VOID PLAYS D&D, Season 2 - IC Thread

VOID PLAYS D&D, Season 2 - IC Thread

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VOID PLAYS D&D, Season 2 - IC Thread
« on: Mar 30, 2019, 12:06 AM »

    "PREVIOUSLY, in the Maze of the Blue Medusa..."

    And now:
    Time passed as it always does in the Maze--strangely. Eventually, with some aid from the "Loving Lich" Xanthoceras, Luis's group found a way to liberate Yoshiko's stone golem companion. Chorden, on the trail of the long lost Dragon Lords, found an audience with the Medusa Psathyrella herself, who left him with a unique condition. Lai Shan's group held the orchidmen at bay and uncovered an emergency exit at the center of the labyrinth--a mile-long winding staircase leading to a temple in the Suntea Islands. They emerged having managed to rescue Ashen Chanterelle, Lady Morgen, the golem, and several members of the bird-masked Oku gang.

    While recovering in the islands the party bid farewell to the sword-mage Sovereign, the mysterious "human" Seth, and heroic triton Sharis. Ashen, having missed out on the last millennium, decided to accompany Sharis on his travels. Morgen returned to her fleet and said she'd put in a good word with the Warsaw Trading Company. After the week-long voyage back to the Void Kingdom the party was fortunate enough to replenish their ranks with unarmed monk Mikella and the wily jester Alichino.

    Back in town, the party found their former hideout, the Great Library, ransacked and occupied by the Queen's White Jacquet thugs, with no sign of their allies, Truman's mentor Benjamin Braddock and Aaron's friend Lady Alexandria Reed. The group then visited Braddock's favorite drinking spot, the Cracked Cup Tavern, hoping that the old man had left word for the crew, or at least some sign that he and Lady Reed were all right. The halfling bartender, Figg, hadn't seen Braddock in several days, but suggested you sit and wait a while--who knows? He could turn up any minute now.

    As the crew now sits around a circular table and discuss their next move (including possible new safehouses), attentive eyes find them, watching from across the room. A lean and heavily inebriated elf steals glances between drinks, trying to remain subtle.



    The CREW:
    Hong Lai Shan (ABI), a wood elf shadow monk. Confident and clever. Known in trade circles as “Countess Lang of the Silver Harvest Merchantry”.
    Truman (Q-Bit), a human rogue mastermind. Watchful and experienced. Student of Benjamin Braddock, human rogue.
    Yoshiko (Jiisuri), a tabaxi-hybrid rogue thief. Playful and mischievous. Known in trade circles as “Lucky Lucy.”
    Aaron Khuulurgrek Grok (Bobo), a bugbear wizard/fighter. Sheltered but knowledgeable. Ward of Lady Alexandria Reed, half-elf librarian.
    Luis Ríos (Dechado), a wildhunt shifter, life cleric of Monomythica. Moody but loyal. Member of the dwindling Sparkledog Pack.
    Chorden of Dlobok (ZigZigaroo), a kobold rogue scout/bard. Sneaky and independent. Seeker of the Lost Dragon Lords.

    New Members:
    Mikella Adal (Saber), a tabaxi-hybrid open-palm monk.
    Alichino (Saint Game), a mysterious jester in exile.

    Past Members:
    Sovereign (TDK), human hexblade warlock. Merciless and pragmatic. Executed the traitorous former crew-member Sir Grace.
    Seth (Fukur0), tiefling ranger disguised as a human. Cautious and quiet. Hunted by the Syndicate on orders of his mother Lylyth.
    Sharis (GPS), triton barbarian. Brave and protective. Hails from a family of professional heroes, monster slayers and relic hunters.
    Sir Grace (NPC), human fallen paladin, deceased. Charming and treacherous. Recruited Luis before betraying the Crew to the authorities.




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    « Last Edit: Apr 07, 2019, 06:52 PM by Mister Kent »

    Re: VOID PLAYS D&D, Season 2 - IC Thread
    « Reply #1 on: Mar 30, 2019, 02:52 PM »
    "ssssssSSSSSLLLLLLUUUURRRPPPPPpppppp..."


