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>Once upon a time, in a faraway land...

You're a dragon! The great beast of legends, a fire-breathing monster bringing terror and death to the land!

Or so the legends say, at least. In truth you're just a fledgling dragon barely an adult, but having recently emerged into the outside world, you've accomplished some impressive things in a short time and fancy yourself queen of your growing domain.

And so it is Riona, red dragoness, young and larger than a horse... as you sit in the throne room of your castle and look upon the nation belonging to you. A lush valley of forested highlands and grassy lowlands, frequented by small settlements here and there, broken by roads and a river leading out to the sea. All reaching to the horizon and awaiting your will.

>What do you do?
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So far, since emerging from mother's lair you come to settle in this valley and taken control, united it under your rule by force to create a country. For now your uneasy neighboring nations seem to tolerate your existence, allowing you to focus on progress and prosperity within your land. For it is your land, your people, and as a dragon whatever is yours must be the best!

In total your nation occupies this valley region primarily, in which sits several small settlements and two prominent towns, with a total (mostly human) population of several thousands. Largely agrarian and trade focused, yours is a decently prosperous land now recovering and adjusting to your rule. As an absolute monarch you don't bother yourself too much with actual governance, you just delegate to a small council of leaders to carry out your will while you benefit off a... reasonable tribute from your people of mostly food, as well as items of value and monetary tax.

Though, for as nice and idyllic as your little valley is, you're increasingly torn between two avenues to take; merely dwell and grow fat off the land you have, or expand ever outwards in your hopes for not just a queendom but an empire.
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And for those interested, a link for the previous threads;

http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Riona
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>>3705098
Nice to have you back,

Let's check on the mines, or on the people we want to build the mines, whatever we managed to get done by now.

And while flying there, just pass over where we left the goblins to see if they still live
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>>3705130
I wanted to talk with the culties but let's start with this, more money to grow our empire!
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>>3705098
Have some brief us on the progress of the road improvements
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>>3705150
The public interest in roads is not that great, when there's a prominent river down through the center of the valley out to the coast. But not everyone has access to a boat, so at the suggestion of your planners, the plan seems to be to construct a road that follows along roughly parallel to the river, and from it other roads branching off to the smaller settlements. The biggest focus will be to connect your two towns but a road running up through the valley will also attract traders seeking to reach the mountains.

In terms of actual progress it's slow going but that's to be expected, they expect a few months to properly link the two towns and then from there it should be much easier to reach the outlying villages.

>>3705149
>>3705130
Mines? Yes, riches from the earth! Normally you'd delegate this to your subordinates but it's a topic you have particular interest in, and you feel you could use some time out after spending much of the month inside your castle lazing about and feasting.

So from your castle you can take flight, having to get used to flying at your grown size. There's a few particular local mines you know of within the valley, that you want to check on so probably for most off the day today you can visit each one to see the progress.

>Make a roll, 1d100, to see how the mining effort has gone!
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Rolled 48 (1d100)

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Rolled 6 (1d100)

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Rolled 15 (1d100)

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Rolled 72 (1d100)

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Rolled 68 (1d100)

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Rolled 94 (1d100)

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>>3705183
gold ladies and gentlemen!
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You are all welcome
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Rolled 9 (1d100)

>>3705166
And a roll for random chance!
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>>3705188
I'd much rather have iron and copper because its easier to use and trade
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As the anon who made the winning roll I would like this to be a mineral rich mine with a verity of valuable minerals.
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>>3705209
Don't think that's how it works.
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>>3705248
You maybe correct, but I am going to try anyway.
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>>3705209
Normally you don't get to really choose what the roll will mean when it's for something like this; a roll for what the world has to offer, or a roll for finding things. But worries aside since it was such a good roll anyway.

>>3705183
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>94

You can stop by each mine then, one after the other. It's been a month since last after all, you asked your subordinates to create something of a program to incentivize new workers and talent, and better funding for the mining effort. It's too soon really for mining infrastructure to have improved much, but there's definitely an increase in workers and the effort. And upon seeing you land and approach with interest, it's a definite increase to morale; not only is it nice to be paid better and to have more help, but it's nice to know you're appreciated by the monarch!

"More workers means more iron, your majesty! What to do with the coals though..."

The new foreman already has some good hauls of ore to show for it, and no longer are the miners simply digging for subsistence living, with more mined to actually start considering transport and sale. Or supply to the nearest town for wage, whichever you prefer. This first mine is a good source of iron, and seemingly useless black rocks though they are combustible.

"You like castles, my queen? Have I got the stone for you!"

More of a businesswoman than the first mine's foreman, but this lady has the right idea for high quality stone on the far side of the valley along with other various mineral deposits. She imagines the sheer value of such sales but there's also always uses for stone.

"My, so it really is a dragon leading these people! Well I suppose that includes me as well now, a ruby, my queen?"

The last mine is run by a strange being, you've never seen one before... they call it a "dark elf" and it calls itself a "drow". Apparently the workers of this third mine were digging deeply and broke into a cave system where they discovered this dark elf fellow lost and trapped down there for who knows how long. They didn't think much of him besides offering rescue, but in time he actually proved himself a prospector prodigy! Really this third mine had been thought exhausted (of copper) in the past, but under the new leadership of the drow they are turning up new deposits and even gemstones. As well, though no one else has much interest due to the new copper finds, the drow tries to persuade you himself that with proper funding and support he could lead an expedition into the actual mountains (the three mines are all within the valley) to look for rare ores he believes are here, and originally had gotten lost underground trying to find.

>What do you do?
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>>3705275
Tell the drow we have just the people for the job!

We should send the adventurers with the drow to explore the cave, if we fit we could even go ourselves! It would be nice to go in an adventure. And this way we can check if the adventurera found anything(or even came back from) on those ruins we sent them

Lets use the stone to trade and to infraestructure projects later
The first project is to build a furnace and smithy at the nearby town to make use of the coal and iron so we can sell iron products and ingots.
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>>3705299
Support

Accept the ruby, the reds stones are beautiful, remind me of someone....

Ask the drow where he's from, if there are more of his people underground and whatever he knows about the dwarves, alternative access, information about them, weaknesses
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>>3705299
Support, but don't go ourself
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>>3705299
Which cave are you referring to in this instance?

>>3705319
Yes, rubies are nice.

You can talk a little with the drow while he oversees the mining effort. Unfortunately he can't give an idea of where he's from since for one thing he's not familiar with the surface world geography in regards to the under world he's used to, and for another thing he got lost underground anyway so isn't sure which way and where he home would be anyway. There definitely are more of his kind down below however, but he's not sure if he'll see them again now.

As for the dwarves, he's not too familiar with surface ones but he has nothing good to say about any. Seems his kind are not on the best terms with any sorts of dwarves. He could be of use in relation to the dwarves you know of up in the mountains, but he would have to encounter them and get an idea of their land first.
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>>3705358
>As well, though no one else has much interest due to the new copper finds, the drow tries to persuade you himself that with proper funding and support he could lead an expedition into the actual mountains (the three mines are all within the valley) to look for rare ores he believes are her

this, it's the mountains not cave, sorry
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>>3705362
>>3705358

the idea is to check on the adventurers progress or survival and if everything is ok, send them with the drow as security to his expedition
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>>3705369
You can let the drow that he might expect help before long for his expedition idea. With that in mind then you can return to your nearest town having checked on all the mines and seeing the progress of your desire for a better mining effort in the country.

>Rolling for the adventurers.
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>>3705369
Yeah that sounds like a good idea I'll support it plus he gives us an excuse to go check on our lady Knight
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>>3705375
Reminder that we sent one of our cultists who was an ex-adventurer to go with them to check and see how they are
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>>3705375
Returning to Eisling, your town on the coast, then and surprising people with your arrival and your increased size, you seek out those adventurers.

"You know it's the funniest thing, but they're all dead!"

The dragon cultist rogue is the only one you can find, apparently with bad news... or good?

"They were causing such trouble here like you wouldn't believe! And no one could do anything because of your debt to them. So while we were exploring that old ruin, up in the mountains, they... well, had a little accident. Several, little accidents."

You suppose that's one way to deal with a problem, and a great help to Brigid, your governor of Eisling since she had been complaining about the adventurers causing problems. Though you're impressed how just one human rogue was able to wipe out an entire adventuring party, you suppose it speaks volumes to the quality of your dragon cultists and their collective skills.

Of course you can still muster an adventurer effort to assist the drow on his prospecting, but you can't very well use a party of dead people for that. So either you'll have to put an effort towards attracting others, or seek some other avenue. Also you're not sure you'd want... or trust your cultists to go with a group of people after this. You had told them to handle things more delicately, not such an evil hand in everything. But like with the rogue here, if they see problems caused for you their dragon goddess, then they apparently won't hesitate to act. Though in this specific case, you're probably grateful for it. Sure those adventurers helped you capture Eisling and unite the country, but they let it go to their heads.

>What do you do? Also here's a map to show your country, in red, and the other countries of this region of the continent.
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>>3705394
are there any of the veterans here interested? I imagine some of the soldiers who fought in the war would be interested in paid work for security, tell Briget to assemble a few and take send them upriver to the drow

for the rogue, tell him to meet the others that we will soon have a mission for them(my intended next stop if you anons let it)

since we are here let's speak with Briget
meet her alone and see how leadership is treating her, are the grey hairs already showing? is there any loyalist faction giving her trouble?...she can tell us...we can make it all better like we always do
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>>3705394
See how the town is doing, are there any mercenary companies around even after 2 months? If there are send them away

>>3705404
We can give the order to the rogue right now, send him to get the others and head to the nearest free town to investigate them and see what they think of us and if there are any faction we can use
These guys are too valuable to be used as preachers
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Crap, I’m late! I was going to suggest Riona tried eating some coal to see if that helps increase the power of her fire breath.

>>3705404
>>3705431
Supporting these.
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>>3705431
>>3705404
both of these
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>>3705394
I want to consult the elves regarding the drow and the dwarves. I'm worried that there may be problems if we encounter their nation unprepared.

Coal has many uses. Is steel a thing in this setting? Are any of the townsmen or elves good at metal working?

Whatever happened to the Eisling knights, especially the one we butt heads with? Maybe one of them would be willing to go along with the Drow expedition?
Regardless I'd feel more comfortable if we consulted the elves first regarding drow.
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>>3705488
You can meet with the elves when you return home, sure. And steel is most definitely a thing, it's what most of the lesser races presently use as the dominant metal. In each of your settlements there are smiths and metal workers, though only as skilled as you would expect of humans and elves.

As for the knights, they're still around, they're just your knights now. Well except for Sir Praden, the knight who fought you personally. He sits in a cell because he refuses to accept your rule. The rest though, they're your knights and you can send them on an expedition if you wish, them or just normal veterans of the conflict.

>>3705457
Eating rocks? That can't be good for you!

>>3705404
>>3705431
>>3705471
You've already sent the other cultists into the free territories to gauge the viability of expansion there. The rogue you kept here because he's a capable spy and handled the adventurer problem, and in the meantime he's been preaching and trying to spread your faith in secret. But if need be you can surely send him to join the others.

The overall problems in Eisling (due to the civil war) are declining as time goes on, people are gradually coming to accept your rule as you've proven to be... not all that different from before, stability is welcome. Thankfully the mercenary problem is drying up as they aren't finding work, so the town itself and the streets you can see are not so unruly nor unstable.

"Ah, your divinity... before you leave, there is... someone I think you should meet."

You'd hoped to meet with Brigid, but before you leave from the cultist den the rogue (now that the other matters have been seen to) seeks your attention in a more... private manner. Asking you aside to a separate area, he introduces you to a hooded, cloaked person.

"Y-You are... your name is Riona?"

A young man, only in his teens if you are not mistaken about human ages, he appears quite nervous towards you though that's to be expected of a dragon. When he lifts back his hood though you can see why; human though he is, there's black horns sprouting from his head between his brown hair, and black scales in patches across his skin in places. A pair of draconic eyes as well, in shape at least but without the burning color instead just normal human green.

"I... c-can you help me?"

You thought you recognized the scent of another dragon, of your sister, when the rogue led you into this back area.

>What do you do?
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>>3705532
HA, looks like our nephew is here.

Let out a sigh sitting down "Hello nephew I assume you are here because your mother is causing you trouble. am I right?"
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>>3705539
adding on start by giving him a dragon hug with both front legs. then do the stuff in the first post
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>>3705532
Fucking hell!
Sister problems spulled here it seems, sigh damn, I was hoping to avoid that

What does he need help with?

Probably he wants refuge or help hiding from sister

See if he has any skills, we could hide him somewhere quiet to do his craft
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>>3705532
Illirie will come sooner than later
this kid is extremely bad news
why did the rogue bring him here and not just killed him? well, I guess he wouldn't kill anything dragon related

see what is the kid's problem
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>>3705547
Nah, if he needs a place to hide then he is coming to the castle he is family. Family helps family especially when it comes to saving family from crazy family.
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>>3705557
Are you mad? The castle is the first place she would look, for his own safety we have to hide him somewhere very quiet and out of the way, we can check on him from time to time
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>>3705562
what about with the elves? it's very hidden and out of the way
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>>3705557
>Family

have you forgotten that family are actually our most dangerous enemies?
Illirie is a master manipulator, for all we know the kid is here under her orders to infiltrate our kingdom, she certanly already heard about our rise to power here

>>3705578
not gonna hide the kid in the middle of flamable trees from a dragon, we will find someplace, let's hear him out first
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>>3705562
>>3705578
How about we just fucking ice the brat and bury the body in the mountains, preferably beneath one of our mines in a convenient shaft no one will ever go to.

This is not our problem. This does not need to be our problem, and if he lives, or even just stays in proximity to us, it will bring us hell.

Fuck black dragons. But never literally.

Unless of course you want to bite a plot hook, in which case yes, castle for maximum drama.
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>>3705593
like killing the kid won't cause drama?
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>>3705590
the kid isn't fully dragon, was raised by humans and has come to us his only other relative looking for help. I somehow doubt this kid is a top tier spy.
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>>3705611
how do you know that? we don't even know if this kid is the one we talked about earlier
remember, our sister is a whore, she has probably hundreds of kids about

like I said, let's hear him out first
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>>3705618
ok, we can agree on that let's hear what he has to say. I just don't want our default reaction to be I should destroy this.
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>>3705532
>"I can't promise you anything, but what seems to be the problem, kid?"

In that case, please consult the elves regarding the drow and the dwarves when we return.

We should also check on our apothecary; it's been a while since we're paid him a visit.

Does dragon fire have any special qualities? For example, would it confer special properties to things made with it? Would Riona know?
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>>3705640
If we get big enough we can melt through stone
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>>3705539
>>3705547
>>3705553
Well this is a surprise. Instinctively you go about the dragon form of greeting and circle around him fanning your wings, whipping your tail, and swinging your head... all it does though is seem to frighten the poor lad as he trips backwards over his own tail when you first start with your wings. He seems bewildered, scared, so chances are Illyrie never taught him the dragon ways. Then again she probably taught few if any of her children anything considering she more or less abandoned all the children she had, you doubt this boy even knows the dragon language.

"Hello nephew. I assume you are here because your mother is causing you trouble. Am I right?"

"N-Nephew? No, my name is Arren... there was trouble with a dragon though. People heard it was coming down from the mountains. When they did, they... my father..."

If he doesn't know the ways of your kind then you can at least speak to him like a human. But again he seems utterly confused when you call him nephew and talk like you know his mother and problems. He tries to explain himself but you can see he's deeply troubled by something and when he gets to the topic of his father he starts crying, he can't help it. The rogue puts a hand on the boy's shoulder for support, it seems he has some familiarity with the lad and perhaps has been taking care of him for a few days or weeks even.

"...th-they... they k-killed him. They... tried to kill me too, but Lucia... a servant, she helped me escape... I think they might have killed her too. The people... they were so scared of the dragon coming, even my own family... they tried to kill me."

"You ran away... from Cestion, that is?"

"N-No, from Ruenvel. I've never been to Cestion."

It seems you... might have made a mistake. He's family for sure, but he's not the child of your sister that you know from the neighboring country of Cestion. From another place altogether, on the run from humans rather than a dragon. Well, humans reacting in fear to a dragon.

"I cannot promise you anything, but what seems to be the problem?"

"I... I had heard, this w-was a safe place? For dragons? You are the queen anyway..."

So he does seek shelter, but not in the way you'd expected. What sort of rumors and reputation are spreading through the lands about your country, you wonder? In any case the rogue helps the kid to his feet and pats him on the back before moving to you to whisper.

"I'd rather not kill him myself, but if you want I can pass a vagrant some coins... take the kid down the docks, slit his throat, be done with all this."

Yikes, well at least your cultist has your interests in mind!

>What do you do?
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What happened to getting clothes? I love the idea of a dragon wearing a turtle neck.
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>>3705593
Absolutely based. Just murder all your problems!

>>3705676
Although you're not opposed to the idea, the problem is that because you keep growing, it's not really feasible till you settle to a size you prefer then the elves can make you clothes that fit.

>>3705640
Dragon fire is magical by nature, everything about you is. But you've never tried doing something like forging with it. It could be worth a try for sure, if you get bigger and able to produce fire capable of melting metal.
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>>3705593
>Fuck black dragons. But never literally.
Why not literally?
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>>3705686
That's how you were made, mother likes her males as she likes her coffee; black. Though you took after her as red, while your two siblings took after your father as black.
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>>3705673
Well shit I miscalculated

Be gentle, well as gentle as a dragon can be. "I am sorry for your loss. I do not know what you may have heard about my lands, but yes this land is safe for dragons and half-dragons alike. If you are up to it can you tell me what has happened to you and what brought you here in detail? "
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>>3705695
This
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>>3705673
Well, no one will bother you here, and if he is not running from our sister we can just leave him in town to find a job and live his life, tell him that he will only vet in trouble if he causes trouble and he can look for a job and work like anyone else

If sister comes we can just tell her we let the kid stay

Wew, this is way simpler than I thought

Warn him tho,that he should keep a simple life, we do not like to share things with others of dragon blood so don't take more than you need to live
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well, this kid isn't from Cestion, but he is apparently still family we can sense it. how about we take the kid in? he doesn't seem to have anywhere to go.
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>>3705673
Yes, this is a safe place for dragons, as safe as it can be, you can stay at the town and live as you see fit

Tell the rogue to hire someone to keep an eye on him just to be safe

All this confusion and sappy talk can be an act, specially because we never heard of him, but since he asks nothing more than entry to the country we can let him stay here in Eisling

But I repeat, tell the rogue to get someone to keep an eye on him and inform us of his activities from time to time
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>>3705713
Nope, not ever, we can find him a job here but we are not taking sister's reje ted spawns in
Remember, family is bad news, not good news
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>>3705713
He is family, but do you want to let him know that? He isn't aware, seems he only knows Illyrie by name as his mother and nothing more.
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>>3705716
This, tell the rogue to have someone watch him.

>>3705713
We can think about that after he proves useful and not a plant.
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>>3705723
Do not let him know

The little shit can try to use it to get a highway to power, and since he is black and not red most people will assume we are nlt related anyway, like he didn't assume we are
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>>3705720
He is just a boy in his teens who has lost his whole world. the kid needs a rock we can be that rock.
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>>3705731
Don't be naive dude, we owe nothing to him, and the fact that he is family makes him dangerous, not endearing.
Let him live here and keep an eye on him, then we can make a more informed decision
You are thinking like a sentimental human
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>>3705723
No, don't tell him

This is the best that could happen given the situation, he came here on his own will and we did not interfere with him, if sister comes looking we are not liable to anything
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>>3705723
let him know
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>>3705713
A part of me wants to take him in just to hook him and Nissia up.
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>>3705750
he is still a kid, for mother's sake!
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>>3705750
You can't just collect your sister's many offspring to play matchmaker with them! What is this, some sort of draconic eugenics program?!
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>>3705752
>still a kid
Is he really? hey scales is this true?
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>>3705755
in Scales post, he said the age is teens
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>>3705753
>You can't just collect your sister's many offspring to play matchmaker with them!
Watch me
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>>3705753
She doesn't know, and what she doesn't know or make a fuss about won't hurt her or us.
So it's K.
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>>3705753
why yes, yes it is
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>>3705723
don't let the kid know.

let him stay in town
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>>3705723
Nope. All we're offering is a safe country for him to live in and nothing more. We know next to nothing about him, and what little we do know is bad news. We are being very generous just even not getting rid of him.
Arrange someone to keep an eye on him, maybe make him a live-in apprentice to someone who practices a trade he has some talent in.

>>3705692
Better than charred, rotting, and partially eaten, I suppose.

Speaking of males, we should pay our caged knight a visit, have a little chat. It's a waste to keep him locked up forever now that things have called down internally.
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>>3705760
You imagine she would be very upset if she showed up and it were the case. Though, whether she could defeat a cooperative effort of all her children is questionable.

