Some resources: https://mega.nz/#F!rFIDxRRK!IEzkLlroRoPwmDqtxKRMswDiscord: https://discord.gg/GQMr35kCharacter Sheet: http://pastebin.com/G48KCHjz (Now updated with new stats and journal entries)Chapter 8, part 1: >>1300406"Listen, just give me some help and I'll dig up more dirt on the Adorned Princeps."Conrad doesn't answer for several minutes, pulling viciously on his cigarette. Then, he finally says "Well, this has all gone to Hell in a handbasket, anyways. Might as well."He leans out of his office door. "Neil! Get up here!"A nebbish-looking man quickly rushes up the stairwell carrying a cup of coffee, his glasses askew. "Hereyougosirsorrysir!""What th- no, Neil, I don't want coffee! Give it to one of the goblins! Look, you used to be a librarian, right?""Yes, sir, well, actually I was STUDYING to be a librarian, never actually comple-""I don't CARE, Neil. Just help my friend Jerry with his research in the Archive, okay?""Okay, sir!" He quickly reaches up to adjust his glasses.Conrad turns back to you. "You happy?">Yes, this will be fine.>Who is this guy?>I'd prefer to work with my thrall (try and bring Wyndham into this)>Write-In
>>1321440>>Yes, this will be fine.>>Who is this guy?"If you think he's alright, I'll give him a shot. Be nice having an extra set of eyes on things."
>>1321440>Who is this guy?
>>1321642>>1321821>>1321449You look at Conrad. "Who's this?"Conrad shrugs. "One of my desk boys. They mind the front- y'know, the bits for the mortals.""And I make his coffee!""-And he makes my coffee. That clear things up for you?">If you trust him, I'm fine.>I'll work on this with my own people.>You're fine with letting a glorified carny into the Archive?>Write-In
>>1321954>If you trust him, I'm fine.
>>1321954>>If you trust him, I'm fine.
Rolled 3, 1, 10, 1, 4, 5 = 24 (6d10)>>1321964>>1321978>>1322026>>1322038"Yes. If you trust him, I'm fine.""Good, good. I'll cover for you at the Solstice event; say you're running a favor for me.""Thanks."Conrad jabs at you with his cigarette."Don't be so quick with the thank-yous: I'm doing this because of you solving my weapon problem so quick. After this, we're even. Don't come crying to me if you fuck up."You take the gofer back to the Archive and start digging for more information on the Adorned Princeps.Roll Intelligence + Occult + 1 + the result of the above roll (4 + above roll result). need 7 more successes to discover another frailty.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>1322239'splo
Rolled 9, 4, 9, 5, 4 = 31 (5d10)>>1322239Let's get back to it then
Rolled 5, 1, 3, 8 + 24 = 41 (4d10 + 24)>>1322239Let's do this
>>1322296Should be 5d10. 8, 9, and 10 are successes. 10's explode, meaning that you roll another dice afterwards.
Rolled 8, 8, 7, 2, 8 = 33 (5d10)>>1322313Oh, sorry. I though when you said "add above result" it meant to add the 24
Rolled 3, 7, 10, 4, 4 = 28 (5d10)>>1322239Finishing roll.
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>1322492
Rolled 9, 6, 3, 6, 6, 1 = 31 (6d10)>>1322321You've started cross-referencing accounts of the Adorned Princeps (or entities that might be him) tracing back over a thousand years.1 hour until Solstice event starts.>Keep researching (4d10, use outcome of above roll as assist bonus; 4 successes left until another frailty is uncovered. You have 1 point of Willpower left, which may be spent to add 3 dice.)>Give up and leave for the Solstice event>Write-In
Rolled 5, 6, 6, 5, 3, 5, 7 = 37 (7d10)>>1322505>Keep researching (4d10, use outcome of above roll as assist bonus; 4 successes left until another frailty is uncovered. You have 1 point of Willpower left, which may be spent to add 3 dice.)Spend the willpower, GO FOR BROKE
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>1322590The die you missed.
>>1322590>>1322595And I still missed the success.
Rolled 8, 4, 3, 3, 3, 4 = 25 (6d10)>>1322505>>1322600I'll succeed for you, TorucSaving one Willpower just in case
Rolled 3, 1, 2, 4, 5 = 15 (5d10)>>1322505Finishing rolls.
Rolled 5, 8, 10, 1, 1, 9 = 34 (6d10)>>1322608You're getting nowhere. The information you're looking for is SOMEWHERE in this stack, you're certain of it, but it's just NOT COOPERATING.You have one half-hour until the Solstice event starts. If you move fast, you might be able to get to it without being tardy.>Keep researching (4d10, use outcome of above roll as assist bonus; 3 successes left until another frailty is uncovered. You have 1 point of Willpower left, which may be spent to add 3 dice.)>Give up and leave for the Solstice event>Write-In
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>1322717Exploding the 10. Thus far, total pool is 7d10.
>>1322717>Give up and leave for the Solstice eventWe have to be there in case the Princeps shows up.
Rolled 9, 6, 10, 6, 5, 6, 7 = 49 (7d10)>>1322717>Keep researching (4d10, use outcome of above roll as assist bonus; 3 successes left until another frailty is uncovered. You have 1 point of Willpower left, which may be spent to add 3 dice.)Research, then get ready to leave for the event.
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>13230292 Successes left.
>>1322717>Give up and leave for the Solstice event
>>1322717Research one last time before going
Rolled 9, 7, 9, 2, 6, 1, 7 = 41 (7d10)>>1323145Aff, fucked up the dice.Bte, I'm going for the research option even though we may be late because Conrad is covering for us.We will need to make new conracts at the event because I suspect Conrad will close the door on our face the next time we knoc
Rolled 4, 3, 2, 7, 9, 3, 5 = 33 (7d10)>>1322717>keep researching
Rolled 6, 8, 1, 3, 10, 5, 1 = 34 (7d10)>>1322717>>Keep researchingthree successes should be possible
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>1323168explode
Rolled 9, 3, 4, 8, 2, 3, 2 = 31 (7d10)>>1322717is it still allowed to roll?