    Any tavern-goer in the room would have only needed to spare a passing glance to be stricken by the absurdity that took place before them. A single table, not only preoccupied by a seemingly studious Bugbear, a feline Half-breed, but sitting crisscrossed on the surface top a one-eyed Kobold fighting to down an entire tankard of Ale. Chorden struggled to maintain his hold on the tankard, nearly as big as he was, as if he were grappling with a rabid animal. The ale surged down upon him like a river of gold as he gave it his all to savor every drop. Once his breath near escaped him he slammed the tankard back onto the table just before him with a thunderous thud, having drained the tankard of nearly half of it's contents. Some onlookers would find such a feat impressive for a creature of his size, others would believe "spilling more than he drank" a more suitable answer. Chorden himself, though now fuller and drunker then when he entered, the feeling of despair and frustration he tried so desperately to drown just before remained...

    Nearly escaping the total collapse of the Maze, spending weeks trudging through the deadly jungles of the Suntea Islands has only brought him and his few remaining compatriots to a now hostile and unfamiliar home. Even after the trials experienced in their time the White Jacquets still on the hunt for them. Only now with three of their members gone from their ranks, the marine marauder, the wandering woodsman, and one of the only few magic users among the group, their left more vulnerable now than before. The only thing to show for their struggles were the fresh scars and wounds the Maze branded on them. It was at this thought that Chorden instinctively moved his hand under the bandage covering his right eye, lightly scratching between the surface of his skin and the hard stone that bordered along it...

    Chorden didn't notice the gleaming stare of the Elven stranger at first, only catching the occasionally glimpse through the swaying motions of his friends. He didn't want to address him to his friends outright, nor did he wish for anyone to act upon it. With the Jacquets on their ever vigil watch, starting any potential encounters in public could end with their swift capture. For the time being Chorden simply acknowledged his presence until the others caught on as well. With one last sip from his tankard, he decided to cut the tension amongst the party...

    "So, what shall we do next. Anyone care to contribute? Please, I'm simply enthralled to hear..."

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    « Reply #2 on: Mar 30, 2019, 04:48 PM »
    “Nothing has changed. We search.”

    Truman wasn’t the drinking type, so he had ordered a plate of warm food instead of a cool drink. Something about needing to refuel. He sat upright, arms crossed, trying to exude an aura of composure, but the bags beneath his eyes were proof that the stress was getting to him.

    “Something that you'll have to be nice and sober for.”

    He raised his hand to get the attention of a server, and ordered a cup of black coffee for the kobold.

    He whispered, “if all else fails, we do have at least one ace in our hand the Jacquets aren’t expecting.” He motions to Mikella. “As long as the Jacquets don't catch us working together, that is.”

    He stopped to consider his words.

    “One ace… and one wild card, I suppose.”

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    Re: VOID PLAYS D&D, Season 2 - IC Thread
    « Reply #3 on: Mar 30, 2019, 07:19 PM »
    The healer of the group was sulking, more than usual to say the least. He hadn’t worded anything since they arrived to the tavern. Luis was just sitting there, drinking what was clearly nothing more than water.
    His fur color being non natural blue would attract unwanted attention, so he had managed to stay in his human form for the moment. Much to his displeasure.

    Unable to keep himself quiet any longer, Luis let out a giggle before turning his eyes at Truman “Whatever mom, you reek of fear, like the rest of us” The shifter kept grinning, pointy sharp teeth showing, almost triggering his transformation “We failed Benjamin and Lady Reed. They are probably-...” But he didn’t say, yet filling the sentence was easy “And it’s our fault”
    He took another sip from the mug in front of him, silencing the urge to shift.
    “Honestly, the only reason I’m still -hiccup- around, is because I’ve nowhere left to go” Luis used his hand to support his head. Seemed he was having a headache, or was trying to be overly dramatic “And no one else is able to heal your behinds like me either way”

    “I loathe -burp- excuse me… I loathe every single one of you” He pointed at every member with his claw, stopping at Aaron “’cept you. You’re okay...”

    “And then, there’s this cat-!” He leaned close to Yoshiko, but stopping to smell her “Wait, which one are you right now? I can never tell...”
    Luis groaned loudly one last time before childishly slamming his face in the table. He also mentioned that one elf looking at their table.
    “They keep staring at us for one more second, and I’m going to fight them” He bluffed, still with his face planted on the table. Then he started cursing in Sylvan, adding to his tantrum.