>>3705755
>>3705757
You're not exactly familiar with the biology and physiology of the lesser races. Despite governing them it's only been about two months so they're still new to you, and you've never really taken the time to sit down and learn about them.

You at least, by now, can sort of tell the differences between them even if it's hard, and you know some basic details like they grow as they age and they come in two types; male and female, similar to dragons. But otherwise in most ways they are still strange to you.

"How old are you?"

"Uh... not yet fourteen years, your highness."
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>>3705723
Don't let him know, invite him to our castle for dinner as a welcome gift.
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>>3705774
The kid is 13 years old! we can't just throw him to the streets! as his aunt, we have a moral obligation to take him in.
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>>3705774
>>3705792

get him a job in briget's castle then, as a server boy or somethin

please let's just move on from this, we can see if he can be useful later
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>>3705794
agreed

please guys, let's not be hasty here. do not fall for this trap

let the kid live here for a while, get the rogue to hire someone to watch him and then later we can think about doing something else

the last thing we need right now is to bring this kid to our castle and give sister a reason to pay a visit
please don't sabotage us on purpose,please
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Hey scales, does our sister keep tabs on her kids?
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>>3705794
Fine, we can take him to Brigid, but I want to make sure we can a personal eye on this situation.
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>>3705806
like I said, we tell rogue to get someone to watch him and give reports, from time to time when we visit the city we can check on him also

and don't tell Bridgit he is related too
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>>3705780
The last thing you want is anything to do with any of your family. There isn't hate between any of you, but it's just too risky and not worth the trouble. Particularly with Illyrie, you wouldn't put it past her to usurp you of your nation like it were a friendly challenge. Of the lot of your family though, you always had the most compassion, mercy. Disgustingly un-dragonlike, but having to take care of your feeble red brother Ymirro fostered such weakness in you.

As such, for as much a liability as this kid may be, you can't bring yourself to just kill him. Certainly you're not going to hold him to your bosom in loving familial embrace and welcome him into your home, but if he's just to live in your country... as a haven away from those who want him dead, you can't see much harm. Just so long as he doesn't rock the boat, and remains unaware of your kinship.

"I am sorry for your loss. I do not know what you may have heard about my lands, but yes this land is safe for dragons and half-dragons alike. If you wish it, you may find a new life for yourself here."

"Th-Thank you your highness, I will try my best... and I p-promise not to make trouble for you."

You do strongly consider killing him of course, but in the end your big heart wins over. The rogue can take care of the rest for the kid as he's been doing since Arren showed up, or if you prefer you can see that the boy ends up in a stable environment.

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"You look tired, dear Brigid... good."

After that little family reunion of sorts, you really could use a distraction to take your mind off things! And Brigid fits that role. A knightess you placed in charge of Eisling, her defiance against you before, makes your ongoing torment of her quite sweet. But despite it all she is loyal and competent so you try to make sure she's getting along in her position. And she does look tired as you meet up in the castle audience hall, but she seems to be managing well enough, having appointed some advisors and assistants since last you met with her.

"Hail, dragon. All is well I hope?"

After, you can check on the knights as well.

>What do you do?
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>>3705815
>see that the boy ends up in a stable environment.
Tell Brigid that you have a charge for her and that she is to take care of him as if he were her own. this kid is going to live with Brigid. also ask how things have been in Eisling
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>>3705815
is it?

I should hope so, I left a capable and worthy knight leading this town didn't I?

ask her about the situation, if anyone is resisting our rule and if the death of the former council caused any problems

ask her opinion of the knights, if they are loyal and such, tell her to chose one to lead an expedition to the mountains to accompany a drow there
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>>3705839
live with Brigid? wait wait wait, just let him work in the castle, we don't want to give him a position of importance that our sister could exploit, please dude, let that big heart of yours rest for a bit, it's becoming un-dragonlike
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>>3705805
You don't know for sure if she had some method like that, but you do know she was specific about who she had offspring by. Important or powerful men of the lesser races, you know for the purpose of later cashing in on those offspring. It seems likely that if she was going to go as far as carry and bear eggs for men to take, she would not forget that.

The one thing you know for sure when you all left mother's lair, is that her first interest was to find out which men actually did as she commanded and took and raised their children, and which men did not in order to hunt down and exact punishment on those that did not. An envious creature by nature that you are, you can honestly say you envy nothing of those men who may have upset your sister.
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>>3705840
Support
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>>3705854
Brigid is the mayor of Eisling, not nobility it will be fine.
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>>3705865
she is in fact nobility, the last heir of the family that ruled the vale, please dude, please, stop sabotaging us, I beg of you, the kid will be fine, we can use him later, but let's not put him in a position that can harm us and then we will be forced to kill him, it's for his own good, the less his sister can use him, the more safe he will be
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>>3705858
>later cashing in on those offspring
Yeah that could bite us in the ass later on, but fuck it. We'll cross that bridge when we get there.
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>>3705815
Let's torment her a little, but I can't think of anything to torment her with...
Let's just make her unconfortable with proximity while we talk, that seems to get on her nerves.

Ask how is the city going and what does she need to make the city run better.

>>3705839
The cultist rogue is taking care of him, he will be fine, he likes dragons
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>>3705876
as useful as the cultist is he is demented. not someone you let RAISE A CHILD.
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>>3705882
He will not raise the child, he will see a stable environment for him and keep tabs on him, no need to worry, the kid will be fine
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>>3705893
>no need to worry

Truer words never spoke, in regards to this entire quest in general!
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>>3705898
See, he's fine, no worry at all

As long as we don't roll a 1 that is
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Rolled 79 (1d100)

>>3705902
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>>3705903
See? What a nice 79 house he got? The kid is better than before!
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>>3705882
as much as I want to agree with you, >>3705893 is right, let the kid be taken care of for a while, check on him later and then start thinking about taking him in.
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As long as the kid ends up in a safe environment I am fine.
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>>3705815
>"You look tired. Is there some boy keeping you up that I don't know about?"

I'm against foisting the boy on Brigid. That's far too close to power, he may hear many things that he's not supposed to.

>>3705876
>"Dragon? Brigid my dear, we know each other far better than that. Tell me, are you lonely at nights, is that why you can't sleep. If there is some boy or princeling you fancy, I'd be all too happy to acquire him for you... It would warm my heart to see you... Fulfilled."

>>3705898
I vote to set him up with an apprenticeship with a tradesman in town.
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>>3705839
>>3705840
>>3705876
It's good to check on how your country is being run, but there's nothing wrong with having some fun. You have to remember, you very nearly kept this knight locked away in a tower considering her value, she's the closest thing you have to a princess!

"Dragon? Brigid my dear, we know each other far better than that. And I should hope all is well, I left a capable and worthy knight leading this town did I not?"

Having dismissed those others present with a threatening stare, you curl about Brigid by pulling her chair from beneath her to instead have her sit against you. By this point she's so utterly defeated that, you can tell it bothers her but she can't even muster the effort to complain. She just slaps your claws away when you try stroking through her hair playfully.

"You look tired. Is there some male keeping you up that I do not know about? Or perhaps you are lonely at nights, that is why you cannot sleep? Tell me, if there is some boy or princeling you fancy, I would be all too happy to acquire him for you... it would warm my heart to see you..." at her gasp and attempted resistance, you caress a draconic hand to her belly and whisper to her ear with flecks of your tongue to her face, "...fullfilled."

"...a-and... what about you? What is a Queen without a King?" in return she draws attention to your obvious unpartnered status.

Well, enough torment for now. You can discuss matters with Eisling then, and how it's been since your last visit. Thankfully the adventurer problem is gone now and the mercenaries are fading away. After you had the council killed there was a lot of upset but Brigid just used much of their confiscated personal funds to return to the people in the way of bread and circuses. This quickly shut the commoners up and turned to praise instead. Most of the council members' families just fled after, though from abroad they've been supporting resistance efforts... honestly though it's not that serious a threat she thinks. As each day goes by, people accept your rule more and more and in a small way are growing ever happier with it for the stability you bring. You could assign your cult to this matter, but Brigid seems confident she can manage on her own.

As for the knights, well except for Sir Praden they're all loyal now; after you killed off the council they had nothing to remain loyal to so they just swore themselves to you eventually, accepting the defeat. Brigid does express some concern though, that nobles are complaining and want some position. Before you took over, things were like any feudal system with the nobles afforded priority, but now after... you didn't abolish the system but the nobles are upset for their reduced or unrecognized positions. Particularly when they hear you hold court, but only for your leaders rather than having a general presence of nobility.

>What do you do?
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>>3705963
>>3705910
>>3705893
>>3705876
That's good, I was worried they were trying to matchmake him with Brigid.

If you want though, certainly doing something like making the boy her squire is too high a post for him and too risky. But if you want him safe and watched, perhaps just some other job in the castle? He could apprentice to the blacksmith, have serving duties, or even some managerial position but without power like archivist or account keeper. You're sure Brigid could find him a role in the castle that keeps him busy but doesn't come with position/power. Otherwise if you can settle for the boy living in town under watch and just setting him up with some common job.
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>>3706079
Let Brigid find him a job in the castle. also, why do we need nobles when our leaders are handling things just fine ask Brigid exactly what the nobles have been doing for the nation.
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>>3706079
a common job, for now, seems good, maybe set him up as a trader or fisherman so he can get some skills, after we learn more from him and how he acts we can think about improving his station, don't comment anything with Brigid for now, leave it up for our rogue to find him a place

>>3706060
well, I think that covers what we did for the month right? some anon wanted to check on the elves so I'll support that
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>>3706097
I vehemently disagree with letting the rouge find the kid a home.
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>>3706060
The nobles can be happy where they are or be gone since we have no use for them, do they produce something? Do they have any skill other than ass kissing that we could use? Let them be satisfied that we let them live and live leisurely like they are right now

Tell Brigid to send one of the knights with some vererans to the drow

Can we check on the progress of the cultists on the mission we gave them?

>>3706079
Keep him in a normal life for now, give it some time before getting him an apprenticeships, maybe as a blacksmith or a carpenter so he can get a decent living
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>>3706113
that's what he is good at, trust the guy, he cares for the kid, so much that he wouldn't even kill him on our command, he would find someone else to do it, he will find a good place and he is the only one we can trust without involving anyone of notice on this
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>>3706118
>>3706092
>>3706097
A common job then, one of the human trades sounds good, whatever the rogue can manage and to have the boy watched closely. In time his standing may improve or you might even recognize him as deserving of your attention. But till then, just give him someplace safe to stay and something to keep him busy each day. You wouldn't afford him any less, if he just wants to have a new life.

As for the nobles, you're confused as to what they actually do, what benefit they have to the kingdom. According to Brigid though, they own everything and organize and keep things running. If they don't have a seat at the table and continue to remain upset, then she worries they may leave to other countries not only hurting the economy but also they may support the resistance or fund your enemies as well as those council member families who fled.

Not that nobles are absolutely essential, you're sure there's ways things could be done without them. But Brigid is so used to them and the way things are and traditionally always have been, that any other system she simply cannot even imagine it or what it would be like.

In any case you can depart if you like and see to other matters. Did you want to check on the imprisoned knight though, or simply continue as you had been either with your cultists or the elves?
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>>3706079
Oh shit its back!
Some questions i forgot to ask last thread
Are half dragons just humans with scale and shit or can they turn into dragon form?
What is the diferrence between black and red dragons if any?
What happened to our wingless brother and how he lost his wings?
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>>3706186
hmmm

the nobles might turn into a problem, tell her to entertain their wishes and transfer them to you if they have any so that we may judge them.

I'm seriously thinking about puting up the cult here to undermine, steal and appropriate the noble's things so it all belongs to us instead of them, Red Widow can see to them being silenced.

I'd like to check on the cult first actually
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>>3706186
two words
Merchant monarchy only the top 10 most economically successful nobles will have a set in our court.
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>>3706186
Do not invite them to our castle but make her organize a meeting here so we can meet and talk with the local nobles, it can be in a couple of days, after we are back from checking with the cultists, they may give us news and opportunities we can share with the nobles
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Don’t you hate it when your internet cuts out? Because I sure as fuck do! Just want to mention a few things I read.

>>3705685
>clothing
We’re done growing for now. Let’s get some clothes!

>>3705723
>tell he’s family or not?
Why was this even a choice to vote on? We had already called him nephew here >>3705673 , so he already knows he’s family.

>>3706060
>What is a Queen without a King?
Just to clarify, IF we ever get a husband, I vote that he has less authority than the us, the Queen. I don’t remember what that type of system that’s called, but I know that’s how things are run in The Rising of the Shield Hero and that’s how I want our kingdom to be!

Now for the current problem, I’m supporting >>3706250 .
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>>3706271
Oh we are going to eventually find someone to bone with just not now
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>>3706278
Yeah, I know. I just wanted let it be known that whoever that guy is, he’s going to have less authority than Riona.

Speaking of boning, we’ll probably have to stay at our current size, otherwise we might end up too big and crushing whoever that lucky bastard is.
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>>3706311
dragons don't have that problem I think

but I agree on staying on our size

but I agree that dealing with kids, and worse, with someone around that could give orders would be a pain right now
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>>3706311
>we might end up too big and crushing whoever that lucky bastard is
Oh, are you implying a human partner? OhHOhoho, how delightfully scandalous! I wouldn't mind supporting that in the future.
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>>3706271
Prince-consort?

>>3706186
I want to check on the knight. If he's bit outright hostile and gives his word not to undermine order then that is enough for me. Having him rot in a cell does no one any good, and seeing how things are run now first hand may change his mind about us.

Then consult/tease the elves.
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>>3706354
I was thinking of finding a suitable dragon like mom did, not whoring around like sister
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>>3706370
agreed maybe a nice blue dragon
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>>3706311
Dragons vary in size, you probably wouldn't crush one unless you tried to rob the cradle so to speak.

>>3706271
He doesn't seem to know, you think you just confused him by calling him nephew.

>>3706196
You actually have no idea how half-dragons work, you just know that because dragons are so highly, naturally magical they can crossbreed with just about anything. This is the first half-dragon you ever encountered though. You strongly doubt that they can transform.

From what you know, red dragons are usually more robust and can breathe fire, while black dragons are more agile and spew toxic miasma. Though you and your siblings are half red/black; though you take after either your mother or father when it comes to "type" like red or black, you have some traits of both.

As for Ymirro your feeble red brother, he had been meeting in secret with lesser races to educate him on whatever they could teach him. While Illyrie was busy sneaking off behind mother's back to mate with petitioners, Ymirro was busy sneaking off behind mother's back to learn from them. Unfortunately for him, he was paying his teachers with gold from mother's treasure hoard which she might not have noticed if Illyrie hadn't ratted on him and told mother. For this, mother bit off Ymirro's wings. A sad fate for him, since he was always the runt of the brood already. Surely he would not have survived either from mother's disfavor of him, adventurers attacking, or Andrier and Illyrie trying to kill him, if you did not stand up for him and protect him. You know he's always loved you for it, but you've only ever felt pity for him.

>>3706271
>We're done growing

Are you?
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>>3706386
>Are you?
no, no we are not
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>>3706386
that's it Ymirro for incest husband and fuck Illyrie a thousand times over for rating on bro
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>>3706400
what no, what is wrong with you.
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>Are you?
Dragons don't really STOP growing.
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>>3706400
Familial love not romantic love!
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>>3706404
>>3706410
forbidden!

let's go see that cult already
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>>3706410
>>3706404
>"It's not that we didn't intentionally let mom bite your wings off before saving you so you couldn't fly off and escape our love now Baka!"
Man this Doujin took a weird turn at the start didn't it?
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>>3706429
GOD LET IT END
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>>3706410
Too late! Love can blooms in the battlef....family reunion?

>>3706429
Lol

Want it to get weirder? We eat and consume everyone we mate with so they will be part of us forever!

Yandere dragon quest!
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>>3706439
No, let cut the shitposting.
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>>3706370
You seem to have misinterpreted, I said partner, as in non-plural.
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>>3706229
Competition among them? That sounds dangerous!

>>3706220
>>3706271
>>3706361
All this talk of nobles is annoying and boring to you, but actually giving a chance to listen to Brigid voice the concerns, you suppose she might be right in her worry. Well, at the very least it couldn't hurt to see them. Let her occupy and entertain them for a time, and when you're ready you'll give audience to these nobles and see what can be worked out. It sounds like they just want to have their fancy dress parties and to dance around to music and get drunk as they all kiss your tail, you'd hate to be surrounded by that.

Wait... would you?

"Come to... come to gloat, dragon? This... could have been a free city, a free people... if not for you."

Before you depart Eisling to check on the cult, or the elves, you make one last stop to the dungeon, to see the one knight who stood against you at the end. Stuck in a cell, in chains for over a month, you can see and hear that he's weak but still unbroken. He refused to bow to you and even as you look upon him, he's still one to refuse.

You consider killing him, but you like collecting your knights, they're like little treasures of status. And as well... he's a curious one. A chance to learn about the human psyche, and condition perhaps? Why it seems that, sometimes at least, the harder you try to break them the stronger they resist.

>What do you do?
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>>3706437
>"No! Now get back on the bed or else I'll fetch the trolls to hold you down."

>>3706443
K
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>>3706458
ah how fun another knight for us to break
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>>3706458
>Actually I'm here to talk about you. You're the single most difficult fight I've had, thus far. The troll was a close second, simply for its sheer strength, but I just mauled that thing, and the spider queen burned far too easily to really be called a fight.

>I'm getting sidetracked. In recognition of your skill and valor, I'm giving you a say in how you'll be dealt with, long term. I can try and ransom you back, if you think anyone will pay, or I can get you better furnishings. Chains, yes, but also a softer cot and some books, if that interests you.
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>>3706478
backing
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>>3706458
No need to have someone who doesn't appreciate us

time for dragons speech

"free city? under the rule of Praven and slave to their desires? are you even listening to yourself or your defeated pride makes you deaf?

Your town was never free, I reinstated the ruler of this land as the head of it, I made it peaceful and prosper without foreign intervention, I welcome you to take a look for your self foolish knight

I united the land, I gave them purpose and order, I gave them a place to be under my command as my subjects, if you cannot see that your precious town is better than ever, and will be even better with time I can only consider you a fool, a coward before the face of changing times or simply stubborn.

I'll leave you to think about it, and to see how your own people feel about it, in time, you may choose to bend the knee and serve your people once again, or you can stay here and serve no one but your own hubris and foolishness"

let's hope we can worm some doubts into his thick skull
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>>3706478
playing accommodating will only make his pride bigger I think, we have to make him see that we offer a better way, I'm against this
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>>3706498
supporting
let's put the human in his place
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>>3706458
He might hate us but still can be usefull one day if we go to war against one of our siblings.
Since he probably hates all dragons we set him free and in a quest to murder them when the time comes
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>>3706498
Support

The fool must see his own foolishness

He will obviously not at first, but it will be on his head later, in time he will bow....or not and he will rot, whatever he choses

We took every step to preserve and prosper this land, the Valley is free, if he can't see it he is blind.
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>>3706565
>>3706557
Nope
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>>3706386
>Are you?
I mean, for now, we are. I think we should stay at our current size for a while, before we decide to start growing again.

And the elves really want us to wear some clothes, so it’s only polite to humor our 2nd most loyal subjects and let them make us some clothes.

>>3706458
>noble party
This is what I’m talking about! We’ve gotta be wearing some fancy clothes for a party!

>come to gloat, dragon?
“No, I just came to see if you’ve changed your mind yet. It seems like you haven’t.”

“In case you haven’t noticed, everyone is very happy under my rule. Everyone except for you. So, I’ve come here to talk to you. I’d like to hear you explain why you don’t want to accept me as your queen.”

I wonder if he’s like this because of some past tragedy he suffered through because of a dragon?

>>3706478
Also supporting this.
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>>3706575
>>3706565
And there we have it again, can we mix both?
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>>3706575
You say that like our form is not resplendent enough as it is.
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>>3706498
Support, I guess.

I'd say if he's willing to give his word that he won't cause trouble, I'm willing to let him go free. There's no reason for us to be enemies at this point, all he has to do is promise to end hostilities and that's be enough for the time being.
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>>3706478
>inb4 we fuck the knight
kidding, kidding
Unless...
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>>3706662
>humans

ugh
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>>3706575 #
I find the idea of soft clothes kind of insulting, like making a dog wear clothes. Light, decorative armor plates? Sure. But clothes... We're a dragon, our form makes the only statement that needs to be made, and that statement needs no embellishment.