Rolled 7, 9, 7, 8, 7, 2, 6 = 46 (7d10)
Rolled 8, 10, 8, 4, 3, 6 = 39 (6d10)>>1323029You're close to something, you can feel it. Just a bit more...The Solstice event has started, but the crowning itself won't be for another four hours. If you leave now, you'll be late, but not offensively so.>Continue research (4d10+ above outcome, 1 Willpower left)>Give up and leave for the Solstice event>Write-In
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>1323857Explosion. Current research pool is 7d10 (10d10 with Willpower).
Rolled 9, 4, 5, 6, 5, 4, 10 = 43 (7d10)>>1323857Do we know how many successes we need for next breakthrough? I'm thinking let's research still
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>1323880
Rolled 5, 8, 9, 1, 6, 8, 7 = 44 (7d10)>>1323857for the Lost!>>1323880yay!
>>1323881I thought we'd need just one more?>>1322717>3 successes left until another frailty is uncovered.and then >>1323029rolled 2 successes.In any case we found something now, so we can hurry to the event.
Rolled 9, 2, 6, 8, 7, 3, 1 = 36 (7d10)>>1323857last set
Rolled 8, 8, 3, 10, 3, 4, 2 = 38 (7d10)>>1323857
>>1323920My bad.>>1323910You find an account from a changeling who claimed to be stolen away by the Adorned Princeps. It describes an incident where the Princeps picked up a dirty scrap of cloth while stalking a village by night and added it to his hoard, only removing it when he found a clean scrap. It seems that he can only let go of a thing if he obtains an item of superior value.The Solstice event has been going on for a half-hour. People are probably going to wonder where you are if you don't show up soon. Conrad will cover for you if needed, but it'd be best if he didn't have to.Adorned Princeps's known frailties: may not refuse an offer to bargain, may not make a deal that would result in a net increase of his wealth (and conversely, may not refuse a deal of the same)>Continue research (4d10+ above outcome, 1 Willpower left, 5 successes needed until next frailty uncovered)>Give up and leave for the Solstice event>Write-In
Rolled 3, 3, 8, 9, 8, 3 = 34 (6d10)>>1324066>increaseShould be "decrease". Also fixing rolling error.
Rolled 8, 3, 1, 4, 4, 4, 10 = 34 (7d10)>>1324066If i'm looking at your roll correctly, seems like we only need 2 successes ourselves for another frailty. If so, I say we make it to this next one, and then head out
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>1324087boom
>>1324066>>1324087I think it's 3 more successes, we needed one more for the last frailty and I rolled three here: >>1323910OP, do those two additional successes count for the next frailty?I'm not sure whether to continue searching or going to the event.
>>1324066>>Give up and leave for the Solstice eventLet's go to the eventif we doesn't show up there to pull a Maleficent (that would be very dramatic, and I think Gentry are dramatic creatures) we can continue the research after it
>>1324307not we, the gentry
Rolled 3, 3, 4, 10, 10, 3, 5 = 38 (7d10)>>1324373>>1324066In that case hoping for three successes, then we can run to the event with another frailty.
Rolled 8, 9 = 17 (2d10)>>1324379exploding and hoping for one more
>>1324066>>Give up and leave for the Solstice event
>>1324384>>1324379>>1324087>>1324066Looks like we got our successes. We then leave for the event.
>>1324601If we got it, ok
Rolled 2, 5, 6, 10, 5, 1 = 29 (6d10)>>1324379>>1324384You discover an account of the Adorned Princeps murdering a peasant to steal a single copper coin. It's likely that he cannot outright STEAL anything that already belongs to someone else.Known Frailties:Minor- Cannot steal, cannot refuse opportunity to bargain, cannot refuse to make a deal that would increase his net wealth.The crowning is 3 hours away. Conrad will definitely be covering for you if you don't show up soon.>Continue research (4d10+ above outcome, 1 Willpower left, 6 successes needed until next frailty uncovered)>Give up and leave for the Solstice event>Write-In
>>1324730>>Give up and leave for the Solstice eventWe don't know if the AP will arrive at a certain time, so we should be there to prepare. Else we might be too late.
>>1324730Can we take a while and discuss amongst ourselves? Its great that we have these minor frailties but honestly i see no way we could use them to beat him. Does anyone have a plan besides charging in and seeing what happens?
>>1324730>>Give up and leave for the Solstice event>>1324744well, I plan on making fletcher pledge himself to someone, so he can't take him back because that would be stealing, aaaand we can offer the fetch to him as something of equal value, it's literally the same guy.We will just have to trick the Fetch into making a pact, but I still think it's easier to fool him then the sentry
>>1324730>Give up and leave for the Solstice eventOffering him a free piece of iron would be to easy?
>>1324910That's a good idea. Perhaps an iron-coated grenade?
>>1324743>>1324770>>1324910You dismiss Neil (he gratefully stumbles out of the Archive's dust-filled bowels and heads towards a nearby bar) and head to the Solstice event.Portland Civic Stadium, 9:30 PM.There's a bonfire burning in the middle of the soccer field. The scent of roast boar drifts through the air. An ogre is chugging an entire keg of beer in front of a crowd of cheering Summer courtiers. A man with eyes made of swirling fireballs is boxing with a rat-faced fellow. A group of well-armored Lost are engaging in a mock-battle with metal swords. Somewhere, you hear gunshots. The Solstice festival seems to be a mix of a fraternity rager, a medieval fair, and boot camp. It amazes you that the Summer court managed to take over a soccer stadium for this event, but you suppose even they have connections. There's two and a half hours until the Crowning, where the Spring Court officially cedes control of the freehold to Summer.>Are Terry and Mary here? You can't see them anywhere. Maybe you should make sure they're safe...>Young Sam and his gang of truants have set up camp around a plain metal chair placed near the bonfire. Maybe he can tell you what's going on, as much as he irks you...>Several Lost are watching the boxing match. You spy John the Man-Eater among them! Maybe the two of you can catch up?>A group of Spring courtiers are lounging around one of the beer kegs, getting thoroughly smashed. You recognize the sodden form of Gwen Green-Gills among them, almost passed out. She looks like she could use a friend. One who isn't hammered.>"Big Bill", the King of Summer, is posing awkwardly in a clear section of the field, holding a gilded spear weighed down with decorative florishes. There's an easel set up near him. Wonder who the artist is...>Conrad's sitting on a lawn chair, talking with a couple of hooded figures that have "Autumn Court" written all over them. Maybe you should share what you know...>Write-In
>>1325018>Conrad's sitting on a lawn chair, talking with a couple of hooded figures that have "Autumn Court" written all over them. Maybe you should share what you know...Once we share what we know, head over to >A group of Spring courtiers are lounging around one of the beer kegs, getting thoroughly smashed. You recognize the sodden form of Gwen Green-Gills among them, almost passed out. She looks like she could use a friend. One who isn't hammered.
