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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by K on Mon Jan 11, 2016 1:37 am

ooc:
I know what i'd say if i were alone, but for the life of me i couldn't come up with a post that wouldn't set things in stone without you guys' input, and you obviously need to have a say. I'm inclined to be generous with this chick. If nothing else, she's pretty much gone all the distance i'd hoped she would, and more - offering to still pay us on top of helping us out (that cursed wolf must be really something). If nothing else, we'll be needing their support a lot more than we'll be needing their money, and goodwill is a resource too.

I'd rather not to be a jerk in this negotiation. That's where i'm at with it.

Mihai exchanges glances with his companions.
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by Kolson on Mon Jan 11, 2016 1:48 am

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I like the way you are thinking K. Let's get their help and gold. Maybe make some contacts for future work while we are at it. You never know when you might need a friend again.
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by Rory on Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:03 pm

negotiation:
Instead of gold, I would rather take additional support in whatever form it come in. If Mihai has a different opinion and she agrees with him  and not me, then Konrad will defer to him.

Konrad catches her lingering on his sleeve at the very beginning. While he feeds on the implied aversion(whatever the emotion driving it) with a shit-eating grin, he allows Mihai to lead for a bit before he speaks up.

"It's true, what we need is support. If you have a little something extra to provide instead of gold, we'd prefer that - manpower, magic, whatever it is. Our job is to deal with the thugs and return what was stolen. Beyond that, everything else is a sideshow."

"I propose that your people help us with our job first, then we lick our wounds and help you out with your problem. You follow our plan, we follow yours."

Who helps who first is the issue that he seems to conflict with her on.

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Awareness + 6
I want to read her disposition towards me. That look she gave us...is it mages in general, or people of Myr? Or...both?

Deception +6
She is exaggerating when she says that there are eight thugs, confirm please.

Diplomacy + 6
%100 focus on the negotiating.
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by K on Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:23 pm

Mihai takes a pondering glance at Konrad, then back to Fedler. He shrugs.

"What he said, basically. However, if we take care of our business first, we can probably forget about capturing anyone, since there's no way we can afford to look after prisoners while helping you with your situation. Not that i'm keen on bloodbaths, just something to keep in mind."
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by Zeiss on Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:15 pm

For Konrad:
She seems indisposed towards you. You don't know the reason, but it's not that uncommon for that to happen, for the reasons you stated.

She seems to be telling the true about the number of thugs.

She shakes her head.

"No, we have to kill the wolf first. Your thugs aren't doing anything in this fort, while the wolf threatens the lives of all the villagers of Waterglass."

Her eyes turn to the stable which sits a few dozens meters away from the inn.

"You have horses? These crooks don't. If they try to run away, you can easily catch them."
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by K on Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:33 pm

"We can do that, but we need to hurry." - Mihai elaborates - "They're camped out there waiting for their buyer, who could arrive at any time, and if we don't get to them first, our mission is a bust. When i said time is an issue, i meant it."

He glances between Steve and Konrad again. If no one wants to challenge the terms any further, he'll suggest they get a move on.
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by Rory on Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:17 pm

disposition:
Literally, I mean. Would it be fair to say, from the read I got on her, that she is at Unfriendly towards me?

Konrad passes a skeptical look at Mihai. "I suppose that's the right of it. I'd prefer if we all arrived at Waterglass together for the sake of haste. We can give you a lift, unless you have your own horse."

Kill wolf first, then. Already asking for a lot in the way of support already. Wolf is more than just a danger to travelers, hunters, rangers etc, also a danger to the town. Makes sense, since militia offered help, but why? Creatures in the wild normally stay away from towns. A question for later.
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by Zeiss on Mon Jan 11, 2016 5:01 pm

A genuine smile appears on the hunter's face.

"So we have an agreement?"

She presents her hand to Mihai to shake on it.


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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by K on Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:39 pm

ooc:
Judging from yesterday, Kolson, i assume you're ok with this arrangement?

Mihai returns the smile in a lopsided version.

"We do."

Mihai shakes her hand. (i assume it's her hand)
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by Zeiss on Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:57 pm

OOC:
It was her hand. I didn't edit that word in, your eyes are just wrong. *Jedi mind trick*

Once everyone introduced themselves, we'll skip to Waterglass.

"Well, let us be on our way."