Maybe a few sets of pajamas or bibs for feasting in private? P-purely just to humor the elves, of course
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>>3706599
The elves were the ones that told us that people are starting to spread rumors about Riona being naked all the time. Riona even considered wearing clothes to put an end to those rumors.
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>>3706723
O-of course not!
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>>3706728
an important question on dragon clothing, is a dragon cloaca visible? maybe that is what Tanith was refering when saying people were whispering, I know we don't have boobs but maybe the cloaca is visible for all to see, but we never had a problem with that

>>3706744
y-yeah, t-those pointy ears, w-we don't even like them!
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>>3706740
Nah fuck that. Our scales are a set of armor fit for any battle or ball. If we get a breastplate to protect our softer underside, maybe a mask or faceguard to better protect our sensory organs, and possibly a scythe for our tail, I might consider it, but we aren't here to kow-tow to human norms.
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>>3706680
>>3706753
>humans

ugh
>y-yeah, t-those pointy ears, w-we don't even like them!
pick one and only one
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>>3706753
until QM says otherwise I am assuming we have normal genitalia
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>>3706765
we do! reptiles have cloacas, I just don't know if it's covered by something or just between scales so it's not visible
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>>3706770
like I said until QM says otherwise we have normal genitalia
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>>3706770
Probably between scales. Scales would provide at least a basic defense against ambient stray fire. Exposed, sensitive flesh would be a glaring design flaw for a creature that typically lives in stone enclosures and breathes excessive amounts of fire.
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>>3706776
I get it it's a normal cloaca, I'm not disputing that, I'm just asking if it's covered or if it's visible, maybe that is what was making Tanyth uncomfortable or if it was just the fact that we weren't wearing any clothes
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>>3706498
>>3706478
A defiant knight? Where have you seen this before!

"Actually I am here to talk about you. You are the single most difficult fight I have had, thus far. The troll was a close second, simply for its sheer strength, but I just mauled that thing, and the spider queen burned far too easily to really be called a fight."

Yes, never let it be said that this valley was subdued without a fight. You had to fight for it every step of the way!

"I am getting sidetracked. In recognition of your skill and valor, I am giving you a say in how you will be dealt with, long term. I can try and ransom you back, if you think anyone will pay, or I can get you better furnishings. Chains, yes, but also a softer cot and some books, if that interests you."

"If you're smart you'll kill me."

Well that was sudden, he didn't even hesitate and you don't doubt what he says.

"I wanted to see if you had changed your mind yet. It seems not. In case you have not noticed, everyone is very happy under my rule. Everyone except for you. So, I have come here to talk to you. I would like to hear you explain why you do not want to accept me as your queen.”

"You can't... you can't always please everyone. Why I don't accept... because I'm free."

What nonsense is this? It seems this imprisonment has rotted his brain! If he's trying to play games with you it's not funny and it makes no sense. And this stubborn knight's petty principles are starting to annoy you! Free? Who could be less free than him, right now?

"Free? Under the rule of Petrar and slave to their desires? Are you even listening to yourself or has your defeated pride made you deaf? Your town was never free, I reinstated the ruler of this land as the head of it, I made it peaceful and prosperous without foreign intervention, I welcome you to take a look for yourself foolish knight."

Losing your temper some, you approach him... and sick of him looking at the ground, you shove your draconic hand forward to grip his throat and force him to look up at you. He chokes and struggles, but he never loses his defiance.
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"I united the land, I gave them purpose and order, I gave them a place to be under my command as my subjects, if you cannot see that your precious town is better than ever, and will be even better with time I can only consider you a fool, a coward before the face of changing times or simply stubborn."

It takes a mighty strength in you to avoid burning him alive or biting his head, every instant you look at him your rage increasing. Before you go too far then, you shove him against the wall, and with a snort withdraw your hand.

"I will leave you to think about it, and to see how your own people feel about it, in time, you may choose to bend the knee and serve your people once again, or you can stay here and serve no one but your own hubris and foolishness"

Of all you say, this seems to have some effect on him, as his expression falters. It's not about servitude or submission, but to do right by his people... if you really are so terrible in his eyes, then wouldn't the best thing be for him to help the people rather than you? He might not accept you but that doesn't mean his people are in any less need. You can leave him here, to think about that.

Of course maybe he might someday come around, but you like having a knight to torment. Brigid isn't the same, she broke before you and going too far with her may negatively impact her ability to govern. This fool in the cell though, you can torment all you like, a toy you can break as many times as you want without worry!

>What do you do?
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>>3705774
>you know some basic details like they grow as they age and they come in two types; male and female, similar to dragons.

>>3706792
normal genitalia
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>>3706801
>Release him. "I hope you'll reconsider my offer. You'll need better than the gruel they serve here to keep your strength."
>Leave him. You aren't your sister. You won't stoop to torturing mortals just to get your kicks.
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>>3706792
We're a dragon; if we're not making her uncomfortable then there is something wrong with us. I mean, if seeing THAT be visible makes them uncomfortable, just what kind of "uncomfortable" thoughts are they having?
We should ask the she-elf, I'm sure she could explain to us what mortals find uncomfortable with their beloved queen's exposed, resplendent form.
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>>3706801
leave him be and think about it a little, we got to him and pierced his wall, now we just need to let it crumble

let's check on the cultists
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>>3706811
support for the lol
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>>3706753
It's not an issue of people spying your dragoness parts, so to speak, though would one to be in the right position and look you suppose they would see... not that you even remotely care though.

But it's more like the position of governance, people have expectations of you even if these are based on stereotypes of rulers that don't apply to you. People expect their ruler to be covered in fancy clothes and decorations, and you already wear a crown so it's not like you're opposed to clothes, not really.

An analogy would be like with the dog. A dog wearing clothes might be patronizing, but what if the dog was intelligent and ruled over you? It would seem weird if such a minded and souled being lived in a more primitive state, without any clothes, than the people it ruled over.

At least that's what the rumors sound like. At the end of the day it comes down to what you prefer. Though when has a dragon ever not wanted to show off... and as far as you can tell, it seems like nine out of ten times, the lesser races only wear clothes in order to show off.
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>>3706816
oh, that's a marvellous Idea, we should ask her

>>3706809
now you are not making any sense, reptiles come in male and female form and still have hemipenis and cloacas
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>>3706801
Do not torture him, just keep him in prison for now, we made our case, it's his choice to make and join his brother knights.
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>>3706826
Scales you are going to have to clear this up. in your universe what kind of genitalia do dragons have? yes, this is a real question.
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>>3706826
That's why I want something more practical. Clothes are an extension of wearing furs to stave off the cold, however impractical they might be. I want to wear armor. Light, decorative, expensive, gaudy underplates that still show off the resplendent gleam of our natural red scales, which we can swap out for more practical underplates that would serve to protect our vulnerable underside in battle.

Accessories can include a headpiece, equivocal to a battle mask for protect important sensory organs, and an addition to our tail, which would be swapped out for a scythe to make it an even more deadly weapon in combat.


Everything we wear must, at least theoretically, have some practical purpose. Going too far from that point gets you into the 'Pigs in Tuxedos' territory.
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>>3706839
supporting
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>>3706845
yeah, this sounds great, though we will need to have it refitted from time to time as we grow.
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>>3706853
Sure, and nobles get new outfits made from scratch every other week.

Hell, even if we eventually STOP growing for some reason, I'd still support swapping out our wardrobe every now and then.
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>>3706819
When you say check on the cultists, do you mean those currently in the free territory? Because to check on them would mean, I assume, travel to them. You, queen by right of conquest, traveling to unclaimed land...

Might send out some messages...

>>3706843
What do dinosaurs have? What do t-rex have? That.

Dinosaurs are not exactly reptiles and neither are you, you have warm blood after all. But unless I'm mistaken, dinosaurs don't have "equipment" flopping around exposed. You're certainly not a mammal nor have any mammalian features, if that's the question.

>>3706845
So you're only interested in show-offy battle armor? And you'd wear this at a fancy dress ball?

Again, you can act and dress however you want, just want to make sure I'm getting the right idea here.

>>3706839
>>3706850
>>3706821
>>3706811
>>3706819
You consider releasing him for the sake of your own self, to not dwell in cruelty. But rules are rules and you can't tolerate dissent. The knight will be left here till he comes to his own decision.

Otherwise then you can depart from the castle, and Eisling if need be, to take care of whatever business you decide upon.

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This will probably be my last post of the night then, we'll continue tomorrow from here based on what the player responses are till then. And as usual, if you have any suggestions, or questions I'll answer what I can and clarify if anything is confusing.

In the meantime, thanks all for playing!
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>>3706875
>When you say check on the cultists, do you mean those currently in the free territory? Because to check on them would mean, I assume, travel to them. You, queen by right of conquest, traveling to unclaimed land...

>Might send out some messages.

That's a good point
can we instruct the rogue to get us a report to deliver at the castle then?
and after that is done we fly to the elves
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>>3706875
Oh no, I didn't mean actually release him. I meant just stop choking him.

As for armor, I more meant decorative plates. There's a difference between a suit of battle-worthy armor and the gold/silver/gem engraved fancy shit we can wear to a ball. As for it being armor plates...

Why would we wear literally anything that is, as a concept, worse than our scales.
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>>3706898
>Why would we wear literally anything that is, as a concept, worse than our scales.
To cover that embarrassing handprint on our ass.

We’ve been painting it and that’s worked so far, but if someone stands close enough to us, they’ll see there aren’t any scales in that spot.

Wearing something to cover that up will help us hide it.
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>>3706875
Have we arranged an expeditionary force for the drow prospector yet? If not, arrange something as per other's suggestions. Then visit the elves. Should they give counsel against, we still have time to intercept and cancel the expedition.

The dinosaurs had cloaca, like birds (did some quick research). It's three orifices in one, kind of nasty if you think about it.

>>3706885
We could consider rotating them in either three teams of two, or two teams of three in the future. They are just gathering information, not adventuring against known adversaries.

>>3706898
Having more layers offers more protection. Besides, it's meant more as a symbol of office as anything. For fancy events we could consider precious mental chain or scale maile. It doesn't have to be all encompassing as if for battle, just in place where clothing would otherwise be (or likely be; as dragons don't tend to wear clothes).
We're a warrior queen (or more like a war-machine queen), not some soft heiress that received our position through marriage or inheritance. [spoiler[Can you imagine Conan (the barbarian) dressed in a similar manner as the historical Louis XIV? Heels and all?[/spoiler]
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>>3707054
Didn't that get covered by perfectly good red scales?

>>3707055
And that's my point. Cloth and fabric are a liability, compared to our skills.
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>>3707095
>Didn't that get covered by perfectly good red scales?
Now that I think about it, the scales did grow back. Unfortunately, they were still white and in the shape of a handprint.

As far as I can tell, Riona is still painting them red.
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>>3707112
QM never clarified if the scale that grew back where red or not.
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>>3707112
I don't think it ever got clarified, actually.

We should probably check that, given how relevant it is to the current topic.
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>>3707112
Huh, I don't remember that.
Well, if the integrity of the bleached scales aren't compromised, we could just bleach the surrounding areas as well so it's no longer a hand print.
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>>3707123
it was never clarified
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>>3706898
I desperately need us to wear a turtle neck.
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>>3707131
support for the turtle neck but it must be blue
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Meme voting is the death of any quest that has even remotely a serious tone
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>>3707123
And ruin our beautiful red scales with a huge white dot on our ass?!
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>>3707145
Who says it has to be a round dot? It could be any shape we want.
If we're unimaginative we could even just make an uneven blotch that destroys the shape of the hand so it looks like a birth mark.

This is, of course, is assuming the scale came out white.
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>>3707112
The skin beneath was scarred white but the new scales to come in are red. Anyone else looking would not be able to tell, but you'll always know the mark is still there underneath.
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>>3707330
Nice we have perfect scales again
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>>3707140
True words anon, too true, we were doing so well and now it's "lets do this lol"
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Hey all just a reminder that we'll be playing today, it just might be a little later than usual to start.
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>>3706875
I want to hire a private tutor we need some education
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>>3709073
I think we already did, learn to read was something we put on the timeskip, of course, we will probably need to study more next time we skip
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>>3709085
alrighty then, any suggestions for this action turn I personally want to try and bring the dwarfs into our domain
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>>3707055
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>>3706898
>>3706885
If the rogue is to oversee the boy while here, then he can also communicate with his fellow cultists in the free territory and organize things from here. Once they get a foothold there, they can probably work out some kind of rotation where not all of them are away at the same time. It might take a week or more to get this taken care of (since first he has to ensure the boy has adequate accommodations) but it isn't too difficult of a task.

Between that and organizing an assistive expedition for the drow here to be led by one of your knights, you can take leave of Eisling and return home. Well, the direction of home, you want to make a stop by the elven village first. With the usual reception; a welcoming tolerance of your presence but not particularly happy with you otherwise.

"The dragon comes, what does she want?"

"We already agreed to trade with the urban elves, what more is there?"

It used to be that you were barred from entry without a fight. Now you can come and go as you please, the guards don't stop you but that doesn't mean common folk present or passing by are accommodating of you here. Your primary focus though is their leader, and what you want to meet with her about.

>What do you do?
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>>3709132
Check on the wispers Tanyth may have heard and how the spying is going

Accept her hospitality and see how they are faring after this time to adjust and adapt to ourselves

Ask her about the drow and if she knows about their kind and if there are any concentration of them nearby
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>>3709202
support, I want to know about the drow

ask her how she would feel if we brought people from other regions here, I feel a protected and isolated elven village would be quite popular among her kind, as long as she can teach them some respect
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>>3709202
support
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>>3709202
Your presence never goes unnoticed, and it's not long before you find yourself in the presence of the elven leader.

"We fare quite well thanks to your efforts. In fact we have seen such an increase in population that we must consider expansion."

"I suppose that is what you wanted, no? And tell me, what do you think of drow?"

Like a cat to water her reaction and that of the elves within earshot, is instant and seemingly instinctive. Looking like she tasted just about the worst thing in the world, Tanyth spits curses in their elven language and is joined by all the others. The conversation had been pleasant enough till now, talking about how your decree for any elves in your land to be informed of and offered living in the elven village, was going quite well for them. Tanyth's biggest wish was always seeing more people in her little realm and you've accomplished just that, so they hardly have anything to complain about. But talking of the dark elf, any pleasantness to the conversation is quickly expelled.

"Why do you want to know about... I will not speak it. If there is... a situation, with any, you will let me know. Else we will not be long for your realm, there are plenty of elven colonies the world over we shall join."

You've seen her displeased before, but never angry. It's a strange and sudden change you're not at all used to. Normally she and the other elves are so dainty and restrained, especially to your imposing form and mannerisms, but now she feels the bigger one bossing you around. So sore must this topic be for them it seems.

Now you want to invite drow to live here just to see what would happen, at least a thought for it.

>What do you do?
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>>3709289
Tell her to clarify, what is their relation to the drow and what is the cause of such repulse? Are they dangerous in any form?
We want to know more, now I'm curious about their history.

We should take one of these guys to teach us their language too, send him to the castle

Do the goblins have a different language? We should learn that too when we have the chance

And before we leave, in a more private manner, why did she leave her land to live with a handful of people in a land she had no control over and with threats everywhere, what was so terrible at her place that made her escape if she is nobility there?
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>>3709309
support
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>>3709309
support
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>>3709289
“Woah, calm down! I was just asking what you thought about them! You’re acting as if I told you to let them live in your village!”

“.....just to be clear, no, I’m not going to tell you to let them live here with you.”

Then we should explain about the one and only drow we met in the mountains and how we’re pretty sure he’s going to stay up there, far away from their village.

With that out of the way, we say, “Tanyth, you said something about people whispering things about me for not wearing clothes, correct? Perhaps, it is time for me to consider wearing some.”
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>>3709369
two words: ornate armor
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>>3709369
Don't cokent on the drow I think, he's in the mountains and is of no concern to them, let them rest easy or they will be all nervous about the black dude
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>>3709387
>>3709369
Or let them know I think

But only privatly to Tanyth to not cause panic among the others
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I don't think we should let them know about the drow in the mountain they seem they racist against drow
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>>3709369
Time for turtle neck
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>>3709395
They do, but hidint is worse, we should tell only Tanyth, and like anon said, he will stay in the mountains because he provides us metals, and she should get that out of her mind, maybe even prevent her people into wandering around the mountains
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Hey just a heads up I unexpectedly have to step out for like 20 minutes but we'll resume here when I get back.
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>>3705098
>>3709407
Excuse the intrusion, but with your 3rd thread your quest has made it into the quest timeline. Do you have any preference for the image or should I just use the OP's?
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>>3709471
I think this one is a good image approximation, thanks!

>>3709309
>>3709369
You wouldn't expect that just by asking such a question, your relationship would be in jeopardy however she certainly makes it seem that way.

"Hold on now, calm down! I was just asking what you thought about them. You are acting as if I told you to let them live in your village."

Along with her pouting now, at this mention you see her eyes practically go red and a dainty little elven snarl.

"...just to be clear, no, I am not going to tell you to let them live here with you."

"Good! Then we shall talk no more of it."

"Wait hold on, I want to talk more of it."

You upset her greatly by even asking, but surely you must know what the fuss is all about. She is very reluctant to speak of anything in great detail and is short with you on every point. But you get a rough impression from her that in times long, long passed the drow were originally just other elves but they worshiped foul, evil gods and were cast out for it. They retreated underground and ever since have dwelled there, but always have their evil sights upon the surface and always there is a hostility between their peoples.

"...and what does that have to do with you leaving your people?"

"They were considering trade! To even think, with... them!!"

Maybe not all elves have such hatred of their dark cousins but Tanyth and her people certainly do, hence why they left elven society proper and secluded themselves far away, here. Though at this rate you're starting to wonder what people if any these elves actually do like, certainly not you when you arrived and not even their human neighbors.

>Do you want to tell her about the prospector drow then? Or focus on other things like rumors about you?
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>>3709511
OH, SHIT we got the racist isolationist elves.
>focus on other things like rumors about you?
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>>3709511
Let’s just focus on those rumors and that offer to make clothes for us.
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>>3709526
Blue Turtleneck when
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>>3709511
ask about the rumours and about having some dude teach their language

if we are alone, approach her

"Tanith my dear, now listen to me and listen good, the world is big out there, and many things might upset your fragile elven tastes"
get really close
"what are you under my wings?"

goad her into saying something like safe and content

"good, now, I can protect you from those evil eeeeevil dark elves, you'll never have one here but no matter where you go in this big world you may find them, maybe even around my lands, what I can give you is that you won't ever interact with them if you do not wish, but as always, your loyalty and the respect of your people is required.....now Tanyth, about clothes...I was more interesting in armor"
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>>3709545
Support, she won't have to deal with them but we can't patrol every corner of our expanding realm because of her sensibilities, nowhere in the world would be like that, they were on the brink of a crysis when we found them, with encroaching humans, giant spiders and a tribe of orcs lead by a troll, those threats could very well have annihilated them, we could have done so, but we didn't because they served well and alerted us about the worse crime ever commited against us to this day when Lila died.
Now, she has to calm down and be grateful for her life and the life of her people, by the preserved way that they maintained because of our generosity.

Sweet and beautiful Tanyth, don't test us and calm down
No drow will come to her village.
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>>3709511
>"Hmmph. Is there any folk on this land, or beneath it, that you actually enjoy the company of?"
>"Should my people encounter them, what can we expect? Outright hostility? Deceit? Would they respect our sovereignty? How would we best deal with them, or combat them, if it comes to that?"

Hopefully this will open her up to discussion and let us find out just why she detests them do much. Surely it has more to do with it than just religion?
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>>3709539
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>>3709615
Of course you had to be saddled with the racist elves. Though, in a way you kind of like them because they're few in number and isolationist, they're kind of like your own little pets in their own way like an ant farm. Not that you would, but you could just bully and push them around and not only could they not do anything, but no one else would even care.

For now though, you want them in good standing and not upset, as you approach Tanyth and you see her become a little nervous.

"Tanyth my dear, now listen to me and listen good, the world is big out there, and many things might upset your fragile elven tastes."

Though she is a prim and proper elven noble lady, she still gasps in surprise when you pull her close to you, skin to scales.

"What are you under my wings?" quite literally, you have your wing unfurled over her to demonstrate.

"Small- secure! I mean, secure."

Some instinctive panic at the difference between you, that she tries to suppress but nervous as she is, she doesn't do a good job of it.

"Good, now, I can protect you from those evil eeeeevil dark elves, you will never have one here but no matter where you go in this big world you may find them, maybe even around my lands, what I can give you is that you will not ever interact with them if you do not wish, but as always, your loyalty and the respect of your people is required... now Tanyth, about clothes..."

You can set her worries more or less at ease, you can't promise you may not tolerate drow in your lands, but certainly these elves will never have to worry about them nor would you much consider having a drow as a leader or advisor to yourself. With her fears put to rest then you can change topic to those rumors she had talked of before. It's something that's been on your mind, after all.

