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    213 KB Manfred Goes to Dinner Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)01:05 No.16311859  
    Good evening, fech/tg/uys, it's Riddle of Steel o'clock and time for the return of our good friend Manfred Havrisham, squire to Sir Perceval Havrisham and recently come fully to manhood both the bed of a trollop and through the heat of battle.

    When last we left our intrepid teenager, he was sitting on a brothel floor, bleeding out from a groin injury inflicted by the pimp that now lies dead at his feet.

    Upon further review of several pertinent rules, it turns out his 8 bloodloss had been reduced to 2 by a two-success First Aid check (each success reduces blood loss by 3), so I've ruled that he was leaking slowly enough that a more competant medical professional (the village barber) was able to get on the scene in time.

    Cut to two weeks later. Manfred has been confined to bedrest and daily leechings, and is finally in a state where walking does not inflict horrible pain, though he is not quite so light on his feet any more. A serving girl enters Manfred's bedchamber, throws back the curtains to let in the morning light, and demurely informs him that he is expected in the dining hall this evening. "Lord Harold is entertaining foreign digni... Foreign dignitaries and requires the presence of his sons and grandsons," she informs you, stumbling over what she clearly treats as a prepared speech. "'We mustn't fuck up the lord's dog and pony show for lack of ponies,' says Marianne. Oh! I wasn't to say that!" She blushes with frustration and embarassment, and makes to leave.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)01:09 No.16311910
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    A few quick ground rules:

    1> you guys are running Manfred. First person posting as Manfred in direct response to a call to action by me gets dibs on dictating his actions
    1a> if you aren't replying to my call to action directly, I may not recognize your intent and ignore you
    2> You guys roll for everything but hit locations (I'll do that)
    2a> if I don't call for a die roll, I probably won't honor your roll
    2b> first person to roll the dice called for gets it. Please be clear who you're rolling for.
    2c> please don't hide your dice.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)01:12 No.16311951
    Base stats (slightly modified to fill out some gaps from last thread, like a full skill list that makes a lick of sense):

    ST 4 WP 4 Ref 3
    AG 3 Wit 3 Aim 3
    TO 4 MA 3 KD 3
    EN 3 Soc 3 KO 5
    HT 3 Per 3 Move 5
    Proficiencies: Sword & Shield (6)
    CP: 9 (sword & shield)

    Spiritual Attributes:
    Drive - Get Laid: 4
    Destiny - Lead House Havrisham: 1
    Oath - Service to Sir Perceval: 2

    Skills (Knight and Courtier at 9, +3 for MA)

    Appraisal 9
    Battle 7
    Dancing 7
    Diplomacy 9
    Etiquette(c) 6
    Etiquette(t) 8
    First Aid 6
    Forgery 9
    Games 7
    Hunting 8
    Heraldry 7
    Intrigue 8
    Law 8
    Persuasion 9
    Reading 7
    Ridicule 8
    Riding 7
    Sincerity 7
    Strategy 8
    Tactics 9
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    ince the last thread, Manfred's health has been slow to recover. His HT temporarily stands at 2 (give him two more weeks and he'll be back in form; there was no permanent damage). He is also awarded 2 SA for Drive - Get Laid and 1 SA for Destiny - Lead House Havrisham, bringing him to a total of:

    Drive - Get Laid: 6
    Destiny - Lead House Havrisham: 2
    Oath - Service to Sir Perceval: 2

    You may spend SA on character advancement or hoard them. Discuss if you'd like, I'll ask for a verdict in a little while.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)01:33 No.16312141
    Oh hells yeah, I never see these threads when they're happening.

    So, if we chat up the serving girl do we get points for following our Drive?
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)01:34 No.16312154

    Probably a bad time to run this, most american RoS fans would be asleep.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)01:38 No.16312197
    >>16311992 His HT temporarily stands at 2 (give him two more weeks and he'll be back in form; there was no permanent damage

    What's the actual effect of that going to be in play? does it reduce our CP or handicap us in any way?
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)01:42 No.16312231
    Manfred's a night owl.

    If he gets hurt again, he's that much closer to slipping into a coma. Health isn't called for very frequently.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)01:49 No.16312309
    OK, we get ourselves presentable and head down to the dining hall. I assume it wouldn't be taken as an affront if we take our sword?
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)01:51 No.16312332
    http://www.thearma.org/podcast/podcast.html here's a podcast about that
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)02:03 No.16312450
    I suppose I could have you roll etiquette (court), but it's ok to wear a sword in your own house. Drawing it around guests is highly-situational.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)02:04 No.16312457
    captcha ate my name, this was me.
    >> Kzyrgis 09/16/11(Fri)02:22 No.16312645
    I vote we spend our SA now, why not, it's jjust gonna sit around otherwise.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)02:29 No.16312710

    OK, lets head down to the dining room in our best clothes. Right now we probably have a reputation as a drunken, whoring, brawler, and considering our Destiny, that's probably not great. An evening entertaining our grandfathers' honored guests should go some way towards repairing it.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)02:29 No.16312713
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    Okay, it's been an hour and only one person weighing in on character progression. Last call: spend some SA on improving young Manfred's baseline stats (or maybe even bump up his proficiency, I think he's got enough) or save them for ad-hoc dice use?
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)02:35 No.16312750

    Probably a better idea to bump up his stats.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)02:39 No.16312787
    Very well. How much will you spend where?

