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“A Knight is Sworn to Valour. His Heart Knows Only Virtue. His Blade Defends the Helpless. His Might Upholds the Weak. His Word Speaks Only Truth. His Wrath Undoes the Wicked.”

Every child in Cantôn knows of the Knight’s Code. From peasant-born waifs playing with sticks in the mud to keen-eyed noble sons practicing with cold steel in the training yard, all have at the very least dreamed of one day becoming a knight themselves. To ride out on errantry into the Five Duchies Kingdom and beyond for God and Glory, bringing the Law of Adam to the wicked and the Blade of Cain to the beast.

The Knights of Cantôn are sworn to follow the Code, to obey the King, to refuse no call for aid honestly asked for, to seek out and destroy the Foe wherever it may lurk and rid the world of evil.

Were it so easy…

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The Vision

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4DZog7faRg – The Long Path theme

The blazing sun casts its glare upon the barren ground with unrelenting ferocity. You can feel the perspiration trickle down from your visor to rest in the desert scarf around your neck, already soaked with sweat. The heat is merciless even here in the shade of the hardy desert tree a few short strides from the water. The furrows of the gorge testify to this stream being the remnants of some mighty river, doubtless a roaring flood rushes through here with storm-water whenever it rains. If it even rains in this Almighty-forsaken desert.

There seems little point to your charge, protecting this thin crossing. Hardly a crossing, anyone can leap from one side of the stream upriver and downriver for as far as the eye can see. But it is important to protect this crossing, you know this. You know, in the way that you can only know things in dreams, that on this side of the stream it is safe. On the other side, death waits patiently. Behind you, fertile fields, laughter and loved ones. To your front lies isolation, death, and a shallow grave under the rolling sand dunes.

You stand between death and sanctuary. None shall pass.

In the distance puffs of sand are kicked up as a figure, adorned in rags and carrying something, sprints towards you. “Help us!”

[1/2]
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>>4021593
Fuck yeah, we back in business kniggas
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[2/2]

”Help, please!”

The figure, a woman you can see, trips. They fall awkwardly, protecting the swaddling cloth in her arms as she roll down the last sand dune. They scramble to their feet a stone’s throw from the stream, sheer panic in their brown eyes.

”Please lord, it’s right behind us!”

A refugee, or some other unfortunate. The plainness of their sorry garb and strikingly dark complexion marks them as a lowborn tribeswoman or vagrant, hailing from farther south than even Cathagi. They bear the scars of old hardships, and the wounds of fresher violence.

They run towards the crossing where you stand and show no signs of stopping.

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>You stand your ground, allowing the poor desert wretch to cross over to safety as you watch the dunes warily. Doubtless the fiend that troubles them is lurking nearby, hot on their heels. [Haughty]

>You cross the stream, ready to deal death in turn against whatever threatens the woman and her babe. Your duty to protect the innocent is more important than your charge or your life. [Hearty]

>None shall pass. You have been charged with protecting this crossing. You refuse this woman entry, it could be one of the enemy’s many tricks designed to ensnare you. [Idealist]

> [FATALIST] / [CYNIC] / [ZEALOUS] OPTIONS LOCKED
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>>4021596
>>You stand your ground, allowing the poor desert wretch to cross over to safety as you watch the dunes warily. Doubtless the fiend that troubles them is lurking nearby, hot on their heels. [Haughty]
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>>4021596
>>You cross the stream, ready to deal death in turn against whatever threatens the woman and her babe. Your duty to protect the innocent is more important than your charge or your life. [Hearty]
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>>4021596
>>You stand your ground, allowing the poor desert wretch to cross over to safety as you watch the dunes warily. Doubtless the fiend that troubles them is lurking nearby, hot on their heels. [Haughty]

we proto-knight man now?
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>>4021596
>>You stand your ground, allowing the poor desert wretch to cross over to safety as you watch the dunes warily. Doubtless the fiend that troubles them is lurking nearby, hot on their heels. [Haughty]
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>>4021596
>You cross the stream, ready to deal death in turn against whatever threatens the woman and her babe. Your duty to protect the innocent is more important than your charge or your life. [Hearty]
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>>4021596
>You cross the stream, ready to deal death in turn against whatever threatens the woman and her babe. Your duty to protect the innocent is more important than your charge or your life. [Hearty]

Pro-active choice, nothing can threatened the crossing if we dealt with it before it gets there.
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>>4021619
This is me if my ID starts changing.
>>4021592
Welcome back Forgotten, we missed you.
Also for anyone interested I made a third pastebin on Magic, religion, heresy and the supernatural.

https://pastebin.com/rWdfQz0L
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>>4021596
>You cross the stream, ready to deal death in turn against whatever threatens the woman and her babe. Your duty to protect the innocent is more important than your charge or your life. [Hearty]

Don't forget our code oath of His Might Helps the Weak! This woman is honestly asking for our aid. We break it if we ignore or refuse.
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>>4021596
>You cross the stream, ready to deal death in turn against whatever threatens the woman and her babe. Your duty to protect the innocent is more important than your charge or your life. [Hearty]
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>>4021621
>Implying we are Emile right
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>>4021596
>You cross the stream, ready to deal death in turn against whatever threatens the woman and her babe. Your duty to protect the innocent is more important than your charge or your life. [Hearty]
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>>4021596
>You stand your ground, allowing the poor desert wretch to cross over to safety as you watch the dunes warily. Doubtless the fiend that troubles them is lurking nearby, hot on their heels. [Haughty]
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>You cross the stream, ready to deal death in turn against whatever threatens the woman and her babe. Your duty to protect the innocent is more important than your charge or your life. [Hearty]

Real knigga shit
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>>4021596
>You cross the stream, ready to deal death in turn against whatever threatens the woman and her babe. Your duty to protect the innocent is more important than your charge or your life. [Hearty]
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>>4021596
>You cross the stream, ready to deal death in turn against whatever threatens the woman and her babe. Your duty to protect the innocent is more important than your charge or your life. [Hearty]
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>>4021596
>You cross the stream, ready to deal death in turn against whatever threatens the woman and her babe. Your duty to protect the innocent is more important than your charge or your life. [Hearty]
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>>4021596
>You stand your ground, allowing the poor desert wretch to cross over to safety as you watch the dunes warily. Doubtless the fiend that troubles them is lurking nearby, hot on their heels. [Haughty]
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>>4021596
>>You stand your ground, allowing the poor desert wretch to cross over to safety as you watch the dunes warily. Doubtless the fiend that troubles them is lurking nearby, hot on their heels. [Haughty]

It feels like this is gonna change our speech options and haughty is our least used one.
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>>4021596
>You cross the stream, ready to deal death in turn against whatever threatens the woman and her babe. Your duty to protect the innocent is more important than your charge or your life. [Hearty]
It's a trap of course. She's not speaking like a tribeswoman.
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>>4021596
>>None shall pass. You have been charged with protecting this crossing. You refuse this woman entry, it could be one of the enemy’s many tricks designed to ensnare you. [Idealist]
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>>4021596
>You cross the stream, ready to deal death in turn against whatever threatens the woman and her babe. Your duty to protect the innocent is more important than your charge or your life. [Hearty]
There's simply nothing more to it.
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>>4021596
>>You cross the stream, ready to deal death in turn against whatever threatens the woman and her babe. Your duty to protect the innocent is more important than your charge or your life. [Hearty]

Welcome back Gangster
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>>4021596
>>You stand your ground, allowing the poor desert wretch to cross over to safety as you watch the dunes warily. Doubtless the fiend that troubles them is lurking nearby, hot on their heels. [Haughty]
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>>4021596
>You cross the stream, ready to deal death in turn against whatever threatens the woman and her babe. Your duty to protect the innocent is more important than your charge or your life. [Hearty]

We still ain't letting them pass though until we inspect them, right?
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>>4021596
Also wow, didn't even think visions would be like this.

Fukkin' challenges of our soul and values.
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>>4021596
>>None shall pass. You have been charged with protecting this crossing. You refuse this woman entry, it could be one of the enemy’s many tricks designed to ensnare you. [Idealist]
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>>4021596
>You stand your ground, allowing the poor desert wretch to cross over to safety as you watch the dunes warily. Doubtless the fiend that troubles them is lurking nearby, hot on their heels. [Haughty]

Let's go
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>>4021596
>You cross the stream, ready to deal death in turn against whatever threatens the woman and her babe. Your duty to protect the innocent is more important than your charge or your life. [Hearty]
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>>4021631
A paradise for only a few is just a gilded cage.

If we turn away an innocent because of fear, if we merely shield and do not strike, then we also turn ourselves away from the Almighty and the Light.

Adam and Caine did not do as the Dragon, merely to rule a place for men to survive before they die, they freed the world from bondage so man could live while being alive.
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>>4021596
>You stand your ground, allowing the poor desert wretch to cross over to safety as you watch the dunes warily. Doubtless the fiend that troubles them is lurking nearby, hot on their heels. [Haughty]
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>>4021596
>You cross the stream, ready to deal death in turn against whatever threatens the woman and her babe. Your duty to protect the innocent is more important than your charge or your life. [Hearty]
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>You cross the stream, ready to deal death in turn against whatever threatens the woman and her babe. Your duty to protect the innocent is more important than your charge or your life. [Hearty]

FATE TEST
> 0 DC
> Stood the Church of Adam’s Martyrdom Vigil +10DC
> Held the Blue Lantern Vigil +10DC
> Restrained the Son of Sin, ANARCHY +10DC
> 30DC


Double Fail = Beware false visions.
0 = You die, choking on sand and blood. All for naught.
1 = You breathe your last upon the field of battle. But the innocents are spared.
2 = The outcome is inevitable, but you do not go gently. The vision ends before the final blow is struck.
3 = You emerge, bloody and victorious. The Almighty wills it!
Double Pass = It was foretold.


3 rolls of 1d100, kniggas.

Tempt the skeins of Fate
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Rolled 50 (1d100)

>>4023680
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Rolled 59 (1d100)

>>4023680

Reginae save us.
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Rolled 18 (1d100)

>>4023680
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>>4023687
Bless you anon.

At least we did something.
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>>4023680
>>4023687

Worth it.
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>1 Success, +1 Step on the Path of your choice
> You chose to bring the fight to the Foe and protect the innocent at the cost of your own life.
> When the time comes, you will understand the vision. It will be up to you whether to embrace the tides of Fate or make a different choice…

The moment you step across the stream you know you have made a fatal mistake. The sand dunes, motionless until moments before, burst into life as a dozen horrors emerge from their ambush. Not a single ‘it’ by any means, but many of them. Lying in wait for you to take the bait.

”Forgive me… they said they would let us live if I…” The woman at least has the decency to look ashamed.

”Go.” You tilt your head to the stream behind you. The refugee does not need to be told twice, scurrying across the thin stream to safety as sand devils block off your retreat. The devils let her pass, they have what they want. You.

“Sssson of Adamai. Ssssson of Cainan.” Their voices are eerily in unison, rusty steel scraping against whetstone. “Weeee haaavvvee waaiited ssssoooo looonggg foorrr annotherrr Disssciple tooo commmee tooo usss… “

”Come then, reprobate. I shall keep you waiting no longer."

You sell your life as dearly as you can, but in the end you die screaming. You hope it was worth it.
[1/3]
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Turnegan, 29th Day of Ovrimun, 883 A.C.E – Somewhere in East Fallavon

The last you remember is stumbling through the dark, trying to match the merciless pace of the Fae warrior leading the way. You recall going East, but could not say how many hours you walked before faltered, the Fae wildling catching your arm. They whispered something before darkness took you. A reassurance? …A warning?

The light is blinding, you have to blink several times as you try to turn the blurry shapes into recognisable features. You are laid back in a bed, deceptively soft for its spartan design. Your eye wanders across the room as you adjust to the brightness. The furniture, and indeed the walls themselves, are made of wood of the kind of quality and craftmanship that would be the envy of any carpenter.

But no master carpenter could hope to replicate the flawless curved designs and intricate swirling patterns, pleasing to the eye at first glance, it becomes a more sinister omen when you are reminded of the roiling madman scrawls in the ancient temple beneath the forest ruins. Human hands did not build this.

You glance at the figure to your left, inspecting your savaged arm. No, not inspecting…

[2/3]
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[3/3]

The mysterious figure is unmistakably a Fae, as you had first suspected. Less than an arm span away from your face, it is the closest you have ever observed one of these ancient rivals of god-fearing men. Unlike the Fae Wildling’s plain wooden mask, this Fae’s smooth façade is marked with several symbols at even intervals. The symbols individually mean nothing to you, but you recall the Fae warrior’s ‘helmet’ had similar marking, albeit more numerous and uniform. If the varying symbols are a sign of age, skill or rank then this Fae would appear be a great sight younger or lower in class. The mask would almost be aesthetic, if not for the nauseatingly confronting section where flesh and blood is fused together with inanimate porcelain.

Your left arm and shoulder is entirely swathed in damp broadleaf leaves, your nostrils twitch at the pungent smell emanating from the medicine. At least you hope it’s the medicine, if the smell is coming from the wounds then the rot has set in and you are a dead man already.

The Fae continues its work, apparently unaware that you’ve regained consciousness. It takes you several seconds to understand what this new Fae is doing with their hands on your arm. The glow itself is colourless, but streaks of emerald silk wash around your bandaged arm Your arm... it feels, well not painful but tiring. As if the light was leeching energy from you….

It was with sudden revulsion that you realise what is occurring. This thing’s is using sorcery upon you! Sullying your skin with its touch, corrupting your soul with its alien magic! It could ensnare you to its will with such a spell, turn you from a proud knight of Cantôn into a servile, barbarian whelp!

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(1) Reaction

> “Take your stinking paws off of me you damn dirty Fae!” You recoil from the fell magic-user, fearing contamination or worse. Reginae wept, you could already be tainted… [Haughty]

> “What have you done to me?! Where am I? What sorcery is this?!?” You shove the Foe aside and rush outdoors into the light, head reeling. You need to find… you need… [Hearty]

> “…” You feign sleep as the hooded warlock continues its work. Your left hand slides down slowly and curls around something heavy enough use as a weapon. [Idealist]

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(2) The vision… why did you step forward? Part of you knew it was a trap.

>You could not stand idly by while the Foe pursued their wicked ways. You are the sword that cleanses the wicked. [+1 Step on the Path of Cain, -1AV to Avenger trait]

>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
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>>4023742
>> “Take your stinking paws off of me you damn dirty Fae!” You recoil from the fell magic-user, fearing contamination or worse. Reginae wept, you could already be tainted… [Haughty]

>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
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>>4023742
>“What have you done to me?! Where am I? What sorcery is this?!?” You shove the Foe aside and rush outdoors into the light, head reeling. You need to find… you need… [Hearty]

>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
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>>4023742
>> “Take your stinking paws off of me you damn dirty Fae!” You recoil from the fell magic-user, fearing contamination or worse. Reginae wept, you could already be tainted… [Haughty]

>>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
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>>4023742
>“Take your stinking paws off of me you damn dirty Fae!” You recoil from the fell magic-user, fearing contamination or worse. Reginae wept, you could already be tainted… [Haughty]

>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
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>>4023742
>“What have you done to me?! Where am I? What sorcery is this?!?” You shove the Foe aside and rush outdoors into the light, head reeling. You need to find… you need… [Hearty]

>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
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>“What have you done to me?! Where am I? What sorcery is this?!?” You shove the Foe aside and rush outdoors into the light, head reeling. You need to find… you need… [Hearty]

>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
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>>4023742
> “What have you done to me?! Where am I? What sorcery is this?!?” You shove the Foe aside and rush outdoors into the light, head reeling. You need to find… you need… [Hearty]

>You could not stand idly by while the Foe pursued their wicked ways. You are the sword that cleanses the wicked. [+1 Step on the Path of Cain, -1AV to Avenger trait]
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>>4023742

> “Take your stinking paws off of me you damn dirty Fae!” You recoil from the fell magic-user, fearing contamination or worse. Reginae wept, you could already be tainted… [Haughty]
>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
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>>4023742
>> “…” You feign sleep as the hooded warlock continues its work. Your left hand slides down slowly and curls around something heavy enough use as a weapon. [Idealist]
>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
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>>4023742
>“What have you done to me?! Where am I? What sorcery is this?!?” You shove the Foe aside and rush outdoors into the light, head reeling. You need to find… you need… [Hearty]

>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
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>>4023742
> “What have you done to me?! Where am I? What sorcery is this?!?” You shove the Foe aside and rush outdoors into the light, head reeling. You need to find… you need… [Hearty]

>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
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>>4023742
>“What have you done to me?! Where am I? What sorcery is this?!?” You shove the Foe aside and rush outdoors into the light, head reeling. You need to find… you need… [Hearty]

>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
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>>4023742
> “What have you done to me?! Where am I? What sorcery is this?!?” You shove the Foe aside and rush outdoors into the light, head reeling. You need to find… you need… [Hearty]

>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
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>>4023742
>Hearty

>Guardian trait
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>>4023742
>Take your stinking paws off of me you damn dirty Fae!” You recoil from the fell magic-user, fearing contamination or worse. Reginae wept, you could already be tainted… [Haughty]

>You could not stand idly by while the Foe pursued their wicked ways. You are the sword that cleanses the wicked. [+1 Step on the Path of Cain, -1AV to Avenger trait]
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>>4023742
>> “…” You feign sleep as the hooded warlock continues its work. Your left hand slides down slowly and curls around something heavy enough use as a weapon. [Idealist]

>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
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>>4023742
>“What have you done to me?! Where am I? What sorcery is this?!?” You shove the Foe aside and rush outdoors into the light, head reeling. You need to find… you need… [Hearty]

>You could not stand idly by while the Foe pursued their wicked ways. You are the sword that cleanses the wicked. [+1 Step on the Path of Cain, -1AV to Avenger trait]
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>>4023742
> “What have you done to me?! Where am I? What sorcery is this?!?” You shove the Foe aside and rush outdoors into the light, head reeling. You need to find… you need… [Hearty]

>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
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>>4023742
> “What have you done to me?! Where am I? What sorcery is this?!?” You shove the Foe aside and rush outdoors into the light, head reeling. You need to find… you need… [Hearty]

>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
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>>4023742
>> “What have you done to me?! Where am I? What sorcery is this?!?” You shove the Foe aside and rush outdoors into the light, head reeling. You need to find… you need… [Hearty]
>>You could not stand idly by while the Foe pursued their wicked ways. You are the sword that cleanses the wicked. [+1 Step on the Path of Cain, -1AV to Avenger trait]
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>>4023742
>“What have you done to me?! Where am I? What sorcery is this?!?” You shove the Foe aside and rush outdoors into the light, head reeling. You need to find… you need… [Hearty]

>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
>>
>>4023742
>“What have you done to me?! Where am I? What sorcery is this?!?” You shove the Foe aside and rush outdoors into the light, head reeling. You need to find… you need… [Hearty]

>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
>>
>>4023742
>> “Take your stinking paws off of me you damn dirty Fae!” You recoil from the fell magic-user, fearing contamination or worse. Reginae wept, you could already be tainted… [Haughty]

>You could not stand idly by while the Foe pursued their wicked ways. You are the sword that cleanses the wicked. [+1 Step on the Path of Cain, -1AV to Avenger trait]
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>>4023742
> “What have you done to me?! Where am I? What sorcery is this?!?” You shove the Foe aside and rush outdoors into the light, head reeling. You need to find… you need… [Hearty]

>You could not stand idly by while the Foe pursued their wicked ways. You are the sword that cleanses the wicked. [+1 Step on the Path of Cain, -1AV to Avenger trait]
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>>4023742
> “What have you done to me?! Where am I? What sorcery is this?!?” You shove the Foe aside and rush outdoors into the light, head reeling. You need to find… you need… [Hearty]
>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
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>>4023742
> “What have you done to me?! Where am I? What sorcery is this?!?” You shove the Foe aside and rush outdoors into the light, head reeling. You need to find… you need… [Hearty]
What if they already corrupted our brother with their demonic magics?!?!!?!!?

>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
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>>4024279
More than the Jays corrupted him with their ideology?

> MFW their anarcho-socialism views are irrelevant when they're being used by a Statist Lord Aulderauge just like IRL to disrupt competitors for power.
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>>4023742
> “What have you done to me?! Where am I? What sorcery is this?!?” You shove the Foe aside and rush outdoors into the light, head reeling. You need to find… you need… [Hearty]


You could not stand idly by while the Foe pursued their wicked ways. You are the sword that cleanses the wicked. [+1 Step on the Path of Cain, -1AV to Avenger trait]
Fuck yer this is back on the menu.
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>>4023742
> “Take your stinking paws off of me you damn dirty Fae!” You recoil from the fell magic-user, fearing contamination or worse. Reginae wept, you could already be tainted… [Haughty]

>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
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>>4023742
> “Take your stinking paws off of me you damn dirty Fae!” You recoil from the fell magic-user, fearing contamination or worse. Reginae wept, you could already be tainted… [Haughty]

>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
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>>4023742
>> “What have you done to me?! Where am I? What sorcery is this?!?” You shove the Foe aside and rush outdoors into the light, head reeling. You need to find… you need… [Hearty]
>>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait]
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> “What have you done to me?! Where am I? What sorcery is this?!?” You shove the Foe aside and rush outdoors into the light, head reeling. You need to find… you need… [Hearty]
>You would gladly spend your lifeblood tenfold to save one innocent. You are the shield that shelters the meek. [+1 Step on the Path of Adam, +1AV to Guardian trait] [Path of Adam: 14] [Guardian +6AV]

The Fae startles, alarmed at your sudden movement. Their spell is interrupted, flickering out as they attempt to restrain you. You shoulder them aside as you sweep out of the bed, wincing as the pain in your shoulder and arm returns all of the sudden. The Fae elicits a surprisingly human-sounding grunt as land bodily on the floor.

You stumble through the curtains outside, putting some distance between you and the sorcerer. The light is still bright enough to make you squint, though you can make out the trees… enormous trees, higher than the tallest tower in Castle Andrei. There are lights dancing around them, though you can’t be sure they’re not just in your spinning head. All around you are small gatherings of masked Fae, going about their daily business with a serene and rudely interrupted grace. They come to an abrupt halt, some backing off and others standing stock still to stare at you.

