PROLOGUE - Sugarra.   Posted by Dungeon Master.Group: 0
Dungeon Master
 GM, 49 posts
Wed 12 May 2021
at 04:11
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
Biggie coughed into his mug as he was taking a mouthful of ale. "You shouldn't go teasin' an old man like that." He spluttered. "I'll let you know if I see a young lad I think able to keep up wit' ya." He took another mouthful and chuckled, muttering "Bawdy lass." as he took another swig.

Wrex was dressed well for his position, perhaps a bit too formal but it was obvious he took pride in his work. He set the small coin chest down in front of the elf as Sugarra approached and addressed him.

He smiled amicably, "Another one then, be with you in a second."" He opened the chest and began counting out coins quickly, so as not to keep Sugarra waiting any longer than neccessary.

The elf remained near motionless as Wrex began counting out the coins, watching him passively. "It is better you owe your employer than me." She threatened, causing Wrex to hurry up with his counting.

Wrex had placed four piles of ten gold in front of the elf. He looked up to the pale elf with a smile, "That's it then. Err. Thank your master’s for me Mistress. They can always rely on me."

As Wrex finished up the coin count as Sugarra addressed the elf, offering a drink and a seat with her at the bar. The pale elf turned to Sugarra,  the elf shook her head, "I thank you for the offer however I have much business yet tonight and the hour grows late." Her face was absent any expression, "Perhaps when I return for the seafood buffet I will catch you again one evening." Such an offer would usually be presented with a smile and while the elf was vacant emotion the implication that she would enjoy company was there.

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Sugarra
 player, 26 posts
Wed 12 May 2021
at 16:33
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
Sugarra observed the exchange of coin. It was a tense moment, to be sure, but Biggie's explanation of Wrex and his gambling debts made it seem legitimate enough. She did not press the issue.

Dungeon Master:
The pale elf turned to Sugarra,  the elf shook her head, "I thank you for the offer however I have much business yet tonight and the hour grows late." Her face was absent any expression, "Perhaps when I return for the seafood buffet I will catch you again one evening." Such an offer would usually be presented with a smile and while the elf was vacant emotion the implication that she would enjoy company was there.


"I'll be sure to take you up on that, then. We'll make them regret offering it as a buffet." Sugarra's appearance certainly had the firmness and tone of one who kept an active daily life due to her work on the farm back in Purskul which also implied the healthy appetite that usually accompanied such a lifestyle. Sugarra laughed as she laid her coin on the bartop for Wrex and took her drink. "Name's Sugarra, by the way. I'm sure I'll see you around here again when you're not here on business. You promised." She winked and gave the elf an opportunity to introduce herself should she choose before turning back to rejoin Biggie at the other end of the bar.

Once she was back with Biggie, Sugarra sat next to her Halfling companion. "So, about this favor?"

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Dungeon Master
 GM, 60 posts
Thu 13 May 2021
at 08:38
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
"I am Savia." The pale elf replied with a bow of her head, "I will catch you again for dinner then. My promise." She did raise an eyebrow at the wink before Sugarra turned back to Biggie.

Biggie had apparently been watching the goings on between Sugarra and Savia. He watched as the elf left the tavern and gave Sugarra a smirk as she sat down. "Looks like you got yerself another admirer." He looked back towards the door, "Lass's eye's didn't leave you until she left." He took a drink and chuckled, "Looked like she was about to skewer poor Wrex with that dagger but I saw she gave you a nod, coulda sworn I almost saw a smile when she asked you to dinner." He had a cunning smirk on his face, the halfling was certainly capable of dishing out some teasing just as good as he got.

He drained his mug, "Ah, but about my business. I've had some troubles with a local member of a merchants guild, not the merchants guild. Just some lowlife tax officers who charge me too much to bring my cargo through the gates." He shook his head. "Anyway. One dwarf has been charging a tad too much and been taking it for 'imself. He won't listen to reason but perhaps with your charming self by my side he will come around."