She walks towards the stable with the rest of the party presumably in tow, and hops on her horse whose saddle is already on. As the three of you prepare your own horses, she tells you:

"Guess we should introduce ourselves. My name is Fedler. What do I call you?"
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by K on Mon Jan 11, 2016 7:08 pm

"Mihai." - says the guy named Mihai - "I should have given it to you earlier, since the gentleman at the table last night put you at a disadvantage."
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by Kolson on Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:02 pm

OOC:
No worries K. If you ever wonder how I feel about something but I'm not around always defer to my last post. Smile

"I'm Steve, nice to meet you Miss Fedler." Steve smiles and shakes her hand.
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by Zeiss on Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:40 pm

For Konrad:
Sorry, forgot to answer you. She seems to have a negative perception of you and is not acting on it. That's all I'm gonna say about this.

She nods at Mihai once he reveals his name, and casually shrugs when he adds that he should have done so sooner.

"It's just a name."

Fedler raises an eyebrow once Steve calls her "miss", but she still leans down on her horse to shake his hand. She then turns towards the red mage.
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by Rory on Tue Jan 12, 2016 8:57 am

Konrad mounts his horse, turns toward her in the saddle and says his own name with that same smile from before. "Konrad. Why don't you start us off, Ms Fedler?"
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by Zeiss on Tue Jan 12, 2016 2:20 pm

Around 7:00 AM, you leave the inn for Waterglass.

Even if you're travelling at a slow but steady pace, you still arrive to your destination by 12:30 PM. You noticed the first signs of human presence by the forest which gradually recedes and gives away to multiple farms. The village of Waterglass itself, which is one kilometer away from the main road, is but a small group of wooden buildings that serves more of a meeting point for the farmers of the region than anything else. Nevertheless, you can still find an inn, a forge, a shop which deals in general goods and the city hall, along with a few residences and specialized buildings. Before you can enter the village however, you are stopped by a young man who is wearing a long cloak which covers his whole body. You can still see his leather armor beneath it though, and his ruffled black hair which is barely kept hidden by his hood.

He raises his hand in a gesture urging you to stop.

"Hello travellers." His gaze falls on the three of you. "Hey Fedler. Are these mercenaries going to help us? Or are they going to take it easy like the others?" A smile materializes on his face.

"Oh, they'll help us, as long as we pay them half the amount of gold we discussed... and help them retrieve an item from the thugs camping in the old fort."

He frowns at the mention of the thieves, and after a moment of reflection, he tells the party members: "I'm Saemon, chief of the militia. The threat on this village may be great, but I would prefer to learn more about you before we antagonize these people."

"They're just thugs", replies an annoyed Fedler.

"Who have not committed any crimes that we know of," retorts the young man. The hunter rolls her eyes. "Sorry. Where were we?"
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by Rory on Tue Jan 12, 2016 4:30 pm

the ride:
I would like to raise Fedler's disposition via Diplomacy toward me on the ride over with small talk. Plus, I have questions about the wolf.

-When did they notice this creature?
-Why is it bothering the town? It's just a wolf in the wild, they don't like to visit civilization.
-Explain how its cursed nature has changed it.
I don't believe Diplomacy will be necessary to get any answers.

In private, I'd like to use Diplomacy for this next question.
Out of the blue, I ask why she hates mages.
"You can't lie to me, I've seen that look a hundred times, the one you get you look at me and the kid. Only people with a story behind it have a perfectly good excuse. Do you?"

Konrad quickly raises an eyebrow askance at Fedler before opening his mouth. "Introductions, and the part where we bring you up to speed on those thugs," he answers. "I'm Konrad, the black mage is Steve, and that other one is Mihai. We're on a very official mercenary assignment to recover an item stolen by said thugs. We've also been assigned to 'deal with them' - suffice to say, they won't be walking away from their crimes. Your friend here negotiated for our support, and to that end, we've agreed to help you deal with your problem first." He flashes a smile.

No spoiler tag to make sure you're all reading:

Diplomacy + 6
- Raise disposition because that's how I roll.
- Our business is official. There should be no Deception required to convince him of this.

Deception + 6
To assuage the chief's conscience: Crimes other than theft implied, probably murder.

"You're rather young. I take it you've been promoted recently?" The implication in his question about an otherwise pleasant event is...not the pleasant kind.
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by Kolson on Tue Jan 12, 2016 7:33 pm

Steve nods when Konrad names him and does his very best to look like a legit mercenary on official business. When Konrad implies they did terrible things Steve will nod and say, "You really don't want them running around."

