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    13 KB A Knight's Quest part 2 Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)11:40 No.15721967  
    Hello to all!

    Here is another installment in the A Knight's Quest series.

    The state of the realm now:

    As the year turns, snows melt and the trees and flowers being to erupt in new life. It never fails to warm your heart, or those of many around you. This also marks a time when you've gained another year of age, you are now 24 and established ruler of your family's lands.

    During much of the previous year you've safe-guarded your people, built them housing and brought them wealth. You've gained an understanding with the poachers of the woods, them having taken place within your own ranks now as Wardens for the wood.

    As spring comes the needs of the people are being addressed. A rough stone-work has been created on the road leading through your land, the base-line for the Inn that will be built atop it to the north-east of the village a long trench is dug towards the village proper. Giving it fresh water, meanwhile on the water's edge a Wheel house is built. The wheel itself though is not finished yet.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)11:42 No.15721983
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)11:45 No.15722004
    Talk to Gor about his engineering knowledge, specifically wheel related stuff. Continue our drive to the marble. Ask what's her face if she want to be our Steward, she's basically doing the job already. How old is the other count's daughter?
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)11:47 No.15722022
    Also, open the castle library to the peasants who can read. Maybe one of them will find something useful so we don't have a repeat of the red rash outbreak.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)11:49 No.15722031
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    The current season is Spring
    The Current state of the realm:
    Safety: Strong (The Raider threat is removed and no robbers dare enter your fief)
    Morale: Excellent (The Peasants couldn't be happier with you right now. The warm fire during the winter kept many from dying. The no losses during the Raiders helped as well)
    Farming: Sowing Season (Hops, Wheat and Barley about 1/3 of farmland unused by popular vote)
    Housing: Moderate (Some peasants live in hovels, whilst others in decent housing. It's getting there.)
    Gold: Moderate (With the loot from the Raiders as well as a small reward from the Duke you've managed to pay the militia you rounded up)
    Wood-cutters: Moderate (Luckily few trees are on the road leading towards the quarry and the culling of those is easy)

    Important People:
    Leoric (Weapon-master, he is aging, 40-ish, but is still a brute on the battlefield and has been your tutor in weapon skills)
    Magda & her Maids (The caretakers of the castle, only five remain)
    Karl (Spokesman of the villagers)
    Jehenna (Karl's wife and Priestess of Gaia (earth mother))
    Farran (Your squire and Leoric's son)
    Kestin (Leader of the Wardens, short stocky fellah)
    Gor (Blacksmith)
    Kalistra (Smart woman from Village, daughter to Karl and Jehenna)
    Ulri (Priest of Gaia)

    Layout of the Land:
    The castle is situated atop a hill, to the east of your lands forests ride up to the mountains in the east, the forests are filled with game.

    There is a road leading through your territory, it crosses two rivers, both of them are bridged and are tolled, (low toll), trade is starting to spring up again, stone is being traded for furs and wood to make better housing, a small temple to the earth goddess Gaia is the main sight in the village.

    To the west are farms, which are currently being sown by the farmers, to the east the wood-mill is grinding along nicely with the same set-up as last year.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)11:49 No.15722034
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    Quests this season:
    Kalistra's education (Mandatory)
    Farran wishes to see you (Mandatory)
    Ulri wishes to see you (Optional)
    - Secret Quest - (complete others to receive)

    Now decide how to rule your realm....

    (Also map of the places we know!)
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)11:49 No.15722035
    Oh, interesting. What lands lie near to us? Do we owe allegiance to some king?
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)11:51 No.15722045
    Allowing peasants, most of whom can barely make an X to their name, to lick fingers on illuminated manuscripts? you know how long each one of those books took to be written out?


    On the other hand, the intelligent girl may well be a good candidate to educate a few of the more promising children into scribes. if we can send them off to the cities in a few years, they will raise the estimation of the region - perhaps there's even a university, and one will be good enough at reading to be a lawyer......
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)11:53 No.15722065

    We have a Duke (who's vassal we are) and two counts. The Duke's fief lies to the west, whilst Count Jenniker's lies to the North and Count Urs' to the South.

    Duke owes allegiance to the King.


    Gor expresses that while he knows.. it's more practical knowledge and he might fail.. he's not entirely confident.

    Drive to Marble still under-way.

    Kalistra politely declines, the education edict will take up much of her spare time.


    There were only two boys in the village 'wise' enough to be selected for education. One is the former 'Mediocre' Blacksmith's boy, he's young only seven but has a wise mind, the other is Hans a wood-cutter's son who came to your lands with his dad.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)11:53 No.15722072
    Knight, or city council clerk?

    1: Pick some smart looking fella, he runs shit now. Call him the butler or something.
    2: Any war going on? Feud? Tournament? Any suitable bridge around for the "None shall pass!" routine? Or if all else fails, round of what you have for squires, strongmen and so, send a letter to your neighbour about it, and have him meet you in a field somewhere with whatever he can scrape together. Bash heads in, have lunch, bah some more, and if still alive at the end of the day take your prisoners and wounded and go back home.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)11:54 No.15722073
    What does Ullri want?
    That's kinda the plan, since most of the peasants will still be ignorant unwashed peasants. But, having a few literate commoners poking around the library might be useful.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)11:57 No.15722106

    You had a steward, he died, he has 0 heirs. So you need a new one. Especially if something calls you away form your lands.

    So for now you take on those responsibilities. Currently no feuds, nor wars. Though a tournament is being held, but it's very far away.

    You've managed to befriend Count Jenniker's son Jakin, the other one seems.. disinterested in you. Jakin is second born, a few minutes, to his brother though.

    They have given you a few horses, enough to start to breed them in time. Though this will obviously take time and patience.

    Count Urs remains.. unknown to you, he is a loyal vassal and he has a Warrior Maiden for his daughter, but most else remains unknown.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)11:58 No.15722110
    So, how large is the mountain range? Could we cross it for trade purposes with the inner part of the empire?
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)12:00 No.15722126
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    To the Gaian temple... to eat some fungus maybe
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)12:00 No.15722127

    Ulri comes before you dressed in the drab green and brown clothing of the peasant diety known as Gaia. The Earth-mother, he has an earthy smell about him and his head is shaved clean.

    "My lord..", he smiles softly, "I thank you for offering my a home in your lands", he glances out the window of the castle towards the forest. "The Wood-cutters have been bringing back reports of small creatures that manage to sting them creating welts. I know these creatures are known as bees, with a few of your men I might be able to... acquire them, they produce honey which is very good food. Though there is some risk, the beasts will viciously defend their home"
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:01 No.15722132

    How old is the maiden?

    See, I suggest we wait with her for a bit, then talk to her about a political marriage. Allow her the same right's as any male soldier, but make her ackowledge that she will probably not be able to bear many children (and probably wouldn't want to), allowing us to have as many bastard kids as we want.

    Allow land grants to people in other parts of the kingdom, offer them reduced prices on land, but they must buy all there supplies from us (at a moderate tax.) This builds are economy at the same time it builds our treasury
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)12:02 No.15722139
    Check the library first of anything about bees and smoke, but aside from that, we will do it for the mead.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)12:02 No.15722143

    No, plus the Inner Empire doesn't like.. 'independents' nor would the King (we broke free from the Empire City-States) like it if you traded with their enemies. (You went to war more then a year ago)
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:02 No.15722144

    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)12:05 No.15722162
    So the mountains are not traversable. Good to know.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:05 No.15722163

    Have all literate peasant's who are not working search the library for information about beekeeping
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:05 No.15722166
    We've done all this without running into a suitable Steward replacement? Send for a lead miner then, I think e may have a sizeable deposit just upstream. And then tell Karl he's got a new job, if this gets in the way of farming or anything for him then tell him that doing that shit for him is part of everyone else's taxes.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)12:07 No.15722193
    Right, we should start working on that waterwheel and adding irrigation of some kind.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:07 No.15722195
    Is it possible to contact Count Urs? Perhaps establish some sort of trade? In any case, establishing relations with a neighbor would be wise.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)12:09 No.15722215
    Karl politely declines as did Kalistra, his services are needed in the village and he can't abandon his 'people'

    Bottom-line you're gonna need to send somebody I don't care who to a city to look for a suitable replacement.. or y'know.. complete quests....

    There's little information about bees, it seems that Ulri has practical knowledge but nothing written down. He is awaiting your decision and how many men you'll send with:

    Current Army:
    Farran (Leader)
    Leoric (Second in Command and trainer for Farran, also Farran's daddy)
    Twenty Yeomen - Armored with leather and armed with spears/bows & arrows
    Twenty Men at Arms (Armored in bearskin and wielding Nordic Style shields and axes (LOOT))
    Twenty Five Wardens (Armored in Leather and wielding Axes and bows & arrows)
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)12:12 No.15722241
    Send 10 wardens with Ullri for bee collection. Then we should talk to Farran.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)12:13 No.15722246
    The process of irrigation is already somewhat under-way, the Water-wheel project ties in with it.

    Trading with Count Urs:
    Possible, he has Wood, Stone and (most important) Iron for sale or trade. Whilst we have Wood, Stone (small bit), Iron (only a nearly exhausted vein) and Ale! for sale.

    Also to start courting Count Urs' daughter you'll need to ask permission first.
    >> Neufrem 07/27/11(Wed)12:15 No.15722269
    > Priority number one : waterwheel.
    But with the new piece of information, we might start gathering up some bees. With bees we might as well plant more appletrees. That way we gain more in products.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)12:15 No.15722271
    I'm thinking if we set up a distillery we could sell spirits for more than the ale. So just what is our forest made of? Any oak?
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)12:20 No.15722312
    bumping for more responses (You guys will be heard, but I want a few more people in here)

    Where mah Fa/tg/uy's at?!
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:21 No.15722316
    Would there happen to be any possibility of fur trapping in the forrest?
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)12:23 No.15722334
    Responses to what? The bee collection numbers?
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:24 No.15722350

    Can we promote the head of the maids? It seems a lot of the duties required would fall under what she already does. I wouldn't come across well if we had to get a steward from outside the town
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:26 No.15722363

    Doesn't the count want to get rid of her? Then it should be easy to convince him to let us court her
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)12:27 No.15722367

    Sorry if you seem angry. But I had more people in here last night.

