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    105 KB Construct Artificer Quest 2 GM 01/24/11(Mon)20:46 No.13646200  

    It's time. Let's do this.

    You have just exited the jewlery shop, having sold one of the rings of regeneration. But it was worth it. In addition to the quite large sum of gold, you obtained an Oculas, a powerful artifact, normally used by the Old Empire's planar and telepathic researchers.

    It beats like a heart as you hold it. It wants to be used.

    John and Foran, your human and elf animal hirelings, and standing behind you, looking at the Oculas. Hmm. Maybe you might test it on them.

    The sun is blocked by the clouds, and it has begun to rain. The bank closes in an hour. You could probably buy a workshop with the money from the ring. They may have some for sale.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)20:50 No.13646254

    Hoo boy.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)20:52 No.13646287
    So, first, couple of quick questions:

    -How tall are you, especially compared to normal people/humans/elves?
    -Is the jewlery shop you just left busy again? You didn't get your damn gem assayed.
    -What, exactly, would the Oculas do to someone if you 'tested' it on them?
    >> GM 01/24/11(Mon)20:53 No.13646295
    Your inventory:
    1 Yourself
    1 Ring of Regeneration
    1 Amulet of Invisibility
    1 Rod of Lightning Evocation
    1 Oculas
    1 Fuck-huge diamond
    2 Bards
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)20:55 No.13646326
    What does the oculas do?

    Also, go to the bank and get our money.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)20:56 No.13646347
    Wait. If the jewlers' shop isn't busy, we might need to go in there again.
    >> GM 01/24/11(Mon)20:56 No.13646349
    You are roughly 6'6". Above average, by about a head or so.

    The jewelry shop is still opened, but another person is in line. You could get back in line, however it might seem odd.

    The Oculas has the following powers:

    Mind Reading
    Mind Control
    Memory Manipulation
    Knowledge and Skill Extraction
    Knowledge and Skill Implantation
    True Seeing
    Planar Binding
    Dimension Anchor
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)20:58 No.13646364
    We'll play with it later. Put the Oculas in your pack, and talk to an assistant in the jewler's shop if there's one available. If we don't get some face time in five minutes, it's off to the bank.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:04 No.13646460
    Also! Mage-knights, how powerful are they in comparison to yourself? How powerful were they back in the day?

    Do they have knightly orders, or an organizational structure? Are they like warlords or free barons, every estate for itself? How do you become one?

    We might as well try to play the role as best we can if we're going to fuck around with this persona.
    >> GM 01/24/11(Mon)21:05 No.13646467
    You place the Oculas in your pack. Carefully. Don't want it interfacing with the other magic items. That would be bad.

    You go back into the shop. The man the jeweler was talking to has left in a huff. He looks mad. The jeweler looks at you, then him, then you.

    "Looks like you bought that thing just in time. That other man was furious when I told him I'd sold it. Did you forget something?"

    The man who left has the aura of a mage. Weaker than the other one, but still there.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:08 No.13646518
    I have no idea why we're back here.
    Ask this guy >>13646364
    If it's about the diamond, it would be better to sell it at a larger city; a jeweler there would have more money to pay for it, and a bigger market that could actually afford it.
    >> GM 01/24/11(Mon)21:09 No.13646551
    Before the Empire fell, the Mage-Knights were its protectors. They were loyal only to the Emperor, and kept order in the provinces. By force, if necessary. Their organization was a mix of rigid hierarchy and individual cells, each capable of acting on its own, or working as a larger group with distinct leaders.

    They were both above and below the aristocracy. If they told you to jump, you did, but at the same time they were not allowed to own property.

    That changed as after the Fall. They began to NEED to own property to fund their efforts. So they because the equivalent of Barons. And that's how they stayed until you were deactivated.

    It might still be that way.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:09 No.13646558
    We answer merrily.

    "Just wondering if I could get a ticket for that ring, in case I could convince you to let me buy it back at an exorbitant price later. Such a thing might come in handy next time I get into a bad scrape, you know how it is with my sort...And if not, do you plan to sell it at auction? Perhaps I'd like to attend and place some bids, I'm in the market for a fair few goods anyway. Trying to win a lady's favor is a task of endless gift-giving, ay?"
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:14 No.13646628
    Well, we might have a shot at getting our apparently ancient ring of restoration back. And we might be in the biggest city around. Give it a minute.

    Also, we need to find out if our diamond is SO big that selling it would break the whole fucking gem market. The guy with the grape-sized one of unknown quality from last night was offered enough gold to buy a castle, and that was one-tenth of its auction value. You know who has jewels the size of a man's fist? Monarchs.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:19 No.13646690
    "Aye, that it is. Maybe once you come into a greater fortune, I might sell it to you, for, say... 5000 gold?"


    "It's worth at least twice that."

    John and Foran stare at the animal. John opens his mouth.
    "Holy shit that's a lot of money."
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:20 No.13646701
    Yes, this is the largest city for this area. But a better location to sell the diamond would be a capital city, most likely the Vardan capital.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:21 No.13646718
    >sell ring for 300 gold
    >buyback = 5000
    >> GM 01/24/11(Mon)21:22 No.13646725

    Also, I changed the value of gold from last time. One gold is now~$2000. A hundred can by a six bedroom house. A gold piece weighs 4 ounces.
    >> GM 01/24/11(Mon)21:23 No.13646734
    You got scammed, son.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:23 No.13646739
    GM forgot name and trip : /

    Oh welp. Agree to the sale. Ask if there are auctions planned in the near future, though. Chat for a couple of minutes about the state of the man's business and the precious metals trade, then throw in an offhand question along the lines of 'Say, what's the biggest diamond you've ever bought or sold?
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:26 No.13646769
    Don't fucking worry about it. This was completely expected. We're a fucking smart machine, we can go and play the minerals market or something. Hell, we're about to become an iron magnate or whatever, remember those metal deposits we had before? We'll be rolling in gold soon enough.

    Smile to yourself and pat your bank note. Trade involving animals sometimes involves them gettin' skinned, and a construct is likely enough a decent skinflint.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:27 No.13646790
    So he wants to sell it for the equivalent of 10 million dollars?

    Makes sense for a ring that causes you to regenerate.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:28 No.13646793
    What are you talking about? The sale is already completed, and we got scammed out of at least a couple thousand gold.

    No, we're getting out of here.

    GM, since we're an artificer, given the right raw materials, could we create a Ring of Regeneration ourselves?
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:28 No.13646798
    Go purchase a cheap warehouse with a workshop. Buy mining equipment.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:29 No.13646807
    It's a piece of ancient jewlery. Probably virtually priceless on the collector market. We're lucky he said yes at all, but we were hard up for starting cash.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:30 No.13646824
    Must find out about diamond market and must goto bank before can buy anything : /
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:33 No.13646863
    So you're going to trust the man that just scammed us out of several thousand gold to give us accurate information concerning a market, which by our very questions, would indicate that we would attempt to sell an item in?
    Are you sure that's a wise course of action?
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:36 No.13646889
    1) We're going to ask more than one merchant.
    2) In our back pocket, we have a magic item that reads minds. We can pull the knowledge out of his head later.
    3) What's five minutes' chat? I never said we should show him the diamond.
    4) This is exactly how pawnbroker-like jewlers operate. He's done nothing unexpected, his markup isn't the worst I've heard of IRL, and frankly, what would you do if the Hope Diamond fell in your lap?

    Put yourself in his shoes for a second. Would you have done ANYTHING differently?
    >> GM 01/24/11(Mon)21:37 No.13646893
    Yes, you could, with the right materials.

    You could always jury-rig one too. But it would look like shit and fail a lot.

    After about five minutes of talking, and some bad animal jokes, you ask the human about metal trades.
    "The price of iron and copper is way up. Must be the new ships the Vardan navy is making. They got metal plating all over them. I don't know how they stay afloat. A man with an iron deposit could be rich right quick."

    Yeah, I bet. What about diamonds?

    "Oh, yeah, I've sold a lot. Biggest one was the size of an eyeball, if you can believe that. I was just an auctioneer then, but I remember that my cut was the thing that allowed me to open this store. The thing sold for over 100000 gold! Went to some Royalty in the Drake Empire. Why do you ask?"
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:38 No.13646904
    just tell him our 'lady' from the earlier courting bullshit up here >>13646558 has a thing for bling and you're curious
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:42 No.13646955
    Excellent work, Anon.

    "I did mention I sought the hand of a Grand Dame, I think? Well, she's got more suitors than merely myself, and diamonds do make her eyes sparkle. I am a fool when it comes to gems, and did not know exactly what to expect of my needs in gift-giving - mainly, I know of precious metals and tempered steel, as for the making of blades and engines of war.

    Blast! Time does fly by, and the bank will be shut soon. Best I ask of you when the next auction is to be and take my leave. Thank ye for indulging my petty curiosities, good man."
    >> OP 01/24/11(Mon)21:45 No.13646996
    "It is the curse of man to never understand women.

    The next auction is in a week. It's held once a month over at the Adder Grand Hall."

    He looks at the grandfather clock in the corner.

    "Yes, the bank closes in 45 minutes. You had better hurry if you want to get your 300 gold today."

    It's almost like he's mocking you.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:46 No.13647006
    Go get our cash and buy a warehouse then start mining.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:48 No.13647036
    Little prick. For all he knows, you need an account and two forms of goddamn ID. And a thumbprint. Yeesh.

