THE BASICSYour name is Joey Donuts.You are Grel (half elf, half human}You are a student wizard. You haven't picked your major and you're not licenced to use magic in areas owned by the Grand Ternion Unity.You have SIX spellsBlast - Does 6d6+20 energy damage. -MP 20Draw- Drain 10+2d6 mana from a target, providing they have mana -MP 5Wrack - DO 10 damage to yourself to gain 12 MP -freeWIZARD HAAAANDS - Manipulate an object you can see but not reach. As strong as you are - MP 10Douse - Extinguish any fire up to the size of a campfire , includes ignitions from matches and guns - MP 5Hells Heart - Instantly double the damage of any attack (ranged, magical, or physical) by charging it with magic -MP 16Earths Honesty - Tell if someone is lying about the thing they have just said. MP 6You are the acting CEO of Cold Iron Solutions potion company. Making mutterbottles and vodka!You solve shit.Your consigliere and number one is also your girlfriend. An enterprising goblin for hire called HIGHBALL.You have a company staff.LUMSDEN -Owner and pilot of your airshipSURREY - Potion brewerJONES - Staff chefGILCREST - CustodianKARL - A private investigatorYou have adventuring party membersBURSTOCK - An chill but rebellious healer. A thot with a big heart.MIKE - A pragmatic hunter, kinder than he looks. Kind of your bro.RICHTER - A wise muscle wizard, unfamiliar with people.previous thread for more details:https://archived.moe/qst/thread/4754113/This quest is nice and slow so don't panic.Here is the wikia that is chock full of info on the characters, locations and mechanics (and misspellings).https://trust-a-goblin.fandom.com/wiki/Trust_A_Goblin_Wiki
GM: Now, it's dangerously close to a year since I got one of these together, so this is honestly mostly gonna be a catch up thread. Good for the wiki and the archive etc.But last time, we were 1. Having a small party.2. On our way to collect a bounty3. Admiring our new furnishings4. Deciding how to use level up points.At this exact moment you are talking to SURREY. Potion brewer for your company.No rush, anon. It's been a while take a moment to catch up and talk it over.
>>5175568oh hell yeah it's back
>>5175569"Oof, ever had your memory just go blank? Happens to me once in a while... as I'm sure you've all noticed by now. Anyway, I know it's not your thing, but I figured I should at least let you know, we're having a party in the rec room. You're welcome to join if you feel like it."
The king returns! I’d say ask Surrey if she’d be alright with me taking a bottle of the stuff to show to perspective buyers, get them interested in our wares.
Fuck yeah we're back baby
Aw yeah, back in business.Anyhow, as I recall we'd spent 3/4 level-up points on -Highball, CHA up -Mike, Improved Kneecap -Burstock, Potion Chugging Leaving us with a free slot to learn, among other options, bluff, killshot, dancing, stronger blast, or another spell.We were also about to write a letter to Joey's parents to let them know we're alive and well, and party down with the companions we've collected.
>>5175861Another option for the level up, one that I personally endorse, is improving Hell's Heart. Since it's pretty much our most used spell and responsible for basically half the damage we ever do, it's a significant upgrade.
>>5176024Fair enough. Can we get a reminder what the over-under on the mechanics of improved hells heart are, centerfield?
>>5176062we're back baby
Ha-Ha time for quality.
>>5175568Hello again gobQM.
>>5176062Basically, with improved Hells Heart, you can cast hells heart on another team member while performing a separate action yourself.Or, you can perform a Hells Heart boosted attack while a team member does the same. Without improved Hells Heart, these option are unavailable. It does cost extra to do these advanced Hells Heart techniques. How much extra, depends on how your training with Burstock goes.I hope this makes sense?
>>5176978Extra actions? Hell, yeah, I say go for it.
Surrey, apparently feeling awkward about getting back to work just in case you have something to say, puts forth you may have other places you want to be.It's possible she's just showing off that she now gets her own dialogue close up. WHo knows.QM: Just to keep you abreast, last session you suggested Mike, in addition to using his new BOSSBREAKER shells, do more with poisons and caltrops.So he has two new attacks, updated in the wiki:SHUT OUT Reaching into his cloak, Mike scatters BURNSAUCE soaked caltrops between you and the enemy. Any terrestrial enemy that engages in melee combat will take 40 damage that ignores armour for the next 2 turns.AP1BOSS SHELL Loading special blue cartridges into his breaker, Mike gives one opponent both barrels. Microbeads of acid eat through their armour dealing 225 points of damage and lowering their armour by 30 for the rest of the battle.AP 4That as good a consensus as I could sorta get. So if you wanna also talk to Mike about how else he can level up (a new skill, some sort of bonus, make an existing attack stronger) be sure to let him know. He has one upgrade left.
>>5176978That's pretty gud. Especially since, if I remember correctly, Mana potions always fill to full.>>5176996If we don't have anyone else to invite, we should get back to the party before it winds down.
>>5176996We can choose last level up for mike when we get back to the party. Personally i am up for upgrading his Karubin attack, but we'll see.Back to the party it is.Also hell ye, you're back.
>>5177239>That's pretty gud. Especially since, if I remember correctly, Mana potions always fill to full.AND now we can use potions as a free action.
>>5176996"Alright, see you around Surrey. Don't forget to eat!" Wave goodbye and head to the party.
>>5177242>>5177473You cheerfully say goodbye to SURREY who nods with a small smile, and returns to her work.You wander back up to the party. Lumsden and Richter have yet to join, but things are still going well.Karl and Highball are playing pool and doing that weird clicky talk to eachother.Burstock is doing a small, swaying dance to the music.Gary is enthusiastically talking to Mike about something. You can tell Mike doesn't completely get it, nor Gary's level of enthusiasm, but he's listening anyways, and asking questions between small puffs on his pipe.
>>5177481S'up HB first, but I'd like to talk to Burstock, partly so she's not left out, partly cause i wanna see if Joey can BUST A MOVE on THE DANCEFLOOR.
>>5177481Dance first, but I wanna see if Joey's any good at pool or darts. Good way to quicken and steady his hands.Also if we're gonna dance with Burstock, I wanna ask if she's got any advice on telling our folks we're not dead. I bet a vitamage would have experience delivering good but heavy news.
>>5177491>>5177513You strut into the room with genuine confidence exchanging a nod with Highball. The music on the autobard is hard to dance to with any real energy, but it has a good feel and puts a little coolness in your walk. Most of the lyrics aren't right for you, but it could almost work as your theme music.Burstock has her eyes closed and is just bumping her shoulders and swaying along to the music while sipping some sort of clear drink. He eyes slowly open as you get closer but she continues to sort of dance."Welcome back. I can see you've been rounding up other folks. Good thinking. I've barely spoken to some of them. Was there something you needed?">A. What's on your mind?>B. How are you feeling about Jorn joining us?>C. What should we do after we go to Kretch?>D. I wanna increase my mana pool>E. I wanna learn improved Hells Heart>F. You ever think about that goblin you used to roll with?>G. How's your new room?>H. [INSERT OWN]
>>5178243Lessee here...>A>Band if we're all in agreement,>E
>>5178243>A. What's on your mind?>B. How are you feeling about Jorn joining us?>G. How's your new room?
>>5178250>>5178254>A. What's on your mind? "This moment right here. This kirschwasser. The music. Sights and sounds peripheral and otherwise. The present, basically. It's all I tend to think about at any given moment. Does that make sense? It sounds like something someone punchable would say. But here we are.">B. How are you feeling about Jorn joining us?"Assuming I'm reading her correctly, and invariably am ; we have little to worry about. She's holds no loyalty to Edgewater, malkies or, well anyone. She's a born do gooder who hit a rough spell. She won't betray us but...and this is a bigger but than the one I sit on: she might not know when to stop hitting someone if something sets her off. You know as well as anyone that a good heart can have a ruthless side."Burstock finishes her drink and licks her teeth"Regarding her usefulness, well she's a prudemagus. Basically the swiss army mage. Ladders, Desks, Beds, Light, Water, Food she can conjure all of them from the lines of magic. Her business acumen might help when it comes time to sell out wares or our junk items too. WHo knows?"Burstock stretches and languidly eats some grapes she had on her.>G. How's your new room? "It's weird not being in the vent room. And being in the same room as the map ensured I had visitors. But I admit, it is kind of neat having a proper room and it makes sense with the way things are going here."Burstock thinks a moment"Man, was anyone here used to having a room of their own before being here?"Karl raises his hand before embarrassedly realising he was eavesdropping out of habit. He goes back to his game, lowering his head, apologetically. Highball pats him on the back .>>5178250QM: If 3 anons agree, then we do it, I think.
>>5178271Learn awayalso try to find Richter
>>5178271>Karl raises his hand before embarrassedly realising he was eavesdropping out of habit. He goes back to his game, lowering his head, apologeticallyI'm in this picture and I don't like it.
>>5178271I'm fine with improving Hells heart
>>5178271Fine with improving hells heartAlso, we should probably move the map. Meeting room?
>>5178271>H>"You're a vitamagus, so I thought you might have experience delivering good news to nervous people. I was gonna write a letter to my folks, any advice on what I should or shouldn't say?"Improving Hells Heart seams good.>>5178293We asked if she'd like to show up last thread, she was a bit cryptic about it though. >https://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/2021/4754113/#p4796450
>>5178271>QM: If 3 anons agree, then we do it, I think.All aboard the HH train.
I'm interested in seeing what got Gilcrest so excited
>>5178554Probably talking Mike's ear off about his Warhammer minis.