Only one steps forward, your heart sinking in your chest as you recognise the looming figure of the Fae warrior from before. From his ominous confident pace and stomping advance you do not receive the impression that he is about to offer you a warm welcome.

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You clench your fists, adopting the best combat stance you can in your current unarmoured and unarmed state. You know it will do you little good, pride alone is all that is keeping you from passing out as your head spins incessantly. A steadying hand on your good arm, comfortingly human, gives you pause.

“Woah, easy there ‘lordling’. You’re safe, or safe enough.” The eyes of Sam Wyte are not unkind, but his hand on your arm is firm and warning. He does not want further trouble from you.

“An alliance? With the Fae?” You snort derisively. One might as well make a treaty with the weather; it changes less often. But you lower your fists as the warrior comes to a halt. You are not a short man, which makes this Fae tall indeed to loom over you even without his antlered ‘helmet’ spirally upwards.

“An arrangement, of sorts. Come, let’s get you sitting down inside.” Sam Wyte murmurs, eyeing the looming Fae warrior with a raised brow.] ”Apologies for the disturbance, Warden.”

You shake off the Bluejay’s guiding hand, but allow yourself to be guided back inside where the Fae healer is brushing itself off.

“This one hast a restless spirit.” You blink at the Fae’s accented human speech. ”Hast thy armeth did wind hath opened again? Mine own w'rk wast mostly done, but nonetheless…”

”It speaks the Cantôn tongue?” You ask amazed, and not a little suspicious.

”Yon healer is called ‘Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch’ and he’s the only one I’ve met that does.” Sam Wyte nods, greeting the Fae warlock respectfully.

“Thee humans changeth the mann'r of thy tongue so oft. Certes i cannot beest did expect to keepeth up with the crochets and foibles of thy sh'rt hath lived species!” It cannot be easy for an emotionless porcelain mask to appear indignant, but the Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch manages. He packs up his concoctions, continuing to mutter. And coequal not receiveth me did start on thy one species having a multitude of diff'rent languages. What daw'ry!”

”Lordling, you get all that?” The Bluejay archer’s voice carries some amusement.

“Sort of…” You take scant comfort from the fact that the masked sorcerer was done with their heretical workings. Even if it has healed in days what would have taken weeks.

>Sir Andrei has HEALTHY status.
>Pierced Arm injury removed. A faint scar is all that remains.
>Torn Shoulder wound has been treated. Replaced with Sore Shoulder -5DC (reducing by -1 each week until healed). The site of the Basilisk’s kiss will leave an impressive scar once it fully heals.

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“Good. Just be glad ol’ Olive-Branch here likes us well enough and won’t mention the details of your earlier episode. If the Fae heard a human had struck one of their own…” Sam whistles and gestures with wide arms. Doubtless the repercussions would be most unpleasant. “I thank you for the favour, Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch, as does my lordling friend here.”

The Fae makes a sound eerily similar to an indignant sniff, despite the lack of a nose. “That gent hast a comical way of showing so. Good day to thee.”

Manners and fear of heresy wage a momentary war in your head before politeness scrapes a win. “I acknowledge your aid, healer.”

“Acceptable, i shouldst bethink. Thee humans art such temp'ramental creatures.” You are rewarded with a benevolent nod in return as the Fae leaves, still speaking aloud to himself. “I supposeth any bethinking folk yond numb'r their days so sh'rt has't reasoneth to beest so tetchy…”

“Now, ‘Sir’. You probably have a lot of questions but before we start on that, I have a few of my own.” Of all the humans you would choose to have taking a seat opposite you, lighting their pipe and settling in for a chat, the infamous leader of the Wytes is not among them. “My people tell me you were unaccounted for a long time after you entered the ruins, your own brother was beside himself when they returned. Forgive my suspicious nature, but a man in my position doesn’t live as long as I have without a healthy dose of paranoia. So you’re going to tell me exactly what happened after you split from the group and how you got out of that Queensmen infested ruin alive. And for once try not to be a typical nobleson and lie your way out of it.”

You bristle at the insult even as your mind races for a response.

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>“I’m touched a rebel is so concerned with my waylaid wanderings for hours in the dark before I came across an exit. Now where is my brother?” Not a lie, but not the whole truth. [Haughty]

> “I have heard it said that the truth is oft stranger than fiction. It began right after Sir dan Marc and I found the blank Writ documents…” What you saw… People have to know. [Hearty]

> “I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]
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Bloody formatting, oh well.
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>>4026319
>“I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]
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>>4026319
>> “I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]
Can we just say we had a deal with the Queensmen and it didn't involve anything to do with their band?
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>>4026319
>> “I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy before the allmighty and I will not break with him for your cause.'' [Idealist]

Channel some of the crazy with it
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>>4026319
>“I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]
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>>4026319
>> “I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]
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>>4026319
>>“I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]
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>>4026319
>“I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]
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>>4026319
>“I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]
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>>4026319
>“I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]
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>>4026319
> “I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]

Thanks for improving our wound's healing speed fae healer bro.

Forgot to proofread.
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>>4026319
Would telling him something among the lines. "We get involved in fight. Together with Order Reginae we fought common enemy after that they let me go" be braking of our word?
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>>4026319
>> “I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]

"I know you would not appreciate the secrecy. In lieu of this, I swear to you: I spake no word of, nor betrayed the confidence of your band to those within. No harm that befalls you from these events will spring from my words."
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>>4026319
>“I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]

Assure him that our identity wasn't revealed and that it would genuinely, genuinely better that him and anyone else for that matter didn't know about it.

Anarchy and the rival royal faction are the only reason the Queensmen came to the deep woods of Fallavon. Neither they nor the Queen care about a small subgroup of Bluejays like the Wytes as they don't know anything about the Sons of Sin. The Queensmen will leave Fallavon soon now that their mission is over. The Queen will urgently need them elsewhere in Canton to deal with the Sons of Sin and the opposing royal faction.
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>>4026319
> “I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]

>>4026359
If we can put in this writein, that’ll be great. If he can trust one thing, its a snotty noble who believes their oath is their life.
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>>4026364
The queensmen struck a deal with the the order of names for their assistance with getting here and dealing with Anarchy, in return for the assistance they are going to remain here for a time while the Order of names hunts Bluejays and illegal settlers.

they aren't going to immediatelly run back to Canton proper wholesale.
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>>4026319
> “I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]

"But needed not be concern, you and your men are so far removed from the concerns of the Order Regina that you weren't even suspected of being present."
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>>4026372
Not immediately but they will have to depart soon. They can't stay here for any significant period of time and let the Sons of Sin along with the the other royal faction run amok in Canton. There's also the Queen who is left unprotected without her Queensmen now.

The most important thing is the fact that the Queensmen don't know that Emile and the Wytes were in the ruins. That leaves us completely off their radar as they have more important things to worry about than a single knight and a small band of Bluejays. Only thing that's gonna change now is more Namemen patrols than usual for sometime which isnt a big deal at all.
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>>4026319
>“I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]
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>>4026319
> “I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]

He knows we aren't our Brother. He can also know that we aren't a liar by word or omission. We fought together, and our Brother for whatever godsforsake reason swore allegiance to them, and they accepted so this is what they get.
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It might a long shot but we should try to acquire a bastard sword with fae runes while we are here.
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>>4026396
>There's also the Queen who is left unprotected without her Queensmen now.
I doubt she is unprotected, but you are right she can't keep her top heralds on guard duty over Anarchy forever. It will likely be move soon and her heralds will move to other missions elsewhere.

We should take note of the level of importance the Queen gives the SoS to put her 3 top heralds on the middle of nowhere just for one (maybe two if they were digging for another).
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>>4026396
While that is true I doubt that the son of sin was more than a task born out of the machinations of the faction knights and not an active task to pursue for the queensmen, its also worth mentioning the first and third heralds of the queensguard were actually here the rest were soliders aligned with either the Queensguard or the Order of names.
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>>4026422
>first and third heralds
And the second, Lord Kasper Alexandi, was mentioned as the Second Herald.
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>>4026319
>“I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]
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>>4026319
> “I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]

but also include

>>4026359
>>4026364
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>>4026319
> “I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]
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>>4026359
>>4026364
Support
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By the way, we should ask our new companion Orin about everything he knows on the Kingsmen royal faction once we have the time with him.

>>4026359
>>4026364
>>4026393
Include these.

>>4026420
>We should take note of the level of importance the Queen gives the SoS to put her 3 top heralds on the middle of nowhere just for one

Of course she does. Can you imagine the disastrous damage Anarchy would've caused with his powers if he left the ruins and went to a densely populated area? There's a very good reason to why Anarchy is chained in the middle of nowhere and not near an urban area.
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>>4026431
hmm seems like something to note in the pastebin, I think some conjecture is in order.

Only a select few people know about the SoS those being
>The Queen
>The heads of the Order reginae
>Select clergy
>The Faction leaders
>Whatever remains of the Order of Chains
>The Dragon if it exists as a Supernatural being
>The Prince(?)

The first and second here pretty much is the icing on the cake for this, if this expedition was simply the suppression of Kingsmen/Queenmen politics likely sir Gilbern or a lesser Reginate would be here, to get to the point I want to put forth the theory Sir gilbern knowns something about the SoS process due to whatever happened with his father.
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>>4026359
Support
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>>4026359
Supporting
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>>4026319
> “I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]

But also >>4026359
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>>4026319

Seconding this >>4026359
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>>4026319
>> “I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]

We swore an oath.
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>>4026319
>> “I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]
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>>4026319
>> “I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]

And this: >>4026359
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>>4026319
> “I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]

>>4026359
supporting
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>>4026456
it's not just the humanitarian damage either, the existence of a SoS damage the moral authority of the orthodox faith and brings relgious doctrince into question in a way that would shatter it as a pillar of Canton society.

also as a complete turbo autist I continued my shitty ass political chart from way back.
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>>4028298
Fucking centrists.

Weird AF you put liberal on the right and conservativr on the left though.
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>>4028326
I may have accidentely flipped it in around during build and realized my mistake too late in building it, besides not like that specifications messes with the Intrinsic nature of the grid
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>>4028326
Liberal is conservative in Australia anon
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>>4028367
In fairness the politics of australia is literally retarded.
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>>4028298
Hah, never thought I'd see a Sworn to Valour version of one of these! I'm not sure how accurate this is but I love that you've been giving it a lot of thought.
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>>4028466
GREEEEEEEEENS
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lets start 2020 by continuing to drawing shitty OC
Anyone have any ideas?
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>>4028464
Glad you like it, it's a lot of guesswork at the moment due to the fact by and large we don't know most of the factions in depth but hopefully we'll get to know more when we Knigga about on adventures.

I hate how accurate a fucking meme is at the moment

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Fey version of pic related is something I need in my life
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>>4028472
>shitty

This is ART.

Update incoming, I'm just still working on it.
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>>4028472
mspaint double feet dynamic entry on anarchy
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>>4028474
I can't make the mask work. it looks retarded. Shit
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> “I will not lie. But I cannot speak of it. I am sworn to secrecy.” It won’t be hard for him to guess whose secrets you have sworn to keep, which won’t go over well. No one said honesty was easy. [Idealist]
> +Write-in: "I know you would not appreciate the secrecy. In lieu of this, I swear to you: I spake no word of, nor betrayed the confidence of your band to those within. No harm that befalls you from these events will spring from my words."
Deftly done, I will forgo the initial persuasion test for the previous post given the honest approach and addendum aimed at reassurance. Though it may take more than a lordling’s promise to soothe the rebel leader’s paranoia.

The Bluejay must make a fierce opponent at the gambler’s den, you can see precious little change in his expression as you reject his attempts to probe you with questions. His eyes narrow as you finish speaking, he’s clearly made the connection that you’ve had a run-in with the Queensmen and they let you go. It’s enough to make any outlaw nervous.

“I guess I should make your position clear. You are here, under the Fae’s protection, at my behest. At my behest, they will cast you out. This is not something you want. You are still recovering, and your equipment is…” The Bluejay leader casts an eye over the sorry bundle of gear in the corner of the room. He smirks. “…is in poor condition. Your brother is quartered with my people, your men too. Under my people’s protection. Their watch. Their blades.”

The implied threat grabs your attention. It’s almost enough to distract you from how the man’s talk has changed as he addresses you alone. It is hardly the vocabulary of one who has held a plough more than a pen in their lifetime, you suspect he has a past as a scribe or something similar. Not a priest certainly, no learned man of the clothe would sink so low.

”You wouldn’t dare.” You state cautiously, not willing to call his bluff. ”I was under the impression that humans were not allowed to carried blades here.”

“There are a lot of places to hide a blade, son.” Sam Wyte mutters ominously, more fixated on relighting his pipe than looking at you. ”Blasted thing. And you couldn’t even begin to dream of what me or mine would dare for the cause, lordling.”

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[2/2]

“Is this how me and mine are to be rewarded for abetting you in your raid? Typical of your sort.” You fail to entirely keep the sneer off of your face, but you have no small headache and your patience is nearing its end. “I have no idea what good Damien ever saw in you lot. He’s usually the sensible one.”

“Don’t take this the wrong way, lordling. I have my own people to look out for, and the cause to think of. I’ll not put all of that at risk to assuage your pride or keep the young lord on my good side, however much I like the kid.” The humour has left Sam Wyte’s face, the hardened outlaw fixes you a stern glare. “ Swear that you have spoken no word of Bluejay involvement, and that you will not speak of us or our arrangement with the Fae to any soul, patrician or proletariat. If you so swear, then we have an agreement. Swear on… hmm, not your life, no. I know how much you hot-headed knights value your honour, and how little you value your lives. Your brother. Swear on your brother’s life.”

”My brother’s life?!” You splutter with indignation. ”His life is worth ten-score of you whoreson trai-…”

You cut yourself off, breathing in deep. Mother would have be massaging her temples at your temper, not to mention the needling of your sisters. Slaying this lowborn villein for his insolence simply isn’t an option right now, and all you’d succeed in doing would be getting yourself and your brother thrown out into the Fallavon wilds with a band of angry rangers out for your blood. It seems your brother and the Wytes have slightly differing views on where he lies on the scales between ally and hostage. Some diplomacy on your part is called for.

For now.

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> “We had common cause, and it has served its purpose. So let’s spare ourselves the haggling. I am here now, we can go our separate ways and be glad of it. Honour our previous arrangement and let me and mine go, or prove that the word of a Wyte is not to be trusted. Don’t forget, you owe me already ‘Bluejay’.” If he cannot trust your word, he can at least trust your mutual self-interest. You both wish to be rid of one another, preferably without undue bloodshed. [Haughty]

>”I’m no Montbrun hillman to stake my word on limb or kin. I will so swear, but on my word alone. However little you may think it worth, my word is my bond. You will have to content yourself with that.” You have yet to decide whether a promise made under duress to a Crown traitor under duress is actually worth a Pit-damned thing. [Hearty]

> “I did not spend the last few months trekking across the continent in search of my sibling only to dangle his life on a promise to men who have forsworn their own vows of fealty to Crown and Cantôn.” Swearing yourself to secrecy again is no small issue. Your honour cannot countenance swearing a solemn oath to a traitor of the Crown. It is unconscionable. [Idealist]
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>>4028509
>>”I’m no Montbrun hillman to stake my word on limb or kin. I will so swear, but on my word alone. However little you may think it worth, my word is my bond. You will have to content yourself with that.” You have yet to decide whether a promise made under duress to a Crown traitor under duress is actually worth a Pit-damned thing. [Hearty]
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>>4028509
>“We had common cause, and it has served its purpose. So let’s spare ourselves the haggling. I am here now, we can go our separate ways and be glad of it. Honour our previous arrangement and let me and mine go, or prove that the word of a Wyte is not to be trusted. Don’t forget, you owe me already ‘Bluejay’.” If he cannot trust your word, he can at least trust your mutual self-interest. You both wish to be rid of one another, preferably without undue bloodshed. [Haughty]
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>”I’m no Montbrun hillman to stake my word on limb or kin. I will so swear, but on my word alone. However little you may think it worth, my word is my bond. You will have to content yourself with that.” You have yet to decide whether a promise made under duress to a Crown traitor under duress is actually worth a Pit-damned thing. [Hearty]
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>>4028509
>>4028515
Crap I forgot to include the link
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>>4028509
>”I’m no Montbrun hillman to stake my word on limb or kin. I will so swear, but on my word alone. However little you may think it worth, my word is my bond. You will have to content yourself with that.” You have yet to decide whether a promise made under duress to a Crown traitor under duress is actually worth a Pit-damned thing. [Hearty]

Was originally going to go with the first option but I think Emile would be fine to swear on his honour. He knows he is an honourable man and he needs to get his people out. I think he feels the weight of a vow on his own honour should be more than enough
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>>4028509
> “I did not spend the last few months trekking across the continent in search of my sibling only to dangle his life on a promise to men who have forsworn their own vows of fealty to Crown and Cantôn.” Swearing yourself to secrecy again is no small issue. Your honour cannot countenance swearing a solemn oath to a traitor of the Crown. It is unconscionable. [Idealist]

we swore an oath to Crown and god that shouldn't be understated.
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>>4028509
>> “We had common cause, and it has served its purpose. So let’s spare ourselves the haggling. I am here now, we can go our separate ways and be glad of it. Honour our previous arrangement and let me and mine go, or prove that the word of a Wyte is not to be trusted. Don’t forget, you owe me already ‘Bluejay’.” If he cannot trust your word, he can at least trust your mutual self-interest. You both wish to be rid of one another, preferably without undue bloodshed. [Haughty]

"Don't forget that this works both ways. I also do not wish for our involvement in this incident to come to light. We each hold each other's dangerous secret and that mutual self-interest in not wanting this widely known will keep each of us honest."
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>>4028520
We swore an oath not to speak of what happened or who was involved. I don't see how this is incompatible with that. It's just another oath of silence essentially which works out well enough considering we're likely to want to never speak of this again
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>>4028509
>>”I’m no Montbrun hillman to stake my word on limb or kin. I will so swear, but on my word alone. However little you may think it worth, my word is my bond. You will have to content yourself with that.” You have yet to decide whether a promise made under duress to a Crown traitor under duress is actually worth a Pit-damned thing. [Hearty]
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>>4028509
>”I’m no Montbrun hillman to stake my word on limb or kin. I will so swear, but on my word alone. However little you may think it worth, my word is my bond. You will have to content yourself with that.” You have yet to decide whether a promise made under duress to a Crown traitor under duress is actually worth a Pit-damned thing. [Hearty]
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>>4028509
>“We had common cause, and it has served its purpose. So let’s spare ourselves the haggling. I am here now, we can go our separate ways and be glad of it. Honour our previous arrangement and let me and mine go, or prove that the word of a Wyte is not to be trusted. Don’t forget, you owe me already ‘Bluejay’.” If he cannot trust your word, he can at least trust your mutual self-interest. You both wish to be rid of one another, preferably without undue bloodshed. [Haughty]

I think I would add a little something.

"I risked my life and the lives of my men to aid you and your cause. I did so because there were innocents in there. The Almighty compels me to always protect the innocent especially from...whatever that was in there."

Leave them on a cliffhanger and imply that Emile protected them from something that they can't even imagine.
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>>4028518
I personally think that the 1st option would be best, after reminding him that he too holds a dangerous card over us.

Hes here leading this band because he cant stand haughty nobles who speak of their honour and noblese oblige. What he would clearly and very deeply understand is a mercenarial shared self-interest. That it does neither party good to have word of these incidents come to light.
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>>4028509
>”I’m no Montbrun hillman to stake my word on limb or kin. I will so swear, but on my word alone. However little you may think it worth, my word is my bond. You will have to content yourself with that.” You have yet to decide whether a promise made under duress to a Crown traitor under duress is actually worth a Pit-damned thing. [Hearty]
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>>4028509
>>4028509
>”I’m no Montbrun hillman to stake my word on limb or kin. I will so swear, but on my word alone. However little you may think it worth, my word is my bond. You will have to content yourself with that.” You have yet to decide whether a promise made under duress to a Crown traitor under duress is actually worth a Pit-damned thing. [Hearty]
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>>4028509
>> “We had common cause, and it has served its purpose. So let’s spare ourselves the haggling. I am here now, we can go our separate ways and be glad of it. Honour our previous arrangement and let me and mine go, or prove that the word of a Wyte is not to be trusted. Don’t forget, you owe me already ‘Bluejay’.” If he cannot trust your word, he can at least trust your mutual self-interest. You both wish to be rid of one another, preferably without undue bloodshed. [Haughty]
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>>4028523
The implication I get is that this oath somewhat debases the oath we took on Crown and the Allmighty also I dont want these rebels to have any oath of ours.

but I'm entirely outvoted so what does it matter.

>>4028493
post retarded meme
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>>4028509
>”I’m no Montbrun hillman to stake my word on limb or kin. I will so swear, but on my word alone. However little you may think it worth, my word is my bond. You will have to content yourself with that.” You have yet to decide whether a promise made under duress to a Crown traitor under duress is actually worth a Pit-damned thing. [Hearty]

No way he lets us go without a vow as assurance. Haughty will just anger him as he will know it's an attempt to avoid swearing a vow to him as well as avoiding putting our honor on the line. He clearly values honesty and doesn't think we're just another sneaky aristocrat.
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>>4028509
>”I’m no Montbrun hillman to stake my word on limb or kin. I will so swear, but on my word alone. However little you may think it worth, my word is my bond. You will have to content yourself with that.” You have yet to decide whether a promise made under duress to a Crown traitor under duress is actually worth a Pit-damned thing. [Hearty]

>>4028543
We already helped the Wytes against one of the royal factions in the ruins. If that didn't debase it, then swearing a vow definitely won't
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>>4028509

> “We had common cause, and it has served its purpose. So let’s spare ourselves the haggling. I am here now, we can go our separate ways and be glad of it. Honour our previous arrangement and let me and mine go, or prove that the word of a Wyte is not to be trusted. Don’t forget, you owe me already ‘Bluejay’.” If he cannot trust your word, he can at least trust your mutual self-interest. You both wish to be rid of one another, preferably without undue bloodshed. [Haughty]


>"And on who's life will you swear that you will do the same for my brother and me? Can you can guarantee your men will swear and do the same as you?"