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    Re: VOID PLAYS D&D, Season 2 - IC Thread
    « Reply #4 on: Mar 30, 2019, 08:15 PM »
    Lai Shan was busy nursing a flagon of mead; not normally her drink of choice, but choices are slim in a back-alley tavern, and the sweetness of the honey only reminded her of the crates full of vintage honey-wine back at the library. The lithe elven charlatan was perhaps too flashy and overly-dressed for the locale, but Lai Shan literally doesn't know any other way to dress. She took another sip and crossed her legs.

    "Mr. Truman is right. Two of our own are unaccounted for, we'd best find them, or what became of them. We're not so cruel as to cut our losses; even brigands understand the virtue of family."

    She set her drink down and leaned over the table, resting her chin on the backs of her hands. "That said, we have several avenues ahead of us. The Jacquets may have taken the library, but what charge is Lady Reed guilty of? Even if they found the painting, its actual value isn't even worth the cost of retrieving it. And if the Jacquets dare to try the Maze, well..." Lai Shan tilted her head and smiled.

    "If you need anyone with their ears to the pavement, I can gather what information I can. There's not a single gilded fence in Voidheim that can keep me out, you know."
    « Last Edit: Mar 30, 2019, 08:17 PM by A Bad Idea »

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    Re: VOID PLAYS D&D, Season 2 - IC Thread
    « Reply #5 on: Mar 30, 2019, 08:19 PM »
    Yoshiko glared at Luis, clearly put off by this disgusting mess of fur drenched in what clearly doesnt smell like water.

    "Well, no skin o'me nose~ I operate anywhere anyways~"

    She finishes her glass of warm milk and stands up.

    "Just gimme an 'oller wif th'usual discreet methods when y'all are settled. I 'ere Lucky Lucy's settin' up shop soon~"

    Yoshiko makes her way out of the tavern.

    "Oh an' wash th' dog."

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    « Reply #6 on: Mar 30, 2019, 08:29 PM »
    Chorden's one good eye narrowed towards Truman. "Poppy-fucking-cock, nothings hic changed...?" Half of us are running with our tails tucked between our legs while the other half is wobbling on a single foot. Well, literally in someone's case" He exclaims accusingly, gesturing his head over to Aaron.

    "You wanna play leader boy? Well... open yer eyes at the situation at hand, you've got two so use'em. No home, no security, no informant," he recites to Truman as he counts with his fingers for visual aid, only in his drunken state to forget where he was soon after.

    Giving himself a moment, he continues," Not to mention we've had three of ours run off to their own "happily ever afters", damn them all. I know it's gotten you all bothered too, otherwise you wouldn't have snatched these "shit smelling maggots" as quick as you did. Gods be damned we're running low on people to trust and you just grab these two twits like it was a bargain. As if Grace wasn't enough you set us up for another potential disaster..." Chorden seemingly concludes as he attempts one last downing of ale, only to have snatched from his grasp and exchanged for a pint of coffee.

    He chuckles to the hound's response as he speaks up,"Hehehehe... See, even your pathetic mutt mocks you. Some leader..."

    Unable to keep himself quiet any longer, Luis let out a giggle before turning his eyes at Truman “Whatever mom, you reek of fear, like the rest of us” The shifter kept grinning, pointy sharp teeth showing, almost triggering his transformation “We failed Benjamin and Lady Reed. They are probably-...” But he didn’t say, yet filling the sentence was easy “And it’s our fault”
    He took another sip from the mug in front of him, silencing the urge to shift.
    “Honestly, the only reason I’m still -hiccup- around, is because I’ve nowhere left to go” Luis used his hand to support his head. Seemed he was having a headache, or was trying to be overly dramatic “And no one else is able to heal your behinds like me either way”
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    "Hold your tongue!" Chorden exclaims to the mutt, slamming his pint on the table." They made their made their bed aiding us and they were well aware of the consequences. They ran, they were caught, end of story. That's just business."


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    Re: VOID PLAYS D&D, Season 2 - IC Thread
    « Reply #7 on: Mar 30, 2019, 09:10 PM »
    Grumbling still under his breath, the cleric kept saying nonsense in both Common and Sylvan language now. From all that Chorden was saying, he only paid attention when the word mutt echoed into his ears.
    “Who’re you calling pathertic- Pathetic, dumb lizard?” Luis bothered to only turn his face to meet with the rambling kobold’s.
    He sighed “Monomythica give me patience, because if I ask you for strength I might just beat the heck out of him...”


    “Screw you cat, I’m a woooo-hiccup-ooolf” He huffed

    "Hold your tongue!" Chorden exclaims to the mutt, slamming his pint on the table." They made their made their bed aiding us and they were well aware of the consequences. They ran, they were caught, end of story. That's just business."