>>5178486>"You're a vitamagus, so I thought you might have experience delivering good news to nervous people. I was gonna write a letter to my folks, any advice on what I should or shouldn't say?"Burstock begins flicking through the songs on the autobard."Focus on the positives, be honest but pick your wording. Tell them outright that your postponing your training because while you were looking for part time work, a full time job came up that you just couldn't resist. The pay is good, the travel is good and you're not even a soldier. Tell them you've even met someone. A nice girl who you owe more than you can ever say. Make sure to mention something from back home so they know its you. Some sort of little detail 'the door to my office (that's right office) squeaks a bit but truthfully that just reminds me of the gate to the north 40, and therefore it reminds me of you guys -so I actually like it.'. Something sentimental like that.">>5178453>>5178468>>5178486>E. I wanna learn improved Hells HeartBurstock does that thing where she nods her head down but her eyes stay looking at you."Righty right. Well, whenever you're ready, we'll go up on deck, yeah? It won't necessarily take long but we'll want a clear space and possibly some privacy. Wizard training is like that sometimes. We can do it once the party winds down if you like. If you're eager I get that too."Burstock puts on something human and continues to sway along to it.++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++>>5178323QM: Solidarity, anon.
>>5178680I think it can wait until after the party. For now, let's chat with Highball, see how she and Karl are getting along.
>>5178680Let's watch the pool game, see if we can pick anything up from Highball's chitter-chat with Karl.
>>5178711thats a good idea
>>5178680Let's check on Gary amongst others
>>5178680>>5178786+1'ing thisI want to learn Goblin speak to communicate with HB better, and have it be "Our" thing.If it's at all possible with our Grell tongue and non razor teeth.
>>5178922it still might be worth it to be able to understand it even if he can't speak it
>>5178711>>5178786>>5178831>>5178922>>5178934>>5179025You leave Burstock to work through the autobard and check in on Highball.As last time, goblin speech is hard to glean anything from. It sounds like, for all intents and purposes to sound like clicking, purring, and trilling, with lots of strange staccato mouth flexes. If you had to guess, they seem to be cordially asking questions and answering them. But that's based on very slight upward tones.Karls eyes drift towards you and he says something. Highball shakes her head, chalks her cue then responds."Yeah, I think that's true." Karl speaks ternion once again and begins lining up the seven. He is losing by 4 shots.Highball blows the dust off her cue and beams at you."What's up, lollipop? You want next?"Karl sinks his shot. He's as surprised as anyone.
>>5179206"I'm no snooker pro, but I can at least land a shot or two. Yeah, I'll take next."
>>5179206"Nice one!" Offer Karl a high five.
>>5179206>"I'm no snooker pro, but I can at least land a shot or two. Yeah, I'll take next."We can ask HB to teach us gob speak in private after party is done.
>>5179234Karl has a half second of confusion before accepting your high five. He does a good high five, but he does have to focus on your elbow.He whiffs his next shot and does a small rueful laugh. He leans on his cue and seems to study Highball while she lines up her shot.He talks to you a little, while keeping an eye on her."Word is that my payment for that runaway gopnik is gonna take at least a week or two to process. It's gonna come to this ship, so I gotta stick around at least until then. I just hope I can either stay out of your way or find a way to be useful."He does an almost unnoticeable smile as Highball effortlessly sinks her next shot."Quite a crew, those I've met.">1. What were you two talking about?>2. Are you...checking her out?>3. Thinks can get rough sometimes. Are you any good in a fight?>4. Whatcha drinking?>5. How come you offer hand shakes and accept high fives? I though goblins were kinda particular about their hands.>6. Are male goblins usually as cute as you?>7. [INSERT OWN]>8. [Smile and nod sagely]
>>5179315>1. What were you two talking about?
>>5179315>1. What were you two talking about, if you don't mind me asking?>4. Whatcha drinking?
>>5179315>8. [Smile and nod sagely]
>>5179315>1. What were you two talking about?>4. Whatcha drinking?>3. Thinks can get rough sometimes. Are you any good in a fight?
>>5179315>3/7"Private Dick is a rough job, isn't it? How do you manage, if someone tries to muscle you?"
>>5179326>>5179319>>5179400>>5179538You notice Karl is drinking a sot of dark amber liquid from an old fashioned glass.>"Whatcha drinking?"Karl turns to you"Oh this is just some mugicha, a sort of barley tea. It's a little bitter but it really grows on you. Cheap too. I didn't wanna go through your guys fancy drinks."You nod, almost reflexively go to drink your own drink before realising your hands are empty. You watch as Highball nearly sinks her next shot and lines up for a second attempt.>What were you two talking about?Highball misses her shot.Karl pauses only a moment."Very goblin specific applesauce. Basically just getting to know the basics of each other. How we dusted out. Customs. That sort of thing. We noticed you were listening so I asked if you understood gob gab. Highball said you didn't and that it was probably rude to continue. At which point I agreed in ternion."Highball nods along to this assessment. She smiles at you and shrugs as if to say 'basically, yeah'Karl paces around the table. Not really finding a good shot.>Thinks can get rough sometimes. Are you any good in a fight?He straightens up and has a drink."I come heavy to most places, if that's what you mean. Eight shots of fancy bullets will kill or discourage most things in my line of work. Inner city being what it is. If I actually have to throw down with someone, fuggageddbowdit. Mano-a-gobbo, you'd whup the stuffings outta me.">"Private Dick is a rough job, isn't it? How do you manage, if someone tries to muscle you?"Karl doesn't waste his shots but he doesn't sink anything either."Do you know, when I first considered the seamus life one of the first bits of advice I got was to make sure I could outrun anyone over 200 yards and damn if that hasn't been some of the best advice I ever got. My job involves a lot of spooking around, clambering and running away."Highball sinks her next shot, doing a small cheer to herself. Karl finishes his drink."When things have gotten bad I have been bailed out by a couple of fr..associates. One old, one very new but I don't really want to owe them anything."Highball sinks her remaining shots and fist pumps. Her and Karl exchange a nod and he lays down a crisp 50. Karls smiles to you and wiggles his glass."Looks like you're up, pal. I'm gonna go refresh. See if I can straighten things out with your mountain mama back there."Highball begins setting up the table. She leans across the table, beaming at you."Whatcha puttin' on the barrelhead, Joey?"
>>5179645Good to see Karl and Richter will be chatting. "Against you? After seeing you take Karl to the cleaners?" Raise eyebrows. "Twenty."
>>5179645Is there anything in the world that can be put up against someone who is just so priceless as you HB?It'll be an I.O.U we'll be paying off for a lifetime, gladly.
>>5179645I suggest we open the floor for bidding.
>>5179645"How about 20 and a kiss? That way I won't mind losing, hustler."
>>5179677>>5179715You watch her do some light contact juggling as she arranges the balls.>"Against you? After seeing you take Karl to the cleaners?" You raise your eyebrows.>"Twenty. Twenty and a kiss."She shoots you an amused glance. She deliberately bumps against you as she lines up the rack. She smiles over her shoulder at you."Smart."She flips a coin and tosses you a pool cue."call it"===========QM: Heads is 1, tails is 2. I will roll a d2 after the first response. First in.
>>5179706Not yet. Although I am the guy who made her, yeah.
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>5179831 *PING*
>>5179831>>5179833Highball reveals the coin the back of her hand."Tail it is"Highball twirls her pool cue, biting her lip and swaggering over to the table.She hits the break and sinks two of the solids. She uses her extra shot to sink a third. She does not manage a forth. She beams at you."oooooops"
QM: Roll a d100, anon. Lower is better!
Rolled 10 (1d100)>>5179882
>>5179887You chalk up your cue and take a shot at the best stripes option you have.You sink it easily and ricochet the cue ball off another allowing it to lazily drift into the side pocket.Highball whistles."Ohoho! Like that is it!?"You may take another shot
>>5179827Nice, good work
Rolled 63 (1d100)>>5179889Take it we're rolling again, here goes.
>>5179889"My dad once told me never to bet more than you're willing to lose. I'm willing to lose twenty. More than a little friendly bet seems unwise."
>>5179895You're next shot is good, but sinks nothing. Highball confidently takes her next shot, sinking her ball but also the white. She tuts herself and places the cueball back on the D"Two shots, eh?""Burstock, perhaps misunderstanding, brings over two tequila shots.You may now roll twice!
Rolled 17, 77 = 94 (2d100)>>5179902
Rolled 89, 68 = 157 (2d100)>>5179902
>>5179903You sink a smooth one into the corner pocket but miss your next shot.Highball drinks down the gold tequila and wipes her mouth."You after we drop off the bounty and pick up the skirt, whatcha thinking next? You wanna rumble with that troll or maybe do more prep first. Poke around and see what's what."Highball makes contact but sinks nothing, so its your turn again.
>>5179936"You know, after talking with that lady about trolls I'm thinking more prep. Fighting Dwarves and just taking them down like it was nothing with Richter, it felt like we were invincible. But she really gave me a cold shower. This guy sounds tough and if we're going to take him on I want us as prepared as we can be.And maybe before we go after him, we make a stop at my folks' place. Been a while since I saw them, and I can introduce you!"
Rolled 40 (1d100)>>5179946+1
>>5179946You pace around the table and try to find a good shot.>"You know, after talking with that lady about trolls I'm thinking more prep. Fighting Dwarves and just taking them down like it was nothing with Richter, it felt like we were invincible. But she really gave me a cold shower. This guy sounds tough and if we're going to take him on I want us as prepared as we can be."Highball chalks up"It's a world of difference, eh? We may have weakened him, but he still has a posse too."Highball drinks another shot of tequila"Well, at least you've levelled up, right? SO between here and the next time you level up, you can do 3 outings with an extra team member. I guess rumbling Edgewater may as well be one of em.">>5179959You confidently sink another shot thereby earning yourself another turn (roll)>"And maybe before we go after him, we make a stop at my folks' place. Been a while since I saw them, and I can introduce you!"Highball nods."You you said your folks were probably pretty cool. What about your city, though? I got the impression it wasn't really up to much outside of having a good university. What are the local law gonna make of a goblin wandering about? You think I should dress up?"
