>In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only... GOVERNMENT!>You are John Erlwise Shabti, an imperial noble who was granted governorship over the planet Valencia. From your capital city, Valencia Prime, you over see the development of your planet >In the last thread, we have gone to a party hosted by the Helvera family. At the party, Fausta Helvera is seeking a suitor to take up her hand.>We scoped out the competition and found out everyone else was nervous... which gave us an edge. We have a +20 to social rolls at the party and can reroll our lowest roll and take the higher of the two.>Months since founding: 28>Months in a year: 13>Number of cities: 4>Number of Regiments: 15 PDF, 4 Krieg, 2 Skitarii>Planet's Population: 34,746,212>Months until Railway is finished: 4You arrive at the party, wearing your finest suit. Flanking you is Lord General Frederick in his dress uniform, Magos Helena wearing an ornate version of her usual tech priest robes, white with a golden trim rather than the usual red and white, and Confessor Jacobim wearing... well, the usual Ecclesiarchical robes, but those always look fancy. The ball room of the Helvera family is impossibly ornate, with 50 feet tall statues and even bigger paintings. The place is packed with nobles, dignitaries, generals, and all other sorts of high end imperial socialites. Fausta is supposed to be meeting with her suitors one-on-one later during the party, so you have some time to mingle.>What would we like to do before meeting Fausta?
>>40584935Mingle, maybe try to drum up interest in financial backing in our little colony. But above all make friends and acquaintances you can use later to help your position.
>>40584992You decide that it is in the best business interests of Valencia that you try and attract some financial backers to the planet. Even if you don't end up with Fausta's hand, you can always help your planet in other ways. As such, you set off to go mingle. Though, you need to decide what to do with your entourage.>Who do you wish to accompany you in seeking business ventures and who would you like to go off into the party on their own accord?
>>40584935If there are lots of important people here, perhaps we can get some positive support for Valencia. For example, we can offer to sell Imperial Guard generals or Rogue Traders weapons and equipment, or perhaps we could secure some investment from nobles so that we can expand our industries faster. This is a great time to make some important allies.
>>40585172Frederick can go mingle with some other military types to see what he can learn.The Magos can accompany us as a technical/industry expert for possible business negotiations.The Confessor can do what he thinks is best, I guess?
>>40585172Helena comes with us, Frederick can stick with us or mingle same with jacobim.
>>40585270This sounds good to me. It may also help us keep an eye on Helena and ensure she doesn't make any inadvertent faux-paus at this high a gathering of nobility.
>>40585270>>40585275>>40585326You tell Frederick and Jacobim they may go mingle at the party. Jacobim jumps at the opportunity, while Frederick merely nods his head. "If you wish sir. However, don't hesitate to vox if you need me." He says before making a beeline for a gathering of men in military uniform. You tell Helena to come with you.Unlike many members of the Mechanicus, Helena has very few visible or inhuman augmentations. Her one eye is cybernetic, but this is usual for all imperial citizens. Both of her hands are mechanical but are of a high degree of sophistication, working and acting the same as human hands save only for their metallic coloring. The only thing off putting about her are her legs, having been replaced by five spider like ones she uses to move. Luckily, Helena keeps these hidden under her robes most of the time, the only sign they are there by the sound they make as she walks. Such minimal augmentations are evidently common for mechanicus members who interact diplomatically with people not of the machine cult, as Helena has told you in the past. With her at your side, you're sure her good social graces can help you secure a business agreement.>1d100+20 for our mingling. Helena gives us a second reroll, besides the one we gained from our self confidence. The first reroll cannot be rerolled by the second.
Rolled 53 + 20 (1d100 + 20)>>40585479didn't our research net us unlimited rerolls?
Rolled 74 + 20 (1d100 + 20)>>40585479Alright! Let's make some money!>>40585505I think it's one reroll per encounter (two here), for an infinite number of social encounters.
Rolled 89 (1d100)>>40585479Nice details on Helena! Now let's see what we can do.>>40585505>>40585560Yeah, it would be silly if we just got to keep rolling as long as we wanted.
Rolled 23 + 20 (1d100 + 20)>>40585505Rerolling 53 (since it doesn't cost us anything)
Rolled 5 + 20 (1d100 + 20)Rerolling again... I guess.
