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We are Sirena Le Doux and we seek revenge against our former master. So far, we've grown more powerful, but there is much more to learn. With our list of allies and teachers slowly growing, we won't stop until we've reached the top, because that's where our former master waits.

When we last left our hero (Yeah right!), she had scoured the crypt of the Redford Family with the assistance of the stalwart Ben, the sneaky Kaylessa and the virtuous (but young) priest Alex. There, within its depths, Sirena was transported to a terrible realm of darkness but was rescued by her friends. After a big celebration and a wild night of fun, we have since spent a week studying and taking things easy. But our leizure can only last so long...

Our story continues!

Current Spells and Inventory: http://pastebin.com/YnqXjSpm
Past Threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?searchall=evil+sorceress

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It has been a week since last we controlled Sirena Le Doux. In that time, we have accomplished a few notable things.

A brief summary:

>The tower has been completely cleaned and refurnished with new furniture, wood and doors
>Psuedo-adopted the boy cleric Alex as the group "kid" with his own bed in the tower
>Sorted through the spoils from our last dungeon delve and split them accordingly
>Had Ben profess his love to us on the night he rescued us from the shadow plane
>Along that note, Ben has pretty much moved into the master bedroom with you
>Learned three new spells from Faye in the schools of Restoration, Divination and Holy magic (one each)
>Taught Faye some spells from the schools of Necromancy, Transmutation and Illusion
>Studied Albert's book some more, unlocking some new potent spells and abilities
>Alex and Faye have both begun training Merriam in Restoration spells, which she has taken to learning quickly
>Ben has been training hard with Brutus and Kaylessa, focusing on honing his strength and archery
>You have yet to learn a way to harness any power from the shadow essence left inside of you

Life has settled into a reliable routine. You have spent the week studying, training and helping your allies. Thanks to connections with Mayor Jed, you were able to get new floors and support beams for the tower, construction of which is still ongoing but is steady. Ben has, in addition to training hard every single day, fallen completely in love with you and is utterly devoted to you. Most nights are spent with him, rewarding his hard work, and he certainly has been working hard. Every day he chops wood, trains with his sword and shield, and keeps himself in shape, mostly because you like him to be and that is all the motivation he needs.

Your mirror twin, Faye, has calmed down considerably. She hasn't wandered off or enacted any plots against you and seems now to merely be enjoying her time in this realm, almost like it is a vacation from hers. While you have busied yourself with Ben, she has made sure to keep Merriam and Kaylessa both busy and loyal, giving each of them the special attention they deserve, and has respected your orders to stay away from Alex. On the subject of the child, he has remained at the tower to both keep his promise to help you deal with the dark essence he detected within you and is awaiting a second journey into the crypt, half of which remains unexplored. Your group has been planning their next expedition carefully.

Before we delve too deeply into our new story of the day, let's decide on a new daily power that we have learned from Albert's book.

>Spirit Rend - You weave a dire spell that tears at your enemies’ spirits and holds the undead at bay.
>Lifetaker - You crook your finger and snatch a soul as it struggles free from its body. It screams as you draw forth its energy.
>Grasp of the Grave - Skeletal hands burst from the earth and ghostly claws swirl from the air to snatch at your foes.
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>>1137588
>>Grasp of the Grave - Skeletal hands burst from the earth and ghostly claws swirl from the air to snatch at your foes.
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>>1137588
>Spirit Rend - You weave a dire spell that tears at your enemies’ spirits and holds the undead at bay.
Anti-Necro spells are always a must.
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>>1137588
>Spirit Rend - You weave a dire spell that tears at your enemies’ spirits and holds the undead at bay.
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>>1137588
>>Spirit Rend - You weave a dire spell that tears at your enemies’ spirits and holds the undead at bay.
Having something to combat the undead is immensely useful. Should we ever face a necromancer stronger than us, this will be useful.
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>>1137588
>Spirit Rend - You weave a dire spell that tears at your enemies’ spirits and holds the undead at bay.
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Here are the spells we learned from Faye:

Cure Light Wounds: You may cast this spell upon a target, including yourself, to heal them instantly for a degree of health. This spell can only heal minor wounds such as semi-deep cuts and cannot regenerate lost limbs or fatal damage. This spell does not instantly heal broken bones but can help the flesh around it settle and promote quick recovery.

Divine Blessing: More of a prayer than a spell, one casts this spell to seek favor from a chosen diety, which is invoked at the time of casting. Its effects may not always be readily apparent and, depending on the diety chosen, may take different forms than what was desired.

Detect Weakness: By casting this spell and focusing on a specific target such as a creature or an object, you gain knowledge of its specific weaknesses. This extends primarily to harmful effects, and a creature of neutral origin may not have anything it is specifically weak to. However this spell will also let you know about physical defects you could exploit, such as a loose door hinge or a weak ankle.
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>>1137588
>>Grasp of the Grave - Skeletal hands burst from the earth and ghostly claws swirl from the air to snatch at your foes.
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>>1137610
Does detect weakness also work on mental defects? Like if someone's bipolar, it'd tell us about chemical imbalances in the brain.
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>>1137588
>>Spirit Rend - You weave a dire spell that tears at your enemies’ spirits and holds the undead at bay.
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Spirit Rend it is.

>New Spell: Necromancy
>Spirit Rend: Daily Spell. This spell can target a single enemy or a close group of enemies. This spell targets their living souls, robbing them of their fighting courage and will to act, effectively paralyzing them with fear. This spell does hurt them, sending chilling necrotic essence through their bodies to freeze their limbs until they can break from its effects by their own will. If this spell targets the undead, rather than attack a soul or paralyzing them, it instead dazes them; making them confused and likely to wander aimlessly until its effects wear off. During this time they are extremely more susceptable to controlling spells.

A friendly warning: While it is not as pronounced when casting at-will spells, daily spells threaten to overwhelm our power. Too many in a 24-hour period can be extremely taxing.

So, where does Sirena find herself at the start of this lovely day?

>Waking up in bed with Ben
>Reading a book in the tower's study
>Eating breakfast with friends
>On her way to Bridge Town
>Other
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>>1137651
>>Reading a book in the tower's study
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>>1137651
>Waking up in bed with Ben
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>>1137651
>Waking up in bed with Ben
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>>1137651
>>Waking up in bed with Ben
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>>1137651
>On her way to Bridge Town
Gotta see how business is doing what with the new leadership and all.
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>>1137651
>Eating breakfast with friends
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>>1137651
>>On her way to Bridge Town

Cutter and Diggers can donate material towards the school as an act of goodwill and be contracted for further jobs earning US more money
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>>1137651
>>On her way to Bridge Town
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Morning. Sunlight streams in through the nearby window, the songs of birds fills their air, and Ben is snoring. Your brow furrows as you sit up in bed, the sheet falling from your nude form as you look over at him.

'If only there was a spell to fix that,' you think as you stretch your limbs. You were up late into the night studying and so you and Ben were not physically intimate, which usually leaves you in a state of slight soreness. In a good way, naturally. It seems that even when you don't blow his mind he still sleeps like a log being sawed upon. Approaching your new desk with its mirror, you take the time to beautify yourself; straightening your hair, applying some light makeup.

Small comforts that serve as crippling reminders that you once lived in luxury with handmaidens who did this sort of thing for you. Waited on hand and foot, lording over others in a position of respect and envy, enjoying the finest things a noble can enjoy...

And here you sit in diguise as Mary, combing hair that isn't your natural color. Still, all things considered you've done quite nicely. You are in a position of power, albeit not nearly as great as your old one, and you have devoted allies who are working towards your cause. Looking back at Ben, perhaps your most loyal companion, you smile as you observe his rising and falling chest. He's a very satisfying lover and ever since he proved his love by venturing into that dark realm to pull you out you've made sure to reward him thoroughly.

With your morning ritual complete, you dress accordingly for the day.

>Plainly; you don't plan on doing anything too strenuous today
>Elegently; you have plans to meet with the mayor and other officials
>Geared up; today is the day we venture back into the tomb!
>For now, return to bed and give Ben a wake-up surprise
>Other
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>>1137778
>Elegently; you have plans to meet with the mayor and other officials

Do throw a pillow at Ben to wake him up. We got work to do.
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>>1137778
>Elegently; you have plans to meet with the mayor and other officials
But hold off on that because.
>For now, return to bed and give Ben a wake-up surprise
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>>1137778
>Elegently; you have plans to meet with the mayor and other officials
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>>1137778
>>Elegently; you have plans to meet with the mayor and other officials
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>>1137778
>Elegently; you have plans to meet with the mayor and other officials
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>>1137778
>>Geared up; today is the day we venture back into the tomb!
>>For now, return to bed and give Ben a wake-up surprise

Reverse order, clearly.
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>>1137778
>>Elegently; you have plans to meet with the mayor and other officials
>>1137785
Just kick him out of bed, he's a big boy he can handle it.
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Why, today you plan on meeting with the mayor! Several important merchants and landowners from the surrounding area have been invited to a gathering at the mayor's office in Bridge Town for a dinner and discussion, mostly pertaining to Jed's forthcoming plans for Bridge Town.

So, our current looted wardrobe consists of the following:

Brass Cloth Sash (710 gp)
Small Vial of Exotic Perfume (400 gp)
Fine Cloth Cloak threaded with Brass (370 gp)
Leopard Fur Shoes (360 gp)
Electrum Pendant (330 gp)
Sable Talisman (320 gp)
Freshwater Pearl Mask (310 gp)
Marble Ring set with Turquoise (300 gp)
Leather Belt with Platinum Buckle (290 gp)
Copper Pendant set with Moss Agate (270 gp)
Beautiful Gold-Threaded Ribbon (140 gp)
Painted Glass Medallion (120 gp)
Leather Belt with Silver Buckle (101 gp)

What do we want to wear?
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>>1137843
>Fine Cloth Cloak threaded with Brass

>Marble Ring set with Turquoise

>Leather Belt with Silver Buckle

>Beautiful Gold-Threaded Ribbon

Dont overdo it though.
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>>1137843
Brass Cloth Sash (710 gp)
Fine Cloth Cloak threaded with Brass (370 gp)
Copper Pendant set with Moss Agate (270 gp)
Marble Ring set with Turquoise (300 gp)
Beautiful Gold-Threaded Ribbon (140 gp)
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>>1137857

Seconding this, with a deep blue dress under it all
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>>1137843
+1
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>>1137843
... I... I dunno? A belt may be good?

Leather Belt with Silver Buckle (101 gp)
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Make sure to dress up Ben too. He is going to be our escort and have to look respectable.
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>>1137853
Supporting this.
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>>1137843
>Brass Cloth Sash (710 gp)
>Small Vial of Exotic Perfume (400 gp)
>Fine Cloth Cloak threaded with Brass (370 gp)
>Leopard Fur Shoes (360 gp)
>Electrum Pendant (330 gp)
>Freshwater Pearl Mask (310 gp)
>Marble Ring set with Turquoise (300 gp)

Us


>Leather Belt with Platinum Buckle (290 gp)
>Copper Pendant set with Moss Agate (270 gp)

Ben


>Beautiful Gold-Threaded Ribbon (140 gp)
>Sable Talisman (320 gp)
>Leather Belt with Silver Buckle (101 gp)

Merriam

>Painted Glass Medallion (120 gp)

Xerro
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So, our fine cloth cloak threaded with brass, a marble ring set with turquoise, our leather belt with a silver buckle, a copper pendant set with moss agate and our beautiful gold-threaded ribbon.

The dinner and social will not be until later tonight, allowing us plenty of time to get ready and ready other things.

For starters: who do we want to bring with us tonight?

>Ben
>Merriam
>Kaylessa
>Faye
>Alex
>Xerro
>Brutus
>Other suggestion
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>>1137914
>>Ben
>>Merriam
>Xerro
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>Ben
>Faye
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>>1137914
>Ben
>Merriam
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>>1137914

>Ben
>Merriam
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>>1137914
>>Ben
>>Merriam

and if she can behave, Faye
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>Ben
>Merriam
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>Ben
>Merriam
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After clothing yourself in your chosen attire, you throw a pillow at Ben. He awakens with a startle. "Get up, lazy. We've got places to be today."

"Oh, yeah," he says as he runs a hand through his hair. "Should I wear my new armor?"

"I do think you look rather handsome in it," you slip the suggestion to him, which means he'll make it happen. He scrambles out of bed as you open the trapdoor to walk downstairs. Kaylessa is out for her morning hunt, and the young Alex is still snoozing. Stepping into the study, you discover Merriam, who is reading a book on magic. Small lights swirl about her fingertips as she mutters her incantation, and you silently watch her from the doorway.

Sneaking up behind her, you place your hands on her shoulders which causes her to jump. "Sirena! I, I mean, Mary. I'm sorry..."

"Don't be," you say, brushing their hair out of her face. "I was watching you practice your magic."

"I'm getting better," she smiles. "Maybe one day, I could be half as talented as you."

You match her smile and stare into her eyes before leaning down to give her an encouraging kiss for her flattery. She gasps softly as you do; it is a short one and her eyes flutter as you pull away. She looks back up and whispers, "You... You look beautiful this morning."

"As do you. But we'll need to get you dressed up nicely for this evening."

"M-me? Really?"

"Naturally, he's your uncle after all. You and Ben will be my guests... Or, perhaps, I'll just be yours," you laugh. She goes along with it for a moment, then trails off. Her eyes wander off to one side and it seems like she wants to say something, but doesn't.

She changes the subject instead. "So, will I get to wear any of your clothes? Or should I go out and purchase something nice for this evening?"

>Lend her some of your jewelry
>We'll go out shopping
>Keep Merriam plain-looking for this evening
>Was there something you wanted to talk about?
>Other
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>>1137994
>We'll go out shopping

Just make sure she isnt looking better than us.
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>>1137994
>We'll go out shopping
Bitch, we got money now. We can afford some finery.
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>>1137994
>>Lend her some of your jewelry
>>Was there something you wanted to talk about?
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>>1137994
>We'll go out shopping
Can't look like we are accompanied with the plebeians, now can we?
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>>1137994
>>Lend her some of your jewelry

> Go shopping to buy clothes, but no jewelry is required unless she wants to spend her money on it
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>>1137994

Was there something you wanted to talk about?
Im gusing shes getting jelly of her bro getting to fuck us
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>>1137994
>>Lend her some of your jewelry
>>We'll go out shopping
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>>1137994
>Lend her some of your jewelry
>We'll go out shopping
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"You can borrow whatever I won't be wearing tonight," you tell her. "And we'll also go shopping today; I'll take you to the finest merchants."

Merriam smiles and places her hand on yours, then leans over to kiss it. "Thank you, Mary. You're so nice to me."

Leaning down to plant a kiss on her forehead, you whisper, "Always."

Walking down the central staircase, you realize you don't know where Faye is. Fortunately she is not hard to find. She is in the room where you first met her; the one that held the mirror she crawled through. You open the door to find her drawing an intricate rune upon the floor in white chalk, containing many small symbols. A series of books are open nearby, and though it is not your field of study, you know a summoning circle when you see one.

"So, when were you going to tell me about this?"

She doesn't look up and continues to draw, but replies. "Don't jump to conclusions. I have a plan in mind."

"Oh? Care to let me in on it?"

She looks up and sets the chalk aside. "I'm just trying to figure out ways to open a gateway between your world and mine."

"Homesick?"

"Well look at what you've accomplished! This nice tower, boytoys and girls, plenty of nice things. You've got a huge head start on me. I should be in my world, making my own plans, getting my own sex slaves!"

"Don't call them that while they're around," you scold her. "They're companions. The sex is just a bonus."

"And don't get me wrong, I've had my fun. Oh, have I had my fun. But just trying to set up plans for when I get to go home, there's no harm in that, right?"

>That depends on what you're trying to summon.
>Are you going to double-check your circle before summoning?
>I'll leave you to it.
>There will be a time and a place for this, and it isn't now.
>Other
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>>1138089
>Are you going to double-check your circle before summoning?

Always triple check your summoning circle and wards you have put in place. Make sure the room is properly locked so you dont get disturbed.
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>>1138089

That depends on what you're trying to summon
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>>1138109
Yeah seriously, we don't need any more shit on our plate right now.
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>>1138089
>That depends on what you're trying to summon.
>Are you going to double-check your circle before summoning?
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>>1138103
this

also if we discern what she's summoning and if its a threat to us, sabotage the ring
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>>1138089
>Don't think about it like a contest. We are of one goal, one purpose. Every strength I gain here will be at your disposal when we go to your world. *coquettishly* After all, gods help those who help 'themselves'!

Trying a write in.
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>>1138089
>That depends on what you're trying to summon.
>There will be a time and a place for this, and it isn't now.
do it when we can all see you off (re: Make sure you don't do anything stupid)
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>>1137994
>We'll go out shopping

And if there's a piece I have that really catches your eye
>Lend her some of your jewelry

Let's take Kaylessa and Faye out shopping as well, girls trip
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>>1138089
>Are you going to double-check your circle before summoning?
"Some unwarranted nasties might try to come through your portal.
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>>1138089
>>That depends on what you're trying to summon.
>>Are you going to double-check your circle before summoning?

We should clearly make contact with a specialist. (And I'm not talking about our mental health problems)
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>>1138089
>Are you going to double-check your circle before summoning?
>Other

And let me be here for it, just in case, after all I am rather protective of myself.
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>>1138089
>>Other

Don't you find the thought of submitting to me and being my pet much more . . . alluring, Faye?

