Hello everyone!This is a quest based in the ASOIAF universe which follows a captain of a free company that has recently been given dominion over Stormgrave, an island near Dragonstone. Ser Aurion Shryke is a common-born man with a natural affinity for leading men and making friends. It is currently the year 283 after the Sack of King's Landing.Quest resources including character sheets can be found here:https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Ot_VGz9iDVmO1neVhGQMOs9h2G9Hd7nb?usp=sharingI try to update twitter on run times/important votes here: https://twitter.com/CormaicBPrevious Threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=House%20ShrykeNow, let's get started!
“I had a few simple things in mind for my trip,” you tell Janesa. “First, I was to seek out Lady Cerelle, and her family if it seemed possible. I meant my words to her and will not give up after one poor meeting with her father.”Janesa keeps a neutral face, but you know her well enough to be sure she is already plotting and scheming over your words. “You do not approve?” you ask.“I have already given you my counsel. It is your prerogative to heed it or ignore it. I will merely focus my thoughts on how best to turn this to our advantage,” she replies.“If you can, find out if she is with child. The thought has been weighing heavily on me of late. She should know by now, yes?” you ask. This is far from your area of expertise.She gives you a strange look you can’t quite place before smoothing out the front of her dress. “It has been nearly two moons, so I suppose it is possible…” she says cautiously. “But it is far from a surety. You copulated with her, what? Three times? Four times? I do not recall hearing tale of magical seed amongst the various rumors that swirl about you,” she teases with a slight smile.“Which you should be grateful for, otherwise your bookkeeping would’ve been far more complicated than it was,” you point out.“A fair assessment,” she concedes. “And if your worries appear to be valid?”“Then do whatever it takes to ensure she stays that way. I will not lose another child over a father’s stubbornness. Threats if strictly necessary. Bribes… I have this sword now as well. Or better yet, you know how best to speak to these people, do that thing you do where highborn clients think you so charming,” you say.She brushes back her hair regards you curiously with her strange golden eyes. “You would go to such lengths?”“Yes,” you answer with a harder edge than you’d intended.
>>4133379“Very well, Aurion. It will be done,” she knows when not to press an issue. “The second task?”“Lord Estermont now owes me twice over. My efforts to combat these raiders of the Stepstones would have directly impacted similar threats to Tarth and his own isle. I’ve seen them marked for raiding on the maps of their leadership. Furthermore, he fucked me with that surprise meeting. I’ve no doubt it wasn’t intentional, but that does not absolve him of all guilt. He should be able to appreciate that much, I hope. Leverage him, or the Hand for that matter. I am very much torn between asking for title or coin. I could settle for either, really,” you say.“The title would help with securing your Cerelle’s hand, but it may not be necessary if I am able to work out an agreement in advance. I do not doubt they would insist upon meeting with you in person if it came down to conferring titles. The coin we are in desperate need of, as you well know,” Janesa says.“I leave it to you to sort out. I’ve had a stroke of brilliance for coin though,” you bait.She only looks to you with suspicion and apprehension. “I don’t suppose you would be willing to share this brilliant plan of yours?”Your grin widens despite your exhaustion. “Let’s talk rum…”
Switching perspectives to Janesa for King’s Landing diplomacy.You are Lady Janesa Jal’Anaris of the Pureborn, eight hundred sixty sixth of your name and heir to a position within Qarth’s Hall of a Thousand Thrones. Beyond that, you are exceedingly bored. This trip to the barbarian capital has already taken several days of your time and the five First Regiment bodyguards Aurion spared for your use are poor conversationalists. You do so wish you could have at least brought your daughter to learn from the experience, but this King’s Landing is notorious for its filth, and by your consort’s accounting, the reputation was understated. This is only made worse by your… condition. For a moment there, you had suspected Aurion had somehow found you out with his musings over his Andal woman, but it appears your secret is safe for now. No one need know you are with child until it is strictly necessary, especially Vaeron, not after what happened a few years past. Hopefully the gods are with you this time, although you could see why they wouldn’t be. A third child is absolutely scandalous for your kind and will surely send your mother into apoplectic fits when next you write her, which is an amusing notion in itself. There was strictly no need to complicate things after the birth of your daughter and heir, but your little Auric is a treasure and you just couldn’t resist this last try… in more ways than one. You were unable to brew your teas at sea and Vaeron’s scent after a battle is a potent enough aphrodisiac that you’ve given serious thought to seeing it perfumed…The swift galley Aurion allocated for this diplomatic mission was combed over by Stormbringers with an almost fanatical level of paranoia. It was enough to leave you noting with approval that this assassin business is being taken most seriously. The crew are all hand-picked and well-known to the company to prevent any subterfuge or stowaways. Even the bottles of rum stored safely within your cabin were “checked” by Aurion and his Courtesan woman. After testing for tampering, they bickered at length over which samples were up to the most exacting of standards, with the very best destined to be offered to the new barbarian king. You were quite close to demanding they fuck and get it out of their systems, but you felt this Lady Cleo would have only taken such a comment for further encouragement. Lysene slut… but you repeat yourself.Sailors shout out unnecessarily as the city looms closer upon the horizon. A welcome enough development. By your reckoning, this puts you at least a half day ahead of schedule. Good. This leaves time for business before whatever passes for a feast here. What will you start with?>The Red Keep. Find the Lord Estermont if possible.>Wherever it is House Lydden has holed up.>Find Eddison Celtigar. The boy may make a passable chaperone for your trip here.
>>4133405>>Find Eddison Celtigar. The boy may make a passable chaperone for your trip here.
>Find Eddison Celtigar. The boy may make a passable chaperone for your trip here.
>>4133405>Find Eddison Celtigar. The boy may make a passable chaperone for your trip hereWhat kind of dress are we wearing here hmmm
>>4133411>>4133422>>4133496Writing!For her, something mild since she is on official business. No tits hanging out, but with little enough fabric to provoke double-takes.
>>4133509We should wear the special dress if we can get a private meeting with Robert
You find yourself wrinkling your nose involuntarily. Not at the memory of the rum tasting session you were forced to bear witness to, but rather at the horrific stench of the city as your galley closes in on its final approach. It smells like dead everything. To think anyone from gutter rat to monarch could stand to live in this filth… it makes you yearn for proper civilization. It seems as if Vaeron understated his descriptions to you. You will need to find a way to sit him down and expand his vocabulary at your earliest convenience. If only he had half the patience as his son.The trouble with your newness to this city is your lack of any true direction here. It is beneath you to aimlessly wander, or worse yet, to place yourself in a situation where you are forced to wait for an audience. Conveniently, the Celtigar boy should be within his residence which serves your purposes in a variety of ways. He will be able to offer you a place to stay and should know enough of the goings on in his home city to be properly chaperone you about it. Furthermore, he owes you. Well, he owes Aurion, but you are his proxy here. If not for your dear friend’s characteristically reckless interventions, the boy and his family would be long dead or worse by now. Unlike your captain, you are not so kind and carefree as to allow his generosity to go unpaid. With such thoughts in mind, you confer with the five elites accompanying you. It is convenient that your bodyguards were with Aurion in rescuing the Celtigars from their manse. They’re thankfully of the opinion that docking on the northern approach is preferable, meaning you get to avoid the foul-smelling river mouth to the south. After procuring a half dozen ill-bred horses from some dirty smallfolk in the dockside village, you set off with your men for your young ally’s home. No one bars your path or even challenges you beyond casual hails from ill-disciplined gate guards. You would sooner have them whipped if they were in your own employ. The manse itself is a rather disappointing mess. Some simpletons, no doubt the treacherous Andals from the far west, made a haphazard attempt at burning the structure down. Given what you’ve heard of their combat prowess or lack thereof from Vaeron, it comes as no surprise to you that they’ve left the job half complete. One of the two wings has collapsed and the main structure looks to be somewhat singed, but the remaining wing is intact. The grounds themselves have been heavily churned up by whatever fighting took place and are in desperate need of new grass. >Can I get 3 rolls of 4d6 for Status?
Rolled 4, 4, 4, 4 = 16 (4d6)>>4133550
Rolled 4, 4, 2, 2 = 12 (4d6)>>4133550Big roll coming through! >>4133545Considering that Janesa is of the opinion that the King is going to be married soon, she probably wouldn't be as tactless as to try to seduce him.
Rolled 6, 6, 4, 6 = 22 (4d6)>>4133550
>>4133556haha you sons a batch! Crit if its 3 d
>>4133557Nvm just a decent roll..
>Aurion gets blamed for Bobby B becoming a drunken whoremonger with his rum
>>4133561Imagine a story thread where Robert gets drunk on our rum instead of strongwine when he is on his final hunt. Honestly, I think Robert is really going to like Aurion, between sending Janesa to treat with him, and the gifts of rum. In canon, by the beginning of the first book, he has given serious thought to giving up the crown and becoming a mercenary. In this quest, it very well could be Aurion who puts the idea in his head. One final thought; if we keep the Valyrian blade, and our enemy turns out to be House Sunglass, I want to name the blade "Glassbreaker". Just imagine driving a larger noble house into extinction, like what Tywin did, then poaching their industries and wealth.
>>4133509That's a shame. I'm sure we'll have the opportunity to use it soon tho heh.
>>4133556Shame this wasn't the roll we got for meeting with lord estermont. Would be nice. But thankfully we have a lot of good will built up there. Seems like the cultivar boy will at least be helpful.
>Rolled 22 vs DC 12, 3 degrees of success.“Who goes there!” a man shouts from a low-lying hedge encircling the perimeter of the manse itself. Before even waiting for a response, he and four of his fellows reveal themselves. To your immediate anger, they are brandishing crossbows in your direction. Impudent beyond all sense! But you were raised better than to be so easily betrayed by your emotions and you already feel yourself slipping into the familiar routine of your formative years. You were raised in Qarth where poisons are delivered to friends with smiles and cruel betrayals often end with instigators shedding false tears of remorse. It is part of why you so enjoy the company of Vaeron and Aurion despite their abject crudity. They are the only men you’ve ever known around whom you may be your true self. Here, you will have to settle for a more studied bearing.“You would do well not to brandish weapons in the face of your betters,” you address the servants with contempt. “If your master has not imparted such an obvious aphorism upon you, then perhaps a more direct lesson is in order.” Your contempt bleeds off onto your men as they place their hands upon hilts with casual ease. Five professional soldiers wearing half plate and brandishing battle-tested steel against their number of peasants in roughspun brandishing shaking crossbows. You are not an expert in the art of war, but the outcome here has already been determined. “Apologies milady. Just that we can only be too care round here. We meant no disrespect,” the oldest man bows his head and lowers his crossbow along with the rest. “Hmm. I am in a generous enough mood if only because the master of this manse is an ally of my liege. Bring me to Eddison Celtigar at once. You may run along ahead and announce that Lady Janesa Jal’Anaris comes on behalf of Captain Aurion Shryke. Be quick about it,” you order.Their faces only pale further upon your words, but you pay them no further mind. One of your men helps you from your horse and you stride into the manse without a look back. The older servant comes scurrying back to announce his master’s presence for your sake. Eddison Celtigar quickly follows him while smoothing out his doublet.“Lady Janesa, I am glad to see you in good health. To what do I owe the pleasure of this visit?” he says graciously enough.
>>4133645You are glad to see he has better manners about him then when last you met. He was such a sullen young man then, though you could understand it under the circumstances. You give him a quick onceover. He is rather slight of build, but nonetheless comely. His eyes remind you of Aurion’s only without the commanding presence your liege manages to convey. Given he is a twin of Lady Constance, that would make him seven and ten if the girl was truthful in her conversations with you. In all honesty, you have your own designs upon the young man. Not for yourself to be sure, but for Aella if she manages to survive her ordeal. They are close enough in age and he is now of low enough esteem for such a match to not stretch the bounds of decency. That she was blessed with the exquisite aesthetics of her brother should make things more palatable. Of course, you’ve yet to broach the subject with Aurion given your uncertainty towards his intentions with her, but it may be one of your better ideas. Perhaps it is a matter to be discussed if you are successful in meeting his demands over his prized Andal woman. “I am here to represent Captain Aurion at court. He was invited to attend a celebratory feast by the Crown, but he finds himself too busy to attend. Alas, I seem to have arrived a day early. I was hoping you would be able to find the time to chaperone me in the meantime, but I found myself greeted with loaded crossbows,” you explain.He winces at the last added comment before throwing a furious glare to his servant. “I would like to extend my deepest apologies for your reception, my lady. My few remaining servants are still on edge after the Sack and I find myself bereft of the more professional guardsmen my uncle used to keep as they were felled in battle.”“It is of no great matter,” you wave it off dismissively. It needed to be brought to his attention, but it is beneath your concerns.“I would of course be delighted to host you for the duration of your stay, my lady. Athough I must again apologize for the state of my household. We have fallen on hard times with our recent losses. I hope my sister’s chambers will be acceptable? She will soon be returning with my mother from Duskendale and her rooms have been made ready for her arrival,” Eddison offers.“I am most grateful for your hospitality. I am new to this city and fear I It comforts me to know my liege has chosen his friends well,” you accept.He puffs up a touch at your words. Pride is ever so important to young men. “Was there any place in particular that my lady seeks aid in finding?”>You would see this affair with House Lydden come to progress or come to some sort of amicable resolution.>Find Lord Estermont to pass along Aurion’s version of recent developments and push for compensation.>Skip both. You will simply wait and see them at the feast.>Something else?
>>4133646>>You would see this affair with House Lydden come to progress or come to some sort of amicable resolution.
Lydden. 46>>Find Lord Estermont to pass along Aurion’s version of recent developments and push for compensation.We need help with Lydden.We can ask for compensation in either a referral or information that would help our cause. We may need him for the lordship push if he can't provide anything too useful towards getting us Cerelle's hand.
>>4133646>You would see this affair with House Lydden come to progress or come to some sort of amicable resolutionShe can at least gauge what her status is
>>4133657>>4133653>>4133649If we have estermont on our side as we ask for a chat he is a lot less likely to refuse. Considering he is the host. Lydden would likely have to give him face. Him by our side would strengthen our side tremendously but that means getting him to stand next to Janessa
>>4133646>>Find Lord Estermont to pass along Aurion’s version of recent developments and push for compensation.
>>4133646>Find Lord Estermont to pass along Aurion’s version of recent developments and push for compensation.Seek his support first
>>4133659You make a valid point
Man whats up with all these 1 posts...Not calling anyone out.Just surprised is all.
>>4133659>>4133655You're right. We should get Estermont's support first and arrange a private rum testing meeting with Bobby if possible.>>4133649changing to >Find Lord Estermont to pass along Aurion’s version of recent developments and push for compensation.
>>4133671I forgot this is a new thread. I'm dumb like that. Lol
>>4133659I'm not opposed to seeking Estermont's help with Lydden, but I don't see how he is going to be particularly helpful in this regard. The Westerlands and the Stormlands aren't on good terms with each other, and the two lords don't have an existing relationship with one another. That being said, we could certainly float the idea, and see if Estermont has anything that we could use. And as long as we get to speak to both the Lydden's and Estermont during this outing, then I am fine with whatever.
>>4133646Estermont first then Lydden
It seems like we've settled on Estermont. Writing!
>>4133582"Glassbreaker" I dig that name a lot
>>4133702We are heading to him because he is on the rebel- winning side. As is Lydden but with less grace. He is also a shot caller. Someone whose word means something. We will try and talk him into using that towards our gain if he can't give us some really useful information. About the Lydden's we could use. We are coming to him because we were corned with that last meeting and he is guilty of leaving us to slaughter without warning as at least allies. As well as the warning we are bringing him of the reaver pirate's coming to his lands and others. So we are coming with a grievance and a reward of information for him. So it's not like we are asking for a favor for free. At least far as I get it. We've also hit it off well with him.
Extraordinary Scimitar: 6 Dmg, Fast, Adaptable, Piercing 2, +2 to Fighting tests, +1D to Status testsAdaptable makes it so we could use two hands for the weapon and make it +1 damage. Making it have as much damage as our Superior halberd. It also has piercing 2, which means off the bat it cleanly ignores 2 armor.and +2 to fighting result instead of 1 with our superior halberd. Not sure how to use FAST exactly. But apparently a +1B dice could be added somehowLose bulk from a halberd. And we could gain one arm to use a shield. We could lead from the from with a nice boost to survivability. People seem to be fine losing this weapon, but you should keep in mind exactly what you are losing. Something like this was a gift from God, storyline-wise. Likely never to show up again. I really like the idea of getting Cerelle. But some of you seem to be underestimating the worth of this scimitar. Valeryian weapons are all pretty amazing.
>>4133728Okay, that makes more sense. I thought that we were going to trade a favor for the information, which seemed kind of a lopsided deal to me. The one thing I am nervous about is the information about the Triumvirate targeting his lands. If we told him the truth, that we saw a map while we were treating with pirates, that might not go over very well. Perhaps a deception, where we claim that the map was found in the dromon we captured instead? And as far as >We've also hit it off well with him.Aurion hit it off well with him, and that might be a bit generous. We are playing as Janesa, and he was more than a little awkward around us. Something else to consider.
“I was hoping to first meet with the Lord Eldon Estermont. He was the author of our letter of invitation and we have much to discuss over certain recent… developments,” you inform him.He looks as if he would like to ask more on what such development may be but thinks better of it. “As you will it, my lady. I believe he would be residing within the Red Keep now. I confess to be no great admirer of this new regime, but it would nonetheless be my honor to escort you.”You treat him to a smile and make for the holdfast after taking the care to make yourself look more presentable. Lady Constance’s rooms are sparse on account of whatever looting took place here but contain adequate amenities all the same. You’ve certainly dealt with worse. It is an effort to keep the disgust from your face as you trot along to the looming holdfast. The streets here are repulsive with all manner of refuse scattered about. How does one rule so much, wield such power, and then allow himself to stare upon human waste building up on his literal doorstep. It is unsettling. Was it like this before? You know Aurion was correct in choosing this side, but what you see borders upon misrule. Invoking Lord Estermont’s name at the gates has you passing through with little fuss. It seems you are indeed in the right place. The bailey, if you may even call it by such a term at this scale, is bustling with activity. Servants scurry between the central keep and a separate building while carrying all manner of supplies for tomorrow’s event. Beyond that, there is an overabundance of knights enthusiastically riding at rings and effigies. You can picture Vaeron’s scorn at such a display and it brings a fond smile to your face. You haven’t had enough time with him lately with all of his running about.You are escorted by a pair of men in golden cloaks ironically woven of cheap fabric to a nearby building that could be described as another keep onto itself. A knight you actually recognize guards the doors within. You haven’t the slightest idea as to his name, but he escorted you to Lord Eldon in what feels like ages ago upon your first meeting at Duskendale. He looks to you in surprise.“My lady of House Shryke. I do not believe my lord was expecting your presence. What sort of business are you upon?” he asks, surprised yet polite enough.“I come as proxy to Captain Aurion Shryke. He was too occupied to attend in person. Your lord will want to know the news I bear,” you reply smoothly.
>>4133812He begs a moment is retreats inward to confer with his lord. You end up being admitted in short order. If anything, Lord Eldon appears more exhausted then when last you saw him. The stacks of letters upon his appropriated desk a testament to the work he has been absorbed in.“Lady Janesa, was it? I was informed you are here representing Ser Aurion. Would you care to explain to me what was so urgent that he was unable to attend our invitation in person? I must admit he is not the most predictable of men, but I did not take him for one to miss a celebration,” Lord Eldon asks with curiosity.“Captain Aurion has been busily warding off my lord’s enemies since you last met with him. He has won great victories over opportunistic raiders that he then harried back as far as the Stepstones. Upon the eve of his departure for these shores, he was faced with an assassination attempt over what we suspect to be vengeance for his loyalty towards the true king by one of the rebel houses allied with Dragonstone,” you explain.“That is a grave accusation to lay at the feet of another house,” he says cautiously as he processes the information.“We will see soon enough. A man posing as a septon placed a false copy of The Seven Pointed Star in front of Captain Aurion as a gift. The plot failed but not without cost. My own good-sister was stricken down by the beast. The company will not rest until they have their vengeance and I assure you my lord, they will have it,” you say.“By the Seven,” Lord Eldon pales at mention of the manticore. “Whosoever stoops to such tactics is assuredly damned. I welcome the day they face justice, my lady.”You will continue to play up the situation with the raiders, but perhaps it would be best to settle more definitively on what you will be asking of Lord Estermont in return for your loyal services thus far.>Help in securing a marriage between Aurion and Lady Cerelle.>Gold.>Push for lordship.>OtherThat’s it for tonight. Thanks for playing!
>>4133759Personally I don't even want to reforge or trade it for Cerelle hand this will be our heirloom and most people don't use halberd as weapons they use swords
>>4133820>Help in securing a marriage between Aurion and Lady Cerelle.>OtherSecure a private meeting with Robert.Lordship is far and difficult. marrying Cerelle would make earning that Lordship easier. We also need a meeting with Bobby where janesa can use her full array of charms to make our case, gift rum and discuss establishing trade routes.
>>4133830We were always going to meet with him I believe but yeah you're right. In that now as Janessa that's become much harder to do. An introduction via his uncle would go a long way.+1
>>4133830We already are owed an audience with the King. I don't know if it is private.>>4133823Yeah, I'm with you. We should hold on to the sword. We probably will get some gold from the capture of Dragonstone (still haven't had a conversation with Cleo about the opportunity, when focus shifts back to Aurion, we should put it to a vote before it goes much longer), so gold probably isn't necessary, not to mention, that (excluding a wedding) there isn't much to use it on at the moment. I think that we will be in a better position to start the push for lordship after we take Dragonstone, so we should hold off on that. So even though I'm not sure how much he will be able to do, I guess my vote is for >Help in securing a marriage between Aurion and Lady Cerelle. An additional point; if the assassins were from House Sunglass, and we do go to war with them, if we manage to kill them all off, by hook or crook, then we will be in a really good position to petition for their lands and titles. Just a thought.
Also we can't forgot about Janessa's little secret
>>4133820>Gold+>OtherSecure a private meeting with Robert.
Anyone care to explain the fascination with marrying Cerelle to me?
>>4133582>>4133726>"Glassbreaker">Naming a weapon after some irrelevant house that may not be the culprit in the poisoningMeh. More like Wifemaker.Did we get its original name from Shako, btw?>>4133820>Help in securing a marriage between Aurion and Lady Cerelle.Though I have little faith in the weight of his word to a westerlander lord. So if not patronage then information. What lord Lydden craves or what he is plotting. We can exploit it in due time to put him in position where he can't refuse us.
>>4134025>GlassbreakerAlso; anything can break glassThat name is doubly retarded-1
>>4134028Gotta agree here, Glassbreaker sounds to on the nose and not hefty enough. I'd prefer something more subtle pertaining to the other portion of their house name: Eclipse. It's a a great nod to blocking out the sun and has good gravity to it in my opinion.
>>4134092I like that one a lot
>>4133820>>Push for lordship.Lordship would help our status and therefore any attempt at matchmaking. And it comes with other perks.>>4134023Not a clue, mate. Aurion wants a family though and Janessa told us Cleo's age might lead to complications in childbirth.
>>4134145Yeah, Cleo with all that testing done on her body is what I think may be the issue and not her age. She is in her early 30's. That's really not to bad.
>>4134145All that poison in her mouth and vagina can't be good for a baby.
>>4134177>>4134187I think Cleo could be detoxified by some maester or ritual of sorts. It would strengthen our bond with her and show that she’s committed to a family if we choose her. And if she chooses us...
>>4134200Eh maybe. Or maybe not. Maybe she just can't bear children. Point is that marrying her will bring a set of greater problems.
>>4134200>I think Cleo could be detoxified by some maester or ritual of sorts.Top kek. More like cleansed with Azor Ahai's burning cock.
Are we doing anything about the feisty dragonseed orphan girl? Either Boggs was trolling us, so a strong maybe, or she is our daughter. Idk how to go about piecing it together but if we figure it out what then? She would be a lot of fun to keep around but I'm also partial to having Cleo keep watching her as a sort of favor.