    Ulri thanks you for your time and leaves together with ten Wardens.

    Meanwhile you give the craftsmen of the village the orders to construct the water-wheel, completing it by the time summer rolls around. The Inn is left alone for now, well Inn, a bunch of rocks so far really.


    Already being done, add that to the list of trade-able items.

    Also, apples-trees will need apple seeds first and we'll need to get those from a big city. Which will require we organize some sort of 'expedition', the roads are somewhat unsafe leading up to the Duke's city.

    Any more Q's?
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)12:29 No.15722384

    Magda has never learned how to read, nor write, two skills needed. Also retainers brought from out of town are not frowned upon, Gor, your Blacksmith (Mediocre Engineer) was actually brought from the city after a successful tourney by Leoric.


    So writing Count Urs to allow us to court his daughter.

    Also she's 26 now, two years older then us.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)12:29 No.15722386
    I'm not angry, I was just wondering if it was bee related. And I agree, it certainly seems that there were more people based on the archive.

    Talk to Farran.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:29 No.15722387

    Can we bring in laborers to work on the Inn? It would speed up production, and possibly spread rumors of our wealth
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:32 No.15722400

    Right, but steward seems like a position of trust, not necessarily of skill.

    I suggest we hold a contest in the village to find his replacement
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:33 No.15722419
    >Where mah Fa/tg/uy's at?!

    This one is going to bed but will be back in 6 hours.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)12:34 No.15722422
    26, that's not to bad. Yes, lets ask for permission to court his 'unique' daughter.
    >> Hadrian !Fxs7dttdok 07/27/11(Wed)12:35 No.15722432
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    Have we scouted the nearby hills for any metal deposits? Marble is fine and all but iron and such is something that everyone needs and usually brings in LOADS A MONEY.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)12:36 No.15722437
    1. Daughter of village leadership
    2. The peasants love us
    4. Good idea
    5. Wolves, Bears
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    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:37 No.15722448
    Bees and water wheel should be prioity. If we can get a stable bee operation going it will help our crops and give us another trading resource. These two combined will let us trade for a good amount of iron come fall which means we can upgrade our military over the winter.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)12:38 No.15722450
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    Iron is crap, steel is better. Add a blast furnace to the waterwheel!
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)12:38 No.15722451

    You could... though it would leave you kinda strapped for cash the next season, unless you managed to find something spectacularly $$$ worthy.


    Nope not bee related, just wanted to draw a bigger 'crowd'


    Farran has grown a little taller now, able to look you straight in the eye you see he's wearing your House colors. He is still your squire for now and it does you good to see him, the brutal scar on his face will never pass and it does give him a harsher look.

    He doesn't look happy though as he comes up to you, "My lord..", something in his voice sounds hesitant, ".. I have an.. another boon to ask you", he glances away from your face as he shakes his head. "I've been called", you curse beneath your breath at this.

    To be called is to be seen by someone higher up in the chain of royalty then yourself. He gives you the letter, "Damned..", Duke Hamish, your uncle once removed has seen fit to call him to the capital. Apparently he was impressed by Farran during the tournament last Fall (he came third), the letter details that Farran is to renounce his oaths to you (being called allows this without negative consequences) and bind himself to your Uncle's house.

    "It's a great honor.. but I won't betray our friendship", he rests his eyes on the ground, "Speak your mind my lord.. if you wish me to stay.. I will"
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:38 No.15722458
    My post was all durr, so I have rephrased it:

    1. Ask about Kalistra's family status. If we'll know more about her situation at home, we could try to somehow overcome the obstacle of her refusal.
    2. Disregard maidens, aquire respect from commonfolk.
    Also, we'll only say ubi tu Gaius, ibi ego Gaia for the lady we love!
    3. Honey can be a good deal - we have vast forest that can bring much profit, it's in itself the source of whole range of different resources that can bring vast amounts of much needed coins.
    4. Connected with previous one - we don't have many goods we can trade and beer isn't going to bring us fame & fortune in a long run. I propose the different specialization.

    Pigments is were it's at. Colour was a big deal in medieval times and being blessed by presence of priest and priestess of Gaia, we should try to obtain/work on some formulas that would make good, permanent colours for clothing that we can sell in nearby cities.
    5. Furs. What animals are most common on our grounds? Can we make a good business out of fur trade in the winter? (we'll send them by rivers)
    >> Hadrian !Fxs7dttdok 07/27/11(Wed)12:39 No.15722466
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    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:39 No.15722472

    Ok, thanks.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:40 No.15722477
    Do we have anyone that we can call to replace him immediately? Having a loyal friend in another nobles house could be a very valuable asset later on.
    >> Hadrian !Fxs7dttdok 07/27/11(Wed)12:40 No.15722478

    "Unless you managed to find something spectacularly $$$ worthy."

    Steel and Ion sounds like a really good idea, we could even make out own armor and weapons.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:41 No.15722484
    >Iron is crap, steel is better. Add a blast furnace to the waterwheel!

    you cant get steel without iron.
    (and of course, the alchemists know the two are different materials. if it is refined well, then the iron will give up the purer steel...)
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:42 No.15722493
    What would be the negative consequences for refusing our uncle?
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    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)12:44 No.15722506
    Have Farran talk it over with Leoric, and respect their decision.
    Answered in
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)12:45 No.15722510

    No Iron, Count Urs has it but.. well you can't go invading his lands can you. Really you can't, not unless you want to get buttfucked by the Kingdom.


    Technology.. no input.. GRRR... needs research. Nope not doing it mister.


    Wait till end of season for rewards. Rolling as we speak.. cross fingers.

    1. Daughter of Karl (Town 'speaker') and Jehenna (Priestess of Gaia) also, she's got work, educating the two smart peasants.
    2. Sure message away. Will report end season.
    4. Dyes aren't well known and making them isn't easy, though Ulri might have some ideas. The green cloth he wears is dyed, have to ask him when he returns.
    5. Deer/Bears/Wolves. Bit of pheasant and such nothing spectacular

    Yes Leoric his father.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:45 No.15722517
    Would Count Jenniker's son Jakin be able to replace Farran?
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)12:46 No.15722520
    I was over-simplifying, but yes iron, limestone (or some other flux stone), and carbon are needed for steel production.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)12:49 No.15722538

    Isn't Leoric's decision, it's yours.

    It's a great honor for Farran to be called at 16 years of age, most boys are called at 20. Only 'minor' nobles, those with fiefs, or able to trace inheritance are not callable.

    Disregarding Uncle, he won't be happy with Farran, but unless Farran states that we refused to let him go, (disrespect), he'll just be pissed at Farran and give him the cold shoulder.

    Also we don't have an alchemist, Steel is known to us, but we don't quite have the set-up yet to make it. Iron is all we got for now, sorry.

    See above.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:49 No.15722541

    Tell him we will revisit the issue in a years time. Tell him "His father has not yet taught him all that he can teach, and it would be dishonorable to present the duke with a squire who is less than his potential."

    Or some bullshit like that. We need to stall till we either A: Have a soldier able to replace him
    Or B: Have standing/power/dirty pictures of the duke to hold our own if he gets pissed.

    Also, this way makes us look better
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    >we could even make out own armor and weapons.

    If only it were that easy......

    pic related solely 'cos its sort of related, and I'm pleased as I finished making it about 10 mins ago....
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)12:51 No.15722559
    I like the stalling idea.
    >> Hadrian !Fxs7dttdok 07/27/11(Wed)12:51 No.15722561

    This, also we really should get friendly with Count Urs.

    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)12:54 No.15722581
    And marry his daughter to have her as a replacement for Farran?
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:54 No.15722588
    Well all in all it would seem that upsetting our uncle over one man would be a bit uncalled for, and to boot we would have a close ally in his court. Allowing Farran to go would seem to be the best choice. Is there any chance of recompense from the uncle?
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:54 No.15722589
    What are the advantages of him being called? Could we use it as leverage? Gain favors? Perhaps even poison the Duke?

    We are in line after him, right?
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)12:55 No.15722590

    As you decide on this course of action Farran smiles. "You always know what to do", he claps his hand on your shoulder and walks away. The letter is made and sent by pigeon towards the city. Your Uncle won't be happy, but he'll be understanding.


    Quests remaining:
    Kalistra's Education (Mandatory)
    Farran (Done)
    Ulri (Pending)
    - Secret Quest -

    Also ideas on how to get buddy buddy with Urs, Jenniker likes us, shed blood, he's bro-tier.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)12:55 No.15722593
    Not as a squire mind you, but as the head of our militia.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:55 No.15722596

    Good plan. Although, why not have two squires?
    >> Hadrian !Fxs7dttdok 07/27/11(Wed)12:57 No.15722606

    We should court his daughter then, perhaps take her on a hunting trip in our spectacular forest?
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)12:57 No.15722608

    Uncle once Removed.

    He has sons of his own, daughters. Bastards (rumor), so no.


    Idea is note-worthy, though the men will balk at being led by a Woman. They have equal rights but still... they are used to Farran and Leoric. Being drilled by a Woman is completely different.

    Also, she's a good warrior, not a good leader of men. Side-note.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)12:57 No.15722611
    Kalistra's education, meaning her education or her teaching those 2 kids how to read? Well, lets talk to her anyway.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:59 No.15722620
    Reccommend a politely worded metter be delivered to Uncle Bastard McBastard, explaining that farran is still a boy at 16, and has yet to complete his training to an acceptable standard. to send him now would be a disservice to you (the uncle).