And then hit her with thralldom spells.
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Kneeling alongside her, careful not to disturb the chalk, you say to her, "That depends on what you are trying to summon."

"Nothing big or too dangerous. I have ideas on extraplaner creatures that might contain more knowledge on parallel dimensions. I don't know how to make another mirror, but there must be some beings out there who do."

"Are you going to double-check your circle before summoning? And triple-check it?"

"Yes, and yes! I promise you, I won't burn your tower down while you're away." She huffs slightly and turns away.

You gently turn her head back towards you, holding her chin in your palm. "Faye. Don't think about our current situation like it is some kind of contest or race. We are of one goal, one purpose. Revenge."

"I know... But still, this is your world. You're the one who gets to reap the immediate benefits."

"Listen to yourself. We've spoken on our differences before, as minute as they may be, but you NEED patience. Every strength I gain here will be at your disposal when we go to your world." She listens closely and nods, understanding what you are saying. You smirk and add in something else in a whisper. "After all, gods help those who help 'themselves'!"

She giggles along with you at your joke. "Alright, Sirena. I'll try to keep that in mind."

You blow her a kiss and wish her luck, then leave her to her work.

>Check on Alex
>Check on Xerro
>Go out and find Kaylessa
>Get the siblings ready for a trip into Bridge Town
>Other
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>>1138182
>Check on Alex

Say goodbye to mother.
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>>1138182
>Check on Alex
Let's see how the littlest cleric is settling in.
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>Check on Alex
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>Check on Alex
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>>Check on Xerro
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>Check on Alex
remember to act concerned and matronly.
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>>Check on Xerro

Make this fucker king of the Kobolds and we have cheap and exploitable labour right here
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You decide to check on Alex. It occurs to you that a growing boy needs his food, and so you assemble a breakfast for him and bring it up to his bedroom. Normally you wouldn't have ever considered waiting on anyone, but this child could be very special to your plans if properly groomed.

Knocking lightly on the door, you find him in a simple nightrobe that is white. His clerical vestments lie nearby, perfectly nearly folded alongside a candle, which he blows out. He turns from his open holy book and smiles up at you as you enter with the breakfast. "Is that for me? Thank you, Mary!" His cherubic features beam brightly in the light of the morning sun as he takes the tray and sits on his bed.

You sit alongside him and cross your legs as you watch him eat. "How were your morning prayers?"

He swallows. "I just finished when you walked in. I guess the gods answered them with you bringing me this delicious meal, huh?" He blushes at his own joke and returns to eating.

You pat him gently on the head and lightly tussle his long blonde hair. "Eat up. You'll need all your strength for when we return to the crypt."

"Is it today?" he asks, mouth half full.

"Don't talk with food in your mouth," you instruct, scolding him almost like a mother would. He immediately returns to chewing and his face takes on an apologetic shape. "No, not today. But we still have it locked up and waiting for us to return. Don't worry, soon. Perhaps tomorrow, or the day after."

"I'm not disappointed," he assures you. "I'm willing to wait. Up until now in my journey I didn't have anyone or anything to help me, other than the gods. Really, I'm just blessed to have a good bed and roof over my head and such wonderful people around me." He looks up at her and flashes another smile. "I feel so blessed, Mary!"

'How adorable,' you think, reaching over to hold his hand. He squeezes yours tightly.

>Leave him and resume your plans for the day
>Spend some more time with him; read to him
>Smother him with another hug and then leave
>Give him another charming kiss to bring him further under your control
>Other
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>>1138281
>Smother him with another hug and then leave
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>>1138281
>Smother him with another hug and then leave
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>>1138281
>>Smother him with another hug and then leave
Oh god corrupting him is going to be great~

if we ever do it
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>>1138281
>Smother him with another hug and then leave
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>>1138281
>>Smother him with another hug and then leave
>>Give him another charming kiss to bring him further under your control
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>>1138281
>>Smother him with another hug and then leave
Head to the megalopolis.
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>>1138281
>Smother him with another hug and then leave

The best Thralldom is one that doesn't require magic
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>>1138281
>Spend some more time with him; read to him
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>Smother him with another hug and then leave
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>Smother him with another hug and then leave
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You bring him in for another hug, holding him close to you. Alex blushes as his head rests just above your breasts while they slightly push into him, but he isn't uncomfortable, indicated by him returning the hug. You hug him for a good moment, smothering him in simple warm affection. He closes his eyes and you can't help but smile; you know he is feeling very close and attached to you. As you have only a few times before you gently rock back and forth in a nurturing manner; he seems to like this as well.

'Yes, feel at ease in my arms. You want my approval, my love. No parents of your own, no home, no family... all alone, lost in a big, scary world... I'll give you a home. And you'll love me for it.'

A single tiny kiss is planted on his forehead before you let go. "Enjoy breakfast. Take the rest of the day off, you've been studying too hard."

"But I study in my off time!"

"Well, then do that anyway," you laugh as you close the door behind you. You walk down the stairs and smile. 'He's coming along nicely. He looks up to me, feels protected in our home. Good.'

As you step into the entry hall, you hear the front door opening. Kaylessa walks in with some dead rabbits. "Food for tonight?" he offers.

"I'm afraid not. You feel free to enjoy all you like, but Merriam, Ben and I are going to a social in town at the mayor's office."

Kay shivers. "Oh, count me OUT. I hate parties and fancy social events. They make my skin crawl."

"Really? Why?"

"Okay, 'hate' is a strong word. I suppose I just haven't ever been to one that I've enjoyed very much."

"Have you been to many?"

"No," he admits. "But I went to a ball once, held by some local noble not far south. It was very... I don't know. High society stuff isn't really my thing. Everyone just feels fake."

"The beauty of nobility and its luxuries lies in what we try to make ourselves appear to be in spite of what we all really are. It's almost like a form of escape for the well-to-do. Besides, this isn't a ball. It's just a minor gathering of some local merchants and the mayor's associates."

"Still, I'll stay back here for the night if it's alright with you."

>Encourage him to come shopping
>Let him go tend to his hunt kills
>Encourage him to come to the party anyway
>Pin him to the wall and bully him a little
>Other
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>>1138395
>>Let him go tend to his hunt kills

No biggie. We weren't bringing him anyway, so.
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>>1138395
>Let him go tend to his hunt kills
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>>1138395
>>Let him go tend to his hunt kills
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>>1138395
>Let him go tend to his hunt kills
fine. But maybe he could have fun shopping next time
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>>1138395
>Let him go tend to his hunt kills
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>>1138395
>Encourage him to come shopping
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>>1138395
>>Pin him to the wall and bully him a little
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>>1138395
>Let him go tend to his hunt kills
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>>1138488
Do bully
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>>1138425
>>1138426
>>1138438
>>1138439
>>1138494

As the elf slips by to head up to his room to tend to his kills, he passes by Merriam on the way up the stairs. They share a look and a blush before continuing in opposite directions. The farmgirl walks up and straightens her dress; she was sparing with what she borrowed, but not overly so. Tasteful, even.

"So, um, are we going to wait for Ben? Or should just the two of us go, and meet up with him later?"

'He must still be putting his armor on,' you think.

>Go into town now with Merriam and Ben
>Just you and Merriam will go shopping
>Sit down and talk with her while you wait for Ben
>Go up and check on Ben
>Other
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>>1138506
>Go up and check on Ben
>Go into town now with Merriam and Ben
>>
>>1138506
>Just you and Merriam will go shopping
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>>1138506
>>Go up and check on Ben
He might need some help.
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>>1138506
>>Go up and check on Ben
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>>1138506
>Sit down and talk with her while you wait for Ben
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>>1138506
>Sit down and talk with her while you wait for Ben
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>>1138506
>Just you and Merriam will go shopping

We havent spent alone time with her for a bit
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>>1138506
>Just you and Merriam will go shopping
Lets make her feel like a princess. And we're the queen.
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>>1138506
>>Go up and check on Ben
Then,
>>Sit down and talk with her while you wait for Ben
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>>1138517
>>1138548
>>1138558

Stepping close to Merriam, you brush some hair behind her ears. "What say we have some time, just the two of us, like when we were travelling?"

She bashfully nods. "I'd like that."

You take her by the hand and lead her out the door to your new horse-drawn wagon. Xerro, your officlal go-to minion for any and every task, is sitting at the front with the reigns ready.

"Xerro ready!" he says. "Xerro best cart-kobold there is!"

You and Merriam both giggle as you climb into the back with her. "To Bridge Town," you instruct the kobold, and he snaps on the reigns. Soon enough you're rolling along the road, heading south.

>>1138531
>>1138541
>>1138652

Sitting next to Merriam, you take her hands in yours. "So, how have you been? I feel like we've been distant."

"Fine, truly," she replies. "I know you've been busy, with your magic, and Ben..."

You watch her expression carefully. "Have you been jealous?"

"...A little bit." She shifts in her seat, growing slightly uncomfortable. "Mary, let's just--"

"Talk to me," you urge her. "Tell me your feelings."

"I... That night you came back from the crypt. I saw you and him."

"And?" You remember well that it was your design to have her see you with her brother, and that you once more used the wand of shared sensation upon her. She felt everything you felt.

She blushes the more vulnerable she becomes. The rest of the conversation is now in hushed whispers. "I... That magic you told me about once. The spell you cast to make me feel... like that... I didn't know it was with my b-brother."

You remain very neutral in pose, staring deeply at her eyes, though she still averts her gaze. "How did that make you feel?"

"I don't know. Confused. And then Faye came, and she, well, she took care of me. It's been like that a few nights since."

You follow her change of direction. "How do you feel about Faye?"

"She's like you, so I like her, but she's not quite all the way you. When you and she and I were together, it was like nothing else in my life, except..."

"Except for when I was with your brother, and you felt it." You cup her cheek and turn her head to face you. "Did you like it?"

She is silent for several moments as her breathing grows heavy. "...Yes." She turns her head away again, too embarassed to say anything more.

>Drop the subject for now; focus on shopping
>Would you like to watch again?
>I could use the wand again if you like.
>Perhaps you should join us.
>Other
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>>1138738
>Would you like to watch again?
>I could use the wand again if you like.
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>>1138738
>Drop the subject for now; focus on shopping
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>>1138738
>Would you like to watch again?
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>>1138738
>Just smile at her, body language to tell her 'Don't worry about it.' Then change the subject to shopping.
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>>1138738
>>Would you like to watch again?
>>I could use the wand again if you like.
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>>1138738

>>1138760
>>Just smile at her, body language to tell her 'Don't worry about it.' Then change the subject to shopping.
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>>1138738
>Other
That's all that really matters, isn't it?
then
>Drop the subject for now; focus on shopping
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>>1138738
>Would you like to watch again?
>I could use the wand again if you like.


I think it's time to push this sub plot. We've been sitting on it for a while, so while I doubt she's ready to go all the way, we can definitely start wearing down her resistance.
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>>1138750
>>1138760
>>1138779
>>1138782

You pat the back of her hand, getting her to look at you, and you smile. The look on your face is one of reassurance, as if to tell her, 'That's all that really matters, isn't it? Don't worry about it.'

Though she is silent for the rest of the ride, her mind isn't. You can tell she is thinking a great deal about a great many things. For now that is enough.

Bridge Town comes first.

>1d100s, please.
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Rolled 48 (1d100)

>>1138827
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Rolled 60 (1d100)

>>1138827
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Rolled 77 (1d100)

>>1138827
Alrighty, then...
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Rolled 93 (1d100)

>>1138827
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>>1138831
>>1138837
>>1138838
>>1138843

A random event has been generated, but we'll handle that tomorrow.

So, what do we want to purchase while we are in town?

>Dresses
>Jewelry
>Perfumes
>Shoes
>Cloaks
>Artwork
>Other Suggestion
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>>1138915
>Shoes
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>>1138915
>Dresses
>Shoes
>Cloaks
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>>1138915
>Dresses
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>>1138915
>>Dresses
>>Jewelry
>>Perfumes
>>Shoes

>Other

Back massagers
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>>1138939

On that note, Vilgiziax is in town. That is something that the 1d100s signified. He's set up his tent between two other merchantile stands.

However, he's been robbed, and the culprit is still nearby.

Like I said in >>1138915 we'll handle that encounter tomorrow.
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>>1138958

No we handle it now.

We find the thief and ask for the 'massager' for a fucking reward.
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>>1138971
>No we handle it now.

No, I meant tomorrow as in ACTUALLY tomorrow, I'm going to bed.
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>>1138988
No you have to stay up and run the quest Damashi. No sleep 4 u.
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>>1138939
vote for all this and artwork. i wanna get something big and stupid for the master chambers
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Night folks. See you tomorrow after work.
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>>1138915
>Artwork
We should commission a piece as a "gift" to Ben and Mirriam's uncle so he can put it up in the Mayors office. Subtly reference our ties to him.

>Jewelry
Commissions again, something with jewels that we can enchant with communication spells. Let's talk to the Diviner that was married to that old lady Necromancer about getting it done.

Personalize the jewelry, both so it's not recognizable as communicators or a badge and also as a nice thing for our Companions.

Later on see if we can tie low level Thrall spells into it when we use it, or higher level ones under the guise of "communicating". Maybe we can share "memories" and use it to subtly rewrite our companions.

> Dresses

Lets commission something for Faye to use to seduce that Paladin.
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>>1138923
>>1138924
>>1138928
>>1138939

It's a fairly busy day in Bridge Town. The markets are bustling with activity, with its many merchants and patrons all interacting with one another. The air is filled with the sounds of haggling, merchants advertising their wares and coin bags jingling. It seems business has properly returned to normal; better, in fact.

As you walk through the many tents and stands of the market stalls, Merriam's eyes wander wide-eyed across the merchandise, delighted at the variety of different kinds of fashionable items for sale. More than a few catch your eye as well. As you and she have enough jewelry from your adventuring spoils to share, you decide instead to focus primarily on dresses and shoes for this evening.

>Spoil Merriam
>Keep things frugal but fashionable
>Let Merriam spend her money as she sees fit
>Make sure things stay nice and plain
>Other
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>>1140081
>Make sure things stay nice and plain

Like a farmers girl but a bit more fancier and prettier.
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>>1140081
>>Keep things frugal but fashionable
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>>1140081
>>Spoil Merriam
We got money to spend, why not reward our little mage in training with some of it?
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>>1140081
>Keep things frugal but fashionable
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>>1140081
>>Keep things frugal but fashionable
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>>1140081
>>Spoil Merriam
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>>1140081
>Spoil Merriam
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>>1140081
>Keep things frugal but fashionable
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>>1140081
>>Keep things frugal but fashionable

Can't have her looking better than us now can we
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I am currently heading home and updates will resume momentarily.
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>>1140129
>>1140249
>>1140510
>>1140511

You decide to keep things frugal, but fashionable. You purchase no more than fifty gold's worth of matching dresses and shoes for yourself and Merriam; she splits it with you, making it 25 from each. These are still very nice dresses, far prettier than anything Merriam ever expected to wear. As you and she finish up making your purchases from the stand, you hear a commotion from nearby and the sounds of something like firecrackers. Just then, a stray dart flies into the wood of the stand near you, surprising Merriam and nearly making her jump.

That's when a dwarf runs by, his stocky legs pumping as he sprints as hard as he can. The little gnome you met once before, the tinkerer Vilgiziax, runs up with some kind of automatic dart-launcher. He stops, out of breath, and then looks over. He adjusts his goggles and then smiles in recognition. "You two! I remember you! Help me catch that thief and I'll give you a deal!"

Your brow cocks upwards. "You were robbed by a dwarf?"

"I don't want to get into that! Go get him!" he urges.

>Bargain
>Both chase after him
>Go after him alone; leave Merriam here
>Send Merriam after him
>Other
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>>1140673
>Go after him alone; leave Merriam here
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>>1140673
>>Both chase after him
reel him in with a noose.
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>>1140673
>>Both chase after him
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>>1140673
>>Both chase after him
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>>1140673
>>Both chase after him
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>>1140673
>>Both chase after him
Fucking Dwarves.
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>>1140681
>>1140685
>>1140686
>>1140691
>>1140703

Give me some 1d100s, please.
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>>1140673
>Both chase after him
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Rolled 61 (1d100)

>>1140704
Noose!
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Rolled 28 (1d100)

>>1140704
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Rolled 22 (1d100)

>>1140704
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Rolled 10 (1d100)

>>1140704
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Rolled 33 (1d100)

>>1140704
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Rolled 100 (1d100)

>>1140704
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Rolled 46 (1d100)

>>1140704
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Rolled 13 (1d100)

>>1140704
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>>1140712
>>1140716
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>>1140720

Sirena rolls her eyes. 'This had better not ruin my new dresses.' She and Merriam both take off after the dwarf, and though they manage to make up for his head start, he quickly vanishes among the throngs of people in the market.

"Damn!" you mutter as Merriam crouches down to look under a table. "How many places could a dwarf hide?"

"You'd be surprised," Merriam says. "They fit surprisingly well into small spaces."

"Is that so..."

>>1140722

Following her unintentional clue, you find a nearby stack of barrels. After carefully inspecting one, you discover that it has something sticking out from under its lid -- a bit of beard. You cause your hand to glow with magic and pop open the top with the other.

"Alright, you! Out of the barrel with your hands up!"