>>4133820I will vote > other>>4133830a meeting with Bobby B can help with both the marriage and the lordship
>>4134177If we get a good maester to help with childbirth and things, I think it'd be more likely go fine.>>4134187We sure didn't seem to mind the pussy poison.>>4134200I'd be willing to try, but most of the thread seems to have firmly planted their flags and cocks in Cerelle's camp
>>4134270> spoileryeah, lost cause unfortunately
>>4134025Sunglass isnt irrelevant, they are big player in the area. And Stormgrave was thier island. If we were to declare a blood feud over this, (assuming they were responsible) and to seek thier extinction, then naming the blade we went to war with Glassbreaker would be appropriate. >>4134028If the "glass" is a powerful noble family, then no, not anything can break "glass".
>>4134200Honestly, if Cleo could be detoxified, then she'd probably be able to do it herself.>>4134092Eclipse is alright, but they are also temporary. And as far as "on the nose" it would be part of a declaration of war and a blood feud. It is supposed to be obvious.
>>4134342It is a cute picture. At the risk of belaboring the point; the "glass" isn't actual glass, which could be broken with anything. The "glass" is a powerful noble family named Sunglass, that could only be broken by war and weapons.
>>4134270I've said it last thread as long as she's not pregnant I'm all for going with somebody else including people we haven't met yet I even voted for her thread #1
>>4134200wat>>4134336>then she'd probably be able to do it herself.Agreed.>>4134270For good reason. As have been stated repetitively when anyone asks. But it's cool. Everyone has an opinion and perspective based on the same info. >>4134314lolwutThe house we are talking about is the previous owner of our lands. House SUNGLASS, isn't all that powerful. even less so now that we have been given their lands. It's just a house with no lands.IC we know that much since they sent a letter to us, and we brushed them the fuck off. Don't want to get to meta gaming since we know what happened to that house later on but, IC what little claws they had left have been taken from them. They may be able to continue with out lands. But severely weakened. >>4134347Says who?they could still use contacts to try and deal with us, as this assassination attempt might have been a last-ditch effort to get rid of us via potentially using all of their funds to kill us. And that blew up in their face. They killed some peasant girl associated with us.
>>4134347Don't get me wrong. If we can prove that house Sunglass committed that act to kill Aurion, we would have a right to take that as an act of war. And if we slaughter the entire family and kill off the entire "glass" house. Glassbreaker comes with it the implication that it destroyed a HOUSE and not the material item. SO from that point yeah, Glassbreaker would be a good nameWhich wouldn't make sense to rename a blade that hasn't been reforged so yeah. But this whole house sunglass is a powerful Nobel house, I'm fairly certain you're just wrong there.
>>4134353The Sunglasses that died out were a cadet branch. The mainline family still holds land, and they are our immediate neighbors.
>>4134353House Sunglass is a lordly house with their seat upon another significant island, Sweetport Sound. It's located in Blackwater Bay just off the inner arm of Massey's Hook while your island is on the Narrow Sea side. Stormgrave was ruled by a cadet branch of their house that got stamped out in the male line at The Trident. The main branch took offense to the land going to a complete outsider as they had perfectly legitimate claims upon it. They were spamming you with letters along with who knows what else because they believe they are in the right here.
>>4134371>>4134374Well damn. I thought that was their main branch. Not much they can do, what we should focus on is getting an Heir sooner rather than later then. If we can prove their house is responsible, along with the heavy reparations they will be paying we may be able to gain much more from that.We are really gonna have to focus on getting this assassin. Side note boggs, if you don't mind could you further comment on how spending a destiny point works without burning it? You use it but get it back at the end of the thread? And if you would have earned it, you essentially get that one back and gain one? Does spending/burning one effect if we would get one from a major plotline?And would we be able to use Janessa's while we are in charge of her? Since she isn't usually going to into battle I don't mind spending her's to gain a 1B to potentially save a roll.
>>4134383>Side note boggs, if you don't mind could you further comment on how spending a destiny point works without burning it? You use it but get it back at the end of the thread?You would probably get a spent point back every two threads or at the end of a major story, but yeah you get it back and it doesn't negatively impact gaining an additional point if the time is right for one.>And would we be able to use Janessa's while we are in charge of her? Since she isn't usually going to into battle I don't mind spending her's to gain a 1B to potentially save a roll.Hmm yeah that would be something you could do. I'll bring it up if it looks like she has a chance to turn a fail into a pass with one.
>>4134347i know it is a house name, but it is also the word for something that shatters easily. one does not take away the other. let it go man
We should be resuming in a little over 2 hours. Can I get 3 rolls of 4d6 for Persuasion (Convince) to see how Janesa does at convincing Lord Eldon to help with Cerelle and introduce her to the king?
Rolled 5, 3, 6, 1 = 15 (4d6)>>4134759
Rolled 3, 4, 4, 2 = 13 (4d6)>>4134759
>>4134353Good reasoning against has likewise been repetitively stated, but I agree, it's a very subjective topic.
Rolled 4, 5, 6, 2 = 17 (4d6)>>4134759
Rolled 4, 1, 5, 6 = 16 (4d6)>>4134759>>4134893>Lulz so randumb XD
>>413490315 is solid.The problem with that is that she doesn't have a convince bonus die.Unless thats where you very graciously used her exp, which I would appreciate.
Rolled 6 (1d6)>>4134797>>4134871>>4134903Still one off from the DC for Robert. Here's the attractive reroll for the first roll.
>>4134914Her benefits are as follows:Polyglot: pick up on additional languages with Cunning testsFavored of Nobility: +1D to Persuasion tests when interacting with those of Status 4+Attractive: Reroll 1s for Persuasion testsBlood of the Pureborn: Reroll 1s for Deception testsShe has 3 Persuasion base, but is rolling with 4D here.
>>4134918Not that I'm complaining, but isn't "Favoured of Nobles" +1B when interacting with those of Status 4 or more?
>>4134924Yup. Like I would for any other shitty benefit, I've tweaked it to make it a more palatable pick. Just as I did with Aurion's Charismatic.
>>4134927>>4134918Thanks for that update.Would you mind telling us what was spent for her exp? I just might have missed it. If you already used them, or if she "banked" it Persay.
>>4134915Golden eyes and big titty solves everything
>>4134944I hadn't even allocated any to her as she was only a supporting character until this thread. I will be granting her exp after we complete this perspective shift with her since she is being actively played. I'm fine with you all spending it as you will just in case we eventually end up doing another shift back to her in future threads. >>4134945What more does one need in life?
>>4134954Vaeron's a lucky fucker
“Tell me, were my lord's lands affected by raiders? Or perhaps Tarth?” you try.You see a twinge of anger cross his features. “They were subjected to raiding, yes. The Evenstar has already departed to restore order. Unfortunately, my duties here persist until a more permanent council may be established for my nephew. How could you know this, my lady?”“Captain Aurion was able to gather as much from the maps of the lead raiders of Stormgrave. It would seem we have mutual enemies, my lord. He put a thousand to the sword or the noose and harried the survivors enough to give all of us some relief,” you explain.“So many… your liege should have waited for the King’s Justice. He does not have the right to pit and gallows as a landed knight,” Lord Eldon points out with a slight frown.“With respect, my lord, Captain Aurion is more than a landed knight. The company charter gives him final say over the fate of all prisoners. If the two roles are in some way irreconcilable, then by all means broach the subject with him. I am sure he will only take such a conversation as reason to be granted further title,” you say with a slight smile.“I believe I will defer to your judgement on this, my lady,” Lord Eldon dryly allows.“Your wisdom is admirable, my lord. However, I am afraid that my visit here was not solely to relay the latest news of the Narrow Sea. As you may suspect, my liege would also like to discuss ---”“Compensation,” you both say simultaneously. “I had expected as much, my lady,” he sighs. “What will it be? Gold? Titles? More men?”“That would be my preference, my lord, but Captain Aurion has his mind fixed upon a very specific goal. Or rather person. You are at least acquainted with the Lady Cerelle Lydden?” you ask.He arches his brow in amusement. “This would be the same Lady Cerelle that Ser Aurion rescued from Dragonstone? I do try to distance myself from the gossip, but it has been much the talk of court.”“Just so. Captain Aurion is adamant on securing her hand in marriage,” you reply. The older lord’s face creases with his perturbed frown. “Would you not consider such an arrangement to be… reaching?”“Perhaps, my lord, but it is not my decision to make. I have already counseled my captain to seek out a local match or at least one that would come with a more substantial dowry, but it would seem his mind is quite decided on the matter. If I am not mistaken, both concerned parties are infatuated with one another. It would be quite the tale… if not for the matter of her father’s scorn. He gave grave insult to Captain Aurion upon the surprise discovery of his daughter within these very walls, enough so to provoke the captain’s early departure in his wroth. You may not realize this, my lord, but your courtesy in informing my Lord of Lydden on the whereabouts of his daughter is precisely what provoked this unfortunate chain of events.”
>>4135034For his part, Lord Eldon at least has the grace to appear flustered. “I did not mean to cause any sort of disturbance, my lady. I sought only to reassure a father of his daughter’s safety, just as I would have expected the same of Lord Lewys,” he says abashedly.“I am sure your intentions were upstanding, my lord, but it seems you may have only caused both Lady Cerelle and Captain Aurion unneeded heartache. A fact that has not escaped my liege. It would be in all of our interests to see this resolved with haste so that the good captain may focus his complete attention upon our mutual foes,” you tell him.He sighs in exasperation and reaches into a cabinet beneath his desk to produce a bottle of wine. An Arbor vintage, if you recall the seal. “A drink, my lady?” he offers.“Please,” you take the glass, noting his eyes follow the dip of your cleavage. Given your precarious condition, you settle for a lone tantalizing sip before returning to the task at hand.“It may be that there is something I can do to influence such a match. Have you heard of the nature of this feast we have planned?” he asks.“I do believe it would be related to a betrothal announcement between King Robert and a Lady of Lannister,” you reply, suddenly very grateful for Lady Cerelle’s letter on the subject.“It seems you are well informed, my lady,” he notes wryly. “Then I suppose you also would know of the cause of this war? Lady Lyanna Stark, our King Robert’s formerly betrothed, was stolen from him by the Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. This grave, heinous insult is what set in motion the war which is only now concluding. King Robert, ever the devoted man, had only sought for his beloved’s safe return. It was only a few weeks past that we received word of her untimely death. My nephew was greatly distraught by this news and was near inconsolable in his grief. However, the realm is in need of firm alliances and both the Hand and I could see the wisdom in Lord Tywin’s proposal. There were other suitable matches, to be sure, but we ultimately pushed the Lord of Lannister’s proposal to an eventual reluctant assent on the part of my nephew. Given this great favor, it stands to reason that Lord Lewys, as amongst the most steadfast of Lord Tywin’s bannermen, would perhaps be willing to alleviate his liege’s debt to us in some minor capacity.”You allow yourself a smile which only grows more self-assured knowing how it must look to this man. “I knew we had chosen well in an ally in these lands. Did you know it was the Lady Cerelle that had recommended we seek you out amongst the other lords present at Duskendale?” you ask.
>>4135037“I was not aware, my lady, but it pleases me to know it all the same,” he appears to enjoy the praise. It seems old men are little different than their younger counterparts.He goes to poor himself a new glass of wine, but you stop him. “I cannot help but wonder if my lord would not enjoy a sampling of a drink better suited to fighting men,” you ponder for his benefit.“What do you mean, my lady?” he asks with curiosity.“Captain Aurion has another passion in rums. He fancies himself a sort of alchemist if you could believe it. Unusual, I know, but I find it hard to argue with the results. If you would allow me?” you ask. He signals his interest with a wave of his hand. “Torth!” you call out.After a brief moment, one of your elites comes in bearing a satchel. You reach inside and procure one of the bottles inside. Not the finest one that was specifically set aside, but one of the spares. “Please, my lord. Tell me what you think of it.”He pours himself a glass, examining the contents while swirling it curiously. He takes a hearty sip, “pulls a face” as your husband and Aurion would call it, and then eventually swishes it down. “It is quite strong my lady, but the flavor is remarkably appealing. You say that your liege made this himself?”“Just so, my lord. He has been working on perfecting his recipes for a decade now and has gotten the notion to establish his own distillery upon the island to his exacting specifications. It is his desire that one of his finest bottles be presented to King Robert as a gift for the trust placed in him,” you reply smoothly.“As much as I am uncertain about providing my nephew with yet another… distraction, I feel that an exception may be made in this case. It may be just the sort of gift to lift his spirits. However, I am afraid I must insist such an audience wait until tomorrow evening. The king is very busy, as you must be aware. My lady is a very beautiful woman and I am sure his Grace would not hesitate to give you a few moments of his time,” Lord Estermont allows.“I am delighted that my lord has made my tasks here so much easier. Now, as to House Lydden…?” you prod. “I do believe Lord Lewys and his lady wife have both taken up temporary residence within this very keep. As has Lady Cerelle. As it happens, I believe she is close in age to Lady Cersei Lannister. The two must be acquainted. I would see this matter come to a conclusion lest it distract me from other pressing issues. Now, if my lady will permit,” he suggests while standing and offering his arm.You smile appreciatively. “My lord is too kind.”How would you like to do this?>Sit in on the meeting with Lord Lewys and Lord Eldon.>Let the men do their talking first and take your chance to speak with Lady Cerelle on her current health and perspective.
Cerelle. 0>>Let the men do their talking first and take your chance to speak with Lady Cerelle on her current health and perspective.I'd rather we intervene in the meeting if we didn't have to confirm things with Cerelle. But let's chat with her, get her health to see if she is pregnant, and any chats and rumors she has for us that could help. What her family desires and so on. Whole also giving the men space to chat freely. If Cerelle isn't pregnant. As much as I want her as a wife, I'd gamble less with our assets for her.
>>4135040>Let the men do their talking first and take your chance to speak with Lady Cerelle on her current health and perspective.
>>4135040>>Let the men do their talking first and take your chance to speak with Lady Cerelle on her current health and perspective
>>4135040>>Let the men do their talking first and take your chance to speak with Lady Cerelle on her current health and perspective.
>>4135040>Sit in on the meeting with Lord Lewys and Lord Eldon.
How did we do on that convince roll 2 degree's?
>>4135095Ya I cut it off because of character count. 2 degrees on Cerelle, 1 degree on meeting with Robert.
I doubt it would happen, but I hope mother dearest will advocate for her daughter. Seemed like Cerelle thought she might. Even if only in private. Hopefully, we get the edge there.
So lads, if Janesa is successful here and manages to secure Cerelle, how are we going to handle Cleo being on Stormgrave? They will meet I'm sure.
I'm writing right now. Should have the post up fairly soon.
>>4135150Meet a pirate lord. We will be fighting alongside her potentially. My issue has been, how much we may have to spend to marry Aella off to her betters. With the Celtigar boy. While I'm sure Janessa and Vearon have some wealth saved up. Not sure its enough to buy her into the cultivar house. Or if an alliance with us is enough even if she isn't our blood. And we saved that whole side of the family.Fucking Janessa...
>>4135110This might be a bit meta but can we tell Cerelle that Aurion is still interested but mention that they are both better off without each other or something like this? Obviously this would need to be okay by you then put to a vote for everybody else
>>4135157Pass.He is interested. And fully committed. If we weren't as a group we wouldn't have just wasted a favor for it.Janessa came under orders to make it happen to the best of her ability. This would be counter productive.
>>4135163 I'm just worried about us being stuck on this problem for too long
>>4135166This is sadly going to take as long as it takes. Just commit to the ride, and enjoy it. Not comforting I know. But let's deal with it straight up. We could also just get rejected outright. And that will be the end of it. But as someone(now) under our liege's order we do the best we can with the problem at hand we were given.
>>4135157She is not going to sabotage Aurion's plans. She thinks Cerelle is a good match and she has no reason to deny him what he wants.
You take your casual stroll with Lord Eldon to yet another nearby structure with your guardians and his knight hanging back at a respectful distance. While your escort makes to seek out Lord Lewys Lydden, you cause the entire party to halt upon sight of a gaggle of noblewomen within a courtyard. “I am sure my lord would prefer to discuss matters with Lord Lydden without any interruptions. I will content myself with the gardens until you have need of me,” you pat his arm and make your way to the young ladies, Cerelle amongst them.The gathering of ladies looks to you and your cadre of half-plated guards with surprise, none more so than Lady Cerelle and that Hightower girl she took into her service. The so-coveted Andal woman loses the poise you know her for. “Lady Janesa?” she asks as if seeing a ghost. “Please tell me, is Captain Aurion with you?”This only causes her companions to begin murmuring amongst themselves anew. “I am afraid Captain Aurion was unable to pull himself away from his duties long enough to attend to his invitation here. He bid me attend as his proxy along with sending along his warmest regards for you.”Her arms fall to her side in disappointment. “I see. Tell me, is he at least well?”“I do hope so, my lady. Although he has been most busy as of late, waging war as far as the Stepstones and surviving an attempt upon his life by one of the traitor banners of Dragonstone,” you say more to tantalize her companions than anything. Any boost to Aurion’s reputation would do well for your efforts to secure future contracts and you can think of no more expedient a rumor mill than a circle of gossiping young noblewomen. Unfortunately, Lady Cerelle does not appear to share in her companions’ renewed enthusiasm and only looks more concerned by the news. “I would know more of this if you have the time, my lady. May we speak privately?”That is precisely what you had in mind, and so you set off with her to the far end of the garden. She turns to you as soon as you are out of earshot from the rest, concern wrought across her fair features. She really is a pretty thing, enough so that you can somewhat appreciate Aurion’s infatuation. “Is he truly well? You speak as if his life was endangered.”“He was unharmed in the attempt. A rival apparently saw fit to unleash a manticore upon him, but my good-sister was struck in his place. He now hunts the assassin with my husband and the remainder of the company. I am sure my lady can appreciate why he would not depart for a feast under such circumstances,” you explain.Her face goes even paler upon hearing the details. “And what are his intentions towards… us?”
>>4135280“His greatest insistence was that I work towards realizing his promise towards you in his stead. Additionally, and I may add he would have me realize his intentions regardless, Captain Aurion would have me inquire as to your… health,” you give her a pointed look. If she is as clever as he says, she will understand. She fails at suppressing a radiant smile upon your words. Not that you can blame her, you would have given up hope in her position. “It gladdens me more than you know to hear this. As for my health… I am very healthy… overly so.” She brushes her navel tellingly and looks to you with another brief, nervous smile.“Oh,” is all you can manage as you feel a torrent of emotions. Disbelief, that Aurion could be right and you wrong. Excitement at the prospect of your old friend joining you in parenthood. And pressure most of all. You cannot fail him now. “I am sure Aurion will be beyond pleased to hear it, my lady” you manage.“If I am to be honest, I was beginning to feel trapped before your arrival. Your words give me renewed strength to see this through. My mother already knows as I trust her the most to advocate for me, but it will not be much longer before I am unable to keep this from my lord father,” she says palpable relief. You can relate to the difficulties in keeping such a secret, though it must be worse for her.“I am hoping to bring this to a swift resolution,” you reassure her. “I have enlisted the aid of the Lord Estermont in broaching the subject with your father. I expect I will be meeting with him shortly.”Now it is her turn to be surprised again. “I am relieved that this is progressing with such speed, my lady. My father and his liege both hold the Lord Estermont in high regard. I pray that it will be enough,” she says.One of your guards approaches you. “Milady. Seems they’re ready for you,” he says.You reassure the young woman as a final fleeting gesture before your escort leads you to the solar appropriated for this meeting. Lord Eldon sits across from a man of clear martial bent that resembles Lady Cerelle in coloring. Beside him is a woman a touch on the stockier side with darker hair. She has a kindly face at odds with what must be her husband as she rests a hand upon the tense man’s arm. “Lady Janesa Jal’Anaris, forgive me if I have misspoken your name, may I introduce the Lord Lewys Lydden and Lady Cathryn Banefort,” Lord Eldon begins.You incline your head and take a seat next to Lord Eldon. “Let us be on with this,” Lord Lewys says gruffly. >Start in with speaking platitudes towards all concerned parties, especially the prospective bride and groom. (Charm)>State your case as to why exactly this is could be a serious match worth considering. (Convince)>Clear the air. There seems to be a grave misunderstanding as to Aurion’s power within this conflict and the realm beyond. You would correct that. (Intimidate)
>>4135283>>Start in with speaking platitudes towards all concerned parties, especially the prospective bride and groom. (Charm)oh shit she is preggers
>>4135283>>Start in with speaking platitudes towards all concerned parties, especially the prospective bride and groom. (Charm)
>>4135283>>Start in with speaking platitudes towards all concerned parties, especially the prospective bride and groom. (Charm)I would much rather choose intimidate. But remain calm and move forward.
>>4135283>>Start in with speaking platitudes towards all concerned parties, especially the prospective bride and groom. (Charm)We get to reroll 1's. Let's do this.
>>4135283>Start in with speaking platitudes towards all concerned parties, especially the prospective bride and groom. (Charm)
Let's roll it lads.>Can I get 3 rolls of 4d6 for Persuasion (Charm)?
Rolled 2, 3, 3, 3 = 11 (4d6)>>4135322
Rolled 1, 5, 2, 6 = 14 (4d6)>>4135322
Rolled 6, 4, 1, 2 = 13 (4d6)>>4135322
Rolled 3, 1, 5, 1 = 10 (4d6)>>4135322>>4135325looking the best so far.
Rolled 4, 1 = 5 (2d6)>>4135325>>4135326Rerolling the 1s in order.
>>4135326>>4135325these 2's screwed us.What was the dc? And hopefully you roll a 5+
>Rolled 17>2 degrees vs Lady Cathryn Banefort's DC 12.>Failed vs Lord Lewys Lydden's DC 18
>>4135334Burn destiny point. giving us 3 degree's with Cathrynand 1 degree with Lewys.
We knew Lydden was going to be a tough nut to crack
>>4135342This tough fucking bastard. This isn't even getting us her hand. Simply softening him up for the idea. But fuck it, we came here for a job.
I'm getting started writing, but the conversation here isn't going to end with a failed charm roll. Would you like to shift gears towards one of the other options?>Brush it off your lack of success and state your case as to why exactly this is could be a serious match worth considering. (Convince)>Clear the air now. There seems to be a grave misunderstanding as to Aurion’s power within this conflict and the realm beyond. You would correct that. (Intimidate)>Kill them with kindness and make a last attempt at charming the parents. (Charm)
>>4135334burn/spend some xp or destiny point. Janesa's not going to fight. The court is her battlefield.
>>4135353>Brush it off your lack of success and state your case as to why exactly this is could be a serious match worth considering. (Convince)
>>4135353>>Brush it off your lack of success and state your case as to why exactly this is could be a serious match worth considering. (Convince)well I guess there is that.
>>4135353>>Brush it off your lack of success and state your case as to why exactly this is could be a serious match worth considering. (Convince)I would have been fine burning. To get the 3 degrees on mom and 1 on the dad. To help with the next roll. (This one) but I guess it wouldn't have done much anyhow.
“First, I must thank my lords and lady for your time and consideration on this matter,” you begin.You receive an encouraging smile from the lady and a stony stare from the lord. It will have to suffice. “As you must know by now, I am here as Captain Aurion Shryke’s proxy while he continues to prosecute this war,” you say.“Who are you to him?” Lord Lewys asks.“I am paymaster to the Stormbringers Free Company as well as Captain Aurion’s seneschal upon Stormgrave. My husband is the good captain’s oldest friend and companion,” you try with a smile. You are normally well-suited for diplomacy, but something about this man’s cold abruptness grates at you more than you’re used to. “Well I am pleased you could make the trip in these trying times,” the Lady Cathryn tries encouragingly. “It was the least I could do to support Captain Aurion in his endeavors. Lady Cerelle has been on his mind much of late. He greatly disliked the way things were left. I must say, he is quite taken with your daughter and has rejected all other notions of alternative matches. It is exceedingly obvious to me as to why he would feel strongly even after the brief conversation I was able to have with Lady Cerelle while waiting,” you say.Lady Cathryn takes your words with appreciation and a degree of acceptance that feels appropriate to you given her knowledge of her daughter’s condition. Her husband, however, appears unmoved by your words. “I have not consented to meet with you over mere platitudes. You are not the first to approach me with a handful of knights and pretty words over my only daughter’s hand,” he states bluntly. >Can I get 3 rolls of 4d6 for Convince?
