weapon... no idea what was about to happen.
Savia
 player, 43 posts
Fri 21 May 2021
at 07:47
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
What in the Shadows was this woman doing? Savia grabbed the bottle of whiskey and her scrap of paper as Sugarra pulled her towards the door. The strength of the half-orc did not go unnoticed by Savia and while being dragged out of the bar her brow furrowed in confusion, "Wait! Wait! That is not what I meant! The ogre does not owe me money!"

She put a hand on Sugarra's shoulder and spun her around to face her, Savia was actually smiling at the absurdity of it all. "Listen. You are all liquored up. We can not fight an ogre." She put both her hands on either of Sugarra's shoulders and looked her in the eye, noticing as well for the first time that Sugarra was of height to her. "Do you have somewhere you are staying? I think you might need to call it a night."
Sugarra
 player, 53 posts
Fri 21 May 2021
at 08:04
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
Savia:
"Wait! Wait! That is not what I meant! The ogre does not owe me money!"


"Then how did the debt money get paid? Did the man pig change its mind? Did someone else pay?"

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She put a hand on Sugarra's shoulder and spun her around to face her, Savia was actually smiling at the absurdity of it all. "Listen. You are all liquored up. We can not fight an ogre."


Sugarra grinned in response. It had been a long night of drinking and the sudden rush of excitement was tapping into a different side of her that she had not shown much of since her arrival in Athkatla. "Well, not with that attitude we can't. You already faced it once and lived to tell about it. Imagine what we could do together!"

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She put both her hands on either of Sugarra's shoulders and looked her in the eye, noticing as well for the first time that Sugarra was of height to her. "Do you have somewhere you are staying? I think you might need to call it a night."


"You said you would show me. Are you going to make a new friend and then break your word so quickly? Is that what the people in this city are like?"
Savia
 player, 47 posts
Fri 21 May 2021
at 08:14
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
Savia was still surprised and still entirely fearful of the ogre, "Ah. Yes, I paid the debt. But that does not matter." She added quickly.

When Sugarra grinned Savia almost sighed in resignation but she was still amused at the bravado of the half-orc woman. Eyeing Sugarra she raised an eyebrow, "I can imagine many things we could do together. Dying, however, is not one of them."

Then Sugarra forced a point home that Savia could not dispute; the fact she did just offer to take her to the ogre. "Very well. But please promise me you will not start a fight with him, or rob him." She frowned, but the seriousness was lost with her still smiling about the situation, "I will leave you there if you start any trouble."

She stepped back. "Agreed?"

By Twilight this was going to take some explaining in her journal. But it was certainly a memory she would not forget.
Sugarra
 player, 56 posts
Fri 21 May 2021
at 08:26
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
Savia:
Then Sugarra forced a point home that Savia could not dispute; the fact she did just offer to take her to the ogre. "Very well. Bu..."


That was all Sugarra needed to hear. Anything said after that was accompanied by the sound of determined footsteps. The night, it would seem, was not quite over.
Savia
 player, 48 posts
Sat 22 May 2021
at 00:21
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
Savia caught herself as Sugarra strode off, she was not going to help this woman kill an ogre or be a participant in any robbery. She took a few steps after Sugarra and grabbed her hand, pulling her in the opposite direction. "Come on then. This way." She dropped her hand as soon as they were both, correctly, walking towards the River District.

She was quiet enough during the walk, perhaps through her concern, and as they crossed the bridge and walked the the sludge of the River District Savia led Sugarra behind the Copper Coronet and to the stables. She stood at the door and looked inside.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 152 posts
Sat 22 May 2021
at 00:52
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
The ogre was as he was when Savia left earlier that night.

Pigman was massive, he looked 12 foot tall and over 600lbs. The loincloth was the only thing the ogre wore and as Savia had mentioned, the creature may as well have been naked for all the good it was doing. The rafter-greatclub that Savia was hit by was lying on the ground beside him. Sleeping soundly, snoring with the sack stuck under his torso. The gold coins were still scattered about, precariously close to the ogre.

The cask of ale he had been drinking was empty and turned over.
Sugarra
 player, 58 posts
Sat 22 May 2021
at 07:52
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
Sugarra approached the stables and peered inside. The ogre was intriguing. Certainly not the most flattering way to see one for the first time but that didn't turn her away. She glanced over to Savia before looking back in. "Is that your man pig? Though she didn't wait long if Savia tried to respond before making her way on in. Either because the ogre was sleeping, because Sugarra was naturally inquisitive, because the night's alcohol consumption had made her more bold, because of her desire to show off a bit in front of Savia, or some combination of those factors - Sugarra got far closer to the ogre than what would have made Savia comfortable. Then again, it was likely that she was already uncomfortable with their mere presence right now.

09:21, Today: Sugarra rolled 15 using 1d20+2.  Stealth

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Savia
 player, 51 posts
Sat 22 May 2021
at 08:02
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
Savia leaned a shoulder against the edge of the door and looked over to Sugarra with an arched eyebrow. "Yes, that is the ogre." She replied.