He set his mug back on the counter, "Not a problem if it's not your thing, and no need to hurry. He's on shift until the early morn so we have plently of time to go and have a chat."
Sugarra
 player, 27 posts
Thu 13 May 2021
at 12:09
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
Around what time is it?
Dungeon Master
 GM, 61 posts
Thu 13 May 2021
at 22:12
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
Sugarra would estimate it is approaching late evening, around 9.00pm.
Sugarra
 player, 28 posts
Fri 14 May 2021
at 04:42
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
Dungeon Master:
"Looked like she was about to skewer poor Wrex with that dagger but I saw she gave you a nod, coulda sworn I almost saw a smile when she asked you to dinner."


"The dagger? If she meant to use it, she wouldn't have shown it so openly." Sugarra shrugged as she sat down next to Biggie. "She was working. I am sure she will smile more at dinner. A full belly tends to improve most moods."

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He drained his mug, "Ah, but about my business. I've had some troubles with a local member of a merchants guild, not the merchants guild. Just some lowlife tax officers who charge me too much to bring my cargo through the gates." He shook his head. "Anyway. One dwarf has been charging a tad too much and been taking it for 'imself. He won't listen to reason but perhaps with your charming self by my side he will come around."


"How do the others in his merchant guild feel about what he's doing?" She took another long drink, nearly finishing the whole thing.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 65 posts
Fri 14 May 2021
at 07:57
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
Biggie just nodded, appreciating the truth in Sugarras words. "Well, there's truth in that. About the dagger and a full belly."

He continued, "Well, there's the thing about Athkatla. The city taxes the sale of goods, so they get their fees from the merchants. They couldn't give two hoots about what gets brought into the city, only sold in it." He rolls his eyes, "So that left room for the filthy money-grubbin’ guilds to tax the import of goods. They run all the warehouses so unless you don't mind yer merchandise growin' legs and runnin’ off in the night you pay for the privilage of them acceptin’ yer goods once they arrive in the city and then the storage until you can sell them." He shakes his head, "I know. I know. Just line up a sale before you get into the city. But that's tough for a caravaner who doesn't know what he'll be bringin’ back. This month it's exotic spider silk cloth from Narfell, last month we had hard leaf and dream dust from Vaasa. It's usually worth the price to store yer goods while you negotiate a deal." He slams a fist on the counter, "Damn dwarf has me by the short and curleys. I can't change warehouses because he has my cart and goods. It's extortion."

He takes a final swig and sways a little on his stool. He shrugs, "Usually it’s about five percent, flat fee. Now he wants over fifteen percent, doin’ nothin’ more than keepin’ my goods 'safe'. Bloody more like hostage. So, a modest thirty gold fee has gone up to just over a hundred gold! For nothin’!"

Shaking his head, he looks up to Sugarra, "Anyway, as for what help I need. The damned man won't listen to me. I want a smaller fee, closer to the usual five percent; or I want him to release my goods so I can go elsewhere."
Sugarra
 player, 29 posts
Sat 15 May 2021
at 06:22
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
As Biggie explained the situation, Sugarra took one more drink from her mug, finishing it off. She looked at it sadly, tipping it sideways a bit to get a better look as though there might be more hiding in there. Talk of tax, payments, guilds, and all the things she never had to worry about back home... her mind began to drift a bit. Biggie slamming his fist down brought Sugarra's attention back to him. "So, we go have a talk with this friend of yours, eh?" She hopped out of her seat quickly to her feet. "No time like the now to get it done. Maybe we'll be done in time to come back before this place closes up for the night."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 74 posts
Sat 15 May 2021
at 09:51
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
Biggie smiled, "Just like that then?" he gave Sugarra a wink, "Somewhere'll be open when we're done. Come on then."

He picked up his staff and gave a wave to Wrex as he guided Sugarra out of The Sea's Bounty and out into the night.

Biggie guided Sugarra from the Center District east through the Bridge District, thusly named for being the sole thoroughfare between the southern districts and the northern districts of Athkatla. The Alandor River split Athkatla in half and the aptly named Alandor Bridge connected to the River District to the north. After reaching the north side of the bridge Biggie turned east and within one block of walking along the river the pair were out of the River District and into the Trade District. The clean cobblestone streets and well-kept buildings a noticeable difference from the slums only a street away.

