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: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 September 29, 2009, 12:55:13 PM
...From the outside the three story building looks badly worn, a half-timbered construction that manages somehow to retain ancient cracked plaster and black stained timbers on the upper floors balancing on the soot covered stone of the ground level.
The upper levels become each significantly wider than one below giving the impression the building leans over you as you approach (or possibly that the whole thing is going to topple over drunkenly into the harbour. It does however sport expensive glass windows with shutters though the curtains inside are always drawn.

The front heavy wooden door opens into the large wide taproom with a low beamed roof.
Its main feature is an unusual broad circular bar in the centre of the room (which has doors leading through the ‘pillar’ style back wall of the bar for employee access).
Otherwise the taproom is all soft golden wood polished by countless hands and feet, worn but serviceable blue ‘velvet’ snug seats, wooden tables and high ‘bar-stools’
The far back wall opposite entrance has a number of doors leading to kitchens, cellars, storerooms etc.. and a narrow stair is fitted against both side walls, rising over the snugs leading up to first and second floor balconies where there are doors to private rooms and bedrooms.

The current Owner is a man called Wedlan, a 58 year old Pyraxian native he has lived in the city of the Alla-Flame all his life and is a grizzled veteran of the canards.
Landlord for last 13 years he is still big, healthy and well muscled, sporting a bald head and thick black moustache. For the most part loud, happy and larger than life, but brooks no-nonsense regardless of background from clients.

The establishment is both Tavern and Inn; never shut it is by far the most popular and largest of the Dock-front establishments and a neutral ground between the rival North and South canard gangs. A renowned location for gossip, casual employment and excitement it is busy day and night, with a wide and varied clientele – rich nobles slumming it, merchants and ships captains meeting, foreign crews, daemons, bargemen and ferrymen, Tremallu, and Umbruc…

(a thread for in-character chatting and occasional bits of local gossip).
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: 348 September 30, 2009, 06:24:28 PM
Its been damn quite these past few days... It can't last though.
What, Yes, I'll happily have a drink, cheers !
The blood ? Oh dont worry its not mine, some damned Pelossian rowdy gave me too much lip when I questioned him.
Gods, is it really two years since the bastards invaided ? Well heres to all the brave townsfolk and Tremellu who fought them ..oh I seem to be dry ..ah thanks...heres to better years !
'Nikaneth'
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: 348 September 30, 2009, 06:31:48 PM
What, someone is actually helping fund that lying set of inky fingered shit-stirrers !
I remember all the crap the bastards peddled about me and my mates when we first patrolled here. They wouldn't print the truth even when I paid them a visit and tried to get them to stop their weasly lies.
 Hope they realise this time round which side their breads buttered on , might have to pop round and have a chat .
 No its not my original bow..if you know whats good for you , you'll talk about something else, like the round you need to buy for everyone.
'NikaNeth'
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: 348 October 20, 2009, 04:05:21 PM
 No I don't sell 'things' ! You need to look for my wife or her cronies.
Wink at me like that again and I'll send you back to whatever hell spawned you deamon.
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: 50 October 21, 2009, 09:36:30 PM
The crowd at the bar parts slightly as a short but curvaceous woman slips through, she has dusty blonde hair (scraped back on one side in the current style) and large grey/blue eyes accentuated by dark eyeliner.

Garbed in tight fitting trews, calf high boots and a blue doublet held closed at the waist by a bright orange silk sash (through which a sheathed dirk is thrust) she moves with confidence and draws several admiring glances.

Taking a stool at the bar next to the inebriated 'Nicaneth' she slides an arm round his waist and breathes in a slightly foreign accent,
now then lover, not trying to frighten the new boys are you? …We all know your just a fluffy Herba really”   

From somewhere in the nearby crowd there is a stifled snort of laughter and spray of beer-foam as an elbow is firmly put in ribs…

: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth October 26, 2009, 12:10:09 AM
Lucius

Looking more than a little bit like he has just come second in a fight.

Bugger me! Even the Voice is saying you sods should stop beatin' the crap out of us! And by 'us' I mean 'me'. You see any fucker with a legion tattoo on display, let me know; I will come running with my biggest arse kickin' boots on.
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: Captain Shortworth October 28, 2009, 01:29:58 PM
Lucius

Right then, I have a cunning plan. But I do wish I had my shield. I'm thinking that making my way to the backdoor with you guys covering me as well as you can should keep me safe for a while. Getting them to open the door will be the cunning part.

I will put on the strongest Pelosian accent I can and complain bitterly about not being able to get laid and that just because my countrymen came over to give you a kicking is no reason to keep me out. Hopefully that will get them riled up enough to open the door at which point you buggers best come running or fill them full of arrows so we can get inside. With any luck the other two guys I was meeting should have turned up by then and we will have a bit of extra muscle.
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: 348 October 28, 2009, 01:38:32 PM
Nicaneth,
All right, I conceed that there are some good Pelosians. Mainly those who don't want anything to do with their homeland. Anyone whose done over some of those Legionary goons is fine by me.
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: Captain Shortworth October 31, 2009, 02:39:28 PM
Lucius

Of course, wait until I duck before you start shooting.

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: Ant November 04, 2009, 03:05:08 PM
Stallans

Pelosians, Raphaelians, Pyraxians.  In my experience there isnt much between them when their blood is up, and they all bleed the same colour too.

Their women on the other hand, well they are another matter!
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: Captain Shortworth November 05, 2009, 12:13:30 PM
Lucius

From what I hear, Whitelandish women are to be feared for their magic gifts, so who blames you for looking further afield?!
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: Ant November 05, 2009, 01:00:00 PM
Nothing wrong with the mystical arts, the only reason whitelandish women do it is they are the only ones usually smart enough to do them.
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: 50 November 05, 2009, 04:18:08 PM
Tess (the woman sat with her arm around nicaneth).

no offence to present company <nods to Stallans> but I’m still not sure I entirely trust the Whitefolk after the way so many turned on us during the invasion.

<turns to nicaneth> which reminds me, your a Tremmallu - is it right what the voice says, that there is a new watch cartel of Whitelanders led by a Whitelander starting up?
 
...surely that cant be right, who in the fiery pit would fund that?"


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: Captain Shortworth November 05, 2009, 04:50:05 PM
Lucius

If it's true, lets hope this lot can handle their narcotics a bit better! Or maybe steer clear all together.
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: Ant November 05, 2009, 06:51:52 PM
Good lady, Stalland addresses Tess, Whitelanders, unlike Pelosians, Raphaelians or even the Dromish or Battari are not motivated by pride in their race, or home and little do their care for the opinions of others, most whitelanders care only about the opinions of their peers and frankly, they are judged by a measure only a whitelander would understand, not all of us turned in the invasion, and those that did probably did out of some instinct for plunder and mayhem rather than any sense of betraying Nosterpyrax.
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: 50 November 06, 2009, 10:11:52 AM
Tess

...now then, too be fair I never thought that Whitelanders might naturally have any patriotism for NostaPyrax.

But then as many of the Whitefolk that fought with the Pelosians during the invasion had actually been employed by the city as members of the Watch then I think my use of the term 'turned on' is entirely justified.

I do however accept that some Northmen fought alongside the Haakfolk and are to be applauded - but I can hardly say your suggestion that the 'instinct for mayhem and plunder' is a normal trait assuages my concerns with regards to the new Watch cartels choice of membership.

...oh and sirah,
<crosses her hands on her lap and takes on a mock appearance of demureness> I am no 'lady', and certainly no one has ever before accused me of being 'good'! <grins>

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: Ant November 06, 2009, 11:47:04 AM
<Stalland

The tall whitelander leans back in his chair and takes up his tankard again.

As I said, you may judge them as you will, it will not matter to a whitelander one jot, I and my crew fought in defence of the city, others didnt <Stalland shurgs his shoulders as if dissmissing the issue> And as for your most demure protest, at risk of offending you I would wager you wrong on both counts there.

<Stalland flashes a smile through his heavy moustache and then takes a deep drink of his ale>
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: Captain Shortworth November 06, 2009, 02:57:18 PM
Lucius

Gotta love the double meaning of the word 'good'. I would say that when she tries hard, 'amazing' might be more appropriate.
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: Ant November 06, 2009, 03:52:37 PM
Stalland

<Stalland looks sideways at Lucius, his tankard held halfway between table and lips>
Thank you, Lucius, for explaining the jest...<he puts his tankard down, and looks around.

is there no one to play music or sing for us?
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: Captain Shortworth November 06, 2009, 05:56:43 PM
Lucius

I'll only get the hang of this Pyraxian if I keep practicing.
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: 50 November 06, 2009, 07:58:07 PM
Tess

<Briefly a tiny crease wrinkles her forehead as Lucius elucidates, but then the soft smile returns and she turns back to Stalland> heh.. I see your friend hasn’t yet your silken tongue.

<Leans over to the barman> Wedlan dear, could you find us some music?, and another yellowgrass ale for Niccy, wine for me, and whatever our two friends here will have.

<Turns back to Stalland> I see you wear the Bajo sash of my homeland, please tell me its not just a hangover from last years festival?
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: Ant November 07, 2009, 01:15:51 AM
Stalland


Ah Lucius is a good man, just keep him away from your uglier daughters and smaller livestock. No, my belt is no hangover, it is a token from my time I spent in the Raphaelian sea a few years ago, I find it handy for keeping my breeches up, amongst other things, and I'll take the wine too if I may

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: Captain Shortworth November 07, 2009, 02:55:20 AM
Lucius

Daughters and livestock? Eaten both in my time. *winks*
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: 50 November 09, 2009, 03:35:03 PM
<As Wedlan slides the first of the beers across the bar the soft notes of a Rebec can be heard over the general hubbub and with it a low voice from somewhere in the crowd singing in accented Pyraxian a sailors song.

Tess smiles in recognition at the first words, and for a few moments she is clearly somewhere else...>

The steersman and the deckhand were walking one day
The steersman to the deckhand - I mean for us to pray
For the rights of all sailors and the wrongs of others thus
And whatever I do pray for, answer “Soltaire hear-us”

First I'll pray for the bosun with his wicked stick
He calls out all hands then gives us bitter lick
Strikes many a brave fellow then kicks him a-main
Of the humble sailors life he really makes complain

So as good Raphaelian men would say
May the fiends of the pit make him cuss
Says the deckhand, but quietly, “Soltaire hear-us”

Next I'll pray for the Purser who gives us to eat
Spew burgers rank butter and musty scrite-meat
With bug laid biscuit he feeds us while he gets the gain
Of the humble sailors life he really must complain

So as good Raphaelian men would say
May the fiends of the pit make him cuss
Says the deckhand, bit louder, “Soltaire hear-us”

Then I'll pray for them navy officers who hold back our due
We are owed three years wages and prize money too
Well it's no pay for you Jack try next voy’ge again
Of the humble sailors life they never cease complain

So as good Raphaelian men would say
May the fiends of the pit make them cuss
Says the deckhand, now boldly, “Soltaire hear-us”

Well the last thing that I'll pray for is a drop of good beer
For the Gods made the liquor for our spirits to cheer
And where we had one pot I wish we had ten
And never want for beer my boys, ever again.

So as good Raphaelian men would say
May the wine flow till we’re concuss
Now the deckhand cheers happily, “Soltaire hear-us”
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: 50 November 09, 2009, 10:47:02 PM
Tess

<With the fading notes of the song Tess looks back to Lucius and Stalland> ..ah, it is very good to hear a song of my birthland on occasion....

<The music picks up again but this time a more subdued background melody. Tess takes a sip of her wine before leaning back against the bar>
 
Myself, I left the country of my birth for good reason and for the same am disinclined to return, certainly the burning city is now my home and I do admit I have taken to her quite freely...
 
But also I would be a liar if I said I did not miss the silver walls of Arcandorf and the vibrant folk of my home, heh.. perhaps another time I would bore you further, but others here have already heard that tale
<glances at Nicaneth>

...So what of you my friends what brings you from the place of your birth to now call kip here in the orphanage of the world? you both say you have been here at least the last two years - do you not yet find you miss even a little of your birthland?
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: Captain Shortworth November 09, 2009, 11:08:45 PM
Lucius

Not a bit of it! Glad to my back to the horrible place. I was raised in the worst way possible surrounded by horrible deprevation caused by people who should have been a guard against such things. And if my people hadn't have come over here and attacked this wonderful city, I could walk about it in peace without risk of attack.

Lucius motions to his face, still showing the signs of the latest vicious attack against him.

Still, better then being in the legions though.
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: Ant November 09, 2009, 11:23:56 PM
Stalland

Me, well like all Whitelanders I was born with a touch of the wanderlust I suppose, growing up hearing the tales of far off lands where they never saw snow also appealed I think

Stalland grins at his own joke, then continues.

After my first voyage I learned that there was so much more to the world than swinging an axe and growing a beard and so I wanted to see what else there was about, eventually I ended here just before the invasion, my ship put out to the bay and I saw them grappled to a Pelosian ship, then I lost sight of them and havent seen them since, for my part I was in the Canards cracking Pelosian heads.

I may go home one day, but whats the point when all I could want is here, or the next port?
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: 348 November 09, 2009, 11:46:54 PM
Nicaneth < looking up from a tankard>
You know, sometimes I miss my home forests. The smell of good earth and plant life instead of all this stink of smoke, fish and effluence on the docks.< looks at Tess>
Perhaps I'll show you my homeland one day ?
< Signals to a wench to refill everyones drinking vessels >
 Still there is no place to match The Barge and Ferryman !
 Sorry you were saying Whitelander...
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: Ant November 09, 2009, 11:55:29 PM
Stalland

Ahh the forests of the Dummoni, I was on Woodhaven once, on my first voyage south, a beautiful place.

And your kin folk are some of the most fearsome fighters I ever saw, and tell the most amazing tales too.
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: Captain Shortworth November 10, 2009, 03:52:32 PM
Lucius

Sips from his ale and glances at Stalland, From what I hear, you're good at spinning a yarn sir. Any chance of some light hearted or funny tale? With the city still on its knees, I think we could all do with a laugh.

Looks over to Nikaneth, Cheers.
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: Ant November 11, 2009, 09:41:33 AM
Before Stalland could launch into a tale, the cry of "Les be 'avin you folks, you dont have to go home, but you cant stay ere" rang across the bar room from the weary looking landlord.

Stalland
Well, you'll have to wait another night for a good tale I am afraid
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: 50 November 11, 2009, 10:09:02 AM
...some days later...

The weather has been oddly warm for this early in spring and so unusually the taproom of the Barge has its door and windows flung open letting the cool sea breeze in.

There is the usual crowd of bargemen, drunks, ne’er-do-wells, and slumming nobles, along with the ever present Wedlan polishing the bar to a shine as bright as his bald head.

Sat at the apex of the bar closest to the door, nursing a small beer is the troubled looking figure of Scipio (http://www.hugs-site.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=855.msg13687#msg13687), short of frame and pale skinned he wears the gown of a scholar which matches well the wire framed lenses perched on his nose.
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: Ant November 11, 2009, 11:42:58 AM
The brawny frame of Stalland limps into the bar, leaning heavily on a walking cane, and despite the unseasonably warm weather, wrapped in a large fur coat.

He hobbles over to a table by the bar and dumps his heavy coat onto a chair, revealing a bandaged chest and leg.

Slumping into a chair with visible pain, he calls out.

Wedlan, a flaggon of your small beer please.

He pauses a moment, considering Scipio and perhaps his next words.

Scipio, it is early in the day to show troubles like that on your face, what is your burden?
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: 50 November 11, 2009, 12:28:21 PM
Scipio

<looks briefly over to Stalland>

Koryph troubles...
<there is a long pause, just as you think that is all he will say on the matter he speaks again>

With my mistress still absent much of the council business has fallen to me to attend...
<again he pauses, then with a sigh>

I feel unable to vote on matters where I do not know Ulema's will, but I struggle to abstain when I personally have a desire to see decision go a certain way.
<pushes his beer back and forth between his hands distractedly>

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: Captain Shortworth November 11, 2009, 01:25:12 PM
Lucius

The facial bruising has died down some, but Lucius still has dark rings around his eyes and scabs on his face.

To Scipio Do your intentions or desires run counter to those of what you would expect from your Lady? I ask only because you would know her mind better than anyone.
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: 50 November 11, 2009, 03:11:30 PM
Scipio

<frowns> I do not claim to know my mistress mind at all, merely that on the rare occasions she attended the Koryph she would abstain from voting on almost any proposal anyway ...and I would not. <shakes his head as though trying to clear it>

...but I am a Tremallu not a Koryphian <looks again at Stalland, then at Lucius> so perhaps I should instead inquire as to the source of your injuries friend, you did not wear them thus when I saw you here a few nights ago...?
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: Captain Shortworth November 11, 2009, 04:27:35 PM
Lucius

For me, just another baseless attack due to me being born in a shithhole over the sea. The other stuff, well, thereby hangs a tale...
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: 348 November 11, 2009, 07:09:28 PM
Master Skipio,
 Perhaps a flagon would help the Whitelander talk further, how about you buy a round and include him in it ?
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: 50 November 11, 2009, 08:10:33 PM
Scipio

<looks towards Nicaneth> ever true to your name eh... very well, Wedlan drinks for these three if you please.
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: Captain Shortworth November 11, 2009, 09:18:15 PM
Lucius

To your health Scipio!
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: 50 November 12, 2009, 09:36:37 AM
Scipo

Yours also

<takes a sip of his beer, looks at Lucius> The matter of a beating motivated by racism is a concern, would you be able to identify your assailants, do you think?

<turns then to Stalland> But I am more troubled by your injuries, they suggest you've been assaulted with murderous intent?
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: Ant November 12, 2009, 10:58:06 AM
Stalland

Nothing much, a minor altercation with a fellow countryman who was unused to conversation and company with a more civilised woman and had to be...educated...
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: 50 November 12, 2009, 11:16:20 AM
Scipo

ah.. well forgive me but what you Whitelanders consider a minor altercation would probably fell us lesser men <smiles> ...I hope the woman involved was unhurt?
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: Ant November 12, 2009, 12:40:26 PM
Stalland

Stallands face dropped to one of concern for a moment, rather than his smiling face of previously

Alas I was not there to prevent it, merely arrived in time to put a stop to it, as any good and honest citizen would.

Since we are speaking of Whitelanders, tell me Scipio, what is this about one in charge of the watch cartel? Who is he?
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: Captain Shortworth November 12, 2009, 01:32:07 PM
Lucius

Scipio, this has happened to me so much since the bastarding invasion that there are probably fewer people innocent of attacks against Pelosians than guilty. I usually stick to areas where peeople know how much blood of my own was spilled in defence of the city. Just so happened that I had some work outside the walls with... um... a trading partner, and I cam home down the wrong street.

I'm interested in this Watch cartel too. I know people have almost as much reason to distrust the Whitelandish as they do my own countrymen, but you don't see Pelosians organising into armed groups with full public knowledge. Might be that this kinda thing could undermine people's trust in any of the cartels?
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: 50 November 12, 2009, 03:49:03 PM
Scipio

Hett-Gavaar… I only know of him by reputation I’m afraid. I know he has been many things, he started out I think as a pirate raiding Pelosian shipping, but later became the commander of a naval fleet working for the rebellious Magdalene states. I believe he was even an advisor of the Magdalene ambassadors to our own city at about that time. After that I only know that he and his crew fought bravely and with great loss against the invaders two years ago. I suspect its for that reason that he has been sponsored as Tremallu by Vatha and it is probably Vatha who is funding the initial costs….

<His conversation is cut short as a young man comes in from the docks and passes him a sealed note, Scipio quickly scans the note before standing>

Forgive me my friends but I have something to attend… <picks up his cloak, and turns to Stalland> I wouldn’t want you to think me unconcerned about the situation in which you had to intervene that gave you such injury <takes a last sip of his beer> …I’d like to get a bit more detail on the circumstances later, where are you currently staying?
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: Ant November 12, 2009, 04:28:15 PM
A message can be left for me here or the Silver Skrite
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: 50 November 12, 2009, 04:55:01 PM
Scipio

ah.. yes then... well and good... <smiles again weakly before the troubled look again comes over him> enjoy your drinks friends, I’m afraid I must away. <places a coin on the bar and departs>
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: Captain Shortworth November 12, 2009, 05:07:42 PM
Lucius

He seems nice. So, I think a quiet corner and getting the story straight might be a good idea, don't you boss? I'll keep an eye on the door in case anyone else joins us for a quick one.
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: 50 November 12, 2009, 07:21:08 PM
There are several of the blue velvet cushioned snugs at either side of the longroom still available where a conversation would be private but will still allow a view of the taproom.
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: Ant November 13, 2009, 11:51:14 AM
Stalland takes a seat in one of the corners, and gestures the others to follow.

Stalland
I had some oaf from the Voice pestering me for information the earlier today, I fobbed him off but if he talks to you, deny everything for now, or rather deny any knowledge of what he was talking about.

If he keeps asking, we might have to make him stop but at the moment I have told him I was there, and had an argument with another whitelander, that the doorman getting killed was his own business and that at least I am not in the Umbruc, I suggest this is our general line at the moment.
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: Captain Shortworth November 13, 2009, 04:07:02 PM
Lucius

Just had the same. Told him I wasn't even there. Leave the rest up the imagination of the masses. Not sure how the info about the Golden Claw got leaked though. Lets hope we don't have a mole. We could do with getting some info out about that cocking Pelosian thoutgh, through discreet channels, just to see if we can pick up any leads.
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: 50 November 16, 2009, 01:58:02 PM
The comparative quiet of the early evening in the bar is brought to an abrupt end as four figures come tumbling into the bar laughing and cheering loudly.

Three of them are women and clearly 'Neichfilyka' (professional courtesans) by their outfits of colourful silken pantaloons and tight fitted halters.

The fourth individual is quite at odds in appearance with his glamorous companions. Swarthy of complexion with dark lank hair that hags limply to his shoulders and two day old stubble covering his chin, he wears stained brown leather trousers and a matching leather waistcoat over an otherwise bare torso. A heavy belt reminiscent of a weightlifters encircles his waist, from which is hung a long curved dirk, fist-shield and heavy looking purse.

As his companions pick themselves up giggling, he flips himself from his back to his feet in a single twitch, before they stagger over to the bar and begin to order an expensive round.

Though you don’t recognise the women, Lucius at least will recognise the man as Skafe one of your brother Umbruc.
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: Captain Shortworth November 16, 2009, 08:55:50 PM
Lucius

Watches Skafe, but stays in the snug away from the main bar.

He's a talkative one that one, so keep an eye out in case you see you someone approach him looking for info on the last job. Although by the look of him, he has either already been paid for something or doesn't need the cash the Voice will more than likely offer him.
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: 50 November 18, 2009, 04:27:43 PM
Skafe and his companions move their party away to one of the tables on the other side of the circular bar, though out of sight you can still hear raised voices and laughter over the normal hubbub of the taproom.

One of the barmaids wiping a table nearby your snug stops and watches them move off, she sniffs dismissively and mutters under her breath "you really think your all that ...not what I’d heard..." she shakes her head once before collecting some empty mugs and giving the table a final wipe.

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: Ant November 18, 2009, 05:48:02 PM
Stalland

The big whitelander gestures the barmaid over.

Another round for me and my friends, and one for yourself for making me laugh

He smiles and winks as he hands over some small coins.
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: Captain Shortworth November 18, 2009, 06:25:44 PM
Lucius

You planning on doing your thing there, or do you have some questions you might want to ask her about one of our Quarti? Either way, good luck and thanks for the drink.

Tips his glance to Stalland and looks wistfully at the barmaids arse.
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: Captain Shortworth November 18, 2009, 06:29:21 PM
Lucius

Throws Stalland a small purse containing 22 swords.

After the Umbruc took their cut. Just to let you know, we are fine to take and keep random odds and sods we pick up like arms and armour, but if it's anything fancy, the Umbruc will want to know. They usually have no problem with you keeping it, but you're expected to pay one third its value to them.
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: Ant November 18, 2009, 07:02:37 PM
A third! By the gods, they are thieves and cutpurses arent they!

Did you know the fool from the Voice of the Haak told me I would have to pay THEM to publish my poetry? How deranged is that, I asked him if he thought the barman should also pay men to drink his ale, or a whore should pay her johns.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth November 18, 2009, 07:11:08 PM
Sounds like they are more thieving than the Umbruc. And least our guys are honest. That third will go to paying our accomodation and food if we need it though; they will keep us alive so we can carry on earning money for them. Living at the bawdy house is better than the last place they had me spending the night.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant November 19, 2009, 09:48:28 AM
well arent you the happy little footsolder hahaha, still if what you say is true then it might be worth the difference in the long run, and while we are at Sera's I am sure we can take some perks from it, and I dont mean the working staff.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 November 19, 2009, 12:12:43 PM
Barmaid

<Comes over and puts two foaming mugs of ale on the table> There you go sirs.. <spots the creature sat at Stallands feet> ...Ooo! what a cute Zolt!

<Bends down to stroke it, then stops with her hand a few inches away and looks up> ...he doesn't bite does he?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant November 19, 2009, 12:32:36 PM
I can honestly say he has never bitten anyone while I have owned him, but id be careful of his wounded flank all the same, if you have any scraps he would certainly appreciate them as well.

He is called Hengis by the way, and mine is Stalland.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 November 19, 2009, 01:43:06 PM
Barmaid

<Gingerly strokes the Zolt, when it pushes its head up towards her she kneels down and starts to stroke its head and scritch it under the chin>

He's lovely!! Hengis you say... <now speaking to the Zolt> ...who's a handsome boy then? ...Hengist is, yes he is!

<Continues to fuss Hengist, but looks up at Stalland> I'm Kora, pleased to meet you Stalland.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant November 19, 2009, 02:25:02 PM
<Stalland leans back, a thoughful look on his face, then in a deep, rich voice speaks>

Hasten on Sea-Steed
O'er the Whale Road deep
Hengist King has answered the call to war

And in the Canards halls sit
Koryph and Skalds who
Toast to Kora fair.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 November 19, 2009, 04:03:39 PM
Kora

<Blushes a little and smiles broadly> poetry too! <to Hengist> …women should beware of handsome men that can speak in verse don’t you think?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth November 19, 2009, 04:10:48 PM
Whispers to Stalland, Something tells me that you have very little need of the women of the bawdy house. Tell you what, while we wait for the rest of them to show their ugly faces, I will make myself scarce.

Stands up and heads to the bar, trying to overhear anything of interest and will be more than happy to throw himself into a conversation that could yield profit or interesting information.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant November 19, 2009, 04:20:29 PM
Stalland

<Smiles broadly himself>

I think I am glad he cannot answer that question Kora, but I suspect that it would take more than my verses to pry your affections from Hengist here and quite right too, do you have a bowl so he can have some of my small beer?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 November 19, 2009, 08:33:48 PM
Kora

'm sure I can find a bowl, I'll get him some bits from the kitchen next time I pass too. <pats Hengist then stands up> ...sadly I must get back to work, but I'll come round again in a bit <smiles and walks off>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 November 19, 2009, 08:34:11 PM
The taproom of the Barge is beginning to fill and the noise level has risen sufficiently to drown out even the raucous laughter coming from Skafe's party.

As he scans the room Lucius will recognise some faces as frequent visitors and others not at all.

Of particular note;

At the apex of the bar farthest from the front door is one familiar face. Tess sits on a bar stool leaning her back against it whilst she talks expressively with two well dressed, dark eyed and bronze skinned Pyraxian men and a tall incredibly thin man with ruddy skin who wears a tight fitted black vest and a voluminous black skirt.

On one of the large round tables closer to the door, four Pyraxian Bargemen have just begun a game of cards, they are drinking heavily and their conversation is clearly the source of some amusement to all.

A expensively attired Dromishman sits in one of the snugs a few up from Stalland, a tall glass of some golden liquid steams on the table in front of him and he occasionally draws blue smoke from a slender silver pipe.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant November 19, 2009, 11:33:55 PM
<Stalland watches Kora walk off then takes out a small black bound book and jots his poem down with a pencil>





[OOC: I was quite chuffed with my little poem :) ]
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 348 November 20, 2009, 12:02:40 AM
Nicaneth has walked through into the room, he gives a friendly  wave and smile to Tess, possibly a dark scowl crosses his face as he grunts at her companions. He leans against a wall to scan the rest of the tavern crowd whilst starting to reach for a full tankard thats arrived at the table alongside him. Suddenly, sighting 'Hengist' he starts to go for his huge dagger. Just as quickly his body relaxes, though his face shows a grim , suspicious cast
"A zolt ? Myriad Gods of the Forest ! I recall a pack of them out in the wilds chasing me for their supper. You sure it's safe Whitelander ?"
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant November 20, 2009, 09:25:46 AM
Well it hasnt bitten anyone since I have had it, and it totally likes women, but then again no one has gone for a knife in its presence either, so who knows.

Best sit it down and buy a round, only way to make sure its safe...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 348 November 20, 2009, 07:50:34 PM
I suppose I can buy a tray of drinks. Does the mut..er 'Hengist drink ?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth November 20, 2009, 08:11:08 PM
Lucius

Notices he has missed the chance for a free drink, so turns his ear to the gamblers, listening for anything of interest, while keeping one eye on the rich DRomishman incase it looks like I might be able to make some money off him.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 November 22, 2009, 03:17:11 PM
Gambler 1

...heh, told you Tobas wasn't up to it! <takes a card and frowns> rekon 'til be a while afore he takes a swim again!

<they all laugh>

Gambler 2
Still can't blame the boy fer tryin, rekon if i'd got nuther un on't way might consider it meself...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 November 22, 2009, 10:23:59 PM
Gambler 3

I was 'spectin e'd a come back wi' tales o fightin the Drowned <shuffles the cards in his hand then puts one down on the table> ...or a least ow he was fought off a treasure trove by some daemon possessed Diebine!

Gambler 4

nah, me - cant say I'm surprised <frowns at the card put down, then picks it up and adds to his own> ...can jus' see 'im now, bent over looking all pathetic like and throwin his ring up the second that sorcerers brew touched is lips!

<They all laugh again>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth November 23, 2009, 01:54:32 AM
Lucius

Looks speculatively at the card players, hoping to see the one of them who wants to tell the story the most, not just to take the piss out of their fallen member, but to be the centre of attention. He then buys a round for the table, with an extra large measure for the story teller amongst them.

A tale of sunken treasure in the bay, winks at his mark, surely, can't be true?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 November 23, 2009, 12:20:52 PM
<After a moments hesitation they all accept the drinks from Lucius.
One of the bargemen, a fat and rather sweaty individual with a star shaped welt on his right cheek leans back and takes a pull from his drink>

Bargeman 1

Aye well, if you’ve a mind to listen to such then you ‘n Tobas would be company.  <takes another swig>
…anyhow the stories began a few Munes ago …said that some of the Ferrymen ‘ad taken to diving down to wreckage of the Pelosian fleet that Scourge ‘n Dreamer dragged down during the invasion, hoping to find loot that’d survived the elements.
Word was that some o’em had indeed found loot, chests full o’ gold no less! ...Destined to pay off the Whitelander mercenaries that fought with the Pelosians, but now doing naught but sparkling fer the fishes.


<takes another drink and wipes the beer foam from his lips with the back of his hand>
Well as you can imagine quite a few folk have tried swimming down to find such treasure, but it’s a ways down and not easy to find your way when you get there.
A few were lost to drowning when they couldn’t ‘old breath long enough, or when greed and pockets of gold weighed them down so much that they couldn’t get back out again.
But some of those wi’ friends amongst the dæmon blooded who could grant breath below the waves managed to come back with riches still, so folk kept tryin’.


<By now most of this side of the taproom has become quiet and his words can be heard clearly. The Bargeman looks around, takes another pull and belches before continuing>
…so then about a Mune ago, a few folk what should a been right wi’ breath didn’t come back. And then later stories started as to how the Legionnaires and Haak folk that ad got washed down to the deep were still walkin’ about down there, all bloated an rotten, but still with some force keeping them movin!
<swigs the last of his beer> ...some say it’s the blood witchcraft of Ulema refusing to let ahold o their spirits, an keeping em ready for some future fight. Others say it’s the unbodied dæmons brought by Sagneth, plotting their own plans. Whatever the case, I say the deep is best left to them and the fish and I’ll keep a good set o boards a’tween me and the black water!. 
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant November 25, 2009, 11:43:37 AM
<Much later that night, on the walk back to Serah's Stalland breaks out into verse once more, once those that are returning home are alone>

To Serah's Realm the Reavers came, their violence to unfurl
Rage and Pillage ran unchecked, Until the Umbruc Called
And stopped them fast with skill and steel and Oaths of Mighty Words.

All Save one now feast the crows and peace is fell once more
Yet underneath the Umbruc hunt the one that got away
Cross all the land, he is sought, the one of Pelos' caste.


: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant November 25, 2009, 01:13:35 PM
<Next morning, round the breakfast table once all the working girls have gone>

Breaking fast, we feast like kings in the court of Nencia, Queen

At fall of night t'was a feast for crows and crimson all about.

The Dawn has come and a New Queen reigns as Canard life goes on


(I actually did scribble this one last night at that scene in the game :D)
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth November 26, 2009, 02:50:22 PM
Lucius

Now you're just showing off.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant November 27, 2009, 11:51:58 AM
Stalland

I do try
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: The Dan December 01, 2009, 01:29:29 PM
As Stalland's song finishes a couple of passing bravos snort appreciatively as they stagger by, attemting (badly) to improvise further verses... various derogatory comments about the parentage, bedroom prowess, and personal hygene of the folk of Lightside seems to be the main topic.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant December 01, 2009, 02:08:34 PM
Stalland

Frikkin peasants
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant December 02, 2009, 10:13:28 AM
Next Day, back in the Barge and Ferryman (away from peasants and close to talkative gamblers)


Stalland
Ale and Ale Wench
Bed and Bawd
Canards wench halls carouse once more
As Umbruc steel sits safe in sheath
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 December 02, 2009, 02:39:33 PM
The unseasonably warm weather shows no sign of let-up and the taproom door and windows are again open allowing the sea breeze in. By chance the barge is hugely busy this evening many of the patrons have spilled out in groups onto the wharf front.

Wedlan, Kora and a couple of other bar-hands appear under siege as they man the taps and attempt to stave of the thirst of the crowd.
Kora manages a small wave and smile to Stalland before a customer calls her attention back to service.

A quick glance around indicates standing room only in the tap room proper, although a couple of patrons have moved to stand on the stairs curving up either side wall, and even to the first balcony above.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant December 02, 2009, 02:49:19 PM
Stalland

<looks around the crowded bar>

You guys grab us a spot on the balcony, I'll get a round in
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth December 02, 2009, 02:58:08 PM
Lucius

Sounds good, just a wine for me. And don't spend too long making nice with your favorite serving wench, I have a thirst on.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 December 03, 2009, 10:36:23 AM
Its a good view from up on the balcony, down below among the sea of bodies you can just make out the corpulent frame of the gambler that was telling the tale the other evening, pressed into a corner with a few other bargemen. You also spy Tess, sat up legs dangling, on the seat back between two of the snugs at the farthest side of the taproom.

A burly lad in shirt and apron is busy bringing chairs and tables out from a nearby room and putting them up against the balcony rail to allow folk to sit.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth December 03, 2009, 11:46:39 AM
Lucius

Leans over the balcony, taking in the sights and sounds and wishes he had more money.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant December 03, 2009, 12:08:45 PM
Stallan

Stalland returns to the balcony balancing a tray of foaming tankards for the party and sits down.

Shall we have a song, one of the songs sung by skalds of old?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth December 03, 2009, 12:17:10 PM
Lucius

The way my blood has been got up by the bastard Nillus, I'm in the mood for something a bit warlike, but I doubt a Whitelander singing on such things would go down well at the moment. Try to keep the spirits up and the chance of a bar fight down and we should do all right.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant December 03, 2009, 12:36:27 PM
Stalland

Nay, and old, mellow song sung since beer was first brewed...

Stalland takes a deep swig of his ale and starts up in a deep plainsong


There were three men come from the West
Their fortunes for to try,
And these three made a solemn vow:
"John Barleycorn must die."

They plowed, they sowed, they harrowed him in,
Threw clods upon his head,
'Til these three men were satisfied
John Barleycorn was dead.

They let him lie for a very long time,
'Til the rains from clouds did fall,
Then little Sir John raised up his head
And so amazed them all.

They let him stand 'til Mid-Summer's Day
When he looked both pale and wan;
Then little Sir John grew a long, long beard
And so became a man.

They hired men with their scythes so sharp
To cut him off at the knee;
They rolled him and tied him around the waist,
And served him barbarously.

They hired men with their sharp pitchforks
To pierce him to the heart,
But the loader did serve him worse than that,
For he bound him to the cart.

They wheeled him 'round and around the field
'Til they came unto a barn,
And there they took a solemn oath
On poor John Barleycorn.

They hired men with their crab-tree sticks
To split him skin from bone,
But the miller did serve him worse than that,
For he ground him between two stones.

There's little Sir John in the nut-brown bowl,
And there's brandy in the glass,
And little Sir John in the nut-brown bowl
Proved the strongest man at last.

The huntsman cannot hunt the fox
Nor loudly blow his horn
And the tinker cannot mend his pots
Without John Barleycorn.


Stalland held the note at the last word before finishing his ale in one draft, as if in toast to the ale itself.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth December 04, 2009, 10:54:36 AM
Lucius

I think I have heard something very much like that before, I get the impression however that any place that brews beer will sing a song very much like it. Still, good to hear and I think you managed to get a few more fans.

Looks out over the crowd to gauge how appreciated the singing was...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 December 04, 2009, 07:53:56 PM
A smattering of applause from below suggests the song went down well, as you peer over the balcony you can even see a few folk with flagons raised to toast with Stalland.

From a few feet further up the balcony a serious looking man dressed in an expensive doublet with a broad gold chain round his neck turns clapping.

...well the song may or not be new but I cannot fault the delivery, well done sir!  Might I enquire as to where you learnt your craft?

<He walks over, and holds out a hand> I'm Magg by the way...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth December 06, 2009, 10:51:49 AM
Lucius

To Magg, Do you not know who this is...

To Stalland, I warned you my lord what would happen if you attracted too much attention.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant December 07, 2009, 12:29:54 PM
Stalland

<looks Magg up and down and thinks if he knows the name or has seen him before>


I have learnt my trade from Ragnarthorpe to Woodport, from The Long Fathers to Folorn and from Wexstonethorpe to Greystrike and now to this most amazing city.

Behind the dragon and before the shield did I learn my verse, my voice slaked by the brine till now I sit with pirate and prince, my ale I try to earn.


<Stalland offers his hand to Magg>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth December 07, 2009, 12:57:05 PM
Lucius

Looks down at Stalland's hand as if he is in shock that he is offering it to be shook, then almost moves forward to stand between Magg and Stalland facing Magg... This is my Lord.. pause..(like he is trying to remember something) Stalland.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 December 07, 2009, 07:34:03 PM
Magg
(http://www.hugs-site.co.uk/public/Orbis/magg.png)
<looks confusedly between Lucius and Stalland> I have no wish to cause insult here <takes Stallands arm in a firm clasp> forgive me if I address my better inappropriately?

<releases Stallands hand and steps back a pace to lean on the balcony, still looking a little confused>.

I have travelled myself somewhat, I've even sailed with Raphaelian pirates out of Arcandorf to Folorn <his serious demeanour lightens somewhat> ...was nearly sold for a slave myself then!
<smiles> ...still I have found no finer home than this grand city and no finer beer than served by bald Wedlan there!

<gestures to Stalland and Lucius' cups> so if it will not offer further offence might I fill those cups again sir?




: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant December 08, 2009, 12:49:39 PM
Stalland

<looks at Lucius quizically>

No offence taken, I assure you, and even less in the refilling of my cups, tell me Magg, what brings you here, no doubt trying to warm up after a trip to Folorn!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 December 08, 2009, 02:01:51 PM
Magg

Ah, well ..no, just the beer tonight really! <smiles>

'twas a couple of years ago when I sailed the coast of Raphaelia. My father thought it would be good if I saw something of his birthland and sent me across the Homley path. <smile fades> ...meant I missed the days of trembling flame, to which I'm unsure as to consider my good or bad fortune.

Anyway let me get those beers <looks down at the crowded tap room> hmm.. be quicker if I get them myself, excuse me a moment. <takes the tray and heads down to the throng>

: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth December 08, 2009, 02:22:09 PM
Lucius

Well, he definitely seems interested un us, when he gets back up here, feel free to look at me sternly as if I have been talking out of turn and I will do my best to keep quiet while looking like I want to say something. Try and find out what his interest is in your 'craft', see if we can't make some off your talents as an entertainer if that's what he interested in.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Kriltic December 08, 2009, 11:59:53 PM
<Drona walks into the bar and looks around, spotting Stalland and Lucius on the balcony he waves then turns to get a drink. After getting his beer he makes his way up to the balcony>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant December 09, 2009, 01:39:24 PM
Stalland

<sees Drona approaching and turns to Lucius>

What on earth are you messing about at? Let the guy buy us drinks and see what he wants, stop being some kind of mad jester.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth December 10, 2009, 11:29:54 AM
Lucius

Trust me, building up some mystery is well worth it. If nothing else comes of it we at least get some free drinks, but if his interest runs to who we are and what we do - and what you do is entertain people very well indeed - then making out that you are more than just some wandering Whitelander, and in fact someone much more important, could be worth the effort. Even if all he wants is you to sing a few songs or recite some of your poetry, if the audeince feel like you're more important than you are, the cost goes up, as does the size of audience willing to pass on their own gratuity and engage you again. You could be a famous if we play this right.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant December 10, 2009, 12:04:05 PM
Stalland

Fine enough, just stop behaving like a lunatic or you'll scare him off, oh and word of advice, never ever do that to a Whitelander, he's likely to take offence, I would for starters. Besides, I am famous, people just dont know me yet

<Stalland grins at Lucius and looks back down the stairs to watch Drona struggle to the bar and to see if he can spot either Magg or Kora>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth December 10, 2009, 12:42:16 PM
Lucius

I think is time to start spreading your fame round these parts then. And don't worry about scaring him off, once I make my excuses to leaveso you two can chat, your natural charm will easily win him round. I get the impression that people find you very easy to get on with.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Kriltic December 10, 2009, 05:58:03 PM
<After finally making his way to the bar and getting his drink Drona heads up to the balcony>

Drona

Hi, Im guessing you two have been having fun drinking and singing from the sounds of it.

<Drona pauses for a moment and quietly laughs while he listens to someone trying to sing a song they clearly dont know the words to)

So did anything interesting happen before I got here?

: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant December 10, 2009, 08:42:15 PM
Stalland
Not much, I was being awesome and now someone is buying me drinks
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth December 12, 2009, 05:10:24 PM
Lucius

With any luck, more and more people will get ot find out how awesome Stalland is, but I doubt any of them will think he is as wonderful as he thinks he is.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant December 12, 2009, 05:34:19 PM
Stalland
Apart from the women
<stalland answers with a massive grin>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 December 13, 2009, 03:18:12 PM
Magg

<comes back up the stairs with three mugs of ale, looks at Drona..>

ahh.. you have another friend! ...thankfully one with fresh beer as I don't desire another trip through that crowd!

...sooo, a Whitelander, a Pelosian and a Dromishman walk into a bar... has the makings of a grand jest, eh..?


<passes a mug to Stalland and Lucius, then holds out a hand to Drona>

Magg, pleased to meet you


: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth December 13, 2009, 03:39:37 PM
Lucius

Sips his beer, but keeps his thoughts to himself.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Kriltic December 13, 2009, 08:50:30 PM
Drona

<Drona holds out his hand and shakes Maggs hand>

Im sure it does ... Im Drona by the way, pleased to meet you Magg. How long have you known one another then?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant December 14, 2009, 11:25:00 AM
Stalland
<Stalland drinks about half a tankard down and looks at it>

About that long Droma, so Magg, you are a local man I take it, though well travelled, and we are travellers all and not long here in the city, please, tell us your tale and about this city and we shall tell you tales of far off lands, who knows, some of them may even be true

<stalland raises his tankard in toast again>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 December 15, 2009, 11:46:28 AM
Magg

Well I suspect my tale is less exciting than your own. I was born and raised in this great city but my family hails from Raphaelia originally. My father is a merchant and entrepreneur, but as the youngest of his three sons and one that showed little inclination to take a role in the family business I was pretty much left to my own devices as a youth. <smiles and takes a sip of his ale>
…well I’m sure you can imagine the trouble that a young lad can get into in this city, needless to say it didn’t take me long!

Eventually my activities began to have repercussions on my fathers business and so he decided that it were best if I left for a while. He arranged for me to take a trip across the Homley path to visit relatives in Raphaelia, so I was packed off on the next caravan.
To cut a long story short, I fell in with rough sorts on the journey, and when I arrived in Arcandorf I skipped the visit to family and fell straight into the Bajomundie.

Six months later and I was a gentleman working for one of the Ottavo Grenni on a speculative journey to Yura.
<looks wistful for a moment> …I saw the emerald isle for a moment, through a break in the mists, tall mountains and lush forests …truly beautiful <looks back to you> …then the mists closed in and the very sea and sky turned against us! What a battering we took!

Three weeks later, with half the crew gone and the rest half mad with thirst we floundered off the frigid coast of the Whitelands. Most of us managed to escape but alas the ship was lost to Soltare.
<pauses and looks at Stalland> a very ...practical folk your people… they offered to feed, clothe and tend to our injuries if we could offer them some payment or would swear indentureship to them. The remaining crew immediately offered me up as payment  …I suspect they looked on me as the source of their misfortune, or didn’t want a report getting back to the Grenni. In either case all was agreed and we were tended well by the Whitefolk.

<looks serious for a moment> Thankfully I have a few small skills and an easy manner, enough that I was able to persuade the Lord to release me. After that it was a long trek back through the wilds and then northern Raphaelia until I could find a coach to get me back to Arcandorf. <smiles broadly> …this time I did call in on the family!
I took hospitality and the offer of a place on the next caravan back to NosterPyrax …well I had no desire to explain the loss of a ship and crew to the Grenni and must admit I was beginning to miss this old city quite keenly.

So there you have it, a thankfully less eventful journey back finds me here again!
<gestures broadly to the tap room, before looking conspiratorially towards you> …its been a few munes now though and I must admit to getting a little restless.

Perhaps your tales of far off lands might satisfy my wanderlust?
<takes a long pull of his ale and leans back against the balcony>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant December 15, 2009, 03:35:55 PM
Stalland
Oh yours is a mighty tale indeed Magg, full of adventure, danger and excitement. I've never seen Yura myself, but I can tell you the forests of Dummoni are something to behold too, as are the mountains of my home, especially in winter.

But my tale will take another round I think



<Stalland finishes off the last of his tankard>

Anyone else need a top up? Ah, I'll get a load anyway, by the time I get back you'll be thirsty again.

<Stalland bustles his way down the stairs and back to the bar, easily moving through the crowd and finding a spot at the bar newly vacated>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 December 21, 2009, 11:35:26 AM
Magg

Well I have seen my fill of the Whitelands for the moment! <laughs> …might fancy the forests of Dummonii, but I suspect that this is not the right time for Pyraxians to be sailing round the coast of Pelosia

...though I could be wrong. I know we Pyraxians have been less than tolerant of our Pelosian neighbours, even the naturalised ones, since the trembling flame - but I may do Pelosia an injustice. <looks at Lucius> …could you say my friend, if the feeling there is mutual?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth December 21, 2009, 03:59:30 PM
Lucius

Been more a couple of years since I set foot on Pelosian soil, and even longer since I thought like one, so I'm not the person to comment. On the whole I have found Pyraxians to be more forgiving than Pelosians though. In the city the worst I have gotten from a native is a broken nose and some cuts and scrapes, when the invader cames I was beaten to within an inch of my life and allowed to bleed out slowly, leaving me permanently scarred. I was only saved By a Pyraxian who knew i had fled the legions years previously, and that I was a friend to be trusted.

I doubt A pelosian would ever traet me that well, and I would be surprised if one would treat you the same should you venture into their capitol city.
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: 50 December 21, 2009, 04:30:55 PM
Magg

Fair enough, no holidaying in Alfaen for me then! <takes a drink as he looks down towards Stalland at the bar, pauses for a second> ...so, you inferred your friend there is of noble birth…?
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: Captain Shortworth December 21, 2009, 04:34:43 PM
Lucius

Pauses for a second before answering without making eye contact to Magg.

Of course not, just a term of endearment is all, I'm sorry if I spoke out of turn.
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: Captain Shortworth December 21, 2009, 04:55:30 PM
Lucius

Sees Stalland heading back up the stairs and heads in that direction,

I see a familiar face, excuse me.

He heads down barely pausing to swipe a drink from Stalland's hands.
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: 50 December 22, 2009, 08:32:13 AM
Magg

<frowns> how rude!

<turns to Drona, faint smile returning> ...and you my friend, what brings you so far from your motherland?
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: Kriltic December 22, 2009, 06:44:28 PM
Drona

I was born into a wealthy family and had everything I wanted. I studied and learnt many things, I chose a more academic role for myself but sadly this wasn’t to last. One night it was all taken away from me. <Closing his eyes and pausing for a moment before carrying on>  The Battari attacked my home town and killed my parents. A family friend said he would help me, but only if I used some of my knowledge to help him with a few people who were giving him some problems and he would pay me well each time I helped him.

I only saw the money that was heading my way, blinded to the harm people were suffering as a result. For a few years that arrangement all went well. I was well paid and happy while he got what he wanted until one day it all went wrong, I had made a terrible mistake and knew I had to leave if I wanted to live.

I travelled around for a year with the money I had gathered, avoiding major towns and cities then I heard of this place, a place to start again and to try and right my wrongs so to speak. And here I am today avoiding my mistakes and making new friends ...

Here’s to new friends
<Raises his glass>
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: Ant December 23, 2009, 11:15:38 AM
Stalland

Stalland winds his way back through the bar and up the stairs, a tray carrying perhaps a score of tankards held above his head, occaisionally spilling, but not much, before he gets back to where they have gathered.

Hi Drona

Have some ale. I got plenty to save on boot leather. What where we talking about?
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: 50 December 23, 2009, 02:47:58 PM
Magg

<takes a drink from Stalland> Thank you sir ...Our friend here was just telling of his reasons for finding his way to our fine city. <raises his tankard to Drona> ...and welcome here you are!

<turns back to Stalland> ...as your other companion has drunk up and run as it were, I think that makes it perhaps your turn sir?

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: Ant January 04, 2010, 02:28:07 PM
Stalland

Well, my tale eh? That can be a long tale indeed, and 'tis too busy here to tell it in full, but I shall tell you a shortened version...less poetic for it will need more time to do that justice.

I grew up in Ragnarthorpe on the West Coast of the Whitelands in the halls of the lord there, listening to the tales of travellers and sailors of far off lands, the way of the raider wasnt for me, but the stories of the wonderful sounding places spell bound me.

So the first chance I got I joined in a ships crew, The Foamrunner, that followed the coast south, stopping at many points before reaching the arborial city of Woodport in Dummoni - have you ever been there? It is an amazing place, the woodcraft they have is astounding, and their warriors deserve their reputation, the Dummonni I have met here are most unlike those of their homeland.

The voyage was good, and I learned to sail, learned to fight and learned to drink. It had also given me the wanderlust and so the next season I joined another voyage, this time overland, the long, hard trek from The Long Fathers to Folorn where they know nothing of the lands to the west and hold no allegience to the king. Mark my words that was a hard journey and one that I would not hurry to repeat.

Not wanting to go back over the mountains I headed south, by road at first to the town of Wexstonethorpe on the coast, and there joined The Sea Steed south to Greystrike where I would tell a bawdy tale or three on another time or perhaps a tale of the bhajo and their deeds. An hence onto this fair city with the same ship, a good and honest crew, hard workers, honest men and brave and strong warriors, alas I have seen not a sight of them since the invasion, perhaps they made it out of the harbour, perhaps not.
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: 50 January 04, 2010, 02:54:28 PM
Magg

A worthy tale sir! I will indeed trouble you at some later date for further stories of your exploits and perhaps another song to stir the blood?

So myself I must confess to the role of wastrel at present, are you gentlemen curently employed in worthy endeavour, or at lapse 'tween such?
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: Captain Shortworth January 04, 2010, 06:38:43 PM
Lucius

Walks down the stairs and through the masses, keeping an eye open for anyone not being quite careful enough with their purses in the crowded bar while being very careful indeed with my own.
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: 50 January 07, 2010, 11:46:53 AM
The crowd thins a little towards the edges of the tap room away from the central bar and so movement through the room has naturally progressed into these paths.

Lucius is just about able to see over the crowd, Tess is still sat holding court at the far back of the bar and gives a little wave as she catches Lucius eye.

The other way there is a ripple in the crowd near the door as a grizzled looking Whitelander pushes in.
At over seven feet tall and massively built he stands head and shoulders above the crowd, with wild hair like red wire, tough ruddy skin, wide nose, and slightly almond-shaped eyes it is not just his height that marks him out as alien-son to the majority of the races here.

He quickly scans around whilst walking towards the head of the bar, the crowd being brushed aside unconsciously and as effortlessly as the waves on the prow of a ship. The glinting lamplight catches on the large bronze claw clasp pinning his cloak.
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: Captain Shortworth January 09, 2010, 03:05:51 PM
Lucius

Much more concerned with other people's response to the northern giant, he keeps his gaze away from the Whitelander and watches other faces in the crowd, looking for anything other than casual curiosity.
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: 50 January 11, 2010, 04:01:33 PM
The new arrival certainly seems to have caused a stir amongst some members of the crowd. Reactions range from sudden furtive shuffling towards the exit, to almost excited interest amongst some parties.

Behind the bar opposite where Lucius stands Kora nods vigorously ...then shrugs, in answer to some unheard question from an exotically dressed woman as she gestures towards the Northman.

For his part the huge warrior unfastens his cloak and un-shoulders a great Whiteaxe which he props up against the bar to his right. A brief exchange with bald Wedlan receives an expansive gesture to the tavern in entire from the landlord and then a large flagon of ale.

The Northman takes a long draught before scanning around the room again.
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: Kriltic January 11, 2010, 04:54:35 PM
Drona

Magg, Stalland do either of you know who that is? <Subtely points to the Whitelander that has caused a stir amongst the croud> He seems to be well known by the looks of it, although whether that is a good thing is left to be seen <Now looking at the people moving towards the exit>
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: 50 January 12, 2010, 09:28:43 AM
Magg

<Leans over to look> ah yes... that my friend is the rather infamous new captain of the Golden Claws watch cartel, Hett'Gavaar.

<looks serious> I would advise caution in any dealings with the man, he has quite a... vigorous style, and currently enjoys both the patronage of Vatha Zartosh and the favour of the Koryph who see his efforts at the first real attempt to bring order to the Canards since the days of trembling flame.

Myself, I am not so sure they require his brand of order, but then... <shrugs>
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: Captain Shortworth January 12, 2010, 03:07:37 PM
Lucius

With an eye always on the Whitelander, and a hand on my purse, I will start to make my way towards the woman in the fine clothes. I may not be much on the subtleties of seduction, but with a clear goal in mind, I may be able to gleam some information from her, First off, what does she look like as I get closer? A local?
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: Kriltic January 13, 2010, 01:09:17 PM
Drona

Excuse us Magg but I need to speak to Stalland privately for a moment <Points to a quiet area just off the balcony>
There should do, I am sorry about this but its rather important <Now moving with Stalland over to the area he just pointed to
magg just said he is part of the Golden Claws, <Looks around to make sure nobody is looking or listening> wasn't that the same group that was at the Brothel that night? If I'm right it might be best to try and gather what information we can about him.
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: 50 January 14, 2010, 12:28:59 PM
As Lucius slides his way through the crowd he gets a better look at the woman.

Quite tall and slender with graceful deportment, she has a petite well shaped nose and lips stained dark red; her eyebrows arch high over large almond shaped eyes and are a shade darker than her hair which is palest blonde, the eyes themselves are sparkling and reddish brown in colour.

Her complexion is pale but freckled and when she smiles towards another patron shows teeth which are white and sharp.

She wears a dress of green velvet, stamped with gold patterning across the shoulders and breast. The neckline crosses over and cuts quite low which along with the cuffs and hem of the knee length skirt are trimmed in smooth brown fur.
Her boots are calf high soft brown leather laced up the front, round her waist a broad gold chain belt supports a jewel handled stiletto and ornately embroidered purse.

In all, a gracious and animated figure, while her clothing and colour do not suggest Pyraxian native neither do they recommend as any other style Lucius is familiar with.
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: Ant January 15, 2010, 10:39:36 AM
Stalland

Indeed it is Droma, but if you want to try find out something about him, be careful...I am going back to talk to our new friend Magg

<Stalland steps back over to Magg>

Sorry about that, my associates are being quite odd tonight, and not a little rude, as for Hett'Gavaar I couldnt agree more, when a city like this calls on men like that to defend it you have to question what sort of peace they actually want, or even if they care.

Too many people only know of the whitelanders from the sailors that make landfall in their ports when often they are the worst of examples, but it is the same with so many people from so many lands


<stalland leans over the balcony and looks at the crowded bar, gesturing he continues>How many of these worthies are truly a representation of Nosterpyrax? Or can we only understand the nature of this city by taking them as a whole?
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: Captain Shortworth January 15, 2010, 04:43:21 PM
Lucius

Heads over in the direction of the well dressed woman, and orders a rink from next to her at the bar, then turns in an almost subtle double-take:

My lady, <pause> Your atire stands out in such a low drinking hole as this, but your personal demeanour puts them to shame. Might I ask what a unique and outstandingly attractive lady such as yourself is doing gracing us all with your presence?
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: 50 January 15, 2010, 11:27:24 PM
Magg

<Looks briefly sideways at Stalland before returing his attention to the crowd below> Indeed, a good question... my answer is probably both!

This city was started by refugees and populated since by foundlings and the foresaken.

So I would say that in fairness any man that wishes to call this place his home has right to title themselves Pyraxan - no mater how little time they’ve been here.

And whilst I suspect this throng a little weighted towards the visitor - both the individuals within and the crowd as a whole make this tavern the amazing place it is, and that I feel is the same for the city too.

I must also confess you surprise me my friend, I never thought to find myself debating philosophy with a Whitelander this even’ ...so might I say, proves the point?
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: 50 January 15, 2010, 11:51:34 PM
Lady in Green

<Smiles at Lucius> Gad-e-enning... <a small frown and pause>

I eglach nah duigim bhur teana, dhanamh labhairt Durmohnih?
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: Captain Shortworth January 16, 2010, 11:58:13 AM
Lucius

Ah, an impass. Operor vos narro Pelosian? I smile warmly hoping that the lady in green understands some of my native tongue.
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: 50 January 17, 2010, 10:51:20 AM
Lady in Green

<brow furrows in concentration> only little small <looks Lucius up and down then with a questioning look> céard fai Hzuitlundar?
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: Captain Shortworth January 17, 2010, 11:00:27 AM
Lucius

My friend... Motions up to Stalland He can speak Whitelandish. Motion up the stairs and that I will follow.
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: 50 January 17, 2010, 02:43:39 PM
Lady in Green

Nods and weaves through the crowd then up to the balcony, stopping at the top to wait for Lucius.
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: Captain Shortworth January 17, 2010, 03:08:26 PM
Lucius

With a drink in hand I will do my best to get through the crowds as easily as possible and when I get to the top of the stairs, I will turn to the Woman in Green, get her attention, and place my hand on my chest, Lucius, before motioning to her and raising an eyebrow.
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: 50 January 17, 2010, 04:50:30 PM
Woman in Green

<smiles and nods> my name is Piala dath Sioc <thinks for a moment then shrugs> ...de na hoileáin.
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: Captain Shortworth January 17, 2010, 05:39:51 PM
Lucius

In Pyraxian, I swear girl, I wish knew what you were saying, then louder, over to where The lads are stood, Stalland, sir, I think this young lady could have some useful information, and she speaks your tongue, better than any I'm familiar with. Perhaps we should talk, when you have a moment of course.
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: Ant January 18, 2010, 09:19:58 AM
Stalland

<Turns from what looks a deep conversation with Magg to face Lucius.>

Ah Lucius, I knew there was a good reason to keep you around...

<Stalland gives a short bow to the lady, makeing sure he keeps eye contact with her>

Fra skog dyp å festing entre , det dame kommer å kommandere våre hjertet.
Hilsener marked maiden , Jeg er Stalland , en Skald og en kriger og hvem er du hvis syn ville avvæpne meg av alle meg ord craft?*





*(Translation)From forest deep to festing hall, the lady comes to command our hearts.
Greetings fair maiden, I am Stalland, a Skald and a warrior and who are you whose vision would disarm me of all my word craft?
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: 50 January 18, 2010, 11:08:01 AM
Piala dath Sioc

<lets out a small laugh>
Godt møttes ord smed, trenger du ikke synes å savne ambolten ennå!
<smiles and holds out a hand> Jeg heter Piala frostmessa av det øyer.
Venn Lucius allerede har kalt seg selv, kan namn dine andre venner?
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: Ant January 18, 2010, 11:26:17 AM
Stalland

Stalland gives a broad smile, and gestures to Magg and Droma

Denne er meg bekjentskapet Droma og en ny grunnlegge drikker venn Magg , bortsett fra fortelle oss Piala , hva bringer en blomst som du å det festhall?
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: 50 January 18, 2010, 04:16:42 PM
Piala dath Sioc

<Smiles and offers her hand to Droma and Mag in turn, before turning back to Stalland and Lucius>

Til festhall? ...vin, sang og fellesskap!
Til din nåværende selskap? ... Jeg tror Lucius ønsket å fortelle meg, og spurte jeg følger så du kan oversette?

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: Ant January 18, 2010, 04:33:11 PM
Stalland

Vel så jeg takker Lucius for hans gode tenkningen gir deg her, er hans mangel på ord håndverket vært min formue og siden vin, sang og fellesskap har også ført deg hit ville jeg anser det som min ære om jeg kunne etterfylle en drink før vi finne ut hva Lucius ville si til deg

<Stalland throws a small purse to Droma>

Droma, go get us plenty of wine and some cups to last us more than one round. Lucius, what is it you wish me to translate for you? Be warned, I will not translate your love talk to her! <Stalland laughs in good humour>
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: 50 January 18, 2010, 04:35:59 PM
Magg

Stalland my friend, please appologise to the lady if I err as I dont know the ettiquette of the her land

<Takes Piala's offered hand and bows to brush lips upon her fingers> A true pleasure to meet you... <looks to Stalland> ...Piala?
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: Kriltic January 19, 2010, 02:34:28 PM
Drona

<Mutters something in Dromish to himself> Sure, I'll be back as quickly as I can with drinks for everyone! <Turns around and heads towards the bar to collect a tray with plenty wine and cups>

<Turning towards a man leaning on the bar> Hi, sorry to bother you but I was wondering if you could tell me what you know about that Whitelander <Points to Hett'Gavarr> I've not heard of him before although from how people have reacted it looks like I should do. I'll buy you a drink to make it worth your while, assuming you know something useful that is.
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: Captain Shortworth January 20, 2010, 10:27:11 AM
Lucius

When the Whitelander with the watch cartel badge came in, our new friend seemed like she was a little agitated. Looking at how you have her simpering though, it might just be that she likes them big. Either way, figured it wouldn't hurt to get to know her.
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: Ant January 20, 2010, 11:20:05 AM
Stalland

<Stalland thinks for a moment then turns to Piala again>

Min venn Lucius trodde du var lei av ankomsten til landsmannen min der nede, og siden han mener all informasjon som er verdt å vite, han bare ville se om han kunne finne ut hvorfor ... var det en grunn eller gjorde han bedømme galt deg?

Uansett hva årsaken tror jeg det bra du deler min vin fremfor fortsatt satt der nede.


<Turning to Lucius>

Very worth getting to know her I think, for a multitude of reasons
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: 50 January 20, 2010, 02:25:15 PM
Barfly

The man Drona turns to is short and dark skinned, he wears a hide vest laced up the front with a thick woollen knee-length skirt. A broad belt wraps his waist, through which a sharp axe and sheathed dirk are thrust. His coin pouch hangs round his neck from a thick leather braid.

<looks up to where Drona points> The watch cap’n? …'spose e’s a bit known ‘ear ‘bout. <takes a swig of his ale> ’pends what yer want' know. ‘Erd ‘e were pirate not s-long ‘go, workin fer’t ‘lowsun bastards.
Washed up in’t ‘nards afore’t trembling ‘n killed a few during, figure ‘e lost ‘is ship wen’t scourge
<makes a quick gesture with his right hand> …dragged the whole damn harbour un’er. ‘Erd ‘e pulled ‘Soggy’s blue-balls owt' crap wi’t squares, so Vatha gave ‘im-n-’is nuff’t outfit ‘em’selvs ‘n made ‘im a Scuffer.

Don’t know ‘ow’t gets done in’t Whitelands, but ‘es brutal ‘n takes task hard wi’t ‘bruc, say e’s affer new line ‘ere …Still ‘im-n-‘is spend shields like t’wer ‘ammers, from I’ve seen e’s got a wit, ‘n women like ‘im too, rek’n  s-long as yer in’t right crowd ‘n-‘is ‘ed - be right...
<downs the last of his ale and takes a meaningful look at his tankard>
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: Nitch January 20, 2010, 03:36:33 PM
Red walks in and with a cursory glance round makes her way to the bar
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: Ant January 20, 2010, 03:38:09 PM
<stunned silence falls over the bar... :o :D>
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: 50 January 20, 2010, 04:17:28 PM
Piala dath Sioc

Jeg bekjenner jeg har en interesse, men jeg føler ikke vi er venner på lang tid ennå ikke snakke om det.

<Looks at Stalland closely while continuing>
...men jeg vil si jeg mener ikke å være hans venn, men ikke ennå bestemt seg mer.
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: Kriltic January 20, 2010, 07:28:33 PM
Drona

I was just wanting to know what he's like and the kinds of people he works with or for. Basically I want to make sure I dont upset him or the people he is with, Im not quite used to seeing people react in such a way to someone, its rather strange to me. Now about that drink I offered <Looking at the tankard then gestures for another drink to be brought over>

< Briefly looks over to where the Whitelander is> Is there anything else I should know about him or his associates? Or do you know someone who could tell me more?
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: Ant January 21, 2010, 10:52:59 AM
Stalland

<turns to Lucius>

She has an interest, but not in being his friend it seems, as to more she will not say as she does not know us well enough, which is fair I think. Can you see where Droma has go to with our wine, and why not tell Red where we are, it would be good I think for us to hold court here so to speak..

<turning back to Piala>

Vel bra dame men han er mitt land mann jeg ville si at jeg ikke ville ha ham som venn, men jeg ønsker ikke å gjøre oppmerksom opp for deg. Skal vi flytte til et mer nøytralt emne? Som du sier, vi ikke kjenner hverandre godt ennå. Fortell meg hvor du stammer fra i Dummoni, har jeg vært på skog-porten min ungdom og sett noen av hjemlandet ditt.
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: 50 January 21, 2010, 11:37:55 AM
Barfly

<sniffs>…like say ‘es watch cap'n, so rekon ‘e work fer’t  Koryph by writ. ‘n truth though - used’t be what ‘em what run a watch cartel were funded by Pemberian from local busy, but wid’t ‘bruc takin’ that cut, ‘e now gets ‘is direct from Vatha, so could say ‘e work fer ‘im, But ‘t tell on Vatha would take ‘t even’.
 
‘ne’ow - ‘t start Claws were ‘im-n-‘is… ex-crew ‘n few others ‘e trusted - now ‘es got sods ‘n bravos o’ local blood in ‘s-well.
So ‘ter ‘void pissin ‘im? S-long ‘s yer not ‘bruc, dumer or in ‘is face yer be fine…‘spose Cender’s come in fer bit ‘s-well, but rekon yer good on that.
<shrugs and turns back to his drink>
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: 50 January 21, 2010, 12:34:11 PM
Piala dath Sioc

<nods and smiles> Ja god ... Jeg kommer fra øyene utenfor nordvestkysten av Durmohnih, forbi fjord i vinden. Selv om vi holder til modergudinne og jeg har vært til fastlandet mitt folk ikke anser oss å være del av deres nasjon... <laughs> ...vi sjelden også om å kalle øyene som ett!
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: Ant January 21, 2010, 12:52:19 PM
Stalland
<laughs>
Det er som den hvite land da, selv steadings tenke på seg selv som seg selv først og hvitt Landers andre og ingen kan hevde å være konge over alle hvite land, kanskje det er grunnen til det er hovedsakelig vennskap mellom oss. Men jeg har aldri vært på øyene, kanskje jeg skal se dem en dag i mine reiser. Ved hvilken rute kom du til Nosterpyrax?
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: 50 January 21, 2010, 01:46:28 PM
Magg

<smiles and taps Stalland on the shoulder, then to Piala> Beklager Piala, forstår jeg ikke ... Venn Staland har ... glemte oss ... til din skjønnhet.