    It would cost 4 to raise an attribute that currently stands at 3, 7 to raise an attribute that currently stands at 4.

    Manfreds Sword & Shield proficiency stands at 6, so it would cost 6 to bump it up one.

    The only skill he used enough to merit an improvement was Persuasion. You can improve it from 9 to 8 by spending 6 SA, as I read the rules.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)02:40 No.16312792

    How much can we improve his stats by? if we give a +1 to AG and Wit, that'll give him a +1 to Ref, Aim, KO and CP (through the Ref), all round making him less generally terrible at everything.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)02:46 No.16312843
    pardon me, apparently I've been at the crack pipe again. Manfred can improve his Persuasion free of charge by rolling MA (3) at 6. No SA expenditure necessary until I decide to fully embrace the Companion rules.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)02:52 No.16312889
    rolled 4, 5, 7 = 16

    >>16312843 Manfred can improve his Persuasion free of charge by rolling MA (3) at 6.

    Doesn't sound like there's any downside.

    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)02:54 No.16312901
    I was wondering where all the RoS threads had gone.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)02:56 No.16312925
    ding! My local copy of his character sheet now shows Persuasion at 8.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)03:00 No.16312963
    >>16312792 if we give a +1 to AG and Wit, that'll give him a +1 to Ref, Aim, KO and CP

    Can we do this?
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)03:01 No.16312970
    Well, Manfred had better get his dancing shoes on. And by dancing shoes, I mean finest clothes.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)03:05 No.16313001
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    Manfred forces back a grimace several times as he dresses himself, but finally he clasps the silvered buckle of his swordbelt and reviews himself in the mirror. Though still a stick of a boy in truth, his chest is now swelled with the pride that can only be born of hard-tested self-confidence. We'll see if grandpa's guests know of his exploits, he thinks. Out the door and down the hall he struts.

    He is met almost immediately by Marianne. She is the shrivelled-up battleaxe of a woman that has run the household since Harold was Manfred's age. He pauses and lets her inspect him immediately and without complaint. She gives him a quick nod of approval and curtly informs him "Lord Havrisham's guests are Lord Digieni Digenes, his son Andronichus, his daughter Laskara -- unmarried, so mind yourself --, and his retainers, Sir Jani Alianti, and the brothers Symeon and Simon Chionates." She doesn't pause to make sure he caught all that, confident that he hadn't. "Lord Digenes and his children will be seated with Lord Havrisham and Sir Perceval along with Sir Jani. You will be seated with the Chionates boys. Mind your tonuge and do Sir Perceval proud. Off with you. The party should be arriving any moment."

    House Havrisham's visitors have foreign names, Manfred notes. Sir Perceval is waiting in the yard, ready to order the gates raised, receive the guests formally, and send for Lord Havrisham as soon as they cross the threshhold.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)03:07 No.16313015
    Yes. It will leave you with a whopping two SA total (spending 4 to bump AG from 3 to 4, and another 4 to raise Wits from 3 to 4).

    I'll pull the trigger on it if the first reply to this post says to.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)03:10 No.16313038
    get the drive and the oath to zero, and give the man more reflexes! Let's get him at least to the human average!
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)03:11 No.16313049
    Human average is pretty good. Done. Updated statline will be posted before any combat.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)03:15 No.16313075
    Cool, I guess we save the last two points, and head down to greet the foreign dignitaries.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)03:21 No.16313124
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    Three carriages approach the gate, attended by three outriders with light lances, one with a pennant affixed, presumably for House Digenes. The lead outrider tips his hat gallantly. "Pray open your gates and give comfort to weary travellers, landlord!" the rider barks in an odd accent. Sir Perceval calls out for the gatekeeper, and the iron bars slowly creep upward. The riders dismount and talk among themselves in a tongue unfamiliar to young Manfred. They seem to be sharing a joke of some sort.

    Finally the gate draws high enough to allow the carriages through, and Sir Perceval greets them in their own strange language. The young man bearing the pennant breaks out laughing and says something unintelligible. Another of the riders sends him a withering glare, then replies "You are both as generous and well-educated as your reputation assays, good knight! Please forgive my companion. He does not know your..." he says something in his own language again. "Accent," Perceval offers. "It is just so, yes."

    Ok, what do? Chat up the riders? Boss around some stableboys to attend to the newcomers? Fetch Grandpa? Stab somebody in the dick? Your call.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)03:24 No.16313140

    I say we chat up the outriders. They're probably well traveled and can tell us much of the world.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)03:26 No.16313153
    >>16313124 Fetch Grandpa?

    We can order a stableboy to do that, I say we try to get a glimpse of the unmarried daughter.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)03:28 No.16313169
    I read that as "fecht Grandpa", and thought our destiny was at hand.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)03:29 No.16313178
    Very well. Marianne's staff can take care of the particulars while you help Sir Perceval play host.

    Upon approaching the riders, it is immediately clear that each is much younger than Sir Perceval. One of the riders has striking dark features and an even more pronounced cocksure swagger than Manfred, the other two are heavily-freckled redheads perhaps three years Manfred's senior.