    If he insists, then he shall be sent, but as he is still much younger than any expect to be called, little will be lost, and more gained by his complete training...

    Which, conveniently gives us another few months at least, for letters to run back and forth.

    Meanwhile, despatch Farran to that distant tournament. if he does well, he may rake us in some cash before he goes... if he fails, his first success might have been a fluke, and they'll change their mind.

    best we can hope for, without causing an incident.

    Presumably asking for some sort of recompense for his loss is not part of the custom?
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)13:00 No.15722629

    How difficult would it be to clear a path? Not necessarily murder, but pulling strings to get people sent to war, get them put in a high church position (and out of the line of succession) and hiring whores to seduce them and get them to run off into foreign lands.

    Also, how hard would it be to murder them?
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)13:00 No.15722632
    Perhaps we should invite Count Urs to accompany us on a hunt, or perhaps a feast?
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)13:01 No.15722636
    Can't those two boys be tutored by Jehenna,Kalistra's mother? They can serve within temple as a pay of their education. Kalistra can still see them.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)13:02 No.15722641

    How is she as a tactician?
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)13:03 No.15722644

    Oh noes, that idea is un-knightly! Bad, bad advice!
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)13:04 No.15722656

    Your right, it's not knighty
    It's dukely.

    Think about it. If we have raised the standard of living so much in our own realm, isn't it our morale obligation to increase the size of our realm and raise the standard of living for even more people?
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)13:06 No.15722675

    You got that right.

    The higher up you are in the food chain the more shit you get to pull.


    As you enter the library you see Kalistra teaching, as she sees you standing there she smiles softly. There's a quiet warmth to her, not like she was at the beginning of her time spent with you.

    The two boys are left to their devices, one is reading, awkwardly trying to form the words while the youngest is writing. You can see he's actually doing a good job. "They are good boys my Lord", she says softly, taking the time to step outside the library, "But the older boy is constantly taking time away from his studies. I have spoken with his father as well as him multiple times. But I am at a loss. Perhaps.. you could help me", she seems almost embarrassed as she has to ask for your aid.

    Assassin's exist, are expensive and well *dice roll rattle* might fail BADLY.


    Jehenna is currently working in the Temple, serving the people, helping those in child-birth etc. she doesn't have time.


    A feast would be possible, but you'll need some spare $.

    The laborers you hired to build the Inn (next season finish) do cost money. You could go into debt for now, Jenniker would surely lend you the crowns to buy the stuff for the feast.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)13:07 No.15722683
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    But we're a count, so it's Countly.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)13:07 No.15722685
    As a lord, to ignore any options on the table would be a tad foolish. And might shorten our own life expectancy.
    >> Korosov 07/27/11(Wed)13:08 No.15722694
    rolled 84 = 84

    how about this ; make deal with urs that if he mines iron from his mountains then we will make lods of armor and weapons out of them and give half to him (ofc that means we need to have that waterwheel forge)
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)13:09 No.15722699
    So time to talk to the parents.
    >> Hadrian !Fxs7dttdok 07/27/11(Wed)13:10 No.15722707

    Give the lad a stern talking to, and offer a prize to whoever progresses the most. Start competition between the two.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)13:10 No.15722716
    Better idea!!
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)13:12 No.15722731

    Ok, well, lets start making money before we hire assassins. The forest should continue to be harvested, some soldiers should be let out as mercenaries (we get a cut, and they have to be back in 6 months) and we should talk to the older boy's father and explain the situation
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)13:12 No.15722733

    Weapons & Armor require talented Blacksmiths who knows how to make these things.

    We have two, they know how to make spear-heads, axe-heads but crafting swords is a whole other thing. Not to mention plate armor or crazy stuff like that.

    Things we know we can make in terms of weapons & armor:
    Axes, 1 - 2 handed
    Crude swords (think 'cleavers')

    Leather Armor
    Wooden shields (Nordic type, reverse engineering!)

    Ps. He knows the above as well, save for Wooden shields, his men will probably have V shaped shields, not Nordic type.
    >> Neufrem 07/27/11(Wed)13:12 No.15722734
    Man, that girl isnt the same ice princess as she was in the beginning... *sigh*
    ... lets just try to help the older boy to see the importance of literacy
    >> Hadrian !Fxs7dttdok 07/27/11(Wed)13:14 No.15722749

    The winner gets to accompany us on a hunting trip, the loser has to stay in and study.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)13:15 No.15722755
    Votes on What to do:
    Talk to Father
    Start Competition with Reward at end.
    >> Neufrem 07/27/11(Wed)13:17 No.15722773
    Competition seems likely to be the way to reach this kid
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)13:17 No.15722778
    You keep making that idea better.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)13:18 No.15722789
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)13:20 No.15722799

    and a little headology.
    "what shall we try today? reading latin? Or shall we try ploughing the common land? its pretty wet out there today, is'nt it..."
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)13:21 No.15722812
    You enter the library with Kalistra following you, the two boys stare at you as you come before them.

    The young one is bright-faced and bright-eyed. There's a quiet intelligence behind his eyes, the older boy is smart as well. Though he's 'hiding' it, probably to long amongst the other boys.

    As you propose your the older boy chuckles, "Beat him.. easy at what?", you smile, "Writing", the older boy grunts. "What my lord?", he stares at you.

    "This", you grab a nearby parchment, it's the contract that men sign when they inhabit a lord's land. Placing it down on the table you stare at them, giving both a sheet of parchment. "You can start", you say with a soft smile. Sitting down.

    The older boy seems to be glancing at the younger boy a lot as he's scribbling, his writing is a little sloppy, but he's definitely good. That at age 7 is something to be greatly admired and cultivated.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)13:23 No.15722833
    Also, this isn't Medieval Times.

    This is Low-Fantasy, Medieval Times.

    Just for everyone's info.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)13:26 No.15722858
    Is this low-fantasy with active gods, or low-fantasy with inactive gods?

    I sure hope those bees were just bees and not giant bees.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)13:28 No.15722879

    As you wait, the younger boy smiles as he finishes. "Done!", he says, the older boy growls. "You cheated.. look!", he points at the page. Calmly picking it up you read it, a few smudges, but it's good enough.

    The older boy's however isn't, "A pheasant shall be given to your family boy", you say to the younger who smiles brightly. His clear blue eyes staring at you, you turn towards the older. "And you, how could you let this youngling beat you. You will have to provide for your family once, learn your trade and I might.. give you the benefit of the doubt and not take you from this school", he bows, "I thank you my lord.. I will strive to... work harder and listen to Mistress Kalistra", you nod and tell him to rise as you walk off. The woman mouths a quiet thank you towards you before continuing her lessons.

    -Still up:
    Secret Quest *Crackles...*

    An Injured rider arrives in town bearing the mark of Duke Hamish (Uncle)
    >> Hadrian !Fxs7dttdok 07/27/11(Wed)13:30 No.15722900

    Tend to his wounds and ask him what happened.
    >> Neufrem 07/27/11(Wed)13:30 No.15722901
    Ask him what happened to him. And also bring him to a doctor/priest etc.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)13:31 No.15722905
    Is it another Norse band of raiders that got through the empire?
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)13:31 No.15722909

    LOW-fantasy, no gigantic fuckhuge bees in this setting.

    Also sometimes the gods give some boon so far established gods:
    Gaia (Farming goddess)
    Coin Father (Traders, Innkeeps, Administrators etc.)
    Iron Prince (Warrior Diety)

    Boons come in forms of:
    Iron Prince takes away your fatigue during battle, heals your wounds. No avatar of the God showing up though.
    Gaia worship, perhaps a brand new seed develops from cross-breeding making hardier wheat or something
    Coin Father, a lucrative trade-deal.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)13:31 No.15722910
    Call for a healer promptly! Learn what we can from him in the mean time.
    >> Hadrian !Fxs7dttdok 07/27/11(Wed)13:34 No.15722934

    Also, give him a glass of wine or ale to clear his head.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)13:36 No.15722952
    As you tend to the man's woods, it's clear he won't live long.

    He tells you a tale of Duke Hamish's daughter who was traveling to visit Count Jenniker's son, Jakin when the caravan was attacked by a lone knight bearing no heraldry.

    The man paints a pretty gruesome picture, apparently the heraldic-less knight captured the daughter and is holding her for ransom. From the man's scattered talk he has perhaps ten veteran warriors with him as well as assorted trash gathered from the peasantry press-ganged into service.

    A. Contact Duke Hamish, organize a rescue party with him.
    B. Send Wardens and rescue the girl yourself.
    C. Contact Count Jenniker and organize a rescue party.
    D. Fuck that shit, Bitches and Ho's!
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)13:38 No.15722974
    >Send Wardens and rescue the girl yourself.

    Take along our squire as well. He can use the experience.
    >> Hadrian !Fxs7dttdok 07/27/11(Wed)13:38 No.15722976
    B. Send Wardens and rescue the girl yourself.

    Let's go and talk with this rogue, he could be a valuable ally. And if he has any chivalry left in him he won't kill the girl outright.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)13:39 No.15722992
    Make sure the Duke knows, then lets charge blindly into battle after making sure that we will get some help.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)13:40 No.15722997
    C, Count Jennikar is closer to us than Count Hamish, and time could be working against us.
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)13:40 No.15722998

    I will lol if this lonely knight is actually that brute maiden we didn't court yet.
    >> Neufrem 07/27/11(Wed)13:42 No.15723011
    thats so disturbing... but it makes so much sense...
    I vote for C
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)13:42 No.15723014
    I switch my vote, this man makes a good point

    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)13:42 No.15723017

    Do we know the location?

    If so, I suggest we head out on our own. The glory is ours alone if we don't get help. Also, doing so will force both the count and the duke into our favor.

    If we don't know where they are, we should set out search parties of warden scouts, and send messages to the count and the duke. Hopefully, we can take care of this before they show up, but if not, we still need to help.