The Trades District of Athkatla served as the home to a great number of the city's merchants. It was located in the north east section of the city, north of the Alandor River and positioned directly at the Meirtyn Gate. The Meirtyn Gate was the main entrance used by merchants and traders as they entered directly into the Trades District without the hassle of the increased guard presence of the southern gate. The district was also where the majority of merchant warehouses were positioned, short distances from the gates to quickly get imported goods 'secured'.

Biggie didn't guide Sugarra as far as the gates and stopped before a wooden warehouse with a large, teal painted name across the front, 'Hammernests'. Lanterns lit the front and three human guards were positioned around the entrance to the warehouse. The main doors were opened, wide enough to fit two carts abreast, and the three-storey building looked packed with all sorts of trading goods. To the left of the door a small room was walled off with a door set in the side.

Biggie turned to Sugarra, "Right. Just try not to get into a fight. I'll lose more bailin' us out than I would with this dwarf's robbery." He pointed to the small room inside, "He'll be in there, how you plannin' to do this?"
Sugarra
 player, 30 posts
Sat 15 May 2021
at 23:27
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
Dungeon Master:
Biggie smiled, "Just like that then?" he gave Sugarra a wink, "Somewhere'll be open when we're done. Come on then."


"Yes, just like that. No sense putting it off. Sugarra followed Biggie to the Trade District.

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Biggie turned to Sugarra, "Right. Just try not to get into a fight. I'll lose more bailin' us out than I would with this dwarf's robbery." He pointed to the small room inside, "He'll be in there, how you plannin' to do this?"


"I promise that I won't start a fight." Sugarra winked at the Halfling. To that point, she had not brought anything that indicated she had come to make trouble including her favorite hammer. She wore no armor and carried no shield. Still, she approached with confidence in her stride. "I just want to talk with him. I'm sure he'll see reason." She smiled and continued forward.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 79 posts
Sun 16 May 2021
at 01:00
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
The door of the small office was not locked and Biggie caught up to Sugarra to arrive and open the door first. He gave her a shrug as they entered.

A middle aged dwarf was sitting behind a desk, papers were neatly stacked and filed across the room. He was looking over one such pile of parchments with an eyeglass when he looked up and saw Biggie and Sugarra enter.

"Bolty Halfhorn," He smiled and greeted Biggie with familiarity. "Whit ur ye daein' haur? Fa is thes hen ye brin' wi' ye?" He spoke in a very thick dwarven accent and looked up to Sugarra as he asked the question.

"Ah, Lonal, I was hopin' you'd be in this evening. My friend here'n I would like to inspect the goods I have stored." He motioned with a wave back into the warehouse, "Also have a chat about my fee."

The dwarf narrowed his eyes, "Whit type ay trick is thes? Ye ken ah need a days notice fur ye tae access th' warehoose an' ye hae awreddy agreed tae th' fee fur storage."
he sighed as he continued, "Ah loch ye Bolty sae i'll lit ye tak' a swatch at yer goods, but th' fee remain th' sam."

Biggie looked up to Sugarra and raised an expectant eyebrow.
Sugarra
 player, 33 posts
Sun 16 May 2021
at 02:37
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
Bolty? Sugarra had been used to people calling him Biggie so long that she nearly didn't recognize his actual name. Despite the Dwarf's less than welcoming greeting, she kept a soft smile as she approached his desk. Tight leather accentuated her features, hugging her hips and thighs as she lifted a leg and half-sat on the edge of the desk - careful not to disrupt any of the paperwork. "Lonal, is it? I am Sugarra. There are no tricks. I was just talking with my friend here and I got the impression that the fee you're asking is not what you had first agreed on. Now, I've known many merchants and have found that Dwarves, more than any, understand the value of keeping their bargains. [Language unknown:  Nowica usulst enpl omund e virstaugh.] is what I believe they would say." She paused a moment to let the phrase sink in before continuing. "All I want to find out is if what I heard is true." Sugarra kept her perch on the corner of the desk but turned her head over her shoulder to look the Dwarf fully in his eyes.