    Well, if he thinks we're stupid, he's really gonna love it when we rob him blind at the auction. Let's get to the bank. And if the Jewler has a precision timepiece in his window to show off his craftsmanship, compare it to your internal chronometer. See if you learn anything about the available technology.

    Keep an eye out for mages on the way to the docks, and for any trading companies, real estate brokerages, et cetera. We're gonna take a chunk out of this town.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:49 No.13647049
    Get our cash, and begin searching for a suitable warehouse.

    We should also look into property laws and such, so that we can mine out the minerals without worrying about it all getting confiscated.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:50 No.13647063
    Right on. First thread said that the guy to talk to was the province governor, he's probably in the city IIRC.

    Are we sure that a mage-knight wants a warehouse, GM? Can we get a lab, or does a petty baron need a big ostentatious mansion to look the part?
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:52 No.13647087
    I'm fine with letting people THINK and ASSUME that we're a mage-knight, but should we really impersonate one?
    It might get awkward (and dangerous!) if we meet with a real one. Especially if they retained their weapons and equipment from the Old Empire.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:52 No.13647088
    We don't need to play ourself off as a Mage Knight. If someone asks about our personal business fuck them. Let them guess. Just be aloof and mysterious and don't answer shit to anybody.

    And use our Oculus to give some useful skills to these two dudes. Administrative, accounting, understandings of economic models. Make them less dumb.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:55 No.13647111
    ...Hmm. What about becoming one? For all we know, it could be as simple as registering with an order and getting yourself a heraldic symbol etched on your armor.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:56 No.13647128
    Fuck that noise. We don't need it. That's like James Bond wanting to become a cop in some 3rd world shit hole.
    >> GM 01/24/11(Mon)21:56 No.13647129
    The grandfather clock is roughly 5.1317 seconds off, and is losing time at a rate of 0.071 a day.

    You turn to exit the jewelers. John and Foran are messing around with that egg again. You grab John's arm and the egg before it drops. Placing it back, you exit the building.

    Observing the crowd and marking the buildings as you make your way to the bank, you spot three other mages, twelve trading company headquarters, and three reality companies. There are three banks that are not the jeweler's bank. It is roughly a mile to the bank on the docks, and the rain is letting up. People begin to crowd the streets again, cobblers cobbling, peddlers peddling, artists painting. A group of animals even do a dance, and other animals throw them money. You also spot twelve different pickpockets, one of which tries to take your bank note, but fails.

    You have marked three workshops that would be very useful on your internal map.

    You have arrives at the bank.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)21:58 No.13647162
    Go in, get in line or whatever. You're here to open an account, you need bank notes, you need to talk to someone about a deposit in the damn vault maybe. There's also the small matter of opening a mining company, possibly?
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)22:00 No.13647194
    Hopefully we arrives in time.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)22:01 No.13647201
    ...Uh-huh. You're an artificer, they're James Bond. One of them killed 700 elite mercenaries singlehandedly recently. What've you been up to lately? Oh, right. Being passed out Rip van Winkle style for a thousand fucking years.

    Think it over. A badge and a gun could be just what you need, 007.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)22:02 No.13647211
    Ask John and Foran about the banks, which of the 4 is generally considered the most honest.
    We will, of course, want to use our superior intellect to determine the one which has the best interest rates and such.

    Other than that, get in line and cash our note.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)22:07 No.13647282
    They're fucking Bill and Ted. Like they're gonna know the differences between those institutions.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)22:14 No.13647373
    Thank you.

    I knew they reminded me of something.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)22:14 No.13647379

    Nice jorb btw, GM. Moar plx.
    >> GM 01/24/11(Mon)22:14 No.13647385
    "Um... I don't know, what about you, John?"

    "This bank is pretty good. Their interest ranks suck, but there's no maximum or minimum amount of money for their accounts. Also, I think they have ties to smugglers. But that's never been proved."

    Foran stares at John.
    "I worked here for about a week."

    Entering the bank, the noise of coins clinking fills the air. Through the walls, you can hear some people talking in the back room. It's the same people that were plotting to murder someone. They're talking to someone. The other person is begging for his life.


    The bank is almost empty, only three people left, and one teller. The teller is at the far left, near the wall the would-be murderers are behind. She looks at you.
    "Hey, we're open down here!"
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)22:18 No.13647426
    Go to her, and cash that note.
    Before we anything (such as busting through wall like an ancient mechanical Kool-Aid Man to rescue the person about to die), we need to get our cash.
    We have priorities, after all.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)22:19 No.13647446
    Walk over to the teller and present your bank note. Get a look at the layout of the place, and keep your ears open. If we save the guy in the back, he might tell us a whole heap of things about smuggling operations. Might as well get our cash first.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)22:21 No.13647466

    Incidentally, turn on your magnetic detector field thingy. See if you can feel what weapons they're using in the back room.
    >> GM 01/24/11(Mon)22:25 No.13647510
    Walking towards the teller, the floorboards creek slightly but are otherwise sturdy. The teller, a gnome, speaks again as you approach. "Hello there. What can I do for you."

    You inform her of you intention to cash a note, and hand it to her. She looks it over, and examines it under various instruments.

    "Wow, ok. Do you have an account with us? If not, we can open one right away. It'll only take a minute. Or you could just take it all at once."
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)22:27 No.13647542
    Take it all, you don't want your money in this freakin' bank. We'll open an account down the street when we're done with the would-be murderers, if we decide to deal with them.

    This place is a shit bank. Probably owned by Bernie Madoff.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)22:30 No.13647587
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    Pic related: it's the bank manager.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)22:33 No.13647628
    Take it in cash.
    >> GM 01/24/11(Mon)22:38 No.13647692
    Speaking with an artificial voice, you inform her that you would like to withdraw it all at once.

    "Right. Now, just let me go get it."

    She hops off her stool and leave for the back. You continue to listen in on the conversation with the murderers.
    "Come on, you know I'd never rat on you. Have some mercy, I got a wife and kid at home."
    "Oh, mercy? Franky, you hear that? This guy wants mercy. Well maybe you should have thought of that BEFORE YOU RATTED US OUT."

    "I swear, I didn't do it."

    "Don't lie to us, Jim. Our contact in the city guard says you came in last week, the same day our guys got busted. And that you talked to the Captain for almost an hour. Now, how are you gonna explain that?"

    "That... he's lying, I'd never go to the city guard! Never!"
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)22:41 No.13647727
    I wonder, are they going into interrupt their conversation when the teller comes in, or keep going like nothing's wrong?

    Either way, this seems like an excellent opportunity to test our mind reading doohickey, if we can use it from here. Start pulling all kinds of crazy details out of their heads without them knowing it.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)22:43 No.13647750
    Not just mind reading, but Skill and Knowledge Extraction.
    We could extract knowledge of this city's criminal underground, to know who we should talk to, and who to avoid, which palms to grease and which ones to be above-board with.
    Not only that, but certain rogue-ish skills that we could implant into Bill and Ted (John and Foran).
    >> OP 01/24/11(Mon)22:46 No.13647778
    Activate magnetic field. Detect weapons in the room with the murderers.

    Also, seconding >>13647727:
    Use the Oculas, quietly and surreptitiously, to find out about the murderers and their potential victim. Who are they in the city, does the guy they're threatening have the skills to be useful to us if we save his life, is he morally corrupt or just a victim of circumstance? Maybe we can make a deal, the thing has telepathic functions.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)22:51 No.13647837
    Whoops, forgot to sanitize name field, sorry.
    >> GM 01/24/11(Mon)22:57 No.13647933
    Sensing it is time to test the Oculas, you remove it from you pack stealthily and hide it in your robe's sleeve. Holding it in you hand, you reach out with your mind and activate it. It hums a vibration only you can feel, and you feel more aware of your surroundings. You can sense their minds, their thoughts. Everyone in the building. You know, on an intutive level, that if you wished you could make them do whatever you want, change their entire personality, erase their minds and force them to serve you.

    You are aware of the Oculas' attempts to control you, however. It wants to dominate you, as it has most likely done to dozens of others who sought to use it. But your will and intellect are infinity great than its. You mentally command it, intimidate it, into serving you. It obeys. The humming and extended senses fade. It sits idly.

    You reach out with it and touch the minds of the murderers. Well... smuggers, it seems. Reading their thoughts, you sense doubt. They do not wish to do this. But they have been commanded, and they fear the woman who leads them.

    The man being threatened is innocent. All three know it. But the two don't want to admit it, for fear of the other not knowing and telling their leader of their doubt.

    There was a mathematical term for that in the Old Empire.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)23:02 No.13647986
    Ease the mood of the smugglers and their would-be victim. Cool their tempers, they don't need to do anything rash.

    Find out more about their boss - where does she live, what does she look like? You might as well know more about the power-brokers in town.

    If she's some sort of crazy bitch that would best be put out of her misery. maybe we can just take over her criminal network. Otherwise, we could just nudge the smugglers mentally so they're willing to act on their knowledge of the man's innocence.

    That way, no blood's spilled, and our cover's intact.