Adding my own write-in turn it back on him.
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>>4028509
>”I’m no Montbrun hillman to stake my word on limb or kin. I will so swear, but on my word alone. However little you may think it worth, my word is my bond. You will have to content yourself with that.” You have yet to decide whether a promise made under duress to a Crown traitor under duress is actually worth a Pit-damned thing. [Hearty]

Don't know why Sam is so paranoid. Emile literally can't reveal anything he knows about the Wytes even if he wanted as it would doom Emile.
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>>4028509
>”I’m no Montbrun hillman to stake my word on limb or kin. I will so swear, but on my word alone. However little you may think it worth, my word is my bond. You will have to content yourself with that.” You have yet to decide whether a promise made under duress to a Crown traitor under duress is actually worth a Pit-damned thing. [Hearty]
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>>4028509
>”I’m no Montbrun hillman to stake my word on limb or kin. I will so swear, but on my word alone. However little you may think it worth, my word is my bond. You will have to content yourself with that.” You have yet to decide whether a promise made under duress to a Crown traitor under duress is actually worth a Pit-damned thing. [Hearty]
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>>4028553
there's a difference between fighting alongside rebels for an agreed upon mutual good and putting an already taken oath of silence sworn on the highest moral authorities you hold and swearing it again to those of vastly lower moral authority for no other reason than they want it.

>>4028560
probably because either the involvement with Fae would escalate the crowns concerns regrarding the Wytes/Bluejays or the operation in the area gives orders like the order of names a ballpark guess at where their base of operations is.

Or the Bluejays know something funky is up with religous authority or god forbid know whats up and don't want other factions finding out until they have solid proof to nail the whole feudal system and start a mass revolution a la Yellow turbans.
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>>4028567
Fighting alongside rebels against a royal faction would have debased it no matter how you spin it. No way swearing a vow of scilence would somehow 'debase' it but fighting alongside them won't.

Also, the monarchy isn't a moral authority let alone the highest moral authority, not even close. The highest moral authority in Canton is the the Church and the Queen who don't seem to be on great terms with the monarchy currently
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>>4028543
Nahhhh it's just not good enuff to post. And I can't even begin to draw any symbols on the mask.
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>>4028587
The highest moral authorities are actually 1- the Almighty, 2- Salve Regina, 3- the Brothers. The Church and the Queen are just the representatives of the Almighty on Earth. If the Queen and the Church, Monarchy, or anyone for that matter went against anything or commanded you anything that goes against the teachings of the Almighty, Salve Regina, and the Brothers, then they have been corrupted and you must stand against them till they are purified.
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>>4028597
How about one where the basilisk is strangling Emile to death but then he gets his life saved by exiled faebae child girl?
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>>4028520
>>4028543
>>4028553
>>4028587
I think you guys are thinking of it the wrong way. We fought alongside the Wytes to free slaves. I think the Almighty finds our mission of helping the Wytes free slaves most certainly commendable. The Almighty approves and doesn't consider fighting alongside the Wytes or swearing a vow to one to be debasing our previous oaths I think.
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>>4028509
>>”I’m no Montbrun hillman to stake my word on limb or kin. I will so swear, but on my word alone. However little you may think it worth, my word is my bond. You will have to content yourself with that.” You have yet to decide whether a promise made under duress to a Crown traitor under duress is actually worth a Pit-damned thing. [Hearty]
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>>4028509

Seconding this >>4028522
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>>4028509
>”I’m no Montbrun hillman to stake my word on limb or kin. I will so swear, but on my word alone. However little you may think it worth, my word is my bond. You will have to content yourself with that.” You have yet to decide whether a promise made under duress to a Crown traitor under duress is actually worth a Pit-damned thing. [Hearty]
if it comes down to it, the Wytes would probably not risk losing the aid of the elves by revelaing that they concealed weapons, Sam is more than likely bluffing, but theres no reason to overly antagonistic.
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>>4028509
>”I’m no Montbrun hillman to stake my word on limb or kin. I will so swear, but on my word alone. However little you may think it worth, my word is my bond. You will have to content yourself with that.” You have yet to decide whether a promise made under duress to a Crown traitor under duress is actually worth a Pit-damned thing. [Hearty]
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>>4028647
That's where I disagree, the Wytes are rebels to the crown an Institution in holy union with the Queen who is the Allmighties temporal representative, a rebellion against the crow is a rebellion against God, while we may have found temporary cause with them on the grounds of truly righteous action against misguided wickedness it does not mean we should swear an oath to these traitors.

>>4028587
Fighting against the Queensman which we actually didn't do at any point beyond Anarchies influence is not actually a violation of the oath taken to tell no soul of what we saw, secondly it cannot debase it because it is not in not implying that that standard of secrecy can be commanded by a common traitor.

>the monarchy is not a moral authority
While it may not be THE highest it is part of the system from which justice and moral authority are dispensed, while the moral authority is dispensed by church and queen, justice is met out by the Lord's and stewards that rule in the name of the king and it is their knights who uphold it.

Not to mention the king and queen are in holy union as a symbol of united morality and justice from which gods will is dispensed to all.
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>>4028509
>> “I did not spend the last few months trekking across the continent in search of my sibling only to dangle his life on a promise to men who have forsworn their own vows of fealty to Crown and Cantôn.” Swearing yourself to secrecy again is no small issue. Your honour cannot countenance swearing a solemn oath to a traitor of the Crown. It is unconscionable. [Idealist]
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>>4028701
Rebelling against the Crown isn't a rebellion against the Almighty. That's something you just made up. That doesn't even make sense as multiple queens throughout the history of Canton have rebelled against the Crown. The Crown is a secular institution and is in no way a holy institution.
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>>4028701
Kek so fighting alongside them doesn't debase it but swearing a vow does according to your illogical logic? By your logic swearing a vow to Kasper Alexanderi debases our oaths as he's a traitor going against the Crown too just like Sam Wyte. The Queen is a traitor too in fact.
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>>4028354
> Complete turbo autist

> okay with this.

I feel like you aren't autistic at all, and I am resisting the urge to write walls of text about how you've placed the factions/people incorrectly.
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>>4028509
> “We had common cause, and it has served its purpose. So let’s spare ourselves the haggling. I am here now, we can go our separate ways and be glad of it. Honour our previous arrangement and let me and mine go, or prove that the word of a Wyte is not to be trusted. Don’t forget, you owe me already ‘Bluejay’.” If he cannot trust your word, he can at least trust your mutual self-interest. You both wish to be rid of one another, preferably without undue bloodshed. [Haughty]

He has his cause, we have ours, and if we discover that he has become a puppet of forces that wish harm on humanity then we cannot keep quiet about it. Then again, he has also seen us with a Fae, so maybe it's for the best if we both keep quiet about it?

If we discover that he's actively selling out mankind because he prefers a gilded cage with Fae overlords, we're willing to go down together. Like he said, there's *nothing* he won't do for his cause. We're the opposite, some evils we will *never* countenance no matter the justification. For all he derides our honour, it's on of the things that makes us proud of being Men, of being a Knight. Anything he, or anyone, builds by abandoning that will fail. Castles made of sand fall into the sea, eventually.

But we can easily swear we spoke not of Bluejay involvement, since that's true. I just checked. Besides, the men hunting the Jays and out Brother are the same.

>>4028701
>>4028298
This here is autism.
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>>4028509
>”I’m no Montbrun hillman to stake my word on limb or kin. I will so swear, but on my word alone. However little you may think it worth, my word is my bond. You will have to content yourself with that.” You have yet to decide whether a promise made under duress to a Crown traitor under duress is actually worth a Pit-damned thing. [Hearty]
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>>4028509

>”I’m no Montbrun hillman to stake my word on limb or kin. I will so swear, but on my word alone. However little you may think it worth, my word is my bond. You will have to content yourself with that.” You have yet to decide whether a promise made under duress to a Crown traitor under duress is actually worth a Pit-damned thing. [Hearty]

>"I will not swear on the life of my brother, much as I would not ask you to swear on the life of even one of your 'Comrades', as that is not mine to give. You have my word, and if that is not good enough than this conversation has been nothing but a waste of both of our time."
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>>4028509
> “We had common cause, and it has served its purpose. So let’s spare ourselves the haggling. I am here now, we can go our separate ways and be glad of it. Honour our previous arrangement and let me and mine go, or prove that the word of a Wyte is not to be trusted. Don’t forget, you owe me already ‘Bluejay’.” If he cannot trust your word, he can at least trust your mutual self-interest. You both wish to be rid of one another, preferably without undue bloodshed. [Haughty]
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>>4028522
Supporting this - mutual self-interest often works better than any bond born of honour.
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>>4028701
>>4028756
This is pointless as the Crown isn't a holy institution and even if it's supposed to be it still isn't in its current corrupted form. Slavery is forbidden in the Law of Adam. The Crown Prince engages in slavery and wants to unchain the Sons of Sin for some reason. I don't think anyone who engages in slavery or tries to free the Sons of Sin is a representative of the Almighty's will. Rebelling against the current corrupt form of the Crown doesn't mean rebelling against the Almighty. Sir Robert Gilbern and Sir Kasper Alexandi are both devout worshippers of the Almighty.

The Almighty doesn't have any issue with us aiding the Wytes in freeing slaves or swearing a vow of secrecy to one. In fact, the Almighty approves I think.
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>>4029041
>The Almighty doesn't have any issue with us aiding the Wytes in freeing slaves or swearing a vow of secrecy to one. In fact, the Almighty approves I think.

Don't forget that the Wytes and the Bluejays aren't just rebels. They are heretics too, if the tortured one is anything to go by.
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>>4028522
Supporting this.
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>>4028509
>>> “We had common cause, and it has served its purpose. So let’s spare ourselves the haggling. I am here now, we can go our separate ways and be glad of it. Honour our previous arrangement and let me and mine go, or prove that the word of a Wyte is not to be trusted. Don’t forget, you owe me already ‘Bluejay’.” If he cannot trust your word, he can at least trust your mutual self-interest. You both wish to be rid of one another, preferably without undue bloodshed. [Haughty]

>>4028522 this is fine
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>>4028509
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> “We had common cause, and it has served its purpose. So let’s spare ourselves the haggling. I am here now, we can go our separate ways and be glad of it. Honour our previous arrangement and let me and mine go, or prove that the word of a Wyte is not to be trusted. Don’t forget, you owe me already ‘Bluejay’.” If he cannot trust your word, he can at least trust your mutual self-interest. You both wish to be rid of one another, preferably without undue bloodshed. [Haughty
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>>4029358
And another one saved to my growing collection of Knigga memes
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>>4028726
Okay then why is it that the Crown is always in a holy union with the head of the church and where does the legitimacy of the crown derive from if not some version of the divine right of Kings?

>That doesn't even make sense as multiple queens throughout the history of Canton have rebelled against the Crown

okay how does the highest level of moral authority in the realm rebel against the King? if the crown is a secular institiution it cannot hold sway over the moral authority of the realm since the divide between church and state is self evident.

If you can answer these questions I'll concede the point

>>4029041
>The Crown Prince engages in slavery and wants to unchain the Sons of Sin for some reason

I'd love to see some solid evidence on that given while we have seen writs of passage they are unmarked with the royal seal and most of whats been uncovered points to Alderauge not the prince as the center of this slave trade.

>>4029358
Awesome
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>>4029871
You know there's a vast and extensive real life history of this situation to look at?

http://www.politicalsciencenotes.com/medieval-political-thought/conflict-between-the-church-and-the-state-medieval-period/1053

Here's a good place to start on power structures in Feudal society and the influence of the Church.

Basically though they're two power structures which struggle against each other for support among the Nobles. If the Regina has enough support she can dictate policy, if the King has enough support he can ignore it.

If the Regina is weak enough and insists on obstructing the King, then she can get shut in a Convent. It's in tbe political notes in the OP link that this has happened.

If the King is weak, the Regina can give their blessing to another Noble and bam new Royal Family. Or more likely the King gets replaced by a relative.

The crux of the issue here is your misconception that there is either a separation of Church and State or there is a Theocracy.

The Nobility hold enough power collectively to oppose either the Royal Family or the Church. Opposing both however means that they would face the Royal Army as well as Knight Orders as well as have peasants feel entitled to revolting such as the Jays.

Opposing one means that the Royal Family could send forces to pacify peasant rebellions or alternatively the Regina could incite peasants to revolt in the lands of nobles affiliated with the Royal Family, keeping their forces tied down with suppression.

It's really basic stuff, the real world dealt with this for hundreds of years. I mean, we aren't even dealing with two Popes or a HRE situation with multiple kings.
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>>4029871
> Solid evidence of Prince behind slaving

Actually, enough circumstantial evidence is good enough. We have an unsigned writ, we have the Cathagi with other signed writs despite the impropriety and questionable legality of the Prince signing in lieu of the King which could be an act of treason itself if the King was to take issue with it, we have his allies on location, we have a guy who was on a mission for him killing people getting caught, and we've personally seen what appears to be a Son of Sin with the Prince as his Bodyguard . . . Clearly the Prince is involved to some degree as a facilitator and conspirator if not actually leading the conspiracy.

There's a reasonable amount of evidence for that. Of course, what court can convict him given the Kings weakness and the Regina not having legal status, while strong Nobles are supporting the Prince.

Once again, direct conflict could result in civil war where everyone loses. A certain amount of strength is needed to maintain order, defend against the Beastmen in the woods, the Snakes in the East, Cathag is also a threat, and there's always the Fae to worry about returning.

So we're in a situation where people know what's going on, but nobody has the strength to force the issue. The Faction nobles can't openly search for SoS, the Queensmen can't openly pressure the Nobility, the King is weak and unable or unwilling to oppose his legal Heir, and the neutral nobles are either distant or their forces are required to defend the borders.
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>”I’m no Montbrun hillman to stake my word on limb or kin. I will so swear, but on my word alone. However little you may think it worth, my word is my bond. You will have to content yourself with that.” You have yet to decide whether a promise made under duress to a Crown traitor under duress is actually worth a Pit-damned thing. [Hearty]

Persuade Roll
>Reasonable Request / Higher Social Standing 80DC
> Tool of the Oppressive Aristocracy -60DC
> Griffinhawk Imprinted on you +10DC
> Helped save the forest folk +40DC
> Sworn to secrecy (personal word) +10DC
> Noble Privilege +1 Adverse Re-Roll
> 80 DC

0 = The hate for all nobles and their ilk runs deep. You are cast out from the Fae glades alone in short order, with only your snapped blade for protection. The fate of your brother is unknown for now.
1 = Sam Wyte tolerates your presence for as long as it takes to gather your things and hangers-on before suggesting, none-too-politely, that he would prefer not to see you in Fallavon ever again.
2 = Sam Wyte favours a ‘live-and-let-live’ policy. Once you leave this haven, resupplied and rested, it will not be beyond you to make contact with a Bluejay band if you seek them out, for whatever discreet purpose.
3 = The Bluejays hold their own perverse sense of honour. Despite your breeding they feel that, all things considered, they ‘owe you one’.


3 rolls of 1d100, lordlings. The opponent has 1 adverse re-roll.

Will the Bluejays prove to be friend or foe?
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Rolled 91 (1d100)

>>4030062
Nobility is everything
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Rolled 29 (1d100)

>>4030062
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Rolled 48 (1d100)

>>4030062
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>>4030025
That map is giving me a headache, goodness.

It is worth pointing out that the new Queen is selected from a convent, each putting forward Theoretically, this is supposed to ensure that only the most godly and faithful of pure women are selected for the role of head of church. In reality, this process is often engineered or at least influence by nobles with church ties. It's a sound investment to put a spare daughter in a convent when it looks like there might be a new king in the next few years and curry favour with the local bishop or abbess (if said priest is not in fact related to said family themselves). The payoff, should it succeed, would be immense. Of course, the Mater Reginae is supposed to cut all ties to things like family favours etc. And there are internal poltics in the church even without noble intervention that can affect the outcome, but at the end of the day the majority of candidates put forward for selection tend to be of noble-blooded background.

>>4030038
It's a balancing act, certainly. And anons themselves seem none too keen to be the one to rock the boat.
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Rolled 88 (1d100)

>>4030073
Re-rolling this success.
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>>4030079
sigh.

Why does it turn adverse.
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>>4030079
>>4030073
>>4030067
>>4030066
>1 Success
> Double Fail

It looks like the Bluejays and Sir Andrei part ways with little interest in being friends. The double will come up later.

I will provide a proper update in a few hours.
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>>4030084
Most of the time it would help, but the Noble Privilege trait is definitely something that would rub the Bluejays the wrong way.
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>>4030090
Fair.

The hate is still directed at us right. And not our brother?
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>>4030087
Looks like our Bro is going to side with the Jays.
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>>4030062

0 = The hate for all nobles and their ilk runs deep. You are cast out from the Fae glades alone in short order, with only your snapped blade for protection. The fate of your brother is unknown for now.

This would be some impressive dickery after everything. Ah well, commie-anarchist-peasants were bound to be terrible. Probably too much to hope this shakes our brother's rose-tinted view of them though.
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>>4030095
I don't know man, I'd consider him one of ours. I think he'll be coming with us
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>>4030111
I know right. After all that we're still getting thrown out.

Somehow our rolls with the jays are fucking upside down. Passing DC30 and failing DC80
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>>4030095
>>4030115

If I recall correctly, you helping your brother (and the Bluejays) with the raid was a prerequisite of his loyalty mission.
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>>4030122
Indeed it was
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>>4030025
I suppose my point is all over the place due it being the autistic ravings of a madman, my point really was that the monarchy is not so much a Theocracy as a monarchy infused with Theocratic elements due to the fact the kings own household always has a marrital union between the two most powerful people in Canton and their is no clear answer to who actually holds the relative position of Hegemon so these conflicts between King and queen become commonplace.

also the whole other point was that their is no clear reason as to where a king pulls his legitimacy from that doesn't come from the Church that isn't autocratic or populist based.

>>4030038
I want to hold off on circumstantial evidence to call things as they sit now due to the fact more context could easily swivel the limelight of whos involved very quickly, someone is court could very well be forging the documents and/or the signature for their own purposes and since we don't have a good idea of what the court functions like at all it could very easily be the case.

>we have his allies on location,
Mercenaries dime a dozen modus operandi certainly but calling them allies is a stretch

>we have a guy who was on a mission for him killing people getting caught,
theirs very little to tie Vancewells killings to the princes will, though granted it is supscious and something to look into.

>and we've personally seen what appears to be a Son of Sin with the Prince as his Bodyguard
What is even the evidence for this? we've aproximatelly seen a single son of sin and its nothing like whatever that silent giant was from what we can tell.

>So we're in a situation where people know what's going on, but nobody has the strength to force the issue

while I agree largely with what you're saying I think it's pretty obvious the queen has the upperhand at the moment her only issue is that if the King dies for whatever reason and the prince takes the crown she will get replaced by the very authority that put her in power.

>>4030095
I'm pretty sure he's coming home but will retain a unknown degree of sympathy for their cause.
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>>4030122
Oh joy. Fae trouble then maybe.

Or they have a spy in their ranks and they reveal our involvement to the Named maybe. They hinted at working with them.

Or they report negative things to Lord Aulderige.

Who knows. I mean, you know.
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>>4030142
>Or they have a spy in their ranks and they reveal our involvement to the Named maybe. They hinted at working with them.
This would be absolute bullshit after all we have gone through to keep our involvement and identity secret only to lose it to an unrelated double fail persuasion roll.

I don't think the double fail will have anything to do with the fae too as this persuasion roll we got a double fail for was for the Wytes.
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>>4030087
shouldnt you rerolling into an 88 be a fail for you?
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>>4030166
If I had rolled below the set DC it would have been counted as a success for you. I think it would be far too confusing if re-rolls and Adverse re-rolls needed a distinct DC to base the results off.
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Guys we're gonna need a guide to go back. Considering we're parting ways with the Wytes in bad terms apparently, I don't think we'll be able to take Jack Jehova with us. We should take that exiled wild fae child girl with us as a guide.
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>>4030182
inb4 Emilie is actually so at home in the forest, hes basically a guide already.
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>>4030182
If we take her we are going to have issues when we reach Civilisation, the company of Fey is going to cause a rackus unless we can keep her under wraps.

that being said without a guide we may very well be up shit creek so I don't really see a choice.
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>>4030142
>>4030163
Yeah this persuade roll was for the Wytes so the double fail won't have anything to do with non-Bluejay groups like the fey or individuals like Lord Alderauge
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>>4030062
Shouldn't bringing John the Tailor's murderer to justice grant us bonus DC?
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>>4030228
But you never told him about that? You shared as much with your brother but I figured your aim was to keep the information shared with them to a minimum.
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”I’m no Montbrun hillman to stake my word on limb or kin. I will so swear, but on my word alone.” Sam Wyte glowers at that, but you ignore him. You care about getting your brother home safe and sound, the rest can hang. “However little you may think it worth, my word is my bond. You will have to content yourself with that.”

”I’ll take your word for it, as you say.” Sam Wyte snaps, angry little puff of smoke adding a comical picture to his ill-temper. ”But it’s precious little to content myself with, for all your kind of folk’s notion of ‘honour’.”

“Your contentment is not a pressing issue in my mind’s eye.” You retort, picturing a noose drooped around the wily old brigand’s neck helps soothe the throbbing at your temples somewhat. “And let’s continue this conversation in the spirit of frankness, since it’s working out so well. You don’t want lord or lowborn to know you rely on Fae aid, doing their bidding to save mere beastfolk. And I don’t want my kinsman’s involvement with you to be made public knowledge either. Both of would much rather pretend the other did not exist.”