    However, his prayer didn’t seem to work, as he stood up and slammed both his hands onto the table “Fuck business!” His anger took the best of him, and fully shifted into his wolf form “Even Lain understands what’s to have a family! You piece of -hiccup-!”
    Luis approached Chorden, stopping not far away from him.
    « Last Edit: Mar 30, 2019, 09:17 PM by Dechado »

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    Re: VOID PLAYS D&D, Season 2 - IC Thread
    « Reply #8 on: Mar 30, 2019, 09:45 PM »
    Lai Shan gently snags the back of Luis's collar as he strides by.

    "Easy there, pooch. The lizard's right; all of us here know what it means to commit to the job. The last thing we need right now is you getting your fleas in everyone's soup."

    She sighed before finishing her mead. "Besides, I think it's disrespectful to assume our associates are already done for. They knew what the worse case scenario was, and I'm sure they've taken the proper measures. Have some confidence, you're rather fatalistic for a supposed healing man."

    Lai Shan stood up and circled around the table, sure to meet the eyes of all involved.

    "Now I know it seems we've hit a low point, but that's just the nature of the game, isn't it? You win big, you lose big, you climb up from the dirt to taste that sweet reward that you damn well know you earned. Besides, we didn't walk away from that entire ordeal empty-handed; we braved the Medusa's maze and escaped with our lives! Isn't that worthy of note?"

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    Re: VOID PLAYS D&D, Season 2 - IC Thread
    « Reply #9 on: Mar 30, 2019, 10:02 PM »
    Yoshiko smiled from nearby, back facing the rest.

    "Whatever th' lizard and th' elf said~ Toodles."

    Yoshiko motioned for her new Stone Companion to come along with.

    "W'should git y'er some armor. An' a... "shop appearance"

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    Re: VOID PLAYS D&D, Season 2 - IC Thread
    « Reply #10 on: Mar 30, 2019, 10:16 PM »
    Truman shot a glare at Chorden.

    "The boy isn't mine."

    If he were, he'd be better trained. The thought almost made Truman chuckle. He sighed and turned back toward the chaos unfolding in front of him.

    "None of you are. If you would prefer a leader who forces you to follow their every whim unquestioningly, the castle is that way. And, dammit, these two are with us for a reason."

    Granted, for Alichino, that reason was more to keep him under watch and out of trouble, but Chorden didn't need to know that.

    "Now, if we're done arguing, I suggest turn our energy toward something more productive. I know exactly what the queensmen are capable of- Rather, WE know. Better to act while we still have the element of surprise on our side."

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    « Reply #11 on: Mar 30, 2019, 11:58 PM »
    However, his prayer didn’t seem to work, as he stood up and slammed both his hands onto the table “Fuck business!” His anger took the best of him, and fully shifted into his wolf form “Even Lain understands what’s to have a family! You piece of -hiccup-!”
    Luis approached Chorden, stopping not far away from him.
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    Chorden, having been surrounded by beasts throughout most of his life, reacted to the approach of a larger being with a fight or flight mentality. Shifting into an crouched position, he extended his right leg in reach of the table's edge with the intent dodging whatever strikes the mutt might deliver.

    Fortunately Lai Shan interjected the Luis' pursuit before he escalated any further, putting Chorden at ease as he transitioned back into crisscrossed position. Course with that sense of ease came a bit of embarrassment overcome the slowly sobering Kobold, for it was technically his drunken ramblings that initiated such an escalation to begin with. He held his tongue for the moment, not wanting to prove himself hypocrite once more and draw yet more attention to him and his cohorts.

    Truman shot a glare at Chorden.

    "The boy isn't mine."

    If he were, he'd be better trained. The thought almost made Truman chuckle. He sighed and turned back toward the chaos unfolding in front of him.

    "None of you are. If you would prefer a leader who forces you to follow their every whim unquestioningly, the castle is that way. And, dammit, these two are with us for a reason."

    Granted, for Alichino, that reason was more to keep him under watch and out of trouble, but Chorden didn't need to know that.

    "Now, if we're done arguing, I suggest turn our energy toward something more productive. I know exactly what the queensmen are capable of- Rather, WE know. Better to act while we still have the element of surprise on our side."
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    Chorden gave a nod to Truman, standing up on the table he proclaims to him," At least on that we agree..."

