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    54 KB Vagrant Quest II GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)15:32 No.15025659  
    The sun sits low on the horizon preparing to set, and you, Penny, are an 18 year old thief running from a sheriff in a town that accused you of taking some vital parts of their solar panels. You seem to have found a momentary refuge in the form of a small farming town built around a single stone building.

    You have spent the last couple hours helping an older man named Jim repair the towns only vehicle, an old tractor, in exchange you have gained some food, an field guide explaining different plants and their uses, a pencil and notebook, as well as a handkerchief. Jim has offered you a spot at the table during the towns council meeting and dinner as long as you come and help him close up shop in an hour, you happily agreed at the thought of a real meal with fresh meat.

    Until the time of the shop closing the time is yours to do as you wish.
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)15:37 No.15025701
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)15:40 No.15025739
    GameMaster! You're back!

    We might as well look around.
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)15:45 No.15025778

    Indeed I am, and where would you like to explore first? The basic layout of the town is several wooden buildings surround the central town hall, you know that one is Jim's General Store right next to the stone building. About 20 yards from the buildings the fields start, there appear to be a few people in the fields still though most are either in the streets or at home.
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)15:48 No.15025809
    Previous thread's here, if anyone's interested.

    Keeping our bag on us, let's see if Jim's General Store has anything we can trade for.
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)15:55 No.15025853

    Jim has a wide assortment of goods from food to some tools, such as saws, wrenches, screws and screwdrivers, and a few other tools. There is very little in the store as far as any electronics, they also seem to have a few small trinkets such as little toy soldiers and dolls for children and a couple pieces of furniture.
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)15:57 No.15025867
    rolled 53 = 53

    Should have chosen to be a traveling mechanic of sorts than a thief.

    We are a blight to post-apocalyptic society.
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)16:02 No.15025900

    Just because you start as a thief doesn't mean that that is all you ever will be, after all the apocalypse can drive people to any lengths to survive, but now you may be able to turn over a new leaf if that is what you want.
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)16:06 No.15025939
    Besides, we honestly have no idea what happened to that solar panel. It wasn't the sort of knick-knack we'd have taken, anyway, and we'd only just arrived.
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)16:10 No.15025972

    (Very true, you were falsely accused of steeling those parts. You brand of thievery has been mostly small items that while valuable would by no means be essential to the survival of the settlement.)

    "Anything I can help you find" Jim asks as you browse through his wares, "not sure how much of this will be useful to you, but I am more than happy to help where I can."
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)16:28 No.15026138
    (quests seem to be moving quite slow right now, lets try another bump)

    "Candice, you okay?" Jim asks when you don't answer him.
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)16:37 No.15026210

    Maybe it's the main character, or saturation of quests? Dunno. Back briefly but won't stay long.

    Anyway, look for batteries, and other pieces of useful gear. Things like portable water filters, compasses...
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)16:48 No.15026304

    "We don't have any batteries to spare at the moment, but I think I can help with the compass and water filters," Jim walks into the back room of the shop and looks around for a moment before coming back with a small compass and a bottle, "this little beauty is called a LifeSaver bottle, and believe me it lives up to its name. This thing can filter about 4,000 liters of water before its filter needs changed." He says with a smile.

    Now you just need to find what you can trade for these items, your inventory consists of:
    Canteen, ipod(low battery, battery recharger), Headphones, cooking supplies, small amount of food, army surplus dehydrated food*8, cans of food*5, field guide.
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)16:51 No.15026329
    I say we trade our ipod and headphones. Would you rather have music or fresh water?
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)16:53 No.15026348
    We can get fresh water (I think), and could probably get better value for the ipod in a larger town...