    Battle plans.

    Accompany Farran to the knight, alongside the men at arms. Have half of the warden's harass the enemy, then charge in. Challenge the knight to a duel, and give Farran command of the troops to disperse of the knight's soldiers.

    Leave the yoemen at home, and have wardens on guard for any invaders. This could be a trick
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)13:45 No.15723036
    Also, we need to send word to the duke that we will bury the rider ourselves. Can't have another outbreak of some disease start
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)13:46 No.15723052
    So.. votes are in:
    We go ourselves! And Farran.

    As you follow the rider's instructions you quickly reach the place you've seen before. The same abandoned homestead that you faced the raiders in last season.

    You can see a few fires burning in the distance, sending a few wardens they come back with information. The Daughter seems alive, if shaken up. She's currently tied up to a post in the camp, she's not raped (nor will she be) or bleeding. Though bruises show she at leas struggled at little.

    They've failed to spot the 'black' knight though.

    If you were to sneak into the homestead, there are a few walls easy enough to jump over, you could potentially strike at the heart of the enemy group. However should they catch you, it might be painful to explain what you're doing there.

    You could also approach camp to parley with the Knight:
    A. Assault
    B. Parley.
    >> Hadrian !FAIwcQVJw2 07/27/11(Wed)13:46 No.15723057

    When we approach him, we need to look as lordly as possible, banners and all.

    He needs to see that we present an opportunity, as well as a threat.
    >> Hadrian !FAIwcQVJw2 07/27/11(Wed)13:47 No.15723063

    B. Parley.
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)13:49 No.15723073

    Sent 2/3 of my wardens to position themselves if we need to fight later.

    Pick up the 1/3 that's left and all the rest of my soldiers and request parley. If shit hits the fan, we will already have well-positioned archers.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)13:49 No.15723081
    B, but have the men ready to strike in a moments notice should talks go wrong.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)13:50 No.15723093

    We can't hire him. The duke would be pissed. Plus, I doubt he'd work for us

    Let's do the same thing we did with the bandit's. Challenge the knight to a duel, then take his troops

    If we start losing to the knight, make sure that Farran is given orders to fight to defend us. His actions can be explained later as youth, and could also lower his esteem in the duke's eyes.

    Also, do we want to kill his daughter? Can she inherit?
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)13:51 No.15723105

    Vehk back, what'd I miss?
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)13:53 No.15723125

    Something right up your alley. Mutterings of wiping out the duke's line and taking his throne.

    Also the usual "Improve, get money, get people, talk to people" stuff
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)13:53 No.15723130

    Nothing important, just that Duke's daughter is being ramsomed by a misterious knight. We are going to save her.
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)13:56 No.15723152
    Save the girl, ask for her hand in marriage as payment, kill the duke by assassination.

    Who else is up for this?
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)13:57 No.15723157

    Trace inheritance.

    Basically works like this:

    Father has three children
    1. Eldest Daughter
    2. Son
    3. Son

    Father dies:
    Daughter could inherit, but most choose not to or are, married 'out', if they can inherit, a.k.a. still in house-hold, the will most likely give inheritance to the Second Son.


    As you approach the camp, your Wardens in the woods and fields nearby they spot you. There is some commotion but ultimately the knight exists the camp.

    Backed by his ten veterans he makes an impressive sight. His armor is of an older style then yours, but still well crafted, he is old, nearing 30 now you would say. Some gray creeping into the sides of his hair.

    "You call Parley little noble", his words are strange and twisted, your language and not. As he's near to you, your eyes glance to the grip of his blade. The pommel has something stamped on it, a double-headed eagle. A mark of the Empire.

    A. Continue Parley for freedom of Maiden.
    B. Offer him a place amongst your men.
    C. Challenge him for leadership
    D. Maim and Burn!
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)13:57 No.15723161
    Guys, remember, we have to look good here. There are witness's with a lot of influence. If we impress the lady, then we impress the duke, the count's son, and the count.

    Look busy, Jesus is watching
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)13:57 No.15723164

    One of the things you missed is the fact the Duke has other sons. So, I'm against this.
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)13:59 No.15723174
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    B. Offer him a place amongst your men.

    Offer him two things, a place amongst your men and future glory.

    Or an honorable surrender of his captive, refusal of both will result in the death of him and his men.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)14:00 No.15723180
    Continue parlay attempt.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:00 No.15723184

    B, who knows how long it would take to organize a rescue party.

    But do send a messenger to inform both nobles.

    Also OP could we domesticate some wolves from our forest?
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)14:00 No.15723185
    I change to B.

    Offer him land, and tell him your craftsmen will build him a tower-keep to rule his fief from. But in return he must release the girl and swear to you.
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)14:00 No.15723187

    B+C: Challenge him for the freedom of the Maiden

    We can offer him a place amongst us later on.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:02 No.15723211
    I second this
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)14:03 No.15723217
    Remind him of your great victory over the norsemen, and how future glory awaits.

    We're giving him a better offer than any wandering hedge-knight could hope for.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:04 No.15723222

    Not a bad plan, we need to take out the other two sons, but that shouldn't be hard. What is going to be hard is that

    A: She's claimed by the count's son
    B: We want the warrior chick

    Challenge him for leadership. During the fight, have the warden's train shots on his men. If we lose, or if he tries something funny, the wardens shoot, the men at arms engage, and Farran helps out.

    If the lady asks, we claim that the knight was possessed by demons, and therefore was of superhuman strength. If she asks for proof, find a tattoo, odd scar, or failing that, show her his penis. Odds are, a medieval woman would not see one until she was married. We can claim his genitals are proof he was possessed. Also, has the advantage of making her believe that every man she sleeps with is possessed.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:05 No.15723231

    Or we win without cheating, which is cool
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:05 No.15723235

    God damn you guys, the dukes daughter will see what happens.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)14:06 No.15723249

    There is an amused look to his face before he starts laughing outright, "You would take me in", he chuckles, "Unfortunately for you dog.. I already have a master", he grips the blade at his side. "..The Empire does not forgive...", as he pulls the blade free from it's scabbard you see the wicked edge to the weapon.

    Your own is out as well, a dance of weapons begins now as the veterans go past their leader. You see your men are hard-pressed but the new arrivals of Wardens and Yeomen as well as Farran are making quick work of them.

    As blades clash and parries are exchanged you are constantly reminded that this made is a paragon with a blade, he's smiling all the while, "I will kill you little noble", he says again, you yourself dodging and grunting as he draws first blood. A wicked gash across your left cheek.

    A. Let anger fuel your strikes
    B. Dart into the melee and hope to take him out by missile weapons
    C. Wait for reinforcements (your men seem to be winning, though more peasant rabble are coming from the ruined homestead)
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)14:06 No.15723250
    3 for C
    4 for B

    B wins, I think.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:07 No.15723257
    And the man who would rush head on into a fight might not be around afterwards to care what the Duke thinks.
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)14:07 No.15723259

    Exaclty. Why would we want to fight for "leadership", btw? It's not like every single enemy will have woldiers willing to turn to your side if you beat their leader, we were lucky our warderns didn't backstab us ¬¬

    We need to fight, and to save the maiden. That's all for now, we think of further plans after she's safe and sound.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:07 No.15723260
    Nearly fell of from my chair when I read "We can claim his genitals are proof he was possessed" ... where did this great idea even come from? .. im amazed
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)14:08 No.15723270

    Try to best him, but not kill him, so we can prove we are better than his current master, and win his loyalty.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:09 No.15723292

    Wut? Wut?

    He's not going to join us. Kill him, capture him possibly.
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)14:10 No.15723304

    C. But make sure to insult him as well, we want HIM to lose his cool.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)14:10 No.15723308
    C, we stay calm and keep at it.
    >> Hadrian !FAIwcQVJw2 07/27/11(Wed)14:10 No.15723309
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    he could be a disgraced lord, or worse a veteran crusader or something. Regardless i'm certain he knows more about combat than we do.

    The biggest advantage we have is A: We're nobility and B: we have more men.
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)14:13 No.15723331

    Also, rain some arrows on the rabble peasants. Arrows pwn anything not/badly armored.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:13 No.15723339
    A, but if possible he should be incapacitated so we may interrogate him to learn who his master is.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:14 No.15723348

    Continue fighting in combat. We don't want him killing any troops if we can keep him locked in with us. Also it looks better.

    Is the lady in the building the rabble are coming from?

    If not, burn it down. It will panic them, and maybe even kill some.

    If she is, get her out, then burn it down

    also, the more light, the better our archers can shoot
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)14:17 No.15723359
    You snort, "You may have drawn first blood but I will see you dead!", you growl at him as you step back into combat, his strength is better then yours, but his finesse isn't. His strategy is battering you down, yours is far more complex, going back to hours spent on your ass. Screaming at Leoric come back, flooding into your muscles as you dodge his one blow, your leg kicks out, the hardened tip of your boot driving into his knee joint.

    Falling to his knees he holds himself up with the sword, but it's too little too late as your blade slides against his throat, "Tell your men to lay down their arms, NOW!", you bark at him. The man chuckles and wrenches his neck to the side, he gurgles as he slumps down. Blood drips across the ground, "Your kingdom.. will BURN", he groans and expires.

    The enemy's morale wavers..

    A. Lead your charge into their ranks
    B. Tell them to drop arms and be taken
    C. Tell Farran to clean up the rest while you go look for the Maiden.
    >> Hadrian !FAIwcQVJw2 07/27/11(Wed)14:17 No.15723361
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    They might be peasants but he still views them as his "men". So long as we are not attacking each other we should respect him.
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    >A. Let anger fuel your strikes
    >B. Dart into the melee and hope to take him out by missile weapons
    >C. Wait for reinforcements (your men seem to be winning, though more peasant rabble are coming from the ruined homestead)

    D. allow him to take an appropriate swing, step into the stroke, and close the range, bind him, and grapple, take him down so the sword is out of play, and put a dagger through his testicles. or armpit. or eyesocket.
    or all three.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:19 No.15723391
    I say keep things cool and collected. Feint him, use dirty tricks etc.