Rolled 77 (1d100)>>5180012>"Well, at least you've levelled up, right? SO between here and the next time you level up, you can do 3 outings with an extra team member. I guess rumbling Edgewater may as well be one of em.""Smart thinking. I keep you around for a reason, huh?" (Teasingly.)>What are the local law gonna make of a goblin wandering about?I mean, what does Joey know about the local law? I can't remember if we know much about his city.
>>5180012Oh yeah, i have been meaning to ask. Can non-gobs learn your language? It'd be nice to have something to bond over. Especially if the lessons get [i]physical[/i].Hopefully when we go up against edgewater, it will be enough. Maybe after that's done we can finally figure out the old guard dealio.Also on the topic of the law, if there's a will, there's a way. I heard that this time of year hunchbacks are all the rage.
>>5180012It might pay off if we figure out what Eccard Hillbosh's deal is so we can convince him to join the company and not go down with Edgewater's ship. Karl might have some idea.
>>5180012GM: what is our cities policy on gobbos? Also what’s our parents opinion on them, might want to be cautious if they are overtly prejudiced towards them.
>>5180012"Long as we're talking plans, I was thinking we bleed the local OG chapter next, since we know they've got a base near the lighthouse. Don't wanna go home with those bastards still thinking they've got a chance with me, y'know? Plus, they've probably got some ace loot in that camp of theirs.""It's a university town, yeah. Bit of a mix between the university and the people who just live there, but it means everyone is at least used to all sorts from all places showing up."
>>5180017>"Smart thinking. I keep you around for a reason, huh?""Here was me thinking it was my tuchus and all the slitting up." she chuckles back.You miss your shot.>>5180195>"It might pay off if we figure out what Eccard Hillbosh's deal is so we can convince him to join the company and not go down with Edgewater's ship. Karl might have some idea."Highball shrugs before lining up her shot."Yeah, maybe. Gotta worry about someone whose willing to work for anyone, though. He's either got an agenda or he doesn't care."Highball sinks her next shot and then the one after. She takes her time with the next one. There's no real gimmes.You think about what your home town and your parents would make of a goblin about. Joonda doesn't have the back alley goblin problems that a big city has but I mean, between the dorms and university and the dropping in on your folks now and then, you probably saw one once a fortnight or so? You gave them some room but thought nothing else of it.Highball could either ghost you or walk along side you so long as she doesnt act up and you'd probably be okay? Joonda has like..5 cops? You think?Regarding your folks, well... dad's pretty practical. He always reasoned that someone willing to put their sleeves up and do some good honest work was good in his books, no matter the species. Moms a little less predictable on this front. She's from one of the big cities originally and has even done a little work for the local police once or twice. At the end of the day, though, they both love you.Highball doesn't sink anything, so it is once again your shot.>"It's a university town, yeah. Bit of a mix between the university and the people who just live there, but it means everyone is at least used to all sorts from all places showing up."Highball nods, leaning on her cue."Eh, dat makes sense. I'm sure a university like that has had at least one person come through with an emotional support goblin before."You line up your shot, corner pocket. You get back to an earlier question>"Long as we're talking plans, I was thinking we bleed the local OG chapter next, since we know they've got a base near the lighthouse. Don't wanna go home with those bastards still thinking they've got a chance with me, y'know? Plus, they've probably got some ace loot in that camp of theirs.""Yeah, there's a few ways we can stop them being a problem."
Rolled 3 (1d100)>>5180462"Honestly, I like the shock & awe approach. Gives a closure and peace of mind that killing them as they come doesn't. And the ones who've come along thus far didn't have much worth taking on them, either. The talking head said the base camp's got anti-troll guns, and I like the sound of having those."
>>5180506>"Honestly, I like the shock & awe approach. Gives a closure and peace of mind that killing them as they come doesn't. And the ones who've come along thus far didn't have much worth taking on them, either. The talking head said the base camp's got anti-troll guns, and I like the sound of having those."Your game proves as confident as your words as you deftly sink 3 balls with one shot, now tying your score with Highball's.Highball does a massive grin and purrs a little."That's my boy."Highball stares down at the remain balls, like a general looking at a war map."We oughtta spook up to 'em by sea or after happy hour or both. We come on to them sky side, they'll see us coming."She leans back"Of course we could let them see us, land, pretend everything is kosher and then start tearing them up from the inside. Either way, its gonna be mayham."Highball does a low, bloodthirsty laugh.======roll again anon.captcha:YRNAH - very australian
Rolled 95 (1d100)>>5180534
Rolled 58 (1d100)>>5180534"I like the idea of letting them get some drinks in them. Maybe it won't hurt as much."
>>5180534"Do you think they could see us coming when it's dark? I'm thinking if we come in quiet, we could disable their boats and any defensive strong-points before they rally, then take them apart at our own pace."
>>5180538You chip under the cue ball launching it off the table straight towards Highball who deftly catches it."Hoo brudda. I'll give you this. You keep me guessing."You chalk your cue as Highball tries to find a good shot.>>5180576"I like the idea of letting them get some drinks in them. Maybe it won't hurt as much."Highball smiles."Assuming those squares ever properly take the edge off. I only really meant after 6pm or so. Y'know, dark."Highball sinks her last ball and is now onto the 8. As she no longer gets two shots, it is your turn next.>"Do you think they could see us coming when it's dark? I'm thinking if we come in quiet, we could disable their boats and any defensive strong-points before they rally, then take them apart at our own pace."Highball grabs one of the two bottled beers a thoughtful Mike left nearby for you two."It's probably the way to go, seein' as we don't know how many palookas they got. But saying 'disable their boats' and actually doing it are two very different things, nabob. Most ways we have of messing up are boat aren't exactly quiet."
Rolled 63 (1d100)>>5180687
>>5180687"We could try tangling the props, or using slow fuses on the dynamite. Could give us time to get guards done, and if a bomb goes off while we're somewhere else, we won't have to fight em all at once."
>>5180711You fail to sink anything. Highball takes a shot, hits the eight and doesn't sink it. You pace around the table, seeing potential in one of the side pockets.>"We could try tangling the props, or using slow fuses on the dynamite. Could give us time to get guards done, and if a bomb goes off while we're somewhere else, we won't have to fight em all at once."Highball is resting her head in her hands as she leans on the table beaming at you."If it were anyone else, I'd be worried. But I gotta say, more than your style, adaptability, kindness..She sidles over you and hugs you from the back, rubbing a hand along your stomach"..or your basket.."She breaks the hug and leans backwards along side you smiling up at you."It is your confidence I admire."==============================roll away
Rolled 80 (1d100)>>5180854
>>5180856Methinks we're getting a bit distracted
>>5180856You don't manage to pocket your next shot, but neither does Highball. She is getting awfully close.In your peripheral vision you see that Burstock, dealing with 2 people who aren't much for dancing, has put on a song with very easy dance steps. The 3 of them just seem to be walking in a line. Their height difference only adds to the effect.The song seems to be a bout self deprecation at first, but you think perhaps it's actually about the cynicism of modern marketing? HUh.Highball clears her throat slightly.It is your turn.==========https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxMRwr-vveU
Rolled 65 (1d100)>>5181562
>>5181616Your next shot gets close but doesn't quite make it.Highball draws this out. Finishing her beer, dancing with her cue, leaning backwards over the table and deftly potting the eight ball."Straight talk, that was a good game, pal."She collects the 20 from the table and gives your behind a small smack as she winks at you and smiles."Not bad at all."Highball wanders over to the standing bar and begins making herself some sort of stirred cocktail.You just spent QUALITY TIME with Highball. You levelled up your relationship a skosh! Neat.You have the floor. and can talk with whoever you wish.
>>5181619 I say we briefly join in the dancing for a bit first!
>>5181619I notice Richter has turned up, which is nice. We should go say hi.
>>5181928This but don't press she's still a bit socially awkward
>>5181619Let's dance a bit, see what's on the jukebox. Something fun/fast, but that won't spoil the atmosphere.
>>5181663>>5181986As the song ends, you flip through the autobard and find something elven to put on. You reason it should be okay to dance to or groove to but is unlikely to be obtrusive. Richter especially seems to like it. It's probably good to work out to or something. Karl seems uncertain but warms to it.>>5181928>>5181968Richter approaches you. She clenches her fists in front of her chest and then brings them down by her side and gazes upwards. She closes her eyes and listens to the music before finally looking down at you."This atmosphere is not like anything I have experienced. Whether or not this is the right place for me remains to be seen but it was important that I saw what something like this could be like."She holds a foamy, yellow drink, adorned with maraschino cherries."And this libation. I have experienced alcohol, of course but not like this. So smooth and sweet. With an appreciable egg content."She sips from it and hums happily to herself.>A. Did you and Karl get a chance to clear things up? He ain't mad.>B. Earlier you said something about Jorns mana level. Jog my memory.>C. I was wondering. If trolls are immune to magic, how would a muscle wizard fight one? Didn't you guys fight in the war against them?>D. Whatcha wanna do in Kretch?>E. I wanna know more about muscle wizards.>F. So far you've gotten kind bashful around me, Doctor Ash and Karl. Is something up, RIchter?>G. [INSERT OWN]
>>5182332>A. Did you and Karl get a chance to clear things up? He ain't mad.
>>5182332>>C. I was wondering. If trolls are immune to magic, how would a muscle wizard fight one? Didn't you guys fight in the war against them?
>>5182332>E. I wanna know more about muscle wizards.>A. Did you and Karl get a chance to clear things up? He ain't mad.>B. Earlier you said something about Jorns mana level. Jog my memory.