"Aw, dammit lass! Do ye know how bloody hard it was ta git in this thing ta begin with?!"

"You heard me, thief!"

"Arlight, alright! Keep yer voice down!" He pops his head out, his beard sticking over the barrel's side. "Look. I know how this must look. But I was only takin' back what was rightfully mine! That derned gnome swindled me, he did!"

You don't lower your hand, but you do listen, and you also recall that time the gnome attempted to buy your magic coin without being honest about why he wanted it, something you came to realize later on.

The dwarf makes his defense. "He sold me some junk! It broke down, an' he refused to refund me for me coin! So I took back what was mine, I did."

>Give me the money and I'll forget I saw you.
>Sorry, but you're getting turned in.
>Let him go
>What did you buy?
>Other
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>>1140758
>>What did you buy?
>Give me the money and I'll forget I saw you.
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>>1140758
>What did you buy?
>Give me the money and I'll forget I saw you.
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>>1140758
>What did you buy?
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>>1140758
>What did you buy?
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>>1140758
>>What did you buy?
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>>1140767
>>1140771
>>1140788

Merriam walks up and looks on from nearby as you ask him, "What exactly did you buy?"

"A beard-shaper! He promised me it would shave, trim, braid, color and scent me beard!"

"And did it?"

"SEE FOR YERSELF!" He reaches up and pulls off his mask, allowing the rest of his beard out. You and Merriam nearly burst out laughing; his mustache spirals outwards in three different directions while the beard itself looks like a cross between a leaf and a star with strange hoops and spirals. "That derned gnome is responsible! He sold me an unreliable product!"

"Buy OR beware!" a voice squeaks. You and Merriam both turn to see the gnome walking up, holding his dart launcher like a rifle. "You neglected to sign forms for insurance AND you didn't accept the receipt! Nor did you purchase the accompanying manual NOR did you consult the manufacturer's warranty!"

"Ya ain't foolin' me with yer fancy devil contracts, ya tinkerin' little sod! I ain't givin' ya me name on any paper!"

"THIS IS HOW BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED IN THE MODERN DAY, YOU ARCHAIC BACKWARDS OAF!"

"I'mma stick yer toys up yer mineshaft ya little ponce!"

"I'm going to invent a solution that destroys beards, and ONLY beards, and then invent a device to spray it at you!"

"Oh, jus' you try it ya wee little bird-chirp-soundin' twig-legged beady-eyed hoity-toighty-suit-wearin' cookie-makin' momma's boy!"

"YOU LEAVE HER OUT OF THIS!"

>Break up their fight
>Take the side of the gnome
>Take the side of the dwarf
>Walk away and let them hash this out
>Other
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>>1140793
>Walk away and let them hash this out
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>>1140793
>Take the side of the gnome
come now, as unfortunate as the results were, you can't expect to understand a nuanced, complex instrument as a gnomish beard curler without reading the instructions?
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>>1140793
>Walk away and let them hash this out
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>>1140798
>>1140801
Guys, free stuff. No one expects the sorceress to be packing heat.
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>>1140806
This is strictly a business transaction between them. I don't think we'll be able to pull anything else out of this one, unless they're offering.
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>>1140793
>Break up their fight
we dont need this, we need free stuff
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>>1140808
we haven't got the "Caught the thief" loot yet, and the gnome probably won't give it to us if he doesn't at least get his money back.
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>>1140793
>>1140799
I suppose this is best if we want to get that free Vibrator and strengthen our bond with Merriam and unlock the incest threesome.
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>>1140798
>>1140801

>>1140799
>>1140829

I'll need a tie breaker, or I'll combo them. I'll give it a few minutes.
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>>1140835
>Take the side of the gnome
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>>1140835
>arbitrate between the two, but secretly side with the gnome
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>>1140835
>>arbitrate between the two, but secretly side with the gnome
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>>1140835
A combo would be ideal actually.
That way we can be mostly impartial while still getting the reward.
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>>1140801
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>>1140849
>>1140850

"You don't sound like a very good customer," you say to the dwarf. Then you turn to the gnome. "But you don't sound like a very good merchant, either."

"He was in and out in a flash," the gnome insists. "I was VERY specific and laid everything out for him."

"Aye, with yer big complicated words and yer fancy-schmancy contracts!"

"It's not MY fault that you were unwilling to accept additional coverage for additional cost!"

"What in the bloody hells are ye even talkin' about? Ye pay the price for what ye get!"

"And you DID!"

"Enough!" you say, kneeling and placing your hands on their chests. (Well, the barrel for the dwarf, but still.) "I think you could both stand to learn a lesson from this experience. Don't you?"

"Aye. NEVER TRUST A GNOME!"

"And I'd put a big, fat sign on my shop saying, 'NO DWARVES' but that would violate the statutes of the mechant guild that I operate within which has a very strict policy due to its non-discrimination clause, but that doesn't mean I have to LIKE IT!"

"Now then. Mr. Dwarf, if you would please hand over what was taken."

He grumbles and pops his arm out of the barrel holding a small sack of coins before throwing it at the gnome's feet. The gnome scoops it up.

"There. Was that so bad?"

"Gnomes... Pheh! Buncha lousy no-goods..." Higs legs then pop out the bottom of the barrel, allowing him to stand up and walk away.

The gnome straightens his coat and puts the coins in one of his many pockets. "Honestly. The NERVE of some people." He looks up at you and manages a smile. "Thank you, my good lady. As promised, I'll get you a 25% deal on any item of your choice in my store!"

>Haggle for more
>Go to his shop
>Accuse him for lying about the coin
>Meet up with him later
>Other
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>>1140870
>>Haggle for more
>Accuse him for lying about the coin
He knows something, and he's gonna tell us what exactly that coin does
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>>1140870
>>Haggle for more
>>Go to his shop
40% on 2 items one for Merry one for Sirena.
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>>1140870
>Haggle for more
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>>1140870
>Haggle for more
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>>1140870
>>Go to his shop
gota get that massager>>1140874
or jus tthey both get the discount
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>>1140870
>Accuse him for lying about the coin
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>>1140881
>>1140879
>>1140874
>>1140872
you might as well just start fliping the coin then
i mean we can use it durning the meeting ot try to get better deals
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>>1140872
>>1140874
>>1140879
>>1140881
>>1140886

"Seventy-five percent," you haggle.

"Outragious! Thirty."

"Sixty."

"Thirty-five!"

"Fifty!"

"Forty."

"Done," you are about to shake his hand when you add, "For both of us!"

He shakes. "Done! Wait. OH! Fine." He straightens his coat again. "Come come, before the talls ones start speaking. Into my tent."

You follow him back to his tent and crouch down to get back inside. Merriam follows. Once more you find yourself in a magnificent emporium of items. As he puts his dart rifle away, you notice that there seem to be more things this time around.

"Did you recently stock your shelves?"

"Yes, a trip home and a recent shipment of new wares saw to that. Anything catching your eye?"

>Automatic Lockpick
>An hourglass that you can wind up as a timer
>Automatic crossbow with magazine
>Experimental Parachute
>Lightning Rod
>Miniature Firestarter/Flamethrower
>Autoquill and Ink
>Gunpowder Bomb
>Ghost Containment Unit
>Compass
>Desk Clock
>Bedroom Wakeup Alarm System
>Distillation Kit and Water Purifier
>Greater Glue
>Anti-Rust Ointment
>Miniature Forge
>Gemstone Cutter
>Combination Gas Mask and Rebreather
>Potions Starter Kit and Instructional Guidebook
>"Back Massager"
>Other
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>>1140909
>Lightning Rod

Should probably mount this one on our tower just in case.

>>Potions Starter Kit and Instructional Guidebook

And

>Combination Gas Mask and Rebreather

Just in case we fuck up the potion really much with poisonouse fume.
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>>1140909
>Potions Starter Kit and Instructional Guidebook
>Distillation Kit and Water Purifier
Wars are fought over water. It'd be nice.
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>>1140909
>Lightning Rod
>"Back Massager"
>Distillation Kit and Water Purifier
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>>1140909
>>Ghost Containment Unit
>>Potions Starter Kit and Instructional Guidebook
>>>Ghost Containment Unit
>>>>Ghost Containment Unit
^
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Ghost containment unit
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>>1140909
>Lightning Rod
>Distillation Kit and Water Purifier
Also, we need to make it up to Merrium
>"Back Massager"
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>>1140909
>>"Back Massager"
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>>1140909
>Potions Starter Kit and Instructional Guidebook
>Distillation Kit and Water Purifier
Home-taught Alchemy, here we come.
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>>1140909
>>"Back Massager"
>Miniature Firestarter/Flamethrower
>Automatic crossbow with magazine
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>>1140910
>>1140909
Should probably also get a
>Distillation Kit and Water Purifier
>>
After looking over the wares, you pick out three things you'd like and bring them to the counter: a potions starter kit with instructional guidebook, a distillation kit and water purifier, and a "back massager" that you left here last time.

He adjusts his goggles. "Ah, very nice choices. That will be one-hundred-fifty for the starter kit, one-hundred for the distiller, and one-hundred for the massager."

"I remember it being sixty last time," you tell him, and then you realize he's inflated the cost to the point of forty-percent off the item being the exact same price as before. "Oh, clever. How original."

"Now assuming you want your discount on the larger item and then one of the smaller ones, that comes to two-hundred-and-fifty. What say you?"

You could easily afford it. With your recent plunderings, it isn't truly much. But still, the nerve of this gnome!

"Oh, and for an additional price more, I'll add insurance. Covered up to two years!"

>Pay the price
>Haggle for the original massager price
>Buy the insurance
>No deal
>Other
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>>1141012
>Buy the insurance
we are rich dont?
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>>1141012
>>Haggle for the original massager price
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>>1141012
>Buy the insurance
and you will provide the relevant manuals and other paperwork needed in case something unfortunate happens. to the purchases.
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>>1141012
>No deal
"Hi, would you like to protect you game disk for up to 2 years? Only 5 extra dollars!'

Fucking scams. There isn't even an art to it much anymore.
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>>1141012
>>Haggle for the original massager price
We are totally getting swindled but whatever...
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>>1141012
>>Haggle for the original massager price
>>Buy the insurance
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>>1141012
>>Haggle for the original massager price
>>Buy the insurance

We got cash money niggas, two hundred gold isn't shit.
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>>1141027
>>1141032
>>1141034
>>1141038

You poke him in the chest. "You'd better match the original price on that item, or I'm taking my money elsewhere."

He grows offended. "Fine! Do it, then. You won't find anyone else with better merchandise in this town for what you're looking for! Think you'll find these items at a dress cart or a jewelry stand? Hah!"

Your eyes narrow and you give him a dangerous look. He gulps. "Alright. Fine fine fine! Thirty-six for the massager with the discount."

"And the insurance?'

"With the adjusted price of two-hundred-and-twenty-six, the insurance will bring it up to... two-hundred-and-fifty." He beams a bright grin and you roll your eyes.

'I'm done dealing with this gnome.'

You take out the coins, leaving you 1,831 left. After signing the paperwork in your fake name and taking a copy for yourself, you take Merriam and leave the store, walking out of the small tent and back out into Bridge Town. You carry your purchases back to the cart where Xerro dutifully awaits. You could remain here, return to the tower or something else. You still have half a day until the dinner.

>Head back to the tower
>Remain in Bridge Town for now
>Purchase something else
>Look around for anything interesting
>Other
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>>1141084
>Remain in Bridge Town for now

Have Xerro transport the goods back to the tower
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Rolled 25 (1d100)

>>1141084
>Look around for anything interesting

Preemptive role.
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>>1141084
>Look around for anything interesting
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>>1141084
...Y'know what?

I like that gnome. I really do.
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>>1141100
>>1141107

That 25 means we encounter an admirer. One moment.
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>>1141084
>Look around for anything interesting
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>>1141128
Oh no...
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>>1141107
>>1141144

As you and Merriam walk along the streets, you are suddenly ambushed! But not by a hostile enemy. Instead, your eyes are now feasting upon an outright garishly mismatched red and blue outfit as a man with a wide-brimmed and white-plumed hat, with a red feathered scarf and an instrument tucked beneath one arm, as well as an immaculately-sculpted moushtache and beard combo, AND large golden hoop earrings dangling from his ears, steps in front of you. He is pleasant in appearance, despite his wild outfit, with brown hair and soft amber eyes. Around his neck dangles an amulet of luminous crystal, and a rapier is belted at his hip.

"My lady," he says, scooping up your hand and kissing it before you can even so much as react, "I must confess that I am your most ardent admirer."

He kneels before you and produces from his robe, seemingly out of nowhere, a beautiful bouquet of flowers. "For you, my sweet. Freshly plucked this morning with the dew yet upon them. Their beauty pales next to yours, my morning flower of the sun."

You and Merriam both blink, then look at each other, then back to him. "Who are you supposed to be?"

"Ah! My manners, how foolish of me!" He stands up and bows while flourishing his cape out behind him. "I am Walhbo, entertainer, dancer, enjoyer of fine wines and fine women, but none have ever been finer than you." He straightens as his cape falls around his shoulders. "I am soon to be world-famous, my name sung in halls across the land, echoing throughout history!"

"...Why?"

"For I am the greatest poet, bard and composer in the kingdom!" He kneels before you again and produces the flowers. "I beg you, sweet lady, take these flowers from me and you will have my eternal devotion. You inspire me to tears, you make my heart pound in its chest! Never has there been a star like you shining in the night sky! Not even the fair maidens of the fey kingdoms could compare to you, my queen of the wilds!"

You look around; people are beginning to stare. Merriam remains silent, unsure of what to make of all this.

>Take the flowers
>Ask for a poem
>Come back when you're actually famous
>Reject him utterly
>Other
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>>1141183

>Step back once.
>Step back again.
>Look at Merriam.
>"Run."
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>>1141183
>Come back when you're actually famous
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>>1141183
>Come back when you're actually famous
If every bard who said he will be famous was right, we'd have a lot thicker history books.
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>>1141183
>>Take the flowers
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>>1141190
Seconding.
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>>1141190
Doesnt seem like a reaction Sirena would do. Would either reject him in an rather arrogant manner or just take the flowers.
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>>1141183
>Take the flowers
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I've got a three-way, and it isn't the fun kind; I need a tie breaker.
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>>1141232
>>1141204
>>1141183
>>Take the flowers

Changing to.
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I'll retract my semi jokey write in and put in for

>Come back when you're actually famous
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...shit. screw it, go with >take the flowers. I hate ties as much as you do.
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>Take the flowers
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You rip the flowers out of his hand, and, in a stunning move, you drop them to the ground!

He gasps and places his hand over his heart. You look down on him and place your hands on your hips. "Come back when you're actually famous. Let's go, Merriam." You turn her around and walk on.

You hear Walhbo call out at your back, "I will, my lady! I shall compose the finest sonnet, the greatest play in the land! I shall move audiences to tears and to laughter, and to tears from laughter! I shan't give up! If I must move the mountains, the very pillars of the arts, I shall! For you and you alone I would build a ladder to the heavens! I SWEEEEAAAAARRRRR IT!"

"If he follows us, run," you whisper to her as you round the corner. You and she both share a laugh at the outlandish figure as you move on.

>Who do you encounter next?

>A merchant.
>A noble.
>A prostitute.
>A friend.

>Or, leave Bridge Town?
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>>1141268
>A noble.

Maybe we can hear what is going on in the capital. WIth the king and Mordrax etc etc.

Might even learn what the word is on SIrena and her family
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>>1141268
>A noble.
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>>1141268
>A noble.
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>>1141272
>>1141279
>>1141283

Noble it is.

Can I get some 1d100s to generate, please?
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>>1141299
you want dice? HERE'S YOUR BLOODY DICE!
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>>1141299
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As you and Merriam walk back over the bridge that comprises nearly half the town, you spy someone distinct, but not in a bad way like that bard. He is a noble, clearly; he carries himself with excellent posture and has an eloquent manner of speech. He is dressed like a man more for sea than land, and when you look over the side of the bridge and see his ship you know why. It is a merchant vessel, offloading cargo here at Bridge Town, and apparently getting very well-paid. You can see armed guards with cutlasses and rapiers watching over the crates as they are offloaded.

The man himself, perhaps the captain of this fine vessel, which you also see is called the Queen's Avarice, is speaking to the port controller of the town, going down a checklist and apparently noting some discrepencies. "We were set upon on the way up here," he describes. "Goblin swine made off with only a minor amount of our stock. The rest we were able to protect."

"Have you any proof of these claims?" the man grumbles.

The young noble turns around and snaps his gloved hand. A small net is hoisted up from the ship and hung near its main mast -- freshly cut goblin heads.

"I'd show you the blood on my blade, but I keep it clean," the man smiles handsomely. The port official makes a note of the missing supplies and moves off.

>Approach the man and introduce yourself
>Wait for a more opportune time
>Seduce him
>Send Merriam at him
>Other
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>>1141441
>>Approach the man and introduce yourself
>Other
Be flirty but i wouldn't say "seduce"
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>>1141441
>Approach the man and introduce yourself
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>>1141441
>>Wait for a more opportune time
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>>1141441
>Approach the man and introduce yourself
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>>1141441
>Approach the man and introduce yourself
It's not often a man of your stature comes out this far.
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>>1141441
>Approach the man and introduce yourself
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Putting on your best smile and ensuring your enchanting ruby is on display between your breasts, you approach the captain and get his attention, which isn't hard to do.