Rolled 3, 4, 3, 5 = 15 (4d6)>>4135385well well
Rolled 6, 5, 4, 5 = 20 (4d6)>>4135385
Rolled 2, 3, 1, 4 = 10 (4d6)>>4135385
Rolled 3, 5, 5, 6 = 19 (4d6)>>4135385
>>4135392nice.>>4135399interesting no need to roll. lolBoggs, if we make it out of here without using her destiny point. Could she use her destiny point with a head for numbers, since it matches her so well? Or are all Fate qualities only for character creation?
>>4135410the latter I believe
>>4135416Yeah it makes sense sadly.
>Rolled 20 vs DC 18, 1 degree of success This is one of those rare occasions in which you are glad for your mother’s harping during your formative years. Her insistence that you act the part of the courteous lady despite it so grinding upon your very nature. All but the most exquisite of conversational partners, she would say, inevitably slip up and reveal weaknesses when given no more than a veneer of niceties to contest.“Knights, my lord?” you feign confusion.“The men outside this very door. I know you are foreign, but you do know what a knight is, yes?” he bites in irritation. His lady wife and Lord Eldon both tense upon his words. “Captain Aurion is a passionate man as I am sure all would agree. When he spoke to me of being given insult within this very keep for daring to love a girl, I must admit I did believe there was the possibility of a misunderstanding or, dare I say, even an exaggeration on his part. You can then imagine my surprise, my lord, to be spoken to so in such a crude fashion. I do very much hope it will not continue,” you state with an unnerving calmness. He looks as taken aback if not abashed, but you’re not about to allow this to turn into a tedious exchange of retorts. “If we may begin taking this seriously? There are no knights outside this room aside from the good Lord Eldon’s man. Every soldier who has sworn an oath to the Stormbringers is outfitted in such a way. Captain Aurion commands entire regiments of heavy shock troops along with warships sufficient for the task of moving them. They ground through a thousand raiders of the Stepstones with no trouble at all and I suspect they are far from finished on that account,” you continue.“Perhaps there was a misunderstanding over words exchanged, my lady,” his wife states as the lord chews over your words. “My lord husband is a martial man best suited for the battlefield himself and can surely appreciate the value of your words even more so than myself.”“Such a feat would be impressive, my lady, but that does not change the nature of the man’s birth or the great distances between our lands,” Lord Lewys smooths out his composure.“I believe I appreciate the distinct distance between our lands all too well, my lord. It was a concern that I had as well, but one which may be to your benefit more than our own given recent events. A house within palatable proximity to the Iron Thone when your own liege lord’s family is soon to be tied to said throne more closely than ever? There is opportunity there. I will also make no excuses for the circumstances of my liege’s birth, but he is not a man without a sense of prestige or legacy even if he has gone as far as to suggest giving such up for the sake of your lovely daughter,” you respond.
>>4135483“What do you mean, my lady?” Lord Eldon asks, intrigued enough to cut in.“I am sure this would seem ridiculous to my lords, but he broached the subject of offering up his sword in Lady Cerelle’s name,” you say.“Is this some sort of euphemism or offer of services?” Lord Lewys cuts in with confusion.“Not at all, my lord. I speak of his Valyrian Steel sword,” you clarify.The two lords exchange looks of incredulity. “Who would be so mad as to offer up such a blade over a woman?” Lord Lewys asks as Lord Eldon states, “I knew not that he bore such a blade.”“Captain Aurion succeeded a Captain Zallabar years past. Captain Zallabar was a lieutenant to Xhobar Qhoqua. You may better know him as the Ebon Prince. It is his blade that Captain Aurion bears,” you explain. You can see the instant recognition between the two. They likely saw action against the Ninepenny Kings. “I am pleased I do not have to explain further. Of course, I have done my best to explain to him that such an offering would be highly inappropriate in this instance, but I thought it best to illustrate that this match is much more genuine than some attempt at self-advancement. In any case, my lord, your grandson would end up wielding such a storied blade if we are able to reach an adequate understanding.”Lord Lewys looks pensive for the first time. He eventually turns to Lord Eldon. “You would vouch for your man, Lord Eldon? I am sure you see that such a match would be a great favor,” he states. Lady Cathryn rather obviously lets out the breath she had been holding.“I would, my lord. Captain Aurion has conducted himself with honor at all turns and I have no reason to suspect he will not continue to rise, especially if he accomplishes what he has sworn to upon Dragonstone,” Lord Eldon reassures.“Then with your reassurances, I believe I have no other choice than to give my tentative consent to this match,” he relents. “I expect we may settle upon the details in the very near future. If that is all?” he rises without waiting for further words and strides from the room. Lady Cathryn sags back into her chair with the great relief of one avoiding an equally great scandal. Lord Eldon begs his leave now that his favor here is complete, leaving you to relax with relief of your own. It seems Aurion may just owe you a favor. >Whew, that could’ve gone all sorts of ways. I’m glad the dice finally went your way in the end. That’s it for now, thanks for playing!
Thanks for running cousin Boggs!
Have a good night, thanks for the run.
>>4135487Fuck yes! That would have been very disappointing if we’d failed a second time.Thanks Boggs
Got to say, Boggs, the way you manufactured that debt of Lannisters to stormlanders that let us gain the favor was magnificent. >>4135493Cousin? Damn, it is fitting!>>4135483>There are no knights outside this room aside from the good Lord Eldon’s man. Every soldier who has sworn an oath to the Stormbringers is outfitted in such a way. I only just now realized how well our men are outfitted compared to typical infantry of Westeros as to be confused for knights (personal guard?).Meanwhile what do anons think of adding a moniker to our second regiment? They are referred to as just "The Second" which obviously isn't as prestigious as being the first. An idea came to call them "The Faithful Second" or just "The Faithful" instead to underscore their distinction from the original second regiment.
>>4135603I like the idea, keep it for when an opportunity arises, like a good battle where they distinguish themselves in some particular way. they can then be the Bridgeholders or Stormers or the Anvil or something
>>4135603I don't know. Personally, I liked the simple approach of just numbers. Also, I don't know if we want to draw attention to the battlefield defection of the original second.
>>4135663I also like the numbers approach for same-type units.
>>4135663Numbers as their official designation but it is a fool who do not allow their men to bear monikers for their deeds. That is the stuff that gives them pride and camaraderie which is just as important as equipment and training
>>4135487I’ve just caught up, and dear god is Aurion a smug son of a bitch, it’s fantastic
>>4135790I don't know. Aurion seems really kind of uninterested that sort of thing. Not trying to restart a discussion on the topic, but when given the sword, he didn't think to ask if it already had a name. He has never made any reference to a name for any of his galleys, or the galleas, which he only refers to as the "flagship". I understand that naming an object to suit one's fancy and naming a company of men based on their deeds are effectively two different things, but truly, how different are they? And while things like standards and trophies captured by and belonging to individual regiments are valuable tools for morale, there is the risk that when honors and honorifics are given by a commander as opposed to taken from an enemy, that resentment or feelings of favoritism make take route in other regiments. I think that nicknames and things like that should come from inside the regiments, or not at all, lest we risk the appearance of favoritism. That isn't to say that we should disallow themselves from making a regimental banner, or keeping regimental trophies to display (could be useful in recruiting), but beyond that, I see issues outweighing benefits. >>4135487On the topic of the Second, "Cousin" Boggs, is there a named leader for it, like Trios is for the First? I know we sent them to Tally hill under Warwick Flint (his name is Warwick, right?), but is he the formal commander of the regiment? I ask, because it seems like an unnecessary risk to have our Master of Arms involved in front line fighting. >>4135793He really is, isn't he.
>>4135805Don't mistake your autism with numbers for Boggs leaving room for naming vessels or units of troops by his players.All I am going to say is this is medieval fantasy and units of acclaim generally possess a name.
>>4135805>On the topic of the Second, "Cousin" Boggs, is there a named leader for it, like Trios is for the First? I know we sent them to Tally hill under Warwick Flint (his name is Warwick, right?), but is he the formal commander of the regiment? I ask, because it seems like an unnecessary risk to have our Master of Arms involved in front line fighting.Warrick Flint was filling in because of the relative newness of the Second, but he won't be for much longer. I'm planning on doing some stuff with that when we switch back to Aurion soon. They traditionally elect their leaders from amongst their own ranks and it's something Aurion would be present for. I wanted to wrap it in with fleshing out the company more and deciding on what sort of other traditions they may have.
>>4135846How long until Aurion gets known for being a gloriously smug son of a bitch
>>4135793absolute chad, I'm enjoying this
>>4136028I'd say that's already started to spread in certain circles. It's definitely something you could play up when he comes to King's Landing in person.
>>4136072>Inb4 we’re Tywin’s favourite commoner, just because of the pure fuckery we bring with >>4136072Do we have a nickname from our Free Company days>Inb4 some long and lengthy phrase in High Valyrian that translates to “that Smug FUCK”
I'll be busy tonight, so we will pick up tomorrow with the rest of Janesa's trip before getting back to Aurion and his assassin hunting.
“It would seem you and I have much to talk of,” Lady Cathryn Banefort says to you after Lord Eldon shuts the door.“Just so, my lady. I had the opportunity to speak with your daughter before this meeting,” you reply.“So, she told you? What a folly, and so completely unlike her. This Captain Aurion must be quite the charmer, and roguish at that. It was all I could do not to scoff at Lord Eldon’s comments of honor at all turns,” she rolls her eyes. “And I do believe it must have been even more difficult for my lord husband.”That gives you pause. “He knows?”“Of her ‘condition,’ no, and thank the Seven for that. I can think of several things that he might have resorted to for the sake of avoiding dishonor and precisely none of them end with happiness for my Cerelle. However, my husband is no fool. I am quite sure he was convinced of their affair from the moment he saw them together,” she says.“I suppose that is to be expected. Forgive me if this seems a silly question, my lady, but the Westerosi I am acquainted with are far more… eastern with their emotions. I only wonder why your lord husband would not make mention of such an issue given he seems rather prickly,” you ponder.“Because to do so would be to make it real, something to be confronted. My husband is a stiff, formal man. He always has been. But he does care deeply for our daughter in his own way. It is simply difficult for him to show it. Such a conversation would inevitably break an already damaged relationship and he does not want to lose another child any more than I do,” her voice wavers by the end.“I am sorry to pry, my lady,” you say uneasily.
>>4138770“No matter, perhaps I have simply overshared,” she waves it off with a polite smile. “Shall we be on to happier matters? It would be best to move this along with haste to quash any sort of unpleasant rumors. Given the timing of our charges’ indiscretions, I would say we have another moon or so before Cerelle’s figure will begin to raise questions… perhaps we could squeeze a few additional weeks if they simply assume she takes after her dear mother,” the somewhat plump woman jests. “When can we expect Captain Aurion to be able to be tied down long enough to attend his own wedding? It seems he keeps himself rather occupied.”“In truth, Lady Cathryn, I cannot be sure. It may be best to simply set a date and leave me to impress upon him the seriousness of keeping to the schedule. At worst, he may need to rely upon his subcommanders for a short while,” you reply.“Hmm. This is all dependent on the venue, of course. I should think it best to speak with Cerelle on this matter at least. It is to be her wedding after all,” Lady Cathryn decides. “Will you be attending the feast tomorrow, Lady Janesa? We will make a place for you at our table.”“That would be lovely, my lady. I look forward to it,” you agree. It should afford you better accommodations than you would have been allowed as Aurion’s proxy alone.You both exit together as Lady Cathryn enjoins you in idle gossip of the goings on. The city is apparently inundated with Westermen, though most of the ladies have yet to depart from their holdfasts. Lady Cathryn join Lady Cersei Lannister’s procession when it passed through Deep Den on the way to the capital. The future Queen was naturally expected to be on hand for her own imminent betrothal and Lady Cathryn was anxious not to delay after receiving her daughter’s letter, so she arranged to travel along within the relative safety of the caravan. You ultimately beg your leave of Lady Cathryn so that she may be off to discuss matters with her daughter while you seek out Eddison Celtigar. Your duties here are done for today and you would like a soft bed along with some well-deserved rest. The young man wanted nothing to do with associating with his recent enemies and instead begged off to watch knights ride at wooden and straw effigies. And there he is, still watching as other young men cheer and jeer while they poke at objects with their pointy sticks. Riveting. >Can I get 3 rolls of 2d6 for Awareness? (She takes -1D here due to being slightly higher in Status, DC is 10.)
Rolled 4, 4 = 8 (2d6)>>4138774
Rolled 5, 1 = 6 (2d6)>>4138774
Rolled 6, 6 = 12 (2d6)>>4138774
>>4138812And the CLUTCH!
>>4138782>>4138795>>4138812Hah, nice. Writing!
>>4138821>>4138833It's times like these when I realize that the thoughts of any shortcomings can wiped away by one good roll on my favorite bedouin woodworking forum.
>>4138840You never know how many people are glad you exist
Your cadre makes to retrieve your horses while you retrieve your Celtigar host. Eddison hardly takes notice of your approach, a fact that you can’t help but find mildly annoying. You are used to turning heads with your presence and yet he is absorbed in his watching. >Rolled 12 vs DC 10. Success, 2 degrees (extra degree added for the double 6s)You make to clear your throat, but then think better of it. There is something you’re missing here and so you take a moment to piece it together. He is not of a martial bend like Vaeron and you’re quite sure even Aurion would make short work of him. Why the focus here? Is he plotting some sort of revenge? Perhaps, but you don’t take him for one so brash or stupid as to throw on armor and mount a horse to seek it. Then it hits you like the lance strikes upon the target dummies. His posture. The way he leans forward, face in palm and elbow upon knee. He looks like you do when you watch Vaeron work up a sweat in his practice routines. Oh my, the boy’s a sword swallower! Not that his proclivities bother you in the slightest. Men are open with their affections for one another in the city of your birth and it is hard to imagine it any other way, but you’re aware these Westerosi are a far more repressed people. You may have just stumbled upon quite the scandal… or obstacle. The gods would see fit to frustrate your plans to dangle your snack of a good-sister in front of a man of good blood by making your first choice more likely to bat his eyes at her brother instead. How bothersome. Or maybe not? A man in hiding could benefit from a woman used to discretion to alleviate any suspicions about his desires. He need only bed her enough to further his line… if that is even a concern for a man of a lesser branch of the family.
>>4138920“Shall we be going now?” you call out to him loud enough to startle him out of his fixations. He quickly straightens his posture and tries to look more manly.“Ah, Lady Janesa! I wasn’t expecting you so soon. I trust your meeting with the Lord Estermont went well?” he asks.“Oh, well indeed. He assisted me in securing a betrothal between Captain Aurion and the Lady Cerelle Lydden,” you reply with a smirk for more reasons than he would suspect.“That… that is incredible news, my lady! I do recall he was quite distraught after his last meeting with the Lord Lydden. I am sure he will be overjoyed by the news,” Eddison says with a smile.“Just so. I intend on sending a raven ahead to him. I trust you have them available to you?” you ask.“That should be simple enough to arrange, my lady. Please, allow me to escort you back to my manse. I am sure you are tired after your lengthy negotiations.” You take to your horses and return to his manse for the evening. The fabrics used for the bedsheets could be of finer quality, but you can hardly rouse yourself to complain after a busy day. You rise late into the next morning and set about breaking your fast as ravenously as one eating for two can manage while maintaining some dignity about yourself. The fare is rather simple and could use more spice, but you’re sure the feast will make up for it.You are due to be allotted a few moments to present your gift to this King Robert today, but Lord Eldon did not specify whether that would be more acceptable before the feast or later into the celebrations. It is worth taking a moment to decide which is preferable.>Audience with the king before the feast>Meet with him later into the celebrations instead
>>4138925>>Audience with the king before the feast
>>4138925Before means he's more likely to actually enjoy the taste but later means he'll be in a better mood. Fuck it, we're foreign and don't know better>Audience with the king before the feast
>>4138925>Audience with the king before the feast
>>4138930Ditto, booze might put him in a good mood
>>4138925>Meet with him later into the celebrations instead
>Audience with the king before the feastBest to get this out of the way while he can still appreciate the taste of the rum. Aurion did go through a good amount of trouble in selecting the bottle. You go through your routine of making yourself presentable earlier than necessary before setting off again for the Red Keep. This time, Eddison does not accompany you, instead offering a flimsy excuse. Either he received no invitation, or he strongly prefers to keep his distance from those that brought his fortunes so low. It makes little difference to you.You are led to the feasting hall by your men who then depart to find their entertainment amongst the other assorted sworn swords that will be taking their meals in the open air. You nearly envy them their fine open air when you step into the hall and find it crowded with scores of tables that are already beginning to fill with noble guests. So much for arriving early…Thankfully you are able to find Lord Eldon in this mess given his prominent position next to the high table where you’d imagine this king will be seated with his bride to be. He is speaking with another older man dressed in similar colors along with one prominently displaying a blue bird upon white. You hold up the fine bottle of Aurion’s finest rum to grab his attention, which works well enough. He says something you don’t hear to his kinsman who laughs in amusement while the other man’s shoulders slump.Lord Eldon breaks away to great you. “Lady Janesa, I do hope your timing is a good fortune. My nephew is in something of a stormy mood and we worry it may dampen the festivities. My brother seems to find the notion of gifting him spirits to be one worth seeing. Lord Arryn is of a different mind. Let us find out which of the two has the better read on this, shall we?”
>>4139053You hesitate for a moment, wondering what you’ve just walked into. “The king is in a poor mood for his own betrothal announcement?” you ask with concern.“I would keep that to yourself, my lady” he warns. “The Westermen are prickly where their honor is concerned and would mislike the implications of those words, however true they may be. But yes, King Robert’s mind is still fixed upon the woman he lost. I fear he sees this as a betrayal of sorts, but it must be done.”“I will speak no more of it. If my lord is sure the timing is right…” you concede before allowing him to lead you beyond the high table to another passage that leads to a private solar. In it, you find three men. Two are what must be knights of the fabled Kingsguard. One is somewhat older and wears a studied, neutral expression. The other is a dashing young knight with a mane of golden hair and a sword to match. He looks past sullen with his arms crossed and facing away from the last man. The king. And even with your limited experience with royalty, you would venture this is what a king should look like. He is a massive man, larger even than Vaeron, and has a sort of air of majesty about him that greatly reminds you of Aurion. And he looks wroth. “Uncle, do you come to relieve me of this latest attempt to assassinate me through boredom?” he rumbles while shooting a cross look to the young golden knight. “Of a sort, Your Grace. I come to present Lady Janesa Jal’Anaris of Qarth. She is the emissary to Ser Aurion Shryke,” Lord Eldon introduces.>Can I get 3 rolls of 4d6 for Persuasion (Charm)?
Rolled 6, 4, 6, 6 = 22 (4d6)>>4139058
Rolled 2, 4, 6, 1 = 13 (4d6)>>4139062Fucking hell Janesa is good.
Rolled 2, 4, 5, 6 = 17 (4d6)>>4139058
Rolled 4, 2, 6, 5 = 17 (4d6)>>4139058>>4139062Here's a third roll but doesn't seem like we need it
Rolled 5, 2, 6, 5 = 18 (4d6)>>4139058>>4139062God damn son.
>>4139062>>4139070>>4139076Now there's 2 degrees vs DC 17, very nice.
>>4139062Did we just unlock the Bobby B bromance route?
>>4139093>bromanceHe'll have a permanent boner for Janesa
I got called away for a few min, but I'm writing now.
>>4139093There’s a chance of that, especially if we present the Cerella situation in the right way
>>4139094Make Janesa our royal ambassador if he likes her so much.
>>4139093Convince him to make us go on pirate hunting trips together. He's our paymaster now so if he wants to go smash faces he just needs to give the word.
“Who?” King Robert asks in confusion. Well, this bodes well…“The Captain General that advised us on Dragonstone. He is the head of House Shryke, newly landed upon the isle of Stormgrave off of Massey’s Hook and pledged fully to your cause,” Lord Eldon explains after an apologetic look back.You take it in stride and dip low in your curtsy which draws his attention readily enough. “It is an honor, Your Grace. I only wish that Captain Aurion could be here himself, but he is much preoccupied fighting Your Grace’s enemies at present.”“Good to know at least someone is taking this war seriously,” King Robert grunts.You smile appreciatively at his… let’s call it praise. “Your Grace is too kind. As a token of congratulations and gratitude for your support, Captain Aurion bid me to gift you his finest bottle of rum from his personal stores.” You step forward and carefully place the bottle upon the table as he eyes it with sudden interest.The older Kingsguard steps forward. “Your Grace, I think it would be best to---”“Oh fuck off Selmy with your hening. The man’s not out to poison me if I’ve granted him land, is he? More than like there are bigger threats in this room,” the king growls before reaching out and grabbing the bottle.He pours a generous amount into a goblet, enough so that you’re almost tempted to warn him yourself. He takes a hearty gulp. “Gods this is strong! But fine stuff, far better than the rum I’ve had around ports. Can’t say I’ve ever had the like. Where did you say this was from?”You smile the pleased smile of a coin counter seeing a gold materialize. “Captain Aurion brews it himself, Your Grace. It was a sort of hobby of his, but he now intends to build a full distillery upon Stormgrave to step up production,” you explain. “Does he now?” King Robert seems bemused by the whole concept and takes another sip. “Lady Janesa, was it? Tell your liege he has a customer if he is able to keep making this at such a fine quality.”“I am sure he will be honored to hear it, Your Grace,” you respond with another curtsey. “What’s this about fighting my enemies? I’ve stared at enough maps to know he would be near enough to Dragonstone. Is he the one with the ships?” the king asks.“I believe so, Your Grace. Captain Aurion seized the Hightower flagship before their surrender and has also made great strides in ridding the coastal areas of piracy. He has also vowed to besiege Dragonstone itself,” you explain.“Seems he’s done far more than my brother at any rate,” he says darkly. “I look forward to hearing of Ser Aurion’s success against the last of these dragons. And of his success in brewing more of this rum.”You take your cue and beg your leave of him, pleased to have succeeded in both talking up accomplishments and finding such a prestigious customer for this brewing scheme of your old friend’s.>I'm working on the next part now
Just to clarify, the Crown is interested in buying Extraordinary quality rum from your future distillery, the exact terms of which can be negotiated when you have a product to sell.I'm writing up a pretty big story update right now and will have it ready before I pass out, but figured I'd let you guys know it'll end with an overnight vote. Don't want to keep anyone up if they'd rather just vote on it in the morning.
>>4139265Thanks for the notice.Appreciate it.
>>4139247For the extraordinary quality rum, would we have to pay more for the distillery? As a sort of compensation for more workers or higher skilled laborers regarding the picking and pruning.Or will his prior knowledge + professional grade equipment, and now quality control leave it at the same price as any distillery?
>>4139265More KL intrigue or are we back on Stormgrave?
>Aurion:"So the guy who in any other circumstances would've fought against you, betrays the side he was on, cucks you from a grand battle in the capitol, has his son kill the king YOU should've by all rights killed, now expects you to just up and marry his daughter like he's doing you a favor? That sounds fucked up to me.">Bobby B:"... Fuck."
You step back out into the feasting hall to find it even more crowded than before. Thankfully, you see Lady Cerelle at another prominent table near the front. She sits at one end along with two other ladies of an age with her. Her parents sit further down the other end along with other lords and ladies who you’re sure are of equally significant status. It seems Lady Cerelle has saved you a seat next to her, at least you presume it is for you. She breaks from her conversation with her companions when she notices you and gestures for you to join her with a bright smile.“Lady Janesa! Please, sit. These are my cousins, Lady Marissa Banefort and Lady Lenore Lydden,” she introduces. The first is a raven-haired girl with sharp features and the latter is a small, shy girl that vaguely resembles Cerelle herself.“We were just speaking of our dear cousin’s upcoming nuptials,” Lady Marissa Banefort supplies.“This is what I was hoping to discuss as well,” you say. “I apologize for my lateness; I was due an audience with the King Robert on behalf of House Shryke.”This grips the attention of the three ladies quite quickly. “You just met King Robert? What did you discuss, my lady?” Cerelle asks with interest. “Beyond the usual platitudes… rum, mostly,” you answer. This sends her cousins into giggling as Cerelle blinks in surprise. “I do recall Captain Aurion mentioning his intent to build a distillery…” she starts to get you to continue.“He was most insistent that I gift His Grace with his finest bottle of his own creation. It was quite well received with King Robert suggesting he was willing to buy it in far larger quantities. Far more than what I had expected of an innocent gift,” you explain.It is at this moment that the King strolls out of his solar and towards the dais. He isn’t a complete mess as a lesser man would be, but it’s clear he polished off the goblet before deigning to take his place.“It seems my betrothed has managed to find a way to get the new ruler of the Seven Kingdoms drunk without being present. I feel I should be more surprised than I am,” Cerelle states with bemusement and disbelief as she half-covers her face.“Oh my, I do hope Lady Cersei still enjoys herself,” Lady Lenore says with a nod towards the woman next to the king. She’s certainly beautiful enough and looks as if she could be kin to Cerelle, perhaps a cousin, but the smile she’s plastered upon her face is clearly a false one. You’d say King Robert could have done far worse for an arranged marriage.