>>5182332>A. Did you and Karl get a chance to clear things up? He ain't mad.B. Earlier you said something about Jorns mana level. Jog my memory.C. I was wondering. If trolls are immune to magic, how would a muscle wizard fight one? Didn't you guys fight in the war against them?
>>5182332>D. Whatcha wanna do in Kretch?
>>5182344>>5182388>>5182407>>5182499>A. Did you and Karl get a chance to clear things up? He ain't mad.Richter gets the faintest blush"We did, yes. It was something he addressed in pleasant, even tones the moment we began conversing. He was very understanding and even acknowledged it may happen in the future. All the same, I will try to avoid it.">B. Earlier you said something about Jorns mana level. Jog my memory.Jorn shifts her weight, ad adopts a thinking pose."Just so. Tracking mana is an enduring habit of mine, especially on an erstwhile opponent. Her mana was full when we met her, which made sense as she had recently been sleeping. However, and this only means so much, because she wasn't casting anything, as she awoke and began speaking her mana her 'hyuud' did not drop at all even by micro amounts. Indeed, it seemed to be constantly topping up, like a pale under a running tap. Even assuming her outfit is a customised wizard robe, which I imagine it is, doesn't allow for constant, if slow mana regeneration. It makes no real sense."Jorn sips her whisky sour"Compels me, though">C. I was wondering. If trolls are immune to magic, how would a muscle wizard fight one? Didn't you guys fight in the war against them?Richter's smile widens"Simple in a way. Our magic is enhancing us. It is largely internal. Obviously my explosion technique and my charge use external magic, that comes out from my body much like 'smite' or 'blast' or even your 'hells heart'. The bullets and the firebombs you cast it on, even if you can't see it, are wreathed in magical essence. But when I cast 'flex' or 'fist' my magic essence is internal. A troll is immune to magic but I'm not - if that makes any sense. If someone is allergic to peanuts, they will not accept a handful of peanuts, but a reeses cup may get past them. I probably shouldn't try to make analogies when hungry.">E. I wanna know more about muscle wizards.Richter finishes her drink and places her hands on her hips"Ask away."
>>5182571"So a muscle wizard's 'fist' or 'flex' is magic driving a pure physical force, rather than hitting alongside it? That's a clever technique. I wonder if it can be applied to other stuff..."
>>5182571...I'm thinking, since Kneecap is about hitting something with pinpoint accuracy, would it be possible to use it to shoot a potion out of someone's hand instead?
>>5182611It would have to be a readied action. You would not be able to do an attack on your turn AND still shoot something out of your enemies hand on theirs. It would be an entirely new skill.
>>5182571"Whatcha wanna do in Kretch?"
>>5182589>"So a muscle wizard's 'fist' or 'flex' is magic driving a pure physical force, rather than hitting alongside it? That's a clever technique. I wonder if it can be applied to other stuff..."Richter folds her arms."If it were possible to imbue a weapon with the power usually wielded only by muscle wizards, I am quite sure those concerned would have discovered it, patented it and sold it to a desperate populace at a considerable increase in price."Burstock turns to Richter, with a look of surprise and admiration as Richter continues to talk."Even before the last great war they have sought to weaken our position and replace us. We do not go to their colleges, We do not hold their licences. I am quite sure many of them would like nothing better than to be able to eject us from polite society. As it stands, they need us. So we are free."Richter smiles serenely."No amount of money or power or fear is any substitute for a pearless understand of nature, elements and the soul."Burstock has a glazed, happy expression. She looks up at Richter"Yo, can we hug?"Richter tilts her head, still smiling."If you like, certainly."Burstock flops against Richter with a large sigh and Richter, initially unsure of what to do with hands, rests them on top of Burstock's back."Yeah."Burstock and Richter separate as Burstock thanks Richter and goes back to the autobard.Richter smiles and shrugs."I wonder what I did.">"Whatcha wanna do in Kretch?"Richter stretches"I may stop back at the waffle house as their repast was of high quality and protein content. It might be nice to enjoy a steam, also."Richter gets a slightly more serious look."I may also, should you not require my presence in your party, seek audience with people I know to be there. As there are things I wish to discuss. Perhaps privately. But this, I will leave to fate."===============QM:You may once again choose what to say or who to talk to.
>>5183330Let’s see what Gil and Myke have been talking about, see if we can join but don’t just barge into the conversation like a wrecking ball
>>5183330>I wonder what I did.me, too
I wonder if it would be worth it to ask Karl if he'd be willing to look into Old Guard for us. He might find us a priority target.
>>5184116Karl also said he had some deets on Hilbosh, so it's worth asking him about that at some point too. Maybe after the party, though, don't wanna talk too much work in people's time off.
>>5183423You wander over to Gil and Mike as Burstock puts on something for the autobard.Mike widens the conversation so you can slot in nicely. He offers you his pipe and nods in your direction."Lay it on the boss."You have never seen Gilcrest this passionate about something. He's hand talking. He never hand talks."That sound! I dunno if you could hear it from the forest but it was loud and clear on the ship! It was her laugh!"Mike gestures as if to say 'keep talking'"The Rampart! An actual, factual best of legend! Queen of all seas! Oldest and most reliable deterrent of the troll menace!"Mike pats Gil on the shoulder."Easy.""She's a rusalka. A rusalka that is hundreds of metres tall. Sailors have spoken of her song and her laugh. Her capricious nature and luminescent skin. It all seemed to good to be true. But this woman. This beautiful GIANT woman is real."Mike does a small smile."You just got the short version."Gilcrest catches his breath is takes a slurp of beer.Talk to Mike>1. I'm a little shaky. What exactly is a rusalka?>2. Mike, I think I know what I want you to do with the last of your XP>3. What do you make of Jorn?>4. What's in this pipe anyhow?>5. [INSERT OWN]Talk to Gilcrest>a. Why's she called the rampart?>b. Why are you quite so hype about her?>c. How do you think we should deal with the old guard?>d. [INSERT OWN]
>>5184326>>1. I'm a little shaky. What exactly is a rusalka?
>>5184326>>b. Why are you quite so hype about her?>3. What do you make of Jorn?
>>5184326>a. Why's she called the rampart?>b. Why are you quite so hype about her?
>>5184326>1. I'm a little shaky. What exactly is a rusalka?>4. What's in this pipe anyhow?
>>51843261, a, b seems like the most natural progression
>>5184326>1. I'm a little shaky. What exactly is a rusalka?>a. Why's she called the rampart?>b. Why are you quite so hype about her?>4. What's in this pipe anyhow?
>>5184889>1. I'm a little shaky. What exactly is a rusalka?"It's a water creature of sorts. Supposedly they just emerge full formed in any body of water a woman drowns in. I dunno if that's true or not. I've only had very fleeting encounters with them myself. I saw one guy get pulled under a river while crab fishing. It was far away but his buddy was screaming "RUSALKA! RUSALKAA!" while the dude got reduced to a red paste. Another time I was boating through an estuary when I saw all these glowing eyes and hands around my boat. I fired my breaker in the air twice and they scattered."Mike takes another draw on his pipe."I generally hunt for food, right? and I've never heard of anyone eating Rusalka. Even if they were edible, which I doubt, it's kind of not right. They're kinda basic hungry predators but they're also appreciably human shaped. Some people even speculate there's more to Rusalka than drowning people and eating them but well, leave us say people who devote their entire lives to studying them aren't making a long term commitment."You turn to Gilcrest>a. Why's she called the rampart?"Even though she has been spotted in numerous bodies of water throughout the Garlands, she always ALWAYS return to the southern seas. The troll homelands are at the great ice cap, right? North of that, the elven lands with only ocean in between. In older times, the elven lands were always under threat from troll invasion, as were we all! But The Rampart - she HATES trolls! Hates them more than anything! So if ever a vessel has trolls on it she DESTROYS it! Smashes the ship and eats the crew! So you see? She's a defensive fortification against the trolls invading by sea. A rampart. THE Rampart.">b. Why are you quite so hype about her?"I like big women, man! Really big! Remember how I told you I used shrink turn myself into a locust just so I could go around town being tiny and hoping some hot chick would step on me?"Mike, caught properly off guard, cannot conceal his perplexed and horrified look as he suddenly turns back to Gil, who doesn't notice."Well, now that I'm permanently stuck between as locust-man, I can't transmog anymore. I can't make myself small anymore. BUT with a chick this big, I don't gotta. Look, I'm not even suicidal anymore but it still just REALLY nice to know that some giant glowing hot mama of legend is real."Gil, throat parched, finishes his beer and exhales.Mike and you exchange a glance. There is a pause.>4. What's in this pipe anyhow?Mike almost doesn't hear you as he's still eyeballing Gil."Huh? Oh. This stuff is just flavoured. Nothing stimulating or relaxing. This blend is nachos."
>>5185299"If Rusalka come about as folks believe, then Rampart must've been an elf before? If Elf nations were under attack from trolls some of that resentment must've remained by the sound of it.""More topics to ask Doctor Ash about once we arrive at Kretch. He's been knowledgeable about everything we've asked about thus far."Mental note to pick up some Blooch porn at Say It WIth Stuff store for Gil while in Kretch. If he likes them big then that sounds like it might be in his alley or at least close to it.
>>5185299Gilcrest, a man of good taste
>>5185299Based Gil.Though with the new pic he looks extra gross, which i guess is his shtick by now.Wait, what were the spider taur people called? I think hooking him up with one would be right down his alley. Both huge + threat of getting eaten at any time.>"Hm, that makes me think how a Rusalka like that came up, maybe they were one of the bigger races before drowning, and the troll grudge is unrelated? Hmm...">"Sorry, just got my brain going. At least i am learning more chit chatting here, than in an entire semester back home.">"Gil, ever considered [race name] girls? Sounds like they'd be right up your alley, if you can find and court one that is, the one we met was pretty nice now that i think about it.>"Oh, huh, didn't know you could get plain stuff like that mike, are there types purely for blowing bubbles or nice smelling smoke? Might try it out in that case."