"Hello," you greet him with low eyelids. "I'm Mary."

"I've heard of you," he says, a fact that surprises and potentially unnerves you. He kisses the back of your hand, but in a manner more dignified than the last admirer. He notices. "Surprised? One of the locals mentioned you and your friends, but they didn't describe your beauty."

"I'm hardly the one they see the most of," you reply. "I've helped a local, Ben, become something of a town hero."

"So I've heard. But you're not quite local, are you?" He leans in close. "In fact, based on the way you try to hide your accent, I'd say you're from further down south."

You keep calm and collected, but are nonetheless put at slight unease. This man is far more clever than you'd have thought. "South, a bit. Not far. How far south have you travelled?"

"To the very southernmost portion of the seas," he says, indicating his vessel as you both walk to the side of the bridge to look upon it. "My ship has carried me since I was but a boy."

"Do you get to the capital often?"

"I should. I have an estate there. I'm told it's very lovely," he laughs.

"You never go?"

"Not much reason to until I retire. The sea has me until then."

"Well, you're far north from the sea."

He shrugs. "A job is a job. It pays well." He leans on the stone railing of the bridge and gives you a handsome smirk. "I don't suppose you happen to be attending a gathering tonight at the mayor's office?'

"As a matter of fact, I am."

"Then I am as well," he smiles. "In fact, I shall provide a portion of tonight's dinner, if you would join me for a glass of wine this evening."

>Accept
>Ask him some more questions
>Ask for a tour of his ship
>Slip away
>Other
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>>1141508
>Accept

Might be a good idea to make friends with him.
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>>1141508
>>Accept
>>Ask him some more questions
>>Ask for a tour of his ship
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>>1141508
>Accept
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>>1141508
>>Accept
>>Ask him some more questions
>>Ask for a tour of his ship
Are we forgetting Ben?
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>>1141515
>>1141523
>>1141534

"I accept."

"Then until we meet again," he says, parting with a courteous bow and another kiss of your hand. He turns to swagger back to his ship.

"Wait, I didn't get your name!"

"Then perhaps you'll get it tonight!" he calls over his shoulder with a wink.

When he is gone, Merriam steps back up. "He was quite charming. Not at all like the last one."

"Hm? Oh, right, that fool. I think it would do well to become friendly with that captain... He could prove useful."

>Return to the tower
>Stay here in town until tonight
>Travel elsewhere
>Gather info on current rumors
>Other
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>>1141578
>>Gather info on current rumors
>Gather info on current rumors
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>>1141578
>>Gather info on current rumors
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>>1141578
>Gather info on current rumors
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>>1141578
>Return to the tower
We have to grab Ben for the dinner.
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>>1141578
>Gather info on current rumors
>Return to the tower
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>>1141582
>>1141600
>>1141611
>>1141660

So, let's see how our rumors have grown, shall we?

>Along the western trade route, which recently had a problem with contaminated grain causing a food crisis that was solved, a new disease has sprung up which seems to solely be targetting farm animals. Farmers are scrambling to find a cure, with local priests and merchants coming up with no easy solutions. This disease is causing many people in the region to take desperate steps to protect their livestock.

>The local wizard who lost his fire elemental and came up with a plan to stop it by summoning a water elemental has been charged with massive property damage after the plan, in horrible failure, resulted in the elementals battling to a stalemate across several farm fields, wrecking property and crops alike. He is currently in the town jail.

>The lawyer who was supposed to represent the drunken monk and the lawyer failed spectacularly. Somehow during the trial, even more damning evidence came up against them, revealing a criminal history for them both. The new partners in crime attempted a daring jailbreak, but their bumbling nature and general incompetency didn't get them very far. They are back in jail again.

>The exterminator was successful in solving the snake problem. Unfortunately, Bridge Town now has a mongoose infestation. The exterminator was fired.

>The local prostitutes have gone on strike. Despite Mayor Jed's attempts to rid the town of degeneracy, it seems the women of the night have formed a guild and are now looking to buy property to open an official brothel.

>A new local merchant is controversial because he is a goblin. He is attempting to sell makeup and beauty products, including a new line of hair dye, but business is not going very well for him due to local pregeduces.

>There has been talk of a local band of mercenaries construction a fortress out in the wilderness. While no one can confirm which group it may be, they are rumored to have some kind of connection to the local coven of hags.

Do we want to act on any of these, or return to the tower?
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>>1141709
>The local prostitutes have gone on strike. Despite Mayor Jed's attempts to rid the town of degeneracy, it seems the women of the night have formed a guild and are now looking to buy property to open an official brothel.

Fucking hilarious.

Lets just return to the tower.
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>>1141709
Go to the jail

Find lizardman
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>>1141709
Actually, I'm curious about the contaminated food and livestock. We might be able to do something about that.
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>>1141709
>The local prostitutes have gone on strike. Despite Mayor Jed's attempts to rid the town of degeneracy, it seems the women of the night have formed a guild and are now looking to buy property to open an official brothel.
I smell a business investment.
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>>1141709
>>The lawyer who was supposed to represent the drunken monk and the lawyer failed spectacularly. Somehow during the trial, even more damning evidence came up against them, revealing a criminal history for them both. The new partners in crime attempted a daring jailbreak, but their bumbling nature and general incompetency didn't get them very far. They are back in jail again.

Sorry,

>>The lawyer who was supposed to represent the drunken monk and the lizardman

My bad.
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>>1141716
>>1141709
Go wirth

>The local prostitutes have gone on strike. Despite Mayor Jed's attempts to rid the town of degeneracy, it seems the women of the night have formed a guild and are now looking to buy property to open an official brothel.
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>>1141739
I will back this
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>>1141739
this

off the books so we dont lose our status as local ''Hero''
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>>1141709
>Lets just return to the tower.
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Upon hearing of this rumor of a blossoming prostitute guild, you find yourself curious. You send Merriam back to the cart and diguise yourself to better infiltrate this group to learn more. A brothel, if actually built and maintained, could very well be a useful source of both income (no pun intended) and influence, as well as the potential beginnings of a spy network.

You slip into your disguise and leave your finery and new dresses behind; it isn't hard to find a change of clothes. Currently, the prostitutes have gathered in a shack near the river, a rather dismal place. You quickly learn that they are in the midst of pooling their resources and seeking investors to help secure more permanent property in which to operate their new business.

>But first, let's generate some prostitutes!

>1d100s, please.
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>>1141821
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Vampire friend would be pleased
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>>1141829
>>1141838
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>>1141923
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>>1141928
>>1141934

Here's the girls.

Sanzir: Female Dwarf, Rank 12 Rich Panderer, knows useful information. Attraction Rating: 9
Beatry: Female Human, Rank 1 Slovenly Trull, will lie to gain a reward. Attraction Rating: 5
Arran: Female Half-elf, Rank 1 Slovenly Trull, will do anything for coin. Attraction Rating: 6
Cora: Female Elf, Rank 2 Brazen Strumpet, is a thief. Attraction Rating: 7
Adaria: Female Human, Rank 5 Saucy Tart, has distinctive scars. Attraction Rating: 6
Romil: Female Half-orc, Rank 6 Wanton Wench, only services women. Attraction Rating: 4
Sairi: Female Elf, Rank 3 Cheap Trollop, prefers kinkier work. Attraction Rating: 5
Urulladi: Female Gnome, Rank 5 Saucy Tart, prefers bigger species. Attraction Rating: 5

So, since one is so high class and the others are not, here's how I imagine it went down: Our dwarf matron, Sanzir, has fallen on hard times. Perhaps she is exiled from her home, perhaps she is a disgraced noble, it is hard to say. She's worked in much, much, much better conditions than this, perhaps even a bigger and more professional brothel that catered to nobles. For one reason or another that she probably doesn't want to talk about, she's ended up here, and has gathered these streetwalkers and trollops under her wing. She is a strong woman, with dignity and poise, despite her current low societal standing. She is determined to get her way back to the top, even if that means she has to piggy-back on the success of others spreading their legs.

What do we make of this situation? How do we want to interract with her, if at all? Reveal ourselves, make a deal, work behind the scenes, etc?
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>>1142000
Seduce the dwarf cuz she's hot and then make business with her, funding her brothel for a cut of the profits
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>>1142000
As private as possible, professional. Give her an offer she cannot refuse. We promise to help her set her up and keep the mayor off her back in return she gives us a cut of the profit and any information her girls and herself may gain.
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>>1142000
Sanzir will be our primary point of contact, naturally. Get her view on current politics, see what she thinks of that Sirena girl. Either way, be professional and meet her straight. Offer to fund the brothel in exchange for (off-the-books if required) co-ownership. Her girls are our girls. Any information that flows through the brothel goes through us. We'll try to grease the wheels with Jed if necessary: if we can make this a legal brothel, it'll be all the better.
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>>1142000
Offer to help deal with the politics situation in exchange for assistance in our own affairs. Make it seem very equitable, and fair.
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>>1142012
>>1142018
>>1142028
>>1142029

Well there's been a lot of discussion on the discord, but I'll be going to bed now. Feel free to talk more on this subject, here or on there.
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>>1142000
>>1142018
this

>>1142028
>see what she thinks of that Sirena girl
This seems weird and suspicious. Just asking her opinion on general politics should be enough to determine this. And since we're using yet another disguise for this venture, there's no need to bring it up.
If we must elaborate, just tell her that we're interested in knowing about anything political and bounty hunter related.
If that seems too suspicious, we can say that we also like to hunt the occasional bounty for pocket money, so any leads on the competition would be nice.
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now to make that palden fall with this group of girls she can punsih:P
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>>1142000
See if she knows the Dwarf we encountered before.

I feel like we should support the Goblin merchant to spite the Gnome. Spite fuels a lot of my decisions.

Also, the Brothel would be a good customer for the Goblin, and we could display his goods in front of the Noble.

If the Goblin could use the Dwarf from earlier as a front man (without concern because he apparently is crap at business) and the Brothel as advertising by word of mouth to their customers as gifts for their wives, and we could display it by wearing it to high society events - or better yet, dressing up Mirriam and Faye so we stay in the background - then we could make a serious market penetration and make a bunch of money while tying the brothel and the business closer to us.

Also, we could make ins with setting up a disaffected minority coalition, goblins and dwarves (and maybe later Kobolds!)
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>>1142596
Forgot to add, the Brothel could be a good way for recruiting Girls for Vinny the Vampire.

Have a noble who falls in love with a whore "whisk her away to a life of leisure as his personal mistress".

How romantic.
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>>1142598
of course women of that profession go missing all time they'll hardly be missed
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>>1142608
Not only that, but if girls seem to go on to "bigger and better things" then it could gain in both popularity and reputation as a "reform house for wayward women" that runs as a high class place "renting virtue instead of selling it". Especially if we can get the Paladin in on it.

Class it up, give it some good quality "exclusive" make-up as a product, portray it as a net gain to both the women AND the community.

We could even get Vinny to send a woman back once in a while to visit family and talk about how great her life is.

Heck, maybe we could even educate them to do numbers and such, and present them as "secretaries plus for discerning gentleman of leisure" or something.

And then charge Vinny MORE, because they're useful in more ways than just blood banks.
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>>1142618
thats a goddamn franchise material I love it
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>>1142657
Don't forget that we can write off the income as "donations" from Gentlemen of leisure for purchasing the "services" of the ladies.

A blowjob and a balancing of your cheque book.

A "Paladin Paddling" slash Fencing Instruction.

Reduced rates at a fraction of a what a professional would cost as these ladies are gaining valuable job skills.

So if your cheque book isn't actually balanced, or your sword arm is less sore than your/her bottom at the end of it, it's understandable because it's a learning experience.

Balling a Soiree Slut dance lessons.

Practical rope skills. Is an actual course taught for sailors.

Impractical rope skills. Practicing Practical rope skills on people.

Strict Tutoring in Math and Phys. Ed. Sexy librarian domination.

To Be the Belle of the Ball, Forced Feminization and pegging. Free make-up kit with enrollment, dresses may be borrowed but it's best if you bring your own as there will be a charge for any staining.
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Just at lunch. I'd update about the dwarf encounter/negotiation, but as I am limited to my phone, I would rather not skim over the details. Will write this out as a full encounter when I get home from work in a few hours.
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>>1142906
I am excited for our pan-species charity whorehouse.
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>>1142914
Calling it a charity implies it's not profit driven. Call it the Pan-species Work-Rehabilitation All-Girls Academy for Discerning Gentlemen.
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>>1143045
I only do so for tax purposes.
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Home now; update soon.
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>>1142029

Upon following the dwarf woman into town, you corner her in an alleyway. Almost immediately the woman goes for a knife, but you raise your hand. "Hold. I am not here to harm you."

"I've been told that one before," she says, her accent notably central region for a dwarf. "Who are you, then?"

"A friend, and a potential business partner." You lower your hood, revealing your disguised face. "I'm interested in your idea of a brothel, and I can get the mayor off your back. Interested?"

Still keeping a hand on the knife around her thigh, she slowly nods. "Might be that I am. Speak."

"Like I said, I can keep the mayor off your back. I can also help you out with investments, perhaps even securing a nice property for our business. Girls, too. And the ones who look a little rough or act up, I can fix them, too."

The dwarf narrows her eyes. "Sounds a bit too good to be true. You some kind of mage?"

"I'm more than a mage. I'm interested in being a business partner, too. But I also like my privacy, and I'll respect yours as well. I can tell there's a reason you're in this town, just like there's a reason I'm in this town. We don't need to worry too much about each other's reasons so long as we both uphold our ends of the deal."

She seems to be considering it. "And what sort of deal are we making?"

"We split the profits from the brothel, and we use it to gather secrets, which can be more valuable than gold. I'm sure you know that, though."

"I do." She takes her hand off the dagger. "Let's say that I'm interested in your deal... Where do you begin?"

>Bring the girls under your control
>Enhance the looks of the girls
>Use your healer to cure them of any diseases
>For now, you'll just focus on the mayor and getting the property
>Other
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>>1143176
>>Enhance the looks of the girls
>>Use your healer to cure them of any diseases
Can't have them be disease ridden whores.
Making them hot is good too,
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>>1143176
>Use your healer to cure them of any diseases
We can't do cosmetics all the time. Making sure the girls are clean is a more permanent solution.
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>>1143176
>>For now, you'll just focus on the mayor and getting the property
first things first.
We gotta remember not to get Sirena OR Mary involved in this though.
Completely off the books.
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>>1143176
>For now, you'll just focus on the mayor and getting the property

Step one
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>>1143190
This is about a sign of good will to show the whores we're legit.
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>>1143176
>Use your healer to cure them of any diseases.
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>>1143176
this
>>1143190
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>>1143176
>For now, you'll just focus on the mayor and getting the property

And to show that we are invested and committed to the plan
>Use your healer to cure them of any diseases
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>>1143176
>>Enhance the looks of the girls
>>Use your healer to cure them of any diseases
>>For now, you'll just focus on the mayor and getting the pro
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>>1143178
This. As a show of goodwill.

Then we'll move on to getting the mayor down and the property settled.
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>>1143176
>>Enhance the looks of the girls
>>Use your healer to cure them of any diseases
>>For now, you'll just focus on the mayor and getting the property
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>>1143190
voting for this
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>>1143178
>>1143183
>>1143186
>>1143190
>>1143204
>>1143209
>>1143224
>>1143237
>>1143246
>>1143277

"For starters, I'll clean up your girls. I have a priest who can bless them and get rid of any diseases. Next, I'll personally oversee to giving them a makeover. But both of those will come after I have dealt with the mayor."

"And just who are you, exactly?"

"For now, just a business partner. When next we meet, I'll have some good news. For now merely continue doing as you will."

She nods as you slip out of the alley. You return to your clothes and resume being Mary for the time being.

>Return to your tower
>Follow up on another rumor
>Wait in town until the dinner begins
>Meet with the mayor earlier
>Other
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>>1143281
>>Follow up on another rumor

MEET THE LIZARDMAN
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>>1143281
>>Follow up on another rumor
Might as well continue being occupied.
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>Follow up on another rumor
Let's check out the goblin merchant, see how legit he is.
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>>1143281
>See if we have time to visit elder grey or her ex-husband.
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>>1143294
Elder Grey is too far out of the way for our trip. We only have a couple hours before the dinner.
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>>1143281
>Meet with the mayor earlier
The sooner we're a madame, the better.
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>>1143281
>>Follow up on another rumor
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>>1143285
>>1143286
>>1143304

Which rumor? >>1141709
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>>1143281
>>Meet with the mayor earlier
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>>1143281
>>1143287
This sounds alright.
Should we use our madame disguise tho?
Since people don't seem to like him/her. But Mary seems to be fairly popular.
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>>1143311
The two/three dudes in jail right now.

Visit the jailhouse.
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>>1143319
Mary is perfectly fine for meeting the goblin.
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>>1143281
>Follow up on another rumor
>Let's check out the goblin merchant, see how legit he is.
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>>1143311
The nincompoops in the jailhouse. If we're meeting with the mayor, maybe we can see about investigating their case
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>>1143311
>Try meeting the goblin merchant.