>>1325018Yeah I'll go wth >>1325034
>>1325034my vote, too
>>1325018>>1325034Also supporting this
>>1325034>>1325041>>1325048>>1325073>>1327337You hear a creaky, familiar voice roll out as you approach the hooded figures."...ertain of this?""Would I be saying this if I was UNcertain, granny? I talked to Niko, had him read the bones. He's certain, too. This Adorned Princeps thing's coming for him.""I trust you weren't so incredibly stupid as to tell Wallander about this." this voice is deep and low, with a strange, echoey quality to it."Jesus, I've been a loyal member of the Court for a score and you still treat me like a child. OF COURSE I didn't blab. Those blood-hungry fuckheads wouldn't think twice about plunging the freehold into the jaws of war. Again.""That's good, dearie. Now, if the Horned King were here, I think we all know what he'd say.""Yes, we should dispose of this albatross and be done with the matter."Old Middy- you can recognize her long nose poking out beneath her hood- clucks her tongue. "Must all of your plans involve killing someone?""I'm not saying we should kill him. But the man is clearly on the border of Madness: put him on a one-way bus heading towards Seattle. That way, we would kill two birds with one stone.""Why, Your Awfulness, that is the most devious, under-handed, reprehensible thing I've heard in a dog's age!""I assume you disapprove?""Now, did I say that?""So it's decided.""Like Hell it is! The guy might be nuts, but he still deserves a chance!""Hush, Conrad, the grown-ups are talking.">Conrad's right. There has to be a way we can fight this thing.>Are you sure that would be the end of it?>(Cough politely)>(Stay silent and observe)>Write-In
>>1327483>Write in"I wouldn't count us out just yet..."
>>1327483>>Conrad's right. There has to be a way we can fight this thing.
>>1327483>(Cough politely)and then >>1327504 and tell them what we know about the guy
>>1327483>(Cough politely)>Are you sure that would be the end of it?>Write-inTell them what we know about how Princeps does things, and that we have records of it murdering others to get what it wants.
>>1327500>>1327504>>1327741>>1328137You cough politely and speak up. "I wouldn't say we're out of options yet. I've managed to find some information out about the Adorned Princeps."You share your information about the frailties with Middy and the hooded figure."...Well, ain't that interesting... ""Interesting, but useless. Even if we can devise a trade for this man, what could we offer that's more valuable than one of the Lost?">New humans?>The fetch?>Give him a trap gift?>Write-In
>>1328946>Give him a trap gift?Or maybe the Paperback, but I don't really want to trade that.
>>1328946>>Give him a trap gift?I don't know what fetches mean to the gentry (they created them after all) and I don't know what would happen to the fetch. He believes himself human and he will leave a grieving human family, so it would be cruel. Offering new humans is one of the most despicable actions and the idea should be punished by death. The trap gift can go wrong if discovered but at least we're not dealing in people.
>>1328946>Give him a trap gift?We only have to make it seem more valuable
>>1328946>>Give him a trap gift?or the fetch, he is of equal value and he is an abomination.
>>1328946>Give him a trap gift?I think that we may need some plan here.We already know that this Fae can't steal, so we should try to force the guy into an oath with someone, to justify our attempt to bargain and to weaken the Kepper's position, since he wouldn't be able to take him back even if he refused our offer (forcing the Mad to serve a Court would be ideal, otherwise he could simply murder the one owning the guy).Or we could offer him a privateer, arguing that a changeling+offense to privateer's Keeper is more than an half-Mad Changeling, but I doubt that the Spring Courts would accept something like that.
>>1328965>>1328966>>1329065>>1329136>>1329206"What if we can give him a trap gift? Something that'll drive him away of his own accord.""Risky. Far safer to just send this problem along to Seattle or California."Conrad reaches in his shirt pocket for a cigarette, finds his pack empty, and angrily hurls it in the direction of the bonfire. "Are you fucking kidding me? That's the best idea you have, Magister? Hang one of us out to dry and risk starting another war with Seattle, or hell, with the Eastern courts? I thought we were the masters of fear. We shouldn't be running and hiding like the Winter court. I agree with Jerry.""Grandmother? Your thoughts?""Well, I don't think it can HURT any if young Jeremy wants to do something like this, right?"Middy looks at you."He deserves a chance, and I'll give him it.""Good. Now, off you go.">Aren't you going to help me?>(Head to the Peculiarum and start working on a plan)>(Circulate around the party a bit more)>Write-InReminder: you have 2 dots in Allies (Fringe Elements), which means you can call on the help of street people to do any act which isn't illegal or excessively dangerous to the knowledge of the group. Use this wisely.
>>1329444>(Circulate around the party a bit more)
>>1329444>Aren't you going to help me?I know they aren't, but I want to know why specifically>(Circulate around the party a bit more)Let's try and find anyone who can help us
>>1329444>Aren't you going to help me?
>>1329492>>1329584>>1329674"Wait- aren't you going to help me?""Now why would we do that? You're the one who thinks you can outwit one of the Lords and Ladies. We just think we should ship this shiny fella out of town. Show us your better way. Impress us."You shrug and walk away.>You still can't see Terry or Mary anywhere: maybe you should look for them.>Sam's group has abandoned the metal chair. Maybe you can get a closer look at it and see what was so interesting about it...>John Man-Eater's gotten in the ring and is currently boxing some elf. Could be worth a watch.>Gwen's stumbled over to the portable toilets and is currently being sick. Should you talk to her?>"Big Bill"'s still being painted. You can see the artist from this angle- it's Abbadon! Maybe you can catch up?...>Oh no. John Brown and a cohort of his sycophants have just walked in. He's making a bee-line for the impromptu boxing ring, an intent look on his gnarled face. Should you intercept him?>Write-In
>>1329444>>Aren't you going to help me?and then>(Circulate around the party a bit more)we should help Gwen before she fucks up
>>1329854>John Man-Eater's gotten in the ring and is currently boxing some elf. Could be worth a watch.>Gwen's stumbled over to the portable toilets and is currently being sick. Should you talk to her?