    Plus we should kill him and take his sword and armor.
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)14:20 No.15723393

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    B. Tell them to drop arms and be taken

    This, also go look for the maiden.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)14:20 No.15723407
    Take his sword, then charge.
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)14:21 No.15723411
    >Tell them to drop arms and be taken

    This. Will sound good, we can ramsom them later/add them to our ranks is possible.


    ...What? I'd kill them BECAUSE they are his men. You know, since we are trying to kill each other and all.

    But whatever, it isn't needed anymore.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:22 No.15723421
    B, perhaps we can get some answers, new recruits... what is our kingdoms position on slavery?
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:22 No.15723424
    First tell them to to throw their weapons down, if they don't, CHARGE!
    >> councilnon 07/27/11(Wed)14:24 No.15723440
    I vote A

    Our episode with the bandits showed we have talent for command and respect for the lives of our soldiers.
    Now we have to show our men that we are fearless, and without peer. We have to set the example that we expect them to follow, for now and for all future battles. Better to set that example now than waiting until we're outnumbered and being cut down.

    Lead the charge, show our men what a warrior is, and drive the scum from our lands with our fury.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:24 No.15723445
    I doubt they will be loyal to us. Charge and kill them all.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:24 No.15723446

    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:25 No.15723457
    Yell out to the enemy while they waver:
    "those who cast down arms shall be shown mercy, The fight is lost.
    To those who flee or fight, No Quarter!"
    >> Vehk 07/27/11(Wed)14:26 No.15723466
    I'm a retard!
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:26 No.15723468
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)14:27 No.15723472

    Nice lack of a trip there, bro.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)14:27 No.15723478

    Outlawed. The Empire does this, we DO NOT.

    Option B.

    Behind you Farran steps up, his blade is coated in blood as is his tabard. He glances at the dead Knight, "He killed himself?", he asks, a simple nod comes from you as you shout to his men. You motion for the arrows to stop as well.

    With his veteran soldiers dead, your own dead are five of the Wardens as well as three Yeomen, you are facing each-other more fighting could lie ahead but you suppress a smile as one axe hits the ground, soon many more follow. "Bind them!", you call out to the surviving men who quickly follow orders.

    As you enter the homestead you find the Maiden, she's still unharmed, before her is a man with a dagger in his throat. The Maiden herself is covered in matted blood, she's crying heavily.

    A. Clean her up and take her to your keep.
    B. Ignore her 'sentiment' and take her to Jenniker's keep.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:28 No.15723481
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    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:29 No.15723499
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:29 No.15723501

    Guys, if they lay down their weapon's, we can ransom them back to they're empire, earning us money, plus we get to keep their shit.

    If we kill them, we can't loot the bodies, as that is dishonorable.

    Although, when we send them back, who say's we can't infect them with the red rash?
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)14:29 No.15723505

    Take her to your keep, pump yourself up as her saviour. Wait for Jenniker to come to you.
    >> Hadrian !FAIwcQVJw2 07/27/11(Wed)14:30 No.15723508
    A. Clean her up and take her to your keep.

    Also, congratulate her on her "victory." She did as she should.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:30 No.15723514
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)14:30 No.15723519
    B. We make sure she gets where she was going.
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)14:30 No.15723521
    Also, how many guys have we captured, and can you describe them?
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)14:31 No.15723524
    >A. Clean her up and take her to your keep.

    Finally, we are giving the maidens some work to do. Reassure her that everything will be alright, give her some furs to use while travelling back.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:31 No.15723529
    Round up the weapons and such and herd the men into a prison line. If any try to escape, kill him and the man next to him.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:31 No.15723532

    To our keep. She would not want to be presented to the count's son covered in blood. We need to impress everybody here
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)14:33 No.15723546
    Maybe not clean her up. We want to show the count how close to death she was when we saved her, so as to make ourselves seem more heroin. But, then again, she'll want to wash herself, and we want to keep her sweet and calm.
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)14:34 No.15723560

    This is a good way to ensure they won't try to run; the guy next to the person will hold him in place.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:34 No.15723561
    >First the norse raiders
    >Now this

    Is there a reason why we shouldn't render this homestead permanently inaccessible?
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:34 No.15723562
    If we ransom the capture soldiers back to the empire, can we also charge them for the soldiers they killed?
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:34 No.15723568
    It's pretty obvious his master is the Emperor. Did you miss the Imperial Seal on the pommel of his sword?
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:35 No.15723570

    Cause every time we fight, we come out better off
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)14:35 No.15723577

    I think we should offer them a chance to become men-at-arms or servants. If they refuse, ransom them back to the Empire.

    We need more servants so we can start holding feasts.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)14:35 No.15723583
    You're assuming that the Empire will admit that these are their people and not just some outlaws.
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)14:35 No.15723584

    Our enemies have a tendency of settling here. And we have know the best places to place our archers in ambush. If we are going to be attacked anyway, it's best for it to be on known ground, don't you think?
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:36 No.15723593
    keep her bloodstained clothes.
    those will do to show.

    keeping her in a state will show us to be barbaric.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:36 No.15723595
    We actually lost men this time.

    Might be a good idea.

    This was the Warrior Chick we rescued right?
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:36 No.15723596
    Things are not always as they seem. Could be classic misdirection.
    >> Neufrem 07/27/11(Wed)14:37 No.15723602
    Make a suggestion to her father to send her far away to become a nun.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)14:37 No.15723607
    To our keep it is!

    The peasant rabble, mostly men who lost their homes during the Winter and turned to banditry to survive, is tied up, ropes around waists and ropes leading to the first and the back ones. The Wardens and Yeomen walk besides them, a oxen cart was found in the homestead and is carrying the weapons as well as the young Maiden back.

    She would not be perceived as very beautiful but she's still a Noble daughter, she doesn't say much, spending most of the way to the keep sobbing quietly.

    It takes a few hours before she enters your audience chambers, "My lord", her voice sounds strained, "Thank you for saving me.. as well as your kind words..", she's dressed in one of your sister's dresses and has a deer-skin 'cloak' hung over her shoulders.

    "I will tell my father of your bravery..", she smiles softly, "he will be most grateful".

    A. Send her to Jenniker now with an escort
    B. Keep her here for now
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)14:38 No.15723617
    No it's the other one. Warrior chick wouldn't be taken alive. But lets clean her up and get her to her destination.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:38 No.15723619
    Nope, its the other one.
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)14:40 No.15723638

    Send for her father. In the mean time, dine with her and make sure she is comfortable and happy.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:40 No.15723644
    Let's send her along. No reason to keep her here right now? Unless we are "planning" anything else...
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:40 No.15723645
    A, she's already running a little bit late as it is.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)14:40 No.15723648
    A, and the reward is that we keep Farran.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:41 No.15723652

    B. Keep her here for now, keep her comfortable and well fed. Send messengers to the Count telling him where she is and you require him to send his own men to accompany her back to his castle.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:41 No.15723660
    Option B
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)14:42 No.15723666
    >A. Send her to Jenniker now with an escort

    This. Also, only the peasant rabble survived? Then offer them the chance to live in your lands, but only if they swear loyalty to you. Promise them that food and shelter won't be at fault here.

    Also, pick the best weapons/armor we looted and equip our best men with them. Keep all the leader's stuff to ourselves.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:42 No.15723668
    She's not the duke's daughter.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:42 No.15723670
    Why not ask to claim the land as your own?
    Set up a palisade or short stonewall, expand it, and use it to raise a great deal of cattle, after we give it a sizeable ammount of archers to defend it.

    Bring her to your keep for the time being and send for the Count, as well as a message to the duke that her daught was rescued unharmed.
    And now we have some nice full plate armor.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:42 No.15723671
    A. We shouldn't keep her from her destination any longer than necessary.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)14:42 No.15723673
    3 for 3

    Need a tie-breaker
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:42 No.15723675
    Ask if she wants to spend a day or two at our keep, recuperating from the events.

    Otherwise, A.
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)14:43 No.15723683

    I suggest we offer them the chance to become cooks and servants so that we can start throwing fancy balls and feasts.
    >> councilnon 07/27/11(Wed)14:43 No.15723685
    I say option B

    with an addendum, lets invite Jenniker to our hall for a small feast as our guest, and inform him that the daughter is with us, and for safety concerns we don't want to release to anyone other than himself (jenniker) personally.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)14:44 No.15723689
    >He tells you a tale of Duke Hamish's daughter
    Yes she is.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:44 No.15723699
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:45 No.15723711
    >Capture criminal peasants.
    >Invite them to your home.

    Who are we, Jesus?
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)14:45 No.15723713

    Might work.

    And now I'm afraid she might be captured again... ¬¬
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:47 No.15723734
    We might as well keep the peasants. They only joined up because they were hungry and homeless.
    >> councilnon 07/27/11(Wed)14:47 No.15723735
    If we're gonna send her off lets at least have Farran accompany her as official escort with some men and whatnot.

    It would be kind of rude for us to not assign someone of rank as her bodyguard for the trip. Maybe the two will fall in love and unite the two kingdoms for GOOD END
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:48 No.15723743
    Are you suggesting we start a religion? Brilliant!
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:49 No.15723752
    Don't we technically own a FIEF not a KINGDOM?

    Also, do mages exist in this world?
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)14:49 No.15723754
    No falling in love between Farran and the Duke's daughter. The escort was implied, or at least I though it was.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)14:49 No.15723755
    Whoa.. okay.. counting votes...