"I suppose it is a matter of... people expect their queen to be finely dressed. How are we to think of you, if you are no different in appearance than some other wild dragon? Side by side, what is there to tell you apart, what is there to speak of your many... accomplishments? I would think that when people see you, you would want 'queen' to be the first thing that comes to their mind before 'dragon'. You have never had a problem with that before?"

Well come to think of it, nine times out of ten strangers seem most surprised that you can talk even. The first impression always seems to be monster, well if you wore clothes that would very obviously broadcast that you are civilized.
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"What about rumors of indecency, like being naked without clothes?"

"Do... d-do you feel that way?!"

At your suggestion, Tanyth blushes quite strongly even out to her ears. The humans turn red, the elves turn a light pink underneath their fair skin. Probably to do with the fact that you're more or less pressing her body to yours and bare skin in places. If only to make a point it's just something uncomfortable for her, but the thought that you might view yourself in that way makes this contact embarrassing to her... lucky she asked for privacy lest any see you together like this with you speaking such things.

"Well I was actually thinking more like armor."

"A-Ahh... s-sorry but elves are n-not known for armor... u-unless you only c-care for style..."

It sounds like they could do something nice, and better than the humans. Though she would prefer clothes; hateful of the thought of having your life potentially be her responsibility, when others would make armor better. Just fancy clothes, there's no worry there.

>What do you do?
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>>3709744
You can also respond with this before you leave. Had already written everything out though to be able to add it in.
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>>3709769
human armor it is
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>>3709769
Well accept their clotges since they are offering
Before that, since she is close and embarrassed, examine her clothes and style very closely and thoroughly, to understand it of course, not to see if that shade of pink can get any stronger.
Tell her we will take the clothes ahe offers and we will seek armor elsewhere, each type of attire for each situation
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>>3709773
I do want to find out more about the drow, but now that the moment has passed, I'm not sure if it's convenient to bring it back up again.
Though, I think it's cute she got so worked up;
>"You were so livid, for a moment, I thought you were going to breathe fire!"
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>>3709893
>>3709860
Support
Will Tanyth ever get used to this? Kek

>>3709786
Even better, if we manage to get the dwarves we could get armor from them, but for now we should see something about protecting our underbelly atleast, it would have to be light enough to not get in the way of our flaying tho

So much flying for a day, we should rest after this and maybe start working on those dwarves while we wait for news from the cult?
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>>3709769
>Actually, that would be more or less the point. Decorative plating, something that I could move in without having to fear ripping. I also think the glimmering of metallic artistry would compliment my scales nicer than any silk or sheer could manage on its own.
>Metal plating, beautifully engraved and capable of smooth, if not silent movement, while still covering my underside. I can get something more practical for battle commissioned by humans, but for simple artistry and style, something elegant and magnificent, something fit more for a ball than a battlefield, I want elf-crafts.
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>>3709913
>>3709893
>>3709860
>>3709786
Well better than nothing you suppose. If you are to get clothes from these elves then it couldn't hurt to get an impression of them, even if you can't expect exactly the same style as you take the chance to look Tanyth over.

Hmm... not really that much...

It should be fine for you though if you end up liking the style, not like you have much of anything to hide. She gets some idea that you're examining her and has a degree of uncertainty, on how she should feel, but before long you let her go anyway having gotten your point across. She breathes easier though tries not to let on her discomfort about being held by you. Probably still bad memories from when you forced her to be cooperative by handling her like a doll and scratching blood from her.

"You were so livid, for a moment, I thought you were going to breathe fire!"

"I would do worse than that to any of... them."

"Hmmph. Is there any folk on this land, or beneath it, that you actually enjoy the company of?"

"Other elves, are good!"

With that all taken care of then, you settle things with the elves and bid their lady farewell. If you remain at this size then they'll try to have some clothing made for you within a week or two, however it would be easier if they had your measurements but it's not required.

>What do you do? Return home then, or do you want to focus on the dwarves? Besides that you've seen to all the most pertinent issues since taking the previous month off to laze about, so what your focus going forward now is up to you.
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>>3710009
At least from what you know, as long as it's light armor then the elves could manage. They don't work with iron but if you're ok with something in bronze or silver, or on the other end of the spectrum something more exotic like darkwood, magic glass, or something expensive then the elves can manage that.

If you want something tried and tested then the humans would be better, they can work with steel and sturdier metals. The best that you know of would be dwarves to make something as they can work with most any substance, but you'd actually need some dwarves for that. At present you have an abundance of humans and elves.
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>>3710021
lets send an envoy to the dwarfs maybe work out a trade agreement. I also want to form a magic college, I still hold out hope that with enough research and our help we can develop the magic that works on dragons.
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>>3710042
Human armor is superior I want human armor.
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>>3710042
Comission a bronze armor with them along with the clothes, we can wait some time while they take measurements.

After that let's fly over where we know the dwarves are and see if we can find alternative ways to get in

>>3710043
Wait dude, no trade, they are in our lands, they either bow or burn like any other, we can't have independent factions on our land, that would be terrible, they are using our land and not paying tribute
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>>3710042
>Light armor
Technically, it doesn't have to qualify as armor at all. Just as long as we can flex in it without having to worry about accidentally buckling it.
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>>3710042
What I want:

>Elf-made ceremonial and decorative armor
>Human made suits of proper "medium" battle-armor
>Dwarf-made Heavy Armor for linebreaking and ground assaults
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>>3710042
For armor I like this guy's idea >>3710009
we get a fancy and beautiful one from the elves and then a more pratical one from the humans to use in battle so we can change according to the situation, tell Tanyth to have someone make a very beautiful one and that we will be very pleased with her.


Lets look for caves and other places where we could access the dwarves, the we can hire adventurers to try and find an alternative way in, but scouting first
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>>3710062
Oh if it's in our land send that envoy with a demand for their peaceful integration into the nation. then when they obviously refuse we go fuck shit up.
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>>3710042
>At present you have an abundance of humans and elves.

Hmm I feel like humans and elves are really cheap and value inflated whats the current exchange rate of humans to dwarfs?
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>>3710079
we have elf clothes, let's get human armor.
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>>3710021
>If you remain at this size then they'll try to have some clothing made for you within a week or two, however it would be easier if they had your measurements but it's not required.
It’s a good thing we plan on staying at this size for now. And if it will help speed things up, then we should let the elves take our measurements.

Also, we should get something that doesn’t obstruct our wings. That way we can put on our clothes and fly to one of our towns/villages.

>What do?
Get a tutor to teach us how to read.

>>3710043
>we can develop the magic that works on dragons.
That’s neat, but it also increases the potential of it being used against us. Is that worth the risk?
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>>3710081
Yup, the first peaceful offer, tell them to pay tribute and live, but while the envoy goes, let's look what we can find about them
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>>3710096
if we make magic that can affect us we can grow as large as we like. Then use a size amulet to control our size. and fit inside buildings.
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>>3710074
>>3710055
>>3710062
>>3710065
>>3710079
Also note that while magic doesn't work on you, and you can't use magic for the same reason, magic items are possible, and of the lesser races you have access to, humans would be the best for that. Basically it's like;

>If you want something all fancy and elegant made, or made from very exotic materials, then the elves are the ones.
>If you want something that's plain but just simply works and is easy to make and fix, or if you want magical equipment, then the humans are the ones.
>If you want something that is incredibly made and unyielding (though perhaps lacking in style), or made from legendary materials, then the dwarves are the ones.

Different races tend to specialize in things differently so you might expect that orcs for example have their own signature style of smithing, but the above three are the most prominent to you.

>>3710096
>>3710079
>>3710086
As you know, either by trade or kidnapping, it's not like you can't obtain other races if you wanted. If for example you really wanted some dwarves, you could do something like incentivize them to come to your land, or you could just fly around looking for some and steal them.

Though it seems you have an interest in the dwarves within your land. So you can get your measurements taken for awhile, and ask for the elves to make you something nice. After that though you can turn your attention to those mountain dwarves. They refused you last time so maybe send an envoy this time? While that takes place though, you want to try and see if there's other ways to get to them?

>You can survey the mountains around them by flying around, and make a roll!
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>>3710091
I hate the idea of cloth on scales. Absolutely hate it. I'd rather armor plating, even if it would be useless in an actual battle. The elves can do that.

>>3710121
I want fancy, purely decorative or ceremonial armor from the elves, and I want cheap, reliable, battle-worthy armor from the humans. We can get better armor from the dwarves when we have the funds.
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>>3710121
>>If you want something that's plain but just simply works and is easy to make and fix, or if you want magical equipment, then the humans are the ones.
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>>3710121
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>>3710121
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>>3710140
Hello short shitheads!
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You've already been learning how to read the common language, but learning the other lesser race languages may be in your interest so you can certainly get an elven tutor to teach you to speak and read elven.

Writing will always be out of the question unfortunately, or at least very difficult, since your draconic "hands" are capable of grasping and manipulation but you lack opposable thumbs for fine motor skills. The best you could hope for is holding a writing instrument in a clenched fist and struggling to write that way... best to just have someone else write for you.

>>3710140
>>3710132
>>3710131
>99

Well as it turns out, upon your flying around the particular mountain that seems dwarf occupied, you catch sight of what you might guess to be the output of their mining effort; great furnaces and passages to shafts within the mountain with many visible laborers... few of them if any dwarven.

Like the entrance it is a fortified position, basically jutting out of the mountainside and to reach it conventionally would be impossible for any normal foe. You however can fly. So while you can't just simply fly into/through the main entrance, you can in fact just fly up and land among the exposed portion of their mine... still very dangerous though, the place is fortified just like the entrance. But you imagine quite deviously, you could take others with you if need be, carry them up if you like.

The important thing is though, it's another way into the city albeit a roundabout way, which itself is quite a miraculous thing since dwarves are more than anything careful and cautious. Usually at least, so things like back doors past their defenses is a rarity indeed!
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>>3710185
And we'll take a break here for now, maybe continue later, or otherwise tomorrow. In the meantime thanks all for playing, and you can plan whatever action you may have in mind against these dwarves. It's likely though, given their nature, that a battle will be required to take their settlement, much like the battle to take Eisling.

If you have any questions besides, or suggestions either, I'll answer what I can. If we are to continue tomorrow, ideally I'll try for a more normal time compared to today.
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>>3710198
have a good night QM until tomorrow
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>>3710198
thanks for running

So guys, I guess we will need armor to burn those ballostas and open the way for our troops
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>>3710231
Human armor with enchantments we will carry a strike team of adventures with us
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>>3710239
We should see if we can fashion that super strenght and resistence magic item the knight was using into something we can use
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>>3710198
>great furnaces and passages to shafts within the mountain with many visible laborers... few of them if any dwarven

This is perfect, if they have humans there we can infiltrate our cultists or even adventurers diaguised as laborers to sabotage everything from the inside in preparation for our attack.
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>>3710185
So are we straight up attacking these guys or are we gonna try diplomacy again?

Because I highly doubt our subjects would approve of us making an unprovoked attack against the dwarves.
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>>3710021
>"Other elves, are good!"
Hah! Apparently not, seeing as you are here because you can't stand the thought of them trading with drow. (This is meta, not directly at the elf-woman)

>>3710042
Light, darkwood plates with bronze and silver embellishments sounds good. Gives us a palette of red scales, black plates, with bronze and silver highlights on the black plates, and a light bronze helmet (covers just the sides of the head, top of the snout, and the side of jaws).
Decorative light armor for daily wear as we fly about our business.

>>3710185
>many visible laborers... few of them if any dwarven.
What are they, slaves? If they weren't I'm sure there would be more dwarves among them.
Like >>3710274 & >>3710209 said, we could drop in allies here, and if they are slaves, weapons and see if they'll join in on the fun.
Ideally this would be done after the dwarves are already engaged at the main gate so they would have to diver their force back. Drop in a few assassins/rogues and have them infiltrate deep into the mountain away from the main fighting could cause further chaos.

I wonder if the drow would have any ideas on how to conduct an underground assault, specifically against dwarves. We could consult him?
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>>3710803
Well, we could attempt diplomacy so that they'd inevitably insult us enough that our subjects would totally understand why their dragon ruler would want to take the dwarves down a few pegs.

I'm also rather sure that if we asked the humans, they'd have perceived grievances against the dwarves as well, greedy as they are
>wahwah, access to their mines
>wahwah, access to their good stuff
>wahwah, they charge too much for entrance to their train ride, their ceilings (and urinals) are too low, and they won't tell us their secret recipe for beard wax!
See? The humans have plenty of reasons to attack the dwarves.
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"Fly high my queen, fly high my queen
in the morning light
Why does the queen fly?
to burn us all alive!
See the queen on the horizon
fear not to be under
she is not here to burn us
but to give us all some plunder!
fly high my queen, fly high my queen
at the afternoon red
why does the queen fly?
To be sure they are all dead!"

-Heard at Eisling tavern
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"..So the forest was taken by beasts everywhere, and the good people had to hide, but one day, the dragon queen appeared, she took out the mother-spider's leg one by one-"

"Mother-spider? the one that took daddy away...?"

"The very same, she took all her legs and then set her on fire, the mean greens, she challenged their leader and burned him to ashes and scattered his followers and finally, she told the short ears to stop hurting the forest and invading our homes!"

"So...is she good? Why is everyone scared of her?"

"Good?No, she's just waiting...Because, if troublemaking little ones like you give too much trouble or try to leave the forest and interact with the others, she will EAT YOU TOO!!!
NOMNONOMNOM"

"AAAAAHHH! mother! stop!"

-Children monster story
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"She ate my goat....it was my favourite goat...."

-Disgruntled farmer


As you can see I'm very busy at work
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"There was only pain, pain and chains, pain, chains and bad food, pain, chains, bad food and giving foot massages to a troll"

"don't forget the beatings!"

"that's included in pain stupid!"

"Anyway, then, a great orb of fire came! and cleansed the pain, chains, bad food and troll foot massages from the world!"

"wait, wasn't it Riona?"

"Of course it was Mistress Riona you git!"

"She gave us freedom and a place under her wings! glory to Mistress Riona the fire born!"

"wow, and here was I thinking she just killed those noisy orcs..."

"That's it, I'm gonna crack your skull!!"

-Goblin creation myth
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>>3711291
pfffft

I want to make the gobbos into the cultist minions. Have our cult manage them, instead of doing so directly.
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>>3711291
>>3711269
>>3711224
>>3711201
Very creative I like it.
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"you should have seen her face, you'd have loved to see Tanyth like that, I know how you enjoy seeing their arrogant faces all bothered maybe even write a song about it..."

"My queen? where are you? it's time for your mid-afternoon belly rub!"

"I have to go, Lila, I'll tell you how things are later"

-Riona, dragon queen, fire born, flying death, divine serpent, knight breaker, goatsbane, first of her name
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>>3711363
Autistic, but I don't hate what you do.
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"Hey Joel, weren't you going to marry Princess?"

Joel, who was blind drunk and depressed, lifted his head to address his friend

"Princess? PRINCESS?! Her name is Zula and plowed her right here at the back of this tavern not 2 months ago! She's no princess!"

"Get over it Joel, she's a princess now, everyone knows that dragons only kidnap princesses"

"Bah! That's a load of bullshit! just because she lifted her up during the attack on the village? that is no basis for a royal mandate!"

"you are just jealous because she's gonna marry the landlady's son."

-Joel, doesn't care for royalty
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>>3711679
>>3711363
>>3711291
>>3711269
>>3711224
>>3711201
This is certainly worth a reroll!
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Also a little idea for the curious, for some things you could possibly get armor of.

https://www.d20pfsrd.com/equipment/special-materials/

Along the lines of, this story/setting isn't a 1:1 creation of D&D, but you get the idea.
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>>3711963
any chance of getting our hands on mythertal armor?
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>>3710864
>>3710847
>>3710803
Your first sense is always to try diplomacy, you're not your brother to just rampage and kill everything as the first option. So you can fly home for the night since it's getting late, and grab one of your new servants to carry off to the mountains. You'd use Nissa but you don't want to risk anything happening to her as you head servant. Much to the fellow's dismay, your new cook, you carry him through the sky and drop him off a distance from the main entrance and push him on to approach the dwarf town.

Then, just the waiting game, till he returns... or doesn't.

"They'll uh... they'll deal, or trade I think."

"Well that is good, I will go talk to them now then-"

"-uh no! Not with you personally. They... don't want anything to do with you, but they'll trade with... people like us, people that work for you."

Whatever distaste the dwarves have for you, it seems to be constrained specifically to you personally. Even your most loyal servant might be able to deal with them, as long as it's not you yourself. Though, whether you want trade and dealings is one thing, compared to subjugation and belonging to your domain. On that, it doesn't seem they're interested at all.

>What do you do?
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>>3711963
I would like a sunsilver(or just silver) with bronze details and one made of whipwood for a decorative armor from the elves

And then we get a regular steel one from the humans for battle armor, or wait a little and see if the drow finds better materials at that exploration he went
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>>3712021
Well, fuck that, we will have to subjugate them in time, now that we have some ideas on how to do it

Let's go back home and rest for the day, tomorrow I'd like to explore a little beyond our realm, see what else is out there while we wait for news from the cult and the drow
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>>3712035
Seems good to me, time for a belly rub and tormenting Nissa just a little, a little push here or a squeeze there, she grew on me and today was a good day.

>>3711928
Well thanks!
I'll think of some more Tales of The Timeskip next time we do one.
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>>3712021
And order something special from the chef today....I'm thinking goat!
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>>3711993
You mean mithral? It's rare but on the total rare scale it's pretty low, so you could get it but it would be expensive.

>>3712025
That's possible sure. Whichever you prefer. Again though it'll come down to cost and what you're willing to pay.
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>>3712061
Pay for the sunsilver/bronze one first

Tomorrow we can comission something out of steel to the humans, but first we will have to grab some weights and see with how much steel we will be able to fly normally so they can use that much
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>>3712061
really I am only want enough to make a belly plat and helm to protect our eyes.

also, I want to hire mercenaries may be the same ones that helped us last time to subjugate the dwarfs.
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>>3712098
Yeah, when we attack them we should hire more mercs, now we probably have more funds to do it

I want the underbelly armor too, I'm just worried about the weight

Would like to use that knight's armor or whatever magic item game him super strenght on the armor too

Ask for report from both our towns on how many men we have availible for a campaing
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>>3712110
we can have it enchanted with weightlessness, hell we can have all the enchantments!
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>>3712035
>>3712046
>>3712052
>>3712110
>>3712098
You can carry your chef back home then to figure out this dwarf problem. Taking the chance this evening to rest while appreciating fine goat and bigge rubbes from Nissa who you playfully tease and torment and cause her to blush and urge you not to bully her so.

Come tomorrow you want a report of what your military looks like. Unfortunately you only have servants here in the castle, they can send the word but it will take a couple days perhaps. Maybe you should consider appointing some ministers, separate of leader roles, that you have at the castle to simply keep you up to date and manage things in the kingdom. Like a treasurer for example, that's something very pertinent to you.

Well in any case while the dwarf problem persists, you can divert your attention for the time being. Either seeking out what mercenaries you can, or going off exploring. For the latter though you might want to be careful about going into other countries, but if you want to travel you can more or less pick a direction on the map and go, for as long as you want really.

>What do you do?
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>>3712182
ask for the reports then

reports on the military
tell Nissa to start counting coins
and ask to see what mercenaries we could have here in a reasonable time frame

for the military and public order ministry we could appoint the forest town sheriff (we need a name for that town btw) he was pretty loyal and seemed to be on top of the militia business

a treasurer I'm not ready to appoint right now, this is a very sensitive position because the person will have access to our GOLD!, maybe an elf for that since they don't seem to have much interest in material wealth so it would be less tempting
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>>3712182
I am definitely ok with hiring ministers we can draw from the nobles and finally give them something to do. maybe we can form a constitutional monarchy. as for the dwarf issue I say we hold off until we can get our armor. as for traveling let's not do that for the moment. If we really want to expand our knowledge of the world we can always buy maps. Finally, I want to look into buying/forging Size controlling magic amulet a time skip of a week should give us enough time to accomplish these goals.
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>>3712205
oh, and while we wait for reports let's fly north, over the mountains in that direction and see what lies beyond
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>>3712205
>a treasurer I'm not ready to appoint right now
we can force any candidate for the position to drink a truth potion and ask point-blank if they would try to steal from us. I want to hire someone to manage our gold.
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>>3712205
I support the sheriff indication, the guy was nice.
For spymaster we can appoint the Red Widow when she is back, gathering the reports from the spy elves and going on covert missions for us.

>>3712182
Before we fly off, we should order the underbelly combat armor too so they can start working while we look around.