    Otherwise, it can maybe be clobberin' time.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)23:04 No.13648002
    >take over criminal network
    And then turn them into spies. What was that about James Bond?
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)23:05 No.13648012
    Pff. Mentally prod one of the interrogators into saying that the guy is innocent and he knows it, have the other one reluctantly agree, and spur the three of them on to putting their heads together on how to bail out the poor bastard from the mess he's currently in without any of them getting killed.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)23:05 No.13648019
    Yes, extract that knowledge of the criminal empire.
    Also, is there a way to know which skills we can extract?
    >> GM 01/24/11(Mon)23:12 No.13648115
    Breaking through their minds' defenses, you review their memories, importing them to your mind.

    The woman's name is Anna. Anna Blackheart. She's a ruthless bitch, with a considerable skill at manipulating people. She used to run with the Raiders, but after she turned 18 she stopped. She joined up with one of the most powerful smuggling groups on the east coast of Northmourne, and slept her way to the top. Then she killed half the people and took it over. They've expanded a lot since then, and are now THE criminal faction in Port Adder. She lives in a mansion, and frequently holds larvish parties. Most people don't even know she's a criminal mastermind, and those that do either don't care, or are too afraid to go after her directly.

    You also extract several images of her, for reference.

    As an afterthought, you force of of the men to blurt out "I think he's innocent."

    "What, really?"


    "So do I. Dammit, what are we doing, Franky?"
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)23:18 No.13648179

    Plant a tiny seed in their minds about seeking a new master for the criminal network. It won't be particularly virulent until later, but it may pave the way to put Anna Blackheart out of power. Perhaps they should tell trusted underlings that this whole affair reeks and there's been enough blood on their hands for some time now, or something.

    Check their brains for any information on how the criminal underground has come into contact with government spies, though. That could be interesting. Are there any standing arrangements?
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)23:23 No.13648237
    Get other useful information from them. Geography of the city and world. Politics. City locations. City individuals of note. History as they know it. The state of technology, of magic, of governance. All kinds of stuff.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)23:25 No.13648262
    I think we might be putting the GM on the spot here >.>

    But maybe we could pick it up peripherally as we move along. A brief impression wouldn't be too bad. Stop before they can realize what you're doing, though.
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)23:29 No.13648316
    Hell, he doesn't have to type it all out. I just want to be able to make Knowledge checks instead of wandering about in miserable ignorance.
    >> GM 01/24/11(Mon)23:31 No.13648337
    The animal called Franky knows quite a bit regarding government ties. Ms. Blackheart helped rig the governor's election. It took some doing, and Franky was involved.

    The other one, Max he's called, doesn't know much about government ties. But he does know a few dozen people who've expressed their disdain for Anna Blackheart. Who would gladly work for someone with the intelligence to do as well as her, without being as excessively cruel.

    Someone like you, perhaps?

    They continue talking, your seed of control taking hold.
    "Franky, we gotta get Jim out of town. Somewhere that Blackbitch can't find him."

    "There's a safehouse she doesn't know about. About a day's ride north."

    "Could that work? How are we gonna get him out without her finding out?"

    "We'd need to hide him for a few days. I could arrange a boat without her knowledge, but it would take at least a week. I don't know where he can go in the meantime though."

    "Damn. Come on, we have to figure this out."
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)23:34 No.13648371
    Well, you ARE about to found a mining company, by the look of it. The next thought you should put in their minds should relate to this - maybe if he goes off to wherever there's work, he can lie low with a miner's cover. There's likely enough quite a few men involved in extracting metal for the Navy, not all of them are press-ganged into it directly. Could even move his family out of danger, if you go and start a mining town.

    Besides which, you're going to need a source of income that can sort of maintain itself while you're turning your deactivated features back on. That teleportation thing sounds pretty damn good...
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)23:41 No.13648461
    >This thread

    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)23:47 No.13648528
    >Prime Directives
    >1: Serve the Emperor
    >2: Uphold the Law
    >3: Create Artifacts
    >> GM 01/24/11(Mon)23:50 No.13648546
    You decide to plant yet another seed in their minds. Their mental defenses are hardly there at all.

    "Ok, wait. There's some mining companies in town right? They're always looking for people to ship out to administer their mining towns. Jim, you've got experience with managing stuff, right?"

    "Yes, but I'm not sure I like where this is going."

    "Then we can pull some strings, get you sent out to a mining town with your family. Easy!"

    "Except all of the mining companies in this town work for Anna."

    "So we'll find a new one, one that hasn't yet got bought out by her."

    "Oh, really Max? I don't know of any companies that have started up without her giving say-so, do you?"
    >> Anonymous 01/24/11(Mon)23:56 No.13648603
    How can we get them close enough to us that they could overhear us talking about opening up a mining company?
    Or should we reveal ourselves, and say that we just overheard them talking?
    >> Cabot 01/25/11(Tue)00:00 No.13648647
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    I love how /tg/ enjoys the use of Guild Wars concept art.
    Except every time I see it I have the terrible urge to play...
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)00:00 No.13648651
    Stare impatiently at the desk in front of you for a moment, and otherwise declare impatience with your body language: where has that damnned gnome gone? Hell with it, this is a bank. Loudly inquire of another nearby employee if there's a notary or bank officer around that could assist you in finalizing the founding of an enterprise, you've heard this place has some involvement in the running of joint-stock companies and it'd be a fine thing to bring them your business, is someone available to lend a hand?

    If that doesn't get those two to come out front and run their damn bank, put the thought in their heads and then put away the Oculus. That's probably quite enough mental fiddling for now.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)00:02 No.13648674
    Seconding your plan.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)00:09 No.13648756
    Tapping on the glass, you loudly declare you impatience. The gnome is nowhere to be found. Of course. You knock on the glass some more. Everyone else in the building has left, save you and the employees. Reading the animals' minds, you know they can hear you. So you knock on the glass again, this time implanting a thought into their heads, the last one for now: Go help the customer.
    "Dammit, who is that?"
    "I don't know, let's go help him out so he'll leave."

    They exit the room, through a door behind the glass, and come up to the booth.
    You say you've been waiting for far too long, and the gnome still hasn't returned.
    "Look, you, uh..."
    They finally recognize you as a "Mage-Knight".
    "Sir. We're very busy and the gnome is probably just counting your money or something."
    Yes, well, you have a mining business to run. She should hurry up.
    "A mining business? You wouldn't happen to work with a woman named Anna Blackheart, would you?"
    "Interesting. How are you on employees?"
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)00:11 No.13648772
    "There are several openings in my operation. Do you have any prospective miners or mine shift supervisors in mind?"
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)00:16 No.13648832
    "I'm in a bank, not a hiring hall, chap! Well, why not tell you? Me newest claim's in need of a good bit of labor after I get the administrative matters squared away, yeah? Got work a'plenty, in every shape and size. Signing bonus, shares for all foremen, on-site healers an' that. Good pay as any you'll find 'round here."

    We're competing with a manipulative criminal mastermind bitch. I'll bet our left testicle she ain't worth much when it comes to health and safety measures.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)00:20 No.13648878
    Do we speak with a distinctive accent?

    I would assume so, speaking in a dialect colored by the Old Empire. Seeing as were to work directly for the Emperor, most likely formal and clipped, unless the Emperor was a joker and had us designed to speak in their version of a Cockney accent.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)00:20 No.13648889
    "I think I know someone who you might like."
    "What am I, your servant? You do it."
    "Dammit, fine. I'll get him."
    You and Franky look at each other while Max goes to get Jim.
    "So. Mage-Knight, huh?"

    Max returns with Jim. He has a bruise over his eye.
    "Hey man, this guy was a ton of expirience with mining. maybe he could, watchacallit, supervise?"
    Interesting proposition.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)00:23 No.13648921
    Shrug. Ask him if he's willing to relocate to the countryside for some months. You probably know enough about mining operations and the running of businesses to conduct a relevant impromptu business interview. Don't be an easy sell, but be reasonable. Make the man a decent offer for a decent job. If things go well, ask their fee for the service of underwriting a joint-stock company with the relevant individuals. If you need to make a deposit, the gnome can take it out of your massive goldpile.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)00:24 No.13648943
    Make show of looking him over, and offer him...oh, 1 gold a month?
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)00:24 No.13648945

    I was mostly going for adventurer-knight or something. I can knock it off.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)00:25 No.13648954
    Whoa, there. That's kind of a shitload of money possibly >.>
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)00:29 No.13649017
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    We've gone from robocop golem to business construct in a dozen posts.

    What are we gonna name the mining company? I'm going with 'Carne's Fusileers.'
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)00:31 No.13649049
    That's $2000 bucks a month. In this setting, probably more than he's made in his life.

    I'd make a chart of average income, but I'm too lazy.
    "That's a very generous offer. Jim was looking for a change of scenery anyways. So, when can he start?"

    When indeed. You have yet to make a camp, or even find a place to live. You don't even have permission to mine. Technically you don't need it, but in reality the Adder governor would probably not look too kindly on you mining near his town without his permission.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)00:39 No.13649120
    >We've gone from robocop golem to business construct in a dozen posts.
    I don't see why we can't do both.
    We play Recettear/Mining Tycoon-Golem for a bit, and then once our base of operations is able to run without us micromanaging, we go around the country-side as RoboGolem.