    A it is:

    Creating a small escort for the lady you accompany them yourselves, riding two horses that you received from Count Jenniker you ride into his keep. Stories are exchanged and Jenniker thanks you deeply, he says that he'll put in a good word for you with the Duke as well. Jakin is also overjoyed at her safe return and he proposes to give you his own stud-horse for services rendered.

    Accepting you return home, nothing more happens though you come home to the peasants being guarded away from the village. They are a sorry looking bunch, malnourished and filthy they seem a far cry from the other peasantry.

    "What do we do?", Farran asks, his eyes scanning the men of the group.

    A. Offer them 'contracts'
    B. Kick them off your land
    C. Kill them.
    D. Ransom them.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)14:52 No.15723781

    Yup we own a small bit of land. Well small.. relatively.

    No Kings we are. Nor do we have dealings with the King, he doesn't concern himself with a vassals vassal.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:52 No.15723783

    A. Ask them if they will serve, if not it's death or servitude in a mine.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)14:52 No.15723790
    Did I hear serfdom? A is the way.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:53 No.15723792
    A, we need more people for farming and such.

    And by sparing them we might earn their undying loyalty.

    I would also suggest that Leoric start training all of the peasants on our land in at least a little combat in case we are ever attacked.

    I need to point out that a yeoman is a skilled archer. Not really a soldier.
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)14:53 No.15723794
    >A. Offer them 'contracts'

    As said already, they only became thieves for necessity. Ensure them that food and shelter won't be missing in your fief if they swear loyalty to you.

    Also check if there isn't anyone "special" among them. Someone too smart, strong or charismatic to be a "common peasant".
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)14:53 No.15723798

    A. Offer them contracts. Try and see if any of them will become servants.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:53 No.15723801
    >A. Offer them 'contracts'
    They'd also have to be come "second class" peasants, if such thing is possible, for a fixed amount of time.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:54 No.15723809

    Offer them the homestead and protection in exchange for a tithe of whatever they make/produce.
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)14:55 No.15723821

    Then call them spearmen. But since they trained to be good with bows last thread, doesn't make much of a difference.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:55 No.15723828
    A, but keep them under watch for some time.

    Also, with our loot are there any items that our blacksmiths will be able to replicate?
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:55 No.15723832
    Can someone please tell me if mages exist?
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)14:56 No.15723837
    Spend 5 dollars on expensive DLC horse armour for your new stud.
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)14:56 No.15723844

    No Magic, or magic-using clerics. Low-fantasy setting.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:57 No.15723847
    or go torrent it.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)14:57 No.15723853
    It's low-fantasy, so not in any amount to matter.
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)14:58 No.15723858

    Internet hasn't been invented yet, and it's really hard to get torrented DLC working.
    >> Hadrian !FAIwcQVJw2 07/27/11(Wed)14:58 No.15723859

    Put them to work in the Marble mines, let them earn their place here.

    Or they could be run off with no food.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)14:58 No.15723864
    The plus side is now we have one of those money making hobbies, horse breeding.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)14:59 No.15723870
    Farran calls up the 'voice' of these new peasants, the only one who's truly anything special.

    He's a tall and lanky fellow, dressed in simple cloth he smiles, "Thank you for your kindness my lord", he says, kneeling before you as he lay down the rules. They will work the lesser jobs as second class citizens, should they get out of line they will be banished. He accepts graciously and thanks you, as he rises you see a small bit of paper tucked away.

    He gulps as you ask about it, drawing it out you see it's a prayer book of the Iron Prince, a book not often found. As he explains he was the Knight's steward before his lands were taken away and he was sent on this quest for penance.

    A. Do you take him as your steward.
    B. Do you allow him to go with the rest of the group.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)14:59 No.15723875
    Then where would you get the normal DLC?
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:00 No.15723880
    Still Spring right? Let's go find some pet wolves.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)15:01 No.15723887
    B, but keep an eye on him. If he's actually good then we could use him.
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)15:01 No.15723888


    Take him as a steward. Add the text to the library and look into setting up a shrine to the iron lord.

    How is work going on the road to the marble mines?
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)15:02 No.15723896
    Marble Mines not accessible yet.

    Needs two full seasons before the marble mine can be founded, Forest isn't kind to that sorta shit y'know.

    Also the rabble just had the same stuff we did.
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)15:02 No.15723902
    >Take him as your steward.

    See? Checking the peasants was a really good idea. Also assure him that the followers of the Iron Prince are welcomed in our fief.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:02 No.15723907

    Keep an eye on him for a while, take him into your advisers and see if he is competent enough.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)15:03 No.15723915
    But the nice Empire sword is hanging on our wall right?
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)15:04 No.15723920
    Gaius, can we set up a shrine to the iron prince? Considering we're doing so much fighting, it might be useful. Maybe sacrifice some of our new weapons to him?
    >> councilnon 07/27/11(Wed)15:04 No.15723922

    if someone is going to run our house they should be a local with a vested interest in bettering their home community and our house. Not an outsider that doesn't have roots and is considered a "second class citizen"

    I would offer to allow him to build a small shrine to the Iron Prince if he wishes to worship. A shrine, not a temple.

    Also, I would suggest this new lot be earmarked for quarry duty once we establish the marble mine and road. They could be put immediately towards building the mine road and getting that operation going. The former steward could be our mining operations manager or something, who reports directly to us.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:04 No.15723925
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:05 No.15723931
    >B. Do you allow him to go with the rest of the group.

    Let's see how they do first before we trust them with anything.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:05 No.15723933
    Question him about stuff first. Take him as an advisor. If he's good, make him your Steward.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:05 No.15723935

    I vote for A. We need a new steward and I am pretty sure he is loyal since we spared his life. Plus he has nothing to gain by betraying us.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)15:06 No.15723943
    The most accurate term for our land is county. Baron barony, Duke duchy, Count county.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)15:07 No.15723955
    Loot from quest:
    Axes, Spears, Arrows & Bows
    Empire Sword (EVIDENCE!!!!)
    Iron breast-plate, greaves and Arm-guards.

    Iron Priest temple possible.. same as Coin Father. Still $ need for building or building materials.

    Also sacrifice weapons doesn't work as well seeing as he isn't really looking, virtue on the battlefield is more the Iron Prince's thing.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)15:09 No.15723970
    Don't you mean
    Empire Sword (Trophy!!!!)
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)15:09 No.15723974
    I didn't say to build a temple. I said a shrine.
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)15:11 No.15723987
    Also, can we bring the sword to the duke and show it to him?
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)15:11 No.15723988
    Okay finishing up this season.

    Option B.

    You send him off with the rest of the men, they are given lodging at the outskirts of the village, the 'cooler' side of the castle, and are directed to start clearing the sides of the road leading to the quarry. They seem to be doing a reasonable job.

    The wolf pups are found and taken in, the Maids seem to have found something else to do with their time as they are raising them. As an added bonus, the wolf pups' mother was a large animal, quite big enough to make a decent cloak from.

    Perhaps a gift for someone, or to hang around your own shoulders?
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:11 No.15723990
    Oh shit! Shouldn't we send a messege to our king about this incident? While it might be nothing, but knights don't usually go to hostile lands without a reason.
    >> councilnon 07/27/11(Wed)15:12 No.15723999
    as much as it pains me I agree with Vehk. This town ain't big enough for two gods . . . . yet
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:12 No.15724007
    we should get to know about our new steward. Make sure he's got a good meal at the castle.

    Talk to him.

    talk to him about his previous lord, ask who he was, how he treated him. Ask where he was from. Ask what that place was like. what the people are like... show interest.

    Then send transcripts of the information to the palace, noted to be the information gathered on the state of the foreign nation, from the point of view of a captured individual.

    that should curry some favour with the palace, particularly to know the death of the one we killed, and the attitudes of the people there.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)15:13 No.15724019

    *King sees message from Count* "Bwahaha", tosses it into flames. Seriously he doesn't care about us.

    If I might propose something:

    Ending this season in 10 minutes, as a hint, perhaps many birds can be crushed with one gigantic feasting stone.. before the new season rolls around.

    >> councilnon 07/27/11(Wed)15:14 No.15724022
    obviously for us. Having trained war wolves associate us with their mother can't be bad for us. Also, dat stylin' cloak. We are the wolf lord of . . . . . what's our castle called again?
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:14 No.15724025

    Make a cloak out of it. Teeth made into a necklace of sorts.

    Do we have heraldry? If not can it have a wolf on it? Wolves are badass.
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)15:15 No.15724032
    Invite Duke, Hamish, Ues and Jenniker to a grand feast?

    We have the money and the resources for it now.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)15:16 No.15724035

    You are the noble count of Castle Jalek, held by the House of Tarkin, currently no heirs. In death, county will go to Uncle.
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)15:16 No.15724038
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    >> councilnon 07/27/11(Wed)15:16 No.15724041
    A spring feast might be a good idea.
    Celebrate our military victories, our food and construction gains, our plans for the future, and allow the new influx of peasants to mingle and integrate with the townies.
    Let's get that tavern and water wheel built, irrigation and sanitation for all!!
    Seriously though, how is the water wheel not built in an entire season?
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)15:17 No.15724050
    Nice to know the maids aren't getting bored. Sending notice to the Duke would be proper, he is our immediate superior after all. Before the season ends I think we should ask permission to court the nice lady from Urs, though we might have to actually meet Count Urs first.
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)15:17 No.15724051

    No one to use them... yet. Don't want to give it to Farren, we can't spoil him too much.

    Talking about him, from now on we'll be training with him as our sparring partner as well(on top of his father's training). The last incident made me realize we are too dependant on him and should train more ourselves.

    End the season with a modest sprong festival, to honor our fallen soldiers, train more our(as in, "our people's") Ale-brewing skills, and general happiness.
    >> Neufrem 07/27/11(Wed)15:17 No.15724052
    Bees? ... BEES! Send someone with high intellect collect bees (or just the queen) .. make a box and start making honey !
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:17 No.15724055

    Ok, let's do a hunt now.
    Invite Count Ur's Daughter maybe, along with our proven squire Farren and a handful of Wardens. Look for some pups, and whatever else would make a good catch
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:18 No.15724062
    If we hold a feast can we get the Lords or some guys to duel/tourney. Winner gets a nice wolf cloak.
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)15:18 No.15724070
    Are we still courting Kalistra?