Went ahead and rolled persuasion in case its needed. The dice were kind to me.

22:36, Today: Sugarra rolled 22 using 1d20+4.  Persuasion

Dungeon Master
 GM, 91 posts
Sun 16 May 2021
at 07:05
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
Lonal hadn't necessarily been surly, it was more of an annoyance of being disturbed during a late-night shift where nothing should be happening. But of course, something always did. He was shaking his head vigorously as Biggie made his request. It seemed as though Lonal had no problem with Biggie checking his merchandise but was firm on the fee he had charged. He began to reinstate as much when Sugarra took Biggie's invitation and spoke to the dwarf.

Sugarra's words seemed to have an effect on the dwarf and although her charming nature and ability to speak dwarvish had seemed to improve the dwarfs attitude her words did not have the same effect as when she sat her voluptuous figure coyly on the corner of the dwarfs desk. Lonal's frown turned to a smile very quickly and he reached out a hand to pat Sugarra on the leg that was draped over the table "Hoo can ah resist a lass da has sic' brammer words an' e'en lovlier legs." He looks up to Sugarra, continuing in dwarvish, [Language unknown:  "Blere ivlar yinme wilconess ndres day Anyhather. Li manei plman sonhe it ons omlat te ure thoousare ieoun. Enc red ho terll riic ortdinles ion ivon u houck be tinst ers i nienc ce tio ai ncng."]

He gives Sugarra a wink then points a finger to Biggie. "Ye scoondrel bringin' thes lass in haur wi' ye. Tak' yer fife percent. Thes lass will brin' me mair gauld 'an yer storange fee anyway."

With that it seemed the deal was done, Biggie gave a nod to Lonel. "Right. I'll check me goods and then we'll be on our ways." He looked to Sugarra, "Got something for ya, a small gift. A thanks for the last couple days. You want to wait here while i grab it from my carts or come with?"
Sugarra
 player, 41 posts
Sun 16 May 2021
at 11:53
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
Dungeon Master:
"Ye scoondrel bringin' thes lass in haur wi' ye. Tak' yer fife percent. Thes lass will brin' me mair gauld 'an yer storange fee anyway."


Sugarra smiled warmly and placed a firm hand on top of Lonal's, mostly to make sure it didn't wander any further than the simple pat on her leg. "I knew you would make the right decision. You make your kin proud, I'm sure."

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With that it seemed the deal was done, Biggie gave a nod to Lonel. "Right. I'll check me goods and then we'll be on our ways." He looked to Sugarra, "Got something for ya, a small gift. A thanks for the last couple days. You want to wait here while i grab it from my carts or come with?"


"I don't mind waiting for you here. It seems Lonal wanted to talk a bit of business." She looked back over to the Dwarf once Biggie had gone to check his wares. The easy smile never left her expression, though her tone seemed to change slightly in context with her words. Her firm grip never broke contact with his hand. "Indeed I am, but [Language unknown:  te ectont nired ers stantehis artwhitin no verlesder. Our the el trha eenstieve el al arng eautedeen ughovente in allicayinereven i.]" Sugarra relaxed her grip a bit as she continued. "That's just not me, but I'm sure that's not what you meant. Eh?"
Dungeon Master
 GM, 106 posts
Mon 17 May 2021
at 03:45
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
Lonal looks up to Sugarra and frowns, "Mah kin'll curse me fur droppin' ten percent."

Biggie gives a nod and heads back into the warehouse, one of the guard’s escorts him and the pair disappear around the corner.

Lonal withdrew his hand as Sugarra relaxed her grip, he shook it out before patting her leg again. "Whit kin' ay dwarf ye tak' me fur. Aam nae some lecher lookin' fur a lay. Thocht ye dae hae ye braw legs." He pulls his hand back and waves to a chair, "Noo sit doon. Oan a chair."