>>3712211
Good enough for me

>>3712206
While having the nobles do something might be nice, I want people we can trust as ministers.
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>>3712217
ok, we ask for Tanyth for an elf good with numbers and make him drink the potion before appointing him to be a treasurer, deal? He should be someone of minor importance so the position doesn't bring any ideas

that way we can have reports on what tributes are coming in and what is late or not, so yeah, it makes sense

>>3712206
we should also get a leader for the miners to be around so we can have reports on how the mines are doing
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>>3712226
we can truth potion all the interviewees, that way we get only the best and loyal
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>>3712240
That sounds like a hassle and expensive as fuck, remember, the potion costs us 2 scales or something like this. Let's get those we know

We should save the money for the armor and for paying for mercs, not for truth potions when we can have loyal people without spending
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>>3712252
your right, I agree that is much better

>>3712235
instead of a minister for just mining why not a minister of economic activity
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>>3712252
>>3712240
guys, guys

so, how does it sound

Military and Public order: Sheriff dude (who also needs a name)

Treasurer: Ask Tanyth for some dude good with numbers and have him drink the potion

Miners: Mining leader

Spymaster: Red Widow?

Trade: we should appoint one from each town and one from the elves(as a cover-up since their trade is just to spy on people) so that the minister will not play favourites to anyone

did I forget something?
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>>3712276

Military: one of our knights

Public order: Sheriff dude (who also needs a name)

Treasurer: Ask Tanyth for some dude good with numbers and have him drink the potion

Economic minister: someone

Spymaster: Red Widow?

I separated the military and public order. also instead of having a mining and trade minister we should have a economic activity minister.
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>>3712276
Agree I think

We should also hire an old and wise scholar to write stuff for us and serve as our google when we need it.

Maybe the guy who is teaching us to read already.
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>>3712299
>>3712276
we should Hire an R&D Minister to push our tech up
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>>3712295
I was thinking of appointing a knight for the ministry but I think it would be best to leave them to lead the troops and dedicate themselves to fighting instead of sitting around in the castle looking at spreadsheets

of course, when we are actually in a campaign or fighting a war we can bring the knights to give us advice

and ok, I agree we can take out the mining representative, but for the economic activity how about we appoint 1 from each town so that there would be no favouritism depending on where the guy comes from?
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>>3712276
>>3712265
>>3712252
>>3712226
For what it's worth, while elves might be more trustworthy, they are also not money-minded. So you could probably count on an elf to keep your funds safe, but if you want someone manage your money and the economy of your land at large, another race would be better for it.

As for spies, the literal spy would be better than the assassin.

>>3712211
>>3712206
Before you depart then you can take care of some small business, like asking that combat armor be made. The elves are all fancy so you might take some time to imagine what sort of decorative armor they could make, but to the humans right now you can request sturdy steel armor be fashioned for you. Though it will take time for sure.

In any case you can leave Nissa in charge of things around the castle, and to impart to your leaders to run things as usual while you're away. Given that, you take flight and head north to the mountains. Past the dwarves even, to lands beyond...

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"Aaah! Dragon!"

It seems to be the same everywhere you go, unless perhaps like Tanyth suggested, you had clothes to show you aren't just some wild monster. Having cleared the northern mountain range though, you find yourself in a strange new land... but in some ways the same, as you descend from the mountains to highlands, and encounter a shepherd on the outskirts of a village.

>What do you do? Also if you give me a bit, I'll expand the map to accommodate your new travels. Any idea of how long you want to be away exploring for? If you're crossing the northern mountains, at the very least it won't just be a couple days, but the longer you're away the more lands you can explore. Even if it's simply surveying, taking flight over just to get an idea of the terrain.
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>>3712310
>and ok, I agree we can take out the mining representative, but for the economic activity how about we appoint 1 from each town so that there would be no favouritism depending on where the guy comes from?

good god no that would turn into a never ending pissing match. we should only have one guy be the economic minister hire the best and only the best.
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>>3712321
I don't want to be gone more than a few days 5 at most.

ask the sheepherder about this land and for direction to the closest settlement. also, eat a sheep to assert dominance.
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>>3712321
halt shepherd
what lands are these and who is your leader?

fly around until we can find a town or a major city and instead of landing there just observe it's size to compare to ours
I was thinking just survey to expand the map actually, then we can come back

>>3712321
>>3712324
ok then, let's update

Military and Public order: Sheriff dude (who also needs a name)

Treasurer: Ask Tanyth for some dude good with numbers, while he will not deal with trade and such, but will deal with our treasure and how it is

Spymaster: The actual spy( who needs a name)

Trade: some dude more focused on numbers, to give us estimates and such, maybe an economy scholar instead of a trader

Old and wise Scholar dude to be our teacher and general source of information
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>>3712342
Yeah, I am fine with that minister line up, just one more thing I want to appoint a prime minister. I want a human to be our number one.
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>>3712321
And just a heads up but I have to duck out for a little while, but we'll resume right here when I return. Also I'll try to have the expanded map provided, the more time you choose to be away the more of the map can be "seen" so to speak.
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>>3712342
Good for me

>>3712355
I'm against a prime minister, thatbwould focus too much power in a single person, and it's not needed for now.

Maybe when we expand for several kingdoms we can appoint someone to manage the provinces
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>>3712358
I'm ok with the 5 days like anon here >>3712339 said, it should be enough time to have most of the reports back when we come home

>>3712355
well, we already have a number one, Nissa, that got that place from Lila
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>>3712361
All right I guess I can agree to hold off on a prime minister for now, but once we start conquering other lands we will need one.
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>>3712365
For sure, the more we expand the more people we wilk need to manage things
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>>3712321
>"Aaah! Dragon!"
“Oh come on. I’m not that scary.”

>>3712339
>5 days
That’s a good amount of time to explore. Let’s not be gone for too long or else everyone will think we’re not coming back and then it’ll be a power struggle to fill the void that we left.

>>3712342
>minister line up
That sounds like it’ll work.
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Yeet, resuming shortly.
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>>3712689
Apologies, it took a surprising amount of work with the map, due to the annoying program.

>>3712379
>>3712363
>>3712342
>>3712339
It's taken you a few days at least to cross the mountains, and a couple more to explore around the other side. Figuring to have landed in the highlands though, you want to know about where you are.

>A roll for chance.
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>>3712828
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>>3712828
wew
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>45

Someone screaming from you and running in fear? You can't be that scary. You charge after the fleeing human through the thick rain and trip him with your tail, pinning him to the wet ground with a paw. You used to just be able to sit on people entirely, but if you tried that now you think you would crush them.

"Halt, sheepherder."

"Aaah! Please no! I don't want to get in trouble, my taxes!"

He squirms and struggles and tries to crawl out from your pin, as water pours and runs off your back all around.

"What lands are these and who is your leader?"

"This is Retley! I'm begging you, let me go! There'll be hells to pay if anyone knew I was talking to another dragon!"

Hmm what a strange fellow. You can take a sheep from him though, and given the late time of day you might want to impose upon him for a place to sleep for the night, before you make the return flight home.

>What do you do?
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>>3712870
ask him what he means by another dragon
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>>3712878
>>3712870

this, what another dragon, what's the name, who rules here, to whom he pays taxes, SPEAK!
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>>3712870
>Other dragon
Oh fuck me
Demand answers
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>>3712870
>>3712878
>>3712892
Thirded. WHAT other dragon? Who rules these lands, what did the other dragon speak about, and what does that have to do with your taxes?

I'd say we sleep in the mountains. Something tells bee we're should be discreet, and definitely not mention where we came from.
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>>3712878
>>3712892
>>3712925
>>3712924
How odd, surely there must be some sense to what he speaks.

"Stop struggling!"

"No!"

"What do you mean by another dragon?"

"Nooo!"

"Who rules here, who do you pay taxes?"

"Nooooooooo!"

"SPEAK!"

"nnnNnnnooooooOOO!!"

This is stupid, you don't have the patience for this. Probably just take a sheep and kill this fool for the trouble. You let him go as he staggers up, but when you grab a bleating sheep and are about to bite down, the shepherd screams and pleads with you.

"No not the sheep, anything but the sheep! I'll talk, I'll talk! The fine for talking is less than lost animals!"

"Go on then, answer my questions."

Precariously you clamp your jaws on the struggling animal, much to the dismay of the human but it also prompts him to hurry. Imagine the ridiculous sight of anyone to see you, a human begging a dragon not to eat a sheep while you all stand in the pouring rain.

"A-Alright, alright... uh... this is Retley, owned by Saren the Great! This is his land and everything belongs to him, the taxmaster is sure of it!"

It's not the easiest information to glean from this peasant but it sounds like a great and ferocious dragon rules over these highlands, and no one can do anything because he has a captive princess from the larger country proper (Eugeira) who he threatens to kill if there's dissent. So unfortunately it seems the country has abandoned this province more or less for the sake of their princess. You wonder how a nation could give up something like that for a hostage, these humans must really place a lot of weight on their royalty. But by the sound of it...

"Wait, two villages?"

"And a town! Yes, we are helpless and have no choice but to serve!"

Of course two villages and a town might sound like a lot to a peasant, but you personally own two towns and more than five villages. Not that a mighty dragon has to rule over anything at all, your brother wouldn't. But no one in your country seems afraid to death of you nor hail you as some mighty unstoppable being, like this peasant does with the dragon ruling him, even though you control more. Maybe you're doing things the wrong way back home...

>What do you do?
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>>3712951
> Maybe you're doing things the wrong way back home
Nah we are doing great

give the man back his sheep and head home. we should send a message to Eugeira asking about the situation with Saren.
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>>3712951
Ask how big this Seren is, and what color too, and how long has this being going on

This dude gave me an idea, we could get some princess fron Praven.

After that give him back his sheep and head home
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>>3712978
support, but I am not so sure about the princess kidnapping we have gone done queen dragon route kidnapping a princess seems kinda out of left field.
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>>3712951
>Maybe you're doing things the wrong way back home...
No, your way works. Besides, since you own more, you get more tributes compared to the dragon here.

Ask about the dragon. What color is he and how big is he compared to you?

Once you’re done asking questions, release the sheep and be on your way home. You can ask your people if they’ve heard of any of this.

>>3712966
>send message
Looking at the map, I’d say that would take a couple of months. I’m not sure how helpful it would be to send messages like that.
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>>3712951
>>3712966
Seconded. I also want to ask the guy if he's seen, or knows anything about the dragon (color, size, temperament, deeds and accomplishments, etc.)
I wonder if we're should take him with us (or otherwise disappear him, if only temporarily) to make sure he doesn't talk.

A princess you say?!
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>>3712987
It's instant land grab for our kingdom, it's very queenly, but first we have to make sure they actually have a princess to kidnap

Besides, it's tradition. How will we have knights come and challenge us if there is no princess to save?
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>>3712996
If we had gone down the classic dragon route I would agree, but we didn't so its a hard no from me
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>>3712987
Basically if you've never kidnapped a princess you're a big loser. By dragon standards at least, though whether you care about those or not is your call.

>>3712994
>>3712992
>>3712978
>>3712966
You can't help but be curious, it's interesting to know that there's something of a mirror to your own country just opposite the mountains. In fact, this dragon is probably an impostor!

"How big is this other dragon... and how long has he been here?"

"Oh, five... seven years? I've never seen him though, but I'm sure he's as big as the mountains themselves, and he's as green as the land itself!"

So a green dragon of indeterminate size. To the shepherds immense relief, you spit out the sheep but you also wonder what to do about him. If you should just leave, or maybe kill him off to keep things under wraps...

>What do you do?
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>>3712996
So you want our knights in our kingdom to turn against us? No, thanks.
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>>3713009
Eat him instead, leave sheeps alone like he asked to, carry the rest of the body for a travel snack so there is no evidencs, no one must know we were here.

>>3713009
Now we need to find a princess, damn, maybe Petrar has one
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>>3713009
Fine then we declare one of our loyal humans a princess and kidnap her to our castle then have one of our knights show up and we give her back.
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>>3713009
leave the man be and head home.
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>>3713015
No no, you got it all wrong, the knights in our kingdom would not turn because its no their princess, it would be knights from other kingdoms, good sort of prestige and magic items, not mentioning the fact that a primcess kidnapping is almost a requirement, mother would be hugely dissapointed, maybe enough to clip our wings like she did to Ymirro
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>>3713021
>tfw Zula actually becomes a princess and Joel rages endlessly

>giving her back without a flight
That's just cheating!
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>>3713026
you are not going to sell this to anyone let it go. We went down the ruler path. queens don't go around kidnapping princess. I am not about to throw the last two threads away for a fucking meme. stop.
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>>3713029
What is conflicting about ruling and kidnapping foreing royalty? Theres nothing preventing the two from happening. Hell, taking hostages was a very common way of bargaining
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>>3713009
>whether you care about those or not is your call.
You can live above those standards.

>>3713025
Support

>>3713029
>not selling the kidnapping idea.
Correct. I’m not sold on it at all.
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>>3713040
We don't even have hostile neighbors! by kidnapping a royal we would have hostile neighbors. we don't even have a military! how the fuck are we going to fight them when they declare war on us for kidnapping one of their royals. I am not going to let this quest die to a FUCKING meme
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>>3713058
Lol
Dude, look at you, just look, lol
When the time is right, when war rages, we kidnap, mwahahaha
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>>3713077
you are nothing but a nuisance, please sit quietly in the corner.
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>>3713020
>>3713025
>>3713048
You leave the guy be then, and take flight in order to return home. You got an idea of the north of this land but don't want to shake the branches too much so you satisfy your curiosity with this.

>What will be your effort then once you return home? Just business as usual, and pick up where you'd left off?
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>>3713089
Don't tell people not to play. Disagreeing with someone is one thing but everyone is allowed to post and play and have their opinions and desires for how the quest proceeds.
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>>3713095
Maybe the reports we asked will already be back, or some news from drow or cult, and we appoint those ministers we comented earlier
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>>3713095
Let's look into having a size altering magic amulet made. that way we can continue to grow without fear of being unable to enter buildings

>>3713105
support

>>3713098
I am not sorry, but I respect you QM so request granted
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>>3713095
Follow up on the drow expedition and hammer out the terms of trade with the dwarves. We still haven't checked on our old elven alchemist yet. I wonder what he's made with our... excretions.
Kuchikamizake
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>>3713117
>hammer out the terms of trade with the dwarves.
No, we are going to take these guys over did you not read through the thread?
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>>3713117
Wait dude, no trade with the dwarves, we are preparing for war with the dwarves, they are independent and inside our domain, they bow or burn like everyone else, and they just rejected our peaceful offer of serrender

>>3713105
This

Also, are the 2 armors already being made?
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>>3713095
Another thing, look for someone who can give us a rough description of all those new lands we just learned about
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>>3713095
Our trip has taken us at least a week and it’ll probably be almost two weeks by the time we get back. The elves said those clothes would be done within that timeframe, so we can check on that and maybe try them on.

Then with our fancy new clothes, we can entertain those nobles by inviting them to a party at the castle in Eisling. Gotta deal with them before they leave and take their money, like Brigid said they might do.

>>3713122
>>3713125
An unprovoked attack might cause some of our followers to turn against us. In order for us to justify an attack on the dwarves, they’ll have to have done something to us.
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>>3713134
I am down for a swanky party we can eat and drink until we are in need of a belly rub
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>>3713134
Its not unprovoked, they did not accept our rule, they did not bowed and they are not reconizing us and not even accepting us, we are a dragon, this is our land, we have to control it. They bow or burn, like every other living being that lives in our domain
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>>3713141
exactly, we can get the nobles on our side at the party. then no one will have an issue with us taking over the dwarfs
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>>3713134
>>3713140
I'm down for a meeting and seeing their case, but let's not drink with them, the last time we did that mayor pulled a number on us, I have a hard time trusting these noble types.
We should meet them for a business occasion and see what isnitbthat they would like to propose
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>>3713145
This works for me.

Let's bring our newly assigned ministers to discuss things too, and bring Nissa to advise us in case they are trying to fool us somehow.
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>>3713141
Last time I checked, we took over this valley because we tried diplomacy, got attacked, retaliated, and won the fight.

The dwarves have not attacked us, so we have no reason to attack them.
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>>3713145
good point no drinking

>>3713149
Nissa is no Lila she is a simple barmaid

>>3713150
we took over because we wanted to that is it. it is the same with the dwarfs.
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>>3713150
Ah, no, we went around and declared we ruled, and demanded tribute, some of them refused and we started killing cattle and destroying property until they retaliated
We already offered the dwarves to give us tribute, so now is the time to start harrassing them

No one will question us because this is what we have being doing and in bringuing the dwarves wealth into the queendom everyone will benefit
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>>3713149
Agreed, bring Nissa and the ministers over with us.
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>>3713155
>Nissa is no Lila she is a simple barmaid
.....then why do we keep leaving her in charge when we leave the castle?
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>>3713165
that is a good question
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>>3713165
Well, she was a barmaid, now she acts like a heaad of the staff, and she is the current closest thing to a friend we have.....until she dies horribly by some terrible betrayal and we have to find another
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Just caught up and currently SEETHING at the fact we don't have a blue turtleneck
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>>3713165
She handled things ok and we can trust her so far so I sse no issue there, it's more a trust position to just keep things working than anything else
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>>3713141
I'd rather slowly bind dwarves with promises and debts than through military action. Dwarves are not the type to bend the knee through forceful coercion, at least not for long. The gold grudges and are the very definition of stubborn (they are not the same thing).
There is also the matter that we'll be fighting on their home turf, for which none of our forces are prepared or experienced in, where we ourselves will be extremely vulnerable (enclosed space, an entire mountain above our heads the whole time). Morale will be low not only due to the unfamiliar, dark, and deadly environment, but also low due to no one having any skin in the game.
At the end, even if we do win the battle, we are still left with an entire grumbling, grudge-bearing population living in an isolated and easily fortified and defended location.
There are cheaper, safer, and more effective ways of winning the dwarves over. We just need to be more patient.
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>>3713177
Bend or burn, we can't set a precedent here, we are the dragon, not them, if they stubornly refuse we just burn them to the last like we did with the orcs and hand the mines over to the humans

They either learn to serve or not, we can't have subjects who do not know their place
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>>3713113
Magic of that nature doesn't work on dragons.

>>3713105
>>3713117
>>3713125
You had already wanted the human-made armor to be started, though the elven one I wasn't sure if you finalized the details on that. You can certainly visit the alchemist though next time you're in town. As for the drow expedition, they were headed off into the mountains so it's not really feasible to check on them unless you go looking, probably easiest to just wait till you hear news from them.

>>3713134
>>3713140
>>3713145
>>3713149
You can throw a fancy party, however maybe best to leave Nissa out. If you are meeting with actual nobility, Nissa could be taken as an insult since she's basically just your head maid.

>>3713165
You've been leaving her in charge of the literal castle itself, not the country. For actual governance that's been up to your leaders.

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So you can return home in a few days, and get settled back in. How soon do you want to conduct this party, and how fancy do you want it to be? And of course, if you have any particulars in mind for it.

>Depending on what you have in mind, you can make a roll for the party, to see how well the reception will be.
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>>3713177
I agree with this. We don’t need to be forceful with the dwarves.

Although, we’re going to need to meet with them in person. Can’t keep doing everything through someone else going to speak for us.

>>3713186
Don’t compare the dwarves to the orcs. This is an entirely different situation than that and can’t be resolved the same way.
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Rolled 54 (1d100)

>>3713211
Lots of great food
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Rolled 66 (1d100)

>>3713211
Leave her ouf but still bring the ministers, a formal dinner with a business discussion afterwards.
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Rolled 64 (1d100)

>>3713211
As soon as possible I imagine
A fancy dinner, make the chef work extra hard.

>>3713218
This too, let them discuss things with our ministers so they can see what can be done and all that.

The armor was something about silver and bronze for the cerimonial one wasn't it?
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oh and make sure we are in the elf clothes on with our belly armor on under it.
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Rolled 47 (1d100)

>>3713211
Eh.
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>>3713214
Sigh...really? Are you afraid?

They have a giant mine and are draining OUR resources.
They insult us and refuse to talk or even see us.
We have to make preparations to deal with them
We have two entrances, they probably use human slave labor as we've seen on their mine and we cam infiltrate adventurers and ouf cult there. And we can throw mercenaries at the thing until it breaks.
I know it won't be easy but it's the last thing left to dominate here, and will bring great fortune as the dwarves are as much hoarders as dragons.
Let's take action
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>>3713211
>How soon do you want to conduct this party, and how fancy do you want it to be?
Let’s send out an invite a few days ahead of time to give everyone time to prepare.

As for how fancy it should be, let’s get some food and drinks for everyone and some sort of musical entertainment.

>>3713225
>mixing elf clothing and human armor
Isn’t that a fashion faux pas? We’re the queen! We can’t embarrass ourselves like that!