>>1329854>You still can't see Terry or Mary anywhere: maybe you should look for them.
>>1329854Gwen's stumbled over to the portable toilets and is currently being sick. Should you talk to her?
>>1329854>"Big Bill"'s still being painted. You can see the artist from this angle- it's Abbadon! Maybe you can catch up?...
>>1329854>You still can't see Terry or Mary anywhere: maybe you should look for them.Then>Gwen's stumbled over to the portable toilets and is currently being sick. Should you talk to her?
>>1329866>>1329897>>1330023Gwen looks up blearily as you walk over. "Ohhhh... heeyyyy Jurre...""Are you okay, Gwen?""I'm grEAT! neverfelbedda-" Gwen's face goes green and she doubles over for a few seconds. "I*urp*- I'm good. I'm good.">If you're sure (walk away)>Pretty sure you're not.>Why are you doing this to yourself?>Write-In
>>1330899>Pretty sure you're not.>Why are you doing this to yourself?
>>1330899>Why are you doing this to yourself?
>>1331015>>1331162"Why are you doing this to yourself, Gwen?""Iiiiii.... duanoowhayertalkin 'bout??!?""The alcohol, Gwen. You're practically DROWNING in it.""Why... wha'down yu get OFFame back! I'mma growdas wimmin!"She seems to be a belligerent drunk.>Try and calm her down.>Leave>Write-In
>>1331300>Try and calm her down.>"Of course you are. I'm not trying to get on your back, I'm just trying to help as a friend."She's a grown ass woman, but now's not the time to drink your sorrows away.
>>1331300>Try and calm her down.Though I will remind the thread, we are on a severe timer here
>>1331445This one definitely
>>1331445>>1331617>>1331646>>1332951"I know you are, Gwen. I'm not trying to get on your back. I'm just trying to help you. You know, as a friend."Roll Presence-1 (1 dice). May spend Willpower as normal.
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>1333055Welp, let's see how this goes
>>1333063Nice. Explosion, or would you rather the QM does it in a batch once we all finish?
>>1333105You explode yourself buddy.
>>1333105No explosions on Presence rolls.>>1333063"I-I-I- y'sure y don' wanna see me on my back?" Gwen giggles in what she doubtlessly thinks is a flirtatious manner."Not right now. Not when you're this drunk.""Awwwuhh... c'mon, lifaliddle. 'Sall we got, uh?""Okay, Gwen. Why are you getting this drunk?"Her eyes narrow. "'ve seen some SHIT, Jurry. ril FUCKED-UP shid. Ded peppel comin' backta life. Tunnels tha' don' end. Big green thing wit' teeth. 'Sall inboring.""What was that last bit?""I say 'sall in BORING!"Gwen lapses into drunken mumbling.>You can't cope with your problems like this, Gwen.>Gwen? There's someone I know who might be able to help. He won't be at this place for very long, so you should see him (give her Oswald's contact information).>Walk away>Write-In
>>1333120>>Gwen? There's someone I know who might be able to help. He won't be at this place for very long, so you should see him (give her Oswald's contact information).might as well try to help her, we are stuck here until the coronation
>>1333120>Gwen? There's someone I know who might be able to help. He won't be at this place for very long, so you should see him (give her Oswald's contact information).
>>1333157>>1333206"Gwen? There's someone I know who might be able to help. He won't be at this place for much longer, though, so you should see him soon."You help her to a bench and make some small talk before leaving Oswald's card with her and taking another look around.>You've spotted Terry drinking by the entrance. Hope things are going well with him...>The metal chair sits alone near the bonfire. It has to be blistering hot from the flames. You wonder why it's so important...>Sam's group appears to be getting up in the faces of some dour-looking Lost. It looks like it might get ugly if someone doesn't intervene...>John Man-Eater's won his match- and John Brown's glaring at him from the sideline, tapping the twisted-up branch he uses as a cane. The two of them look like they're about to have an argument. Maybe you can overhear it...>"Big Bill"'s still being painted. You can see the artist from this angle- it's Abbadon! Maybe you can catch up?...>A gentleman in an expensive three-piece suit's just entered the field, flanked by two toughs walking three German Shepherds each. Weird. He looks human; maybe he's a dignitary from one of the other power players in the Occult Underground.>Write-In
>>1333313>You've spotted Terry drinking by the entrance. Hope things are going well with him...Alright we need to find some help now
>>1333313>>The metal chair sits alone near the bonfire. It has to be blistering hot from the flames. You wonder why it's so important...
>>1333313>You've spotted Terry drinking by the entrance. Hope things are going well with him...
>>1333313>>You've spotted Terry drinking by the entrance. Hope things are going well with him..
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>1333335>>1333476>>1333490Terry grins and shakes a paper cup at you as you approach. "Hey, Jerry! Some party, huh?""Wouldn't know. I've been busy with something. Could use your help with it, in fact.""Yeah? What's up?""...One of the Gentry's coming. Probably here."Terry grunts. "Give me a second."A couple minutes later, he returns with a sledgehammer. A huge grey iron head hangs at one end of it. "Okay, we're good.""...Are you sure you want to be carrying that? I mean, holding an iron weapon at a crowded event like this is asking for trouble.""I'm getting even, Jerry. They hunted me for too many fucking years, and now, I'mma turn the tables on 'em.""Terry's eyes are slightly bleary; it's clear he's been hitting the keg a bit, but he looks sober enough to fight.You and Terry head back into the crowd.>You've spotted Terry drinking by the entrance. Hope things are going well with him...>The metal chair sits alone near the bonfire. It has to be blistering hot from the flames. You wonder why it's so important...>Sam's stormed off from the Lost he was arguing with and is currently sulking by the buffet table. Wonder what that all was about...>Man-Eater and Brown look like they're getting into it with each other. It might boil over into violence if left alone, and you have no idea how dangerous John Brown might be in a straight-up fight, but you've heard about what happens to those who cross him...>"Big Bill"'s painting looks almost finished. He's clearly getting impatient with the process. This might be your only chance to catch the Summer King before his crowning, if you want to talk to him or tell him anything...>Write-In
>>1333529>Man-Eater and Brown look like they're getting into it with each other. It might boil over into violence if left alone, and you have no idea how dangerous John Brown might be in a straight-up fight, but you've heard about what happens to those who cross him...