<turns to Stalland> ...was that right?
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: Ant January 21, 2010, 02:24:46 PM
Stalland

<lets out a big laugh and claps Magg on the shoulder>

It is just about right my friend, and you are right and I must apologise to you and to Lucius, from now on I shall act as translator to us all

<turning to Piala>

Han er rett Piala, trollbundet, jeg har glemt mine venner, fra nå av vil jeg oversette mellom oss

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: 50 January 21, 2010, 04:15:05 PM
Piala dath Sioc

<To Magg >(now translated as she speaks by Stalland)
I'm sure both you and the word smith has been in more distracting company, but I thank you both for your compliments! <smiles>

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: Kriltic January 21, 2010, 10:28:41 PM
Drona

Thank you for the information, hope you enjoy the rest of your evening <Collects the rest of the wine and makes his way carefully back to the balcony>

Here is everyones wine! <Puts the tray down for everyone to collect then picks a glass ready poured with wine and looks at Piala >
Hi, Im Drona, pleased to meet you <Looks at Stalland then at Piala>
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: 50 January 21, 2010, 10:41:20 PM
Piala dath Sioc

<smiles as Stalland translates Drona's words>
Pleased to meet you also Drona, Thank you for the wine <takes a goblet> You are the first man of the sands I have met ...In my lands they tell tale that you are all fire worshipers and keep daemons as pets! Must be an exiting place if true?
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: Ant January 22, 2010, 08:57:30 AM
Stalland

I dont know if exciting is the word I would use after coming into contact with creatures of the infernal! But I must confess the Desert Lands are somewhere I know little about myself, I only sailed past them on my voyage here, so come Droma, tell us about your homeland, and how you came to be here in Nosterpyrax is you will.
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: Captain Shortworth January 22, 2010, 10:37:23 AM
Lucius

(Hates not having internet and being away from a computer)

I'll hunt down Red, but if she's gone and got herself lost in the bar, then I'll get another round in too. Don't translate this last bit by the way, but you are one silver tongued bastard Stalland! Back in a bit.

Walks down the stairs, smiling to himself at the good luck we have all been having.
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: Kriltic January 22, 2010, 11:53:14 AM
Drona

<Laughs> My homeland is not quite what you might imagine, yes it is a desert land but not one full of fireworshipers, however it is true many of us do have a Daemon to serve us, although these are not all large or powerful. It is only those who study the art of Daemon Lore and Daemonology like myself, or those who can afford the better Daemonic slaves who have the larger and more powerful ones

<Takes a mouthful of wine from his glass> My homeland can be very exciting although it can be dangerous too, whether it is because of Daemonic summoning or because of the next attack from the Battari, with which we have had a long and bitter war with and a group of people I am not particularly found of, though not because of the ancient hatred our people have for each other but because it was in one of their raids that my family was killed and I left an orphan. <Closes his eyes and lowers his head for a minute>

The cities and towns themselves are a beautiful place to see, each building finely crafted from marble or other equally precious materials, made by the best of both the Daemonic and Dromish workers. Gold and precious gems can be seen on the larger and more important buildings. As the sun sets the true beauty of a city can be seen, the gems glistening in the light. At times I miss my homelands. The people are some of the most generous and polite people you can meet, willing to help those not from Dromal, as long as you do not judge the ways in which they live.

I came here because of the death of my parents. A family friend took me in as his own, needless to say things did not go as either of us expected and as a result I had to leave the desert. After some time I heard of this city and here I am now, with my new friends.
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: Ant January 22, 2010, 03:10:22 PM
Stalland

An interesting tale, and I suspect one with more depth, but perhaps for another night. Raiders are a fact of life everywhere it seems and have probably influenced us all in one way or another, but these are deep thoughts for so early in the evening.

Do we have no funny tales of our lands to tell?
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: Kriltic January 25, 2010, 01:04:43 PM
Drona

Yes there is a great deal more to tell, but as you said this is not the time. As for funny tales that I will need some time to think about, the past 8 years were spent reading books and learning Daemonology. <Looks to Piala>

So how come you are now here? Im sorry if you have been asked this already.
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: 50 January 25, 2010, 04:21:55 PM
Piala dath Sioc

Hmm, well I have more than one reason for being here - and if you will understand, some of them I will not discuss with friends so newly made.
 
But I will say I did set out with the intention of coming to the bronze city, rather than finding my way here by accident. I also admit that amongst my reasons however my personal desire to travel to a place where people have minds capable of seeing the world with broader vision than some of those I left behind stands high. I say I am not disappointed, the stories of this place are rich and full of wonder to a girl-from-the-islands <smiles> ...why, I have even spoken to ó-talún eile since I have been here!
Sadly I did not come alone, so I have some duty to contend with...
<pauses and seems to consider something>

In particular, it would please me greatly if I could see the all-fire in person but I have been told that that is impossible, since the battle here damaged the Nostrum no one but the invokers have been allowed into the chambers-of-fire. <holds out her hands in a gesture of appeal> I do not suppose any of you could help with such matters?
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: Ant January 25, 2010, 05:18:39 PM
Stalland

Well, I would have no honour if I didnt try to help a wonderous girl-from-the-islands, as you put it, but the flame is a dangerous thing, and as you say we are friends still newly met. But, I may have one or two ways we can show it to you, but we will have to become... <Stalland pauses to consider his words carefully> ...more sure of each others friendship, and perhaps we can be of aid in each others duties all round as well. But these are matters for another day I think, tonight we must be as friends newly made. <Stalland picks up a goblet of wine> A toast then. To new friends, open horizons, good wine and <Stalland looks directly at Piala> fine company!
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: 50 January 25, 2010, 11:01:40 PM
Stalland’s toast is echoed with vigour, and wine, ale and conversation flow well on into the night.
Eventually the crowd begins to thin as the hour gets closer to dawn than dusk.

Piala is first to excuse herself, refusing offer of an escort she briefly clasps hands with all present before making her way off.
A time later Magg suddenly stands, has one huge draft of ale, then topples to the floor where he immediately begins to snore like a muzzled Zolt. A brief conversation with an amused Kora will reveal that it isn’t the first time he’s found his way to the land of dreams without leaving the bar first! With some assistance he will be carried off to one of the rooms in the Inn.

Eventually seeing the opportunity for coin diminish below his desire for sleep Wedlan will call time and usher the last few the patrons out.

…Thanks for your company my friends, we’ll still be here tomorrow - but if you don’t get some sleep and earn some coin then you might not be!...
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: 50 January 27, 2010, 09:31:40 AM
The Barge and Ferryman is fairly quiet this evening, perhaps something to do with the odd smell of perfume and fruit pervading the tap room.

The only presence behind the bar is Wedlan, he absentmindedly wipes at the bar top with a rag whilst talking with Tess who sits at the head of the bar nursing a steaming mug.
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: Bill January 27, 2010, 10:26:23 AM
A short, slim man with close cropped hair probably of Raphelian decent, in his late twenties enters the tavern and goes over to the bar.

Pio: Ale please Wedlan, <Nod towards Tess> do you need another one Tess?
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: 50 January 27, 2010, 01:53:41 PM
Tess

<Smiles> I'm ok at the moment thanks Pio <pauses whilst Wedlan passes a tankard> ...been a while since we've seen you here, hows goes the great build?
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: Bill January 27, 2010, 02:26:44 PM
Pio

As well as can be expected I suppose, just takes up more time than I'd like but I supposethays to expected.

So what hav I been missing? And how's that rogue of yours?<grins>
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: Captain Shortworth January 27, 2010, 04:24:35 PM
Lucius

Wanders in, looking a bit let down by the lack of people, but takes a bar stoll, Wine please Wedlan, might be here for a while so don't want to start on the hard stuff.
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: 50 January 27, 2010, 09:08:56 PM
Tess

Well you missed a good amount of beer drinking, fruit throwing, and allegedly macho brawling at the festival of Travwyn's betrayal …not sure if ‘twer quite what the Northmen would have done, but you know these Pyraxians, they just love a bit of dressing up! <takes a sip from her mug>

…as for nick-a-shit, haven’t seen him for a couple of days. …he’s probably lying in a pool of vomit on the floor of some trollops shack <takes another sip of her drink> …he’ll no doubt turn up after he’s finished scrubbing the scabs from his balls with some herbashit about an important mission for the koryph.
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: Bill January 28, 2010, 08:09:18 AM
Pio

Any excuse for a fancy dress party.

The rate he's going you'll have your own fleet of ships soon.
Any way what you up to? Or shouldn't I ask.
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: Ant January 28, 2010, 12:27:44 PM
Stalland

<Wanders in not long after Lucius and nods at the regulars he recognises and props up the bar to chat to Kora>

A quiet night tonight, all the locals getting over their pretend whiteaxe wounds?
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: 50 January 28, 2010, 04:52:56 PM
Kora

<tying her apron on as she slips behind the bar> Hello Stalland <smiles broadly> Reckon so, 'til probably busy up a bit later on when the rest of the regulars realise we aint full of fake-fur faddists
<pulls an ale and a bowl of small beer and slides them over to Stalland> ...so I saw you talking with Piala the other night, I didn't know you two knew each other?
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: 50 January 28, 2010, 05:00:24 PM
Tess

Oh well, you know me just trying to earn a few parvus here and there, nothing interesting enough to tell really.
<takes a sip of her drink and then looks at Pio sideways>
..D'ya hear anything on the incident near the Riot theater tuther night?
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: Bill January 28, 2010, 05:35:55 PM
Pio

Incident<rasies an eyebrow>

No I've heard of no incident, don't get too much hands on at the moment with rebuilding over t'other side. So what happend, not another Velochi set to? 
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: 50 January 28, 2010, 08:15:53 PM
Wedlan

<pours Lucius a goblet of wine and passes it over, then leans up on the bar and runs a hand over his bald head> sooo you been busy then friend? ...If you don't mind me saying you seem to have a bit more coin to pass these days...
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: 50 January 28, 2010, 08:25:06 PM
Tess

I don't know the details, something about a bunch of limbs being found with no-body to go with them, if you'll pardon the pun
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: Bill January 28, 2010, 09:29:50 PM
Pio

I'll look into it, I have way of looking to such things. Thanks for the info. I think I'll another beer before it gets any busier.
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: Ant January 29, 2010, 10:22:32 AM
Kora

<tying her apron on as she slips behind the bar> Hello Stalland <smiles broadly> Reckon so, 'til probably busy up a bit later on when the rest of the regulars realise we aint full of fake-fur faddists
<pulls an ale and a bowl of small beer and slides them over to Stalland> ...so I saw you talking with Piala the other night, I didn't know you two knew each other?


Stalland

<puts the small bowl on the floor for his zolt Hengist to drink from and then looks back to Kora and gives a smile himself>

Aye last night were odd thats for sure. As for Piala I didnt know her till the other night, but Lucius wanted to speak to her and needed me to translate, and with a view to some business in the future but now the place is quiet and I can enjoy the fair sights of this bar to myself <Stalland gives another smile>
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: 50 January 29, 2010, 10:48:35 AM
Kora

oh! That’s good then! <suddenly stops> …ah ...I err ...mean good that you are doing well with business...
<looks away, blushing> ahh... I think that chap needs serving, 'scuse. <hurries off to serve Pio>

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: Captain Shortworth January 29, 2010, 10:52:13 AM
Lucius

<to Wedlan> Found a bit more work than usual, aye, and a decent crew to work with. I reckon if I play my crds right, I might even be in with a chance for promotion.

<To Stalland> Evening sir, nice to see you're treating the little thing well.
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: Bill January 29, 2010, 11:38:18 AM
Pio

Beer for me <looks around the rest of bar> anyone else want one?
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: Captain Shortworth January 29, 2010, 02:50:20 PM
Lucius

<To Pio> I don't believe we have met good sir; my name is Lucius. And if you are buying a round for the house, I consider you a friend.

If Pio lloks willing, I will hold out my goblet to Wedlan...
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: Bill January 29, 2010, 04:27:12 PM
Pio

<nods> I have no problem buying round when there's only four of us and a Zolt. I'm Pio by the way, and your goodself?
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: Ant January 30, 2010, 05:39:06 PM
Stalland

Ah Hengist likes his beer, just like his master, well met Master Pio, I am Stalland
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: Captain Shortworth January 31, 2010, 01:10:44 PM
Lucius

Wonders how much Pio has drunk to have forgotten his name after only a few seconds, um, My name's Lucius. Thanks for the wine, you must be doing OK in whatever pays your wages to be able to buy drinks for strangers?
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: Bill January 31, 2010, 06:40:46 PM
Pio

Sorry I missed it. A stranger is just friend you havn't met yet.
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: Ant February 01, 2010, 12:27:36 PM
Stalland

Well then, we are all introduced, and here's to your health Master Pio.
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: Kriltic February 02, 2010, 09:38:43 AM
Drona

Walks into the bar expecting to see many people dressed up as Whitelanders, once he notices the bar is still quite empty he shows a slightly shocked expression then walks over to where Stalland and Lucius are.

Hello Stalland, Lucius. What happened to all the 'Whitelanders', the short Pryaxian looking Whitelanders? I thought they would be out again today making fools of themselves.
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: Captain Shortworth February 02, 2010, 12:33:55 PM
Lucius

Fairly sure that was just for the feast day Drona. Sit down and meet our new friend Pio.

Throws some papers over in front of Stalland, Bad news for some in there (http://www.hugs-site.co.uk/public/Orbis/voh3.pdf)
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: Ant February 02, 2010, 12:53:05 PM
Stalland

Aye, damn glad I dont live over that side and I hope the Coryph put some good men on it soon. Looks to me though there might be trouble brewing amongs the less human citizens in the future. But there is something that interests me...<stalland points to the article on the Sedans being held up.> I wonder if thats got any link to the events at Nencia's the other night?
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: Captain Shortworth February 02, 2010, 01:03:00 PM
Lucius

Not sure, you have to be pretty in control of yourself to pull off a job like that, while the stuff at Nencia's looked to be more the result of a lack of control. I'm actually thinking that the deamon foul up might be tied in. Both went some way towards undermining the peace of the city, either by causing distrust in a watch cartel or animosity towards the deamon quarters.
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: Ant February 02, 2010, 01:08:10 PM
Stalland

Maybe, maybe not. Either way, I am glad I am on this side of the bay and not the other right now. Anyone ever been to Greystrike? Thats supposed to be nice this time of year.

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: Captain Shortworth February 02, 2010, 01:49:50 PM
Lucius

Never heard of the place. I'm guessing it's outside the city, and right now there's just a bit too much going on here for me to be thinking about a holiday.
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: Ant February 02, 2010, 01:57:44 PM
Stalland

Outside the city? Yeah, its in Raphaelia. Distinct lack of rampaging demons there too. But hey, I'm not bored of this place yet and the weather is fine, the women are finer and the pay is good. Maybe we should go help em catch this thing? You know, civic pride and all that?
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: Captain Shortworth February 02, 2010, 02:01:11 PM
Lucius

I think it would take people a bit more savvy at the daemonological arts than our Drona to get shut of thet beast. The best help the rest of us could be would be to leave a trail of blood so others could find it easier after we perish in the attempt. Nah, I'm good staying iver this side of the city for now. I hate to sound so selfish, but I'm more concerned with looking out for my own for now. Who knows though, if there's a big concerted effort from all quarters... I might go lend a hand at least.
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: Ant February 02, 2010, 02:03:55 PM
Stalland

Good point, besides, someones got to look after the honest folk this side of the Haak. And I wouldnt trust anyone else to make sure the serving girls at the Barge and Ferryman were well looked after.
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: Captain Shortworth February 02, 2010, 02:06:41 PM
Lucius

I swear, if you could turn that silver tongue of yours to pulling the wool over people's eyes instead of knickers down thighs, we would both be rich men within a month.
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: Bill February 02, 2010, 05:12:47 PM
Pio

Greetings Drona

<Pio looks at the Paper>

I'll have to find out whose working on that

<turns to Tess>

Is this what you meant by an incident?
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: Kriltic February 02, 2010, 05:25:34 PM
Drona

Hello Pio, may I look at the paper. I would like to see what has happened or more to the point how the news has spread. It migh give me a clue as to exactly what that thing is, or rather who I should speak to.
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: Bill February 02, 2010, 05:37:46 PM
Pio

Sure here you go.

If you wish to help out I could point you in direction of who you should speak to.
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: Nitch February 03, 2010, 12:17:28 AM
(Red walks in and after spoting everyone makes her way over to the bar)
Evening (sees the Voice of the Haak)
I see everyones aware of the recent news. it's... unfortunate...
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: Kriltic February 03, 2010, 12:45:44 AM
Drona

Almost dies of shock as Red walks in

Yes if you could point me in the right direction as to who I need to talk that would be good thank you. I might be able to help them get rid of this Daemonic problem

<Looks to Red as she walks in>

Hello Red, yes it appears to have made the news. Hopefully I will be able to help other Daemonologists banish this Daemon.
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: Nitch February 03, 2010, 01:51:59 AM
(ooc - ha, ant beat you to that joke ;D)

to Drona - your very eager to aid in the problems of a city not your own, although from from the details it sounds like something best avoided, no point in getting yourself slaugtered... or eaten... or ripped apart... or whatever demons do to people... (red looks distracted for a while and goes a little pale before dragging herself out of her gory imaginings) in such affairs

to Wedlan - could i have a wine please wedlan, just a small one for now
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: 50 February 03, 2010, 08:15:48 AM
Tess

<To Pio> dunno ...maybe ...heard that the'd been a street painted crimson with enough o' stuff t'come from ten men. Only thing found was a couple of arms and legs, and not from the same bod either!

<Takes a sip of her steaming brew and looks at Red curiously> Evening, I don't think we've been introduced, n' it'd be to much t'spect one of these to think o' it <holds out a hand> ...I'm Tess.
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: Bill February 03, 2010, 08:20:53 AM
Pio

Well Drona until I find out who will be heading up the investigation you need to speak to me
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: Ant February 03, 2010, 09:57:08 AM
(OOC  - are we moving on to post the party/raid job?)
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: 50 February 03, 2010, 10:38:50 AM
Introductions done, conversation continues regarding the stories and speculations of the Voice for a while but eventually the muted atmosphere of the uncommonly quiet taproom is enough to nudge the remaining patrons on their way for the evening.
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: 50 February 03, 2010, 10:59:57 AM
A couple of nights later…

On the harbour front outside the open doors of the taproom a dark skinned and black robed missionary speaks out in accented tongue against the evils of Dæmons and those that treat with them, though subject to much derision by passing folk he nevertheless has managed to draw a small crowd of supporters.

Within, the Barge is back to its usual lively self this evening; labourers and lords, the virtuous and the wicked mix freely within the crowd.

Scipio sits at the head of the bar sipping at a small beer and drumming his fingers nervously on the woodwork. Towards the far end Tess can be seen sat on the bar itself talking animatedly with three young looking toughs.

At the moment there are a couple of snugs still free but it looks like the place is filling quickly.
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: Ant February 03, 2010, 12:09:46 PM
Stalland

Stalland walks into the bar, moving stifly and with the occaisional wince of pain on his face as people accidently bump him, he is dressed in knee boots, loose fitting kahaki breeches and fine callico shirt, with the short sleeves of the shirt exposing several bandages on his arms but is otherwise looking freshly bathed and shaved, apart from his heavy walrus moustache.

He moves over to the nearest empty snug and sits heavily down, clutching a hand to his torso as he sits with an expelled breath of discomfort as his zolt, Hengist, curls about his feet. Once seated he looks about to try and attract the attention of any of the serving staff.
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: Kriltic February 03, 2010, 03:10:49 PM
Drona

Drona walks into the Barge and briefly looks around before moving graciously and without difficulty to the bar to get a drink.

He is wearing a traditional Dromish turban, which is a dark red and a long Dromish robe (a Kaira) which is slightly loose fitting and dark brown in colour. Around his waist is a Zhora, a large belt which is more aesthetically pleasing than practical and matches his turban in colour. Drona is clean shaven and freshly washed with Scry sitting on his left shoulder quietly purring. Occasionally Drona will gently stroke Scry who will respond by purring slightly louder and swaying slowly from side to side.

Once Drona has his drink and an extra drink for Stalland he makes his way over towards Stalland.

Hello Stalland, my you look worse than I thought after last night ... although I’m confident your wounds will heal up fine. Here’s a drink, I’m sure it will go some way to making you feel better. <Hands Stalland the drink>

At least you didn’t get seriously hurt and got a good enough amount of coin for your effort
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: Ant February 03, 2010, 03:15:47 PM
Stalland

I think your understanding of seriously hurt is somewhat lacking Droma, filled with arrows and leaking from too many holes to plug is not the cake walk we were promised. However, I am, I will conceed in better shape than others. As for the purse, its welcome if not a little light by my reconing for the danger we faced.

I thank you for the drink though and a week of rest will see me right no doubt. It will be a long time before Red or Gaius are well enough to venture out again though I bet
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: Kriltic February 03, 2010, 04:21:30 PM
Drona

No I dont think we were fairly rewarded but atleast we survived to get paid. You were badly injured but not serious, Guis was much closer to death than he may wish to admit .. However tonight is not one for arguing and certainly not for remembering how much you were all injured, I think it is certainly one for drinking enjoying ourselves and generally relaxing. <Drona sits down next to Stalland>

I'm sure we will be seen with somewhat more respect by Umbruc members as we managed to protect all the guests and each of the Girls we came with. Anyway heres to your health and a speedy recovery. <Raises his glass and leans slightly towards Stalland>

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: Ant February 04, 2010, 08:56:18 AM
Stalland

Raises his tankard in return.

Aye, we live another day, so today is a day for merriment and fun and I will toast to the speedy recovery of Red and Gaius. So I think today a night of mead, songs and comely women
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: Captain Shortworth February 04, 2010, 12:31:31 PM
Lucius

Wanders in looking like he doesn't have a care in the world, orders a large beer and walks to the snug, only his finer than usual clothes making any noticable difference until he sits down; it is then that the people who know him see a wince of pain flash across his face before disapearing like it was never there.

Glad to see a few of us are well enough to be out of bed, and that this place looks like it could offer more distraction sthan other nights, I am sorely in need of keeping my mind off work for a while.
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: Ant February 04, 2010, 02:05:02 PM
Stalland

Indeed, a week or two off is what we all need now, amongst other things. I tell you, living at Nencia's is not so fun as it seems

<Stalland laughs and looks round to see who else is in the Barge and Ferryman>
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: 50 February 04, 2010, 03:35:54 PM
Stalland will recognise the faces of a few regulars dotted about the crowd, and of course Tess where she perches on the bar.
Behind which Wedlan is assisted by a couple of serving girls but as yet there is no sign of Kora.

Just visible on the opposite side of the oval bar is the swarthy figure of Skafe, drinking and laughing like a man several hours ahead of everyone else.

As Stalland's gaze passes to the head of the bar he catches the bespectacled gaze of Scipio, who nods in acknowledgement, then after a brief pause picks up his small beer and begins to pick his way over to the snug.
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: Ant February 04, 2010, 03:43:25 PM
Stalland

Friend Scipio, how goes life in the Koryph? Are you still fighting the good fight, and struggling with how best to act?
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: 50 February 04, 2010, 04:51:03 PM
Scipio

As well as can be expected, thank you.

Forgive my intrusion but I wished to resume my enquiries regarding the matter of the murders at the establishment formerly known as Sera’s.
<sits down on a stool at the snug end>

...So I assume you gentlemen work for the Lethean Umbruc?
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: Ant February 05, 2010, 08:54:21 AM
Stalland

Leans back in his chair and looks at Scipio

Ah Scipio, if you assume as much why ask? Does our answer matter? Why not just tell us how we might be of help to you and we will tell you if we can assist at all.
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: Captain Shortworth February 05, 2010, 09:23:12 AM
Lucius

Takes a sidelong glance at Stalland before speaking, In fact, with the time that has passed, the trail has cooled off somewhat and any fresh hel woud be greatly appreciated.
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: 50 February 05, 2010, 10:27:02 AM
Scipio

<Looks to Stalland> I'm afraid I have never been any good at oblique dissemination. <places both hands on the table in front of him> ...I have a ship name and a captain short some crew, but I have a feeling I should be looking more to the matter of the outstanding Pembrain for the true perpetrator. On that matter I have little more to go on than the Voice told, perhaps you could enlighten me?

<pauses and looks at each in turn> And to be clear, I can accept the heat of the moment actions of concerned citizens in defending others against violent assault such as took place in Sera's that night. But I would not be so with shadow justice meted out cold to an individual who may be guilty of the greater crime.
That is a matter for Tremmalu, do you understand.

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: Ant February 05, 2010, 12:58:48 PM
Stalland

<Looks at Lucius as if to say "what">

We would expect, and truth be told accept, nothing less from you Scipio, and our concern is with the safety of the place we live and call home now, be it the Haak, Nencia's or the city as a whole.

As for any greater crime, if the perpetrator is caught and justice done, then who are we to say, or act against it? Indeed I would see the Tremallau find and punish the perpetrator to the fullest extent.
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: 50 February 05, 2010, 10:51:29 PM
Scipio

<Leans back> Good then... we will talk sometime soon, yes? <stands up> ...I won't disturb you further tonight gentlemen. If you need to get in touch then a message can be left for me here or at the Tremmalu hall.


As Scipio turns to go back over to the bar you notice Magg enter the taproom, he briefly looks round but doesn't seem to spot your group.
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: Ant February 08, 2010, 10:57:45 AM
Stalland

Leans back to watch Scipio leave, and to watch Magg without being noticed.

I should have asked Scipio if there was an official reward
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: Kriltic February 08, 2010, 02:00:46 PM
Drona

You probably should have. But then again no one else thought to ask either. <Takes a drink from his glass>

Im sure there is a reward. There usually is
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: Ant February 08, 2010, 02:41:07 PM
Stalland

I wonder if we can push the price up if we do catch him? Might as well cross that bridge when we come to it.
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: Kriltic February 08, 2010, 02:52:08 PM
Drona

We probably can. As long as we do a good job and dont get greedy. Its worth trying anyway.

<Looks down at his empty glass then gets up>

Does anyone want another while Im getting myself one?
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: Captain Shortworth February 08, 2010, 02:55:32 PM
Lucius

Got to catch the sod first, and he has had plenty of time to get himself squared away far from where we can get at him. All we can really hope for this late in the game is for him to feel confident that no one is after him since it's been so long since the event and all the excitement has died down.
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: Ant February 08, 2010, 03:01:35 PM
Stalland

I got a sneaky feeling those robberies outside the gambling house are part of it, dunno why, just do. Whatever it is, it can do it without me for a week or two...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 08, 2010, 03:05:43 PM
Lucius

Yeah, we really do with all of us getting fighting fit before we start anything too dangerous. Lets hope the boss agrees.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 08, 2010, 03:36:52 PM
Stalland

Whether she agrees or not, some better armour is to be called for I think. And next time some punter says we cant wear armour I am gonna tell him to get rutted.
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: 50 February 08, 2010, 04:03:20 PM
[...]to watch Magg without being noticed.

Meanwhile at the bar Magg is served a bottle of some bright blue liquor and a small goblet. He and Wedlan exchange several words, concluding when Magg performs an exaggerated bow to the heavy-set landlord, who turns away laughing with a dismissive gesture towards Magg. Still chuckling to himself Magg pours himself a measure of the liquor, nodding to Scipio as he passes.

A young looking girl with golden hair and tanned skin, wearing a deep red blouse and russet skirt, walks over from one of the other snugs to behind Magg and taps him on the shoulder. As he turns she slips round the opposite way so she is between him and the bar when he turns back.

Clearly taken off guard, he steps back in surprise nearly dropping his drink in the process. While you can’t make out what she says, the girl seems eager and steps a little forward again making Magg take another reflexive step back.

: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 08, 2010, 04:22:53 PM
Stalland

<nods in Maggs direction>

Anyone know her? Wouldnt catch me backing away from a woman like that <Stalland looks as if he was going to say something else, but stops>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 08, 2010, 04:30:34 PM
Lucius

Would you like me to finish that sentence smiles Something like wanting her to back into you maybe? With a shake of the head takes a drink.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 08, 2010, 04:35:22 PM
Stalland

Haha, nothing quite so crude my friend, I was considering an observation on the general behaviour of men, but I didnt want to make such a sweeping generalisation, though, now you mention it, I most certainly wouldnt object

<Stalland laughs and holds his tankard up in toast to Lucius>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 08, 2010, 04:42:38 PM
Lucius

As soon as Magg seperates himself from her, I'm sure we can bend his ear as to why he was so reluctant with such a fine looking woman.
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: 50 February 08, 2010, 09:46:50 PM
Magg says something to the girl, puts a hand on her elbow directs her back to the bar.
He waves Wedlan over and is obviously offering to buy her a drink; whilst she is momentarily distracted in speaking to the landlord he looks quickly round as though searching for an exit.

At the same time…

Over at the entrance there is a sudden commotion. Kora and one of the serving lads you have seen before have just come through the open doorway with the young man apparently attempting to physically drag her by the arm into the tavern.

She momentarily breaks free of his grasp and springs back to the doorway shouting a tirade of some sort through it before the man manages to catch her and pull her back in, this time far enough into the taproom crowd that she is lost from sight.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 08, 2010, 11:45:08 PM
Stalland

Hmm, curiosity strikes twice, what is the commotion with Kora and what is the problem with Magg? Which do you want to deal with Lucius?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 09, 2010, 12:04:27 AM
Lucius

You go and se what is happening with Magg, that looks like it can be sorted with just words, I'm gonna make my way down and try and find Cora, see if she needs any help. I know you would be happier rushing to her aid, but I have no idea how I would deal with Magg, and the two of you seem to have hit it off.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 09, 2010, 09:51:44 AM
Stalland

Ha, ok, but if Magg likes boys you are going to have to tell Gaius about his new best friend

<Stalland waits until Lucius has moved off and sees if he can subtely catch Magg's eye>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 09, 2010, 10:05:16 AM
Lucius

<Lucius takes a last gulp from his goblet, sets it down and heads into the bar, trying to follow where he last saw the disturbance and listening out for any voices raised more than usual.>
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: 50 February 09, 2010, 12:07:31 PM
The commotion at the tap room entrance has set the crowd buzzing a bit but as nothing further develops immediately it quickly begins to turn back to general hubbub.

Within a few moments Magg does indeed spot Stalland, he turns back to the girl, gestures over to where Stalland and Drona sit, says something and makes a small bow before placing a gold shield on the bar.

As he turns to move off the girl catches his hand making him turn back to her and says something. Magg smiles broadly in response and bends down to kiss her on the cheek, at the last second she moves so his intended peck lands squarely on her lips instead.

He straightens quickly and smiling bows again before extracting himself and turning to head towards the snug, his smile drops the instant he turns away from the girl.

Over at the far end of the bar…

Kora is stood on the taproom side of the bar, whilst the young man she entered with hops over and begins to pour her a glass of beer. She has tears streaming down her face but appears otherwise in control and is talking rapidly.

Wedlan has moved down as well and is nodding as she speaks; he also seems to have taken a heavy knobbed cudgel from somewhere under the bar and slides it through his apron belt...

: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 09, 2010, 12:44:08 PM
Stalland

<said to know one in particular>

Either he likes boys, is married, is poxed or is incapable. Or she is married to someone dangerous, or is poxed but thats just downright odd behaviour. Still, flashing gold around like that says she does right to try and court him, dammit, why isnt Red here to try her luck with him.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Kriltic February 09, 2010, 01:35:15 PM
Drona

You are right, that is strange behaviour and Red is never here. Perhaps a different approach is needed. <Drona turns to Scry still on his shoulder>

Did you hear what was said? Over there between those two people? <Points to the girl and Magg>
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: 50 February 09, 2010, 02:06:52 PM
Scry

Pulses blue through green and swells up with an undulating ripple before settling back to pale white.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 09, 2010, 02:11:13 PM
Lucius

<Moves closer to the taproom, keeping an eye on the situation from the bar where he orders another drink. He also keeps a hand close to sword hilt; although he has no itention of using it, intimidation could well be called for.>
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: Nitch February 09, 2010, 02:27:34 PM
- red is missing due to injury :( -
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: Kriltic February 09, 2010, 02:29:13 PM
Drona

Those two .. oh it doesnt matter... <Shakes his head slightly then looks back to Stalland>

Looks like my different approach didnt work so well. Im sure we will find out what we need in good time.
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: 50 February 09, 2010, 02:40:19 PM
[...] keeping an eye on the situation from the bar [...]

Leaving Kora to the ministrations of the barman Wedlan ducks under the gate and moves round the far side of the circular bar through the crowd.

On the way he taps a burly looking stevedore on the shoulder and motions for him to follow, as he passes he does the same with Skafe as well.

The three of them then push quickly towards the entrance..
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 09, 2010, 02:43:04 PM
Lucius

<Looks up towards Stalland, hoping to catch his eye, and when he does, he raises an eyebrow then looks down to the sword hilt in his hand and then to the door. A second later, he is moving towards it>
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: 50 February 09, 2010, 02:45:56 PM
Magg

<Finally slips through the mass and slumps into the snug next to Stalland> Raphael's testis! ...I'm glad to see you here my friends! <smiles and puts the bottle of liquor and goblet on the table>

How are you both?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 09, 2010, 02:47:42 PM
Stalland

<tentativly puts his hand to his ribs then stands up, taking his large wooden tankard with him as he follows Lucius, on the way out he speaks to Magg briefly>

Well met and good health Magg, excuse me a moment I have just got to answer a call of nature
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 09, 2010, 02:51:31 PM
Lucius

<Holds his position in the doorway, just watching what he can see, but not comfortable in rushing into anything dangerous on his own>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Kriltic February 09, 2010, 03:06:07 PM
Drona

Im feeling very well Magg thank you. Although the same cannot be said for some of my friends... How about yourself? Good I suspect from what I saw over at the bar... <Lays back in his chair and takes a drink from his glass>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 09, 2010, 03:26:29 PM
Stalland

<Joins Lucius at the door to see whats happening outside. By now Stalland has also aquired an empty bottle, but noticiably has no sword, just his long whitelandish Skyre knife>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 09, 2010, 03:43:32 PM
Lucius

To Stalland, I guess you have seen the state of Kora? Not sure what's happening yet, but I trust you can calm her down if needs be?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 09, 2010, 03:46:07 PM
Stalland

Yeah, but lets see whats going on here first, you looked liked you wanted some company, though I think bravado over brawn is the order of the day here.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 09, 2010, 04:12:19 PM
Lucius

Damn right. Niether of us are as badly hurt as Red or Gaius, but still, lets keep it away from a fight as much as we can.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 February 09, 2010, 04:19:23 PM
Outside…

A confrontation has already begun on the wharf front. Wedlan has pushed into the crowd of about twenty folk that are stood listening to the proclamations of the dark skinned agitator, Skafe and the Stevedore have followed and are stood facing the crowd to either side of the Landlord.

Wedlan

<Shouts> Right! That’s enough for tonight folks! If yer want to ave this chat then bugger off and ave it elsewhere!

There is some grumbling and pushing in the crowd.

Orator

<To the crowd> …see they would stop us speaking! For fear that the truth of this cities corrupt rule is revealed! We should…

Wedlan

I said that’s enough for tonight! Anyone still here in five will be barred for life!

Wedlan suddenly turns and pushes the orator in the chest …hard, he goes staggering backwards and over the edge of the wharf, crashing into the murky harbour water below with a tremendous splash! The crowd stand in stunned silence for a moment.

Wedlan

Now SOD OFF!
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: 50 February 09, 2010, 04:28:10 PM
Magg

Yes, I noticed friend Stalland seems a bit tender, a story there I'm sure?

As for me I'm well yes, but I assume you are referring to the girl?
<pours himself a large measure from the bottleof liquor> ..suffice to say she is a complication I am keen to avoid.
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: Captain Shortworth February 09, 2010, 04:30:50 PM
Lucius

<nudges a random crowd member>, What have we missed friend?
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: 50 February 09, 2010, 04:42:03 PM
Barfly

Well... the bloke who just took a drink has been here most of the day wittering on about the evils of Dæmons and stuff, normally such wouldnt get many to listen but seems times maybe changing.

<shrugs> ...anyway, I'm not entirely sure why Wedlan has decided to get pissed with em now, but the fellow to the left of him <points at Skafe> ...is Umbruc, so maybe thats got something to do with it...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 09, 2010, 04:45:00 PM
Lucius

One of Wedlan's girls has just come in off the street looking none too happy. I get the impression he is fairly protective on matters such as that. What do you think of the Daemons at the moment? Not one of those who would see them thrown out of the only truly free city in the world are you?
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: 50 February 09, 2010, 04:49:51 PM
Barfly

<shrugs again> Not me friend, live n let s'what I say. <quickly moves off into the bar>
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: 50 February 09, 2010, 04:53:51 PM
Outside...

Wedlan, Skafe and the Stevedore begin to push and wave away the folk nearest to them.

For a moment it looks like it might escalate further, then like the wind dropping from a sail the energy seems to dissipate from the crowd and they begin to break up and move off…
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 09, 2010, 04:58:12 PM
Lucius

<to Stalland> Might be time for you to work your magic on Kora, I'm gonna head up and see what our other new friend has been getting into.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 10, 2010, 11:10:58 AM
Stalland

Thank the gods for that, I'll go get the other half of the tale, you get to know Magg and see whats what, something tells me he is well worth knowing...

<With that Stalland walks back into the bar, depositing the empty bottle and moving through to where Kora was, as he draws up to her he speaks.>

The mead hall maiden weeps and
Woe to them that made it so
The skald will speak or the sword will wake
To wipe those weeping eyes.

: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Kriltic February 10, 2010, 12:33:45 PM
Drona

Yes, its safe to say that there is a story to tell. We had a bit of a run in with the wrong people and things didn't quite go as expected, it became a little complicated and as you can see Stalland and Lucius didn't come out unscathed.

<Takes another drink then gently laughs and begins to stroke Scry>

And yes I was talking of the girl ... I don't think I can blame you for wanting to avoid her ... She seems rather keen and ... a bit in your face so to speak. Im guessing this is not the first time she has done something like this?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 10, 2010, 12:42:58 PM
Lucius

<Works his way through the bar to refresh his goblet then over to the snug to Magg and Drona>

Looks like we arrived in just the nick of time to see it all end without getting involved. Lo... Stalland is employing his silver tongue to get some more information from the young serving girl. winks at Magg Although it looks like you're doing fine with the ladies yourself tonight sir!
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: 50 February 10, 2010, 02:16:27 PM
Magg

Hmmph.. Yes, yes, lets all laugh at poor Magg! Chased away by a pretty girl. <makes a mock terror face> No seriously, she is lovely enough but I fear her mother might have put her to the idea of us having something more than a dalliance.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 February 10, 2010, 02:30:14 PM
A smattering of applause and cheering comes from over at the doorway as Wedlan and company come back in.
Much back patting and offers of drinks follow, the latter taken up enthusiastically by Skafe and the stevedore.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 February 10, 2010, 02:31:58 PM
Kora

Drying her face as Stalland approaches.

<Smiles, but then looks past towards the door> Thank you Stalland, for your words and the offer <gets up from her stool> I don’t want to appear rude… <looks back to Stallands face> …I don’t start for another half-turn, can I join you in a moment?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 10, 2010, 02:35:00 PM
Stalland

Of course, if you want we can go talk elsewhere since you arent starting yet?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 February 10, 2010, 02:42:17 PM
Kora

<Distractedly> hmm...sorry, what... um.. no, wherever your sitting is fine...
<Moves past clearly aiming to meet Wedlan> ...er, I'll be there in a mo...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 10, 2010, 02:50:38 PM
Stalland

Sure, see you in a minute.

Women, there are all mad as fish Muttered under his breath as he heads back to join the rest. Rejoining them...


Hello again Magg. I hope everyone has been mocking you for your amorous entanglements, so whats the story there?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch February 10, 2010, 03:06:04 PM
Red walks into the bar, attired this evening in loose fitting trousers tucked into heeled, knee high boots companied with a low cut, although not indecently so, top, corseted at the waist with long sleeves. As always she is wearing her cloak, although unusually she has the hood pulled back and her waist length, auburn locks revealed.
However,  those who know her will notice that Red’s usual pale complection has been completely drained of colour leaving her looking sickly, the soft blush of her cheeks tainted faintly grey.  Consciously she pulls her cloak round to cover her right arm, which is heavily bound.
She tentatively makes her way to the bar, staying away from the thicker parts of the crowd to avoid being jostled and gets a drink. After spotting everyone she makes her way over the snug, takes a seat and raises her goblet in form of a greeting.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 10, 2010, 03:21:47 PM
Lucius

Evening Red, glad to see you well enough to venture out for a drink. Yup, been having some fun with Magg, nothing too bad though.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch February 10, 2010, 03:50:22 PM
Glad to be well enough to join you <smiles and takes a swig>
So we are taking the mick out this gentleman tonight?
<turns to Magg> It would be rude for me join in before being properly introduced <puts down her drink and holds out her hand> I'm Red, and its a pleasure to meet a man who's reputation procedes him through the tales of my companions
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: 348 February 10, 2010, 07:55:50 PM
< Nikaneth the tremallu walks in and nods at the barkeeper and puts out his hand for a drink. He scans the barcrowd and nods at aquaintances >
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 February 10, 2010, 08:43:00 PM
Magg

<Smiles and takes Reds hand> The pleasure is surely all mine my lady!

...I only hope the tales they have told don't include too much truth for I couldn't bear the thought you already knew me for a fool.


<Looks too the others> Tis surely unfair that you wait till the very moment I’m incommoded by a girl before introducing me to such a beautiful woman!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 10, 2010, 08:46:32 PM
Lucius

<raises his drink in salute> We have a knack for comic timing.
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: 50 February 10, 2010, 08:53:54 PM
[...] Towards the far end Tess can be seen sat on the bar itself talking animatedly with three young looking toughs [...]

Tess briefly looks round as one of the men she is with points at Nikaneth, then turns back continuing her conversation.

<A Barman puts a mug of ale in Nikaneth's hand> Cor you like missed a rumble by seconds Nik, Wedlan just sent that Battari feller what ad been rousing for a swim! nearly drowned too! one o the ferrymen ad t' fish im out with an 'ook, you'd a loved it...

 
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 February 10, 2010, 09:08:22 PM
Kora intercepts Wedlan and places a hand on his arm, they have a brief conversation concluded when he embraces her with a huge hug.
She appears a little less upset after and pulling him down a little by his shoulders plants a big kiss on his bald head.

Wedlan laughs and shoos her off before going back behind the bar. After a moment Kora picks up her beer glass and looks around the taproom.
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: 348 February 10, 2010, 09:13:47 PM
Naikaneth: ( To barman ) "Cheers. I gather Master Pio has been visiting the tavern of late. Can you tell him to get in touch with me."
< Looks across at Tess, smiles lifts drinking vessel and points to it , her and the bari in a do you want a drink gesture ?. >
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: 348 February 10, 2010, 09:25:23 PM
Nikaneth : < In a whisper to the barman , hiding his mouth with a tankard >
What moods the Mrs in ?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: The Dan February 10, 2010, 11:37:19 PM
Right beside where Nikanef is leaning over the bar whispering to Wedlan, a patron chuckles loudly. Maybe he and Wedlan were talking just as the young Dummonii walked in?  A man in a fine blue robe (http://www.hugs-site.co.uk/public/Orbis/Zamaragdus.JPG), whose skin has a golden sheen just a little to metallic-looking to be entirely human.

Blue-Robed Man

"Ah, Nikanef.
I was just saying that your love life was possibly the least of your problems today, but seeing the lovely Tess... Perhaps I was wrong.
I'm in for a day both rare and fortuitous, it seems."


Beside him a reptillian creature sits on the tap-room floor (http://www.hugs-site.co.uk/public/Orbis/praxis.jpg), watching the patrons come and go with a disturbingly intelligent look in its eyes.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 10, 2010, 11:55:54 PM
Lucius

<NUdges Magg>, Looks like you're not the only one here with some fairer sex issues, and Nik is about to get it ten times worse.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 348 February 11, 2010, 01:03:30 AM
Nikaneth
( Angrily staring at the Blue-robed man who addressed him )
"You what, you scar-faced ponce !"
<Hisses the next bit quietly as he remembers he is in the Barge and Ferryman with its traditions of tolerance >   "Your scar-face will look like a red spiders-web if you want to cause any shit for me in my tavern and joke about my lass like that ! Mind your manners punk, or I'll feed you to that overgrown lizard there."
( Warily eyes lizard, and puts on a smile and a hearty  laugh , whilst ceasing to whisper )
" Sorry mate, its been a long, hard day ! ( Attempts to give stranger a 'bluff' 'friendly' slap on the back ( that will be actualy a painful strike. )
How about a drink for my friend here !"
( ruefully smiles across at Tess )
Looks across to nearby patrons
" What exactly was that ruckus about outside ?"
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 February 11, 2010, 08:08:29 AM
Wedlan

Now, Now, you an Zam play nice..

<Leans across to Nikaneth and speaks in low voice> Well... the day before yesterday she was pretty pissed that she hadn't seen you for a few days.
She seems to have calmed somewhat since then …though she did say earlier that she was arranging your funeral for tomorrow, probably not a good sign...


<Leans back> As for the stuff outside, that bloody Battari agitator has been preaching anti-Cender nonsense all day, but 'e crossed the line when 'e started on my staff and customers. I rekon my actions were within the charter? 'e aint dead after all. If anything you Tremallu should arrest him for something!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 February 11, 2010, 08:26:59 AM
Magg

<Looks over and mutters> Hmm.. Yes well I have little sympathy with Tremmalu who take coin from Dumer <suddenly looks round the table> err.. your not friends of his are you?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Bill February 11, 2010, 08:37:36 AM
Pio enters the bar, and makes his way over to Nsikaneth and Zamaragdus are.

Pio <to Zamaragdus>

Hi Zam so that's the Praxis you've got for sale. Any news on our lord and master.
 
<to Nikaneth >

Hi Nik, been a while, what you been Up to. <whispers> better make it good.
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: 348 February 11, 2010, 08:50:29 AM
Nikaneth
Quietly to Wedlan" I'll see what I can arrange.
Faces Pio and holds out his hand
"Master Pio, well met. It's a long time, hope you r keeping well ?"
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Bill February 11, 2010, 10:02:37 AM
Pio

Same to you master Nikaneth. I've been well thank you, the work on the Pharos is keeping me busy.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 11, 2010, 10:46:12 AM
Stalland

Crikey, its a bit action packed in here tonight isnt it. I am beggining to wonder if we shouldnt have gone to the Skrite instead

<Stalland takes a sip of his ale>

Probable not, at least this is drinkable stuff
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: The Dan February 11, 2010, 10:51:38 AM
Blue-Robed Man

Greetings Pio! Good to see you again and hard at work on a civic project too.
A fine Tremallu indeed! Tempted to splash out on a fine praxis to complete your stylish ensemble? for you of course, a special deal...


(Turns to Wedlan and Nikanef)

Of course you're within the charter, oh noblest of landlords. The fool has his right to rant, and your within your rights to dump him in the bilge water where his talk belongs. Sadly, a Tremallu's hand is tied in such matters... (shrugs, then looks mock-sadly into his empty goblet) Speaking of liquids, can a poor 'punk' (laughs) "buy the condemned man a drink by way of apology? I'd forgotten the unique wit and charm of the Shrouded One's servants. The Koryph's oh so civilised, I forget what normal people are like."
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 February 11, 2010, 11:32:58 AM
Kora

Finally spotting where Stalland sits weaves her way over, then pauses as she sees the rest of the snugs residents.

Ah.. sorry I didn't mean to intrude on your party...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 11, 2010, 11:34:44 AM
Lucius

There are more reasons than the beer for drinking in this place though. <to Kora>, NOt at all, take my seat I think it's my round. <stands up with a small bow and heads back to the bar to eavesdrop on the conversation over there>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 February 11, 2010, 11:48:20 AM
Kora

<smiles and looks a little embarassed> Thank you, hope you guys don't mind too much?

<Looks round the table, blushing> Hi, I'm Kora... er, I work here... Magg and Stalland I know...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 11, 2010, 11:55:36 AM
Stalland

Looks round at everyone crowded into the snug

Course you are welcome, i'll make the introductions I know... <pointing as he goes> Droma, Lucius is the ugly bugger heading to get the drinks and with the poorly arm is Red...hope all the problems are sorted, can I ask what the matter was?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: The Dan February 11, 2010, 12:17:24 PM
As Stalland approaches the bar, the blue robed man's pet reptile hisses (in a not unfriendly fashion) and does a little pitter-patter dance on the floor. He reaches down and scratches its head absently, before turning to address him.

Blue-Robed Man

<to Lucius>

Greetings... (looks the newcomer up and down) Stalland is it? One of the Barge and Ferryman's more recent additions. A man of action too, if the talk is true (laughs) The problem with showing you've got guts, I've found, is the tendancy for them to end up on display... Forgive me if I prattle on; I've a talent for extraneous dissemination. Sine I already have my hand in my pouch, let me by you and your fellow heroes a drink.

: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 11, 2010, 01:22:41 PM
Lucius

You have me confused with the big whitelander I'm afraid. If you want a poem though I will happily take a beer over to him in payment. My lame is Lucius, a friend of Stalland.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: The Dan February 11, 2010, 01:27:26 PM
Please to meet you. Ignore my runaway mouth - I'm what you... Pelosians?... would call a badinaggio, and all you mighty heroes look like giants to me, of course.

Smiles, and holds out hand

Zamaragdus: Professionally nefarious, politically syzergic, personally... probably very annoying. Presently a Tremallu, Aribiter, and proxy of Koryphian Sagneth. Occasional vendor of pedigree praxis, and buyer of an ever expanding order drinks.
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: Captain Shortworth February 11, 2010, 01:35:33 PM
Lucius

Lucius Corvinus Draco. General layabout and wit, often to be found here, the Silver Skrite or keeping the peace at Nencia's. Any luck on findint the two missing Koryph?  <Takes a sip of his wine>
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: The Dan February 11, 2010, 01:54:41 PM
Zamaragdus

The trouble with magi is that their whereabouts often stray into the metaphysical. One hope's that wherever they are however, they're either talking or safely fighting on another plane of existence. To be honest, I think Lord Beergood of Humpalot and Pio over there were the last to see either of them. Until they resurfce, well... 'while the praxis is away the skrites shall play' as the saying goes. As long as I thwart The Faceless One's minions in the Koryph, I can abuse my position wonderfully.
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: The Dan February 11, 2010, 01:58:52 PM
Zamaragdus

I joke of course.

So, how's life in... your profession? Seems you're living in interesting times of late.
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: 50 February 11, 2010, 02:13:35 PM
Kora

<Looks at Stalland nervously> an ex of mine giving me some grief over… <stops and looks round the table> …well …just giving me grief <looks at Stalland again> …I’m sorry I don’t really want to talk about it just now. <takes a big breath>

Anyway what happened to you? you look like you’ve been hurt? are you OK?

Magg

Yes, do tell my curiosity too is piqued when all my friends seem to have been involved in a fracas without me!
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: Captain Shortworth February 11, 2010, 02:29:12 PM
Zamaragdus

I joke of course.

So, how's life in... your profession? Seems you're living in interesting times of late.

Lucius

I always have an interesting life, sadly it seem sthat there are people out there at the moment who wish to thrust interest upon me, <grimaces at pain as he raises a drink to his lips> or occasionally into my chest. Nothing me and my crew can't handle though.
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: Ant February 11, 2010, 02:58:43 PM
Kora

<Looks at Stalland nervously> an ex of mine giving me some grief over… <stops and looks round the table> …well …just giving me grief <looks at Stalland again> …I’m sorry I don’t really want to talk about it just now. <takes a big breath>

Anyway what happened to you? you look like you’ve been hurt? are you OK?

Magg

Yes, do tell my curiosity too is piqued when all my friends seem to have been involved in a fracas without me!


Stalland

<pats Kora on the leg and looks back at her> So long as it is sorted, I shall pry no more but if ever you need help for any reason, well you need but ask.

As for my own injuries, well what a tale to tell. High priestesses, cowardly Dromish, dancing girls, fire, adventure you name it, they are involved and perhaps another day, when you have more time I will tell you in full but suffice to say, a fine shirt is no defence against a dummoni war arrow or three, though I have had much worse in the past and probably will in the future, a few days of rest
<turns to look at Kora again> and perhaps fair company, and I will be well again.

<Stalland diverts his atention from Kora alone to the rest of the table>

Besides, it is good to take a wound from time to time, it reminds us against becomeing too soft and complacent in the comforts of the city, not that I am in any hurry to return to the oars of a Drakkar!
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: 50 February 11, 2010, 03:43:07 PM
Magg

<laughs> Nor I to the bilges of a sinking barque, and I didn't need to get shot to remember!

<turns to Red> So what's your story my Lady, the rest here I have heard to some degree.
<looks thoughtful> ...and you seem somewhat familiar to me, tis rare I would forget such a beauty
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: Nitch February 11, 2010, 04:02:36 PM
<to Stalland> to true, as they say the closer you are to death the more you feel alive

<turns to Magg> Unfortunately good sir I haven't much of tale to tell, no grand travels and epic adventures like my friends, alas I have never left Nostapyrax except for short day excursions. Unfortunately I found myself orphaned at a young age and have since endeavoured to find my way in world, and whether or not you agree by my present company, I feel I am doing quite well.
And as for your flattery of recognising me, I spend a little more time then is decent drinking here, as I have heard you may also, and we have probably crossed paths unknowingly many times
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: The Dan February 11, 2010, 04:25:37 PM
Lucius

I always have an interesting life, sadly it seem sthat there are people out there at the moment who wish to thrust interest upon me, <grimaces at pain as he raises a drink to his lips> or occasionally into my chest. Nothing me and my crew can't handle though.

The praxis also seems quite excited to see Lucius, dancing about and nuzzling at Zamaragdus' leg until he scratches its head.
Its mostly ignoring other people.

Zamaragdus

Well in my opinion if someone’s trying to kill you, you are probably doing something right – or doing someone’s wife. Either way it’s important not to get caught with your breeches down. Take care, because if you go to the fires then the canards might have to rely on the watch cartels, and no one wants that.

(lowers his voice)

You helped settle that trouble at Sera’s didn’t you?  That was a bad business, not good for anybody’s business. Do you know if Alsune has someone taking care of it?
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: 50 February 11, 2010, 04:33:00 PM
Magg

<Smiles broadly at Red> Ahh. That must be it! Well I shall certainly not pass unknowingly again! <gestures to the group> ...as for your company and their circumstance, I find no fault in either.

In fact I must confess to a little jealousy, both of your friends extended acquaintance with such a daring woman as yourself and of the exhilaration of your adventures. I too am Pyraxian and tis too long since I managed to involve in escapades beyond the mere telling!

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: Captain Shortworth February 11, 2010, 04:33:25 PM
Lucius

<Quiet enough so only Zam can hear> We did what we could on the night, but I'm of the opinion that it was only the start, whoever let that beast out could have done it with the sole intention of giving those already unhappy the daemons a rallying poitn. Just look at what happened here this evening. Remember that the incident  at Sera's was almost linked to a watch cartel? And now other things, like the robberies. These may be all tied together, and we are doing our best, but any help you can give us, or vice-versa, we would be more than happy.
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: The Dan February 11, 2010, 05:10:51 PM
Zamaragdus

Still talking in a low voice, after taking a thoughtful sip of wine

Well, since you're playing on the last lingering lingers embers of my conscience... You've read the Voice's report right? That sounded to me a lot like the kind of madness luxans are into. Too much or too little and findalux can mess your head up pretty badly. Not too many folks trade in that stuff. Maybe one of the suppliers might know something? Could be an umbruc dealer or an independant - you'd be able to figure such things out better than me on that score.

(smiles slyly)

These matters are usually best left to honest canards' folk like yourselves. Of course if its turns into a Tremallu matter, I'd appreciate a head's up - before, well, certain others...?
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: Nitch February 11, 2010, 07:09:20 PM
<to Magg> I cannot deny your envy when it comes to our exploits, few thrills in life match that of a good quest.  However there are certain hazards that are unavoidable <attempts to move her injured arm, although after the smallest of movements Red visibly winces and grits her teeth, giving up she instead gestures at it with her other arm>, which require much rest and of course trips to the inn to recover from <she smiles and empties her goblet>, in fact I feel as though I may have to be here every night of the week before I begin to heal <she chuckles>
Anyway enough about myself, other then being quite the sweet talker I know nothing of you except what others have told me...
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: Captain Shortworth February 11, 2010, 07:56:18 PM
Lucius

Still working for your boss even though he is absent? I would have thought that rival Tremallu would take advantage of their warring patrons being absent to mend some rifts, instead of continuing the rivalry? Ah well, who am I to complain, you guys have always done well for the city. I will let you know if anything that needs a Tremallu comes up.
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: The Dan February 11, 2010, 09:12:49 PM
Zamaragdus

Like the city herself, I find that Tremallu thrive best in a spirit of healthy competition.
Besides, Sagneth likes consistency. And I assure you that no one ever leaves Ulema's service. Ever.


Raises his glass

"To your very good health."
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: 50 February 11, 2010, 09:20:35 PM
Magg

[...] in fact I feel as though I may have to be here every night of the week before I begin to heal [...]

<Laughs at Reds joke> Certainly the best medicine is served by good Wedlan! Heh… Anyhow as I don’t know what you have been told I’ll be brief and précis.

I was born and raised here but my family hails from Raphaelia originally. My father is a merchant and entrepreneur and fairly successful in business, I the youngest of his three sons am not so much...


<Laughs again> So apart from a couple of years travelling I spend my time in idle pursuit attempting to avoid any real work! <Smiles and takes a gulp of his blue liquor>
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: Ant February 11, 2010, 11:04:27 PM
Stalland

In truth, all of us here are in the pursuit of avoiding real work, well all bar honest Kora though I suspect we have all had varying degrees of success <Stalland nods to Magg> as any man who has sailed the Whitelandish coast will confirm
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: 50 February 11, 2010, 11:43:13 PM
There is a sudden noise of smashing glass from where Scipio sits, the usual brief smattering of applause and cheering ripples out.

Scipio however looks very pale and is bent over, leaning against the bar with one hand and clutching at his stomach with the other.

After a moment he straightens up his face looking waxy and beaded with sweat.
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: Bill February 12, 2010, 08:59:51 AM
Pio moves from wher he is round the bar towards Scipio making quick gesture on his way round
<to Scipio>
What the problem Scipio

[applys the healing skill]
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: 50 February 12, 2010, 09:47:20 AM
Scipio

<Takes several breaths> Uhhrrg... No, no, I'm ok, thank you <coughs> ...probably just something I ate..
<Stands up a little straighter> my apologies for the broken glass Wedlan <winces and grabs at his stomach again> rrr.. I'll sort out payment later.

<weakly pushes Pio away> I'll be fine, I think I just need to go get some sleep.
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: 50 February 12, 2010, 10:35:24 AM
Stalland

In truth, all of us here are in the pursuit of avoiding real work, well all bar honest Kora though I suspect we have all had varying degrees of success <Stalland nods to Magg> as any man who has sailed the Whitelandish coast will confirm

Kora

<looks down and mumbles quietly> perhaps I'm not so honest...

Magg

<Holds up his drink in a toast> well then, to good work and it's healthy avoidance and to friends be they honest or dishonest so long as they are friends! <takes a drink and looks up at the smashing noise> I hope that's not Lucius dropping his round!
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: Ant February 12, 2010, 10:54:48 AM
Stalland

I doubt Lucius will spill any ale, dont worry Magg, his hands are too sure for that, I just hope he gets a move on, my tankard is running dry! Besides, if someone has no secrets they have seen nothing of life, I am sure you'll agree Magg, and you Red.

<Stalland leans in to whisper into Kora's ear>

Honesty is a fickle virtue and the most honest people are the harshest of judges, that you have something on your concience speaks volumes to a poet

<He then leans back and speaks up again, but still to Kora>

Anyway, how does an injured man get a pretty woman to accompany him to dinner?
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: The Dan February 12, 2010, 12:03:30 PM
There is a sudden noise of smashing glass from where Scipio sits

Zamaragdus starts and quickly turns around to stare in that direction, relaxing slightly as Pio walks over (to the nearby Lucius, for just a moment it did look like he was genuinely concerned). With a nod to Lucius and Wedlan, he walks swiftly towards the door.

The praxis trots along after him.
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: Bill February 12, 2010, 12:17:55 PM
Pio <shrugs>

OK Scipio but if you need anything just ask.

<heads back to his spot at the bar>
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: 50 February 12, 2010, 12:29:59 PM
Kora

<brightens visibly> I suspect he'd merely have to ask...
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: 50 February 12, 2010, 12:50:21 PM
Scipio

<to Pio> ...Thanks again, I'll be ok <Slowly makes his way through the crowd and out>
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: Ant February 12, 2010, 12:53:48 PM
Stalland

Ha ha thats better, then where would he have to call tomorrow at midday to ask? At least I wont be a meal of onion soup! <Stalland seems overly ammused at this last comment.>

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: The Dan February 12, 2010, 01:35:35 PM
A Whitelander passing within earshot laughs...
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: Captain Shortworth February 12, 2010, 02:04:32 PM
Lucius

<takes his drink order, and walks back over to the snug.>

You lot remember that Scipio fellow right? Poor bugger is not looking at all well. More so than if just his conscience was troubling him.

<starts to hand out a drink to each person, bowing slightly when he hands Stalland his ale.>

He seems a nice chap, anyone friendly enough with him to find out if he is in good health?
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: Ant February 12, 2010, 02:07:33 PM
Stalland

I know him to speak to, he has asked about Nencia's a couple of times...but if you want my opinion, he has a bad case of being a politicial pawn.
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: Captain Shortworth February 12, 2010, 02:16:28 PM
Lucius

I think it's more than that. It was him who dropped his glass, and he was damned near grey going onto green when he walked out of the door. If you hear enything, keep us posted.
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: Ant February 12, 2010, 02:46:56 PM
Stalland

Maybe him and Red have he same affliction...so, Red, how well do you know Scipio
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: Bill February 12, 2010, 03:17:53 PM
Pio<to Nikaneth> I'm of to see that Scipio makes it home OK, meet you back here in a bit. <Pio makes his way out of the bar>
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: 348 February 12, 2010, 05:21:29 PM
Nikaneth
To Pio and Scipio " Yeah, see you soon ."
Looks round to see if Tess is bothered about speaking to him tonight.
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: 50 February 12, 2010, 06:05:20 PM
Tess is still sat on the bar itself towards the far end of the taproom talking with three bravos.

She does look round and catch Nikaneth's gaze briefly but looks away without overt reaction. 

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: 348 February 12, 2010, 06:10:28 PM
Nikaneth
Catches barkeep and tells him to pass a discreet message to Tess that he will be back shortly but duty calls.
He checks no one is following Scipio out of the tavern and then leaves tavern to shadow Pio and Scipio in caase they hit trouble or are tailed.
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: 50 February 12, 2010, 06:16:47 PM
Stalland

Maybe him and Red have he same affliction...so, Red, how well do you know Scipio

Magg

<To Red, looks concerned.> You are unwell beyond your injury? I hope the affliction is not serious?
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: 50 February 12, 2010, 10:05:08 PM
Kora

Sorry guys but my shift starts in two. <looks at Stalland> I'll probably be here tomorrow about twelve turnings... <blushes then leans over and gives him a kiss on the cheek> I really do appreciate what you said earlier. <stands up quickly and slips off to behind the bar>

Magg

<Smiles hugely> Is this night dedicated to the goddess of ardour or some such? Certainly it appears we are all beset by intention ardent or plagued by amour dysfunctions! <Laughs again> …This has the makings of a fine night indeed!
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: Nitch February 12, 2010, 10:06:47 PM
<to Lucius> thanks for the drink
<to Magg> no need to worry, probably just the inconvenient after affects of losing a little to much blood slowing me down, should hopefully clear up no trouble
And as for Scipio as much and as little as anyone else
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: Captain Shortworth February 13, 2010, 01:37:58 AM
Lucius

OOC: Bit of a risk here; <To Magg>, If it is such a night, why not throw caution to the wind, forget what others may think, and take a risk with that fine girl from earlier?
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: 50 February 13, 2010, 11:26:43 AM
Magg

<looks sideways at Lucius with a small frown> Ah well, Lesina's not really my type. She's pretty enough but vacuous for the most part with a bit of sly thrown in.

Besides she only acts on her mothers instruction and I have no desire to be entangled to such just yet!
<Laughs> I would definitely put her in the ‘plague by amour dysfunctions’ category!

<Smiles> Mind… feel free to try your luck my friend, she has been known to engage in more trifling dalliance, just not with me!
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: 50 February 13, 2010, 11:50:48 AM
A young girl of only 6 or so years weaves her way through the crowd clutching a large bunch of white and yellow spring flowers, when she reaches the far end of the bar she slips between the legs of one of the bravos and tugs at Tess' dangling ankle.

When Tess looks down the child thrusts the flowers up and says something before curtsying prettily.
Reaching down Tess takes the flowers and breaks a faint smile, and then gestures for one of her companions to give the girl a coin.

Curtsying again the girl turns and quickly weaves her way out.

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: Captain Shortworth February 13, 2010, 02:22:52 PM
Lucius

I think Nik will have to try harder than that.
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: 348 February 13, 2010, 07:11:32 PM
Nikaneth walks back into the tavern and smiles at Tess.
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: 50 February 14, 2010, 09:08:42 PM
Tess looks over and acknowledges Nikaneth. She holds her gaze steadily on him but the smile is not returned.
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: 50 February 14, 2010, 09:25:01 PM
[...] Mind… feel free to try your luck my friend, she has been known to engage in more trifling dalliance, just not with me!

Magg

<pats Lucius on the shoulder> So do you think you might to do a friend a favour and deflect a little unwanted attention then?
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: Brick February 14, 2010, 10:08:38 PM
OOC: Fifty and Ant convinced me to dip my toe into this. Lets see if I can manage to integrate the character into the conversation... any help in that cause would be greatly appreciated!

A stranger

A young and foreign looking man enters the tavern just after Nikaneth, squinting his eyes to adjust to the change in lighting. He glances around, looking slightly lost, before heading energetically for the bar.


Description
This short man has an athletic build and strong legs. His facial features are fine, with keen eyes and a sculpted nose, while his hair is kept short in a neat fashion. He is wearing a white tunic, with a red band along the edges, while a long dagger hangs at his waist. The scabbard is worked in silver but the plain pommel reveals the dagger to be a perfectly functional piece of equipment.
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: 348 February 15, 2010, 12:24:35 AM
Nikaneth. ( Without a drink in his hand ) walks over to where Tess is sat.
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: Captain Shortworth February 15, 2010, 02:15:09 AM
Lucius

<pats Lucius on the shoulder> So do you think you might to do a friend a favour and deflect a little unwanted attention then?

My track record with the ladies is not what one would call wonderful. but...
 <smiles> For a friend, I would be willing to at least give it a shot. What was the young ladies name?
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: Brick February 15, 2010, 07:42:43 AM
A Stranger

The young man leans over the bar, and in a clear voice asks the first member of staff to respond, "Num Linguam Pelosiam dicis?1" He says this with a resigned expression on his face.

1 - "You don't speak Pelosian, do you?"
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: Ant February 15, 2010, 08:44:40 AM
Stalland

Remember Lucius, roll with the blow when she slaps you...or given how easily Tess was paid off you could just take some flowers up with you
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: 50 February 15, 2010, 11:49:40 AM
Nikaneth. (Without a drink in his hand ) walks over to where Tess is sat.

Tess

<very calm voice> ah, I see you are not dead then. <long pause, then looks Nik straight in the eye> so I assume you have run out of money to spend on strumpets and have thus returned to your acquiescent flunky for a clean shirt and some funds?
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: 50 February 15, 2010, 11:58:32 AM
My track record with the ladies is not what one would call wonderful. but...[/i]  <smiles> For a friend, I would be willing to at least give it a shot. What was the young ladies name?

Magg

Her name is Lesina... but I only suggest out of fun! Please don't feel compelled to tryst on my behalf <makes an exagerated move to place his hand on his dagger> ...I can handle the attention unassisted! <laughs>
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: 50 February 15, 2010, 12:09:21 PM
A Stranger
The young man leans over the bar, and in a clear voice asks the first member of staff to respond, "Num Linguam Pelosiam dicis?1" He says this with a resigned expression on his face.
1 - "You don't speak Pelosian, do you?"

Wedlan

non ultum <points at the beer taps> imbibo?
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: Ant February 15, 2010, 12:22:42 PM
Magg

Her name is Lesina... but I only suggest out of fun! Please don't feel compelled to tryst on my behalf <makes an exagerated move to place his hand on his dagger> ...I can handle the attention unassisted! <laughs>

Stallamd

Maybe we should inviter her to the table? But hang on, I am wanting to see how Nikaneth gets out of this one...
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: Brick February 15, 2010, 01:26:56 PM
Wedlan

non ultum <points at the beer taps> imbibo?

A Pelosian Stranger
"I, ah, yes. One please." He carefully watches the drink being poured, then turns around and surveys the room. As the barman finishes pouring, he asks, "Is there any leading or, how shall I say, fighting men here?" He says this while examining a small handful of coins in clear unfamiliarity.

OOC: As I recall, half the B&F constituted 'fighting men', though precious few could be described as 'leading'. And who knew that having a lecturer from Greece would prove useful when portraying a foreigner?
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: Captain Shortworth February 15, 2010, 01:41:42 PM
Lucius

Well, the least I can do is introduce myself.

<gets up and walks away from our booth, heading over to the lovely Lesina, any conversation will more than likely be too quiet for others to hear.>
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: Nitch February 15, 2010, 01:46:40 PM
Lucius

My track record with the ladies is not what one would call wonderful. but...
 <smiles> For a friend, I would be willing to at least give it a shot. What was the young ladies name?

You can be a little callous <starts giggling> what was it you said to me when i hurt my arm?? i couldn't believe it <the giggling increase although she poorly attempts to keep speaking while putting on a deeper voice> 'come on your fine, i've seen men have a wank with a worse injury!' <falls into fits of laughter>
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: Nitch February 15, 2010, 01:48:02 PM
(ooc - i would have said that before he left, damn simmilar timed posts)
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: 50 February 15, 2010, 01:56:46 PM
Magg

<Laughs as well> Well he was a legionnaire after all!
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: Ant February 15, 2010, 02:13:15 PM
Stalland

Well from the tales I have heard from the legions, I thoought they would do anything to help a fellow legionary out? Maybe thats why Lucius is not so skilled with the women, but I approve of how the mead has loosened your tongue Red
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: 50 February 15, 2010, 02:24:44 PM
Lucius waves through the crowd and approaches the girl says something and holds out a hand.