Stick with the elven clothing only!
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Of the expanded view of the world you have now, you can ask just for some basics of what you've found;

>Cestion, the land of castellos and cavaliere, it's quite a big country but it's more a confederacy of city states rather than one true nation. Wreful is the nearest neighboring region and one of these city-states.
>Ypren, the land of chateaus and chevalier, an old kingdom with several duchies sworn to a monarch. Petrar is the neighboring duchy, and Oiren is another on the other side of the valley mountains.
>Eugeira, the land of castles and knights, with a king but tracts of land that are "independent". Daguil is a kingdom of this type, which claims independence. Retley is the little highland valley you visited, ruled by a green dragon.
>Bercio, the land of castillos and caballero, a sizeable land though it only "united" in recent centuries after being occupied by outsiders. There is joint rule between a monarchy and theocracy.
>Zethai is a little mountainous country which originally had been part of Cestion but because the great red dragoness Enlyth came to settle in the mountains nearby, Cestion could not maintain control. Less a country that became independent and more just a region that was abandoned and became its own thing, and is a republic.
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>>3713231
You have your opinion on how to handle things and I have my opinion on how to handle things. You think I’m wrong and I think you’re wrong.

Let’s just agree that we disagree on this.

Besides, I’m too busy thinking about the party to care about the dwarves right now.

We can talk about it later, when we’re done with the party.
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>>3713248
I don't care I want to be able to look in the face of the would-be assassin when his blade tinks against our steel armor. then eat him
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>>3713261
>Using a blade against a dragon
That's more foolish than using a blade against an armored elephant. A bigger concern is poison and having yet another building dropped on us.

>Open-air party
>Personally catching a random sheep out in the fields for our party meal
Solved.
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>>3713223
>>3713218
>>3713216
>66

You give it a few days then, but let people know of the party you intend to host in Eisling, the castle there. Unfortunately your human armor won't be ready in time but your elven clothes are, you can even try them on in advance. They're both well made and look quite stylish; the important thing is color. Nothing could be more majestic than your pure form, but sadly you are mostly just red. Clothes, especially these elven ones add a lot of different colors and contrast to your appearance and it really is quite marvelous even if you know nothing of the style of lesser races. What more, while the same outfit might come off as revealing on an elf or human, for you who is used to wearing nothing and being seen that way, the elegant cloths that drape your impressive body do well to frame and show it off. You're not restricted in movement, but you feel showy and stylish.

Perfect.

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Come a few days later and you can make the travel from your castle to Eisling. The party has been mostly set up in advance, though it seems there is a problem. Unfortunately a portion of your land and particularly Eisling have been hurting for a little while now because Petrar has since embargoed trade and even travel. Traditionally people relied on this and the town is heavily invested in that transfer so for it to suddenly be cut off, quite quickly puts the hurt on people. Brigid calls it "economic warfare" even, though you're not sure what that means.

The ultimate result of this is that people are struggling and unhappy, and particularly your party is lacking in some necessary goods, and to an extent reflects badly upon your reign. But what do you care when you'll have yourself a good time and get to show off your new clothes!

>Any way you would like to welcome your guests when the time arrives? The party is set in the main hall of the castle, decorated for the occasion with musicians and plenty of food and drink... though nothing really to wow people, just a lot of standard goods.
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>>3713321
>economic warfare
WAR YOU SAY

We should welcome them as the powerful, yet benevolent dragon ruler we are.
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>>3713321
also if the kingdom of Pertrar wants to play hardball we can play hardball we will give them one chance to normalize relations with us or we will have to engage in some 'economic warfare' of our own. let's see how they feel after we burn down a few farms and grain stores.
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>>3713321
That's a shame.
We can ask Brigid if she requires our intervention later on, either in the form of economic policy, diplomacy, or "aggressive negotiations".
For now though, let's see where these soft-bodied folk fit into our world.
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>>3713321
>Brigid calls it "economic warfare" even, though you're not sure what that means.
If your not sure what it means, then ask what it means. Then after that, ask how we can get Petrar to drop the embargo.

No, we will not give Eisling back to them. At least, I’m sure that’s the reason they’re doing this. They’re just being sore losers after we took Eisling from them.

Wait, no, just wait until after the party to talk about this.

>How do you welcome your guests?
Walk up to them, give a polite bow, and tell them, “Thank you for coming.” That’s all I can think of doing that hopefully won’t scare anyone too much.

Just make sure when we bow, we don’t let our crown fall off our head.....we did remember to wear our crown, right? It’s a special occasion, so we should be wearing our crown.
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>>3713384
>Thanking them for coming
They should be thanking us for inviting them, really. We should start this party in a position of strength. They should be begging us for a place in the new hierarchy.

>>3713321
Have a designated greeter, we should just chat with those who interests us, or those who approaches us. This is their opportunity to show us what they have to offer, not the other way around. Things are going just fine if not better without them being in the loop.
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You've never really done any sort of lesser race gathering before, though you're not at all scared, it's hard not to be nervous. First impressions, and going out on a limb to try something new and unfamiliar, all that. When you see Brigid though, the one to act as your greeter and herald of sorts for this event (as she's the one in charge really), you gain all the courage you could need.

"Rah! A knight indeed! That clothing suits you, it makes you look like a proper human female!"

"...it is called a dress."

Not particularly fancy but nice and formal, you've never seen Brigid out of at least arming clothes, as if always ready to throw on armor if need be. Seeing her dressed like most other women though is a sight you won't soon forget, nor her embarrassed resignation. Fortunately it doesn't impact her ability to do her job, as she stands at the entrance to the hall to welcome and announce people when the time is right and the sun starts to set.

The lovely view of the sea is quite distracting to you but the more nobles show up the more your attention is in the moment, seeing this strange collection the humans call "nobility". Their extravagant style of dress is the first thing to catch your eye, particularly the abundance of draconic symbolism or even accessories. But each and every one of these persons behaves so far beyond what you're used to that they might as well be some different race. So many strange "manners" and procedure to everything, as if they have rehearsed simply being themselves. You try to put your best foot forward, but you end up feeling like a creature on display.

Though, thankfully it seems, not in a bad way as the nobles all regard you with amazement and wonder. Everything about them might seem alien but through it all you still recognize genuine emotions and expressions, you've become familiar with humans enough for that. Most have probably never seen a monster before let alone a dragon, and here you are not only their new ruler but more than just a creature, dressed in exotic clothes to them. Score one for the elves you suppose, your attire is as much a benefit to you as your very draconic being, with no shortage of remarks and compliments. Overall; a deluge of cautious interest, as the nobles try to learn about you and particularly, how they should behave towards you. No doubt you're the center of attention even to those not directly interacting with you, for all the weapons at your disposal, from ruling position all the way down to clothes.
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Naturally, you just try to rely on power and position and simply nod to each person who bows to you and offers up such magnificent praises that you'd think they were speaking a different language entirely. As they continue to filter in though and you see each one, gradually they filter out and the hall starts becoming more and more lively as people wait for you to "start" things whether it be a formal feast first, entertainment, or something between.

>What do you do? And, how involved with the party/your guests do you care to be? Aloof and regal, or friendly and receptive?
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>>3713611
>Flutter our wings to catch their attention and get them to quiet down, then a short speech welcoming them to the event (to celebrate the occasion, whatever it may be...)
>Pass it off to Brigid, she planned the event anyway, and would know how to proceed with such things (likely introductions, dinner with light entertainment, entertainment, then mingling before finishing the night).
>Aloof and regal by default, friendly and attempt to be friendly & receptive for personal conversations (but is still somewhat aloof and regal)
This event is probably best used for getting to know all the faces instead of deciding anything concrete. Let's use this chance to pick out a few important and/or capable individuals to talk to privately in the future.
Stick to pleasantries and being vague/noncommittal to anything they may ask.
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>>3713611
This will be my last post of the night, but we'll continue tomorrow from here, and how any other player input has to say/do.

Till then, thanks all for playing!
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>>3713633
Agreed, keep a regal distance but act friendly when prompted
Just look at the faces and recognize the lesser races' positions so we are better informed.
We should keep a tasteful distance from all of them so to not appear favoring anyone for now and because the last time we droped our guard we were compleately fooled.

"Welcome, nobles of the humans, to this gathering, I ask you to enjoy the evening our host Briged prepared for us."
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>>3713633
support, but for the Personal conversations just be friendly and receptive.
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>>3713611
I actually want to act friendly and receptive. I think it is better to inspire trust and respect than fear and obedience. we want them to not only submit to our will but completely trust and rely on it. I believe the best way to get there is for them to see us as approachable light. hell one day if we live long enough we might have everyone so use to the idea of a dragon ruler that even suggesting a human king/ queen is laughable
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>>3714574
Supporting this.
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>>3713633
+1
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Will be continuing in awhile now.
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>>3714574
Support
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>>3714754
Ok ok, writing up the post now, sorry for the delay.
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>>3714574
Changing to support this
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>>3714997
Hey QM please tell my vote change
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>>3715007
well, I wasn't gonna vote but since you change I'll vote to tie things up so we can have a nice balance between distance and friendly

>>3713633
this
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>>3715003
You're not sure really how any of this should be done, it's a first time in all ways for you. Doing your best to act as you believe would be wise then, rather than roaring for attention for example, you instead fan your wings.

"Welcome, nobles of the humans, to this gathering. I ask you to enjoy the evening our host Brigid-"

"-Dame Henbane." she interjects with a whisper.

"What? Oh, our host Dame Henbane has prepared for us."

Your voice rings through the hall, but in a courteous and inviting way, not mighty and imposing. This seems to put people more at ease since they've not heard you speak yet, so the first words being normal enough is a relief. There's polite applause around and a few cheers, before people move to take their places then. One side of the hall is a big table with space for you at one end (and Brigid at the other) and castle staff haul out the food. Some tens of minutes later and people have found places and are enjoying quite a feast... or would if there weren't so many toasts to your name and rule!

Your instinct of course is to chow down and you'd make a mess for sure, but some visual clues from Brigid get you to act wisely again; this isn't about the dinner but about appearances so you behave in a measured manner. Some of the nobles in fact dig in more heartily than you by comparison where you're just (as much as a dragon can) daintily lifting morsels to your mouth with a pinch of your claws. You notice this again serves in your favor, the people seeing you're not some ravenous beast but have care of propriety. And though you would normally remain aloof, nervous as you are, you try your best to put yourself at ease and the gathered guests make it easy with all the interest, praise, and talk of you. Initially among themselves but when it's learned that you're open to answering questions and even conversation... why, it's quite hard to try and hold a talk with so many people at once (with folks even down the table calling out remarks or questions), but you have no trouble at all holding their attention.

Maybe... this isn't so bad, and if nothing else it is a valuable learning experience. Charisma is as deadly a weapon for any dragon as their lethal breath, so even if you would never consider yourself even remotely as low a being as these humans, the ability to mingle and navigate your way socially among them is a powerful skill to learn. With the right behavior, the right things said, the right manners and traditions observed, you can rule these people just as easily as if you had your jaws around their heads. And best of all, it visibly increases their confidence and their favor in you. Graduating from a tyrannical monster occupying their land, to a legitimate monarch they can believe in and support.

If their queen is as worthy as you are, then why should they care if she's not human, perhaps?

>Make a roll!
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Rolled 34 (1d100)

>>3715053
>Make a roll!

oh no another roof collapse!

it seems we managed to fool these worms into being at ease, good
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Rolled 41 (1d100)

>>3715053
ah fuck
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>>3715064
Actually this is just a roll to see how competent/capable your nobility are.
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>>3715080
oh good
they can be shit as they want as long as the roof doesn't collapse

I was ready to abandon and ban such events if another shit like the one with Lila happened again kek
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>>3715080
>Actually this is just a roll to see how competent/capable your nobility are.
looks at 34 and 41. SOMEONE ELSE ROLL!
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>>3715093
It's good they are not that good, less chance of they being good enough to betray us, I'm actually hoping we can swap nobility for some kind of rich ionvestors and people who actually work
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Rolled 25 (1d100)

>>3715053
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Rolled 84 (1d100)

>>3715053
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>84

Over the course of the banquet then, you observe your guests as much as you're sure they do for you, and you start to size them up and gain a rough understanding. In total, there are about five entities of interest with different areas of focus.

>Rochat family, the most prominent landlord family of the lowlands, after Brigid herself they are the "highest" nobles and quite rich and fancy and owners of several businesses
>Keller family, the most prominent landlord family of the highlands, not as rich or fancy as the lowland nobles but more numerous and in tune with the commoners
>Hefti family, a family associated with the seaborne focus of the land, both in resources and trade
>Lady Nora, a noble who is most responsible for the industry of the region, something her family historically has done and now falls to her
>Mr. Matteo, not a noble but a sir, he's the most prominent artisan in the land and largely represents others like him in the arts

Not all of these people seem that worthy of your attention or time outside of social events like this, but you feel you can tell with are worthwhile for giving importance in your queendom, and there's a fair few from the gathered lot here. Certainly any of them would be more than happy to take whatever role you may offer up within your government, such as the ministerial positions you've opened up.

In any case you continue to observe your collection of nobles and ponder whether to actually hold a noble court, in between answering questions and responding to folks who want to know about you or your plans for the country. When the entertainment, and particularly the music gets underway though, speaking of plans for the country there's some attention to your partner status. Just a lone queen? That won't do, linage is important to people's faith in the future stability of a land!

Though they aren't so bold as to suggest any of this to your face, there's a concerted effort by more than a few noble lads, either bold enough themselves or pushed to it by their families, to ask you to "dance" or whatever that means. Like some of the other humans do, and take to the other half of the hall which is cleared space, allowing them to... move about due to the music? Such a strange display, what is this, some strange mating ritual? With their costumes you'd liken them to birds and the rituals those animals have, but to your utter confusion they... just seem to be enjoying themselves innocently enough?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaRNvJLKP1E

How totally strange to you...

>What do you do?
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>>3715263
Observe them

We should look for a suitable dragon eventually, but we are far too young to think about children now I think

After the party we should talk to Briged about making ab oficial visit to that guys that embargoed us to try and open up that embargo
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>>3715263
enjoy the music maybe try gently moving along to the rhythm. making sure not to accidentally kill anyone in the process. also, let "Dame Henbane" know that you have indeed decided to form a nobles court of the [guys you mentioned in the post], also ask how we can help with the embargo situation. also, we need to look for a dragon mate.
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>>3715263
Continue responding to nobles and entertaining them while the party ends

A dragon dancing would be the most ridiculous thing ever, if we ever try something like this we should at least train and have some classes before this

>>3715283
Support seeking Petrar, maybe tell her to send an envoy to let them know we are visiting so they don't react with hostility
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>>3715285
Too soon for a mate I think, we have much expanding and governing to do before raising a child
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>>3715289
no, let the music flow, let in consume you, feel the rhythm taking hold, and let go WE MUST DANCE!

>>3715296
Its never to early to start looking tho
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>>3715300
My real worry is that whoever that dragon may be it coukd try to take over our lands, we just left mother's lair so I imagine we are one of the weakest dragons around

We could investigate more into that Saren that we learned about the other side of the valley, but we should only get involved with a dragon weaker than us to make sure he would not be able to take over

>dancing

Better we learn how to do it before we embarass ourselves in front of the lesser races
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>>3715300
>WE MUST DANCE!
Please stop "lol so funny XDDD" meme posting

I believe you said something similar before
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>>3715323
are you going to tell me with a start face that you aren't even a little interested in seeing what a dancing dragon would look like?
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>>3715344
Its not about seeing what it looks like, as the post stated, this is all aboit appearence, and we have no idea what they are doing, so no, I'm not the little bit interested in playing the fool in front of the nobles
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>>3715358
I feel certain that we will have to roll for it and I am confident that we will Ace that roll
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>>3715367
Well, you can roll if you want to do it. But if player majority is against dancing then it won't matter.
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Rolled 93 (1d100)

>>3715377
even if it won't count, let the music flow through life
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>>3715377
Also support dancing
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Rolled 52 (1d100)

>>3715377
Rolling for dancing
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>>3715377
Support Dancing
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

>>3715392
>>3715399
>>3715323
>>3715283
I think that's two for and two against? Coin toss then I guess!
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>>3715392
HA HA HA, YES!
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>>3715474
Oh, well nevermind. If you are to do this then, are you actually answering any requests of the humans? Or only doing it on your own?
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>>3715486
lets dance with a few humans then just let the music flow through us on our own
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>>3715486
On our own I think
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>>3715479
get fuck
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>>3715486
Either on our own or rotating between a lot of them so as to not show favoritism
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>>3715486
On our own, display that dragon superiority

After we are finished with this noble nuisanse we should get a report on our sister kid and see how he is adapting while we are here.
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>>3715502
>>3715541
>>3715494
>93

Well you can accept the invitation to dance, but you prefer to do so on your own, making sure at least to take off your crown. You try just observing the humans at first but realize the folly of it due to the difference in physiology. There's a rehearsal to this as well, but if they can get along with some simple practiced movements enough, then why should you have any trouble doing what feels right? Listening to the music and doing what comes naturally, you may not have some instinct like the humans seem to for their music but you can match movement to rhythm and attempt to "dance".

Quite an impressive display too, as you prance and swing and jump about the hall, fanning your wings and kicking your legs and swinging your head to the music. It starts out mostly just random movements and what you feel is fun with the music, but getting an idea of your range of motion for fun like this, you eventually go about it in a measured fashion with showy but deliberate and methodical movements. While the event had intended to be fun for everyone participating, you soon end up with an admiring little crowd about you who clap and gasp and cheer at the display. You feel a little embarrassed since it's your first time and you feel like you're on display for them, but you actually manage such an impressive show that you can tell their reactions are genuine, and you end up with more than a few admirers before the evening is through even you won't entertain such interest from humans.

Well then you can enjoy yourself for a good while and then take it easy for the rest of the night while people alternate between eating and drinking, and appreciating the entertainment, with plenty of conversation between. Eventually the event will draw to a close as people party themselves out, but if you have any other actions in mind before them you can do so. Otherwise, it'll just be what you want to do to conclude things, then you can see about any other remaining business for the night before you get some sleep... probably here in Eisling.

>What do you do?
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>>3715656
Get a report on the sister's kid to see if he is adapting well, then go to sleep
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>>3715673
>>3715656
Btw are we sure he is our sisters kid and not some other randon dragons kid?
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>>3715656
Discuss with Briged the Petrar embargo, tell her to send a diplomat to let them know that we would like to talk with them
Is there any cultist in town after the rotation? we could get a report from them about the situation on the free city
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>>3715693
We felt her smell on him
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>>3715693
You know her scent, and also he spoke her name as his mother, or who he was told is his mother at least.

>>3715699
>>3715673
There would be at least one cultist in town sure, if you want you can simply meet with them tomorrow to also find out what's going on with the kid.

In the meantime, you can thank people for coming one by one as they give you their thanks and farewells for the event. Nervous as you were, mostly bad memories from what happened with Lila, you actually feel pretty good after all is said and done and the last nobles take their leave (or rather their servants come to collect them from having drunk too much). Not only did you get to learn some experience about the humans and enjoy yourself, but also you got a valuable impression of the concept of "nobles" of the lesser races. You don't see any huge reasons they are essential to anything, but you're convinced they aren't totally useless either. With some careful and clever managing you could turn them into a potential benefit for you land you think, and there's something nice about being surrounded by the best among the lesser races. Lazing about at home and getting belly rubs is one thing, but you wouldn't mind some fun of having folks like this around, even just a few to entertain you and maintain a social presence.

"...a dancing dragon?" Brigid has a slight smirk, the first time you can recall her doing so in a long time if ever.

"By gods you are right! Now, what is the situation with this endbarlo?"

"Embargo."

"Right, yes. Send word I want to meet over this, and see it resolved... for the good of my people!"

You're not sure how long it will take or if it will even work, but Brigid can do as you ask and try to engage in diplomacy for this matter. Failing that, you can always just rip and tear at the problem like usual!

---

Leaving the remains of the banquet to be cleaned up and appreciated by the servants, you seek a place to sleep. The lordly bedchamber seems right, since Brigid avoids it and takes a common room herself. You try to get some sleep but you hear commotion outside. A few noble fellows in a bit of a spat it seems, trying to claim the right to be the one to attempt to catch your attention from the balcony with sweet words and praise.

>What do you do? Come tomorrow, is your first interest meeting with the cultists?
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>>3715760
listen in this will be funny, as for tomorrow meet with the cultist after an extra filling first and second breakfast.
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>>3715760
Sleep well and content.
Meet the cultists, let's see what they have to tell us about the city and the kid
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>>3715808
This
Can we get a list of the 6 cultists? We got the red widow, the spy, the rogue bit what about the other 3?
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>>3715760
>Hide by the window/balcony and listen in while staying hidden.
I wonder what these lads find so captivating about a dragon cloaca.
Also, we're probably old enough to be their mother, or even grandmother, depending how long we spent in mother's lair.