    That is, if we're parting with it.
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)16:59 No.15026406

    will need a bit of agreement about this.
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)17:03 No.15026436

    Clean water will keep you alive. Let's see if he will trade a multi-tool (like a Leatherman) and the filter for the iPod and charger.
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)17:09 No.15026503

    "Well if you are willing to part with the ipod and headphones I think that we could make a deal like that." Jim says to your offer as you are thinking.
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)17:15 No.15026567

    "That sounds good. Great, even. I've missed having a Leatherman for months now, it will be nice to have one again."
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)17:26 No.15026677

    "Looks like we have ourselves a deal" he says handing you the Leatherman and the water filter as you hand over your ipod and headphones, "anything else I can get for you."

    Lost: ipod and headphones
    Gained: Leatherman and LifeSaver bottle.

    the LifeSaver bottle can purify enough water to last a single person 4 to 5 years assuming you have a water source available.
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)17:32 No.15026708

    "Is there someplace I could clean up? I've been on the road awhile and I'd like to make a good impression at dinner tonight."
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)17:34 No.15026744
    also GM what are we wearing?
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)17:42 No.15026833
    Your clothing is decent, not to worn or ragged, you have a long sleeve shirt as well as blue jeans with only a small hole on the knee and a bit of fraying. It is a bit dirty after so many days of travel.


    "I have a bath in one of the back rooms that you can use," Jim takes you to the room with a bath and points out a bucket "We don't have any plumbing so you will have to haul in the water using that."
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)17:48 No.15026882

    "A cold bath is better than no bath. But have you thought about setting up a solar water heater before? I helped build one in the last town I visited."

    There's really not much to them, the hardest part is rigging a pump to refill the heating reservoir. That and they take up a lot of space, so people usually put them on the roof.
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)17:55 No.15026942

    "I have thought about it but until recently we have just been focusing on getting the town up and running and making sure we can keep the fields irrigated. Now that we have a bit more time to focus on luxuries like that me and a few of the others were planning on setting up some plumbing and water heaters." Jim says before the door in his shop opens. "Well I will leave you to it while I go mind the shop, don't take to long now remember we have got to close up in about forty-five minutes."

    As Jim leaves you set about filling the tub with water from the pump next door, it isn't fast but the chance to get clean keeps you pushing on. After filling the tub and getting in you notice that Jim even has some soap and shampoo ready for use; and after a nice, though shorter and colder than you would like, bath you dry yourself off and get dressed once more ready to prepare for the dinner and help Jim close the shop.
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)18:02 No.15027029

    Right, let's go and see if we can help get dinner ready. Set tables or whatever, just so that Jim isn't the only person we've met before dinner. We can head over now and say Jim invited us if anyone challenges us.

    But these peple seem like nice folks so far. They may just take "Candince" (our alias) at face value.
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)18:06 No.15027075

    Did you want to try to do this before helping Jim close the shop or after?
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)18:10 No.15027112

    Well we agreed to help him close up shop, so we should do that.
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)18:22 No.15027232

    After you get yourself cleaned up you walk out into the front of the shop and begin helping Jim close the shop, not a difficult task it seems; all Jim asks you to do is sweep up while he takes stock and arranges a few things to some system he seems to have for the organization of the shop. "Looks like we are done here, thanks for your help Candice. Now we have about half an hour before dinner is ready so why don't you go out and meet some of the townsfolk or something," Jim grins as he says this "a young girl like yourself shouldn't spend all day couped up in a shop with an old man like me."

    You walk out of the shop after thanking him for all that he has done for you and make your way to the town hall to meet the rest of the people you are supposed to have dinner with. You walk in and see a middle-aged woman walking down one of the halls carrying a pot towards a door a bit farther down the hall, she doesn't seem to have noticed you yet.
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)18:29 No.15027314
    introduce ourselves and offer to help carry the pot
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)18:41 No.15027414
    yeah, if we're going to survive out here, we need friends on ourside when that sheriff rolls up to town
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)18:41 No.15027419

    "Excuse me..excuse me," you call out to the woman, she turns her head and looks at you "My name is Candice, I just got to this town a few hours ago and Jim invited me to dinner with the council, I was hoping to come over here and help set things up or cook if I could, would you like some help carrying that pot?"