    Chorden picked up his scroll container he set beside, removing three pieces of parchment from it, as well as brandishing an ink pen and vial from his person. He spreads each parchment across the table's center, setting his vial to his side and keeping his pen at the ready. Collecting himself for the moment he beckons the party to listen closely as he begins to speak in a whisper like tone:

    "Now I know we can easily scrape by on the smaller odd jobs we commit to on a daily basis. Pick pocketing, contract work, the occasional robbery, let's see... oh yes and Ms. Yoshiko's, shall we call it "Entrepreneurship". However the fact of the matter is if we want to attempt a proper heist once again we'll need to establish a new base of operations. Now needles to say the loss of the Void Library and it's mass collection of resources has been a major setback, but considering our current position we're low on options. Now, if I can recall from one of my official pieces..."

    He begins quick work on what seems to be a crude replication of a small section of a map pertaining to one of the city's districts.

    "This district contains some of the oldest known neighborhoods in the city. It's possible a few unoccupied buildings reside in the district that could serve as a temporary headquarters. Hopefully they'll help keep us out of the Queen's watchful eye just long enough for us to find a more suitable living space. I can set off soon enough to examine them myself, see if they'll be able to hold all of us. Better for me to scurry off there on my own then to draw any unneeded attention..."

    As he concludes he glances over to the ever gazing Elf one last time and returns to his parchment to sketch what seems to be a crude set of symbols at the top corner of the map,"What do you say Truman?" He says as he pushes the entirety of the map closer to him. On further inspection the crude doodles he drew was actually a message in Thieves Can't. Examining upon it the message reads out:

    " What do we do about our Elven friend?"
    "Shall we try the Trout's Lure?"
    "Or perhaps we should partake in the Fox Hunt?"
    « Last Edit: Mar 31, 2019, 12:08 AM by ZigZagaroo »

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    Re: VOID PLAYS D&D, Season 2 - IC Thread
    « Reply #12 on: Apr 01, 2019, 06:49 AM »
    Mournday the 1st, 2:00pm

    Yoshiko and her stone companion:
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    As you emerge from the Cracked Cup with a loyal animated statue in tow, the early afternoon sun is still high in the sky. Passersby take a moment to gape in amusement at your companion (golems being a rare but not unheard of presence in the city), but are soon distracted by the smells and sounds of the nearby market.

    The nearest market is north, quite busy this time of day. To the south are moneylenders and some of the fancier boutique shops.


    The crew in the Cracked Cup:
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    Bartender Figg spots your tab in honor of your missing mutual friend Benjamin. He makes sure the hot food and cool ale keeps coming.

    The elf struggles to stand, but eventually finds his feet and begins to stagger slowly in the crew's direction.
    « Last Edit: Apr 02, 2019, 10:21 AM by Mister Kent »

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    Re: VOID PLAYS D&D, Season 2 - IC Thread
    « Reply #13 on: Apr 01, 2019, 10:44 AM »
    Lai Shan gently snags the back of Luis's collar as he strides by.

    "Easy there, pooch. The lizard's right; all of us here know what it means to commit to the job. The last thing we need right now is you getting your fleas in everyone's soup."

    She sighed before finishing her mead. "Besides, I think it's disrespectful to assume our associates are already done for. They knew what the worse case scenario was, and I'm sure they've taken the proper measures. Have some confidence, you're rather fatalistic for a supposed healing man."

    Out of respect for Lai Shan, Luis sat down again, although not one bit less angry. He mumbled something unintelligible while he placed himself near the edge of the table, like a sad nagged pup “I wish you’d be on my side for once...” He whispered to himself, both hoping no one heard but also wishing his whimpers were taken into account.



    “I’m no one’s boy, I’m not a pet!” Luis snapped back at Truman “And I don’t like how -hiccup- how calmly you said that...”

    Luis smelled his cup, but refused to drink from it again as the odor coming from it disgusted his nostrils. When he told the wait(ress) to give him the weakest drink they had, he for sure thought he’d get water, plain and simple. He was starting to question what he had been drinking all this time.