>>4139414“I am sure she will do a fine enough job pretending,” Lady Marissa japes, earning looks of reprisal from her peers. They all take a moment to listen to a herald proclaiming the happy announcement that was already well-known to nearly everyone in the room by this moment. You all clap politely at the news while others deeper into their cups cause a bigger stir. From there, the plates start rolling out in earnest. The food is of a finer quality than your earlier meal at the Celtigar manse, but you find the various cooked meats to still be criminally under seasoned. It’s difficult to judge whether there is some sort of wartime scarcity of ingredients or if these Westerosi truly enjoy such blandness. “As I was saying before, we will not be able to hold a celebratory tournament regardless of venue. Lord Jon Arryn, the King’s Hand, has forbidden any such events until the war has truly concluded. It has the men stomping their feet, but it is rather practical,” Cerelle says.“Of course, that does not stop our valiant knights from holding ‘practice’ tourneys at their leisure,” Lady Marissa adds with some sarcasm.“Hmm, too true. It may be one of their cleverer notions. Still, I am noticeable enough to draw ire for shirking such a proclamation when it seems even Lady Cersei must wait for her celebrations. A tourney will have to wait,” Lady Cerelle decides.“Could you not simply postpone your wedding until after the war? It does not have to be rushed,” Lady Lenore suggests rather meekly.“I would rather be on with my life, my dear. My parents seem to agree it is past time for me to wed,” Cerelle brushes past her cousin’s concerns.“I hardly mind holding off on a tourney. It will only make the preparations go more smoothly,” you shrug. You’ve never been to one of these barbarian ‘tourneys’ but know enough of them to deem them no more than a prudish version of pit fighting. “But won’t your betrothed mind, cousin? He is a knight, is he not?” Lady Marissa asks Cerelle who only looks to you in curiosity. “He is indeed a knight, my lady. Normally his title of Captain takes precedent as commanding a Free Company is no small matter, but you could just as easily refer to him as Ser Aurion. I doubt he would care. As for caring for a tourney… I honestly don’t know. If it suits his whims, he may welcome some excitement. It is equally possible that he may find them exceedingly boring compared to the sort of fighting he is accustomed to. In any case, I will certainly try to keep my own knightly husband from competing in any sort of melee,” you say.“Is he not one for fighting, my lady?” Lady Lenore asks. You can’t help but laugh. “Oh, no. My husband is an absolute brute. I simply worry that he will kill lesser knights out of hand,” you answer while subconsciously pressing your thighs together at the thought of him as he fights.
>>4139417Lady Lenore covers her mouth in surprise. “I am sorry to hear that, my lady. I am sure your children will still be quite handsome with your looks,” Lady Marissa reassures you with a pat upon the arm.Lady Cerelle scoffs. “Her husband looks like Prince Rhaegar only taller and with bright blue eyes. With that in mind, I am sure you are quite right, cousin.”Lady Marissa makes an “oh” face and mock fans herself with her hand while Lady Lenore blushes in embarrassment and Cerelle laughs lightly. It’s enough to fan your ego, to be sure. And that of others, it seems. A pair of knights approach the table, one looks more like an experienced warrior and carries himself well despite his somewhat out of date clothing while the other’s face is as red as the strawberries emblazoned on his doublet. “Lady Lydden, Lady Banefort. We were hoping we may interest you in a dance,” the first knight says with a bow.“I could not possibly dance knowing my betrothed is in danger fighting against the Dragon’s men at this very moment. It would not be proper, as I am sure you understand. You are in luck that I am not the only Lady Lydden present, and so I leave you in my cousins’ capable hands,” Cerelle smoothly redirects the knights. Lady Marissa Banefort looks to her cousin with betrayal as she pairs up with the poorer knight while Lady Lenore Lydden takes the strawberry knight’s hand with embarrassment equal to the young man’s.“My lady’s timing was fortuitous. I have grown tired of showing polite courtesy to men such as they. Ser Elys Westerling is the poorly dressed fellow. His house has fallen on harder times as you can plainly see. A very poor match for me, enough so that his reaching alone is nearly offensive. My cousin will surely tell him much the same. The other is of House Turnberry. I believe he is the young heir by reputation alone, which is why I pushed sweet Lenore out to dance with him. It would be a fine match for her if he ever finds the courage to speak,” Cerelle explains almost lazily while twirling a stray lock of golden hair.
>>4139421“And now we may speak in earnest,” you conclude, impressed by her maneuvering despite yourself.“For obvious reasons, Lenore’s suggestion is not an option. The wedding must be soon. Now, I haven’t the slightest idea towards Aurion’s preference or if he even has one, but I see three venues worth considering. The first and most extravagant would be the Sept of Baelor. Weddings permitted to be held there are high profile by default. I believe the Royal Wedding will take place there. I am sure we would be able to secure permission given my family’s status, but it may take some convincing on such short notice. The next would be the Royal Sept within this very keep. It is rather small and would be less high profile that the Sept of Baelor, but I should think it sends a sort of message of solidarity with the Crown. I believe I could gain us the approval needed on the basis of convenience if nothing else. The last would be a simple affair upon Stormgrave. Obviously, this would be far from prestigious, but I am willing to do this if you believe it would be best to reduce any sort of pressure on Aurion,” Cerelle explains.Which venue would you recommend for the wedding?>Sept of Baelor (4 wealth, high prestige)>Royal Sept (4 wealth, slightly lower prestige but sends a separate message)>Stormgrave (2 wealth, lower prestige)That’s it for tonight. We are getting back to Aurion on Stormgrave tomorrow!
>>4139422>Royal Sept (4 wealth, slightly lower prestige but sends a separate message)
>>4139422>>Royal Sept (4 wealth, slightly lower prestige but sends a separate message)
>Sept of Baelor (4 wealth, high prestige)
>>4139422>>Sept of Baelor (4 wealth, high prestige)
>>4139422>Royal Sept (4 wealth, slightly lower prestige but sends a separate message)Our future is tied heavily to the Crown - and we don’t want to use the Sept of Baelor before the Royal Wedding, it could be seen as insulting
>>4139740On a good note, considering we saved his little girl, and he has to give us a dowry. It should be enough to pay for the wedding and start another project.Like distillery + smelter at the same time.Both helping us gain more quality goods.
>>4139740"Insulting" might be a bit strong, but presumptuous might not be far off. Also, there is the added difficulty that Boggs hinted at. My vote is for; >Royal Sept (4 wealth, slightly lower prestige but sends a separate message)Though that raises the question, how much wealth do we have again? Don't we only have 5 wealth available to spend? The character resource sheet is "blank" for coin, so I don't know, and I couldn't find it skimming the previous thread.
I am an idiot, I forgot to link my vote for>Royal Sept (4 wealth, slightly lower prestige but sends a separate message)That I made in >>4139823 to the prompt>>4139422
>>4139832We current have 5 wealth.But we will be getting a dowry. Considering it it a top 5 house or some bulletin. He can't be seen as being cheap his only daughter. I can't imagine it being less than 10 wealth.Hence >>4139803
>>4139279The distillery is still going to be 5 wealth. In fact, you could feasibly start on it right now since it would be in the one domain you hold that is operating normally right now. You are going to need to find yourself a true professional to manage the process if you want to bump it up to Extraordinary quality. Aurion can't be expected to stay around the distillery all the time (even if he may want to). That'll be a separate holding. I'm playing around with the idea of you being able to ramp up production with other holdings such as maybe a glassworks for more efficient bottling or an expanded production area. Of course, I'm willing to consider other ideas if you guys have them. >>4139823Your available resources are in the other sheet along with your house holdings/military. But yeah, 5 wealth is available to you right now with more to be expected in dowry.
>>4139839We have 5 right now so let's put that towards the distillery then when we get dowry use it on a marketplace (10) then maybe use some to up the quality of life thing I don't remember what it's actually called >>4139861Hey Boggs we have the Dock Holding is it the same as the Port Holding? Would the trading inn and the trader's warehouse gain benefits off each other?
>>4139422> Royal Septand may the bromance long flourish!
>>4139888The Dock holding is like a mini Port holding. It's half the value in wealth and represents a step towards the full holding while cutting down on build time for a full port. The warehouses and trading inn wouldn't feed off each other. The trading inn wouldn't even be located in the town based on its description. The biggest benefit I could see to one would be setting the trading inn up and then placing something like the Black Market holding within it to keep it separate from a legitimate Market in the town itself.
>>4139888And the wedding?
>>4139913Oops kinda forgot that it's only 4 I'm sure we'll get enough from the dowry
The dust clouds swirl down the road, buffeting your column. You draw your sandsilk veil across your face again and continue the march at the head of your men. The banter and singing that would normally follow in your wake has been replaced by a shuffling silence. Only screams remain as your eunuch allies go about their grisly work. The sea road between Yunkai and Astapor has been festooned with the crucified survivors of a slave revolt. Such revolts occur less than they very well should, but they’re brutal in the extreme when they do finally boil over. The stories of atrocity from your Ghiscari contractors were a great contributor in your acceptance of this grim work. Now you’re sure the sadistic horrors must have been learned behaviors from their masters. You tell yourself you had no way of knowing as a newcomer, that this may serve some greater purpose, but both excuses feel hollow in face of the thunking of the hammered nails. The truth is the signs were always there. You just didn’t want to see them.Zallabar told you a leader must never look away, and so you looked upon the faces of those victims that so readily broke against the combined might of Free Companies and Unsullied cohorts. A mistake that you are forced to relive yet again. Every slave upon the stake bears the face of Argella with her womb bloodied by the cruelty of the gods. Her eyes lock with your own and burn with accusation. Again. And again. Until you force your eyes to look forward as you continue your solemn procession to Astapor and the salvation of your waiting ships.But something’s different now. Your victim takes upon a new guise, one that makes you burn with a shame of new intensity. Cerelle. Her deep blue eyes are filled with sadness and betrayal and you are powerless to stop it. No. Not this time. You’re stronger than this. You must be. You begin to turn towards the roadside, one heavy step at a time. It is as if you’ve been swallowed into a sand trap of the Red Wastes and you watch as she fades before your eyes. Not strong enough. Not enough time…You thrash and kick at the sheets as you awake in a pool of sweat. Just a dream. It was just a dream. It’s been a week or so since Janesa departed. She should’ve made it to King’s Landing by now, but you don’t yet know of the outcome of her dealings there. Given what you’ve entrusted her with, Cerelle has been a frequent fixture of your thoughts. The lack of knowing burns at you like the waiting before a boarding action.
>>4140526Not that you’ve been idle. You’ve set out several times now to oversee the search efforts for this damnable assassin, but your efforts as of yet have yielded no leads. There has been little for you to do for Aella’s sake either. She is still alive, which is supposedly as miracle in itself to hear Cleo tell of it, but she is unresponsive. Her mother has taken up the bulk of her care aside from the administering of Cleo’s strange potions. You’ve kept your distance after seeing the way the woman looks at you. In her eyes, it’s as if you personally poisoned the poor girl. It’s all beyond frustrating. He’s trapped on your island with no escape in sight yet you can’t help but feel you are the one acting on borrowed time. You’ve too much to do, too many plans to see through, and the moment you move on to them is the moment the bastard will either strike or slip the noose. Your people reportedly like you well enough, but misrule on the part of their former lordlings coupled with the predations of the raiders has made them wary of authority figures in the extreme. They wouldn’t even need to harbor this would-be killer. He could walk amongst them with impunity knowing none would risk their necks in bringing concerns forward of an outsider in the midst. If he hides amongst them at all… there are enough holes and tunnels in Tally Hill to frustrate search efforts for weeks or longer. The only place you’re reasonably certain he does not lurk is within the farm belt, if only due to a lack of places to hide and the fact that Vaeron’s family is well-regarded enough there that the attack upon Aella has riled up their community in anger. But the hunt will need to wait a few moments longer. It’s a new month and you’ve a house to see to. As much as you’d like Janesa to be present, this has been put off long enough. You make your way to your hall and seat yourself at your high table along with Warrick Flint the arms master, Marq the armorer, Vaeron the… Vaeron, and Ser Duncan of the garrison. The kitchen staff brings out chowder in bowls of stale bread for the table to break fast upon.“Right then, let’s get started,” you call.>Can I get 1 roll of 7d6 for House Fortunes?
Rolled 3, 3, 6, 3, 5, 2, 6 = 28 (7d6)>>4140529
Rolled 1, 5, 3, 1, 3, 2, 2 = 17 (7d6)>>4140529
>>4140531That's a 20 considering we were dropping the 3 lowest there. A Blessing! You can raise 1 resource by 1d3 or 2 resources by 1 each. Note: Based on your holdings Power, Population, and Wealth each gain an additional point if they are selected. You are 7 Land away from a small town, but you do meet the population requirements. Your Influence is currently 22 (this is used for things such as Status and heirs). You have 5 Wealth freely available. Your Law score is an abysmal 15. Ah, and you have 4 Glory available if that's something you want to factor into your decisions here. Each point can be converted to one point of any resource.I think that about covers it. So, what will it be? I'll get to writing the next part while you all sort it out.
>>4140538Two resources Law+land
>>4140538Law and LandOnce we get Law up to 25 and enough Land to get that small town I'd thinking Influence and Wealth would be our next priorities.
>>4140538Supporting law and land. We can get some wealth from the dowry.
>>4140526OH BOY, MEDIEVAL POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER WOOT WOOT
>Gained +1 Land and +1 Law!“Some good news for a change, ser,” Ser Duncan, your veteran garrison commander, begins. “Even with all the scares lately, my men report some life returning to the town. If it keeps up at this rate, it may start looking more like a proper town rather than a half empty hamlet. Crime is down as well, especially amongst the farming folk. Seems you’re mighty popular there.”“Good! Some progress is always welcomed! Your men have proven themselves loyal and reliable, Ser Duncan. It reflects well upon your leadership,” you turn to the others. “Speaking of, how goes the arming process?” you ask Marq and Warrick.They look between each other and Marq defers to Warrick. “We’ve wrapped up work on the armor for the garrison using surplus mail from the Stormbringers. Marq did a fine job improving upon it where he could and I’m proud of the results, Captain. Only trouble now is the bowmen. I’d like to get to work on outfitting them like a proper unit rather than like farm boys, no offense meant,” he says in his northern drawl.“Trouble is milord, bowmen ain’t the types to be wearin proper armor. Not sure there’s much I can do for em,” Marq says.“I could focus on outfitting them with better bows rather than the armor treatment the rest has gotten, or we could take things a step further and outfit the lot of them with crossbows instead. Those sorts don’t need to worry about heavier armor getting in the way of their draws. It’s not as if this lot can hit the broad side of a castle with their lack of training in any case,” Warrick continues.>No need to splurge on a defensive unit. Proceed with the bow upgrade for your unit of archers. (this is free)>You'd see them better protected if nothing else. Perhaps one day they will join you on campaign where they will need all the help they can get. Spend 1 Glory and outfit them as crossbowmen instead so that they benefit from a full armor upgrade with the aid of your armor smith.
>>4140602>You'd see them better protected if nothing else. Perhaps one day they will join you on campaign where they will need all the help they can get. Spend 1 Glory and outfit them as crossbowmen instead so that they benefit from a full armor upgrade with the aid of your armor smith.It also fits our theme of foreign but more professional
>>4140602>>You'd see them better protected if nothing else. Perhaps one day they will join you on campaign where they will need all the help they can get. Spend 1 Glory and outfit them as crossbowmen instead so that they benefit from a full armor upgrade with the aid of your armor smith.
>>4140602>You'd see them better protected if nothing else. Perhaps one day they will join you on campaign where they will need all the help they can get. Spend 1 Glory and outfit them as crossbowmen instead so that they benefit from a full armor upgrade with the aid of your armor smith.
“Let’s proceed with the crossbows and the usual armor. Better to keep them breathing. I may very well induct the whole lot of them into the Stormbringers. Much as I hate to say it, the heavies have a weakness in their slow movement. Last thing I need is for the lads to be harried by archers, or worse yet, fucking horse archers while we campaign. Best to leave open the option of ranged support for when we will need it,” you decide. "How long will it take?""A full moon or so, Captain. We should be able to salvage some of the crossbows from that sorry lot you rolled over outside the town, and we've still some provisions on hand for more mail," Warrick replies.Ser Duncan fidgets in his chair, so you turn to him. “Do you have an objection, Ser Duncan?”“Not so much an objection, ser. Just a worry is all. My concern is the island’s defense, but I’m unsure of how I can manage that while you’re on campaign if I have but the hundred men of the garrison,” he says uneasily.“Relax my good man! I welcome good and honest counsel, why else would you be seated here? It’s a valid point and one worth considering. Perhaps we will need to raise more men or expand the garrison. All in good time, of course. Failing that, we’ve the advantage of being defended by our very waters. House Sunglass may not have left behind warships, but we may have more flexibility in that regard. Best pray that we seize more rebel ships intact, eh?” you reassure the man. He thanks you for your considerations. It seems the previous rulers were not keen on holding meetings of the like. A strange thought, this is just the way things were always done within the company. The three depart to set about their duties while you finish your meal with Vaeron.“You know what I’m going to say,” he starts after taking a sip of his ale. “The assassin. Aye, it’s been vexing me as well, brother,” you answer.“We’ve torn apart the island looking. He’s either holed up in the town or deep in the hills,” he says with barely contained frustration. In truth, you’re concerned he will kill the man before you can pry any answers out of him.“You’ve the right of it, more than like. The farmers wouldn’t harbor the likes of him, and the castle’s been gone over enough by now. Unless there’s something we’ve missed…” you say.>Can I get 3d6 for Cunning (DC 15)
Rolled 2, 6, 5 = 13 (3d6)>>4140725
Rolled 1, 4, 2 = 7 (3d6)>>4140725
Rolled 4, 3, 3 = 10 (3d6)>>4140725
>>4140749>>4140757>>4140759>>4140725>>4140725Should we bank or burn a destiny point for this? The last thing I want is to have the assassin on the island when Cerelle finally gets here, and this might be one of the few oppurtunities to make progress in finding them.
>>4140781You might be right, anon.
>>4140749>>4140757>>4140759Failed, but that was always going to be somewhat of a long shot with Cunning 3. Now, you could spend (not burn) a destiny point here for a success considering the missing detail in question is an environmental quality. A fair warning, you will then be without this point until the end of the next thread. If you'd rather hold on to it, then you'll just need to take some alternative, less efficient approaches.Spend a destiny point?>Yes>No
>>4140781What's the one where we get it back at the end of the session I vote that one
>>4140793That would be spending. And it may not quite be the end of next thread now that I think about it. With how slow this board moves, that would be weeks from now and we could cover a lot of ground in that time. I'll just say you'll get it back at after an appropriate amount of time has passed in story.
>>4140790Yes. Hopefully we can make headway on this.
>>4140790>>YesYeah, awareness and cunning are our weak points as a leader.
>>4140810>>4140824>>4140836>>4140870Alright, writing for it right now!
A memory comes to you unbidden.You’re running through a dark passageway as the sounds of girlish laughter come from up ahead.“Come on Aurion! Keep up!” Argella shouts from somewhere unseen. You’re somewhere underground and would be completely blinded if not for the torch you bear. Statues flicker past your view as you run along. There are other children about down here too as you run for a hiding spot. It’s Caleb’s turn to seek. You’re a boy of seven all over again and beneath a Sept of the Seven as well. There are catacombs and other old storage areas from times beyond your reckoning deep beneath the holy place. “The sept,” you say suddenly.“The sept was burned down, Aurion. You know that best of all,” Vaeron points out with some skepticism. “When I was younger, before you were even prenticed to the smithy, we used to play with the orphans there. It was forbidden, but we would sneak down to the catacombs and other deep places beneath it. Places that could be well provisioned. Think about it, the sept is near enough to the town and close enough to the water for a stowaway to hide until the timing is right,” you explain with growing surety. “So’s the town itself, and what makes you so sure this bastard would know of this? I’d no knowledge of it,” he says.“He said ‘Seven Blessings’ to me just before the attack. It could be a ruse, aye, but why not give it a try? We’re getting nowhere otherwise,” you decide.“Can’t hurt. The old septa’s down in the town. We could seek her out, see if she knows of any ways in or out,” he suggests.“See to it, I want this done with,” you agree.
>>4140933Janesa interrupts any further discussion. Of the daughter variety, not your nagging seneschal who is still acting as your emissary if she has not begun her return journey. She takes a seat without prompting, looking far too smug for a girl of nine years. “Pleasant morning, Father, Uncle,” she says in sweet greetings as she looks to Vaeron and then yourself. She reaches for her father’s mug of ale, earning a flick and annoyed look from Vaeron for her troubles. The look of hurt and betrayal she gives him, while clearly exaggerated, causes his expression to soften and he offers up his mug as a peace offering. “Mother would never allow this,” she pushes it back to him and imperiously waves over a serving girl instead. “Juice?”“Why are you here? Do you not have studies or something of the sort?” Vaeron questions her.“Mother told me to see to any letters we receive. It seems she wrote one herself from this King’s Landing. She wrote it in different languages to torment me, and I’ve been at it all morning. I fail to see why good news would be such a secret. Congratulations, Uncle! It seems you’re to be married to that blonde woman, Lady Cerelle. She’s also with child, so it seems they’re rushing things along. A meeting was had with a King Robert as well. It seems he likes the rum you brewed and is interested in paying good coin for more,” she continues despite the fact that you’re no longer truly listening.You slump into your chair, floored by the news. You’re to be a father, a husband. Your entire world changed over words upon a page read by a girl of nine who was clamoring for juice only moments ago. It feels like Destiny.>That’s it for the night! We are going to pick up next time with some catacomb diving and maybe a little bit of vengeance if things go well, but let’s lock in a new Benefit to celebrate first. The list of benefits from the book start on page 76 from the resources that can be found in the OP. There are plenty to consider. Magnetic is a very strong one that’s been discussed before since it’s the next step after Charismatic and greatly boosts the benefits of your Charm successes. Then there is the other major Warfare Benefit, Inspiring, which will help you in managing your growing army. Hell, I’d even be down to write up a scene or two with Cleo and co. for Water Dancer I if you want to invest 1b in Fencing and add your Fighting rank to all awareness tests. Something else entirely that I’m missing or an idea you want to run by me? Go for it. Or you can wait and pick something up at a later date. Whatever you guys decide.
>>4140937Magnetic seems really good since it makes our biggest strength stronger while Inspiring doesn’t appear that good to me, although Water Dancer 1 is pretty good too I’m torn between Mag and WD1
>>4140937>1b in Fencing and add your Fighting rank to all awareness testsWould we be able to use fencing with the scimitar? Since it could be used to a lesser extent to stab and parry with.Considering we have an extraordinary weapon if fencing applies im for it.
>>4140986I had considered it to be in the Long Blades category, but adapting it for use in a more exotic fighting style seems pretty IC to me, so I would allow it.
>>4140990So would athletics still be used to increase damage for it?thanks for that info.>>4140976WD would help us awarness wise. solid jump.
>>4141008>So would athletics still be used to increase damage for it?Yup.
>>4141012Not to look a gift horse in the mouth but didn't we just spend the one DP we had?I never got investing DP into a benefit and then taking back the benefit option to using DP. It doesn't make sense for me to give an MC a benefit for x time then take away that benefit at a later time. >>4140986The only downside to this is it is a one-trick pony. No other long term benefits. But awareness is used pretty much everywhere. And given we are persuasion centered it could pay dividends. If we plan on doing more intrigues. Just a darn shame that we wouldn't really see the benefit of going full-on WD. Since we've pretty badass armor. And once we can we should upgrade it once we have the influence to do so and the spare wealth. It would also nudge us heavily to go with figthing for our one rank 6 skill. which I am not heavily opposed to. Just different than our intended route.