>cultist
>sister's son
>the alchemist and hisand his legendary dragoness kuchikamizake
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>>3715930
ah, you have made a common mistake see dragons like alligators have vaginas this is an easy mistake to make given the amount of misinformation that exists about dragons these days.
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>>3715930
our cloaca bring all nobles to the yard
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>>3715950
>>3716036
second verse same as the first
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>>3716055
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komodo_dragon#Reproduction

Komodo DRAGONS

kek
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>>3716076
,,,this...this proves nothing
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>>3716091
embrace the cloaca anon
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>>3715829
The original cultists are;

>Losha, assassin, very skilled
>Kule, rogue/spy, very skilled
>Ezun, jeweler, decently skilled, an actual priest
>Virra, criminal, decently skilled
>Osto, merchant, average skill
>Saldo, sorcerer, average skill

You didn't really bother to learn much more about them than that, since they were already so devoted without effort.

>>3715808
>>3715790
>>3715930
You dwell by the balcony and listen to the humans bickering down below for a time. Their arguments vary and they accuse one another of different things and nearly come to blows. While some seem to be interested in your position though, or your power, at least one or two sound interested due to romantic reasons. Or so it sounds like. You just find it amusing, since you could just kill and eat them all, while instead they fancy you their mate or something akin. They should have tried with your sister instead, she'd entertain them and answer their dreams... only to later turn them into nightmares.

In any case when the group of them are discovered by guards and harassed away for trespassing, you can crawl into bed and chuckle yourself to sleep.

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Come the next day you can be up and active, get something to eat and then go looking for your cultists in town. Walking through Eisling as people withdraw or respond in fear, nervousness. Ruler or not, seeing a dragon walk down the road is not something everyone can adjust to.

"The boy is getting along well as an doctor's apprentice. I doubt he's ever worked a day in his life as a princeling, but it seems his dragon descent affords him safety from diseases. Or something like that, we also found him lodging with an old maid."

As you'd hoped, the cult were able to take care of the boy and provide him with a livelihood, keep an eye on him and out of trouble. His mother will have to try hard to find out what became of him, if his fate remains as trouble-free as this. On the other matter of the free territories, your cult have been working their way around the nearest free town. Presently the priest of the cult is here, and has been spreading the faith while the others on rotation act in secrecy. As far as they've gathered, that specific free town is governed by a militant order who are not the kindest of rulers but they keep the peace and maintain independence so the locals are happy. But it is definitely not a strong/stable government, to say the least. Just a militant dictator really and supporting officers, of this order.

>What do you do?
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>>3716122
Tell the cult to start spreading there that the Valley is so much better now that a dragon is ruling over, they are used to strong leadership so a dragon will seem way stronger than anything they have already

Let's fly back home and see if we have those reports on gold, military forces and nearby mercenaries
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>>3716149
support
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>>3716122
Lets visit them using our fancy elven clothes so they don't mistake us for a monster

Maybe promis of expansion and war against dwarves for profit may make them turn over our side
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>>3716122
Visit our old alchemist friend and see what he's been up to with buckets of our spit and some bleached scales
dragoness wine~~
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>>3716192
>>3716156
>>3716149
>>3716248
You can have the cult start spreading the word, and the faith, that your way is better. Then in time if you like (or now, even) you can personally visit there to show people firsthand that you are their best option.

As for the reports, you can find out those things just by asking. Brigid for example, has her own assistants who've done their own research, you hope for persons like them at your castle in time as you appoint them but right here and now you can just ask Brigid's assistants.

>Rough population of your land
8500, mostly humans. Elf village not counted since you can't conventionally tax them.
>Current prosperity of your land
Average, on average people earn a silver a day, give or take between the poor and the rich.
>Current worth (1 gold = 10 silvers, 1 silver = 10 coppers)
About 25,500 gold per month for the total monetary value earned by the land (-500 for administration), again give or take between poor and rich.
>Current tax rate
5%, mostly due to nobles and landlords, you can change this of course as well as determine how much a cut you personally get.

As for military, due to your priority of this the last few months,

>Ready for service, no training
250 irregulars you could expect, if you rely on conscription the numbers can vary
>Ready for service, average training
500 of your "standing" military, that also acts as public works laborers
>Ready for service, specialists
100, in the way of veterans, those trained for certain field roles, and other standout volunteers
>Ready for service, elites
10-15, in the way of knights and adventurer types or other local prominent figures

As for mercenaries, as with the last time you can roll. 2d100 for the quality, and the reliability.
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>>3716356
And this will probably be my last post of the night, we'll continue tomorrow as usual, including any other player input by then and also the rolls if you want. In the meantime you can decide what you want to do after this, like if you want to travel to the free lands now, or return home and visit the alchemist along the way if you like.

Till next time, thanks all for playing!
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Rolled 59, 13 = 72 (2d100)

>>3716356
rolling for mercs

>>3716363
travel to free lands using clothes, to see how things are

thanks for running
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>>3716363
have a good night Scales
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Rolled 10, 12 = 22 (2d100)

>>3716356
visit the alchemist, let our cult spread the faith before we visit.
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this is fine
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Rolled 100, 78 = 178 (2d100)

>>3716356
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>>3716390
Remember you have a reroll to use, if you want to try for double 100s!
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>>3716390
>100
>quality

it seems we have found the fabled dragoon knights or mother's personal troops have arrived
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>>3716390
don't fall for it its a trap!
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now I just hope we can actually pay for the guys

it seems we have found the people to finally bring the dwarves to their knees, let's not waste this opportunity, we either use them to attack the dwarves or Petrar who is embargoing us, but they are a little more risky since they have the country of Ypren behind them
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>>3716390
Oh and one other thing, as usual with 100s and 1s, kind of like when players roll the same number, you can suggest what the result of the roll could be. Not guaranteed that it will happen but your suggestion may probably be taken into account.

Just you though since you rolled it. And remember as a hundred crit success, you can think of it as a miraculous chance, something that would never occur otherwise. Smiled upon by the (dice) gods, as it were!
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>>3716122
>romantics
I’m still not against finding a mate among the lesser races. They’ve just gotta be a very special person and they’ve gotta win our heart.

But that’s a discussion best saved for some other day, when we’re ready to try and start a family.

>Ruler or not, seeing a dragon walk down the road is not something everyone can adjust to.
Oh come on! We’re wearing clothes and our crown! We’re not that scary!
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some ideas for mercenaries

>The Dragon Order, they used to defend mother's lair but since she has no intention of expanding and they heard news that Mistress Riona was expanding her queendom they decided to make their skills useful to us, they come equipped with fire weapons, heavy armour decorated in dragon style, light siege weapons like ballistas and scorpios (used to chase away smaller dragons that mother didn't want to receive) and they even have the secrets of a strange potion called Graeek Fire, Decimus, the commander that comes from a faraway land and calls himself a legionary, bows deeply in front of the queen and asks for the honor of serving her.

>A sorceress of considerable power named Bruhylda came looking for the dragon queen, reports said that a small army of the dead followed on her wake, after she heard that a dragon was making herself a ruler she decided to come and offer her services, imagining that a dragon would not pursue and try to kill her for being prejudiced against her craft like many other rulers, in exchange for her services she asks for a place where she can conduct her experiments safely, she promises to not harm anyone, as she doesn't make new materials, she just uses those who would normally go to waste.

>Korwin Steelbeard, son of Bragan Steelbeard was the sole heir to the dwarven town in our mountains, or so he thought, after his father died he suffered a political coop from the family controlling the human fueled mine and was exiled from the mountain, his loyal followers came with him and the group of tunnelers, sappers and heavy armoured warriors wandered the land as mercenaries to gather funds, after hearing that a dragon unified the valley and was its ruler he made the unthinkable, if the dragon queen helped him get his revenge and take back his father's throne he would swear allegiance to her and become part of her queendom

>The goblins have done it again, after her morning fire bath the goblin priestess looked for a suitable rock to praise the Sun (who is actually Mistress Riona's oldest son, see, sun....son...makes sense for the goblins) she slipped and fell through a shaft, upon waking up she was surrounded by other goblins, that have lived underground for quite some time, she manages to impress them with her stories and now they worship (in their goblin way) Mistress Riona and would do anything to please the Fire Born!
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>>3716491
Yeesh well what a nice thing to see when you open the thread. I made that post and then saw that the thread close for the night and didn't bother to see what I even rolled, and then this.

Only real companies I can think of to liken a group like this to be would be the Swiss Mercenaries or maybe the Great Company/White Company. Groups that have the ability and power to rewrite history books and reshape how warfare is fought for decades if not centuries after them. veteransfrom many nationality and from many a war, staunch loyalty to one ruler until their lieges death frees them to pursue other contracts and willingness to carry out any task given no matter how abhorrent.

Or just for laughs, it could just be one person but he is literally the greatest warrior/mage/ranger/ etc. of modern times. Liken to Lü Bu but minus the bad behavior and betrayal due to the high reliability roll. could also be joined by other famous heroes or something of that ilk if that's too far fetched. but I also want to wait and see what other people have to suggest like>>3716741
did as I like his idea for the Dragon Order.
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>>3717030
I wouldn't mind having this universes sun Tzu on our side
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>>3717030
I liked the swiss army and the dragon order too, a very hard and versatile force composed of different tipes of soldiers from different backgrounds to cover most bases
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More mercs, not necessarily for the 100 but because it's fun to make them

>Professor-Magus Arksus originally wanted to strike a deal with the dwarves, but after being rejected by them he sought Riona instead, he has made great advancements in flesh and steel contructs, replacing big parts of his own body for magical constructs, together with his followers and a number of flesh and steel golens they wish to use the mountains and it's mines for resources and are willing to fight the queen's battles to make that happen

>"The Southrners have arrived! Run!" that is what was heard at the coastal village near Einsling, the southerners, or frost elves, are nothing like their mainland cousings, prefering to live off pilaging and dragging people back to their island as thrals, but this time, as soon as they landed, instead of attacking they started breaking up their ships to form houses, it seems a great tragedy occured at their island, they do not get into great detail about what it is but it drove then out and they are seeking a new place to stay, as they see a dragon as a strong enough and capable leader they offer to pay for their stay with the only currency they know, blood and steel.

>"Les enfant de la patria" is more a revolutionary group than a proper mercenary band, after failing to depose Ypren's monarchy on an attempt to create a republic they found themselves in self imposed exile to escape the guillotines, their incredibly idealistic and charismatic leader Robespierre manages to spark the passion and desire for justice in most people, and recruiting those who listen they form a tenacious band of irregulars and guerrila fighters.

> The Clan, little is knows about the origin of this band of mercenaries, but a few things distinct themselves from others, when soneone joins them, they adopt a new name, the clan takes everyone, and their past and previous position dies the moment they sign in, they are fiercely loyal for one another and never break a contract with their employer, they stay until the cobtract is fulfilled or the employer dead, they divide themaelves into stormtroopers, regular infantry and rangers to serve as a versatile force that can operate alone is needed, their leader, Jotun, offers their services after they have just completed a contract for our Cestion neighbours
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>>3717030
>I also want to wait and see what other people have to suggest
Well, I’m gonna have to disappoint you there. I don’t really have anything that’s all that creative.

The only thing I could ask for is a bigger variety of races to come live in our country. You know what I’m talking about? All of the usual races you can find in a fantasy setting. Races like dragonborn, centaurs, fairies, hobbits, etc.
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>>3717366
So basically dragon enforced equality and freedom for all?
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>>3717377
Unless they are trolls, they can go all to hell

I miss having kobolds too, what is a dragon without those little fellas?
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>>3717391
if it is any consolation we have goblins.
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>>3717377
Sure, I guess. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I just personally think it's pretty boring only having humans and elves, with a surprisingly small amount of other races in our kingdom. A little variety would keep things interesting.
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>>3717556
CITIZEN, YOU WILL EXERCISE YOUR RIONA GIVE FREEDOMS BY VOTING IN YOUR LOCAL ELECTIONS PAX DRACONICA (it means enforced Dragon peace)
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wowo lot of posts!
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>>3717796
Love ya babe
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>>3717030
So with this in mind, taking into account, what would you prefer? A number of groups to choose from, or a number of individuals? You can expect them all to be exceptional, but what appeals to you more; a great group, or a singular great person?
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>>3717822
Top down or bottom up? I'd leave it to a coin flip honestly.
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>>3717822
I say a great group
We are the great individual
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>>3717840
exactly

>>3717822
we need an extraordinary group of individuals.(great group)
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>>3717822
Groups I think?
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>>3717864
>>3717854
>>3717825
>>3717840
Groups it is then, because of your admirable work you can choose then which among these you might want >>3717147 >>3716741

A little meta to know, but you can pick two, one which will remain loyal for awhile as per their contract, and one which will remain loyal for an extended period of time or longer depending on their role and your use of them.
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>>3717886
>>The Dragon Order, they used to defend mother's lair but since she has no intention of expanding and they heard news that Mistress Riona was expanding her queendom they decided to make their skills useful to us, they come equipped with fire weapons, heavy armour decorated in dragon style, light siege weapons like ballistas and scorpios (used to chase away smaller dragons that mother didn't want to receive) and they even have the secrets of a strange potion called Graeek Fire, Decimus, the commander that comes from a faraway land and calls himself a legionary, bows deeply in front of the queen and asks for the honor of serving her.


>>The goblins have done it again, after her morning fire bath the goblin priestess looked for a suitable rock to praise the Sun (who is actually Mistress Riona's oldest son, see, sun....son...makes sense for the goblins) she slipped and fell through a shaft, upon waking up she was surrounded by other goblins, that have lived underground for quite some time, she manages to impress them with her stories and now they worship (in their goblin way) Mistress Riona and would do anything to please the Fire Born!
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>>3717886
Oh and as per someone's request, if you want (and you end up choosing) the goblin option, if you'd prefer it can instead be kobolds. Since they work in a similar niche.
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>>3717886
The 100 roller liked the Dragon Order so it's just fsir that it's one of them, maybe the extended contract

The other could be either
>Korwin Steelbeard
Because it's a way into the dwarves or
>"The Southrners
Because not!vikings are cool
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>>3717896
we agreed on groups instead of individuals
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>>3717901
The dwarf one can easily just be worked into a group, same as the other few individuals suggested here >>3717147 >>3716741
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>>3717901
Yes I was refering to the groups that come with those individuals
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>>3717907
then we are rocking and rolling
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>>3717886
>The Dragon Order, they used to defend mother's lair but since she has no intention of expanding and they heard news that Mistress Riona was expanding her queendom they decided to make their skills useful to us, they come equipped with fire weapons, heavy armour decorated in dragon style, light siege weapons like ballistas and scorpios (used to chase away smaller dragons that mother didn't want to receive) and they even have the secrets of a strange potion called Graeek Fire, Decimus, the commander that comes from a faraway land and calls himself a legionary, bows deeply in front of the queen and asks for the honor of serving her.
can we have the necromancer be part of it too? I find that it would make sense that a necromancer would search for a dragon or something similar to live under to have protection against other ruler's moralities or religion.

the other group is a hard choice since I love them all =)

maybe we flip?
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>>3717941
You can choose the necromancer but it would be a separate choice.

In any case it seems like the dragon knights are the primary choice, so it's just settling for a secondary one.
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>>3717896
I had this pic with me for some time and that's where the Southerners came from

>>3717951
nah, let's not then, maybe later, I wanted the necro to see if we could actually contact Lila

I think we can roll for the other one from the ones already voted for
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>>3717887
Support
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if it's the goblins can it be kobolds?

praise the Sun, Son of Riona!
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strangely familiar necromancer
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>>3718002
nice dwarf
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Kinda dig the dwarf for the potential pay off in the end.
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

>>3717975
>>3717887
Gobs

>>3717896
>>3718029
Dorfs

>>3717896
Erfs

So, roll between dorfs and gobs.
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>>3718036
Gobs get it then it looks like! Just a quick question then, did people prefer kobolds, or gobs it is?
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>>3718040
kobolds!
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>>3718040
In a perfect world we would have both, but If I have to pick only one then its the Gobs
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>>3718040
Kobolds would make for better devout followers imo
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>>3718040
Gobs, they are very fun.

Now we have to make sure the cult doesn't kill them all
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>>3718056
we told the cult to be peaceful so It should be fine.
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>>3718052
Kobold cleric of Riona!
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>>3718063
plus a bit of diversity never hurts right?
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>>3718063
that is fucking adorable
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>>3718075
be bold, choose kobold!

they are crafty and come with their own cave to fill with traps!
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

>>3718056
>>3718052
>>3718050
>>3718049
Another tie, need of a coin toss. Kobolds and gobs.
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>>3718095
Goblins it is then, maybe some day you might encounter kobolds, but it shan't be anytime soon.
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Oh shit, they are getting organized, kek!
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>>3718123
kek
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>>3718123
There's two moons in fact.

Also this, in conjunction with the effort made by the players towards the mercenaries, I feel that's worth another reroll, so you have two now.

>>3716390
>100, 78

It seems you have a need of forces beyond those which you already control! Before you return home you want to go check out these free territories, ripe for the taking! Sure the situation with Cestion precariously rests upon you not expanding, but some humans aren't going to constrain you or your land! You make preparations to depart then, but there's a bit of alarm in Eisling that you become aware of; some knightly order has shown up, making demands?

Well, you will certainly get to the bottom of this!

"Wait, you want to do what?"

"We pledge our lives in service to you, oh Riona."

The Order of the Dragon, you remember these guys. Although a lesser race, these knights were devoted to mother... originally in fact, they were quite evil but mother reformed them into an organizing force for the lands around her lair. Not terribly different from bandits exacting tolls, but orderly and with codes of conduct, and all towards mother rather than themselves.

They were instrumental in making people adapt to her reign and the insurance of tribute, but now that such standards have been in place for decades, mother doesn't really need them anymore... well she never needed them at all. But they feel they could do more good for you, than her anymore and of mother's offspring they consider you the most worthy as her only red daughter. As you have things more or less under control though, they might not be so helpful at their intended role, but they're still plenty happy to fight for you. A cautionary detail however, one you may not be pleased with, but many among their number are themselves draconic to a degree, as much as half-dragons. Over the years mother had many fellow dragon suitors and the Order served as a filter for that... at the cost of themselves becoming interbred with the same dragons they were keeping at bay. All sorts of colors to them, and a few abominations (due to severe mixed breeding) they have to keep near enough imprisoned. And as you might expect, one among their number is your niece. Also perhaps most significant of all, they bear the influence of mother; though they seem intent to become devoted to you, mother is the one who formed them and you know her methods and motives are different from yours.

These drawbacks aside though, they are formidable warriors, orderly and disciplined, a true knightly order, and they seek to serve you now if you'll have them...

...though, it may take a significant period of adjustment to fit them into your queendom comfortably and... safely.

>What do you do? You're interested in visiting the free lands then?
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>>3718153
Well! Time to build a keep to keep (hehe snicker) our order, get those public work guys to do that using the premium stone that comes from our mines, the roads can wait to be paved since we already have the river to transport things up and down.

Visit the free city diplomatically, wear our fancy elven armor if its ready or just clothes if it isn't

Let's meet their leader and greet our neighbors
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>>3718153
Let's visit them

Hey, this might be a good place for the nephew to go after he learns his medicine, he can be part of the order as a healer and even meet his half sister
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>>3718153
we accept the Order of the Dragon into our lands and welcome them.

as for visiting the free lands how long has it been since the cult started preaching there? I want to give some time for our faith to develop in that land.
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>>3718231
Only about a month and a bit, but more than preaching, they've been focusing on learning whatever weaknesses there are and what can be exploited. Since as you indicated, they're more a clandestine force rather than a traditional religious cult.

>>3718231
>>3718221
>>3718197
You accept the offer of the knights then, better they ally to you than your siblings. Though you may not want to house them in your settlements, but to construct a fortification for them will take time (and if you care to specify, a location in your land), potentially a problem because you had your construction force working on roads (which are coming along nicely) so to take them off that to put on this effort will stall the road effort.

In any case though, you can let Brigid figure out what to do with them for the time being till you return, for now you want to visit the free lands! You probably can't wear all your fancy clothes though since the more regal articles actually take help to put on you. But some basic elven clothes you can bundle up and carry in your draconic hands, then dress yourself when you land, since flying in clothes (at least elven ones) doesn't work that well.

In your travel then, in what manner do you want to make contact with these other people? Do you want to just go right up to their town and seek diplomacy, something more indirect, or something else altogether?
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>>3718305
Fly over the town a little bit and then land some distance away, let's wait for a bit there and see if any of the local cultists come visit us

A monastery or a keep for the order would increase their prestige, I was thinking of doing it near Einsling in some strategic defensive position maybe, on the way to Ypren.
They seem to be disciplined enough
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>>3718305
we should bring a diplomate along with us, humans have proven themselves very cunning in the past.

as for the order I think we should have a Keep build for them close to Eisling
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>>3718328
This

>>3718342
We can send embassadors later if the talks with us go well, remember this guys are beligerant militants
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>>3718328
Well there is the abandoned monastery in the mountains. It's a bit remote though, but otherwise it's already been built.