He waits for Sugarra to sit, on a chair, before walking to the door and closing it. He is of average height for a dwarf, about four and a half feet, and seems to be of younger age given the deep red of his beard. He wears a crimson robe with gold trimmings and a pair of silk slippers. He walks back to his chair and sits down, leaning forward conspiratorially he continues in Dwavish, "We Hammernests's have wide business interests across Amn and the Sword Coast, merchants, traders, money changers. But all that's nothing compared to our passion." He raises an eyebrow and lowers his voice, "We have the grandest collection of rare artifacts and antiquities from the old world. A collection that would make Kings and Queens weep with jealousy."

He looks towards the closed door, "Now about the job. We have our ears to the ground on this sort of thing and we have heard, only recently, that an artifact has passed through Athkatla and was being transported east." He leans back in his chair and wiggles his eyebrows, "We received news this morning that the caravan that was transporting this artifact was attacked and the relic taken. This is a perfect opportunity to recover it from the thieves and deliver it into our hands."

The door opened and Biggie entered, "Ah lass, hope the fool is not borin' ye." He held up a small bottle, "A gift. Perfume from Cormyr. Made with dewberry, angel leaf and hesin dust. Truely a delight and on me own word it'll draw the attentions of man and woman alike." He set it on the table in front of Sugarra then looked between Lonal and her. "Ye done with business or ye want to catch up later. Think I might head back to the Sea's Bounty, still got the taste of ale on my tongue."

Lonal looks towards Biggie, "Ye can bugger aff, we barely jist started havin' a gab" Then turns to Sugarra, "Hiner ah hae yer interest lass?"
Sugarra
 player, 42 posts
Mon 17 May 2021
at 06:03
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
Once Lonal withdrew his hand and motioned towards the chair, Sugarra slid her leg off the desk and clapped him firmly on the shoulder before taking the offered seat. "I knew you had to have more sense than to be offering that kind of job. Just figured I would set the line to keep word from getting around otherwise."

Sugarra listened to Lonal's proposed job and was just about to respond when Biggie returned. She took the bottle in her hands, held it up to her face, opened it only slightly and inhaled its aroma. "Oh, I have no doubt that it will. It's simply wonderful." As Biggie mentioned heading back to Sea's Bounty, Sugarra nodded and rose to her feet once again before addressing Lonal. "I appreciate the offer, but I don't think it's the type of work I want to be doing right now. You did right by my friend here, so you don't have to worry about me spreading your business about and telling everyone what you told me tonight." She glanced over at the various stacks of paperwork. "We're headed to Sea's Bounty. If you find yourself working too hard, you're welcome to join us." Although she wasn't interested in retrieving the relic for him, she wasn't ready to burn this bridge just yet either.

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Dungeon Master
 GM, 108 posts
Mon 17 May 2021
at 09:24
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
Lonal didn't hide his disappointment, "If ye change yer min' ye ken whaur tae fin' me. Eh'd appreaciate ye keepin' yer gob shut." He shook his head at Sugarra's offer to join them, "Aam waitin' thes place tonnite an' hae some mair business tae attend tae. But i'll be thinkin' ay ye lassie." He gave a wave/salute to Sugarra as she left.

Biggie was silent until out of eyesight and earshot of the warehouse, "No interest in the job eh?" He looked up to Suggara, "Don't mind me askin', what was it he needed?"
Sugarra
 player, 44 posts
Mon 17 May 2021
at 17:22
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
Dungeon Master:
He shook his head at Sugarra's offer to join them, "Aam waitin' thes place tonnite an' hae some mair business tae attend tae. But i'll be thinkin' ay ye lassie." He gave a wave/salute to Sugarra as she left.


"Oh, I'm sure you will." Sugarra shot one last wink to Lonal before she and Biggie left.

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Biggie was silent until out of eyesight and earshot of the warehouse, "No interest in the job eh?"


She nodded. "Just not the type of job I would want to be known for, especially being so new in the area."

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He looked up to Suggara, "Don't mind me askin', what was it he needed?"


"Come on now, Biggie" She chuckled a bit "You just heard me tell him I wouldn't go spreading his business about. You think I would go against my word so easily? He did do right by you in the end, so I can afford him at least some privacy."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 113 posts
Tue 18 May 2021
at 05:14
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
Biggie shrugged, "Well can't blame a fella for askin'."