“True. The less folk know about either of us and the goings on out here, the better. That should work to keep tongues from wagging as much as your sworn word. Fine, you can stay here and collect your brother. The Aeldin Council is curious enough to prefer your attendance at tonight’s banquet in any case.” Sam Wyte grunts as he stands up, the years of bush-living and ranging across rough terrain must take a toll on an old body. “Don’t eat the food, it’s considered rude. After that, I’ll be glad to be well rid of you and I suspect the feeling is mutual. Better that I don’t catch you in Fallavon again, Romani. Better by far.”

“As you say, the feeling is mutual!” You call out the remark as the Bluejay leaves, puzzling over what he means by not eating at a banquet.

You lie back flat on the soft wooden bed, staring at the ceiling. You suppose you should find your brother. With a grunt of your own to match Sam Wyte’s you lift yourself out from comfort and into suddenly spinning world. Placing a steadying hand on a wooden pillar until the whirling stops, you collect yourself and venture outside into the heartland of mankind’s ancient Foe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuycHSo1Ft0 – Fae Enclave theme

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The view is even more spectacular than before, made all the better by the fact that you’re not going to keel over and pass out any moment. The building that seem to grow out of the colossus sized trees, either skilfully carved or literally through magic, are like nothing you have ever seen. This place is a city in its own right, the size of Grenoble at least. Though it appears scantly populated, scattered Fae going about their business in throngs or pairs in streets all too wide for the meagre traffic. Just as how the densely packed masses of flesh in Aubrey disconcerted you, so does that apparently abandoned nature of much of this Fae city cause you unease.

Despite this apparently being the heart of the Fae ‘city’ only two such creatures are within a stones throw when you step outside. And, aside from that ‘Ashen-Burden-Something’ healer from before, they are the only two Fae you have ever met previously. You turn left, picking a random direction, and begin walking. Both Fae follow, though at a wary distance from each other.

It’s not hard to deduce the motives of the Warden and the Outcast. The former is probably in some way responsible for you, your weapon scabbard dangles from his hip. It looks more like a shortsword or danger on him. Doubtless here is here to ensure the feeble little human doesn’t cause trouble or faint somewhere that might cause inconvenience. The latter on the other hand is demonstrating her (her?) innate curiosity since you first met, or possibly has little in the way of friends among her own people judging from the distance she keeps from them. You had suspected that their savage attire was typical of the woodland ancients but, from a glance at the other occasional Fae, that is not the case.

You come to a halt, utterly lost in this strange place and weigh the wisdom of asking them for directions. Or making conversation.

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>”I need to find my brother. Do you understand me? My brother. Other. Humans. Fren? Firien?” You wonder if this impressive Fae warrior would be open to a friendly passage of arms. Adam’s teeth, now -that- would be something to right home to Father about. [Haughty]

>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]

>”…” On second thought, perhaps not. You will find the other Bluejays, and therefore your brother, on your own in due course. You hardly need to make even more, unseemlier friends. What ever would your Mother say? [Idealist]
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>>4030230
So our brother didn't tell them? Would telling them now change anything?

I keep forgetting to link dang it.

>>4030235
>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]
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>>4030235
>>”I need to find my brother. Do you understand me? My brother. Other. Humans. Fren? Firien?” You wonder if this impressive Fae warrior would be open to a friendly passage of arms. Adam’s teeth, now -that- would be something to right home to Father about. [Haughty]
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>>4030235
>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]
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>>4030235
>>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]
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>>4030235
>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]
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>>4030235
>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]

Should thank her for saving our life. How do you say "thank you for saving me"? That healer fae should know.
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>>4030235
>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]
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>>4030235
>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]

Just like the tone with this one - it’s very stream of consciousness, but also kinda funny.
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>>4030243
>"thank you for saving me"? That healer fae should know.

In her own language to clarify
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>>4030235
>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]
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>>4030235
>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]

If we can clapse hands to show our gratitude, the better.
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>>4030235
>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]
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>>4030235
>>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]
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>>4030235
>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]
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>>4030237
Changing to

>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]

Faebae GET
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>>4030235
>>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]
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>>4030235
>>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]
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>>4030232
We should confirm if it's rude to eat the food or not.

Maybe find that Fae healer and NOT thank them but compliment the job they did healing us instead, and then ask about the banquet and etiquette. Hrm. Maybe we should just offer to discuss our own banquet experience with etiquette and lead them into talking about Fae banquets.

That way we aren't really asking for anything, and if we accidentally do then we are trading our tale for one of theirs.
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>>4030235
>”I need to find my brother. Do you understand me? My brother. Other. Humans. Fren? Firien?” You wonder if this impressive Fae warrior would be open to a friendly passage of arms. Adam’s teeth, now -that- would be something to right home to Father about. [Haughty]

A strange land with strange language and traditions but the warrior's tongue is universal, if we can manage a friendly match and perform well enough we might secure our safety here far better than with Sam's word.
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>>4030235
>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]
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>>4030235
>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]

I have a feeling Sam gave us bad info on the banquet. Like it's the opposite, it's rude not to eat. Otherwise, why have a banquet? Let's all prepare food and sit then not eat it? Sounds dumb.
But on the other hand. The Fae outcast didn't eat the rabbit we offered it. So idk
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>>4030235 #
>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]
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>>4030374
We could just look to see if others eat
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>>4030235
>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]
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>>4030324
> Offering to fight your host

Remember when they took our weapons? I'd say it would at the least be rude to the dude who just healed us.

If we're challenged though sure. I'd still prefer to make it a competition though, maybe hunting a beast or something. Or doing a HORSE style game where we each show a sword form and then we have to replicate it with the others weapons as best we can.
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>>4030385
There is always that. Unless we are put on some kind of spotlight
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>>4030235
>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty
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>>4030235
>>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]

Also do we still have the Holy Reliquary that we looted from the fallen knight? I don't see it in the pastebin.
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>>4030489
We also appear to be missing one of the knight code, that we earned last thread.
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>>4030489
>>4030509
its just badly outdated.
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>>4030235
>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]
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>>4030235
>>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]
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>>4030235
>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]
I will always choose emile being awkward at casual social situations.
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>>4030235
>>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]
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>>4030235
>>”…” On second thought, perhaps not. You will find the other Bluejays, and therefore your brother, on your own in due course. You hardly need to make even more, unseemlier friends. What ever would your Mother say? [Idealist]
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>>4030235
>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]
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>>4030489
>>4030509
>>4030514
I’ll make those corrections tonight, good spotting.
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>>4030232
>>4030235
>nobody wants to be friends with us ;_;
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>>4030235
>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]
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>>4031406
This all sounds like the movie the last samurai....
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can't wait until we are out of these almighty forsaken woods.
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>>4030286
I like this.
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>”Hello again. Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part to you. Still not sure how I feel about that, if I’m being quite honest…” You make passing conversation with the Fae Outcast. Neither of you speak each other’s tongue, but that doesn’t stop you speaking back and forth now that she has decided some humans are worth talking to. [Hearty]

“Hello again.” You remark as the Fae Outcast draws a little nearer. She pokes your shoulder, your -good- shoulder, and says something in her tongue. ”Yes I am alive, see? And in no small part thanks to you.”

”I cin descerst. An becin unhurry. Unhurry Firen, ca?” You haven’t the faintest clue what your diminutive rescuer is saying. Now walking alongside you, they continue speaking as if you understood. “Elst cin ken cin smell? I reallui polodren scent.”

”Well then what’s your story? You don’t seem to care much for the latest Fae fashions.” In the wilderness days went by without a word from her, and now whole sentences? You are truly privileged; you remark to yourself wryly.

“Hain certnay belth- nin. An cerning hi heth cin. Ben cerse, tak nin mask.”

”Oh my, yes.” You respond to the outcasts conversation in kind, perhaps it is a game of the sort your sisters used to play. ”But aren’t bone necklaces and animal hide so last season?”

“Oh eithel. Hain nen anír- na bereft nin siniath toui. Cin nen ech- ha easui kepen cin cuin, bui i té.”

”I couldn’t have said it better myself.”

If not for the towering Fae Warden hovering just a few metres away at all times, making sure the feeble human remains on their best behaviour, it would be quite a pleasant walk.

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The bizarre conversation helps serve as a distraction from graver matters. Being in the heartland of your people’s ancient enemy for one thing, or how you’re going to repay the life-debt you owe and keep your honour intact for another. It’s a surprising relief when you spot the Bluejay archer Lilac Widow dangling by the legs from a treebranch, or a balcony as Fae architecture does little to distinguish the two. The Bluejay suspends herself as she slips a particularly many-legged bug down the hood of another blissfully unaware comrade on the ground floor. She spots you, pursing her lips with a finger to her face and a sly wink. Or blink, given the patch over her left eye. With great care she drops the package in the dip of the unlucky Bluejay’s hood and stealthily slinks off the branch to land daintily on her feet before you. You’re reminded of a cat, the sort that prefers to play with its food.

”Hey White Cub, your kid brother is here.” Lilac flashes you a grin as her unfortunate victim begins to buckle and whoop, launching from his post in a flurry of frenzied jerking motions. “You cost me a pretty penny, blue blood. We had a running bet on whether you’d make it out of there.”

It’s not clear whether she means the ruins or your meeting with Sam Wyte. And you’re more than somewhat suspicious of her change in demeanour. Of all the Wytes she was the one most readily willing to riddle you with arrows during your first encounter. Either she’s playing nice now to slip a dagger in your back later, or some of the individual Bluejays are more appreciative of your efforts in the raid than their leader.

”Em? Em!” Your elder brother, Young Lord Damien Andrei, emerges from the Fae dwelling “They said you’d be out for at least another day!”

You grin at the sight of him, worries forgotten for the moment. ”Well that’s the Fae for you, always underestimating us humans.”

“And recovered enough for bad jokes, more’s the pity. Brother… I looked for you I swear. Where did you go? I waited as long as I could but… We… we left you in there.” The future Lord Andrei does better than shed unmanly tears, but the pain in his voice is apparent. I left you in there…”

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>”You shouldn’t have worried so, my dearest brother. It will take more than a few secret agents and an overgrown lizard to keep an Andrei knight down!” No need to make him feel guiltier. [Haughty]

> “BROTHER! Ouch, ouch, watch the shoulder…” It is good to see him again, the rest doesn’t matter. [Hearty]

>”You put the mission first, as you should. It won’t be the last hard decision faced before you as the future Lord Andrei.” His choice in company is questionable, but you see much of Father in him. [Idealist]
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>>4032316
>>”You put the mission first, as you should. It won’t be the last hard decision faced before you as the future Lord Andrei.” His choice in company is questionable, but you see much of Father in him. [Idealist]
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>>4032316
>”You shouldn’t have worried so, my dearest brother. It will take more than a few secret agents and an overgrown lizard to keep an Andrei knight down!” No need to make him feel guiltier. [Haughty]
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>>4032316
>“BROTHER! Ouch, ouch, watch the shoulder…” It is good to see him again, the rest doesn’t matter. [Hearty]

Good thing the Wytes' members aren't ungrateful like their leader.
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>>4032316
>“BROTHER! Ouch, ouch, watch the shoulder…” It is good to see him again, the rest doesn’t matter. [Hearty]
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>>4032316
>”You put the mission first, as you should. It won’t be the last hard decision faced before you as the future Lord Andrei.” His choice in company is questionable, but you see much of Father in him. [Idealist]
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>>4032316
>She spots you, pursing her lips with a finger to her face and a sly wink.

She wants that noble rod 100%

>”You shouldn’t have worried so, my dearest brother. It will take more than a few secret agents and an overgrown lizard to keep an Andrei knight down!” No need to make him feel guiltier. [Haughty]
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>>4032316
>>”You put the mission first, as you should. It won’t be the last hard decision faced before you as the future Lord Andrei.” His choice in company is questionable, but you see much of Father in him. [Idealist]
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>>4032316
>”You put the mission first, as you should. It won’t be the last hard decision faced before you as the future Lord Andrei.” His choice in company is questionable, but you see much of Father in him. [Idealist]
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>>4032316
>”You put the mission first, as you should. It won’t be the last hard decision faced before you as the future Lord Andrei.” His choice in company is questionable, but you see much of Father in him. [Idealist]

Hey Forgotten can you please post a chart image of the market here? We should at least have our snapped blade repaired before we depart. Repairing it shouldn't cost anything substantial as it should cost less than 1 wealth to repair.
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>>4032316
>“BROTHER! Ouch, ouch, watch the shoulder…” It is good to see him again, the rest doesn’t matter. [Hearty]
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>>4032316
>> “BROTHER! Ouch, ouch, watch the shoulder…” It is good to see him again, the rest doesn’t matter. [Hearty]

>>4032348
I don't think human coin is welcome here or even the market is open to us at this time.
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>>4032355
>>4032348
Yeah I can hardly see us being welcomed in to a market here, let alone them allowing us to walk out with a repaired blade
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>>4032316
>”You put the mission first, as you should. It won’t be the last hard decision faced before you as the future Lord Andrei.” His choice in company is questionable, but you see much of Father in him. [Idealist]

I think we need to start reinforcing his duties. He is the heir after all.
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>>4032316
>”You put the mission first, as you should. It won’t be the last hard decision faced before you as the future Lord Andrei.” His choice in company is questionable, but you see much of Father in him. [Idealist]

"You didn't left me. I can't speak of it and I didn't know it at the time but it was The Almighty plan that remain a little longer in those ruins."
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>>4032316
>>”You shouldn’t have worried so, my dearest brother. It will take more than a few secret agents and an overgrown lizard to keep an Andrei knight down!” No need to make him feel guiltier. [Haughty]
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>>4032316
>>”You put the mission first, as you should. It won’t be the last hard decision faced before you as the future Lord Andrei.” His choice in company is questionable, but you see much of Father in him. [Idealist]
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>>4032316
>”You put the mission first, as you should. It won’t be the last hard decision faced before you as the future Lord Andrei.” His choice in company is questionable, but you see much of Father in him. [Idealist]
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>>4032368
You know what that sounds like a good idea, if he wants to help his people he should help as a lordling protect the people left just taxes and see bread and support offered in times of crisis.

Change comes from the top down after all! if you don't get this I don't know what to say
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>>4032316
>”You put the mission first, as you should. It won’t be the last hard decision faced before you as the future Lord Andrei.” His choice in company is questionable, but you see much of Father in him. [Idealist]
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>>4032316

> “BROTHER! Ouch, ouch, watch the shoulder…” It is good to see him again, the rest doesn’t matter. [Hearty
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>>4032316
>”You put the mission first, as you should. It won’t be the last hard decision faced before you as the future Lord Andrei.” His choice in company is questionable, but you see much of Father in him. [Idealist]
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>>4032316
>> “BROTHER! Ouch, ouch, watch the shoulder…” It is good to see him again, the rest doesn’t matter. [Hearty]
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>>4032316
>>”You put the mission first, as you should. It won’t be the last hard decision faced before you as the future Lord Andrei.” His choice in company is questionable, but you see much of Father in him. [Idealist]
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>>4032316
>>”You shouldn’t have worried so, my dearest brother. It will take more than a few secret agents and an overgrown lizard to keep an Andrei knight down!” No need to make him feel guiltier. [Haughty]
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>>4032316
>>”You shouldn’t have worried so, my dearest brother. It will take more than a few secret agents and an overgrown lizard to keep an Andrei knight down!” No need to make him feel guiltier. [Haughty]
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>>4032316
>>”You put the mission first, as you should. It won’t be the last hard decision faced before you as the future Lord Andrei.” His choice in company is questionable, but you see much of Father in him. [Idealist]
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>>4032311
Did she say we smell good?
>>4032316
>”You put the mission first, as you should. It won’t be the last hard decision faced before you as the future Lord Andrei.” His choice in company is questionable, but you see much of Father in him. [Idealist]
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>>4032357
I hardly see them using money in the market.

But maybe we could trade something.
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>>4032391
Nah, let's not even allude to what we did. Dropping hints isn't how you keep a secret.
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>>4032828
Yeah, we swore an oath.
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>>4032316
> “BROTHER! Ouch, ouch, watch the shoulder…” It is good to see him again, the rest doesn’t matter. [Hearty]
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>>4032316
>You put the mission first, as you should. It won’t be the last hard decision faced before you as the future Lord Andrei.” His choice in company is questionable, but you see much of Father in him. [Idealist]
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>>4032820
>Did she say we smell good

Well, the exact wording was ‘strong’ so take that how you want.
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>>4033121
Like, we smell like we're strong, or our smell is very strong.

Either way, it's a win.

Whiff these pheremones, FaeBae. That medieval man-stench right there. We aren't some virgin Bluejay, we're a Chad Knight.

Repress, repress, repress the memory of how our first sexual experience ended in spaghetti
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>>4033121
Also is that an actual language that can be translated?
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>>4033166
Unfortunately not. I tried using the Tolkien translator but it only alters every other word.
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>>4033165
I bet you our next courtship roll the Fae name for Emile translates as 'bait'
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>>4033471
I love it

>he is even worse than a Copperclipper Allmighty forgive me he is a Bluejay
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>>4033471
This has opened a dangerous box
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>>4034309

I live for this knigga memery.
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>”You put the mission first, as you should. It won’t be the last hard decision faced before you as the future Lord Andrei.” His choice in company is questionable, but you see much of Father in him. [Idealist]

“You put the mission first, as you should.” You place a reassuring hand on your elder brother’s shoulder. “It won’t be the last hard decision faced before you as the future Lord Andrei.”

“Yes, I suppose you’re right.” Young Lord Damien Andrei’s smile lacks it’s usual lustre. Sometimes you wonder if the responsibilities of being Father’s eldest son weigh heavily upon him. “Reginae wept, Em. What in the Pit would I manage without you?”

”Lead our house to glory and honour? Reclaim Ardenne at last?” You smile kindly, which your brother takes to mean you jest.

”And walk through dragonfire untouched while I’m at it, eh?” Damien laughs, but you see nothing funny in it.

”If the Almighty wills it, yes. Even if I am not always with you brother, He is. And closer than you think.”

The question on your brother’s puzzled face is interrupted by the spreading news of your recovery as the rest of your retinue arrives. You spot the young hired blade from the ruins first, hovering between groups of Bluejays and still sporting that confused look on his face. You’ve already forgotten the man’s name, but not his moment of bravery. The excited stomp of adolescent footsteps from the staircase above indicate that your squire has just heard the news. And finally, still fully armoured but bereft a blade, your sworn man pauses at the residence doorway.


>Brother-for-Life Mission COMPLETED: Young Lord Damien Andrei views Sir Emile Andrei as the steady rock of their house, someone he can turn to when all others fail. Your enemies are his enemies, his friends are your friends. Together, you feel you can take on the world. He would lay down his life for you without hesitation.
>DEATH’S DOOR: Unlimited use per day, 100% (no modifiers). +5DC to combat when chosen as a companion. If this companion fails an AV save saving you, you may choose to risk a further AV to save their life.
>Outside of extreme atrocities, basest treachery or competition in courtship this status is resistant to change.

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[2/3]

“Sire. You are alive.” Sir Neil dan Marc nods, but you don’t miss the cool tone of his voice.

Sir dan Marc has had numerous misgivings over the course of this expedition; bearing the dishonour of aiding Bluejay outlaws, rescuing inhuman captives that many priests would suggest should rather be put to the torch, and now surrounded by his ancestral foe the Fae. He is doubly mistrustful of them as a knight of Fallavon, and no doubt now skeptical of his own liege who has recovered here as a guest of theirs. The circumstances were hardly in your control, but the result is that your sworn man is now having second thoughts.

>Sir dan Marc’s loyalty status is now STRAINED. 33% Death’s Door, once-per-day.
>Sir dan Marc has formed a dim view of you as of late. You will have to work to repair the relationship, or release him from your service.
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[3/3]

”M’lord, I knew you wasn’t dead! I told ‘em so, but they wouldn’t listen!” Mikail seems overawed by the whole thing, ”I tried to stick around for ya, but well…”

”Damn fool. I had to hit the little lad over the head.” Lilac Widow sighs, as if knocking your squire unconscious was a tedious favour. ”A couple of times, actually. He’s got a thick noggin’.”

”Damn witch.” Mikail mutters, loud enough for Lilac to show him the back of her hand again. The squire gives her a dour look that you take to reflect his confidence in your preventing any further roughhousing. In your presence at least. ”By the way m’lord, I asked around for something to wear to the banquet tonight. Ain’t nearly so fine as your Aubrey patterns, but it’s clean. See?”

I will assume that non-essential items for this expedition were left in the care of Brother Marcel back at Motte-Fallavon. Nonetheless, your squire does have a fresh change of comfortable linens for you that will do just as well given the Fae’s lack of interest in human fashions. As such, we will assume that the fashionable attire bonus still benefits you.
>Mikail has advanced in his courtly manners. While his presence can get in the way sometimes during these courtly events, he is no longer an active source of embarrassment. A new focus for his training can be selected upon your return to civilisation.
>Clumsy Cupbearer +1 Adverse Re-Roll is REMOVED
> Overt Aide -5DC is ADDED

”Well, now that we’re all here...” You look behind you as your brother continues speaking. The Fae Outcast has pulled one of her signature disappearences but the Warden still stands outside. Guardian to some and Gaolkeeper to others, always watching.

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>You discuss your next course of action, assuming that you make it back to Motte-Fallavon safely. You have given your word to protect the pilgrims on their next leg of the journey, but you also want to ensure your brother returns safely to your family’s lands. [Haughty]

>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]

>You take a while to talk with your brother on the aftermath of the raid and what he experienced, you missed out on a bit. During that talk you draw Damien aside and hold a hushed conversation on the implications of his involvement with the Bluejays and your conversation with their leader. [Idealist]
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>>4034351
>>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]

We can deal with the other two things after we're release. It isn't as if we'll need to part ways immediately and I'd rather have those conversations without a ton of outsiders listening in
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>>4034351
>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]
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>>4034348
>And closer than you think.”

crazy Emille is best Emille

>>4034351
>You take a while to talk with your brother on the aftermath of the raid and what he experienced, you missed out on a bit. During that talk you draw Damien aside and hold a hushed conversation on the implications of his involvement with the Bluejays and your conversation with their leader. [Idealist]

>You discuss your next course of action, assuming that you make it back to Motte-Fallavon safely. You have given your word to protect the pilgrims on their next leg of the journey, but you also want to ensure your brother returns safely to your family’s lands. [Haughty]

we'll need to leave sooner rather than later the pilgrims will leave sooner rather than later and picking up their trail will be difficult, also considering we have succesfully recovered our brother we need to return him home.