>>1333529>Man-Eater and Brown look like they're getting into it with each other. It might boil over into violence if left alone, and you have no idea how dangerous John Brown might be in a straight-up fight, but you've heard about what happens to those who cross him...Last thing here, we should really work on prepping up a good mock trade
>>1333534>>1333542>>1333560As you walk towards Brown, you almost don't notice the thin guy in the three-piece suit as he crosses your path. You lightly bump into him and hear something fall to the floor. You look down and see a wallet, with a few bills sticking out of the top.>Give it back to him>Pocket it>Keep walking>Write-In
>>1333607>Give it back to him
>>1333607>Stop him and point to the wallet; ask "is that yours?"We don't want to look like a thief, this could be a trap
>>1333607>Give it back to himExcuse me sir, but I do believe you've dropped your wallet
>>1333620>>1333692You pick up the wallet and tap the man on the shoulder. He turns around."Yes?"Up close, you can see that he has a strangely foreshortened and upturned nose: it looks vaguely like the snout of a pig, or the nose of a bulldog. His skin clings tight to the side of his face: you've only seen faces like that accompanied by stories about people starving in West Berlin."I think this is yours."The man squints and peers down at the wallet. "Why, yes, I believe it is. Thank you ever so much!"He extends one skeletal hand and takes it."By-the-by: do you have a talent for this?""A talent for what?""Why, finding missing property! You see, I've misplaced some of mine, and I do believe that it's somewhere around here."
>>1333760OH FUGITS HIMWHAT DO WE DO
>>1333760fuckWell, let's think fast
>>1333760Not particularly but I might know someone who can help.After saying this go and inform everyone important
>>1333760The skin on the Adorned Princeps's face begins tearing away at the seams and falling off like cherry petals, and his yellowing teeth suddenly shine in all the colors of the rainbow. He gains three feet on you all at once, with long, glittering arms and legs inscribed with flowing script in an unknown tongue. The crown of spikes gleams triumphantly as it thrusts through the derby he was wearing, leaving it perched comically above his head. His guards and their dogs change as well: they become grotesque ogres with skin sheathed in eyes, clad in long black robes, and the German Shepherds twist and melt together into Cerebii. A wave of sheer arcane POWER suddenly consolidates around his group, hitting you like a blastwave. The entire field stops as everyone turns towards the source of the sudden alteration to the atmosphere."Attention! Attention, please! Thank you. Now, I am the Adorned Princeps, Lord of the Gleaming Caverns of Neverwas- but I'm certain you all know me, of course. Now, you happen to be in possession of a certain piece of my property that has happened to run away. Remand him into my possession, IMMEDIATELY, please and thank you, or I will kill all of you where you stand."You see Big Bill toss down the gilded spear he was posing with and start moving towards the Gentry out of the corner of one eye. The other spies the trio you spoke to earlier silently heading towards the exit. Everyone else seems paralyzed in shock and fear, save yourself and Terry.>Terry, hit him! I'll start getting people out!>I can give you something more valuable than your missing property.>He's at a place called Conrad's Peculiarum, please don't kill me!>You'll have to kill us all then, because we are NEVER handing him over to you.>Write-In
Ok guys, any idea?one thing is for certain>Write-In-There's no need for violence....at the moment...we can barter and if we reach agreeable terms we part ways without bloodshed
>>1333789>I can give you something more valuable than your missing property.
>>1333820Buddy you'd better have a plan to back that up with. If you've got something, I'm willing to go along, but if not we're digging a pit for ourselves.
>>1333817I like this actually. Getting him to the bargaining table buys us time, which we really need if we want a plan. If we can set a time and location for it that isn't here and now, we may be able to find another frailty. Or something to trade.
>>1333833the only thing of value i can think of that we own is the Paperback, otherwise whatever we trade would need to be a trap
>>1333789In situations like this we need to be clever we need to have an iron will we need to...>Glass the fucker
>>1333918What if we...>There's no need for violence, I'm sure we can barter and come to a perfectly good- NOW TERRY!
>>1333918>>1333934Is that your final answer?
>>1333941God no, give us more time here QM
>>1333817i'll switch to this, we should at least see if we can somehow strike a deal before we try to kill the fucker
Ok God-dammit, let's actually make a damn plan here.First off, do we have anything to trade or to trick him with?
>>1333950the only thing we have that I can think of is the paperback, perhaps we could trick him with a deal of an abstract nature, or make a deal that won't have ramifications for us until a 1000 years or something
>>1333950>>1333947What the hell are we going to trick him with? I just don't see the play here
>>1333966That's what I'm asking. I'm seeing if anyone has any ideas. If not we move onto plan b)Can we take this guy in a fight? In our corner, we have a mob of changelings, some Summer nobility, and Terry with the hammer.On their side, two Ogres, two Cerberi, and the big motherfucker himself.So, can we?
BUTI think I have an idea.The exact frailty is "Cannot refuse offer to bargain"Now, let's say we offered to bring him to the bargaining table in say... three days?He can't say no, and it buys us time, and gets us more support (Summer's going to be all over this).
>>1333978I think we absolutely can't fight a Gentry, that's straight goddamn insanity. Is the whole fucking court compromised now that a Lord found us? This is a shitshow. We definitely need to bargain, i think >>1333990has the right track
>>1333996Follow up... do you think we can bargain our own lives... in exchange for him having to tell us the exact way to kill him? and then we just kill him?
Let's see here, first thing is first >>1333817 this, get him to the negotiating table, hold off violence and let the rest of the Courts start to evacuate non-combatants. F/U post to come with ideas on trades
>>1334007Our life isn't worth that to him, there's no way he'd go for it. And you never want to go back on an oath that severe in Changeling.
>>1333990>>1333978We CAN take them, it would just be extremely difficult/dangerous, we should just stall and gather the courts to work up a solution, so with that we should offer to bargain 3 days from now.
>>1334017Remember, it also wouldn't kill him permanently. If we piss him off by giving him a black eye, he'll come back with a Wild Hunt.