    Give him 2 gold and have him buy supplies from another town then take them to the forest where we awakened to set up a base camp?
    While he's doing that, we can iron out the legal paperwork (helped along with our Oculus if necessary).
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)00:40 No.13649125
    Immediately, as long as he's willing to undertake miscellaneous duties as well as mining-related ones. We will have need of some small amount of assistance regarding certain minor tasks while building our enterprise.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)00:41 No.13649144
    Keep posting guys, I have to go pick someone up. I'll be back in half an hour.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)00:41 No.13649148
    Tell the man he can pack up his things and meet you at an inn tonight, pick one of the quieter ones and hope Blackheart hasn't got her claws in it yet. You've a variety of details to arrange, and will be sending off the first party no later than midday tomorrow. In the meantime, you have planning to do and his input on the logistics wouldn't be bad, or if he wants to do some surveying at the given location, you'll give him an advance for gear and send him off at his leisure - he can go after the forms are signed. If he's looking to move his family into a mining town, they can be along as soon as he sets up acceptable living quarters for them.

    You expect to be striking earth with proper machinery in no more than a fortnight. Fabrication of a proper camp needs to be completed between then and now.

    He may have his pick of escorts, hired labor, et cetera. In the meantime, you need to visit some naval buyers, the governor, and the gnome who has your gold, small matter that it is.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)00:44 No.13649166
    Naw, he's gonna need to get the fuck out of town, he's probably being hunted down right goddamn now. But these guys at the bank are maybe ripe for that job, so good thinking, Anon.

    I hope it's not too late to visit the governor. We do need to consider sending protection with Jim if we send him to the deposit.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)00:52 No.13649267
    >We do need to consider sending protection with Jim if we send him to the deposit.
    I was about to suggest John and Foran, then I remembered that they're Bill and Ted.
    Maybe if we were doing time-traveling hijinks, but bodyguard duty isn't one of their strong suits.
    And we will never, ever, let them name the band "Wyld Stallyns".
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)01:01 No.13649354
    Ok, that took less time than expected.

    Back now, will post in a second.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)01:02 No.13649367
    Good points.

    Maybe we can ask the bankers about a good place to hire some Gord mercenaries as protection for the new claim offhand, they'll probably suggest where we can find some that aren't in Blackheart's pocket. Then, we could try to use the Oculus to remotely keep an eye on them, unless its telepathic abilities have a limited range.

    On top of that, we can temporarily lend Jim the skills of one of those master thief shadowy types so he can hide effectively from any assassins, at least until he's out at the campsite.

    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)01:03 No.13649375
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)01:05 No.13649403
    >lend Jim the skills of one of those master thief shadowy types
    I don't think the Oculus has any skills or knowledge stored.
    It would be nice if there are any, though.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)01:08 No.13649442
    It doesn't, but we DO know all the science and art of the Old Empire.

    Espionage is a science, right? Or is it an art?
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)01:09 No.13649456
    >But your will and intellect are infinity

    Moar like God-Emperor of Mankind Construct Quest.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)01:10 No.13649468
    You tell Jim to get packed, and meet you in an inn. The two smugglers say they'll watch him until then, and they also suggest one. The Smoking Dwarf. Probably one that doesn't support Blackheart's attitude towards honest businesses.You also tell them, that as this is a new mining site, Jim will need to set it up. You will give him 2 gold for initial materials, and 2 gold for hiring costs. You also tell him to you will arrange for the hiring of mercenaries to protect the camp.

    Max yells for the gnome, and she returns with a cart full of gold. Jim eyes it, smiling a bit.
    The gnome speaks.
    "Will that be all, sir?"
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)01:13 No.13649488
    That should have been
    >Infinitely Greater
    My bad.

    You do know quite a bit regarding espionage.

    Do you want to use the Oculas on Jim? Maybe John and Foran as well?
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)01:14 No.13649497
    Were we going to attempt to create a joint-stock mining company, or use this money as the necessary seed funds to create the company ourselves?
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)01:18 No.13649532
    Let's try imparting some Old Empire espionage knowledge into Jim, if it won't be too obvious.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)01:20 No.13649541
    Later, we should mind-surgery him into an incredibly competent and fanatically loyal servant. But that probably requires a bit of spare time.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)01:23 No.13649571
    Heh, wasn't looking to poke fun, just amused.

    We should teach Jim how to hide himself and watch for foes, quietly and without attracting anyone's attention. We'll do that right after we finish our business at the bank. As for John and Foran, I suppose we could increase their bodyguarding skills in a bit, sure. However, there might be some sort of drawback to extensive use of the Oculus on people - it has a malevolent will of its own and the long-term effects may be quite problematic. You could build something better in time, I expect. The situation isn't exactly life and death.

    Thank the gnome. Ask about the fee to underwrite a joint-stock company, if they do that. Pack away your, what, 75ish pounds of gold, or buy a small strongbox if its available. I just did some math, it's like 1.76084 cubic decimeters of gold. Two tenths of a cubic meter. You've got to be able to jam that into a smallish bag.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)01:26 No.13649605
    Follow-up - a cubic decimeter is a liter. The gnome's hauling just about enough gold in that cart to fill a two-liter of coke. I think you could carry it pretty damn easy.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)01:28 No.13649626
    You think it could fit, yes. The gnome only used a cart because she's a gnome and has low STR.

    You manage to pour it all in the pack. It's a tight fit, but it doesn't really slow you down. You've carried far more than this before.

    You consider using the Oculas, but then realize it's probably not a good idea in front of all these people.

    Although... You could erase their memories.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)01:30 No.13649639
    Fucking nerd.
    300 gold pieces = 300*4oz gold = 1200 oz gold = 75 lbs.

    Density of gold = 19.32 grams/cubic centimeter. 75 lbs = 34019.42775 grams = 1760.8399456521739130434782608696 cubic centimeters.
    1 liter = 1 cubic decimeter = 1000 cubic centimeters, so that's 1.8 liters AND OH MY GOD WHY AM I A FAGGOT.

    I guess there's also some empty space between coins. But yeah, that's less than a gallon container in terms of volume.

    Feel free to dickslap me now, GM.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)01:31 No.13649656
    You guys are right.

    The Oculas takes up a lot of the space though. Also the bag is small.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)01:31 No.13649662
    Nah, let's do it later.
    This Oculus was banged up, after all.
    No telling when it'll glitch or burn out.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)01:31 No.13649663
    Man, what. Just wait until you leave, stand in a corner around back of the bank, and use the Oculas on Jim then. The thing's rusty and malevolent, there's no need to screw around erasing six people's memories. Gah.

    You really ought to go and found your company before they kick you out and close the bank.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)01:36 No.13649697
    How are you going to found the company?

    You guys should figure out a definite plan first.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)01:42 No.13649747
    Ok, two hours and then I'm done for tonight.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)01:44 No.13649765

    We could draw up a charter, have it notarized or whatever the local equivalent is, and stick it into a house of record. Being accepted as a mage-knight or whatnot would be pretty helpful here, it gives you something like a noble's station and privilege which allows for these sorts of enterprises.

    The company will likely prosper well if it follows the structure of feudal enterprises lead by military nobles, meaning it lets people jump ranks in exchange for their involvement. Thus, joint-stock - the noble (you, the fake mage-knight) provides the cash, materials, and some of the expertise, and the workers, administrators, and foremen provide their own expertise and labor. Labor is as much stock as the implements used to do the job - you can't swing a pick without manpower. Therefore, it should be rewarded at some rate with company stock, which can be traded or managed for money and (probably) social status.

    Thus, a worker at the company could elevate himself from a simple freedman to a middle-class man if he worked at your claimsites, and his interest in doing a good job would only grow with his stock.

    You also pay these people a real wage, weekly. Whatever's reasonable.

    Sound sane?
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)01:49 No.13649792

    So, do you guys want to roleplay filling out the papers and stuff, or should we timeskip to the next day, after that?

    Also, do you still want to buy a house?
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)01:50 No.13649800
    Sounds good. Let's get working on it.

    Inevitably, the criminal element will attempt to impede our way.
    For when that time comes, we should make sure that the Oculus is repaired, and then use it's mind control powers to reform Ms. Blackheart.

    Actually, what were the Old Empire's laws concerning mind control, mindwipes, and using them on criminals?
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)01:53 No.13649826
    Mind Control was only used when there was a threat to the Old Empire's stability.

    That may be relevant to your situation.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)01:53 No.13649828

    And no, I don't think we need a house. We'll need all of our current cash for starting up our mining enterprise.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)01:58 No.13649877
    Hang on. We were going to try to see the governor, see a naval iron buyer, get the claim approved, talk to Jim at the inn, and try to find a warehouse or workshop to fix our broken bits.

    And talk to the mage.

    We don't REALLY need a house right now, the inn will do.

    We should talk to our hireling bards about how they're not getting the proceeds from the sale of that diamond, though. Selling it might fuck up our cover, considering it's xbax hueg and worth billions.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)02:00 No.13649902
    >We should talk to our hireling bards about how they're not getting the proceeds from the sale of that diamond, though.
    Well, they'll cut once we sell it. We're just not selling it here.
    Maybe tell them we'll give them a gold each at the end of the week, or until we sell the diamond, whichever comes first?
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)02:01 No.13649908

    It is morning. You haven't slept. You don't sleep. But John and Foran do, unfortunately.

    It is 5am. The sky is just beginning to brighten. The sun has not yet risen.