>>5185685>he looks extra grossdunno, he doesn't look particularly gross to me>what were the spider taur people called?Pajaks
>>5185431You make these mental notes.>>5185685>"Hm, that makes me think how a Rusalka like that came up, maybe they were one of the bigger races before drowning, and the troll grudge is unrelated? Hmm..."Mike nods, taking a swig of beer after he draws on his pipe."That'd make sense, I guess. Planet seems a little small for an entire race of folks that big but heck, maybe the planet used to be bigger. A giant planet of giant people."Gilcrest opens another beer on the bench"C'mon, man. There's only so hard I wanna get in public."Mike and Gil share a laugh. >"Sorry, just got my brain going. At least i am learning more chit chatting here, than in an entire semester back home.""Student of the Garlands. Actual educational institutions are indispensable, don't get me wrong. You can't be the sort of wizard Volly is without them. But, by the same token, you can't be the sort of wizard Richter is without just getting out there and walking.""Both valid.""No argument"You are handed a beer and invited to clink bottles.>"Gil, ever considered pajak girls? Sounds like they'd be right up your alley, if you can find and court one that is, the one we met was pretty nice now that I think about it."Gil furrows his brow. You think? Its hard to tell with his eyes."The only one I remember was the one Chesapeake and his thugs grabbed and blended into soup. SHe wasn't nice, lemme tell ya."Mike licks his teeth. Gil continues after shuddering"But I mean, yeah I've considered it. QUite often actually. Gotta be the right sort, though. There's a world of pajaks out there. Some are shiny, some are fuzzy, some bite, some pounce. Some are HUGE and fast but more scared of people than people are of them.""Which is both hilarious and baffling.">"Oh, huh, didn't know you could get plain stuff like that mike, are there types purely for blowing bubbles or nice smelling smoke? Might try it out in that case."Mike holds his pipe up while parting his cloak, revealing his many pouches."I dunno about bubble blowing, but I got various flavours, focusers, chillers..I got one that will leave a trail of coloured smoke that hangs in the air for hours unless disturbed - in case I need to be followed. I got one that induces mild synaesthesia to aid my tracking a little."You hear some cheering from Burstock and Highball.
>>5185876The lad smokes pentazemin. Hardcore yo.
>>5185876>"I dunno about bubble blowing, but I got various flavours, focusers, chillers..I got one that will leave a trail of coloured smoke that hangs in the air for hours unless disturbed - in case I need to be followed. I got one that induces mild synaesthesia to aid my tracking a little."The bubbles should be easy enough, I think. Just put a ring with soapy water on top of the opening before blowing the smoke.
>>5185876>Student of the Garlands"Isn't that a euphemism for 'bandit'?"Look over to see what the cheers are about."Huh. I hadn't realized how useful a pipe could be for bushcraft type of stuff. I thought it was just a pick-me-up or something."
>>5186014>The bubbles should be easy enough, I think. Just put a ring with soapy water on top of the opening before blowing the smoke."Oh, is that all you meant? Yeah that's easy enough. Cool effect too.">>5186021>"Isn't that a euphemism for 'bandit'?""You know what, probably.">"Huh. I hadn't realized how useful a pipe could be for bushcraft type of stuff. I thought it was just a pick-me-up or something.""Oh sure. I got stuff in here that's just for masking my scent. Only goes so far. Not gonna fool a dwarf or an ophiachan but it still pretty handy."You look over to see what the cheers are about and you see that LUMSDEN has joined the party. She is smiling good naturedly even if her body language is a little tense.Mike nods as he and Lumsden exchange a glance and he raises a drink to her.MIke turns back to you."Sorry to go on about it but before I bed down for the night I was wonder what you wanted me to do with the last XP slot I have. I mean, I will try to put it to something useful but I am sorta in your employ, so I figured..."
>>5186107"Sorry, lost track. What did we ask you to get, and what were the other options?"
>>5186118>"Sorry, lost track. What did we ask you to get, and what were the other options?"Mike set aside his beer and pipe. He ejects a shell from his BREAKER shotgun. His usual ones are black, this one is blue."The first thing was making these boss shells a reoccurring thing that I did, not just a once off against that dwarf. They cost AP to use, but they're pretty good."Mike stashes the weapon away."You wanted me to use more burnsauce, caltrops and poison. Now, I spread this out a little. I have my regular, free caltrop attack but I also have an AP caltrop attack, it does more damage and lasts longer. Additionally, I have poisoned some of my arrows. Just for when I'm finding a gap. It's all on the wiki."Mike finishes his beer then continues."Because I did a little of what you asked over a few different things I still have an XP slot left. It's good for a few things just as examples I could:a) Improve my reloading, allowing me to fire my karubin 3 times before reloadingb) Increase my AP by 2 additional points.c) Learn to mimic 3 soundsd) Improve my first aide) Add more damage to my 'smoke and murder attack'f) Develop rock salt shells that will injure but not kill opponents. Probably wont do much if they have armour, though. Natural or otherwise.These are just examples though. Like if you want me to learn to ride or juggle or something...I guess I can do that but I mean..."
>>5186124>a) Improve my reloading, allowing me to fire my karubin 3 times before reloading>b) Increase my AP by 2 additional points.>e) Add more damage to my 'smoke and murder attack'All of these sound pretty good to me.
>>5186124"For>e,how much more damage are we talking?"
>>5186124b) Increase my AP by 2 additional points.d) Improve my first aide) Add more damage to my 'smoke and murder attack'f) Develop rock salt shells that will injure but not kill opponents. Probably wont do much if they have armour, though. Natural or otherwise.These sound good to me though f will only be useful if we wan to capture someone which might be bit situational
>>5186174>d) Improve my first aidWe own a potion company. Even if Burstock isn't around, we'll almost never be hurting for healing. It's not like it's a bad option, but the other ones are really good.
>>5186124would a) still be free? cause if not, that's kind of a bummer
>>5186144You look thoughtfully at Mike>"How much more damage are we talking?"Mike purses his lips."Another 100 -150 I guess? Depends on my training."Something occurs to you.>"If you learn to fire your karubin 3 times before reloading is it still a free action?"Mike nods."Oh, sure."
make me perception check , anonroll a d100
Rolled 42 (1d100)>>5186229
>>5186247You notice that Burstock has moved away from the group she was in and is quietly pacing around the room.=====QM: Regarding Mike, it seems like people are split ona)add damage to smoke and murder at least 100 extra damageb)improve karubin. 3 shots before reloadingc) 2 extra APthis decision can take the rest of the thread, so no rush. Just link back to this post and cast your vote. First to 3 wins.If another option comes from behind then that's okay.
Rolled 12 (1d100)>>5186229
>>5186260b)improve karubin. 3 shots before reloadingKarubin is good
>>5186260Let's see... The bonus damage to Smoke and Murder is about a 40 to 60% increase. Since it costs 4AP, it seems to be equivalent to the 2AP increase... except if you do SaM twice, then you get double the increase, but that'd require using at most only 2AP before and after that fight. I'd say the AP gets and edge over SaM because of its versatility and overall making Mike's staying power last longer.But then, the Karubin upgrade is also a 50% increase, but it's something we can use any time. If we get it, Mike can do 240 damage in 3 turns (480 with HH) without spending a single AP, and that's worth a lot.So overall I'm torn between the AP and Karubin.
>>5186260b) is my vote.b) and c) are tactically similar, since both improve Mike's AP economy; but b) also makes him stronger without using AP at all, so it's more versatile.I think we should go ask Burstock if she wants to improve HH now.
>>5186707You politely back out of the conversation. You hear Gilcrest begin"There's this other one, too!..."Mike nods along.You wander over to Burstock, who is looking up and reaching out a hand periodically. Her expressions ranging from unusual concentration to uncharacteristic concern.Before you even say anything she suddenly whips around to look at you, her chest smacks into you and as usual she doesn't seem to notice.Her voice is low"No, I'm sure of it. Joemandius, I don't want to spoil this party but there is something on the deck of this ship. An unknown source of life energy. Possibly two. I need to go check it out. It could just be two usually large birds - that's a thing- but I need to be sure."=======TIMED DECISION========-----------FIRST IN CHOOSES------------1. Let Burstock check it out2. Check it out with Burstock3. Quickly grab one other person and check it out (choose person)
>>5186855>3. Quickly grab one other person and check it out (choose person)Never a bad thing to have a muscle wizard with you when the shit hits the fan.
>>5186866This, but in my voice.
>>5186855>2. Check it out with BurstockIs it Jorn?
>>5186855>3. Quickly grab one other person and check it out (choose person)I vote for HB
>>5186878Could be. Let's make sure to be cautious, but not too aggressive.
>>5186866You beckon Richter from across the room.>"Hey Rick! There's something we're gonna check out a sec."Richter weaves her way through the party to join your party, as such she now speaks redYou make a placating hand gesture and smile warmly to the rest of the party. Highball, ever your second, keeps things going. Thanks to your NEW IMPROVED CHARISMA, no one is ruffled.You, Richter and Burstock make your way above deck, business like.There are two GRELL WIZARDS there who seem to be just now finishing getting dressed. One of them turns to you and clasps his hands with a smooth smile, falters badly when he sees Richter emerge behind you but then recovers his composure.The second chimes in first."Skinny young red headed grell."The first turns back to him"That describes us too, you bonehead. It means nothing."He continues"I don't mean to trouble you sir. We're just here on inquiries. Did this ship previously belong to Alan Chesapeake?"