>>40585505>>40585560>>40585695>Rolls average to 92, a success.It seems your reputation preceded you at this event, or at least your planet's. Many a rogue trader heard from Roman Diaz about your planet's ceramite and coolant mines, which was then passed on further to many planetary governors and nobles. Within an hour, you already have five trade offers, within the next, thirteen. It's going to be hard deciding which to choose, but Helena promises she will look over the data to determine the optimal trades.Finally, a chime plays through the ball room, an announcement. "Will all suitors please line up over in guest room secundus please." The voice says, the entire party nearly clearing out as men head off, you following. It is a mass of people, you getting knocked this way and that by the crowd. When you finally get in line, you find yourself near the back. It is going to be a long wait.>Should we wait it out or try and get farther in line?
>>40586270wait it out, keep making deals
>>40586270>>40586351Waiting it out seems ok. Our chances of success here aren't super high as it is, so making the most of the situation by meeting new people and making deals seems to be the smartest thing to do.Trying to get ahead in line would also piss off just about everyone we've met so far. Don't you hate it when people do that?
>>40586270>Wait it out
>>40586270If we can subtly try to edge ourself forward I say go for it. If, on the other hand, if it is impossible to be discreet, I'd vote for waiting it out. Getting called out for cheating or cutting not only diminishes our standing in the eyes of Fausta, but risks undermining our fledgling trade deals. If I had just agreed to a business deal with someone, and then witnessed them blatantly cheat, it would certainly undermine my confidence in the relationship.
>>40586351>>40586379>>40586394You decide that it is best to play it safe and wait it out. It may be annoying to wait but it is better than getting caught and being mistrusted.However, as you discover, you might not have to wait as long as you expected. Several suitors are barely inside the Helvera throne room, where Fausta is meeting them, for more than a few seconds before leaving. A few last more than a minute. Maybe 1% of them last 3 to 5 minutes and those ones leave with large smiles on their faces. Before you know it, it is your turn. You walk into the throne room, awed at the hundred foot high room, frescos of the Emperor's greatest heroes decorating the roof. Fausta lies seated on the throne, a bored look to her face. Her skin is pale, as if it had never seen natural sunlight, and she has platinum blonde hair. She is the very picture of beauty, with perfect skin and the right amount of make up to accentuate her features. As you approach, she looks up from her boredom."And who the hell are you?" She says in a rather uncouth tone.>Our response? Anything wrong said here could risk getting us thrown out so consider our words carefully.
>>40586652She seems bored, so we really need to do something to stand out. I'd suggest replying with something along the lines of:"Someone who is equally tired of this whole affair. I would guess everyone else you've seen has given you some long string of titles or ancestry in regards to that question. I don't want to play such games. My name is John Erlwise Shabti, governor of Valencia, and I'm the suitor who will win your heart."
>>40586803This has promise but needs work.maybe replace the last part of the last line with "And I'm the person who will at least keep you entertained, if not happy."
>>40586803>>40586860Supporting this with the subsequent change. It doesn't seem like shes in the mood for romance.
>>40586860That's fine by me. I wasn't heavily wedded to the original wording by any means and I think the change is an improvement. I might change the word "happy" to "coddled" however. We shouldn't tell her she will be unhappy with us, but we can get her out of her "guilded-prison" potentially.
>>40586652"My lady, my name is John Erlwise Shabti, humble planetary governor of Valencia. May I ask one simple question? Which do you prefer? Something that is given to you or something you obtain yourself? I am but only a simple man of the emperor. I cannot offer you the stars or riches but only faithfulness."
>>40586803>>40586860>>40586888"Someone who is equally tired of this whole affair. I would guess everyone else you've seen has given you some long string of titles or ancestry in regards to that question. I don't want to play such games. My name is John Erlwise Shabti, governor of Valencia, and I'm the person who will at least keep you entertained, if not happy." You say, a smile on your face.Fausta blinks her eyes a few times with a still bored expression on her face. "Number 12." She says, you raising an eyebrow in confusion. "You're the twelfth person to use a line like that. Don't try and demean me Mr. Shabby." She says, shaking her head. "If you think you can keep me entertained, prove it. What have you done? What great deed do you lay claim to? I've never heard of Valencia and for all I know, it's a back water cesspool of a planet. Why should I care about you?" She says, reminding you of a particularly harsh tutor you had growing up.>Our response?