>>1334013I suppose we could offer something that delays our servitude, then kill him before we get there... but anyway.. >>1334010>>1334013we have that child's laugh don't we? that might be worth something if we can talk him into it
>>1334027I totally forgot about that, and we also have the token of a lover.
Alright so idea, I think we might be able to play around with words here, this guy wants his changeling back but if we can word the contract in such a way as to only refer to the Changeling by his given name we could possibly make the argument that the only "person" who still lives and abides by that name is the fetch that he made. The changeling himself no longer lives by that name anymore but the fetch does. That way we're only selling him back his own property
>>1334027>>1334030Could we just offer up all our abstract shit + the paperback to get him to fuck off? How much is one changeling worth to this Gentry?
>>1334041A lot.And this guy seems like the type to take his property running away personally.
>>1334040But isnt the fetchs name this guys True Name? wouldn't the magic of contracts automatically go for the original owner of the true name?
>>1334048I think that would depend on how we manage to get the contract worded/exactly how mad this Changeling is. If he believes that to get his life back (his True Name in a sense) he has to kill his fetch and go back to the way things were the Wyrd might take that as a transference of the True Name until such clauses are met (eg. killing the fetch) that he regains the Name
>>1334030and the child's first cry but I still think that's not enoughI am totally against fighting the thing, we are doing this to protect one mad changelling's life, it would lose all meaning if even one of the Lost here died.We should sit at the table and see what he would value in exchange for his property, get a look at what he is after and negotiate from there or get an idea of what we could trick him with, but time, time is of the essence and here is not the time nor the place, let's ask for a bit to sit down and talk
>>1334041You'll have to make an offer to find out...>>1333996To clarify: the Court isn't necessarily compromised just because one of the Lords and Ladies has turned up. Remember that they aren't all-powerful, and that they have a way of looking at the world that is very different from how a human does. They aren't all on the same side. Hell, by human standards, they're all in a state of constant war with each other.>>1334022Let me just put how "killing" one of the Gentry in our world works on the table, so you can make an accurate decision:-"Kill" with anything besides a form of iron or their Doom: banished from the world for one day.-"Kill" with iron: Banished from the world for one moon.-"Kill" with cold iron (iron worked by hand, not using modern manufacturing techniques): Banished from the world for a year and a day.-"Kill" with iron taken from a meteor and worked by hand: Banished from the world for a hundred and one years.-"Kill" with their Doom: killed for ever and ever, or (if they're lucky) "merely" becoming one of the Exiled Ones.
>>1334072If it comes down to buying time I think we would need to put something up in exchange and in that case I would be willing to use the Token of True Love, see how much time that would buy us
>>1334081We can get him to the table for free, that's one of his frailties. I'd save the token for the bargaining table itself
>>1334098Getting him to the table does not guarantee that he will give us time to plan a negotiation. If we have to buy that time that's the one I would use for it
>>1334106Alright, if he doesn't go for the initial invitation, we offer up the token as incentive.
He cannot refuse the offer to bargain, and cannot refuse a deal that nets him a profit, how about we stall him with the offer for a bargain in 3 days time, and then if he refuses we say the deal will be worth more to him than the changeling
>>1334119I am not sure that we have anything that would be worth more to him than the Changeling, if it came down to stalling for time to prep I would rather buy the time outright at the negotiation table than have ourselves beholden to trying to up the deal later. I would still be hoping to be able to sell back the fetch by using the Changelings name. I think this would work even better should we have prep time because we might be able to ascertain just how crazy this guy is and whether or not a deal made with his given name still targets him or the fetch
>>1334119Alright, I'm with this. Although there is one peril. If he decides to trap us in an Oath, we can't break it without serious repercussions.
>>1334128Well we don't have the Fetch right now do we? And we might not need our own stuff to do this if we can get the support of the Courts. Plus, we're the only ones who would be beholden to anything. If any brawlers, magic users, or some tough son of a bitch wants to, we can use this time to find his last frailties and they can nail the son of a bitch for us.
>>1334134True, whatever deal we make binds us and only us with him, so we should keep this in mind if/when we're planning a trick
>>1334134We don't but it's not like the Fetch isn't involved intrinsically with the process, it has standing here we just have to be very careful with wording
Also we should keep in mind that he can't refuse a deal where he profits, it doesn't need to be a huge profit, profit of 1 penny is still profit, maybe we should offer him a bargain with gambling rigged in our favor, and if he wins all he gets is a changeling + a little something extra
>>1334157I think we could argue that even if he gets the changeling back as-is, its still a profit for him, because the changeling has had new experiences he couldn't have while trapped under the princeps, which is a value-add
>>1334157or we could just put a penny in his pocket just to make sure...so its the changeling, plus one cent
>>1334157Wasn't our objective not to give him back the Changeling?
>>1334175Yeah it is, but in case we fuck up our loss will be pretty minimal all things considered
>>1334175Yes, but i think we need to prepare for a worst case scenario
He also can't steal, I wonder if we made the changeling our property would leave it alone then?
Make an Intelligence + Occult roll: you MAY get some clarification on how his flaws work based on successes (representing your knowledge of this particular area of Faerie magic.
Rolled 3, 3, 6 = 12 (3d10)>>1334206Hopefully something comes out of it
Rolled 6, 7, 10 = 23 (3d10)>>1334206
Rolled 10, 5, 7 = 22 (3d10)>>1334206
Rolled 4, 2 = 6 (2d10)>>1334212>>1334233xplo. First for 12, second for 33
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>1334233booming
Alright. Of these three hypotheticals, which one do you want answered?>>1334194(What would happen if we took possession of the guy and refused to trade?)>>1334157(What would happen if we tried to trap him in a rigged gamble?)>>1334128(Does the Fetch count as the Changeling?)Alternatively, write one in.
>>1334251Number one is he would kill us like he did with the copper piece guynumber 2 would be he would not accept I think, he must accept a profit not a chance at onenumber 3 I don't know but the question is, does he already owns the fetch?
>>1334251Is the Fetch worth more than the changeling?