    Give me an etiquette (court) roll, 3 at 6 to not stick your foot in your mouth too badly.

    God bless you, /tg/
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)03:30 No.16313183
    rolled 2, 7, 4 = 13


    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)03:43 No.16313268
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    see? 3 Soc isn't completely unworkable.

    Manfred greets the outriders formally, calling upon a stableboy to bring wine and cheese to quench their thirst and sate their hunger. He stumbles through the old phrases Marriane taught him as a boy (for he is a man now, he reminds himself).

    Just as the Havrisham servants set up a table with cheeses, bread, and wine, the carriages come to rest inside the yard.

    The rearmost carriage's door open first, and a cluster of serving-folk swarm out to attend their betters. The lead carriage is opened, revealing two dark-haired beauties, one somewhat older and lovelier than the other, both dressed in gowns of an unfamiliar cut and strange material. The younger girl descends gracefully, immediately turns, and offers her hand to help the older girl down. Strike that. She offers her hand to help the young woman down. As she descends Manfred is not entirely sure her feet touch the floor of her carriage, the step her serving-boy had set down, or the ground below. For a moment, both Manfred and Sir Perceval are struck dumb.

    "Sir Perceval, this is my sister Laskara. Please forgive her presence while we do men's business. She has traveled little and insisted on accompanying our father."

    Sir Perceval turns to Manfred. His face is red, his easy manner shaken. "I shall go see what is detaining my lord father," he announced. "Young Manfred, please attend our guests in my absence. I shall return presently."

    Perceval turns on his heel and walks briskly back to the manor keep. What do?
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)03:47 No.16313299
    stab her in the dick
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)03:48 No.16313303
    Another Soc roll to entertain the ladies, I guess. We could tell them tales of our valor, but considering that amounts to getting stabbed in the dick over a whore, probably unwise.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)03:50 No.16313319
    Manfred recently confirmed the rumor that women don't have dicks to stab. Instruction rejected. He thinks a bit about what the beauty has between her legs, but we all knew that because he's a teenager.

    3 at 6 normally, but with all this crotch talk I have to bump that up to a 7.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)03:52 No.16313328
    she was a damsel in distress, we rescued her from a blackguard's clutches!
    surely that counts for something.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)03:52 No.16313330
    rolled 4, 2, 10 = 16

    >>16313319 3 at 6 normally, but with all this crotch talk I have to bump that up to a 7.

    "So, miladies, dost thou come here often?"
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)04:02 No.16313393

    The beautiful young woman bats her eyes and extends her hand to Manfred, accepting his surprisingly-suave greeting. The younger girl titters and says something hurriedly, to which she replies and smiles broadly.

    "Oh no, I haven't ever the pleasure." The accent that sounded grating and even drunken from the men dances in Manfred's ears. "You have such pretty hills we ride through on the journey. The trees are so big."

    The dark-haired outrider interjects with an edge of anger "Yes, your travelways twist about a great deal and have great bumps that have caused a big problem. No, a small problem. A fuss. Please to have one of you servant girls show these ladies to their rooms, they are exhaust for the ordeal."
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)04:07 No.16313431
    do you mean the clippity cloppy cobblestoneies?
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)04:18 No.16313492
    "Ah, yes, of course, where are my manners? This way please."

    We shouldn't neglect the guys though, that would make us a bad host. We should show everybody their room and leave the girls for last though.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)04:23 No.16313526
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    Manfred takes the young woman by the hand and turn to lead her back to the manor keep.

    She wraps her arm gently around his arm, but does not yet make to move. "First we must wait for our lord father," she admonishes the dark-haired rider with surprising fluency.

    The middle carriage's door finally opens, revealing two middle-aged men in fine clothing. They each appear somewhat drained, no doubt the result of their long journey. Simultaneously, as though choreographed, Sir Perceval and Lord Harold emerge from the manor keep, attended by Marianne and the young servant girl. There is a flurry of activity as introductions are made, greeting are exchanged, and Digenes servants and Havrisham servants whirl about trying not to interfere with each other too much.

    Perception at 8 (Intrigue) to avoid having to rely on Manfred's heraldry later on to figure out who's who. Fail this an I'm willing to assume he mixed up something as simple as who is Laskara's brother or which of the older men is the Lord and which is the knight.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)04:28 No.16313554
    rolled 6, 8, 4 = 18

    Rolling perception
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)04:40 No.16313647
    right, then. It's a bit of a blur, but Manfred's pretty sure that

    the older man with the mustache is Sir Jani, who has an interest in importing hardwoods

    the older man with the beard is Digieni Digenes, who grandpa is treating like a proper equal, not just a respectable guest.

    The dark-haired beauty is Laskara Digenes. The younger woman is her handmaiden Rala.

    The two redheaded young men are the brothers Symeon and Simon. Neither seems to take much of anything very seriously, and they went through an unseemly amount of wine when given half a chance.

    The dark-haired young man is Andronichus Digenes. He immediately intercepted Sir Perceval to prevent him from fawning over his little sister.