    It is 5:12. You are sitting outside an inn, watching the sunrise. John and Foran are upstairs in a room you rented for them. Today you will meet Sloan. Perhaps he has some interesting items.

    Jim, Max, and Franky are to meet you at 12:00 at the Smoking Dwarf. Here.

    Now, what do?
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)02:04 No.13649942
    Do we have the materials to begin repairs on the Oculus?
    We're likely to use its powers a lot, and I would hate for it to flake out at an inopportune time.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)02:05 No.13649957

    Find the innkeeper, ask him if there's anyone around to run a message, and if he can break a gold piece into change for you. Maybe we can get some appointments set up with the governor or some iron buyers - and we need a workshop to undertake artifice in, possibly.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)02:06 No.13649975
    Oh, yeah - can you make your own Oculus? One that isn't malevolent and so forth?
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)02:16 No.13650080
    Entering the inn, you approach the desk. A stoat dwarf with a thick accent turns to you.

    "Aye, wot cannae do fo ye?"

    You ask if he can split a gold piece.

    "Oh, a rich mayn arre ye? 'Split a gold piece ee says, wot, you think I've got silva just layin around?"

    So that's a no, apparently. What about someone to run a message.

    "Ay, we gots won uf thoos. BILLAY!"

    A halfling runs into the room.

    "Dis mayn needs ye to run a meessae fo hem."

    Even in the Old Empire it was expensive to make. So probably not for a while.

    You can fix it though. Old Empire stuff is designed to be sturdy and easy to repair.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)02:19 No.13650105
    Let's stake our claim, buy land, pay permit and notary fees first.
    Once that's done, we buy the materials to repair the Oculus.

    As for messages, ask the Anon that wanted a messenger boy.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)02:22 No.13650135
    >Stoat dwarf
    >not stOUt

    Yeah, no wonder he can't take his hammer or axe and split gold into pieces of eight like most smiths, the guy's some kind of rodent furry.

    Send Billy down to the nearest town crier and find out what the governor's doing today if he can, tell the stoat-dorf you'll be glad to pay for it. Order a hearty breakfast for your bard-bros, it's time they had a talk with you about this whole job thing.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)02:25 No.13650173
    I meant stout.


    He's not a blacksmith. He's an innkeeper. He doesn't have a hammer or anvil.

    He has an axe, but it's mounted on the wall.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)02:26 No.13650185
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    Incidentally, that may have come out rather snarkier than I meant it to /o\ sorry.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)02:28 No.13650202
    Lame joke on my part. Though now I'm gonna have stoat-dwarves in some game I run or some crap.

    So yeah, please to send messenger-halfling to find out what the governor's up to, publicly.

    We need to get the bards fed and watered, and then start the day.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)02:31 No.13650221
    You need to go down to the Town Hall to fill out the papers. They'll help you out there.

    Billy runs out the inn, to find a town crier. The dwarf takes your order, and you tell him to wake their lazy asses up.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)02:34 No.13650245
    Are there any interesting people in the inn?

    You'd probably benefit from dwarven labor working your claim, and this establishment isn't beholden to Blackheart. Might be a good place to start.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)02:36 No.13650259
    Alright, after breakfast, wherein we talk to the two bards about continued employment, we need to go to the Town Hall and get the paperwork in order.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)02:37 No.13650271

    Are we still giving them some crazy-ass sum like a gold piece a week? That's a general's salary.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)02:38 No.13650288
    There's a rowdy group of dwarves at a table in the corner. They're drinking and fighting, and telling tall tales.

    Mostly drinking though.

    They look like workmen.

    There's also a group of adventurers at another table. They're looking over a map of some ancient ruins. One appears to be a mage.

    There's also a group of off-duty guards. Ten of them.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)02:39 No.13650306
    Not a gold a week.
    But a gold at the end of the week, to tide them over until we sell the diamond, or the next fiscal quarter.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)02:44 No.13650355
    Buy the house a round of decent drink. Give the innkeeper a gold piece and just tell him to open you an account or something, this inn's likely to get repeat business from you if it's not aligned with Blackheart.

    Approach adventurers, introduce yourself as a mage-knight and ask if they have any news of your brethren operating in the area.

    If we give them two thousand bucks (possibly each), they're going to want to go on a spending spree. If we're okay with that, sure, we have plenty of gold. But I think we should reneg the offer to give them proceeds from the sale of the diamond - if we got a decent price, we'd accidentally the whole economy.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)02:50 No.13650405
    >If we give them two thousand bucks (possibly each)
    Nah, just 1 gold, split between the two of them.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)02:50 No.13650409
    Incidentally, I'm fine with giving Bill and Ted time off to go shoran on beaches.

    And we could probably set up a payscale by quarter, or just alter their memory of our promise. 'Hurr hurr detecting fist-sized diamonds all over the place guiz! NEVER WORKAN AGAIN.'
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    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)02:52 No.13650437
    "Oy, ye lot! Dis Mage-Knat is buyin evoraone dranks!"

    The dwarves cheer and holler, as do the guards. The adventurers nod in your direction, smiling. You hand the dwarf a gold piece.

    You approach the adventurers' table as the bar wench hands out drinks. Using your knowledge of sociology and language, you speak in a charismatic voice, asking about other Mage-Knights.

    A armor-clad man speaks up. Actually... it's a woman. You didn't notice at first.

    "Yeah, we crossed paths with one of you lot before we got into town. Said he was investigating a 'Recent surge in magical radiation brought about by the activation of a powerful artifact somewhere outside Port Adder.' Whatever that means."

    The mage at the table spoke up. "It means exactly what it is, Sophia. I would think it would be obvious."
    "Yeah, well, fuck you too. I'm drunk."
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)02:53 No.13650442
    >Buy the house a round of decent drink
    While the dwarves won't ever turn down free drink, it's still fucking 5AM.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)02:54 No.13650455
    They've been here all night.

    Some of the guards are passed out, also.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)02:55 No.13650458
    Okay, so there's a mage-knight looking for us.
    Good to know.
    We might want to be a little more discreet, moving forward.

    And where the Hell are Bill and Ted?
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)02:56 No.13650463
    Herp. That's us or the lightning rod. We need to get legit and fast with this mage-knight, but it shouldn't be too hard - we're both part of the same Imperial heirarchy, and we know at least some of their secrets.

    Thank the adventuress for her answer. Ask the group if they could show you whereabout they encountered the other mage-knight on a map. Shit's going to get real.

    Ask them if they're in the market for cintinuous employment after they're done with the dungeon they're going off to.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)02:56 No.13650469
    Heh, could be morning coffee, or whatever they drink in the AM hours here. Goat milk and orange juice, for all we know ;)
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)02:57 No.13650483
    Say, GM, do we know many of the old mage-knights' secrets? Is there some kind of freakin' code we could use to convince the guy we're alright?
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)02:58 No.13650490
    So once John and Foran come down for breakfast, let's tell them that they're getting paid a gold to split between the two of them at the end of the week, and that we're going to wait until we're in a bigger economy before selling the diamond.
    Work out with them a pay schedule of half a gold a quarter, if it's reasonable.

    Then we go to Town Hall and get the permits we need and buy up all of the land that we detected mineral deposits in, with the forest as highest priority.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:01 No.13650509
    Sure, but we might be looking at a source of dorf labor here. And dorf labor makes mines run hard, and run long. These ten dorfs probably know more dorfs, amirite?
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)03:01 No.13650511
    "Eh, no problem. Here."

    She marks it on you map, after you pull it out. It's about ten miles south from where you first woke up.

    As for employment?

    "Sounds interesting. What did you have in mind?"

    Just as you are about to speak, you hear a noise, and John and Foran come falling down the stairs.

    The dwarf follows close behind them, and yells at you.

    "OI! These two idiot broke me window! Arre ye gunna pay fo thim, or should ai take it outa their sken?"

    Foran speaks up.
    "No, man, there was a guy looking for you, and I broke the window to get a better look. He was showing people your picture, with your hood. Something about Jim."
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:03 No.13650525
    That's a good point, but dwarves might be more willing to listen if we've got a properly notarized company charter and the proper work permits first.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)03:04 No.13650536
    You know ALL their secrets. You used to work with them, and made almost all the contingency plans they used to survive the Fall.

    That said, they never liked you very much.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:05 No.13650546
    >He was showing people your picture, with your hood. Something about Jim.
    Blackheart works fast, it seems.
    Tell the innkeeper to put the window on our tab.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:09 No.13650580
    Tell the innkeeper he can take it out of your rent, and that you apologize for his difficulties and will pay a bit extra for the sake of his troubles with your outlandish ways. You can certainly afford it.

    Tell Foran he did well to try to get a good look, but next time it'd be great if he could do so without attracting attention to himself, and that breakfast for himself and John has been paid for.

    Tell the adventurers you're seeking to acquire a group of capable sorts to retrieve a variety of items of an exotic nature, and that you'll furnish a good deal of involved costs and provide healing, that the work is to be available in at least a sporadic fashion but the pay will be decent, and if they're interested you'll tell them how to get ahold of you, but you have pressing business in the town hall just now.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:10 No.13650593
    Can you remember why they didn't like you very much?
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:12 No.13650605
    Seconding all points.