>>4141012From your perspective would you be able to elaborate on what the fast quality does for us exactly mechanically?I can't wrap my head around exactly how we would use that.Would that mean if we want to take advantage of that we would have to say get a left-handed dagger to make good use of this perk?I like the idea since the dagger would potentially give us more damage?It adds defensive +2 and off-hand +1 haven't really seen those mechanics.The scimitar fits our pirat-PRIVATEER image.Divided Attack GreaterWhen facing several opponents, you may switch your tactics to battleall your enemies at once, making attacks against each foe. When doingso, you may divide your Fighting test dice in any way that you wishbetween your opponents. You may also need to split your bonus dice, ifany, as your bonus dice can’t exceed your test dice. Resolve each attackseparately as normal.Two-Weapon Attack GreaterWhenever you wield a weapon in your main hand and an Off-handweapon in your other hand, you can combine them to make a morepowerful attack. Simply add the weapon’s Off-hand modifier to yourprimary weapon’s damage. You deal this damage on a successful Fightingtest. If your Off-hand weapon has the Defensive quality, you losethat quality until the start of your next turn.It is interesting
>>4141043DefensiveDefensive weapons serve a dual function. They can be used as weapons,but they are often more effective in knocking aside your enemies’ attacks.If you are armed with a Defensive weapon and do not attackwith it, you add the weapon’s Defensive rating to your Combat Defense.Many Defensive weapons also have the Off-hand quality, whichallows you to wield them and a primary weapon at the same time. Ifyou choose to add your Off-hand bonus to your damage, you lose theDefensive Bonus until the start of your next turn.So if I am getting this right, simply by equipping an off-hand dagger, along with our scimitar raises our combat defense by 2. potentially negating a degree or even an attack from hitting us. That seems pretty badass. It seems like the kind of skills/weapon set a nobleman wouldn't be caught dead trying. But thankfully, we don't have to worry about BS like that. Given our already "different" background. We just need to worry about staying alive, and getting as many contracts and completing them as possible. Wracking up a reputation alongside the money to go with it.
>>4140986>>4140876Well, that settles it for me. +1 for water Dancer.
>>4140986>>4141210It's up to Boggs, but scimitars and other sabres are generally not thrusting weapons.
Trigger Warning: High Grade AutismSo, I went through the entire quest, and looked at all of Aurion's non-combat, non-house fortune roles, to see if the awareness bonus provided by Water Dancer 1 is worth it. By my count, there have been 8 Awareness [Notice] rolls, and we have failed 3 of them (and at least one of the passes was right on the required roll). In terms of the number of failed rolls, we have failed Awareness [Notice] rolls more than any subset. In terms of failed rolls to all rolls of a subset, we sit at a rate of 37.5% for Awareness [Notice] (failed 3 rolls of 8 rolls, for 37.5%). By this metric, it is our fourth most failed subset of rolls, after Cunning (failed 2 of 2 rolls, for 100%), Stealth [Blend] (failed 1 of 1 rolls, for 100%) and Willpower (failed 1 of 2 rolls, for 50%). Considering that we can shore up a roll that we have been having issues with, and improve our combat capability at the same time, and, as per >>4140990 use the scimitar with the perk, I feel that this is the best possible use of our points. Magnetic is a very good perk, considering how well we have been doing with the Charm rolls, but I think that this is the time to address weakness rather than improve strengths. It is also worth noting that we are going to be heading to Dragonstone eventually, with that hanging over our heads, we should focus on more combat-orientated bonuses. On the other side of Dragonstone, that is when it will make more sense to pick up non-combat-orientated bonuses.
>>4141268>>4140937I spend all that time on the post, and I don't even actually indicate my vote. Autism indeed.My vote is for Water Dancer 1.
>>4140937>Water Dancer I+1
>>4141268High-quality post.I just don't really agree with the sentiment of looking purely at which stats to improve over developing the character. Aurion doesn't strike me as a water dancer as they are portrayed in the source material.And I'm still not a fan of thrusting with scimitars.
>>4140937>MagneticPlease. Who would've thunk giving the crowd a shiny piece would make them want to spend XP on personal combat with said piece despite the character being a leader and too valuable/not built for personal combat.Magnetic, with Awareness down the line.
>>4141024>I never got investing DP into a benefit and then taking back the benefit option to using DP. It doesn't make sense for me to give an MC a benefit for x time then take away that benefit at a later time. This is a new destiny point, not the one that was spent. >From your perspective would you be able to elaborate on what the fast quality does for us exactly mechanically?It allows you to better fight multiple opponents. Very situational. I'm going to be factoring it into determining initiative orders as well.>>4141268I think you had a crit success on a cunning test with figuring out that Constance is skilled with jewel crafting. >>4141280>And I'm still not a fan of thrusting with scimitars.Nor am I. I just thought there was a style of fencing that focused on slashing rather than only thrusting and assumed the major difference between fencing and long blades here would be centered on footwork and how the body is positioned. That, and the blade should be lighter and easier to handle than a typical blade in its class due to the material. But I'm definitely not an expert and I'm not looking to force a fit that doesn't make sense. If anyone with more knowledge than me on the subject (this wouldn't take much) wants to weigh in, then I'd be grateful for it.
>>4141317>But I'm definitely not an expertOh, neither am I, I hope I didn't imply otherwise. I actually couldn't say what fencing means in this historical context (surely nothing like olympic fencing) but I just can't see it with a scimitar. I was under the impression that was a cavalry weapon (heavily implying cutting over thrusting), although European-style sabres were later used by infantry as well so it's probably not impossible to thrust with, depending on the curve of the blade.
As simple as Aurion having the grace of a graceful sack of beets with his agility of 2 has no place dancing around any bodies of water.Just let him lead and talk the talk and be smug about it.
>>4140937>MagneticIt's too strong to skip and fits Aurion's character perfectly. We can pick up awareness 4 at the end of the thread. I don't want to waste exp for fighting stuff as a general.
>>4141329You don't think people seeing him be agile makes sense?They've seen us with one weapon now they will see us with out "main" weapon we got from our previous superior. At least is how we will be seeing this story.We inherited it.Also what that means is Aurion as a company leader can and will lead from the front if need be. And be a monster at it.Instead of increasing awareness to 4. We could get fighting to 5. Which would essentially give us a die permanently at 5 for all awareness rolls. An all seeing captain. A leader who fights with his men. I think it fits his persona well. And the person he aspires to be. He is already strongly built for persuasion. Let's build up his weaknesses in awareness and fighting at the same time which add more depth to his character. Instead of focusing on being charming alone.If WD wasn't on the table I would pick inspiring before magnetic anyhow. Pick something that builds the character as a leader. Which magnetic does but only in one way which we are already specialized in. We don't want a repeat of last time.
>>4141407As another anon said above, he isn't fast on his feet. He is agility 2, not some graceful fencer. If we were going to leave it at the first rank which is only focused on being more observant then I could've maybe voted for it even though magnetic is still better, but all this talk of raising fighting now and trying to fit fencing in with a scimitar has convinced me this is only going to lead to pointless investments in the wrong direction. I see no reason to raise fighting when warfare and awareness and cunning are all more fitting for a leader to prioritize. >We don't want a repeat of last time.Then we don't do stupid shit like fight from the front when we should be commanding. We invested in a combat focused cohort for a reason. Let Aurion lead.
>>4140937>Water Dancer II've been convinced by the arguments in-thread.
>>4141419We didn't fight from the front last time. We got ambushed. Things happen.Meaning if we invest 5 points into fighting we get an auto 5 dice into awareness that's better than 1 more rank into awareness. And I fully plan on investing into getting agilty to 3. It gives us a decent return into CD. While letting us narritivly not be a sitting duck if we don't plan on leading from a horse. Which doesn't fit our fighting style. We've been the guy that leads and fights with the company was one of them and got voted to captain. A more agile and aware leader never hurt.
>>4141483>We got ambushed.We knew we would be and went in head first anyway. Still not entirely the same but it's in the same ballpark.
>>4141483We kept choosing dangerous options until the dice caught up to us. We didn't even need to be there in the first place and kept pushing deeper into it... but I'd rather talk about this quest.My ideal late game build would be something like this: >persuasion 6, warfare 5, cunning 5, awareness 4. With keen senses to further boost awareness and magnetic because why are we not focusing on this before our wedding when we will have a rare chance at meeting other houses? Fighting is such a waste. Let Vaeron guard us like he's supposed to. That was why we got the cohort benefit.
>>4141507>My ideal late game build would be something like this: >>persuasion 6, warfare 5, cunning 5, awareness 4.This is where the water dancer route falls short. We would be sacrificing either warfare or cunning reaching 5. I don't think that's a good trade. We can achieve the awareness 4 with just 30exp and grabbing a different trait like magnetic or inspiring
>>4141507I see your point. We just have differing opinions for end game stats.I would want to cap persuasion at 5 as we have.We can't be friends with everyone. We will be making enemies. Considering I still believe we should continue taking contract work even here in westerous.And I can concede that WD may be thinking too short term. I like the synergy between keen sense for cunning and awareness. Just I think getting to 4 awareness and then raises cunning might be a bit to long term. And may not keep us alive till we get gud.But 5 fighting instead of 5 cunning would be my build. While also changing persuasion 6 into warfare 6 instead.And getting inspiring instead of magnetic. I would rather be a stark than a Tywin.
>>4141528Exactly. That's my biggest issue with picking up water dancer. The first one is fine and could be fun, but we are already seeing a call to raise fighting despite being a general. This will stop us from being the best leader we can be. Plus magnetic will help us when we meet the king and the in-laws. We're not done with them yet. I don't remember ever talking dowry payments. Aurion needs to charm them like the smooth fucker he is.
>>4141528I see your point. This character was built to be Tywin. But im just advocating what I prefer. A leader that fights from the front that is above avg around the board and is well liked aswell as a good fighter.While your builds make him an above average fighter, that could charm the pants off anyone and politic with the best of them. That is a strong character and I like the idea, but I would rather play someone closer to the front lines is all.You both make good points. And if ya win in more than happy to play a tywin build. Just not my first pick is all.>>4141537Now that talks are open, I'm fairly certain the DC has gone down. And if we can't win with 6+1b dice we likely weren't going to be getting much anyhow.
The WD makes up a much stronger opponent for the dragonstone fight.Along with catching things we might not other be able to with the awarness bump.But one thing that hasn't been discussed would be simply saving the DP. Playing it safe, isn't in how we as a company captain have made our money and successful career.
I just don't see Aurion as a water dancer type person. It seems like a hobby for rich people from the Free Cities, not a lowborn mercenary captain from a wet rock in Westeros.
I really want to get inspiring in my opinion it sounds pretty good to pick up. Issue an extra command and then spend a command to reroll for another chance. We can we use this for Dragonstone and the potential fight with the guy from the triumvirate
>>4141545Likewise, I could settle for a different type of leader than my ideal. As for the DC being lowered, extra degrees of success still matter and we still need to make a solid impression on the king separately from all that.
>>4141545We could always continue going into pole-arm if we want a more front fighter
Would our wedding be good opportunity to poach some knights for Cavalry or Personal guards unit? We could spend glory and/or convert part of our dowry.
>>4141480>>4140937>MagneticChanging once again. Lot of quality arguments in the thread.
> Water Dancer
>>4141319>>4141317So, considering that Water Dancers are fencers, and I used to fence when I was younger, I might be able to provide some additional background information, as far as making a decision on allowing the scimitar to be used as a fencing blade for Water Dancer 1. Modern fencing has three subsets, each named after its sword; foil, epee, and sabre. Each of these subsets have rules on what qualifies as a touch (a point), what is a foul, and what parts of your opponent you can score on. The biggest physical difference of the blades is the footprint of the blades themselves (Figure 1 in attached image). Beyond that, there isn’t that much. In other words, the biggest differences between the subsets of fencing isn't the blade, but rather the rules. The point that I am making is that the fencing sabre is not a sabre at all, but like the other fencing blades, is simply a neutered rapier (for an “intact” example, refer to Figure 4), with a specialized rule set. So the decision that Boggs needs to make isn’t if the scimitar (Figure 2) can pass as a sabre (Figure 3), but if the scimitar can pass as a rapier. Figure 2 (ripped straight from Wikipedia) depicts two blades in the scimitar family, the left being an Egyptian shamshir, and the right being an Ottoman kilij. Going off of appearances alone, the shamshir is not that far from a rapier, though it is still intended to be a slasher. If we were to say that the scimitar was a shamshir, and maybe accept some sort of small malus for using a blade in a non-intended way, I could see this working. The story of the clumsiest water dancer with the awkward stabs, the rum dancer.
>>4141588Except polearm sucks and we do not have an extrpdinary pole arms.
>>4141319No worries, anon. I'm glad you brought it up. I think I'm going to need to branch out from gun knowledge if I'm going to run a medieval low fantasy quest.>>4141655Awesome, this is exactly what I needed. Thanks for putting this together! I really pictured it as a mix between figure 2 and 3, which would make it far more of a slashing weapon. Given the feedback, I think I'm going to have to stick with keeping it in the Long Blades category rather than allowing Fencing to be applied. Really sorry if this has misled anyone, but the point wasn't to make the weapon fit the exact mold desired. Otherwise, I would've made it a polearm from the start and saved everyone the trouble of having to think about it. As a compromise, mostly because I don't think it's fair for me to dangle things in front of everyone and then take it back, I'm okay with moving the 1b in polearms over to long blades if Aurion takes the time to train with his new weapon in the coming months. Considering the focus on seeing and feeling with all your senses, there's nothing stopping you from pursuing some of the basic tenants of water dancing anyway. I'll remind there is a separate fencing-related tree for Braavosi Fighting that is the more combat oriented of the two. I'm loving the discussion regardless of what wins the vote, especially the thoughts towards more long-term builds. Both benefits have their uses, but anons make good points that it really could (emphasis on could) come down to the sort of leader you want Aurion to become. Right now the vote is tied 5-5. I'm leaving it open for the undecideds/lurkers to figure out what they prefer. Either way, this is going to be fun to write and I'm looking forward to it!
>>4141655Top tier post anon>>4141695>Given the feedback, I think I'm going to have to stick with keeping it in the Long Blades category rather than allowing Fencing to be applied.I am happy with that decision>moving the 1b in polearms over to long blades if Aurion takes the time to train with his new weapon in the coming monthsGenerous and based. I'm all for it.
>>4140937>>4141695I never put a vote out so>Magnetic
>>4140937water dancer seems thematically hard to justifyI really like this brash condottiere, and I don't think water dancer would make me like him more, although a water dancer who is clumsy would be hilarious indeedmagnetic seems like a powergaming move, so that's out for meI will vote for> Inspiringthere will be a lot of battles, lads, and battle is a team sport
>>4141695Lurker vote for Inspiring or Magnetic, whichever has more.
>>4141317Water Dancer 1Some mad dervish scimitar spinning would be fun too
>>4141705Same here and supporting I just think it’s better to double down on our social skills, especially with KL coming up
>>4141715>Inb4 we develop a new style of Drunken Boxing like Water Dancing
>>4141695Magnetic has my vote.
>>4141738gimmick. being able to inspire others in battle can lead to some truly epic shit otohforce multiplier
Okay, it looks like we are going with Magnetic! That should be a lot of fun to play through. Unfortunately, I'm not going to be able to run tonight like I wanted to, but we are definitely on for a full run tomorrow. Until then, I was looking to flesh out the Free Company side some more on my end, but I'd rather see what everyone comes up with instead of solely going with what I think makes sense. I'm expecting to be diving into that side of the quest a bit more in the near future with the Second electing a new leader and the new crossbowmen possibly getting roped in to the ranks. What sort of traditions/rituals/etc. do you all think would be interesting/thematic to include with the Stormbringers?
>>4141919Is the name of the company a Michael Moorcock reference? If so, maybe new recruits would consume a herb mixture (effects tbd) or be marked (tattoo, brand, etc.) with runes?
>>4141919https://youtu.be/5g8wbIRTKes Mayber something like this
>>4141919>>4141919I do like the modern gang "jumping in" ritual. Maybe also a bit of a hazing with groups of new members, take them in their sleep, bind their hands and feet and make them walk the plank, but have their new brothers waiting to cut their binds and save them from drowning. Then we drink! Tattood confirmed kill counts, arm wrestling over disputed kills.
>>4142087And of course the ultimate test of stamina and determination...UNDERWATER BASKET WEAVING!
>>4142150Now that I think about it, it actually would be a great way to train our guys.You gotta weave it underwater, so you practice holding your breath.It also helps with dexterity, so you could better undo your armor.Put the two together, and you got training to keep you from drowning from half plate without freaking out.
>>4141919Lightning tattoos or brands, maybe some kind of sickass initiation ritual during a thunderstorm where an iron topped pole is raised on a hill and everyone has to hold ranks with their hands on eachother’s shoulders so when the lightning strikes it gives everyone the cool lightning strike “Tattoos”
>>4142237That seems like a good way to die... but those scars are very cool
>>4142244Three Words buddy, Rule Of Cool
>>4142087I like the tattoo confirmed kill count idea.
>>4141507>>persuasion 6, warfare 5, cunning 5, awareness 4.Full support for this build, btw. But perhaps swap warfare with persuasion.
After the initial shock wore off, if it truly has at all, you find yourself moving with renewed spirit. You just feel… right. A wedding in a moon’s turn or so, supposedly at a Royal Sept. You’re not sure how that works but aren’t about to question it either. Apparently, there were several pleas for a timely arrival as well…“Why the fixation on my arrival?” you question Vaeron as you both walk about the bailey while the men rally for the hunt. “You have to ask?” he says with amusement.“When have I ever been late for anything?” you puzzle.“Disputed lands. Our ship completely missed action against Tyroshi because we were in a Lysene pleasure house,” he immediately answers.“That hardly counts! I blamed it on the weather and the lads backed me up,” you counter.“Hmm. True enough, no loss there. What about the Ashabad-Bayasabhad incident? Or the slaver shipping disputes,” he continues.“We turned down the shit with the slaver ships. Aye, we may have skirted around it for a bit and ‘missed’ a ship or two, but that was intentional. And don’t get me started on further east. As much as I wanted to be a Great Father, they didn’t warn us that we would be up against elephants. You should be thanking me for tarrying,” you say. “We also left for the Stepstones with little word. The first trip, with the chase. Could be Janesa doesn’t want a repeat of it?” he ventures.“That was your idea,” you remind him.“Aye, it was. Speaking of, what do you want to do about Yunko? No way he got out of the bay with a galley and a half while on battle rations,” he changes the subject.There’s a name to sour your mood a touch. “One creature at a time,” you chide.“Fair. Now who are we bringing to search around the old sept?” he asks.>The First, they’re the most elite.>The Second, they’re close by already.>The garrison, they’re keeping the town in order, but they should be the most observant.>See if you can wrangle Cleo into this.Please choose one or two of the above!
>>4143534>>The Second, they’re close by already.50 men, in heavy armor as long as we cover every exit. at least 5 men to an exit should have little problems catching him. Vaeron with us.>See if you can wrangle Cleo into this.It would be great to have her around considering this is a poisoner.
>>4143534If the second is the closest to us, then by all means, we should use them. Can we send out a message asking the garrison to be put on alert while we try to flush out the poisoner? Oh, and if Cleo thinks that she can be away from her charge for the day, then bring her, if she wants to come along.
>>4143542How long would it take for Cleo to get there?
>>4143579If Cleo is in the castle, she is already here. The bigger question is if she is comfortable spending the day away hunting some lunatic assassin in some catacombs.
>>4143579As long as it takes you to get there. You're still at the castle.
>>4143534>>The First, they’re the most elite.>>The garrison, they’re keeping the town in order, but they should be the most observant.
>>4143534>>The garrison, they’re keeping the town in order, but they should be the most observant.>>See if you can wrangle Cleo into this.The first is is a whole other domain. We should get there asap. And the garrison wouldn't miss as much.There are also more of them. 10 units of 10 surrounding these catacombs.And Cleo and Vaeron stick with us.
>>4143587She should have a higher awareness than us she should be pretty essential.
I'm gonna get started writing for the 2nd and Cleo.Can I get 3 rolls of 6d6 for convincing her?
Rolled 3, 3, 6, 1, 3, 3 = 19 (6d6)>>4143644
Rolled 1, 3, 6, 5, 5, 6 = 26 (6d6)>>4143644
Rolled 1, 1, 1, 5, 1, 2 = 11 (6d6)>>4143644solid 25. nice
>>4143659>>4143662>>4143663That's 2 degrees vs an 18, nice.
While we have nothing to talk about.I am thinking for Vaeron>Endurance 5, Athletics 5, Awareness to 4.While getting him Armor mastery possibly after Dragonstone.And as for his next DP I say he always has one to change the outcome of a fight if need be. Cause berserker and Bludgeon III would be what I would choose for him after AM since he can't use a shield.
“The Second is already right above the sept. Might as well just bring them down on top. The First should move to take their places while we’re down there. It’s about time they’ve rotated out. I’ll see about wrapping my guest into this and then we’re on our way,” you tell him.“You know best,” he shrugs. “Best wait to mention your betrothal after we’re done lurking about in dark tunnels with her at your back, yeah?” he jests. “Right. Not sure what she’ll make of that if I’m honest,” you frown.She’s a hard woman to find… mostly because she’s in your library and you needed directions to find it. You find her in there with three of her women crew perusing the shelves and excitedly chattering over their finds.“Don’t steal any of my books,” you call out in greeting. Their demeanors become more aloof and professional again once they’re alerted to your presence. “I did not take you for a learned man,” Cleo responds. What’s that supposed to mean? “We all have our secrets. Speaking of, I have a good lead on this assassin. Care for a bit of sport?” you ask.“You want me to do your dirty work for you? After all that talk of how great your company is?” she taunts.“Fine, stay with your books. I know my men can fight. Seen it with my own eyes. Just not so sure about yours,” you drop before turning for the door.“You---” she fumes. “You are gravely mistaken if you think we cannot fight.”“Seems like you’re dodging one right now,” you point out with a smug grin.“I am not dodging any such thing. I simply see no reason to fight your battles for you. What do I stand to gain?” she demands.“Some satisfaction for your time if nothing else. You’ve spent a good amount of time treating his victim, yeah? Besides, with all your talk of excitement I thought you’d like some. Am I wrong?” you goad.“… when do we leave?” she relents.“Now. I’ve grown tired of waiting and want to see this done before we lose the sun. I’ll catch you up on the way,” you tell her.
>>4143779She leaves off to get ready along with her companions while you do the same. Thankfully, she’s faster at preparing for battle than preparing for a feast and rejoins you and Vaeron with the same three women from before. Braavosi from the looks of them.“Many of my crew are of the Hundred Isles as they share my views on slaving and the like. I lived there for a time as well,” she explains while you walk to the site.“I know what a braavo is, but I’ll never understand the aversion to good quality armor. You can’t dance and twirl out of the way of a bolt or a shield wall,” you say.“If you are so sure of this, then you have not been paying enough attention to the way I move in bed,” she teases. A fair point.You see the burnt-out ruins of the sept in the distance. Your men of the Second are already getting in position from the runner you sent out in advance. The site itself is beneath the hills and within a short distance of the cove. The town itself is on the far side of the cove from here, so it would be exceedingly obvious if one was to flee towards it. The collapsed main entrance brings fresh waves of anger upon you. It was one thing to hear of your foster father’s death at the site, but seeing the destruction first-hand only dredges it up to the surface. “This was the work of your ‘brother,’ just so you know. I lost one dear to me here. I collect my debts,” you promise Cleo with fury cold enough to give her pause.“How are we doing this?” Vaeron asks grimly, having heard your words.>Go down through the side entrance with a handful of your best and find cretin>You’re not going deep into an assassin’s lair. The place is surrounded. Smoke him out.>Something else?
>>4143782>>You’re not going deep into an assassin’s lair. The place is surrounded. Smoke him out.We want him alive. We've plenty of men to move them in such a way as to trap him once he comes out. So long as we've made sure there are no more exits. >Something elseIf possible see if our friend Cleo has any numbing or paralysis object she could add to the fire. I'd like to keep him alive if possible. Maimed is perfectly fine, but alive.
>>4143782>Go down through the side entrance with a handful of your best and find cretinLet's just go get him
>>4143798Ditto >Inb4 Cleo occasionally pops by and drugs Aurion
>>4143798>>4143802>>4143837>>4143863Hmm, I think I have something for this. Okay, writing!