    If so, we should try to impregnate her before the Urs lady arrives.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:18 No.15724073
    Seriously we need to start thinking of marriage, and some heirs.

    Take the wolf pups as our own, keep the wolf cloak, and get a wolf teeth necklace.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)15:18 No.15724075

    Craftsmen needed training, wood needed culling. Winter needed Chillan and so it comes to be that the W.W. took two seasons.

    Inn because stone & wood.


    The call is put out and all of them agree to come.

    Decide what you want to get done.

    I will allow 3 things! (within reason)

    Make your arguments, I will enjoy watching the flames..
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)15:20 No.15724088
    1. Impregnate Kalistra, then try and marry Urs's daughter.

    2. Step up the cutting to the marble deposit.

    3. Finish the inn.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)15:21 No.15724095
    Find out how the bee beegaide is doing.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)15:21 No.15724097

    That's what I meant by BEEEESSS!

    We got Bees now, Ulri (priest of Gaia) is the bee-keeper.

    Yes he's based off Friar Tuck from the Robin Hood movie, shuttup!
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:22 No.15724102
    complete buildings, get that peasant as your steward and start a more rigorous training program for you and your men
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)15:22 No.15724108
    We are not banging Kalistra. We haven't reached the marble yet.
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)15:23 No.15724111

    That's why I said "Step up cutting.",
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:23 No.15724117
    We should build more housing to our peasants, especially now that we suddenly got 100 more. Talk to steward guy, try to get grasp of his character. We also promised some boy a hunting trip, didn't we? We could take the boy before or after the feast to hunting trip.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)15:24 No.15724122
    So Friar Ullri will use his BEEEEES to make MEEEEEAD!
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:24 No.15724125
    1. No
    rest i dont care
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)15:24 No.15724126
    1- Speed up the process of cutting trees. Bees were the problem, send Ulri and some Wardens to acquire the bees and make honey out of them for the festival.

    2- Finish Inn, then make some more houses(we have more peasants, remember guys?). Also, keep building the water wheel.... why isn't the blacksmith doing anythin yet?

    3- Have the Warders to bring extra good food. We need A LOT for the feast. Also inform Magda & the Maids about the feast... WE NEED MORE MAIDS ASAP.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)15:25 No.15724135

    He's 7, he got a pheasant, peasants like pheasants. I like hunting peasants.. shit meant pheasants. *shifty eyes*
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)15:25 No.15724136
    We promised, and gave, a pheasant. Increasing the amount of housing isn't a bad idea.
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)15:27 No.15724154
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    >> councilnon 07/27/11(Wed)15:29 No.15724164
    okay, we don't have stone, so we can't finish the inn

    we don't have a steward, so stop talking about ordering our steward around
    (see >>15723988)

    We need to:
    1) finish road to marble quarry
    >Needs two full seasons before the marble mine can be founded
    I'm not talking about the whole thing, just the road, we can build the mining complex next season.
    2) honey production upped, mead production upped
    3) water wheel installed, bath house construction began
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:33 No.15724204
    Well fuck my sleepy eyes, it seems that I fail at reading comprehemsion. Anyway Shouldn't someone archieve this? I don't know how to archieve...
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)15:33 No.15724206
    End of Season post!

    The castle is bustling with people, a few temporary maids and Magda, thankfully is still as she always was, is directing them all. The kitchens smell of food and as you stand on the wall you see three parties of men ride towards your castle. "They're here".

    The first to enter is Duke Hamish, he dismounts his mighty destrier, the war-horse snorts as it's lead away. He claps your shoulder, "Doing a fine job I see!", Urs is second, the man is very tall and has an almost hawkish appearance, he's not smiling and seems nearly lipless. Besides him stands his daughter, Lady Isandra. She smiles at you as she sees your battle scar, a positive thing obviously.

    Jenniker is the last to arrive, his two sons are not present and he excuses for them. Later on, the feast begins, the Duke's eating for ten it would seem. His barrel chest growing with every drink of mead, he's developed a hearty taste. "MORE!", he yells and gropes one of the maids who blushes hard.

    Lady Isandra and yourself steal a quiet moment, she tells you that she is interested and will ask her father to finalize a union between houses next season.

    Meanwhile outside the castle the Inn is finished, the laborers returning home, there is still the question of an Innkeep as well as tavern girls, but that'll work itself out.

    The water-wheel is flowing as well, fresh water now pouring towards the fields. Irrigating them, meanwhile in the forest the going is fast. The pace hard and a few, twenty, of the new peasants have died because of being too weak. They were buried in the woods.

    Their leader seems to be unhappy with this development.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:35 No.15724218
    >Their leader seems to be unhappy with this development.

    They're supposed to be doing harsh work, not being worked to death. Lessen their workload.
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)15:36 No.15724225

    This. Were they properly fed and given houses to live?
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)15:37 No.15724236
    Keep the pace in the forest going. Do not ease their workload. These are second-hand citizens, work every last one of them to the death if need be. They might not slaves in law, but damn it, they'll be slaves in fact.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)15:38 No.15724241

    Housing yes, but they were malnourished as is and seeing as everybody wanted the damned road built.

    Well accidents happen, have you ever worked tired, hungry and weak. Accidents are far more easy to happen, personal experience with that shit in breaking my arm.
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)15:39 No.15724248
    OP is native on umbubu, was worked to near death in the slum-mines by apartheid government.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)15:39 No.15724256
    Why weren't they buried with everyone else? Though it is nice to see that Isandra seems to like us.
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)15:40 No.15724260
    Oh, and show the duke the empire sword.
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)15:41 No.15724267

    Big NO to slavery.


    Your broken arm just killed twenty people.

    Ease their workloads. By the way, or people should be working on the road as well, not only them.

    We want to ASSIMILATE, not ASSASSINATE them.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:41 No.15724272

    Lessen the workload and by the gods, ask why the hell they were worked to deat!? Why we weren't informed about possible death by overworking? We canät be everywhere to look after our subjects, that's why we appoint leaders who inform us of this shit.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)15:41 No.15724273
    ... are you saying we weren't feeding them?
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)15:42 No.15724278

    Too late.

    Nobody mentioned this.

    Also one more season or Archive & continue tomorrow?
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)15:42 No.15724282

    OUR people**
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:42 No.15724290

    Efficiency is our number one concern, punishment is a close second.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:45 No.15724308

    One more season. We should now make sure that our new peasants are properly fed, housed, cleaned and free of disease.
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)15:45 No.15724314
    We can do both
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)15:45 No.15724315

    True my broken arm did just cause that.

    When they arrived I told you they were malnourished. Now you had them build the road, freeing up the wood-cutters to help get to the marble. This caused an extra workload on them the woodcutters seeing them as second class peasants and not giving a shit about them having a hard time.

    That and the 'leader' was busy getting interviewed by us about the state of the Empire etc etc.
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)15:46 No.15724326
    I'm thinking of starting a wizard's quest after this. Anyone interested?
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)15:46 No.15724332
    Poor thoughts on all accounts.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:47 No.15724334
    Have our temple hold a ceremony for their dead, then. Should appease 'em. And adequate food and shelter from now on. We can't afford to lose workers.
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)15:48 No.15724346
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    I said I'd promise them they'd have homes and food. Twice. And wasn't on the group that started this crap about second-class citizens, either.
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)15:49 No.15724363
    But whatever. follow this >>15724334
    >> councilnon 07/27/11(Wed)15:49 No.15724366
    I would like to finish out the year, we've only done Spring so far. We ran a full year cycle yesterday.

    1) We need to elect a steward to prevent things like overworking our peasants from happening again.
    2) We should present the empire sword to Isandra's father as part of her dowry to save us some dosh
    3) we should have the leader of the new peasants sent to the library to educate himself on mining operations. Since he is a former steward he should know how to read, and we're going to need a mine foreman at some point.
    3) leave the inn alone and let the peasants run it as they want
    4) we should train some of our militia as a police force. The influx of new peasants and a functioning inn with alcohol is going to cause minor incidents and we don't want our soldiers/citizens committing vigilante justice
    5) we need to start work on expanding our library
    6) we need to have our blacksmith educate himself with any relevant books in our library
    7) we need to have every single craftsman take on an apprentice. Every single one.
    8) we should find another tournament to send Farran to
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)15:50 No.15724388
    Alright 1 more season!

    The current season is Summah Time Summah Time
    The Current state of the realm:
    Safety: Moderate (Some grumblings amongst your second class peasantry)
    Morale: Strong (The 1st class are happy 2nd aren't)
    Farming: Strong (More Farmers, more water= better crops)
    Housing: Good (Housing for everyone, also a new Inn for travelers to stay. No more littering!)
    Gold: Low (Laborers cost a lot of money to build the Inn, the Water-Wheel construction also cut into this. Luckily a bit of gold was scavenged from the battle with the outlaws)
    Wood-cutters: Good (Road has arrived at Marble!)
    Marble: None (Marble found, nothing set up yet)

    Important People:
    Leoric (Weapon-master, he is aging, 40-ish, but is still a brute on the battlefield and has been your tutor in weapon skills)
    Magda & her Maids (The caretakers of the castle, only five remain)
    Karl (Spokesman of the villagers)
    Jehenna (Karl's wife and Priestess of Gaia (earth mother))
    Farran (Your squire and Leoric's son)
    Kestin (Leader of the Wardens, short stocky fellah)
    Gor (Blacksmith)
    Kalistra (Smart woman from Village, daughter to Karl and Jehenna)
    Ulri (Priest of Gaia) (And beekeeper!)