    As for the mage-knights; it sounds like either they'll welcome us with open arms as a relic from the Old Empire that can provide them with more Old Empire artifacts, or they will hunt us relentlessly because we know all of their secrets.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:13 No.13650613
    wait...how long do these guys live? we could be up against old enemies here
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:15 No.13650629
    Yeah, maybe we can get them to welcome us. Assuming they're not freakishly long-lived or bear no hatreds that lasted through the centuries, as implied here: >>13650613
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)03:17 No.13650658
    Something about Constructs being untrustworthy. Standard animal nonsense.
    You hand the innkeeper another gold piece to cover the costs, talk to the adventurers, and head to the Town Hall.

    A large marble building, the Town Hall is seeing a lot of activity, even this early in the morning. People heading in and out, off on various errands, getting licenses, and going to work. You head up the steps. Inside, it's even more expensive. At least, for this time period. The floor is polished marble, the desks and bookshelves made from redwood, on all different floors. People scramble and talk, the air abuzz with activity.

    Looking outside, your enhanced vision spies a man with you picture. Or at least, a sketch of you. Apparently these people lack photography as well. You turn away, careful not to let him see you.

    The license and contracting area of the building is down the right hall, to the left.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:20 No.13650684
    Guess we'd better go to licensing and contracting, unless we need to go somewhere else to get the stamp of approval on our company's name.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:20 No.13650688
    Alright, let's get a company charter notarized and the get the proper permits.
    Then ask which office to go to purchase land for this new company.
    Use our knowledge of Old Empire corporate charters to just put a basic one together.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:21 No.13650698
    ...Wait a fucking minute.

    Who deactivated you, Carne? Was it an untrustworthy mage-knight intent on betraying you before you betrayed the mage-knights?
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:23 No.13650717
    Well, it was a magical EMP...except...we're not a war-golem, so why would we have been on a battlefield where such a weapon would be used...
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:24 No.13650731
    Exactly. And some asshole shot us with artillery, too. Hmm. HMM.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:26 No.13650752
    Right then.
    No communication or contact with the mage-knights until we're fully operational, and have a small army of war-forged Old Empire terminators.

    Sound reasonable?
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:27 No.13650766
    Let's get the GM's answer on what Carne remembers, but if they came after us I think we're going to consolidate a power base and bring those sons of bitches to heel.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:28 No.13650771
    Besides, one's already within ten miles of our future iron mine. It's not like they're going to be easy to avoid.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:32 No.13650801
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    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)03:35 No.13650830
    Moving you way through the crowds of people, you head down the hall. People carrying books and piles of papers go into and out of rooms. Halflings, Gnomes and Dwarves, along with Humans and Elves.

    Approaching the door to License and Contracting, it opens and hits you in the face. An elven mage walks out, yelling at someone in the room and sees you. She looks you over, then realizes what happened.
    "Oh. Hello Mage-Knight."
    She turns and leaves.

    You eye her, mark her in your memory, and enter the room.

    Various people talk in small wooden offices with no doors. A man sits idly at one of the desks. His face is red. Embarrassment. Perhaps he was the one speaking to the elf.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:38 No.13650858
    Go up to the embarrassed man.
    "And not even an apology for slamming a door into my face.
    "Anyway. I wish to charter a company and apply for the necessary permits to begin mining. I gather this is the correct office?"
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:38 No.13650863
    "Good day, sirrah. I can come back if you need a moment."
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)03:39 No.13650868
    It's all blurry, but what you do remember is approaching the Imperial Palace, the Mage-Knights having requested your aid. They had intended to recreate the Old Empire. You were walking up the Thousand Steps, next to the Grandmaster of the Mage-Knights, when everything began to turn tom static. You believe you witnessed the Grandmaster being disintegrated. But you don't know for sure.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:39 No.13650874
    Second, why the hell not.

    captcha says we need a protection rodurod.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:40 No.13650883
    The Grandmaster disintegrated...or our eyes going offline due to the magical EMP.

    Either way, I don't think we should make contact with any mage-knights, until we can negotiate from a position of power.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:44 No.13650913

    We're going to have to deal with the one outside town somehow, but other than that, probably should take it easy. We could try to read his mind, anyway. They might have all forgotten about us or something.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)03:45 No.13650915
    "Yeah, well. If it wasn't for the guards she'd probably have tried to catch me on fire or something. It's not like it's my fault she fucked up her contract and can't get payed."

    He sighed. Then he put his papers back in order.
    "So. A company charter? We can do that right away if you like. First off, I'll need your name, and the kind of company you wish to form. I'll also need 5 silver.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:51 No.13650956
    Place a goldpiece on his desk, and tell him you're forming a joint-stock enterprise. Your name is...Hmm.

    What was the dynastic name of the Emperor's house?
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:51 No.13650957
    Name: Carne Murphy
    Company: OCP Resources

    Provide 1 gold and apologize for not having anything smaller.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:51 No.13650964
    The Emperor's royal house, that is.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)03:52 No.13650969
    The dynastic name was Aeon.

    Alright guys, are we going to vote on the company or what?
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:54 No.13650986
    Company Name: Aeon Resources
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:56 No.13650999
    One vote for Carne MacAeon, and MacAeon&Co. If anyone remembers the old empire, that might draw them out.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:56 No.13651001
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)03:57 No.13651013
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:00 No.13651042
    Yeah, but seeing as it's ambiguous whether the mage-knights had a hand in shutting us down, wouldn't it be more prudent to keep out connection to the Old Empire hidden for now?
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)04:02 No.13651054
    rolled 54 = 54


    I'm going to roll, so we can move it along.

    1-33 is OCP
    34-66 is Aeon Resources
    67-99 is MacAeon&Co
    100 is reroll

    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:02 No.13651055
    Fuck that noise. We're angry and we want answers. If that mage-knight doesn't provide them, we're going to punch a hole in his face with our lightning-rod.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:04 No.13651069
    Guess that's settled. You're Carne MacAeon, then, I guess. Make small talk with the clerk, ask him if it's really that hard to get a contract done properly and what pitfall the silly elf woman encountered.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:04 No.13651076
    >Just catching up on this Quest

    GM, were you running Envy Quest?
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:06 No.13651090
    Yes, let's make sure that we don't fall into obvious contractual traps.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:08 No.13651111

    Fill it out per a mining group. Also, is this the place to get a hold of the land we wanted?
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)04:09 No.13651118
    Ok, Aeon resources it is.

    If you don't like it too bad. I'm sorry, but too damn bad.

    "Carne MacAeon, hmm? Alright. Now, for the 5 silver."
    You hand him a gold piece, and apologize for not having anything smaller.
    "I suppose this will work. I'll split this and send the difference to you along with the finished paperwork. Now, what is the nature of your company? Keep in mind that if you branch out, your company type will have to be changed."

    He hands you a pile of forms to fill out.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)04:11 No.13651125
    It's in the same building, but you'll have to take the paperwork down the hall, where you'll do more stuff, and then submit the entire package for review.

    It should take about a day for them to finish it up.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:11 No.13651128
    Let's go with minerals and resources for now, a mining and logging company.
    Once we have more time, we can create dozens of shell companies and an all-encompassing holding corporation.

    Hopefully our mechanical precision will allow us to complete the forms in record time.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:12 No.13651133
    We fill the papers of course, can we fast forward?
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:12 No.13651135
    Fill out forms. You're a joint-stock extraction operation. Use your vast knowledge to get the best bureaucratic outcome available. Stake your claim if possible.

    Get shit done, Carne.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:12 No.13651136
    Alright, let's buy up that forest first, and if we have money left, also buy up the land that we detected other large deposits of metals in.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:15 No.13651157
    Hey, we need to save some gold for the materials! Plus bribe money and cash for payroll and all kinds of other things, like fixing yourself and building artefacts.

    And it just occurred to me that if we know ALL the Mage-Knights' secrets, we can probably stop being afraid of them now.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:18 No.13651181
    We set aside 4 gold with Jim to get stuff ready, though Blackheart might have gotten to him.

    I understand your worry though.
    So the forest, and 2 other stakes. How's that?
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)04:20 No.13651194
    You spend the better part of two hours working through the paperwork. It's obvious that it's designed to make those who own the companies lose out and the Vardan government get more than their fair share.
    You're easily intelligent enough to get around that. And also intelligent enough to make it work in your favor. After finishing up in Licenses and Contracts, and asking about that elf mage, you head on over to Property and Resources Management. Their paperwork is even more labyrinthine, but once again you manage to come out on top.

    You now own roughly 40 square miles of land, for the price of 120 gold. Most of the good mineral deposits are in the area you purchased.

    It will be time to meet Jim in six hours.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:21 No.13651207

    We can stop being afraid of them when we're fully functional. Until then we should keep the advantage of surprise.

    Speaking of, I think we're due a showdown outside with our stalker.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:23 No.13651216
    See if you can spot the elf mage. She might be interested in an epic teamup with someone who isn't getting fucked over by the government, or something. Also, why the hell not.

    Try to avoid anyone looking for you.

    If you can't find her, collect Bill and Ted and head to the naval yard. If there is one.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:24 No.13651228
    I don't think we can have a proper showdown with him near city hall. It might lead to loljailed or a big fight with the authorities.

    Plus, what if Blackheart's inviting you to a party so she can assess your capacities and he's just some bitch valet? Tearing his head off with lightning bolts may be a bad idea.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:24 No.13651230
    It just occured to me that we must look great reading and filling those documents at superhuman speed. Do our eyes even need to be focused at all?