>>5186937Looks like these guys finally caught up with us.We could spin some yarn how Chesapeake walked off with the money (true) and make up some stuff how the new management has been trying to recoup ingredients to continue production (also true, very technically).I'd be averse about actively lying since there is magic to detect that shit.Or we could just bash their heads in, but if they go missing then OG will know and our hand will have tipped before we could tip it ourselves.
>>5186941How about this?"Well, no. I know the guy you speak of, one of his previous employees said he ran off with the money into Kiani forest, but he never owned this ship, just rented it. As do I, now."
>>5186937"It did, but he flaked off the first sign of trouble. You have business with him?"Let's make absolutely sure these guys are OG first, but if we use shoot one, Burstock can bodily betrayal the other and Richter can use earths honesty for an interrogation.
>>5186952Actually, you know what? They know us by description, which means they either talked with the ghost or someone watched us off the OG guys in Kerdil forest. Maybe we're better off opening fire before they do.
>>5186941I'm likewise in favor of avoiding raising the ire of the Old Guard right now. If we can keep them thinking we're not something they need to be on guard about and have no beef with, it gives us a greater opportunity to surprise them when we *do* decide to attack them, be that our next course of action after the party or later on after doing other stuff.So yeah, keep it cool, tell things that are technically true and shape things to paint us in a good light. That NEW IMPROVED CHARISMA should help us out with that, right CF?
>>5187011I think they just tried to address us. I don't think they'd try to talk if they knew.inb4 surprise attack
>>5187024Just to clarify, I'd like to talk with the first.
QM: Anons, I will do what I can.>>5186952>"Well, no. I know the guy you speak of, one of his previous employees said he ran off with the money into Kiani forest, but he never owned this ship, just rented it. As do I, now."The closer one smiles with a look of genuine admiration."Adherence to semantics. Very good."He steps forward"But that is to say, Alan Chesapeake none the less transferred, informally or otherwise the ownership of his potion business to you. The existing employees and the existing clients, at least those who had already paid a measure of their purchase upfront."The other one sighs and rubs his arm."Are you going to give us our order or are you going to return our deposit."The closer looks back at him irritated then turns back to you."My associate has gotten to the nub of the matter. We simply wish to know if there have been delays or whether we can just collect out 5000, get out of your hair and find another brewer."
>>5187082How much $$$ do we have right now? Might be worth just handing the money over, especially if we could just take it back when we storm their place later.
>>5187092We have 5350 gold according to our journal, but we are yet to collect our bounty on the dwarf.Personally I'd want us to make an excuse that we are trying to get production restarted after Chesapeake walked away. "We need more time."If they don't believe it then we can hand over the money, or beat them to pulp, whichever is fine by me.
>>5187082That would depend, how do I know we owe you guys anything? Have any proof by any chance?
>>5187101>>5187092No. What we really should do is to ask for more money. Go for supreme confidence man and promise triple what Chesapeake did. Throw them off balance with that.
>>5187106I like this idea. At the very least it'll keep them guessing right up until we draw our revolver.
>>5187106I like the idea of this, but we'd need a backup in case they say they only want what they ordered.
>>5187106I like this. Chesapeake DID take the money, after all.
>>5187106Oooh, very interesting! I think you've got the right idea. If we pull it off though we'd likely be on a hard time limit to get them the goods or (more likely) betray them and attack their base.
>>5187158I think the backup in that case is just killing them.
>>5187082"I see where you are coming from. The unfortunate reality is that we simply can not deliver what you ask without operating capital. We could argue who owes who what, but truth is that we need customers and you need product. Parting ways and you having to find another supplier is hardly desirable for anyone.Fortunately if you supply us with another deposit we can then in turn deliver triple inital agreed shipment within a standard shipping period. We have worked to improve our organization for just such opportunity. You only have to seize it."How's that sound? We buy time and maybe even get paid and can then raid the OG when time is right.
>>5187340>"I see where you are coming from. The unfortunate reality is that we simply can not deliver what you ask without operating capital.>We could argue who owes who what, but truth is that we need customers and you need product. Parting ways and you having to find another supplier is hardly desirable for anyone.>Fortunately if you supply us with another deposit we can then in turn deliver triple inital agreed shipment within a standard shipping period. We have worked to improve our organization for just such opportunity. You only have to seize it."The closer regards you a moment."Let me make sure I understand what you are suggesting. With less than a day to go until our agreed delivery date, you are asking us for a larger deposit. It is true that Chesapeake took that money and that money was subsequently taken from him by someone he did not see. But - by his own admission he deprived you of none of your acquired ingredients or staff."The angrier one joins in:"Furthermore, out agreement was with the owner of the potion company, not Alan Chesapeake. You can say we could argue over who owes who what, but not as we see it. You either owe us our potions or our money back."The first finishes his point."We had to track YOU down. So you'll forgive us if we are in no real hurry to pay you more money to wait even longer."The tetchy one shrugs."If you will give us neither then it's not like we're going to go to war over it, but you can consider yourself earmarked."The first pats his chest, feeling like his time here is about done."Do you even have 5000 gold?"
>>5187489"Look, I understand your position, and it is a fairly reasonable one, business-wise."DRAWFire a Hells Heart bullet into one, yell for Burstock to bodily betray the other."...But I gotta look after my bottom line."
>>5187489"Look, give us a few more days, I'll see what we can do. Can't be all you asked, but we'll get you something. After that, we'll see where we go from there. Deal?"
>>5187511If we're going that way, better be a kneecap. Kinda wanna give em the trapped chests and see what happens tho.
QM: We got two different approaches here. I will see what other anons say.
>>5187512I should probably elaborate: the stuff I wanna give them are the trapped chests we got from Scadam. So we show up in a few days, and when they check the shipment they go boom. And we start our attack then and there.If we attack them right now, we run the risk of someone else being on the loop, so they'd be on alert.
>>5187567Alright, I'm down with that.
>>5187567You dont even have to be around for that if you don't want to. You could just tell them you're making a drop and where they can collect it. It highly illegal goods, so that wouldn't be illogical.I mean, it'll still make them mad. But you wont need an escape plan.Just ongoing plans.
>>5186260>b)improve karubin 3 shots before reloading>>5187489>>5187592 +1
>>5187489I say we give them half of what they say their owed and give them a mutterbottle to contact us in a few days to pay them the rest, if they don’t like it we just tell them to go away empty handed.
>>5187831>>5187512I feel that the further we kick the can down the road, the more risk that Joey becomes known among the OG in general. Better to strike now, and leave a deep first impression.
QM: Okay this is a big one, so lets make sure it's clear.>A. Attack now.>B. Arrange to deliver explosive crates.first to 4
>>5187992>AI think interrogating one of these schmucks will be more useful for planning and executing our attack than the explosive crates.
>>5187992>BWe don't wanna tip our hand, and if these guys don't check in with whoever sent them then the OG is gonna be out for us wherever we go. Maybe we can take that, but I'd say it isn't really fair on those we associate with. Best to play it safe.
>>5187992>>B. Arrange to deliver explosive crates.
>>5188042>>5188058>>5188207>>5188232You steeple your fingers a moment and then make a placating gesture towards the two grels.>"How about this. Within the next week, we will make a delivery of no less than NINE crates of product ath the southern shoreline of your current base of operations. We cannot be seen making th drop any more than you can be seen collecting it, I hope you understand."Smoothy steps forward, a broad grin of avarice on their face."Nine crates? Nine crates of product?"Burstock steps forward and grabs your shoulder perfectly on cue, umbrage and desperation in her voice."Sir! Please! Those crates are everything we have in our stores! We went through great personal risk and injury to..!">"Enough!"You shrug off Burstocks grip>"Even if it's not what they were promised. These gentlemen deserve what we have to offer them."Burstock lowers her head"I am sorry...sir.."Richter, not a gifted actor or able to read the room. Simply stares straight forward without saying anything. Seems to work.Throughout this exchange, Surly's eyes have been flashing orange.Smoothy turns back to him with an expectant look. Surly blinks a few times, his face registering something almost resembling approval before giving a thumbs up back to Smoothy.Smoothy beams at you and clasps his hands."That wasn't so hard was it? I see despite the company you keep you can still be reasoned with. Make the delivery - that will conclude our business - we will go our separate ways, yes? yes."The two grels begin to disrobe, folding up their garments into bags that they drape around their necks.Surly turns to you."Go about your business yes? We'd rather not be watched and you don't want to see this.Smoothy nods, one hand covering himself for modesty while he stares sourly at a flask of swirling clear liquid. "Rather"
Once fully naked, both grels loop their clothes bags around their neck, clink their flasks together and both guzzle the liquid inside.Smoothy screams and Surly yells through his teeth as within the space of about 7 second their bodies painfully crack and warp. Sparks and steam hiss from their bodies as they take the form of two large eagles.The eagles shudder in pain, catch their breath, turn to look at you one last time before taking flight into the night sky.Burstock watches them go then turns to you happily."That was some pretty hoopy thinking, chief. Very cool."Richter glances upwards"Right. The explosive crates. I do not think those alone will defeat the current encampment of Old Guard."Burstock pats Richter on the back"Not even close! But it'll put a gap in them. Especially if they open them on or near one of their boats."Richter smiles down at her."I see and they might not even blame us, and even if they do it will weaken their forces."Burstock points at Richter and makes a very goblin *click click* before sighing and taking a pull from her hipflaskHead back to the party?
>>5188683>"Right. The explosive crates. I do not think those alone will defeat the current encampment of Old Guard.""We were planning something a bit more organized, but they kinda forced our hand here. This might still work out, tho, I'll have to talk it over with HB. It can wait until after the party, tho."
>>5188683That’s enough excitement for one night, let’s head back to the party, we can deal with the explosives later!