(do we really want this to work out? i mean she seems high maintenance and would likely want to divert a lot of funds to pointless things like a (massive) palace like the one she grew up in)
>>40587266Remember the story of Jorah Mormont, we dont this to turn out like his marriage, anyways we should try to get this marriage, but if not im sure there are many noble families interested in marriage ties to an up and coming planetary governor
>>40587083Oh it is a backwater no question. The colony was just founded. But since founding I have fought orks, dealt with Eldar on my palent'smoon, seen necrons coming froma space hulk get ripped to shreds by elder weaponry from that same moon, Fought with the help of the valiant Kriegers and elite deathwatch a fungal infestation that preyed upon humanity, and rediscovered a pre-dark age hive filled to the brim with heresy of unwashed masses which I forced down into the underhive and resettled the structure in the name of the Emperor. Of course I imagine the youth of my planet would not appeal to your rarified tastes, nor would the constant action.
>>40587083"Look , frankly I don't even want to be here, bandying words with you. I'd much rather be dealing with affairs back in Valencia, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to further my goals amongst the various nobility on display at you party. No offense, but courting you was the last thing on my mind when I received your invitation. Can I go now?">Implying acting disinterested isn't the best way to lure in spoiled bratscmon /tg/ step it up
>>40587083By your standards, I am sure Valencia is nothing but a mere backwater. A mere 28 months ago there was not a single Imperial settlement on the planet. I led the colonization effort. Since that time I have destroyed a necron space hulk, purged the planet of feral orks, and defeated an invasion by foul spore like xenos. Under my leadership, I have formed an alliance with the death korps of Krieg, and cleansed an ancient hive city of heretics. Yet Valencia is notable not for what it is, but for what it can become. Today, after facing innumerable threats to its existence, we produce thousands of advanced plasma guns and sets of carapace armor per month. Without the specter of war, production is likely to increase by several orders of magnitude. I offer you an escape from the stagnation that surrounds you. Come with me, and you can be part of growing a new world from the ground up. I cannot promise you the luxury you live in today, but I can promise you an active life, growth, and opportunity. I offer you the chance to make something new for yourself.
quick idea for when we get back, we should set up some sort of sport competition between the cities, pdf and other interested parties on our planet. might be a good way to improve morale and we could probably make a little bit of money off of it
>>40587565This is a good idea, we should also encourage sports and physical fitness in general in the population to serve both our interests and those of the emperor
>>40587307>>40587477>>40587593"Well Fausta, I'm certain that by your standards, Valencia is a backwater. 28 months ago and there wasn't a single active imperial settlement on its surface." You say with a smirk. Fausta opens her mouth to speak, but you interrupt her. "However, in those 28 months, I have negotiated with Eldar, fended off a Necron space hulk, cleansed the planet of an Ork infestation, did war with a race of fungal xenos that infect whatever they touch. I discovered a hive world that predates the Horus heresy that was filled to the brim with heretics and then I drove them into the darkness of the under hive. Valencia isn't much now, but it has potential to become more than anyone can imagine. Even now my workers mine ceramite, the very metal used in holy Space Marine armor, those angels of the Emperor who came to Valencia's aid in fighting the fungal threat." You take a step forward, putting a hand out. "I don't promise you riches princess, but I promise you a land without boredom and the chance to shape a planet's growth, rather than chip away at the mountain it has already become."For a while, Fausta seems speechless. However, she soon smirks the same cocky smirk you've seen before. "So, what you're saying is, is that your planet is interesting, while you are boring." She says with a laugh. "Very well, you've interested me.There shall be a dinner for those that have interested me. You may come, if you so wish." She says, clapping her hands once. "Servants, see Sean out." She says, using the wrong name as you are led back out into the hall. As you leave the guest room where the remaining suitors wait there shot, a woman in military dress uniform approaches you. "Real piece of work, isn't she?" She says with a laugh, leaning up against the wall and crossing her arms. "My brother came out of his meeting crying. Always knew he was weak.">Do we say anything to this woman?
>>40587833>Do we say anything to this woman?probably a trap, she likely works for the lady
>>40587833Beautiful as Sanguinius, but as haughtier than High lord. Granted her family is wealthy and strong so she ahs a reason, but I doubt she'd last long on the frontier "roughing it" for any length of time.