    We should ready up for meeting... who did we have appointments with?
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:25 No.13651231
    Can the Town Hall provide us with a list of companies that would be buyers of our metals?
    We should at least try to narrow down potential customers before going down to the naval yards.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:28 No.13651244
    Hey, we're acting like a mage-knight, mage-knights got magic. I DON'T NEED TO EXPLAIN SHIT.

    We gots four hours before we need to talk to Jim and the Bankers. I think we're ready for that, but let's get more done first.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:29 No.13651251

    True, but Jim is our employee now. If Blackheart wants him then she'll find we won't give an inch.

    But a party is nice too. John and Foran could be a real asset in that setting.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)04:31 No.13651269
    The clerk was pretty amazed, yeah.
    There's a book for of offered contracts that's published once a month. It has a lot of information about a lot of businesses. You flip through it for five minutes and memorize it as you leave.

    Exiting the building, the elf mage is nowhere in sight. However, the man looking for you is still there. He's talking with another man and a woman. They are discussing something by a corner of a storefront about a hundred feet away.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:31 No.13651274
    Maybe, but yeah...we need a list of prospective buyers, though I expect the top of the list will read 'NAVY' in boldcaps.

    Let's get it, let's find the elf mage maybe, and when we're running around town, we'll see if we can catch our stalker.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:33 No.13651285
    Alrighty. Get within earshot of them, try not to be seen by them. Listen in. If you need to, send John and Foran to run interference or something while you get into position - they can make sure your stalker's looking the other way. However, this might motivate said group to leave.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:35 No.13651296

    Let's wait till this guy is alone then confront him about why the fuck he's looking for us. If it comes down to it, we can wipe his mind with the oculas.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:35 No.13651303
    Hey, he might be talking about his orders here. Let's listen in.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:36 No.13651309
    Why not just move to a corner, take out the Oculus (keep it in the sleeves of our robe, though), and just scan his mind?
    We know it works without LoS, so let's take advantage of that.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:36 No.13651313
    Sorry to be a pest, I'm heading to be now.

    Seriously though, still wondering if this is the GM who did Envy Quest and Wrath Quest. I feel like the style is the same and I was really sad when EQ vanished.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)04:44 No.13651346
    You stealthily approach him, using the crowd and fountain as cover. That espionage training sure is useful.
    "I don't know, I just can't find the guy."
    "You sure you looked everywhere?"
    "Hell yeah I looked everywhere."
    "Blackwater'll be pissed."
    "Yeah, well, what the fuck did she expect us to do? Fucking Mage-Knight would tear us apart."
    "Look, she just said to bring him to us. She never said how. Maybe if we invited him to the party?"
    "Are you serious? No way she'd let us do that."
    "Well, how else are we going to get him to go?"
    "Fuck if I know."
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:45 No.13651349
    The mage-knight we heard about, he was investigating artifact use.
    The Oculus is an artifact.

    When we use artifacts, it draws mage-knights in.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:45 No.13651352
    Now we just need to know WHY she wants us.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:47 No.13651363
    We appear to be rich, and into her business field. She knows that. We are unlikely to get bound with antimagic adamantine chains in this day and age...

    Perhaps we should show up at that party they mentioned uninvited, it would make a great impression.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:48 No.13651364
    You know, if this shit keeps up, I think we should go level her fucking house. But in the meantime, let's go to the navy and put out some feelers for a buyer for our iron.

    Oh, and we were going to hire some mercenaries.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)04:52 No.13651382
    There's a Gord mercenary office near the Naval office. They do work together a lot. The Naval office here doesn't deal with buying iron, but they can put you in contact with another office and they'll buy it from you.

    The Gord mercenary office arranges contracts for mercenary groups, which they take at their discretion. The really good contracts are snapped up within days, and sometimes even hours.

    Also, the party is tonight.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:54 No.13651397
    You know what we should do? We should get Blackheart imprisoned until we can deal with her malformed character. And if we're not going to mindread her mooks, we'd best avoid them. But we could probably just buy them and turn them around, like we did with Jim and those other guys. Except no magic.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:54 No.13651398

    There is the adventurers at the Inn. I think we made good impressions with them.

    But yes, crashing the party seems like a good idea. Aristocracies love nothing more than quant surprises and catch Black off guard.

    But seriously, we need to get our capital moving.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:55 No.13651401
    Let's ask these fucks just why the blackheart woman wants us.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:56 No.13651411
    Alright, we'll crash her party. Why the hell not.

    In the meantime, capital. Go to the docs. Let's see these ships they have, let's get contacts scraped together and put down a merc contract. Jim needs protection, and so might the rest of our miners.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)04:57 No.13651419
    We have the Oculus, we could just go ask her. Though it's pretty likely obvious by now - we're fucking with her business.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:00 No.13651428
    I thought we could just stand silently behind the guy until he sees us.

    Then remain silent while he says his piece. Let him sweat.

    Everyone seems terrified of mage-knights. We need to find out if its because they're tyrants or heroes.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:00 No.13651430
    While we're very powerful, we're not exactly a battle construct.
    Crashing the party might not be the best idea.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:01 No.13651434
    We haven't even begun to fuck with her business yet, and she's already on to us? We find out now before moving ahead.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:01 No.13651437
    Well, there's also the thing about being able to fight and defeat 700 better-than-regular soldiers at once, too.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:02 No.13651441
    We're starting up a mining operation, when she currently owns all of the mining companies.
    From what we gleaned about her, she doesn't take kindly to competition.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:05 No.13651453
    Heading down to the docks, dodging the stalker's gaze, you are ghostlike in your ability to stay unseen. Along the way, you spot two more people, a man and a woman, searching for you. Those assholes just don't give up.

    You pass Sloan's shop, and reach the Naval office. A large, heavily guarded building, it is patrolled by twenty pairs of men, armed with repeating crossbows and swords. Entering the office, the dim light casts shadows all over the entry hall. Four more guards stand against the walls, and people line the seats. Most of them appear to be attempting to join the navy.

    A man waves you over. In a monotonous voice he says
    "Do you have an appointment? If not, please sign that form and your name will be called when someone is available to see you."
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:05 No.13651456

    We seem conflicted.

    I propose we turn on our magnetic field, disarm all three of them, step out from around the corner like motherfucking batman and say, "Are you sure you wish to find me?"
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:07 No.13651462

    I was thinking we do it as the new noble in town.

    We have a business.

    We have an entourage. Bards no less.

    And we have great magical powers.

    We show up, rub elbows, get the fast track to the governor, maybe talk afew members to prosecute Blackbitch, and general hob nob.

    We'll need fancier clothes. Maybe a big hat.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)05:07 No.13651464

    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:07 No.13651466
    A little late, now.

    sign in, get done what we came here to do, etc.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:08 No.13651473
    Well, I guess we'll see about Blackheart's mooks yet. Tell the man you'll wait, sign in, and have a look around. If there are any diagrams of ships on the walls, pictures, whatever, take them in. You want to know what today's military's capable of.

    Also, where are Bill and Ted?
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:10 No.13651484
    No, I think that's a bad idea.
    There is a mage-knight hunting for us and not all of our systems are online.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:11 No.13651490
    Sign in and wait.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:16 No.13651520

    FUCKING SECONDED, goddamn. We don't have our shit fully together yet.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)05:16 No.13651522
    You sign you name and take a seat. Your name is called after only half a minute. Once again, your brilliant, savant-like disguise of single black robe seems to have payed off.

    You are lead down a dark hall to the end office. As the door is opened, a bit of smoke pours out. Inside, a scarred man with a missing hand sits smoking at a desk. A cigar is hooked to his prosthetic. "Sir, there's a Mage-Knight here to see you."

    "Come in."

    You take a seat in a comfy chair in front of the desk.

    "What can I do for you today?"
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:17 No.13651528
    Yeah we should take time to repair ourself before doing anything bold.

    GM: Does repairing the systems cost a lot? Materials, time taken, tools, location

    I too vote we wait for our turn.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:18 No.13651536
    "I understand the Navy is in need of iron these days. It just so happens I've started up a proper mining company, and would like to see my ore reaching the right hands."
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:18 No.13651538

    Blackheart is looking for us. Either we go to her where everyone is a witness or she decides to come to us by tearing apart everything we have.

    It's a risk revealing ourselves but it's better to take this problem head on and hope the mage-knights didn't get invites.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:20 No.13651550

    State we would like to know about potential iron buyers. We also should try to make allies with him.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:23 No.13651569
    Seconded. In addition, try to figure out if he's in Blackheart's pocket.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:25 No.13651580

    Er, yes we probably should get tuned up before the party.

    We haven't actually sat down and done that have we? A gold coin says theres a raccoon trapped inside our chestplate.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:30 No.13651607
    We're visiting a mage today. He might have things of use to our desire to tune up.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:31 No.13651610
    yes I asked about the requirements to fix our systems, the GM probably missed it
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:35 No.13651636
    In the first part of this quest, we were told that Carne gave Bill and Ted a list of required parts. It took him five minutes to list everything.

    Hopefully Sloane's got what we need, or can connect us to someone who does. Better not worry about it now.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:37 No.13651649
    yes, I saw that, but we as players don't know if we should look for a workshop or something.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)05:37 No.13651650
    You explain the nature of your business, and cite the figures of the massive amounts of iron buried on your property. He sits and listens, only asking the occasional question, which you explain briefly and concisely. You finish up.