The fires in the other entrances to the tunnels rage as the Second throws green foliage upon them while waiting. You stand at the ready in front of the sept as the smoke drifts down. This is the only way out now…“I was thinking, you’ve all sorts of potions and other sorcerous craft. Can you not work something upon the fires? Something to weaken any who inhale it?” you turn to your bored pirate… lover? She regards you with amusement. “Setting aside your questionable descriptions… possibly… the only sort that I have on hand are rather hallucinogenic, but that may work to our advantage.”“Can’t hurt, eh?” you say with relish before thinking on it more. “… what does that mean? That word?”“They make you see things that are not real. Visions and the like,” she sighs in exasperation.“… why do you have this on hand?” you ask with a smirk.“No reason… there is no time, we must hurry, or it will not matter,” she quickly brushes it off and sets to distributing what look like dried out mushrooms so that they may be added to the surrounding fires.It takes some time, but you eventually see some thin traces of smoke drifting up through the final entrance. You back up and keep your distance, not quite in the mood to start seeing spirits. You hear shouting from below and several dirty, emaciated men come bumbling out from the earth. Your men quickly seize them with little trouble. They’re completely incoherent, but it’s apparent these are remnants of the raiders you hunted down. None are the quarry you seek.“How long will the visions last?” you ask Cleo, who is eying the survivors with some intensity.“It is difficult to say. Inhaling is typically more effective, but the large amount of smoke would have diluted the potency. Another hour or two?” she guesses.Further conversation is interrupted by a final shape crawling from the thickened smoke. He waves a stiletto about and jabs at the air violently. Brown roughspun robes, balding, a match?Your men look to you questioningly as to how to handle the erratically violent assassin. A good number of them have probably felt the kiss of a blade upon their skin, but there is a certain hesitation when dealing with one who resorts to venoms. Vaeron has no such qualms and strides forward with single-minded determination, his heavy strides gaining the attention of the flailing man even in his stupor. The cretin makes to ward your friend off with the blade, but only earns swift kick to the face from an armored boot. He hits the dirt hard, out cold. He should live… but it remains to be seen if that is a blessing or a curse.“Pitiful,” Cleo remarks. On this at least, you agree.
>>4143981Continuing tomorrow! Hopefully with faster posts on my end. Until then, how do you want to handle this when he wakes up?>Sit him down and try to convince him why cooperating on his employer or master is in his best interest>Just put him to the question until he breaks. He’s caused enough suffering that needs to be answered for regardless of the information.>He’s hallucinating. Maybe you can use that? Play it up when he awakes and see where it goes.>Something else
>>4143995>>Sit him down and try to convince him why cooperating on his employer or master is in his best interest>He’s hallucinating. Maybe you can use that? Play it up when he awakes and see where it goes.cant mix these?
>>4144014The first option is geared more towards having a rational, compelling conversation. Playing up hallucinations and seeing what you can get him to say is more of a seeing how deep the rabbit hole goes sort of deal. Persuasion vs Deception (but with different DCs).
>>4143995>>He’s hallucinating. Maybe you can use that? Play it up when he awakes and see where it goes.Got it. So this for now, and we see what we can gather.Give him a day of knowing he is captured and don't let him kill himself. And We can rationalize from there I guess.
>>4143995>>He’s hallucinating. Maybe you can use that? Play it up when he awakes and see where it goes.It will be a novel experience for both of them!
>>4144094Ditto could be “fun”
>>4143995> He's hallucinatinggonna be hard to make sense of what he's saying, but let's try. worst case we get nothing and we can STILL try to bluff him into believing he spilled the beans while drugged, best case we get info that we can leverage and try to start turning him into a double agent, when he awakes
>>4143995>He’s hallucinating. Maybe you can use that? Play it up when he awakes and see where it goes.And if that fails, we can try something else.
>>4144032Now that I think about it, it will probably be easier to get information from him while he is under the influence for the next hour or so. When he comes down, he is probably going to clam up. >>4144162I don't know if turning him is going to be realistic. I certainly don't think that it be in character for Vaeron to sit around and allow this, and I don't know if Aurion would think of it, let alone agree with it.
>>4143748I like the stats. I would be tempted to invest in animal handling for jousting but it would take maybe too much investing to make it worth it. Idk about armor mastery over bludgeon III. It feels weird that he would so quickly specialize in his new half plate. Also having odd number points in armor isn't as good because of multipliers. Like if he was armor 11 instead of 10 like he is now then those common weapon damage numbers of 4, 5, or 6 would all end with basically the same results vs him. The point off of bulk doesn't matter much either when the biggest penalties are every 2 points and he would be going from 3 to 2.
Well that was an easy vote. On the off-chance that I get some prewriting done today, let's get the rolls out of the way.>Can I get 3 rolls of 4d6 for Deception (Act)?
Rolled 5, 2, 1, 6 = 14 (4d6)>>4144380
Rolled 2, 1, 3, 3 = 9 (4d6)>>4144380
Rolled 1, 2, 2, 3 = 8 (4d6)>>4144380
Rolled 2, 6, 3, 3 = 14 (4d6)>>4144380This wouldn't be bluff?
>>4144388I think I'll stop rolling for a while.
>Rolled 14 vs DC 13. Success, 1 degreeHe stirs with the aid of an upturned flask. “Seven Blessings,” you repeat his first words to you with a smug grin.He looks around with wild, unfocused eyes. The sun has dropped beneath the hills and any remaining light is rapidly fading. “It is you…” he starts with a strange trembling awe.“It is,” you allow before going out on a limb. “I am here for your last confession in the eyes of the Seven.”He cackles maniacally. “Seven. Seven of three. Divided they stand, three of seven at most. Three, three three. They swirl about. Swish. A prime number for prime colors yet they settle for two of three. Stupid, stupid stupid.”You share a confused glance with Vaeron while Cleo sighs and lights a pipe to inhale. “Continue,” you order in a commanding voice.“They skewered the skewer fish did you know this yes no? But there were three fish in the sea now this of the bigger three makes two of three and of two one smells blood in the water,” he rambles with increasing speed.“This is your last chance for my absolution. Speak clearly and with sense,” you say with more calmness than you feel.For some reason, this sends him into a fit of uncontrollable, roaring laughter. “Your absolution? You? The Lord of Rum and Mirth? No, no no no no nono. What are you compared to the Stranger?” he points a shaking finger outwards past you to… Cleo? “The Stranger. Neither male nor female in the most holy words of old Andalos. And yet the new texts always cast her as male,” he giggles. “You are far worse than a wretched one such as I. If they could see you now! Oh, I have heard the stories,” he licks the blood from his cracked lips.She says nothing as she exhales smoke in his direction, her icy blue eyes piercing the haze. “Who sent you?” you press him with some annoyance. He cocks his head to the side in confusion. “But I’ve already told you. Haven’t you been listening? Do you not find it queer that Rum and Mirth holds no place in the pantheon? What does that make you, an outsider? Do you know? The Stranger mayhaps? Does death follow you, little Aurion of the Docks,” he taunts before throwing his head back with more mad laughter.You take a step towards him with fury and confusion, but he shakes his head with a too wide smile showing off surprisingly well-kept teeth. “Valar morghulis,” he says warmly. Then he does the unthinkable. He reaches up with his manacled hands and roughly digs into his own neck with his chipped, sharp nails. The damage is done before you and Vaeron can pull his hands away and you’re both sprayed with a torrent of warm blood for your troubles.Valar dohaeris,” you mumble into the shocked silence.
>>4144814“What the fuck was that?” Vaeron asks in frustration as you march back to the castle with the lunatic’s words still turning over in your mind.“Riddles and more riddles… or nothing at all,” you answer, shooting a glance back to the pensive Cleo. She hasn’t said a word to you since the assassin’s death. “Too many fucking numbers to make any sense of it,” he mutters.“That may be the most important part for all we know,” you ponder.“Dunno. Sounded like a bunch of shit to me. What’d you make of it?” he asks.>Can I get 3 rolls of 3d6 for Cunning? If someone nails a detail that Aurion could’ve reasonably figured out IC, then I’ll take that into consideration.
Rolled 4, 2, 3 = 9 (3d6)>>4144817
Rolled 5, 5, 1 = 11 (3d6)>>4144817
Rolled 6, 5, 5 = 16 (3d6)>>4144817
>>4144818>>4144835>>4144842What's this? A successful cunning test? 1 degree of success vs DC 15. Writing!
>>4144842Fucking clutch. Nice
>>4144814I'm going to take a crack at decoding this.When asked who sent you, the assassin indicated that he had already said who. The lines "skewered the skewer fish" taken with "were three fish in the sea", as well as "settle for two of three" indicates that the enemy was comprised of three separate entities, and that one of them has met an untimely end (skewered). The presence of "this of the bigger three", could refer to Aurion, but it could also refer to Cleo or Elequo's raiders. The Triumvirate raids would be a opportunity or "blood in the water", for an assassin. Or, Aurion's departure to Bloodstone to seek out Cleo could be the opportunity that he was speaking about.>>4144867>>4144842Oh, with rolls this well, I guess I didn't need to.This is the second one in the quest, by my count.
>>4144886I'm getting a similar conclusion.The triumvirate of them, one may have been killed. And that means of the two alive at least one of them is plotting against us. It could be Cleo as well. But I may have just missed that altogether. Lys is also a valaryian stronghold. She should know Valarian. She would be the one to keep Aella alive if she knew what we would run into. But far as we can tell nothing to gain from this, other than helping her deal with her nemesis on the triumvirate. Again I think this is a stretch.
>>4144970I think the implication is that the one that was killed (skewered) was the cadet branch of House Sunglass, and the two remaining fish are two entities in the Sunglass family, perhaps the mainline family and another cadet branch, or something. This is in line with all of the talk of the three of seven; as in three entities loyal to the Seven. There are other interpretations no doubt, but this one makes the most sense to me.
>>4145000Skewer for fish it's potentially a trident right?
“The numbers… can’t say what seven had to do with anything, might be just that I mentioned it first. He brought up three on his own and kept going on about it,” you start thinking aloud.“Aye, he did. Wouldn’t shut up about it,” Vaeron agrees.“So best I can tell, there are three players in this plot,” you say.“The Triumvirate?” Vaeron asks with alarm while looking back at your guests.“A little more subtly if you please,” you chide. “And no. Doesn’t fit. Remember this happened just after we arrived, so Elequo had no way of knowing yet. Aside from that, Shako has a stake in keeping me breathing. And Cleo…”“Tell me true, you don’t seriously trust her, brother,” Vaeron groans.“Not sure, really. But again, I don’t see her hands on this. Why stand idly by and allow us to interrogate him?” you say. “To see what he had to say? She did a number on his mind at the least. Not to mention he knew her. Dunno how that woman’s mind works or what her angle is her, but I wager it’s not solely because you’re a good fuck,” Vaeron counters.“Knew of her. A key difference,” you correct. “As for the rest. Say you’re right, it would still be a major gamble on her part if she were guilty. I can think of cleaner ways to see to silence and she’s had plenty of opportunities to see me dead if she were so determined. Keep in mind as well, she is the reason Aella yet lives. There’s a soft streak buried under that ice.”“Hmm, suppose you’d know,” he grunts, somewhat mollified by mention of his younger sister. “I still think she’s dangerous.”“Of that, we are in agreement,” you say.“Then what to you intend to do about her? Does she know of your betrothal yet?” he asks.“No, we haven’t had the time. Not sure what she’d even make of it. I’ve settled on nothing for her in the longer term, I’ve just been letting this play out as it will,” you say, before shaking off the distraction of women troubles and returning to the task at hand.
>>4145032“Now, we need to figure out who these three are, if there are three. House Sunglass comes to mind for obvious reasons. Say that’s one, or is there three in their house? Back to the man’s words. He mentioned one was dead, but that was a lesser three or some such. Not sure what to make of that, but he also mentioned fish and colors and such, yeah? Why?”“Fuck knows what that lunatic was seeing in that moment,” Vaeron shrugs.“He spoke in riddles and symbolism. Or maybe symbols alone, if there’s even a difference. Symbols. Now, let’s assume he had reason at all for using those symbols. At least he told me as much before the end. Why colors and swirls and skewer fish? Who could be associated with such?” you press.“Dunno why’d think of a man when I see colors or fish any more than why’d think of you when I see a shrike flying about,” he jests.“Exactly! A coat of arms,” you grin. “Now we need only piece the rest together. I’ve a whole library now. There must be at least one book in there with heraldries and the like. Granted, we will need help.”He stops in his tracks and grins too. “Fucking devious mate. Cept who can even help us with this?”>See if you can wrap Cleo into this further. She’s a reader.>Hold off and wait for Janesa or perhaps even Cerelle. From what you know, the is exactly the sort of thing your betrothed would know of.>Something else?
>>4145000You're right. This would also fall under Aurion's knowledge. He knows House sunglass his previous lord, is a cadet house of House Sunglass. And If he was interested at all in military focus at one point, and with being a blacksmith apprentice he was around plenty of troops. He would have heard of the main branch and their bannermen house Rampton.All this chat of the 7, given house sunglass's banner, is a seven-star banner representing all this faith. And only have three forces, while now losing one makes sense. >>4145030simply skewered as dead maybe it.
>>4145033>Hold off and wait for Janesa or perhaps even Cerelle. From what you know, the is exactly the sort of thing your betrothed would know of.
>>4145033>>See if you can wrap Cleo into this further. She’s a reader.I would like to wait for those two. But considering next time we will be seeing either of them will likely be at the wedding. We should get some more information from someone well-tuned to the area and its information around here. It could help us deal with house Sunglass if we are more certain it's them. While making every connection that is possible. Cleo will just know that we will be looking to fight with that rebel house. If she helps us get there.
>>4145046I would rather have info before we get to KL.>>4145033Boggs has everyone in the realm already swore to the king, cleaning them of transgressions?We don't want them to do what Cormac did. Not that a lord would ever admit to it.
>>4145050Sorry that wasn't particularly clear. I support you.>>4145046+1
>>4145046If I understand everything correctly, Janesa is coming to Stormgrave, and she will be here soon. Still, I don't think that we should wait any longer than we need to. We should make do with what we have. Find Janesa Jr, and get her reading through all of the heraldry. Honestly, Janesa probably already started her on it, so she seem like the best choice. If that is out, then Cleo.>>4145033Janesa Jr. (if that is out, then Cleo).
>>4145050>Boggs has everyone in the realm already swore to the king, cleaning them of transgressions?Nope! You're currently in Month 10 of 283. The Sack of King's Landing was in Month 8 and the Tident was in Month 7. There have been a handful of houses trickling in (mostly those who sided against their Lord Paramounts), but the majority of the Narrow Sea houses are still firmly entrenched around Dragonstone, Dorne is still a big question mark, and the Reach dipped their banners only last month before turning their eyes westward towards cleaning up the Ironborn mess. The Siege of Dragonstone is expected to take place in another five months.
>>4145078The problem with that is Janessa Jr has JUST started learning these things. She is from Essos and has learned the heraldry and Nobel house/merchant houses from there as a priority. She would have some knowledge about these houses but not much as would her mother. I am sure she knows the large houses and some details possibly even some of the lords, but Why would Janessa take her time to learn many of the houses of Westeros and their banners if she saw a life of traveling/doing work around Essos That being said if Janessa and Cerelle is to come to our new home Stormgrave before the wedding at KL, then I'll go to hold off.
>>4145078Huh. She's not going to be as quick about it as Cleo might be, but she's not a bad choice either. I just hadn't thought to include it. You could wrap her into it if you wanted to. >>4145108Cerelle won't be coming to your home before the wedding. That's just social protocol. Janesa was never decided on. So, let's do this:Involve Cleo:>Yes>NoJanesa (the mother):>Have her make sure things go smoothly in King's Landing for the wedding>Recall her to help manage things hereSorry to drag this out, but some great points were made both ways.
>>4145169I should clarify, I'm going to write it for Janesa the younger helping you with the books if you don't want to include Cleo in the plots any further.
>>4145169Involve CleoYesAsk Vaeron if we can get Jan Jr can get involved
>>4145169Involve Cleo she might not be a potential lover anymore or anything like that, but we could still benifit alot from each other and grow to be friends I hope. Besides shes a pretty competent person, her input atleast would always be welcome.Janessa stays in kings landingFeel better having her here in stormgrave, but she might be the best representative for us at the same time, and I'd feel bad leaving it all on cerrelle.
>>4145169>Involve Cleo:>Yes>Janesa (the mother):>Have her make sure things go smoothly in King's Landing for the wedding
>>4145169>>Involve Cleo:>>Yes>>Janesa (the mother):>>Have her make sure things go smoothly in King's Landing for the wedding
>>4145169>>YesJanesa (the mother):>Have her make sure things go smoothly in King's Landing for the weddingWe may be giving Cleo more info than we need to. But it is what it is.Speak to Janessa Jr. Explain to her, that the upcoming wedding is a secret. So she doesn't blab about it. Spoil our niece with juice.
“Cleo’s a reader. She’s even written at least one book by her accounting of it. I’ll see what she can find in the library. One more thing, have your daughter write back to Janesa. I’d rather this wedding go smoothly, and it’d save her the back and forth,” you tell Vaeron.“Was hoping you’d say that,” he says with relief.“Why?” you’d expected him to grumble over it if anything.He hesitates. “She’s with child.”“That’s great news! Why not mention it sooner?” you slap him heartily on the back. “She thinks I don’t know,” he says abashedly. “Doesn’t want to make mention of it after last time, you know…”“Ah. Right. Well, she can make the return trip in the comfort of the flagship,” you reassure him. You pass beneath the portcullis and go your separate ways to separate readers and writers. “I’ve a favor of sorts. Meet me in the library?” you ask Cleo.She smirks at you with her hands on her hips. “It seems you ask me for many favors, Aurion.”“This one may be worth your while,” you entice.“This I have also heard before, and yet here we stand with me no more enriched than I was upon Bloodstone,” she’s getting testy, but she calms herself with a breath. “You may wait for me. I must see to my patient first.”You nearly fall asleep in the library with your feet propped up on a reading table, but Cleo enters just before you do. Her perfumed scents filling the stuffy area in short order. “I see you’ve been hard at work,” she observes.“I prefer to keep my thoughts untainted by the written word,” you tell her.“Yes, I am sure your thoughts are completely pure,” she says before sitting in a nearby chair and putting a leg up over the armrest. Very little fabric remains between your eyes and the prize, but you’ve learned of much and more in the past day.>Go for it anyway. (Continue sleeping with her)>Turn her down.Since this isn’t mutually exclusive to either option:>Tell her of your betrothal/upcoming fatherhood >Keep it to yourself
I'm gonna let this one sit overnight since it's getting late and the vote may not be as straightforward as it normally would with a character like this. And who knows? Maybe there will be other theories on the assassin's words.Until then, thanks for playing!
>>4145296>Turn her down.>Tell her of your betrothal/upcoming fatherhood
>>4145296>Go for it anyway. (Continue sleeping with her)>Tell her of your betrothal/upcoming fatherhoodI'm curious to see where this goes and Aurion is a cumbrain
>>4145296>>Go for it anyway. (Continue sleeping with her)>Tell her of your betrothal/upcoming fatherhoodBastard pirate prince! im not sure this is good for our actual life..
>>4144814>A prime number for prime colors yet they settle for two of three. Stupid, stupid stupid.”So the colors of the heraldry is two of these threeRedBlueGreen
>>4145369Westerlands, Vale and Reach?
>>4145386Could be. One color for each player here. Maybe looking at two different houses one with green heraldry like Estermont and one with red (and white) like Celtigar?
Unless he was counting Shryke as green. So that means we would be looking at houses with either red or blue colors.
>>4145296>Turn her down.>Tell her of your betrothal/upcoming fatherhoodcoomers please
>>4145296>>Turn her down.>Tell her of your betrothal/upcoming fatherhoodI'll remind you all that we've established Aurion's greatest desire to be to have a family. Not cheating on our fiance is a good way to start.
>>4145399Or one house with all three, with a trident and/or fish on it
>>4145296 #>>Go for it anyway. (Continue sleeping with her)>Tell her of your betrothal/upcoming fatherhoodHarem Pirate captain is a go
>>4144814well well well
>>4145296>Go for it anyway. (Continue sleeping with her)>Tell her of your betrothal/upcoming fatherhood
>>4145296>Go for it anyway>Tell her of your betrothal/upcoming fatherhoodAlso, maybe we should decide if we are ever going to tell her more about the opportunity in taking Dragonstone. We have already blown through a month with all of this; and the last thing we said to her on the topic amounted to "we'll discuss it later". >>4145530We've been attacked by House Tully!
>>4145569> maybe we should decide if we are ever going to tell her more about the opportunity in taking Dragonstoneseconding. this will also make it worth her while
>>4145296>Turn her down.>Tell her of your betrothal/upcoming fatherhoodSeems like there are more coomers among europeens (or are these late night amerifats?).
>>4145296>Turn her down>Tell her of your betrothal/upcoming fatherhood >>4145569+1 to the Dragonstone discussion
>>4145296>Go for it anyway. (Continue sleeping with her)>Tell her of your betrothal/upcoming fatherhoodAurion is a coomer
>>4145296>Turn her down.>Tell her of your betrothal/upcoming fatherhoodTry to emphasize that we just found out that this was a thing, that it's hard to say no, but we respect her and cerelle too much to be her partner with this right now
>>4145369Not to make the possibilities spiral every which way, but are we talking primary colors of additive combination or primary colors of subtractive coloration?
>>4145369>>4145691Magenta and cyan aren't used in heraldry (irl), so it should be additive.
>>4145694I would imagine Newton would take precedent over Goethe in this setting, if only for the symbolism inherent in his take. In which case, we would still be working with the premodern red/blue/yellow.
>Go for it anyway. (Continue sleeping with her)>Tell her of your betrothal/upcoming fatherhood
>>4145296>>Turn her down.>>Tell her of your betrothal/upcoming fatherhoodWe JUST got word that we'll get married and our character's drive is family, and you're gonna fuck that up now for what reason?
>>4145758I don't know people are being dumb. Didn't we share goals with each other last thread? So she knows what we want is a family
>>4145783>it was all a testImagine our advances turned down and then she blackmails us with it.
>>4145296>Turn her down.>Tell her of your betrothal/upcoming fatherhood>>4145569Supporting a discussion about Dragonstone though
Looks like 10-7 in favor of turning her down with a unanimous decision to be honest about it. We should be running in about an hour. Incidentally, I just tried mixing rum into red wine, solely for research purposes. It's pretty good!
>>4146266Hey I really hate to do this on such short notice, but I'm going to have to push back an actual run until tomorrow. Getting all sorts of crazy phone calls right now (better than being coofed on, if only slightly). I'll try to have a post up sometime before the morning.
>>4146385Thanks man, we appreciate it.
You take in her sultry smile and inviting, flexible pose. It would be a lie to suggest you’re not highly tempted, but your priorities are elsewhere. “As much as I would like to, I don’t think I should,” you tell her.Her smile drops along with her leg. “You don’t think you should? What does this mean?” she demands.“I’ve received news from King’s Landing only earlier today. Lady Janesa has managed to negotiate a betrothal to Lady Cerelle Lydden. Not quite sure how, but it’s done,” you explain.“Cerelle… this is the one you’ve mentioned, yes? The one with the father who gave you insult?” she asks with surprise.“The very same. She’s with child,” you can’t help but give her a wide, stupid grin. To your surprise, her frown slowly threatens to turn into a rare smile as well.“You are a very frustrating man, Aurion Shryke,” she finally says.“Sure, but why?” you ask.“I find it difficult to be wroth with you. It’s puzzling… I suppose congratulations are in order. Your first?” she inquires.“Aye, as far’s I know,” you smile.“Now that may be more surprising than the rest,” she jests. “When is this wedding?”“Ah, in a moon’s turn from what I can tell. It seems I’m to travel to King’s Landing for it,” you answer.“Oh? And what do you expect me to do during all of this?” she asks somewhat coyly. Ah. “What would you like to do?” you try.“I would like to gain something out of my temporary exile here. As of now I have gained nothing, and you have offered me nothing. For a moment, I had suspected you had thoughts towards making me the lady of your house,” she begins, turning more serious again.She holds up a finger before you are able to assuage any hurt feelings and continues. “I like you, I do, but if I was to consent to any arrangement of the sort, then it would have been more for my own legacy than for some sort of love for you. Who can say what it would have led to? It could have been bliss, or we could have been at each other’s throats over co-ruling. Perhaps both? I have had these thoughts already and now I move on. What matters now is that I am given the tribute I deserve for playing along with this little game of yours and Shako’s.”