He was very appreciative of Sugarra's help and thanked her, mentioning the perfume again and expressing how rare and expensive it was. He insisted it was a well deserved gift and the savings Sugarra had helped him make on the curent fee's earned her that and more.

The Sea's Bounty was still open when the pair arrived and Biggie announced he would pay for drinks for Sugarra so there was no need to crack open her coin purse. Wrex was still at the bar and the patrons hadn't really changed since an hour ago when the two left. The stools were still available and Biggie sat his staff against the bar and hopped up on the same stool he was seated on earlier. "Wrex, two more ales." He dug into his coin pouch and drew out three gold. Placing them on the countertop he continued, "Keep them coming, as long as my friend here wants them."

Wrex poured two ales and placed them in front of each returned customer. "Hope business went well. I'd say it did, don't normally have customers return if something went poorly." He picked up the gold and then pulled a cloth off his belt before wiping down the counter.

Biggie smiled and raised a drink to Sugarra, "Thanks to my friend 'ere things went very well." He took a swig and turned to her, "So you've seen the city, got some action. My caravan leaves tomorrow after lunch, so I won't be around to keep ya out of trouble." He frowned in thought, "You know, if you're strugglin' to find yer way and need something to do I've got an idea for ye if you're interested." He left the invitation open.
Sugarra
 player, 45 posts
Tue 18 May 2021
at 14:52
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
Dungeon Master:
"Wrex, two more ales." He dug into his coin pouch and drew out three gold. Placing them on the countertop he continued, "Keep them coming, as long as my friend here wants them."


Sugarra gave Biggie a sideways glance. "You may live to regret that decision." She laughed as she accepted the first round and lifted it up in salute.

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"So you've seen the city, got some action. My caravan leaves tomorrow after lunch, so I won't be around to keep ya out of trouble." He frowned in thought, "You know, if you're strugglin' to find yer way and need something to do I've got an idea for ye if you're interested." He left the invitation open.


Out of trouble? Sugarra was fairly certain she got lucky with Lonal earlier that night and the whole encounter could have gone a lot worse if she hadn't managed to persuade him. She briefly took on a slightly exaggerated expression of seeming insulted by the implication. Sugarra laughed a bit as Biggie continued his offer. "I do appreciate you looking out for me. I'm sure these first couple days would have been a bit rougher without you." At the mention of having an idea for her to find her way, she was tempted to repeat a similar joke she had made earlier in the night, but decided to simply hear him out this time. "I'm always open to ideas."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 117 posts
Wed 19 May 2021
at 00:15
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
Biggie smiled and reached up to pat Sugarra's shoulder, "You woulda been fine without me lass. You got a way about you that could make friends at a funeral." He took a drink from his mug. "The people here, yeah it's all about gold, but the merchants the nobles they all dream of one thing. Adventure! But they are too craven to seek it." He hrumphs, "I'm not too proud to admit the same of meself. The fame, the glory of adventure. If you got the sack for it then that is the way to make coin, that is the way to become renown." He indicates to the room and his voice quietens, ""Keeping these drunks happy with a story of fake heroics is easy. But..." He waves his hands in front of him, as though before an adoring crowd and raises his voice again. "Actually being a hero! Now that would be something. The honour, the eminence, the splendour. Kings and Queens. Gods even! Seeking tales of your adventures. Deeds done and monsters slain." He drains his mug, "I'm too old to get into that sorta business Sugarra. But not you! You're young, strong and a natural raconteuse!"

He turns to Sugarra, "Make somethin' of yerself lass. You got off the farm and that was the first step." He nodded sagely, or it would have been if not for a drunken hiccup. "I'll give you a start. Go and see Rachel Thursin at the House of Iron and Gold. She runs jobs for the adventurer's guild here in Athkatla. I've done some work for her in the past, trading and such, nothing so grand as taking one of the guild jobs. She's a good sort, fair, and will make sure you get paid. I reckon it'd be a good place for you to poke your nose into, see if there's something that interests you."
Sugarra
 player, 46 posts
Wed 19 May 2021
at 05:05
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
In spite of all the bluster and jokes earlier, Sugarra seemed to blush slightly as Biggie sang her praises. She also knew he had drank more than his fair share tonight and didn't benefit from her natural fortitude compared to that of an older Halfling. She was prepared to reach out and catch him should he lose his balance and start to fall out of his seat.