>>40587833You smile slightly. She can be very blunt, but frankly I find honesty among the nobility to be a rare and valuable thing. But ahhh, I forget myself. I'm sorry, I'm afraid I do not have the honor Ms. _________?
>>40587943>>40587964"Beautiful as Sanguinius, but haughtier than a High Lord. Granted, her family is wealth and strong so there is a reason, but I doubt she'd last long on the frontier "roughing it" for any length of time." You say, the woman before you laughing. "But ahh, I forget myself. I'm afraid I do not have the honor Ms...." You say."Va-Sera. Lord General Va-Sera, though I suppose it should be Lady General." She says with a shrug. Unlike Fausta, Va-Sera has tan skin and a muscular build, though not overly so. She has short red hair and her dress uniform is adorned with many medals. "Frederick told me about you. He and I worked together long ago, during the Valeris campaign. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard he had settled down on some newly found planet, but he assured me you are the best of friend." You look behind her to see Frederick tip his hat in your direction while he continues to converse with other military veterans. "Thought I would see if you are as good as he says you are.">Seems Frederick is being our wingman. What do we say back?
>>40588214I'm sure Frederick has embellished a little, but, yes there has been much conflict on Valencia. Ever since the colony was founded, there been Orks, Eldar on our moon, necrons coming from a spacehulk, a highly infective xeno fungus from the same moon the elder were on, and heretics in a pre heresy hive.. I could recount a few of the battles if you wish?
>>40588214Yes Valencia is an up and coming frontier world, but anyways I would be glad to show you my imperial palace for your military inspection of course
>>40588214>he had settled down on some newly found planeti'm not sure where guard vets usually go at the end of their terms, but it might be interesting if we could set our planet as a retirement location for former guard personal, it would be a good way to gain experience for the new office school and connections for the planet
>>40588410this is a good idea, to expand I think we should reach out to guard veterans at this party and in general, along with scholars to teach at our officer academy and help train up our forces
>>40588410This idea might have some merit if we make it seem like a safe place to get a farm or something
>>40588410>>40588455>>40588550>(Guys, I'm fine with you discussing stuff, but please also respond to my last message please since I don't have a consensus yet.)
>>40588214>Thought I would see if you are as good as he says you are.well i like to think i'm pretty good at what i do, but for someone used to the front like yourself i probably seem pretty soft
>>40588214i wont lie, i like her better than the princess as a possible wife,
>>40588214"We have seen our fair share of veteran military members come, mostly have come to train our PDF, but then they took a liking to the vast expanses of land freely available."
>>40588299>>40588396>>40588650You smirk. "I like to think I'm good at what I do, defending my world from Necrons, Eldar, Orks, and Fungi zombies." You say with a chuckle. "Still, I'm sure I seem quite soft to someone like you. Though, I could tell you some interesting war stories if you wanted." You say, Va-Sera chuckling. "I've heard plenty of those. They're practically currency for generals." She says, glancing back at the gathering. "It's funny, your planet is so new, yet you have the most famous general here representing one of the most famous armies of the Imperium. Not too shabby for an up and comer, Mr. John Erlwise Shabti. Now, how about you join me and the other generals for a few rounds of amasec, and I'm sure you and Frederick can regale us with Valencia's victories, hm?">Do we accept the offer?
>>40588803>Do we accept the offer?yes, but check up on Jacobim and Helena first
>>40588831>>40588835>>40588848>>40588851"But of course. I never pass up the opportunity to hear more of Frederick's stories." You say, joining Va-Sera at the table with the other generals. For many hours you drink, the sound of loud laughter from your table seeming to be the only source of revelry in the party, with so many other nobles cursing their lack of luck with Fausta. You learn much about the other generals, including Va-Sera. Her brother is apparently the governor in the planet she is from, while she leads the sector's defense forces and guardsmen regiments. Her brother was a socialite while Va-Sera always had an eye for adventure, constantly getting caught growing up taking the family's vehicles for joy rides. She was the first female Lord Generals from her sector, the Gharfala sector, though that was mere circumstance rather than there being any laws against it. The Gharfala sector is close to Krieg and she had served under Frederick many times, the two already fast friends.Finally, the party begins to empty out, and you are more than a little drunk, though the other members at the table are as well. Helena approaches you and Frederick. "John, we should really be getting back. It is late and my internal power supply needs recharged before I start going on emergency power.">Shall we go back now or wait longer? Or shall we maybe invite someone back with us?