I don't think either of our two hosts make this place particularly safe place to linger even if they do not pose a immediate danger to us.
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>>4034351
>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]
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>>4034351
>You discuss your next course of action, assuming that you make it back to Motte-Fallavon safely. You have given your word to protect the pilgrims on their next leg of the journey, but you also want to ensure your brother returns safely to your family’s lands. [Haughty]
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>>4034360
I don't think we can leave before the feast though which is an issue especially given the potentially false information we were given about eating/not eating
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>>4034351
>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]
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>>4034351
>>You discuss your next course of action, assuming that you make it back to Motte-Fallavon safely. You have given your word to protect the pilgrims on their next leg of the journey, but you also want to ensure your brother returns safely to your family’s lands. [Haughty]
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>>4034372
what makes you say that? I mean I get on some degree of etiquete is deserved to our Fae hosts but there hasn't been anything strictly stopping us yet save for collecting our companions and belongings.
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>>4034393
To be fair I can't speak with any certainty, but I have a feeling that given their weird take on rules and etiquette and honour etc, that attempting to leave before the banquet may be seen as an insult. It seems safer to spend one final evening here, indulge them in their rituals and then be on our way.

I don't think we're at risk of missing the pilgrims. We had one month to complete this trek into the woods and come back safely before they would leave. If I remember correctly, due to our rolls we made considerably good time getting out here and then the fight followed pretty quickly afterwards. We'd have to check with Forgotten but I don't think we've been out here for more than say a week or so.
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>>4034400
On one hand I want to say fuck the fey and leave but on the other that will probably go down as well as going innawoods unequipped in peak Favallon.

as you say its been at most week and who knows if we'll actually get out of here in a decent amount of time considering we blitzed really fortunately through the intial tests and if that luck holds, that not even mentioning the new threat of Order of names patrols or Queensmen.
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>>4034351
>>You take a while to talk with your brother on the aftermath of the raid and what he experienced, you missed out on a bit. During that talk you draw Damien aside and hold a hushed conversation on the implications of his involvement with the Bluejays and your conversation with their leader. [Idealist]
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>>4034351
>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]
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We should also be a bit more reserved with how we interact with the Fae, Dan marc is already cooling on how we dealt with Bluejays and Fae already and it would be more than a shame to lose him after we forfitted the ransom.
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>>4034351
>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]
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>>4034351
>>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]
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>>4034351
>You discuss your next course of action, assuming that you make it back to Motte-Fallavon safely. You have given your word to protect the pilgrims on their next leg of the journey, but you also want to ensure your brother returns safely to your family’s lands. [Haughty]

>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]

If haughty means leaving without a guide then my vote is for hearty but if it doesn't then my vote is for haughty. Leaving without a guide and nothing but a snapped blade isn't a good idea imo

>>4034360
>>4034400
It has been 15 days since we left the pilgrims. That means we 15 days left to come back to where they we're settled.
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>>4034351
>You take a while to talk with your brother on the aftermath of the raid and what he experienced, you missed out on a bit. During that talk you draw Damien aside and hold a hushed conversation on the implications of his involvement with the Bluejays and your conversation with their leader. [Idealist]
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>>4034351
>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]
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>>4034351
>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]

>>4034442
I think this is correct. We left on the 14th of Ovirmun and today it's the 29th of Ovirmun. Some should check the archives to make sure.
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>>4034351
>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]
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>>4034351
>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]
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>>4034351
>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]
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>>4034351
>>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]

Concentrate on surviving the Banquet
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>>4034351
>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]
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>>4034351

>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]
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>>4034351
>>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]
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>>4034351
>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]
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>>4034351
>>You discuss your next course of action, assuming that you make it back to Motte-Fallavon safely. You have given your word to protect the pilgrims on their next leg of the journey, but you also want to ensure your brother returns safely to your family’s lands. [Haughty]
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>>4034351
>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]

The job in front of us, as it were.
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>>4034400
It IS an insult.

Just remember, always compliment the host on their chef, never the chef themselves, never thank the Fae, never offer payment although seeking a boon is fine.

Riddles and songs are often appreciated by the Fae. Try not to make it a competition of either unles you're REALLY confident of winning.
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>>4035266
You got some sourcebook the rest of us don't know about?
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>>4035480
You never read anything about the Lords and Ladies, or medieval etiquitte? It's basic high class manners.

True, it probably won't apply here because despite using the word Fae and having them be classic individualists with blue/orange morality systems and all the other similarities you can't really expect random anons to know that kind of knowledge of fairy tale mistakes.

But do you want to risk it? Are you really confident of your etiquitte?

Besides that, complimenting the host not the staff is normal stuff.

Anyways most likely people will pick from an option, but there's a lot of write-ins with this quest so you never know.
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>>4035480
You never read the Tale of the Green Knight about getting in to a competition with a Fae?
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>>4035551
>You never read anything about the Lords and Ladies, or medieval etiquitte? It's basic high class manners.

I mean... that's nice and all but this isn't earth and these aren't human nobles. Unless Forgotten confirms it I wouldn't be making assumptions about this sort of thing...

>But do you want to risk it? Are you really confident of your etiquitte?

This is a good point, but it's resolved by selected the option in which we ask about the etiquette here

>>Besides that, complimenting the host not the staff is normal stuff.

It's already been established that the Fae don't follow what we'd consider "normal" etiquette.

I like the enthusiasm and your points are otherwise valid but I think the Fae are simply too alien to make these assumptions
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>>4034351
>>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]
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>>4034351
>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]
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>The issue of returning to civilisation can wait a while, for now you talk at length on the Fae Banquet being held tonight and your attendance. Your brother is as unfamiliar with the Fae as yourself, but he may have gleaned some important bits of information from his Bluejay ‘friends’. [Hearty]

This Fae Banquet hardly seems like an optional invitation, and it would be churlish of you to not attend after they have aided in your recovery and offered sanctuary. You have misgivings over the matter, but you resolve to see it through with the minimum amount of embarrassment and danger possible.

“I’ve been told that representatives from their beastfolk vassals will be in attendance, as will the Heir of Ursen." Your brother begins as you sit down together. A warm herbal brew is provided, compliments of your new hired blade. Or-something, you think his name was.

”The Heir of Ursen?” You had heard your brother mention the title before, but other events had taken precedence at the time. Trepidation creeps into your voice. ”Do you really mean…?”

”A Great Bear, yes. One of the last on the continent, or so I’m told. It was he who compelled me to join the Bluejays on their raid. We saved the cub at least, but sadly arrived to late for the mother. After this, he might join the other clans in their caves in the Deepwood.” Damien seems sad at this, rather than incredulous of the prospect of a Great Bear passing undetected from northern Fallavon to the Deepwood a continent away. Doubtless there is an intriguing story as to how the heir of House Andrei came into contact with a Great Bear while he was a ‘guest’ of the Bluejays, but that can wait for now.

“The Heir of Ursen should be warming to us, after our efforts. But I doubt he will involve himself enough to be relied upon as protection during this evening’s events.” Your brother comments, adding a potential ally to the extensive list of enemies present. ”The Fae have little love for humanity, and those beastfolk that have had any dealing at all with our kind view us even less kindly. We can expect little help from that quarter.”

”What of the beastfolk we saved, would that not endear them to us?”

Your brother shrugs. ”According to Lilac most of those tribes had never even encountered humans in force until their captivity. Some will be grateful, no doubt. But grateful to the humans or the Fae that bid them to launch the raid?”

”I do not like the appearance that I am acting at the Fae’s bidding, brother.” You say, a warning tone in your voice.

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>GAINED +1 Save during the Fae Banquet. You may use it once for any Persuade, Courtship, Intrigue & Counter-Intrigue during the course of the banquet.

”I know, Em. And really, you acted only to aid me. That our goals aligned with that of the Bluejays and the Fae is… convenient.” You refrain from commenting that -your- goal is to see him safely home and continue your pilgrimage, nothing more. “Our attendance at this banquet is partly to sate the Fae curiosity, and partly a test. We have done the Fae a service, and so must be rewarded. Paradoxically, we cannot request nor refuse the reward they name. The Fae in attendance could bestow a generous boon should we impress them.”

“And if we fail to do so?” In your mind you weigh up the prospect of a Fae boon against the mercenary nature of the gift. You are distinct from the Langlish Freeblades, you undertook this task without knowledge or expectation of any material reward.

”At best they will hand us some useless item or grant safe passage as a gift itself. If we should offer insult... Well, that doesn’t bear thinking about.” When you ask Damien about the rudeness of eating the food he shakes his head. ”Never heard of such a thing. Still, I suppose we can just wait to see if anyone else eats.”

“Hmm. Looks like we should change and be on our way.” Darkness arrives swiftly in these deep woods, warded off only by the eerie Fae lanterns dotted across the city.

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The pathway to where the banquet is being held is long and winding. You had assumed earlier that you were on the ground floor, but it seems this is merely one level of the Fae Enclave. It is at the top of one of the many spiraling staircases that you have your first unpleasant encounter with these things. The heady stench of the brawny goat-headed beastman hits you moments before his shoulder does. Barging you aside with the typical brutish strength of his species, the contact was too deliberate to be a simple case of mistaken footing.

”Mishk pigskin witslow.” The evil-eyed beastman literally growls, twisting around to glare at you. You don’t speak their base language, but that hardly sounded like an apology. The young-blooded creature enjoys the sinewy, bulky build of its kind. Perfect for a bully, or a genuine threat.

A throng of beastmen, goat-kin and more exotic still, pause along with the few invited humans to stare at the disruption. There are few Fae here yet, and this is the most populated area of the city that you have seen so far. A wizened, old goat standing by the youthful offender offers you a sorry glance and troubled twitch of his lengthy grey chin hair but otherwise says nothing. The expressions of the other beastmen of his ilk vary between curious and hostile.

The Fae Warden remains in his passive, watchful stance behind you. You can expect no help from that quarter. You’re not even sure if the warrior would intervene if it looked like you were about to be murdered in cold blood.

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>”Hands off, beast.” You snarl, your pride bristling at the insult. You must make it clear from the start that you are not to be trifled with by these beastfolk. [Haughty]

>”Such temper. Did I kill a friend of yours? You goatmen all look alike to me.” You deliver the line with a cheerful smile. It would make your day to have the creature lose its temper and offer genuine grounds for a challenge. [Hearty]

>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]
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>>4036521
>>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]
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>Heir of Ursen

Oh baby yes

>>4036521
>>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]

Craven will be attending this won't he?
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>>4036521
>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]

>Heir of Ursen
I'm now way more understanding of our brother's decisions decision making. It's a lot to consider.
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>>4036521
>Write-in
>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]

What do you guys think? I'm accepting any critique and edits to the write-in.
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>>4036521
>”Hands off, beast.” You snarl, your pride bristling at the insult. You must make it clear from the start that you are not to be trifled with by these beastfolk. [Haughty]

Copperclipper two: Fae boogaloo when?
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>>4036521
>>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]

My vote goes to both the idealist choice and this>>4036532 write-in. Either of them winning is fine by me.
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>>4036521
>Such temper. Did I kill a friend of yours? You goatmen all look alike to me.” You deliver the line with a cheerful smile. It would make your day to have the creature lose its temper and offer genuine grounds for a challenge. [Hearty]

Not like he can understand the common word anyway
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>>4036532
This sounds good. Don't fall for the bait and give any insults or become the instigator but don't let yourself be disrespected. His embarrassed beastmen kin will be forced to remind him that both he and us are guests forcing them to remove him from the scene lest they anger their hosts. Supporting this
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>>4036521
>”Such temper. Did I kill a friend of yours? You goatmen all look alike to me.” You deliver the line with a cheerful smile. It would make your day to have the creature lose its temper and offer genuine grounds for a challenge. [Hearty]
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>>4036521
>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]

>>4036526
It wouldn't mean anything to Emile. Craven is just some random goat beastmen to Emile so no metagaming please
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>>4036521
>>”Such temper. Did I kill a friend of yours? You goatmen all look alike to me.” You deliver the line with a cheerful smile. It would make your day to have the creature lose its temper and offer genuine grounds for a challenge. [Hearty]

One cannot slink away meekly here I believe. The laws of the wild are in effect.
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>>4036521
>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]
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So I'm think we should probably proceed like this on the banquet.

Persuade > Ursen's heir > Convince him that our family and many in Romaine still honor and remember the Ursen of old.

Counter Subterfuge > X > Stop others from making/manipulating us into giving offense or commiting a faux pass

Complete optional
Elicit Information > x > inquire about replacing or repairing our sword without breaking the prohibition on us carrying weapons
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>>4036521
>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]

>>4036532
+1 to this too
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>>4036532
I also support this
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>>4036532
It feels a bit weak and non confrontational for Emile ''Imma break a copperclipper'' Andrei

>>4036558
1 and 3 seem the most doable 2 seems like its already in motion.
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Also these votes for tolerance of any kind are entirely too diplomatic considering our last response to such an insult was to instigate a duel.
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>>4036532
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>>4036569
The situation with Sir Hewitt simply isn't comparable to this. It has been made very clear to us that starting any shit won't be tolerated and would gain us nothing. We're forbidden from carrying or using any weapons even our broken blade. Why do you think that it has been indicated that we have no true allies here yet to back us up? Why do you think it has been indicated that the fae warden won't intervene if anything happens here? Do you think the goat beastman in front of us will give us a weapon if we brag about killing his friends and insult him with a cherry face? We are in a banquet right now and aren't even wearing armor. Emile has to be diplomatic and he knows this.

I'll vote for the write-in if it gets enough support but not hearty
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>>4036521
supporting the write in
>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]
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>>4036526
>Craven will be attending this won't he?
Of course. This is where they said they were going
>>4036521
>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]
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>>4036581
wow forget I said anything, I feel genuinely blown the fuck out.

>>4036538
>>4036521
Changing to

>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]
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>>4036532
support
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>>4036521
supporting
>>4036532
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>>4036521
>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]
>>4036532
a staring contest then, I don't know man seems like a bad idea
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>>4036605
>a staring contest then, I don't know man seems like a bad idea
Yeah it's another middle of the road option. Never works out for us
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>>4036532
Supporting this and I'll be examining it to show why I think it's good.

>Don't reply with any oral response.

This part is very good and in fact the best part of the writein. Not even offering an oral reply back means that nobody will even be able to interpret an oral response meant as non-offensive to be an insult by using the excuse of unknown language.

>Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]


This part is also good. The goal of this goat beastman is painfully clear. He wants to demonstrate that Emile is a weakling who is unworthy of respecting and can be pushed around by using intimidation and bullying tactics. If Emile walks away, then that affirms it and Emile loses respect. However, by standing tall right where he is and staring right back at the goat beastman without a single shred hint of fear or shakiness, Emile sends a very clear message to everybody that the goat beastmen's tactics were a failure. Do you know why some animals get aggressive if you stand and make direct eye contact with them? It's a sign that you're not a prey but a predator. The house words of the Mormonts of Bear Island are: ''Here I stand''. The goat beastman will have only two options now:

>1) instigate further and embarrass your fellow goat beastmen and insult your fae hosts by attacking one of their invited guests.

>2) Walk away and fail to prove that Emile was intimidated.
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>>4036521
>>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]
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>>4036521

>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]
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>>4036627
Or you know just brush your shoulder and keep walking like the beast men is not even worth your time, stearing like that is a challenge not to metaion makes you look silly.
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>>4036661
>just brush your shoulder

That will be seen as an insult I think.

>keep walking like the beast men is not even worth your time

The issue with this is that it won't be seen that way. He doesn't care whether Emile thinks he is worthy of Emile's time or not. That's not what he wants to demonstrate. What he wants to demonstrate is that Emile will just brush it off in an attempt to make it seem like it was nothing even though it clearly was. He added the verbal insult ”Mishk pigskin witslow.” just to make sure.

>stearing like that is a challenge not to metaion makes you look silly.

Staring first is a challenge and can be silly but not staring back. Remember, he is already staring at Emile first in an attempt to intimidate him. Staring back shows that Emile isn't buckling and that he isn't intimidated by this threatening bully attempt. It's basically confrontation without instigation or offense by Emile, The goat beastman will have to either instigate further by attacking or be forced to walk away.
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>>4036532
Supporting
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>>4036521
>>”Hands off, beast.” You snarl, your pride bristling at the insult. You must make it clear from the start that you are not to be trifled with by these beastfolk. [Haughty]
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>>4036532
>>4036521
Stare downs are a classic.

A classic way to start a fight.

But hey, so long as we aren't the first one to throw a punch.
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>>4036581
I personally would have like to ask if someone gave the poor clumsy child something to drink. Before they learn how to handle their booze, youths should refrain from pre-gaming.

I don't know any teen looking to prove themselves that isn't sensitive about being treated like a kid, and it's always fun to blame others clumsiness on not only having rudely been drinking before a banquet but being unable to handle their booze.

Staring him down is more respectful because we treat him like an actual threat.

I mostly just can't think of a good write in for

> Sarcastically and condescendingly show exaggerated concern for the CLEARLY intoxicated youth who is already staggering into other people. No, no, no need for him to apologize to you, a simple bump like this won't aggravate your wound as the Fae healer did a marvelous job on it. Just, maybe one of the adults who came with the kid (lol is it a Hoat beastman?) could make sure he doesn't get any deeper in his cups before the banquet officially starts. Haha, kids, they always get so excited for these things (Haughty)

I mean, we can insult the beastman directly, his elders indirectly by refusing an apology giving the impression that one was expected, while pointing out that the Beastman tried to start shit with us while we are wounded, and also compliment our host while reminding people who invited us after already healing us.

I just presume as a noble with younger siblings that teasing someone by being a condescending dick is something Emile has experience with.

Stare-down ain't bad though and won't antagonize the other Beastmen.
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>>4036906
> The heady stench of the brawny goat-headed beastman hits you moments before his shoulder does.

Yep, calling him a Kid works as a pun because he's a Goat-head. So we're calling him a child twice over. Are we disparagingly calling him by the same name as the children of actual beasts, or just using the name for children in general.
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>>4036521
Supporting >>4036532
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The two popular choices are distinct enough to call for a new vote. This vote shall remain open for 12 hours, 1 post IDs without an earlier link shall be excluded.

RECAST VOTE
>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]

>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]
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>>4037112
>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]
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>>4037112
>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]
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>>4037112
>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]
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>>4037112
>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]
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>>4037112
>>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]
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>>4037112
>>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]
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>>4037112
>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]
A gud write-in. Here is to a 2020 without us messing up anons
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>>4037112
>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]
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>>4037112
>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]
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>>4037112
>>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]
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>>4037112
>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]
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>>4037112
>>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]
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>>4037112
>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist

>>4036661
Thus is me.
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>>4037112
>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]
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>>4037112
>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]
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>>4037112
>>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]
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>>4037112
>>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]
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>>4037534
This is my new id
>>4036801
This was my old id, on mobile so my id changes constantly.
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>>4037112
>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]
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>>4037112
>>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]

Linked to the old poll my apologies
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>>4037112
>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]
Kniggas actually want to have a staring contest?
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>>4037112
>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]
>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]

Either are fine by me.
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>>4037112
>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]
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>>4037112
>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]

Emile faced a creeping horror and a Son of Sin. No way he gets intimidated by a goat beastman trying to act tough.
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>>4037112
>>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]
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>>4037112
>>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]
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>>4037112
>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]
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I've been kicking around a new theory.

1.The Almighty is really a rogue Fae warlock. This Warlock rebelled against his brethren who basically exiled him.
2. He found the humans of the Cathagi Empire. Seeing the dissent among the lowborn he devised a plan to use them.
3. He approaches several dissidents and offers them power to defeat their oppressors and hints at an unsettled land(Canton)
4. The brothers and the other chosen people defeat the dragon with the power granted to them by the "Almighty"
5. He directs them to Canton to take their new followers. These followers become his unwitting army against his former kingdom
6. As the humans become more desperate against the Fae he offers them even more power. In this he creates the Sons of Sin.
7. The Sons of Sin help the new human kingdom defeat the Fae but the brothers see through the devastation and what has happened to their friends.
8. The brothers then rebel against the "Almighty" and the other Sons of Sin. Unable to defeat them completely they are chained. The Fae outcast returns to hiding and possibly is working a new army(Ardenne)?
9. The history books are written about the brothers and the truth is obscured.

That brings us to where we are now. The whole Son of Sin power sure looked like Fae-fuckery to me. There has already been talks of Fae boons. Could be there was a real dickhead of a Fae passing out some fucked up boons.
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>>4037879
Not everything has to come back to the Fae, their are other things that pose threats to mankind from within and without.
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>>4037112
>>”I will remember that…” You bite down any snide response and ignore the insult. It is just another one of the many indignities you have had to endure during this Fallavon expedition. [Idealist]
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>>4037916
Like aliens?
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>>4037924
off the top of my head, the Black ships the langish are terrified of, the Carthagi and the Dragon, the Pit, the Deadmen, rebellions like the Bluejays, internal schisms like the Queensmen/Kingsmen conflict, Norsikaa raiders, the Serpent men of the wastes, heresies and for all we goddamn known Moon men.
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>>4037112
>>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]

Stare contest is my favorite trope.
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>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]

Cleverly done. The staring contest write-in deftly negates the Beastfolk ploy without risking any upset to your Fae hosts.

As a comparison, here are the affects you would have incurred if you had chosen the passive [Idealist] option.
>Weak Pigskin -10DC on Beastfolk interactions. Beastmen divide the world into predator or prey. Your weakness in the face of a challenge indicates the latter. Now -10DC due to the lack of any show of weakness.
>Polite Guest +5DC on Fae interactions. Your Fae hosts appreciate you keeping a cool head. These events can be messy when the children don’t play nice.