>>4146763Her fingers drum upon the surface of a book as she looks to you expectantly. It would seem she’s done taking talk of excitement alone as reason to behave herself while Shako sorts out Bloodstone. The only question is what you have to entice her with, or at least what else you’re willing to include her in. The things that immediately come to mind would be including her in the fights to come or inviting her to the wedding. Both are tricky prospects. She’s undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with in a battle by virtue of the size of her crew, but her involvement may cut into your own plunder. Then there’s the wedding. A bit of a wild card. She would likely appreciate it for the courtesy, or perhaps because of the opportunity it may bring for her to make her own deals, but she’s also a notorious pirate. You doubt she will be hauled off in chains or the like, especially considering how nicely she cleans up when she makes the effort, but showing a close association with her could paint a picture of the sort of circles you have dabbled in. You can picture your good-father’s face purpling if it’s not handled delicately, but it could also be used to show your lack of dependence on the good graces of Westerosi alone. >Speak of the grand scale of the Dragonstone undertaking and how much she stands to gain there? Yes/No>Talk of the “blood in the water” with these persons or factions aligned against you and the potential for her to take advantage of the situation when you retaliate? Yes/No>Invite her to the wedding? Yes/No >Something else?Picking up tomorrow with the results!
>>4146768> YesMaybe we could pass her off as an unaffiliated party?>YesAny extra help is nice. After all, we can't read.>YesIt'll be fun, at least
>>4146768>>Talk of the “blood in the water” with these persons or factions aligned against you and the potential for her to take advantage of the situation when you retaliate? Yes/NoWe can launch our attack and let her raid the island of it's goods. She has earned to gain something for playing along with us. Give her the first win in our hopefully beneficial mutual relationship. We raid as we would have anyway from the front. And she raids from where ever she pleases. It also leaves the enemy distracted and panicking about it being a pincer attack. We just have to do this before everyone is at complete peace. And hopefully we do well and raise our other unit of heavies into elite and our crossbowmen a rank or two. Would mean a world of difference before Dragonstone.
>>4146794so>yes>yes>noNo, because we want to have some decorum of plausible deniability. We don't want to be seen by MANY Nobel with a very much wanted criminal if anyone could spot her. Or have heard her name or could deduce who she is. We don't want to be associated with her in public. She is perfect for doing our dirty work. And as a sellsword, it makes sense that we may look for one-time-use "allies".
>>4146768>YesI wouldn't try to loop her into the assault but hint that there could be opportunities to pick up runaways like we did with the hightowers. Sharks in the water waiting for some chum.>YesThis is the important one. If strike against another house it would be best to look like pirates. We can make a compromise. We eliminate a rival and she gets whatever she can grab.>NoJust no>Something else?Future business opportunities like rum and trade. Like once we have the town built properly we would give her the priority for black market activities.
>>4144814>“Seven. Seven of three. Divided they stand, three of seven at most. Three, three three. They swirl about. Swish. A prime number for prime colors yet they settle for two of three. Stupid, stupid stupid.”>You share a confused glance with Vaeron while Cleo sighs and lights a pipe to inhale. “Continue,” you order in a commanding voice.>“They skewered the skewer fish did you know this yes no? But there were three fish in the sea now this of the bigger three makes two of three and of two one smells blood in the water,” he rambles with increasing speed>>4145034Was my guess>>4145704"A prime number for prime colors yet they settle for two of three."Guess what colors house Rambton has?Yellow & Red
>>4146768>yes >yes >no
>>4146768>Speak of the grand scale of the Dragonstone undertaking and how much she stands to gain there?Yes. She mentioned legacy, this shit's gonna be epic> Talk of the “blood in the water” with these persons or factions aligned against you and the potential for her to take advantage of the situation when you retaliate? Yes/NoNo, she doesn't seem the carrion eater type> Invite her to the wedding?Unless it turns out she needs to be somewhere else doing serious shit, yes.> Something else?Talk about our black market plans, as a way for her to get out of the triumvirate situation if she so desires.
>>4146768yes x 3
>>4146988oh shit>1 post by this ID
>>4146768>Yes>Yes >YesIf we are going to involve her with Dragonstone, her association with us is going to be common knowledge among the nobility anyway. It would be better to play it up than to try and hide something that we can't hope to hide. We are on our way to becoming fairly notorious as a "glorified pirate", as long as we keep things within the bounds of legality, we should play to our reputation. As long as we present her as the captain of a sellsail fleet (and she cleans up) we should be alright, as far a legal issues go. It is also worth noting that there is some manner of plot out there to kill us, so making a public show of force with Cleo might make them hesitate, as it would demonstrate that we have several powerful friends. Anyway, shes earned it for doing the impossible and saving Aella's life. And all of this assumes that she wants to go. Also, we should make a decision if we are going to offer the services of our armorsmith and our master of arms to train some of her more loyal crews.
>>4146768Yes YesAsk if she wants to go
>>4147164that's... literally what 'to invite' means
>>4147576There was more to the post I ended up deleting it and just left that
>>4146989meh off this same computer I have had like 7+ new IP's.
It looks like a Yes for all 3! The wedding vote was a close 6-5, so I'll include a discussion of "conditions" with her. 2 also brought up black marketing, so I'll also include that as a future possibility.
>>4147820Oh, right. Rolls.>Can I get 3 rolls of 6d6 for Persuasion (Convince)?
Rolled 3, 5, 1, 3, 1, 4 = 17 (6d6)>>4147824
Rolled 2, 2, 6, 2, 5, 6 = 23 (6d6)>>4147824
Rolled 4, 4, 3, 2, 5, 1 = 19 (6d6)>>4147824Here’s hoping
>>4147820Yea we might as well bring it up now, that's personally why I wanted to bring her along, to run that for us. I can see other uses for her ofcourse, like her and her men giving us some more unique options to approach things, like poison subterfuge and wildfire
“You know I have little to give you as ‘tribute’ at present, but what I can give you is opportunity. Opportunity for enough loot to satisfy any crew, with minimal effort, and while being thanked by the powers that be,” you start with a confident smirk.Her fingers stop their drumming. “Go on.”“We work together as allies. First, we clean up this mess with the assassin. A house, perhaps several houses, sent him and that requires an answer. I’ve the favor of the crown behind me and most houses around me are still in open rebellion. The Westerosi fighters I’ve seen thus far don’t impress me in the slightest. If we’re up against more of the same, then what’s theirs is ours,” you boast.“Ours,” she repeats. “I do like the sound of that. Free reign at looting a Westerosi house with no repercussions from your Iron Throne is something I could sell to my captains with little fuss. I accept these terms.” “Course, there’s little glory in butcher’s work,” you comment lightly. “I doubt my crews will mind,” Cleo scoffs with a roll of her eyes.“But you do, don’t you?” you suggest. “Where’s the chance at legacy in raiding?”“It was your offer,” she counters.“Aye, and here’s another. Join me in laying siege to Dragonstone. You needn’t risk much, just harry the Targaryen ships while we make our landings. If you seize a few stragglers, then all the better. You’d have the gratitude of the new regime for your trouble,” you try.“This again? Your Dragonstone? What is gratitude to me?” she’s not impressed… yet.“Gratitude saw me granted an entire island for my troubles and it seems to have earned me a wedding in the Royal Sept as well. Gratitude is only another form of currency when dealing with those who matter. Shako’s gratitude came with a priceless sword. My gratitude will grant you legal rights to plunder. Imagine what a king’s gratitude might bring to one with more ships than I,” you tell her.“You may find I have a dull imagination,” she retorts.“Then see for yourself. Come to my wedding,” you offer.She actually laughs. “You cannot be serious!”“If you would rather stay here…” you start.“Oh, no. I will attend, Aurion. It just seems reckless even for you. To bring an ex-lover and open pirate to this… you said Royal Sept. That sounds rather… official,” she says.
>>4148150“Aye, within the Red Keep itself,” you confirm. “And don’t think I offer this with no conditions. For one, you obviously can’t flaunt that you may have stolen from these people. You are a Lysene rival to Elequo and the rest of the fools that were stupid enough to raid myself and my allies at court. That should be enough for them to appreciate. Oh, and put on a dress and look pretty. They’d like that and it’d make the men less likely to take you for a threat.”“I am a threat,” she retorts rather petulantly.“Yeah, that’s nice. Don’t show it. Let the ships you can bring to bear speak for you. These lords and knights are a stuffy lot and won’t take kindly to a woman strutting about like a sailor,” you tell her.“That didn’t seem to give you any pause,” she says with a coy smile.“Nah, not at all. I’d also point out I saw you in the baths. That’d be enough for any man by my reckoning,” you say before shaking off your wandering thoughts. “Which reminds me. No taunting my soon-to-be wife. Fuck what an odd combination of words, how did I get here?” “Your precious trophy wife cannot stand the presence of another woman?” she taunts with an insolent smile.“See? This is why we are discussing this. None of that. Seriously, she’s been good to me and if I have any say in it this will be her only wedding. Don’t go fucking it up for her just for some sport. This is her moment more than mine,” you tell her with some uncharacteristic seriousness that has her looking somewhat mollified. “Fine, I won’t vex the poor girl,” she concedes. “Gods know you will do enough of that without my help.”“Good! That’s all I ask, really. I’ll see about introducing you to those that may be able to offer you better terms for Dragonstone. They’ll thank me for it any road. Better than relying solely on the half-starved boy they have organizing the new Royal Fleet at present,” you say to sweeten the deal.“I look forward to it… but I will offer one fair warning. If I summon my crews for this battle at sea, then I do so with the full knowledge that they will not risk overmuch. Few of my captains would be so bold as to attempt to ram war dromonds on my say-so alone,” she warns.
>>4148152“I don’t pretend to know how all of this will play out in the coming months. It may be that posturing is all that is needed of you. We’ll cross that channel when we get to it. With any luck, we will both come out of this richer and I will be able to turn to my markets and trade ventures. You would be given preference there as well, if you so desire,” you tell her.“Hmm. I will not simply work beneath you in your enterprises if that is what you suggest. I may be more amenable to other arrangements given this island’s positioning near key routes, but I didn’t take you for a smuggler,” she says with raised brow.“I’m not, but I’m open to new ideas all the same,” you say.“Then we will have to see how our fortunes fall in the coming months,” she says noncommittally. Good enough for now.“Right. Now let’s see about these books. You’ve a mystery to solve,” you stand and begin taking books from shelves piling them in front of her.She sighs. “Stop. I fail to see how a treatise on mineral extraction is supposed to help me here,” she picks up a book and tosses it at you. “The hour is growing late. You refuse to service me as I desired and now you distract me further. Run along, I will find you when I have something worth discussing.” You leave her to her reading and make your way to your own chambers. Sleep comes easily and the night is surprisingly dreamless, but it’s cut short by banging upon your door.You call out for whoever it is to enter and are faced with Cleo again after the guard at your door makes way for her. She’s carrying two separate books.“You look like you haven’t slept all night,” you say with some concern before peering outside. The light has only just begun to touch your stained-glass windows. “What hour is it?”“I haven’t. I sent for some tea from my stores. It is rather potent. I feel as if I’ve identified at least two of the houses involved,” she says.“Houses. As in more than one? Who other than House Sunglass?” you ask.“House Sunglass? They meet none of the criteria as far as I can see. Perhaps they are the third. I was toying with the possibility of House Rambton for the third because of their colors, but the two have a connection, no?” she asks.>Can I get a 3d6 for Cunning (Memory)?
Rolled 3, 5, 5 = 13 (3d6)Oh shit
Rolled 5, 5, 5 = 15 (3d6)>>4148154
Rolled 3, 3, 2 = 8 (3d6)>>4148154
>>4148163>>4148170>>4148176That 15 was exactly what you needed. Cunning Aurion it is!
>>4148180awesome. >>4146861Didn't I lower the DC with this?Fuck we really need our (new)wife with basic fucking heraldry knowledge.
“House Rambton is a banner house to House Sunglass,” you notice her smile. “As I’m sure you’ve pieced together. But there’s more. This island was ruled by their other banner house, a branch of cousins to the main house. I just so happen to remember a wedding that took place in my youth between a highborn girl of the ruling family here and a knight of House Rambton. A fairly equal match all things considered and not one for much gossip, but it may be very relevant now. The husband of this daughter of the previous knight of the isle would have a strong claim upon my lands. That is, if they were no longer my lands. I hadn’t thought to connect the two after so many years and so little word, but the link is there.”“Hmm. Perhaps they are the third house. Still, I would have liked to have more than motive before acting. The other two I’m rather certain of. House Massey of Stonedance. Note the colors here and most importantly the spirals on their heraldry. That freak spoke of the prime colors swirling about and here they are. House Rambton has the colors but lack the referenced pattern. Now before you cut in!” she picks up the other book and flips to… huh. Well that makes sense.“House Bar Emmon of Sharp Point. Their immediate neighbor. Both are upon the peninsula of Massey’s Hook a few leagues from here. The ‘skewer fish skewered.’ They took a sword fish for their sigil. Why are they in different books, you may ask? One book is for the banner houses of the Stormlands and the other for those of Dragonstone. They fight on opposing sides in this conflict. I wager you find that a major player within Bar Emmon has been slain recently. If it is the lord, then you have your ‘blood in the water.’ This goes deeper than your house, Aurion,” she warns.
>>4148221“So, we have three houses worth targeting,” you summarize. “It would appear so, but we haven’t the resources to make war upon three separate houses when one is far from a certainty and the other is under the protection of your King of Stags. We need more proof,” she says.“You sound like my seneschal,” you grouse. “If they weren’t holed up in their castles, then this would be child’s play.”“But they are, and I see little use for my ships here. The very best I could hope for would be to get some of my best girls within their walls and have the gates opened ahead of you, but that brings great personal risk to them and I will not order it without proof,” she says with finality. “Then what do you suggest?” you ask with frustration.“Pick a house and we will focus our efforts on finding out their part in this. We will pick them off, break them, and gain the knowledge we need of the greater plot,” she counsels."Or just build some bloody catapults and... oh enough of the glaring," you grumble.>House Rambton. You’ve the least evidence of their involvement. >House Bar Emmon. There’s a strong possibility they’ve been weakened already.>House Massey. They are the only of the three that are not in open rebellion and will require the softest approach.>Suggest an alternative strategy.
>>4148224>>House Rambton. You have the least evidence of their involvement.Weaken house sunglass by taking apart their banner house. And get more on their plot.
>>4148230+1Get the info we need. We can use that to place the leaders of this plot to the kings Court. And use that as leverage to possibly either land or title or a decent amount of resources. Before they can pledge to the new king.
>>4148224>>House Rambton. You’ve the least evidence of their involvement.
>>4148230>>4148241>>4148243>>4148256>>4148268Unanimous for Rambton. Writing!
“House Rambton would be my preference,” you tell her.“I see their motive, but we have nothing more tying them to this plot,” Cleo says.“All the reason to find out more. It will have to do. We have a name at least… well, not exactly. I don’t remember the Sunglass girl’s name if I ever knew it to begin with, but it shouldn’t be hard to find the one Rambton married to a Sunglass,” you decide.“I will send my best to their shores. It will take time… after the wedding to be sure,” she says.“How will they be getting there? Their lands are upon the Hook or near it if I recall. Not on the right side of it for our purposes,” you point out.“That would make sense. Most isles in and about the Blackwater are barren rocks not known for their farmland. Yours and Driftmark are unique in that regard. Their sigil makes me suspect they are Sweetport Sound’s food supply,” she muses. “All the more reason to see them brought low. I’ve a war to win, after all,” you say.“As you say. My people will have to cross the channel to the Hook and make their way down. If we had cause to send warships around the Hook to the inner reaches then I would drop them off from there, but I would not expose my ship without cause to do so,” she says.That does remind you of a certain band of deserters you were meaning to see to. They are most likely somewhere within the Blackwater Bay or the Kingswood itself. The issue now is that it has been long enough for them to have holed up anywhere within the region and you are now on a timetable with your upcoming nuptials.>Spend the next few weeks searching for the remnants of the disgraced former Second Regiment.>Wait until you are not up against a time crunch. Spend the next few weeks focusing on self-improvement and organizing your company (moving that 1b from polearms to long blades and completing your crossbowmen).>Something else.
>>4148391>>Spend the next few weeks searching for the remnants of the disgraced former Second Regiment.
>>4148391>.>>Wait until you are not up against a time crunch. Spend the next few weeks focusing on self-improvement and organizing your company (moving that 1b from polearms to long blades and completing your crossbowmen).
>>4148391>>Wait until you are not up against a time crunch. Spend the next few weeks focusing on self-improvement and organizing your company (moving that 1b from polearms to long blades and completing your crossbowmen).
>>4148391How hard would it be to dual wield weapons?
>>4148431Worked for Garlan, at least. Not sure if we're that cool yet.
>>4148431To use an offhand weapon like a dagger? Not very hard at all. Earlier in the thread, an anon mentioned the left-handed dagger as an option if you had invested the 1b in fencing here: >>4141043If you mean doing something like fighting with 2 swords at once, then that would be much harder. I had toyed around with the idea of making a benefit related to that with a high Agility rank requirement, but Aurion is Agility 2 right now.
>>4148408Ditto, I’d prefer to turn The Search into a bit of a longer goal
“I have a band of outlaws I’ve been meaning to hunt down in the area… but this may not be the right time. If I get too caught up in it and miss my wedding, then I’ll never hear the end of it,” you sigh.“You do know how to keep busy… I will send them along down the Hook on foot. I should think it is no great trouble as long as they avoid any conflicts between Massey and Bar Emmon along the way,” she assures.“Good. I would see to your dresses and such. We have a few weeks yet, so there should be just enough time with the speed you dress at. I’ll be busy drilling my men and getting a few spars in where I can. It’s been some time since I’ve bothered fighting with a sword, but this one is too fine to treat like a decoration,” you motion to the scabbard beside your bed.“You should do just that. You plod about with no grace that I have ever seen. I pity your Lady Cerelle that she must be subjected to your efforts on the dance floor,” Cleo teases.“I’m a fine enough dancer. It may be the first thing she noticed of me,” you protest.“I find that hard to believe if she is not a simpleton. You were most likely swaggering about making women blush and it caught her eye,” she says. “Speaking from experience?” you’re not going to admit she may be right.She goes to bite off some retort, but then her expression becomes more mischievous instead. “You know, if it is sparring you seek, then it may be that my quartermaster would give you ample practice. I believe you’ve met before upon Bloodstone.”“Perhaps? Your home was full of women,” you say dismissively.“Bella would have been the one to allow you to pass to my baths. Like many of my crew, she is Braavosi and a fairly capable fighter. Oh, but what am I saying? She would be too much for you to handle, to be sure,” she goads.>Take the bait.>Nooope.>Something else.Continuing tomorrow!
Thanks for running! >>4148537>Take the bait.Consume the bait
>>4148537>>Take the baitDoesn't hurt fighting someone as skilled as Vaeron but with a blade.
>>4148537>>Take the bait.We are not one to turn away from bait of such quality. Also, we could grill her on the girl that may or may not be our daughter.
>>4148537>Take the bait.We need to get beaten ever now and then to remember that we're supposed to command not fight on the front lines.
>>4148537>Take the bait
>>4147820> 2 also brought up black marketing, so I'll also include that as a future possibility:3>>4148150you're amazing, Boggs. Nohomo>>4148221so there's a faction playing both sides against the middle? Tywin, you sick fuck.>>4148537> Take the bait.With both hands. Our boy needs to learn his place. He's a cocksmith and a captain of mercenaries, not a brawler.
>>4148537>Take the bait>>4148562> Also, we could grill her on the girl that may or may not be our daughter.This. Must know. What do we do about it though?
>>4149450You people seem to forget we picked to not have a bastard. Hence the child likely is dead. There was a clear option for this, and people choose not to have one. When OP was gracious enough to give us an option.
>>4149450We voted no bastard, let it go.
>>4149750>likelyInteresting choice of words, anon.
>>4149750>>4149848>bastardThe HEIR vote? Reread the thread. It would sure be a shame if that heir turned into a bastard because of powergaming.
This woman is taking a suspicious interest in your dueling… but who cares? How tough could this quartermaster be? Well…“… Braavosi, yes? No iron rings in her nipples or gemstones in her cheeks?” you ask cautiously.“What? No! Why would you ask this?” Cleo asks with surprise.“No reason,” you say while thinking of Bayasabhad. “Can’t be that bad then. I’ll fight your wench.”Her predatory smile returns before she stifles a yawn and stretches. “Later. It would be a shame for me to miss this over something as trifling as exhaustion and you should prepare yourself,” she says while sauntering from the room. You watch her go, closely, before dropping back onto your pillow. The things you don’t do for love. You step out into the bailey to find Second Regiment going through the rounds and sparring. They’re not bad overall, but they lack the synergy the First demonstrates. An expected result of your somewhat recent recruitment drive. They did a fine job under your direct leadership in breaking the raiders, an action that made you even more popular amongst them, and you’re interested in seeing how they grow in the campaigning to come. You wish you could say the same of the bowmen as you continue on through the gates to the makeshift range your master of arms has set up for them just outside the castle walls. They’re standing in lines waiting their turn to practice marksmanship with the crossbows and aiming at targets facing away from the castle. There aren’t enough crossbows ready yet for the entire unit, so they’re forced to share.It doesn’t seem to be going well and Warrick Flint is screaming himself purple. Vaeron catches up to you as you watch. “You missed it earlier. A few of those lads managed to send bolts soaring over the walls. It’s why they’re shooting out to nowhere now. I thought Warrick was going to murder them on the spot,” Vaeron says by way of greeting.“How’s that possible?” you wonder. “They fall on their arses and let loose at the sky hoping to slay a god?”“When you put it that way, it sounds near heroic,” he laughs.“I do have a way with words,” you concede.“So, what will you do with them? My da’s gone back to the farm. Only led them cause he wasn’t keen on seeing his family dead over piss poor leadership. Says he’s too old to be going around campaigning any road. If you’re looking to see them in the company, then we can jump them when they’re ready and let them elect their own leader. If you’d rather keep them about Stormgrave as a defense force, then might be we’re better off looking for a knight like Ser Duncan when we’re off in King’s Landing,” he says.>Induct the crossbowmen in the Stormbringers>Keep them as an island defense force
>>4150180>>Keep them as an island defense force
>>4150180While it would be awesome to add this kind of zone control to our company, I just know there will be a time in the future where the island's defense will hinge upon them.>Keep them as an island defense force
>>4150180For now, we should keep them on the island. Eventually, when we have increased the size of our garrison, then we should (or at least, we could) consider bringing them on.
>>4150180>>Keep them as an island defense forceI really want to bring them with us. But seems like we should create a unit just for that. Not one found whole like this.
“I’ll be keeping them as an island defense force. That’s why they signed up to fight in the first place. Now they can do it with proper leadership and better equipment,” you decide.“Suppose you’d be leaving the place in a better spot defensively than it was when we arrived. The garrison is blooded and well armored and this lot at least looks the part even if they could use some practice,” Vaeron agrees.“I’m in need of some sparring practice myself,” you tell Vaeron.“Been telling you this since the moment you picked up a blade,” he snorts.“Witty today, are we? Swords. I’m not looking to break any bones before the wedding. Oh, and watch the face,” you tell him while going to retrieve your armor.“Dunno if this seems too crazy to you, but why not wear a helmet instead?” he suggests.“And limit my field of vision when I have battles to command? I’ve heard worse ideas, but not many,” you say as you shrug on your scale mail. “A squire then? I’m going to get one myself. This plate is too much trouble otherwise. Did you know Warrick was a squire before he was bumped up to arms master?” Vaeron says as he takes a few cursory practice swings with an arming sword from the weapon racks. “Huh, no I suppose it’s never come up,” you say while drawing your new blade and admiring the ripples in the metal drawn out by the light of the sun. You’ve never seen anything like it.“Yeah, squired for Lord Manderly for years. That fat man was quite the rider in his day to hear the tales,” Vaeron says.“Why’d he never become a knight?” you wonder.“Dunno. Ask him? Plenty make their livelihoods off of being the best squires they can be. Basically sergeants only they’re aiding single knights rather than command elements,” he says.“Aye, true enough. The Golden Company has a squire to every knight and they’re not riding to war with green boys at their hips,” you agree.