As Sugarra walked into the stable Savia frowned, she was not going to get beaten again by the Ogre. Not for the half-orc, no matter how pretty she was. She stood up from the door, alert, and thought better of replying further. The ogre didn't exactly wake easily last time, perhaps things would be fine. Although it wasn't really a chance she was comfortable taking.

Her curiosity got the better of her, "What, exactly, are you doing?" She whispered. "He did not wake last time until I kicked him but please be careful."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 160 posts
Sat 22 May 2021
at 23:13
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
The ogre shifted in his sleep however did not awaken. He seemed truely dead to the world as only a drunk could be.
Sugarra
 player, 60 posts
Mon 24 May 2021
at 05:07
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
Sugarra studied the scene as though discerning some complex puzzle. She wanted vindication for her friend and, trith be told, wanted tonight to be the beginning of the grand story that would be her new life of adventure. She considered waking the ogre and challenging him to collect the gold but was fairly certain that Savia was being truthful when she said she would run. Sugarra considered just taking the gold that was lying about but that would be a boring story to tell. She needed something that would make them remember thus night. A keepsake? No, that wasn't right. A souvenir? No, that wasn't what she was looking for. "A trophy..." Sugarra whispered as though answering some unspoken question.

Before Savia could talk her out of it, Sugarra set to motion and crossed the stable. She bypassed the gold and the sleeping ogre - being careful not to make eye contact with the loincloth or at least where it should have been. The greatclub. That would be her prize. Scooping it up with both hands, she lifted overhead in silent celebration before swiftly moving back towards Savia to exit the stable - holding back inebriated laughter as best she could.

Assuming there is no hindrance, Sugarra will continue moving away from the stables quickly
Dungeon Master
 GM, 171 posts
Mon 24 May 2021
at 05:10
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
The ogre did not stir from his sleep as Sugarra deftly, or drukenly, stole the greatclub from the creature and made her way out of the stables.
Savia
 player, 53 posts
Mon 24 May 2021
at 05:21
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
Savia watched Sugarra with some concern and not a small amount amount of interest. She wondered what the woman was doing and was doubly curious as the half-orc walked into the stables and towards the ogre without saying a word. She picked up on the words of Sugarra's goal and frowned slightly, wondering exactly what Sugarra could claim as a trophy from the room. Although Savia didn't need to wonder long as she picked up the makeshift greatclub and brandished it as if in celebration. Savia shook her head but yet again grinned.

It was ridiculous really, especially as Sugarra hurried out of the stables with the thick, old roof rafter over her shoulder as if it was some buxom lass she had triumphantly kidnapped for the night and was hauling back to her cave. Savia just shook her head in amusement and followed her out into the River District. "Well I was not expecting that." She caught up to Sugarra, "I'm sure if you look hard enough at that thing there may even be some of my blood on it." She eyed the greatclub, "Where are you even going to keep it?"
Sugarra
 player, 61 posts
Mon 24 May 2021
at 05:39
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
Once they were in the clear, Sugarra let out the laughter she had been holding into the night. "What, exactly, did you expect that I would do? Pick a fight against that thing? Who in their right mind would do such a thing?" Who indeed given the tale Savia had shared so recently. Sugarra gave her a knowing wink.

When the question came up of where to put the greatclub, Sugarra paused as though she hadn't quite thought that far ahead... which she hadn't. After a moment of consideration, she extended both arms forward and presented it to Savia. "Oh, it's not for me. You're the one who paid for it." Whether she was referring to gold or blood was left to Savia to interpret. "Something to commemorate our first great adventure. Besides, I only just arrived in this city. It isn't as though I really have anywhere to put it."

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Savia
 player, 55 posts
Mon 24 May 2021
at 05:50
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
From the way Sugarra was acting and how eager she had been to go and see the ogre Savia wasn't entirely sure she wasn't going to pick a fight with the creature. That the encounter ended with just the club stolen was a much better ending than she was expecting.

She only scratched her head when Sugarra teased her about picking a fight with the creature, "Well, that is not exactly..." Still she had nothing more to say on the matter. Regardless of her intentions she did manage to anger the creature and almost kill herself, though it was not much of a fight. Rather one sided really.

Her eyes widened in surprise as Sugarra presented the weapon to her. "Oh." What in the Shadows was she going to do with a greatclub. "I guess I will always remember this night with that thing sitting in the corner of my room." She tilted her head then held up the bottle of whiskey, waving it. "Want to join me in finishing this off? You can pick out the perfect place for our trophy in my home."
Sugarra
 player, 63 posts
Mon 24 May 2021
at 06:15
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
Sugarra slung the greatclub over her shoulder and eyed the bottle a moment before looking back to Savia with a sly grin. "And I thought that I could be persuasive.

Seems as good a spot as any to wrap up and join the main story. We can work out anything else in separate messages if we need to.
Savia
 player, 57 posts
Mon 24 May 2021
at 06:26
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
Savia returned a slight grin, "Then let's go."

That works for me too.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 173 posts
Mon 24 May 2021
at 09:13
Re: PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra
Prologue Complete