    "Pleasure to meet you dear, my name is Alicia I am the mayors wife and any friend of Jim's is a friend of mine" she smiles politely at you, "I think I can take care of the pot on my own thanks, but if you would like to follow me I am sure we can find something for you to do." You follow Alicia down the hall and through a door into what appears to be a large kitchen. "Back before everyone had their own houses and kitchens we used to cook meals for the entire town in here, now we only ever do that on feast days like New Years, and Harvest Day." She says with a nostalgic look in her eyes.

    "If you would like to help in here I could use some help husking this corn," Alicia says pointing over to a small pile of corn, "while you do that I can start taking care of the stew." You walk over and start pulling the husks from the corn and setting the newly naked corn cobs in a bowl. "What brings you out to Haven Candice?" Alicia asks.
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)18:48 No.15027479
    i wasnt here for the previous thread but we should probably say something like:
    "Oh well nothing much really, just tryin' to see a bit of the world when i got a chance to do so, haha"
    if there are other ideas...
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)18:58 No.15027571

    "Ha, didn't think people would like traveling as much what with the world ending and all, looks like that doesn't stop some from just needing to go where the wind takes them I suppose. You plan on becoming a trader or something? I from the way they talk they get to travel all over the place looking for 'new and exciting business opportunities' as they put it.
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)19:04 No.15027625
    thats an idea... how many shop owners/producers do we know, besides Jim?
    Just because the worlds falling apart doesnt mean people stop wanting things
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)19:07 No.15027653

    Jim is the only one within a weeks travel, but you have been through several towns over the past few years and talked with the shopkeepers many times, some became friends, some didn't like you, and others got you into a lot of trouble for taking what doesn't belong to you. All in all you know a lot more than the average person but have less reputation and contacts than an average trader.
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)19:08 No.15027674

    "I'm not sure. The road is pretty dangerous for anyone traveling alone. I've been lucky, as much as anything. If I could hook up with another traveler, so that we'd be able to watch each others' backs, that would be great. Being a trader, instead of a migrant worker, sounds good. Except for being a big target for robbers because of all the trade goods."
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)19:13 No.15027718

    "Ain't that the truth, there isn't a trader I see coming through here with any less than two bodyguards, and from the sounds of it those guards have come in handy more than once for most of them." As the two of you have been talking the smell of the stew has started to fill the kitchen and for the first time in a long time you can smell fresh meat being cooked, and it has started to make your mouth water.
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)19:16 No.15027750
    take a look around the kitchen, whats in here and where could we go from here?
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)19:21 No.15027806

    the kitchen has a couple wood burning stoves as well as knives, forks, and other utensils as well as some spices it looks like. You see a couple water basins and some cabinets for food and other assorted items. As for where you can go; you can go wherever you would like, there is a door leading out into the hallway if you wanted to leave the kitchen or a window if you need a quick escape, but dinner is in a few more minutes if you wanted to skip to that, or even skip past it if you wish.
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)19:24 No.15027841
    rolled 66 = 66

    I was more concerned about the uselessness of the skill. Thieving does not help you survive in post-apoc world, especially in the wildernis and I suspect the punishment is extra harsh in settlements. Who will show mercy to a thief when everyone is working hard to survive?

    We cant just turn over a new leaf, forget our thieving skills and put the experience in medicine (for example)

    Anyway, on to the dinner!
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)19:25 No.15027852
    just the thief instincts kicking in with the sudden humger/craving.
    "my that smells good"
    > probably a good idea to jump to more people interaction after dinner
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)19:36 No.15027979

    Ex-thieves are useful for catching current thieves. They're also good at stuff you need spies for. We need to mingle and get to know the people here who would need skills like that, if we want to put that set of skills to use. But we're not bad at handyman type work, and we've got an above-average business sense apparently.