He's probably ripe for exploiting if he's really looking to make a name for himself when people are being prejudiced around him. We do alright by him, he'll be loyal. Too much to lose.
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>>1143281
check out goblin merchant
then we meet with mayor
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>>1143311
Th goblin. His wares would be useful to the hoes. A mutually beneficial agreement.
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>>1143328
What would we even do with them?
We've got quite a bit on our plate atm.
The Gobbo at least has a shoe-in position supplying cosmetics to the brothel.

A couple of incompetent buffoons could really be a hassle.
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>>1143347
>>1143354

Deciding to approach this goblin you've heard about, you find his ramshackle stand near the edge of the market. He is sleeping, with his face propped up by his arm and snoring. Approaching his stand, you knock on it and startle him awake. "What? Huh? What's this all about, eh? Can't a guy--"

He looks up and immediately focuses on your breasts. "OH! A CUSTOMER!" He sits up and straightens his suit and tie. He is dressed to look like a business man, or perhaps more like a parody of one. "Welcome, welcome! No doubt my fine wares caught your eye!" The wares in particular are stacked behind him on a tiny shelf. Hair dyes of various colors, makeup kits, small mirrors and other things one would use to pretty themselves up. Nothing looks too out of the ordinary.

"You seem to have plenty of stock," you notice.

"Oh yes, yes indeed! Plenty of fine stock! Business has been... Well, we needn't worry about that."

"Do they work?"

"Oh yes indeed!" he says again. "My products are top-of-the-line, satisfaction guaranteed! Only the highest quality materials for the finest quality customers. Might I say, my lady, that you are particularly lovely."

"Why thank you."

"And you'd look even lovelier with some of my product! I'll even throw in a sample, a first customer bonus. What do you say?"

>Test out his product
>Buy his entire supply for the brothel
>Offer to make him a permanent supplier for the brothel
>Ask him about his lack of business
>Leave
>Other
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>>1143367
>Test out his product
This doesn't use bat guano, does it?
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>>1143367
don't do shit until you can confirm that his stuff actually works and isn't cursed or whatever. do we have any way to divine these? if not, just take one and carefully observe it
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>>1143367
>Test out his product
if is good
>Offer to make him a permanent supplier for the brothel
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>>1143367
This >>1143375
and
>Ask him about his lack of business
Do goblin inventions EVER work as intended?
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>>1143367
>Test out his product
>Ask him about his lack of business

Normally I'd say if he checks out we should offer to make him a supplier. But as we just removed our disguise and are currently Mary, that would link our Mary identity to the brothel. In which case, what was the point of the second disguise?
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>>1143367
>Test out his product
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>>1143376
>>1143390
>wanting to test out this untested product before an important meeting with officials
Can't we at least wait until after the meeting, please
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>>1143367
>>Test out his product
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>>1143400
Hey you, I'm still waiting for a Lost Island update.
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>>1143367
>Offer to make him a permanent supplier for the brothel
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>>1143406
I'm busy you'll get it in a bit
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>>1143398
Ya don't test cosmetics by just applying on your face. You apply a little to your wrist to make sure it doesn't have caustic properties. And magic could overwipe dyes.
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>>1143382
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>>1143400

You take a small samble of his makeup, some skin shade, and apply it to your wrist. You carefully study it for any abnormal effects, but it seems to work just fine. A few more tests reveal that the goblin's makeup appears to be completely, perfectly normal. You can't say the same about the dye, as you don't have time to test it right now, but the rest of his product seems to match that quality.

"See? Only the finest products!"

"It certainly does seem like your products work. You don't seem to be doing well selling them, though."

"Bah! That'll change once people like you see how well they work. I bet you've already changed your mind! So, what'll it be? Want to take a kit? A jar? A crate?"

>Leave him for now; keep him in mind for later
>Buy a small kit
>Buy a larger kit
>Buy a crate of product
>Other
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>>1143429
>Buy a larger kit
Something for the girls to pass around when we get it to them.
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>>1143429
>>Buy a small kit
We don't want Mary tied to the brothel. We can come back in disguise when we want to rope him in.
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>>1143429
>>Buy a crate of product
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>>1143429
>>Buy a crate of product
and ask him if he would be interetesd into been a suppler latter on if thigns dont work out for him
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>>1143429
>>Buy a small kit

>Say we'll mention his legitimacy to some folks.

So when we come back in disguise.
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>>1143446
we can use the girls to show off his things as well
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>>1143416
Busy playing games apparently. You're worse than Exabyte, I swear.
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>>1143429
>Buy a larger kit

> Tell him we'll be attending at the Mayors function. Get him to apply it for Mirriam and Faye as advertising in exchange for the make-up

> Offer to broker a deal with him and the brothel
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>>1143453

I also happen to read quests as well as write them. Sue me.
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>>1143429
>Buy a small kit
we'll tell our "Friends"
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>>1143463
And troll in both!

We is it I only agree with you when other people oppose, and oppose you when other people agree with you?
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>>1143462
>Wanting to broker a deal with this goblin while not disguised, linking Mary to the brothel
What was the point of our first disguise, then?! Let's take it slow and come back when we're disguised, we don't want to leave a trail
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>>1143446
>>1143466

You part with five gold coins and leave with a small makeup kit, as well as a promise to tell your associates and spread the word. He waves you goodbye as you return to the cart and hand it to Merriam.

"What is this?" she asks, opening it.

"A gift."

"Aww, thank you Mary!" She hugs you and looks through the materials as you and she get on the cart and head to the tower. Once there, you both head inside to put on your new dresses, shoes and get ready for tonight.

Up in your room, you find Ben, fully armored and apparently waiting. "It took you this long to get dressed?" you joke.

"Just waiting for you to come back," he says with a smile. He looks quite dashing in his new elven chainmail underneath the plate armor. "We're leaving soon to see uncle?"

"Yes. I took Merriam out shopping, and picked up a few things for myself." You set them down on the bed and prepare to get dressed. "Aren't you going to give a lady her privacy, Ben? It's rude to stare."

He smirks. "I think we're beyond that kind of modesty, don't you?"

>Re-assert yourself; make sure he respects your wishes
>Allow him to have his way
>Dress him up as well with some of your spare jewelry
>Get forceful; You're the one in charge, he'll do what you say
>Other
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>>1143516
>Re-assert yourself
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>>1143516
>Dress him up as well with some of your spare jewelry
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>>1143516
>Dress him up as well with some of your spare jewelry
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>>1143516
>Allow him to have his way

Tell him to turn around. A lady is allowed to have her secrets.
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>>1143516
>>Allow him to have his way
>>Dress him up as well with some of your spare jewelry
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>>1143516
>Re-assert yourself;
snark isn't appealing, Ben
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>>1143516
>>Re-assert yourself; make sure he respects your wishes
Ben, please. I'm still a lady, after all.
But then
>Dress him up as well with some of your spare jewelry
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>>1143516
>>Re-assert yourself; make sure he respects your wishes
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Quick food break. Be right back.
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>>1143516
>>Re-assert yourself; make sure he respects your wishes
Hey honey, you wanna watch me take a dump too?
nah, jk. But yes we are the lady here and we expect gentlemen to act gentlemanly while the ladies do lady things.
Unless he wants to be a lady too and tryout our makeup and dresses.
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>>1143576
>Unless he wants to be a lady too and tryout our makeup and dresses.

Maybe not that far, but saying something like

"Well if you're going to stare you might as well dress me like my handmaidens used to do."
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>>1143594
"Wait what handmaidens?"
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>>1143516
Can't be threatening him with Feminization be part of reassertion?
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>>1143611
"Ben, I'm Sirena, remember? I was a noble with handmaidens."
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>>1143528
>>1143528
>>1143529
>>1143535
>>1143540
>>1143542
>>1143552
>>1143562
>>1143576

You look at him over your shoulder with a low glare. "Ben. Snark does not agree with a gentleman. Now turn around and respect a lady's wishes."

His smile slowly shrinks, and after a moment, he nods. He gets off the bed and approaches the window to look outside as you get changed. "I didn't, ahem, mean to offend."

You speak to him as you slip into your new dress. "I know. But you've got a long ways to go before you are a true gentleman, or a knight. Don't mistake our comfortable relationship to mean that you can be rude to me."

"I won't, Mary."

"Good. I enjoy our time together, I would hate to have to restrict you to sleeping in another room." You study his posture carefully. While it is not your intention to emasculate him, it is important that not think himself above respecting your words and wishes. You are, after all, the one responsible for uplifting him from his life as a county peasant to an aspiring hero, and he would do well to remember that.

'Still, he's only acting in accordance to his desires. So am I.'

You approach him from behind and turn him around to kiss him. He holds you in his arms for a moment before you slip away and return to your small jewelry box. Opening it up, you take out some things for him to wear. "This belt will look nice on you," you tell him, handing him the leather belt with the platinum buckle. You also give him the sable talisman to give his torso some character; the small furred necklace will do nicely in this regard.

"That dress looks beautiful on you," he says, going in for another kiss. You slip away and playfully lead him downstairs by the hand.

"If we tarry we'll be late!" you remind him. "There'll be time for that later."

Soon, you, he and Merriam are sitting on the cart and heading to Bridge Town. Ben chats enthusiastically about getting to see his uncle, which he hasn't done in a few days. Merriam avoids direct eye contact with her brother, though he doesn't seem to notice. But you do.

>Arrive right on time
>Arrive fashionably late
>Arrive just a tad early
>Send the siblings ahead of you while you observe who is coming to the party
>Other
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>>1143681
>Send the siblings ahead of you while you observe who is coming to the party
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>>1143681
>>Send the siblings ahead of you while you observe who is coming to the party
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>>1143681
>Send the siblings ahead of you while you observe who is coming to the party
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>>1143681
>>Send the siblings ahead of you while you observe who is coming to the party
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>>1143681
>Send the siblings ahead of you while you observe who is coming to the party
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>>1143681
>Send the siblings ahead of you while you observe who is coming to the party
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>>1143687
>>1143691
>>1143700
>>1143703
>>1143709
>>1143716

1d100s, if you would please.
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Rolled 52 (1d100)

>>1143731
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Rolled 76 (1d100)

>>1143731
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Rolled 90 (1d100)

>>1143731
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Rolled 98 (1d100)

>>1143731
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Rolled 23 (1d100)

>>1143731
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Rolled 58 (1d100)

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>>1143785
>>1143797

Once in town, you pay Xerro his customary coin and wait outside while you send the siblings on ahead. They enter the mayor's office while you observe from a hidden viewpoint; you want to see who else shows up. A few of the local merchants arrive in carts of their own, but no one you recognize. At least until the captain you met earlier shows up, with a large fish on a massive platter.

'That must be his contribution to tonight's meal,' you think to yourself.

Some local landowners attend, as well as the captain of the guard for the region, but the two who stand out the most to you are a pair of elves. They are both tall and thin, and judging from their matching clothing they must be either married or siblings. Given how similar they both look, in skin, hair and eyes, you'd guess it to be the latter. The elven duo moves to enter the office and are immediately given entry, so they must be of some local import, but you haven't heard of them or seen them until now.

When you enter, you find the social well underway. Mayor Jed and his partner, Lucia Rose, are dressed pleasantly and are chatting with some of the local merchants. Ben is speaking with the guard captain, and Merriam is keeping to herself, much like the two elves are in the corner of the room. Someone who is not keeping to himself, however, is the captain of the ship, who is regaling several of the minor nobles and landowners with a tale from his time on the seas down south.

>Speak to Jed and Lucia
>Spend time with Ben
>Spend time with Merriam
>Speak to the Captain
>Approach the elves
>Other
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>>1143854

>Speak to Jed and Lucia
make some small talk, get to know how politics are, maybe who the key players in this are.
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>>1143854
>>Approach the elves

>Other
Bring Merriam over with you
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>>1143854
>Approach the elves

Play the star struck country girl.

Innocently gush that we saw another elf woman recently and couldn't believe she was actually a he, but that this Elf definitely is a He.
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>>1143854
>>Speak to Jed and Lucia
then
>Spend time with Merriam
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>>1143854
>Speak to Jed and Lucia

Oh and by the way. You should totally let them build that brothel.
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>>1143854
i will change this >>1143869
to this
>Other
Speak to Jed and Lucia Bring Merriam over with you
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>>1143854
>>Speak to Jed and Lucia
then
>>Spend time with Merriam
We need to cheer her up to prepare her for her 1o1 'massage' session later tonight.
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>>1143854
>Speak to Jed and Lucia
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>>1143854
>Speak to Jed and Lucia
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>>1143854
>Approach the elves
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>>1143878
>>1143876
>>1143869
>>1143867
>>1143863
>>1143909
>>1143919

Walking over to Merriam, you take her by the arm to go speak to Jed and Lucia. They are in good spirits tonight and welcome you warmly; after all, you are responsible just as much as Ben for helping defeat that accursed devil and helping Jed win the election. You chat with them about some local things around Bridge Town that have been going on for the past week or so.

Jed explains that production is up. Brutus' help on the Cutter Farm has made quite a difference, allowing Jed to stay in town to help smooth the transition from previous mayor to his new administration. He has also been in talks with Samson, the new head of the Digger Mine, and he has managed to secure some locals to work in it and plans to bring it up to a respectable standard. You smile at this news; that means the money will start coming in soon thanks to your deal with him.

Politically and economically, Bridge Town is stable and good. Things are running smoothly and it is the hope of Jed and Lucia that things will continue to do so. The have plans to begin building a new schoolhouse, along with a new chapel (but one that isn't quite as big as the one Amanda would have built). Jed plans to add more permanent structures to the village and clean up some of the "tent city" that dominates the market section. While Jed has no problem with merchants personally, too many of them live out of caravans and wagons, meaning he cannot charge them full taxes. The situation isn't exactly a problem, just more of a minor nuisance.

>Speak to Jed privately about the Brothel situation
>Ask about the elves
>Ask about the captain
>Speak to Lucia
>Other
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>>1144018
>Speak to Jed privately about the Brothel situation

Might as well get it out of the way.
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>>1144018
>>Speak to Jed privately about the Brothel situation
>>Ask about the elves
>>Ask about the captain
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>>1144018
>>Speak to Jed privately about the Brothel situation
>>Ask about the elves
>>Ask about the captain
>>Speak to Lucia
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>>1144034
ops not Lucia
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>>1144018
>>Ask about the elves
>>Ask about the captain

The brothel situation can wait a bit, I feel. When Jed's not in such a public place, wanting to speak privately with him or not. We don't want this hanging over his head while he hobnobs with folks.
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>>1144018
>Speak to Jed privately about the brothel
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>>1144018
>Ask about the elves
>Ask about the captain
>Speak to Lucia
>Other

Set up a time after the party to talk to Jed about the Brothel
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>>1144055
I'll second this. Just say we have a business matter to discuss later.
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>>1144018
>>Ask about the captain
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>>1144018
>Ask about the elves
>Ask about the captain
>Speak to Lucia
Drop our new makeup connection, keep it mysterious though.
> Set up time to talk to Jed after about the brothel situation.
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>>1144018
>Ask about the elves
>Ask about the captain
tell him we have to meet for business after
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>>1144027
>>1144031
>>1144034
>>1144059
>>1144075
Um, shouldn't we keep the brothel business to our alter ego? That defeats the purpose of the disguise.

>>1144018
>Ask about the elves
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>>1144125
Jed knows who we are; the dwarf doesn't.
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>>1144031
>>1144034
>>1144055
>>1144065
>>1144066
>>1144069
>>1144086
>>1144125

You mention to Jed that, later on, you have a matter you'd like to discuss with him, one that isn't suited for the company of a social gathering.

Pointing out the elves, you ask about their identities. "They're from up north, but you could have guessed that at their ears, eh? They haven't been in town for very long."

Lucia then adds, "I believe their names are Seturion and Sanuria. They're supposed to be merchants themselves, and quite rich from it. I don't exactly know why they decided to come, but if they were passing through on their way south it would make sense."

"They both have royal signet rings," Jed explains. "Once I saw those, I couldn't say no."

Your eyes dance over to their elven fingers and you see two bright blue rings on their hands, used to help identify those with a connection to the capital, perhaps through a mercantile interest or family. They certainly seem like they could be nobles, though they are still keeping to themselves and speak in hushed tones.

"And the captain?" you ask, pointing him out.

Almost as if sensing that he is suddenly the topic of conversation, the man himself approaches. "Mayor, it is good to meet you." He shakes Jed's hand with a firm grip. "Madame," he says to Lucia, kissing her hand. "And, of course, my fair lady Mary." He takes your hand and winks at you before kissing your knuckles. "Allow me to properly introduce myself, please. I am Captain Jean Lamont Eristan of the Queen's Avarice, and I am happy that my brief time in port here has allowed me to attend this gathering. Already I have met several of the local merchants that my boatswain will be meeting with soon."

"Bridge Town is happy to have one from so far away," Jed smiles. "I understand that you don't often come this far north."

"Truth be told, good mayor, this is the first time I have been this far north, and with such lovely sights to see I am sore that I did not venture this far sooner." He smiles at you in particular.

That's when Ben walks up. "I hope I'm not interrupting anything."

Captain Eristan takes the young man by the hand. "No, not at all. My, what a fine grip. More used to holding an axe than a sword, I think."

Ben blinks. "I've only recently started."

"We all have to start somewhere, no?" He laughs and pats Ben just a bit too hard on the shoulder, which seems to set the young man off slightly. Ben is about to reply when Jean looks at Jed and asks, "Tell me mayor, when do we eat?"