I will update the results and banquet posts in a few hours, IRL duties call.
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That spoiler should read -0DC. This is a good example of the write-in being superior to the QM prompts.
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Update incoming. It's a big one fellas, I would suggest some discussion before committing to a vote.
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I just thought of something, maybe we could ask the fae about the brothers/sons. If Root is anything to go by they should have a few eye-witnesses around.
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>Don't reply with any oral response. Simply keep standing where you are and stare back at him without any hint of fear or nervousness. Don't walk away until he is forced to walk off by his elder beastmen fellow. You will not offer any insult, but you will also not allow any insult towards you and will show that you are no weakling to be pushed around [Haughty + Idealist]
> Pigskin -0DC on Beastfolk interactions. Beastmen divide the world into predator or prey. They have yet to decide which category you fall into.
>Polite Guest +5DC on Fae interactions. Your Fae hosts appreciate you keeping a cool head. These events can be messy when the children don’t play nice.

“…” You offer no word nor any gesture of aggression, instead facing down the beast as one might study a likely opponent in the tiltyard. Your expression changes not one whit at the sidelong glances of the crowd, conversation is intermittent at this stage of the night and few missed the incident. The offender shrugs off a gentle tug at the elbows and some muttered bleating from the greying old goat beside him with a derisive huff, an attempt to draw him away from any further confrontation.

The youth is no fool, and ignores the brief distraction of his own tribesman. The repulsive, horizontal pupils in the yellow-tinged eyes of this aggressive, young beastman bely a low cunning that you didn’t notice before. It fully understands that the first to back down from this standoff will be at a disadvantage for the remainder of the banquet.

Seconds pass. A twitch of an ear, the flicker of an eyelid. You are sure that the beastman will either back down or erupt into a foolish display of aggression any second now. Your muscles tense in anticipation, you are hardly armoured for battle but you will defend yourself if necessary. Your outlandish hosts cannot possibly fault you for it if it comes to that.

*thud* Your little stand-off is quickly forgotten as the tremor of the first distinguished guests arrive. It cuts through the chatter like how the arrival of a hunter silences the chirping of crickets.

”SKREEEE.”

The snap of a tree branch overhead alerts you to the new arrival. A Griffin, a genuine Heaven-Almighty griffin. The resemblance to your pet Legatus Griffinhawk is fleeting, this monstrous avian predator has feathers that glint like rare metals by the lantern light and seem as sharp and as hard as any manmade steel plate. Its feline body approximates no household cat you’ve ever seen, the savage stripes and mane resembling the depictions of exotic far off beasts you’ve seen only in the edges of Mother’s old books. Whoever drew those though was either an idiot or, more likely, could never hope to capture the resplendent gleam and majesty of the creature with the materials at hand. You keep a healthy distance, that hooked beak looks like it could shear through armoured knight and steed both with a single savage peck.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_JgOlGq6i4 – The Guests Arrive

Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch announces the new arrival in several tongues before you hear anything resembling common. ”Kaskai the Serene, Lady of Griffins.”

The Lady of Griffins is far from the last forest goliath to make an entrance, each as mighty and terrible as the last. Some bear little resemblance to the stories and some are far, far more dreadful in their appearance and strength than the bards ever mentioned.

”547 Summers, Queen of Dryads.” The eerie singing and rustle of leaves presages the arrival of what appears to be a gorgeous woman whit sleek bark skin. Their hair balloons outwards and upwards into flowering branches that sway and flower with the wind. They have no feet, their legs appear to move with the ground as roots move and reveal themselves. When she disappears into the earth and erupts again as a blossoming orchid a few metres away to greet some equally monstrous acquaintance, you find yourself wonder just how much of the ground you’re standing on here is actually her… Behind her trail the most prominent of the Fae attendants.

“Riverflow-Wears-Away-Rock, Seer of Ancient Errors.” Like the rest of the Fae in attendance, this first Fae which you assume to be a woman given their build, wears simple green silk robes that give little distinction in rank despite the honour granted to them as first heralded. Her teary mask is the most human and beautiful sort you have yet seen. A godless heathen might suggest more than a passing resemblance to statues of Salve Reginae.

“Change-of-Wind-Tricks-Scent, Master of Masks.” The simplicity of this one’s mask is perhaps the most alien of the all. There are no eyes slits or anything resembling what one would except. The swirling pattern ending in an orifice of some kind just left of where the nose should be is disturbing to say the least…

”Root-Marries-Stone-in-the-High-Places, Warden of Secret Trails.” Him you are all too familiar.

Leaf-Drinks-Sun-and-Rain-Most-Greedily, Keeper of the Aeldin Groves.” This Fae has not even bothered with a ‘mask’, two slits in a shred of bark are enough to suffice him.

Unlike a human Lord’s hall, there is no longtable or seats with an easily established pecking order. In a strange custom the guests are stand around or lurk in comfortable shaded corners. The most important seem to have their favoured locations to rest easy at while less established attendees such as yourself approach them in turn.

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>>4038228
Forgotten I love you
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There are those that drink, but they do so sparingly and without the competitive gusto you might expect in a properly civilized setting. The green-cloaked Fae and Beastfolk servants that bear steaming trays of every sort of delicacy and exotic staple of both humans and nonhumans have not escape your notice. Despite their intoxicating scent and presence near the elbow of every guest, no one has so much as taken a bite.

”Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen” You turn and stare. You cannot help yourself.

Once, when you were very young, Father took you and your sisters to see a troupe of cygański passing through the village of Andryski. Mother thought the whole thing scandalous, and Damien was already busy with his duties as an adolescent heir, but you and your other siblings had a great time. You remember there was a circus bear, chained and made to do tricks with a ball. You and your other sisters made fun of Anastazja when she said it looked sad, secretly you imagined how you would fare against the furred beast if pitted against it. For weeks on end later you battled Great Bears and freed your storied ancestors from slavery in your dreams and childish imaginings. After all, you would get bigger one day and a Great Bear was simply a large version of the sorry-looking bear you saw at the circus. How wrong you were.

The Heir of Ursen is as to ordinary bears as a bear is as to ordinary badgers. The scale is… you would be better off comparing the golden-furred Great Bear to one of the Clach Abhain behemoths than a man. This mighty king of bears, for his appears both regal and terrible in his long age with his stately crown of antlers, could tear down the gatehouse of Lord Duncan’s castle or the palisades of Motte-Fallavon with a single, terrible swipe of his bare paws. You thank Salve Reginae for small mercies that the Great Bear clan’s involvement in the wars betwixt Man and Fae was infrequent indeed. You struggle to imagine how a knight could hope to even annoy the leviathan, let alone slay it.

Your people are no longer vassals of the Great Bear Clans, Cain’s vengeance and later the War of Names put paid to that. Even if the scripture has little good to say of men in service to nonhuman masters, this like meeting a piece of your family’s history in the flesh and fur. Your grandfathers ten, no, twenty generations ago called the father of this ancient creature Lord!

Your brother bows his head as the Great Bear passes and even you gulp and avert your eyes at his gaze. It is remarkably akin to your first encounter with His Majesty the King after your vigil. On both occasions your immediate instinct, quickly bottled down was to flee or hide. A surprised rabbit caught in the snares of social propriety, perhaps the allusion is even more apt in this instance.

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The Fae Banquet – A Celebration of the Unchaining of Lesser Folk
Those of note in attendance, by order of seniority.
-Riverflow-Wears-Away-Rock, Seer of Ancient Errors. (Fae)
-Change-of-Wind-Tricks-Scent, Master of Masks. (Fae)
-Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen. (Monster)
-Kaskai the Serene, Lady of Griffins. (Monster)
-547 Summers, Queen of Dryads. (Monster)
-Root-Marries-Stone-in-the-High-Places, Warden of Secret Trails. (Fae)
-Leaf-Drinks-Sun-and-Rain-Most-Greedily, Keeper of the Aeldin Groves. (Fae)
-Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch, Speaker of Lesser Tongues. (Fae)
-Adalwulf, Alpha Prime of the Eastern Packs. (Monster)
-Skeer, Chieftain of the Red Talon Flock. (Beastfolk)
-Craven, Chieftain of the White Hoof Tribe. (Beastfolk)
-Jirre, speaker for the Otterfolk and other minor peoples. (Beastfolk)
-Sam Wyte, leader of the ‘Wyte Band’ Bluejays. (Human)
-Ryan the Sixth, leader of ‘Purple Heart’ Bluejays. (Human)
-Gunnar, speaker for the North Coast communities. (Human)
-Young Lord Damien Andrei, Noble of Romaine. (Human)
-Sir Emile Andrei, Knight of Romaine. (Human)
-Ugnort, White Hoof Shaman. (Beastfolk)
-Lilac Widow, Bluejay comrade. (Human)
-First Kill Mother, Envoy of the Prime Serpent (Snakeman)
-Kayees, Aide to Kaskai the Serene. (Beastfolk)
-19 Summers, Cupbearer of 547 Summers. (Monster young)
-(other Fae attendants and vassals of little consequence)

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READ CAREFULLY
Navigating your way through this banquet will require a little strategy, so I would strongly suggest some discussion. Fae and (most) Monster attendants are considered of Superior Social Standing at this banquet. The majority of other attendants are roughly equal in standing. That is not necessarily Sir Andrei’s opinion, but it is the reality of the circumstances in this setting.

You may interact with as many guests as you like, but with a cumulative -3DC modifier on each consecutive interaction as unnatural hunger and the eerie Fae music takes effect and addles the mind. At roughly -30DC you will be affected enough to make potentially lethal mistakes, so I will cap out the interactions at a MAX of 10. That’s not to say that doing 9 interactions before withdrawing is perfectly wise either. And even if you choose 0 interactions, you will still have to roll to deflect attempts at intrigue from others.
Mikail’s obtuseness of -5DC will affect every second interaction and it is at my discretion whether Fashional Attire and Noble Privilege re-rolls will be in effect depending on each interaction. The Banquet Save can be used for any interaction, but only once.

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>>4038212
More of a newb lurker than a legit /qst/er but I still want to thank for your great work. This is maybe the fourth or fifth quest I've ever read and still your writing is better than many professional writers.

I just finished BCQ and it was a cold, hard, dark delight. Looking forward to, maybe, participate in these knightly endeavors.

Also, I really, really, really love your worldbuilding. That part in the tomb with [red]Koyaanisqatsi[/red]? Chills, QM, literal chills and out loud laughter at the awesomeness.
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>>4038231
Jesus Christ that's a huge bear.
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Interaction Types
Persuade: Befriend, convince to agree to something, make a deal, gain support or information etc…
Court: Flirt, bed, gain favour, advance stage of romance etc etc…
Intrigue: For simplicities sake we will assume ‘Intrigue’ means either a ploy of your own OR rebuffing an attempt (if it is made). E.g. If you selected ‘Lady Vancewell + Intrigue + Prevent her schemes’ then you could counter a move of hers at the event and/or manoeuvre them into something you gain an advantage from. Unless the write-in indicates otherwise then the emphasis is on protecting yourself but, if they make no active move, the horse is your courtyard.

Example of a Vote
(1) Number of interactions
>5 Interactions
(2) [Name] + [Interaction] + [Write-in the outcome you want, bonus for good write-ins]
> “Sir Dude-we-like” + “Persuade” + “Get his support”
> “Fae Bae” + “Court” + “This won’t end terribly”
> “Lord Motherfug” + “Counter Intrigue” + “Stop him doing some shady shit”
>”Big Bag Wolf” + “Counter Intrigue / Persuade” + “please don’t eat me bro”

The last bit with outcome/write-in isn’t crucial, but it will help us avoid situations where you become friends with someone after successful rolls when what the players actually wanted was a solid agreement or deal of some sort hashed out. As always, good write-ins will net DC bonuses.

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FAE BANQUET VOTE

(1) How many interactions do you wish to make? Note that if you want a shot at the Fae boon you will need to win over at least ONE major supporter and TWO minor supporters most notable Fae and Monsters present (Note that Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch is there in a translator capacity).

(2) List your planned interactions, in order of priority. [Name] + [Court/Persuade/Intrigue] + [Intended outcome]
>(1)…
>(2)…
>(3)…
>(4)…
>(5)…
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>>4038228
Oh fuck now I need a Knigga version of the jojo meme

>>4038231
Thats.....a big bear
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>>4038233

Forgotten do we have any idea as to who might speak the common tongue or is it gonna be a attempt to talk with them and find out?

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Certainly I think we all want to talk to the heir of Ursen, to pay our respects and speak with the living embodiment of our history.

I have a feeling that the Beastfolk tribe we just bumped into would be under the Ugnort, the White hoof shaman. The other two being chieftains, a counter-intrigue against either might be productive.

Also the speaker ofr the North coast communities looks to be an interesting chat. A human from what would be outside our borders.
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>>4038234
Marvelous. Your enjoyment makes it worth the effort!
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>>4038243
I will assume that Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch (or some other assigned beastman) will fill the role of translator where necessary.
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>>4038247
For the purpose of the fae-boon would counter-intrigue count as persuading them if we win the roll.
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>>4038248
Depending on the circumstance and success, I would take a successful intrigue roll to either prevent them making you lose support or successfully maneuvering them into a position where they have to support you to keep face (heh, keep face geddit).
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>>4038233
Imma take a stab at ....roles in court?

>-Riverflow-Wears-Away-Rock, Seer of Ancient Errors. (Fae)
Fae mage or historian maybe both

>-Change-of-Wind-Tricks-Scent, Master of Masks. (Fae)
some sort of cultural role

>-Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen. (Monster)
Effectively a monster Duke

>-Kaskai the Serene, Lady of Griffins. (Monster)
Same as Ursen monsterous duke

>-547 Summers, Queen of Dryads. (Monster)
A queen in name, guest of high Importance?

>-Root-Marries-Stone-in-the-High-Places, Warden of Secret Trails. (Fae)
Fae warlord prehaps the one in charge of their armed forces/Rangers

>-Leaf-Drinks-Sun-and-Rain-Most-Greedily, Keeper of the Aeldin Groves. (Fae)
Some sort of governace role clearly

>-Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch, Speaker of Lesser Tongues. (Fae)
Seneschal? announcer and probable translator

>-Adalwulf, Alpha Prime of the Eastern Packs. (Monster)
Warlord Vassal?

>-Skeer, Chieftain of the Red Talon Flock. (Beastfolk)
Warlord Vassal

>-Craven, Chieftain of the White Hoof Tribe. (Beastfolk)
Warlord Vassal

>-Jirre, speaker for the Otterfolk and other minor peoples. (Beastfolk)
Warlord Vassal

>-Sam Wyte, leader of the ‘Wyte Band’ Bluejays. (Human)
Guest and Ally?

>-Ryan the Sixth, leader of ‘Purple Heart’ Bluejays. (Human)
Guest and Ally?

>-Gunnar, speaker for the North Coast communities. (Human)
Norsikaa representative and guest, worrying Implications of presence

>-Young Lord Damien Andrei, Noble of Romaine. (Human)
Guest

>-Sir Emile Andrei, Knight of Romaine. (Human)
Guest

>-Ugnort, White Hoof Shaman. (Beastfolk)
Guest? Beastfolk magic user

>-Lilac Widow, Bluejay comrade. (Human)
Guest

>-First Kill Mother, Envoy of the Prime Serpent (Snakeman)
Guest and envoy, worrying Implications of presence

>-Kayees, Aide to Kaskai the Serene. (Beastfolk)
Guest and advisor to a Vassal?

>-19 Summers, Cupbearer of 547 Summers. (Monster young)
Very self-explanitory

Their setup is similar to our court, I think we can infer that large ettiqute should be followed as if we were approaching a human court though of course with much more caution as the nuances of things here escape us right now.
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>>4038233
@Forgotten, now that we know who everyone is - who is the young beastman and his elder from before?

We will need to counter his intrigue.

We didn’t attack a dryad before, which puts us in better standing with the Queen. Our history with Ursen could either be a boon or a bane (former service / no longer serves). Our pet Griffinhawk is similar for the Lady of Griffins - she will either see us bonding with a distant cousin species of hers as good, or she will see it as us ‘enslaving’ it was our pet as bad.
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>>4038253
The young beastman is Craven and the elder is Ugnort.
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>>4038255
>Craven

you son of a bitch
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>>4038255
Okay, thanks.

Did Skeer or Jirre react to the encounter in any meaningful way?
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Okay this is a lot to digest in. We need to come up with good write-ins and choose carefully. Forgotten said we should discuss and think a lot before committing. I think the things we should pay attention to are these:
>1) Don't have too many interactions. Have 3 or 4 at most.
>2) Make sure the most important interactions are first with the least important ones last
>3) Make sure all our requests are reasonable
>4) Keep the save for intrigue or counter intrigue to prevent others from making/manipulating Emile into giving offense or embarrassing himself. It's fine if we gain nothing from our interactions because that's not our goal. Our goal is to go through the banquet without causing any embarrassment and danger.
>5) Elicit information from someone on everything needed to avoid any kind of embarrassment or offense. I think Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch would be a good a candidate. A good write-in would be to thank him for healing us and apologize for our rudeness when Emile woke up.

What do you all think?
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Right. Thats the fella. We need to counter-intrigue him.

FYI folks:
>The captives are kept in a large cavern, half ruins and half natural cave walls from the look of it. There are a dozen cages, most packed to the brim with strange and bizarre beastfolk. Most of which are species you’ve never seen. The diminutive avians for example, are a much rarer breed than the numerous goat-folk you’re all too familiar with. And the dwarf-sized squirrels, if that’s what they are, are as well dressed as any yeoman. You’ve never even heard of such a breed. The captives appear to be younglings for the most part, with a few grown specimens scattered amongst them which you assume are females.

>More worryingly are the cages with single occupants. A direwolf, curled around a few small patches of fur snarls at your entrance. And a feathered serpent of some sort, or a deer, is held in the cage next to it. It is clearly distressed to be in such close proximity to a feral she-wolf. Your eyes stay for a few seconds on the next cage, the first Great Bear you have ever seen. Fur so luscious it could be described as golden, the noble beast that is the symbol of your house has clearly passed away.

This pic was also used as one of the captured younglings.

This means we can potentially approach:
-Jirre, speaker for the Otterfolk and other minor peoples. (Beastfolk)
&
-First Kill Mother, Envoy of the Prime Serpent (Snakeman)

To inquire on the health of those we rescued as part of a persuade roll.
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What about asking the Ancient Seer about the ruins? Surely they know at least something. We don't have to give away what we saw but just ask about what they know of the ruins.

I think at some point we should at least pay our respects to Bristlecone.

Then just make an offhand comment to Root-Marries-Stone that it is good to see him again in a friendlier setting.
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>>4038258
personally I'd go

1)Hit up someone who's approachable and likely to know the languages spoken, through them we get to know the basics of ettiquete and whats expected of a guest

the next two are interchangable

2)hit up someone basic and see how it slides, will help filter out anything false we were told.
3)Counter intrigue known quantities (Bluejays/Craven)
4)try something higher up maybe Ursen
5)Fey stuff
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I think first of all we should befriend/ask for support of the traductor
-Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch, Speaker of Lesser Tongues. (Fae)
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>>4038261
I think we should avoid Snakemen we have a bad history with snakes..... also they are known cannibals or at least eat humans.
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>>4038260

First off we need to consider if the fae-boon is something we're aiming for.

If so, I feel that 3-4 is abit too little. We need at least 2 interactions with major players and then at least 3 more with bit players. And then theres the others which are interesting to chat with but are not so critical. Like the envoy of the northern communities.

I think we can easily choose both the Lady Griffin and our walking history bear for our major players.

Counter-intrigue probably should be Craven since we ran into him.

For minors I think chatting/persuading with Jirre of the otterfolk would be a good idea.
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>>4038252
correction

>-Jirre, speaker for the Otterfolk and other minor peoples. (Beastfolk)

Not a warlord closer to a Burgher or peasant Alderman
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>>4037967
Just for you Anon, because I couldn't resist
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Here is what I'm thinking.

Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen > Persuade > Pay your respects and convey that his father name is still call for strength and courage in our home.
Not only for personal reasons but it should show we pay respected where is due and might put off other intrigues if they see us under the shadow of the Heir of Ursen.

Jirre, speaker for the Otterfolk > Persuade> Greet and convey our well wishes for those among his people we help rescue.
This one should an easy one and might win us a voice in our favor if there is trouble later. We should treat him like respectfully like the an important burgomeister.

And finally reserve the following two actions to Counter Subterfuges.
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>>4038276
Top kek anon you got me.

>>4038277
This is good, I'd say put Jirre before ursen so we can get used to how ettiquete works here so we probably don't spaghetti ourselves in front of something we want to at least make a good impression on.
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>>4038268
>>4038271
Forgotten said we need one major supporter and two minor supporters among the fae and monsters if we seek the fae boon. The major supporter should definitely be Bristlecone the Heir to Ursen. Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch would be one of the two minor supporters. That leaves only one minor supporter. I think Jirre, speaker of the Otterfolk would be the other minor supporter.

Keep in mind however that our main goal should be to avoid any embarrassment or offense. We should prioritize that and then focus on other things.
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>>4038286

We're working on increasing scale of difficulty here. As Forgotten mentioned, the lower representatives are at the same level with us while honoured guests are above us in standing. We should be meeting with the major players first.

The Lady Griffin should be the first we meet.

The great Bear can be pushed down a little as we know he is inclined towards us but not too low.

Counter-intriguing Craven should be one of our top three interactions.
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>>4038288
If we're working for the boon, we have to take into account that we might fail an interaction. Hence why I suggest at least one more interaction that the requirements. We are absolutely not going to pass everything in this hall and then theres the counter-intrigue that we'll need to roll for. We know of one, I expect theres at least another,
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>>4038288
speaking of the Boon do we even want with it?