She looks at him with a slightly quizzical expression but smiles, holds out a hand and says something in response.
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: Ant February 15, 2010, 02:29:46 PM
Stalland

A sword says she slaps him
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: Nitch February 15, 2010, 02:38:10 PM
<eventually pulls herself together enough to speak>
<to Stalland> i agree, but you never know, this could be his lucky day...
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: Ant February 15, 2010, 02:43:40 PM
Perhaps, and I might find a pot of gold on my way home tonight. <Stalland tops Reds cup up with drink>
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: 50 February 15, 2010, 03:39:55 PM
Lucius takes her hand and bows to kiss the top of it before standing upright once more. he manages to make the manoeuvre look passably elegant even though it is obvious (to some) that he is unfamiliar with the actual method.

He then proceeds to speak quickly at her, while her expression turns to one of surprise. Without giving her the opportunity to react, he turns to Wedlan and calls over an order, then turns back to the girl says something more and gestures behind her.

She stiffens somewhat and says something in response, this time without a smile...

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: 50 February 15, 2010, 03:44:31 PM

A Pelosian Stranger
"I, ah, yes. One please." He carefully watches the drink being poured, then turns around and surveys the room. As the barman finishes pouring, he asks, "Is there any leading or, how shall I say, fighting men here?" He says this while examining a small handful of coins in clear unfamiliarity.

Wedlan

Well there's a fair few fighting men in the Barge! Just careful they don't end up picking the fight with you! <looks over as Lucius interupts with a drinks order> ...there's one fer you, ex-legionnaire to boot. 'scuse friend <wanders over to serve Lucius>
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: Nitch February 15, 2010, 03:59:56 PM
<chuckles> true, and from the look of it he might get that slap before even managing to buy her a drink
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: 50 February 15, 2010, 04:06:32 PM
Lucius quickly affects a contrite look and says something further, after a moment the girls stance softens somewhat and she replies, taking an appraising look up and down Lucius.

She accepts the glass of wine offered and continues the conversation though she still appears slightly guarded.
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: Brick February 15, 2010, 04:10:40 PM
A Pelosian Stranger

Heedless of the conversational minefield that he is entering, the young man approaches Lucius and says something to him.
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: Captain Shortworth February 15, 2010, 04:28:35 PM
Lucius

<offers a short response to the Pelosian, before offering his hand to be shook.>
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: Brick February 15, 2010, 04:47:52 PM
Gnaeus Tarquinius Sura

The two men shake, and exchange some more words, with Lucius pointing up at the group in the snug. The stranger approaches the barman, places a coin down on the bar, and evidently orders a round; he then goes to the group's table, while a boy follows with a tray of drinks. As he does, he casts a long glance at the attractive young woman with Lucius.

"Your friend, ah, Lucius directed me to you, as enemies of Pelosia. My name is Gnaeus Tarquinius Sura, and my blade has ended the lives of Pelosian 'loyalists'. May I join your table, and discuss with you?"

His accent is very obviously Pelosian.
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: Nitch February 15, 2010, 05:34:38 PM
<Red takes gaze from Lucius's attempts and eyes the stranger with suspicion, although she speaks to him politely>
Well met Gnaeus, my name is Red and as many here I would gladly drink to death of pelosian loyalists <looks between the two drinks she now has before picking one at random and taking a sip>
I don’t mean to be rude but you seem unfamiliar with your surroundings, have you been in the city long?
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: Brick February 15, 2010, 06:33:26 PM
Gnaeus Tarquinius Sura

The young man pulls up a chair confidently. "A short while, ah, perhaps... a week? I had to leave my home, Vercellae in the Madeline cities, and I have been sent to Nostapyrex. It is an interesting place, though somewhat uncomfortable for my accent, yes?"
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: 348 February 15, 2010, 06:51:30 PM
Nikaneth. (Without a drink in his hand ) walks over to where Tess is sat.

Tess

<very calm voice> ah, I see you are not dead then. <long pause, then looks Nik straight in the eye> so I assume you have run out of money to spend on strumpets and have thus returned to your acquiescent flunky for a clean shirt and some funds?
Nikaneth ( Quietly )
" Nothing of the sort, I thought we should spend a bit of time together  ."
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: 50 February 15, 2010, 07:38:51 PM
Tess

Is that so? amazing! I thought the same myself yesterday... and the day before that... and the day before... in fact I remember distinctly about a week ago thinking that we should spend some time together! <Pauses and slides down off the bar to stand in front of him> ...and now here you are!

So tell me Geraint what has been so engaging that you have only remembered to spend some time with me now? <Though her voice is calm, she is visibly trembling as she stands looking up at him, as though fighting hard to retain control>
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: 348 February 15, 2010, 07:50:31 PM
Tess

Is that so? amazing! I thought the same myself yesterday... and the day before that... and the day before... in fact I remember distinctly about a week ago thinking that we should spend some time together! <Pauses and slides down off the bar to stand in front of him> ...and now here you are!

So tell me Geraint what has been so engaging that you have only remembered to spend some time with me now? <Though her voice is calm, she is visibly trembling as she stands looking up at him, as though fighting hard to retain control>

Nikaneth ( Thinking that being chased across the bay by a pack of deamons a couple of years ago was a less frightening experence than his current one ).
" I've been busy with my Tremallu duties. Theres a lot of bad stuff being going on these past few weeks. I'm as dissapointed as you are my sweet."
( Produces an ornamental trinket that he could just afford from a street vendor this evening ) " I know its dross compared to your beauty , but if it pleases you..."
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: Captain Shortworth February 15, 2010, 08:50:53 PM
Lucius

<with a half smile on his face, he walks back into the snug.>  Well, going home alone tonight, but not a total failure. She thinks I'm reasonably handsome and not a total social reject. Which is the best I have ever done with a woman I think, so a success all round.
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: 50 February 15, 2010, 10:12:10 PM
Magg

<Passes Lucius a drink> reasonably handsome eh... she must have been on the fumo again! <laughs then looks serious for a moment> No seriously my friend you seem to have done well, just be careful, she's not so innocent as she might appear and her family is wealthy, influential and proud

<smiles again> Still, if that’s the best you've ever done with a woman then this is a momentous night indeed and worthy of more beer!


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: Captain Shortworth February 15, 2010, 10:40:14 PM
Lucius

To be truthful Magg, she didn't seem that honest to me at all. But it looks like out we have a round of beers right here. Cheers Gnaeus.
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: 50 February 15, 2010, 10:54:07 PM
Nikaneth ( Thinking that being chased across the bay by a pack of deamons a couple of years ago was a less frightening experence than his current one ).
" I've been busy with my Tremallu duties. Theres a lot of bad stuff being going on these past few weeks. I'm as dissapointed as you are my sweet."
( Produces an ornamental trinket that he could just afford from a street vendor this evening ) " I know its dross compared to your beauty , but if it pleases you..."

Tess

<Looks at the jewellery in Nikaneths hand then up at him> I am truly astounded! Did you really think this would be a help, that the right thing to do would be to try to  buy me off with cheap street tat?
<Her hands are clenched down by her side> I thought the flowers were a good beginning and that you might follow in and say the right things to make me understand, but I realise now you have no idea even what the problem is! <her cheeks have begun to look flushed> Is there not even a little thought in that moss filled skull of yours?

Did it not even occur to you to begin with I'M SORRY!
<steps right up to Nikaneth's face> I'll show you DISSAPOINTED! <for a second it looks like she is going to strike him, then she steps back>

Keep the trinket, maybe Wedlan will let you hock it for some beer! <steps further back, shaking her head with a few tears visible on her face> I am going home now <turns half away> ...do NOT follow me!

A fair portion of the tap room has descended into quiet by now and the crowd parts for Tess as she strides quickly towards the door.
The silence remains for a second or two before the general buzz of tavern chat begins again, though few are prepared to catch Nikaneth's eye.


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: 348 February 15, 2010, 11:12:04 PM
Nikaneth storms for the door, barging through anyone unfortunatee enough to get in his way .
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: Captain Shortworth February 15, 2010, 11:26:15 PM
Lucius

<Looks down to the bar as Nik flees through the door.> You see, the moment the girl walked through the door with tyhe flowers, I knew what that play was going to be, who was playing who and what the outcome was going to be, but talking to girls... I need a good half hour mental run up. Poor Nik.
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: 50 February 15, 2010, 11:42:02 PM
Magg

<Snorts> ...oh yes, poor Nik... <looks like he was going to say more, then stops>
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: Captain Shortworth February 15, 2010, 11:43:31 PM
Lucius

With a smile, Well, at least he will have more time for drinking.
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: 50 February 15, 2010, 11:55:17 PM
Magg

<Looks up>You are kidding right? Feel sorry for whichever ex-Pelosian fellow he next takes a dislike to in-the-line-duty instead

<Sighs> No, that's a bit insensitive of me, perhaps he isn't an alcoholic bully who ostensibly works for the city whilst actually helping fanatics murder anyone whose name ends in ‘..us’, and actually he really deserves lots of cuddles and kisses.

And of course his name is ‘Beer-good’ so I suppose it's appropriate that he's pissed out of his boots when he next beats someone to within an inch of their life for stealing a loaf of bread


<Stops and puts his hands up to his face than draws them down> arrgh.. Ignore me, I know he’s a friend of yours and I’ve no desire to row with any of you
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: Brick February 16, 2010, 08:00:42 AM
Gnaeus Tarquinius Sura

Gnaeus shakes his head and grins in obvious amusement, watching Nikaneth leave the bar.

"Infelix est propter stultitiam."
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: Ant February 16, 2010, 09:49:47 AM
Stalland

Oh that was brilliant, funniest thing I have seen in a long time <takes a draft of drink> Lucius, she didnt slap you, and now I am a red sword out of pocket, dammit, I demand you go back and ply her with your charms till she does. <Grins and raises his tankard in toast>And Magg, I wouldnt call him our friend to be honest, he is a patron here as we are, and did I detect a little jealousy in your voice there?


And well met Gnaeus, I wouldnt say we were quite so ready to ah kill people whose name ends in "-us" as Magg put it, but thanks for the ale. What brings you to the city here?
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: 50 February 16, 2010, 10:07:45 AM
Magg

I am not jealous, I just don't like bullies or bigots and he is both.

Anyway I have wasted enough breath on him and I can see our beautiful companion
<smiles at Red> is getting bored with my foolishness.

So yes, let us drink some more wine with our new acquaintance and hear his tale
<raises his glass to Gnaeus>
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: Ant February 16, 2010, 11:00:25 AM
Stalland

I understand Magg, I know of his reputation already, and it is an odd one to say the least, I do remember his companions at the time of the invasion had a similar reputation as murderous folk, but then come the invasion performed great deeds in the city's defence. I think sometimes there are dangers in folk from the more wilder regions coming to the city, especially such an open city.

<Stalland pauses for a moment>

Do you see the great Ursa skull drinking vessel behind the bar? That belonged to one of Nikaneth's companions of old, one who was killed in the city chambers defending the council. Perhaps later when the night is old and the fire low I will tell of their fight, it is a mighty tale. But it is not time yet, not when we have new aquaintances who bring us drink and new tales
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: Captain Shortworth February 16, 2010, 11:04:36 AM
Lucius

Nik leaves us alone round here, probably because we do some of his job for him, and most just know him as drunken whoremonger propping up the bar. First time I heard his name it was due to him beeding a bothel's worth of women in a single day. In the same brothel if memory serves. And of course he was pox ridden for a month after that as he so rightly deserved!
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: Ant February 16, 2010, 11:08:42 AM
Stalland

Aye, I remember that, went at it like a bull. Now I have a penchant for the ladies, I must admit, but there is a limit and a sense of proportion in these things I think, by the gods can you imagine him stopping in Nencia's?
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: Captain Shortworth February 16, 2010, 11:13:59 AM
Lucius

I think it is events such as that that we are there to prevent. The risk to the girls and then the risk to Nencia's profits... No, I think it best if Nik stays at the lower end of the market, far away from us.
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: Brick February 16, 2010, 12:41:39 PM
Stalland
And well met Gnaeus, I wouldnt say we were quite so ready to ah kill people whose name ends in "-us" as Magg put it, but thanks for the ale. What brings you to the city here?

Gnaeus Tarquinius Sura

"I, how shall we say it, made a man - Appius Marius Superbus - look bad. I proved myself to be above him in the foot-races and in the quest for the attention of a particular courtesan. And since Appius is one of the foremost leading men, ah, of Vercellae... it was expedient for me to leave. I spit upon his face, but such it is. So now I am here. Vercellae may soon be at war once more, and it never hurts to know many fine and excellent fighters, does it not?"
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: Ant February 16, 2010, 12:56:23 PM
Stalland

Ah, the victim of an unjust society Gnaeus, you'll fit in here I am sure. As for good fighting men, well many claim to be such around here that is for sure. Me, I would rather know many fine and excellent women, and some stout hearted shipmates who will stand together.

Why do you say Vercellae may soon be at war again? And how do you prefer to be known, your full name is a mouthful
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: Brick February 16, 2010, 01:39:40 PM
Gnaeus

"Less a victim of an unjust society, more, ah, the victim of the pride of - vir maximus - a too-powerful man. Soon, perhaps, his family will feel their fortunes fade." The young man offers his hand to Stalland, saying, "Gnaeus will do, to be sure, and you are named?"
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: Ant February 16, 2010, 01:45:28 PM
Stalland

Stalland will do just fine, and perhaps an unjust society was the wrong words, a so called civilised society might be more appropriate, they are the ones where honest men are grist to the mill so long as the dishonest ones prosper
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: Captain Shortworth February 16, 2010, 01:49:41 PM
Lucius

Now now fellows, you know what they say about discussing politics and religion. And you've only just met each other, so how about we hold off on the deeper conversations of political and economic philosophy.
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: Ant February 16, 2010, 01:51:48 PM
Stalland

Ah, are we not all honest fellows here, but you are right, Gnaeus a toast, to the downfall of your enemies and pox on their manhoods
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: Captain Shortworth February 16, 2010, 01:53:49 PM
Lucius

Here here! Now, if we just make an enemy of Nik, we have already got half of that to come true!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 16, 2010, 01:54:29 PM
<Stalland laughs loudly>
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: Brick February 16, 2010, 01:56:05 PM
Gnaeus

He raises his glass, noting Lucius' point, then drinks to the oath of Stalland. "Is 'Nik' the one who has made an enemy of his beautiful lady?"
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: Captain Shortworth February 16, 2010, 01:57:57 PM
Lucius

Aye, Nikaneth. Roughly means 'Beer good'. Never did find out how he got that name.
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: Ant February 16, 2010, 01:59:48 PM
Stalland

I believe it was the only words he knew when he first arrived here, and he didnt bother learning any more that didnt involve beer or the removal of a whores clothing
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: Brick February 16, 2010, 02:03:54 PM
Gnaeus

Gnaeus frowns briefly. "He must be very simple, if he needs to speak to do those things."
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: Ant February 16, 2010, 02:07:01 PM
Stalland

Ah, there you go my friend, showing how new you are to the city of Nosterpyrax, all are free citizens here and can do as they will.
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: 50 February 16, 2010, 02:48:20 PM
Magg

Ah yes a particularly worthy point to note to the newly arived Pelosian. The default status of all Pyraxian's is free-citizen rather than... <screws his face up as though trying to remember something> Perrioche?
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: Nitch February 16, 2010, 03:02:41 PM
I think that many a city would seem free compared to Pelosia...
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: Ant February 16, 2010, 03:19:04 PM
Stalland

Or Dromal for that matter, from the brief visit I made there is seemed even worse...the rulers there are truly cruel at times

<Stalland takes a drink and clears his throat>

There once was a prince in Dromal, a Caliph in their tongue who was very rich, very powerful and had many slaves, many wives and a court that feared him, for he was a dread prince who would think it ammusing to test how sharp a sword was on a courtier that had displeased him - a courtier mind, not a slave.

Now this prince wanted to build a palace in the desert, not only to give himself a great place to live but also to show that his power and wealth could overcome even the shifting sands of the deserts.

And so the building work began, and would take many years to finish, untold numbers of slaves would die, so many that no one even bothered to count. And in the desert of course they had no stone with which to build, and so had to build the stone themselves, out of the desert sand, mixing with it other things with the alchemists art and shaping it into blocks of stone, one stone at a time.

In the palace were two tall towers, and between them ran a high wall, many cubits high and wide and long and just as it was finished, the Caliph told his master builder he had changed his mind, he no longer wanted such a wall there and had them pull it down and rebuild it elsewhere.

But they could not just use the old blocks they had pulled down, no, he had them grind each one back into its constituent parts and cast them back to the desert and start afresh and that they did.

When the master builder came to ask the Caliph where to build the new wall, he told them to rebuild it between the two towers, as the old one had been, and that they did.


But one brave or foolhardy courtier asked him why, why he had asked them to do so much work when the palace could have been finished years before and the Caliph replied.

"It is like holding a sack of rats, if you just hold the sack the rats will gnaw their way out and escape, and so you must shake the bag from time to time to stop them chewing their way out, all I was doing was shaking my sack of rats."
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: 50 February 16, 2010, 03:26:12 PM
Magg

A chilling tale if true and a fine point, after all our knowledge of Pelosia usually comes from people trying to escape so I suppose that its to be expected that we think of Pelosia as the source of all ills <pauses to take a drink>...though then again there is the small matter of an invasion...
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: Ant February 16, 2010, 03:31:37 PM
Stalland

As true a tale as ever there was Magg, and the invasion is still making its effects known through the city


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: Captain Shortworth February 16, 2010, 03:46:58 PM
Lucius

I freely admit that I know only the worst parts of my country, but the fact those parts should be allowed to exict, in fact should be encouraged for the good of the empire, is enough for me to think the whole damn lot of them tainted by the rotten things that happen on the edges of the empire. Oh, and I think the word you were looking for was 'Ascentiors'. It fits the bill a little closer, although there is no real word to describe them. 'Hostilis' might be the word they would use.
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: 50 February 16, 2010, 03:49:03 PM
Magg

Beware my friends - we are in danger of becoming serious and humourless in extreme.
<holds out a hand>

So instead let me pose this question? When a lantern goes out, how many Pelosians are needed to light it again?.. <Grins>
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: Ant February 16, 2010, 03:50:36 PM
Stalland

Tell, how many does it take?
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: 50 February 16, 2010, 03:52:00 PM
Magg

One over a hundred.

It takes the Imperator of Pelosia to give the order. Then nine and ninety officials to pass down the order

...and of course a slave to use the taper.
<laughs>
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: Brick February 16, 2010, 03:52:37 PM
Magg

Ah yes a particularly worthy point to note to the newly arived Pelosian. The default status of all Pyraxian's is free-citizen rather than... <screws his face up as though trying to remember something> Perrioche?

Gnaeus
"You speak, ah, wrongly, friend. Most are Ascentiores; my worth is recognized as to be Numare." Gnaeus takes a sip, and grimaces briefly at the taste, before saying to Red, "I think that any land must be a more pleasant place to those who are resident, and to those who hold rulership."
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: Captain Shortworth February 16, 2010, 03:57:19 PM
Lucius

Is there an echo in here?
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: 50 February 16, 2010, 04:02:23 PM
Magg

<Ignores Gnaeus> I warn you I am determined to lighten the mood!

...How many Dummonii does it take to set fire to a lantern?
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: Nitch February 16, 2010, 04:06:27 PM
<laughs at Maggs joke before turning to Gnaeus> come we have had enough talk of cultural differences and politics
<turns to Maggs> how many?
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: Ant February 16, 2010, 04:07:04 PM
Stalland

I think he is struggling with the local language Lucius. And Magg, I had hoped you were out of your riddles, but tell us the answer...
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: Brick February 16, 2010, 04:08:43 PM
Magg

<Ignores Gnaeus> I warn you I am determined to lighten the mood!

...How many Dummonii does it take to set fire to a lantern?


"Only one, but first you must soak him in oil."
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: 50 February 16, 2010, 04:14:55 PM
Magg

<Snorts beer out and laughs loudly> ..Ha! my friend here has a better answer than mine! ...Which was, <takes a second>

...why bother with the lantern there is a Pelosian house over there!
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: Ant February 16, 2010, 04:16:32 PM
Stalland

Oh thats bad....ok

There is a Whitelander, a Raphelian and a Pelosian in a bar...

"Last night I made love to my wife three times" boasted the Raphelian. "She was in sheer ecstasy this morning..."

"Ah, last night I made love to my wife six times," the Pelosian responded, "and this morning she made me a wonderful omelette and told me she could never love another man."

When the Whitelander remained silent, the Raphelian smugly asked, "And how many times did you make love to your wife last night?"

"Once." he replied.

"Only once?" the Pelosian arrogantly snorted. "And what did she say to you this morning?"

"Don't stop."


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: Captain Shortworth February 16, 2010, 04:16:54 PM
Lucius

<Struggles to swallow his beer before laughing out loud.>

Damn you all, that was good beer I almost wasted!

<Carries on laughing to himself>
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: Nitch February 16, 2010, 04:24:39 PM
<yet again her giggling ends up in fitful laughter>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 16, 2010, 04:28:54 PM
Stalland

ok...A Pelosian noble got out of his bath and said "It's just too hot to wear clothes today, wife, what do you think the neighbors would think if I tended my olives like this?"

"Probably that I married you for your money."


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: Captain Shortworth February 16, 2010, 04:35:46 PM
Lucius

<Laughing even louder and banging the palm of his hand on the table as he tries to calm himself down.>
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: 50 February 17, 2010, 08:56:33 AM
The wine and good humoured banter flows along well on into the night.
Slowly the number of patrons diminishes as the night sky begins to show a hint of grey.

A royally inebriated Magg will eventually declare himself ...suf-hic-ently liquidified... and with the assistance of one of the bar staff retire to his room at the inn.

As the quantity of ale consumed and coin spent slows down to a trickle Wedlan will call time and usher the last few the patrons out.

...Cheers for your custom friends, clear the tables like good folk so we can see the working crowd in to break their fast...

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: 50 February 17, 2010, 09:12:49 AM
...a few nights later...

The barge is busy again this evening. Standing room only, though there is still enough room to move about without being jostled too much.

Wedlan, Kora and a couple of other staff man the bar bravely against the energetic demands of the drinkers...
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: Ant February 17, 2010, 09:48:53 AM
Stalland

Stalland swaggers in, wearing good quality clothes, knee high leather boots, soft breeches and a bright blue Kosovorotka (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosovorotka) type shirt, belted at the waist, with the collar embroided in a bright yellow floral pattern and about him he wears more jewelery than he has been seen with, a bracelet of silver and gold wire bound about a leather strap and with blue stone charms hanging from it on his left wrist, a silver torc on his right and a thick gold chain around his neck.

Slightly annoyed by the crowded bar he moves over and waits to be served
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: Captain Shortworth February 17, 2010, 11:26:37 AM
Lucius

Also looking a bit better dressed than usual, but still in the more usual Pelosian style, in the Pyraxian fashion. Those who know him wil be able to tell he is permanently on the lookout for any cutpurses of sneak-thieves, but to anyone elsehe seems at ease with the world, as if he has not a care at all. The crowds don't seem to bother him, in fact it looks like if he was so inclined a wuick flick of the wrist would lighten the load of half a dozen patrons he glides by on the way to the bar. <Pats Stalland on the shoulder as he reache him at the bar.> If you get served first, I'll take an ale, I guess the same goes for you?
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: Ant February 17, 2010, 12:24:07 PM
Stalland

Nods to Lucius in aggreement, and as the crowd at the bar moves, uses his size and stature to occupy more of the bar front.
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: 50 February 17, 2010, 12:39:20 PM
Kora

<sees Stalland and comes over after serving her current customer>

Evening Stalland, <blushes> you look very handsome tonight! <goes even more red> ...what would you like?
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: Ant February 17, 2010, 12:48:45 PM
Stalland

Radiant Kora, that is a diffucult question, but for now I shall settle for two large ales and a smile
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: 50 February 17, 2010, 01:37:18 PM
Kora

<Beams> my pleasure! <pours two ales> ...are you staying long?

<Wedlan nods to Stalland and Lucius then produces a small cough as he passes behind Kora> ...oh, scuse me I must get on ...I'll try to come and say hi later on if I get a break
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: Ant February 17, 2010, 01:42:48 PM
Stalland

Laughs and makes his way to Lucius with several rounds of "'scuse me"
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: Nitch February 17, 2010, 02:20:30 PM
Reds attire as she enters the bar is tight black trousers tucked into the familiar knee high, black leather, heeled boots with a chocker collared but otherwise loose fitted white blouse, tightly fastened about the waist with a claret corset. She is draped in her regular cloak and seems to be recovering well from her previous injury, as she can now use her arm, although somewhat tentatively. However none of the colour has yet to return to her complection, the grey of her cheeks appearing to have deepened.
She makes her way gracefully, despite the crowd, to the bar and joins Stalland and Lucius while signalling to be served. 

Evening gentlemen, hope its treating you well
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: Ant February 17, 2010, 02:30:31 PM
Stalland

Red, a sight to make the patrons of this tavern glad they came tonight, you are looking better, if not back to your healthy self again, soon be running across rooftops again no doubt
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: Captain Shortworth February 17, 2010, 02:38:20 PM
Lucius

Indeed. Saying you look better is an understatement. I am greatly cheered to see you looking so well. <to Stalland> While I remember, we made a little more money off the last venture, still waiting to get all the information about the other item, but here is your share from the coin. <hands a small purse over which contains 25 swords.>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 17, 2010, 02:42:15 PM
Stalland

Well thats tonights ale paid for, and I suspect we will be in line for a touch more before too long too from my end of things, all we need now is another good fishing spot
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 17, 2010, 02:43:56 PM
Lucius

And a daemonologist who knows how to keep control of his charges a bit better!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 17, 2010, 02:45:43 PM
Stalland

One that doesnt automatically offend his peers would also be of use...which reminds me, where is the addle coved incence burner?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 17, 2010, 02:48:36 PM
Lucius

Gods alone know. Probably keeping his head down, hoping the favour we owe won't be too bad. Silly sod. <turns to Red> When he was trying to find out info on aquatic daemons, the silly sod damn near agreed to kill someone for the info.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Brick February 17, 2010, 02:52:46 PM
Gnaeus

Gnaeus enters the bar, wearing a while tunic as before, though the red border has a slight pattern this time. He has a graze on his upper right cheek, and his knuckles bear the distinctive sign of a fight, but he appears in high spirits and greets Stalland, Lucius and Red with a hearty, "Salvete!" as he orders a mug of strong red wine.
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: Captain Shortworth February 17, 2010, 02:57:01 PM
Lucius

Gnaeus! Looks like you have had a wee scuffle there my man, nothing too troublesome I hope.
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: Nitch February 17, 2010, 02:59:31 PM
<laughs> indeed soon i will be back to full health and people will be hiding there purses in no time,  <gestures to the purse> an interesting tale of misdeeds no doubt?
And as to our dromish companion... i would say that he is somewhat misguided in his occupation, he seems to know what he needs to do, but mess up actually getting it done. but if he starts killing people hes gonna be drawing a little to much unwanted attention...
<turns and greets Gnaeus with a smile and a nod>
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: Brick February 17, 2010, 03:13:54 PM
Gnaeus

"Some Dummonii stulti thought that my purse was theirs for the asking. I, ah, gave them a disappointment, or two - to their face."
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: Ant February 17, 2010, 03:16:01 PM
Stalland

More likely that he will end up face down in a canard, or get one of us entangled in his foolishness, and I am still not happy about that new pet of his. First hint of it misbehaving its a gonner.

Gnaeus, looks like they tried to counter you, obviously their arguments lacked strength
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: Brick February 17, 2010, 03:19:43 PM
Gnaeus

"And now their leg-backs lack tendons!" He pats his long-dagger with one hand, making a horizontal chopping motion with the other. It would not be inaccurate to say that he looks pleased.
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: Nitch February 17, 2010, 03:20:33 PM
<laughs> glad to hear that sloppy work get the retaliation it deserves, if somewhat more brutally then expected.
Unfortunately of late being pelosian in this city makes you more of a target then others, as Lucius will no doubt agree
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: Captain Shortworth February 17, 2010, 03:21:53 PM
Lucius

Round these parts I'm left alone, but if I stray out of my comfort zone too much, I do recieve some unwanted attention.
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: Ant February 17, 2010, 03:28:44 PM
Stalland

A sad state of affairs really, but then many people dont need much of an excuse to attack a foreigner, fortunately we whitelanders come with a reputation.
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: Captain Shortworth February 17, 2010, 03:37:46 PM
Lucius

<looks up at Stalland> Even a short arse Whitelander like you?
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: Ant February 17, 2010, 03:39:50 PM
Stalland

Especially us midgets, less of us to pack the aggo into makes it more concentrated <Stalland grins>
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: Captain Shortworth February 17, 2010, 04:18:56 PM
Lucius

Aye Red, you missed a fishing trip. Quite a profitable one too. We made some cash, made some friends, and it looks like we might be able to fish there again.
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: Bill February 17, 2010, 06:02:52 PM
Pio enters makes his way over to the bar wearing Black breeches a white shirt leather boots, and a black cloak with silver stiching down the front.
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: 348 February 17, 2010, 08:13:39 PM
Nikaneth walks in. His city garb is largely covered by a huge tartan cloak of muted colours. He nods at Stallard and Lucius and aftyer collecting a drink nods at Pio and walks over to him.
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: Ant February 18, 2010, 08:34:33 AM
Lucius

Aye Red, you missed a fishing trip. Quite a profitable one too. We made some cash, made some friends, and it looks like we might be able to fish there again.

Maybe, but we want to be wary of overfishing in one spot, but still, I bet there is plenty more down there. What we need to help us is a Yurwian Finder, but didnt I hear the only one in the city had gone missing?
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: 50 February 18, 2010, 11:45:33 AM
Wedlan

<To Pio and Nik> What can i get you fellows then?
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: Bill February 18, 2010, 12:17:10 PM
Pio
A couple of beers please Wedlan

<to Nik>
How's it gone today?
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: 50 February 18, 2010, 12:51:16 PM
Wedlan

<Pulling beer> So I hear you two are sorting out the murders over on lightside?
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: Bill February 18, 2010, 01:03:28 PM
Pio

Yes we are, you'll let's is know if you here any thing?
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: 50 February 18, 2010, 01:11:19 PM
Wedlan

Sure thing, sounds pretty gruesome and far too close for my liking! <Slides two beers over> ...still now your on it I'm sure it will all be cleared up shortly.
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: Captain Shortworth February 18, 2010, 06:06:45 PM
Lucius

<to Stalland> I think it's time we used that famous Whitelander reputation to find us some seats. Lead on big 'un, I'm in a good mood tonight and want to enjoy myself.
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: 50 February 18, 2010, 09:28:13 PM
There is a small ripple of motion at the entranceway as the tall and elegant Piala arrives.

Rather than pushing through the crowd she seems prepared to stop and ask in deferring manner each individual that might be in her way. Oddly this (perhaps assisted by her striking looks) appears to have the converse effect, inspiring people instead to make the effort to clear a way for her even before she has reached them. In turn this is rewarded by personal acknowledgment and liberal distribution of a gentle smile.

As she approaches the bar you can see she wears a simple dress of soft green suede, sleeveless and fitted to the waist before flaring out slightly to end mid-thigh. Otherwise she wears the same calf high boots, gold chain belt and jewel handled stiletto as last time you saw her.
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: Ant February 19, 2010, 08:32:17 AM
Lucius

<to Stalland> I think it's time we used that famous Whitelander reputation to find us some seats. Lead on big 'un, I'm in a good mood tonight and want to enjoy myself.

Stalland

Good plan, lets move now while people are looking at Piala... <stalland himself looks at her and emits a low whistle> damn thats a fine woman, she also has too much of an air of danger about her, but I tell you what, if she comes to us, we are gonna be heroes <stalland laughs and pushes through the mass of patrons to a nearby table, if the seats are unnocupied by now standing folk he will sit down, else he will perch on the table>
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: 50 February 19, 2010, 09:57:28 AM
The three men sat at the table look disgruntled as Stalland plonks himself down on the table corner, then one of them seems to recognise Lucius and Red, he nudges his companion in the ribs and mutters Umbruc.

A second later they collect their drinks and slope off towards the back of the tap room leaving the table free.

...

Piala finally makes it to the bar and waits patiently until Kora comes over to serve her. Some words are exchanged and Kora passes a goblet of wine over and then points in the direction of your newly acquired table (with possibly a small frown as Piala looks away).
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: Ant February 19, 2010, 10:17:42 AM
Stalland

<leans over to Lucius and mutters>

Hey, whatever works eh, and it looks like given her entrance we are gonna get some serious reputation, either that or we are in the shit and she is gonna stab us or something. I suspect you never can tell with a woman like that.

<As Piala approaches Stalland stands and gives an extravagant bow>

Hail lucht siúil agus dea-shláinte <he says hesitantly> Vel møtt igjen mer rettferdig jomfru, jeg håper du vil ære bordet vårt med din bedrift.

(after this Stalland will translate.)

You know Lucius and Droma I believe and this lady is Red
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: 50 February 19, 2010, 11:29:13 AM
Piala dath Sioc

<Smiles brightly at Stalland's effort> Dea shláinte, gabha focal leat freisin! <laughs, then to Stalland> The honour would be mine ...you will pass my words to all? <to everyone> Pleased to see you again friends!

<Offers her hand to each at the table, ending with Red> ...what a pretty corset and the colour to match your name! I'm sure we shall be good friends, yes?
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: Ant February 19, 2010, 11:47:51 AM
Stalland

<Offers a chair to Piala and once she is sat>

How fare you today Piala, you certainly look well <Stalland gestures around the inn room and smiles> Certainly a vision to command men's hearts
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: Brick February 19, 2010, 03:08:08 PM
Gnaeus

Gnaeus pushes through the crowd to the table. He does so arrogantly, and looks surprised when a burly Pyraxian, wearing tanner's leathers, impassively refuses to move. Gnaeus drops his hand to the hilt of his dagger momentarily, with eyes narrowed, before moving around him and joining the table.

"Pathicus!" He shakes his head, then smiles. "How pleasing to have a table to sit, I see the whitelander, ah, reputation is deserved?" He then notices Piala and does a quick double-take. "Ah, I see that an angel has joined us, how pleasant to my eyes!"
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: Ant February 19, 2010, 03:15:45 PM
Stalland

Most reputations are earned along the way, and if a friend can offer advice to another, be less quick in your anger in this place, it is well liked as a place where all can meet under a, ah, peaceful roof.

But Gnaeus, this is Piala dath Sioc, Piala this is a recent aquaintance of ours Gnaeus
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: Nitch February 19, 2010, 04:00:29 PM
<accepts Piala's hand with a smile> pleasure to meet you,i'm sure we will. so what brings you into our company this evening?
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: 50 February 19, 2010, 10:27:07 PM
Piala dath Sioc

<Smiles at Red and takes the seat Stalland offers, drawing it round so she sits next to red>

I am well thank you Stalland, I have spent a few days exploring the Haak and find it enthralling.

<laughs as Stalland translates Gnaeus' words as he arrives> Then I must feel sorry for whichever place you come from that has such poor angels as you could mistake for me! ...good to meet you Gnaeus.

<To Red> Ah... well, firstly wine and good company but you are very astute that i have another motive which i may talk of later, but first is for first so - wine and good company! <holds up her goblet then takes a drink>
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: 348 February 19, 2010, 11:05:05 PM
Nikaneth to Pio
" Look at all the happy young newcomers to the city. Remember when our two Tremallu bands were chosen and we hadn't a care in the world ? Its only a short time ago that three of my brothers in the band died, I mean no offence, but I sometimes wonder if I might have saved some of them if I hadn't been posted elsewhere. I miss them even more now Tess is out of sorts with me.....
 I'm afraid I didn't keep most of your old band alive either, a couple of the hotheads went up against Legionarries before I could stop them.....
 I haven't heard from Bromwyn in a long while, I suppose she might still be in mourning. Theres something mischief lose and stalking in these streets , and I'm not sure its just this monster. I hope the folk of the Canards don't miss her folk-wisdom and healing arts before shedecides to return to us."
< Buys Pio and himself  a drink >
Loudly to entire tavern
" HERES TO ALL THE HEROES DEAD AND ALIVE WHO DEFENDED THE CITY AND FLAME !"
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: Captain Shortworth February 20, 2010, 01:16:13 AM
Lucius

<While sat letting the conversation wash over him (having been in London all day), a drink is placed in front of him and the serving staff who brought it leans close to whisper something in his ear. He looks puzzled and scans the bar before standing up and leaning close to Stalland< Do me a favour and keep half an eye on me will you, something might be up. <He then walks to the bar and puts a hand on Nik's shoulder.>
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: Calliope February 20, 2010, 01:40:07 AM
A tall, willowy woman with long red hair, in a cloak walks in carrying a young blonde boy sleeping in her arms and a large bag over her shoulder.
She barely casts her eyes around the room, walks up to Wedlan, who looks visibly a little shocked.
She talks hurriedly to him in a low hushed voice and is then led up the stairs and into the back of the building.

There is a murmur of whispers around the room and a few faces follow her movements.
(http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s97/CalliopeFrabane/th_BronwenandBleddynapAmaruq.jpg)

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: 348 February 20, 2010, 08:31:55 AM
Nikaneth to Pio
" Gods of the Forest ! Did you just see who that was ? "
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: Ant February 20, 2010, 09:27:31 AM
Stalland

<Looks bemused by events, especially at Lucius then turns to Piala>

So lady, I, ah, we still know so little about you, other than that you are from the islands off Dummoni, are you perhaps prepared to share a little more of yourself with us now?
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: Bill February 20, 2010, 10:02:06 AM
Pio

I don't think you were dreaming and it wasn't the beer.

<waves Wedlan over>

Wedlan would it be possible to enquire wether once mistriss Bromwyn is stettled if she would join us, or if we may join her?
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: Captain Shortworth February 20, 2010, 11:22:25 AM
Lucius

<After a very quick conversation with Nik, he returns to the group.> Apologies for leaving so abrubtly, matters of the city's security called my attention and I needed to speak to one of the Tremallu. Lady Piala, I trust you have enjoyed your visit to our city so far. It's always nice to hear of the city as seen by a fresh pair of eyes. I hope we will be regaled with stories about your time here.
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: Nitch February 20, 2010, 05:22:05 PM
<to Piala> I did not mean to sound accusing in my question, but as you say now is a time for good company <joins Piala in a drink>, I must agree with my companions curiosity though...
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: 50 February 20, 2010, 09:36:40 PM
Pio

I don't think you were dreaming and it wasn't the beer.

<waves Wedlan over>

Wedlan would it be possible to enquire wether once mistriss Bromwyn is stettled if she would join us, or if we may join her?

Wedlan

<seems somewhat distracted and glances up to the door she just went through> ...I'll ask.
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: 50 February 20, 2010, 09:48:48 PM
Stalland

<Looks bemused by events, especially at Lucius then turns to Piala>

So lady, I, ah, we still know so little about you, other than that you are from the islands off Dummoni, are you perhaps prepared to share a little more of yourself with us now?

Piala dath Sioc

<Whilst Lucius is with Nik> Ah.. well yes I think that would be right, though I might still like to stay vague on some points <looks down> As I said before, not all my business in this wonderful city is my own and some of those I arrived with would not wish me to speak on those duties, for now I shall honour them.
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: 50 February 20, 2010, 10:38:18 PM
Lucius
<...returns to the group.> [...]I trust you have enjoyed your visit to our city so far. It's always nice to hear of the city as seen by a fresh pair of eyes. I hope we will be regaled with stories about your time here.
Red
I did not mean to sound accusing in my question, but as you say now is a time for good company <joins Piala in a drink>, I must agree with my companions curiosity though...

Piala dath Sioc

<holds out her hands as though to fend off an attack and smiles> Amazing! There is no chance for reticence with you as friends!

Well I shall try to cover my life in such manner as to not bore!

I come from beyond the Bay of Winds off the northern edge of Dummonii. In my tongue my lands are just named Hoileáin, as I explained to Stalland last we met, my people follow the goddess Dummonii and speak her tongue but we do not hold ourselves part of their ‘nation’.

My father is …
<she says something and there is a brief un-translated discussion between Stalland and Piala before he continues to echo her words in Pyraxian> …’important in our tribe’ and I was learning to be a mediator for our people.

But then our druid augured and saw a thing for me of which I cannot tell, but the thing was such that it meant that I would have to leave our homeland.

I must admit I was scared at first but eventually I came to think on it as a good thing, I had always loved the skalds tales of far off places and though I had once visited Woodport in my youth I saw here the chance to truly travel the world and see the glory of existence in all its richness and diversity!

So I have been to Woodport in  Mórthír and after a few Munes to Marinus in Pelosia, though we stayed for only a few days, then to here.
I think I met you on my second night in the city!
<pauses and takes a drink> That is all I can think of, but I will answer a question if I have been unclear?

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: 50 February 21, 2010, 12:26:10 AM
Piala dath Sioc

<takes another sip of her drink> ...anyway to answer Lucius, the city I have seen so far is incredible! The opulence and variety is almost overwhelming, but whilst I have found wandering very interesting I must confess to a very girlish desire <looks at at Red whilst Stalland continues to translate>...do you think you might be able to show me the markets? I'm sure I'd be lost without a sister to guide me!
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: Captain Shortworth February 21, 2010, 09:44:15 AM
Lucius

<When Piala is chatting to Red, I nudge Stalland...> Looks like everyone is making an appearance here tonight, <Pointing towards a familiar looking ferryman over at another table> Thik we should buy him a drink and see if we can go fishing again at some point?
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: Ant February 21, 2010, 11:57:24 AM
Stalland

<replies in a whisper to Lucius> Hey little brother, not tonight, tonight is a night for carousing and flaunting our fine company, we will find him soon enough, and he will happily take us out again no doubt

<to Red and Piala> Haha, I suspect Red will be an expert on any number of markets and traders, just be wary she doesnt spend all your coin for you! Though if you know of a good gold, silver or coppersmith, I would speak with them, and I am sure we can show you many other sights of the city too should you like it.
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: 50 February 22, 2010, 11:19:36 AM
Piala dath Sioc

<Looks thoughtful for a moment> ...well I was disappointed to find that the Pharos no longer stands for I believe it was a true wonder <leans forward and speaks quietly> …but as I mentioned before I am most eager to visit the Nostrum.

I have heard tales since a child of the great cathedral of the alla-fire that is the beating heart of this city, but it seems since the invasion none but the invokers are allowed to enter.

Of all the places that is where I would wish to visit most of all, if you could assist with that I would be truly indebted to you.

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: Ant February 22, 2010, 11:32:48 AM
Stalland

Dear Lady, the Pharos was indeed a sight to behold, speaking as a sailor it was a joy to behold when coming into port. I can only hope the city will see it rebuilt one day.

As for the Nostrum, perhaps there are ways and means, but if nought else they may take time to arrange but until then we will gladly act as guides for you. Tell me, have you seen the arena yet at all? It is not to everyones taste, but it is an experience of this city nontheless. It is also the time of testing for the city's new Tremmalu soon and that always provides some entertainment to watch.
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: 50 February 22, 2010, 12:33:54 PM
Over at the door the crowd is brushed apart as two huge Whitelanders push up to the bar.

Each wears a bright new hauberk of mail, and has both truncheon hanging from belt and whiteaxe hung from a shoulder strap. Fine black wool cloaks are draped over, held pinned by polished bronze claw clasps.

The first one (who sports three parallel scars up his neck ending in a ruined ear) bangs on the bar and loudly calls for ale, his black bearded companion laughs loudly and says something whilst sweeping aside a couple who are waiting to be served.
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: Captain Shortworth February 22, 2010, 12:39:16 PM
Lucius

Well, shit. Looks like the watch are here to restore some civility to the Barge. Matris diligo!
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: Ant February 22, 2010, 12:41:17 PM
Stalland

Our gallant protectors of law and order?...Dont we all feel safe now?..Who in Lorgans name gave them and their kind the cartel contract?
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: 50 February 22, 2010, 01:32:04 PM
Piala dath Sioc

<Examines the two for a moment, then mutters> muc dúr.
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: Ant February 22, 2010, 01:37:24 PM
Stalland

I think I understood the sentiment there, they are men that give other men a bad name, and not just us Whitelanders.

Where is Pio or Scipio when you need proper, honest law men.
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: Captain Shortworth February 22, 2010, 03:59:25 PM
Lucius

<Nods to the bar> Pio was in not too long ago, lets see if he has anything to say to them about abuse of power.
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: Ant February 22, 2010, 04:08:24 PM
Stalland

Bah, Ascerak take them, they will not sour my mood when I have such fine and comely company, tell me, Piala, and you Red, do either of you sing or dance or play an instrument?
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: Brick February 22, 2010, 04:17:32 PM
Gnaeus

"'Sold?' They sell the right to be vigiles here? They look like, ah, trouble-makers, not trouble-solvers."
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: Bill February 22, 2010, 05:10:03 PM
Pio
<looks over at the Whitelanders and goes back to talking to Nikaneth>

Where's the Umbruc when there needed?
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: 348 February 22, 2010, 06:57:25 PM
Nikaneth leans over and mutters something to Wedlan.
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: 50 February 22, 2010, 08:45:57 PM
Wedlan responds to Nikaneth with only a few words then moves off to serve other customers, whilst clearly trying to keep himself in the third of the bar closest to the two watchmen.

For their part the two giants race each other to the bottom of two tankards of ale each before calling loudly for a couple of jugs of wine...
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: 50 February 22, 2010, 08:51:14 PM
Piala dath Sioc

<nods at Gnaeus words> I too am confused, if they are the watchmen how did they buy the right to that duty, do they not work for the lords of the city?

...and what are these Tremallu and Umbruc I have heard mention - are they a different sort of watch?
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: Captain Shortworth February 22, 2010, 09:29:10 PM
Lucius

No my lady, they do not answer to the lords of this city. In a way that is a good thing, if the lords were corrupt, then having a private army controlled by them would be a bad thing. The Tremallu are a different thing altogether. They do answer to the lords, such as they are, but work more as trouble-shooters, as Stalland once put it to me. The Umbruc are true independents. They have their own interests, which often run parallel to the good of the city and are, for the most part trusted to take good care of its citizens and keep the wealth circulating. How they go about that though, sometimes makes them unpopular.
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: Ant February 22, 2010, 09:45:20 PM
Stalland

Hahahaha Lucius you are a fine spokesman for them. To put it a different way, the Tremallu are problem solvers, in that if there is a problem, such as the killings over on lightside, it is them that will be tasked to solve it. They are employed, paid for in the most by their sponsors who are often Koryphians - the ruling council, but they must follow the laws and charter of the city.

The Watch Cartels are in effect mercenary companies that act as watchmen, guards, vigils to use the Pelosian word and they are supposed to maintain law and order but unlike the Tremallu they are limited to a small part of the city for each seperate cartel. It is the accusation that many of these Cartels failed in their duty during the Pelosian invasion, and indeed many turned traitor.

And the Umbruc, well the have been called in the past shadow cartels. For the most part they work to the city's benefit as Lucius said, after all if the city is rich, like all businesses so are they. Some I suspect are less, shall we say benevolant, than others.

But you are all determined to talk business tonight, and I am determined to make a party of it. Gaeus, take some coin and fech us mead and meat.
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: 348 February 22, 2010, 10:31:14 PM
Nikaneth to Pio
" As I understand it the Watch are there to watch for the Umbric and the Umbric watch out for the Watch."
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: 50 February 23, 2010, 12:13:25 AM
Kora rushes over with two jugs of wine for the Whitelanders, she puts them on the bar but as she turns to retrieve a couple of goblets the scar-cheeked giant leans over the bar top and snatches her up by the waist.

She shrieks loudly and kicks and pummels as the Northman hauls her half over the bar and presses a kiss on her, his bearded companion laughs and says loudly 'forsiktig bror du ikke har kvinner-lykken i kveld'

Wedlan is quickly up the bar towards scar-cheek but only manages 'let her go...urk!' as black-beard stretches over the bar top and catches him off-guard with a push, sending him sprawling back onto the floor behind the bar.

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: 348 February 23, 2010, 12:28:24 AM
Nikaneth:" THATS ENOUGH ! "
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: Captain Shortworth February 23, 2010, 12:39:37 AM
Lucius

<drops his goblet and has his sword in his hand a second later, making his way to the trouble>
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: Calliope February 23, 2010, 12:48:00 AM
Bronwen appears at the bottom of the stairs, her long red hair lifting with static and wearing Tremallu insignia. Her voice raises harsh and load above the crowd.

Sett henne ned, du melk Welp, er at at hvordan du viser tapperhet du angripe småjenter. Tilbake til Hett'Gavarr, før jeg må besøke Golden Claw og minne dere alle hva det er som å møte en bjørn. Dette huset er nøytral bakken blir det ingen problemer her, eller du finner det umulig å drikke øl i denne byen igjen. Gå nu din herre ringer deg hjemme hundene!

<she steps forward and gestures towards the door with a toss of her head, never taking her eyes off the man holding Kora>
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: Bill February 23, 2010, 08:33:09 AM
Pio moves next to Nikaneth and waits for the whitelanders response.
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: 50 February 23, 2010, 08:37:53 AM
As Bronweyn makes it to the bottom of the stairs shouting over the crowd and Lucius shoves his way through (his drawn sword making people leap out of the way), Nik launches at Black-beard and smashes a tankard into the side of his head.

The blow, though heavy doesn't fell the giant and as Nik makes a grab for the Whitelanders head he gets a huge back hand cuff sending him staggering back several paces.

Black-Beard then turns directly to face Nik with a big grin on his face, just as Lucius pushes through the rapidly widening circle of people next to Nik with his sword clearly visable.

Scar-cheek lets go of Kora and turns to Bronwen laughing.

Your man must be as a boy, as how would he approach someone so frigid as to think a kiss an attack! Go suckle your babe Witch, before I decide to take insult...
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: Ant February 23, 2010, 08:58:47 AM
Stalland

<Moves forward, regretting now coming out in only a silk shirt and armed with his long knife before addressing the two, using his deepest, clearest voice, his language couched in that of the Whitelandish nobility>

Bror, er du langt fra skipet ditt og din herre nå og denne jenta ønsker ikke din oppmerksomhet, bli borte nå, før det er behov for var-gull for å bli dømt på beina.

<he holds his hand to Kora>

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: Captain Shortworth February 23, 2010, 09:05:50 AM
Lucius

You picked the wrong tavern gentlemen. I don't care which badge you wear from whatever watch cartel, this is a pub that Tremallu and shadow cartels drink in, and I doubt your boss would be happy for you to make enemies of either on by distrupting their drinking time. I think it's time for you to leave before this gets out of hand.
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: Bill February 23, 2010, 09:30:11 AM
Pio

STAND DOWN and LEAVE
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: Ant February 23, 2010, 09:44:28 AM
Stalland

<Turns and whispers to Pio>

Shouting at a whitelander really doesnt encourage him to do anything other than fight you
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: 50 February 23, 2010, 09:44:46 AM
Black-beard looks at Nik, Lucius, Pio and Stalland, his glance takes in Lucius drawn blade and his smile if anything gets wider and he drops a shoulder slightly to allow quick access to the whitexe slung there.

Scar-cheek turns his attention from Bronwen to the others and then puts a hand on his companions arm.

<to Lucius> Bah! You would be the one to well remember that your thief-master will not take it good if you start with us little-man.
<To the rest> Is this a tavern or court? We are here to drink and make merry and if that involves stealing a kiss from the barmaid that fetches our ale then that is it!

Kora slips past the two (who ignore her) and takes Stalland’s hand, Black-beard continues to stare with a wide grin...
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: Ant February 23, 2010, 09:52:10 AM
Stalland

Nay, not in this tavern, and not in this city, you want a woman then pay for it, but do not steal it, not here.

<Stalland points>

The door is that way, from there you can take any direction, both will take you away from here
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: Captain Shortworth February 23, 2010, 09:53:23 AM
Lucius

Couldn't have put it better myself. If drinking and stealing kisses is what you're after, I think you need to look elsewhere, I hear Dummoni is nice this time of year. And I wouldn't be worried about this little sword if I was you. I would be concerned with the rest of the steel that is slowly getting drawn all around you. With the fight stopper Wedlan keeps behind the bar. And if I know anything about Whitelanders, you're being very foolish not to be worried about the witch.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 23, 2010, 09:54:45 AM
(OOC: Gah who the hell scheduled a meeting for me in the middle of a bar fight! 2hours FFS!)
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: 50 February 23, 2010, 10:10:05 AM
Scar-cheek

<Turns back to the bar, takes up his jug of wine and takes a long draught> Pfft! ...steel is nothing without men to wield it!

Wedlan

<moves to stand behind the bar opposite the giants> Take your wine, and find some other tavern this evening. I want no blood spilled in my feast-hall. Or would you have I bar my doors to the Bronze-claw on your actions?

Black-beard

<continues to stare at Lucius with a huge grin...>
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: 348 February 23, 2010, 10:54:58 AM
Nikaneth flicks back his cloak on the side his huge knife is belted put doesn't draw it.
" Best scabbard your blades before everyone draws one."
< To Whitelander Watchmen > " I think its obvious that you arn't welcome in this tavern tonight. Best find a place where you can have a drink and a wench and 'maker merry' somewhere else in the Canards."
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: 50 February 23, 2010, 11:12:38 AM
Scar-cheek

Dritt! this is worse than the haranguing of my wife!

<Takes another pull of his wine before scooping up the second jug in the same hand> Come brother, lets leave the fish-hall to the fish-wives!
<taps Black-beard on the shoulder, turns and makes his way through the parting crowd to the door>

Black-beard

<Stabs a finger at Lucius and growls> My grey-tongue grows thirsty as yours, come outside now and they can sup together! <takes a look round, shrugs and walks slowly out>
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: Nitch February 23, 2010, 11:13:37 AM
(ooc: bloody hell I missed alot)
<having 'acquired' a dagger in each hand, Red silently moves to the other side of Kora, while watching the whitelanders leave she lets out a deep sigh and with a mischievous grin whispers to Stalland> And here I was hoping for a quiet night...
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: Ant February 23, 2010, 11:23:22 AM
Stalland

I was hoping for a loud night little sister, but not like this.

<watches the two whitelanders leave> Come on, we need more ale and wine, Wedlan, is there a fiddler in the place, have them play a fast tune.

<puts his arm round Kora> You ok?
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: Captain Shortworth February 23, 2010, 11:25:10 AM
Lucius

Fuck. That. <slides his sword back into its scabbard and orders a replacement drink> Bloody watch cartells! Seems like they go out of their way to ruin a good night out. They give sons of meretrix a bad name.
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: 348 February 23, 2010, 11:30:55 AM
Nikaneth < To Wedlan > " Nothing broken, bar the tankard which you can put on my slate."
Looks up to were Bronwyn is stood. Nods.
" Do you wish to join Pio and myself old friend ?"
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: Captain Shortworth February 23, 2010, 11:42:53 AM
Lucius

<Looks up to the mystery woman who was doing all the Whitelandish shouting> Hope you didn't take the 'witch' comment seriously, I was just trying to appeal to the more base fears of whitelander men. No offense intended. <with a fresh drink returns with the others to the table>
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: 50 February 23, 2010, 12:06:20 PM
A few moments after Black-beard has left there is a smattering of applause and a few cheers before the hubub rises again.

Wedlan

<Breathes a big sigh> It's like serving wild Vragg in here with the Northmen some nights, no offence Stalland.

Still nice for you all to get my back so quick!
<Smiles> No worries on the tankard Nik - You've broken more than that on an evening before - probably not quite so dramatically though! <laughs>

..anyway the taps are free to you fellows for the rest of the night! what can I get you?


 

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: 50 February 23, 2010, 12:12:23 PM
Kora

<Nods ...then stretches up to give Stalland a passionate kiss> Thank you Stalland! <smiles hugely> ...thanks all! <lets go of Stalland> Now let me get back to the bar and get you those drinks.
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: Ant February 23, 2010, 12:25:12 PM
Stalland

Haha, none taken Wedlan since it wasnt you I was looking to aid <Grins> A flaggon of dark ale and a fast tune to sing to is what I need
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: Nitch February 23, 2010, 12:31:52 PM
<Red moves into the crowd, returning the daggers with a wicked smile and the words 'thanks for letting me borrow this' to a couple of confused looking patrons before rejoining the group>
<to Lucius> looks like you made a new friend this evening
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: 348 February 23, 2010, 12:34:14 PM
Nikaneth ( Quietly To Pio ) " I wonder if theres another Whitelander here ..or a part Whitelander at any rate ? ( Takes fresh tankard ) Heres to the old comrades we lost."
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: Ant February 23, 2010, 12:36:22 PM
Stalland

<Drains the last of his tankard and hands it to Kora before breaking into an upbeat song>

Now as I come home so drunk I couldn't see, oh
There I saw a Tether, no Tether there should be
I says unto me wife, tell this to me, oh
How come the Tether there, no Tether there should be
You old fool, you silly fool, can't you plainly see, oh
Nothing but a Homorn me mother sent to me, oh
Miles I have travelled a thousand miles and more, oh
Saddle on a Homorn I've never seen before

And as I come home so drunk I couldn't see, oh
There I saw boots, no boots there should be
I says unto me wife, tell this to me, oh
How come the boots there, no boots there should be
You old fool, you silly fool, can't you plainly see, oh
Nothing but a flower pot me mother sent to me, oh
Miles I have travelled a thousand miles and more, oh
Laces on a flower pot i've never seen before

And as I come home so drunk I couldn't see, oh
There I saw a hat, no hat there should be
I says unto me wife, tell this to me, oh
How come the hat there, no hat there should be
You old fool, you silly fool, can't you plainly see, oh
Nothing but a chamber pot me mother sent to me, oh
Miles I have travelled a thousand miles and more, oh
Feather in a chamber pot I've never seen before

And as I come home so drunk I couldn't see, oh
There I saw a man, no man there should be
I says unto me wife, tell this to me, oh
How come the man there, no man there should be
You old fool, you silly fool, can't you plainly see, oh
Nothing but a baby me mother sent to me, oh
Miles I have travelled a thousand miles and more, oh
Whiskers on a baby i've never seen before
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: Bill February 23, 2010, 12:48:21 PM
Pio
<to nikaneth in an equally quite voice> I suspect so. < also taking a fresh tankard> Here's to those that didn't make it.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 23, 2010, 01:00:13 PM
Lucius

<To Red> Yeah, the tall pile of shit did seem to have his eye on me didn't he. Ah well, I'm sure he will get all he deserves. With Nik and Pio over there watching things, and putting in a bad word about the Golden Claw, it might move the city a step closer to rescinding their watch contract.
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: Calliope February 23, 2010, 02:25:55 PM
<Bronwen laughs and makes her way though the crowd to Nik and Pio, smiling and nodding to the Umberucs who stood up for Kora>
To Welan - a small wine please and a runner if you have a spare please my old friend.

To Pio and Nik - How did you two manage to stay out of trouble without me? How are you both, I hear you have upset Tess again! <scowling with a smile on her face at Nik>
I can't leave Bleddyn long, he is worn out, but I like to be there if he wakes. Have you seen Scipio recently, I could do with speaking to him. I presume that the Lady and The Dreamer have not returned!
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: Captain Shortworth February 23, 2010, 02:43:54 PM
A nice song my friend, but how about a story?
I’m sure you have heard of storytellers getting their ideas from dreams, well this is a tale of how one of them stole a story from the Dream Weaver, and got away with it.

His name was Fabulan Dicos and he made his living telling tales to any who would listen, like you Stalland, but he wrote without resorting to song at the drop of a hat. From a young age he knew he had a gift, so it was that before he was too old he started to worry that he would run out of tales. The worry caused the problem to become real and his mind became blank; his patrons would not pay to hear the same old stories and he soon became desperate. He turned to whatever substances he could find to grasp hold of a muse and soon was penniless and on the streets.

It was then that during a drug addled fever he was approached by the Dream Weaver and offered a deal. The price was high and Dicos would never tell anyone what he was asked for, but what he was offered was the greatest of stories to tell the waking world; a story so immaculate and intricately woven that those who heard It would dream it over and over, spreading far and wide the Dream Weaver’s influence and power. Dicos agreed, knowing to turn Him down would mean certain oblivion.

But Dicos was not a fool, and before the end of the dream, when he was being shown the story that would make him rich, he stopped the Dream Weaver and told him that the story could not end like it was doing. The Dream Weaver, like his brothers and sisters, was endless, and paused, thinking that Dicos may have a point, and told him to await his return the following night, but if he was to share the story with anyone else before the terms of the deal were completed, Dicos would never sleep easy again.

Dicos awoke feeling better than he had done in months and approached a rich family offering them tales they would not believe. Although his reputation had taken a turn for the worse, there were still those who respected him and he was invite in, fed and cleaned. He was careful not to share what the Dream Weaver had shown him but with the confidence that he would soon know the greatest story ever told, his own imagination began to flourish again. That night he was visited again to watch the story unfold before his dreaming eyes, but again he stopped before the end saying it still didn’t work, and again the Dream Weaver promised he would return.

This carried on for many nights that turned into many months that turned into many years, each morning, unknown to the Dream Weaver, Dicos would commit the story to paper, hiding it well from his patrons and eventually from his wife and after that from his children, never sharing the dream with another living soul. After the years passed, Dicos knew he would soon be visited by The Dream Weaver’s older sister so he wrote a letter to his oldest son to be read when passed to the other world and waited for the end to come.

The Dream Weaver knew the end was close for Dicos but not convince him that any ending to the story was good enough, in fact it became harder to complete the longer the story became and the more the plot developed, until one night, The Dream Weaver could not find Dicos anywhere in his realm and asked his sister if she had met him. She had, and told her brother not to be angry as he had lost nothing in the deal and Dicos had gained just as little.

The Dream weaver thought nothing of it for many nights until he encountered his tale in the mind of another, then another, but his power hadn’t grown, his name was nowhere in the story. Instead it concerned only mortal men and their triumphs; there could be no mistaking the Dream Weavers work however and he searched his realm for the first threads of the story, finding them in a mortal mind he had never dealt with before. A young mind, so proud of its father and so willing to tell the story to anyone, allowing it to work its way through the entire kingdom of sleep.
 
There was nothing the Dream Weaver could do but watch the story unfold, and after many nights, when it finally ended, he shed a tear for the lives of men that so quickly passed through his kingdom, an ending he could never have envisioned, and he turned his gaze away from the child without a hint of anger.
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: Ant February 23, 2010, 02:48:29 PM
Stalland

A fine story indeed, and one I shall remember, but it is plain you do not earn you coin by wordcraft because it is a maudlin tale and no mistake, one for the small dark hours when the mood is more fitting, but now it is an early time and we must make merry!

Piala, Red, surely one of you has a funny tale or happy yarn you can spin us? Else if this mood continues we might as well go out and have a pissing contest with Black Beard and be done with the night!
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: 348 February 23, 2010, 02:54:14 PM
" When myself and the rest of our band were in the wilds a couple of years ago we slew a lot of Pellosian legionarries. It still makes me smile to remember the occassion "
< Shrugs and goes back to chatting with Pio >
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: Bill February 23, 2010, 02:55:02 PM
Pio

Surprisingly easily most of the time. Scipio is <Pauses>about, and you are correct Neither of our patrons have returned.

I think we need to catch properly in a more private surroundings <the emphasis was definitely on private>
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: Ant February 23, 2010, 02:58:26 PM
<Stalland looks at the back of Niks head and mutters something under his breath>
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: Captain Shortworth February 23, 2010, 03:23:59 PM
Lucius

<Also looking at Nik, talking quietly> That boy should keep his voice down, people might start getting worried about the Tremallu as well as the Watch,

<A bit louder> How about a game to play to lighten our spirits? We have free drinks tonight, anyone know of anything fun?
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: Ant February 23, 2010, 03:28:06 PM
Stalland

Since Wedlan is paying for our ale, why not? <Stalland empties a goblet of wine and produces two ivory, six sided dice>

A simple game, MEIER, you roll the dice in the cup, and the first person looks at them, without showing anyone and tells them his score, or a higher or lower score if they want...and passes the cup and dice to the next person who then has a choice...

They can accept the dice cup, and believe the previous player. They then re-roll the dice and must get something better - or lie, and claim they got something better.

They can challenge the previous player, and look at the dice. If the dice are worse than the first player claimed, the first player looses and must take a drink. If the dice are the same or better than the first player claimed, the first player wins and the challenger must take a drink.

They can accept the dice cup, and pass it on unchecked and accept what the first player said. The third player could then challenge them, and if it turned out the first player had lied it is the second player who looses the life not the first.

If the cup goes the whole way around the circle like this and returns to the person who originally called the score, they cannot simply pass it on. They have to either challenge the person passing them the box or try and get a better score.

As I said, loser takes a drink!
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: Captain Shortworth February 23, 2010, 03:33:35 PM
Lucius

I think I get that. Who goes first then?

(OOC Not usre how this is going to work without having the dice to oll, but I reckon we can have fun)
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: Ant February 23, 2010, 03:35:29 PM
Stalland

My dice, I go first <Stalland gives a grin, shakes the dice and passed the cup to Red.>


(OOC: I dont think it matters, we play the game and get drunk :D)
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: 50 February 23, 2010, 03:49:29 PM
Piala dath Sioc

<Has clearly been thinking for a while then smiles> Ahh... you translate this tale from my homeland Stalland?..

..A blonde girl from Holeain was visiting NosterPyrax, she had seen in the markets the fabulous and intricate Praxis-hide boots that the locals make and very much wanted to buy a pair. But after days of scouring the stalls and haggling was frustrated that no-one would sell her a pair for a price she could afford.

“Fine!” she said to one storekeeper “Well I’ll just go out onto the river plain and catch my own Praxis so I can get some boots at a decent price!”. The storekeeper gave her a knowing smile and said “well why don’t you just, …good luck with that!”

Later that evening the storekeep was out on the river plain when he saw the blonde girl stood waist deep in the river with a Dummonii bow in her hands.    Just then, he spots a huge Praxis swimming rapidly toward her.

With lightning speed, she takes aim, kills the creature and, with a great deal of effort, hauls it onto the bank. Lying nearby are several more of the dead creatures.

The shopkeeper stands on the bank and watches this scenario in amazed silence. Just then, the girl struggles and flips the creature on its back. Then, rolling her eyes skyward and screaming in great frustration, she shouts out, "Damn, this one is barefoot, too!"
<pauses then laughs>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 23, 2010, 03:53:23 PM
Lucius

<Laughs out loud, in a very genuine way>

(OOC I actually did laugh out loud at that one.)
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: Ant February 23, 2010, 03:57:22 PM
Stalland

<Also laughs out loud>

Much better!
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: Nitch February 23, 2010, 03:58:25 PM
Red

<chuckles at the story before looking suspisciously at the cup in her hand and mumbling to herself> ...this is going to lead to a headache tomorrow... <to Stalland> so what was your role?
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: Ant February 23, 2010, 04:00:09 PM
Stalland

<Smirks at Red>

It will only hurt if you keep losing...my roll was 7...or stop drinking
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: Captain Shortworth February 23, 2010, 04:05:45 PM
Lucius

50/50 chance! What a bastard!
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: Nitch February 23, 2010, 04:08:00 PM
Red

<laughs> who stops drinking when the wine is free?? <looks thoughtful for a few seconds> to much of a convenient role, i'm gonna challenge you <looks at the dice>

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: Calliope February 23, 2010, 04:16:07 PM
To Gerent and Pio - it would seem odd and be rude if I left just yet. If you can hold your voices low we can talk up in my chambers after a drink or two.
Am I right in thinking the new Tremalleu will be initiated this week? Are you both on duty for it?I will have to show myself at the Tremalleu Hall in the morning to confirm that I am back in the city. 
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: Ant February 23, 2010, 04:25:09 PM
Stalland

<Grins and takes a draft of ale as Red sees the two dice only total 4>

Your roll
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: 348 February 23, 2010, 04:26:14 PM
Nikaneth ( Hugs Bronwyn )
" Great to see you, I thought I glimpsed you outside this place a while back. Regarding the new band , I still need to hear what my duties are with regard to the event. Even if Scipio doesn't get in touch it, would be interesting to see all the Tremallu together.
I've a lot to ask, but I suppose it will wait till you can speak to ourselves without it becoming instant tavern gossip."
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: Nitch February 23, 2010, 04:34:25 PM
Red

<rolls the dice and passes the cup to Piala> your turn my friend, my roll was 9
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: 50 February 23, 2010, 04:44:08 PM
Piala dath Sioc

<looks for a second> If you promise that it will not ruin our friendship! ...then I suggest you are not being entirely honest?
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: 50 February 23, 2010, 04:51:56 PM
Piala dath Sioc

<To Red> ...So sister, do you think you could save a blond girl from Hoileáin from embarrassment and show me the markets tomorrow?
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: Nitch February 23, 2010, 05:06:02 PM
Red

<breaks into a grin as Piala lifts the cup to reveal a 5 and a 4> Our friendship stands despite your doubts as to my honesty and I would gladly show you the markets tomorrow, although I would also request that Stalland joins us, not only for his good company but as a translator and an open invitation stands if anyone else wishes to come <flicks a quick glance to Lucius’s>
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: Ant February 23, 2010, 05:28:11 PM
Stalland

What could be a better day than the company of two such lovely women? Besides I also have need of the markets but if Red keeps winning she might be the only one able to talk never mind haggling!
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: Bill February 23, 2010, 05:46:32 PM
Pio

As far as I'm aware I have no official fitta on that night but with the way things are who knows, I don't even know if we will be replaced, so to speak.
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: Captain Shortworth February 23, 2010, 06:11:06 PM
Lucius

I'm in need of clothing better suited to a man of my new rank, so if you don't mind having me tag along, I would love to join.  <Smiles at Red, but looks away quickly>
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: Ant February 23, 2010, 06:20:36 PM
Stalland

You will be welcome Lucius, after all these two will need someone to carry their new dresses and shoes
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 23, 2010, 11:57:07 PM
Lucius

<after many rounds of MEIER...> I am having trouble counting the spots. Either that or you have played us unfair and have added 7 extra spots to that die. Either way, I think we should seriously consider going home. If the lanky shits are waiting for us though, I nominate Nik to kill them all.
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: Nitch February 24, 2010, 12:15:28 AM
Red

<giggles quite a bit before considering the dice with a slight frown> no i definately think it's the dice, and we can't leave while the drinks are free, not until the bar closes
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: Calliope February 24, 2010, 07:30:33 AM
<after only a couple of small wines Bromwen turns to Nik and Pio>
Right I am afraid that my responsibilities require me to return to my chambers. However, if you think that you can keep your voices low you may join me fir a drink and a chat with old friends by a fire.
<she goes to the bar collects a wine bottle and 3 glasses then looks up to the Victory Cup above the bar and smiles>
<turning to Welan before retireing upstairs> I forgot yo thank you for housing Amaroq's Cup while The Green Harpoon is being renovated, it is good that it is on show. I should find a good reason to fill it and have a party while it is here.
< to nik and pio> come on I have someone I want you to meet upstairs.
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: 348 February 24, 2010, 08:56:34 AM
Nikaneth purchases a bottle mutters " Might need to wet a head"  and is happy to follow Pio and Bronwyn.
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: Bill February 24, 2010, 09:22:54 AM
Pio

<to Wedlan>

If Starpole comes in comes in can you let me know.