A small bell rings. "Right now," Jed replies.

>Sit next to Ben and Merriam
>Sit next to Jed and Lucia
>Sit next to Captain Eristan
>Sit next to the elves
>Other
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>>1144125
Not with Jed. Because only Mary can actually influence him. Just so long we are casual and dont tell him we are finacing it.
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>>1144146
>Sit next to Ben and Merriam

>>1144147

I think we would get better mileage out of letting him know that we would be financing and overseeing the operation, it would give Jed a hand in the situation that he feels like he can trust and we can allay any concerns he has
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>>1144158
>I think we would get better mileage out of letting him know that we would be financing and overseeing the operation, it would give Jed a hand in the situation that he feels like he can trust and we can allay any concerns he has


Rather not risk tarnishing our good name.

>>1144146
>Sit next to Captain Eristan
Want to hear news from the capital and the court. Maybe even hear what has been going on with our family and what the word is on the "fugitive"
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>>1144146
>Sit next to Ben and Merriam
>Sit next to the elves
>Other

Elves on one side, Cutter siblings on the other
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>>1144146
>>1144165
this
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>>1144165
We arent in charge of the seatings like that.
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>>1144165
This sounds good. Keep Merriam on our side with Ben next to her.
We can always talk to Jed and the captain later.
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>>1144163

Come at it from a philanthropic stance, play up the whole "This would be happening with or without regulations and we will be in a better position to protect the girls this way." If anything it should help increase our standing in Jed's eyes
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>>1144178
You don't know that.

Why don't you second my idea instead of shooting it down and wait for the QM to say something like that.
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>>1144146
do >>1144165
>>1144183
Philanthropically, it could also be about woman empowerment. Women in Wild west were some of the first to be able to vote because the prostitutes were so important and wealthy.
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>>1144242
Lets not oversell it.
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>>1144165
>>1144175
>>1144182
>>1144158

You move with the others into the dining hall and everyone sits. You find yourself alongside Merriam, who is next to Ben, and immediately on your left sit the two elves, specifically the sister sits next to you. She looks at you with piercing blue eyes. "Hello."

"Hello," you reply courteously. "I am Mary."

"Mm."

She turns to her plate and proceeds to ignore you. You cannot help but be slightly soured by this, but your attention is brought instead to the food that is wheeled out. Jed mentions that the meal was provided for by one of the merchants, and of course the large fish is from Captain Eristan. Wine is brought out and the meal commences after a brief moment of silent prayer as everyone prays to their respective deities in their own small ways in a simple yet traditional custom.

The meal is served. The merchants laugh and exchange jokes as Ben serves his uncle some of the delicious-looking meat. Merriam holds your hand under the table as she tries some wine, finding the taste agreeable.

As the meal proceeds, the conversation flows from one thing to another. You listen carefully for anything relevant to you as Sirena, but little comes up. No news from the capital finds its way to this dinner table, so for now you are merely content to sit and eat the rather exceptionally prepared food.

Occasionally, Captain Eristan gives you a nod or a wink, each just as charming as the last. Sitting as close as you are to Ben, you know that he notices this as well, and grows slightly frustrated by it.

>Remain silent
>Talk to the captain across the table
>Speak with Ben and calm him down
>Attempt conversation with the elves again
>Other
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>>1144276
>Speak with Ben and calm him down

Jealousy doesn't suit you

>Attempt conversation with the elves again
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>>1144276
>Talk to the captain across the table

Lets hear if has any news from the capital.
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>>1144276
>>Attempt conversation with the elves again
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>>1144276
>Speak with Ben and calm him down

Make elf jokes.
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>>1144276
>Speak with Ben and calm him down
Tell him this is business
>Attempt conversation with the elves again
>Talk to the captain across the table
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>>1144309
this
Jealously doesn't suit you. I just need to pretend to like him so I can get information.
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Tell Ben if he;s so jealous he can fuck other women like Merriam and Kaylessa
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>Speak with Ben and calm him down
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>>1144309
>>1144386

As Captain Eristan makes another joke, you lean over behind Merriam and whisper to Ben, "Calm yourself. Embarrassing yourself won't accomplish anything."

He meets your gaze and you give him a certain look, similar to the one you gave him earlier. As before, he seems to reel inwardly somewhat and accept your words, calming down and focusing on enjoying his meal. Content that he won't act up, you are free to engage the charming seafarer across the table with light conversation.

The elves alongside you, however, prove rather poor conversationalists, engaging only briefly and always to disengage immedaitely afterwards. Their prescence is not exactly unnerving, but they aren't very charming as far as nobles go. You find the captain to be a far better conversationalist.

"The Queen's Avarice is a wonderful ship. Built originally in the southern seas along the great desert kingdoms there, it was taken by the royal navy's privateers, where it was purchased by my family before I was born. A wonderful history to the vessel; I would love to give you a personal tour sometime."

Merriam places a hand on Ben's leg, keeping him from overreacting. You simply smile at the captain and tell him, "I would love just as much to take you up on that offer one day, captain."

A new wine is served then, a dark red one with a smokeyness to it. It is poured from a tiny barrel into everyone's glasses, and suddenly the elf brother Seturion stands up. "I realize my sister and I have been quiet this evening. It is our hope that you will not mistake our silence as rudeness. Too often we find ourselves choked by the trappings of the company we tend to keep and do not often enjoy the finer company of people such as yourselves, and so we are delighted to present to you this wine as a gift of our good will." He raises his glass in a toast, and everyone follows.

You are about to do the same when the sister puts her hand on yours, preventing you from doing so. You meet her gaze as her eyes bore into your own and there is a sudden coolness about them that chills you.

There is a profound effect on everyone who drank, except the two elves. Within moments, their eyes grow heavy and their heads lull forward, as though entranced into heavy sleep. Merriam alongside you nearly falls forward into her soup, and Ben begins his tell-tale snoring indicating the depth of his slumber.

Both elves look at you, their eyes cold and, one could say, murderous.

>1d100 to react in time!
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Rolled 42 (1d100)

>>1144467
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Rolled 44 (1d100)

>>1144467
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Rolled 73 (1d100)

>>1144467
Oh those assholes
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Rolled 58 (1d100)

>>1144467
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>>1144467
Oh, fuck off.
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>>1144467
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>>1144467
Shit B. How we gonna react?

Are they going to kill everyone and blame us?
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>>1144522
We don't know, so we kill both of them, and drain the memories from one of them until we know why they're doing this
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Rolled 10 (1d100)

>>1144467

dodge whatever they throw at us baybee
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You stand up in a moment, narrowly dodging a long, prehensile tail that was about to wrap around your throat, which would have robbed you of your spellcasting ability. Both elves stand up and face you as you hold up your hands threateningly. You watch the devilish tail of the female elf curl back behidn her and vanish under the dress.

"Reveal yourselves!" you demand.

They both smile and are consumed by flames, the flash of which surprises you. When you lower your hands to see again, there stands Angello... and his twin. Your nostrils are suddenly filled with the scent of brimstone and sulfur.

"Funny how you always run into folks you know at things like these, ain't it?" he asks, taking out a cigar and lighting it with his thumb.

"This is the one?" his sister asks, cocking a brow and putting a hand on her hip. She speaks with the same thick accent as her brother. "Honestly, I was expectin' more impressive."

"There's two of them," he explains. "But this one's the real brains. Had me goin' for a good minute back there, little missy. You and your double. But I know your game now and I must say I was a sucker for a pretty face. Two pretty faces, that is."

Your eyes are wide and your face is guarded. "You're supposed to be dead."

"Funny thing, that," he says as he puffs on his cigar. "Paladins, terribly predictable. They never do check to see if they took you out or a body double."

"Clever. Are you going to introduce me to your sister?"

"My, our manners are terrible this evening. This is--"

The female devil cuts him off and strides forward. "I am Angella DeVille."

"Of course you are," you mutter.

"I don't care for you much."

"Feeling's mutual."

"Maybe we could hash it out," she says, her eyes bursting into flames threateningly as her forked tongue hisses at you.

Angello walks around the table of unconscious men. "Now, now, let's not get too hasty here. I still smell... opportunity in the air. I'm sure that little miss runaway here would like to avoid things getting a bit too heated. Sis, please."

Angella returns to normal, or normal for herself.

>What do you want?
>So, you're going to blackmail me?
>Remain silent
>Attack these devils and don't listen to another word
>Other
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>>1144575
>Remain silent

Be on guard, have a some form of spell ready.
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>>1144575
>Remain silent
Can we charge up spirit rend while they're talking without them noticing?
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>>1144575
>What do you want?
be prepared to sling some spells though
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>>1144575
>Other

I might not be a Devil but I don't mind things getting hot. You made a deal with Faye before and it was a bad one so I had to break it for her. Just business.

Are you coming back to make it personal? I see you aren't planning to be subtle.

> Hey get him to run the Brothel. Easy scapegoat.
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>>1144575
>>Other

Apologize for Faye being dumb and requiring us to betray angello
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>>1144575
>>What do you want?
may as well.
we can at least stall until we figure out an escape plan or until Faye senses their presence and brings in the pallys.
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>>1144589
>>1144585
this. just look unassuming and afraid while preparing our best spell
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>>1144599
Only if the apology is in the vein of "I'm sorry you made a bad deal and got suckered."
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>>1144615
Nah keep him talking. It's even in the list of "Things you shouldn't do as an evil overlord."

Like goddamn dude you two are *Devils*. Be smarter.

But no he loves to hear himself talk. I suggest we needle his sister by outright ignoring her and engage him.

Think of how much time a monologue will get us.
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>>1144575
>What do you want?
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>>1144630
changing my vote to this, sounds like a better idea
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Angello looks up. "No words? That's fine, I'll do the talkin'. Honestly, I ain't too sore about the election. Really. I'm not." He smiles and puffs on his cigar. "Opportunity comes and goes, and I've been on the raw end of a few deals myself."

"More than a few," Angella says.

You speak up. "What do you want?"

"Not now, sis." He straightens his coat. "We came to drop off a gift for you."

Your eyes narrow. "...What?" Angella continues to stare intently at you, watching your every movement.

"And I ain't talkin' some kinda ironic gift, like one that ain't a gift at all. A real gift. Just somethin' to consider us even."

"If memory serves, my associate made a deal without my consent and I did what I had to do to get out of it, and that involved betraying you. So pardon me if I don't think a gift from you would be welcome and make us 'even' very much."

Angello chuckles darkly. "You got a lot to learn about us, kid. I'll admit that I was a sucker, and you got one over on me. But if we meet again don't expect me to play by the same rules."

He takes out something from his jacket -- a book. He slides it across the table, allowing you to look at it. It is bound in thick leather and seems almost to be a spellbook.

"I thought you'd like it," he smiles. "Now we're off. Don't worry about these ones, they'll wake up as soon as we're gone. A bit confused but none the wiser."

You look at him in his yellow eyes. "Why are you doing this?"

His smile widens. "Like I said: lots to learn." He snaps his fingers and is gone in a spout of flames.

His sister, however, remains. Her intense stare is broken only by her warning: "Watch yourself. He might not act like it, but you could have killed my brother. Next time you might not get off so easily."

She then snaps her fingers before you can reply. When she disappears in a similar burst of fiery magic, leaving only the faint scent of brimstone behind, everyone around the table begins to slowly wake up.

You hide the book and sit back down. Everyone is slightly confused, as though they just woke up from a dream.

"Where'd those elves go?" Jed asks.

"They made a... dramatic exit," you explain. "Strange creatures, those 'elves'..."

>Party's over; time to leave
>Talk to Jed
>Talk to the captain
>Send Ben and Merriam home
>Other
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>>1144665
>Talk to Jed
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>>1144665
>Talk to Jed
time to become a pimp
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>>1144665
>Send Ben and Merriam home
>>Talk to Jed
Let's get this shit wrapped up and get the hell out. We've had a fucked up night.
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>>1144665
>Talk to Jed
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>>1144678
>converse con jedediah
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>>1144665
>>Talk to Jed
alright, lets just casually mention that we heard a rumor about the brothel and ask his opinion.
When he asks why we brought it up, give him the spiel about it being better than the alternative.

Later we need to have Francis and/or Diviner guy inspect the book BEFORE we open it.
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>>1144705
>How to convince Jed
I agree, we should definitely say something about how, ultimately, these women have the right to choose to use their bodies if that's their preferred skill. Better for them to be able to do it safely, under the protection of the law and at their discretion, than in secret where they can't be given the same protection as any other working citizen. Hell, they could even form a guild.
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>>1144705
>>1144715
The main angle should be that there's no reason a brothel can't be treated as a legitimate business. It fills a niche people will inevitably find, especially in a place as multi-cultural as Bridge Town, and being a business, you can get taxes from it and a healthy income for the city. Make sure to impress that the girls are going to ply their trade whether Jed likes it or not. He may as well make it official and make money off them in the process.
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>>1144705

As the dinner comes to a slightly awkward end, everyone packs up to leave, mostly confused and mumbling. Amidst this confusion, you manage to take Jed into another room and approach the subject of the brothel.

Much to your own confusion, at least initially, Jed appears to be in a more suggestable state, perhaps due to the wine. When you press him on the matter, having prepared a few arguments about how prostitution can't be avoided and is at best controlled, his current pliable state finds him agreeing with you. You don't even need to cast a single spell and he agrees with you whole-heartedly.

"So, do you think a brothel would be a good idea?"

"I don't like it... But I could allow it."

"If they paid their taxes and helped get the girls to a better position, yes?"

He nods. "Yeah... Yeah, that sounds good. Almost like community service."

You smile. "Of course, serving the community. That's the job itself, isn't it?" You fold your arms. "So, you'll allow them to purchase a good property, allow them to run like a legitimate business, and they'll pay their taxes. After all, there's no reason you shouldn't profit from what people are invariably going to do regardless of your control, right?"

"Right... I never thought about it this way."

"All of this will be in the strictest confidence, you understand. All off the books, my involvement a secret. It's a matter of trust. You trust me, right?"

"Yeah... Yeah, of course I do."

"Good. It's a deal, mayor."

>Cast some spells on him just to be safe
>Push him to make things even lighter on the brothel
>Return to the dwarf and give her the good news
>See if the others are in this suggestable condition as well
>Other
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>>1144751
>Cast some spells on him just to be safe
>Return to the dwarf and give her the good news
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>>1144751
>Return to the dwarf and give her the good news
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>>1144751
>See if the others are in this suggestable condition as well
Couldn't hurt to get something out of the captain, maybe some info on Sirena from down south?
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>>1144751
>See if the others are in this suggestable condition as well
check out the captain for juicy gossip
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>>1144751
>>See if the others are in this suggestable condition as well
the girls should learn other skills as well then jut fucking are we still doing that?
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>>1144751
>See if the others are in this suggestable condition as well
>See if the others are in this suggestable condition as well
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>>1144751
>>See if the others are in this suggestable condition as well
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>>1144751
>>See if the others are in this suggestable condition as well
this is kinda spooky, I suspect there was more to that wine than roofies. The devil's scheme may not be complete.
Lets make sure Merriam and Ben are safe and won't be manipulated by others.
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You find yourself slightly curious to see if the others are currently in this strange state as well. Stepping back out into the office, you look around but don't see any sign of Ben or Merriam. You ask one of the people who served the dinner, and he says he saw them go into one of the back rooms.

Suspicious, you walk up to a door that is out of sight from everyone else and listen closely, hearing a strange noise behind it. You push it open just slightly and the sight beyond makes you gasp. Though the room is dark, you see their silhouette in the window.

Ben is holding Merriam in his arms, her hands are upon his chest, and their heads are tilted perfectly for their lips to smash against each other, which they are. They seem without a care as the siblings kiss, her reaching up to his neck and feeling it. One of his hands finds its way into her hair to hold the back of her head as the kiss deepens.

'I can't believe they actually did it without me pushing them,' you think with a wicked grin. 'Well, I was subtly pushing... but still!'

It must be the wine, you reason. One of them said something, or did something, and now this is happening. You bite your lip and push the door slightly -- causing it to squeak at the hinges.

Merriam immediately breaks the kiss and parts from her brother, stepping into a beam of light to look at you. Her face is flushed red and she averts her gaze. "Merry?" Ben says, confused.

She apologizes in a hushed tone and rushes past you, clearly just as confused as he.

>Speak with Ben
>Speak with Merriam
>Gather them both up and head back to the tower
>Send him after her and send them both home
>Other
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>>1144889
>Gather them both up and head back to the tower

Lets "talk"
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>>1144889
>Gather them both up and head back to the tower
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>>1144889
>Send him after her and send them both home
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>>1144751
>Cast some spells on him just to be safe
>Return to the dwarf and give her the good news
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>>1144889
>Gather them both up and head back to the tower
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>>1144889
>>Gather them both up and head back to the tower
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>>1144889
>Gather them both up and head back to the tower

Push and push HARD they are pliable
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>>1144889
>>Gather them both up and head back to the tower
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>>1144889
>>Speak with Merriam
we can't let her run away and foster feelings of guilt and shame.
Ben seems ok for now.
Then we can all head home and figure this out.
Business can wait til tomorrow.
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>>1144907

Taking him by the hand, you lead him outside to the cart. Merriam is there, holding herself and looking uncertain. You grab both and sit them down on either side of you. Business can wait until tomorrow. You look at the kobold and say, "Xerro, drive. And whistle a tune to yourself."