    One of the servant boys (about Manfred's age) appears to be a favorite of Digieni's.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)04:46 No.16313687

    Manfred also finally realizes that the serving woman that woke him up this morning is the very prostitute that got him stabbed in the crotch. This makes him think about sex again, and his thoughts drift for a moment.

    "Manfred?" A voice asks. "Manfred, thank you for escorting us to our rooms. We shall require some privacy now, dear."

    He realizes he is standing in the doorway of one of the guest suites with Laskara and Rala. Their luggage is arranged for their use, and Rala throws a somewhat impatient look in his direction. Laskara is surveying the room, her handmaiden is doing something with a basin of water.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)04:49 No.16313704

    Bow gracefully, and leave them. Let's go keep an eye on Symeon and Simon, they look like trouble.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)04:56 No.16313753
    Manfred takes his leave and heads off in search of Symeon and Simon. They are not difficult to find. There is a sound of raucus laughter and teasing shouts in the foreign tongue out behind the stables. A small cluster of House Havrisham servants look on as the two redheads take turns whacking away at one of their servant boys. All three are now wearing quilted jacks and wielding wooden practice swords.

    The servant boy look up as Manfred approaches, and makes to greet him. Rap! one of the strikes the boy on the hand, jarring his sword loose.

    "Your house has good toy swords!" the other brother exclaims in a thick, drunken accent. "I see why Lord Digieni wants to snatch your forests up out from under you!"
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)05:15 No.16313901
    Smile and say: "Yes, we do have some fine practice swords. Would you like a demonstration in how to use them?"
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)05:21 No.16313935
    Picking a fight with them is probably unwise. We're trying to impress our grandfather with how sensible we are so we can inherit, remember.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)05:23 No.16313944
    I think we all knew something like this was going to happen.

    The brother that spoke flashes a toothy grin and says something to the other, who in turn barks something to the servant boy.

    "You look about Pasquali's size, yes? I say we let you show Simon you sword skills, yes? Simon always is looking to learn new things, yes?"

    The servant boy takes off his padded mitten and jack, and offers it to you. From the welts on his arms and chest, it appears the brothers haven't been gentle with him.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)05:29 No.16313989
    I think I mentioned in the last thread that Manfred is from a lesser branch of House Havrisham. His destiny isn't to take his grandfather's inheritance but rather his grandfather's older brother's. The bigger purse.

    A note about the practice swords: I never saw rules for fighting without the intent to dickmurder a fool. Practice swords have an inherently higher ATN (by 1) than their equivalent weapon, do bludgeoning damage at ST-1 (or 1 less than listed damage if already ST-1 or worse). I'll also allow anybody not currently bent on murder to pull up to his ST off the total successes to avoid annihilating your opponent. Not that this would be a problem when you're scrawny Manfred the Manly.

    Practice Arming Sword:
    Weapon Length 1H, M
    ATN (Cut) 7
    ATN (Thrust) 8
    DTN 6
    Damage (Cut) ST-1
    Damage (Thrust) ST-2

    The armor in question here is a padded jack, covering the torso and arms, and padded mittens. All of the above provide an impressive 1AV
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)05:30 No.16313999

    Throw White and say "When you are ready, ser"
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)05:36 No.16314023
    Manfred dons the offered protection, snaps the practice sword up in a well-practiced salute, and invites his opponent.

    Simon gives Manfred's stance a dismissive glance and wades in. Simon throws red, Manfred throws white.

    Simon declares a 4-die cut to Manfred's right arm (zone VII)

    What do?
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)05:38 No.16314034
    whats our dice pool again?
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)05:41 No.16314040
    ST 4 WP 4 Ref 4
    AG 4 Wit 4 Aim 3
    TO 4 MA 3 KD 4
    EN 3 Soc 3 KO 5
    HT 3 Per 3 Move 5
    Proficiencies: Sword & Shield (6)
    CP: 10 (sword & shield)
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)05:42 No.16314044
    10 I think I say we put 4 to defense, play it cautious until we know his capabilities, even if he gets through it's unlikely to get more than one success which assuming str 4 will just bounce off
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)05:42 No.16314047
    >two arming swords
    are we using the flower of battle?
    as in... can we wind & bind the pest?
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)05:44 No.16314053
    Address that to >>16314023 and I'll consider it the official choice. Or discuss the matter freely among yourselves. it's all good.

    No. I'm barely using the companion yet. Baby steps.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)05:44 No.16314054
    well, i guessing we either dodge or maybe parry. maybe throw a parry with 5 (at 6.. against his 4 at 7.. or something like that) . ill let someone else make the decision.. still pritty hazy with some of the advanced shit, hells im rusty with the basics too
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)05:45 No.16314055
    We can't our prof is 6, you need prof 7 to initiate wind/bind and i'm >>16314044
    and i was meaning parry if it wasn't obvious.
    >> Simon 09/16/11(Fri)05:47 No.16314064
    rolling for simon
    >> Simon 09/16/11(Fri)05:48 No.16314067
    rolled 7, 6, 1, 7 = 21

    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)05:48 No.16314069
    rolled 3, 10, 6, 4 = 23

    Rolling for Manfred
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)05:51 No.16314077
    two successes

    two successes

    Manfred narrowly redirects Simon's blow, Simon retains the initiative. He brings the sword right back with 3 dice cut at zone III (Manfred's left torso)
    >> Simon 09/16/11(Fri)05:52 No.16314084
    rolled 7, 5, 5 = 17

    Have at you, Knave!
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)05:53 No.16314090

    Counter for 6, I'd say.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)05:54 No.16314091
    whoa there, tiger. Manfred declares defense first.