Dungeon Master:
He turns to Sugarra, "Make somethin' of yerself lass. You got off the farm and that was the first step." He nodded sagely, or it would have been if not for a drunken hiccup. "I'll give you a start. Go and see Rachel Thursin at the House of Iron and Gold. She runs jobs for the adventurer's guild here in Athkatla. I've done some work for her in the past, trading and such, nothing so grand as taking one of the guild jobs. She's a good sort, fair, and will make sure you get paid. I reckon it'd be a good place for you to poke your nose into, see if there's something that interests you."


"Thank you." There was no half-joking verbal jab that accompanied her words. "For everything. And you're right. I'm away from the farm life and have no intent of going back. If you think this House of Iron and Gold is a good start, then I'll take you at your word." Her serious demeanor broke into a wide smile. "But enough business. We've had enough of that for one night." She raised her drink up to strike his before downing the remainder and signaling to Wrex they were ready for more.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 125 posts
Wed 19 May 2021
at 09:07
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
The night dragged on, drinks were paid for by Biggie and he traded rousing tales of Athkatla, of fortune and glory. The halfling had tried to engage some of the dwindling clientele in the tavern but it was too late, and Biggie too drunk to rise the spirits of those left drinking in the early morning. He did slow down in the later hours of the night, Wrex generously keeping a cup of water full for the halfling. He seemed to sobre up but insisted Sugarra continue, not to stop on his behalf. After one visit to the rest room Biggie returned and announced he had better retire. "Sugarra, my dear. I think I am done for the night." He was steady enough on his feet and it seemed that a break from ale and being doused in water had helped him sobre up a tad. "My rooms are not far. I do not need to trouble you."

Around this time the pale, armored elf returned, opening the door and stepping inside. She squinted again in the light and now had a dark smear of crusted blood across her chin. Wrex left Sugarra and the halfling to head toward the other end of the bar, he spoke to the elf. "Welcome back Mistress. How about a drink this time? Assumin' business is done for the night?" He didn't seem to hold the same fear he did earlier.

Biggie picked up his staff, "It's a short walk to Delosar's." He placed another gold on the counter as he hopped down off the stool, "Should do you the rest of the night. Don't worry yerself, the guards around and I've never once been accosted in the patrolled districts. I'll make it to bed just fine." He reached up to pat Sugarra on the back, "You're fine and fair company lass. If things don't work out the the guild, come see me before I leave tomorrow. Hammernest's at midday." He waited for Sugarra's reply.
Sugarra
 player, 48 posts
Thu 20 May 2021
at 15:38
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
"Next time I see you, the first round will be on me." Sugarra walked with her friend to the door as they said their goodbyes. "By then, I'm sure I'll be a grand adventurer of great renown with more gold than I know what to do with." She motioned outward with her hands as she spoke as though gesturing to the future in wide sweeps. "Or, I'll have already spent it all and be broke. Probably one of those two." She shrugged with a laugh. "Either way, it should make for a fun tale along the way."

Once Biggie exited, She turned back to head towards her seat but spotted a familiar face she didn't expect to see twice in the same evening, though her demeanor certainly seemed very different from their first meeting. "You look like you've seen better times." Sugarra sat down next to Savia. She hadn't been invited to, of course, but that hardly seemed reason for pause. She motioned to Wrex for another drink. "My mother used to tell me that every mark carries a story worth telling. So, what's the story there?" She reached up and tapped her own face to mirror the locations on Savia's where the evidence of the night's activity showed the most.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 138 posts
Fri 21 May 2021
at 00:10
Re: PROLOGUE - Sugarra
Please continue in the PROLOGUE - Savia & Sugarra thread.