<follows Bronwyn>
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: Ant February 24, 2010, 09:47:29 AM
In the bar of the Barge and Ferryman the drinking continues long into the night, as the fire grows low and the candles dim...

Stalland

<firstly, in a quiet voice, but one that carries well and with a normal metre>

I will tell you now of a tale of heroes, of war, of love and of death…

To the great port city of Nosterpyrax, where all are free and its wealth is coveted by evil nations there come men and women every day, some for fortune, some for freedom, some out of fear and some out of hope.

But I will tell you of three that were drawn here by fate, guided by their gods, drawn together, perhaps, even by the very soul of Uma herself.

From the north came a Whitelander, tall as a tree, broad as a mountain and with the aspect of a prince, his name was Amaruq and soon the jackals of the city would know there was now a Lion amongst them.

From the Islands to the East, from across the sea came a druidess of the Yurwian people, her hair like the setting sun, her skin like finest snow and the power of the Goddess burning in her blood. Bromwyn was she.

Out of the endless forests of Dummoni came Bendegid, swift and lithe, a warrior and leader of his tribe, a hawk who longed only to range free and hunt where he will.

Fate brought them to the canards and fate joined them together, and wove the skeins of their lives into the weave of this city’s great tapestry.

Many feared them, many called them murderous barbarians, but they loved the city, and defended its laws, and those they defended knew their worth and called them heroes and as time passed there became around them an island of peace and law with Bronwyn the wise and gentle countering her husband Amaruq in his power and might while Bendegid the Hawk showed he was a leader of men.

All was well until the fateful time when the Dread Pelosians once more tried to bring the Free City under its yoke, when fire raged through the city, the harbour boiled with blood and the enemy ran amok through the streets.

Panic raged, and under a tide of rape and pillage the defences of the city buckled. Those thought to defend the city were no where to be seen, or worse, turned traitor and those they called criminals rose up in defence of liberty and all reason was gone for a time as brigands, beggars and bakers manned the barricades.

But in this the three held their calm and knew what was to be done, even though they knew their task was large and their chances small. Through the city they stole, the saving of lives their only goal, the Koryph must live or ‘Pyrax would fall.

But already the enemy had struck, their guards in place and the Koryph trapped. But the three pressed on.

The scythe of Amaruq reaped many lives and the arrows of Bendegid took their prey while Bronwyn fair and terrible unleashed the power of Uma. Bones cracked and blood boiled, wounds staunched and hurts healed by the will of the Druidess.


<Stallands voice then changes, it takes on a more timber tone and the pace changes to a poetic beat>

Long time they fought,
shields were sundered,
blades were shattered
but the Koryph it was saved.

The battle raged,
arrows flew;
words of power spoken
and the ground did tremble
at the fight.
Blood did run as out
they fought but
the three were few and
the way was long and soon the heroes,
in triumph,
fell.

First Bendegid,
the hawk’s wings clipped,
his arrows spent
he held the breach with knife in hand.
“Go” says he, “go and be free”,
and turned then he
to meet his long known fate
as Amaruq answered by the simple reply.
“We are men, thou and I.”

And so without a tear,
turned Amaruq and left,
ahead the Goodwife Bromwyn led
the Koryph on to freedom.

But all too soon
the enemy came,
to fall on the heroes two.
Wounded deep and
the enemy close
Amaruq could clearly see,
one more must die
so the rest shall go free.

“Go on my love, live long and free”
was his thought unspoken,
his will unbroken.
And so he turned to face his foe,
his white axe raised,
his white axe fell,
but arrows flew
and the lion roared
no more.

Safe and free
the city saved
by the deaths of valiant men.
But left behind
was Bronwyn fair,
left widowed like so many there.

Remember then,
the price of freedom,
the blood of men and
the widow’s tears.

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: 50 February 24, 2010, 11:15:38 AM
Wedlan

<holds up a cup> To fallen heroes.

Piala

<holds up her goblet also>Thit laochra.
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: Ant February 24, 2010, 11:29:53 AM
Stalland

<also raises his tankard>

Lo, der ser jeg min far. Lo, der ser jeg
Min mor og mine søstre, og brødrene mine.
Lo, der ser jeg Linjen av mitt folk Tilbake til begynnelsen.
Lo, de gjør kall til meg.
De byr meg ta min plass blant dem.
I haller Isborgalf hvor modige mai leve evig


<He drains his tankard and stands unsteadely to his feet and wobbles off to the door>
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: Captain Shortworth February 24, 2010, 11:33:45 AM
Lucius

<already on unsteady feet, raises his goblet> Ut cado vir. <and follows suit, heading towards the door>
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: Nitch February 24, 2010, 12:05:42 PM
Red

<raises her glass before emptying it, and giving Piala a brief hug stumbles after her companions out of the door, humming gently to herself as she leaves>
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: 50 February 24, 2010, 01:16:18 PM
Few evenings later…

The Barge and Ferryman has an average sized gathering in this evening, a couple of the snugs closest the door are still free and some of the tables on the taproom floor as well but the warm weather seems to be bringing the thirsty in at pace and looks like it will fill rapidly.

The ever-present Wedlan is behind the bar backed up by several other serving staff, as yet Kora isn’t one of them though.

Magg is stood over to one side of the bar with his back to the entrance, talking and sharing a drink with a well-dressed young couple.

Beyond Magg a group of about a dozen Whitelanders, all stripped to the waist and barefooted occupy the corner snug and two tables nearest. They seem lively and are drinking hard but don’t appear to be impinging on the other patrons at the moment.

On the oposite side of the bar a large group of onlookers are watching four men play some sort of card game, by the buzz coming from the spectators the stakes must be quite high.
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: Ant February 24, 2010, 01:26:52 PM
Stalland

Dressed in a fine unbleached cotton shirt with a wide open collar and wide open cuffs, and with brighly dyed red and yellow pludenhose (http://files.edelight.de/img/posts/228x228_hareemshose-black-haremshose-pluderhose-pumphose-von-checker001.jpg) (A very baggy, full length trouser) and light shoes, but also sporting a long, heavy sword and a broad headed war axe at his hips and with his jewelry glittering in the last of the evening light he looks aroung and heads to the bar to get some ale before claiming one of the snugs by the entrance, removing his weapon belt and hanging it over the back of the snug seat, Hengist, his Zolt, curling round his feet.
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: Nitch February 24, 2010, 01:43:10 PM
Red

<In the usual trousers and corseted top, although matched now with a fashionable pair of ankle boots and adorned with a intricate golden bracelet inlayed with a deep, blood coloured stone.  She collects a drink from the bar and after glancing round makes her way over to join Stalland in the snug>

Good evening brother, hope it finds you well <raises her goblet in greeting and takes a seat. Gestures towards the large group of semi naked whitelanders with a mixed look of confusion and amusement> I don’t suppose you know what’s going on over there?
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: Ant February 24, 2010, 01:53:56 PM
Stalland

Raises his tankard in welcome to Red as she approaches

Dein Skoll. I cannot be certain but I would say they are overly hot in this weather. But it might be they are preparing their celebrations for the Feast day of Hrefna's Blessing, a fertiility festival in the whitelands where young women who wish to bear children will dance naked aroung the Thing Stones as they are blessed by the priests.

Its also a chance for young men to try and catch a glimpse of them if they can, though they risk being beaten by the older women if they are caught
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: Captain Shortworth February 24, 2010, 02:25:37 PM
Lucius

Walks in looking almost the same as usual, the clothes are of good standard, but lacking decoration, making it easier to slip into the crowd without being recognized. The only odd thing is the week's worth of dark beard covering the bottom half of his face. He nods towards the snug, but goes to the bar before sitting down, ordering a drink for everyone in the snug and asking Wedlan to send one over to Magg before heading back to the snug with a tray.

Evening friends. Nice to see we managed to get a table without resorting to intimidation. <to Stalland> Is it naked Whitelander time again already?
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: Ant February 24, 2010, 03:18:50 PM
Stalland

haha, if I have my dates right you have a few more days to wait for that particular delight, but maybe they are Whitelanders from the eastern side who cant navigate properly.
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: 50 February 24, 2010, 04:11:13 PM
The serving lad takes the drink over to Magg who turns and after a second to spot the group, nods with a smile. He makes some gestures to indicates he will join you in a moment and then turns back to his two companions.

..There is a small cheer and smattering of applause from over at the card game.
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: Ant February 24, 2010, 04:37:57 PM
Stalland

Lets hope we are winning in our gamble in a day or two, got to have a quiet night tonight since we will be putting our plan into action tomorrow
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: Captain Shortworth February 24, 2010, 04:53:59 PM
Lucius

The good thing about our gamble is that we can stack the deck somewhat and choose to play against an idiot. One who hopefully will never find out he is being played.
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: Nitch February 24, 2010, 05:16:41 PM
Red

If our gamble goes well and we attempt something similar in the future, can I request we find a pleasant idiot, from the unfortunate time I have already spent with him I found infuriating... Good luck with that tomorrow night, you’ll be fighting the urge to strike the fool.
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: 50 February 24, 2010, 10:39:14 PM
Magg

<Shakes hands with the young man and kisses the woman on the cheek then says something to which they both laugh loudly.
Then turns and comes over to your table smiling>

Evening friends! Room for a little one? <puts a full bottle of wine on the table>
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: 50 February 24, 2010, 11:34:02 PM
Magg

<Slides into a snug seat> Red, you are looking lovely as ever! Which reminds me I have something for you... <rummages in his money pouch>

ah, here we go... <takes out and hands her a ring set with five red stones>

(http://www.hugs-site.co.uk/public/Orbis/redcoralring.png)

I saw it in a shop over in the Gullyan district and thought of you, tis only silver and the stones are some sort of shell I think but I thought you might like it? <Smiles>
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: 348 February 24, 2010, 11:41:33 PM
Nikaneth ( who has been absent from the tavern for a few evenings ) walks in. His hair sports a few more braids than usual and a tuft of fur has been corded to the nock of his huge bow. The keen eyed might notice a few scratches on his person especially his hands and arms.
He looks around, nods at a few aquaintances and goes over to the bar and asks for a horn tumbler of mead. Currently he is stone cold sober and seems quite calm
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: Nitch February 25, 2010, 02:03:07 AM
Red

Oh..... <a look of complete shock crosses Red’s face as the usual pinkish blush of her cheeks becomes the same colour as her hair. She quickly, and somewhat self-consciously, regains herself, slips on the ring and briefly holds up her hand to examine it before breaking it into a smile, turning to Magg> Thank you, this is an unexpected and beautiful gift
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: Ant February 25, 2010, 09:18:54 AM
Stalland

<laughs at Red's blushing face>

Haha, My congratulations Magg, you have made her a blushing girl again, and thanks for the wine, but I must warn you, we are only lightly partaking tonight as we need our wits about us in the morning.
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: 50 February 25, 2010, 10:55:34 AM
Magg

<Smiles broadly> Your more than welcome Red, ..not as pretty as you alas, but I'm glad you like it.

<offers wine to anyone that needs a top-up then pours himself a cup> So might I enquire as to what your up to that requires a clear head?
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: Captain Shortworth February 25, 2010, 11:15:00 AM
Lucius

Work.
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: Ant February 25, 2010, 11:44:47 AM
Stalland

Lucius, there is no need for language like that, there are ladies present, well, Red...Yes, sadly the time has come where we have to earn ourselves some coin, but I hope you will forgive us if we forgo the details for the time being.

Of course if you know anyone who might have work for cunning, brave, good looking, witty and discreet people such as ourselves then we would be glad to know.
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: 50 February 25, 2010, 12:32:42 PM
Magg

<Laughs> ah.. again the daemon 'work' comes creeping! Well good luck with whatever your endeavour, I certainly don't mean to pry!

<Smiles> And I'll keep you in mind should anyone expound such a requirement, in return please think of me should you have need of a slightly less brave, witty and cunning fellow desirous of exciting activity to make up the numbers!

<leans forward and says in a slightly hushed tone> ...I would mention that I too can be discreet as my acquaintance of the Ottavo Grenni would attest
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: Ant February 25, 2010, 02:38:10 PM
Stalland

Perhaps we will indeed Magg, I dont suppose you know any exceptionally rich, but short sighted widows? We have a friend who we can marry off to one?

<Stalland laughs at the obvious joke>
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: Nitch February 25, 2010, 02:53:42 PM
<laughs at Red's blushing face
Haha, My congratulations Magg, you have made her a blushing girl again
Red

<gives Stalland a quick scowl but can’t help but chuckle at his joke>
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: Ant February 25, 2010, 03:16:32 PM
<Gives Red a broad smile>

I think you have just made a lot of men very jealous Magg
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: Nitch February 25, 2010, 03:46:39 PM
Red

<deftly ignores Stalland and gestures towards the group surrounding the gamblers>
I wonder what all the excitement is about?
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: Captain Shortworth February 25, 2010, 03:53:28 PM
Lucius

I think it's time we found out, don't you? Back in a bit. <Stands up and makes his way over to the table, hoping for a better view.>
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: Ant February 25, 2010, 04:02:31 PM
Stalland

<sits back in the snug and chuckles>

haha I shall tease you no more tonight Red
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: 50 February 25, 2010, 07:52:01 PM
Magg

So I hear there was a bit of trouble with the watch here the other night. I assume you reprebates were involved? <grins>
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: 348 February 25, 2010, 07:56:19 PM
" It was sorted ".
Nikaneth in a voice that carries across the tavern , though he doesn't deign to look away from his mead cup.
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: Ant February 25, 2010, 09:41:07 PM
Stalland

No real trouble at all, but its a poor do when the watch need keeping in check, whats that Pelosian phrase? Quis custodiet, ipsos custodes?
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: Captain Shortworth February 25, 2010, 10:01:49 PM
Lucius

<from at the edge of the loud crowd, over his shoulder> Yeah something like that, who'd have thought that meant us?
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: Ant February 25, 2010, 10:45:10 PM
Stalland

Haha, certainly not the worthy that said I will wager
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: 50 February 26, 2010, 02:27:29 PM
Magg

<with his brow furrowed> ...who will protect the protect? ...no ...what do we do about guards that, erm... <smiles> ahh... I'm afraid my Pelosian isn't sufficient for the joke!

<picks up his cup> ...need more wine!
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: Ant February 26, 2010, 02:35:07 PM
Stalland

Just small beer for me thanks. And my Pelosian is a bit rusty too, but I think the rough translation is "Who will watch the watch", or words to that effect.

But I am in a mood to watch the world go by today, sorry Magg, we may be quieter company than normal
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: 348 February 26, 2010, 03:11:42 PM
Nikaneth wanders over to the glum group.
" No trouble from the Golden Claws for you lot on the streets I gather ?"
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: Ant February 26, 2010, 03:14:17 PM
Stalland

Not on our streets, you?
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: 50 February 26, 2010, 03:28:36 PM
Magg

<Turns to Red (thus slightly away from Nikaneth)> I'm glad to see that your arm is better...
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: Captain Shortworth February 26, 2010, 03:58:13 PM
Lucius

<Heads back over to the group, moving round Nik to take his seat back> All it looks like to me is gambling for higher stakes than usual. A game I have never had the patience to learn too. I can bluff with the best of them, but other than that, knowing the rules is very important and I don't have the time. To Nik Nah, been a bit quiet these last few days. Hopefully their boss warned them off starting troubke in the Barge and they have stayed clear since.
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: 348 February 26, 2010, 04:04:17 PM
Nikaneth to Magg
"Master Magg, I must commend your luck on avoiding trouble once more. The Gods ,or chance,  having seen fit to keep you from our city during its last crisis , apparantly saw fit to save you from the chance of some discomfort in a tavern brawl."
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: Nitch February 26, 2010, 04:08:06 PM
Red

<flexes her arm in a slightly silly motion with a smile> Yep, it healed up fine, although not without complications  <to the rest of the group> We can only hope they listen to any kind of command
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: Ant February 26, 2010, 04:10:05 PM
Stalland

Dont you have a fine woman wondering where you are Nikaneth? Or is she tired of being an afterthought?
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: Captain Shortworth February 26, 2010, 04:26:47 PM
Lucius

Ok lads, keep that kind of talk to a minimum. looks to Stalland, Magg and Nik in turn The last thing we need is any more trouble in this tavern due to a words said in jest taken as insult.
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: 348 February 26, 2010, 05:12:54 PM
Geriant adopts a less belligerant stance but lowering his voice , though it carries round the table, he faces Stallard
" Why don't you keep your nose out of my business ? I'm sure you wouldn't like me to ask too many questions of yours."
Faces Lucius and raises his voice to its normal pitch.
" You are quite right, and the wisest head in this bar tonight sir. Im sorry for any inconvenience in my brusque manner to your party.This wandering Horror business prays on my mind. "  (Grunts something that might mean an apology )
 He nods again to Lucius and Red , muttering " my lady". He seems to stare hard at Magg's back before turning to walk over to the bar and chat to another tavern occupant whilst ordering another cup of mead.
( He can probably hear the group should he be bothered unless they whisper or move to another table. )
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: Captain Shortworth February 26, 2010, 05:19:03 PM
Lucius

Whispers to Stalland That jingoistic sod is useful to us, so play nice will you.
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: Ant February 26, 2010, 05:31:13 PM
Stalland

<whispers>

I was playing nice, besides I didn't stick my nose in, it got shouted across the bar. And he was the one that came to start with us...

Stalland pauses then sits back into the snug

Yes it is good to see Red is hale again
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: Nitch February 26, 2010, 05:36:28 PM
Red

<keeps her voice quiet but not quite at a whisper> Well there truly is no such thing as a quiet night in the barge but well done Lucius for keeping the peace <briefly raises her goblet, turns to Magg> What was that about? Seemed to be more than simple dislike
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: Captain Shortworth February 26, 2010, 05:45:34 PM
Lucius

Indeed, your comments the other night coupled with Nik's little tirade is making me curious.
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: 50 February 26, 2010, 05:51:02 PM
Magg

<still facing Red, at normal tone> I certainly have no wish to cause you any trouble or consternation on an evening where you all want to be relaxed, so if you will forgive me I’ll hold to my reasons until some other night.
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: Ant February 26, 2010, 06:37:41 PM
Stalland

<Stalland raises his cup to Magg and with a smile and friendly tone>

Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies
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: Nitch February 26, 2010, 07:43:35 PM
Red

<frowns slightly before smiling> I cannot deny that your answer has only stoked my curiosity but, as you said, tonight is a night for relaxing <gets up>  I’ll get us a round, two small beers and something potent and brightly coloured for Magg? <goes to the bar, making sure to steer clear of Nik, and orders a round>
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: 348 February 26, 2010, 10:11:25 PM
Nikaneth in low voice to Wedlan " Are the womenfolk suddenly afraid of me, or is it Tess they fear ? Still get that lot at the table a round on my slate if I've ruffled their feathers... Yeah, I know....its a funny type of day."
 Drains off his cup.
" I'm off to stretch my legs ."
 Walks out of door.
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: 50 February 26, 2010, 10:21:30 PM
Magg

<Watches Red walk over to the bar smiling> …

<Then turns to Stalland and Lucius> Sooo my friends, if we cannot swim too deeply in inebriation, what shall we discuss?

…have you made acquaintance with the newest Velochi team in the Haak
<nods towards the half-dressed Whitelanders> Call themselves ‘Thrain's Thrashers’ for whatever that might mean...
I hear they're looking out for others to join their team,
<laughs> …perhaps good Stalland could add some brains to their undoubted brawn?
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: Captain Shortworth February 26, 2010, 11:36:38 PM
Lucius

I have seen these games before and anyone thinking they can compete without the knoweldge to play the game and the fitness to survive its rigours, is either brave or a fool. And certainly won't win against a well trained team.
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: Ant February 27, 2010, 09:08:54 AM
Perhaps not if they try to stick to the rules, but I aft a team like that will soon resort to brute force.

Maybe I should join, or maybe Lucius should offer his service as an expert coach. When are the next bout of games?
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: Captain Shortworth February 27, 2010, 01:45:49 PM
Lucius

I think that would be bravery on your part and foolishness on mine!
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: Nitch February 27, 2010, 03:19:58 PM
Red

<returns with a tray of drinks and begins handing them out> I will have to get us a round some other time as Nik offered to pay for these. I believe alcohol is always more effective then the olive branch, much tastier
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: Captain Shortworth February 27, 2010, 04:32:28 PM
Lucius

Yeah, as long as the bugger isn't trying to get us drunk. <raises his goblet to Nik>
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: 50 February 27, 2010, 05:52:29 PM
Magg

<hesitates and for a moment before picking up the drink red has just brought over> hmm… well I shan’t toast the man, nor be beholden, but I’ll not waste the drink either <shakes his head as though clearing it> ...anyway, I think you'd both make able additions to a velochi team! 

<smiles> Hey, we should persuade Wedlan to sponsor you as a team, the new season is only about two or three matches in and I think they would still take entrants!
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: Captain Shortworth February 27, 2010, 07:37:23 PM
Lucius

I have seen well meaning amateurs try their lot before, I tell you. Unless you know what you're doing, you have no chance of winning - unless lucky enough to play a team as foolhardy and ill-prepared as yourself - and are almost certain to get injured. I think wagering money from the sidelines is as close to the action as any of us should get. sips from his drink Of course I would be willing to bet a few Parvus on any team the Wedlan sponsered, just to watch them play.
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: 50 February 27, 2010, 10:59:48 PM
Magg

<Laughs> Fair enough!

…me, I actually quite like just watching the game. My dad told me all the ins-n-outs ...tis a bit brutal true - but you can't deny the entertainment factor!


<Thinks for a moment then drains his cup> N'fact, I think I’m going to offer my services as a coach to those fellows! <stands up>
I may or mayn't return shortly <makes a half bow to Red> t'was a pleasure as always, m’lady. I hope I might see you agian soon?

<Offers a hand to Stalland and Lucius> If I’m back in a mo I’ll bring drinks, otherwise I’d appreciate if you could at least watch for them murdering me and tell the next of kin and all! <Laughs, then walks off to the bar and buys two amphora of wine then walks boldly towards the centre of the Whitelanders with one in each hand…>
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: Captain Shortworth February 28, 2010, 09:08:38 AM
Lucius

A sword says he comes back with only light bruising, maybe a black eye.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 28, 2010, 10:06:11 AM
Stalland

I say he comes back with a hangover and a team of whitelander sportsmen

I think we should adopt a team you know, it'll be good for local relations
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: Nitch February 28, 2010, 01:42:16 PM
Red

<looks thoughtful for a while> I think we should go for it, we are in entertainment business after all.  If nothing else we could make a little honest money <lowers her voice> and a little dishonest money if we found a way to rig the betting
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 28, 2010, 02:55:01 PM
Lucius

Any team we have anything to do with, will see their odds change dramatically. It's just a case of whether we want it to look like they're going to throw matches for us to make cash, or that we will be cheating in their favour to weaken their opposition giving them a better chance to win.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 28, 2010, 03:55:07 PM
Stalland

You don't need to rig the betting to make money, you just need to be the one collecting the bets, but its an idea I am warming to...either way its surely a chance for us to make some money
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth February 28, 2010, 04:22:12 PM
Lucius

I have some skill with munbers, so I will see what I can do to start a book. I think Gaius looks the part of some heavy set player if we want to use him in that way. I would advise us to keep these activities local. Taking bets in another Umbruc's territory could cause some problems.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant February 28, 2010, 05:21:55 PM
Stalland

How about ripping off the money runners in other peoples Umbruc?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 01, 2010, 12:16:33 AM
Lucius
Risky. If it's in their territory, they are likely to have support. It's high risk, but I imagine a very high reward.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 01, 2010, 08:52:05 AM
Stalland

Like many things in life, its only risky if you get caught. But the safest way to make some cash is to run a book I think, but we need to study the form, which means taking in some games and an understanding of the rules.

In the mean time while we are watching I am sure some small change could be scammed from the punters.
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: 50 March 01, 2010, 12:25:25 PM
There is a sudden burst of rumbling laughter from the gang of Whitelanders, several of them are laughing hard enough to need to hold on to furniture.

One of them, still laughing, gives Magg a slap on the back sending him staggering across the middle of the group till his momentum is checked by another smiling giant who says loudly Til våre nye roret, kanskje til mål oss til seier
Cups are lifted up by several of them and drinks downed all round.

Magg briefly manages a look through the mass to the snug and smiling points at his ear and shrugs, before a cup is thrust into his hand and he dissapears from sight as the group crowds in again.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 01, 2010, 12:29:31 PM
Stalland

<Laughs>

Maybe one of us should go rescue him... <looks at Red> either he is their new mascot or their new captain, still, he looks like he is enjoying himself...best just keep an eye on him for now
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 01, 2010, 02:20:56 PM
Lucius

<Looks over his shoulder to the thronged whitelanders> I think he is doing fine, and if he manage to align himself with the team, then I think we know who we will be supporting. The more I think on it, the more I like the idea of running a book on some matches. I say we head to the next game that's played to get a feel for it, maybe place a small wager or two ourselvs, nods to Red Maybe lighten a pocket or two. And then I will start a book for the next match. Those big lads over yonder may be useful for getting some info on the other teams that could mean stacking the odds even more in favour of the book keeper.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 01, 2010, 02:28:48 PM
Stalland

Best of all, ignoring Red's light fingered ways, its all totally legit too.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 01, 2010, 03:23:33 PM
Lucius

Yeah, <smiles> not sure I'm too happy about that. People might start talking.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 01, 2010, 03:28:54 PM
Stalland

Just have to make sure Red lifts a lot of surplus money to make up for it <Stalland Grins>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 01, 2010, 03:39:08 PM
Red

<laughs> I’ll do my best to keep us firmly on the wrong side of the track <looks at the whitelanders> I don’t think Magg has a clue what’s going on, but they gave him a drink which has got to be a good sign
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 01, 2010, 03:53:52 PM
Stalland

<laughs loudly>

Oh you are sweet that you think that Red, you are probably right, but we we should keep an eye on him nonetheless, there could be all manner of things happen to him with them, some of them are even good things! I think they have taken him to be their mascot or lucky charm, lets hope they dont decide to make him a sacrifice to bring them victory... <Stalland looks thoughtful for a moment> Tell you what, shall I go make sure all is well?

<Stalland picks up his cup and wanders over to where Magg and the Whitelanders are drinking>

Din helse og seier for Thrains Thrashers
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 01, 2010, 05:27:29 PM
Lucius

Since it's just the two of us Red, thought I would run something past you; stalland and myself have thought about a way of limiting our use of Veyron, who is the weakest link in our job. I just need to check if our man speaks Dromish. If not we use Gaius as translator. It's trusting him to do more than just stand quietly, looking ready to kill people, but I think he can handle the improv bits a hell of a lot better than Veyron can. What do you think?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 01, 2010, 05:59:00 PM
Red

<is quiet for a while, looking thoughtful> Sounds good and I have no doubt in Gaius’s ability. My only worry is that out mark is suddenly surrounded my all of these people he happened to meet at a party, especially since he will have time to consider what’s going on. We are relying on an exquisite level of stupidity
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 01, 2010, 07:47:20 PM
Lucius

Gaius was going to be there anyway, just in the background. I can cover why I'm there, Stalland and Drona will be nowhere to be seen, and the fact that you only know people from the party lends weight to the story. Plus, we are relying on monumental stupidity and some top notch drugs in his system to make him even dimmer.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 01, 2010, 07:50:45 PM
Stalland
[...] <Stalland picks up his cup and wanders over to where Magg and the Whitelanders are drinking>
Din helse og seier for Thrains Thrashers

A couple of the men move aside slightly as Stalland approaches and one of them responds Vel møtt landsmann, gudene glise etterslag ønske din på oss! and places a welcoming hand on his shoulder.

Magg is again briefly visible - still smiling, but looking dwarfed by the group. As a drink is thrust into Stalland’s hand they both disappear into the crowd of half-stripped giants once more.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 01, 2010, 09:49:13 PM
Lucius

Hell, if Magg can't get that bunch of big bastards on side, something tells me Stalland should be able to manage it! I just hope he doesn't revert to type and let them get him too drunk before tomorrow.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 01, 2010, 10:48:56 PM
Red

Your right, but I cannot help but fret the details, con work is more of your forte <takes a drink and smiles> I would much rather just part him with a few expensive possessions.

<keeps her eyes on the whitelanders but flashes Lucius a grin> With his silver tongue Stalland could talk the most prudish priestess into bed and even if he’s a little worse for wear in the morning, he’ll have all day to recover
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 02, 2010, 11:41:19 AM
Lucius

Thank you for the vote of confidence my lady. <looks a little uneasy at the compliment and hurridely continues>, I couldn't agree more about Stalland, but in that crowd he could very easily get so drunk he would have trouble walking. Just look at him compared to the rest of those giants; he must have been the runt of his litter! <Shouting a little louder> STALLAND! Are you making sure Magg is OK, or doing your best to get free drinks?! Get those boys a round an me and bring 'em over so we can all drink together!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 02, 2010, 12:02:37 PM
Stalland

<after much laughing and backslapping Stalland seperates himself from the crowd, leaving Magg amongst them before heading to the bar. After a brief conversation with Wedlan he returns to the snug with a small round>

hehehe yup, looks like they have Magg as their new coach, when we are done with this job I will find them and Magg out and lend a hand I think, if nothing else someone needs to translate. Poor Magg will be black and blue by the morning though
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 348 March 02, 2010, 12:22:37 PM
Nikaneth walks in and after nodding at a few people mutters something to Wedlan.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 348 March 02, 2010, 12:33:44 PM
( Nikaneth is leaning with his backk to the bar. The umbic table are out of earshot unless they want to raise their voices a bit louder, likewise the Whitelanders. He looks around at the current crop of drinkers. )
" Wedlan, whats the occassion over there with the Whitelanders ?"
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Kriltic March 02, 2010, 01:41:04 PM
Drona

Finally walks in and looks around, upon seeing the Whitelanders, he stops and stares for a second with a complete look of confusion on his face, shakes his head slightly, then mutters in Dromish ...هذا المكان يصبح أكثر غريب

He then makes his way to the bar and orders a drink, not yet aware of the others. As he takes a drink he begins stroking Scry who purrs gently, as he does so a few people around him give him a strange look to which Drona is oblivious to.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 02, 2010, 02:18:28 PM
Stalland

<notices Droma by the bar and gives a whistle to attract his attention>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Kriltic March 02, 2010, 02:28:37 PM
Drona

Looks round to see where the whistle came from. Once he sees Stalland and the others he turns back to the bar. After a minute he turns back round with a tray of Wine and glasses and makes his way to the group.

Hello, how is everyone today? And have I missed anything interesting? He puts the tray down and gestures for everyone to help themselves to a drink
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 02, 2010, 02:53:26 PM
OOC:

...Just for the record, if you take the wine that Drona's just brought into account then I believe that the current number of alcoholic drinks consumed on your 'quiet' night are:

Stalland 6
Red 5
Lucius 4
Drona 1

not bad for guys taking it easy!  ;D
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 02, 2010, 03:01:40 PM
Lucius

<looks from his still almost full oblet to the new drinks> Not missed much so far, just a quick chat about giving Gaius a touch more to do so that our weakest link won't have to b relied on so much. Other than that, Stalland has ben making friends. And this time they're big burly men instead of his usual. <Laughs>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 02, 2010, 03:03:25 PM
OOC Hey - I am only drinking small beers, so thats like 3 for me so far...also, I know a song about drinking small beer too. :D
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 02, 2010, 03:06:39 PM
Stalland

Hey, I was just making sure Reds boyfriend didnt get broken by them
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 02, 2010, 03:12:05 PM
Red

Evening Drona <gives Stalland a stern but playful poke in the chest> What happened to not teasing me anymore tonight aye?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 02, 2010, 03:16:36 PM
Stalland

<Rubs his chest in mock pain>

Owww...well he didnt buy us presents, and those whitelanders made me forget <grins at Red>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 02, 2010, 03:20:21 PM
Lucius

yeah, I don't think he loves us. Other than translating, what else will you be doing with that lot? Any info you can get on their team or others would be handy when it comes to running the book. Do they know that we might be interested in supporting them as an Umbruc? If so, do they even know what an Umbruc is?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 02, 2010, 03:23:29 PM
Stalland

Yeah, pretty much getting lay of the land, sussing form, trying to figure out their chances through the humorn crap, as for Umbruc involvement, lets see how they are first, plus it will be fun
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 02, 2010, 03:32:03 PM
Lucius

I agree. Even if we do no more than lifing a few purses and taking some bets on home turf, it will be worth it to go catch a game or two. Especially for those of us who haven't seen one before. It really will let you know why I would rather stay the hell of the playing field!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 02, 2010, 03:36:14 PM
Red

Is it really that violent?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 02, 2010, 03:39:23 PM
Stalland

It can be, deaths arent so common as people think, but there are enough broken bones to make it very dangerous, if these whitelanders have any skill at the game they could clean up.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 02, 2010, 03:41:02 PM
Lucius

There are teams who try to win games by playing up the more violent elements of the game, to be sure, but even in a fairly standard contest, there is more than a little chance of broken bones. This game is played by big men, moving at high speed to reach a goal blocked be equally big men. Unless you know what you're doing, you will get hurt out there badly.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 02, 2010, 04:14:24 PM
Stalland

On the other hand, if you are good, and a bit lucky, there are a lot of rewards. Some of the best Raphelian players are treated like gods, showered in money and have their pick of lovers... <Stalland gets a thoughtful look and glances in Magg's direction>

I bet someone with the money to finance it could make a heck of a profit by bringing a star Raphelian team here for a season
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 02, 2010, 04:35:18 PM
Lucius

Tell you what Red, if you really want a quick idea, I'm sure we can get a small team of amateurs together in the bar tonight and have a smaller game played outside. there will be the added danger of falling in a canard, but that will just make it more fun. I think the team might enjoy watching some wannabes having a tussle too. Might give them extra confidence.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 02, 2010, 04:44:08 PM
Red

I have got to admit I’m a little clueless when it comes to sports, but it sounds fun. How are we going to organise people? Could go for the straight forward approach of standing on a table and give a shout for volunteers
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 02, 2010, 04:49:39 PM
Lucius

With a smile on his face, I think for that tactic to work well, the person on th table should be you. Don't get me wrong, Stalland has a way with words, but getting drunken men to volunteer for someting like this needs a beautiful woman for them to try and impress.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 02, 2010, 04:55:15 PM
Stalland

<mutters something about skins and shirts into his cup>

Sounds like an entertaining idea, wedlan might be upset to see his takings drop though
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 02, 2010, 04:58:54 PM
Lucius

You ever see how much Pyraxians drink at match? As long as he doesn't mind people drinking outside for a while I think he should be fine.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 02, 2010, 05:04:37 PM
Red

<a wicked smile spreads across her face as Red laughs, before standing up (with slight wobble  for someone having ‘a quiet night’) and climbing gracefully onto the table and raising her voice to a shout> Gentlemen <pauses as the attention in the room begins to turn to her>  I am looking for willing volunteers. I have never seen a match of Velochi before and my friends have offered to organise a quick match for me but we have no players <puts on a sullen look before returning to a smile> Amateurs only of course. Who wants to play?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 348 March 02, 2010, 06:09:50 PM
Nikaneth ( Shouts at to Magg )
" Master Magg, at last an adventure that you can participate in !"
( To Lucius )
" Is it two impromptu mixed teams from the Tavern ? I don't think you'll get takers for a match against all the Whitelanders."
 ( Nik pauses and is clearly weighing up something in his mind )
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 03, 2010, 03:09:06 AM
Lucius

We want two teams of 5 at the least, no pros, and who ends up on what what team will be decided by lots drawn! This is just for fun, men; but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try to win!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 348 March 03, 2010, 08:22:57 AM
Nikaneth steps forward~
"I don't have the time to commit or inclination to join a team, but I'm game to have a bit of fun right now outside the inn."
Looks over to Magg and smiles~
" You up for a bout Magg ?" ;D
( To the tavern crowd , which might well include a lot of drinking buddies of his )
" Come on lads !"
(Nikaneth is now smiling and looks more carefree than the regulars have seen in recent days )
( To Lucius )
" where are these lots then ?"
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 03, 2010, 09:34:57 AM
Stalland

<whispers to Red so it cant be overheard>

Go and grab Magg and make sure he isnt going to join in, that herba brain is out for violence.

<Stalland looks round to see how many people are interested.>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 03, 2010, 09:50:23 AM
Red

<nods to Stalland and hops down from the table. Looking a little apprehensive she walks over to the whitelanders and with many smiles, gentle pushes and excuse me’s makes her way to Magg and lays a hand on his arm> Would you like to join me watching the match Magg? You said you knew alot about this game and I was wondering if you could explain what's going on to me?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 03, 2010, 10:31:59 AM
Lucius

Grabs a peice of paper and a pen of Drona and starts tearing it into similar sized peices, marking half with an 'X' before folding them all up, making sure he has enough for each person who wants to play.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 03, 2010, 10:39:25 AM
Magg

Why I'd love to explain the game to you.. <extracts himself and Red from the whitelanders, with a bit of good natured ribbing from the team>

Whitelander

<Smiling> Haa! Vår lille steerman er først til land fair hushjelp, La oss håpe lykke med spillet hans er lykken som med kvinner!

....

Quite a few folk from the tap room are keen to answer Nik's call (including a few friends of his) and several of 'Thrain's Thrashers also up for a game and happy to play on both teams.

Magg

<Stands on a chair, and loudly over the hubbub> Might I volunteer for Strijkapt I am known to the room and have sufficient knowledge of the game?

<Leans down to Red> The Strijkapt is a sort of arbiter of the match, who judges when points are scored fairly and if foul acts outside the rules have occurred.
The position is usually given by general assent of the players at the start of the match...



: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 03, 2010, 11:00:14 AM
Stalland

<shouts loudly>

Aye Magg for Strijkapt
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 03, 2010, 11:38:34 AM
Lucius

<Loud enough to be heard> Right then you reprobates! Line up and take a chit! Crosses form up to my left, blank to my right!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 03, 2010, 12:58:54 PM
By the time the chits are issued and the shuffling complete two teams of 13 men are presented. 3 on each team are Whitelanders and a broad swathe of stevedores, bargemen and other rough sorts make up the balance.

Magg

<From his spot on the chair shouts> Players shall wear no armour nor bear weapon upon the Strijood, so please hand your accoutrements to a friend or good Lucius here for safe keeping. Could each team also pick a Utjkapt and send him forward

<Leans down to Red> The teams can be of any size and don't even have to be equal, but each team can only field the same amount of players at the start, of a number agreed at the match start between the Utjkapt - team captains and the Strijkapt

The Strijood is the playing area, historically it was the deck of a ship at least ten men wide and thirty long, but nowadays any area of sufficient size is used...

: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 03, 2010, 03:01:15 PM
Lucius

Ok lads, one half of you is shirts the other skins. We need a ball and someone to mark out the Strijood. Lets play!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 348 March 03, 2010, 07:38:03 PM
"None of your pals playing master Lucius ?"( Looks at Stallard and Magg. )
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 03, 2010, 08:52:19 PM
Magg

<To Nikaneth> I will be acting as Strijkapt so will not be playing, Stalland I'm not sure...

I take it you are one of the Utjkapt?


...

One of the tavern staff comes over with an oilskin bag filled with cloth and tightly bound with rope and hands it to Lucius.

...

Magg

<nods at the ball to Red> In a proper game the Vetchbal would be made leather stuffed with sawdust and bound with rope and tar, they are quite heavy and pretty hard too!

...

The two teams, and quite a crowd of onlookers, move out onto the wharf font where an area is cleared of barrels, crates and debris. A couple of bells taken from nearby boats are suspended at about head height from ropes at each end of the cleared area.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 348 March 03, 2010, 09:59:43 PM
Nik to the team hes in ,
" How about a name for us 'The Ringers', 'Tesses Tyro's' , 'The Ferrymen" ? 
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Bill March 03, 2010, 10:11:21 PM
Pio
Gets of a ferry moves up the dock side towards the inn. Seeing the game about to start he gets a drink and finds a good vantage point to watch the game.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 03, 2010, 11:26:36 PM
Lucius

To Nik, Nah, I doubt Magg has it in him to play this kinda game, too high a risk of ruffling his hair! And I think Stalland is a spectator and instigator in this, just like me. Give 'em hell NIk.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 04, 2010, 09:49:30 AM
Stalland

The lady said no professionals, alas that means I am discounted, but I will be a willing spectator and advisor
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 04, 2010, 12:04:18 PM
Lucius

Walks past and whispers under his breath Proffesional what?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 04, 2010, 12:25:29 PM
Stalland

<Whispers back and winks>

It wasnt specified so carouser and womaniser counts
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 04, 2010, 12:28:02 PM
Lucius

<laughing a little as he starts talking> Right then Magg, lets get the rules sorted out and the game on the go!
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: 50 March 04, 2010, 01:16:48 PM
Over on one side of the field Nik’s team are getting a pre game 'warm-up' which seems to involve a serving girl from the Barge throwing a bucket of water over the unsuspecting team, followed by Nik lining them up to each receive a stinging slap across the face, and then a kiss from the same girl.

Meanwhile the other team are 'preparing' by having a quick chug of ale whilst a flat-nosed stevedore points towards the other team obviously sorting out tactics.

Magg briefly calls Flat-nose and Nikaneth over, and after a quick discussion sends the two teams back over to line up on either side of the playing area.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 04, 2010, 01:23:29 PM
Stalland

<Starts to head to the bar then stops, looks at his cup of small beer and sighs>

Whose idea was it for a quiet night?
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: 50 March 04, 2010, 01:41:07 PM
Magg

<To the crowd> Right, the Utjkapt have agreed that both teams will field all players.
 
The game will be contested over three raeds, each raed will begin with all players at the far edge of the strijood.

We will use normal scoring, so a clear strike of the Klokje bell with vetchbal in hand will be a braffheid - scoring three times that of a lefheid, the thrown vetchbal strike.

A halt to the raed shall be called if the competition becomes unmanly or the vetchbal leaves the strijoord.

The player responsible for such an incident shall stand where the vetchbal left, to receive a strike to the head by vetchbal, thrown by the opposing team at ten paces. The raed will then restart as anew.

: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 04, 2010, 03:03:52 PM
Lucius

<with more paper in hand and a pencil> Ok then chaps, I'm taking bets from anyone with money to spare. Even odds on either team to win, but pick a player to score first for a chance to make more money. Pick an amateur for even better odds!
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: 50 March 04, 2010, 03:21:11 PM
A couple of the Barge staff carry out a long table and begin to losd it up with pre-pulled tankards of ale ready to satisfy the thirsty crowd and parched players.

Magg places the vetchbal in the middle of the strijood on the hard wooden planking of the wharf, then moves back to the edge and climbs up on a barrel to get a better view.

Players take your positions <sticks his fingers in his mouth>
Pheeeep!!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 04, 2010, 03:43:24 PM
(OOC  :lol: at the whistle)

Stalland

<Immediately the vetchball is in play starts shouting loudly and abusivly in whitelandish>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 04, 2010, 04:21:03 PM
Red

<is initially a little puzzled and quiet, but as Magg explains and her understanding of the game grows she is soon cheering along with the rest of the crowd>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 04, 2010, 04:57:39 PM
Lucius

<walks through the crowd, taking bets and cheering on close calls> Come on people support your friends with some hard earned! Last bet will be taken when the first point is scored. And No Magg, I will not accept bets from you!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 04, 2010, 11:13:18 PM
In the initial charge the fleet-footed Nikaneth manages to steal just ahead of his rivals and scoop up the vetchbal. He nimbly ducks under a wild swing, and then comes to a halt on about 2/3rds of the way to the klojke.

...

Magg

<to Red> ...Nik has done well, you can't tackle the player with the vetchbal once he has come to a halt, but neither is he allowed to start moving again until he has either passed to another team-mate or attempted for the klokje...

...

For a moment Nik seems undecided, then feints a throw towards the Klokje, before trying a short pass to a burly looking ferryman running up beside him.

The ferryman catches the vetchbal mid-stride, but only manages two more paces before a heavy set ruffian smashes into him full-dive from the side.
The bal goes flying from the ferryman’s hands and is snatched up by one of Flat-nose's whitelanders...
 
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 04, 2010, 11:27:20 PM
Stalland

<jumps up and shouts loudly>

BITE HIS WINDPIPE
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 348 March 04, 2010, 11:32:44 PM
Nikaneth shouting to his team " He can't run without legs !!"
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 04, 2010, 11:35:21 PM
Lucius

<holds his hands up high>, Someone is going to score soon you lot, who wants to make some money on it! I'm still taking bets on winning team too! <leans down to grab an ale before turning to watch the match again>, Well played sunshine! Rips his legs off!!
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: 348 March 04, 2010, 11:37:51 PM
Nikaneth " GET HIM HROLK !" ( meaning one of the Whitelanders )
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: 50 March 04, 2010, 11:41:39 PM
The big whitelander brushes aside a poor tackle attempt at his feet by one of Nik's, and pounds back to about half way up the field, when two of his opposite number come steaming down towards him.

He sidesteps one, but the other shoulder slams him in the midriff, lifting and driving him backwards for a few feet, before they both go down onto the wooden deck with a bone-crunching crash!

Nik darts in to wrest the bal away, but Flat-nose body checks him off his feet at the last moment, covering for one of his stevedores to snatch up the bal.

For a moment the stevedore just stands with it, whilst the players on both teams begin to dart and jostle for position, waiting for him to try a pass…
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 04, 2010, 11:42:52 PM
Lucius

Raif to score? Which one's Raif? The big 'un? Fine, 2 swords is your bet! <looks back to the action> Do something!!!
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: 348 March 04, 2010, 11:52:23 PM
"SHOOT !"
( In attempt to force a rash shot which Nik hopes he can intercept. )
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: 50 March 04, 2010, 11:55:38 PM
Finally the stevedore tries for a under arm throw between two of Nik’ s blockers, but the stocky runner he aims for only manages fingers-to-the-bal, knocking it forward to the very feet of Nik’s farthest back-marker, a brutish looking Bargeman.
 
He swiftly picks the bal up and hurls it down the field, where out of nowhere a flying Nik manages to catch it and roll up to his feet, only a stride from the side edge of the strijoord!

Realising that several of Flat-nose’s are bearing down, Nik takes three strides and throws the vetchbal arcing towards the Klokje.

His aim is good!
…but at the last moment a ferryman manages to bound up and punch the bal aside and out of the playing area.
Pheeep!
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: 348 March 04, 2010, 11:56:56 PM
Nik "FETH !"
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 04, 2010, 11:59:17 PM
Lucius

<Nice and loud, egging the crowd on a bit> Well played lads, thirsty work though eh?! <raises his tankard in salute before taking a deep swig that ends with a lot of it over his chest> Come on now, you almost got it, keep at 'em!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 348 March 05, 2010, 12:00:24 AM
NIK " KEEP IT UP GUYS !"
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 05, 2010, 12:09:33 AM
Magg

<to the crowd> Vetchbal  is out of play, players may take a drink whilst that man <points at the ferryman> …readys to take a throw at the head from one of Nik’s team.

<to Red> Nikaneth will need to decide now who to take the throw, a well placed bal could floor the fellow for a good while, but it is often the case that the more powerful throwers are the least accurate, and if you miss completely then the effort is waisted.
 
...and as its just a knockabout Nik might also choose to just throw the bal to him, so we can get back to playing without needless blooding.

We start again with the bal on the floor half way between the centre and Flat-nose’s end and with all players lined up either at the end line (for Flatnose) or at the centre line (for Nik).

: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 348 March 05, 2010, 12:31:48 AM
Nik pushes the Whitelanders in his team together and selects a relatively steady player to throw the bal.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 05, 2010, 02:17:53 PM
Both teams take a few moments to chug some ale, while the nervous looking ferryman stands where the bal was put out and ten paces away the ruffian Nik chose is given the vetchbal.



Magg
<to Red> The fellow on the receiving end isn’t allowed to dodge or raise his arms to defend himself, but is allowed to turn a little or get a shoulder in the way a bit.
However If the Strijkapt (me) deems that he has moved too much then the throw will be retaken. Obviously we are more relaxed about this in a knock about, though it doesn’t look like Nik is going to just toss the bal over for a restart…




The ruffian winds his arm back and hurls the vetchbal as hard as he can at the ferryman, his throw is pretty good and though the ferryman manages to turn slightly to catch the impact on the shoulder and side of the head, it nevertheless sends him staggering back a few paces before he slumps dazed.
The Vetchbal is thrown back to Magg and then placed between the two teams as they line up again ready to restart.

Magg

Skins will begin with one man off field, he can rejoin when ready from their end of the strijoord.
Pheeep!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 05, 2010, 03:57:01 PM
Lucius

<walking th ecrowd until he gets close to Stalland> Hope you're paying close attention to our boys there, and not just to Cora.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 05, 2010, 03:59:51 PM
Stalland

ha, she isnt here and dont worry, I am watching how they play
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: 50 March 05, 2010, 05:08:20 PM
The rush for the vetchbal is won by one of Flat-nose’s Whitelanders, he ploughs through a couple of tackles then stops as one of Nik’s comes lumbering up.
 
Although several the skins shout for him to pass to them, he settles instead for lobbing the bal over the head of his counterpart, then ducks his swing and lunges for the vetchbal as it rolls up the wharf. He isn’t quick enough though and Nik’s ruffian snatches up the bal…

…only to receive a brutal sidelong arm-smash to the head by Flat-nose, who gathers up the bal without breaking stride.
The ruffian remains laid flat-out on the boards.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 05, 2010, 05:14:09 PM
Stalland

<winces and then laughs an shouts encouragements in whitelandish to the ball carrier>
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: 50 March 05, 2010, 05:21:43 PM
Nik comes charging up from behind Flat-nose, and dives full length at his legs, bringing the big man down with a crunch! 
 
...but Flat-nose has already passed to a muscular bargeman! He manages four more strides with a whitelander and a ferryman in pursuit, and then hurls the vetchbal just as he receives massive tackle from the whitelander.

The two of them roll and crash through a couple of barrels, sending spectators scattering before disappearing over the wharf edge entirely!

The vetchbal he threw however continues its graceful arc, the desperate dive of Niks back-marker falls short, and almost in unison with the massive splash from the harbour, strikes the klokje with a ringing clang!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 05, 2010, 05:25:06 PM
Stalland

Få i deg skjønnhet!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 05, 2010, 05:37:25 PM
Lucius

No more bets people! No more bets! If you named that big fecker for first point, head to me for your winnings!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 05, 2010, 05:45:19 PM
Stalland

Bet you made a killing on that bet, how many had Nik for the first bell?
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: 50 March 05, 2010, 06:49:09 PM
Magg

First score to the Skins! one lefheid to nil!

<looks over at where Nik's ruffian has been dragged off, still unconscious> ...we'll call this the end of the first raed, whilst someone checks that man over, and we fish the other two out of the harbour! <there is a smattering of laughter and some cheers ...and a big rush towards the ale table!>

<to Red> So you enjoying it then? tis a bit brutal as I said …but damned exciting!   
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: Bill March 05, 2010, 08:28:27 PM
Pio

Goes over and checks on the unconscious man.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 05, 2010, 11:02:33 PM
Stalland

<Looks at his empty cup of beer and the long table of ales and sighs>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 06, 2010, 05:12:52 PM
Lucius

I doubt one more would kill you Stalland! Because I was easy going with my odds, I doubt I will make more than I drink tonight, but I'm going to stick it out to the end, just to keep an eye on the Whitelanders, and to be seen here I suppose. Part of the community and all that.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 07, 2010, 05:38:10 PM
Stalland

aye one more small beer won't matter, I'll just be unshaven tomorrow

 those whitelanders look a useful bunch too, not all brawn and no brain
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 07, 2010, 07:21:59 PM
Red

<is a little flushed from cheering along with the crowd and turns smiling to Magg> If I’m honest, despite being warned, I did not expect such barbarism in the name of sport. It is exhilarating to watch though, so unpredictable... and the noise <she mockingly grimaces and shivers>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 07, 2010, 08:14:49 PM
Stalland

<laughs and nudges Red>

Hey this isnt noisy, we will have to see one of the games between the two best teams, then it gets noise, nearly as bad as trying to sail through and ice pack when the 'bergs are crashing together.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 07, 2010, 08:44:47 PM
Red

It’s not only the crowd, but the players, when they <she claps her hands together> at full pelt. That, kind of, ‘crump’ sound
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 07, 2010, 11:35:14 PM
Stalland

<looks quizzically at Red>

You never seen or heard a limb break? Thats grim....

<Stalland lowers his voice so Magg cant hear>

But I know you've seen and hear limbs being hewn... <Stallands eyes go a bit wide> dont tell me you like it!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 07, 2010, 11:50:08 PM
Red

<also away from Magg> To suggest such things of a Lady Stalland, tut tut, I just find it odd to hear celebration after such a sound
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 08, 2010, 12:03:54 AM
Stalland

<Grins>

Well, naturally, I wouldnt suggest it to a fine lady, but what about you...consider it a celebration of the physicality of it all, kind of like a less bloodthirsty version of a gladiatorial arena.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 08, 2010, 10:46:43 AM
Pio

Goes over and checks on the unconscious man.

Pio eventually beckons a couple of guys to help the ruffian to his feet then half carry him off between them.

He has a brief word with Magg as the players on both teams come back and line up at either end again.

Magg

Second raed to begin with both teams down one man, Skins currently lead.
Pheeep!


: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 08, 2010, 12:50:43 PM
Stalland

Brace yourself Red, they are off again...dont hold onto Magg too tight, he has a game to referee.  ;D
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 08, 2010, 01:04:49 PM
The tactics have changed in the second raed. Nik’s big whitelanders have clearly been given instruction to concentrate on marking their counterparts on Flat-nose’s team, and Flat-nose himself is double marked almost constantly.

The game continues at frenetic pace, the vetchbal exchanging sides a number of times and apart from a couple of bone-jarring tackles on Flat-nose and another near miss throw by one of Nik’s there doesn’t appear to be much between them.

Flat-nose takes the throw against the ferryman that sent the bal out of play, but chooses to merely toss the bal to him for a quick restart of play.
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: 348 March 08, 2010, 01:07:59 PM
Nik " GO TEAM"
He runs up in support
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 08, 2010, 01:14:53 PM
Stalland

RIP HIS SPLEAN OUT!

<turns to Red and Lucius>

Cracking game so far.
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: 50 March 08, 2010, 01:32:39 PM
The tactics from Nik’s team are as before and the double marking makes it seem impossible for flat-nose to get involved in play. But when a loose bal bounces awkwardly for Nik to collect, Flat-nose manages to kick it forward and scoop it up.
 
He sprints up the field, feints to one side, then as his persistent two markers come barrelling in on either side of him, holds out the bal to pass sideways to a moustachioed team-mate.
 
One marker crashes into his outstretched arm and the other high up on the side of his body, sending Flat-nose spinning round with the force of the impact, there is a loud SNAP and a cry of pain form the heavyset stevedore!

...with Nik’s defence concentrating on Flat-nose, Moustache manages to dodge past the back marker and runs for the Klokje,  Nik is hard on his heals though, and with only inches to go before he could jump for the bell Nik dives and manages a tap to the feet.

Moustache goes down short, he throws the bal at the Klokje as he falls and the ringing note confirms a second conciliatory lefheid!  
Pheep!
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: Ant March 08, 2010, 01:42:49 PM
Stalland

<Whistles and applauds loudly before turning to Lucius>

That boys got brains to go with his brawn, wonder who bust what, something sounded painful.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 08, 2010, 01:50:58 PM
Lucius

Going down like that with more than one person involved, could be anything that just snapped. Since he's still screaming though means he is at least alive. I think we need a medic on the pitch though, where's that Pio chap?
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: 348 March 08, 2010, 01:54:50 PM
Nikaneth joins in the shouts for Pio and will trty insure that the players give him space to approach and examine the wounded player.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Bill March 08, 2010, 02:19:12 PM
Pio
<re-enters the field of play muttering something to his self and goes over to the injured man.>
Better get a stretcher and get him off.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 08, 2010, 03:00:39 PM
Red

Ow...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 08, 2010, 03:03:52 PM
Pio goes in and looks over the big man, some sort of powders from a satchel and careful manipulation of his position manage relieve the look of pain somewhat but it is quickly evident that Flat-nose won't be playing any more this night.

After another minute or so Flat-nose waves away the stretcher and carefully gets up, his left arm strapped tightly to his chest. He shakes his head a little to clear it before hobbling over to Nik and holding out his right hand.
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: 348 March 08, 2010, 03:12:14 PM
Nik shakes his arm " Well played. Your name sir ?"
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 08, 2010, 03:37:23 PM
Flat-nose

Names, Brangyr. <nods to something Nik says inaudably, then turns and walks over to where Pio stands next to the ale table>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 08, 2010, 03:45:27 PM
Stalland

<Moves over to the ale table to Pio and Brangyr>

Well played, I hope your arm isnt too painful, tell me, can I buy you your ale? Yours too Pio.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Bill March 08, 2010, 03:52:04 PM
Pio
Ale would be good but I'd better wait until this is over first. What brougt this about I only arrived as it started?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 08, 2010, 03:53:41 PM
Stalland

A womans vanity and a fops desire to please her, still, all good fun, cracking play too, got to say the big man here has some skill.

<nods to Brangyr>
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: Captain Shortworth March 08, 2010, 04:15:30 PM
Lucius

Indeed, well played Brangyr. Just a shame that any serious injury should have happened during a friendly game like this; suppose it shows everyone's spirit for the game and desrie to win though eh?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 348 March 08, 2010, 04:26:21 PM
Nikaneth applaudes Brangyr as he leaves the match area.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 08, 2010, 04:31:31 PM
Nik's applause is taken up by much of the crowd as the other players brush themselves off and move back to either side of the wharf.

Brangyr

<Picks up an ale with his good hand and winces slightly as he turns> Humpf! ...aye, a good game and 'taint over yet. I rekon everyone started taking it seriously when the whitelanders walked on.

<looks at his strapped up arm> 's a rough game, so you don't play if you cant take a hurtin' <takes a swig of ale> ...still can't pretend I'm thrilled, going to hit me wages fer a few week an no mistake.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 08, 2010, 04:35:26 PM
Magg

Third raed, Skins down two players to Nikaneth's one. Skins lead two Lefheid to nil..
Pheeep!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 348 March 08, 2010, 04:37:34 PM
Nik "COME ON !"
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Bill March 08, 2010, 05:18:11 PM
Pio

<To Brangyr>
I may be able to do something about it after the match, if not than come see me at the pharos tomorrow and I'll fix you up than. least I can do for someone in jured while entertaining me.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 08, 2010, 05:29:57 PM
Stalland

Good man Pio

<whispers to Brangyr>

And if you need a few extra swords while it heals come let me know, and don't worry, no strings attached
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 08, 2010, 06:37:02 PM
Lucius

<whispered to Stalland>. Just about to do the same thing myself, sharing the wealth and all thta, helping the community and so fourth. <louder now, walking back towards the action> Come on Nik, get a point on the board for us!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 08, 2010, 09:33:55 PM
Third raed play progresses fast and loose. With fewer players on the Strijood there is more space to dodge and weave, and all the players seem to have got into the flow. The Whitelanders on Nik’s team continue to play a measured blocking game, neutralising their opposites and allowing Nik’ team to press the advantage of their extra man to cause all sorts of problems for the Skins.

On two separate occasions darting runs from Nik's team nearly end in a score, one blocked at the last moment by a lunging bargeman putting player and and the bal off the strijood (followed by a quick toss for restart) and the second time a desperate dive at the wharf edge just knocking the bal from Nik’s hands and halting his otherwise clear run.

The vetchbal is fished out of the harbour while Nik again chooses who to take the throw..

Magg

<To Red> Phew! The skins do not want to give up easily, and they are running down the time to the end of this last raed with impressive and desperate defence.

Nikaneth will certainly know he has to do something quick to press his teams advantage or the might just lose to time.


<takes a drink of wine> Again I’ll be interested to see what he does with regards the throw – there is the opportunity to take another of the skins off the field

...but the skins so far have been sportsmanlike and tossed the bal over for a restart each time they’ve had a throw
<laughs> …then again they are winning!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 08, 2010, 10:11:35 PM
Nikaneth walks out and for a moment he looks like he’s considering winding up a big throw, but then tosses the vetchbal over for restart.

There’s a cheer of approval from the crowd and the players line up again.   
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 08, 2010, 10:37:57 PM
Nik’s team launch forward with determination at the restart, and a thickset ferryman manages to slide in and snatch the bal first.
He stands for a moment whilst players dodge and vie for position around him.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 348 March 08, 2010, 10:50:19 PM
Nikaneth ( running to be in position to catch a rebound and also trying to barge aside any blockers )...."SHOOT !"
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 09, 2010, 08:35:59 AM
No easy pass is available and as Nik shouts he stands on tiptoes ready to try for a long throw at the klokje...

...but then at the last moment he throws the bal low, bouncing it between the legs of one of the skins players to roll some distance in front of the running Nikaneth.

With a burst of speed, Nik toe-pokes the bal mid stride round one side of a skins whitelander, and dodges round the opposite side of the giant man.
Dropping onto his side he slides along to gather up the bal, and flicks up to his feet without loosing momentum...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 09, 2010, 10:26:52 AM
Lucius

If he gets hit, this is gonna hurt!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 09, 2010, 12:21:01 PM
...All of Niks team are up in support, even the back markers - and the advantage of numbers tells quickly as several running tackles are intercepted by Nik’s players before they halt his charge.

...one burly tough does manage to slip through, and Nik is forced to pass the bal to a lumbering backmarker.
The tough swaps targets and bears down on him instead...

But as he dives in with a tackle to the legs, the backmarker tosses the bal over him back to Nik, again leaving him clear for half a second…
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 09, 2010, 12:24:54 PM
Stalland

Trekke sin jævla armene off!!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 09, 2010, 12:51:11 PM
...With only a few strides and the ferryman (that saved Nik’s first shot) to beat, Nikaneth runs full tilt and jumps curling his legs up and stretching out for the Klokje..

The ferryman leaps in the way in the way and effectively ‘catches’ Nik ...but as he staggers backwards with his unusual load, Nik’s lumbering backmaker ploughs up and runs into them both!

…it’s enough to send the ferryman staggering, and as he passes under the Klokje Nik manages to stretch out, and with only fingertips holding the corded vetchbal - strikes it with a clear bong!
Pheeeeep!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 348 March 09, 2010, 01:07:23 PM
Nik "YEEEAAAHHHHHHHHH !"
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 09, 2010, 01:16:57 PM
Stalland

<Joins in the crowds applause smiling>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 09, 2010, 03:44:00 PM
Magg

<to the crowd> Nikaneth scores with hand on vetchbal!

...End of third raed and game - Nikaneth's team win one Braffheid to two lefheid! - Congratulations the shirts!


<climbs down off the barrel and smiling turns to Red> ....so that in a nutshell is Vellochi!

Now lets see if we can fight our way back to the bar, I need a drink after all that cheering!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 09, 2010, 03:58:21 PM
Stalland

Well not for me alas, I have things to do this evening and an early start tomorrow, but with luck we will be here tomorrow night with a thirst to quench
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 09, 2010, 05:03:43 PM
Lucius

Do me a favour first please Stalland. I'm about to be swamped by everyone who didn't think Nik would win, and I don't know how much I will have left after that, but if you could add it to the purse you'll be giving to the injured man, I would appreciate it. I didn't run this book to make money, just to get a feel for the betting.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 348 March 09, 2010, 05:06:18 PM
Nikaneth
Busy shaking hands wiith all players
"Someone get Brangyr one on my slate."
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 09, 2010, 05:29:44 PM
Lucius

But after that, I think you're right; this day should end with us all in fine form if tomorrow is going to go off without a hitch.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 10, 2010, 01:40:46 PM
The enthusiastic response to the impromptu game ensures that the post match drinking continues well on into the night. Eventually though, even the hardened drinkers have surfeit and Wedlan calls time on the night crowd to make way for the new day...

A later evening...

The tap room crowd is average going on busy this evening, all the snugs appear taken but a couple of the tables near the open doors are still free.

Conversation sparkles, and the atmosphere seems jovial and friendly even considering the continued spell of warm weather..
 
Wedlan, Kora and one other barman distribute ale in steady flow to the thirsty, whilst a small troupe of musicians ensconced at the far end of the room fill the air with a cascade of lively tunes.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 10, 2010, 02:13:03 PM
Stalland

<Walks into the bar with a nonchalant air, takes a quick look round the room and heads to the bar, he is well dressed in good but plain shirt, troos and boots>

Evenin'
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 10, 2010, 02:33:14 PM
Lucius

<Follows only a few seconds behind Stalland, also wearing good quality clothing with new boots and sword, most striking however is his freshly shaven face after a week or two of beard, and the much shorter haircut>

Get these in, I'll save a table!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 10, 2010, 02:47:08 PM
Stalland

Will do

<Leans forward on the bar and tries to catch Kora's eye>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 10, 2010, 04:05:20 PM
Red

<Is wearing the usual style of clothing, if of a better quality and has yet another new pair of boots. She walks in and seeing Stalland and Lucius makes her way over to the bar first>
If you’re getting in a round could I have one as well please?
<wanders over to join Lucius at the table>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 10, 2010, 04:09:00 PM
Stalland

<laughs>

Well I got my bloody timing wrong didnt I, what were you lot waiting round the corner till I came in
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 10, 2010, 04:09:28 PM
Kora
<Comes over, smiling hugely>  Hi Stalland!

Sorry I wasn’t here when you were in the other night...
<looks briefly down>
I did think you might have called on me again... <blushes a little, then looks up smiling again>

Anyway what can a get a handsome skald this evening?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 10, 2010, 04:25:29 PM
Kora
<Comes over, smiling hugely>  Hi Stalland!

Sorry I wasn’t here when you were in the other night...
<looks briefly down>
I did think you might have called on me again... <blushes a little, then looks up smiling again>

Anyway what can a get a handsome skald this evening?


Stalland

Alas I have been busy these past few days otherwise I would have done, and I wasnt here for long the other night.

And since I have had a smile from you I suppose I had best have a round of ales for my friends and I, and when you get some time I have a small gift for you.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 10, 2010, 05:19:07 PM
Lucius

<looks up as red joins him>, Do you think it is possible for you to leave the house without looking gorgeous at least once?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 11, 2010, 12:34:34 AM
Red

<gives Lucius a confused look before smiling and laughing> either you’re going to rob me or Stalland's been giving you pointers
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 11, 2010, 08:30:59 AM
Lucius

What? Nooo... Erm.. What's that Stalland, need a hand with the drinks? <gets up and heads to the bar> to Stalland, How the hell do you talk to women? I just tried to be nice and Red thought I was going to rob her. Now I look even more stupid!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 11, 2010, 09:17:32 AM
Red

<looks even more confused, before shrugging and putting her feet up on Lucius’s now empty chair>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 11, 2010, 09:29:23 AM
Stalland

Maybe because the only times you are nice to people is when you are trying to rob them, now give me a moment and I will come and bail you out
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 11, 2010, 09:42:31 AM
Over at the entrance there is a small eddy of movement as Magg comes in struggling with a large stuffed canvas bag nearly as big as himself.
With many apologies for bumps he manages to wrestle the thing to a clear space near the table where Red sits, then leans up against it breathless for a moment.

Magg
<Waves to Stalland and Lucius and makes a ‘drink’ gesture, then flashes a smile at red >
...a pleasure to see you again Lady Red! <performs a small bow and is nearly crushed by the precariously balanced bag, recovers himself laughing> ahh... might I be so bold as to ask you to keep an eye on this lump for a moment whilst I find some willing brawn to help me get it upstairs?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 11, 2010, 10:14:31 AM
Stalland

<Once Stalland has had a word with Kora he will return to the table with the drinks and Lucius>

Magg, how are you, in the body moving trade by the looks of it
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 11, 2010, 10:23:36 AM
Red

Evening Magg <Red returns his smile and gets up to help with the bag, before delicately poking it> I will watch it for you, but only if I may so bold as to enquire what it is?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 11, 2010, 11:42:54 AM
Magg

<Grins> Nothing so sinister I'm afraid!