    As for initiative, as I read it the parry had no margin of success, so Simon's still got the reins.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)05:54 No.16314094
    Ties go to the attacker for initiative
    I can't help but to agree.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)05:54 No.16314097
    >>16314091 As for initiative, as I read it the parry had no margin of success, so Simon's still got the reins.

    You are right, I misread Simon's roll. I've deleted that post to avoid confusion.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)05:56 No.16314104
    ooh, counters! Ok, Sword & Shield offers Counter at a cost of 2 w/out shield, so that'll be

    3 dice at 7 for Simon's cut
    4 dice at 6 for the riposte. If this defeats Simon's attack (including a tie, as I see it), each success (not the margin of success) becomes an extra die on the next exchange for Manfred. Also tables.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)05:57 No.16314113
    rolled 6, 1, 6 = 13


    Rolling for Simon
    >> Simon 09/16/11(Fri)05:58 No.16314115
    rolled 8, 10, 1 = 19

    here i come, Good sir!
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)05:58 No.16314116
    rolled 1, 2, 7, 3 = 13

    If it succeeds then you add the opponents successes to your next attack which is determined by TABLES!! and also initiative. Rolling for Manfred
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)06:01 No.16314129
    Egads, man. You're right. Counters are nuts.

    Alas, Simon has no successes to offer

    Manfred wins this crappy-rolling exchange, and gains the initiative for... NEW ROUNDO. Refresh CP, bleed, etc.

    Manny's got his full pool, no bonus dice. No need to throw red or white, just tell me what you're up to. Symeon is saying something to Simon in their foreign gibberish.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)06:02 No.16314134
    oh yeah, and somebody give me a d10 for where your next attack is going (consulting the Counters table in RoS core rules)
    >> Groin 09/16/11(Fri)06:03 No.16314138
    rolled 2 = 2

    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:03 No.16314143
    I think we should toss 6 dice at our next attack, he probably only has 7 dice so lets rip him a new one. Which seems to be slash at 2.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)06:04 No.16314145
    Slash at II (upper legs), sorry. How many dice (the counter dictates it's a cut)
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:04 No.16314147
    rolled 10 = 10

    >>16314134 oh yeah, and somebody give me a d10 for where your next attack is going

    I say we throw 3 dice in a cut, then if he doesn't do much to block it, we feint and crack his skull with our whole dice pool.

    Let's put this bitch down early.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)06:06 No.16314155
    I live to serve.

    Manfred cuts with 6 dice, TN 7
    Simon parries with 6, TN 6

    Roll please

    I like your plan, but >>16314143 directly answered the previous "what do" first
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:07 No.16314160
    rolled 7, 8, 10, 6, 2, 1 = 34

    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:09 No.16314166
    rolled 3, 7, 9, 8, 5, 8 = 40


    Simon's roll
    >> Groin 09/16/11(Fri)06:09 No.16314169
    rolled 8, 1, 2, 3, 10, 1 = 25

    Simon Smash>>16314155
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:10 No.16314173
    Looks like the foreign dog has stolen initiative.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:11 No.16314177
    He may have stolen initiative but I think he may only have 1 die left in his die pool unless he was holding back which is possible especially given that he talked to his bud a bit ago.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)06:15 No.16314187

    Simon parries the cut cleanly away, bringing his wooden blade around and stomping his foot down at Manfred, Stopping Short.

    Simon rolls his WP (4) against Manfred's Per(3)

    Manfred rolls Ref(4) against 11 (7 default plus 4 for the rest of Simon's dice)

    Do he didn't spend them all last round. His CP is 12 with Rapier, but he's using Cut & Thrust at the moment so he's working with 10 dice total.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:16 No.16314190
    Guys, we may not want to dickstab these guys, nor do we want to beat them too soundly. If we humiliate them, we make an enemy. If it's a close victory (or even a defeat!) we can say we got lucky and that he may be the better man, stroking his ego and gaining us a friend.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:18 No.16314198
    He attacked one of our servants, fuck 'im.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)06:19 No.16314202
    It was one of the foreign servants, a frequent sparring partner and bullying victim they brought with them from home. My apologies if I was unclear about whose servant they where whupping.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:19 No.16314205
    rolled 4, 7, 1, 5 = 17


    So for a roll of eleven, we're just going to accept 10, right? seeing as how it's functionally equivalent, and all.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:20 No.16314207
    Even so, I'd rather have a grumbling servant than an angry rival lord. Who knows how much higher than us the tides of politics may take him eventually? If he likes us, we can use him to buoy ourselves higher at the mere cost of a few sweet words. If we find him lower, we make him beg and scrape like the dog he is.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:20 No.16314212
    rolled 2, 5, 5, 3 = 15

    For Simon, how much stopped short were we? At most we lose 4 die which puts us at 0 and than we refresh to full, this seems kinda silly from him
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)06:21 No.16314213
    correct. I'm discounting that roll because both parties are rolling 4 and you didn't say who the dice were for.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:21 No.16314215
    rolled 8, 8, 7, 6 = 29

    Ok, I'll roll for Manfred now.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:23 No.16314221
    Is Manfred a scheming dog, or a MAN?
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:23 No.16314224

    It keeps initiative for him. Tactically this was a very sound move.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:24 No.16314227
    It's not even our servant, I don't think we care in the least about their bruises. Also say to Simon that we knew he was holding something back.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)06:25 No.16314230
    psyche! made you flinch!