>>1334262but still, number 2 seems most promising, if it is a dead end we could go for the fetch or ask him what does he think the mad one is worth
>>1334251>(What would happen if we tried to trap him in a rigged gamble?)This would cover the furthest bases
OK, I'm a little drunk and I need to go to bad, I'll leave an idea that I had while pissing for you guys to discussWe present him with a box, we say that inside the box there is something waaaaaaaay more valuable to him then the changeling, and we swear in the name of everything holy that what is inside the box is vary valuable, but just as long as it stays hidden and just the 2 of us see itif he accepts we give it to him, he will open and the box will be empty, he will not tell anyone it is empty because they would think he's a fool, he will just look at it and store it very safely, because we just traded him his pride as a negotiator
>>1334307of course, we would never tell about it to anyone, because if we do, we just stolen his pride back
>>1334307I'll file that under "Plans just crazy enough to Work", seriously, Changeling might make that work
>>1334307this might actually work holy shit
>>1334333>>1334324The good part is, if we make sure we swear that it's only valuable if only the 2 of us see it our outh will be true because if he for some reason decides to show the box to everyone in a fit of rage we are covered because "it was just as long we both see it" and he will be profiting because his pride is certainly more valuable then a changeling.and by swearing a pact saying that what's inside is more valuable we will be both telling the truth and proving to him that what's inside is in fact more valuable
>>1334345that and he's not self aware enough to realize it's his pride
>>1334351We could also set an initially high price for the box before letting him negotiate it down to just the changeling to make him feel good
>>1334307Holy crap, man.Nice.Does this mean we should try the rigged gamble thing?
>>1334360The even better part is that it's not a gamble, it's a fair fucking trade!!!
also, start the oath with "should you accept this deal I'll give you this box that will store something of extreme value to you and of superior value than the changelling..."The should you is important because the.box has value after the deal is made, not before
>>1334307I LOVE thisProblem is we have terrible bluff.Could we maybe get someone with a better bluff to offer it? Because him seeing through the ruse is the one thing that could blow this plan wide open.
>>1334345>>1334356>>1334421>>13345102nded. It's a shame we burnt through all our Willpower a while ago. Think we can recruit Abaddon to help pull one of the greatest ruses in Changeling history?
>>1334307>>1334320>>1334324>>1334333>>1334345>>1334351>>1334356>>1334360>>1334393>>1334421>>1334510>>1334515>>1334516You come up with an idea. A terrible, awful idea."Let us keep your property, and I'll give you something more valuable by far."The Princeps head spins around, leaving the rest of his body facing the other direction."Oh, really? More valuable than a human soul? And what would that be?""It's a secret, but it's something you need."Terry grabs you by the shoulder. "What the hell do you think you're doing, Jerry? Just let me smash this thing!""Cool it, Terry.""Hmmmm... what would this secret be, perchance?"You fight down the urge to grin. "I can't tell you that, or else it won't be a secret, but I can tell you that if you don't have it, you'll regret it forever."The Princeps pauses for a second. "And what if I just kill you and take it?""Impossible. If you kill me for it, you'll never be able to have it.""So, some kind of magic item, then?""You could say it's one of the most magical things there is.""And in exchange, you want only one mortal?... Alright, bring it to me, now! My guards will go with you to ensure no trickery!">This gift can't be seen by the unworthy.>Don't worry: I swear I'll come back with it.>Write-In
>>1336029>This gift can't be seen by the unworthy.Stroke that ego
>>1336029>This gift can't be seen by the unworthy.
Rolled 4, 3, 7, 1, 5, 6, 2 = 28 (7d10)>>1336088>>1336113>>1336142"Very well, but I must warn you: this gift cannot be seen by the unworthy."Roll Manipulation + Subterfuge (3 dice). Must exceed successes rolled above.
Rolled 3, 5, 5 = 13 (3d10)>>1336158
>>1336159Oh no, it's happening again...
Rolled 2, 4, 3 = 9 (3d10)>>1336158We have to beat ONE, goddamit >>1336159
>>1336166We don't even have to BEAT one, just get a SINGLE SUCCESS
>>1336166>>1336173Well we're fucked so far. Here's hoping for us not blowing it on this amazing chance on that last roll
Rolled 5, 2, 10 = 17 (3d10)>>1336158
>>1336184"But of course! No doubt something so valuable would hide itself from all but the deserving..."You stumble into an alley behind the stadium and grab a discarded cardboard food tray. You slap another one on top as a lid, then return."Here, Princeps! The most valuable treasure you shall ever possess!"The Princeps reaches toward you with its gleaming claws, the barren voids of its eyes gleaming with naked hunger. You pull the box back. "Wait! First, you must swear that you will never pursue the Lost called Thomas Fletcher ever again, and that you will never speak about the contents of this box to another soul.""I swear! Now GIVE ME THE BOX!""Well, you asked for it..."You hand him the box, and he cackles madly as he opens it."Yes, yes! It is-wait. What is this! You... you tricked me!">(shrug) It's in there. I guess you aren't worthy.>Maybe I did, but you're now bound to your word, evil thing. Now leave, or else you'll have to take on the entire Summer Court in one go.>I did not. I've given you something more valuable than the Lost you wanted back: it's no fault of mine if you don't see that.>Write-In
>>1336209>>>(shrug) It's in there. I guess you aren't worthy."If you need help understanding it, I could do that... for a price" (aka he forswears any negative actions against us)
>>1336209>I did not. I've given you something more valuable than the Lost you wanted back: it's no fault of mine if you don't see that.We've given him the lesson of "Don't trust random schmucks, no matter how honest they look".
>>1336209>>I did not. I've given you something more valuable than the Lost you wanted back: it's no fault of mine if you don't see that.We dodged a shower of bullets there with the Princeps's bad roll.
>>1336209>>1336215>>1336220He merely doesn't understand the value of which we have so graciously traded him for.Is this going to be like Kung Fu Panda where the greatest gift was inside them all along?
>>1336209>I did not. I've given you something more valuable than the Lost you wanted back: it's no fault of mine if you don't see that.In the most graceful and humble manner.
>>1336209>I did not. I've given you something more valuable than the Lost you wanted back: it's no fault of mine if you don't see that."I won't spread this story around ... inside this box now lies your pride as a negotiator, I'd keep it safe."