>>5188683Party time, offer Richter a dance
>>5188683"Long as we're up here, mind teaching me how to improve HH?"
>>5189049Before you head back down stairs to the party, something occurs to you.>"Long as we're up here, mind teaching me how to improve HH?"Burstock turns to you and smiles."This is the place for it, believe me."Burstock walks very close toy you. Is she sneezed, she'd accidently headbutt you. He golden eyes stare into your own, unblinking.."To know a spell is to know a spell but to *perfect* a spell is to be one with it and everything it represents. Hells Heart is from the sphere of Delag - the Dragon god who made that would challenge us, tempt us - eliminate the unworthy. Theirs is the sphere of fire. They are determination but they are also hatred."Burstock stands back and gives you a small smile. You notice only now that she is gently holding your wrists."Firstly...what fives you your resolve?"She places your hands upon your own heart."And who, or what fills you with true hatred."Burstock, still staring at you without blinking simply says"Richter."You hadn't really noticed but Richter has been watching, enraptured looking as though she has something to add. She is glad to be called upon. She stand behind you and places her hands on your shoulders."There is a reason muscle wizardry is the oldest complete form of wizardry. It is less the texts and temples and more the understanding of the body itself. The sphere mastery you seek is in your heart. Your pulse."Richter speaks into your ear"Your sweat.""It's your small intestine. The last, bitter taste on your tongue. A burnt, acrid smell you can't shake when you are truly angry. Of the fingers that make up the fist...which do you suppose it is?"
>>5189484Thinking back, the things that have really angered Joey have been when Highball gets hurt, when Mike got shot, and seeing the Ork blacksmith who'd been mutilated and enslaved by Edgewater's gang. So I guess that Joey hates seeing people get hurt or abused, and the selfishness of people like edgewater or chesapeake who put their own benefit ahead of common humanity. As for what gives him resolve, he's an optimistic sort, both about himself and the world at large. That optimism seems to manifest in a desire to improve both himself and the world at large.I don't know which finger it would be, but I'm gonna guess middle. It's the first finger to hit if you throw a punch, and the one you use to tell someone to fuck off. Also, that description reminds me of Grink. It's certainly useful, especially in combat, but it's both a cloying, hard to get rid of taste, and mildly self-destructive. Anger is similar, at least metaphorically.
I need 3 separate anons to roll 3 seperaye d100s if you please.
Rolled 45 (1d100)>>5189984
Rolled 19 (1d100)>>5189984
Rolled 96 (1d100)>>5189984rolling>>5189484Next level up for HH is going to be deeply philosophical for who Joey is as a person isn't it?
>>5190001You think there's gonna be a next level up for HH? They're talking about mastering it.
>>5190009I guess not. I just had more ideas is all. I've been too busy most times to chime in though. I thought "a big step toward mastery" rather than already mastering the spell.
>>5190439That could be possible too. I guess we'll find out.
>>5189640You step stand with your legs shoulder width apart. You meet Burstock's gaze.>"My resolve is from my belief in a better world for everyone and the steps I must take to improve myself so I can be the change I want to see."You clench your fists>"My hatred is reserved for those who would harm my friends, for those who would inflict pain and suffering for no other reason than for personal accumulation of wealth and power. The cruel and the cowardly. The weak and wicked!'You are snarling and you didn't even realise it. You turn to Richter.>"You speak of the middle finger."She nods, smiling.You can see the veins on your wrists.Burstock holds out her arms."Do you feel that, Joe? That's the fire. That's the sweat. Feel it coarse through you.">>5189988You have summoned this spell before. You hold your hands out in front of you opening and closing your fists as the red lightning you know as your ally dances around your hands."good. that's it">>5189991Your breath goes hot as you snarl, your eyes rolling back in your head. You can't tell if your grinning or simply gritting your teeth."Every drop of blood pumping from your heart, heffe. Every ounce of fire in your organs. You're aware of it.">>5190001"Get them! Joemandius Coldiron Donuts!"There is a peel of thunder as you below skyward. Incandecant energy snakes from your body and explodes into Burstock inusing her with the same glow you already possess. After 3 second it fades.You stagger into Burstock's waiting arms. Richter steadies you from the back. A steady stream of crimson pours from your nose and mouth. Burstock dabs it with her sleeve. "Atta boy"-YOU HAVE IMPROVED YOUR HELLS HEART SKILL--It will now cost you 20 mana to cast HH on someone else while you do something-it will cost you 41 mana to cast it on yourself and another personBurstock heals you
>>5189484>Of the fingers that make up the fist...which do you suppose it is?Um, the middle one?
After a few moments of needing support, enough mana returns to you.Richter talks to Burstock as you all head back to the party."He really did it.""He's a rare breed. Even for a grel, his potential is huge.""Like yours?""No. He may not be a vitamagus but he will also never waver in his convictions. He will never know decades of carelessness. He will always give a damn. Long or short, his life will have meaning.""really?""pfff iunno. But the kid gives a crap. Good for him."You arrive back at the party. They've put on some slow, groovy ork music which Mike is *faultlessly* singing along to.Gary doesn't dance but is content to watch. Some more than others. He is going to town on the peanuts, having a locust like appetite.Lumsden notices you return"We're above Kretch by the way. You can ladder down and check it out the moment you're up."
>>5190692Let's ask if HB would like to come with us to collect the bounty and visit Doctor Ash.
>>5190692Kretch guards were rather eager to police based on looks last time. We might want to go down with Gary to make sure they don't cause trouble.
>>5190692Having just lost some blood and spiked our adrenaline, maybe ol' Joey should take a breather and eat or drink something. It's not like we've gotta move fast.
>>5190808This sounds smart. Grab a handful of peanuts and a glass of something. I don't think we've talked to Lumsden yet, so I reckon we should go say hi.
>>5190692Ask for a Mizuwari before heading down.
>>5190692You call over to Lumsden>"cool! thanks!"Highball canters over to the bar as you lean your elbows on it.>"Wanna check out Kretch together tomorrow? Been a minute since we just walked around together."Highball nods and chirps as she mixes up a drink for you. A mizuwari, hilariously enough."You bet! I wanna meet the doctor that Rick seems so oobatz about"You grab a handful of peanuts and walk over to Lumsden.>a. Can't thank you enough for dropping by. I know it's hard.>b. Can all Orks sing like Mike? Can you sing like that?>c. Are you losing weight?>d. Whatcha drinking?>e. [INSERT OWN]>f. So, just to be clear, the malkies found this ship and they kinda have it marked now. Nothing's come of it, but they now know it on sight.
>>5191719>f. So, just to be clear, the malkies found this ship and they kinda have it marked now. Nothing's come of it, but they now know it on sight.>e. And we owe them nine crates of "product".
>>5191719>image"Yeah, that was me. Know the ins-and-outs of Hell's Heart better, now, so I can cast it better.">>5191737+1
>>5191719>d. Whatcha drinking?Get you a Shirley Temple?
>>5191719>a. Can't thank you enough for dropping by. I know it's hard.>d. Whatcha drinking?then>>5191737>>5191747
>>5191842>>5192103You do a small nod and an understanding smile up at Lumsden>a. Can't thank you enough for dropping by. I know it's hard.She glances down, but she smiles"If you guys are gonna be sticking around I should get to know you all a little. It's a nicer line of business too. Thank's for inviting me.">d. Whatcha drinking? Get you a Shirley Temple?Lumsden pinches your cheek."Back atcha, pup. The ship's parked so it's tequila time."That explains the cheek pinch, you suppose.You take a sip of your own beverage.>"It was absolutely me hollering by the way. I know the in's and outs of Hell's Heart better now. So I can cast it better."Lumsden nods. Basically supercharges any attack by enveloping it in angry mana, right? I only ever saw the internal one. Something about blood? Anyway, Nice work! Hope it doesn't hurt as much."You both take another drink.>"So, just to be clear, the malkies found this ship and they kinda have it marked now. Nothing's come of it, but they now know it on sight."Lumsdens smile drops a little. She's not sad, just concerned."Well that's a little worrying. They have squads all around the globe. Probably just the local branch worrying about us, though.">"And we owe them nine crates of "product"."Lumsden's eyes widen"That much?! jeez. We'd be better off just giving them their money back. Last thing I knew we hadn't even started on their order."Subterfuge and coded talk may not be her strong point.
>>5192206“Cough” let’s just say we can give them the more unstable crates we already have.
>>5192321add "the ones we got from Scadam" if we need to. No judgement, not like Joey is the best at getting stuff
>>5192206"Product" being the crates of explosives in the hold. I intend to make an explosive impression.
>>5192555+1"Don't worry, we're going to bloody them good."
>>5192321>>5192372>>5192555>"Oh, I mean the explosive ones we got from Scadam. We'll be miles away before they even open one. Whether they go off separately or all at once it'll bloody them badly, even if it doesn't wipe them out."Lumsden thinks for a bit but nods."Could work, yeah. At their core the malkies, the OG are - or want to be- efficiency based. They won't dog us till they see us dead for 5000 dollars and some blown up grunts. They will cut their losses, most likely. Just means they'll swing at us whenever we're in range."Lumsden finishes her drink"Piss em off proper and we might need back up.">a. Oh, just so you know. The sound you heard earlier? Some sort of giant sea monster. A hot one depending on who you ask.>b. You haven't mingled that much in the past huh? What do you make of people?>c. If this ship is threatened...think you'd come out of retirement?>d. I'd like to talk about orks>e. [INSERT OWN]>f. What sort of back up? We already have a healer and 3 spicy varieties of death on legs. Plus me.
>>5192639>>f. What sort of back up? We already have a healer and 3 spicy varieties of death on legs. Plus me.>Really, not a single one of them I've ever come across was even remotely competent. Maybe the dangerous ones keep to themselves or something?