>>4038291
I'm mostly freaking out of the fact we don't know the ettiquete here we don't Faux pause ourselves into a bad situation.
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Not to sweeten the bait or anything, but if you exceed the minimum level of support needed for a boon then it will likely be reflected in the utility of the boom itself.
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>>4038299
Let the Fae-fuckery begin
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>>4038277
Considering previous posts we should probably also pay respects to the Lady Griffins after Bristlecone but before Jirre.
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>>4038295
>>4038298
I think I have an idea. How about we have the intrigue/counter intrigue interaction to prevent any faux pas be first since it's the most important? If we fail the rolls for the interaction, then we use the save for it. If we don't fail its rolls however, then we use the save for one of the interactions later on. What do you all think?

As for the fae boon itself, I won't mind either going for it or not going for it so as long as we prioritize preventing any faux pas first.
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>>4038286
Normally I would agree but Jirren is less important than Bristlecone and might take offense. See it as greeting a Baron before a Duke.
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>>4038310
Actually. Short of using it on a major player, im hesitant on using it.

Because any intrigue against us that we dont consider for would be conducted at the end with a very heavy malus against us. -30DC if I remember correctly.

I would rather save it for those so we dont fail those outright.
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>>4038231
Damn look at those claws! They're the size of a full grown man!
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>>4038299
Ah, forgot a question. Is our griffin-hawk with us in attendance?
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>>4038318
Hovering nearby, but keeping a low profile given it is surrounded by beings even Courageous Sky recognises as his superiors.
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>>4038324
Just wondering if it would want to pay its respects if we met with the Lady Griffin.
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>>4038315
Yeaht that's a good point. Hmm my mind is beginning to formulate a good interaction number and the interactions we should choose. That leaves good write-ins.
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>>4038295
Craven is the most overt, I think we should be aware of our relations with the Wytes isn't the friendliest at the moment.

>>4038299
That a bit more akward if we really want the Boon.

>>4038239

I'm going to put this forward at least as a theory.

>(1)Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch, Speaker of Lesser Tongues
Persuade + divulge expected etiquette of a Guest

>(2)Jirre, speaker for the Otterfolk and other minor peoples.
Persuade + to support our Boon + Inquire about those we saved

also gives us something to cut our ettiquete teeth on something small time

>(3)Craven
Counter Intrigue + stop him from starting shit

>(4)Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen. (Monster)
Persuade + pay respects to lord of our ancestors + ask for support of Boon

>(5)
>-Kayees, Aide to Kaskai the Serene
Intrigue + Inquire as to what the Serene likes

>(6)????
Persuade + Gib Boon

>>4038314
That's fair but I seriously don't think we can be too cautious about approaching Ettiquete
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>>4038315
I'm pretty sure the only one we'll have to actively worry aboutto fuck with us at this banquet will be Craven so that one out of six or seven actions.

I honestly think the Bluejays will not start shit in this Banquet but rather on the way home
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>>4038333
I would tend to agree on the Bluejays. I can't see them wanting to make another human look poorly in this setting. They can't be sure that the Fae will differentiate between groups of humans.
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>>4038333
I dont think the bluejays would attempt such shit on our way back.

That means heading back into areas now patrolled by the Order of Names, something they've said they're not going to do. And in a noble-like setting where the blueblood can be made a fool of? Whats not to love.
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>>4038333
are you sure about that anon you are not thinking with enough paranoia, some of the fay may don't like our presense; the military one and old ones specially
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No matter who else we choose to talk to I think we should speak with Riverflow-Wears-Away-Rock, Seer of Ancient Errors first because he seems like a historian or chronicler. We can use him to learn a bit about the other guests histories so we can avoid making an ass of ourselves.
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We need to avoid Lilac whatever we do
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>>4038343
honestly I believe its a case of don't shit where you eat, Fallavon's wilds are the Fey's domain and the Bluejays are merely tennants of sort's.

>>4038345
Fallavon is a big place, even with Order or names patrols it'd be a fairly simple case to arrange an accident for us in the wilds.

thats not even mentioning the possibility that we are well and truely a long way off from the ruins now and those patrols could very well be non-existant for the matter of an ''accident''

>>4038347
I could be entirely wrong but I'm working on known factors at the moment and the Fey's fickleness is something we can't rightly quantify into an immediate threat.
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>>4038291
Regarding the Lady Griffin, we have the acknowledgement of a Griffin Hawk, so that's a topic to approach a persuade with.

We can ask if it would be appropriate for us to introduce them.

Honestly the big thing is to approach her treating our Hawk as a friend and person in their own right.

That, plus having a Griffinhawks approval, should already make her predisposed to like us.

I'm thinking she's pretty important too because she was introduced first.

Jirre & the Snakeman we can inquire as to the health of their people and ask if they were treated with due courtesy by the Jays. I'm kinda leery about approaching them because we took along that one guy who didn't want to kill the kid slaves but was still part of enslaving them.

Ursen is a bit of a risky bet, since saying we still use his name could imply obligation to him still. That's his brand, don't want to get a big bear cease & desist since our ancestors rebelled.

I'd rather get three safe bets and then save 2 counter-intrigue rolls for going against the Craven Crew and Sam Wyte.
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I'll put forward this list:

1) -Kaskai the Serene, Lady of Griffins. (Monster)
Persuade/Pay respects and to introduce our loyal companion to his forebears.

2) -Sam Wyte, leader of the ‘Wyte Band’ Bluejays. (Human)
Counter-Intrigue/Persuade (To prevent Sam from making a fool of us here and to lessen the discord between us and his band) - "I don't think I *could* mention this trail of events even if I hadn't sworn to never do so. 'I went into the woods and attended court with the Fae'. They would sooner think me mad."

3) -Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen. (Monster)
Persuade/Pay respects to our ancient lord. (Inquire on his cub's welbeing, his future plans and to gain support for the boon) i think this option would probably include our brother as we are of a line which called the ursens lord.

4) -Craven, Chieftain of the White Hoof Tribe. (Beastfolk)
Counter-Intrigue

-Jirre, speaker for the Otterfolk and other minor peoples. (Beastfolk)
Persuade (To inquire on the health of the small folk we rescued and to gain support for the boon) "Speaker Jirre, a pleasure to make your aquantaince. I hope your kin are recovering well from their ordeal after we rescued them."

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Bristlecorn interaction is pushed down further as he should be more inclined towards us anyways and have included a counter-intrigue persuade with Sam. Previously the vancewell interactions had some successes allow lessening of the grudge. A good set of rolls heres might allow that to nullify it to some extend.
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>>4038359
How about changing Sam Wyte's write-in to informing him that it was us who brought John the Tailor's murderer to justice? That would definitely have him rethink on how he perceives Emile.
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>>4038359
I seriously think any diplomacy with Sam wyte is pure folley, he has no love for us and thats almost certainly not going to change
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>>4038359
We shouldn't bother with the bluejays
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>>4038362
Certainly can work. Something to add in as well.

>>4038370
>>4038373
Note the counter-intrigue. Less diplomacy and more stopping them from screwing us over.
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Considering a Great bear passed in one of the cages in the ruins, they may have some relation to Bristlecone, since I doubt theres many left in general. IMO We should probably mention that we regret we couldnt have done anything more as a pretense for approaching him. and then move on to the ancient heraldry stuff.
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>>4038239
> -Kaskai the Serene, Lady of Griffins. (Monster) + persuade + get her support

Talk about our Griffinhawk buddy, ask if she would deign to meet him. Give him the chance to score a boon of his own maybe even. Big Noble, so let's get this out of the way while we have no negative modifiers built up.

> Craven + Counter-Intrigue + Challenge him to an arm wrestle

Emile is a beatstick, I feel we have a good chance at winning. Regardless, if we lose or win

> -Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen. (Monster) + persuade + pay homage to the title.

At -6 now, at least if we lose the arm wrestle we can still flatter Bristlecone with how we still take inspiration from his strength and losing just inspires us to strive harder to be as strong as him and his lineage.

> --First Kill Mother, Envoy of the Prime Serpent (Snakeman)
>-Jirre, speaker for the Otterfolk and other minor peoples. (Beastfolk)

Both + persuade + get that boon, ask about the health of their people after they returned

High risk, high reward, if it goes well with the Monsters then maybe an extra boon for Legatus or at least we can maybe get him a boon even if we fumble later rolls.

I don't know why but I imagine the Lady of Griffins treating Legatus like a grandchild and slipping him some candy boons.

And if we fail at armwrestling, at least we approached directly without scheming so there's some honour in that. It's not always about winning, sometimes it's about how you win or lose. Fuck we can even gamble one wealth or having to sing a childrens song or some other silly and mildly embarassing bet.
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>>4038359
I like this plan too. Lol, same Griffin Lady - Counter Intrigue - Ursen pattern.

Just I would rather win over the snakes as well instead of counter-intrigue the wytes, see

>>4038373
>>4038370

And they should already know about our role in bringing Vancewell to justice, it wasn't like we played a small part or that it was a secret. Literally took him to court.
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>>4038383
man really the snake people avoid those fuckers they are worst than the beastman, the traductor is best choice she is more friendly towards us is more easy to convince her
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>>4038377
Yeah I don't think thats going to work

>>4038379
I think thats a good Idea, at least bringing bad news with regret and remorse after trying and largely succeeding to save those imprisoned would probably do our reputation some good.

maybe we should hit up the Adalwulf? if its even related to the Direwolf we saved tangentially those are brownie points for us to get this boon.
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Don't forget the information that our brother provided us!

>“Our attendance at this banquet is partly to sate the Fae curiosity, and partly a test. We have done the Fae a service, and so must be rewarded. Paradoxically, we cannot request nor refuse the reward they name. The Fae in attendance could bestow a generous boon should we impress them.”

>When you ask Damien about the rudeness of eating the food he shakes his head. ”Never heard of such a thing. Still, I suppose we can just wait to see if anyone else eats.”

Don't request a reward from the fae or behave like you were expecting a material reward for what you've done. If they want to give you a reward, then they will give it themselves (if you make a good impression) without you requesting it. Don't refuse it too.
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>>4038233
Ok here's my list.
>5 interactions
1.
>Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch, Speaker of Lesser Tongues. (Fae)
>Persuade
>Offer apologies for our rudeness and thank him properly for his healing.

2.
>-Root-Marries-Stone-in-the-High-Places, Warden of Secret Trails. (Fae)
>Persuade
>try to gain common ground as warriors
>"I recall you from the memories of my ancestors. I fell in the Field that day. I will be glad to remember you as something other than an adversary."

3.
>Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen. (Monster)
>Persuade
>Pay respects and gain favor
>"It is a great honor to meet you. My family still tells the stories of the Great Bear that saved our ancestors. I only hope to live up to examples set by Ursen"

4.
>Kaskai the Serene, Lady of Griffins. (Monster)
>Persuade
>Introduce Courageous Sky
>"It's an honor to meet you my Lady. May I introduce my friend,Courageous Sky? He would be rankled with me if we were to attend this event without him paying his respects."

5.
>Jirre, speaker for the Otterfolk and other minor peoples. (Beastfolk)
>Persuade
>Ask about the welfare of his people. Possibly acquire a guide back to civilization after this.

The last could be really important. A beastfolk guide might dissuade the bluejays from trying anything reckless.
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>>4038401
Considering that the memories fade away nigh instantly, I'm not sure we can use that writein for No. 2. Furthermore, this fae caused our forebear's death. Such words might be a little ooc as any lingering feelings would likely be off wariness/i-know-this-presence-somehow, etc.
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>>4038239
>(1) How many interactions do you wish to make?
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Fuck these Fae, Beastmen and Monsters, they're not worth talking to. We don't need a boon from The Foe. [Haughty]
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>>4038239
(1) How many interactions do you wish to make? One (1) (UNO)
>(1) Young Lord Damien Andrei
>Persuade
>Reminisce about our father, mother, sisters and home in general
And then we leave, cuz the fae suck, this party sucks.
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>>4038239
(1) Number of interactions
>4 interactions

(2) List your planned interactions, in order of priority.
>(1) [Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch, Speaker of the Lesser Tongues] + [Persuade] + [First start by giving thanks for the healing and apologizing for the rudeness we had when we woke up. Inquire on all the required etiquette for this banquet to prevent offense and embarrasment. Also, inquire on which tribe that young beastman we had a confrontation with belonged to. Possibly befriend if possible]

It would be disrespectful and rude to start a conversation without first giving thanks and apologies

>(2) [Craven, Cheiftain of the White Hoof Tribe] + [Counter Intrigue] + [Protect ourselves from any malicious acts springing from this chieftain. His name/epithet gives you pause. The goat beastmen value strength and bravery, so it is suspicious that a beastman with a name like that would rise to become chief. He must have some other quality like cunning that allowed him to reach his current station. You'll need to be on guard against him]

The fact he is called Craven yet is chief will make Emile guess that he has to be dangerously cunning.

>(3) [Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen] + [Persuade] + [Pay respects and befriend. Politely bow before you begin to speak. ''Heir of Ursen, it is an honor to meet you. I am Sir Emile Andrei. Allow me to apologize for not bowing when you entered. I was frozen from the awe of sighting you for the first time. My house owes your great predecessor a great debt for rescuing my ancestor's lives in the cave. I joined my brother on the mission to free the folk in the ruins. We were fortunate to make it in enough time to rescue a great bear cub. I hope the cub is in great health and recovering well. Sadly, we were too late to rescue the mother. I give my respects and apologies for her'']

>(4) [Jirre, Speaker of the Otterfolk] + [Persuade] + [Befriend and ask about the welfare of his people. Inform him that you were one of the humans who liberated and that you would like to inquire on their state. Wish him happy celebrations and good health]
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I think we should go with at least one action of
(2) [Riverflow-Wears-Away-Rock, Seer of Ancient Errors] + [Persuade] + [Ask if she might share some of her knowledge with us in regards to the Sons of Sin]

This might be one of the few times we can ever speak with someone alive when it happend, and if anyone knows just what went down she might.
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>>4038239
Number of interactions: 5

1) -Kaskai the Serene, Lady of Griffins. (Monster)
Persuade/Pay respects and to introduce our loyal companion to his forebears.

2) -Sam Wyte, leader of the ‘Wyte Band’ Bluejays. (Human)
Counter-Intrigue/Persuade (To prevent Sam from making a fool of us here and to lessen the discord between us and his band, ie. Inform of the solving of the murder of the tailor) - "I don't think I *could* mention this trail of events even if I hadn't sworn to never do so. 'I went into the woods and attended court with the Fae'. They would sooner think me mad."

3) -Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen. (Monster)
Persuade/Pay respects to our ancient lord. (Inquire on his cub's welbeing, his future plans and to gain support for the boon) i think this option would probably include our brother as we are of a line which called the ursens lord.

4) -Craven, Chieftain of the White Hoof Tribe. (Beastfolk)
Counter-Intrigue

5) -Jirre, speaker for the Otterfolk and other minor peoples. (Beastfolk)
Persuade (To inquire on the health of the small folk we rescued and to gain support for the boon) "Speaker Jirre, a pleasure to make your aquantaince. I hope your kin are recovering well from their ordeal after we rescued them."
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>>4038467
Good, but I would risk 5 interactions to add Kaskai the Serene and introduce Courageous Sky as the fourth interaction and Jirre as the last one.
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>>4038299
Forgotten if you end up with a composite vote where you take the most voted upon interactions, I hope you let us vote on the order which they are done.
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picking five interactions is the most "safe" of all, but I suggest we risk it and pick seven, fae and beast lords first, and "people"of equal social status second, pick a good order
here's the quick math of the -dc
3
6+5
9
11+5
15
Here is five interactions
18+5
21
this is the -dc of six and seven
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>>4038239
>(1)Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch, Speaker of Lesser Tongues
Persuade + divulge expected etiquette of a Guest
(2) [Riverflow-Wears-Away-Rock, Seer of Ancient Errors] + [Persuade] + [Ask if she might share some of her knowledge with us in regards to the Sons of Sin]
3.
>Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen. (Monster)
>Persuade
>Pay respects and gain favor
>"It is a great honor to meet you. My family still tells the stories of the Great Bear that saved our ancestors. I only hope to live up to examples set by Ursen"

>(4) [Craven, Cheiftain of the White Hoof Tribe] + [Counter Intrigue] + [Protect ourselves from any malicious acts springing from this chieftain. His name/epithet gives you pause. The goat beastmen value strength and bravery, so it is suspicious that a beastman with a name like that would rise to become chief. He must have some other quality like cunning that allowed him to reach his current station. You'll need to be on guard against him]
> --First Kill Mother, Envoy of the Prime Serpent (Snakeman)
>-Jirre, speaker for the Otterfolk and other minor peoples. (Beastfolk)

Both + persuade + get that boon, ask about the health of their people after they returned
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>>4038416
>>4038432
These kniggas is street kniggas
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>>4038239
>>4038416
>>4038432
Changing to this. Lets hang out with our bro and not go anywhere near The Foe.
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>>4038515
>>4038383
>>4038401
>>4038467
>>4038472
Supporting all of these. More than 5 interactions is too much I think as we would have more than -15 DC negative modifier by the last roll
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>>4038383
>>4038401
>>4038467
>>4038472
>>4038515
+1 to these
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Voting for this>>4038467 and this>>4038472
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>>4038239
>(1) How many interactions do you wish to make?
>5
All of the suggested interactions are fine by me as long as they are not more than 5
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>>4038328
>>4038467
Support
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I have to go with 5 interactions in the following order like others suggested previously.

1) Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen. (Monster)
Persuade/Pay respects and inquire on his cub's well being and his future plans.

2) -Kaskai the Serene, Lady of Griffins. (Monster)
Persuade/Pay respects and to introduce our loyal companion.

3) -Craven, Chieftain of the White Hoof Tribe. (Beastfolk)
Counter-Intrigue

4)Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch, Speaker of the Lesser Tongues]
Persuade/Fix our his first impression of us, thank him and apologize for our rudeness.

5) -Jirre, speaker for the Otterfolk and other minor peoples. (Beastfolk)
Persuade: Introduce ourselves and inquire on the health of the small folk we help rescued.
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This one I prefer most, the bluejay are a lost cause and fuck the snake people, good write in anons
>1) -Kaskai the Serene, Lady of Griffins. (Monster)
Persuade/Pay respects and to introduce our loyal companion to his forebears.

>(2) [Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch, Speaker of the Lesser Tongues] + [Persuade] + [First start by giving thanks for the healing and apologizing for the rudeness we had when we woke up. Inquire on all the required etiquette for this banquet to prevent offense and embarrasment. Also, inquire on which tribe that young beastman we had a confrontation with belonged to. Possibly befriend if possible]

>(3) [Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen] + [Persuade] + [Pay respects and befriend. Politely bow before you begin to speak. ''Heir of Ursen, it is an honor to meet you. I am Sir Emile Andrei. Allow me to apologize for not bowing when you entered. I was frozen from the awe of sighting you for the first time. My house owes your great predecessor a great debt
for rescuing my ancestor's lives in the cave. I joined my brother on the mission to free the folk in the ruins. We were fortunate to make it in enough time to rescue a great bear cub. I hope the cub is in great health and recovering well. Sadly, we were too late to rescue the mother. I give my respects and apologies for her'']

>(4) [Craven, Cheiftain of the White Hoof Tribe] + [Counter Intrigue] + [Protect ourselves from any malicious acts springing from this chieftain. His name/epithet gives you pause. The goat beastmen value strength and bravery, so it is suspicious that a beastman with a name like that would rise to become chief. He must have some other quality like cunning that allowed him to reach his current station. You'll need to be on guard against him]

>(5) [Jirre, Speaker of the Otterfolk] + [Persuade] + [Befriend and ask about the welfare of his people. Inform him that you were one of the humans who liberated and that you would like to inquire on their state. Wish him happy celebrations and good health]
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>>4038467
Ancestors' lives*

Who liberated the folk in the ruins*

Correcting some grammatical and typo mistakes in my writeins.
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>>4038239
>-Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen + Persuade + Pay our respects. "I am honoured to meet a being of such legend. In my homeland we still speak of the Great Ursen with reverence and call upon your name in times of danger and misfortune to grant us aide. Truly, to meet one of your kind in person is not a boon I thought possible to attain in this day and age"

>Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch + Persuade + Apologize and make amends for our behaviour
"I must apologize for how I treated you earlier in the day. To have passed out under the watch of the Warden and then to wake wake in a strange place with a person I do not know casting magic over me... I thought I was yet again under attack. I meant no offense"

>Craven, Chieftain of the White Hoof Tribe. + Counter-Intrigue

>Jirre, speaker for the Otterfolk +Persuade + Attempt to gain favour by empathizing with her over the capture of her people. Mention that we saw many like her caged in the ruins and ask if she knows if those who were freed made it out safely
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>>4038328
>>4038467
>>4038515
These are all good imo as they put learning all the guest etiquette first. Supporting
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>>4038467
Supporting
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>>4038625
Supporting this.

Good write in from Anon, but we need to talk to the Lady of Griffins and he missed that.
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>>4038383
>>4038239
Forgot to vote for

> 5 interactions.
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>>4038503
I think I can at least narrow it done some, and a further vote necessary for the precise order and wording of write-ins.

My aim though is to commence rolls at some point tonight.
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>>4039154
Cool
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>>4038239
(1)… Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen. (Monster), Persuade” + “Get his support”, respect demands that we talk to our family's old lord frist befor anyone

>(2)…-Root-Marries-Stone-in-the-High-Places, Warden of Secret Trails. (Fae) Persuade, talk warrior talk, metion his skills in battle and that he looks well of since last time we meet. Should thow him off and get the fae talking.
>
(3)…Craven, Chieftain of the White Hoof Tribe. (Beastfolk) Counter Intrigue” + “Stop him doing some shady shit couse his going to do something
>
(4)…Jirre, speaker for the Otterfolk and other minor peoples. (Beastfolk) ask him how the freed people are doing.

>
(5)…Lilac Widow, Bluejay comrade. (Human, Court” + “This won’t end terribly” (manly for shits and giggles)
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>>4039347
>…Lilac Widow, Bluejay comrade. (Human, Court” + “This won’t end terribly” (manly for shits and giggles)
I would love to see a crit pass on this. Emile ends up with a Bluejay stalker.
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>>4038228
>The repulsive, horizontal pupils in the yellow-tinged eyes of this aggressive, young beastman bely a low cunning that you didn’t notice before.