    Simon's motive isn't to defeat Manfred. It's to humiliate him.

    NEW ROUNDO (cp refresh, stop short had purely psychological reward)

    Simon declares a cut to Zone III with four dice

    Kindly declare Manfred's defense
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:26 No.16314232
    It doesn't matter HOW "manly" you are if no one respects you because this brat spreads rumors.
    What if he spreads a rumor that you have a small penis, or, even worse, that you're gay? Good luck getting laid then! Also, we may disgrace our family name if we fail to maintain proper relations with other noble houses.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:27 No.16314233
    >>16314230 Simon declares a cut to Zone III with four dice

    Hmm, he might be expecting us to offer a similarly small parry, then hit us with a feint.

    I say we counter for 7.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:28 No.16314238
    Good show. Overwhelm and dominate!
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:29 No.16314239
    Should a man be held hostage by the 'maybes' of a cowardly prat? Should he be held hostage by the rumourmongers of a coward too craven to insult him to his face?

    Nay. Fuck this nigga up.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:29 No.16314240
    >>16314233 I say we counter for 7.

    Oops, I included the activation cost in that roll - obviously we shouldn't counter for 7, as that would leave us a mere 1 die for the next engagement.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)06:29 No.16314244
    He sees through my poorly-veiled plans!

    He commits to the feint anyway, burning the rest of his pool to get 7 dice total at ATN7

    Defend with 7 dice at DTN6

    make sure to declare who you're rolling for, folks.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:30 No.16314250
    Who is going to listen to him? Only the foolish would believe the rumours a craven, and only the cowardly would be held back by the potential lies of a rumourmonger.

    Do as we did to the pimp, stab this ginga punk bitch in the dick.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:31 No.16314252
    rolled 3, 8, 8, 2, 4, 3, 2 = 30

    Well if this succeeds we've got him on the ropes. Don't fail me now dice gods, MANFRED!!
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:31 No.16314256
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:32 No.16314259
    heh, though I'd lost that post. You get the gist of it.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)06:33 No.16314262
    captcha ate my offer for retcon The dice have started to speak, we must let them finish.

    Oh, the feint was from zone III to zone II
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:33 No.16314263
    rolled 3, 5, 8, 2, 6, 10, 7 = 41

    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:35 No.16314273
    Oh shit, we're about to die. We're taking a hit, and we have a measly 1 CP to defend ourselves next engagement.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)06:35 No.16314274
    rolled 1 = 1

    2 successes at 6
    3 successes at 7

    ST4 -1(weapon) +1 (mos) wound to zone II

    Die roll here is for location
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:36 No.16314276
    We're taking a hit from a wooden practice sword with a jerkin and T4, it'll not hurt at all, and he is out of dice, we have 1 DIE TO HIT IN THE FACE WITH!!
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:37 No.16314278
    He hit us, point goes to him.
    Still, it IS a glancing blow, so we should, at worst, offer best of three.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)06:37 No.16314280
    It hits the knee, but Manfred's iron-like TO aborbs the blow, reducing it to a Level 0 wound. Ha-ha!

    Oddly, Simon has the initiative and nothing to spend it on.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:39 No.16314283
    Where does the sad fuck not have any armor, we are going to cut him there, if we can't cut anywhere without armor than we thrust somewhere without armor. Only 1 die but we might do better than him.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:39 No.16314285
    Cut to the side of the face. Beat him down with all our MANfred might.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:39 No.16314286
    Let's whack him in the side of the head!
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)06:40 No.16314292
    No head or leg armor, just the padded jack and mittens. I see two calls for the side of the head (zone IV).

    1 die at 7 for the cut
    0 die at 6 for the non-parry
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:41 No.16314297
    rolled 10 = 10

    I hope he doesn't have T4, otherwise this is just pointless.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:42 No.16314300
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)06:44 No.16314306
    It keeps the initiative, and yes he has TO 4


    Simon howls something in that horrible language of his, clearly offended that you smacked him in the head.

    Symeon leaps to his brother's defense, calling out "Manfred, Manfred, stop! What is this! My brother, he is hit you! Already he is won! Why you do this?"
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:45 No.16314313
    Best of three bitch. We fight for keeps, we don't play, yo.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:45 No.16314315
    >>16314306 Symeon leaps to his brother's defense, calling out "Manfred, Manfred, stop! What is this! My brother, he is hit you! Already he is won! Why you do this?"