    "Yes. That's all interesting, and I'm sure the Navy will LOVE having you supplying them. But quite frankly, I couldn't give less of a shit. I'm more interested in you personally."

    He pauses.

    "Unlike most of the fools you'll meet, I think you'll discover I'm hard to fool. I know you're not a Mage-Knight, but I don't give a shit about that either. No. It's the fact that you're taking on Blackwater that interests me. I know her people have been looking for you. And I know you've begun turning her own people against her. The gnomish banker? One of my people picked her up. She's the one who told Anna about you. Her people are already at the Smoking Dwarf. They're posing as guards. When your friend Jim shows up, they plan to ambush him and his friends."

    He smokes his cigar some more.

    "So. Here's the deal. NID wants Anna Blackwater's head on a platter, or at least in a prison cell. You get her for me, and we'll discuss that iron contract. Maybe we'll even give you more than the normal rates. Who knows."

    "We have an agreement?"
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:42 No.13651693
    Apply Old Imperial procedural guidelines and hammer out an agreement that gives you some sort of chance of surviving this mess with NID protection.

    Try to establish a more permanent contract. For example, you'd need information on Blackheart/Blackwater/whatever her name is now, and you'd like information on the Mage-Knights. And potentially NID protection in future.

    This ain't our first rodeo, as they say. Naval Intelligence motherfucker's not the only one with experience around here.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:43 No.13651701
    Err, try to establish a more permanent working relationship.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)05:44 No.13651705


    God dammit I can't fucking type anything correctly.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:47 No.13651722
    Heh, no worries.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)05:57 No.13651785
    You talk for a ten minutes, shoot comments back and forth. Slowly you gain ground, and he offers you access to some the NID's files. You can't take them with you, but you can read them. He also offers you a small sum for services rendered. 400 gold and an interesting magical device.

    You believe this is the best offer you can get, so you agree. He tells you to follow him, and the animal pulls out a book from a bookcase to your left and inserts a key into a keyhole.

    The bookcase slides down into the floor, revealing a hidden platform. Stepping on it, the platform begins to lower. After approximately 30 feet, it comes to a stop. The animal has taken you to an underground library. No other animals are here.

    He tells you you have one hour to look up what you need, and walks towards a metal crate. Removing the lock with another key, the biped pulls out something you recognize: A wand of Freezing Cone.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)05:59 No.13651801


    We better head to the Smoking Dwarf. Time Anna learned she's in a fight with a robot... And robots don't stop coming until their target is dead.

    So the itinerary:
    -Clean Smoking Dwarf. Rescue allies.
    -Tune up.
    -Crash party. Smash Blackbitch.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)06:01 No.13651808
    Well, well.

    Get everything relevant on Blackheart, mamorize it. Then do the same on the Mage-Knights. We'll digest later.

    Whatever time you have left over after that, devote to sorting out what you can understand of history, political structures, various power groups, and so forth.

    Go at it like the machine you are.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)06:02 No.13651814
    How much of the library can we memorize, if we can't memorize all of it try to prioritize on more recent and relevant areas.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)06:03 No.13651822
    More or less, yeah, except you need to meet with Jim and the boys after the smoking dwarf's clean, you might have time to get a mercenary contract ironed out first, and you need to visit Sloane during your tune-up attempt.

    Oh, and the 'guards' at the smoking dwarf might be 'handled' with a bit of sleeping-powder in their ale. The innkeeper doesn't like Anna's mooks, does he? Have a chat with him, and then buy the house a round.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)06:04 No.13651826
    Looks like the GM ain't the only one with a case of the late night typos XD
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)06:08 No.13651849
    The one handed man leaves, taking the lift back up, and leaves you to it. Even if he knows you're not a Mage-Knight, he probably hasn't figured out your artificial nature yet. Good.

    Over the course of fourty five minutes, you rapidly read through all the books in the library, your mind getting a true workout trying to keep up. You finish with fifteen minutes to spare, and feel slightly... what was the word? Perhaps there was no word. You felt odd.

    Replacing all the books for the next fifteen minutes, you call the lift down with a lever, and return to ground level.

    You feel slightly better as the lift pulls to a stop.

    "Got everything you need?"
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)06:12 No.13651871
    "Can you spare a few doses of a water-soluble anaesthetic? I'd like to put those kids playing at being town guards to bed."
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)06:15 No.13651890
    "And if I went and knocked out Blackheart right now and brought her to you, would that be enough for you to lock her up, or do I need to make the civil authorities go through the motions?"
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)06:17 No.13651895
    "Fine, Captain. If you excuse me, I have a bar to clean."


    "Fine, captain. If you'll excuse me, I have a party to attend and I still can't find a date."

    We're getting the rod of cold right?
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)06:19 No.13651907
    Possibly, but it seemed like it might be a reward for later?

    Also, how much time until the meeting with Jim?
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)06:21 No.13651920
    He hands you a vial.

    "Ah. I see what you're doing. I'll send some of my boys over in an hour to pick them up. Report back once Blackheart's take care of."

    You leave his office, passing three people in black clothing on the way out. Their faces are hidden in shadow, but your enhanced vision manages to capture an image of them nonetheless. The animals apparently hadn't heard of masks.

    You head out through the lobby and into the street. To your right, you hear that same elf again. Arguing with a Gord Mercenary.

    "God dammit, no! I PAYED YOU IN ADVANCE, and where were you when I needed you? NOWHERE."

    "Oh, really? You payed me in advance, that's great. Then why did to note bounce?"

    "Because Blackheart knew I hired your group and froze my accounts! She controls the banks in this city."

    "Look, if I'm not getting our fee, then my squad doesn't do shit. Not my problem."

    "Look, if you help me out I can get your damn money. As soon as I take care the problem, the banks will unfreeze my accounts."

    "Like I said. Not my problem."
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)06:22 No.13651929
    Yeah, he's giving it to you later.

    There's five hours until you meet with Jim
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)06:23 No.13651934
    No, wait. Four hours.

    I'm gonna go to sleep as soon as the 'guards' are taken care of.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)06:28 No.13651947
    Alright, it's time to meet this elf before she gets offed. This is a potential ally here, we don't need Blackheart cutting her open from nose to tits. Step forward and say something knightly along the lines of "Madam, pardon me, but you're clearly agitated - and have been since this morning. I feel compelled to offer assistance, as I did at the city hall - but you left in haste, and I could not. What's the trouble?"
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)06:30 No.13651955
    You're a champ, by the way, GM.
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)06:36 No.13651988
    She turns to you.
    "Oh. Yes. I see you've just left the Naval office. What are you, NID? Or do you work for Blackheart?"

    You don't work for Blackheart.

    "So you're going after her? Figures. What does a Mage-Knight want with a smugger though?"

    Oh, but she's much more than a smuggler.

    "That she is. Hmm. If you're going after Blackheart, I want want to come along. See that bitch get what she deserves. Watch her face when she sees a Mage-Knight stomp down her front door."
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)06:42 No.13652013
    "It's not quite that cut and dried, but sure, tag along. I think we ought to have a chat in a few minutes' time. Is that mercenary there for hire? I have need of mercenaries, and it sounds like he's just left your employ. Always a pain to deal with cash flow problems, isn't it?"

    Show the mercenary a gold coin. We're getting some guards for the deposit and the mining camp.
    >> Blackheart !!d+z47tvchVl 01/25/11(Tue)06:44 No.13652016
    >Anna Blackheart

    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)06:47 No.13652030


    Take it as a compliment, you're an inspiration! You get a starring role in a quest :P
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)06:54 No.13652065
    "Yeah, I'm for hire. What do you need? Anything right now? My men are itching for a fight."

    He lights up at the sight of the coin, and eyes your bag.

    "A lot more in there, hmm? How about this. I'll help you break into Blackheart's mansion, and distract the guards while you deal with her. Let's say, five gold?"

    Make it three.


    The elf speaks up.

    "My name's Ariel by the way. In case you need to know."

    Gained Item:
    Elf Mage

    Gained Item:
    Mercenary Captain
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)06:58 No.13652086
    But Anna's a female, and Blackhearts a... whatever. Thing.

    I wouldn't go so far as to call him male, but he's sort of like that.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)06:58 No.13652088
    Tell Ariel you're pleased to make her aquaintence.
    Ask the mercenary captain and Ariel to come to the inn with you. We need to talk to them anyhow, and we might as well drag them to the meeting with Jim and company. And find Bill and Ted. (And the GM needs sleep.)
    >> GM 01/25/11(Tue)07:01 No.13652106
    I've been at this for... ten hours now.


    Ariel follows you, and the mercenary Captain goes to gather his men. You make your way towards the Inn.

    And that's where I'm stopping for now.

    You can have your fight with the guards tomorrow.

    I'm fucking tired and can't feel my arms.

    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)07:03 No.13652116
    Goodnight. I think next time we shouldn't go more than like five hours >.>
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)12:38 No.13654214
    >Goodnight. I think next time we should on for another ten hours >.>

    Fixed that for you, see where you went wrong, easy mistake.
    >> Anonymous 01/25/11(Tue)17:17 No.13656614
    So people enjoyed this thread?
    Sure seemed like there was tactical genius shit going on, and one or two anons seem kinda territorial.

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