>>3718342
>>3718355
Well a bit late for that now. What's a matter, you don't doubt your own cunning do you?

In any case to fly for about a day, and nearly crash into an airship in the process going over the mountains. But you can land by evening on the outskirts of the town and throw on your clothes before looking around. Nothing particularly, that you're not used to, tracts of farmland across the lowland slopes of the mountains.

"Dragon! It's-"

A... some sort of cow-person-woman-thing? Carrying a basket of vegetables, she panics when she sees you at first, but quickly notices the clothes and your nature of not attacking and killing her.

"...oh, uh... what are you doing here? Do you want something?"

Well that's an odd exchange. But it's nice to see that you aren't immediately regarded with fear and panic. Or, to an extent you are, but it seems like you're not unmistakably some evil monster. At least you don't have to chase anyone down or plead for them to come to their senses.

Having flown over the town at least, you expect your cultists, but probably not for awhile at least so you've got time to yourself here.

>What do you do?
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>>3718467
Cow person? Its a minotaur?
Hello, I'm the ruler of the valley, I came here to meet my neighbours, where could I find your leaders?
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>>3718467
say " I have never encountered someone like yourself what Species are you exactly? As to why I am here, I am Queen Riona leader of Firebreath Valley and I have come to meet with the leadership if the land." be Regal with the cow women
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>>3718500
>>3718493
Good for me
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>>3718500
>>3718518
>>3718493
The hells is this, some kind of prank? Who would dress up like a cow randomly, unless...

"I have never encountered someone like yourself, what Species are you exactly?"

"Well I've never seen a dragon before, but I'm a minotaur."

Well that's something new.

"As to why I am here, I am Queen Riona leader of Firebreath Valley and I have come to meet with the leadership if the land."

"Firebreath valley... you mean Ostrela? I didn't know Ostrela had a queen... if you want to see who's in charge here, you'll want to go to Moritz, it's a town down the way... you probably saw it already if you flew here."

Nothing you don't already know. Well if you are to play it safe then it's just a matter of time waiting till your cultists arrive. You might need to spend the night somewhere since it's getting dark, no need to just stand out here waiting all night.

>Where do you want to lodge?
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>>3718689
Look for a Traven in town that is willing/can be intimidated into letting to spend the night.
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>>3718689
well, thank you
is there a place where I could rest here?

let's walk around the city and see how they live, then rest in the tavern

I hope there aren't any goat people, we would have a hard time resisting not eating them...hmmm...goats....
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>>3718707
>>3718731
Well if you want to go into town you can, but that may defeat the point of waiting outside before diplomacy.
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>>3718756
Oh then spend some more time having an informative conversation with the cow lady
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>>3718756
I was refering to wait around here not going to the town tho
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>>3718756
Don'rlt go into town, wait here for a day.

Ask the woman how many more of her kind live around here, are they the majority
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>>3718765
>>3718788
>68

You just need a place to spend the night then! You spend some time talking with the minotaur till the sun goes down and she wants to return home, but you learn that while there are others like her, humans are the majority in this land. But she's happy enough to talk about the land here at length, she likes it because there's no government rule so she's left alone and fairly free, they just support the town nearby with food but otherwise no one bothers them.

Bad news for her then, when you plan to take over!

"The uh... you can stay in the stable for the night?"

Parting ways with the minotaur, you follow the road a ways to a river crossing where there's also a water mill and a cluster of buildings including a tavern for local farms and such. You cause an initial fright with your approach and entry, and while people don't ever seen to get used to you, they at least aren't panicking and fleeing. You try to get a room though, but can't fit up the stairs to reach the few rooms. The owner offers you the stable to sleep then due to your size but you probably don't want to stay there when you actually go out and look. The stable boy though, after his own fright towards you, offers a barn you can stay at, and where he spends the nights.

Sadly it seems this may be your only option unless you either want to just find some place in the wild to curl up, or you want to intimidate some farmer into giving you his home for the night.

>What do you do?
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>>3718847
sleep in the barn with the stable boy
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>>3718847
we will eventually rule this people so I say we sleep at the barn and send the stable boy to the....stable
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>>3718877
The barn is big enough for the both of you, as you accompany the stable boy away from the tavern after the remainder of his shift (and appreciating a few drinks yourself). He just sleeps up in the loft meanwhile there's a big pile of hay you can make use of at the back, so you get off your clothes and fold/hang them up over the night. Not the best sleeping arrangements but you've had worse and in a pinch it's better than sleeping among horses.

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"My lady? Your grace..."

You're awoken the next morning by appropriately enough, one of your cultists. Losha, the assassin, nudges your tail with her foot, while you stir among the hay and open your eyes to see her holding the stable boy in a choke with a knife to his throat.

Just waiting for the approval to kill, the poor lad utterly confused and afraid, but unable to struggle without cutting himself against her knife pointed to his skin.

"Praise be for coming to see us. We heard about your flight over, and came looking. What is your bidding?"

Thankfully your cult is quite skilled indeed, and sure enough they found you somehow in a random barn in the countryside overnight. Well, you've met up with them now, so can proceed as you need to.

>What do you do?
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>>3718965
SIgh say "Let him go" then ask "what is the current situation in the city I want a full report"
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>>3718965
Also this will probably be my last main post of the night. We'll continue tomorrow as usual, with any player input till then. See how things go with these free lands perhaps.

In the meantime, thanks all for playing!
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>>3718965
Let the kid go and tell hin to run off so not to hear anything
Ask her what is the situation on the town, who could be our supporters and who could be our detractors
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>>3718153
>And as you might expect, one among their number is your niece.
Was it another one of our sister’s kids? Or did one of our other siblings have a kid that we didn’t know about?

And does this niece know we’re related?

>>3718965
Have her let the boy go. Then tell him to leave.

Might as well put on your clothes while you’re chatting with your cultist.
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>>3719577
You can tell this is your sister's child, but besides that you don't think your brothers ever had offspring. Not yet anyway.

As for knowing, yes this niece knows of your relation since the Order had regular enough presence and contact with your family, so growing up and being raised for a group that serves dragons, they obviously let her know of her importance and relation to those same dragons they serve. The girl's father is still alive in fact, effective leader of the Order, so you personally recognize him. Vaguely, as just one of many faces your sister lured off to privacy over the years, but still.
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>>3719813
... that's worrying...
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>>3718965
Caress his cheek with the tip of our tail
>"A night's company and breakfast in bed? How thoughtful you are, my darling!"

Let the kid go and discuss business I suppose, make sure no one is eavesdropping.
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>>3719813
So does this mean both our niece and her father are in that group that wants to serve us?

And would our niece's father be our brother-in-law?
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>>3721031
Not exacly btother-in-law since sister didn't marry anyone, just our nieces father
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>>3721031
The knightly order which has pledged to serve you, are like the cultists; there's a larger portion of them that still serve mother. However like a small group of the cultists broke off to serve you instead, so too have this group of knights broken off from the larger order to serve you.

Of this detachment, includes your niece and her father, who have high positions. Despite the relation to your sister though they both share the same sentiment of serving you; upon asking, your sister Illyrie moves around too much for her plans, so a knightly order can't really serve her well. But you've chosen to settle down and make a domain for yourself, like mother, so that they can serve without issue.

As for the father himself, you suppose he's something like your brother-in-law. He never "married" your sister like the humans did, only had a child with her, but dragons don't do marriage ceremonies and all that anyway. So to the humans there's nothing between you but from the dragon perspective he's family in a way. In no small part because his daughter, your niece is family, and she's the obvious result of his blood and that of your family joined together.

>>3720794
>>3719577
>>3718984
>>3718995
With a sigh you can tell Losha to let the stable boy go, and thank him for his hospitality... but letting him know it would be best for his sake, if he were to keep quiet about all this. He's just happy to be alive now and runs off in a panic, much to your assassin's dismay.

"What is the current situation in the city? I want a full report."

"The others have done a good job spreading your faith, there's a few converts to our numbers. But word of your divinity, and even simply your queendom, is spreading on its own. Travelers and traders, coming here from there with stories of your benevolence and the stability, security you bring. People thought you were just killing and eating folks but are learning that's not true."

Having sheathed her blades, you emerge from the haystack to shake yourself off and try to get dressed, but Losha offers to help so that you don't have to lift a claw. As she pulls the elven clothes onto your mighty form with such admiration and rewarded faith, she tries her best to explain how things are. But you take your spy would be better at that, she's just a trained killer.

"I wouldn't say they're singing your praises in the streets and begging for liberation... but everyone is talking about it, and it is causing upset and fear among those in charge. I would guess... if it continued, and the resorted to harsh measures to ensure control, the people wouldn't be far from desiring your rule."

Well that's good to hear. This is of course just one town in the free territories, but if you can construct a situation where the people themselves throw off the reigns of their rulers in favor of your reigns, then it wouldn't appear as an invasion or expansion of your territory.

>What do you do?
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>>3721691
We shall meet them, appear in our godly display, prepare a great entrance, tell her to mark those who are our greatest opponents so they may have unfortunate accidents, but they MUST look like accidents
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>>3721691
Ok so here is the plan we use a group of adventurers to undermine the local government. while our cult continues to spread our faith and encouraging rebellion in our name. just when it looks like things are about to kick off we show up and offer to fix all the governments problems by absorbing them into our kingdom. the local elites would retain some power and we get a new town.
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>>3721691
Keep on spreading influence, but make no official moves. Let word spread that we'd help if help is requested.
Let them ask us to to "assist" them instead of us simply stepping in and making claims.
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>>3721757
>>3721797
we can combine these
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>>3721797
>>3721757
>>3721726
You can allow the more clandestine approach to continue, until the town is brought low enough to either need your help or end in revolt. That will take time though, and do you still want to personally go there yourself?
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>>3721805
we should meet with the local government to establish official relations
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>>3721691
I think this is a good situation. We'll just let them stew, wait for Draconian (kek) measures to be put in place against us, then lead an assault on the town to 'liberate it from its tyrannical rule.'

If actions can be taken to encourage rebellious grumbling and hurry things along, that'd be for the best.
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>>3721834
Assassination of those more moderate and leave the radicals in rule, that way the crackdown will come sooner

We have to make use of our assassin to cause unfortunate accidents
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>>3721849
Hmm...maybe not assassinations, too obvious and heavy-handed (unless we can implicate said radicalized elements) but vandalizations and the like upon the more radical members might work. It's a slowly warming pot, so stirring up shit would help as long as we don't do it too often.
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>>3721814
Ok then, make a roll for your engagement towards town!
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>>3721864
Accidents, unfortunate accidents
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Rolled 78 (1d100)

>>3721894
These bean are made of wood, I bet skyship fuel could melt them
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>>3721894
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>>3721894
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>>3721924
>>3721976
>>3721900
>78

You could just fly into town and roast people, kill your opponents and be done with it. But it seems wise to let your cult continue doing their thing and let the people accept your rule. Then at least your neighboring countries can't complain. But before any of that you'd still like to get an idea of this place.

"Halt! What do you want, dragon?"

"I seek to meet your town's leadership!"

It seems your reputation precedes you, or simply the folks are paranoid, because when eventually you depart from the barn and follow Losha along the road to town the place quickly shuts the gates ahead of you... with a humorous display of people shut out desperately trying to get in. Those atop the walls want your purpose, and eventually a man you assume to be in a position of power takes their place.

"We want nothing to do with your kind, dragon! If you want to trade, see the merchants. Otherwise, we ask that you leave us to mind our own affairs!"

You would guess that they've probably already been talking about you and the threat you pose, among themselves and for some time even. Such is the response given that you'd expect they have protocol for interacting with you, though they're visibly perturbed by your arrival here. Not that you can't talk to them though if you want to, but they seem independently hostile. For what it's worth though, after the initial shock of seeing a dragon approach, once people recognize you there is a comparatively positive response to you as you're regarded with interest and even admiration.

>What do you do?
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>>3722004
"I offer no ill will, I'm Riona, ruler of Firebreath Valley, and what I seek is to greet and know my neighbours, I come bearing friendship, if you refute me I can only imagine you do not seek my friendship, as sad as it would be to you and yours to not partake in my gifts, I would understand, it is your choice to make?"

A benevolent image to go with our reputation
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>>3722022
Support
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>>3722065
>>3722022
Of course your intentions towards this town are less than friendly, but you can of course hide your motives behind a fanged smile and fancy elven clothes.

"I offer no ill will, I am Riona, ruler of Firebreath Valley, and what I seek is to greet and know my neighbours, I come bearing friendship, if you refute me I can only imagine you do not seek my friendship, as sad as it would be to you and yours to not partake in my gifts, I would understand, it is your choice to make?"

"Firebreath valley? What's that?"

"We have enough problems of our own, without talking dragons!"

The guards and their leader don't seem at all happy, or even accepting of your presence or your rule. But the slowly gathering townsfolk voice their complaints over these few men speaking for the entire settlement. Normally you imagine they would suffer beatings from the guards, but given that there's a facade of stability attempting to be maintained, they can't visibly abuse their people in front of you. So, begrudgingly, they open the gate to let the people in and permit you entry.

No funny business though! Or so they say. They're not keen on your being here nor formally meeting with you beyond conversation shouted like this, but they'll accept your presence in the town for a time if you speak truly. More and more it seems, really they're just like the local authorities simply took control through some crisis, and simply never gave it up. So hardly willful figures enough to deny a dragon, as much as they may hate it. In fact, it makes you wonder if you couldn't just impose your will over them simply with your charisma and force of personality alone. You've talked and tormented your way around elven ladies and knights alike, all of them caved to your fire that burns within as much as without. Surely some lowly guards wouldn't be a challenge?

Well in any case, you can enter the town if you want to see how your cult is doing or simply look around. Otherwise if you're not interested and merely wanted to make yourself known, you can depart.

>What do you do?
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>>3722121
We should tour the town, being friendly and open, we are going to charm these people into submission.
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>>3722121
Enter the town, greet the people, play with the young with our tail and have laughts with them
Get our cult to use whatever funds they secured to shower those who approach us with drinks and food

"What a lovely people you are, and you seem so content, I'm sure you are well treated and not abused right?"

When the bold ones start to voice their complains, encoraged by our presence we say.

" but that cannot do, I'm sure your rulers would not stood to so low practices, because if they did they are no tulers at all, just brutes bulling those bellow them...I wonder, what kind of life is that? Is it any better than slavery?
I pity you, under my wings I seek safety and contentment, it is really a shame you can't be part of it as it is."

Fan the flames of rebelion, maybe today a mob will form
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>>3722004
"I am queen Riona, and as foolish as your supposition is that I am worth closing your gates for, I can insure you that nothing of the sort can stop me regardless of how you feel. If you want me out of your lives despite my benevolent intentions, I will remember keenly. But I am not here to speak to you so much as your leader, and if they are not willing then I will speak to whoever will listen. Such as the poor souls you willingly closed your own gates on. And if none are willing to listen and parlay or engage in civilized behaviors, then I will simply treat you lot as nothing better than filthy barbarians. Will you allow me to give bread and circuses unto you? Or hand yourselves to me on a spit?"
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>>3722141
Can we not roll yet qm? Disregard this and see the effects? Or do you want us to roll for it?
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>>3722149
Fuck I was way too late. Phoneposting bullshit reeee
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>>3722149
They opened the gates already
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>>3722148
Support, this is basically what I wanted.
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Rolled 27 (1d100)

>>3722152
You can roll just to see how well you can pull it off, sure.

As for reception of it...
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>>3722157
Don't remind me, damnit

>>3722121
Jump onto the walls where the gaurds were telling from to make a point, then ask who rules this place etc.
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Rolled 36 (1d100)

>>3722163
Rolling them

The lowest they roll the better for us right?
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>>3722163
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>>3722168
Roll for it dude, we are in need
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>>3721894
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>>3722163
Wrong post
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>>3722163
dice+1d100
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>>3722220
Doh
>>3722163
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>>3722121
>Firebreath valley?
Seeing as how everyone keeps getting confused when we say that, I’m thinking that maybe we should workshop the name a little bit, so that we can come up with a better, more impressive name.

.....shit, I actually don’t have a more impressive name. Naming things is hard!
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>>3722231
Could just go with the traditional name. Otherwise imagine a name which could serve for something more expansive than just the valley!
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>>3722231
My suggestion was Junaar, dragon word for kingdom.

Though i'd prefer anything over the mouthful that is Firebreath Valley.
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>>3722247
Well, the valley can continue to be there and once we rule more than it we cam come up with a name for the queendom while the valley stays as just the region's name
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lets just switch back to the traditional name
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>>3722223
>>3722216
>>3722208
>>3722195
>>3722176
>>3722141
>83, 27

These fools don't know who they're dealing with! Their hostility is well placed, but how suicidal must these sheep be to let you into their pen?

So in a manner most regal your tour about the town greeting everyone along the way with a charming and equally disarming smile. Among your deadliest weapons, your teeth on plain display for all to see, by all their instincts they should fear and revile you and flee for the hills... and yet sold with honeyed words and covered in fine elven clothes, and carrying a weight of your mighty and majestic dragon will...

"What a lovely people you are, and you seem so content. I am sure you are well treated and not abused?"

Like a wolf in sheep's clothing, you worm your way into their hearts, all your charm working to lower their guard. Assisted of course by some cultists you recognize, some you don't, more than generous with gifts and foodstuffs everywhere you rear your majestic head. Before long you've got an adoring crowd hypnotized by your beastly magnetism, and before that you've got people admitting and whispering such awful things of their captors. Of course you're sure hardly any of it is true, just these feeble little humans' attempt to win your favor and attention, but it's all you need to hear.

"...but that cannot do. I am sure your rulers would not stoop to so low practices, because if they did they are no rulers at all, just brutes bulling those beneath them... I wonder, what kind of life is that? Is it any better than slavery?"

It's ironic, and brings you such glee, because you notice of course a number of the guards either watching you or following you, but there's nothing really they can do. The people seem so taken by you that to break it up would cause upset, and it's not like you're calling for open rebellion... yet. And besides, any poor fool who might try to stop you, a fierce gaze his way is enough to make him think twice and let you alone.

You find the central plaza and a comfortable seating position as folks gather around you in awe, most never having seen a dragon before but completely baffled over how untrue the rumors were. So gentle and caring, and benevolent a creature as this, surely could never rain fire and death? The adults admire, the children play on you, and you unfurl your wings to their awe almost as a kind of shelter. And all the while your cultists circle and mingle through the crowd with baskets of food and goods and other gifts of your glory.

"I pity you, under my wings I seek safety and contentment, it is really a shame you cannot be part of it as it is."

You're not a wolf in sheep's clothing. You're a damned rival shepherd in sheep's clothing, luring away the flock from the current rulers with sweet lullaby's of merriment and harmony, and the current rulers are powerless to stop it. All they can do is look on, in fearful furious impotence.

>What do you do?
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>>3722253
That's a good point too.
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>>3722312
Perfect absolutely, perfect, It's time we take our leave. have the cultist keep us updated on the situation as it develops. have them quitely fan the flames of rebellion until its ready to burst into flames that's when we will make our move.
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>>3722312
Question, how is their quality of life? Just from what we can see. Is it better than our people in general or worse?
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>>3722312
Ask for music and enthrall them like we did the nobles, laugh and ask them to tell stories and show how they are.

Ask them for stories, for their tales and myths, they may talk about their time of crysis and how they come to be under these brutes
Then tell some of ours, how we saved the region from the spiders, or how we united the people after a noble duel and how even now we mine, trade and feast at our lands, even elves as wary as they are, bowed and served.

During this the cult should entice them in how things are so much better under us

It is such a shame that they are in this situation, but, whatever it may be, we are sure they will make their own parh to the future and choose their own way.

I hope to see pitchforks and torches before nights end
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>>3722360
why the hell not, in for a penny in for a pound.
support
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>>3722345
It's different from your own people. On average they seem better off, but because they are alone as a single settlement, they only have access to what is within their domain of control. So people in your towns can have access to good from anywhere within your queendom, not so here where they can only get what little they have access to from their territory.

So, more abundance of things they have than your people, but a limited range of things they have.

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>>3722360
You can keep enticing them down this path to hell, but your cultists whisper and suggest moving it to a more... secure location. You'd be out of the way of prying eyes and able to speak more openly about your intentions, but at the same time access to less people. Than if you stayed out here in the plaza, where anyone and everyone can see you but under scrutiny, you have to watch what you say to a degree.

...but, maybe you prefer the spectacle of it all?
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>>3722559
trust the judgment of our cultists and move to a secure place.
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