    "terribly sorry old chap, from the look of your servant boy I assumed we were sparring to first blood".
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:46 No.16314319
    I've been watching too much breaking bad, sorry....
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:46 No.16314320
    Say "And he tapped me as well. Were this live steel in our hands, we would yet be alive! Surely you aren't about to give up?"
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)06:47 No.16314323
    Just to clarify, Symeon is not physically in the way, he's just verbally defending his brother, who doesn't appear to share a language with Manfred. For his part, Simon clearly hasn't reliquished his guard and looks like he's about to plough into gentle Manfred like a farm.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:47 No.16314325
    Unless he really wants to end it I say we go for 10-his perception dice to the lower leg so if he tries to buy initiative we buy it right back.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:48 No.16314327
    good idea.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:48 No.16314328
    If we can't know Per just make it 6 to be safe.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)06:51 No.16314339
    I was just about to ask for a number.

    Alrighty, 6 at 7 cut to Zone I for Manfred
    Simon spends 2 to counter with 6 dice at 6
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:52 No.16314343
    rolled 1, 1, 1, 9, 8, 10 = 30

    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:53 No.16314346
    rolled 8, 1, 2, 6, 1, 10 = 28

    Manfred's cut

    Not sure about this, though, we might look like a brute if we keep fighting now.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:54 No.16314352
    rolled 2, 3, 6, 4, 4, 7 = 26

    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:54 No.16314353
    rolled 5, 7, 9, 2, 5, 10 = 38


    Simon's counter
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:56 No.16314359
    OK, we won't hurt him with our hit, but we keep initiative and he only has 2 dice left while we have 4.

    I'd say another cut to the head.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:57 No.16314367
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)06:57 No.16314369
    I Agree, 4 dice on a vertical swing zone V is my vote.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)07:01 No.16314391
    Damned Captcha ate a perfectly good reply with dialog and stuff.

    The Havrisham servants erupt in applause at Manfred's deftly-place stroke slips by Simon's defense, rapping him harmlessly but loudly on the shin.

    The foreigner snorts in disgust. He drops his sword, throws in hands in the air, and lets loose what could only by a stream of indignant obscenities, probably cursing his practice sword's mother.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)07:03 No.16314401
    "Thou mad? I've known whore-house pimps who fought better."
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)07:03 No.16314408

    "you fought quite well, good sir. No doubt I won more through luck than skill"

    No need to overly antagonize them.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)07:03 No.16314411
    It'd probably be considered rather unsporting to bash his head in at this point. I say we thrust the sword into the ground point first and take a bow and ask Simon's brother to thank him for an excellent fight. We'll embarrass him more by being gracious and light about us kicking his ass.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)07:05 No.16314416
    good point.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)07:07 No.16314435
    "Simon says the sword's balance was off for the low guard," Symeon replies for his brother. "I think he just mad he took it in the ass from a pig-licker. Ha ha! I like you, Manfred, you funny young man! Whore-house pimps can be strong men, yes?"

    Symeon picks up Simon's sword and begins putting things away where he found them. "We have worked up quite the appetite, yes? I look forward to the slop your people call food. Is most filling, yes?"

    And here I call it a night. I'll pick this up again tomorrow night.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)07:12 No.16314456
    As a final statement:
    "I prefer to judge a man based on the worth of his actions, not the time, place, or conditions of birth. Even a servant can become a Knight through hard work and piety. But let us go! I'm sure our slop is fine enough that you will wish to be one of our pigs, if only for more!"
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)07:42 No.16314608
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    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)07:48 No.16314641
    Ahh, goddammit, I always miss these threads.

    What are the chances someone else is gonna run something?
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:04 No.16314717
    can this thread now be RoS general or do we make a new?
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:05 No.16314725

    The OP's gone to bed, I'm not sure who you're asking permission from.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:08 No.16314740
    general populus of tg?
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:13 No.16314782

    By the power invested in me by Quetzalcoatl the Feathered Serpent, I hereby grant you permission to make this a RoS general thread.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:16 No.16314801
    .... T?
    is that you?
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:17 No.16314806
    come on, how many prophets might the Feathered Serpent have?
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:18 No.16314814
    What a bizarre thread. So wait, is this basically a Quest, but with Riddle of Steel rules instead of the more conventional methodologies?
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:20 No.16314824
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    it is you, isnt it?
    and here i thought 4chan was safe...

    anyways... RoS... Im putting together a DOCTOR skill packet. anyone have any good suggestion on what skills to put in there?
    first aid and surgery is obvious.
    maybe poison too...
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:22 No.16314831
    It's not a quest. because our protagonists keep biting the dust HARD.
    and because making up, and balancing too, a decent scenario, isn't that straightforward.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:23 No.16314837
    Manfred's looking alright... Who died?
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:26 No.16314857
    Bueno Grande
    the steed of a Knight

    and I'm possibly missing some more
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:27 No.16314867
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    maybe he refers to Sulla
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:40 No.16314963
    That's a rather confusing list of names. Got time to relate the stories to me in brief? This seems a fun activity, but I'm curious as to what Manny's chances are.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:44 No.16315001
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    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:45 No.16315013
    Gizka was a really badass swashbuckling assassin who got firing-squadded, and actually almost lived, but got shot in the stomach and ended up with bloodloss 20 or something crazy like that.