...lets just say its part of a payment of an old debt. I'll show you some other evening and I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise till then!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 11, 2010, 12:32:56 PM
Stalland

Sounds very intriguing...especially being made to wait! But come on, I'll help you heft it to your room
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 11, 2010, 01:23:52 PM
Red

<gives a frustrated sigh and shakes her head, but returns to a smile> Well don’t take too long gentlemen, tragic things can happen to unwatched drinks
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 11, 2010, 01:28:33 PM
Stalland

An unwatched wench is even more tragic <Stalland laughs as he hefts Maggs bag>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 11, 2010, 01:49:52 PM
Lucius

I will guard the drinks with my life  <Smiles> But something tells me Red can look after herself! <looks horrified for a second> Not that you're a wench!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 11, 2010, 01:53:07 PM
Stalland

<laughs even more>

Little brother, you should stop paying compliments before you get stabbed
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 11, 2010, 01:54:55 PM
Lucius

<Very quickly finishes almost an entire goblet of wine in one swig before standing up> Looks like I need another drink, back in a bit.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 11, 2010, 01:57:12 PM
Stalland and Magg haul the large bag up one of the curved staircases to Magg's room on the second floor, after dissapearing inside for a moment they both return to the table near the door.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 11, 2010, 02:05:57 PM
Stalland

Well done Lucius, you have remained alive, took my advice to hold off on the compliments I see <Stalland grins at Lucius> Well, its a hot night and that bag was quite heavy <Stalland drains his ale> Whose turn is it?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 11, 2010, 02:22:36 PM
Red

<laughs and pats Lucius on the shoulder> indeed he has, although who knows for how long <gets up makes her way to the bar with>  I’ll get these <over her shoulder>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 11, 2010, 02:31:03 PM
Stalland

You have to forgive him Red, he is unused to being in close proximity to a lady of such obvious class, beauty and elegance.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 11, 2010, 02:59:22 PM
Lucius

<To Stalland> Bugger off half-pint, I'm doing my best. <smiles to himself, but with his head down, clearly more than a little embarrassed>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 11, 2010, 03:10:13 PM
Stalland

Ah my friend, we will soon have you putting your slivery tongue to proper use <laughs>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 11, 2010, 03:14:18 PM
Lucius

<perking up at the thought of work> I think we need to be looking at ways to make amends when we get back from the trip out of the city. Have you had any ideas?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 11, 2010, 03:18:29 PM
Stalland

Not much, perhaps a good push on the Vellocci games or something, I am sure we will think of something...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 11, 2010, 03:19:00 PM
Magg

<comes over with a bottle of wine and four small goblets>

So my friends, has life been well to you since last we met?

I remember you mentioning the daemon 'work'
<looks at your new clothes> ...all went well I take it! 
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 11, 2010, 03:21:57 PM
Stalland

<Takes a goblet and raises it to Magg>

Without boring you with details, we made some money, but it could have gone better, how is life with our new Vellocci trainer?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 11, 2010, 03:23:44 PM
Lucius

Aye, you don't seem to be covered in the bruises we were all expecting. Must be going well.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 11, 2010, 03:27:51 PM
Red

<returns with a round of drinks, and seeing the wine and her first, still half full drink, shakes her head with a laugh> This is going to end in a headache
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 11, 2010, 03:30:24 PM
Stalland

<laughs>

We have a quite night to make up for
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 11, 2010, 03:33:37 PM
Magg

<stands as Red arrives and helps her find a spot for the drinks> ...Yes the training is going quite well, I think the boys have some real promise!
<pulls out a chair for Red> ...I just wish I could get them to concentrate a little more on the tactical and point scoring aspects and a little less on the scrapping ones! <grins>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 11, 2010, 03:41:01 PM
Stalland

You need an incentive to help them, get them the finest ale you can in the city, and the worst you can find, tell them if they are the ones that score, they drink from the good cask, if they lose the point, they drink from the bad cask, and point out that the best way to score is less fighting and more teamwork and skill.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 11, 2010, 03:48:07 PM
Magg

<Laughs> I fear if I were to start a team talk by revealing two casks of ale then all I would have is a lot of happy Whitelanders!

Still I take your point, and to be fair they are not too bad at taking a bit of instruction, but I find my grasp of your language may be insufficient for the finer points!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 11, 2010, 03:59:30 PM
Stalland

I shall give you what help we can, but alas I shall be away on an errand for a week or two, besides, you dont show the the ale straight away, and absolutely dont give them the good stuff until they have completely followed your instruction.

There is a tale of a Whitelandish captain who took his crew far down the rivers into the Pelosian hinterland in search of booty and slaves, and there came a point where their ship had to be hauled across country over a hill between two rivers before they could continue.

Now the captain knew of this and had bought the finest ales he could, and promised them to his men once they had finished the haul. The men complained all the way up the hill, hauling their drakkar behind them, almost every pace they took seemed to be accompanied by their cries for the ale to be passed round, but the captain was strong in his will and refused them, telling them that they could drink their fill once they were down the hill on the other side.

The men complained but they listened to their captain and hauled on, and indeed, they did not slacken in their efforts, hauling the ship over the hill in a single day and when they supped their ale at last they indeed thought it was the sweetest nectar they had ever drunk...

See Magg, the Whitelanders can be focused, you just need the right motivation and the strength of character to say no to them, but it will be well worth it.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 11, 2010, 04:02:33 PM
Lucius

And if you have problems with that, not only will Stalland be usefull for translating - when we return of course - but he knows where to get th efinest ale, and how to say no anyone. Who isn't a pretty little thing bringing him ale that is.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 11, 2010, 04:05:47 PM
Stalland

Ah but when I can say so much more than to her that, why would I want to say "no"
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 11, 2010, 04:13:53 PM
Magg

<laughs> Fair enough, all good advice my friends.

<To Red> Will you be away as well Red? I have a party at this munes end that I am attending and was hoping you might do me the honour of consenting to be my 'plus one'?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 11, 2010, 05:20:50 PM
Stalland

Alas we will be gone two, perhaps three weeks...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 11, 2010, 05:34:11 PM
Lucius

But please, don't feel like you should stop coming here just because our company will be absent.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 11, 2010, 05:39:22 PM
Red

<Red’s eyes widen slightly> sorry but unfortunately I will be travelling as well, so it is doubtful I will be able to accompany you <she gives Magg’s hand a brief squeeze>
Besides I doubt I would fit in at such a party, unlike in the Barge they would disapprove of my wine consumption and fondness of singing my way home.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 11, 2010, 06:26:17 PM
Magg

<to Red> My lady, you would fit in without trouble and brighten any party you chose to attend! Besides, I would very much like your singing on the way home so who gives a hoot what others may think!

<smiles> Anyway I shall miss your company whilst you are away, perhaps I can offer you an evenings entertainment more suited to your desires when you return?

<takes a sip of wine and says to all> ...twill be quieter without you chaps for the while, I will have to throw myself into training my whitelanders and other efforts, who knows perhaps my surprise will be ready when you return as well!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 11, 2010, 06:59:21 PM
Stalland

Well here is to our swift and safe return...and I don't know whether to be curious or worried about your surprise
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 11, 2010, 07:25:34 PM
Lucius

Especially knowing it may be several weeks until we find out. The tension may just kill us. Or force us to drink to forget it anyway. <smiles and raises his goblet to everyone>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 11, 2010, 10:04:33 PM
Red

<smiles to Magg and desperately attempts to ignore the rising colour in her cheeks> Sounds like a good idea, we can organise a night out when I get back.

But this surprise... can’t you just tell us what it is now??
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 11, 2010, 11:34:59 PM
Stalland

At least after some time on the road you wont look so pale any more Red, and I think when we make it back we will all be more than overdue a good carouse, and Magg, this is like the tale of the Whitelanders and their ship ale, the longer they wait, the better it tastes <Stalland gives Magg and exagerated wink>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 12, 2010, 08:40:30 AM
Magg

<smiles> ..No the suprise must wait, I only hope now that the build up doesn't exceed the reveal! <grins>

...anyway I meant to say I saw the tall girl ...Piala was it? In the Witan district yesterday with a couple of warrior types, I waved but I don't think she saw me.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 12, 2010, 08:48:11 AM
Lucius

Warrior types? Whitelandish?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 12, 2010, 08:55:41 AM
Stalland

Dummoni would be my bet, or any that she could weave her charms on, a striking woman, but I sense a most dangerous one too, I feel courting her would be like the mongoose and the serpent...then again I think it would be fine sport to try <Grins>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 12, 2010, 11:22:17 AM
Magg

Hard to say they were a ways off... What I could say was they were wearing mail and warswords of some sort I think, but they didn't have whiteaxe or Dummonii bow that i could make out.

<thinks for a second> ...they were tall I rekon, but they didn't seem giants ...but then not all northmen strike over seven feet and Dummonii are not small fry either!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 12, 2010, 11:33:21 AM
Stalland

Ah, could have been locals or anything, not our business though I suppose.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 12, 2010, 05:25:47 PM
Red

I agree that there might be more to her then meets the eye, however she is forgiven as she's such brilliant company when shopping
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 13, 2010, 01:44:25 PM
Lucius

There is something curious about her though
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 13, 2010, 02:13:40 PM
Stalland

Well I know what I am most curious about <Stalland laughs>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 13, 2010, 02:46:33 PM
Lucius

<Smiles> Just one woman is not enough for you is it?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 13, 2010, 03:01:20 PM
Stalland

It alll depends on circumstances little brother
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 13, 2010, 03:12:34 PM
Lucius

Right now I would settle for just the one. Shame she i totally out of my league <Smiles and drinks deeply>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 13, 2010, 04:59:35 PM
Red

<laughs and to Stalland> You’re unbelievable you are <makes mock ‘tut’ noise before turning to Lucius> Don’t me so hard on yourself, you would make a lovely catch for any young lady, just be sure to keep this mystery woman away from Stalland!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 13, 2010, 05:10:26 PM
Stalland

<Laughs>

You arent the first woman to tell me that Red, and Lucius will not find me any competition for the objects of his affections...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 13, 2010, 05:24:19 PM
Lucius

I'm surprised no one has snapped you up for a husband yet Stalland, or have you left a trail of broken hearts all the way here from the whitelands?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 13, 2010, 05:29:35 PM
Stallland

<In mock offence> Hey there's no need to go spoiling the evening with that sort of talk, marriage indeed! You might as well have me gelded!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 13, 2010, 06:14:45 PM
Lucius

<Laughs out loud!> What about kids? No even littler Stallands running round out there? That you know about.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 13, 2010, 08:15:54 PM
Stalland

If Hrefna has seen fit to bless me then I do now know about it, but for the most part this is the longest I have stayed anywhere
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 14, 2010, 08:06:00 AM
Lucius

And you're not planning on running off anytime soon I hope. There's plenty more money to make, fame to be spread and women to bed.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 14, 2010, 12:57:02 PM
Stalland

That can be had in many places though, but no, not unless things go very badly here!

I'd like to go to Yura at some point, and back to Greystrike, but that's it. certainly don't want to visit Dromal again.

Besides, someone has to look after you lot!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 14, 2010, 01:57:20 PM
Lucius

I think I've had my fill of deserts. I left my last one in a bit of a rush and have no desire to return.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 14, 2010, 03:32:04 PM
Stalland

Distinct lack of good ale there, or ale of any kind to be honest. Kind of like my tankard... <Stalland drains the last of his drink then looks round the table>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 14, 2010, 03:40:23 PM
Lucius

I think it's my round, and since we got paid, how about some good stuff? <Walks to the bar to order a round of The Barge's most expensive ale>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 14, 2010, 05:41:57 PM
Red

<to Lucius> Good call! <to everyone> I must admit a little envy that you have seen the wider world, the stories you hear of such places always inspire wonder, but the journeys in-between these places sound horrific...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 14, 2010, 05:51:13 PM
Stalland

It all depends on how you go, if its a well prepared trip, along well known routes then its fine, yeah it can get cold and can be hard work, but thats all. Its when things go wrong or you are off the well beaten track that you need to really know what you are doing, and be prepared for some really tough times.

Travelling the roads north of here isnt too bad since they are well travelled, just bandits from time to time, but when you get off the roads, the wild beasts are the worst thing.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 14, 2010, 06:33:31 PM
Red

Cold, bandits and beasts.... are you trying to scare me about the weeks ahead??
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 14, 2010, 08:07:17 PM
Stalland

<laughs>

Not at all my dear, it is a warm season, we are well armed and it is a well frequented path we take, there should be little trouble on our way.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 14, 2010, 09:11:06 PM
Red

<Red still looks uncertain and grumbles something about ‘sleeping rough’, ‘eaten alive’ and ‘ruining boots’ into her cup before emptying it>

No use dwelling on it I guess, has to be done, tonight is for merriment, drinking and good music <nods towards the band>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 14, 2010, 11:21:17 PM
Lucius

Indeed! Do you think they would be happy with Stalland singing along with them?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 15, 2010, 01:08:02 AM
Red

I believe they’d be thrilled
and I think the patrons of the Barge have grown to expect nothing less
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 15, 2010, 01:21:39 AM
ooc - woo i have a star! ;D
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 15, 2010, 08:29:05 AM
Magg

...again I find myself a little envious, <to Red> Whilst you may feel trepidation at the potential hazards of the road, do you not feel a little of the thrill of anticipation for letting your feet touch the road to new places and people?

<holds up his glass> May your journey be swift and safe... <smiles> ...but at least a little bit exciting!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 15, 2010, 08:32:12 AM
Stalland

I have no doubt that despite our best hopes, excitement will happen to us!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 15, 2010, 12:02:29 PM
Lucius

But in the mean time, if you will excuse me for a second...

<walks over to where the band is playing>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 15, 2010, 01:27:56 PM
Lucius

<after chatting for a minute between songs and a few coins changing hands Lucius haeds back to the table and turns to Stalland> Well half-pint, looks like the stage is yours. Not sure which soings they know, the names were all whitelandish, but they said they knew some boisterous ones for you to sing.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 15, 2010, 01:32:07 PM
Stalland

You paying?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 15, 2010, 01:41:05 PM
Lucius

Sod off! I know you, and you will happily sing over breakfast whether we want you to or not! I'm sure if you put down a hat you can make a few coins though.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 15, 2010, 01:46:10 PM
Stalland

<Stalland takes of his cap and shakes it at Lucius>

always best to have some seed money in the hat first to encourage people, and even better if Red goes round to collect for me, especially if there is a bit of cleavage on show...

<Stalland takes a swig of beer and looks thoughtful>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 15, 2010, 01:51:58 PM
Red

<laughs> Stalland's breakfast singing, brings beauty to the morning but is often the bane of many a hangover
<turns to Stalland> so you expect me to beg for money and flash people??
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 15, 2010, 01:57:47 PM
Stalland

<Grins>

On my behalf of course, I wouldnt dream of asking you to do it for yourself
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 15, 2010, 02:06:46 PM
Lucius

Stop making excuses and get yourself up there! Time to see if you can wow an audience enough to charm some hard coin from their pockets.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 15, 2010, 02:24:03 PM
Stalland

<grins and thrusts his hat into Lucius hands as he opens his voice...>

There was a young sailor
Who looked through the glass,
And spied a fair Uriel
With scales on her ...

...island.

Where seabirds, many
Fly over their nests
She combed the long hair
That hung over her ...

...shoulders

And caused her then
To tickle and itch.
The sailor cried out
"There's a beautiful ...

...Uriel,"

A-sitting out
There on the rocks,
The crew came around
A-grabbing their ...

...glasses

And crowded four deep
To the rail,
All eager to share
In this fine piece of ...

...news.

Which the captain soon
Heard from the watch.
He tied down the wheel
And reached for his ...

...crackers

And cheese which
He kept near the door.
In case he might someday
Encounter a ...

...Uriel.

He knew he must
Use all of his wits
Crying "Throw out a line.
We'll lasso her

...flippers."

And then we will
Certainly find
If Uriels are better
Before or be

...brave

My good fellows."
The captain then said.
"With fortune we'll break
Through her Urielen head...

...ing to starboard
They tacked with dispatch.
And caught that fair Uriel
Just under her ...

...elbows

And hustled her
Down below decks,
And each took a turn
At her feminine

...setting

Her free at the end
Of the farce,
She splashed in the waves,
Falling flat on her

...after

A while one man
Noticed some scabs,
Soon they broke out with the pox
And the scratching

...With fury,

Cursing with spleen,
This song may be dull
But it's certainly clean.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 15, 2010, 02:52:02 PM
Lucius

Well done my friend!  <Throws a few coins into Stallands hat then then passes it to Red> I think if you were to do a quick whip round while he does a second song, we might get enough for a round or two out of this!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 15, 2010, 03:17:31 PM
Red

you two will be attempting to rent me out any day now... <she mumbles as she snatches the hat from Lucius, undoes a few buttons on her top, hitches a seductive smile onto her face and in a slightly dangerous tone purrs> this should do, don't you think? <not waiting for an answer she sways enticingly into the crowd>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 15, 2010, 03:23:53 PM
Stalland

<laughs as Red sways off and breaks into song again, encouraging all around him to join in.>

It waaaaaaaaas the Angor's in the ale house,
The happiest time of year
The mens hearts were full of gladness,
Their bellies full of beer
When up spoke Tiny Outhouse,
His Face as bold as Brass
Saying "We dont want your poxy wine you can stick it up your...

TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOY, COMFORT AND JOY,
TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOY...


It was Angor's day in the Harem,
The eunuchs were standing round,
And hundreds of beautiful women
Were stretched out on the ground,
When in strode the Bold Bad Sultan,
And gazed at his marble halls,
Saying, 'What do you want from Angor, boys?'
And the eunuchs answered...

TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOY, COMFORT AND JOY,
TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOY...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 15, 2010, 03:54:18 PM
Kora

<Walks over smiling and singing the chorus> ...TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOY...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 15, 2010, 03:57:45 PM
Lucius

I wasn't expecting her to put that much effort in to the performance! Kora! We have a few dead soldiers here, you timely appearance is much appreciated. What do you think of Stalland's singing then?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 15, 2010, 04:00:34 PM
Stalland

<Gives Kora a big smile and puts his arm round her as the chorus finishes>

Ah a fair maid to bring a pause to our bawdy songs, do you have some time? I have a gift for you.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 15, 2010, 04:27:13 PM
Kora

<Blushes a little> I will always have time for you Stalland <smiles> ...especially if there's presents!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 15, 2010, 04:48:03 PM
Stalland

<Reaches into a pouch and pulls out a small parcel made from a silk handkerchief, out of which he produces a fine silver chain with a delicate silver raven pendant>

For you, if I may?

<Stalland moves to fasten the chain round Kora's neck>

It is a small token, so you will think of me while I am out of the city for a couple of weeks...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 15, 2010, 06:09:47 PM
Kora

<holds it out a little to see> Stalland, its absolutely beautiful! <beams>
...I love it! <turns round an embraces Stalland with a passionate kiss>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 15, 2010, 07:27:00 PM
Red

<after making a round of the Barge returns with a triumphant smile and puts a brimming hat down on the table>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 15, 2010, 07:29:28 PM
Stalland

<Returns Kora's kiss>

Just a small trinket next to you my sweet...and when I get back I will bring you something to match it
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 15, 2010, 07:31:57 PM
Lucius

Very well done Red! Although I doubt we will ever know if the money was generated by Stalland's vocal talents or your beauty. I know which I would put my money on though.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 15, 2010, 07:44:05 PM
Kora

<eventually disengages> ...I must get back to work! <blushes> ...will you be here later when I finish?

: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 15, 2010, 08:01:39 PM
Magg

<As Red returns, turns chuckling from Kora and Stalland> a-ha! A fine haul for our fishers all round!

<grins and places a coin in the hat Red has put down> ...my token then, for I am certainly reeled in by the Lady Red.

<still smiling> I think I need to buy us all a drink of something with sparkle ...for it seems such a night! <stands and collects the empties..>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 15, 2010, 08:10:12 PM
Lucius

We keep mixing drinks like this, we're not going to be well in the morning.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 15, 2010, 08:40:34 PM
Stalland

<To Kora> Of course I will be here, attentive to the last <Watches Kora leave then turns to Magg> Well said that man, and Lucius, you need to learn the art of drinking, just for you, tonight you can have a free lesson from an expert, and when Magg returns with the somthing sparkling perhaps another song?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 15, 2010, 08:46:52 PM
Lucius

Another song from you? <Laughs> Not sure if the last job earned me enough to pay for that!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 15, 2010, 08:50:43 PM
Stalland

Ah this one is to pay for Reds ample efforts
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 15, 2010, 08:56:15 PM
Lucius

Surely a gentleman would not draw attention to her... oh wait, I see what you mean.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 15, 2010, 09:10:54 PM
Red

<laughs and shakes her head> you're right, surely gentlemen would not <quickly buttons her top> but i won't argue with a song to celebrate my talents
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 348 March 15, 2010, 09:22:46 PM
Nikaneth lopes into the bar and calls for an ale. Stands at the bar and looks around at the evenings crowd.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 15, 2010, 09:31:52 PM
Stalland

<Turns to the band and shouts to them>

Play up my friends, a Stamp and Go Shanty if you can...

In Nosterpyrax lived a maid,
Mark well what I do say,
In Nosterpyrax lived a maid
And she was mistress of her trade.

Chorus:
I'll go no more a roving with you fair maid
A-roving, a-roving
Since roving's been my rue-I-ay
I'll go no more a-roving with you fair maid.

I kissed her once, I kissed her twice,
Mark well what I do say,
I kissed her once, I kissed her twice,
She said, "Young sir that's oh so nice."

Chorus...


<Stalland holds his arm out to Red (or anyone else who will take it) to dance a jig during the chorus>

I put my hand upon her knee,
Mark well what I do say,
I put my hand upon her knee;
She said, "Young sir you're fancy free."

Chorus...

I put my arms around her waist,
Mark well what I do say,
I put my arms around her waist;
She said, "Young sir you're in great haste!"

Chorus...

I put hand upon her thigh,
Mark well what I do say,
I put hand upon her thigh;
She said, "Young sir you're awful high!"

Chorus...

She swore that she'd be true to me,
Mark well what I do say,
She swore that she'd be true to me,
But spent my money both fast and free.

Chorus...

In three weeks' time I was badly bent
Mark well what I do say!
In three weeks' time I was badly bent
Then off to sea I sadly went

Chorus...





<clicky >here< (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuOGkY2dNOg&feature=related) in case you dont know this tune, and for one of my favourite films & books>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 348 March 15, 2010, 09:32:52 PM
Nikaneth joins in coruses.....
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 March 15, 2010, 09:42:26 PM
Magg

<Returns laughing merrily from the bar as the song is ending, and puts down a tall blue glass bottle in one hand and four tall flutes of the same material from the other>

Ha, ha! now here is a drink from my father’s homeland that goes well with jigs and frivolity of all sorts <smiles and pours a bright and clear blue liquid fizzing into the glass in front of Red> It’s called ‘Dom-barr-L’ and its rather nice, tastes of clean bright air and new rain with a little bit of fruit and foolishness!

<pours Stalland, Lucius, then himself a glass> please try!

: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 15, 2010, 09:46:16 PM
Lucius

<looks dubious, and sniffs the liquid> Rain and follishness eh? Oh well, here goes. <Takes a small sip from the glass>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch March 15, 2010, 09:52:24 PM
Red

<Giggles somewhat more girlishly then usual> I have not danced for such a long time, even those few steps have lifted my mood <takes a drink of the blue liquid and beams>  It’s strange... but delicious <takes another eager sip>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant March 15, 2010, 10:02:15 PM
Stalland

<Grins and takes a mouthful of the wine almost without looking at it>

Then we shall have to have more dancing tonight Red, and I shall have to teach you all some of the hauling songs for our journey ahead, but those can come later, we need more jigs and reels tonight
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: 50 March 15, 2010, 10:10:32 PM
Magg

<grins> Well then Stalland you are the master of this craft, choose us a goodly tune and a lively whirl and let us see if our jigs can clear space and draw in some others!

<takes a quick sip of wine then holds out a hand to Red> m'lady, might I have the pleasure?
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: 348 March 15, 2010, 10:12:42 PM
Nikaneth taking a step towards the revellers. He looks in a pleasant mood, certainly not scowling " Are you leaving the city Master Stallard ?"
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: Nitch March 15, 2010, 10:25:14 PM
Red

<Manages a quick smile and> Evening Nik <before enthusiastically taking Maggs hand, getting to her feet> Of course! I would love to dance
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: Ant March 15, 2010, 10:27:21 PM
Stalland

Alas so, but it will only be for a short time, you will barely have time to miss us...Tell us Nik, do you have a good song for us to dance to, just name it if you would not sing it but hear it sung?
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: 348 March 15, 2010, 10:31:15 PM
Eeerrr.. none springs to mind for dancing like this at the moment. Drinking and a few forest laments and lore pieces regarding the Dieties and the green life of my Native forests. I know an archer verse or too. but its not for tonight..or Pelossians I suppose !
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: 348 March 15, 2010, 10:32:39 PM
"I'm sure the local watch won't miss you and your...associates"
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: Ant March 15, 2010, 10:59:00 PM
Stalland

Nay, but their poor victims might, are you here for revell or row Nik?

No matter, another song, and fit for us all I think...

When returning from sea
I'm longing to see a beautiful face so fine
And I crave to partake of the finest of steaks
And drink the sweetest of wines

When the music is beautiful
And the barkeeps are dutiful
And the women are oh so fair
You'll not find a gathering at the
Cock and Bull Taverin
Cos we aint got none of that there

Oh the Bull it aint not much to look at
A Broken down pub we confess
The music is rough
And the women are tough
Oh by lord the beer it best

Not one friendly face
You'll find in that place
A Pub for the hard drinking man
The inside is rank and the Oustide is dank
And we go there as oft as we can

Good folks wont go near it and Constables fear it
And we cherish her halls without doubt
No power could stay us or dare to delay us
From drinking her god blessed stout

Oh the Bull it aint not much to look at
A Broken down pub we confess
The music is rough
And the women are tough
Oh by lord the beer is the best

When the thirst of the ages is tired of our rages
Our gullets are dry as sand
We flush out the drout with that brew thats without
Compare in all of the land

No matter the crop or barley or hop
What comes from her kegs is quite sound
So he thats says QUIET, I say he should TRY IT
Before his wife puts him in the ground

Oh the Bull it aint not much to look at
A Broken down pub we confess
The music is rough
And the women are rough
Oh by lord the beer it best

Oh the Bull it aint not much to look at
A decrepid old pub, there's no worse
The patrons are wary
And the women are scary
But they have the best beer on this earth!
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: 50 March 15, 2010, 11:29:00 PM
There is a cheer as the tune ends as several more patrons have joined in the whirl.

Immediately the troupe strike into another tune (http://www.contemplator.com/midimusic/garryown.mid), Magg grins and spins Red back into the caper.

Let Dummonii's sons be not dismayed
But join with me, each jovial blade
Come, drink and sing and lend your aid
To help me with the chorus:

Instead of spa, we'll drink brown ale
And pay the reckoning on the nail;
No man for debt shall go to jail
From Hardfought in glory.


We'll beat the bailiffs out of fun,
We'll make the mayor and sheriffs run
We are the boys no man dares dun
If he regards a whole skin.

Our hearts so stout have got no fame
For soon 'tis known from whence we came
Where'er we go they fear the name
Of Hardfoughts in glory.
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: 348 March 16, 2010, 12:33:20 AM
Nik : After shouting out the verses in low voice to Stallard~
 "Actually I was looking for someone, but as they arn't here I'm happy to have a night out and a drink. "
Goes to refill his tankard.
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: Captain Shortworth March 16, 2010, 09:40:57 AM
Lucius

Have you and Pio had any luck in the investigation? My offer of help still stands.
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: 348 March 16, 2010, 10:21:13 AM
A few leads....
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: 348 March 16, 2010, 10:37:44 AM
" Anyway, enough of that..I'm here to party tonight."
Nikaneth pauses to admire the dancers...Turns to Lucius " Looks like I'm sitting this one out, some lovely ladies in tonight..though I can't see the tall blonde everyone keeps talking about ?"
" So you guys are going out of town ? Buisness or pleasure ?"
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: Captain Shortworth March 16, 2010, 10:39:01 AM
Lucius

Business, as always, but there is no reason why we can't have fun too.
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: 348 March 16, 2010, 10:46:47 AM
 Nik "I'll probably envy you over the next few days."
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: Captain Shortworth March 16, 2010, 12:17:42 PM
Lucius

Depending on how much you have to drink, you might end up enving us in the morning too. <smiles and takes a bigger draught of the blue liquid.>
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: Ant March 16, 2010, 12:22:40 PM
Stalland

<laughs>

Given our lodgings I am sure many men envy us of a morning, but I need more ale, or mead to sooth my throat before another song
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: Captain Shortworth March 16, 2010, 12:48:36 PM
Lucius

I think it may be your round, and I wouldn't say no to a drop of mead!
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: Ant March 16, 2010, 12:50:10 PM
Stalland

Well take some coin from the hat, and buy the musicians a round as well...
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: Captain Shortworth March 16, 2010, 01:01:38 PM
Lucius

Good idea, and since we have some coin, don't spare any expense on the mead!
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: Ant March 16, 2010, 01:32:07 PM
Stalland

<Grabs up the hat full of money and heads to the bar, ordering mead for the party, including Nik, and for the band, he will steal a kiss from Kora as he orders before returning to distribute the drinks>



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: 50 March 16, 2010, 01:33:04 PM
From over at the far end of the tap room the music from the troupe stops for a moment (whilst the musicians take brief refreshment).

When they start back up again the tempo is slower, still cheerful and melodic but less raucous than before.
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: Ant March 16, 2010, 01:45:19 PM
Stalland

<Mops his brow from the exersion of singing>

Thats a relief, I needed rest.
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: 50 March 16, 2010, 02:13:09 PM
With the slower music several of the more enthusiastic but less skilled dancers retreat to the bar and Magg and Red become visible.

Magg just straightening from a small bow, whilst Red performs an exaggerated curtsey with a pretend skirt, before moving into hold with him.

It's quickly clear that both of them are skilled and fluent with the more complex style, and after a moment their natural ease begins to encourage a few others that had moved away to attempt the dance as well.
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: Captain Shortworth March 16, 2010, 02:49:30 PM
Lucius

<under his breathe> Swish fucker
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: Ant March 16, 2010, 02:51:43 PM
Stalland

Not that you are jealous or anything <Stalland elbows Lucius in good humour>
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: Captain Shortworth March 16, 2010, 05:13:58 PM
Lucius

The fop may be able to dance, but I could charm the gems for a kings crown and fight my way out of the palace with barely a scratch. Shame that most girls aren't impressed by that kind of thing.
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: 50 March 17, 2010, 10:07:14 AM
There is a buzz from the entranceway as the grizzled phiz of Hett'Gavaar.
His imposing height, massive build (even for a Whitelander) and wild red hair cutting an unmistakable figure.

<Strides towards the head of the bar but stops when he passes Nik> ...vel møtt Nikaneth.
<looks from Nik to Stalland and Lucius...>
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: Ant March 17, 2010, 10:51:44 AM
Stalland

<Stalland nods to Hett'Gavaar as they meet each other glance...>

vel møtt Hett'Gavaar, Jeg Stalland siste skipet sjøen hingsten og jeg har hørt mye av din mektige selv, vil du delta i vår skytshelgen og dele vår øl og kjøtt?

<Stalland holds his arm in greeting but is otherwise quite neutral>
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: 50 March 17, 2010, 11:26:18 AM
Hett'Gavaar

<after an almost uncomfortably long pause, clasps Stallands arm>
styrke til deg ...No, I shall not disturb your evening little skyggenbror.
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: Ant March 17, 2010, 11:53:52 AM
Stalland

<Nods and smiles friendlyly>

styrke til du også and enjoy your evening, perhaps we can share mead and meat another night?
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: 50 March 17, 2010, 01:38:24 PM
Hett'Gavaar

kanskje. <releases Stallands arm and turns to leave>

Magg and Red come walking over from dancing, Magg nods to the giant watch captain with a genuine appearing smile.

Magg

<to Hett'Gavaar> Evening Captain. <manoeuvres to slide both himself and Red past>
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: Ant March 17, 2010, 01:55:48 PM
Stalland

<shrugs and then smiles at Red and Magg>

I see you too are enjoying yourselves. Shall we have another song while you rest your dancing feet?
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: Captain Shortworth March 17, 2010, 04:27:19 PM
Lucius

<leans in clost to Stalland, and says under his breathe, > Careful there Stalland, it's him that says he can take us down whenever he wants, and seems quite happy about it too,
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: 50 March 17, 2010, 04:53:24 PM
Magg

<Still smiling, holds Red's chair for her, before sitting down and scooping up his own glass>
Phew! I haven't danced so much for quite some time, so more singing or at least more drinking is in order!

<nods in the direction of the departing Hett'Gavaar>
...I assume the watch captain was apologising for the unruly behaviour of his men the other night? <grins>
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: Ant March 17, 2010, 05:13:18 PM
Stalland

<turns to Magg with a jovial smile>

Nay my friend, if he had any business with us at all it was so he could judge us for himself...a man like that gives no apologies.


<Stalland looks like he is about to say some more with a serious look, then breaks into a smile>

So more drink and more song, what sort of tune would you like?

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: Captain Shortworth March 17, 2010, 05:41:18 PM
Lucius

How about a travelling song? I'm sure you kno more than a couple of those.
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: Ant March 17, 2010, 05:52:33 PM
Stalland

Ah, just the thing, a tune to keep pace by and to make the mind wander...

Were I laid on Whiteland's Coast,
And in my Arms embrac'd my Lass;
Warm amidst eternal Frost,
Too soon the Half Year's Night would pass.
Over the hills and far away

Chorus:
Over the hills and far away
For many a league he'll march all day
Over the mountains and the seas
We'll keep on down the open road

Were I sold on Dromish Soil,
Soon as the burning Day was closed,
I could mock the sultry Toil
When on my Charmer's Breast reposed.

Chorus:

And I would love you all the Day,
Every Night would kiss and play,
If with me you'd fondly stray
Over the Hills and far away

chorus:
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: Captain Shortworth March 18, 2010, 12:07:54 AM
Lucius

Sounds like a marching song to me, but that's not a bad thing!
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: 348 March 18, 2010, 12:32:41 AM
Nikaneth to Lucius " So your planning on a boat journey then."
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: 50 March 18, 2010, 10:19:09 AM
Magg

<seems about to say something to Nik, but then stops, takes a breath, and after a moment> ...so Stalland I know has experience of the sea, what about you Lucius?
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: Ant March 18, 2010, 10:29:10 AM
Stalland

<turns to Nik and offers a refil of his cup>

Aye, a nice sojourn up river to take in the sights and sounds of the countryside, there is a place to the south the Uriels hold sacred and I wanted to take a look at it.

You ever been there? Or can you tell us much of the lands to the south of the city?
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: 348 March 18, 2010, 10:42:46 AM
Nik ( mildly surprised by something or other )
"I just know my native woodland. I've been a few days hike outside the city into the hills, but my comrades and myself were a bit too preoccupied with dodging and killing legionarries.
I would like to visit Raphalea though having heard so much about it.
 I'm out of my element on boats though, so I've no advice for a Whitelander on that score."
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: Captain Shortworth March 18, 2010, 10:56:36 AM
Lucius

<To Magg> Myself? Yeah I've been at sea, but only as a passenger and not on the most luxurious of cruisers. That was what got me here from Pelosia though, so I could have nailed to the mast for the whole journey, and it would still have been worth it. No idea how you make a boat or a ship go where you need it to though, gonna have to trust the boatman on that one.
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: Ant March 18, 2010, 01:57:01 PM
Stalland

<To Nik>

Ah you would like Raphelia, they have great wine there, a thriving market and plenty of oppertunities to make a lot of money, and their women...
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: 50 March 18, 2010, 03:23:22 PM
Magg

<stands up> Excuse me for a moment my friends.

<To Red> ...forgive me, I feel my mood a little diminished here, I'll return by and by.
<Smiles and does a little bow, before turning to walk towards the bar>
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: Captain Shortworth March 18, 2010, 10:11:03 PM
Lucius

I could do witrh stretching my legs for a second aswell, some of us haven't been dancing all night. <Follows Magg to the bar and puts a hand on his shoulder before speaking quietly,> You understand that Nik is no friend of ours don't you? It's just that with his position we have to be seen to be at least cordial with him and when it comes down to business, the last thing we need is him as an enemy.
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: 348 March 18, 2010, 10:48:02 PM
Nikaneth mutters to Stallard whilst his gaze remains fixed on Magg " I assume that was how 'well breed ' people insult others they haven't the balls to openly stand up to and explain what the feth they imagine has got on their perfumed tits "
Lowers voice so he is definately sure only Stallard can hear ....
"Well, I think I honestly tried, I hope your shady schemes dont hinge on master Magg being able to walk without a stick or having an unblemished face for much longer."
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: Ant March 18, 2010, 11:00:30 PM
Stalland

<Keeps his voice low and leans into Nik>

Whatever his reasons for not likeing you are his own, and would you have everyone who disliked you beaten? From my memory that means you have half a city to try your fists against...you and I can be aimiable and it would be bad for both of us if there were any reason to not be firendly, so for the sake of peace, let Magg go his own way and you go yours...if you must vent your anger on someone, do it against someone who deserves it

<Stalland subtely nods towards Het'Gvarr>
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: 348 March 18, 2010, 11:10:42 PM
Nikanet hisses quietly put angrily to Stallard " You have a problem with the Guard Captain, deal with it yourself."
In a normal tone " Well a good voyage to you, I'm sure I'll hear an elaborate saga from you about it when you return."
He strides off to a corner where a few cronies, toadies and winos of his aquaintance are gathered and exchanges gruff bawdy jests with them.
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: Ant March 18, 2010, 11:16:41 PM
Stalland

<Shakes his head as Nik leaves and mutters to himself>

en drukkenbolt som bor på andre herlighet
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: Nitch March 18, 2010, 11:25:32 PM
<lets out a deep sigh and does a small mime of biting her tongue>
<smiles to Stalland> Well I guess the evening can continue now....
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: Ant March 18, 2010, 11:27:56 PM
Stalland

<Smiles and puts his arm round Red>

Aye little sister, lesson is, you cant be everyones friend all the time, but we can toast to good health, good wine and good shipmates
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: Nitch March 18, 2010, 11:53:25 PM
Red

<laughs> I’ll drink to that <takes a hearty swig from her glass>

<smiles up to Stalland> don’t suppose you fancy another song do you? Teach me the chorus and I might even join you
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: Ant March 18, 2010, 11:54:39 PM
Stalland

It would be my pleasure, tell me what sort of song do you want?
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: Nitch March 19, 2010, 12:00:21 AM
Red

<looks thoughtful for a moment or two> Something jovial and upbeat, to regain any lost cheer
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: Ant March 19, 2010, 12:16:21 AM
Stalland

Haha, then a good bawdy one to get teh tempo back up I think...just join in the last words of each verse...

<Stalland stands up, takes a drink and bows to Red before singing to her>

As I was a walking one morning in May
I met a pretty fair maid and unto her did say
I'll tell to you me mind, it's for love I am inclined
An me inclination lies in your cuckoo's nest

Some like a girl who is pretty in the face
and some like a girl who is slender in the waist
But give me a girl who will wriggle and will twist
At the bottom of the belly lies the cuckoo's nest

Me darling, says she, I am innocent and young
And I scarcely can believe your false deluding tongue
Yet I see it in your eyes and it fills me with surprise
That your inclination lies in me cuckoo's nest

Me darling, says me, if you can see it in me eyes
Then think of it as fondness and do not be surprised
For I live you me dear and I'll marry you I swear
If you'll let me clap my hand on your cuckoo's nest

Me darling, says she, I can do no such thing
For me mother often told me it was committing sin
Me maidenhead to lose and me sex to be abused
So have no more to do with me cuckoo's nest

Me darling, says me, it's not committing sin
But common sense should tell you it is a pleasing thing
For you were brought into this world to increase and do your best
And to help a man to heaven in your cuckoo's nest

Me darling, says she, I cannot you deny
For you've surely won my heart by the rolling of your eye
Yet I see it in your eyes that your courage is surprised
So gently lift your hand into me cuckoo's nest

This couple they got married and soon they went to bed
And now this pretty fair maid has lost her maidenhead
In a small country cottage they increase and do their best
And he often claps his hand on her cuckoo's nest


>linky< (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyOnKIhoL-4)
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: Nitch March 19, 2010, 01:00:52 AM
Red

<initially looks shocked at Stallands song choice, but soon a fiendish grin spreads across her face and she eagerly joins in the singing>

<as the song ends Red breaks into a wicked giggle> Well that certainly banished any remaining unsavoury atmosphere
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: 348 March 19, 2010, 07:46:05 AM
Nikaneth goes to the bar and buys a couple of large steins of beer and goes across to Capt Gavaar who he offers one of the steins to while he starts a conversation
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: Captain Shortworth March 19, 2010, 08:31:00 AM
Lucius

Walks Magg back to the table Looks like Stalland has removed an obstacle to our evening's fun, and Red looks in fine mood once more. sits down and leans in next to Stalland as the song finishes And now Nik is buying drinks for the man who wants us taken out the picture, not long before we are due to leave the city. I hope you didn't say anything to upset him? Smiles and takes a long swig from his tankard.
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: 50 March 19, 2010, 08:50:27 AM
Lucius
I could do witrh stretching my legs for a second aswell, some of us haven't been dancing all night. <Follows Magg to the bar and puts a hand on his shoulder before speaking quietly,> You understand that Nik is no friend of ours don't you? It's just that with his position we have to be seen to be at least cordial with him and when it comes down to business, the last thing we need is him as an enemy.

Magg

<Sighs and speaks in a low tone> I understand that you can't afford to make enemies of Tremallu, and I truly do not wish to make trouble for you my friend, thats why I left the table. I thought I could be civil and ignore him, but his every utterance grates and I have no desire to say something that might reflect upon you fellows. Nikaneth needs little provocation to become antagonistic.

<Smiles a little> ...besides, my dislike of him is to do with the kind of man he is, the measure by which he stands himself, the acts he performs, the office he so ill represents, and the glory he reaps from those that died defending the Nostrum whilst he escaped untouched... I'm probably overreacting!
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: Ant March 19, 2010, 08:54:03 AM
Stalland

That mans got whiskey mash for a brain and would take offence at anything, all I did was point out it was a big bar and that maybe he should pick on someone else, perhaps he didnt like the limits of his courage being pricked...as for the watch captain, he isnt so stupid as to pay too much attention to Nik and given chance I know how to get a man like that on our side.

WE could do with speaking to Pio or even that Yurwian w..druidess before we left town though
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: Captain Shortworth March 19, 2010, 09:06:47 AM
Lucius

Be careful around Pio, I have only spoken to him through Nik so not sure how much he is to be trusted.
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: Ant March 19, 2010, 09:14:40 AM
Stalland

A damn sight more than Nik I'll warrant, at least he's likely to be sober when he works, or maybe we should take a walk accross town and call on Scipio...business for another night I think




(OOC - >THIS< (http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A4282553) article on sea shanties was on the front page of the BBC this morning, I thought it was interesting for a *very* brief overview)
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: 50 March 19, 2010, 09:26:30 AM
Magg

<offers round, then pours himself some more of the blue Dom-barr-L> ...so is there anything I can do to expedite your journey?
<nods towards Nik and Hett'Gavaar and laughs> I wouldn't want to have to find new drinking fellows!
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: Ant March 19, 2010, 09:31:01 AM
Stalland

<laughs>

Nor I my friend, I dont think so, most of our plans are set, and I doubt you can command the wind and currents, but if I could ask one favour...can you keep an eye on Kora while we are away, I dont want her to get dragged into any trouble of my doing, and look after yourself, Niks stupid enough to act on his threats.
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: 50 March 19, 2010, 10:55:21 AM
Magg

<Looks serious for a moment> Certainly my friend, I shall make sure your good lady is unmolested ...though I doubt Wedlan would tolerate anything in that direction anyway. <Smiles> ...as for myself, I'm sure I'm barely worth the trouble!
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: Ant March 19, 2010, 11:10:17 AM
Stalland

<laughs>

Perhaps not, but that may not matter to a drink addled brain
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: Captain Shortworth March 20, 2010, 01:35:42 AM
Lucius

<to Magg> I doubt you are aware of such a business, but there is a building known as Nencia's, and if your far reaching influence extends in its direction, I'm sure you will find friends if it stays untroubled in our absence, <smiles, finishes his drink>, and if you could keep this hell hole from falling down around you ears without us, that would be grand too!
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: 50 March 20, 2010, 03:39:12 PM
Magg

<smiles> I'll do my best! <points at Lucius empty mug> More drinks! ...some Mead for me I think, Ale for Lucius or something else?
...and what can I get for the bold Stalland and the beautiful Red?
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: Ant March 20, 2010, 04:19:02 PM
Stalland

Mead for me as well, tis good for the voice
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: Nitch March 20, 2010, 05:07:30 PM
Red

I'm in the mood for some wine please
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: Captain Shortworth March 20, 2010, 06:15:25 PM
Lucius

Yeah, that last pint of ale was great, so more of that for me I think!
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: 50 March 20, 2010, 07:15:29 PM
Magg stands and heads to the bar taking care to arrive further round than Nik and Hett'Gavaar.
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: 50 March 21, 2010, 12:44:23 PM
Magg

<Comes back over with a tray of drinks> ..Sooo anyway, on the subject of my Whitlander Vellochi team, I was thinking about changing the team name. They called themselves Thrain's Thrashers at the mo', but I think it's mostly cause they couldn't think of anything else.

I was hoping to persuade them a name with slightly less ...'whitelanderness', might allow us to appear a little more inclusive and help us to recruit a few extra bodies from the locals... what do you think?
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: Captain Shortworth March 21, 2010, 03:38:03 PM
Lucius

The Magg-tastic Marauders?
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: 50 March 21, 2010, 07:24:06 PM
Magg

<Laughs> Ha! I'd rather not put my name to them till I've seen them face some real opposition! Besides I'd doubt the guys would go for it!

I was thinking something that maybe mentioned the Barge and Ferryman, (Wedlan allowing of course), or perhaps some other local thing...

Or maybe something that might strike a bit of 'fear into the enemy'
<takes a sip of his mead> ...alas I'm stuck for ideas!
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: Ant March 21, 2010, 07:29:45 PM
Stalland

Hmmm, how about "The Fireside Krakens...or better yet The Canards Krakens?
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: 50 March 21, 2010, 08:36:59 PM
Magg

Well there is already a team called the 'Fireside Furies' and they're our first match this weekend, so I don’t think we should have the former <laughs> ...and I know I risk a lynching this side of the harbour, but I’m afraid 'Fireside' puts me in mind of cosy evenings not brutal sports!

But the 'Canard Krakens' does sound quite menacing and might persuade a few locals to our banner!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth March 22, 2010, 12:49:09 PM
Lucius

Speaking of banners; have you thought of some team colours? Something for the fans to wear to show support maybe?
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: 50 March 22, 2010, 01:47:41 PM
Magg

Hmm... no I hadn't really given it much thought. <looks thoughtful> I'd go for black and gold, but they are expensive colours, so perhaps something cheaper to dye...
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: 348 March 22, 2010, 02:37:58 PM
Nikaneth ( out of earshot of Magg and co ) mutters to Watch Captain ." I would have thought that pink with blue ribbons sprinkled with perfume was more his choice, perhaps the colours mentioned belong to the jumped-up crooks of his own family ?"
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: Captain Shortworth March 22, 2010, 02:40:12 PM
Lucius

It has to be something within the price range of the kind of people who watch the matches. When you decide on something, let me know and I will start getting the word out.
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: 348 March 22, 2010, 02:43:19 PM
Nikaneth
Jovially to Lucius~
" Master Lucius, how's the recruiting for a Canard team progressing ?"
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: Captain Shortworth March 22, 2010, 03:33:05 PM
Lucius

We already have a team lined up Nik, we're just turning them into a canads team. Trying to work out name and team colours at the minute; give the locals something to chant as they romp all over the lightside teams.
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: 50 March 22, 2010, 04:15:44 PM
Magg

I seem to remember blue can be done fairly inexpensively from a plant that grows hereabouts, or Umber from the orangey-yellow clay upriver. Blue seems more Kraken-like...?
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: 348 March 22, 2010, 04:24:38 PM
Nikaneth mutters to Lucius " Maybe I'm just a woodland hick, but I wouldn't take up the name of Kraken at the moment, it seems ill-omened ..( lowering voice to the faintest of whispers) especially when theres a monster loose in the city that some ( pauses so he doesn't use the word he has to mind ) tunnel wanderers have stirred up into tearing innocent citizens apart !"
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: 348 March 22, 2010, 04:27:35 PM
Nikaneth to Magg
" Master Magg, how many men have you signed up for your team ?"
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: 50 March 22, 2010, 04:43:00 PM
Magg

<after a slight pause> There are seven Northmen from the other night that are keen and reliable and two others that are as keen but slightly less reliable. So far I have only managed to enlist two native sons from good Wedlans patrons.
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: 348 March 22, 2010, 04:47:16 PM
Nikaneth Cheerfully smiling at Magg
" Sadly I'm too busy to take part, a pity you didn't get just one new recruit , I hear eights' a fortunate number for some Raphelians. I think 'Magg's Lucky Eight' would have had some merit for you more so than 'Lucky Nine' ?
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: Captain Shortworth March 22, 2010, 05:06:53 PM
Lucius

And I guess eleven is right out?
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: 50 March 22, 2010, 06:18:05 PM
Magg

<Stands up and turns to face Nik> Yes well I think that eight can be a lucky number for some …and very unlucky for others.

<looking straight at Nik> …and thank you for the offer but it is probably best your too busy, I’m really looking for reliable team players that won’t give up if it gets tough anyway.
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: Captain Shortworth March 22, 2010, 06:22:24 PM
Lucius

OOC: Oh. shit.

<stands up turning to face Nik> I have no clue what's going on with you two, but Magg has done his best to stay out of your way, I thik it would be best if you returned the favour.
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: 348 March 22, 2010, 06:31:14 PM
Nikaneth( Not taking his eyes from Magg )
" I'm sure you've noticed Master Pio that Master Magg has never left my presence without some fancy insult as he parts or ignores me. Even when I have tried to be civil ."
Points finger at Magg, Nik's eyes are glaring daggers of hate ."I have many faults Master Magg, but no man in this city has ever implied that I'm a coward. What right have you to question my courage ?"
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: Captain Shortworth March 22, 2010, 06:45:38 PM
Lucius

If his words offend you, I would take that as one more reason to avoid talking to him at all.
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: 348 March 22, 2010, 06:48:36 PM
Nik ( angrily )
" Not till he gives me the satisfaction of an apology for calling me a coward "
" Well Master Magg ? Defend your allegation if you can !!"
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: Nitch March 22, 2010, 07:07:47 PM
Red

Come now gentlemen, harsh and unnecessary words have been said on both sides and guilt for that should be equally distributed.

However I believe that both of you are above petty insults and public brawling, especially when this has otherwise been such a pleasurable night
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: Ant March 22, 2010, 07:12:07 PM
Stalland

<grits his teeth in anger>

maybe Nik you should ask yourself why anyone would have cause to say such a thing

That you hound a man until he breaks and then demand satisfaction
Maybe that's justification enough...

This is a big bar Nik, as I said before. why not find a different corner
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: 348 March 22, 2010, 07:24:27 PM
Nik to Stallard
" Since when has calling a man a coward to his face with no justification been a 'petty insult' ? You are like no Whitelander I ever met ( Nik's eyes briefly dart to the huge Ursa skull above the bar) if  you can't understand why he needs to retract his insult."
Nik to Red
" My lady there are insults and then there are things which are not simply ignored or laughed away. I've ignored his 'wit' and all the vile things hes spread whilst I am out of this tavern. But for the sake of the peace of the Barge and Ferryman get that...man..to recant his last words to me !"
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: 50 March 22, 2010, 07:32:16 PM
Magg

I call you a coward because you insist to call yourself a hero of the time of trembling flame, and swagger around a puffed up Tremallu claiming sorrow for the loss of friends in the battle.

Well I lost my sister in that same horror, she died defending the Nostrum against assault, died along with six other fifteen year olds made acolyte that year.
And I know that you and some other Tremallu went in to try to stop the plot to extinguish the fire, but I also know that you left the others dead or dying and made your escape unhurt!

At least the other coward, the Raphaelian woman, had the grace to leave the city and run back home after it was done …but not you – still here, still claiming that you are such a big man, when in truth you fled when a hero was needed most!

Yes you will stand up to me, an inconsequential fop who clearly couldn’t match your fists. But don’t pretend to me you’re really brave or reliable, I - along with everyone else here knows better.

Just tell me one thing Geriant, how many people died that day whilst you watched, so that you might live to be the brave hero today?

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: Ant March 22, 2010, 07:38:59 PM
Stalland

No I am not like any whitelander you have ever met,
but then by your own admition you have limited experience.

And listen to my words in the spirit of friendship they are given in...
Do you want to hear the proof spoken in this place
where it cannot be unspoke? When deep down you know the source of the allegation


<Now Stalland lets his eyes rest on the Ursa skull then looks back to Nik>
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: Captain Shortworth March 22, 2010, 07:44:57 PM
Lucius

Nik, please. There was never any need for this, and walking away right now costs you nothing.
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: 348 March 22, 2010, 07:46:59 PM
Nik has clearly not heard a word said by anyone as he glares at Magg
" Too many... and most I dare say worthier of life than me ! But know this..I shed enough blood that would have killed most men that day and I would shed the same amount and more ..aye to the last drop...for anyone in this city if it had enemies against it...be they once Whitelanders, Pellosians, Deamons...( he waves his hand around to encompass the whole tavern crowd )  even you Magg !!.
 I'm sorry for your loss, I'm sorry I was had not enough of 'the hero' about me to save the City, the flame and your sister. Maybe I can understand your rage and frustration that a guardian of the city is still standing whilst she died.... but I am damned if you can call me a coward !!!"
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: Ant March 22, 2010, 07:59:53 PM
Stalland

<Looks to Magg for his response>
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: 50 March 22, 2010, 09:05:17 PM
Magg

<In steely tone> I never doubted you are a skilled warrior, the fact that you slaughtered many that day pays testament to that ...but bravery requires the willingness to risk defeat and fighting on anyway, testament says you walked away from the fight when facing that end.

If it were only that, then I'd hold you no Ill, for all I know I might do the same. But I would not do as you since then, for SHAME I could not call myself brave and stand here acting like some affronted lord.

You dare call yourself guardian of this city now! ...maybe once!
Now all you are is a drunkard and a bully picking fights after too much ale so you can bury with blood your conscience!

And I do not feel rage towards you, only pity for you …and for my sister, that you could not be the hero you so badly want to claim.

Now PISS OFF and let me drink in peace with MY friends!

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: 348 March 22, 2010, 09:48:00 PM
Nikaneth " Well at leasts thats to my face for a change !
I'm sure you have lots of friends and will keep them here while your coin lasts. To the best of my recall I've never picked a fight with anyone who didn't deserve it, sure I've roughed up citizens. But if you asked around you'd find each one was a troublemaker a swindler or a wife-beater. You might sneer at me because I drink ale and not some genteel wine, and I'm sure any piece of jewelry you buy a woman makes mine look worthless... but if hours of graft and honest toil are weighed up , I can't pretend I'm a model citizen, but I think my goods would be more valuable than ones you purchase librally with your blood-stained and extorted coins. I am sure your lamented sister was a saint and a deep loss to your family and the city, but who the fuck are you to insult Tremallu ! As for your pity, keep it ! The folk around you might be impressed with your indignant anger, but  I saw that it originally sprang from  my mentioning your family's trade rather than a reference to your sister !
 Sure I can flatten you, but I choose not to. If you mean a violent resolution between us I'm sure you'll get a relative to use one of their associates to knife me in the back.
 Sure I failed my city and my friends, I don't think I've ever pretended to be something I'm not Master Magg, unlike many others I've met. Whatever you say or think , I and my fellow Tremallu  are guardians of this city, at the end of the day we have to face down the dangers that threaten this city , brought upon its people by coniving schemers and thieves who plot to hold power over the city or enrich themselves what ever the cost to others. Here throws his megre purse on the table in front of Magg keep your adoring friends a while longer."
Nikaneth turns and walks back to his side of the tavern.
 
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: Captain Shortworth March 22, 2010, 09:52:47 PM
Lucius

<Finishes his beer in one swig then places his upturned tankard over the purse on the table> So, whose round is it? <sits back down>
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: Nitch March 22, 2010, 09:59:40 PM
Red
 
I think its mine, I'll get us something strong <goes to the bar and returns with a bottle of spirits and 4 smaller goblets. Pours and hands everyone a drink and gives Maggs hand a quick squeeze>
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: Captain Shortworth March 22, 2010, 10:06:37 PM
Lucius

<Leans into Magg and says just loud enough for the people at the table to hear,> Don't worry, if he does get stabbed one dark night, we'll make sure it doesn't lead back to you. Chuckles a bit then slaps Magg on the back and carries on in a normal tone of voice> And there's no way anyone could call you a coward after that dressing down you gave him!
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: 50 March 22, 2010, 10:09:22 PM
Magg

<visibly shaking sits down and picks up his glass> I have no idea what the sot is talking about, I certainly don’t care about his money or lack of it! My family are merchants not warriors! <takes a deep drink> …and I have no issue with Tremallu, only that idiot pretending to be one!

<holds out his hand and watches it tremble for a second, then slightly louder so people about can overhear> Infact I have just decided now that I too shall become a Tremallu, testing night is nearly upon us and we will see if I cannot offer a balance to "deserved beatings" with a more temperate hand!
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: 348 March 22, 2010, 10:13:00 PM
Nikaneth visibly braces and his knuckles whiten at this news. ( He mutters something to the Whitelander guard Captain.)
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: Ant March 22, 2010, 10:21:29 PM
Stalland

<Laughs and claps Magg on the back>

Well said my friend

<Picks up another goblet and raises it to Magg>

And a health to you and your fortunes <Downs the drink in one go>

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: 50 March 22, 2010, 10:33:55 PM
Magg

<smiles a little> ...well I was looking for a little excitement, I hadn't quite planned on all this much though!

<takes the smaller drink from Red>
I'm really sorry for ruining the night Red, it has been the best I've had in a long time till just then and I didn't mean for it to get all ...you know, "grrr!"...
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: Nitch March 22, 2010, 10:43:49 PM
Red

<can’t help but giggle at Magg’s growling>

Don’t concern yourself, it was bound to happen at one time or another and my evening is still very much intact

So what abilities do you have that will get you through the testing? Because I would hate to hear that the drunkard has used this as an opportunity to have you legally beaten to death
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: Captain Shortworth March 22, 2010, 10:48:31 PM
Lucius

From what I remember it's kind of like an extreme treasure hunt. Just so you know, I happen to know people who are skilled at getting hold of certain hard to obtain items. Just in case you needed the help Magg.
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: 50 March 22, 2010, 11:00:19 PM
Magg

<perks up a little> Well I'm not totally sure it's always the same, certainly for the most part I believe as Lucius says, your set a list of 'go get' and 'to do' then you and a whomever else has been sponsored by a particular Koryphian band together and try to cross the off the list.

It's always been the case in previous years that the locals sort of get in the spirit and help and hinder to some degree, I suppose for a little fun, and knowing that it's in their interest to get competent people passing the thing.

Might be different this time, it’s the first testing since the invasion.

<laughs> ...as for abilities, do you think a winning smile counts?
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: Ant March 22, 2010, 11:03:10 PM
Stalland

Only when its on the likes of Red <Grins>
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: Captain Shortworth March 22, 2010, 11:10:47 PM
Lucius

I heard a story once, ot sure if it was true, I hadn't been in the cuty long; but a bunch of wannabe Tremallu needed to get some stuff and found a group of people who could help them down by the firside docks, as long they did something in return for the item. Wanting to get through the selection process, they agreed and did what was needed to be done to get their prize. the job they were doing to get the item though was helping an Umbruc empty a warehouse of its goods without the permision of its owner! If it's a true story, the buggers actually passed too, and got made Tremallu the next day!
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: Ant March 22, 2010, 11:42:55 PM
Stalland

Well, the Tremallu arent so much the watch are they, more that they are to keep the city charter, and it must be said the Umbrucs do as much to keep the city running as any other organisation, they just take taxes in a different way...better they get their arm band that way than have it all gifted to them by their sponsors
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: 50 March 23, 2010, 09:59:17 AM
Magg

<Looks thoughtful> My first problem will be finding a sponsor, you can just turn up and hope one of the attending Koryphians likes the look of you, but it is more usual to have a tacit agreement for sponsorship before hand.
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: Ant March 23, 2010, 10:34:57 AM
Stalland

Shame Scipio hasnt been around for a while, or Zamaragdus for that matter, but you might ask Pio to put in a word for you? He seems reasonable.
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: Captain Shortworth March 23, 2010, 11:01:04 AM
Lucius

I'm sure one of the Koryphians would be happy to give you a shot if you asked nicely.
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: Captain Shortworth March 23, 2010, 12:52:13 PM
Lucius

Who the hell is left apart from the missing ones at the moment? They seem to be the only ones people care about at the moment, just because they're not around.
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: Ant March 23, 2010, 01:16:26 PM
Stalland

In fairness they are also the ones that scare the crap out of eveyone...how long is it till testing? Am I right in thinking we will most likely be out of the city?
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: Captain Shortworth March 23, 2010, 01:41:30 PM
Lucius

Be a shame if we were. It's always fun and enterprising minds could easily find a way to make some profit.
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: Ant March 23, 2010, 01:47:05 PM
Stalland

Very true, well those Umbruc certainly did last time round! I think it depends on how quick we can be to be honest, but its one more insentive to get back as soon as possible.
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: Captain Shortworth March 23, 2010, 01:50:11 PM
Lucius

<nods over his shoulder to the bar> I can think of something a bit more pressing that will make us hurry home.
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: Ant March 23, 2010, 03:10:21 PM
Stalland

I'd have said two pressing reasons <Laughs>
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: Captain Shortworth March 23, 2010, 03:29:38 PM
Lucius

For you maybe, but my other worry will be keeping us all in one piece while we're out there. Lets hope like hell we have an uneventful trip.
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: Ant March 23, 2010, 03:38:03 PM
Stalland

Absolutely, boring is best in the wilderness I think, at least we dont aim to go off the well beaten track. Lets just hope we arent made to...
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: 50 March 23, 2010, 04:13:47 PM
Magg

<laughs> ...well I still hope for just the right amount of excitement for you, and all the boredom for me!

Though I suspect not now I have three irons in the fire!
<makes a mock panic face>

But to answer your earlier question about Koryphians Lucius, apart from the Scourge <makes a little sign with his left hand> ...and the Dreamer. Here in the Haak there is the Matrine Solux, Vatha Zartosh, Tessa Greywater, and maybe Lazlo Bellamaigne - if he’s been accepted as a stand-in seat pending full elections.
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: Captain Shortworth March 23, 2010, 04:17:10 PM
Lucius

Tessa always seemed like a good sort! And based on Nik's relationshipos with the those of the fairer sex, <tips his glass in Red's direction> I think if she ever found out what your impetus was to throw your lot in, she would be even happier to give you sponsership.
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: 50 March 23, 2010, 04:29:36 PM
Magg

<smiles, but looks a little puzzled> ...are you confusing the Bajo Tess - previous regular patron of this good establishment, with Miss Tessa Greywater - Lightside factory owner and entrepreneur?
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: Captain Shortworth March 23, 2010, 05:07:07 PM
Lucius

Well, unless the Bajo tess got a promotion? Nah, Tessa! She's good for the city and as entrepreneur I'm sure she would welcome someone with your experiences.
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: Ant March 23, 2010, 05:18:06 PM
Stalland

<In a low voice>

As Lucius says, she is a woman and has met Nik, ergo she is bound to be a supporter of any one in his rival camp
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: Captain Shortworth March 23, 2010, 06:04:51 PM
Lucius

Good lord, are we thinking about this seriously? <Laughs out loud> If you go ahead with this, you are going to have our support, but I won't stop laughing for about a week if we get back from our trip and find out you're our latest Tremallu.
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: Nitch March 23, 2010, 10:43:39 PM
Red

<smiles but can’t help looking faintly concerned>
Speaking for my gender, such men can inspire the most patient to annoyance, if not repulsion.
A minor trouble with the Tremallu is that even the best intentions to do ‘good’ can get sidetracked by the politics
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: Chriscross March 24, 2010, 12:07:41 AM
<Gaius enters the bar wearing full battle gear. Dusty, bruised and with a faint smell of vomit and fear>

Gaius

Oi Oi, whats going on here then. Would any of you fine individuals like a drink, I have a powerful urge to drink untill I bleed
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: Ant March 24, 2010, 12:14:49 AM
Stalland

<Grins at Gauis' entrance>

Well you are in the right place, take that tin off and join us.
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: Nitch March 24, 2010, 12:17:49 AM
Red

Evening Gaius, amiable as ever I see <gets up and reaches out to clap him on the shoulder, however half way through wrinkles her nose and thinks better of it> pull up a chair, we’re already on the spirits I’m afraid, I’ll get you a glass <goes to the bar and comes back with a glass before pouring Giaus a drink and refilling Stallands, with a smile> Your round next though
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: Captain Shortworth March 24, 2010, 12:23:18 AM
Lucius

Damn right it's his round, I've lost track of the number of drinks that we have drunk since getting here, and I'm certain he should have bought us at least 3 or 4 of them by now. For now though, sit down and get some of this inside you. <pushes his glass of spirit towards Gaius>
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: Chriscross March 24, 2010, 12:26:39 AM
<Unbuckles the armour and sets it down by the table>

Gaius

Thank you my friends. I would like to offer you some pearls of wisdom, very recent events have lead me to a certain conclusion that i feel i should share with you all. NEVER and i mean NEVER antagonise a pregnant zolt, it isn't funny and apparently they really don't like it. That being said, i think we should move on and never mention this again.
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: Captain Shortworth March 24, 2010, 12:29:38 AM
Lucius

For god's sake you silly bugger, you expect us to never mention a line like that? You're going to have us plenty of drinks to make sure that never happens!
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: Nitch March 24, 2010, 12:33:35 AM
Red

<bursts out laughing> Its well known not to antagonise a pregnant anything, it only ever ends the same way...
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: Chriscross March 24, 2010, 12:40:35 AM
Gaius

Damn right, I nearly lost a finger <Takes a large swig of beer before setting the cup down and belching loudly> Anyway how is everyone keeping
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: Ant March 24, 2010, 08:47:12 AM
Stalland

It is good times, things were a bit more raucus a while ago, so you missed that alas
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: 50 March 24, 2010, 09:58:42 AM
Magg

<leans across the table and holds out his hand> Hi there friend, I don't believe we've met before? I'm Magg...
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: Captain Shortworth March 24, 2010, 11:38:14 AM
Lucius

Ah yes, you won't have met yet. Magg this is Gaius; Gaius, this is Magg. We met him in here a few weeks back and he has become a regular drinking companion. <To Magg> Gaius is another member of our work force and from Pelosia Like myself. Also like myself he had reasons to leave and joined the population of this fair city in the fight against Pelosia.
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: Chriscross March 24, 2010, 08:41:47 PM
Gaius

Greetings Magg! <Offers Hand> Pleasure to meet you my friend
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: 50 March 25, 2010, 10:13:10 AM
Magg

...and I you. <smiles> In my experience the city does well from Pelosian sons that have seen the light of the Alla flame. Given your present company I expect she shall be succoured by you in good measure!
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: Captain Shortworth March 25, 2010, 01:11:24 PM
Lucius

He has already proved more than useful on a couple of our jobs, and if we're successful it means that commerce and trade - the twin beating hearts of the city - are getting plenty of help from us.
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: 50 March 25, 2010, 03:54:52 PM
Magg

Ha! well and good then.