    So y'know, we got options if we go legit.
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)19:37 No.15027987

    True but that doesn't mean you can't start learning a new set of skills to augment what you already have, after all being a thief means you have some abilities to speak to others and you have become adept at appraising what items will be useful or valuable later, both of which would be helpful as a trader for example.


    You and Alicia talk a bit more before dinner and you learn that her and her husband actually founded this town about three years ago and migrants had been coming ever since to try to make their way in life here. After the stew and corn cooked fully you help Alicia set the table in a dining room down the hall from the kitchen.

    Not longer after everything is prepared three more people enter the dining room, one of whom you already know, Jim, he is walking side by side with a woman near his age and you notice they are both wearing rings and holding hands; along with the couple comes a man about the same age as Alicia, he walks to Alicia and gives her a kiss "Hello honey, how has your day been?" he asks her.

    "Excellent, Candice and I just finished making dinner for you lot." she says looking over to you, "Candice this is my husband Jack, you already know Jim of course, and that is his wife Sarah." Alicia points first to the man she just kissed, then Jim, and finally the woman he walked in with.

    "Pleasure to meet you." Sarah says warmly

    "Yes a real pleasure, Jim has been telling us about you," Jack says shaking your hand, "he tells us you have been traveling for a few days before you made it here, I hope your journey was pleasant?"
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)19:56 No.15028194
    rolled 55 = 55

    It was good enough
    a bit boring buy boring is better than bad
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)20:05 No.15028282

    "Very true, A lone traveler can run into a lot of trouble these days. You should think about joining up with a merchant caravan, they are always looking for more help and they have a bit more protection than you are used to travelling alone." You all sit at the table and prepare to dig into the food, during the dinner there is some small talk about the upcoming harvest and the weather recently along with the improvements for the town that you and Jim had talked about earlier. You are extremely happy to note that everything tastes amazing especially the stew that Alicia made.

    After dinner everyone sits around the table for some more talk before retiring for the night.

    (any questions you would like to ask anyone or comments you would like to make during dinner or afterward?)
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)20:05 No.15028283

    "No trouble on the road. I didn't see a soul, actually. I guess most people are getting ready for the harvest."
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)20:10 No.15028334

    Let's find out what they trade for on a township scale. Fuel or salt or whatever. And find out what they make to trade for it.
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)20:20 No.15028438

    "Our town is mainly known for trading grains and the like, and we have mainly traded to get livestock so we can start producing meats, eggs, and cheeses, of course if a trader came buy with some generators or fuel for the tractor we would more than happily try to trade for that. Occasionally we are also able to trade away some of the furniture we produce, though most towns in the area are able to make their own so that is a rare trade." Jim replies as he handles a good portion of the trading.
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)20:25 No.15028479

    They got a formal school yet, or is it still "teach your own kids as best you can?"
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)20:31 No.15028547

    "I teach the children a few times a week, I was a High school teacher a lifetime ago and can't stand the thought that all we once were will be gone in a single generation. It is a bit difficult to teach during the harvest time, but in winter I can teach classes nearly every day, and a few of the younger adults help out having been in college or just graduating High school themselves they still remember a good amount of material."
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)20:32 No.15028554

    Forgot to mention that Sarah is the one saying this
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)20:36 No.15028584

    "When things changed I hadn't even gotten my driver's license. I was still on my learner's permit. Not that it matters now, I guess."

    How much education did we finish in high school before the apocalypse anyway?
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)20:42 No.15028666

    You had just started your sophomore year.

    "It is amazing how things changed so suddenly isn't it?" Sarah says to you sympathetically.
    >> GameMaster !!iP8eD9a+CWy 05/23/11(Mon)21:00 No.15028831

    looks like I will have to end tonights thread here, I will probably have another one up around the same time thursday.
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)21:06 No.15028902
    rolled 83 = 83


    anyway, finish dinner
    >> Anonymous 05/23/11(Mon)21:08 No.15028916
    rolled 38 = 38


    see ya dude

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