    The elf struggles to stand, but eventually finds his feet and begins to stagger slowly in the crew's direction

    His fur bristling, and tail erect, Luis aggresively showed his teeth to the approaching elf. He was still not calm and his (assumed) drunken stupor wouldn’t help the cause. He lowered himself at the level of the table, leaving only his eyes sharply fixed on the mer.
    Hoping no one would mention anything about him, so he could start a fight with the just as intoxicated visitor.
    « Last Edit: Apr 01, 2019, 10:48 AM by Dechado »

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    « Reply #14 on: Apr 01, 2019, 01:25 PM »
    The elf struggles to stand, but eventually finds his feet and begins to stagger slowly in the crew's direction.
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    Catching the Elvish shape growing closer in the corner of his eye, Chorden frantically gathers the exposed parchments. He goes to tear a single small corner off one of the parchments as he hands it over to Truman along with his freshly dipped ink pen, then proceeds to quickly crumble the pages together. He proceeds to shove the crumbled remains of his map back into his scroll container, hiding their written out plan from other prying eyes.

    Chorden then braces himself for one last swig of coffee, emptying the rest of the pint in one fell swoop. Now feeling sound of mind, or at least mores so than a moment's past, he beckons one of the servers over, returning the emptied glass while ordering a dish of his own...

    "May I have a plate of Pork Loin? Ten delicate slices, lightly cooked with a sprinkle of pepper carefully on each individual piece..."

    His fur bristling, and tail erect, Luis aggresively showed his teeth to the approaching elf. He was still not calm and his (assumed) drunken stupor wouldn’t help the cause. He lowered himself at the level of the table, leaving only his eyes sharply fixed on the mer.
    Hoping no one would mention anything about him, so he could start a fight with the just as intoxicated visitor.
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    "Down child..." Chorden commands Luis, as a master would to his hound. "Don't repeat your acts of foolery so soon. We can't afford any confrontations while we're out here..."

    He gleams towards the Elvish man,"... If ALL mutual parties agree that is."

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    « Reply #15 on: Apr 01, 2019, 02:41 PM »
    His fur bristling, and tail erect, Luis aggresively showed his teeth to the approaching elf. He was still not calm and his (assumed) drunken stupor wouldn’t help the cause. He lowered himself at the level of the table, leaving only his eyes sharply fixed on the mer.
    Hoping no one would mention anything about him, so he could start a fight with the just as intoxicated visitor.

    Lai Shan was just about to take a seat when the staggered slump of the drunk Shifter seemed to suggest he was ready to pounce at the approaching elf. And he wonders why no one ever treats him as anything other than a mutt, she thought to herself. Sighing, she turns in her seat and leans on the back of her chair to face the man. Better to at least attempt civility than to assume the worst.

    "May I help you, sir?" she beamed with a casual smile.

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    Re: VOID PLAYS D&D, Season 2 - IC Thread
    « Reply #16 on: Apr 01, 2019, 06:26 PM »
    Yoshiko heads down south, looking out for a lampost or other obscured area she could quickly take out her finer wear and quick-change into her alter ego: Lucky Lucy

    If she was going to make her stone companion, Mr.Yotsubashimaro Kuroba(Mr.Yo for short), look presentable she would need some nice threads. And maybe an alternate name while she's at it.

    She went towards a boutique, throwing out a few names to see how Mr.Yo reacts.

    "As a merchant, y'has t' av' a fancier name. Ow' bout, Mr.Green? Or somethin' luckier... Mr.Jade? Mr.Cloverfield?"

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    « Reply #17 on: Apr 01, 2019, 11:19 PM »
    The elf may have been wondering why the party was only using half of their table as he approached them, but as Aaron's hulking figure looms into view, all becomes clear. The THUD as Aaron sits down was audible even in the loud, overly crowded tavern.

    "Sorry that took so long," Aaron says with a grimace. "Don't order the pork loin. No good will come of it." The bugbear shifts his weight, the discomfort in his bowels still lingering, threatening a second attack. Looking to his right, Aaron grabs Luis' cup and looks into it.

    "Bluis, I think you may have consumed the wrong drink!" he sniffs the cup, "that was my Ogre Ale you just imbibed!" Aaron prods Luis' water closer to his furbro, then calls for another mug of Ogre Ale for himself and a plate of (beef) steak and loaded potatoes and extra strong coffee for his inebriated friend.

    Satisfied with his solution, Aaron looks up expectantly at the approaching elf.