...Is this Coward?
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>>4039458
Nevermind, I was catching up
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>>4038467
Definitely supporting this, well done.
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>>4039662
That doesn't even get us a major player though.

Also, for arm wrestling with Craven I just want to point out that Beastmen seem to appreciate bravery and boldness, ie not being a pussy, more so than just winning.

After all, they've been losing for centuries against Men, and they're subordinate to Fae. They gotta have some way of retaining respect after a loss.

Strength of heart + strength of arms. Since we just helped by tankingkilled a Basilisk and got all messed up, we possibly get double points for having the balls to challenge someone while wounded to a friendly contest of strength, as well as reasonable doubt that we could have done better. Worst comes to worst even if we lose then that might put Craven in a good mood where he can indirectly praise himself by talking us up. After all, beating a weak human isn't as impressive as besting a brave knight who fought a basilisk.

Same as if we win, we can talk him up too.

Or we could always roll poorly and have it go to hell, but I genuinely think that from the negative DC we would have got from avoiding confrontation shows that being more aggressive with the Beastmen is better.

At least if we lose an arm wrestle, they'll know we aren't intimidated.
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>>4038467
Supporting
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>>4038233
>(1) Number of interactions
5
>(2) [Name] + [Interaction] + [Write-in the outcome you want, bonus for good write-ins]

[Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen.]+[Persuade]
"Heir of Ursen, I come before you like my ancestors did for your forebear, with awe and respect. I grief for the lost you have suffer and hope for the well being of your young. My brother, my family and I still honor and remember the Ursen, and call his name for courage and strength."

[Kaskai the Serene, Lady of Griffins]+[Persuade]
"Lady of Griffins, it's an honor to greet you and pay my respects. With me is my friend Courageous Sky, who no doubts is also awe of your august presence."

[Craven, Chieftain of the White Hoof Tribe.]+[Counter-Intrigue]

[Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch, Speaker of the Lesser Tongues]+[Persuade]
Got nothing good for this one.

[Jirre, speaker for the Otterfolk and other minor peoples]+[Persuade]
"Greetings Speaker Jirre, I had hope to inquire about well being of your folk and assure that while the worse examples of my kind are participants on slavery, many of us will not stand for it or allow it to transpire unchallenged."
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I don’t think I have it in me to crack out the banquet rolls tonight gents, work fucked me up royal.

I will narrow down the vote to a few approaches that anons can pick from. I am determined not to turn this into a series of recasts though, so any further write-ins will need overwhelming support to be considered.
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I just had a thought, it's a risky one though

We offer a gamble for craven, we fight formally, he wins he gets bragging rights or to kill us, we win we get his support for a boon.
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>>4039889
Somethng to consider is that getting 2 titled guests, Lady Kaskai and Bristlecone the Heir as well as a minor Fae, either the Doctor, the Otter, or the Snake is probably better for the boon outcome then relying on only 1 major supporter and 2 minor supporters.

I would rather ask the Otter dude about etiquitte, since we killed a Basilisk and that might have relations to the snakes, as that's probably the easiest persuasion roll.

The doctor we would have to repair our previous rudeness as well as then persuade them to help us.
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>>4039907
We can't guarantee otter guy will know enough common to easily translate or communicate, the Fae translator is a better bet to access easier communications even if we hace to repair our first impressions.
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>>4039920
We thankfully have this. It was a problem that was identified rather early.

>>4038247
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>>4039920
Would it even need a persuasion roll for the Fae translator to help us with etiquitte, or would it be part of his duties to help us if we ask?

The Otter guy could maybe give us specific knowledge on how to go about our counter-intrigue roll, or approaching the Lady or the Heir though.
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Please select from the following approaches

Option the First
5 Interactions
>(1)Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch, Speaker of Lesser Tongues
Persuade + divulge expected etiquette of a Guest

>(2)Jirre, speaker for the Otterfolk and other minor peoples.
Persuade + to support our Boon + Inquire about those we saved

also gives us something to cut our ettiquete teeth on something small time

>(3)Craven
Counter Intrigue + stop him from starting shit

>(4)Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen. (Monster)
Persuade + pay respects to lord of our ancestors + ask for support of Boon

>(5) Kayees, Aide to Kaskai the Serene
Intrigue + Inquire as to what the Serene likes

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Option the Second
5 interactions
>(1) Kaskai the Serene, Lady of Griffins. (Monster) + persuade + get her support
Talk about our Griffinhawk buddy, ask if she would deign to meet him. Give him the chance to score a boon of his own maybe even. Big Noble, so let's get this out of the way while we have no negative modifiers built up.

>(2) Craven + Counter-Intrigue + Challenge him to an arm wrestle
Emile is a beatstick, I feel we have a good chance at winning. Regardless, if we lose or win

>(3) Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen. (Monster) + persuade + pay homage to the title.
At -6 now, at least if we lose the arm wrestle we can still flatter Bristlecone with how we still take inspiration from his strength and losing just inspires us to strive harder to be as strong as him and his lineage.

>(4) First Kill Mother, Envoy of the Prime Serpent (Snakeman)
>(5) Jirre, speaker for the Otterfolk and other minor peoples. (Beastfolk)
Both + persuade + get that boon, ask about the health of their people after they returned

[1/4]
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Option the Third
5 interactions
>(1) Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch, Speaker of Lesser Tongues. (Fae)
Persuade + Offer apologies for our rudeness and thank him properly for his healing.

>(2) Root-Marries-Stone-in-the-High-Places, Warden of Secret Trails. (Fae)
Persuade + try to gain common ground as warriors +"I recall you from the memories of my ancestors. I fell in the Field that day. I will be glad to remember you as something other than an adversary."

>(3) Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen. (Monster)
Persuade + Pay respects and gain favour + "It is a great honor to meet you. My family still tells the stories of the Great Bear that saved our ancestors. I only hope to live up to examples set by Ursen"

>(4) Kaskai the Serene, Lady of Griffins. (Monster)
Persuade + Introduce Courageous Sky + "It's an honor to meet you my Lady. May I introduce my friend,Courageous Sky? He would be rankled with me if we were to attend this event without him paying his respects."

>(5) Jirre, speaker for the Otterfolk and other minor peoples. (Beastfolk)
Persuade + Ask about the welfare of his people. Possibly acquire a guide back to civilization after this.


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Option the Fourth (street knigga edition)
1 interaction + (I assume) counter-intrigue in general
>(1) Young Lord Damien Andrei
Persuade +Reminisce about our father, mother, sisters and home in general + And then we leave, cuz the fae suck, this party sucks.
QM Note: I will assume that there is some leeway here to guard yourself against attempts from intrigues but nothing further.

[2/4]
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Option the Fifth
4 interactions
>(1) [Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch, Speaker of the Lesser Tongues
[Persuade] + [First start by giving thanks for the healing and apologizing for the rudeness we had when we woke up. Inquire on all the required etiquette for this banquet to prevent offense and embarrasment. Also, inquire on which tribe that young beastman we had a confrontation with belonged to. Possibly befriend if possible. It would be disrespectful and rude to start a conversation without first giving thanks and apologies.]

>(2) [Craven, Cheiftain of the White Hoof Tribe
[Counter Intrigue] + [Protect ourselves from any malicious acts springing from this chieftain. His name/epithet gives you pause. The goat beastmen value strength and bravery, so it is suspicious that a beastman with a name like that would rise to become chief. He must have some other quality like cunning that allowed him to reach his current station. You'll need to be on guard against him. The fact he is called Craven yet is chief will make Emile guess that he has to be dangerously cunning.]

>(3) [Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen
[Persuade] + [Pay respects and befriend. Politely bow before you begin to speak. ''Heir of Ursen, it is an honor to meet you. I am Sir Emile Andrei. Allow me to apologize for not bowing when you entered. I was frozen from the awe of sighting you for the first time. My house owes your great predecessor a great debt for rescuing my ancestor's lives in the cave. I joined my brother on the mission to free the folk in the ruins. We were fortunate to make it in enough time to rescue a great bear cub. I hope the cub is in great health and recovering well. Sadly, we were too late to rescue the mother. I give my respects and apologies for her.”]

>(4) Jirre, Speaker of the Otterfolk
[Persuade] + [Befriend and ask about the welfare of his people. Inform him that you were one of the humans who liberated and that you would like to inquire on their state. Wish him happy celebrations and good health]

[3/3]
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[4/4]

Option the Sixth
5 interactions

>(1) Kaskai the Serene, Lady of Griffins. (Monster)
Persuade/Pay respects and to introduce our loyal companion to his forebears.

>(2) Sam Wyte, leader of the ‘Wyte Band’ Bluejays. (Human)
Counter-Intrigue/Persuade (To prevent Sam from making a fool of us here and to lessen the discord between us and his band, ie. Inform of the solving of the murder of the tailor) - "I don't think I *could* mention this trail of events even if I hadn't sworn to never do so. 'I went into the woods and attended court with the Fae'. They would sooner think me mad."

>(3) Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen. (Monster)
Persuade/Pay respects to our ancient lord. (Inquire on his cub's welbeing, his future plans and to gain support for the boon) i think this option would probably include our brother as we are of a line which called the ursens lord.

>(4) Craven, Chieftain of the White Hoof Tribe. (Beastfolk)
Counter-Intrigue

>(5) Jirre, speaker for the Otterfolk and other minor peoples. (Beastfolk)
Persuade (To inquire on the health of the small folk we rescued and to gain support for the boon) "Speaker Jirre, a pleasure to make your aquantaince. I hope your kin are recovering well from their ordeal after we rescued them."

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Option the Seventh
6 interactions
>(1)Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch, Speaker of Lesser Tongues
Persuade + divulge expected etiquette of a Guest

>(2) [Riverflow-Wears-Away-Rock, Seer of Ancient Errors
[Persuade] + [Ask if she might share some of her knowledge with us in regards to the Sons of Sin]

>(3) Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen. (Monster)
Persuade + Pay respects and gain favour + "It is a great honor to meet you. My family still tells the stories of the Great Bear that saved our ancestors. I only hope to live up to examples set by Ursen"

>(4) Craven, Cheiftain of the White Hoof Tribe
[Counter Intrigue] + [Protect ourselves from any malicious acts springing from this chieftain. His name/epithet gives you pause. The goat beastmen value strength and bravery, so it is suspicious that a beastman with a name like that would rise to become chief. He must have some other quality like cunning that allowed him to reach his current station. You'll need to be on guard against him]

> (5)First Kill Mother, Envoy of the Prime Serpent (Snakeman)
> (6) Jirre, speaker for the Otterfolk and other minor peoples. (Beastfolk)
Both + persuade + get that boon, ask about the health of their people after they returned

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Lock in Vote
No new ID votes without linking to a previous vote. I have included all options that have gained sufficient traction. Some of these options are fairly similar so votes supporting more than one choice are fine. If it comes down to a tie there will be a DC roll-off.

>Option the First
>Option the Second
>Option the Third
>Option the Fourth
>Option the Fifth
>Option the Sixth
>Option the Seventh
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I understand we're running the risk of overwhelming players with options here but the discussion so far has been very good. None of the suggestions that gained support were inherently foolish or unwise.
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>>4039882
Can you please set the time for when you will commence with them? I wanna make sure I'm prepared when they start.

By the way Forgotten, I would like to suggest to have each of the interaction rolls one by one instead of having them all at once. They ended up being a mess last time.

>>4039938
>Option the Fifth
>Option the First
>Option the Seventh

Definitely should have the learning about all the guest etiquette and the counter intrigue interactions be first before the other ones.
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>>4039942
It will be roughly 24 hours from now, as I don't know when I will actually get to leave the office. But I will commit to posting in here at 22 Jan 18:00 AEST with a more specific time (least one hours notice) before rolls open.

I agree that we shall do it interaction-by-interaction especially as some of these listed options would suggest potential bonuses or penalties for the rest of the evening.
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>>4039948
*23 January 18:00 AEST. So exactly 21 hours from now I will post the 1-2 hour warning.
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>>4039938
>Option the First
>Option the Second
>Option the Third
>Option the Fifth
>Option the Sixth
None of these go beyond 5 interactions so all of them are good imo
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>>4039938
>Option the First
>Option the Third
>Option the Fifth
>Option the Seventh

I think we should include the write-ins of the fifth option regardless of which vote wins as they are very good and well thought.
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>>4039938
>Option the Fifth
>Option the Sixth
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>>4039938
>>Option the First
>>Option the Third
>>Option the Fifth
>>Option the Sixth

Some of these similar writeins can be written in together for effect, they are pretty good.
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>>4036550
>>4038569
This is me
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>>4039950

Boss, WRT to the save, I think its important enough that a proposal to use it should be a thread vote.
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>>4039938
>Option the Fifth
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>>4039938
>Option the First
>Option the Second
>Option the Fifth
>Option the Sixth
>Option the Seventh

Craven is definitely the one we need to counter intrigue as he will most certainly do something against Emile after the staredown confrontation they had.
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>>4039948
Thanks for the answer Forgotten.
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Remember guys the order is important
>Mikail’s obtuseness of -5DC will affect every second interaction

>Fae and (most) Monster attendants are considered of Superior Social Standing at this banquet.
we should handle first the bestial high lords they are already gonna be hard to convince
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>>4039938
>Option the Fifth
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>>4039934
In order of preference

> Option the Second
> Option the First
> Option the Fifth

I prefer the 5 interaction options

> Option the Seventh
> Option the Third

More is better than less

> Option the Fifth

How can you not hook Legatus up with the Lady of Griffins?

> Option the Fourth

> The Virgin Cain at a party.
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>>4039938
>>4039938
>Option the Second
>Option the Fifth
>Option the Sixth
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>>4039957
The 5th option has good write ins, although the interaction with Craven isn't really a plan on how to deal with him.

I still feel a direct challenge to a "friendly" competition would be best since he's a Beastman and has to keep other Beastmen happy. I wonder though, if we subtly let him win to look good if he would appreciate that if he's really that cunning. Something to think about.
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>>4039938
My old Id >>4038625
>Option the fifth
Just 4 interactions, such a waste
>option six
>option the third
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>>4039934
>>4039938

In order of preference


>Option the Fifth
>Option the Second
>Option the Third
>Option the First
>Option the Seventh
>Option the Sixth
>Option the Fourth
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>>4039934
Option the First
Option the Second
Option the Third

Well my combination didn't gain traction so I will go with these. This is me >>4039803
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>>4039938

>Option the First
>Option the Third
>Option the Fourth
>Option the Fifth

Interacting with Cannibal snakes and trying to futilely mend bridges with the Bluejays gets a hard no from me.
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>>4040000
I don't think the Emilles pride would allow him to purposefully lose, love or hate it, its a core part of Emille's character.

the Gamble on the other hand would be acceptable even if potentially dangerous.

>>4039926
I think it would given that it leaves the impression we are at least trying to be civil beyond merely not starting shit and trying to give respect to all here even if we are not exactly friends.
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>>4039938
>Option the Fourth
Ain't even reading the other options
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>>4040045
Better Version
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>>4039938
>Option the Third
I'm sticking with my original
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>>4039968
Very well, but it will be a flash vote with each interaction after the initial rolls.
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>>4040006
So, you aren't voting for option the fifth?
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>>4040092
oh no I'm totally voting for option fifth
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>>4040121
The write ins, or the interactions? Because there's only 4.
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>>4039938
Option the Third>>4039347
This was me.
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>>4039938
>Option the Fifth
>Option the First
>Option the Third
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>>4039938
>>Option the Fourth
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>>4039938
>>Option the Seventh
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>>4039996
>>4039938
Whoops, I mixed up Fifth and third.

Pretty much wanna vote for any 5 vote option, and option, but with the write ins from option 5.
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>>4039938
>Option the First
>Option the Fifth
>Option the Third
>Option the Seventh

In preference order

>>4038253
This is me, just in case my ID has changed
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>>4039948
Courageous Sky is his own bird, right?

Like he could go chat up the Lady of Griffins himself independant of us? Maybe do some peacocking, show off his tail feathers, that sort of thing?

Hrmmm. Do we have anything shiny to put on Sky? Maybe we can clear the floor so he can do a little dance?

> https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r0cB3_ZEz50

Aw yeah, dance like you're in church and plan to marry if it works out.
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>>4039938
>>Option the First
>>Option the Third
>>Option the Fifth
>>Option the Sixth
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>>4039938
>Option the First
>Option the Third
>Option the Seventh
are all fine, favoring 7>3>1
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>>4039938
>Option the Seventh
secondary vote is
>Option the Third
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While we wait for Forgotten lets see if we can figure out how the big and small players will be incline
to give us a boom.

Big Players
>-Riverflow-Wears-Away-Rock, Seer of Ancient Errors. (Fae)
Neutral
>-Change-of-Wind-Tricks-Scent, Master of Masks. (Fae)
Neutral
>-Bristlecone, Heir of Ursen. (Monster)
Since we help save his cub along with our family history I'm confident he should be incline to favor us.
>-Kaskai the Serene, Lady of Griffins. (Monster)
Neutral, but it might change favorably by introducing Courageous Sky as our companion.
>-547 Summers, Queen of Dryads. (Monster)
Neutral, but if I wouldn't be surprise if she dislikes humans on principle.
>-Root-Marries-Stone-in-the-High-Places, Warden of Secret Trails. (Fae)
Neutral and unfathomable, I don't think we have giving him a strong impression.
>-Leaf-Drinks-Sun-and-Rain-Most-Greedily, Keeper of the Aeldin Groves. (Fae)
Neutral, but our Aeldin wood pendant might be a wild card for how he might react.
>-Adalwulf, Alpha Prime of the Eastern Packs. (Monster)
Neutral, slight chance that he may favor us for helping rescue that other direwolf in the ruins.

Small Players
>-Burdens-Ashen-Olive-Branch, Speaker of Lesser Tongues. (Fae)
Slight chance he might he might be unfavorable to us for our rudeness earlier.
>-Skeer, Chieftain of the Red Talon Flock. (Beastfolk)
Unfavorable.
>-Craven, Chieftain of the White Hoof Tribe. (Beastfolk)
Very much unfavorable, but our actions might have left him with little room to complain or object.
>-Jirre, speaker for the Otterfolk and other minor peoples. (Beastfolk)
Favorable to use for helping rescue his people.
>-Sam Wyte, leader of the ‘Wyte Band’ Bluejays. (Human)
Unfavorable, he might not bother objecting or taking the trouble to object.
>-Ryan the Sixth, leader of ‘Purple Heart’ Bluejays. (Human)
Unfavorable.
>-Gunnar, speaker for the North Coast communities. (Human)
Neutral.
>-Ugnort, White Hoof Shaman. (Beastfolk)
His reaction to Craven behavior and our response might have won us a neutral stance.
>-First Kill Mother, Envoy of the Prime Serpent (Snakeman)
If the snake we help rescue was a snakeman, he might be incline to favor us. Neutral otherwise.
>-Kayees, Aide to Kaskai the Serene. (Beastfolk)
Neutral, but goes as Kaskai goes.
>-19 Summers, Cupbearer of 547 Summers. (Monster young)
Neutral, but goes as 547 Summers goes.

Its optimistic and more than a few neutrals might be indisposed towards us, but I think our chances aren't that bad.
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>>4041056
The Griffin lady might see our griffinhawk as a negative
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>>4041073
We should probably emphasize that he is our friend and companion and we don't think of him as a pet or property. To me he is Hannibal's younger brother.
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>>4041083
And if he truely wanted to leave us, there would be nothing we could do to stop our friend from leaving.
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>>4041056
We avenged Ursen's cub, we didn't save them. However, we could probably point him towards the rest of the people who participated in the capture and death of his cub. We weren't sworn to secrecy about the slavery and the participation of the Langlish and who was employing them.

We already got a bonus for having Sky. >>4041073 Courageous Sky *chose* us as a partner, we've got his endorsement.

I kinda hope Mikhail chats with the Cupbearer myself, they're in kind of similar positions. Also I wanna see him get flustered and teased by a Dryad girl. Maybe that's just me.
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>>4041238
Thinking about Mikail actually he's going to have such a wildly different perspective on things compared to your average knight considering how we've brought him up. Kid has seen more crazy shit than some of the more grizzled veterans. How many others can claim they've attended court in the Fae capitol?
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>>4041238
We saved the cub. The mother is dead.

>>4036514
>We saved the cub at least, but sadly arrived to late for the mother. After this, he might join the other clans in their caves in the Deepwood.

Furthermore, the vow is very expansive:
>“I hereby swear on the Book of Brothers, on the Knucklebone of this Unnamed Saint and on my life that I shall utter no word of what I witnessed here today save by Her Majesty’s command or that of her favoured servants, the Heralds. May the Almighty strike me down where I stand should I forswear this oath, and may my limbs be torn from my body by horses and left to rot in the sun.” The oath of silence is thoroughly based on Church Law, far more comprehensive and legalistic in it’s repercussions than the customary knight oaths.

>“Nor shall you write of it, or communicate what transpired here in any way to any other soul. Swear it.” It’s not traditional to make addendums, but clearly some technical difficulties with the basic oath must have arisen in the past.

What we witnessed would probably include the bits of the rescue. Might need a ruling from forgotten if it violates our oath.
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>>4041260
I would argue that the herald didn't know what we saw as far as captives, so his intention would have been regarding the son of sin
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>>4041260
The vow was expansive yes, and while I have no intention to subvert it, "what I witnessed here" was clearly meant for the catacombs and the Anarchy. His concern for was for the walking blasphemy and the conspiracy not slaves and captive monsters.
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>>4041291
>>4041373
Thing is knight failing his vows due to wording is very much a thing in knightly tales. Monsters or villains tricking a naive knight by trapping him in his words.

Hence why I'm hesitant on merely 'just following the spirit of the vow'.
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>>4041425
It's a thorny matter, but I believe that vows made between men are more open to interpretation than that made to Fae, and if made to the Almighty so long as we truly believe we aren't violating the oath by discussing things the Fae actually already know since the escaped slaves know at least about the slavery.
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>>4041260
I misremembered. Hey that's better though.
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