<Looks appraisingly at Gaius> You seem a man of sturdy thew ...I don’t suppose you play Vellochi do you?
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: Ant March 25, 2010, 03:55:53 PM
Stalland

<looks at Gaius>

Actually, I think thats a bloody good idea, you'd be great at it Gauis.
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: Captain Shortworth March 25, 2010, 08:18:22 PM
Lucius

Don't let them lead you down that path Gaius, you missed the practice game we had here a while back, but it was brutal!!
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: 348 March 25, 2010, 09:23:29 PM
Nikaneth puts down his tankard, shakes the Watch captain's hand and strides out of the drinking room.
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: Captain Shortworth March 25, 2010, 09:31:06 PM
Lucius

I do not like how close those two are. And I hate the snide little asides about the work we were doing on that fateful night. It's almost as if he thinks we're somehow to blame, the arrogant little blow-hard.
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: Ant March 25, 2010, 11:20:39 PM
Stalland

Ignore the pox ridden imbecile, he is of little importance to us, besides being his enemy brings friends elsewhere I suspect.
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: Captain Shortworth March 25, 2010, 11:29:07 PM
Lucius

I know. What's worse is I also know that just talking about him pisses me off, but he I guess he has that effect on people. <takes a long slow drink> We could just... Nah, never mind. Best to concentrate on what lies ahead for now, there's nothing we can do about him until we get back from out the city.
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: Ant March 25, 2010, 11:34:44 PM
Stalland

Indeed, tonight we drink, make merry, make sport and enjoy the fruits of the city
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: Captain Shortworth March 26, 2010, 12:09:27 AM
Lucius

That's true we could do with something to keep our minds positive this evening. <looks over his shoulder> If the band starts up again with something lively enough, I shall have to find a beautiful young lady willing to dance with me.
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: Nitch March 26, 2010, 12:15:51 AM
Red

<nods to Stalland> Agreed <empties her glass and unsuccessfully manages to hide chocking on the strong liquid, turns to Lucius with a smile> I mean no offense, but can you dance? I didn't think it was a skill deemed necessary in the Legion
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: Nitch March 26, 2010, 12:20:49 AM
Red

Although a group of partially dressed men shimmying towards the enemy lines would be a good distraction
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: Captain Shortworth March 26, 2010, 12:21:37 AM
Lucius

<face goes a little flushed> I know how to move in time to the music, but don't know any of the fancy moves you and Magg were showing us earlier.
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: Ant March 26, 2010, 12:23:00 AM
Stalland

Even a legionary wants to be dined and danced and romanced <laughs>
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: Captain Shortworth March 26, 2010, 12:32:11 AM
Lucius

Wants to be? Hell this legionaire need sthat kind of attention. I'm not easy you know? <laughs along with Stalland>
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: Ant March 26, 2010, 12:34:36 AM
Stalland

Welll if all else fails you, we know Gaius is handy with the make up
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: Captain Shortworth March 26, 2010, 12:37:28 AM
Lucius

<chuckling along as he talks> Oooohhhh, too far half-pint, too far! Just becasue we're not all lady's men like your good self.
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: Nitch March 26, 2010, 12:41:41 AM
Red

<has descended into fits of giggles>
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: Ant March 26, 2010, 12:47:12 AM
Stalland

ah sometimes you legionaries are too easy to make a joke of, I apologise, especially since you are not one any more. So, lillebror, which lady would you like to dance with, apart from Red who would have all the men here fighting to dance with her?
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: Captain Shortworth March 26, 2010, 12:50:37 AM
Lucius

Well... If Red isn't available, I shall have to settle for whatever I can get. Lets wait until the music pics up its tempo.
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: Ant March 26, 2010, 12:56:07 AM
Stalland

I am sure if Red wants to dance with you, you wont have a choice <laughs> all I meant was you might have to fight off a line of would be suitors
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: Captain Shortworth March 26, 2010, 01:03:06 AM
Lucius

Well Red, I would love to dance with you, but I think I might put you to shame after the fine display from Magg and yourself. As well as possibility of standing on your toes, I also would not like to step on Magg's.
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: Nitch March 26, 2010, 01:17:42 AM
Red

<laughs and smiles wistfully at Stalland> As ever you are to kind  <stands up, hauling Lucius up with her my the arm> I fear if I continue sitting here drinking then I may end up being carried home, so come, I will show you a few steps that will impress any young lady.
But be warned, if you step on my toes and ruin my boots, there will be dire consequences
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: Ant March 26, 2010, 01:26:34 AM
Stalland

That's right Red, you make sure he isn't too stiff in his, ah, dancing

<continues to chuckle>
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: Captain Shortworth March 26, 2010, 01:28:23 AM
Lucius

<reaches back to grab asmall glass of spirits and swigs it back before being dragged away from the table> Take it easy on me young lady, and I will do my best to steer clear of your footwear.
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: Nitch March 26, 2010, 04:33:49 AM
Red

<chuckles wickedly in reply as she leads Lucius to where people are/were dancing, has a quick word with the band before beginning the dance>

OOC - Red picks something similar in sound to this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSwaVvF7rdU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSwaVvF7rdU)
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: Captain Shortworth March 26, 2010, 08:08:33 AM
Lucius

<Looking he is being lead through the dance in no uncertain terms, Lucius's face is a mask of concenbtration for the first minute, but after he manages to not crush Red's feet, he he eases up a little and starts to smile, although at more than one occasion Red has to move quickly to keep her feet safe and Lucius under control>
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: Ant March 26, 2010, 08:56:57 AM
Stalland

<Leans back in his chair with his drink and whistles along to the tune>
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: 50 March 26, 2010, 09:34:35 AM
Magg

<chuckling> Ha! It appears good Lucius is a quick learner and has nimble enough feet to make up for any temporary lack!

<Takes a thoughtful sip of his drink> Speaking of stepping on toes. The Lady Red has me quite entranced friend Stalland, as I'm sure she has many others.

I don't want to cause offence though ...and I'm not quite sure, so perhaps you could offer guidance ...are Lucius and the Lady courting?

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: Ant March 26, 2010, 10:01:16 AM
Stalland

Ah master Magg, who could not be entranced, but in answer to your question, they are not courting as you put it, whether Lucius would have it otherwise I could not say. Indeed we already tease her that you are courting her anyway so it would seem natural for you to do so. <Stalland leans closer into Magg with a serious look and lowers his voice> But have a care, she is strong willed and will brook no master I think, and if you... <Stalland pauses then sits back then smiles at Magg> ...if you don't go and cut in then you are a fool
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: 50 March 26, 2010, 12:39:12 PM
Magg

<In quiet tone> The Lady is free to chose as she wishes with no ill regard from me in any case.
...and I understand, you need not worry friend, I really do like her and have no intention of misusing, nor attempting to master her.


<Smiling, leans back and in normal tone> ...But we already know I’m a fool, so let them dance on! I would not rob Lucius of some fun before you must set off on your journey!
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: 348 March 26, 2010, 12:53:12 PM
Nikaneth re-enters ( possibly he's been to the jacques ? ) and props up the bar with a good view of everyone.
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: Captain Shortworth March 26, 2010, 02:11:02 PM
Lucius

<Steps back and bows to Red and watches he walk back to the table with a smile on his face, before looking round to see if there are any other young ladies in need of a dancing partner>
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: Nitch March 26, 2010, 03:08:40 PM
Red

<returns to the table and regains her seat with a slight flounce, but recovers herself and with a smile> We seem to be running low on drinks gentlemen, who’s round is it next?
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: Ant March 26, 2010, 03:24:26 PM
Stalland

Almost certainly mine, I'll go either way
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: Captain Shortworth March 26, 2010, 03:34:39 PM
Lucius

<Upon spying another young lady in need of a dancing partner, Lucius takes her hand and starts to dance, but makes a total hash of it compared to dancing with Red. His heart doesn't seem into it and he eyes are constantly drifting back to the table. After the song finishes the woman moves away giggling to herself and Lucius heads over to the bar to talk to Stalland> OK, how did I cock that one I up? She offered me the chance to dance with someone else and I didn't want to come on too strong since she seems so interested in Magg, and now she looks like she hates me?! I need a drink.
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: Ant March 26, 2010, 04:04:03 PM
Stalland

<Looks at Lucius as if not sure who to make of the question, nor how to answer it.>

If you want my advice lillebror then its not to get involved with a woman who might turn you into molten flesh in an argument. <Stalland slaps Lucius on the shoulder and grins> Besides, you are too old, too ugly and too mean to be acting like a love struck puppy after one dance, how long since you last had a woman? For pities sake spend some of your ill gotten gains at Nencias when we get back tonight or it could be a long trip <Stalland laughs and leans on the bar to wait to be served>
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: Captain Shortworth March 26, 2010, 04:20:09 PM
Lucius

<Laughs along with Stalland> I think it may in fact be the only way to go. Hell, the last we need is anything else complicating our lives. I'll give you a habd getting the drinks back.
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: Nitch March 26, 2010, 04:21:54 PM
Red

<Looks thoughtful for a while and slightly uncompfortable in the silence before turning to Magg> about your velochi team, how bout a classic colour combination? Red and gold or blue and silver, that way the majority of the cloth would be relatively inexpensive but the trim would bring a little class
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: 50 March 26, 2010, 04:34:40 PM
Magg

<Smiles> Well the blue can be done reasonably easily and is sort of 'canardy' I think, but I would be very happy for the team to wear the colour of my favourite Lady though it would not be as luminous as you I'm afraid!

I think gold would also be good, yellow is fairly inexpensive for the little flags and the like, and those with a bit more could trim with material closer to gold.


<grins> Of course red fabric would also cover blood stains well and so I might avoid some trouble with angry wives!
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: Captain Shortworth March 26, 2010, 04:37:44 PM
Lucius

<wanders back over to catch the tail end of the conversation with a tankard of ale each for Gaius and himself> Red and yellow sound great, but make sure everyone knows the yellow is for gold, it makes the team seem more important. I would steer clear of refering to the red as 'blood' though, although it could strike fear into our opponents hearts, it could also give the impression that the team is nothing but a bunch of savages.
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: 50 March 26, 2010, 06:24:37 PM
Magg

<smiles and nods> Vermillion and Gold it is then, or as close as them that wants can get. <leans back and takes a sip of his drink> What about an emblem then, can any one paint?
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: Ant March 26, 2010, 08:29:39 PM
Stalland

HaHa not with any skill, have you settled on a name yet at all?
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: 50 March 26, 2010, 09:44:25 PM
Magg

well I'll have to put it past the guys, but I think the Canard Krakens is the winner.

...I'm not entirely sure what a Kraken looks like, but then I don't suppose many others will either?
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: Ant March 26, 2010, 09:52:29 PM
Stalland

<Stalland gets his now recognisable look as he thinks on a poem and takes a drink before speaking in deep, resonant timbre>

Below the thunders of the upper deep,
Far far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides: above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumbered and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant fins the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages and will lie
Battering upon huge seaworms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by men and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.


<After a pause he returns to his normal, conversational tone>

A giant, betentacled maw from all teh tales I ever heard tell of it, big enough to swallow a ship, teeth the size of longboats and an aye the size of a house



(OOC with apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson)
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: 50 March 26, 2010, 10:10:22 PM
..conversation drops a little around the table as Stalland intones his rhyme.
Then from nearby, a voice speaks up a little to be heard.

Voice

Aye, the Kraken and his brothers,
the beasties of the sea.

Many a fool they've taken,
til not be long afore they've me.

so come lads let us toast her
...to our mistress, the sea!
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: Ant March 26, 2010, 10:15:42 PM
Stalland

<Turns to view the speaker and raises his goblet to him in salute>

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: 348 March 26, 2010, 10:50:09 PM
Nikaneth mutters " Like I said, not a well omened name. Especially for sailors."
He straightens up and looks across to see who the new voice in the evening's tavern crowd is.
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: 50 March 26, 2010, 11:04:40 PM
A Pyraxian man, in his later years by the look of him and grey of hair and beard, holds a small mug up in response to Stalland.

(http://www.hugs-site.co.uk/public/Orbis/voice.png)
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: Ant March 27, 2010, 12:41:31 AM
Stalland

<Turns to Magg briefly> See a good name, it is a name with power and resonance amongst sea folk, many good fighting ships take the name too <he turns back to the stranger>
Well spoken sir, can I ask are you a wordsmith? Will you join us for a drink?
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: 50 March 27, 2010, 08:14:35 AM
Greyhair

..'ve been known t' spin a yarn o’ two, but I'm just an old sea-skrite in truth. <Takes a nip of his drink> …an thank'e fer ‘t kind offer young lad, but I’m fine t’ leave my bones where they've settled fer ‘t time.
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: Ant March 27, 2010, 10:40:57 AM
Stalland

Fair enough, but please let me refill your drink for a grey haired sea skrite is a thing to be toasted.

<Stalland raises his cup again>

Mein Skol,
Dein Skol,
Alle Vakkera Flikka Skol.
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: 50 March 27, 2010, 11:46:48 AM
Magg

<raises his glass also> To your health father! <turns back> ...whilst my own sea travels have been less than smooth, I must confess once the sea has cast her spell on you tis hard to keep away. <smiles> In such respect she shares trait with Lady Red!
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: Captain Shortworth March 27, 2010, 02:59:44 PM
Lucius

Give it a few years Stalland, and that'll be you.
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: Ant March 27, 2010, 05:14:41 PM
Stalland

The skein of my life was woven long ago, if that is my fate then so be it

And in experience women with Red's colouring have  a temperament to match the sea too


<grins and winks at Red>
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: Captain Shortworth March 27, 2010, 05:56:55 PM
Lucius

I didn't say it was  bad thing, it means you will still be getting free drinks for poems and songs.
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: Ant March 27, 2010, 06:04:21 PM
Stalland

T'would be a fine thing, but I will take what comes to me
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: 50 March 27, 2010, 07:37:05 PM
Magg

<nods> I think it would be grand to become a greybeard with enough stories to tell to fill your cup of an evening. But it is the living of the tale that is the thing! <nods towards the old sailor> I'd happily end up sat where he is, but I'd not take a safe path just to get there.

<smiles> ...though I'm a fine one to talk! Sat here doing just that, whilst you go off and have adventures!

<finishes his drink> What of you Lucius and you Red, how would you see your life unfurling if you'd the chance to set its path?
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: Captain Shortworth March 27, 2010, 07:49:07 PM
Lucius

This will sound morbid, but I promise you, the idea of avoiding this particular fate fills me with hope and happiness. I just hope to not end my days hastily buried in fine sand while those that did the burying walk away without a thought, as so many I knew did. Until then, I want to spend my life with friends, fine company, good drinks, stories to keep us going until the lights go out and the sun comes up. And never to get settled or complacent. I couldn't handle having nothing to strive for, nothing to drive me on.
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: 50 March 28, 2010, 04:59:42 PM
Magg

<smiles> A man with ambition and drive, you'll go far! <makes a general wave encompassing the tavern and beyond> Do you see it all taking place here then? Has NosterPyrax become the final home for you to settle in , or is there a modicum of wanderlust still to be sated?
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: 50 March 28, 2010, 05:03:44 PM
Kora

(http://www.hugs-site.co.uk/public/Orbis/kora3.png)

<Comes over with a tray of wine and goblets> Ive got a short break, mind if I squeeze in?
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: Ant March 28, 2010, 06:05:42 PM
Stalland

<Smiles as Kora comes over and extends an arm towards her, moving so that she might sit on his lap>

The wishing-willow comes
like a tree from the lands of the sun
to broaden the word smiths smile
and set a ringing in his anvil of joy.
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: 50 March 28, 2010, 08:10:43 PM
Kora

<Slides onto Stallands lap and puts an arm round his neck>

Magg

<grins> Careful how you sit Kora, lest you set the 'ringing' in stallands 'anvil of joy' overmuch for company!

Kora

<looks confused for a second> I don't K.. < blushes bright red and makes a playful swipe> ...Magg!
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: Ant March 28, 2010, 08:20:59 PM
Stalland

It's like casting pearls before swine some days
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: 50 March 28, 2010, 09:23:37 PM
Magg

<Claps Stalland on the back, laughing> Ha! Forgive the offence my friend, your verse is too subtle for an oaf like me!

<still chuckling, pours everyone a goblet of wine> …but more importantly forgive me radiant Kora, I don't mean to denigrate Stalland’s honest thought with my wickedness.
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: Ant March 28, 2010, 10:03:05 PM
Stalland

<muttered almost under his breath>

ikke så uskyldig
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: Nitch March 28, 2010, 10:51:21 PM
Red

<laughing> Why Magg you have been hiding this devious nature
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: 50 March 28, 2010, 10:59:18 PM
Magg

<grins> The priests keep telling me it is bad for my soul so I try to subdue it ...I blame the wine and the company of beautiful women!
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: Captain Shortworth March 29, 2010, 12:35:36 AM
Lucius

I have often found that the best thing to do with advice from priests is to do the opposite. As for wanderlust? You can do an awful lot of wandering from this city and still call it a home.
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: 50 March 29, 2010, 09:58:47 AM
Kora

<strokes Stalland’s hair with the hand round his neck, and takes up a goblet with the other>
I've never understood the desire of men to throw themselves in the way of danger just for the racing of the blood, surely there is enough in this city to excite without risking life and limb?

The worlds dangerous enough without going looking for it!
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: Captain Shortworth March 29, 2010, 02:56:18 PM
Lucius

<winks at Stalland> Excitement, adventure... All in a day's work for men like us. You're gonna have to try hard to keep this one in one place for a long time Kora.
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: Nitch March 29, 2010, 03:46:34 PM
Red

(http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p307/Evil_Fairy_Nitch/Red51.png) (http://www.hugs-site.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=271.0)

If you don’t look for danger then it will sneak up on you when you’re unawares, but there is no need to fret about our trip Kora, I will be there to keep your love out of any sort of trouble <gives Stalland a cheeky grin>
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: Captain Shortworth March 29, 2010, 04:26:22 PM
Lucius

We'll be back in one piece. This looks like it could be one of the least exciting trips out of the city I have taken to be honest; I imagine we will be spending most of it punting a river boat thinking about what we're going to do when we return to the city.
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: Ant March 29, 2010, 04:33:44 PM
Stalland

Well I am touched by your concern for me, weak and inferm as I am...

As for seeking adventure all I want is to see and learn new things, if I could do that from a feather bed I would. that said this city has kept me interested for a few years and seems to be intent on keeping me interested for a while longer at least.

And as Red mentioned, all too often interesting things happen to even them that avoid it. Sadly I don't think this city has seen the end of such times.
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: Captain Shortworth March 29, 2010, 04:43:48 PM
Lucius

There are still a lot of problems that need fixing in this city, and even when it's working fine, it's still an interesting place to live.
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: 348 March 29, 2010, 08:51:55 PM
Nikaneth has been nursing a drink and has started to focus his attention on the wall behind the bar . He takes a drink from a drunk who he claims owes him a round and scans the barcrowd . He is about to drink but changes his mind, puts the flagon on the bar and mutters to Wedlan. He stands, and strides from the tavern into the night.
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: 50 March 29, 2010, 09:06:12 PM
Kora

<runs a hand down Stallands arm> Well I certainly don't think you weak or infirm, but it couldn't hurt to have Red look out for you a bit as well...

<leans forward to whisper (though still audible to the table) in Stallands ear, her lips just brushing his neck> ...at least she'll know which bits I most need to be kept intact. <stands up, grinning> Now I must get back to work!
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: Ant March 29, 2010, 10:00:12 PM
Stalland

<laughs loudly and smacks Kora's backside as she walks off>

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: Captain Shortworth March 29, 2010, 10:12:17 PM
Lucius

I can see why you like that girl! Bugger, we should have ordered a round while she was here, save us getting up.
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: 50 March 29, 2010, 10:23:34 PM
Magg

<laughs> Let me go get some, give chance for that ringing noise to fade a little!
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: Ant March 29, 2010, 10:30:07 PM
Stalland

Good job too, I'm not standing up for a minute or two now <laughs loudly again>
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: Captain Shortworth March 29, 2010, 11:19:10 PM
Lucius

I'm gonna give Magg a hand.
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: Nitch March 29, 2010, 11:24:27 PM
Red

<still laughing> Stalland I think you may have met your match in her....
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: Ant March 29, 2010, 11:25:34 PM
Stalland

<smirks at Red>

Yes but apparently you've got to look after my bits while we are off
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: Nitch March 29, 2010, 11:41:37 PM
Red

<grins back and puts her hand over her heart> and I will take my pledge most seriously, ensuring it does not stray to the company of any young ladies we may meet
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: Ant March 29, 2010, 11:42:48 PM
Stalland

<laughs and smiles at Red>

Damn, didnt see that coming
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: Nitch March 30, 2010, 12:06:21 AM
Red

<giggles wickedly> Well I do like to keep you on your toes
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: Ant March 30, 2010, 11:50:16 AM
Stalland

<Gives a broad smile>

With hair the colour of the forests foe
and mistress of the tall yew pillar
the maiden with a heart of fire
can with a look command a man's desire


I almost feel sorry for Magg...almost
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: Captain Shortworth March 30, 2010, 12:30:14 PM
Lucius

I wouldn't worry about him too much! <walks back and places a tray on the shrinking clear area of table not covered in dead soldiers> I think he knows well enough what he's getting himself into, and he couldn't be happier about it.
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: 50 March 30, 2010, 01:48:42 PM
Magg

<Pays for the drinks and comes back over> ...your all smiling at me... <looks worried>
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: Captain Shortworth March 30, 2010, 01:51:23 PM
Lucius

We were just saying it was last man standing to clear the table, and since you have yet to take your seat, that's you. Load these glasses on the tray will you, if I feel like dancing on the table there's no where near enough room.
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: 50 March 30, 2010, 02:23:45 PM
Magg

<Laughs> Hmm... why do I get the feeling one of these glasses is going to explode or something! <collects the empties and takes them back to the bar>
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: Captain Shortworth March 30, 2010, 03:27:50 PM
Lucius

<A bit quietly> With how quick he is to follow instructions, we may have a back up Gaius. We just need to train him for 2 years in a legion drill camp and it's job done.
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: Nitch March 30, 2010, 03:37:30 PM
Red

<laughs and gives Lucius good-humoured poke> Oi you, no ruining Magg! One Giaus is more than enough
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: Captain Shortworth March 30, 2010, 03:44:03 PM
Lucius

<laughs back> Oh I don't know, might make more of a man of him. <Pauses for a second> Of course, it could also kill him.
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: Ant March 30, 2010, 03:49:07 PM
Stalland

Of course the only one telling Magg what to do now will be Red

<leans to Lucius and whispers>

harder faster
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: Nitch March 30, 2010, 03:57:40 PM
Red

<gives the two men a shrewd look> I’m guessing it’s for the best I didn’t hear that....
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: Captain Shortworth March 30, 2010, 04:01:26 PM
Lucius

whispers back> There's nothing saying that that won't kill him either. <laughs a little then carries on out loud> Just being weary of your delicate female sensibilities is all.
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: Ant March 30, 2010, 04:11:42 PM
Stalland

We were? I just didn't want to get punched
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: Nitch March 30, 2010, 10:41:15 PM
Red

<laughs> well at least your honest, but I can’t let you get away scot-free <gives both of them a gentle and playful slap>
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: Captain Shortworth March 30, 2010, 10:42:00 PM
Lucius

And offending her delicate female sensibilities would certainly have got you punched. Or burnt to a crisp.
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: 50 March 31, 2010, 10:18:56 AM
Magg

<comes back carrying another tray with five small glasses of some orangey liquid>

Thought seeing as there was room on the table I'd bring something to follow on!
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: Captain Shortworth March 31, 2010, 10:28:45 AM
Lucius

You'll be the death of us, but it will be a good death.
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: Nitch March 31, 2010, 01:41:40 PM
Red

You won't be saying that in the morning <gives the orange liquid a curious look> What is it?
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: Captain Shortworth March 31, 2010, 02:56:44 PM
Lucius

If I'm dead in the morning, I doubt I will be saying anything. I'm not gonna promise that though, the world is a very strange place.
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: Ant March 31, 2010, 03:09:01 PM
Stalland

Reminds me of a chorus from a song...

Oh mother dont wake me, Dont jostle or shake me
I spent all night drinking with The ladies by the shore
And if I never wake Dont Cry and dont shriek
Just tell them glorious tales of my last night in Fireside
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: Captain Shortworth March 31, 2010, 03:11:27 PM
Lucius

I think I've heard that before. Buggered if I can remember the rest of the song though.
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: 50 March 31, 2010, 03:15:15 PM
Magg

<smiles> very appropriate! I shall try to remember it. <picks up the tray of small glasses and hands them around>

...Its called Zhavý, very smooth and subtle flavour, but be warned it has quite a follow on heat.

<holds up the glass and examines the drink> They say its made from the berries of a vine that they grow in the depths of the Nostrum, fed by the light of the Alla-fire instead of the sun. <takes a small sip, then after a second tips the glass back and downs it>

huuhh! ...oh yes, thats the good stuff!
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: Ant March 31, 2010, 03:26:08 PM
Stalland

<eyes the glass suspiciously>

Next time we are in for singing raucously I will teach you the whole song Lucious.. <throws the orange contents of the goblet down and blinks for a moment before carrying on in a hoarse voice> wow thats got some kick
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: Captain Shortworth March 31, 2010, 03:38:07 PM
Lucius

<Lifts up and sniffs the contents of the glass before taking a sip then necking the lot.> By the gods, that hits home.
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: Nitch March 31, 2010, 03:45:28 PM
Red

<shrugs and empties her glass, goes a quite red in the face, coughs a few times and subsequently empties an entire glass of wine> I’m not doing that EVER again.....
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: Ant March 31, 2010, 04:05:23 PM
Stalland

<gives a laugh> Poor Magg, I wonder how many women have said that to him before now
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: 50 March 31, 2010, 04:37:09 PM
Magg

<smiling, watches the round of shots go down> ...There, now we are officially drinking! <'chinks' his glass against Reds>
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: Captain Shortworth April 01, 2010, 12:21:19 AM
Lucius

Give it a couple more of those and we will officially be falling over.
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: Nitch April 01, 2010, 12:44:39 AM
Red

<smiles> I fear that even one more and we'll be needin people to carry the three of us home tonight
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: 50 April 01, 2010, 07:24:58 AM
Magg

<Looks serious for a moment> Sometimes when I reflect back on all that I drink I feel ashamed.

...I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewerys and the vinyards and wonder about all of their hopes and dreams.



<smiles> ...Then it occurs to me if I didn't consume their produce, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered.

So I take a breath and force myself back to the bar, after all it is better that I drink this wine and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver!
<laughs>
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: Ant April 01, 2010, 08:35:07 AM
Stalland

Aye, and the drayment that load the carts, the teamsters that fill the warehouses, the stevedores that load the ships and the sailors that haul it round the seas, and not to mention poor John Barleycorn who is much abused in the whole process.

But the wine must flow....


<Stalland raises his wine in toast>
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: Ant April 01, 2010, 11:57:39 AM
Stalland

Besides, too much more of that and I will be reciting long whitelandish poems about fate <laughs>
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: Captain Shortworth April 01, 2010, 12:40:17 PM
Lucius

It's been a long night, and I think we still have some good drinking time left, but if you start one of those bad boys we could come back tomorrow and you still wouldn't be done.
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: Ant April 01, 2010, 12:43:47 PM
Stalland

Exactly. It also helps if you understood what I would be saying too
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: Captain Shortworth April 01, 2010, 12:48:03 PM
Lucius

<Smiles> As long as it has a beat and I can dance to to it.
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: Ant April 01, 2010, 12:51:00 PM
Stalland

Not a chance, it would be proper dramatic skaldic poetry, in old whitelandish. Brilliant stuff though, just not good for a party.
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: 50 April 01, 2010, 02:58:25 PM
Magg

What say you all to a bite of food?

Wedlan's kitchens do an excellent dish for late nights.
A grand plate, piled with a variety of meats, cheeses and bread. Perfect for a group of friends to share...
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: Captain Shortworth April 01, 2010, 03:06:10 PM
Lucius

And especially good with this much booze. It's my round so I will get some drinks in and order the food too.
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: Ant April 01, 2010, 03:07:53 PM
Stalland

Good plan all round, do the do any of those spicy ablek flesh things?
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: 50 April 01, 2010, 03:17:12 PM
Magg

Yes I'm sure they do <laughs> ... infact I'm pretty sure Wedlan will cook almost anything if you ask!
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: Nitch April 01, 2010, 04:08:27 PM
Red

Anything at all aye? <looks thoughtful> Pancakes! Could we ask for pancakes as afters??
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: Captain Shortworth April 01, 2010, 04:10:51 PM
Lucius

<returns to table with another tray of wine, beers and mead> The order has been placed Red, if you need dessert you will need to order it after we have eaten. I did ask for an heroic amount of food for us though, so that may not be necessary.
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: 50 April 01, 2010, 05:08:19 PM
Magg

<shakes his head, laughing> ...Girls!

<smiles> ...If you still want pancakes after, then pancakes you shall have! The only problem will be deciding between whipped cream or honey?
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: Ant April 01, 2010, 05:40:26 PM
Stalland

I prefer my girls in whipped cream, honey gets in the beard too much...
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: Nitch April 01, 2010, 07:18:16 PM
Red

<laughs and grins devilishly> I have no such problem so I’ll go for a drizzling of both
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant April 01, 2010, 07:21:59 PM
Stalland

<Mockingly bites his knuckles as if to stop himself saying something>
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: Nitch April 01, 2010, 07:25:28 PM
Red

<seeing Stallands reaction her laugh turns to a cackle, and in mock innocence> why Stalland are we not still talking of pancakes...
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: Ant April 01, 2010, 07:34:49 PM
Stalland

Yes, yes, I was jus thinking how sweet that would be <smirks back at Red>
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: Captain Shortworth April 01, 2010, 08:10:08 PM
Lucius

<laughs as he sips his beer> Will you listen to you two! We need food just to soak up some of the silly sauce you've been drinking!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant April 01, 2010, 08:17:29 PM
Stalland

<Attempts to look innocent and fails utterly>

What?
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: Captain Shortworth April 01, 2010, 08:21:56 PM
Lucius

The beard may hide a lot of sins, but not that wicked grin half pint.
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: Ant April 01, 2010, 08:26:50 PM
Stalland

<Laughs>

No mans beard should hide a smile, but at least I am not so vain as to scrape my face each day <grins at Lucius>
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: Captain Shortworth April 01, 2010, 08:29:14 PM
Lucius

It's not vanity! It would be a crime not to share this handsome visage is all! <bursts out laughing after trying hard to keep it in>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant April 01, 2010, 08:34:30 PM
Stalland

You are right, every time you sit at the table I wish you would share it with someone else <joins the laughter>
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: Captain Shortworth April 01, 2010, 08:55:40 PM
Lucius

Oh, there's plenty to go around! <stands up a little unsteadily> Any offers! I'm very cheap! <Almost falls back down into his chair, still laughing hard.>
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: Nitch April 01, 2010, 09:23:13 PM
Red

<laughing> ooohhhh, be careful making such offers, you never know what you might attract <nods towards the nearest camp looking man>

OOC – im guessing theres at least one camp looking man in every pub you go in.... ;D
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: Ant April 01, 2010, 09:27:01 PM
Stalland

Maybe we are finding out why Lucius claims not to be much of a ladies man <laughs>
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: Nitch April 01, 2010, 09:33:11 PM
Red

<still laughing shakes her head> It’s the after effects of being in the legion, nothing to look at but well muscled men in leather skirts for months.....
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant April 01, 2010, 09:34:57 PM
Stalland

Red...Red, you seem to be drifting off there <continues the laugh>
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: Captain Shortworth April 01, 2010, 09:36:50 PM
Lucius

Fair play ion the skirt comment, but I'm taking well muscled as a compliment. < a little louder over his shoulder to the bar> Years of legionary training right here ladies! I can keep going for hours! <starts to laugh out loud again, holding his chest trying to catch his breathe>
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: Ant April 01, 2010, 09:52:55 PM
Stalland

The original Pelosian Mule
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: Captain Shortworth April 01, 2010, 09:56:56 PM
Lucius

I'm taking that as a compliment too half pint! And you should feel free to start spreading that rumour around. Might save me having to open my mouth at all with regards to women!
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: Nitch April 01, 2010, 10:03:58 PM
Red

<by this point is in fits of giggles> With regards to words at least, can’t have you completely wasting that silver tongue. But disprove such a rumour and it will be difficult to remove the blight from your name
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: Captain Shortworth April 01, 2010, 10:11:10 PM
Lucius

<leans forward a little> My lady, if there was a woman here with even a tenth of the natural beauty you possess, or a twentieth of you charm that would make them worthy of my attention... <looks her deeply in the eyes, but a smile is starting to creep across his face> ...I would get onto this table right now and prove all the rumours true. <puts his hand over his mouth trying to control his laughter>
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: Nitch April 01, 2010, 10:35:45 PM
Red

<still giggling> now who’s suffering from the silly sauce??
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant April 01, 2010, 10:53:20 PM
Stalland

Ahh we have found the secret to unlocking Lucius' charm...pints after pint of booze and some merciless teasing, besides, Pelosian Mules, arent they boney, smelly things with lank hair and unable to breed... <Grins at Lucius.>
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: Captain Shortworth April 01, 2010, 10:57:47 PM
Lucius

Pride of Pelosia are those beasts! I think one of them was elected to the senate once. Did  better than most if I recall...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant April 01, 2010, 11:01:50 PM
Stalland

Strikes me as that wouldnt be too difficult <chuckles as his laughter subsides> so a toast, to friendship, laughter and good company! <holds a goblet up>
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: Nitch April 01, 2010, 11:04:49 PM
Red

<struggling to control her giggling joins in the toast>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth April 01, 2010, 11:07:06 PM
Lucius

<looks down at the table, selecting a goblet of mead from the array of drinks in front of him> And as always, to absent friends! <Clinks his goblet against the others.>
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: Ant April 01, 2010, 11:17:09 PM
Stalland

The malt tide rises like a nut brown sea
And sit we here in best of cheer
Amidst a field of fallen men
Each ones passing marks another beer

Men and Maidens give good toast
And raise a glass to their gracious host
In the morn, our heads will swim
But here and now, we can but grin
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: Nitch April 01, 2010, 11:26:41 PM
Red

<as the poem comes to an end Red> As always well said Stalland <empties her glass and gets to her feet, swaying several times before finding her balance> I believe this round is mine <collects the empties on a tray and goes to the bar>
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: Ant April 01, 2010, 11:33:32 PM
Stalland

<Stands up and puts a hand out, as if surprised at his legs not working> Seem to have found my sea legs again, time for a piss I think <wobbles off to the latrine>
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: Captain Shortworth April 02, 2010, 12:23:31 PM
Lucius

<calls across to Red> Tell 'em to hurry up with the food will you?
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: 50 April 02, 2010, 04:19:45 PM
Whilst Red is over at the Bar choosing drinks, one of the serving lads comes through the door at the far end of the tap room.

Weaving between the troupe and the dancers he makes his way over carring a great wooden platter heaped high with sliced Brawn meat, grilled skewers of Herba and Ablek, thin Homorn steaks and a variety of sausages, cheeses, grapes and herbs.
A young woman wearing an apron follows behind him carrying several wooden plates and two round loaves of fresh bread.

enjoy says the lad as he places it down on the table.
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: Ant April 03, 2010, 07:44:29 AM
Stalland

<A few minutes later returns, less wobbly than before and picks up a strip of meat while nodding appreciativly as he sits down>

A veritable feast
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: Captain Shortworth April 03, 2010, 04:04:08 PM
Lucius

And I have the appetite for it! I remember times when I would have killed... sorry, stolen, for just a scrap of meat. Living the good life now though. Lets just hope it lasts.
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: Ant April 04, 2010, 12:05:45 PM
Stalland

And I have eaten all manner of food in the wilderness that would normally be thrown away
but then again there is no meal quite like the beast you have helped hunt and kill
then roast over a fire, its juices covering your hands and beard as you wash it
down with good ale and good comrades
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: 50 April 04, 2010, 10:33:47 PM
Magg

Ah yes, I agree... <makes a mock ‘over the shoulder - spear cast' with his knife ...and skewers a piece of cheese!> oh!...
...fear me - the great hunter! Frolicking cheeses of the wildlands!


<still laughing, picks up the cheese laden knife> ...ahem! I don’t suppose that counts?
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: Ant April 04, 2010, 11:00:33 PM
Stalland

<shakes his head> Ah Magg, one day we will have to venture somewhere we can bring down our own game, then you will know whether you can claim the cheese <follows the same gesture as Magg and spears another bit of cheese> hmm, they do take some skill to pin down dont they
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch April 04, 2010, 11:04:03 PM
Red

<returns with a tray of drinks laughing> poor cheese, never stood a chance against such prowess, look at the others cowering behind the grapes <begins handing out the drinks>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant April 04, 2010, 11:08:12 PM
Stalland

<picks up a grape and turns to Magg and gestures to throw it in his mouth>
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: 50 April 04, 2010, 11:17:16 PM
Magg

<sits up ready to catch...>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant April 04, 2010, 11:21:36 PM
Stalland

<Takes careful aim before flicking his wrist, sending the grape in a graceful arc only for it to miss his shot entirely and bounce of Magg's forehead as Stalland bursts out laughing>
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: 50 April 04, 2010, 11:33:28 PM
Magg

<Laughing, wipes grape juice off his head> ...what you don't realise lady Red is that man was not meant to eat such things ...unless they be fed him from the hand of a beautiful woman.. <hands Red a grape, then jokingly brings his hands up to defend himself from attack>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch April 04, 2010, 11:52:53 PM
Red

<smiles, brushes away the defensive hand and leans in close to Magg, bringing up the grape so it just touches his bottom lip, before abruptly moving away, regaining her seat and popping the grape in her mouth> I can’t say I agree
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: Ant April 04, 2010, 11:57:44 PM
Stalland

<Laughs again and bangs the table as he does with his hand> Poor Magg, I think she has more than the measure of you <tears some bread to eat>
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: 50 April 05, 2010, 12:07:36 AM
Magg

<Momentarily remains transfixed by Red, then at Stallands words shakes his head once and grins> ...I think it's most unfair for you to tease a rookie like this! <holds up some leafy herbs> surely if nothing else I can claim skill at foraging?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant April 05, 2010, 12:09:43 AM
Stalland

<looks for a moment at the platter of food, then at Red before looking back to Magg with a grin> Nay my friend, only once you have caught yourself a wily minx will you be able to claim to be a mighty hunter
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth April 05, 2010, 01:38:41 AM
Lucius

<Picks up a grape, looks about the table before flicking it into the air and catching it in his open mouth a second later> Of course, an independent streak is never a bad thing.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant April 05, 2010, 08:47:29 AM
Stalland

<Chuckles> Quiet true Lucius, the free ranging wily minx cannot be treated like some brute hummorn or tether can it
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: 50 April 05, 2010, 10:44:16 PM
Magg

<smiles> Well, the great hunter I shall never be... <laughs> I just hope that some minx takes pity and lets me from my own trap afore I fade away!

<picks up his goblet and takes a gulp> ...so tell us good Stalland, has there never been a time that you've felt the hunt turning upon you?
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: Ant April 06, 2010, 08:40:14 AM
Stalland

<Smile and munches some cheese> Pursued by the whiley minx? Nay not me alas, but I have been hunted. Many seasons ago when I was little more than a beardless boy, our in the uplands near my home I joined a hunting party, the deep snows hadnt come yet but would be approaching so it would be the last time to get the meat from the big animals that live there, Toma mostly, wooly footed animals that graze and eat the lower leaves from trees.

It was cold and icy, with the snow shin deep already and the northern skies filled with laden, grey clouds and we pushed on maybe a week outside the stead, setting traps to collect on the way home for smaller game when we picked up the trail of some wild beasts and set off after them, a good number too so we would bring back much game for the deep winter.

We were only another days travel when one of the old hunters told us we were being trailed ourselves, but by a pack of Vraag, and that soon they would try to attack us...

Sure enough only the night later they attacked us the first time, waves of the youngest ones hurling themselves onto our spears and blades, and though they were young they were huge beasts and behind them, in the edge of our light we could see the pack leaders, big, powerful creatures that could tear a man to shreds if they got their teeth into you.

For three nights they came at us, sapping our strength with their own, a test of sheer fortitude, each time the Vraag that attacked were stronger than the last as the pack leaders sent the weakest of them first and soon they came close to overwhelming us but we held on, just. Our numbers thinned by a couple, but all sporting some injury somewhere.
<Stalland pulls up a trouser leg to reveal a long, puckered scar in his calf muscle> All they got from me was a mouth full of leg, other men were not so fortunate
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: Captain Shortworth April 06, 2010, 11:18:16 AM
Lucius

<Thinks on the story while munching away> never had the cause to do much hunting in my line of work. A few of the men who could trap would leave snares dotted around the outer edges of the camps, just hoping to get something a bit better than hard tack and salted mystery meat. <Smiles to himself> And then there was the visit by the general and his family. Gods only know why he brought half his clan with him.

His wife had brought along a little pet with her. No idea what manner of creature it was , but it was small round, covered in fur and so domesticated it had no idea to avoid traps or show any fear of humans. So of course one day Titus is checking his traps and sees the little bundle of fur in there, dead but too stupid to have even tried to chew through its own leg to get away; it had just sat there and died of thirst.

The general had had a bunch of us looking for the thing for a couple of days by this point, his wife no doubt making his life a misery, so we knew hat we were looking for and how much trouble the legion would be in if he found out we had killed his wife's little treasure. Of course we had to do something to get rid of the body so there would be no way it would come back to haunt us; no one wanted to risk a decimation over something so trivial. Yours truly of course thought he had a prefect plan.

There's a wild animal that lives in the desserts where we were stationed, a huge wild cat thing that lived and hunted in packs. We were always on guard for them, but they rarely came close enough to the camps to be a problem. So, me and a handful of eager lads went out to catch one, planning on feeding it the remains of the pet thus removing the guilt from us. As you can no doubt imagine, this was harder than any of us had thought and it took us another day to get one close enough to snare and away from the pack. Quintus lost his shield and needed to get fresh armour from the stores when we got back but I knew the guy in charge, so that wasn't a problem, and luckily no one got injured.

All five of us had to drag the thing back to the camp in the middle of the night, get it to eat the frankly rotten fur ball and then the plan was to kill it, claiming it had snuck into the camp, and don't you know it, when we gutted it, look what we found in it's belly. So far so good, even more than a bit south of edible to you and me, the big cat had no problems snacking down on it and then a couple of spears to the big creature and down it went. The fact that Quintus looked like he had been mauled played into our hands very well and we went to get the watch commander so he could witness us 'finding' the pet.

He got there just in time to find Titus up to his elbows in innards searching for a ball of fluff that hadn't got further in than the throat! I still managed to convince the commander that the cat had eaten the pet, silver tongued devil that I am, but Titus was put on notice and kept a very close eye on by his superiors for quite some time. No one was happy serving with a soldier who was found in the middle of the night panicking with his arms inside a huge beast with no explanation for his actions.
<looks at the food everyone is eating and stops smiling>

Might not have been the best time for that story though.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant April 06, 2010, 11:40:23 AM
Stalland

<looks genuinly puzzled> Why?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth April 06, 2010, 12:00:25 PM
Lucius

<pops a bit of red meat in his mouth> There are some who may be put off their food by tales of animal entrails.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant April 06, 2010, 12:21:06 PM
Stalland

<Looks at the plate of food and shrugs> Thats a bit daft if you ask me. If it had been me, I would have thrown the critter in the latrine, no one would look for it there.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth April 06, 2010, 12:31:02 PM
Lucius

If we hadn't found it when we did, I don't doubt for a second that our commander would have had us up to the waist in filth looking for the sodding thing within a day at most. Still, the big cat may have been ropey, but my unit ate fresh meat for a couple of days.
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: 50 April 07, 2010, 12:55:45 PM
Magg

<wrinkles his nose at the thought> ...there are certainly distinct advantages to city life!

From everything I hear I'm amazed anyone joins up to be a legionaire, or that those that do don't quit as soon as they are able. Pelosia should be bereft of defence!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth April 07, 2010, 01:12:47 PM
Lucius

My legion was renowned for being the worst. A convict legion almost, with officers sent to command it as a punishment. I joined in less than perfect circumstances, just like a lot of the rest of them.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant April 07, 2010, 01:32:52 PM
Stalland

Is it any wonder so many people are prepared to fight against the Legions if thats how they treat their own?
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: Nitch April 07, 2010, 09:37:28 PM
Red

<has been sat eating in refined bites and dainty nibbles from her plate> to da dounthall ef da Leashion phwine <she announces through a slightly full mouth and raises her goblet in a toast>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth April 07, 2010, 10:24:18 PM
Lucius

<smiles as he throws another grape into the air and catches it in his mouth> I could not agree more! Although it is worth drawing attention to the bonds formed between fighting men in those situations that have lasted me to this day. Swines they were, the worst kind of scum; but I fought along side them and would have died for them. Just as I would do for any of you. <Takes a long swig of ale> Although given the choice, I would much rather kill for you.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant April 07, 2010, 11:27:22 PM
Stalland

Absolutely...here's to making the other bastard die for his friends
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch April 08, 2010, 01:01:10 AM
Red

There are few better reasons to dispatch someone <smiles> So you moved from one group of scum to another, slightly different, group of scum? Present company excluded of course
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: Ant April 08, 2010, 08:47:31 AM
Stalland

I assume thats directed at Lucius, I have in the past only associated with the most impeccable characters.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth April 08, 2010, 09:06:53 AM
Lucius

What little life experience I had as a camp brat didn't give me many options other than scum. But I have definitely moved up to a much better grade of scum.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 April 08, 2010, 01:46:20 PM
Magg

<laughs> ...indeed, you fine fellows are surely more the foam atop the bubbly nightlife of the city, than some unwanted ick. <picks up an ale and peers at it> ...or maybe froth?...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant April 08, 2010, 02:55:14 PM
Stalland

Maybe it is in the eye of the beholder Magg, to some we may be the whole body of the city, what gives it it's unique flavour...maybe to others we are the slops that run off into the bucket as the ale is poured or the mash that is left when the ale is made - or indeed the froth, the first taste many people get, giving a hint of the flavour but none of the real substance...

And maybe this is all to philosophical for a dumb whitelander who has had too much ale
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth April 08, 2010, 03:37:52 PM
Lucius

As long as we are involved at least some what with booze, I for one don't care too much which part. <Swigs the last of his ale down> Although that last bit is far from my favourite, it does mean a fresh round is imminent. Lucky I have some mead left while we work out whose round it is.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant April 08, 2010, 04:13:56 PM
Stalland

I'll go, it will give me chance to stretch my legs and feast my eyes
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth April 08, 2010, 07:35:41 PM
Lucius

I think this may have to be the last round. Or second from last anyway. The food is helping soak up the beer, but I find myself feeling sleepy and can hear my bed calling.
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: 50 April 08, 2010, 09:31:15 PM
Magg

<as Stalland goes over to the bar> He's quite a character that one, the easy manner and expressive patter sit well on him and are much to be admired!

…I wonder if the shadows will suit him for long though?
<waves his glass in slightly wobbly manner towards Lucius> ...when we first met you mentioned he was a lord or something?
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: Captain Shortworth April 08, 2010, 09:37:24 PM
Lucius

I wouldn't believe everything you hear in a pub Magg. But then, would you believe me now if I said he wasn't?
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: 50 April 08, 2010, 09:50:19 PM
Magg

<laughs> ah, well... no, probably not. but then I suspect we could all have misjudged on first encounter!

<sits back a little with a smile> Now to be fair as well, you are far from struggling with the patter yourself, and it's clear you’ve the respect of your fellows. <waves his glass again to take in Red, Gaius and Stalland>

So forgive me any offence, but it is hard to believe you are merely the son of a legion camp..
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: Captain Shortworth April 08, 2010, 09:55:04 PM
Lucius

<Pauses to think for a few seconds> A camp brat was all I was. I found a place in the city where I could be more than that, but I am tied to my past in a way I will never be free from. I have done well for myself since arriving in the city and when fighting to defend it I found myself a new family. It is over the last couple of months, since I have been working with this crew that I have advanced myself though, and through that, they have moved up in the world too.

And while I do have their respect, it has been earned, as they have earned mine.
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: 50 April 08, 2010, 10:10:31 PM
Magg

<nods as lucius talks> please stop me if I pry to much.

<pours the last of the wine into a goblet and slides it over to Lucius> ...is your past something that you cannot escape from, even here?
This place
can be very forgiving, you've maybe just been a bit unlucky ...after the Trembling has been forgotten it will all be good again.

<gestures vaguely southwards> ...take old Vatha, wealthiest and arguably most powerful man in the Haak …arrived a Pelosian shipwreck and started his life a wharf-skrite doing flame knows what!
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: Ant April 08, 2010, 10:11:41 PM
Stalland

<Walks back from the bar with a tray of small cups>

So,ething light and flavourful for the last round then <Stalland takes a sip> well, much as I like your company, your faces offend me <Stalland grins in good humour> so I shall bid you good night, my lady, gents <Stalland gives a slight bow to Red and nods to the guys before heading back to the bar>
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: Captain Shortworth April 08, 2010, 10:43:00 PM
Lucius

<tips his glass in Stalland's direction before continuing to Magg> There are some people who will never forgive what my countrymen did, and if they don't know how much blood of my own was spilled in defence of this city, they will only see another Pelosian. <lowers his voice to just above a whisper> And there are people who don't like you, who hate Pelosians even more than they hate you. Even though they can't claim to have have been willing to sacrifice as much as a young camp brat did defending Noster-Pyrax.
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: Nitch April 09, 2010, 12:19:43 AM
Red

<briefly raises her glass> to all those who fought and died in defense of our fine city, no matter what their origins.
I have to say that despite my best attempts to avoid prejudgement I cannot help but be cautious when I first meet a Pelosian now, I guess it’s just a wound that those of the city bear and will take a while to heal. Although once I know they are not obsessive Legionnaire nutter then I hold them no ill will, to run such a city takes all types, and sometimes you meet those <gestures to the everyone at the table with a smile> who remind you why you stick around
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: Captain Shortworth April 09, 2010, 08:34:34 AM
Lucius

<finishes the drink Stalland brought over while toasting> I think I may be done for now. Luckily Nensia's is but round the corner. <grabs another handful of food to see him on his way> Magg, if I don't see you before, I may be gone a week or two, so keep out of trouble. And anything you can do to lessen the damage that might be done by the whore-monger would be appreciated too. And especially keep an eye on the business I mentioned earlier.
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: 50 April 09, 2010, 09:52:57 AM
The tap room is beginning to quieten off now and the troupe have packed away their instruments and are enjoying a drink.

Wedlan and the other barman are sufficient for the orders, so Kora gives Wedlan a peck on the cheek, comes round the bar and picks up a goblet as she walks over to Stalland.
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: Ant April 09, 2010, 10:06:17 AM
Stalland

<After a brief conversation and a look round, leads Kora to an empty snug>
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: Captain Shortworth April 09, 2010, 10:38:59 AM
Lucius

<stumbles out the door trying to remember the words> Oh mother dont wake me, something something... shake me! < And vanishes into the night.>
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: 50 April 09, 2010, 11:06:20 AM
Gaius

(http://www.hugs-site.co.uk/public/Orbis/Gaius.png)

<creaks to his feet> Best make sure he doesn't fall in a cannard <follows Lucius out>
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: Ant April 09, 2010, 02:16:57 PM
Stalland

<From the snug, Stalland leads a blushing Kora through the tables and out of the Barge and Ferryman>
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: 50 April 14, 2010, 09:03:44 AM
Several nights later...

The rain outside is fairly light this evening, but still enough that the windows and door to the taproom are firmly shut to keep the wet out.

Inside the Barge is quite crowded and the animated buzz of conversations fill the air.
Wedlan, Kora and two other barhands man the pumps against the steady tide of drinkers..
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: Nitch April 14, 2010, 09:16:18 AM
Red

<walks into the Barge dressed in her usual finery and wrapped in a dark cloak, although now armed not only with a concealed dagger but with a pair of blades at her waist. Pausing only to pull back her hood she heads straight to the bar>
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: Ant April 14, 2010, 09:17:43 AM
Stalland

<Stalland walks into the Barge and Ferryman, he is looking surprisingly dry and clean given the weather conditions but he is well armed and the keen eyed would be able to see a fine mail shirt under his jack. His clothes are the tough travelling clothes rather than the finery he has been seen in recently and his demeanor is a serious one, his first move is to the bar and Kora who he embraces and kisses in greeting, he looks round the room and says to no one in particular>

Well, we seem to have come to some interesting times...
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: Brick April 14, 2010, 10:01:55 AM
Gnaeus Tarquinius Sura walks into the bar, wearing a light sheep-skin cloak over his customary red-bordered white tunic. The bottom of the cloak, which was clearly made for a taller man, has dragged in the mud and is now an unwholesome colour of brown. Lowering the hood, he glances around, before raising his arms in greeting to Stalland and Red. He cries, "Salvete!", apparently not dampened in mood by the rain, before heading to the bar and gesturing for wine.
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: 50 April 14, 2010, 10:40:49 AM
Kora

It's good to have you back safely, I hope now you've had chance to settle all is well?
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: Ant April 14, 2010, 10:51:00 AM
Stalland

<smiles warmly at Kora> Aye and I am glad to be back too, never has a week been so long I think. As for settled in, well that may take a few more days, but I'll be damned if anything keeps me from your company for too long
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: Captain Shortworth April 14, 2010, 11:47:33 AM
Lucius

<Walks in with what looks like the weight of the world on his shoulders, sporting a weeks worth of scruffy beard growth, and wet clothes that look as if he would have slept in them, if it looked like he had slept at all. He goes to the bar and orders a shot and an ale, downing the shot before turning to Red, Stalland and Gnaeus> Please tell me one of you has some good news.
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: Ant April 14, 2010, 11:53:03 AM
Stalland

I have the attention of a very pretty woman <grins> And am considerably cleaner and dryer than you, as to other situations...we have a good place to live still, we have our limbs and minds intact, we have coin in our purses and wits in our head and with such tools and in such times men may do well <passes Lucius a drink> so cheer yourself, take a bath, get a shave and the world will look less daunting and you will look like a man of business...
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: 50 April 14, 2010, 12:25:41 PM
Kora

<blushes> I think there's a table free over at the back <points> why don't you go settle yourselves down and I'll bring your drinks over in a moment.
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: Ant April 14, 2010, 12:29:52 PM
Stalland

<looks round the bar and thinks for a moment> Aye, why not <moves across the room to the free table>
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: Captain Shortworth April 14, 2010, 12:30:24 PM
Lucius

<Smiles at Stalland> I think you might be right. I will have this beer, then find a barber, and get a fresh set of clothes.
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: Ant April 14, 2010, 12:34:03 PM
Stalland

I am always right, surely you have realised that by now <laughs> one part of being a story teller is selling the tale, if you look the part the job is half done
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: Captain Shortworth April 14, 2010, 12:42:46 PM
Lucius

And a shave would help. For me of course, you seem to suit a beard.

 We need to catch up with Me'Het and figure out the best way to make our move.
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: Ant April 14, 2010, 12:45:25 PM
Stalland

We need to figure out a lot of stuff, that included, and here is not really the place to do it in either.
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: Nitch April 14, 2010, 04:02:34 PM
Red

<wanders over from the bar with a tray of drinks> Don’t worry Stalland, Kora said she’d come over soon as she can <hands out the drinks, takes a seat and gives Lucuis an appraising look> My friend you look like crap this evening
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: Ant April 14, 2010, 06:38:46 PM
Stalland

<takes a drink and takes the mearest of sips before placing it down> Always the womans subtle touch eh Red
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: Nitch April 14, 2010, 08:25:20 PM
Red

<smiles> I’m very good at the subtle woman’s touch when I want to be <looks more serious> I don't mean to sound cruel but one hard lesson I learnt is appearances are important, you look a mess when you’re normally cool and collected then you make yourself a big walking target
We look the same as we usually do, as though nothing’s going on and it would be quite intimidating, discourage any of those stupid enough to try thier luck
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: Brick April 14, 2010, 08:36:46 PM
Gnaeus Tarquinius Sura

Gnaeus follows the others over with his glass of wine. He looks slightly puzzled, perhaps not for the first time, and asks, "Have your days been less than, ah, pleasant? Perhaps you should take consolation in the fact that you are not Tremallu - there is no raving demonic monster plaguing your festivals! Si dies festos habetis..."
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: Ant April 14, 2010, 08:47:14 PM
Stalland

you need a shorter name <in good humour> or something simple we can call you by, but while the rain pours, it pours on all the city does it not? So we should give thanks that it was not us, but that there were some there to give it fight.

And Red my dear, harsh words but ringing with truth
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: 348 April 14, 2010, 08:49:10 PM
Nikaneth lopes into the bar. He gives a jaunty wave to Kora and a nod to Wedlan.
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: Brick April 14, 2010, 08:59:26 PM
Gnaeus Tarquinius Sura

"Just Sura will do, or possibly Gnaeus. And I do wonder who had the better of the contest; rumour has spread its wings over the city, ah, but few answers have emerged."
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: Ant April 14, 2010, 09:06:18 PM
Stalland

<raises his cup to Sura and takes a small sip> Then hail Sura. But I do not think that contest is over yet, it is but the first turning of the glass <Stalland shakes his head> and the rain that falls makes us all wet...
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: 348 April 14, 2010, 09:17:46 PM
Nikaneth sports a bow and a knife as ever. Though he wears his traditional tartan cape his shirt looks new save for the faint ghosts of some recently sponged blood stains. He smiles and chats with Wedlan, he looks quite cheerful. He purchases a bottle of wine and strides forward a few paces towards the table where Stalland and co. are sat." Is there room for another to drink there" ( inclines bottle slightly )" or do you prefer your own company a while ?"
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: Ant April 14, 2010, 09:22:16 PM
Stalland

<looks at Nikaneth and thinks for a moment>

Aye, you may join us...but may have to make room for another...you mood is lifted since last we crossed paths, odd since there is much troubling the city.
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: 348 April 14, 2010, 09:29:34 PM
" Much indeed. I hope your journey was less trouble free ?"
" My Lady" ( nod to Red ), he flashes a grin at the others , and places the open bottle in the centre of the table. He already has a tankard full of mead. He takes a seat.
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: Nitch April 14, 2010, 09:32:34 PM
Red

<gives Nik a guarded look but smiles> Evening Nik, I hope it finds you well
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: 348 April 14, 2010, 09:35:38 PM
" Better than many" ( He looks ruefully at some stains on his shirt sleeves. ) In truth, I feel guilty , as my health is better today and part of last night than it has been in a long while." ( grins )
" Typical me to be out of step with the rest of the cityfolk I suppose."
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: Ant April 14, 2010, 09:36:14 PM
Stalland

Is any journey in this world ever trouble free? But we return alive and well, as it seems are our friends and aquaintances. Perhaps you have had a resolution to what ails you, or that you are glad your mistress has returned? Come tell us of the source of your smile so we can all share it
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: 348 April 14, 2010, 09:44:41 PM
 " I'm not honestly sure. In truth I have been unwell and cursed, sometime before my row with Tess..( Laughs ) and don't laugh , I know the difference between what afflicted me and what too much drink does to a sot like myself ! (  Looks whistful ) In truth I could hardly stand at the start of last nights duties, despite the herbs I took, yet when the tragedy happened last night, despite the horror and the futility of our actions , I truely felt alive, more so even than ringing that blasted velochi bell in the canards. I hope the affects stay with me , but I would hate for last night's medicine, if thats what cured me, to be needed. "
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: 348 April 14, 2010, 09:51:27 PM
Nikaneth drains his tankard and calls for a refill. He gestures to the bottle if anyone needs a drink.
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: Ant April 14, 2010, 09:52:12 PM
Stalland

<nods in appreciation but puts his hand over his goblet at Niks offer> I have heard tale of such a thing, but it can have many causes so I shall not name them...but I shall toast to your good health and even to a hope that other ailments can be healed too <Stalland glances at Red> At a later time though Geraint I would talk to you about another matter, in a place with less ears...
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: 348 April 14, 2010, 09:58:38 PM
" I would welcome that. I had a message for you from a person you worked for, though ( Nods at Gnaeus ) well...no offence sir..I am usually quite crass with exchanging information, but I must guard my tounge till I can speak with the rest of these fellows in private.  So I will wait a while, Master Pio would perhaps be best suited to elaborating on this ?
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: Brick April 14, 2010, 09:59:46 PM
Gnaeus Tarquinius Sura

Sura nods in appreciation of the offer of more drink, and holds his glass up. "Are you one of these, hm, Tremallu then? I have not, I think not, been told if so."
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: Ant April 14, 2010, 10:02:43 PM
Stalland

I had heard that you might have some information...<Stalland thinks for a moment> But we can wait till there is an empty snug to hear it
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: 348 April 14, 2010, 10:05:35 PM
Nik chews on his lip at hearing Gneus's question. " Yes. ( His face becomes suddenly grave ) Though sadly, once more ,there are less of us. Don't worry , I'm not a watchman. I'm , I suppose, an agent of the Korath.. I have a sponsor still I suppose, but shes deaf to my pleas. ( Grins again ) . Even when I banged on the old crones doors this morning !"
To Stalland
" Sorry, a frightful night and a busy day, with lots of strange tidings. ( Eagerly, and scanning Red and Lucius as well   ) Yes, we need to talk, in private would be good, best free from gossips ( Looks briefly towards the stairs leading up to the next floor) and rival drunks I suppose ! Flashing a huge grin.
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: Bill April 14, 2010, 10:08:02 PM
Pio enters the bar, he is wearing his normal clothing(which is also clean and dry, with no sign of blood stains). Unusally he is wearing a fine quality war sword.  He goes over to the bar and speaks with Wedlan, Before looking and round the room and moving over towards the table were Nik everone is sitting.

Any room for one more , I feel the need to relax a little tonght.
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: 348 April 14, 2010, 10:14:08 PM
Odd look ,of what is possibly contrition, crosses Geriant's face.
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: Ant April 14, 2010, 10:16:27 PM
Stalland

<To Nik> You are not the watch, and we are not the watch, or the Tremalu, but we stand to the defence of the city in much the same manner...so less in one hand, more in the other

<To Pio> Aye sit, why not, though you may not find us such cheery company, there is too much business about <At the word "business" Stalland gestures round the bar>
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: Brick April 14, 2010, 10:21:19 PM
Gnaeus Tarquinius Sura

Sura nods, frowning. "Is this old crone one of the... daemones?" He looks up with interest, and slight recognition, as Pio arrives. "Are you, ah, wishing for me to leave you alone with yourselves?"
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: 348 April 14, 2010, 10:23:44 PM
" You were here first Sir, I'm the interloper. I can give my information to the others at there convenience."
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: Ant April 14, 2010, 10:24:16 PM
Stalland

Nay Sura, when the moment comes we will take our leave of you for but a short time.
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: Captain Shortworth April 14, 2010, 10:27:32 PM
Lucius

<having stayed silent during the conversation he has had the time to finish his ale> I think it's time for my shave and a change of clothing, I will be back shortly though and think we should talk then. <He stands up, nods to everyone in turn, smiling to them all before leaving the bar>
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: Ant April 14, 2010, 10:28:56 PM
Stalland

<Stands and clasps Lucius arm> Salve, brother...be careful on the streets.
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: 348 April 14, 2010, 10:31:31 PM
Nikaneth ( quietly ) " I hate to be the ivy on the sapling, but is it wise for you gentleman to go abroad alone at the moment ?"
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: Ant April 14, 2010, 10:33:36 PM
Stalland

<laughs and says in a voice just loud enough to carry> Why would a lion fear to walk amongst jackals?
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: 348 April 14, 2010, 10:37:07 PM
Nikaneth, in a quite voice as his lips are covered by his tilted flagon.
" Do you have enemies in here tonight ?"
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: Ant April 14, 2010, 10:38:57 PM
Stalland

<Shrugs> Nay, but the world has a surfeit of fools.
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: Nitch April 14, 2010, 10:52:20 PM
Red

<frowns, looking concerned and in very quiet tone mumbles into her glass> because the jackals come in packs....
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: Brick April 14, 2010, 11:00:05 PM
Gnaeus Tarquinius Sura

"But who would have the daring to face a man, when they must know that his friends are people of such fine excellence? Truly no 'pack' could hope to escape the inexorable doom that would result. Allow your enemies to know this, and life will be more pleasant."
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: Ant April 14, 2010, 11:03:22 PM
Stalland

<leans towards Red> So do Lions sweet lady, so do lions...but enough of such moroseness over the smelly oik going to get a wash and a shave, surely that is more cause for celebration from the rest of us! <looks over to the bar> A Week in the wilds and I spend my time with your ugly mugs, I must be mad...but Pio, Nik, did any prospects manage to test on the fateful night?
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: Nitch April 14, 2010, 11:06:01 PM
Red

<gives Stalland a smile> well it would definately be nice to be rid of the smell...
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: 348 April 14, 2010, 11:11:10 PM
Nikaneth
" Sura, I believe Packs take the lead from the strong ones. Though sometimes they can turn on each other."
" The testing. Well, I'm not sure if the whole thing hasn't been called off, given the battle last night, sponsors wounded, Tremallu lost and crippled. It would arguably be a cold blooded bastard who went his rounds if he or she knew what was happening at the Temple."
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: 348 April 14, 2010, 11:13:43 PM
Nikaneth. Points at Pio and laughs.
" Pio and myself nearly killed a few poor aspirants early on who were lugging a huge carpet through the streets."
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: Ant April 15, 2010, 09:55:12 AM
Stalland

Was it your carpet?
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: Bill April 15, 2010, 10:00:29 AM
Pio
3 don't think so but to honest I haven't been home and checked yet, though from what I recall of what went on your testing night I should go check some time just in case.
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: Ant April 15, 2010, 10:04:32 AM
Stalland

So go on then, what actually did happen on testing night? We have heard all the wild tales but we would have it from the tether's mouth so to speak.
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: Captain Shortworth April 15, 2010, 10:25:27 AM
Lucius

<After some time passes, Lucius saunters back in, clean shaven with closely cropped hair, wearing good quality functional clothes but still has his light armour on and his sword at his hip. He heads over to the bar to order a fresh round then takes an empty seat at the table> Sorry about that my lady, gentlemen, just needed to freshen up. We have a packed table I see, hopefully this means some interesting stories.
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: Ant April 15, 2010, 10:30:15 AM
Stalland

We are hoping so, and you look much better little brother
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: Captain Shortworth April 15, 2010, 10:34:20 AM
Lucius

Yourself and the lady Red were correct, this is a time for us to be seen to be in control, and if we don't look like we can master ourselves in the face of these troubles, what chance do we have of convincing anyone else we can do so much more.
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: Ant April 15, 2010, 10:39:01 AM
Stalland

Aye, large and in charge and looking good doing it <grins>
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: Captain Shortworth April 15, 2010, 10:53:46 AM
Lucius

When I went for the shave, the barber suggested just shaping the beard, so it would just be around the mouth, bugger tried it to, just to show me what it looked like. Ten seconds later I was totally clean shaven. Not a good look on me at al. I guess some men can pull of the beard while others can't.
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: Ant April 15, 2010, 10:57:18 AM
Stalland

<Strokes his own neatly trimmed and perfumed beard> No, not everyone is lucky as me <grins>
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: Captain Shortworth April 15, 2010, 01:20:08 PM
Lucius

Where as I looked like I had eaten some honey then my face on a herba. Not a good look for anyone.
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: Nitch April 15, 2010, 02:22:43 PM
Red

<gives a nod of approval to Lucius> that’s much more like it, that beard always just makes you look more the reprobate then you already do
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: Ant April 15, 2010, 02:27:24 PM
Stalland

Why Red, you'll have him blushing, that was almost a compliment
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: Nitch April 15, 2010, 02:38:27 PM
Red

<laughs> Almost.... but not quite
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: Captain Shortworth April 15, 2010, 02:44:49 PM
Lucius

And the clothes? Not the fanciest I own I know, but I think they look the part for a man with business ahead of him.
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: Ant April 15, 2010, 02:57:34 PM
Stalland

<looks at his own simple, but warlike, rainment> True, personally I know how hard it is to get blood out of silk which is why I am dressed like this <gives a smile>
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: Nitch April 15, 2010, 03:29:50 PM
Red

Your both dressed perfectly for the occasion but I couldn’t join you in the sensible option, after slogging around in the wilds looking abysmal for so long I just had to dress up
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: Ant April 15, 2010, 03:36:57 PM
Stalland

You got dressed up? <winks at Red>
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: Nitch April 15, 2010, 03:48:14 PM
Red

<briefly sticks her tongue out at Stalland> If anyone else said such a thing I could claim they didn’t know of what they speak, but I think you spend as much on clothes as I do...
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: Ant April 15, 2010, 05:22:53 PM
Stalland

Well it's important to appreciate the finer things in life...well well fitted dress on a curvacious woman and dressing well helps keep them close by
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: Captain Shortworth April 15, 2010, 09:25:00 PM
Lucius

Can't help but notice I'm not the only one openly carrying a weapon this evening though. I think we shall need to keep this habit for the foreseeable future.
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: Ant April 15, 2010, 10:44:38 PM
Stalland

It makes a man more properly dressed and better suits the cut of a mans shirt
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: 50 April 15, 2010, 11:00:03 PM
An eddy of movement near this end of the bar draws attention to the tall and beautiful countenance of Piala.
She takes her time moving through the throng, stopping to speak to a couple of drinkers, and though it is clear they are not really able to understand each other entirely, they nevertheless part all smiles and laughter.

Her hair is loose and full this evening and she wears a fitted green woollen top with a raised diamond knitted pattern, and a skirt of fine brown felt ending just above the knee.
 Though the gold chain belt and jewel handled stiletto are again present she wears simple flat soles tied with criss-cross leather straps over her feet and up the calf.