(I'll use Aid Another on Rory's Diplomacy check and Deception check.)

Rory wrote:"You're rather young. I take it you've been promoted recently?" The implication in his question about an otherwise pleasant event is...not the pleasant kind.

"Oh boy," the black mage mutters to himself with great trepidation and promptly looks very uncomfortable at the coming confrontation.
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by K on Tue Jan 12, 2016 8:10 pm

Mihai temporarily reassumes his practiced cheerful demeanor.

"Or we could get down to business and go kill a big bad wolf. I know i have a lot of cutting remarks and veiled insults prepared for it!"

(translation: break it off, ladies. We're here to do a job.)
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by Zeiss on Tue Jan 12, 2016 9:50 pm

During the ride:
Fedler encountered the creature yesterday morning as she was on patrol, and unknowingly approached the wolf's den. Even though she was too far away from its entrance to examine the scene, she noticed the corpses of the wolf's pack around it, including the cubs.

The wolf is cursed, and because animals cannot learn to control magic, it went mad. It's only a matter of time before it just strolls through the village and kills anyone in its way; it already killed many animals, whose mutilated corpses were found near the village.

As for Fedler's reason for being ill-disposed towards the mages, she simply answers: "It's the apparition of magic that made the Flood happen; it's normal to be suspicious of it. But I understand that we cannot simply ignore it, which is why I haven't made any complaints."

Saemon doesn't seem to distrust the party's allegations against the thieves, even though his lack of reaction could indicate the opposite. And just as he is going to respond, Konrad makes a comment about his appointment as chief of the militia, which earns the red mage a furious look. The young chief is gritting his teeth, barely managing to restrain himself from committing any regrettable action. Fedler is doing a facepalm.

"Of all the fucking things to say..." she whispers.

Mihai's intervention manages to disarm the situation, which allows Saemon to calm himself. He stares directly into Konrad's eyes, then asks with a dry tone: "Any proof of this official business? My job is to uphold the law after all."

OOC:
And Rory pushed the one guy's berserk button. Awesome. Cool
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by K on Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:05 pm

ooc:
I am under the impression Sonlake burned the only document pertaining to this contract right in front of us. I assume i'm correct in assuming we don't have any papers saying we're on assignment?
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by Zeiss on Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:06 pm

OOC:
Your handler gave Steve a warrant. Kolson is aware of this, but was waiting on you guys to see you roleplay.
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by K on Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:14 pm

Mihai glances between Steve and Konrad.
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by Kolson on Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:30 pm

"Right here, actually." Steve smoothly pulls a piece of paper out of his belt pouch and holds it out, content to let the chief come to him if he wants to look. "It's a warrant for the recapture of the items and execution of the thieves. It's all in order."
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by Zeiss on Wed Jan 13, 2016 12:01 am

"Just take the damn warrant Saemon," says an impatient Fedler.

The young man doesn't let that perturb him, and approaches Steve to take the folded piece of paper from his hand. After almost a full minute of reading, he finally gives the sheet back to the black mage with a much more serene attitude. "It's as you say; all in order," he confirms. At this moment, all of you hear a young child shout: "Fedler!"

A young girl who is no more than ten years old comes running, her black hair flowing behind her. She wears brown pants with a green tunic, and carries a shoulder bag made of animal skin; probably from a stag. The hunter climbs down her horse and let the little girl hug her, then places a hand on her head. "Hey Yen."

"Are these people going to kill the wolf?" asks the young girl. This question makes Fedler frowns, who then turns to Saemon.

"Weren't we supposed to keep this a secret?" she inquires.

The chief sighs and tells the whole party: "I ordered the whole militia to stay silent about this matter and keep people from going into the forest, which wasn't difficult since everyone is preparing for the spring festival. But Igor, that's our local idiot, had the amazing idea of gathering a few volunteers and going after the wolf themselves."

He pauses, uncertain on how best to proceed, but then decides to just be straightforward.

"The others were intelligent enough to run away before the wolf got to them, but Igor lost his right hand, and the infection is settling in."
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Re: 1st adventure: the Fey one

Post by Kolson on Wed Jan 13, 2016 12:30 am

Clearly concerned, the black mage starts rapid firing questions. "When did this happen? Has the fever set in? What treatment regimen are you giving him?"
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