    Bueno Grande is a bear. A bear with a poleaxe. He died in an unfortunate batting machine accident. (no wait)

    Sulla was a time traveling Roman who gut cut in half by a Dane with an axe, and ended up selling his soul in Elysium to protect his descendants or something. That part is rather unclear.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:48 No.16315030
    Gizka, Gitzkha, or whatever her name was, was a middle-eastern slave turned fugitive turned vigilante.
    She had wacky adventures in Rome, wacking cardinals for the Borgias, met Sulla's descendant, a soft working girl, and used her as an improvised floatation device.
    Died of sudden lead poisoning at the Borgia's hands.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:49 No.16315037

    The Riddle of steel threads we've been having recently:


    So far, the two characters we've seen the most of are Gizka (a waifish female assassin who stabbed half of Rome in the face before going down in a hail of gunfire) and Sulla (the universe's most badass Roman legionnaire, who dickstabbed many, many enemies before getting his head split by a fucking axe-wielding viking)

    >captcha: axecum 854
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:51 No.16315048
    A bear with a pollaxe. As in, the halberd thing depicted in the above shot. How the hell did that ever come up? "You know what a bear could use? A fucking axe." This place is a goddamn party.

    On the note of the Gikizika and Sulla, am I to understand that these things cross over?
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:54 No.16315072
    >stabbed most of Rome in the dick
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:54 No.16315073
    someone said something about how you should be able to break a shield with a strong enough blow.
    it was answered along the lines of... yes, but to actually hurt someone throught a shield and armor you need a str 16 hit. you know what hits for 16? a fucking bear. with a pollaxe.
    sadly, Bueno never got the chance to fight against a shield bearer.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:56 No.16315084
    On a more sensitive note, apparently a Norse Huscarl can deliver such a blow as well.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)08:59 No.16315102
    That Huscarl was also a paragon of all that is Huscarl-y. If you looked up Huscarl in the dictionary, it would show only his left leg, because he has more Huscarl-ness in that one extremity than your average one does in his whole body.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)09:01 No.16315115
    It's complicated. Gizka's adventures ended with her getting shot and falling into a river instead of being paid for an assassination. She had Sulla's descendant locked up in a hotel room, and we never really got a resolution on what happened, except that later, during Sulla's adventure, we flashed to the girl having some sort of karmic link with him.

    Then when he died, it was revealed that the whore is his only remaining descendant, and that he was being given the chance to save her somehow, in return for his sweet afterlife in elysium.

    I personally interpret this to mean that Galt is going to run another one from the whore's perspective, in which we'll use cunning and our uncanny ability to survive huge falls to escape from the Borgia and save Gizka from bleeding out in the Tiber, so that they can then go on to destroy the Borgia.

    "If you can kill one Cardinal, you can kill another."
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)09:04 No.16315131
    truly he was the son of Bueno grande and fernando
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)09:05 No.16315138
    Wait, why did she have Sulla's granddaughter locked in her room? Either the term flotation device has alternate useages I haven't heard, or I'm missing something.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)09:11 No.16315164

    Just read these, and all your questions will be answered:

    Gizkas' threads:


    Sullas' threads:


    They're fun reads, and they teach you a fun (if obscure) system.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)09:15 No.16315184
    I had no idea it was this extensive. I'll start reading.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)09:58 No.16315396
    so far I have:
    read and write -1
    first aid -2
    surgery -1
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)10:02 No.16315422

    If this is for a medieval doctor you could also justify Theology, Symbol Drawing and Secret Languages.
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)10:14 No.16315503
    more like reneissance/1600's
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)10:16 No.16315516
    How does the skill system work ?

    By the way, what happened to scannon ?
    >> Anonymous 09/16/11(Fri)10:18 No.16315523
    Not much difference really. It was only in the 17-1800s that medicine started to be a specialization more than just an outgrowth of general University study, which would have included philosophy and theology, along with all number of arcane studies.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)12:48 No.16316607
    Good morning!

    For the barber in Manfred's story I used the Merchant and Academic skill packages and used First Aid, Surgery, Herbalist, and Folk Lore as the four knowledge/lore skills.

    I'm against granting that -1 to Surgery on account of how dicey surgery is before the development of notions like sanitation.
    >> Burrowowl 09/16/11(Fri)13:02 No.16316693
    To use a skill (e.g. when Manfred had to check etiquette), you roll a number of d10s equal to a relevant stat (in this case Social). Any dice that equal or exceed the skill number on the character sheet count as successes. Manfred's Social is 3 and his Etiquette (Court) is 6, so he rolls 3d10 with sixes and above counting in his favor.

    During character creation you get most of your skills through "packages," predefined lists ranging from a handful (Laborer only has 5) to a dozen or so (Courtier has 12 skills). How good the numbers are in your skill packages depends on how much of a priority you made their skills (as compared to their attributes or proficiencies or social status or merits & flaws...). TRoS is a classless system, so when I go to brew up a manservant or knight or merchant or juggler one of the first things I think of is what their skill packages are.

    Most of the named characters in Manfred's story are Courtiers with very similar attributes, and have a variety of second skill packages (Harold is Courtier/Clergyman, Manfred is Courtier/Knight, Symeon is Courtier/Swordsman, whereas Charlene is Beggar/Prostitute)

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