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    Re: VOID PLAYS D&D, Season 2 - IC Thread
    « Reply #18 on: Apr 02, 2019, 04:58 PM »
    The Crew in the Cracked Cup:
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    The server goes to fetch Aaron and Chorden’s orders while Bartender Figg asks his barmaid to close down the restroom for quick maintenance. He also sends complimentary servings of the tavern’s latest high-end beverages, such as “black-honey mead” and “fishberry lager”. When any of the crew’s mugs are half emptied, Figg eagerly sends a server over with free refills. “Anything for friends of ol’ Benji!” he insists. “Stay as long as you like!”

    The elf saunters over, looking past Aaron briefly and wrinkling his brow curiously at the sight of Luis, posed like an attack dog. The elf is emaciated but stylishly dressed, with a gaunt handsomeness often seen in ancient elven portraiture.

    “Help me?” he replies to Lai Shan. “Perhaps, yes. Did I hear Figg correctly—you’re friends of Mr. Braddock?” The elf raises his hands, open palms out to ease Luis’s anxiety. “A dear old man. Clever, for a human. Do you happen to know where he might be? I’m putting together something of a crew, and Braddock would prove vital to my work…”

    Yoshiko at Market:
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    You find an open streetside market stall (a mere canopy with a single curtain) to change clothes in. You rattle off potential aliases to Mr. Yo, but he doesn’t react strongly to any particular one.

    Down the street you see a small entourage approaching…very slowly. A richly dressed noblewoman and her handmaids meander up the avenue. The noblewoman holds a gilded leash, led by a large pea-green turtle with jewel-encrusted shell. The turtle is taking its sweet time, and its handlers don’t seem to mind.

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    « Reply #19 on: Apr 02, 2019, 06:34 PM »
    The elf saunters over, looking past Aaron briefly and wrinkling his brow curiously at the sight of Luis, posed like an attack dog. The elf is emaciated but stylishly dressed, with a gaunt handsomeness often seen in ancient elven portraiture.

    “Help me?” he replies to Lai Shan. “Perhaps, yes. Did I hear Figg correctly—you’re friends of Mr. Braddock?” The elf raises his hands, open palms out to ease Luis’s anxiety. “A dear old man. Clever, for a human. Do you happen to know where he might be? I’m putting together something of a crew, and Braddock would prove vital to my work…”
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    Chorden eyes down the strange Elf with a piercing gaze, unflinching and unmoving, even as he sips his freshly served black-honey mead. He takes note to study the movements of his eyes as they scan everyone amongst the party, along with the constant jutting and clasping of his lips as they continue to form his sentences. It's usually the eyes that give away the soul's intent, he thought to himself, otherwise a stutter or a moment's hesitation will tell you somethings amiss.

    Insight check: 1d20 + 1  = (16)+1 = 17

    "Refrain yourself for just a moment..."

    Chorden interrupts," Apologies sir, I mean no disrespect but if you ARE a friend of Braddock's or simply of the same profession then I'll assume your one to keep his ear to the ground. We are in a tight position closing ever tighter as we find ourselves lacking in reliable associates. If you are who you say you are then I'm sure you can provide some form of substantial proof of your affiliation? A truth? A story? A trinket perhaps? If you can then we may be "delighted" to disclose his whereabouts with you. Otherwise you can escort yourself on the path you were before and stop WASTING precious time..."

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    Re: VOID PLAYS D&D, Season 2 - IC Thread
    « Reply #20 on: Apr 02, 2019, 06:48 PM »
    Lucky Lucy headed over to a boutique, one that seemed least likely to mark up prices, with Mr...

    "Know what, we'sgo wif, Mr.Cloverfield when we operate legit, eh?"

    Entering the store, she cleared her throat.

    "Excuse me, I'm looking for some fine fabrics for my rather sizable companion."

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    Re: VOID PLAYS D&D, Season 2 - IC Thread
    « Reply #21 on: Apr 02, 2019, 06:50 PM »
    Insight Check: 1d20 + 6 = (15) + 6 = 21

    Truman opted not to say anything. For all the time he had spent with Braddock, this elf was a stranger to him yet. It seemed like the best course of action was to let the elf talk until he said something suspect.

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    Re: VOID PLAYS D&D, Season 2 - IC Thread
    « Reply #22 on: Apr 02, 2019, 07:33 PM »
    The Crew in the Cracked Cup:
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    “Help me?” he replies to Lai Shan. “Perhaps, yes. Did I hear Figg correctly—you’re friends of Mr. Braddock?” The elf raises his hands, open palms out to ease Luis’s anxiety. “A dear old man. Clever, for a human. Do you happen to know where he might be? I’m putting together something of a crew, and Braddock would prove vital to my work…”


    Lai Shan glances over to Truman in the corner of her eye, noting his watchful gaze. It wouldn't do well to bluff right now, but perhaps she could coax more out of their new acquaintance.