>>1336209>I did not!....You now posses what is of the greatest value to you, but no one can see or it will lose all value!I can't believe it's working.....hold me anons
>>1336240>>1336224>>1336220"I did not. I've given you something more valuable than the Lost you wanted back: it's not fault of mine if you don't see that.""What? What cou- OH. Now I understand."The Adorned Princeps starts laughing: a horrible sound, like coins falling on each other mixed with a death rattle. He turns and walks towards one of the exits: the air rips open, revealing a long, dark tunnel which he and his minions walk down. After almost a minute, the gate closes.Terry is the first to break the silence. "What the fuck. You... did you just pull some kinda B'rer Rabbit shit on his ass?"You open your mouth to speak, but are immediately drowned out by cheering and whooping. Someone dumps a half-empty beer keg over you. Two ogres lift you into the air and start running you around the bonfire. And all the while, you feel something blooming and growing inside you.All in all, it's a good first impression to make.Chapter 8: All that Glitters complete.Wyrd increases to 2!You have Court Goodwill (Spring) 1!You have Court Goodwill (Summer) 2!You have Court Goodwill (Winter) 1!Choose an upgrade!MENTAL UPGRADE: MODERN FOLKLORISTIntelligence rises to 3Academics rises to 1Investigation rises to 2Occult rises to 2Streetwise rises to 2Gain specialty (Urban Legends) for Academics and OccultPHYSICAL UPGRADE: PEREGRINE Stamina rises to 3Medicine rises to 2Crafts rises to 2Athletics increases to 2Gain Outdoorsman (eliminates survival penalties for extreme environments)Gain Direction Sense (Always know the cardinal directions).SOCIAL UPGRADE: JACKManipulation rises to 3Subterfuge rises to 2Persuasion rises to 1Socialize rises to 1Empathy rises to 1Gain Market Sense (+3 to not getting screwed at a Goblin Market)New Identity rises to 2 (you now have enough papers to prove you exist, although they fall apart under close inspection. Avoid getting caught committing anything above a misdemeanor.)SUPERNATURAL UPGRADE: ORANGE TRIUMPHANTMantle (Autumn) increases to 2.Gain seven points of Contracts (1-2 costs 1 point, 3-4 costs 2, 5 costs 4. Add one if Contract is non-affinity for Wizened). Contracts can be found here: http://wodcodex.com/wiki/Contracts_(1st_Edition)
>>1336319SOCIAL UPGRADE: JACK
>>1336319UAHuHAuHAuHAuHAuHAuhAuhUAhUAhUAhuAÉ HEXA!!!!It worked! goddammit IT WORKED!!!!now for the upgrade, I want the mental and the social so bad since it's the ones we are week on and that we keep using, but those 7 points in contracts seem very very useful
>>1336319>SOCIAL UPGRADE: JACKNow we can stop having chance die on our interactions, contracts for sure next time though
>>1336319>SOCIAL UPGRADE: JACKWorld's best ruse.
>>1336319contractswe need powah!
>>1336337I know exactly where you're at my man... those 7 points are fucking tempting, but dammit, we seem to be sticking to being a supernatural detective, and i think we should play smart instead of wyrd, so i'm voting >>1336319>Social Upgrade: JACK (of all trades?)
>>1336319>SOCIAL UPGRADE: JACK
>>1336401>a supernatural detectiveA supernatural hobo detective, you mean.
>>1336405That's got a great ring to it, eh? Maybe we should open up an agency once we fulfill our autumn job contract
>>1336412>Maybe we should open up an agency once we fulfill our autumn job contractTotally. We can play good cop, Terry can play bad cop, and Mary can be the girl who visits in bring-your-daughter-to-an-interrogation day. See if we can't bring our starting buds, Abaddon and Gwen on some cases too.
>>1336447Gwen if we need to set up a honeypot... hell, Abaddon too probably.
>>1336460>honeypotAnd once they trip the honeypot, then John the Man-Eater busts through the wall behind them for a surprise!
>>1336447>>1336460>>1336508So the plan is to become a mixture between Mystery Inc. and the A-Team? With fairies? I dig it.
>>1336319WE. GOT. GOLD!!!!>SOCIAL UPGRADE: JACKI say we prioritize proving we exist first, then get the other stuff.
>>1336519That sounds like a great direction for us to go in. Who's going to play the role of our trusty pet, though?>>1336527Yeah, it'll help us get contacts for once we get the agency running if there's an identity for us to fall back on.
>>1336447So Mary would set up this?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvwCGQykzCA
>>1336553My ebonic associate
>>1336553>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvwCGQykzCAThe scene would be beautiful, we need to do this sometime. Plus, the jarring change of tone would really put the screws to our perp, wouldn't it? Surely these foul miscreants can't deny an innocent little girl.
>>1336328>>1336345>>1336353>>1336401>>1336404>>1336527Upgrade: Jack taken! !hile the name can be taken for Jack-of-all-Trades, it also refers to the universal archetype of the hero who wins by luck and guile, such as in "The Brave Little Tailor" and "Jack the Giant-Killer"Next thread will start tomorrow, and will pick up a week after the Solstice. How will you be spending this week? This site may help you if you're interested in what was going on in the world (the date in the link is for the Solstice):http://takemeback.to/21-June-1977#.WORTYDvyu00
>>1337319We were obviously listening to "Got To Give It Up" all the week aparentlysome things to do:Take Mary shopping for clothes for when regular school startsUse our newfound goodwill among the courts to find Terry a job, poor bastard is going insaneFollow up on Gwen and see if she is counseling now that spring is overSee our Man-Eating friend and give him a last chance to come clean about what's going on between him and Brown so we can help, we saw them at the partyBecome hooked on that TV show "All that Glitters"Also, about our new identity, can it have a relation to Mary? I doesn't need to be father(even though that would be ideal) but at least something to let us clean up and attend parent's meetings and school plays
>>1337319>>1338996The chores and errands I agree with here, we should also definitely go check out this newfangled Star Wars movie that came out
>>1337319>>1338996>>13393242nded. We should ask Conrad to see if he can hook us up with a better identity later.
>>1339324We already did, with Mary and Terry>>1338996We should also see about getting Mary into Summer School. She needs to catch up likely.
>>13393452nded. Mary might also find some new friends that isn't Young Sam. Maybe we could get the Summer Court to hook Mary up with Summer School?
>>1339363I don't think that's how that works... but I like your style
>>1339345I believe she already is on summer school
>>1339363She's already enrolled and getting set to go to school in the regular year