>>40589117GO back invite Va-sera
>>40589117Send them back and invite Va-Sera back to our room for a drink
Go back and invite Va-Sera back with us.
>>40589117Well send the others back and say a bit longer. If nothing else ask Va-Sera to come with you back to talk.
>>40589117head back with the rest of our people, we are drunk enough
>>40589163>>40589192>>40589233"Y-you're right *hic* Helena." You say, struggling to stand up, Frederick getting up as well. The rest of the generals start to get up, but as Va-Sera moves to walk away, you put a hand on her shoulder. "Care to come back to my room for... more drinks?" You say, suppressing a burp. Va-Sera smiles. "Oh my, an invitation to a Planetary Governor'sh room? This night is getting interesting already." She says, laughing for no particular reason. Helena rolls her eyes, helping to steady the three of you, using one of her mechadendrites for Va-Sera. She gets the three of you back to the auto carriage you drove over here with, her taking the front seat next to Jacobim and beginning to utter the prayer of key turning. Va-Sera looks over at you with a smile. "You know... my brother is going to be so pissed with how late I'll be getting back to our room... what should I tell him?" She says, expecting you to say something funny.>What should we tell her?
>>40589374>She says, expecting you to say something funnysay it was an important briefing on the types hazards that arouse when fighting the mushroom zombies
>>40589374"Tell him that you were just look for future jobs."or"Tell him that you were looking into a joint exersise with our PDF to help train them in new tactics."
>>40589374"Tell him you were at an extremely important all night military meeting"
>>40589374"Well, SOMEone in your family should have an enjoyable night!"
>>40589472I like this
>>40589472This does sound like a drunk person joke
>>40589408>>40589436>>40589442>>40589472>>40589486"Tell him you were at an important military meeting on... on the hazards of mushroom zombies." You say, before smiling. "Or tell him that SOMEone in your family should have an enjoyable night." You, Va-sera, and Frederick all laughing at it as the auto-carriage starts up.The next few hours are a blur of drinking, story telling, and more drinking. You're not entirely sure what all happened, but when you next wake up, it is noon and you are lying next to Va-Sera, the two of you having slept on the floor. Luckily, the two of you both seem to still be dressed, though both of your outfits are very muffled up. Va-Sera is also wearing one of Frederick's gas masks for some reason. You slowly sit up, nursing a hang over, when you hear a knock at the door."John? John are you alright? You've been asleep for a while." Helena says from the other side of the door.>What do we do? Va-Sera is still fast asleep and we look like a mess.
>>40589472>>40589569I also endorse this
>>40589618get up and quietly go and talk to Helena despite our headache.
>>40589618Wake her up, ask what happened get hangover cure.
>>40589618>What do we do? Va-Sera is still fast asleep and we look like a mess.i doubt Helena will care to much, greet here and have her bring something to help with the hangover
>>40589618Quietly talk to Helena, and order in some breakfast and orange juice/coffee plus some of whatever the Imperium uses like Aspirin or Ibuprofen
>>40589753Second this for photo finish to an excellent evening
>>40589618Tell her not to speak so loudly and ask for food
>>40589665>>40589700>>40589753>>40589806You get up quietly, making sure Va-Sera remains sleeping, and make your way to the door. "Morning Helena." You say quietly as you step outside. "By the Omnissiah John, you look like the warp sucked you in and spat you back out again." Helena says, you nodding your head. "I noticed... listen, can you order some breakfast and I'll be down soon? Oh and please... get some headache medicine." Helena sighs but nods. However, as she turns to leave, she says something. "You're never going to win Fausta's hand like this John." She says, her spider-like legs carrying her down the hall.>(And I'm going to call it a thread here guys. Little shorter than usual but it is getting late. I want to thank everyone for coming out. Next thread will be Monday around 7 pm)
>>40589933Thanks for tunning!
>>40589933cool thanks for running and be honest here do we have a shot with Va-sera?
>>40589964>(Theoretically we have a shot with any woman, we could romance Helena for example, but yes I did create Va-Sera as an alt romance choice to Fausta.)
>>40584935>(And I'm an idiot, link to last thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/40480141/)