>>4150344“Might be half the issue with the shit knights I’ve fought since returning here. Highborn boys that get upjumped over some entitlement rather than from being the true betters of a pairing. I hear they take whole batches of the squirts of seed and let them have it out in tourney pens before knighting the winners. Might just be a rumor, but could you imagine?” he laughs while stepping towards you, blade at the ready.“Oh, I think that one may be real. Squires melees,” you confirm before taking a few tentative swings in his direction. Your sword sings at it cuts the air.You almost get past his guard, but he brings the arming sword up at the last moment. “But they’d be fighting boys. The older ones would all eventually end up titled without ever fighting a true knight themselves,” he rants while forcing you to parry a series of rapid cuts and jabs. He pauses as you both catch your breath and looks to his blade. Cracks are spiderwebbing up the borrowed long sword. “Fuck me that thing is sharp. You see this?” he marvels.“Looks like I’ll have to commission more practice blades in the future,” you laugh. “Wouldn’t be worth it for me to use one myself. This one’s too light and balances differently than anything I’ve ever handled.”You continue your light sparring and banter throughout the afternoon until the Second breaks for a meal and they’re replaced by your new ally and her attendants.“I hope you’re not too tired already, Captain Aurion,” Cleo calls. She takes a seat nearby and one of her girls takes to massaging her shoulders. One woman steps forward. You did meet her at the manse… olive skin with shoulder length brown curls. She’s fairly short and is just on the right side of being stocky. You’ve seen mummer acrobats with bodies like hers. This should be interesting. “This is Bella, my quartermaster. I believe you were too busy sneaking into my baths for proper introductions before,” Cleo announces. The woman, Bella, offers little more than a teasing smile as she draws her thin blade and turns her body sideways. So that’s how it’s going to be.>Can I get 3 rolls of 4d6 for Fighting?
Rolled 3, 4, 2, 2 = 11 (4d6)>>4150353+2?
Rolled 6, 4, 2, 4 = 16 (4d6)>>4150353
Rolled 1, 1, 4 = 6 (3d6)>>4150353
>>4150364>>4150369>>4150377Yeah, +2. Should've added that on the prompt. So, 18. Writing!
>>4150377Eh I think I'll just vote for now on
>>4150380umm one is a 3d6not a 4d6
>>4150364As I understand it, that bonus will apply after this training is concluded and we head off to the wedding, but not before.
Rolled 1, 3, 6, 4 = 14 (4d6)>>4150364Oh, well never mind, I guess we do get it now.>>4150380>>4150385Here is an alternate, if you want it.
>>4150385So it is. I'll take another roll.>>4150388The +1b doesn't apply yet. The sword itself adds +2, so that'll apply now.
Rolled 4, 2, 1, 5 = 12 (4d6)>>4150388Wrong, the extrodinary weapon adds +2 to the test.After these weeks of practice we will get a +1 bonus die. When using this weapon by changing the specialty. I wonder what we are up against. F it I'll roll again. If no one is going to.
Rolled 3, 1, 6, 3, 1, 1 = 15 (6d6)Still going with the 18. Here's your opponent's roll. (4D+2b)
>Rolled 18 vs CD 20. Failed.>Opponent does 10 Dmg vs 7 Armor (HP 9/12)“Right then, shall we?” you say with a confident grin.She dips into a bow with her blade still out front. You step forward and grip your sword in both hands as you ready your strike, but she’s not waiting for your invitation and leaps forward with surprising speed before landing a solid blow on your thigh. It stings a bit but doesn’t do much against your armor.If only it stopped there… she twirls around on the toes of one foot and lands another blow upon your side that will definitely leave a bruise. You swing out in retaliation and despite feeling that your blow had far more force behind it, you hit only air. She flipped over the blade! Is that not cheating?The smirk she gives you shows she’s confident in the outcome here.>Continue another round the same way. You can beat her if you get a solid hit in.>Size her up and see if you find something to exploit
>>4150441>>Continue another round the same way. You can beat her if you get a solid hit in.
>>4150441>Size her up and see if you find something to exploitIt's the only call
>>4150441The whole point is that he is trying to learn something new. >>Size her up and see if you find something to exploit
>>4150441>>Size her up and see if you find something to exploit
>>4150444>>4150449>>4150468>>4150493>Can I get 3d6 for Awareness?
Rolled 1, 2, 3 = 6 (3d6)>>4150504
Rolled 3, 3, 2 = 8 (3d6)>>4150504
Rolled 1, 3, 5 = 9 (3d6)>>4150512well this embarrassing.
Rolled 4, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4 = 20 (6d6)>>4150506>>4150508>>4150512>>4150516Failed vs DC 12. No problem. Maybe you'll have more luck swinging for it? Bella's roll is in this post.>Can I get 3 rolls of 4d6+2 for Fighting?
Rolled 3, 2, 4, 3 + 2 = 14 (4d6 + 2)>>4150520
Rolled 6, 3, 5, 5 + 2 = 21 (4d6 + 2)>>4150520
Rolled 2, 4, 2, 1 + 2 = 11 (4d6 + 2)>>4150520
>>4150525>>4150527>>4150543>Rolled 21 vs CD 20. 7 Dmg vs 1 Armor. (HP 3/9)>Opponent does 10 Dmg vs 7 Armor (HP 6/12)You look her up and down to see if you can find some sort of weakness to exploit, but nothing comes to you. She’s just too fast…As she proves yet again. She practically dances around you, exploiting her speed and flexibility and ruthlessly targeting the tender spot on your side. She’s more precise this time, but still does little more damage against your superior armor than she did the last time. You lash out again with a full body swing. If it truly connected, then it would likely mean her death… but you’ve already seen she’s too fast for that. She flips back again, but you’re ready for her this time and use the momentum of your swing to lash out with a vicious kick that catches her mid torso. She flies back and hits the dirt.“Give up yet?” you cheerfully call out. Fights like this bring out a sense of joy in you. There’s something very liberating in the stakes involved. She springs back to her feet without the aid of her arms and assumes her dancing pose again. The smirk is gone now.>One more time? 4d6+2 for Fighting please!
Rolled 4, 2, 3, 5 + 2 = 16 (4d6 + 2)>>4150561
Rolled 4, 6, 4, 1 + 2 = 17 (4d6 + 2)>>4150561not great odds for us, but maybe...
Rolled 4, 5, 4, 2 + 2 = 17 (4d6 + 2)>>4150561
Rolled 6, 1, 5, 1 + 2 = 15 (4d6 + 2)>>4150561
Rolled 3, 3, 1, 6, 5, 5 = 23 (6d6)>>4150568>>4150569>>4150574Failed here, I'll take 3 more unless she rolls extra high.
Rolled 5, 4, 4, 4 + 2 = 19 (4d6 + 2)>>4150579Hmm that might be high enough
>>4150441>>Size her up and see if you find something to exploitWe must unlearn what we have learned, hmmm?
>>4150618Shit, didn't finish reading the updates. My bad.
>Rolled 17 vs CD 20. Failed.>Opponent does 15 Dmg vs 7 Armor. Aurion takes an injury, (HP 2/12). She charges you with greater speed than before, darting around with her approach. You take a wild, desperate swing and miss. She jabs you a third time in the ribs, causing you to stumble away from the pain of the blow. Taking advantage of your compromised balance, she sweeps your legs unexpectantly and then the world goes black as you attempt to recover your footing…You hit the ground hard. This is how you will die…You’re certain of it. And a fine death it will be when the day finally comes. This Bella has you pinned to the ground, straddling you with your head between her thighs. You’ve no way to bring your sword to bear unless you manage the strength to push her off of you before she can force you to yield with her own blade.>Jokingly yield.>You’re not done yet. (Athletics test)
>>4150638>Jokingly yield Jesus, I love warrior women
>>4150638>Jokingly yield.Head between her legs, Aurion has lost all control
>>4150638>"Strike me down and I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."
>>4150638>>Jokingly yield.No reason to be iron man here. We know where our strengths lie.
You take a moment to enjoy your predicament and then give her a hearty smack on the rump with your off hand. That should pass for a yield. She leaps up off you in surprise and curses you in a very pleasant tongue. You could get used to that.“Well fought, friend!” you smile up at her. She looks torn between cursing you and thanking you, so she settles for a nod and returns to Cleo and the rest of her companions who are a mixture of laughter and glares.Your own men who rushed back out from their meals when word of your spar quickly spread are decidedly leaning more towards laughter. You can’t resist playing it up.“Ser Vaeron, gather the war council together! We sail on Braavos! I know now how I must die,” you announce to the crowd’s decisive approval as you stand and dust yourself off.They start to disperse while you approach the pirate women. Bella takes a seat next to Cleo as a couple other women fret over the mark above her stomach. It’ll fade. Some of the others give “You are cheered louder in defeat than my Bella is in victory,” Cleo remarks with an annoyed frown.“She’s very good. Take care that I don’t poach her for myself,” you tell the group.“I think you would have to impress her first,” Cleo teases back.“I’m sure I have other ways of impressing her,” you grin. “Careful, dearly betrothed captain. I know that for a bluff now that we’ve a wedding to attend,” she says while her girls giggle.“Are you gonna meet the king?” one of the younger girls pipes up before you can come up with a response. The one from the feast the knife… one of the orphans that had chosen to stay with Cleo. You’d sort of forgotten of them with the disastrous conclusion to that night. You’d wanted to ask of Argus at the least.“Aye, looks that way. He’s letting me use his sept for my wedding on account of the one here being burned down. What’s your name, girl?” There’s something unsettling about her that you can’t quite place. She’s somewhere between eight and twelve by your reckoning, it’s hard to place precisely. She’s also a dragonseed by her violet eyes and has the sun-kissed hair common on your island. “Fish,” she responds simply, earning a groan from the older girl from before, Lily, as well as more laughter from her other peers.“Fish? What sort of name is fish?” you ask with bemusement.“It’s good as any other. Why can’t I pick my name? I like to swim,” she frowns.“The girl does have a point,” Cleo allows.>Ask her and the others more of the sept and Argus.>Best not to dredge up any old wounds.>Something else?That's it for tonight, thanks for playing!
>>4150824>Ask her and the others more of the sept and Argus.We have to know and I doubt we'll get a better opportunity. Cleo doesn't seem like the type to tell us conclusively either. Best to just go for it and rely on our charisma to not flub it.
>>4150824>>Ask her and the others more of the sept and Argus.
>>4150824>Ask her and the others.
>>4150824>Best not to dredge up any old wounds.
>>4150824>>Best not to dredge up any old wounds.
>>4150824> Ask her
>>4150824>>Ask her and the others more of the sept and Argus
Alright, I'm gonna write for learning more about everything. I'll have that up later tonight, then I'm looking at probably Tuesday night for King's Landing. I'll be taking tomorrow night to plan for it more since it's an important event.
“You’re from the sept, yeah? Will you tell me more of it?” you take a seat amongst the girls.“Fish” eyes you with suspicion as if you’re setting her up for some sort of jest. “Why’re you so curious?” she asks.“Elly! You can’t speak to him so informally!” one of the older girls chides her.“I know that stupid, that’s the point. Why care about the sept? No one else did,” she mutters.“Cept for Argus the smith?” you press on rather than diving into decorum you only half understand with a girl half your size.“You knew him?” Elly? seems surprised.“Aye. Would you tell me of him?” you ask sincerely. She still seems cautious, but she starts talking. “He was a nice man. Came by sometimes an helped out on keeping things fixed. Never charged none either s’far as I’d seen. Was fun to play with too. Jus think he missed his own kids.”“He mentioned this?” you ask before nodding to Vaeron as he approaches. The girls all stop what they’re doing to watch him while the young dragonseed girl continues unphased. “He said he had a son and daughter but they went far away,” she confirms. A kick in the gut would’ve been better. Given he never had a natural son, it’s obvious who he was referring to… but why after what you put him through? “You still hurt from fighting Bella?” she asks.You force a smile. She probably left a hell of a bruise, but words can cut deeper than blades. “Hardly. Go on, I’d hear more,” you urge her.“Dunno how much there’s to tell. He’d come by sometimes an talk an play with us,” she reaches into her shirt and pulls out a small trinket on a woven grass necklace. It’s a tiny silver hammer. “He gave me this as a gift once. I made the necklace but he made the hammer. Said it’s for the Smith an it mends broken things,” she says proudly. You look from the necklace to her with renewed intensity. Even for you, there are far too many coincidences lining up here. While still somewhat rare, you’re far from the only dragonseed on Stormgrave… but this girl does have your eyes. And her hair, while again rather common in these parts, is just like Argella’s. Then she’s acquainted with Argus enough for him to have gifted her a trinket of real silver. “Elly, was it? Did you know your parents?” you ask.She grows wary again at the more personal questions and puts her necklace back in her shirt. “No. All I knew was the sept,” she says cautiously. “So, you lived there for your whole life? You look to be about ten or so,” you note with what you hope is a casual tone.She nods but doesn’t say anything more. You’re interrupted before you can think of something else to say.
>>4152569“Captain, a moment of your time?” Vaeron gets your attention. You walk with him to an alcove off of the bailey. “Aurion---”“You heard?” your eyes are burning.“Listen to me---” he tries.“She’s the right age, she has the right look, Hells she even acts like I did at that age,” you brush back your hair and start pacing.“Aurion!” Vaeron half shouts before looking around to make sure none are listening.You glare at him and say nothing.“Look, I talked to Jon after we had it out. My brother that was prenticed to Argus when I left… he made mention of that whole mess. Said Argella left after a nasty row when she was with child and then died before they could put things to rights. Yeah, he looked around in hopes of finding some proof of her child, but he never found anything,” he says.“Maybe he kept it secret. Or maybe Jon did,” you say fiercely. “Why? No reason I can see for either of them to cover it up. Makes no sense, brother. Listen to yourself. You’re chasing spirits,” he sighs.“There is a chance…” you mutter.“Aye, a chance. Nothing really proves she isn’t yours if that’s how you wanna look at it. Nothing proves she is yours neither. And what if she is, what then? What will you do? Claim her as yours? That’d make her a bastard, Aurion. Even I know that. You’re to be wed in the coming weeks to a highborn woman carrying your highborn heir. You can’t go bringing a girl of ten into your house, specially if your wife ends up birthing another girl,” he counsels.“I can,” you growl.“You’re right. Your house, your rules,” he throws up his arms. “But it’d make a mess of things. Doesn’t make much difference any road. This’s all just guessing. Best I see it, there’s a couple reasonable options. You can take her in and give her a decent position, maybe Janesa can figure something out for her to do. Or you can let her keep at doing what’s she’s doing. There’re worse places to be for a commonborn girl than with a crew of mostly women that’s led by one at that. She could do well for herself where she is right now,” he points out.What do you want to do about this?>Take her into your household (without declaring her as your daughter). She can at least live in relative comfort this way.>Leave her with Cleo’s crew. You’ll have almost no control over her fate, but she may be able to rise further than she would any other way.>Complete evidence or not, you have a strong feeling about this. Acknowledge her as your own.>Something else.
>>4152575>>Leave her with Cleo’s crew. You’ll have almost no control over her fate, but she may be able to rise further than she would any other way.Support the rugrat if we can. We could and should check with the older woman who ran the Sept to see if we could get any more info there. Even if she isn't ours we could throw some preferential treatment her way while she is under Cleo. She could be replacing our dead daughter in life. And we could support her silently. We could let Cleo know our suspicion if we wanted her to give her better treatment her self. But either way hands-off. Till we know much more at least.
>>4152575>Leave her with Cleo’s crew. You’ll have almost no control over her fate, but she may be able to rise further than she would any other way.
>>4152595Idk if I would outright tell Cleo what we suspect but we could at least tell her to take special care of that one and let us know if she needs anything
>>4152605I agree with that.Just we have a good feeling about that little girl. blah blah. Should by the girl some preferential treatment.
>>4152575>Take her into your household (without declaring her as your daughter). She can at least live in relative comfort this way.Cupbearer? Safe, easy access, drama free. I'm not down for letting her stay with pirates that may be at war with slaver pirates soon. >>4152605Agreed with not telling Cleo the full story, not that it's hard to piece together. Cleo is an ally, but that doesn't mean she always will be. This girl could turn into leverage.
>>4152595 has it right>>4152575>Leave her with Cleo’s crew. You’ll have almost no control over her fate, but she may be able to rise further than she would any other way.I don't like any of this, I want her at arm's length and the story triple checked for now. Get a fucking grip on ourselves, this is entirely too much family to be showing up all at once.
>Leave her with Cleo’s crew. You’ll have almost no control over her fate, but she may be able to rise further than she would any other wayDid we not already vote to not have a bastard? Let the girl fade away. Out of sight, out of mind.
>>4152575>Leave her with Cleo’s crew. You’ll have almost no control over her fate, but she may be able to rise further than she would any other way.Probably for the best. Almost certainly. Though we should make it clear to the orphan girls that they are always welcome on Stormgrave, no matter what (in case something happens to Cleo).
>>4152575>>Leave her with Cleo’s crew. You’ll have almost no control over her fate, but she may be able to rise further than she would any other way.On the off chance that she is our blood, she will do well in the world
>>4152861oh ye of little faith
>>4152575>Take her into your household (without declaring her as your daughter). She can at least live in relative comfort this way.I mean, with our goal being "family/love" and fear being "loneliness/failure" (and virtue being "generous" and vice being "reckless"), to do anything less seems at odds with who we are as a person. Maybe we could sleep better at night reasoning that she could make a good life for herself, but I think we would be kidding ourselves just to keep whatever plans we have right now on track by making the most pragmatic decision.
>>4152906there's a fine line between recklessness and stupiditysemi-adopting some girl on the basis of five minutes of conversation falls on the side of stupidity I think...
>>4153043Or desperation. With so many things on the table right now, marriage and assassination attempt being the primary ones, it is indeed an odd obsession to indulge in.
>>4152575>Leave her with Cleo’s crew. You’ll have almost no control over her fate, but she may be able to rise further than she would any other way.She's doing well for herself. We have no right to take that away from her.
>>4152861I second the entirely of this post
>>4152861Yeah, that vote was for an heir. Reread the thread if you need to. This situation is for... well, whatever you make of it. Nothing is forced on you and no vote was ignored. You're overreacting.
>>4153110>Yeah, that vote was for an heirOk but we can disinherit people at any point we want, so that vote was kind of useless then no?
>>4153122I suppose you could technically do that, but it'd be a little weird to disinherit a legal and legitimate heir without cause. That's why Lord Tarly threatened Sam into taking the Black to sideline him and why Aegon IV never followed through with his threats to disinherit Daeron II. The serious implications of a true heir are why I put it to a vote rather than springing it on you. It's something that would've fit better in house creation, but it slipped my mind there and I thought it was fair to still give you the choice. As I said in the other thread, that vote was only for a legitimate child, not an illegitimate child... not that I'm saying you even have an illegitimate child. I wasn't looking to spell this out, but to avoid any further misunderstandings I'll go ahead and tell you now that this entire thing was just a way to remind of and explore Aurion's roots, not to dump an obvious progeny in his lap. There will be no magical proof materializing. I hope this clears up any lingering confusion.
>>4153135>As I said in the other thread, that vote was only for a legitimate child, not an illegitimate childThat's also just not true, by the way.>Their legitimacy/bastardy would be vague >that would only be seen as a bastard if you so choose after learning more IC>By mild creativity I actually meant claiming you were married to the mother >If neither of those options are palatable, then you could move on and say the child is a bastardSo the child would be a bastard and we would have to lie to make others think that was not the case.
>>4153150He did cover this. He explained that if we wanted and voted for an heir, it would have been easy to insert due to Aurion being relatively unknown and there would have been no records for someone of his background. Why are you so hung up on this?
>>4153154>>that vote was only for a legitimate child, not an illegitimate childWhich is wrong. The vote was for an illegitimate child, which we could lie about to make it seem legitimate OR not lie and have him/her live as the bastard it would be.
>>4153156I did include that as a possibility, but I also clarified further down in the vote that there was too much fixation on the word bastard and the point was to decide on including a functional heir. I'm really not sure what the hang up is at this point. It's turning into splitting hairs.
>>4152861>being a cunt about it instead of waiting to see how things play out>>4153150ESL? Serious question.
>>4153159>ONLY for a legitimate child>I did include [having the child as illegitimate] as an optionSo you admit you weren't speaking the truth then.Glad to see you're able to admit when you're wrong.>>4153163This isn't reddit.
>>4153164I'm currently imagining all the regular table-top sessions that you have ruined in your life and it gave me the chills
>>4153164English as a second language. That was the question. Just trying to see why you're so butthurt over nothing is all.
>>4152575>>Take her into your household (without declaring her as your daughter). She can at least live in relative comfort this way.>>4153164>This isn't reddit.Then stop acting like a redditor. You don't like the quest? Don't play it.
>>4153203>You don't like the quest? Don't play it.I like the quest, I just don't like how the qm lied in this instance.Don't like my posts? Don't read them.EDIT: here come the downvotes
>>4153167Cringe.>>4153205I have a major problem with ignoring votes, but this isn't it. He spoonfed you and said you have nothing to worry about right here:> I wasn't looking to spell this out, but to avoid any further misunderstandings I'll go ahead and tell you now that this entire thing was just a way to remind of and explore Aurion's roots, not to dump an obvious progeny in his lap. There will be no magical proof materializing. I hope this clears up any lingering confusion.You assumed the worst and started attacking him instead of waiting to see how things played out in the quest. It's immature.
Meh The point is Aurion's kid has likely died. Leave this girl with Cleo and be done with it. We can have a soft spot for the kid without her being blood.
>>4153110Thanks for clarifying Boggs! I'm still standing firm on the vote to let the girl do her own thing in the world. We have no way to confirm she's ours. Whereas we have Cerelle and our unborn child to fulfill our "Family" motivation. Vaeron said it best I believe. >>4153205Here's a (You) for actually making me lol
Lol Boggs banned me.
>>4153658Or the ban didn't stick? I dunno. Anyway, Boggs is a faggot who deletes criticism. Looking forward to the next retcon where we actually died when Cleo poisoned us.
>>4153671Based and redpilled.Boggs scrambling to defend himself in >>4138232
Well looking at the actual vote the final wording in the sentence was "Child or no child", although the use of the word "heir" was thrown around in the prompt as well so I think it's fairly reasonable to understand the confusion. However, Boggs clarified he meant the choice as an official heir here >>4153110, so I think that settles the matter. So maybe we can stop clogging up the thread with this and discuss something more practical? I for one want to start preparing our castle for Cerelle's arrival, as well as to start preparing for the child we know is Aurion's.
>>4153748>However, Boggs clarified he meant the choice as an official heir here >>4153110You mean retconed? He's doing it again.
>>4153748>Boggs clarified he meant the choice asNo, he pretended that was what he always presented the choice as.
>Now, there is one more thing I wanted to put to a vote. There was some sporadic discussion last thread over the possibility of Aurion having fathered a child. IC he would not be aware of this one way or another yet as such a thing would've occurred just before he left, but I'd like to break from the norm a little and leave this last final background touch to you guys. Basically, if he did father a child before departing, then the child would be close to ten years old. Their legitimacy/bastardy would be vague and very dependent on what Aurion wants to do about it. The mother would still be alive, essentially a minor alteration to a character I would be introducing anyway. Again, the status there would be dependent on what Aurion wants to do about it. This is the only opportunity that I intend on offering for Aurion to potentially have an heir that could be interacted with in a meaningful way for the next several years in quest. Your choice. Child or no child.I'll admit it's vague, and the question of legitimacy does get brought up as Aurion's choice of how to deal with it, but it's all to easy to misinterpret things or forget the exact wording of vote from weeks beforehand. Could you call it a retcon? Sure I guess, but it's a relatively minor one at worst and it looks like we're sending the girl away to find her own life anyways so it should be a non issue.
>>4153776It would have been fine if Boggs had said "I wasn't clear last thread, but I meant X". Instead, he said "I said X last thread, look it up" and then refused to admit his mistake when I looked it up and it turned out he was wrong.
>>4153776We voted no child. The mom's already dead, so finish the job Boggs.
Why are people being asses? The vote would have gotten her out of the story anyway so lets leave it at that