Somehow she appears to have avoided the worst of the rain and mud, though a long grey travelling cloak trailing over one arm has the telltale splatter of the current conditions.
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: Ant April 15, 2010, 11:10:54 PM
Stalland

<In a low voice so even those close need to strain to hear> av den stikkende av mine tommelen, noe ondt denne måten kommer <to Lucius, in a normal voice> There little brother, arent you glad you shaved and bathed now?
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: 348 April 16, 2010, 08:30:57 AM
Nikaneth : Who has been deep in thought awhile..
( Low voice ) I would be honestly grateful if one of you could introduce me to the Lady, Piala ?, there..don't worry Lucius , I'm still Tess'es man even if she needs a bit of time to realize that still. I had meant to introduce myself the last time I saw her here but ..well I didn't want to give the gossips more ammunition at the time. Oh as Geriant, would be useful as well seeing as they are kinfolk to us forest dwellers.
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: Ant April 16, 2010, 08:38:54 AM
Stalland

<In the same low voice>I am sure we can arrange such a thing Geriant, but she is a dazzling creature, so be careful, to me she seems too fair and fine, like she is a flame and we but moths drawn to our doom

<Stalland sits up and looks over towards Piala, raising his cup to her if she looks over>
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: 348 April 16, 2010, 08:52:48 AM
 Geriant openly turns to face Piala. He has a friendly ( appreciative ) look on his face.
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: Captain Shortworth April 16, 2010, 09:54:35 AM
Lucius

<While other people have their attention elsewhere, Lucius looks around the bar taking in the clientèle of the Barge this evening.> I think tonight I'm going to put in a food order before we have trouble standing up to get to the bar. Anyone else hungry?
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: Brick April 16, 2010, 10:05:15 AM
Gnaeus Tarquinius Sura

"Indeed I am - put some broth and bread down for me, and I shall most certainly repay the favour when next I venture for a drink." After saying this to Lucius, Sura glances at Piala, murmurs, "Pulchra", and shrugs.
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: Captain Shortworth April 16, 2010, 10:24:03 AM
Lucius

<stands to walk to the bar> Don't mention it Sura, happy to help out a fellow countryman a long way from home. And she is indeed, but heed the Whitelander's words about her.
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: 348 April 16, 2010, 10:49:52 AM
Geriant/Nikaneth < Taking his eyes off Piala an instant and recollecting he heard something about food. >
Foods an excellent idea.
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: Captain Shortworth April 16, 2010, 11:58:55 AM
Lucius

<returns with a tray of cold meats and cheeses> More is on the way, including some Broth for Dura, but I figured we wouldn't have to wait for this lot to be cooked. <to Nik> You really should introduce yourself, she is new to the city and could do with a friend, and also is new to the city at a time of great trial. Some may see the timing of her arrival most unfortuitous, and may even seek an explanation.
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: Ant April 16, 2010, 12:09:23 PM
Stalland

Ahh Lucius you'll make someone a fine wife <grins> thanks for this, but let us wait to see if Piala comes to us or not...apologies if I intrude Nik, but how fare things with you and the good lady Tess? If it is not my concern tell me so.
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: Captain Shortworth April 16, 2010, 12:24:44 PM
Lucius

<laughs at Stalland's jest> And with your fine fragrance I would say you smell like someone wife, but only a certain class of woman would wear a scent of pungency! <Clasps his hand to Stalland's shoulder, as if in friendship, but whispers close by in his ear, gesturing with two quick nods of his head> There are other Quarti in here tonight, no one high up, but they could be someone's eyes and ears, so keep an eye on them.
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: Ant April 16, 2010, 12:28:28 PM
Stalland

<joins the laugh> And a class still out of your reach little brother <a quick whisper in return> Then we laugh and make merry so the only message they can take is that we jest while they lick their masters boots
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: 50 April 16, 2010, 12:40:17 PM
Piala finally catches sight of the table, smiles and waves, turning back to the bar she pays for a tall glass goblet of red wine before thanking the barhand and moving through the crowd to the table.

Piala dath Sioc

(http://www.hugs-site.co.uk/public/Orbis/Piala.png)

<smiles broadly to all, and putting her glass down on the table, bends to give Red a big hug> Úthas beag chun fheiceáil deirfiúr!

<to everyone else> dea shláinte! I am good to meet you <smiles even wider> ..my Pyrax is gooder, yes?

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: Ant April 16, 2010, 12:43:20 PM
Stalland

<chuckles and gestures to Nik and smiles> It is as good as your countrymans was when he first came, no, I lie, it is much better
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: Nitch April 16, 2010, 12:53:53 PM
Red

<smiles as she returns the hug> It has been far too long my friend, I have been forced to shop alone on more than one occasion. So how have you been?
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: Captain Shortworth April 16, 2010, 12:54:25 PM
Lucius

<Chuckles a little> It's true, when I first met him, I knew more of the Pyraxian tongue! Mind you, I practice its use every chance I get.
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: 348 April 16, 2010, 12:57:35 PM
Geriant
To the Lady,
Beannachtai ! Iontach a gheafar chin an doicemiad a fheiceail go hainthe iad sin amhain coir'.
I think your Pyraxian is certainly better than mine, and certainly more melodious.
To the company
"But I think it only polite that we speak Pyraxian around this table, and practice makes perfect I hope."Stands and offers his hand
"Geriant, a city Tremallu these past few years. A pleasure to meet a cousin from the waves."
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: Ant April 16, 2010, 12:59:06 PM
Stalland

And as ever I will be happy to translate where needed
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: 50 April 16, 2010, 01:10:33 PM
Piala dath Sioc

<Smiles at Nik and takes his hand> áthas orm bualadh leat mac de Durmohnih

<looks around for a chair> (now in pyraxian, part translated by Stalland from whitelandish where she doesn't know the words)
You are a big gathering tonight, might I still join you?



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: 348 April 16, 2010, 01:12:28 PM
GeriantNik cheerfully offers his chair and goes to collect another for himself.
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: Ant April 16, 2010, 01:13:16 PM
Stalland

Of course, ever there is a place at our table for a beautiful woman
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: 50 April 16, 2010, 01:18:15 PM
Piala dath Sioc

<to Nik and Stalland> thank you sirs <smiling, she draws the chair up to sit next to Red and takes one of her hands> ...oh! I am so pleased you are here, have you heard there is to be a great Bazaar this weekend selling exotics, perfume and clothes from all over Uma! <seems barely able to contain her excitement>
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: Nitch April 16, 2010, 01:40:54 PM
Red

<eyes visibly widen and instantly mirrors Piala’s enthusiasm> I haven’t been back in the city long and have not yet heard of this, but we simply must go!!! I bet they’ll have the latest in Raphelian fashions and oh! I might be able to find some of those fluffy Whitelandish boots that are really warm... <carries on like this for quite some time>
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: Captain Shortworth April 16, 2010, 01:49:58 PM
Lucius

<Shakes his head and barely audibly, whispers,> Fluffy Whitelandish boots... <while smiling to himself. Then speaks up> When is this bazaar due to set up? If my purse allows I would enjoy the chance to pick up some new items.
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: 50 April 16, 2010, 02:12:04 PM
Piala dath Sioc

<smiles and does little claps> It starts the day after tomorrow, apparently the stalls will stretch from the Haak all the way through to the Jannat markets! <grins> ...though I confess I don't actualy know what that means!
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: Ant April 16, 2010, 02:48:34 PM
Stalland

It means it will be big...and crowded... <looks pointedly at the tremalu> I shall be in the market myself for some time no doubt, I expect the rest of you will be there too?
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: Brick April 16, 2010, 02:55:31 PM
Gnaeus Tarquinius Sura

Sura nods, saying, "There will be some fellow-citizens of mine there. Big market, big profits, big opportunities to pass messages to Pater. And to buy some wine that tastes less, ah, like ursa sweat."
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: Ant April 16, 2010, 03:07:56 PM
Stalland

And you'll pay the cost for it too, best be sensible and stick to good ale
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: 348 April 16, 2010, 03:49:06 PM
" I might even visit the market myself, if I can persuade a certain friend to come with me."
" Excuse me"
Nikaneth strolls over to the bar and sorts out a round.. he doesn't follow it immediately back to the tables but seems to be trading talk with some barflies of his aquaintence.
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: Bill April 16, 2010, 04:27:29 PM
Pio
I will also be browsing at some point, As time allows.
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: Nitch April 16, 2010, 07:04:05 PM
Red

<gives Piala a grin> So many strapping men we know in the same place, I doubt we will have to carry a single bag!
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: Ant April 16, 2010, 07:17:57 PM
Stalland

There men will have too many bags of there own
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: 50 April 16, 2010, 08:33:22 PM
Piala dath Sioc

<laughs and says to Red> ... So it will be all the more heroic that they struggle with ours as well!
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: Captain Shortworth April 16, 2010, 09:10:07 PM
Lucius
So many fine men, of such import, in one place at one time, what will the gossips think. A joy to see you Pio, I'm glad you have survived the troubles as your brother Geriant has.
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: 348 April 16, 2010, 09:18:51 PM
Geriant/Nikaneth
He's just finished chatting to Kora and walks back to the table.
" So, someone else's round ?"
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: 348 April 16, 2010, 09:23:38 PM
Geriant *( To Pio in a low voice which others might hear )
" Well, no news of Master Magg. Perhaps we might have to report him missing presumed eaten or something ? Some buggers are already speculating on whether I pushed him into the dock last night"
( In a normal pitch ) " So, Pio, the aspiring Tremallu from last night, is the testing posponed till further notice or what ?"
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: Captain Shortworth April 16, 2010, 09:25:29 PM
Lucius
The food and drinks that came with it were my treat, I think a full round of ales won't be beyond my pocket though, and I would happily pay for a round as a tax for the fine company I find myself surrounded with. Piala, is there anything other than mead or ale you desire?
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: 348 April 16, 2010, 09:30:18 PM
Geriant
" I believe it's time for Pio to stand a round Lucius. "
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: Nitch April 16, 2010, 09:36:03 PM
Red

<breifly gives Nik a warning look before getting to her feet> I think I'll get these ones in <goes to the bar>
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: Captain Shortworth April 16, 2010, 09:39:35 PM
Lucius

Then the least I can offer as gentleman is to lend a hand carrying so many drinks, If Pio still wants to help,  I would be glad of it.
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: Ant April 16, 2010, 09:40:32 PM
Stalland

Just a small beer for me, I have yet to finish my wine
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: 348 April 16, 2010, 09:42:18 PM
"Mead for myself please. I believe some poets and scholars swear by its properties , and the Gods know I need as much wisdom as I can find."
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: 50 April 16, 2010, 10:36:06 PM
Piala dath Sioc

<has a look of sudden realisation> oh!.. I can't let my sister get her next drink without trying the one I discovered the other night! ...it was called, hmmm... Lunar blush I think, very yummy!
<stands up> ...forgive me a moment sirs <goes over to Red at the bar and slips an arm round her waist>
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: Captain Shortworth April 16, 2010, 10:49:08 PM
Lucius

<At the bar stood next to Red,> Looks like some gossip may be at hand. Ladies, if you will forgive me, I will take the ales and mead, if you have need of further assistance, you have but to ask. Red, Piala <takes three goblets in his hands and walks back to the table, putting one in front of himself, Stalland and Nik.> The women are placing the rest of the order, and it seems they have something on their minds, not best discussed around us men.

So, to our conversation, how do the Velochi matches fair in the time we have been away?
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: Ant April 16, 2010, 11:05:31 PM
Stalland

<looks back at the two women at the bar and shakes his head> Can you imagine two more dangerous advisaries? And yes, Geriant, I will, as a poet, attest to the magical properties of mead...the honey wave, the cure of speech and the wood of war-rods, it does a man good and no mistake.
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: Captain Shortworth April 16, 2010, 11:10:48 PM
Lucius

<laughs out loud, but keeps his next comment on the quiet side> the only wood I recall in rod, the last time I drank mead on your insistence, cost me a pretty penny once we returned home from this place. Money well spent though!
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: Ant April 16, 2010, 11:16:01 PM
Stalland

As I said, does a man good and no mistake...
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: Captain Shortworth April 16, 2010, 11:18:42 PM
Lucius

It did that, and set my mind much more at ease while we were in the middle of gods' know where. i think I will stay on the ale for tonight though, I need more coin in my purse before I do anything too silly on my nights off.
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: Ant April 16, 2010, 11:20:37 PM
Stalland

Well I shall go light on both grape and grain <nods towards the bar> a first full night back from the wilds and I dont want my senses dulled
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: 348 April 17, 2010, 07:24:03 AM
Nikaneth
The Fireside Furies beat the Canard Canelloni... I mean Krakens, sorry, nine points to seven. Close match.
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: 50 April 17, 2010, 12:27:40 PM
After a few moments of discussion Red and Piala each receive a tall glass or some umber liquid.
with a couple giggling sips and a seconds further conversation they glance over towards the table, then with linked arms move off, out of sight into the throng.
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: Captain Shortworth April 17, 2010, 02:12:03 PM
Lucius

<Smiling and nodding in the direction of the girls> Why is that almost as scary to me as the tentacled horror?
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: Ant April 17, 2010, 02:18:43 PM
Stalland

<Laughs> Because you cannot think of the bounty to be won by taming two such magnificent creatures
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: Captain Shortworth April 17, 2010, 02:46:48 PM
Lucius

Oh, I can guess at the bounty, but something tells me the getting it is made all the harder by them working together like that!
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: Ant April 17, 2010, 02:48:02 PM
Stalland

Hardest won is the sweetest victory little brother, but even I baulk at such a challenge as those two together <laughs again and slaps Lucius on the shoulder>
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: Captain Shortworth April 17, 2010, 03:04:29 PM
Lucius

You may have noticed they haven't brought the rest of the drinks over either. Good job I grabbed my own!
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: Ant April 17, 2010, 03:09:00 PM
Stalland

It hadnt escaped my attention, no...but I have still plenty left in my cup, if they havent come back soon, I shall retrieve them
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: Nitch April 17, 2010, 03:12:17 PM
<just as Stalland finishes his statement a serving girl brings over a tray of drinks and with a nod and smile to each of them hands them out before leaving>

ooc - whoops, completely forgot about that...  ;D
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: Captain Shortworth April 17, 2010, 03:40:24 PM
Lucius

Speak and they shall appear! If only that was always true of alcohol.
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: Ant April 17, 2010, 04:05:53 PM
Stalland

And wenches
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: Captain Shortworth April 17, 2010, 05:19:24 PM
Lucius

A thought occurs; do we know the name of the Whitelander who was seen with Magg while were out of the city? It could lead us closer to him, and answers.
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: 348 April 17, 2010, 07:03:29 PM
Geriant
 Magg was always at pains to have a Whitelander buddying along with him while you were away,( winks at Stalland ) must have a soft spot for you rough, bearded sailor types ! To be honest I hope he ..sorry...hum, all the ones I saw with him were , I thought , his team members. I know and drink with most of them.. I can give you names or point em out I suppose. Brangyr, who you might remember from the match outside might have an idea of his recent whereabouts. ( Lowers voice ) Personally I hope someone returned his family tradition of using people as foundation ballast back on him.
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: 348 April 17, 2010, 07:09:37 PM
Geriant
Perhaps Lady Greywater might know, as she was sponsoring the...look can I just refer to him as I find him when Red's not about.. after all the spoilt little mob brat's never been shy of insulting me in my absence.
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: 348 April 17, 2010, 07:16:33 PM
Geriant
Sorry I didn't answer an earlier question. Sadly I've not seen Tess for some while now, but I live in hope. < He grins, clearly his cocky manner has returned for the moment following the attack on the Temple >
I wouldn't mind having a few words with my distant kinswoman over there, but don't worry I consider myself spoken for. Yes those two women atre indeed formidable , but so is Tess, Goddess bless her and her stubborn, unfathomable ways. To the ladies ! ( He raises his tankard in what is clearly a private toast for the men around the table.
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: Captain Shortworth April 17, 2010, 08:56:55 PM
Lucius

If any of them are in tonight, I would love the chance to speak to them. <raises a goblet to his lips.
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: 348 April 18, 2010, 08:15:13 AM
Geriant
 I know some of the Raphelian's who like some excitement down this end of the City use the 'Turn of the Card' for an evening's entertainment, you might try look there for your friend .
 I assume you have not had time or opportunity to seek all your usual sources of information given the current situation in your 'establishment' ?
To be frank I don't think I am the person to tell Magg you are looking for him if I encounter him.
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: Captain Shortworth April 18, 2010, 10:13:28 AM
Lucius

You'll get no argument from me there Nik. If you see any of them come in tomight, point them out them for me will you?
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: 348 April 18, 2010, 05:53:45 PM
Geriant
What exactly have you heard about Mr Magg and a Whitelander of late ? If you have a particular discription, I might be able to place the chap, I know most of the Kraken Whitelanders and quite a few local watchmen. Though I realize one hulking , bearded, bawling Whitelander is pretty much the same as another to most of us, I hope their wivess and sweethearts are better able to distiguish between them !
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: 50 April 18, 2010, 09:57:10 PM
Red and Piala, still linked, return through the crowd, Piala slides herself back onto the seat next to Red.

Piala dath Sioc

<smiles> ...so we have not missed any exciting gossip have we?
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: 348 April 18, 2010, 10:27:43 PM
Nikaneth
 Little save the current scores of the Citt's velocchi games.
< To Piala >
I hope you are remaining a fair while here my lady. Besides the delight in talking to you in my native tounge I would love to meet some of your countrymen, if thats the right term for the seagoers in question ?
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: 50 April 19, 2010, 06:45:30 AM
Piala dath Sioc

Well I hadn't planned on making a big night of it ...but I’ll be here until my sister goes, or my drinking skills are over taken by those more practised than I! <laughs>

...but as for countrymen, I'm afraid I'm here alone.
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: Ant April 19, 2010, 01:58:28 PM
Stalland

And Nik here was explaining how he often fails to understand how friendships work within small groups...as for myself, I shall be here late I think, but will not be over imbibing so do not fret on that score mistress Piala
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: Captain Shortworth April 19, 2010, 05:22:23 PM
Lucius

<smiles at Stalland's comment> I think we should all go a little easy on the drinking tonight, but that's not say we won't have an entertaining night.
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: Nitch April 19, 2010, 05:39:04 PM
Red

<jokingly, looks longingly into her half empty glass and sighs deeply> I guess it’s for the best....
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: 348 April 19, 2010, 06:41:41 PM
Geriant/Nikaneth Addresses Piala
"You have not encountered your countrymen from the 'Sciathan Mor' docked here ? I would love to meet the Cir-Caradak."
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: 50 April 19, 2010, 07:31:38 PM
Piala dath Sioc

<looks slightly puzzled> I only mean that I am here on my own tonight <puts a hand on her heart> ...I am sorry if my company is not sufficient for you.

<smiles> Perhaps I can get you a drink to make amends for my conversational shortcomings?

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: 348 April 19, 2010, 07:38:28 PM
Geriant
Well only if you make sure I get the chance to buy you a drink back, I'm quite happy drinking to my next round and beyond this evening.
 My Lady, I'm sure the whole ship's troop could march in and not a man, including myself,  would notice them while you are sat here smiling and talking.
No, I was just thinking I would love a chance to see a ship of your folk up close tomorrow or tomorrow night. I take it you are with the Cir-Caradk's party ?/i]
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: Bill April 19, 2010, 07:58:50 PM
I agree I could do With drinking to oblivion but know not the time
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: 50 April 19, 2010, 09:31:56 PM
Piala dath Sioc

<smiles> I appreciate the flattery good sir, but I'm sorry I'm afraid I will be busy all of tomorrow. <stands up and collects some of the empties>

...so let me make up doubly now and get you that drink, and for everyone else as well. <to Red> sister would you help me with the order again?
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: Nitch April 19, 2010, 09:40:10 PM
Red

<rapidly finishes her drink and gathers the remaining empties> of course, wouldn't expect you to carry them all on your own <with a smile to those at the table joins Piala on her way to the bar>
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: Ant April 19, 2010, 10:32:40 PM
Stalland

Well Nik, you seem to have a singular talent for driving beautiful women away
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: 348 April 19, 2010, 10:42:43 PM
Geriant
I don't think I am as well getting too close to any, save Tess, at the moment.
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: 348 April 19, 2010, 10:44:14 PM
Geriant
Anyway , what the hell does Wedlan buy trays and employ barmaids
for !
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: Captain Shortworth April 20, 2010, 09:03:03 AM
Lucius

I think the barmaids or there for more than one reason NI...Geriant. I have found, since getting to the city, that women do like doing things in pairs. And of course, if the price is right...
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: Ant April 20, 2010, 09:11:31 AM
Stalland

Women are a mystery unto themselves, I think that the demonologists have an easier time in their art
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: 348 April 20, 2010, 09:46:15 AM
NikanethI suspect their strolling to the bar and back is more to do with letting the menfolk admire them and the womenfolk envy them, rather than saving poor Kora and her fellows a bit of skivving .
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: Ant April 20, 2010, 09:59:13 AM
Stalland

<Shakes his head in mock pity> Nik, you are a poor innocent fool if you think that is their reasoning. Two women in quiet conference like that plot the downfall of the unwary, they scheme and cackle and wonder how best to bring a man low, and sadly, like the moth to a flame, we poor men blunder on to have our wings burned.
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: 348 April 20, 2010, 10:07:49 AM
Geriant
< mutters in low voice >
I think Tess does quite well by herself on that score.
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: Captain Shortworth April 20, 2010, 10:09:16 AM
Lucius

Do you think they have a target at this table? Maybe they're plotting the demise of fair Kora to free you of her interest and sink their claws into you.
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: Ant April 20, 2010, 10:11:06 AM
Stalland

<laughs> No, they know they have no need to plot against us, perhaps maybe poor, unsuspecting Pio
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: 348 April 20, 2010, 10:25:40 AM
Geriant <laughs> May be a dalliance ? <lowers voice again> I don't think Red will settle for anything permenant other than the poor heir to a rich cloth importer whose brother's a dress maker.
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: 348 April 20, 2010, 10:28:47 AM
Geriant < Looks at Stalland > I believe that scenario would make you jealous  !
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: Ant April 20, 2010, 10:37:09 AM
Stalland

Why have I any reason to be jealous? As for Red, her mind is her own and I wouldnt like to predict it at all
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: Captain Shortworth April 20, 2010, 12:13:49 PM
Lucius

<Leans closer to Stalland> I think he has been eavesdropping on out conversation and has the two of mixed. Which makes perfect sense. I mean, looking at you, like looking looking in a mirror half-pint.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant April 20, 2010, 12:37:08 PM
Stalland

<In a low, conspiritorial voice back> Perhaps if you are looking into some sort of terrible, demonic mirror that fed you false hope as to your looks, take heart though little brother, the herba will always be there to keep you warm <grins>
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: Captain Shortworth April 20, 2010, 12:46:27 PM
Lucius

Yeah yeah, uglier daughters and smaller livestock. <laughs and slaps Stalland on the shoulder> Anyway, I'm not the one who spends his nights in the herba house.
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: 348 April 20, 2010, 01:29:25 PM
Geriant
Hey, theres no ugly ewes in my flock !
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: Ant April 20, 2010, 01:30:07 PM
Stalland

I am sure they all look lovely to you after a night on Wedlans best
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: Captain Shortworth April 20, 2010, 01:31:39 PM
Lucius

<Almost chokes on his ale after Nik's last comment, and when he comes up for air, he is still laughing> Dammit Geriant, here I was thinking you had no sense of humour!
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: Ant April 20, 2010, 01:34:03 PM
Stalland

Who says he was joking? See, the real trouble between Pelosia and Dummoni is all about herba visitation rights...
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: 348 April 20, 2010, 01:37:26 PM
Nikaneth
I'm sure it would be easily resolved in our favour if the herba got a vote.
Seriously I have been general ill and fucked up for weeks..and no its not courtesans measles or herba pox !
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: Ant April 20, 2010, 01:42:44 PM
Stalland

by the gods, dont tell me you have moved onto Praxys?
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: Captain Shortworth April 20, 2010, 01:45:28 PM
Lucius

Or maybe down to Zolts? Keep an eye on the beast Hengist if you know what's good for it Stalland!
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: Ant April 20, 2010, 02:00:07 PM
Stalland

<Reaches down and scratches the Zolt's head> Ahh Hengist here is a creature of taste, after all remember where I found him <Grins> the only thing he need worry about is barmaids bringing him ale, we are kindred spirits it seems <Stalland leans forward and fusses Hengist in a mix of Whitelandish and Raphalian>
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: 348 April 20, 2010, 02:05:27 PM
Geriant
Ahh,.. look at the poor dumb brute ! I don't suppose he needs the snip ? Hengist too for that matter !
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: Ant April 20, 2010, 02:07:47 PM
Stalland

But who would want to geld such a fine beast? We would have to move to Lightside then for starters
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: 50 April 20, 2010, 02:26:03 PM
Red and Piala come weaving back over from the bar carrying a tray of drinks each which they begin to distribute along with smiles.

As attention is drawn momentarily up to their approach, beyond them the figure of Magg can be seen, moving slowly up the balcony stairs over near the far side of the taproom.

Currently garbed in a dark blue doublet, baggy pantaloons pushed into tough calf boots, a black wide brimmed hat and dark woollen cloak. Under his left arm is tucked a wooden crutch which he leans on heavily, wincing slightly with every hopping step.
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: Captain Shortworth April 20, 2010, 02:27:30 PM
Lucius

<stands and raises a glass in his direction in toast, before turning to the others> He lives after all.
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: Ant April 20, 2010, 02:39:10 PM
Stalland

<To Red and Piala> Ahhh thus return the fairmost toasts of all drinking horns, the wishing willows of the ale, the babbling brooks of the cheery cup
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: Nitch April 20, 2010, 02:53:39 PM
Red

<rolls her eyes at Stalland with a smile and a 'tut' and to Lucius> he certainly does and will be joining us shortly
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: Ant April 20, 2010, 02:56:46 PM
Stalland

<To Red> Given the visages I have had to look on <he gestures to the guys sat round the table> can you not excuse a poor poet for his meagre words?
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: Nitch April 20, 2010, 03:08:50 PM
Red

<looks rounds the table> point taken.... <smiles>
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: 348 April 20, 2010, 03:46:03 PM
Geriant
Moves his tankard a short distance along the table and briefly folds his arms during Lucius's toast.
He mutters to Pio " Was he wearing the mark of a Tremallu, I marked none ?" < He shrugs and then grins broadly. >
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: Nitch April 20, 2010, 04:06:11 PM
Red

<seeing his reaction she turns to Nik with a big smile but slightly warning tone> I trust we won’t have a repeat of our last outing ‘theatrics’, tonight?
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: Ant April 20, 2010, 04:22:58 PM
Stalland

<Looks pointedly at Nikaneth>

I fear our table is becoming overcrowded all of a sudden.
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: 348 April 20, 2010, 04:44:49 PM
Nikaneth :
" Like you reminded me in the past... its a big tavern."
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: 348 April 20, 2010, 04:50:24 PM
Nikaneth
" He might even be a brother Tremallu to me now ..( the rest of the sentence is a low mutter inaudable to everyone )
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: Ant April 20, 2010, 05:04:27 PM
Stalland

I have. No doubt you have friends somewhere about these halls too
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: Bill April 20, 2010, 05:08:05 PM
Pio

I suspect that the testing was cancelled, but know one tells us lowly Tremallu I'm sure the arbiters know and of cause those that were been tested. I suspect that he is not yet but get in to practice for tonight, that goes for Magg too if they can't sit and have a drink at the same table without arguing how will they work together in a time of crisis.
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: Ant April 20, 2010, 05:11:51 PM
Stalland

Indeed...maybe those supposedly in the senior position should take the lead and show how it is done...but for now there is still a shortage of chairs...
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: Bill April 20, 2010, 05:31:36 PM
Pio

Of course he may have may chair I have no intention of letting a injured person stand.
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: Captain Shortworth April 20, 2010, 05:37:36 PM
Lucius

And I have no intention of an insult to a friend being allowed to stand without answer. All that being said, I'm still here for a fun night and wouldn't want anything to get in the way of it.
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: 348 April 20, 2010, 05:43:51 PM
With a gesture of his arm , a mix of placatory and defence, Nik' stands up. Walks across the room and takes a chair which he places near Red. His face is unreadable, but he nods to Pio before resuming his own seat.
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: 50 April 22, 2010, 08:29:45 AM
Magg does not reappear from his room upstairs for quite some time, another round of drinks is consumed and conversation just manages to keep going although now the atmosphere seems slightly awkward.

Piala witters a bit with Red and Stalland regarding the joys of the Upcoming market, interrupted once or twice by further probes by Nikaneth regarding the Sciathan Mor and Cir-Caradk. She remains ambiguous in her answers perhaps because she seems to think Nik is trying to ask her out rather than find out something. 
After one such question Piala finishes her drink quickly and apologising to everyone for having to leave (on a matter that she has just recalled) stands to leave, Nik is quick to jump up and with a careful flourish retrieves her cloak from the back of the chair and helps her don it. With a last thanks to all and the promise to meet Red on the morning of the Bazaar, Piala bows, smiles and leaves.

Conversation is even more muted after Piala has gone, but in less than a minute Nikaneth also stands and finishing his drink quickly, makes a mumbled excuse and heads off out of the Barge as well.
Pio shrugs and exchanges a few conciliatory words with the table before also finishing his drink and heading off to follow Nik.

(ooc: I’ll leave it here for you guys to pick up - don’t forget to mention your movements prior to leaving yourselves)
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: Captain Shortworth April 22, 2010, 09:38:09 AM
Lucius

<as conversations shift from table to room, Lucius takes a moment to buy drinks for the two unknown Quarti before joining the group in Magg's private room. Some time later he emerges with them all to see Magg discussing tactics with a huge Whitelander. To the group> Looks like we may be done here for the night, lets get back to Nensia's and finish our plans there.
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: 50 April 26, 2010, 04:51:11 PM
A later evening...

The Barge is uncommonly quiet this evening, only perhaps twenty of thirty patrons dotted around in small groups talking and in general sombre mood.
Towards the back of the room the troupe from the other night are in, though this time they play more melodic and subdued tunes.

Wedlan and Kora alone defend the bar, but as currently only Brangyr (the flat-nosed stevedore from the Velochi match) lays it siege they easily suffice.

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: Captain Shortworth April 26, 2010, 05:39:54 PM
Lucius

<again walks in his good quality functional clothes, but a different set from other nights, at his hip as always though is his sword. He looks upbeat, but is far from grinning from ear to ear> A drink for myself please Kora, and I if it's OK, I will pay up for Stalland too, plus Red, Drona and Gaius if they show their faces.
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: 50 April 26, 2010, 06:04:01 PM
Kora

<Smiles> No problem <begins to pull an ale> ...you've your choice of seats tonight is seems.
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: Kriltic April 26, 2010, 09:51:42 PM
Drona

<Walks into the bar in fine white clothes with Dromish imagery finely sown into the cloths although this is in a pale grey thread and so is not visable at a distance , he is wearing a black turban and an black belt. On his right hand is an expensive looking gold ring.>

<As Drona walks in, he looks around and heads over towards Lucius>

Hello Lucius. <Then looks towards Kora> Can I have a wine please ....

<Looking back to Lucius> Its rather quiet tonight it seems ....
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: Ant April 26, 2010, 10:08:30 PM
Stalland

<A moment later follows Drona into the Barge and Ferryman, for his part Stalland is dressed in plain, muted colours of well made but hard wearing clothing. Notably from under his kyrtill (http://www.hurstwic.org/history/articles/daily_living/text/clothing.htm) can be seen a fine mail shirt and slung over his back is his round shield while at his hip rests his war axe. His visage is sombre and serious until his eyes fall on the sight of Kora behind the bar whereon he breaks into a smile and moves quickly over>

<To Drona and Lucius> Well me on this wet night <To Kora> Also a wine please my dear, something sweet and red
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: Captain Shortworth April 27, 2010, 01:32:23 PM
Lucius

If I believed in such things I would say that every couple of years the gods try and drown this city for some reason. Can't wait for the weather to turn and the mood to brighten.

Until then a drink and some good company will have to suffice.

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: Ant April 27, 2010, 01:46:19 PM
Stalland

Maybe it is because too many folk here fail to pay service to the gods then? Or maybe it is a city built in such a place that seens regular monsoons...either way, I will not overly bemoan this weather after the long, hot spell we have just had.

Just so long as Wedlan has ale to pour and a fair maid to pour it for me I shall be happy.
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: Nitch April 28, 2010, 10:13:01 AM
Red

<Is attired in a loose fitting, off the shoulder white shirt cinched by a claret waspie at the waist, fitted trousers tucked into stylish boots and a few touches of jewellery. She is wrapped in a cloak to shield her from the worst of the weather and carries her bow on her back. Walking in she easily spots the group and heads over to join them with a smile>

Hope the evening finds you well gentlemen
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: Captain Shortworth April 28, 2010, 10:14:52 AM
Lucius

<motions to the bar> You've already got a drink in. And yes, we're not doing too bad. You're looking amazing as always.
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: Ant April 28, 2010, 10:16:09 AM
Stalland

<Raises his goblet to Red as she approaches>

Barring the rain and lack of spare time not bad. I take it you are looking forward to the great bazzar tomorrow?
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: Nitch April 28, 2010, 10:39:29 AM
Red

<picking up her glass with> Thanks <takes a sip and beams> Its going to be brilliant! I can’t even imagine all the things I will be able to find there!
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: Ant April 28, 2010, 10:43:33 AM
Stalland

Are you looking for anything in particular, or just anything that is pretty and sparkly enough to catch your eye?
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: Nitch April 28, 2010, 10:54:36 AM
Red

<laughs> as always pretty and sparkly are the main objective, but I will be keeping an eye out for another knife after unfortunately losing the last one, it’s not the same without the pair. Oh! and I was thinking about maybe getting a pet, something cute and fluffy.... with claws....
What about yourself? Anything you're searching for? 
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: Ant April 28, 2010, 11:21:04 AM
Stalland

A pet? Just make sure it isnt something Hengist would like to chase...as for myself, any trinket that catches my eye of course. If you would look for a knife I would reccomend The Fighting Edge just round the corner, they may not do exotics, but they will have some good blades. But if you must have a Rark knife, there is a place in Lightside that will carry them
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: 50 April 29, 2010, 10:19:26 AM
There is a sudden blast of damp air from the entrance way as the door swings open to allow the massive frames of Hett'Gavaar and the Black-bearded whitelander (from the Kora incident) to come in.

Hett' points Black-beard to a snug and approaches the bar, as he glances around his gaze stops on Stalland and company.

<to Stalland> Hilsener skyggebror, er ditt hus i orden ennå? Jeg blir nødt til å komme og kaste ut beboerne hvis situasjonen fortsetter mye lenger.
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: Ant April 29, 2010, 10:37:27 AM
Stalland

<Leans back on the bar and faces Hett'Gavaar> Huset mitt er i best av orden, kanskje noen barn kranglingen over mye, men de vil snart bli tuktet av elskerinne ... da skal hundene som tigger på døren vår vil føle stangen. Men helsen din bror. <Stalland raises his goblet to Hett'Gavaar but keeps his posture of leaning, casually, on the bar> Hvis du har tid senere, vil jeg gjerne en privat samtale med deg på en lignende sak
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: 50 April 29, 2010, 11:38:07 AM
Hett'Gavaar

<raises an eyebrow at Stallands first comment> vi får se... <then nods, beckoning Kora over> ...Jeg vil snakke, med deg etter at jeg har avgjort min landsmann, med øl.
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: Ant April 29, 2010, 12:11:51 PM
Stalland

<Stalland begins to say something, then pauses, smiles and continues> Så la meg kjøpe alle oss noen øl bror <Stalland turns back to the bar> Three of your best ales please <in a hushed voice to anyone close at hand> This might be interesting
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: Nitch April 29, 2010, 12:12:52 PM
Red

<kneels down next to Hengist, starts skritching him behind the ears and in a hushed voice> You won’t harass my new pup will you? No? of course not... <while quietly fussing Hengist she subtlety keeps a distrustful eye on Hett’Gavaar>
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: Captain Shortworth April 29, 2010, 12:17:09 PM
Lucius

<in the same hushed tones to Stalland> Take a seat somewhere visible, we'll stick at the bar.
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: Captain Shortworth April 29, 2010, 03:26:14 PM
Lucius

<looks around the bar> Not even Nik stood propping up the bar, a very quiet night.
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: Nitch April 30, 2010, 12:17:39 AM
Red

<by now Hengist is laid on his back, legs twitching in the air as she scratches his belly. She pauses briefly from the girly voice she was wittering to him in> Perhaps the bazaar has drawn people away?? That or they're getting scared to leave their homes?
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: 50 April 30, 2010, 07:51:57 AM
Stalland picks up the three tankards of ale and heads over to Hett'Gavaar.

Hett takes two of the drinks and rumbles Takk, before nodding over to where Blackbeard sits, the two Northmen then move over to join their countryman and slide into the seats.

Stalland is sat next to Blackbeard and opposite Hett' (but is on the outside of his half so isn't blocked in), compared side by side to the two giants he looks particularly small...
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: Captain Shortworth April 30, 2010, 03:36:48 PM
Lucius

<stands looking out from the bar, his ale in hand> Lets hope that if they are scared, we can bring an end to that as soon as possible.
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: 50 May 03, 2010, 11:35:07 PM
The three Northmen seem relaxed and talk for quite a while and Stalland seems to be doing a job of amusing Black-beard.

As they reach the bottom of their first tankards Hett'Gavaar calls to Kora for some more.
He leans forwards then and talks more closely to Stalland, his demeanour suddenly very businesslike.

Over at the entrance four figures in identical heavy brown cloaks (pulled tight around and with hoods drawn up) come in, they move past Hett's snug to one at the far back of the tap room and slide into the seats.
One of them speaks briefly to Kora as she passes but they otherwise sit leaning over their table towards each other apparently in some deep conversation (none of them make any move to drop their hoods)
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: Captain Shortworth May 04, 2010, 08:33:51 AM
Lucius

<To Red> Remember the last time we encountered guys in hoods? I have a bad feeling about this.
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: 50 May 04, 2010, 11:44:46 AM
Hett'Gavaar and Stalland continue their conversation for some time; both men have serious expressions and are clearly discussing matters of import.

Eventually Stalland stands and drains his tankard, a last exchange of words between the men is shared along with a firm hand clasp, then Stalland nods and walks from the snug.
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: Ant May 04, 2010, 11:48:16 AM
Stalland

<Heads back to the bar and to those propping it up and with a cheery smile orders another small ale> Well that was interesting...I'll fill you in later. Who are the mysterious cloaked strangers over there?
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: Nitch May 04, 2010, 12:18:07 PM
Red

<gets back to her feet and subconsciously adjusts her bow> Well interesting is better then stabbed so I guess that’s a result <smiles but quickly returns to looking serious> We have no idea who they are... but I imagine it would be best that we found out. Don’t suppose you would mind asking Kora if she recognises them, she had a closer look and I think she’ll be more forthcoming with information if asked by you
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: Ant May 04, 2010, 12:21:49 PM
Stalland

Good idea, I think they are out of the region though. Maybe they are here for the market <chuckles> yeah cos thats how lucky we are <turns to the bar to talk to Kora in a quiet voice> I dont suppose you know who the four worthies avoiding recognition are do you?
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: Kriltic May 04, 2010, 12:27:58 PM
<OOC Sorry Ive not posted before now>

Drona

<To Red> Well if you are after a nice pet Daemons can always be useful .... providing your friends dont get them killed <Takes a drink of wine from his glass>

In all seriousness though Red, deppending on the pet you want you may want to be more careful with the ... more unusual kinds <Takes a brief look at the robed people>

As for them I suspect we will not be so lucky either Stalland however lets see what happens but prepare for the worst
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: Nitch May 04, 2010, 12:43:36 PM
Red

<pouts and folds her arms but, although obviously struggling, keeps her voice quiet> how many times must I apologize! I did not mean for it to happen and I reaped messy revenge on his killer, what more to you want!
As for a demonic pet I have little or no interest in them, I’m not even sure I want yours around now knowing what they are capable of
<a shiver visibly runs through her>

<After a deep breath she returns to a smile> Except Boo, Boo is helpful, cute and welcome to stay as long as we can hide hi... <pauses> it from the cook
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: Kriltic May 04, 2010, 12:56:13 PM
Drona

<Smiles as he looks at Red> A few more times yet I think. And yes we definately need to hide Boo from the cook although I think thats more for her health than Boo's.

I know that there are plenty of cuter and fluffier Daemons than Boo out there however Im sure you may see a creature you would like as a pet somewhere in the market ... Assuming the market has an area that sells creatures for pets ... Although I'd still prefer a Daemonic pet ... I can atleast understand them


<Laughs gently before continuing> It's probably why I struggle with none-Daemonic things ... just cant get my head round them like I should be able to <Drinks the rest of the wine from his glass which is about half full>
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: Ant May 04, 2010, 01:02:26 PM
<Stalland shakes his head at the conversation>
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: Kriltic May 04, 2010, 03:01:35 PM
Drona

<Looking slightly embarrassed at whats just been said quickly gets up> I think I need to refill my glass, I'll be back in a few minutes with more drinks. <After finishing the sentence he heads to the bar to get more drinks for everybody>
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: Captain Shortworth May 04, 2010, 03:34:56 PM
Lucius

Bloody hell, he sounds almost as bad as me. At least there is only a small proportion of people I have trouble talking to.
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: 50 May 05, 2010, 12:33:44 PM
Stalland

Good idea, I think they are out of the region though. Maybe they are here for the market <chuckles> yeah cos thats how lucky we are <turns to the bar to talk to Kora in a quiet voice> I dont suppose you know who the four worthies avoiding recognition are do you?

Kora

<shakes her head> Never seen them in here before, they were speaking in some language I didn't recognise but the one who asked for drinks spoke pretty good Pyraxian. Only asked for hot water and honey though...
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: Captain Shortworth May 05, 2010, 12:39:50 PM
Lucius

<To Stalland> You've travelled around a bit, want to try and get close, see if we can figure anything else out?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 05, 2010, 01:33:17 PM
Stalland

Maybe, but I think Red is best with languages, I speak a few but she has had some actual tutoring in them, plus is less likely to offend them than me.
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: Captain Shortworth May 05, 2010, 06:00:23 PM
Lucius

Well appearance wise I have to agree, but unless you're going over there with manhood turgid and revealed I doubt they will care too much. If Red's thye best one to give a shot at understanding them though, I think she should. They have piqued my curiosity a little bit.
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: Ant May 05, 2010, 08:08:37 PM
Stalland

Aye, she'd be the best one to snoop <looks at Red>
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: 50 May 07, 2010, 09:25:34 AM
Kora

<leans over> hey, looks like I'm needed again <nods over her shoulder to where one of the hooded figures has raised their bottle for attention> back in a mo..
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: Ant May 07, 2010, 09:46:30 AM
Stalland

<Leans on the bar to watch as Kora walks over to the snug with the mysterious figures in>
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: 50 May 07, 2010, 11:27:38 PM
Kora walks over with a tray and collects the empty bottle from the hooded men.

As she scoops it up the nearest of the men (the one who held the bottle up) catches hold of her wrist with a fine-leather gloved hand.

Kora snatches her hand away and is about to move away, but stops at something the figure says. There is a moment of conversation and she nods, then blushes mightily.

A seconds further conversation and she walks over to the bar (punter side) and leans over to whisper something to Wedlan.
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: Captain Shortworth May 08, 2010, 07:29:26 AM
Lucius

Doesn't look good.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 08, 2010, 07:54:01 AM
Stalland

Not at all good.
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: Captain Shortworth May 08, 2010, 01:07:13 PM
Lucius

When she gets back, I think you should order us a round while we find a table.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 08, 2010, 01:10:05 PM
Stalland

I cant decide if its a good thing that I consider this place neutral ground but my instincts tell me those cloaked figures are twisted into our fate, like a skein of wool into a cloak.
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: 50 May 08, 2010, 09:17:11 PM
Wedlan shakes his head at Kora's words, but she continues to whisper to him for a few seconds - after a further sentence he steps back and holds his hands up.

Kora frowns, then leans over the bar and takes a bottle of something and heads back over to the hooded group.
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: Captain Shortworth May 08, 2010, 09:52:56 PM
Lucius

Order your round. We need to know what's going on. <walks away from the bar with full drink to a table, away from as many people as possible>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 09, 2010, 12:25:31 AM
Stalland

<Turns to the bar to catch Wedlan's eye, holding up fingers equal to the number moving to the table and points at said table>

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: Captain Shortworth May 09, 2010, 10:56:19 AM
Lucius

<While walking over to a table, he does his best to get a glance under the hoods of of the robed figures, hoping to spot some distinguishing feature, then takes a seat, hopefully close enough to get a chance of overhearing.>
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: 50 May 09, 2010, 08:15:24 PM
The figures remain lent forwards talking in low tone and the angle position of their table does not afford a view of their visages.

Kora arrives, places the bottle on their table, and leans down to mutter something herself, there is a nod from one of them and she turns and moves away.

She quickly goes back over to the bar collects the tray of drinks from Wedlan before heading over to Stalland's table.

Kora

<places the tray on the table and slides into the seat next to Stalland, then in a low, near whisper> They're Cenders from the Naval Wall Iddimu. <glances over towards them>

...said they want to have an informal talk with a Tremallu if I could point one out, so I've told them I'd see what I could do.

Umbruc is sort of like a city authority ...so I thought you might want to talk to them instead?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 10, 2010, 08:58:11 AM
Stalland

Well, that is an interesting turn of events <turns to Lucius> So, you want to chat to them or shall I?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth May 10, 2010, 09:12:20 AM
Lucius

I think I could get us all into a conversation, just give me a moment. <Lucius stands up and walks towards the group, stopping close to the table edge>

I hear you're looking for Tremallu. Sadly the city is in a state of flux and they're hard to get hold of. However, in this part of the city the Lethain Cartel holds a decent amount of sway, and I am ranked highly in the organisation. My friends and I may be able to help you out in any way we can. What can we do for you?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 10, 2010, 09:33:05 AM
Stalland

<under his breath> Smooth Lucius, real smooth...
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: 50 May 10, 2010, 10:48:22 AM
The figures at the table stop talking as Lucius walks over, one of them leans a little away from the others.

The lamp light from above just about manages to reveal a soft leather 'veil' over the individuals lower face, there is perhaps a glint from the eyes but the upper part otherwise remains shadowed from clear view.

Cender1

<voice is a strange breathy sort of whisper> We are from the Iddimu, Umbruc - not from the otherside of Uma. Lethean is known to us ...as is your troubles.

<shakes his head> It is Tremallu we seek to share words with. <leans back to the table>
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: Captain Shortworth May 10, 2010, 10:56:22 AM
Lucius

<With a bitter smile on his face> Our troubles may be more intertwined than you think. If there comes a day when this becomes clear to you, my name is Lucius. I would like to say that I will look forward to hearing from you, but something tells me it will be dark day indeed when we have our chat. <Nods to the other figures then returns to the table>
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: Ant May 10, 2010, 12:07:19 PM
Stalland

<leans forward and pitches his voice so that it will carry just enough to reach Lucius and the Cenders>

It may be that you think only the Tremallu can help, but they and we are allies of sorts, for the time being. And it may be that one of their number is not in for several hours.

Now it seems to me that either you have critical information to give them, or need their help badly to venture so far from your Iddimu. And it may just be that we have the wherewithall to give you aid, or make best use of your information, or simply set you on the best path.

And if nothing else, we are citizens of this city too, and if we can lend aid to its safety we will do so what say you, why dont we talk as if we might be allies, as if we might give you aid, or make use of the aid you would give. And if it proves we are wrong on both counts, there is no harm done, neither of us has lost ought but if both counts are right, then we have both made new allies and whatever the situation is can be the soonest solved.


<Stalland leans back and opens his hands and demeanor in friendship>
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: 50 May 10, 2010, 12:45:26 PM
The Cender that addressed Lucius listens to his words (and Stalland’s as they carry over) and leans out again for a moment then turns back to the others, leans close in together and a whispering conversation ensues.

After a moment he leans out again and beckons for Kora to come over.

Kora

heck, I didn't mean to get quite so mixed up in this! <Stands up> ...I don’t suppose they're just after a top-up...
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: Ant May 10, 2010, 12:48:37 PM
Stalland

Sorry for helping to drag you into it...I'll make it up to you
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: Captain Shortworth May 10, 2010, 01:44:57 PM
Lucius

<Takes his seat again> Hell, even if we get nothing else, we know a bit more than before we gave it a shot. Just have to hope Nik puts in an appearance later.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 10, 2010, 01:47:51 PM
Stalland

Either they talk to us or not, I suspect we can do nack all to help them out either way. I am hoping its to do with the monster and sorting it but who knows, from their answer to you its probably bugger all to do with our current business.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth May 10, 2010, 01:56:36 PM
Lucius

I wouldn't be so sure. I think a lot of the problems in this city at the moment are tied together, and since we have our own problems with regard to it, I think that we're going to be involved a lot more. And those from the Iddimu are just as tied in as we are.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 10, 2010, 02:03:04 PM
Stalland

Maybe, maybe not, but from their dismissal of the Umbruc I suspect not. Then again they might not know much beyond the rumours, which at least we know are false but you are right, we are all taking a bite of this particular hummorn pat sandwich
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: 50 May 10, 2010, 02:20:07 PM
Kora and the Cender again exchange a whispered conversation, Kora nods vigorously and then half turns away and does a surreptitious wave 'over here' to the Umbruc table.

After she turns fully away and heads off back behind the bar.

....

Just at that moment Magg comes in carrying a heavy looking canvas holdall under one arm and a crutch under the other. He smiles, waves over to the group, and then points and makes a 'drink' gesture.
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: Ant May 10, 2010, 02:22:48 PM
Stalland

<looks to Lucius> well, off you go then, I'll find out what Magg's got in the sack, unless you want me to come with?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth May 10, 2010, 02:32:16 PM
Lucius

<nods to Magg> You go check with Magg, get any gossip you can, I'll be back as soon as I know what's going on. <gets up and takes his drink the Iddimu table>
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: Ant May 10, 2010, 02:37:33 PM
Stalland

<holds his hand up to Magg and makes a gesture back in acknowledgement>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch May 10, 2010, 06:03:54 PM
Red

<to whoever is at the table> It seems that business is intent on chasing us everywhere nowadays
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: 50 May 10, 2010, 09:01:17 PM
Magg hops over to the bar and orders drinks from Wedlan before making his way slowly over to the table.
He drops the bag on the floor which thuds with soft but weighty content and seeing Wedlan himself bringing the tray with two bottles of wine and glasses, sits himself down next to Red

Magg

<Gives a huge grin> Ah, my friends! You don't know how good it is to see you! ...what a day I've had!

<uncorks the first bottle of wine and pours a glass for Red, then everyone else, then finally himself.> But before we excahange stories I need to lubricate these bones a little <downs his glass of wine in one swallow and fills the glass to the brim again.>
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: Nitch May 10, 2010, 09:50:12 PM
Red

<laughs and with a smile> starting as you mean to continue I see

<picks up her own glass and takes a sip> It seems that whenever we see you in here you’re accompanied by a mystery sack, perhaps tonight we shall be granted an explanation?
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: 50 May 10, 2010, 10:05:08 PM
Magg

<grins> I'm the secret laundry thief didn't you know? ...Like a super-agile washerwoman, I steal across the washing-lines of the Haak at night helping myself to the shirts of honest folk. Then smuggle them up to my rooms here for a good ironing of an evening! <laughs and makes a little faux bow from his seated position>
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: Ant May 10, 2010, 10:30:33 PM
Stalland

<Nods his head in a mock sagacious manner> Well that does explain a lot of your behaviour
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: Nitch May 10, 2010, 10:52:07 PM
Red

<chuckles as she speaks> I'm sure your quite the spectacle to behold!
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: 50 May 10, 2010, 11:00:40 PM
Magg

<chuckles> ...and to think you believed my line about falling off a roof on testing night... <takes another swig of wine and sighs> phuff... tis a silly night already

<smiles and waves his glass to encompass the table> ..so what of you my friends, dare I ask if life has left you bored since last we met?
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: Nitch May 10, 2010, 11:07:47 PM
Red

I think it has gotten to the point where a little boredom would be more then welcome...
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: 50 May 10, 2010, 11:32:05 PM
Magg

<leans forward a little and lowers his voice> without wanting to sink the mood, I best do this whilst I'm sober... <takes a deep breath then whispers>

I've no new news regarding my inquirious friend of the other day so think you may be fine on that front for a while... <then very quietly> I assume you've heard about Greywater, well I've news for later on that too.

<sits back again, then turns to Red and very seriously> You look beautiful tonight by the way. <then turns back to the table> So is this a "can get plidled', or a 'must be good' night? <holds up the second bottle of wine and grins>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 11, 2010, 07:49:08 AM
Stalland

<Takes a sip of the wine as well> Well all your news I would gladly hear, since sadly I doubt we will be able to wash ourselves in the flowing bowl for at least several nights to come. <Stalland smiles at Magg> So, be swift with your news and I shall sooner depart
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: 50 May 11, 2010, 10:43:57 AM
Magg

Shall it not wait till Lucius returns?
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: Ant May 11, 2010, 10:51:29 AM
Stalland

<Again gives a smile and this time looks at Red> Well, if you want me to hang around I will
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: 50 May 11, 2010, 02:54:16 PM
Magg

<puts the bottle down> gah! the curse of work comes creeping again!

Well I certainly have no problem in being left alone with Lady Red! but I think I should wait and speak to Lucius as well.
<takes a smaller sip of his wine>

So have you been to the Bazaar yet? I managed a quick wander round Seadrake square end and it looks really interesting...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 11, 2010, 02:57:32 PM
Stalland

Only in passing, and I curse my lack of time there, and my lack of purse! But the biggest market in the biggest trading city has so many delights the mind spins.
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: Captain Shortworth May 11, 2010, 03:41:10 PM
Lucius

<from the snug, hidden from view comes a few seconds of Pelosian cursing, before the conversation returns to its hushed tones>
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: 50 May 11, 2010, 03:58:58 PM
A moment or two later and the four hooded figures stand and leave as swiftly as they arrived.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth May 11, 2010, 04:15:44 PM
Lucius

<stands and finishes the drink in his hand in one swig before returning to the group's table> Evening Magg, sorry I wasn't available when you first arrived. Been a productive, if a little disorientating conversation. Seems you can't believe a thing they write about in the Voice. If it wasn't for the fact that they were a well known bunch of hacks, I would accuse them of being deliberately inflammatory. <Leans close in to Stalland,> Some of this info needs to reach the boss's ears as soon as possible.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 11, 2010, 04:29:13 PM
Stalland

<In mock surprise> The Voice, lying? Surely some mistake? I thought they were nothing but honest peddlars of the truth! <In a lower voice> Twill be safe now, or later if we move elsewhere?
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: Captain Shortworth May 11, 2010, 04:34:41 PM
Lucius

<Whispers back> It can wait until tonight's activities, would best if we all heard it together. <in normal tones, > At least we can't accuse them of discrimination, they will make up Herba shit about anyone.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 11, 2010, 04:40:07 PM
Stalland

If I were a suspicious man, I would ask who footed their bills.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth May 11, 2010, 04:41:34 PM
Lucius

I am a suspicious man. Wonder how well they would hide the information if it was something suspicious?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 May 12, 2010, 12:58:43 PM
Magg

<shrugs> I don’t think any reasonably intelligent men consider the Voice to speak the absolute truth, more like the sort of stuff you hear in the taverns I guess.

Still they do manage to get their noses into a lot of business that would otherwise go un-noted.

So I do hold somewhat to the argument that we are therefore informed more than we might be, and thus to some small measure that helps keep the Koryphians a little more honest than they might be!



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: Nitch May 12, 2010, 08:33:57 PM
Red

The fact that the Voice acts as a moral compass suggests something more than a little unpleasant about those who run this city

<lets out a put upon sigh and pouts slightly> As for the market I have yet to go and I cannot attend tomorrow either! At this rate it looks as though I will miss the entire event, left only to imagine and grief for all the shoes and clothes that could have been mine...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 May 13, 2010, 07:48:02 AM
Magg

Huh! I suspect there are far more unpleasant things to know about those that run the city than the Voice has ever managed to dig up!

<Smiles and pats Red's hand> Well if you cannot attend tomorrow there is still the day after, I believe that the best day of a Bazaar is often the last day. <chuckles> ...and I'm sure fate would not dare conspire to keep you away entirely!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 13, 2010, 08:02:34 AM
Stalland

I suspect deeply that the only glimpse I get of the market is as I rush from hither to thither about matters of life and death, and while it is trajic enough I will not get to see the market, I suspect Kora will never forgive me.
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: 50 May 13, 2010, 08:44:54 AM
Magg

...what a black mood!

The shops will come again my friend, and I think Kora has more about her than to hold you at fault if the circumstance that keeps you away is genuine.


<laughs> ...mind, she IS a woman, so will surely make you squirm a little for the failure!

<gives a wicked chuckle and winks> You'll just have to make her squirm a little in recompense
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: Ant May 13, 2010, 08:49:39 AM
Stalland

<laughs sourly in reply> Ahh if she'll let me I shall, so long as no fell deed befalls either of us, sorry Magg, my mood is blackened by the days that lie ahead. Were this the whitelands the matter would be settled easily on all sides, blood would be spilled by now and all friends again.
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: 50 May 13, 2010, 03:51:26 PM
Magg

Dark days ahead perhaps, all I can suggest is you illuminate it with the fire in your heart and mind.

Pessimistic men are rarely disappointed, and that is unlike the Stalland I have met.


<smiles a little> ...forgive me friend, I don’t mean to lecture!
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: Ant May 13, 2010, 04:12:25 PM
Stalland

My mind broods I am afraid, a curse of all poets I think.  My worry is for an innocent whose only crime is to catch the eye of a wordsmith. But you are right, a pessimist is never disappointed and if it fated, then it is fated.

The skein of our lives was woven long ago
<Stalland smiles> So I will not fight what has not yet come to pass, but will brighten my mood and enjoy the moment and see if the dawn brings the the smiling sun or a blood red sky
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: Captain Shortworth May 13, 2010, 05:05:41 PM
Lucius

Indeed, you're always telling me not to worry for things that we can't stop. As bad as things may seem, we are doing better than we were a day ago. If things carry on in this way, we'll be fine in a matter of days and the young lady will be safe.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 13, 2010, 06:07:42 PM
Stalland

Indeed...so a toast...to the smiling sun, smiling women and the company of friends <Stalland smiles and holds up his goblet>
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: Captain Shortworth May 13, 2010, 06:32:16 PM
Lucius

<Raises his goblet also> Friends. <Takes a big gulp, then looks puzzled for a second> What the hell is in that sack?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 14, 2010, 07:32:11 AM
Stalland

Yes, come on, tell us about your mystery
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 May 14, 2010, 07:39:13 AM
Magg

<smiles> It is conected to my surprise, which is not quite ready yet. <laughs> ...though I am very much in fear now, that the build up is in danger of over-shadowing the thing itself!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 14, 2010, 08:06:31 AM
Stalland

<Laughs> Not as much fear as we have of what your surprise might actually be!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth May 14, 2010, 08:44:55 AM
Lucius

And how long will you keep us waiting for this grand reveal?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 May 14, 2010, 09:14:09 AM
Magg

<smiles> ...well I think a few more days <holds his hands up and laughs> ...but honestly, I'm not sure its not worthy of a grand reveal!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth May 14, 2010, 09:23:48 AM
Lucius

<Leans in close to Red> I wouldn't be surprised if he was planning some kind of proposition. He's had his eye on you for a while now. <Chuckles to himself>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 14, 2010, 09:26:38 AM
Stalland

<Half chokes on his wine> I dread to think what sort of proposal! <Then laughs>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch May 14, 2010, 10:12:39 AM
Red

<other then blushing scarlet she remains otherwise unflustered and laughs> You two are terrible! I'm sure it’s nothing of the sort...

<turns to Magg> If it is not worthy of a grand reveal then why not simply tell us now, satisfy our curiosity and be done with it?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 14, 2010, 10:17:50 AM
Stalland

If Magg is going to reveal himself to you, I'd rather you at least went to a snug or something
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 May 14, 2010, 10:31:13 AM
Magg

<chuckles> Now, now, gentlemen!

<to Red> I really don't want to say just yet. It's nothing bad though I promise. <to all> ...you chaps are really terrible when it comes to letting a fellow take his time!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 14, 2010, 10:47:11 AM
Stalland

Something tells me Red is far, far worse <Grins>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth May 14, 2010, 02:48:48 PM
Lucius

How about some clues; is it something we can all enjoy?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 May 14, 2010, 03:08:34 PM
Magg

<laughs> Alla-Fires! you guys are persistent! OK, I'll say ...yes it is a surprise we could all enjoy, and one I'm quite exited about!

<holds up one hand> ...but that's it, I'll say no more on the topic till it's ready!

So to change the subject...

The Canard Krakens are due there second proper match on the last evening of the Bazaar. We're playing an all Raphaelian team called the Janat Comets on the strijoord at the edge of Seadrake square.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth May 14, 2010, 03:22:23 PM
Lucius

If we have the time, I think you can count on us, but you must be aware how thinly spread we are with all the jobs we have to do over the next couple of days. Time permitting though, it would be nice to see our lads kick some Janat ass.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 14, 2010, 04:41:51 PM
Stalland

<Whispers to Lucius> Though we could ask them if they are up for some thug work...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth May 14, 2010, 11:55:16 PM
Lucius

<Just as quiet> Agreed
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 17, 2010, 10:46:26 AM
Stalland

<leans over to Magg and continues to whisper> I dont suppose your guys would be available for a little rough work if needed?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 May 17, 2010, 11:27:01 AM
Magg

<quietly> Yep. So long as it's just a bit of cosh-work, no problem.

<smiles and says in normal tone> I'll just put it down as training!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 17, 2010, 11:30:16 AM
Stalland

We are trying our best to prusuade Gaius to join the Krakens too, I think he has all te prime requisited, big, strong, not too bright, but so far he is proving a bit reticent.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 May 17, 2010, 11:53:10 AM
Magg

err... Giaus... that ex-Legion that was in with you chaps the other night? hmm, he certainly looked handy.

<smiles> ...Have you mentioned that the ladies seem to rather like velochi players?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 17, 2010, 12:25:54 PM
Stalland

<Looks thoughful> You know, I am really not sure if he is that way inclined, he is a very odd chap in many respects, but like I say, would make a very useful player.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 May 17, 2010, 12:37:35 PM
Magg

<shrugs> ...there is no shortage of gentlemen admirers as well. <smiles> ...in any case if you could mention to him again, I could really do with adding some depth to the squad.

To be honest I'm a bit worried I might lose a player or two if we are beaten in the next match. I think some of the team had sort of assumed we would breeze the last game and were a bit put off by our defeat.

If we could just manage a win against this all-Raphaelian team it might give us the lift we need.

: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 17, 2010, 12:40:50 PM
Stalland

Well I hope you guys pull it off, if the fickle smile of fortune keeps looking at us I will try to come and lend my support, but you know how women change their minds...What do you know of the opposition?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth May 17, 2010, 02:58:54 PM
Lucius

Gods willing we won't be the only ones supporting our local team once the troubles are over. Maybe they just need more people on the sidelines cheering.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch May 17, 2010, 05:38:52 PM
Red

I think a good Velochi match would be perfect to raise any strained moods! I would like to watch another match anyway, if not only to see if I can remember any of the rules and having someone to cheer for makes it all the better!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 May 18, 2010, 08:15:05 AM
Magg

<to Red> Well if we know you will be there to cheer us on then I'm sure we can raise our game enough to get a win!

<to all> As far as the opposition goes, all I know is they're a new team this year like ourselves. But I suspect being all Raphaelian they will not be lacking experience of the game.

So I'm mostly worried that if we face a team of small agile players who are good at throwing, we'll get rings run round us!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 18, 2010, 09:02:08 AM
Stalland

Well, there is the old adage that a toothless Vraag poses no threat...whatever their strengths are, have the guys make moves to blunt them...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth May 18, 2010, 01:35:57 PM
Lucius

I would suggest cheating, but having watched a few games, it seems like you can get away with damn near every act of violence imaginable, as long as you don't bring a weapon in with you. Well, not a big weapon anyway.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 18, 2010, 01:46:31 PM
Stalland

I just meant kick their rutting teeth in.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth May 18, 2010, 03:11:46 PM
Lucius

I was thinking more stamping on fingers making it harder to throw or catch, kicking back onto the knee cap to slow down their running, that kind of thing. Unless of course, 'teeth' is just another way of saying 'any bit of them that might be useful'.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 18, 2010, 03:15:08 PM
Stalland

Pretty much, yeah. Anything that produces a lot of blood is good, cut eye orbits piss blood out and no matter what its disconcerting when it happens to everyone, or a good solid blow to the meat of they leg or arm muscle
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth May 18, 2010, 11:21:24 PM
On a later evening...

Lucius

<walks in with the shit eating grin most people know him for, and heads straight to the bar, sword at his hip, clean shaven and looking like he hasn't a care in the world> A round Wedlan, for my crew of heroes, the moment they walk through the door. It's been a good night.
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: 348 May 18, 2010, 11:56:11 PM
Nikaneth mutters something to Kora and moves to a quite place in the barwhere he sips his mead. He gestures for a few barflies to move to another part of the tavern, tossing them a coin.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch May 19, 2010, 06:54:32 AM
Red

<Red leisurely saunters into the bar although is oddly devoid of her usual finery or even her regular clothing style, instead garbed in a tightly fit and low cut dress descending only to mid thigh and a pair of heeled shoes, laces encircling her calves half way to the knee. Despite this she carries herself with the customary regal air and has her copper hair left loose to her waist, a stock bow strung across her back and a small set of bolts and a dagger at her waist. Seeing Lucius she smiles and moves to join him at the bar>

Evening Wedlan <to Lucius in a quiet voice and a laugh> It seems there are some drawbacks to picking courtesan as a disguise....
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: 50 May 19, 2010, 07:22:33 AM
Back to its normal busy crowd this evening, the clientele of the Barge seem to buzz with stories of the Bazaar, and many of the patrons can be seen sporting new finery or showing off prize purchases from the days efforts. Even so, Reds attire is clearly enough to cause a stir and many heads turn to follow her path through the crowd.

Wedlan and two other bar-hands are serving at the pumps, Kora and another girl move through the crowd delivering the taverns bounty.

Wedlan

<finishes serving someone and comes over to Lucius and Red> Evening friends, what can I get you? <as he pulls the drinks, more quietly> ...you do know there’s still a writ out for you?

: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 19, 2010, 07:40:20 AM
Stalland

<Strides into the bar with an air of bravado. He too is wearing simple, hard wearing clothes that are showing signs of damage but are otherwise neat and clean. Stalland himself sports a couple of fresh bandages but otherwise moves quite freely. He takes a look round and smiles at Kora before moving over to his friends at the bar> And one for me please Wedlan, as for writs, well we'll just have to see about that...





(OOC. I remembered Stalland has runes to clean himself up!)
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: 50 May 19, 2010, 07:59:12 AM
Wedlan

Well Pio was in earlier and asked I make it known that it is his effort not Niks that the writ is posted.

<nods over his shoulder> ...Nik's over there somewhere, but I'll ask the same regard from you as I have him, with mind to keeping things civil whilst you're here.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 19, 2010, 09:00:24 AM
Stalland

<To Wedlan> You'll get no trouble from me, but I am not too sure Nik understand the concept of civil. And Tremallu is Tremallu arent they. I might speak to him in a bit...first I am going to enjoy a very well earned pint.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Kriltic May 19, 2010, 03:45:37 PM
Drona

<Walks into the bar a little slower than normal while looking for familiar faces, once he sees Lucius, Stalland and Red he begins to walk normally over to where they stand ... Drona is wearing his usual fine looking clothing which are clean and show no signs of damage>

Hi everyone .... Im guessing we've attracted a few people's eyes so far this evening? <He picks up the drink brought to him an takes a sip while briefly looking round>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth May 19, 2010, 04:10:35 PM
Lucius

<smiles and raises his goblet to each person as they arrive> Nik has already made it known he wants a quick chat, but the speed him and his cronies made their way to that corner makes me think he won't go out of his way to cause any bother tonight. As for Pio, we shall see.

But tonight is a time for celebration and and not caring for those who wish to spoil it.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch May 19, 2010, 06:39:27 PM
Red

You’re right, let us delay any talk of business for a while and enjoy our brief but well earned moment to relax...

<pauses before raising her goblet> to a job done well by a fine group of allies and friends <empties her glass before turning to the bar and ordering a new round>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 May 19, 2010, 07:20:23 PM
Wedlan

<starts to refill glasses> ...sooo, if your all in such a good mood, then maybe you could explain why one of my serving girls is in such a rubbish one? <looks pointedly at Stalland as he slides the drinks over>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 348 May 19, 2010, 07:49:12 PM
Nikaneth..who seems to have appropiated a table and a section of snug to himself, asks one of the staff to refill his cup. He is smiling to himself, and looks well and alert ..possibly in the best nick hes been seen in for a couple of years.
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: 50 May 19, 2010, 09:01:56 PM
Kora goes over with Nik's drink, they have a few moments of conversation and Kora places a hand on Niks arm sayig a few more words before walking away.
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: Captain Shortworth May 19, 2010, 10:19:30 PM
Lucius

Business has kept him busy these last two nights. Hopefully he can put the smile back on her face before too long though.
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: Ant May 19, 2010, 10:46:59 PM
Stalland

Indeed...hopefully I can make amends Wedlan for not taking her round the market yet, tell me how mad with me is she? And I don't suppose you'd spare her for five minutes would you?.
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: 50 May 20, 2010, 07:09:03 AM
Wedlan

<holds up a hand> Whoa! I am no expert on the judging of women's moods my friend! <smiles> ...as would be attested by my ex-wife!

Heh! Anyway, I'll make sure her next circuit passes your way, s'long as you don't upset her...
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: Ant May 20, 2010, 07:41:42 AM
Stalland

<Chuckles> Well I'll try my best not to!
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: Chriscross May 20, 2010, 09:53:27 AM
<Gaius enters and sits down heavily on a nearby chair>

Gaius

Hello, how are we all? Would one of you fine individuals mind furnishing me with something tall, dark and with a mighty head on it. Im refering to Ale and not Drona.

<Gaius chuckles>

My apologies Drona i could not resist
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: 50 May 20, 2010, 03:16:25 PM
There is a dark looks and a mutterd 'umbruc...' from the other people sat at the table as Gaius plonks himself down, but they quickly collect their drinks and move away.