He does just that, and an awkward ride home commences. Merriam keeps looking in the opposite direction and Ben seems to be trying to work things out on his end. They both fidget in place, with her adjusting her dress while he straightens his armor. You look at one and then the other, and then ask, "So, is anyone going to tell me what that was about?"

Both mumble incoherencies. You look at Merriam and lean in close. "You kissed him, didn't you?" She blushes and nods. "Why?"

"Because of what I saw and what I felt," she whispers. "I just... wanted to see."

>Encourage her to do it again
>Wait until you get back to the tower
>Kiss her, then kiss him
>Suggest Ben make a move on her
>Other
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>>1144920
>Kiss her, then kiss him
>Encourage her to do it again
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>>1144920
>Wait until you get back to the tower
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>>1144920
>>Wait until you get back to the tower
>>Kiss her, then kiss him
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>>1144920
>Kiss her, then kiss him
>Encourage her to do it again
Why do we want Ben and Merriam banging, other than the obvious "Incest is Wincest" again? How does that solidify their loyalty?
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>>1144920
>>Wait until you get back to the tower
>>Kiss her, then kiss him
>>Suggest Ben make a move on her

FIRST IS PRIORITY, we dont want people talking after all
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>>1144934
Control. Break that taboo and there is no going back for either of them. Our power over them will be complete.

Also incest is wincest.
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>>1144934
Part of the ''convert Ben to Blackguard'' plan, as debasing their morality will make the more pliable
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>>1144950
So a sorta "You already fucked your sister, its not that bad" sort of sword to hang over his head. Makes sense.
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>>1144920
>>1144934
this
Also because it will allow us to all sleep together so neither gets jealous or grows distant.
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>>1144920
>>Kiss her, then kiss him
>>Encourage her to do it again
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>>1144920
>Wait until you get back to the tower
then
>Encourage her to do it again
once we're in private. Just us and them.
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That said this seems suspect timing, I'm sorry.
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You wait until the carriage reaches the tower, and send Xerro inside. You pull both Ben and Merriam off into the nearby woods, out of sight. There, you face both of them.

"Alright, let's start being more honest," you say to them. "You both know what I do to the other."

Merriam nods, having seen it, but Ben is slightly more hesitant. "I mean, I know some... stuff... goes on, but..."

"Oh, come now Ben. Don't be blind. You know exactly what 'stuff' goes on." You walk over to Merriam and take her face in your hands, kissing her. She is resistant for only a moment, not wanting to do this in front of her brother, but your domineering nature overrides it and she gives in. Parting from her, you then look at Ben and his slightly dumbfounded face before wiping that look off of it with a kiss for him.

You step back. "Now, you two. Go on."

They slowly look up to stare at each other's eyes. You smile as you see the last remnants of their unwillingness to cross this line slowly bleed away. Merriam swallows and reaches up to take Ben's hand, and he squeezes hers.

"Merry?" he says in a low voice as they step nearer.

"Go on," you encourage them, feeling hot just from the sight of his taboo scene.

"Ben, I..." She shakes her head. "I can't. I..." She looks up one final time before leaning up to kiss him. From there the floodgates open and they both embrace tightly, kissing once more. You watch the brother hold her close against his armored chest as she desperately yearns for his affection, which he readily provides. Their reactions change from one of hesitance to one of acceptance, perhaps riding the same thrill that you are.

You lick your lips. 'With this barrier between them broken, I'm one step closer to complete control.'

That's when you hear a twig snap on the ground behind you. At first you think it must be Kaylessa and you prepare an explanation, but when you turn around you see only two things: a hulking man and the axe in his hands!

You drop back immediately as he swings. The head of the axe becomes buried in the tree you were next to as Ben and Merriam split apart.

"It's the axe killer!" he shouts, moving to draw his sword. Merriam goes to grab your arm and pull you away as he reaches down for you with his other hand.

The axe murderer yanks his weapon of choice out of the tree and lets out a grunt, then charges!

>1d100 and an action!
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Rolled 55 (1d100)

>>1145008
Forceful Push to keep him away.
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Rolled 53 (1d100)

>>1145008
>The moment of triumph after our carefully laid plains, everything finally falls into place
>OH SHIT ITS THE AXE MURDERER!
I kek'd hard, QM
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Rolled 46 (1d100)

>>1145008
FUCK. OFF.
WE WERE HAVING A MOMENT!
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Rolled 41 (1d100)

>>1145008
Forceful Push
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>>1145008
Forceful Push
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>>1145008
Keep knockinghim about long enough for ben to knock him out

Then we call the sheriff

I could have sworn the axe murderer was brutus
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Rolled 91 (1d100)

>>1145008
arcane blast his face
HAVING A MOMENT HERE.
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>>1145008
Arcane Bolt
may as well kill him
and have bloody sex
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>>1145008
Curse strength
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>'Axe' Killer emerges from undergrowth, bellows "IT'S THE AXE KILLER!"
>Wild swing
>Draws sword
>Is false-flag operation by regular sword-killer
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Arcane blast
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You grit your teeth and put your hands together. "Oh, fuck off! WE WERE HAVING A MOMENT!" You enact a forceful push and blast the man backwards, giving Ben the time he needs to draw his sword. 'All this careful planning, ruined by some murder-hobo! I swear I'll kill him!'

Ben charges up and swings his sword down on the man. He brings up his axe to block it, the sword chopping into the wooden handle. His foot comes up and he kicks Ben back, but the youth stays on his feet. Merriam stays alongside you, but then breaks away to get the others in the tower.

>>1145026

You lift up your hand and blast the man in the face with an arcane bolt. For a split second, the light of the magic illuminates his monstrous face. He is human, but horribly mishapen and ugly. You succeed in hitting him in the face, though, causing him to let out a cry and giving Ben an opening to slice him across the upper arm! The young fighter holds his sword in both hands and swings it again, this time slicing the man on the opposite shoulder! The axe killer's blood falls upon the grass.

>>1145033

Ben tries to attack again, but the killer blocks his sword with the axe. He brings up a boot and kicks Ben up against a tree. You try to cast another arcane bolt but fumble on the word, which allows the axe man to chop down at Ben -- who thankfully ducks, causing his axe to become stuck in the tree again.

>>1145039

Running up to the man and preparing a curse, you touch him and bestow upon him a curse of weakened strength. The axe killer lets out a howl and knocks you down to the ground, but can no longer pull his axe out of the tree with his reduced power. Ben takes out a dagger and stabs him in the leg, making him cry out and run off into the forest at a high sprint despite his wound, taking the dagger with him.

Ben picks himself up and watches the man run, then looks at his axe before pulling it out of the tree. Merriam runs out of the tower with Kaylessa, Alex and Faye, all of whom are confused at the sight. You help Ben back to the group and you all head into the tower, knowing that the axe killer is still out there...

>Go to bed; no lewd this evening
>Lewd with Merriam and Ben
>Let Merriam and Ben have the master bedroom tonight
>Play with Merriam while Ben watches
>Other
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>>1145061
>Let Merriam and Ben have the master bedroom tonight

It's better if this happens and we have minimal to do with it
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>>1145061
>Lewd with Merriam and Ben
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>>1145061
>>Let Merriam and Ben have the master bedroom tonight
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>>1145061
>>Let Merriam and Ben have the master bedroom tonight
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>>1145061
>>Play with Merriam while Ben watches
Since you didn't catch on earlier, let me show you what we do together. Especially with our new toy.
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Like...the mood's gone for me. Let them have it and cry it out, we're just gonna spend half the night transcribing spells or some shit...

...fuckin' goddamn murderhobos.
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>>1145074
Nah, we need to be there for the grand cherry popping.
we can help guide him in and show her how to give head.
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>>1145061

>Let Merriam and Ben have the master bedroom tonight
We can probably find Kay and Faye, have our own fun
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>>1145061
>>Lewd with Merriam and Ben
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>>1145082
Later anon
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>>1145078
change to >>1145067
We are the lynchpin that holds everything together. They NEED us. They are dependent on US.
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>>1145087
cherry popping only happens once!
There is no ""later""
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>>1145088
this is exactly why we give them an intimate moment, so they are less dependent on us and more relient on each others opinion and in turn us
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You say that like it's gonna happen tonight.

It's not gonna happen tonight.
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We'll let them have the room for the night, just to get them used to things and explore, but I doubt sex will happen this evening.

Damned random encounter axe murderers, they always ruin the fun.

We'll spend the evening doing, I don't know, something else. Catching up with Faye and her summoning sillyness probably. There's a terrible demon in the basement now that we have to clean up. Not really

Anyway, I'm off to bed. Goodnight!
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>>1145102
Read necronomicon

save the devil book until we know what the hells up with that and if its cursed or not
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>>1145102
Alright, sounds good. Maybe we can detect magic on the devil book and read our necro book a bit.
Then give ourself a private massage since we've been aching to try it since we bought it.
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>>1145102
> Read Necronomicon

> inform faye
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>>1145102
Check on Angello's gift
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>>1145620
I would like to vote against reading the book until we know exactly what it does. Identify Magic on it instead.
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>>1145632
this
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>>1145632
>>1145667
We should also ask Faye if there's something we need to do in repayment for the 'gift'. If this is some kind of entrapment.
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So, after a night of playing with ourselves with your new massager, which works wonderfully (that resonance crystal inside the golden shell can REALLY vibrate!), you go to sleep. In the very early morning, before anyone else has woken up, you go and check on the siblings who spent the evening in the master bedroom. You discover them in bed with one another, but their state of clothing indicates that nothing happened. Ben snores away as you stir Merriam to being awake.

"So? What happened?"

She looks away. "We just... kissed. A lot."

"And?"

"And... I'm so confused," she says, holding herself. "I don't understand it Mary. I never had these kinds of feelings for my brother before."

"Do you not like them?"

"I don't know! It just all seems so... strange. Brothers and sisters don't do these kinds of things..."

"Not normally," you whisper, sitting next to her and putting an arm around her shoulder. "But we're not exactly normal, are we?"

"No, I suppose not. But still, I never imagined I would be doing these kinds of things, and now..."

"You remember what we talked about yesterday? All that really matters is if you like it or not. And do you?"

"Yes," she admits. "It makes me feel unlike anything I've ever felt before."

"That's why you kissed him last night. Because you wanted to. That's all the reason we ever need."

She nods. You know she trusts you completely, and so doesn't object when you turn her to face her brother. "Why didn't you do anything more with him last night?"

"I don't know," she whispers. "I wanted to, I think, but..."

"But you just needed a little more of a push," you reply, slowly pulling the covers down from Ben's sleeping form. You study Merriam's eyes as she looks at his chest and muscles; he's wearing no shirt, but a pair of loose pants, which barely hide the fact that he's got morning wood. Merriam gasps softly as you run your hands up her arms and whisper in her ear, "Go on. Touch him."

She reaches, but retracts her hand. "I don't know where to begin," she says, embarassed.

>Have her wake him up by kissing him
>Have her wake him up by blowing him
>Start playing with her and have him wake up to the sight
>You'll wake Ben up with a morning surprise; Merraim will watch and join in
>Other
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>>1146269
>You'll wake Ben up with a morning surprise; Merraim will watch and join in

"Than let me show you some things I know he likes."

And don't forget to show her a lot of attention while she's doing stuff with Ben
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>>1146269
>>Have her wake him up by blowing him
let's walk her through it.
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>>1146269
>You'll wake Ben up with a morning surprise; Merraim will watch and join in
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>>1146283
aw c'mon wouldn't it be more exciting for him if he wakes up and sees her down there instead of Sirena.
This is supposed to be about her getting in touch with /her/ desires. Not us giving a demonstration.
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>>1146269
>>You'll wake Ben up with a morning surprise; Merraim will watch and join in
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>"See you just hold it like this and use your lips and tongue but no teeth. Yeah, just like that." Sirena whispers to her.
>Ben slowly wakes up, feels the pleasure and looks down.
>"Oh, Si-wait! Merriam?! What are you doing!?"
>Shh, Just let her do it Ben, your sister loves you just as I do." Sirena says as she crawls up and pulls his face into a deep kiss as Merriam continues her blowjob.
>Sirena breaks her kiss for a moment to encourage Merriam, "You're doing great sweetheart, keep it up."

something that never happens because anons can't do wincest properly
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"Well then, I'll start," you say, crawling up next to him in bed. Making sure that Merriam is watching, you begin your work and slip off his pants. You're not the biggest fan of going down on another, but given the circumstances the idea excites you instead. You even part your hair off to the right side so as to allow her to watch. As you go down on him, she keeps her eyes glued on the sight, which similarly excites her. You make a point to show her some things without speaking, using your hands and mouth to educate through action.

He awakens soon afterwards, with a moan, surprised and at initial unease like she was but he surrenders to the pleasure like you knew he would. With your eyes, you encourage her to near her brother, and he looks at her in a way he never has. He pulls her in for a kiss and she moans against his mouth, placing both hands on his chest, allowing you to grab one and bring it down to place it at his base. Her fingers curl around him as she shivers into the kiss. You smile as she follows your earlier motions and begins to pump.

>Full-on threesome
>Simply watch them and give them pointers
>Now that you've got them going, leave the room
>A sudden interruption from one of the others leads to a fourth member
>Other
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>>1146356
>Simply watch them and give them pointers

Sit back and enjoy our work.
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>>1146356
>>Simply watch them and give them pointers
until they get a good rhythm going
then
>Full-on threesome
face-sitting fmf
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>>1146356
>>Simply watch them and give them pointers
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>>1146360
Actually nix the threesome. Let's just watch and congratulate them.
Tonight we can do a freaky threesome+massager
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>>1146356
>Simply watch them and give them pointers
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>>1146359
>>1146360
>>1146362
>>1146410

Alright, we'll hang back and watch as Ben and Merriam cross that line and never look back.

I'd like to take a moment to comment on the lewdbins; I am keeping track of how many I have yet to write, and they will eventually be written. I just have a few projects I like to spread myself around. If you check the bin, I recently added the first selfcest scene with Faye.

http://pastebin.com/u/Damashi

For the basis of the bin for this scene, Sirena will just lounge nearby, occasionally comment and enjoy herself as Ben and Merriam go to plow town.

As for our hard work in getting Ben and Merriam to this state, I think a new spell is justified. After all, we learned magical kiss by just kissing Ben, so why not? Let's apply our lesson learned from the sibling lovers and get a spell along those lines, one that helped break down their barriers and give into baser instincts.

>New Spell: Thralldom
>Lewd Suggestion: Much like the suggestion spell, you cast this spell upon a target with a sexually-suggestive theme or idea and they'll immediately start considering it. The temptation they feel to act out on this sudden suggestion comes to form desire, unless they are true of heart to another or of particularly strong will. If the suggestion is not in line with their tastes, or concerns a fetish they do not have, or would result in pain (unless they like that), the easier it is to resist.

You reflect on this power as you watch them go at it. Sex has been a particularly useful tool, both for you and for others, bringing them under your fold. But your head feels bloated and last night, when you miscast the arcane bolt, you felt slightly dizzy.

You know the reason why; too many spells in your mind, even one as gifted as yours. Trying to keep track of them is difficult to a point, and you've very nearly hit it. Even the spectacle of them going at it isn't enough to fully take your mind from this concern.

There are ways around this, of course. You can bind with certain items, casting implements, and imbue them with your magic. If they are already magic, you can simply realign their magic aura to match your own. Wands, staffs, rings, orbs, rods, arcane symbols, necklaces; all of these things and more can store spells and allow you to cast through them. This is related to the school of enchantment, which you know very little of. Finding a teacher would be useful, or a spellbook that has related material. How simple it would be to simply cast arcane bolt from a ring, or a wand!

The alternative, of course, is to start recording your knowledge in a book. Every good mage has to have a book, it's just good sense. Having it on hand for easy reference helps, and one can study it and reinforce the spells within it to more permanently remember them.

As Ben thrusts and Merriam screams in pleasure, you consider what you will do about this situation.
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>>1146458

>Learn how to enchant your items to cast spells through
>Find a book to start recording your knowledge in
>Align the magic orb to match your aura
>Use the necromancer's book to write in; make it your own
>See what that new book can be used for
>Other
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>>1146459
>Find a book to start recording your knowledge in
>Align the magic orb to match your aura
>See what that new book can be used for
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>>1146459
>>Align the magic orb to match your aura
>>Use the necromancer's book to write in; make it your own
>>See what that new book can be used for
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>>1146459
>>Find a book to start recording your knowledge in
Let's get started now, instead of having to spend more time and spell slots on enchantment spells.
We can always do that later.
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>>1146459
>>Find a book to start recording your knowledge in
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>>1146459
Don't open that Devil book until we run it through an intense virus-scan by our highly-skilled tutors.
Francis with the Codex, Elder Grey with her forbidden hag knowledge or her Ex the Diviner for instance.
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>>1146459
>>Use the necromancer's book to write in; make it your own
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>>1146459
>Align the magic orb to match your aura
>Learn how to enchant your items to cast spells through
>Find a book to start recording your knowledge in
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>>1146484
>>1146490
>>1146514

So, while there is support for some of the other options, let's focus on the book first, as the others will need to be studied more in-depth.

What kind of book do we want to have? Bear in mind that our spells can be transferred to other books later if we so choose.