    "Clever indeed, he never quite tells us what he's up to! But he did mention an old friend with plans. After all..."

    Lai Shan leans in her seat, staring at her fingernails in an almost dismissive manner.

    "...the foxes did leave the prairie yester eve..."

    She glanced back to the elf in the corner of her eye, awaiting the second half of the password*

    Spoiler: show
    There is no password.


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    Re: VOID PLAYS D&D, Season 2 - IC Thread
    « Reply #23 on: Apr 02, 2019, 07:59 PM »
    As Aaron approached, Luis seemed to significantly calm down, even to the point of letting his tail lower itself and wag gently.
    Took some time for him to figure out exactly what Aaron was saying about confusing the drinks. Luis looked at his friend, then back at the mug, and back again at Aaron. His face ranged from showing disgust to just blatant bewilderment.
    After some seconds, finally able to understand what was going on, Luis took in some air, loudly “Well, that -hiccup- explains a lot...”

    During this time, the blue wolf had not been able to see the elf standing next to the party, he mentioned something about Mr. Benjamin, and some other stuff Luis wasn’t really able to follow.

    Insight Roll:: 1d20+5 = (4)+5 = 9

    He did notice the mer waving his palms, showing to be no immediate threat.
    Embarrassed, he lowered himself into a seat, quietly sipping the coffee from the cup he had just received. 
    Sobering up, he thought maybe he had been overreacting all this time, and was just being a butthole just for the sake of it towards the others.

    He waited for Lai Shan to continue the conversation.
    What a headache.

    Lai Shan leans in her seat, staring at her fingernails in an almost dismissive manner.

    "...the foxes did leave the prairie yester eve..."

    She glanced back to the elf in the corner of her eye, awaiting the second half of the password*

    Spoiler: show
    There is no password.


    Foxes, why is it always foxes. Wolves are just as intelligent as them, stronger too. Luis amused himself with his own thoughts, while still trying to regain his focus.
    « Last Edit: Apr 02, 2019, 08:56 PM by Dechado »

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    Re: VOID PLAYS D&D, Season 2 - IC Thread
    « Reply #24 on: Apr 02, 2019, 09:20 PM »
    Cracked Cup crew:
    Spoiler: show

    Lai Shan:
    "...the foxes did leave the prairie yester eve..."
    Quote from: Lai Shan
    The elf squints at you. “Er, pardon me. Perhaps it’s the drink but...none of that makes any sense to me.”

    Luis:
    You feel a bit calmer even after the first sips of coffee. The stranger seems harmless enough, and even though your mind is still foggy you don’t read any ill intent from him.

    Chorden:
    The elf begins pulling up his left sleeve. “I have a little memento of our history,” he offers with a slight slur in his speech. “You can call me Delric. When Braddock was but a child, no more than sixteen, and I was--well, more or less as I am now--the Queen’s men had him caught as a beggar and a thief. This was the previous Queen, mind you, the mother of our beloved current monarch. And so I met Benjamin in the royal dungeon. I saw to it that he made his escape, but I was not able to get away.”

    He speaks very honestly about the memory, and his tone is both fond and sad. He very quickly shows you the brand--three black parallel stripes on his inner left wrist. Just when you determine his complete honesty, the elf covers up the brand. “Perhaps...I think we should continue this conversation elsewhere. Anywhere more private...”

    He glances around the room as if watching for someone of something specific. Meanwhile at the bar, Figg sends over another round of refills.

    Truman:
    You’ve heard some of Braddock’s past exploits, but very little about his childhood adventures. Still, this “Delric” person seems to have met him in his younger days, and still seems to hold a great deal of respect for him.

    Yoshiko and Mr. Yo:
    Spoiler: show
    You pass a store called “La Vida Languida”, a boutique for “Only the Slowest Pets!”--sloths, tortoises, riding-snails, and more. Next door is a top-line fabric merchant called “TekStyle”. When you take a look around, you find their goods to be of exceptional quality.

    The clerk is a leggy blond half-elf with a green silk caftan. “Thirty gold per bolt,” she says of the fabric. “It’s practically a steal…”

     

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