Wedlan

<Raises an eyebrow and slides an extra ale over the bar> ...easy friend, these others are paying customers too...
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: Ant May 20, 2010, 03:18:18 PM
Stalland

Sorry Wedlan, its been a long day and its not often we see Gauis in this august hall, Gaius, shift yer arse over here to the bar, we can get a table when one comes clear
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: Nitch May 20, 2010, 03:56:25 PM
Red

<laughs> always with the big entrance aye Gaius?? At least this time it didn’t involve any zolts.... <pays for the round and hands Gaius his drink>
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: Captain Shortworth May 20, 2010, 07:21:24 PM
Lucius

<To Wedlan> So, you miss us then? Catch us up on any gossip from the, oh I don't know, twenty Turns we've been away.
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: Kriltic May 20, 2010, 10:54:14 PM
Drona

<At first looking somewhat confused and after a minute looking very embarrassed as the comment Gaius made finally 'clicks' and makes sense ... he starts to drink from his glass quite quickly>

Well you always know when Gaius enters somewhere ... you always here him in one way or another <smiles and takes another long drink from his glass>
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: 50 May 21, 2010, 07:34:40 AM
Wedlan

<thinks for a moment> hmm... well the Belamkhan's men have been on the streets for the first time properly today, mostly round the bazaar though.

An two youths decided to play knock-a-run on the Shrouded Ones barge
<makes a little sign with his left hand> ...they managed to get away with it, but apparently one of the temple guard that went to shoo em off got croaked for 'is troubles.

Can't think of 'owt else, I'm sure you fellows will be in advance of the gossip on any other subjects!
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: Ant May 21, 2010, 07:56:53 AM
Stalland

I am sure the gossip mongers will come up with all manner of stories <Stalland smiles wrily>
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: 348 May 21, 2010, 08:41:44 AM
Nikaneth wanders over to the bar counter and buys a refill from Wedlan.
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: Ant May 21, 2010, 03:03:29 PM
Stalland

<A minute later finishes his drink and with a look of mild disdane follows Nik back to the snug he had occupied. After a few minutes of conversation that seems aimiable and polite Stalland returns to the bar and orders another drink before looking round to see if he can spot Kora>

<To Lucius and Gaius in a low voice> Interestingly, it seemed your knock and run on the old lady's barge bore fruit after all.

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: 50 May 21, 2010, 03:45:11 PM
Wedlan moves away to serve other customers. When Kora next returns to the bar for customers orders she is directed towards the tables near the Umbruc group.
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: Ant May 21, 2010, 03:52:16 PM
Stalland

<Looks over to Kora with a subdued, and hopeful smile>
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: 348 May 21, 2010, 06:22:40 PM
Nikaneth walks out of the tavern into the evening nodding at a few of the down and outs on his way.
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: 50 May 21, 2010, 09:23:07 PM
Kora takes a tray over to another table then comes back over to the bar next to Stalland

Kora

<puts some emptys on the bar, and says to all> Hi guys, you manage to get everything sorted?
<smiles> ...you missed some interesting stalls at the bazaar, a real shame you couldn't slip away for even half a turn.
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: Ant May 21, 2010, 09:32:26 PM
Stalland

Just about, and with many thanks to you...most frustratingly I had plenty of time to wander round the market this morning, just I couldnt come to collect you without<Stalland stops himself short> ...I did get you some little bits and pieces I thought you might like though, but I have left them at your place so you can unwrap them later.
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: 50 May 21, 2010, 10:01:46 PM
kora

<continues to smile> oh... i'm sure your stories of the bazaar would be excellent, you being a skald and all, and i'm glad you did get chance to look round without me <picks up some more drinks>

...but I'm going over to stay at my mums tonight, she said she'd come round the top end with me tomorrow and I assumed you'd have something else to do... <gives a little shrug then whisks off into the crowd with the drinks>
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: Ant May 21, 2010, 10:04:44 PM
Stalland

Ouch...I think getting stabbed was preferable to that <to no one in particular> sometimes the best you can hope for is damage limitation. Fuicking Tremalu.
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: Captain Shortworth May 21, 2010, 10:22:03 PM
Lucius

<with a barely concealed smile> Looks like even you have off days my friend. What's the deal with Nik?
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: Ant May 21, 2010, 10:25:17 PM
Stalland

Laugh it up little brother, like I said, sometimes, you just got to try and roll with the blow as it lands...as for Nik, I'll tell you when a snug comes free, nothing serious but he was told to come give us help by his mistress...not that he has been anything other than his shit for brains self really.
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: Captain Shortworth May 22, 2010, 12:46:05 PM
Lucius

Lets just hope that the shrouded one's offer of help can run to a little bit more than Nik. Something tells me we will need something a bit more powerful before the end of this.
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: Ant May 22, 2010, 12:57:43 PM
Stalland

Lets grab the snug Nik just left
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: Captain Shortworth May 22, 2010, 01:53:30 PM
Lucius

Good plan, get everyone together and I will grab a round to wet our lips as we talk.

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: Ant May 22, 2010, 02:27:39 PM
Stalland

Come on guys, lets grab that snug. <Stalland heads to the snug without waiting but when the rest arrive makes sure he is sat on the outside>
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: Captain Shortworth May 22, 2010, 09:52:05 PM
Lucius

<After a quick chat with Kora, Lucius joins people at the snug with a tray loaded with drinks.> Should be enough for everyone here I think.
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: 50 May 23, 2010, 09:13:13 PM
As Lucius slides into the snug, the first strains of music can be heard drifting from somewhere unseen at the far side of the tap room. Some sort of flute accompanied by strings, the tune is mellow and a little haunting.

Over at the entrance Magg comes in. He wears an oddly cut dark blue jacket with a short vertical collar, and black hoes into his normal calf boots. Under one arm is tucked a bulky hessian wrapped parcel; he utilises a heavy brass knobbed cane with the other.

Briefly glancing around he doesn't seem to notice the Umbruc snug and so grasping tight on his cane carefully hobbles towards the bar.
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: Ant May 23, 2010, 09:48:09 PM
Stalland

Cheers. <Gestures to Magg> What does he have in those packets?
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: Captain Shortworth May 24, 2010, 12:54:43 AM
Lucius

The more time passes, the more I worry about what the hell he has in there.
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: 50 May 24, 2010, 07:44:01 AM
Magg waits at the bar until Wedlan comes over and orders a bottle of wine.
Whilst Wedaln retrieves the order they have a brief conversation, which includes Magg gesturing over to the entrance, and Wedlan laughing and pointing past Magg to the Umbruc snug.

Magg looks over his shoulder and waves, before hopping over with wine bottle, glass, and package all precariously balanced in his non-stick hand.
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: Ant May 24, 2010, 07:58:56 AM
Stalland

<Stands up to let Magg into the snug> Looking well Magg, hows the leg? I am not even going to ask about the parcel this time <chuckles>
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: 50 May 24, 2010, 08:11:00 AM
Magg

<Nods to all and smiles hugely> ...Getting much better thank you, to be honest it's just an excuse to have a cane, and hopefully garner a few sympathy kisses from beautiful ladies! Ahh, speaking of which...

<puts the package and wine on the table and slides into the snug with a wince belying his flippant words> How is the breathtaking Lady Red this evening? <grins>

<pats the top of the package> ...and as for you letting me try to keep a secret for the first time, oddly enough this is unconnected to those other, and a minor surprise for revelation in but a short while.


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: Ant May 24, 2010, 09:35:10 AM
Stalland

On the whole, I think the last few days have put me off surprises.
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: 50 May 24, 2010, 09:53:08 AM
Magg

<laughs> Ha! My friend, this is surely the bread and meat of a Skalds life?

<pats Stalland on the back> I shall remind you of your reticence to engage with gusto our 'interesting times' in a few weeks when this is all over and you sit here ale-addled and complaining of boredom!
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: Ant May 24, 2010, 11:02:38 AM
Stalland

I think it will take a very long time till I am craving such times, all I want now is a chance to go shopping <Stalland smiles and nods towards the bar> or rather a chance to get back into the good books
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: 50 May 24, 2010, 11:53:53 AM
Magg

<gives a sympathetic look over to Kora> Hmm... I'm sure you'll get your chance soon. <stands up> ...anyway, come help me hobble some drinks back from the bar will you?
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: Ant May 24, 2010, 11:58:42 AM
Stalland

<Stands and helps Magg up>

Come on then tripod, I'll give you a hand.
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: Ant May 24, 2010, 03:13:20 PM
Stalland

<Stalland and Magg return from the bar after a few minutes, sharing some joke, Stalland places down a tray of drinks containing Zhavý (the fiery orange spirit).> We will have to get some linament oil for your leg, Magg. I am sure Red will rub it in for you
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: 50 May 24, 2010, 03:31:23 PM
Magg

<grins> I do live in hope! <picks up one of the glasses> ...as its imbued with the essence of the Alla-fire I personally always think of the consumption of Zhavý as sort of praying!

<holds up the glass> Alla-fires give me succour <takes a small sip, then after a second consideration tips the glass back and downs it>

..coff! ...well I feel suitably pious now!
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: Captain Shortworth May 24, 2010, 04:45:53 PM
Lucius

Of course because of the effect it can have a body, I'm sure there are some who would consider it an evil spirit. <Tilts his glass towards his fellow drinkers then swallows the lot in one go and pauses for a few seconds> Yes, evil may be the right word.
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: Ant May 24, 2010, 08:30:58 PM
Stalland

<Stalland stretches his head from side to side as if about to perform some feet of strength before plucking up the glass and downing it in one> I've got the hang of this one I think...
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: Nitch May 24, 2010, 08:50:56 PM
Red

<laughs and shakes her head at the returning men, leaning in to give them both a gentle clip round the ear and Magg a quick kiss on the cheek before turning to her drink> I remember the pain from the last time this seemed like a good idea.... <empties her glass and coughs a few times> and it still hurts...
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: Captain Shortworth May 24, 2010, 09:03:55 PM
Lucius

<still coughing a little> After a while, you do get used to it.
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: Ant May 24, 2010, 09:09:08 PM
Stalland

You know, once the burning has gone, I am not sure it actually tastes nice
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: 50 May 24, 2010, 09:09:40 PM
Magg

<Grins, then catches a glance past Red and nods to someone> heh!.. right then, time to unwrap this parcel. <hops up to his feet> My Lady Red could I impose upon you to close your eyes for a moment...
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: Nitch May 24, 2010, 09:15:14 PM
Red

<gives Magg a suspicious look> I’m not sure I like where this is going.... <smiles> but curiosity is getting the better of me again <closes her eyes>
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: 50 May 24, 2010, 09:25:14 PM
Magg

<now unseen by Red, Magg beckons someone from over near the stairs> ...just put it there thanks <sound of a ‘chair’ being put down>

<To Red> Now I know you have tragically been unable to visit the Bazaar yet, so I decided to get out and go looking to find something for you to maybe make up for it a bit.... <Sound of parcel being unwrapped>
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: Nitch May 24, 2010, 09:39:49 PM
Red

<it soon becomes clear that only through a massive force of will is Red managing to keep her eyes closed, clapping her hand over her eyes and even then occasionally having to stop herself peeking through her fingers. A shy smile spreads across her face and she quietly laughs> I think the suspense may kill me......
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: 50 May 24, 2010, 09:46:22 PM
Magg

<laughs> …anyway I came across a couple of things that I quite liked the look of… <to Stalland> Could you just help me put this, over that… yep… thanks.

<To Red> So I hope you like, I must admit I don’t know if it’s a bit presumptuous or even your sort of thing, so I won’t be offended at all if you don’t want… <chuckles for a moment> …now I look at it, I think it might be a bit over the top!

Oh well! too late now ...you can open your eyes!
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: Nitch May 24, 2010, 09:54:06 PM
Red

<bites her lip and pauses for a second, initially glancing through her fingers she hastily moves her hand away to look at Magg’s gift......>
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: 50 May 24, 2010, 10:05:43 PM
From somewhere Magg has managed to get a tailors dummy brought in and it stands proudly at the snug end.

Over this has been placed a sumptuous red damask dress. It is boned at the waist, the sleeves are long with a sizeable v-drop wrist, and the skirt itself is unstinting. The neckline cuts to above sternum at the front and curves gently up to where the back of the neck and shoulders drapes into a wide full hood.

Round the dummies neck hangs a silver necklace set with translucent stones similar to the ones in Reds ring.

(http://www.hugs-site.co.uk/public/Orbis/dress5.png)
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: 50 May 24, 2010, 10:07:10 PM
Magg

Ta-daaa! <smiles and looks at Reds reaction>
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: 348 May 24, 2010, 10:12:46 PM
Nikaneth suddenly bursts through the door of the Tavern, some beads of sweat on his brow. He casts about the tavern and strides over to the assembled Umbruc.
" Sorry to interupt but I have some important news you will want to hear !"
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: Nitch May 24, 2010, 10:26:37 PM
Red

<on seeing the dress Red’s mouth falls open, for a while she simply stares before slowly getting to her feet and moving closer, reaching out a hand to reverently touch the material of the sleeve, recovering from speachlessness and eventually tearing away her eyes she turns to Magg with a stunning smile but is interrupted just as she goes to speak by Nik’s outburst. Instead her look takes on a darker turn and in a low, dangerous tone to Nik> This had better be bloody important.....
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: 348 May 24, 2010, 10:38:31 PM
Nik~ Looks round taking in the crowd, dress and Magg. He speaks quickly and evenly though his chest is still labouring and his pulse obviously racing. Clearly hes been running for a while
" Absolutely, on my honour"He puts a hand on his heart.
" Look sorry Magg, no offence but this is a rather important Tremallu matter. I need a quick word with the others here, sorry to interupt whatever's happening."Sweeps his arm across to encompass the party but keeps an eye on Red.
" I think they would kill me if I didn't tell them my news pretty damned quickly...Alone I'm afraid . Looks sorry if its a bad time, have a drink on me over at the bar."
Steps to one side and gestures politely for Magg to move .
" Or if its inconvenient for Master Magg to move, I could tell you what you need to know down the cellar if Wedlan lets us. But believe me time may be pressing and running against you."
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: Ant May 24, 2010, 10:40:21 PM
Stalland

If its so fucking important, why not just tell us?
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: 50 May 24, 2010, 10:44:11 PM
Magg

<smiles thinly> ...No stalland, I don't mind, If you would excuse me my friends ...my Lady. <picks up his cane and limps off to the bar>
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: 348 May 24, 2010, 10:53:24 PM
Nik nods, he looks serious...
" Look Magg, thanks for that.."
Looks at the huge Pelossian " Can you watch the doorway and see we are not disturbed ?"

Nik goes over to drain a nearby glass... He winces with surprise..and raises an eyebrow and gives a barely audible hiss
" God that stuffs strong !"
Lowers his voice ~
"I hope to hell I've not been misinformed. But the words been going round that all the members of the Lethain are needed at the Umbruc Hall down in the Katafuego...immediately ! But please before you dash off I've a few things that worry me today............."
Looks all around at the group  
"I assume I've a few minutes or so of life left. ( Grins )
" Can I continue ?"  
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: Ant May 24, 2010, 10:57:16 PM
Stalland

Speak on then, if things move apace, forgive me my harsh answer.
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: Nitch May 24, 2010, 11:01:21 PM
Red

<gives a cheerless look as she watches Magg hobble away, turning back to Nik glaring daggers and through clenched teeth> I know you mean well but you’ve got some bloody bad timing.... so speak fast
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: 348 May 24, 2010, 11:10:23 PM
Nik gives a helpless shrug towards Red
" Well I was looking for Skafe at first, hes not in either of his usual haunts. Still with the bazaar and your ..umm..family difficulties..thats not so remarkable. But I got the word on the street about the meeting. somehow when I left you , you seemed settled in for the night. I wondered if you were out of the loop.
On my way here I found there was no watchmen at all around the bazaar, or in the area beyond it. Just co-incidence ?
 Furthermore...()
Nik's voice sinks lower..
" Now dont go all ballistic and hot blooded in this room, especially towards a poor Tremallu..but a few nights back when I had a run in with your 'rivals' at the Black Bell I spoke to a few toughs from that family. One of the more influencial and less hotblooded was helpful in difusing things. The thing was he thought I had influence with the Golden Claws and tried asking a favour. He intimated that if I could call get the Golden Claws to look the other way and persue their duties else where, then  a sit-down could be arranged to smooth over the Umbruc dispute..during which certain individuals getting in the way of the accord this family wanted would be silenced, for good.
Now I refused to co-operate and repeated that things needed to settle down for the good of all. I kept it to myself at the time rather than provoke a series of blood baths.
Now I may be over-reacting or reading things wrong..hell for all I know I've been informed to lead you into a trap. But I thought it seemed bloody important."
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: Ant May 24, 2010, 11:18:00 PM
Stalland

<Stalland looks for a moment at Nik, then to Lucius and Red> Thanks for your warning Geriant, I am sure when we are wanted, we will be summoned, and if it is a trap we go into it forewarned and foreamed...tell us, you say your own business tonight is dangerous? What endevours are you about tonight, if we can give any advice?
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: 348 May 24, 2010, 11:30:01 PM
 Look I heard it was for all of your Umbruc. How come I heard of it and you have still to hear, after I've run through part of the city? I dont think your brethern saw me as an errand boy for you lot given the warrant situation.
Danger, none especially, I suppose the last few nights have been more hazardous than most, but truth to tell I have not felt better of myself in years. There were no outstanding duties ordered from the Tremallu House, save to bring you lot in, and I didn't fancy freezing my rocks off on a lonely survaillance detail elsewhere. I had hoped to possibly bump into Tess this evening if I combined my duties with a tour of the bazaar. If theres a trusted messaanger I'd like to inform Pio of what's up, but I'm not keen to use offical channels.
Hell, I'm in enough shit already..maybe I can accompany you if your family ettequette allows a visitor ? Though I will be best off borrowing someones hat and cloak and letting someone carry my bow. I was requested by Ulema to aid you a short while ago."
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: Captain Shortworth May 25, 2010, 06:12:47 AM
Lucius

<Looks thoughtfully round the table> Stalland is right, we have reason enough to be where we are and know who our instructions should come from to move elsewhere. I suggest that until we get said instructions from that source we remain here. If people of note needed to get news to us, they would know where to find us.

Thank you for the offer of help and the timely delivery of this news, but we will have to, for now, refuse your offer of an escort. Taking a Tremallu with us who has his name on a script for our arrest would not go down well in the Umbruc halls.
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: Ant May 25, 2010, 07:46:06 AM
Stalland

Out of interest Geriant, who gave you this message for us?
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: 348 May 25, 2010, 08:03:04 AM
Nik
As to a 'message' you were not mentioned. I just heard an immediate meeting of everyone was being called. Its   something I learnt from a few contacts when I was looking for Scafe."  
Nik looks at the dress on display and whistles " Nice threads...must have cost someone a coin or two "
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: 348 May 25, 2010, 08:08:48 AM
Nik"Well if you dont need me down your hidey hole, I'll get off. I'm not drinking tonight I'm afraid as somethings happening tonight. I'll try see what the feths happened with the watch"
( To Red ) Sorry if I've upset a surprise .
Nik strides out of the snug. He waves cheerfully at Magg tosses a coin overr the bar and leaves the tavern.
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: Ant May 25, 2010, 08:14:53 AM
Stalland

<Shakes his head and returns to his seat> I suppose he at least had very good intentions.
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: Nitch May 25, 2010, 08:32:32 AM
Red

<lets out a deep sigh as the anger drains from her stance> it would just be nice not to be antagonised while learning his news....
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 25, 2010, 08:48:53 AM
Stalland

It would be very nice, it wouldnt be too bad if it were actually news, but you should go collect Magg from the bar.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch May 25, 2010, 09:51:45 AM
Red

<looks back to the dress, her smile returning> It really is a beautiful dress.... <keeps her eyes on the dress a moment longer and leaves to join Magg at the bar>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Kriltic May 25, 2010, 12:15:29 PM
Drona

<Looks towards Red> It is a rather nice dress I must say Red ... Hopefully you will be able to find something to go with it at the market tomorrow <A small grin appears on Drona' face for a few seconds as he talks about the market>

<To everyone> Its a shame I cant get Boo to go and see whats happening and report back .... could have been useful for us to know <Drona slowly pushes the drink that has been burning peoples throats to the side and picks up his other (safer) drink and takes a few sips>
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: Nitch May 25, 2010, 03:13:56 PM
Red

<A few minutes pass and she reappears through the crowd, a tray of drinks in her hands and Magg hobbling close beside her, one arm encircling her waist, the other still clutching his cane>
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: Nitch May 25, 2010, 03:54:52 PM
Red

<reaching the table Red rushes the last few steps, plonks down the tray and turns to the dress. She spends a good few minutes looking it over, taking in all the little details and running her hands over the material. Turns to Magg still smiling> would it be to much to ask if I can impose on your room and try it on??
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: Ant May 25, 2010, 04:19:07 PM
Stalland

<With a slight smirk> You'll need someone to help fasten you into it...and dont forget we may have to go soon
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch May 25, 2010, 04:42:41 PM
Red

<pulls a sad face> I’ll change quickly and only wear it for 10 minutes at most <puts a hand over her heart> I solemnly swear

<grins wickedly> and I’m sure I’ll be able to find someone to help ‘fasten me in’
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 25, 2010, 04:46:14 PM
Stalland

<In mock thought> But who? And I am sure Magg would rather you were out of it in  less than ten minutes
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: 50 May 26, 2010, 07:52:08 AM
Before a smiling Magg gets chance to respond a thin figure appears at the end of the snug. He looks round then says "Hengist needs a walk" then as quickly as he arrived, departs.

Immediately the Umbruc finish drinks and begin to ready to leave, Red heads off first and a moment later the rest follow, leaving Magg in the empty snug with a table full of drinks.

.....

sometime later...

The tap room is even busier than before and Wedlan and Kora have been joined by several other staff in rushing to keep the clientele satisfied. The strains of flute and strings can still be heard from the far back of the room but the haunting melodies of earlier have now been succeeded by more lively folk tunes.

Magg is still sat in the snug but now all the drinks have been replaced with a single bottle of bright blue spirit and a small glass. The crimson dress is still stood like a sentry at the end of the snug, an image heightened by the addition of Magg’s cane wrapped through one of the sleeves.
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: Ant May 26, 2010, 08:00:59 AM
Stalland

<Stalland and Lucius slide the half concious form of Gaius into the snug where Magg is sat, his only change in appearance is a large shield and war axe bundled up in his cloak> Room for any more there Magg? And who stole our drinks?
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: 50 May 26, 2010, 08:06:45 AM
Magg

<with a look of surprise and concern> Oh! sorry friends I didn't honestly expect you back tonight! <slides up to let everyone in> err... is Gaius alright?
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: Nitch May 26, 2010, 08:14:47 AM
Red

<walks in now dressed in leather armour, a pair of blades at her waist, her dumonni bow on her back and wrapped in a cloak. she doesn't pause when she enters, insted heads straight over to join Magg, sliding into the snug beside him and giving him a kiss on the cheek> we are here to make our triumphant return <smiles> well kinda, for some of us... we'll tell you bout it later. for now a round of drinks, im thinking enough sparkly blue wine for all of us <signals to the nearest member of staff>
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: 50 May 26, 2010, 08:55:20 AM
Magg

<smiles> triumphant? excellent! ...does this mean you are all 'off duty' and allowed to relax for a change?

....

Kora has seen the Umbruc return and quickly finishes delivery of some drinks to make a beeline for the snug
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: Ant May 26, 2010, 09:12:11 AM
Stalland

I suspect it would be best if we remained "on duty", but I for one think we have earned a bloody drink, so maybe a couple would be in order

<Stalland sees Kora approaching, and gets to he feet to greet her>
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: 50 May 26, 2010, 09:35:23 AM
Kora

<rushes to meet Stalland and wraps her arms round his neck> Your back safe! I was so worried... I'm sorry about earlier but I was a bit.. oh it doesn't matter, I'm just glad you're here in one piece.
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: Nitch May 26, 2010, 09:43:50 AM
Red

<to Magg> even if we're not allowed to get roaringly drunk we have at least earned to relax and have some fun... at last! <smiles> now is your room unlocked so i can finally put on the gorgeous dress you have gotten me?
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: Ant May 26, 2010, 09:51:09 AM
Stalland

<To Kora> It would take more than a hall full of umbruc to have stopped me, as for earlier, I deserved it, and I will make it up, dont worry, just a shame its so busy in here tonight.
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: 50 May 26, 2010, 10:20:22 AM
Magg

<laughs and takes out a key> ...here you go! <bites his lip for a moment> ...I would offer to help you change, but I genuinely want to see you in it for the first time 'in-completion', does that make sense?

<Grins and slaps himself on the forehead> Alla-matt! I am clearly losing my mind!

Kora

<to Stalland> Well I'm due a short break... <hearing Red turns a little> ...perhaps I could help you into it, then when we return I can unwrap Stalland’s gift from earlier <looks at the dress, then back to Stalland, laughing> though I feel you might have unfair competition in the gift giving stakes!
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: Ant May 26, 2010, 10:30:30 AM
Stalland

Perhaps it is a mismatch, Magg has a peerless eye when it comes to gift giving it seems, perhaps I will one day have chance to match his generosity. <turns to Magg and smirks> And I am sure Magg will aggree, the unwrapping of the present is always the best part anyway
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: Nitch May 26, 2010, 10:57:10 AM
Red

<is out of her chair as soon as the key touches her hand, and with practiced swiftness has the dress off the dummy and gently folded beneath one arm. Linking her free arm through Kora’s the two women make their way through the crowd and disappear up the stairs>
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: Ant May 26, 2010, 11:04:47 AM
Stalland

<Shakes his head smiling as the two women leave and raises his glass to Magg> I would offer to tell the tale of our exploits these last two days, but I fear when those two return no one will be paying a blind bit of notice to me. <turns to Lucius> Also I fear that we will have but a short respite before other business takes our time
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: 50 May 26, 2010, 12:09:21 PM
Magg

<holds up his glass> Well here's to hoping for a short time till the women return and a long time to other business!

As Magg takes a drink of his wine, there is a noticable murmur near the doorway, as the crowds movement affords a view Tess can be seen heading over to the bar.

She wears a generous green silk blouse with a wide black leather belt fastened with a gold buckle round her waist, tight fitting black leggings are tucked into polished black ankle boots with silver heels and her orange Bajo sash has been utilised as a hair tie, fastening her blonde locks into a ponytail.

As the crowd flows again she is lost to sight, but the gossip murmer continues to point out her location till she reaches the far back of the room.
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: Ant May 26, 2010, 12:13:14 PM
Stalland

Looks like its an eventful night in here all round...I wonder if we will see Nik again shortly...
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: Captain Shortworth May 26, 2010, 03:54:05 PM
Lucius

<Sipping his drink> Indeed, A drink is very  much in order, but before long we shall have to return Gaius to Nensia's for some medical attention from the crazy woman. I am wondering what we will be called upon to do next. the events of the last hour didn't make all our problems disappear, but while they're out there, and we're in here, and the wine flows, i say we do what we can to enjoy our triumphs.
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: Ant May 26, 2010, 04:32:02 PM
Stalland

Indeed <Raises his cup> To the battle won and the victories to follow>
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: Captain Shortworth May 26, 2010, 05:38:29 PM
Lucius

Victory <raises his goblet and takes a large swig then turns to Gaius, > How're you doing brother?
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: 50 May 26, 2010, 09:18:11 PM
Magg

<Has been pondering for a moment then leans forward and whispers quietly> You know, regarding the matter we were discussing the other day, about my friend who'd been asking questions but wasn't sufficiently placed to act... <nods over his shoulder to the back of the room> Well, there went another who was, and might still be, one of the club... if you take my meaning?
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: Ant May 27, 2010, 09:34:18 AM
Stalland

<Nods in understanding> I do take your meaning indeed, and it hardly surprises me, can I ask if she is in a, ah, rival club?
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: 50 May 27, 2010, 11:16:24 AM
Magg

<leans back> No, it doesn't work like that.. there is only one club.
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: Ant May 27, 2010, 11:19:38 AM
Stalland

Ahh, I see...and she might still be an active player you think? And what are those women up to?
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: 50 May 27, 2010, 12:04:24 PM
Magg

hmm, well like me, she was once, and from their point of view you don't ever leave. But as to if she's actively still associated I just don’t know. She's certainly got quite a few ex-pat friends but I'm not sure that should be read as too blackening.
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: Ant May 27, 2010, 12:19:07 PM
Stalland

I wouldnt have thought so. Though the news she is, or was, in the Eigth Guild is quite ammusing, all things considered. I'd like to know more about how the whole things works at some point. Assuming you are allowed to tell me that sort of thing <Stalland chuckles>
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: 50 May 27, 2010, 03:04:37 PM
Magg

<shrugs but keeps his voice low> I suppose the biggest mistake that we Pyraxians make is confusing Bajo with the Otavo.

Bajo comprise of adventurers, freelance rogues, mercenaries, and merchants who walk with feet on both sides of the law, many of them do work for the Otavo at one time or another, but Bajo is more a social class and outlook rather than an organised crime syndicate.

The Otavo Grenni on the other hand is exactly that.

It is a very old, rich and powerful guild and as well as the basics of running the organised crime in the country they also have great influence in the political landscape of the country. There are quite a few nobles who have position in parliament thanks to sponsorship from the guild and whilst many other nobles despise the involvement of criminal families in the upper echelons of power, there are few that would openly say so.
<takes a sip of his drink>

In reality there are few Raphaelians who could imagine life without the Otavo, they are as intertwined in the country’s political and social makeup as the Government, Navy, Church or any Mercantile Guild. They are probably as responsible for the prosperity of the country as any of those institutions as well.

Just to make clear though, the Otavo Grenni is NOT some civic minded shadow cartel like the Umbrucs can be. These guys are rich and influential because they don't care about life or the suffering they might cause and because there is NO level of society they will not touch. Be you Lord, Prime-minister or Serf, the Otavo wield influence through bribery, blackmail and assassination and they are not shy about it either.


<gestures round to encompas the crowd> I very much doubt any Haak dweller would recognise Umbruc and Otavo as being part of the same species, never mind family...
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: Captain Shortworth May 27, 2010, 05:48:54 PM
Lucius

I think you'll find the Lethain are a much better class of criminal.
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: 50 May 27, 2010, 06:41:27 PM
Magg

<smiles and holds up his drink to Lucius> No argument from me there! <grins> ...after all, I did leave one of their ships at the bottom of the ocean!
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: 50 May 27, 2010, 07:05:38 PM
Up on the second floor balcony the door to Magg's room opens and Kora comes rushing out. She gallops down the stairs, then over to the Bar where she catches Wedlan.

There is a brief exchange, Wedlan raises an eyebrow and gestures to the crowd, but after a second or so more he holds up his hands as though surrendering and hands her something from the shelf behind.

With a grin Kora immediately turns and scurries back through the crowd, up the stairs and into a room a few doors down from Magg's.

Not half a minute later she reappears carrying a small bag and scoots back into Magg's room.
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: Captain Shortworth May 27, 2010, 07:29:13 PM
Lucius

<looking up at the balcony...> What are those women up to?
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: Ant May 27, 2010, 08:41:52 PM
Stalland

I dont know, but I am willing to bet any man here wishes he were in there too <Laughs>
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: 50 May 27, 2010, 09:04:23 PM
As if triggered by the Umbruc's exchange a ripple passes through the crowd, conversations stop and pointed fingers direct gazes up to the balcony, the buzz quietens to hushed whispers.

The door to Magg’s room is open and the two girl have come out. Kora is nearest the door but all eyes are drawn to Red…

The crimson gown fits like a glove, accentuating her curvaceous figure and hugging tight around her waist and bust, before dropping from her hips in deep folds of material.

Reds hair has been expertly twisted and pinned up at the back revealing the elegant curve of her neck, a few trailing strands of her curls to the side and front soften the style to a more casual and natural, tousled effect.

Her lips have been stained with a dark brown-red pigment and fine black eyeliner has been applied to making her eyes look huge and exotic, they sparkle brightly as she glances down.

When she moves forward the soft lamplight makes the gown seem to shimmer and flicker as if she were somehow clothed in flames. With regal air Red descends the stairs and the crowds parts unasked in front of her as she walks over to the snug.

Magg

<mouth drops slightly open, looks stunned>
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: Ant May 27, 2010, 09:08:36 PM
Stalland

Ok, I'm impressed...

<Half whispered, so only those closest to him, Stalland speaks again>

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!


(thanks to Lord Byron...)
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: Captain Shortworth May 27, 2010, 09:23:04 PM
Lucius

They really can make fools of us all. Or in Magg's case, just look like one. <To Magg before red takes her seat> Stop trying to catch flies you fool and say something complimentary.
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: 50 May 27, 2010, 09:27:33 PM
Magg

<still looks awestruck, slightly quietly> ...without doubt, you are the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

<After a second more shakes his head and then steps towards Red, holding a hand out with a large smile forming> ...so do you like it then?
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: Nitch May 27, 2010, 09:43:32 PM
Red

<has a huge, unusually innocent smile that she seems completely unable to contain as she walks up, pausing only a couple of steps  in front of Magg, blushing lightly at his words> I can say without even a shadow of doubt that I love it! Every detail is faultless
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: Ant May 27, 2010, 09:56:35 PM
Stalland

<Gives a slight bow to Red and smiles> Little sister, you have robbed me of my word craft
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: 50 May 27, 2010, 09:58:05 PM
Magg

<takes hold of Reds hand then does a little bow and kisses her fingertips> would you do me the honour of joining us at the table?

<smiles> I for one am in need of a drink ...and possibly a dunk in the canards again!
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: 50 May 27, 2010, 10:06:26 PM
Kora

<moves round Red and Magg to come up next to Stalland and smiling puts an arm through his> ...she does look lovely doesn't she.

<watches for a moment, then suddenly looks up at Stalland> Ooo, can I open my present now?
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: Ant May 27, 2010, 10:13:50 PM
Stalland

I dont see why not, but I fear its impact will be dimished here <Stalland chuckles>
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: Nitch May 27, 2010, 10:23:02 PM
Red

<giggles, curtseys and smiles> I would be thrilled to join such fine gentlemen for a drink. And you already know what I think of you throwing yourself in the canards, no point risking drowning without making it worthwhile
<takes the last couple of steps to Magg and wraps her arms about his neck, pulling him into a kiss>
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: 50 May 27, 2010, 10:42:55 PM
Magg wraps his arms round Reds waist and pulls her close against him, responding passionately to her kiss.

Kora smiling leans her head against the side of Stallands chest and makes a very faint aww..

After an extended embrace the couple break from the kiss but remain entwined by their arms

Magg

<with a huge smile> ...Definitely a good night!
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: Ant May 27, 2010, 10:56:00 PM
Stalland

<Puts his arm round Kora and chuckles at Maggs statement> There are few things that could make it better, thats for certain
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: 50 May 27, 2010, 11:13:34 PM
Kora

<turns round to the table end and takes a small wrapped package out> I know I'll love it already... <looks sideways up at Stalland> I will like it won't I? <without waiting for an answer turns back and opens the wrapping>

Oh, by the gods... Its... beautiful! <takes something out> I can't believe it, It's absolutely... how on Uma did you get it!

<Turns round to show Red and the others> Look at what my Stalland has given me!...

<she holds out a exquisitely crafted bracelet set with seven deep blue sapphires and hundreds of tiny diamonds>

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: Ant May 27, 2010, 11:32:20 PM
Stalland

<Takes the bracelet from Kora's hand and carefully opens the clasp> It was a gift to me, from a worthy lord <Stalland slips the braclet onto Kora's wrist and closes the clasp>
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: Captain Shortworth May 28, 2010, 06:25:15 AM
Lucius

I think after all this gift giving, the least someone could do is buy single folk a drink.
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: 50 May 28, 2010, 07:44:22 AM
Kora

<suddenly looks up> Shit! ...Wedlans going to be pissed! <gives Stalland a quick peck on the cheek> Thank you again, I'll try to bring you some drinks as soon as I get chance! <hurries off back to the bar>
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: Ant May 28, 2010, 07:48:42 AM
Stalland

<Laughs as Kora runs off, then turns to Lucius> Dont worry little brother, I will fech us drinks to slake our thirst <Then to Red> Something blue and sparkling for the lady? <Stalland heads to the bar>
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: Ant May 28, 2010, 09:58:24 AM
Stalland

<After a brief conversation with Wedlan, Stalland returnes with a bottle of the blue, sparkling Dom-bar'L favoured by Red> Come on Magg, put the poor girl down already, you're creasing her dress
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: 50 May 28, 2010, 10:05:03 AM
Magg

<grins> ...hmm, if I must! <hops to the snug and slides into the seat holding a hand out for Red to follow>
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: Nitch May 28, 2010, 11:55:40 AM
Red

<takes Maggs hand and sits beside him, being sure not to wrinkle her dress as she does. Smiles to Staland as she is handed her drink> thanks <takes a delicate sip> I love this stuff... much better than those fire shots. oh! later I will have to get some of what Piala and I were drinking the other night, whatever it’s called, for us all to try
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: Ant May 28, 2010, 12:05:44 PM
Stalland

<takes a seat on the end of the snug again> Well if you can describe it I am sure we will be able to try it out, as for the orange stuff, I think Magg owns the distillers or somthing...its the only reason he would keep drinking it
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: 50 May 28, 2010, 12:08:24 PM
Magg

<chuckles and puts an arm round Reds waist> ...Zhavý is perhaps an aquired taste! so yes describe the drink that you tried with Piala, I suspect we have some experts here?
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: Nitch May 28, 2010, 12:21:02 PM
Red

<laughs> I think its more of a masochists tastes <looks thoughtful> I think it’s some kind of spirit... and its kinda sweet but spicy at the same time...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 28, 2010, 12:51:03 PM
Stalland

Hmm, doesnt ring a bell, what colour is the stuff?
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: Ant May 28, 2010, 02:16:57 PM
Stalland

Though, given the subject of dresses, I just remembered a good joke about them...anyone want to hear it?
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: 50 May 28, 2010, 02:32:54 PM
Magg

<to Red> ...do you know if it was a sling, or maybe a mixed drink? <tops up any empty glasses before pouring himself a glass of Dom-bar'L>

<to Stalland> ...go on then, but I warn you I may unleash my stock of particularly rubbish jokes on you in return!
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: Ant May 28, 2010, 02:40:46 PM
Stalland

<Chuckles> I consider myself warned...anyway...

A woman stopped by, unannounced, at the house of her newly married son. She knocked on the door then immediately walked in and was shocked to see her daughter-in-law lying on the couch, totally naked with the aroma of perfume filled the room.

"What are you doing?!" she asked.

"I'm waiting for your son to return home" the daughter-in- law answered.

"But you're naked!" the mother-in-law exclaimed.

"Ahh but I am wearing my love dress," the daughter-in-law explained.

"Love dress? But you're naked!"

"Your son loves me and wants me to wear this dress," she explained." It excites him to no end. Every time he sees me in this dress, he instantly becomes romantic and ravages me for hours on end. He can't get enough of me"

The mother-in-law promptly left.

When she got home, she undressed, bathed put on her finest perfume, snuffed all but a few candles, and lay on the couch, waiting for her husband to arrive. Finally, her husband came home. He walked in and saw her lying there so provocatively.

"What are you doing?" he asked.

"This is my love dress," she whispered sensually.

"Needs ironing," he said. "What's for dinner?

He never even saw the cleaver that killed him.
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: Captain Shortworth May 28, 2010, 04:28:39 PM
Lucius

<Through snorts of laughter> By the Gods that's terrible! <calms a little and leans into Stalland.> I seem to remember another bracelet with precious stones on it that we found together. I hope that's not the one you have just given away?
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: Ant May 28, 2010, 04:56:00 PM
Stalland

It's a good job I am  not easily offended little brother. No that piece still waits to be sold to raise coin for those that earned it.
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: Captain Shortworth May 28, 2010, 10:50:16 PM
Lucius

And I still have a ring of value. I think we should look to sell them to cover our costs until Alsune is ready to give us our due recompense.
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: Ant May 28, 2010, 10:57:19 PM
Stalland

I couldn't agree more. I will get what I can for mine tomorrow in the bazaar.
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: Nitch May 29, 2010, 12:14:04 AM
Red

<giggles at Stallands joke> that is hilarious but terrible

<to Magg> I'm not sure, its called 'moon something' though is that helps... and i think it may be umber in colour??
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: 50 May 29, 2010, 12:26:30 AM
Magg

<look of consideration> ah-ha, easy then! Luna blush if it was orange-red going lighter. would be honey sweet with spicey overtones, and maybe a little hot after if wedlan mixed it right...
 
<looks up to Red> oh and whilst you were upstairs Tess, Geriant's ex' is here... I don't know if you know her, but she won't have missed you thats for sure!
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: Ant May 29, 2010, 12:30:57 AM
Stalland

Interesting, every time I have a conversation with Nik and mention Tess he seems to think he just hasnt spoken to her for a while...its a good job I am a man of scruples really
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: Nitch May 29, 2010, 12:54:46 AM
Red

<laughs> I’ve seen more scruples in a zolt big brother
<to Magg> That’s the one! The next round shall be mine and Luna Blush for everyone!
Though for Tess I have yet to meet her in person, I have only ever seen her shouting at Nik which bodes well for a potential friendship if nothing else
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 29, 2010, 01:01:01 AM
Stalland

<Looks hurt for a moment> Hey I have  many scruples...Just whitelandish ones are different to yours...anyway annoying Nik aside it may well be worth talking to her about stuff at some point.
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: Captain Shortworth May 29, 2010, 08:04:04 AM
Lucius

<To Red> When you head to the bar, see if you can't find an excuse to stand next to her and strike up a conversation.
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: Ant May 29, 2010, 01:10:51 PM
Stalland

Actually I was going to suggest you did that Lucius, I am sure if you pretended you were conning her of something you could be most silky tongued...
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: Captain Shortworth May 29, 2010, 01:20:34 PM
Lucius

And I suppose I could get a round in while I'm up too. Luna Blush it is, and I think a bottle of mead for the table too. <Stands and walks towards the bar, keeping an eye out for a sash, while whispering something quietly under his breath>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 29, 2010, 01:23:35 PM
Stalland

<Chuckles> I didnt think he would go for that to be honest...I am wondering if the entertainment outweighs the trouble of him trying to woo her.
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: 50 May 29, 2010, 03:32:24 PM
Magg

<makes an exaggerated worry face> Well this might be exciting! I mean, the girl nearly gutted Nik where he stood a few weeks ago, and if Lucius' efforts with Lesina the other week are the norm, then he will put his foot in his mouth in less than two sentences! <laughs>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant May 29, 2010, 03:36:22 PM
Stalland

<Laughs> I suspect he knew just what he was doing then, but Lucius can take care of himself
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: Ant May 30, 2010, 03:45:32 PM
Stalland

On another subject, assuming things remain quiet tomorrow, where would you recommend to take a lady in her newly acquired finery Magg? After the hard times I have a hankering for some of the city's culture.
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: 50 May 31, 2010, 02:04:09 PM
Magg

hmm, well assuming you want to stay in the Haak then either the Midnight Hero taverna on the edge of Forge Spill, which is a really lovely family run place specialising in Pelosian cuisine.

Or The Golden Praxis on Lamplighters Lane, which is a rather high-class Inn. They do fish and reptile dishes mostly, but the chefs there are pretty amazing and the menu is constantly being updated. Only down side is it's only a couple of streets away from the Riot Theatre, which kind of puts it right in the middle of Ailoth turf.

If you want to go eat outside the Haak then there are a few places in each district I could think of, depends what sort of thing your looking for?

On the other hand, you could always just go for a promenade through from the midnight plaza up towards the Janat Exotics market, there’s loads of little temporary tavernas been put up, serving all sorts of weird cuisine from the far flung places the traders have come from, plus that way you get to show off your lady a little.
<turns to Red>...I thought we might do that tomorrow evening if you’d like?
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: Ant May 31, 2010, 03:01:13 PM
Stalland

Well they all sound good but I was thinking more of something like the theatre, unless thats considered uncouth around these parts?
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: 50 May 31, 2010, 09:49:48 PM
Magg

Oh, no! far from it there's plenty of playhouses dotted through the Haak. Most of the bigger ones are in the area surrounding the Riot Theatre again, but there's a couple of note Fireside. <leans back and takes a sip of wine> ...probably the best one near here is the Blue Tide Theatre on the north side of the Midnight Plaza, I don't know what they might be showing at the moment but they've a reputation for putting on up-coming playwrights. Quite a few that have now made it playing at the Koryph Theatre in the Noble district got there first break at the Blue Tide.

<ponders for a moment> ...or, if you wanted really different I've heard interesting things about a place called the Sutera Tenda, on the edge of the Silk Market Square. Puts on mainly Dromish stuff I think, you know sand, spice, deamons and princes. I havent actually been myself though.

<smiles> ...don't forget that the Krakens are playing tomorrow evening though!

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: Ant June 01, 2010, 07:34:12 AM
Stalland

Well it all sounds most interesting, and how could we foget about the Vellocci match?
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: 50 June 01, 2010, 08:36:29 AM
Magg

<smiles and nods towards the door> But this is NosterPyrax, greatest city on the western continent! so still, there's more than that besides.
 

<chuckles> We haven’t covered any of the various Raconteurs Rooms such as the Languid Lady off WaxWake Canard, where interesting tales, fine poetry and political disseminations can be enjoyed along with spiced tea and sharp spirits!
 
...or spoken of the Music Halls like the Zither’s Zephyr on BlackFlow Canard, an establishment that hosts musicians of all waters, from lively Zamite troupes to complicated Pelosian symphonies . I’ve had many a good night dancing till I was worn at that place
<grins> ...though not to the symphonies mind!

And for the true wonder seeker, there are one or two places that I know of on the edge of Iddimu, where you can go to experience strange entertainments such as Shared Dreaming, where Deamons guide a groups dreams in a mutual medley

...or Sense Enrichment, where the Cenders temporarily improve a single of your senses to such a high degree that even the simplest of previously experienced pleasures such as a bite of bread can become an astonishing phenomenon.
<holds up a hand> ...though be warned, such unusual entertainment if enjoyed too often can be quite distracting and as difficult to resist as the fumes of the Hasheri Houses.
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: Ant June 01, 2010, 09:04:06 AM
Stalland

I knew I liked this city! Some of them are not to my taste, or, I suspect, my purses liking either, but there are many of those things I will have to try sometime.
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: Captain Shortworth June 01, 2010, 10:44:53 AM
Lucius

<walks back to the table with a loaded tray which he sets down but doesn't take his seat> I think Tess may be joining us shortly, I'll wait by the bar so I can introduce her properly.
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: Ant June 01, 2010, 11:08:49 AM
Stalland

Good stuff...
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: Captain Shortworth June 01, 2010, 12:46:34 PM
Lucius

<Wanders back to the bar and is joined there shortly by Tess>
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: Captain Shortworth June 01, 2010, 02:03:52 PM
Lucius

 <walks back with Tess' hand on his arm, obviously finishing a conversation> ...made an honest coin.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce Tess. Tess, this is Magg, Red, Stalland, Drona and Gaius. I imagine at least one of them is already known to you.


<To the group> Tess has kindly offered to share any information she has that may be useful to us at present, and hopefully in the future for our promise to the Cenders I spoke with a while back. <Pulls back a chair and offers it to Tess.>
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: Ant June 01, 2010, 02:13:28 PM
Stalland

<Stands in greeting as Tess and Lucius approach> Well met again Tess, it is some time since we have enjoyed your presence, and grace, inside these halls.
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: 50 June 01, 2010, 02:37:13 PM
Tess

<Smiles> Evening all. <to Stalland> ...ah well you know, things come up. <to Magg> ...and how are you Magglus, I hope your not corrupting this young beauty you have snuggled beside you. <laughs>

Magg

<stands and hops out of the snug, chuckling shares a brief hug with Tess> heh, I assure you I'm doing nothing of the sort, I have only the highest regard for the lady Red.

Tess

<moves over and sits in the chair offered. Then to Red> Just be careful with this one my dear, he can be all sorts of trouble ...I'll tell you some of the stories some day!

Magg

<sits back down next to Red, grinning> Now Tess, please don't make me more the fool than I've done for myself already.

Tess

<smiles than turns to the table> So what is it you think I can help with?
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: Ant June 01, 2010, 02:43:20 PM
Stalland

<Smiles> Other than making poor Magg here squirm at your tales you mean? I think while we might have some specific questions, I for one would like your opinion on the various events dogging the city recently.
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: Captain Shortworth June 01, 2010, 03:51:29 PM
Lucius

And anything specifically about the hostilities towards those daemon blooded amongst the populace would interest me.
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: 50 June 02, 2010, 09:00:27 AM
Tess

Hmm... broad questions indeed... <takes a sip of her drink and begins to elucidate her thoughts>

(ooc: Tess will pass on the information and answer your questions as she did in game last night)

<Leans back> ...so I'm afraid I can't really tell you anything more, Hope that helps a little anyway.
<finishes her drink and stands up> If there's anything further you need from me then just ask... <smiles> just be aware I charge for more 'active' assistance!

<she briefly nods to everyone at the table then moves off through the crowd back to where the musicians are playing.>
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: Ant June 02, 2010, 09:13:02 AM
Stalland

<Nods to Tess and watches as she leaves then turns to Lucius> Lucius, you know when I asked her if she was off to the market and she said yes, and had no particlar adgenda there...well that was the bit you were supposed to ask her if you could escort her round it...anyway, the useful thing is we have made contact now in a fuller way which will stand us well in future I hope.

All there is to do now is to look forward to tomorrow and enjoy tonight...whose round is it?
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: Captain Shortworth June 02, 2010, 11:27:40 AM
Lucius

Yes, I thought of that, but what I thought would b an interesting story had her thinking I was cursed. Or at least almost as cursed as Gaius.
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: 50 June 02, 2010, 02:47:01 PM
Magg

<pats Lucius on the shoulder> ...can't say I blame her really! I mean, ballsy move but I wouldn't have tried it myself.

<grins> Mind you'll probably be alright, what with your winning way with the ladies, I'm sure the scourge <makes a little sign with his left hand> ...will be getting herself all prettied up for you as we speak!
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: Ant June 02, 2010, 02:57:02 PM
Stalland

<Nearly chokes on his beer in an attempt to stifle a laugh and not spray Red and Magg in beer> The mind truly boggles at the thought!
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: Captain Shortworth June 02, 2010, 03:58:06 PM
Lucius

<with a big grin on his face> Give her a couple of days to think on me and she will be dropping that shroud on my bedroom floor.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant June 03, 2010, 12:51:29 PM
Stalland

<winces> If I were you I would be careful what you wish for, especially in these most intersting of times...
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: Captain Shortworth June 03, 2010, 09:37:56 PM
Lucius

I know Tess may think I'm more than a wee bit crazy, but I'm still not so unhinged as to wish for that!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth June 05, 2010, 01:25:11 PM
Lucius

<visibly shakes himself off at the thought of that mental image> How on earth did a light hearted conversation about the market take such a disturbing turn?
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: 50 June 06, 2010, 12:10:41 PM
Magg

<makes a little sign again> Indeed, now that your luck seems to have turned a little, let's not tempt worse on our heads!

<takes a sip of drink, then nods towards Gaius> ...so I take it our friend here won't be available for selection for team Kraken tomorrow then? <chuckles>
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: Ant June 06, 2010, 04:27:14 PM
Stalland

<frowns> It seems not, at least not without some sort of minor miracle, though, in all modesty, I have had an idea on how to conjour such a thing...
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: 50 June 06, 2010, 07:56:55 PM
Magg

A whitelander conjouring miracles <laughs> ...are you sure you can't play tomorrow!
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: Ant June 06, 2010, 08:01:35 PM
Stalland

<Laughs> In all honestly Magg, if I thought I could spare the time I genuinly think I would, but the past few days have tought me not to plan too far ahead!
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: Captain Shortworth June 06, 2010, 09:51:15 PM
Lucius

Pushing our luck, it may have been, but if Gaius was on top form, I would have loved to see how him and Stalland would have preformed out there.
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: Ant June 06, 2010, 09:53:20 PM
Stalland

And you, light on your toes, slipperly little skrite that you are would be a sure bet to garner points for the team
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: 50 June 06, 2010, 09:58:07 PM
Magg

<still chuckling> Ah well, I'll take that as an offer for next time from both of you!

For this one looks like we'll have to rely on the old staples of beligerance and brute force!
<mutters with a wry smile> ...and hope our lady of chance is a fan of the local team!
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: Ant June 07, 2010, 08:28:27 AM
Stalland

Well fortune seems to have smiled on us a little more the past day or two, lets hope she takes a shinging to the Krakens too.
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: Calliope June 07, 2010, 07:38:53 PM
Bronwyn the Druidess is seen in a green dress and green wool cloak, carrying her child back into the bar then up the stairs to her rooms.
Pio, follows her, a few minutes later Bronwyn returns to the bar alone she talks to Kora and Wedlan.
She scans the room, then returns upstairs. 
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: Captain Shortworth June 07, 2010, 07:48:23 PM
Lucius

<nudges Stalland> Isn't that the woman you were hoping to talk to about finding the relic?

<Motions towards Pio> Of course if she's firm friends with the Tremallu over there, you might want to step gently.
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: Ant June 07, 2010, 07:49:53 PM
Stalland

It is indeed, and I suspect she is less friends with the Tremallu as with someone who happens to work for them, if you get my meaning, but dont worry, my pitch will be circumspect.
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: Captain Shortworth June 07, 2010, 08:02:21 PM
Lucius

<With a smile> Glad you said that, I was hoping I wouldn't have to be the one to give her the pitch.
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: 50 June 07, 2010, 08:49:47 PM
Magg

<watches Bronwyn with interest> hmm.. strange, I'm afraid I don’t know my Inn neighbour there, she can't have been here long <smiles> ...or perhaps doesn't keep the same bar hours as I do!

Still she's a handsome enough woman, though I’m not sure the tattoos on the face enhance her looks much
<looks to Stalland> I don't think I saw any other women with them when I was a guest of your people, though there were a few men that sported the look. Do they have some significance?


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: Ant June 07, 2010, 10:37:49 PM
Stalland

Well she is Yurwian, but was married to a Whitelander, so perhaps the meaning is her own, or of her own kind but I think that her meaning is her own, and their significance perhaps as a widows tribute.

Have I told you my saga of the Night of the Trembling Flame? And of the wild heroes that fought for the freedom of us all? It is a rare story, even if I say so myself!


<Stalland nods up to Bronwyn's room>

Her tale runs through it, like a skein of wool in the fabric of the tale.
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: 50 June 07, 2010, 11:38:55 PM
Magg

<shakes his head> I missed the event itself, but obviously I've heard a lot of talk about the night in question since my return ...but not your telling of the tale worthy Skald, so tell on... <refills all the cups, puts an arm round Red's shoulders and draws her close then sits back to listen with eyes half closed>
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: Ant June 08, 2010, 08:31:19 AM
Stalland

Ah why not

<Stalland stands and takes a sip from his tankard then begins to speak firstly in a quiet voice, but one that carries well and with a normal metre>

I will tell you now of a tale of heroes, of war, of love and of death…

To the great port city of Nosterpyrax, where all are free and its wealth is coveted by evil nations there come men and women every day, some for fortune, some for freedom, some out of fear and some out of hope.

But I will tell you of three that were drawn here by fate, guided by their gods, drawn together, perhaps, even by the very soul of Uma herself.

From the north came a Whitelander, tall as a tree, broad as a mountain and with the aspect of a prince, his name was Amaruq and soon the jackals of the city would know there was now a Lion amongst them.

From the Islands to the East, from across the sea came a druidess of the Yurwian people, her hair like the setting sun, her skin like finest snow and the power of the Goddess burning in her blood. Bronwyn was she.

Out of the endless forests of Dummoni came Bendegid, swift and lithe, a warrior and leader of his tribe, a hawk who longed only to range free and hunt where he will.

Fate brought them to the canards and fate joined them together, and wove the skeins of their lives into the weave of this city’s great tapestry.

Many feared them, many called them murderous barbarians, but they loved the city, and defended its laws, and those they defended knew their worth and called them heroes and as time passed there became around them an island of peace and law with Bronwyn the wise and gentle countering her husband Amaruq in his power and might while Bendegid the Hawk showed he was a leader of men.

All was well until the fateful time when the Dread Pelosians once more tried to bring the Free City under its yoke.

With the skies full of rain, the streets flooded with the swolen water, when fire raged through the city, the harbour boiled with blood and the enemy ran amok through the streets.

Panic raged, and under a tide of rape and pillage the defences of the city buckled. Those thought to defend the city were no where to be seen, or worse, turned traitor and those they called criminals rose up in defence of liberty and all reason was gone for a time as brigands, beggars and bakers manned the barricades.

But in this the three held their calm and knew what was to be done, even though they knew their task was large and their chances small. Through the city they stole, the saving of lives their only goal, the Koryph must live or ‘Pyrax would fall.

But already the enemy had struck, their soldiers in place and the Koryph trapped. But the three pressed on.

The scythe of Amaruq reaped many lives as the arrows of Bendegid struck down their prey while Bronwyn, fair and terrible, unleashed the power of Uma. Bones cracked and blood boiled, wounds staunched and hurts healed by the will of the Druidess.


<Stallands voice then changes, it takes on a more timberous tone, inreases in volume and the pace changes to a poetic beat and his gestures become more dramatic>

Long time they fought,
shields were sundered,
blades were shattered
but the Koryph it was saved.

The battle raged,
arrows flew;
words of power spoken
and the ground did tremble
at the fight.
Blood did run, as out
they fought but
the three were few and
the way was long and soon the heroes,
in triumph,
fell.

First Bendegid,
the hawk’s wings clipped,
his arrows spent
he held the breach with knife in hand.
“Go” says he, “go and be free”,
and turned then he
to meet his long known fate
as Amaruq answered by the simple reply.
“We are men, thou and I.”

And so without a tear,
turned Amaruq and left,
ahead the Goodwife Bromwyn led
the Koryph on to freedom.

But all too soon
the enemy came,
to fall on the heroes two.
Wounded deep and
the enemy close
Amaruq could clearly see,
one more must die
so the rest shall go free.

“Go on my love, live long and free”
was his thought unspoken,
his will unbroken.
And so he turned to face his foe,
his white axe raised,
his white axe fell,
but arrows flew
and the lion roared
no more.

Safe and free
the city saved
by the deaths of valiant men.
But left behind
was Bronwyn fair,
left widowed like so many there.

Remember then,
the price of freedom,
the blood of men and
the widow’s tears.

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: 50 June 08, 2010, 09:51:30 AM
Magg

<nods appreciatively> a mighty tale of mighty times my friend. <looks up to the room Bronwyn entered> ...the child then would be hers and Amaruq's? I wonder what has brought her back to a city that must hold bitter memories then?
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: Captain Shortworth June 08, 2010, 10:10:12 AM
Lucius

Maybe she wanted the child to grow up around that which the father died to save? While it's still here anyway.
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: 50 June 08, 2010, 12:00:41 PM
Magg

hmm, maybe... <smiles> Now let’s try to regain the spirit of celebration we had earlier, I fear we are in danger of becoming maudlin!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant June 08, 2010, 12:09:38 PM
Stalland

Maudlin? Us? Never! Not while there is good drink, good company, comely women and the prospect of a good day to dawn tomorrow.

Even now I am sure Red has planned to spend hundreds on something completely frivolous
<Stalland grins>
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: Captain Shortworth June 08, 2010, 12:38:34 PM
Lucius

<To Stalland> With any luck we should all have a little bit of money to line our pockets with by this time tomorrow. <louder> And with that in mind, these goblets are getting lighter to pick up by the second. Whose round is it?
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: Captain Shortworth June 08, 2010, 04:43:07 PM
Lucius

And thank you for the tale. It's heart warming to know there may be people out there willing to pay the ultimate price for this city.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch June 09, 2010, 07:15:20 PM
Red

<laughs> I fear my intentions are far to easily read Brother Stalland, but such spectacular markets are rare and must be enjoyed while they last

this round shall be mine since I think I may have missed a few
<gets to her feet and heads to the bar>
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: Ant June 09, 2010, 08:05:35 PM
Stalland

About time too <Grins>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 June 09, 2010, 10:43:11 PM
Magg

<chuckles> Thats better you are celebrating a turn of your fortune remember!

But have a care not to buy too many drinks Lady Red. Having seen the bazaar, I suspect you will have need of all your money for the stalls tomorrow!

 
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant June 10, 2010, 09:03:08 AM
Stalland

 Ah but you forget that women have a couple of very useful assets to help them haggle and when it comes to the blood sport that is a woman on the hunt for a bargain they will use any trick they can, that's why I  am going to take Red with me when I go shopping for armour
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth June 10, 2010, 04:36:13 PM
Lucius

Hopefully we can all avail ourselves of her haggling services, and maybe even get a bulk discount.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant June 10, 2010, 05:42:46 PM
Stalland

<Laughs>Now that just sounds like a euphemism for something else entirely
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth June 11, 2010, 04:54:19 PM
Lucius

And who says I don't know how to talk to women!?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 June 12, 2010, 11:19:59 AM
Magg

<chuckles> ah, not I! <takes a sip of his drink> So do you think that the Bazaar and its aftermath will provide good times for your family then, now that your all reunited i should think business will be top priority for most of your brothers?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth June 12, 2010, 12:55:05 PM
Lucius

I think some time will need to spent reafirming our position in this part of the Haak first. Make sure everyone knows we're back in charge.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 June 12, 2010, 08:48:03 PM
Magg

<smiles> My father always says, 'if at first you don't succeed ...redefine success!' I suspect you could encourage a similar response to your recovery in the Haak folk?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth June 13, 2010, 01:08:11 PM
Lucius

<Returns the smile> I think I can apply that to a few elements of life!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Kriltic June 13, 2010, 01:30:05 PM
Drona

Now that is something I can relate to and something I think I may have to use more often in life
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant June 13, 2010, 06:45:52 PM
Stalland

I'd have said we would be better getting people to believe it was a case of status quo being maintained, see if we can sell them some tale or other.

as for success I would say if you fail don't worry about it, just try something else next time...unless its already got you killed
<Stalland laughs at this>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch June 13, 2010, 06:55:45 PM
Red

<returns with a tray laden with drinks and regains her seat beside Magg> Let’s try to avoid any such life or death decisions, for the rest of the night at least <chuckles>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant June 13, 2010, 06:58:32 PM
Stalland

Quite right. Though I was wondering if I would die of thirst before you got back from the bar
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch June 13, 2010, 07:13:13 PM
Red

<smiles> Oh if such a tragedy were to befall you then do not worry, we would not let your drink go to waste

<gives Gaius a tentative poke to check he’s still alive and moves one of his hands to wrap around a potent smelling tankard> Drink this, you’ll either feel better or feel less for it
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant June 14, 2010, 07:47:06 AM
Stalland

In such an event it is traditional in the whitelands for you to place my drink in my grave with all my goods, mind you dont spill it too...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 June 14, 2010, 08:32:01 AM
Magg
 
Aye, can you imagine the sleepless nights if you were to be haunted by the ghost of a sober Stalland!

<laughs> he'd be all... <rolls his eyes back and takes on a 'dead' pose, then in a ‘Stalland’ voice> lo, in times ancient, a Skald told long depressing stories to his father and his brothers, and they did all top themselves... <grinning, looks back hurriedly to Stalland, readying to dodge a blow>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant June 14, 2010, 09:45:37 AM
Stalland

<Laughs> I could tell you funny stories, but they are all about people getting killed in ammusing ways and I have generally found most people dont get Whitelandish humour.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Kriltic June 14, 2010, 01:21:17 PM
Drona

Im sure several people are already haunted by the images of a sober Stalland after having to deal with him when hes not in a good mood ... Also I suspect that kind of story Stalland, would be best kept when everyone has had more to drink, then I suspect more people will find that far more amusing regardless of humour <Smiles before taking a drink>

How about some more traditional jokes that everyone is sure to find funny? Assuming you can think of some off the top of your head
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant June 14, 2010, 01:24:53 PM
Stalland

Like I said, its a bit hard to understand if you arent a whitelander, most of the time you get all the whitelanders crying with laughter and everyone esle sat round looking confused and wondering what the hell was so funny...

The only ones I can think of that might translate are particularly obscene and we have delicate company present...
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch June 14, 2010, 05:32:41 PM
Red

<with a cheeky grin leans round to cover Maggs ears with her hands> Problem solved! <gives Stalland a wink> continue....
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Kriltic June 14, 2010, 06:29:25 PM
Drona

Damn, if only I had been quicker I would have said the same kind of thing. Though I suspect I wouldn't be able to get away with quite so easily as you can.   <Looks to Stalland and smiles>

I think Red will have heard and seen a great deal worse than the jokes you can tell Stalland
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant June 14, 2010, 07:25:40 PM
Stalland

I actually meant you Drona <Grins>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch June 14, 2010, 07:39:22 PM
Red

<grins> After living with you lot for so long I have become somewhat desensitised to such topics, although please do not take that as a challenge to ruin what’s left of my mind though <laughs>

<looks from her hands to Drona with a sorrowful face> I’m afraid I have run out of hands so you will have to cover your own ears <goes back to her cheeky grin>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant June 14, 2010, 07:44:59 PM
Stalland

haha It would take the most debauched Pelosian noble to ruin your mind I am sure, and chances are he would learn a trick or two I bet <Stalland smiles openly>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Kriltic June 14, 2010, 08:12:32 PM
Drona

You think I need to cover my ears? Really? <Points to himself> Me?

I think I can safely say anything you say or do can never be as disturbing as having to spend as much time around Me'Het as I have recently and sadly I suspect I will have to in the near future. In fact the jokes you tell will definately be a welcome break from having to be near her <Shudders>

As long as they have nothing to do with me or her!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch June 14, 2010, 08:18:19 PM
Red

<tightens her grip over Magg’s ears as Stalland speaks, her cheeks turning scarlet and for a while her look cycles between anger and embarrassment before eventually she bursts out laughing> Well I won’t argue with you and I’m sure what I may lack in experience would be more than compensated for in imagination! If nothing else living in a brothel for so long, you hear such..... ‘odd’ things in that place <laughs>

Drona you will just have to accept that you’re her darling puppy, as bone chilling as that may be
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant June 14, 2010, 09:08:32 PM
Stalland

<Guffaws in laughter> Between Red's imagination and Drona being Me'Het's puppy this conversation has gone rapidly out of control! There is no way any joke can possibly match it now...
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: 50 June 14, 2010, 09:14:49 PM
Magg

<looks a bit confused, pats red gently on the knee> hello ...might I have my ears back please? <smiles> ...I'm worried enough that I'm a mere figure of humour for you all, without being subjected to such treatment to confirm it!

And though I have no problem with being squeezed by you beautiful Red, your clasp is getting a quite firm and I'm unsure as to if you will stop before I pop!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant June 14, 2010, 09:19:13 PM
Stalland

<nearly chokes on his beer at Maggs statement> Eg ville trodd deres håp er for henne ikke å stoppe før du pop <Stalland wipes his beard> haha sorry, probably best you didnt catch that.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Nitch June 14, 2010, 09:35:07 PM
Red

<lets go of Magg as he speaks and gives him a smile> Oh! I’m sorry, that joke went a little far....

<turns to Stalland with a chuckle> Considering the things you say normally I shall take your word for it
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: 50 June 14, 2010, 09:40:22 PM
Magg

<smiling takes up his drink and looks round at the various stages of laughing at the table> ...so I don't suppose there is any chance you are going to let me in on it is there?
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant June 14, 2010, 09:43:17 PM
Stalland

<Smiles> Ok, so there was once a might Vek of a Whitelander by the name of Thor, built like an Ursa in all dimentions, who took his ship raiding. Along his raids he won himself a most comely maid who he took to his bed and used in all manners he could think of.

Pleased with her response to him, he decided to tell her his name the next morning...."Woman, you have pleased me greatly I am Thor". To which she replied..."Your thor, what about me you bathtard, I cant thpeak properly and it hurth to thit down!"
<Stalland thumps the table and laughs outrageously at his own joke>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Kriltic June 14, 2010, 11:24:33 PM
Drona

<Starts to laugh while trying to hide it almost as if hes ashamed to find the joke funny>

I cant decide whether to laugh because its funny or laugh because it was terrible .... Either way Ive finally understood something Whitelandish so it was not a bad thing after all <Moves his glass towards Stalland before bringing it back and taking another drink>
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: Captain Shortworth June 15, 2010, 06:30:08 AM
Lucius

<bursts out in loud, unashamed laughter> I think you have hit our level humour spot on big brother!
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: 50 June 15, 2010, 07:43:40 AM
Magg

<chuckles> heh, It will certainly do! <looks over at Stalland> Hey, is that a well-known joke in the north? ...might be a perfect tension breaker for my Whitelanders before the big game tomorrow night!
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant June 15, 2010, 07:46:58 AM
Stalland

Its well enough known I suspect, but you could try it anyway, tell them you want them to leave the other team feeling like they'd been well fucked over. <Laughs>
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Captain Shortworth June 15, 2010, 09:09:40 AM
Lucius

Speaking of being left Thor after being properly fucked, I'm not sure we should be leaving you Gaius here with his wounds looking the way they do. I've seen this before and if we don't get him cleaned up before too long, those wounds could still kill him days later. Might have to call this next round our last

<downs his pint in one> Or maybe the one after.
: Re: The Barge and Ferryman
: Ant June 15, 2010, 09:36:06 AM
Stalland

We could just drag him back to Nensia's and then come back? Or we could get some strong white spirit and pour it over him? One or the other?
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: Nitch June 15, 2010, 09:45:48 AM
Red

<gives Giaus another delicate poke, being sure to avoid any of the blossoming wounds> Your probably right.... though you could just pour that tankard in his hand over him, see if that does him any good, though i doubt it

<gets to her feet, a slightly sad expression crossing her face> Either way I’d better get changed back then... <smiles> besides only carrying a couple of blades was starting to make me nervous, be back momentarily <moves off into the crowd>