>Simple diary/journal, secured with a leather strap
>Normal book
>Complex book with a lock
>Fancy book with a high-quality lock
>Other
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>>1146529
>Simple diary/journal, secured with a leather strap
Can we write certain spells very obviously, and hide our necromancy spells with the magic version of invisible ink? Nothing better than to hide in plain sight
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>>1146529
>>Fancy book with a high-quality lock
I don't see a reason not to have the best.
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>>1146529
>>Simple diary/journal, secured with a leather strap

And we have to write Ben in it with a heart around it on a few pages.

Also doodles of stick figure Sirean killing stick figure Mordrax.
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>>1146529
>Fancy book with a high-quality lock
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>>1146529
>Fancy book with a high-quality lock
Gotta go all out for this sort of thing. Sirena will accept nothing but the best.
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>>1146529
>Simple diary/journal, secured with a leather strap
Helps not to be too conspicuous, but have a good excuse to be private. Can spells be coded? as something else, like journal entries?
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>>1146559

I wouldn't see why not, but the longer it takes to decipher our own stuff the harder it may be if the situation is pressing.

Here's the ideal situation:

When we know what we need, we look up a spell and cast it.

If we're going into a potentially bad situation, or planning something, and we KNOW we'll need certain spells, we'll want to read them over and refresh ourselves ahead of time. A kind of 24-hour buffer time, perhaps.

But in the heat of the moment, if we need to remember a spell RIGHT now, it helps to be able to just whip out the book and reference it.

Or have the spell cast through something else, which also takes time to prepare.

We've been playing rather fast and loose with our magic, but we're collecting a lot of knowledge. Sirena is smart, but doesn't have an absolutely perfect flawless memory, and so needs a tool to help her. Minions/familiars can also help.

There's a LOT of ways to get around the spell brain limit, is what I'm getting at. It's just a matter of doing the work and preparing.
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>>1146529
>Fancy book with a high-quality lock
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>>1146536
>>1146545
>>1146559

>>1146542
>>1146546
>>1146550

I've still got a tie.
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>>1146570
>But in the heat of the moment, if we need to remember a spell RIGHT now, it helps to be able to just whip out the book and reference it.
I think that, while obviously that would be great, it's just a very rare situation where we'd not have prepared ahead of time and so its better to keep things coded from say... having alex see that we have a lot of crazy necro spells, or fucking faye secretly getting into our thralldom section. I'd love a familiar eventually though, that'd be great
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>>1146603
>Fancy book with a high-quality lock
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>>1146607
I think, if we need to pull out a book and flip to the right page, its already too late, so the code wouldn't be that detrimental.
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>>1146631
Yeah, I totally agree. I also think it'd be good to bind daily spells to one-use items, so we can pop the spirit rend talisman or something in emergencies since I doubt we'll be casting that spell very often
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>>1146550
>>1146546
>>1146542

With Ben and Merriam sleeping in each other's arms, you slip downstairs into the small library. The Redford family kept very few books, only in a small room in the keep. You peruse the section, looking for anything that catches your eye, when you find a nice-looking book with a lock. There is a key at the end of a page keeper, which you tear off. You open the book and flip through its pages, finding it blank.

A perfect choice for your new spellbook. You sit down at a table and begin to plan it out: the format, the style, the order. Your mind begins to think that you could go even further than a lock; a code, perhaps. You could learn illusionary spells to mask the pages. Perhaps ink which only shows up under certain circumstances?

If this is to be your primary spellbook, you can do whatever you'd like.

>The lock will be enough; record your spells in simple script
>Disguise your spells in coded language, make it seem like diary entries
>Code your spells with a series of complex symbols only you know
>Wait to record your spells until you can learn spells to disguise the pages/ink
>Other
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>>1146646
>Disguise your spells in coded language, make it seem like diary entries
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>>1146646
>>Disguise your spells in coded language, make it seem like diary entries
Yep, just a journal. Definitely not powerful magic.
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>>1146646
>>Code your spells with a series of complex symbols only you know
but easy to you read
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>>1146646
>The lock will be enough; record your spells in simple script
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>>1146646
>Disguise your spells in coded language, make it seem like diary entries
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>>1146646
>Disguise your spells in coded language, make it seem like diary entries
we can always go back and redo the spells if we learn magic coding
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>>1146651
>>1146677
>>1146685

Alright, diary entries it is, then.

>Take the rest of the day to write
>Visit one of your teachers
>Return to Bridge Town
>Catch up with the others
>Other
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>>1146699
>Visit one of your teachers
Old diviner could probably do a virus scan on the book.
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>>1146699
>Visit one of your teachers
What >>1146702 said.
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>>1146699
this >>1146702
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>>1146699
>>1146702
this
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>>1146702
>>1146704
>>1146705
>>1146706

Anyone we want to bring with us, or shall we keep this a private affair?
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>>1146746
Private. Let the siblings have their fun. Remember to ruffle Alex's hair before we leave.
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>>1146746
fucking this >>1146754
though maybe we should check on Faye before we leave
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>>1146746
private
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>>1146746
Shit, should probably check on faye's summonign sometime soon. It seems possible that she resummuned Angelo.
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>>1146754
>>1146760
>>1146766

Alex is asleep, and so you ruffle his hair lightly and give him a kiss on the forehead before leaving his room. You search around for Kaylessa and Faye. You don't find them in either of their rooms, and so you search the keep. Opening up the back ladder room, you find that she has him pinned up against the wall, with him facing the wall and her holding her chest to his back as her hands are busy with something in the front. Their backs are to you, and you clear your throat to get their attention.

"Oh, hello," Faye smiles. "Don't mind us. Just teaching this naughty little elf a lesson." She looks back and bites down on one of his ears, causing him to let out a pained, yet pleasured cry. "Yes, you like this, don't you? You like your punishment?"

He gasps as she speeds up, her hands moving faster and faster as she squeezes and keeps him pushed up against the wall.

With a smile, you take out the massager and place it on the nearby table within her reach. You give her a wink and leave the room as she picks it up and smiles wickedly. "Oh, Kaa-aaayyyy~..."

As you leave the tower, you think you hear a loud yelp from below.

Bridge Town is quiet this morning. You give Xerro a coin for taking you into town and walk to the home of Old Man Grey, the diviner. You knock on his door and you hear a shout from within, something along the lines of, "WHAT?!"

You push open the door and walk inside to find Old Man Grey in his chair. He looks up at you and wrinkles his bushy mustache. "Hm? What now?"

"I have something for you, old man." You take out the book that Angello gave you. "I need to know if it is cursed."

He motions for you to come closer. Setting aside some papers, he takes the book and inspects it. "Ahh... It has been a while since I have seen a copy of this tome."

"What is it?"

"The Malevolent Articles of Senesil the Sinister; it's the revised edition, too! With the appendix and the foreword written by Gunuhu the Bloody-Fingered and edited by Ukal the Wicked. This is a nice book!"

You blink a few times. "Are those names supposed to mean anything?"

"Hmpf. You children and not knowing your history. Those are wizards of old!"

"They don't sound very nice. In fact, they sound like devils."

"Wizards come in all shapes and sizes and inferal dominions, child. Bah!" He opens the book and you almost move to stop him as he flips through the pages, brazenly looking them over without a care. "This is in fine condition. I'd be willing to purchase this from you, you know."

"Just tell me if it's cursed."

"Only cursed with Ukal's editing skills," he chuckles in fond remembrance. "I swear, the damned fool doesn't know the difference between a consonant and a conjunction." He slams the book closed. "No curse here."

>Did you even really check?
>What will it teach me?
>Tell me more about these writers.
>Take it back; leave
>Other
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>>1146839
>>What will it teach me?
>>Tell me more about these writers.
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>>1146839
>Tell me more about these writers.
>What will it teach me?
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>>1146839
>>What will it teach me?
>>Tell me more about these writers.
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>>1146839
>>Did you even really check?
>Tell me more about these writers.
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>>1146839
>Did you even really check?
>What will it teach me?
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>>1146852
>>1146857
>>1146865
>>1146876
>>1146891

You cock a brow. "Did you even REALLY check? You didn't cast any spells!"

He throws the book back at you and you catch it. You seem to have offended him. "You think I need to cast spells like you? What am I, an amateur? If I say it isn't cursed, it isn't!"

"Fine." You sit down in the opposite chair. "Tell me more about these authors, then."

He settles back and looks up, recalling things from his memory. "Senesil the Sinister was a warlock. He made pacts with devils, demons, eldritch things... Anything he could to give him more power."

"And in the end, it consumed him?"

"Oh, do you know the end of this story? No? Well shaddup! In the end it is said that he used their power to become a being more powerful than any of those he served and brought them under his heel. It was only their combined power that eventually destroyed him, but in his academic days he was a very good author."

He strokes his beard as he thinks about the next two. "Gunuhu the Bloody-Fingered is a bit notorious among several circles of fiendish works. He was a man who wrote, and only wrote. He read too, often while he was writing. He wrote and wrote and wrote until his fingers bled."

"Was any of it good?"

"Nah. The real tragedy is that he spent his life writing mediocre works that ended up being countless instead of a few very good ones, thus ensuring that he would only be remembered as a curiosity. Ukal the Wicked, a rather brooding man, was an academic. You know, I once met an apprentice to a mage whose brother studied in the same class as him. Not in the same year or even the same decade, but still."

"...Great?"

"Anyway, Ukal often helped edit, update and ammend various tomes of sorcerous power, at least up until he vanished while exploring other planes of existence, but specifically while he was in the Woodlands of Massive, Terrible, Spirit-Consuming Scorpions."

"Don't you mean spiders?"

"Well, they're SOME kind of arachnids! Does it matter?"

You look over the book in your hands. "So, what will it do for me? Will it teach me anything?"

He nods. "For one, it's got spells. Some of Senesil's personal favorites, from a few different schools. You'll learn a thing or two about the abyssal and the infernal regions of existence, and if you study it well, it'll show you how to read the language of the devils."

"Fascinating..."

"So, where'd you get it, anyway?"

>A devil.
>Nowhere.
>Change the subject
>Leave
>other
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>>1146960
>Found it in a dungeon.
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>>1146960
>Found it in a dungeon.
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>>1146960
Dungeon.
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>>1146994
>>1146998

"I found it in a dungeon."

Well, that did it. He sits back and lapses into prattling. "Ah, dungeons... Did I ever tell you about the time we ventured into the Dreaded Catacombs of Vituahhzi the Never-Born? Years ago, when I was a strapping young man, we planned the expedition..."

His voice seems to fade away as you look back down at the book and open it up. Your fingers skim across the pages as you take in paragraphs, symbols, maps and more. Though part of you is still paranoid about this matter of Angello having been the one to give it to you, it does seem rather useful.

"...far, far into the mountains we travelled, where the bird-men of Rhaati-Ooma set upon us in a flurry of claws and beaks. We very nearly died, were it not for our snack-cakes spilling onto the ground. They fed on them while we ran! Hah! But as I was saying..."

You continue to ignore him; he's lost in his story as you look through the book. Some of these graphs look quite useful, showing distribution of magic throughout the body and likening several schools of magic to different specific regions within the brain and nervous system, with detailed charts on theories regarding their interraction. The diagrams are surprisingly well-detailed.

"...there we were, face-to-face with the fearsome triclops and his dulberous hounds. I could see the way out of this situation was through invisibility! We cloaked ourselves in magic, but unfortunately we were sniffed out. My companions were rather sore at me for that one. But I quickly divined the next way out..."

Your attention, and not the old man's, is suddenly drawn to the window when you hear a pecking. You sit up and look, spotting a dark crow. It is staring into the window, specifically at you, and it continues to peck away, evidently trying to get your attention. Old Man Grey continues to ramble.

"...let me tell you! Needless to say, dwarf flesh does NOT taste very good. The meat is much too rough. Now, gnome on the other hand, that makes a fine soup. But I'm not talking about a cookbook, haha! No, back to the subject at hand..."

The crow persists. Your eyes narrow; the last time you saw a crow, hags were not far off...

>Open the window
>Step outside
>Ignore it
>Cast a spell at it
>other
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>>1147034
>Open the window

Probably his wife.
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>>1147034
>>Step outside
fukken hags
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>>1147034
>>Open the window
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>>1147034
>Step outside

Is it time for the Sabbath already?

We should attend
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>>1147034
>Step outside
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>>1147034
>Step outside

Wouldn't want to accidentally fuck with his wards by inviting something in ourselves
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>>1147037
Probably hags
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>>1147058
>>1147062

You step outside as Old Man Grey continues speaking and look at the bird, which turns to face you.

It squaks, and within its coarse throat is born words. "Tomorrow! Tomorrow! Tomorrow is the night prior to the darkening of the moon! Remember!"

Before you can reply, it squaks again and takes to flight.

You remember well the instruction the hags gave you on that night. 'Southwest of the tower of the perverted one lies a circle of stones. Come there on the night prior to the darkening of the moon. We will take you to the sabbath.'

You carry on your person the necklace they gave you, which is supposed to grant free passage and keep you from harm. You have until tomorrow night to decide if you are going.

While they never made a direct threat against you, they also didn't say they would leave you alone if you chose not to attend. After all, they too seek vengeance against Mordrax, and it could be an opportunity to gain great power.

But still you find yourself cautious and wary. While you do not doubt that you could defend yourself, these hags do not seem like good folk to triffle with. It could very well end up badly for you if you go against them, but what will happen if you go with them?

You suppose there is only one way to find out.

>Plan to attend the sabbath.
>Do not attend the sabbath.
>Deal with the issue later.
>See if you can find and tell the paladins about this sabbath.
>Other
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>>1147105
>Plan to attend the sabbath.

Maybe we can learn or otherwise get help from them.
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>>1147105
>Plan to attend the sabbath.
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>>1147105
>See if you can find and tell the paladins about this sabbath.
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>>1147105
>>Plan to attend the sabbath.
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>>1147128
>>1147119
>>1147109
I'm just saying, it's AWFULLY convenient that they just so happen to have a hateon for the same dude we do.
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>>1147105
>Plan to attend the sabbath.

Make sure to tell our companions about it
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>>1147134

I don't think so, after all Mordrax is recognized as the most powerful wizard in the land (maybe not in terms of raw magical power but throw in political influence as well) and is known to be a dick in order to get what he wants.

I'm not surprised the hags hate him
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>>1147144

He actually just never called them back.
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>>1147144
Okay. I reserve the right for an "I told you so" when they try to go all bodyswap on us though. It's as much a trope as broomsticks and cauldrons.
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>>1147109
>>1147119
>>1147128
>>1147140

Alright, we have plans to attend the sabbath. That leaves us with the rest of today. What shall we do?

>Return to the tower and finish your spellbook
>Visit another trainer
>Study the new spellbook you have
>Study Albert's necromancy journal
>Spend time with your companions
>Return to the Redford Crypt
>Other
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>>1147160
>Study Albert's necromancy journal
I'll probably always vote for necro
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>>1147160
>Return to the tower and finish your spellbook
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>>1147160
>Return to the tower and finish your spellbook
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>>1147160
>Return to the tower and finish your spellbook

>>1147150

Fair, but only if it turns out they don't hate Mordrax and only wanted to con us into coming, A body swap and an admission to hating him would leave us both in a middle area. Even I don't believe that they'll just hand us the title of witch queen, some of these Hags have probably been angling for it their entire lives
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>>1147200
If it were me as the author, they'd just hate male authority figures like that in general.
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>>1147160
>>Return to the tower and finish your spellbook
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>>1147160
>Visit Elder Grey to ask her for any advice on staying safe around these hags and avoiding their hag tricks.
If not
>Try to stuff an anti-hag spell in our brain from the necro book.
>Then finish our spellbook
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>>1147160
>Ask Mr. Grey about hags and ask if he can divine the best approach for dealing with them.
He should know at least a little, considering he married one.
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>>1147277
this is good
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>>1147184
>>1147200
>>1147214

Very well, we return to our tower and begin work on our spellbook, which takes time as we must disguise them as journal entries as though we are writing in a diary. I would imagine you write about your companions, your adventures and the places you've seen, keeping your darker secrets and spells hidden. It takes up the day as you work in the study where you are uninterupted until nightfall when you finish and lock the spellbook. You eat dinner with your friends and carefully study them. Ben and Merriam are glowing, seemingly having grown much closer and bonded. Faye occasionally shoots a look at Kay, who blushes and remains mostly quiet. Alex is none the wiser about any of this, bless his innocent heart.

On the subject of the sabbath, you refrain from telling them about it. You aren't yet sure who, if any, you will take with you on this journey. It isn't a matter of trust or thinking them not up to the task, but you can't be certain they would all agree with you going. After all, it is one thing to casually study darker aspects of magic -- it is another to associate with hags and witch covens. For their sake, but mostly Alex's, you remain silent on the matter.

When you sleep tonight, it is with Ben and Merriam on either side of you. The three of you simple cuddle tonight, and as they both sleep, you smile to yourself and wonder in the back of your mind what their father would think of what you've turned his children into after what you did to him. As your hands idly dance along their skin, you smirk as you think about how there are still other Cutters that haven't been corrupted, but that's for another time if at all.

You drift off to sleep with the siblings wrapped about your form, a smile on your face.

>Sleep...

>Something happens to the tower in the night!

>Roll 1d100!
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Rolled 40 (1d100)

>>1147351
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Rolled 8 (1d100)

>>1147351
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Rolled 99 (1d100)

>>1147351
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