    Layout of the Land:
    The castle is situated atop a hill, to the east of your lands forests ride up to the mountains in the east, the forests are filled with game.

    There is a road leading through your territory, it crosses two rivers, both of them are bridged and are tolled, (low toll), trade is going strong, a small temple to the earth goddess Gaia is the main sight in the village. Along with the newly made Inn (need name)

    To the west are farms, which are currently being tilled by the farmers, to the east the wood-mill is grinding along nicely with the same set-up as last year.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)15:52 No.15724402
    Quests this season:
    Dealing with Rebels (Mandatory)
    Duke Hamish wants something (Mandatory)
    Lady Isandra calls you (Optional)
    - Secret Quest -

    Now decide how to rule your realm....
    >> TUCAMP 07/27/11(Wed)15:53 No.15724410
    Talk to the Duke pronto.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:53 No.15724413
    have whoever was pushing those people hard enough to see 20 of them killed flogged.
    and have him replaced with someone who will report to you if they start dropping.

    the fact we personally did'nt notice that they were weak and unwell does not excuse the people on the ground there not noticing.

    Ensure that those men are given supplies of food and fuel for the winter.

    A dog will bite back if kicked, and a man will fight back too. if they are treated like that, they will rise up.
    At the midwinter feast, I would suggest it be known that they have paid their pennance, and are pardoned. they are to be considered villeins of the county, and will be free to make their own wage by a fair means....

    and be taxed, like all other men, and free to marry, farm or work trades.
    >> councilnon 07/27/11(Wed)15:53 No.15724414
    specifically 1, 2, and 4
    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)15:54 No.15724420
    >Dealing with Rebels (Mandatory)

    Nice, see what you people did with that "second rate citizens" crap...

    Ok, let's fix this one first. Also, do all of this >>15724366
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:54 No.15724422
    The Young Pup Tavern
    The Talrik Inn
    The Count's Mug
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)15:54 No.15724427

    This was a long ass season though. Won't be here all night, been here since 17.30 now nearing 22.00
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:55 No.15724436

    My idea behind second class citizenry was, that the former outlaws have to repay us and our county for the crime they commited before we release or accept them into our community. Nothing permanent.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:56 No.15724448
    >have whoever was pushing those people hard enough to see 20 of them killed flogged.

    Ermn, no. That was entirely our fault.
    We gave the order to treat them as second class, and so our subjects did.
    We only have to blame ourselves and I'd rather not see us flogged.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)15:56 No.15724453
    for the winter -
    edit, for some reason, thought it was autumn, not spring.

    announce at midsummer festival/feast. Extra supplies till summertime.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)15:59 No.15724484


    *Deletes post* Shit my one fetish (self-flagellation) and you ruin it for me. Selflish fuckers..

    Just kiddin.

    1. You have only one real candidate.. and he's peeved. That or sent someone to Highhall and look for one.
    2. That can be arranged in time.
    4. The Militia already double as police force, Leoric is 'judge'
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)16:01 No.15724502

    Have we been training the Wolf Pups properly.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)16:02 No.15724515

    Puppies have grown up somewhat, they are being house-broken by the Maids. They aren't vicious and seem to enjoy your company, one in particular is always following you around the keep's great hall.
    >> councilnon 07/27/11(Wed)16:03 No.15724520
    just a few suggestions

    while introducing specific quests per season adds an interesting aspect, it also increases your workload in managing the quest and slows the progress of the quest down (1 season in 3 hours, for example). I would suggest giving two optional quests per season and allowing us to choose one, but that is just a suggestion. It's your quest.

    Help to remind us what issues are important. The 20 dead villagers was something you only vaguely hinted at maybe being a remote possibility kinda. The posts are evidence that nobody even thought it was within the realm possibility. This will keep us, your loyal questgoers, happy.

    At the beginning of the season, give options that are viable to complete within one season, rather than letting us all spout off 1,000 ideas and pull your quest in a bunch of different directions. This will help your sanity.

    just a few thoughts, I thank you for the work so far and this has been fun. Thanks.
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)16:03 No.15724525
    Let's name the tavern after our dead steward.
    >> Hadrian !FAIwcQVJw2 07/27/11(Wed)16:04 No.15724536
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    Lady Isandra calls you (Optional)

    Well, what does she want?
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)16:06 No.15724553
    Do all the quests, all chivalry this up
    see what you can do to make that upset peasant guy happy
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)16:07 No.15724554

    I like that idea surprisingly

    Let's meet up with the lady first. .
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)16:09 No.15724574

    True, I think I might do this tomorrow it will definitely help.

    Also I want to keep 'some' full year things, building roads, buildings etc takes time.

    Also thank you for your kind words. And I'll definitely deal with the more 'icky' parts, I thought malnourished seemed enough. Will specify!


    Votes please.
    >> Vehk !7HYGxe5v5c 07/27/11(Wed)16:09 No.15724581

    Gaius' rest?
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)16:10 No.15724585
    I vote we should visit Isandra last. If we get some more fighting done, it will only help us to further our relationship with her.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)16:10 No.15724588


    Tavern's now "Gaius' Rest"

    Story about how the name came to be spread to every trader who doesn't know it yet!
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)16:11 No.15724592
    do it in that order.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)16:11 No.15724594
    Rebels, need to deal with issues in our back yard before we deal with the ones across the street.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)16:12 No.15724600
    actually second this one
    >> councilnon 07/27/11(Wed)16:12 No.15724614
    let the votes fall where they may, but I'm actually for Isandra first
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)16:13 No.15724623
    Allow Farren to deal with the rebels, use as many Yeomen needed but try to come to a peaceful outcome.
    He can bring his father as well if he feels he needs the help, and know that the leader of the 'immigrants' will want a peaceful outcome as well. (suggest, his people can pay Half price at the tavern for the rest of the season.)

    Then to the duke!
    >> Hadrian !FAIwcQVJw2 07/27/11(Wed)16:13 No.15724626
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    We have rebels? Take care of them asap.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)16:15 No.15724644
    I think we're auto-saging btw.



    The first and foremost is their leader, the tall lanky man you've come to known over the last month is called Leonius, he was a house servant to the knight that you killed, or rather killed himself. You call him into your chambers to ask why there has been troubles from some of the new men.

    (They are well fed and housed now, but they remember what happened when they first came here)

    He expresses himself again that he doesn't know what you mean, as he's talking to you, something catches your eyes. The fact that his aren't catching yours.

    A. Pressure Him Harder
    B. Remind him of his Oath
    C. Beat it from him.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)16:18 No.15724674
    b then a
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)16:18 No.15724679
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    A. Pressure Him Harder

    >> Raviollius !!IIsbHXB4NMf 07/27/11(Wed)16:19 No.15724689
    >B. Remind him of his Oath
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)16:19 No.15724690
    >B. Remind him of his Oath

    If that does not work, have him watched covertlz by our wardens. They should be adept at such things.
    No actions on their part if possible, have them report back to us.
    >> councilnon 07/27/11(Wed)16:19 No.15724693
    can we do A . . . . . and B?
    If I have to pick, I would remind him of his oath, and remind him that we rectified the wrongdoings done to his men as soon as we found out about them.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)16:24 No.15724737
    As you pressure Leonius for information he starts to buckle, he shakes his head as he stands before you. "You promised us safety, instead, some of my men died in the forest. Men that trusted me to protect them, we heard good things. The Wardens said that you rescued them from banditry", he eyes you up. "Perhaps your noble intentions have fallen flat now.."

    A. Make him believe that you are going to do what's right now.
    B. Ask him what he wants.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)16:24 No.15724741
    Take B. Then before he answers tell him that you are deeply sorry the lives lost that were hardpressed to work on the road.

    In a way, you are touched that they worked so hard, pushed themselves that far, trying to show that they were of use to the county. Of course you cannot put a price on their lives, but, you hope to help that by, when the Inn is up and running, that him and his people can dine there and drink there for half the cost the whole season.

    But truely, the lives lost then would be a fraction that if there was discord in your realm.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)16:27 No.15724768
    >> councilnon 07/27/11(Wed)16:29 No.15724780
    such insolence!

    okay, okay . . . . play it cool. Ask him what we can do to make it right.
    Don't agree to it, just ask him so we know where to start bargaining from. If we just give in we're going to look weak.

    So, ask him what he wants, barter/haggle him down and demand something in return.

    Once an agreement is made, I suggest we promote him (like to mining foreman for example) and give him a nicer house.
    This both helps our village economy and will shift the anger of his band towards him and away from us, so that he now has to deal with their problems while they view him as a bit of a sellout. Which is fine for us, turn the dogs on themselves now before it gets bloody.
    >> councilnon 07/27/11(Wed)16:29 No.15724790
    technically that's option B I guess, for voting purposes
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)16:35 No.15724841
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)16:35 No.15724842
    "I want safety for my men, I want us to be given more rights", as you listen to him you propose something else. "I will grant you the Inn, your people may go there and eat and drink for half the normal pay this season", you see him thinking for a moment, then he smiles, "And?", you step down from your seat. Your hand laying on the pommel of the blade now. "Or I could collect your head", his smile disappears. "I'll.. take it then", you hold him as he tries to leave. "And you'll make no money from the Inn, every bit of it goes too my coffers. Now spread the word amongst your people, stop this", he nods and walks away.

    You're not entirely sure that the problem's fixed, but at least they are eying their 'leader' now.
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)16:38 No.15724865
    That seems... suboptimal.
    >> Gaius !!xTem6FcnJVT 07/27/11(Wed)16:41 No.15724891
    Alright, this has been archived, will continue tomorrow. Sleepy time now.

    Tomorrow.. round 18.00 GMT+1
    >> Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)16:41 No.15724900
    Pick out one of your plumpest pigs or two and send them to the new peoples homes.
    As a little, 'yes, there was an 'and' to the offer'

    To The Duke!

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