>>5192639>d. I'd like to talk about orksAny good songs to know? I'm a man of culture, after all. Then give a big shit-eating grin.
>>5192639>e."I was thinking of assaulting their base, using the explosive crates as the opening salvo. You think they'd decide that makes me a target, or scare them off?"
You and Lumsden wander over to the bar. Lumsden begins juicing a sudachi. She holds a second in her hand as if to say "one for you, too?"It occurs to you:>>5192652>"What sort of back up? We already have a healer and 3 spicy varieties of death on legs. Plus me.">"Really, not a single one of them I've ever come across was even remotely competent. Maybe the dangerous ones keep to themselves or something?"Lumsden shakes her head, not looking up from her measuring. She's not as good at this as Highball."No no. I'm gonna guess that those you've met so far have been kinda flat, maybe even polite? A little handwringing? That's often part of their bit. Part of their on going pride is how *reasonable* they are with most people so they can say 'I have been nothing but reasonable and polite and haven't attacked you at all and now you've killed three of my men! I thought we were going to be civilised but apparently not.."etc. AFTER you've attacked them and they know you to be an enemy they bring out the big guns."She adds ice to a cocktail shaker and begins shaking it.>" I'd like to talk about orks"'Sure. What do you want to know?">"Any good songs to know? I'm a man of culture, after all." You grin broadly at Lumsden"orkish song are often melodious and pretty chill and easy going. That's traditionally speaking anyways. Obviously Orks sing in a few different ways. We favour the guitar and its variations over the keytar or the drum-suit, I suppose."Lumsden pours out the drink into two glasses with salt on the rim."I just assumed you wanted your rim done."She pushes a drink toward you."There are a few songs of considerable significance, I suppose. One of the big ones is based on an Orkish call and response from near two centuries back but. We're no longer pissed about it, I feel? But it's important to us that we never forget that the people least effected by the war were the ones who lost the most of their lives. Here watch:"Lumsden calls out towards Mike"IT AIN'T ME!"Mike, pauses his own conversation and calls back, tonally"IT AIN'T ME-E-EEE!"Lumsden sips her yuzu margarita"So that's a big one."
>>5192883Is it just me or was that https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=40JmEj0_aVM
>>5192883I'd say that's appropriate, considering the topic of the OG. That's what they want to go back to, after all.>>5192950I'd say so, yeah.
>>5192883>A little handwringing? That's often part of their bit. Part of their on going pride is how *reasonable* they are"They came across as kind of cloying, that explains it. Damnit, that kind of attitude would almost be respectable, if it were at all genuine."Be careful with the salted margarita, if the HH got our mouth or lips cut up it'll sting like a bitch.
>>5193057You sip your drink, the salt doing no damage as you were healed, fortunately.>>"They came across as kind of cloying, that explains it. Damnit, that kind of attitude would almost be respectable, if it were at all genuine."Lumsden shrugs and wanders back to the party. She does a small smile"It never is."You have the party open to you. People are mingling and things are going well, you think.You can joy a conversation, put on a track, recommend any two people play billiards or sit back enjoy and keep drinking! Have at it.
>>5193528Suggest Mike and HB take a go at billiards. With their aptitude in accuracy it could be neat.Ask Karl if he found anything else about Hillbosh other than that he is in Yagadoov Canyon.If suggestions are accepted I'll put forward this track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEGTJvxEGHU
>>5193749You put a tune on the jukebox. Its a really good song but people don't really wanna dance to it. By the time it picks up they're sorta doing other things.You pat Mike on the shoulder and gesture at the pool table.>"You and Highball oughtta have a rematch."Mike rubs his neck and smiles he seems unsure.Burstock whispers something in his ear.Mike nods and kicks up a cue into his hands. He tosses a second cue to Highball."Whaddya say, Nep?"Highball chalks up her cue."With gusto!"They excitedly begin setting up the table.You walk over to Karl who puts something back in his pocket.>"What can you tell me about this Hillbosh customer?"Karl puts his hands on his pockets." Eccard Hillbosh II. 102 Years old. Human. Studied at Leicester Brewers Academy. Never technically completed his course but showed so much promise he was always employed. Invented Deep Brew C Was instrumental in the creation of mayonoise. Is rumoured to be on the team that perfected transmogs. That's conjecture but it is possible. He's never married, never flirted, never subscribed to any particular dragon or way of life.Though living comfortably enough, he has never really been focussed on money or status. Has rarely given written interviews and never written works beyond incredibly dry, pragmatic essays which are mostly concerned with formulas and the nagging morality of obtaining certain ingredients. Developed a formula called Hillbosh Halving that made it easier to make health potions and gave it away after writing it disinterestedly on a napkin.Arrested once in his youth for property damage and attempted theft. Was detained and given community service and required to undergo psychological assessment. He was deemed remarkably intelligent but either unable or unwilling to care about the lives of others. A brain on legs with no empathy for other people."Karl rocks on his heels"By all accounts, he's a creature of habit. Someone brings him the ingredients, he'll make it. If they pay him in food, resources or money to keep getting things delivered so he doesn't have to leave his house? He'll pretty much just make stuff forever."
>>5194172"What did he steal to get arrested for? From the sound of things he took something without even considering it might belong to someone else."
>>5194172"Wow. I can't imagine being like that."
>>5194172A repulsive super genius? Does he have any known associates?
>>5194172"Jeez, that's cold. Improving health potion manufacturing alone improved a whole bunch of lives, so if you view morality as a balance sheet I guess he's probably still in the black, but I dunno how someone like that could sleep comfortably."
>>5194180>"What did he steal to get arrested for? From the sound of things he took something without even considering it might belong to someone else."Karl unwraps a lollipop and slides it into his cheek."A better crewing apparatus. He had burned through the window with some acid he made at home, but the apparatus was too cumbersome for him to steal by himself and he insisted on working alone. He was asked if he would do something like this again if he hadn't been caught and he stated flatly that he would.">"Wow. I can't imagine being like that."Karl shrugs."That's to your credit on a very real level. There's a certain sort of very direct pragmatism and odd sort of egotistical drive that is not unheard of in big cities. If you'll pardon me for saying it's pretty goblinish.">"A repulsive super genius? Does he have any known associates?"Karl nods and briefly checks his notes."We was part of a small company for a bit, when he was in his 20s yeah - real mixture of creative sorts. Developed the core concept and the final form of what we now think of as burnsauce. That's not just him any more than it was just any of them. They were pretty proud of it though. Both Hillbosh and the others after making some money off it just gave the recipe to the public. I dunno if he's still in contact with any of them, though.">"Jeez, that's cold. Improving health potion manufacturing alone improved a whole bunch of lives, so if you view morality as a balance sheet I guess he's probably still in the black, but I dunno how someone like that could sleep comfortably."Karl switches his lollipop to the other side of his mouth."That's the bit you're missing. This guy, I don't think, really weighs up his morality balance. As long as he personally is satisfied with what he is currently doing and he has his work and his formulas -the dude sleeps just fine. He operates on a different wavelength to someone like you."Karl shrugs"Good, right?"
QM: Sorry for slow posting. Brother is in town.
>>5195760Nod "Oh yes.""You've collected a rather impressive case file on Mr. Hillbosh. In a very short time frame too. Is it a standard practice among detectives to be so thorough or would it be safe to consider your services to be cut above what is offered by most other sleuths?"
>>5195795>"You've collected a rather impressive case file on Mr. Hillbosh. In a very short time frame too. Is it a standard practice among detectives to be so thorough or would it be safe to consider your services to be cut above what is offered by most other sleuths?"Karl gestures with his sucker as though it was a cigarette."I like to earn my keep and my gold. In my experiences, most seamus's are not as thorough as me. The better your PR, the slacker you can be, you know? A goblin basically starts of with bad PR."He thinks for a moment, clenching his candy back between his teeth."I say that. It depends on the goblin. And the city. Ah. You know what I mean?"In your peripheral vision, the dancing has died down and Mike seems to be beating Highball at pool.
>>5195905As they say, "Get a reputation as an early riser and you can sleep till noon."
>>5195905"I guess. I did get kidnapped by a goblin once for potion ingredients, but it's all water under the bridge, you know?"
>>5195905“Sounds like you had a rough start.”
>>5195905Hillbosh sounds like he has Hollywood autism, the classical obsession (which I know from experience is true in some cases) and genius but no real regard or understanding of others
>>5195910> "Get a reputation as an early riser and you can sleep till noon."Karl nods. "Well said. I couldn't slack off, cheat or overcharge even if I wanted to. Which I don't, really.">"I did get kidnapped by a goblin once for potion ingredients, but it's all water under the bridge, you know?"Karl gestures with his lollipop. His tone is even."Now now. She scouted you and assisted in your capture. She wasn't the one who actually bagged you. The mutterbottle game distortion of facts isn't good for anyone."Karl averts his gaze, sheepish about his low key admonishment"I get what you're saying though. And yeah, she seems pretty swell.">“Sounds like you had a rough start.”Karl licks his teeth and does a small nod."I guess. But that's dusting out. Your den has your back so long as you toe the line, do good business and know your place. They will mess up anyone who messes with you. You walk away from that - at best they'll forget about you and anyone you care about forever. At worst they hunt you down for your betrayal."Karl sucks on the lollipop thoughtfully as he looks up"Hunted or not, you then gotta make it in a ternion world. You can stray. Work the cafes. Set up a sign. but you're always against public perception. You could be straight shooter. Pay your taxes. Leave a good tip. Pick up your trash. Don't matter when every other member of your species on the block is mugging people, grifting and going through the garbage."Karl crunches his lollipop and once again makes eye contact."but its worth it, you know? There's safety and numbers and then there's doing what you believe in. There's freedom. It's worth the graft, Mr Donuts."He discards his stick into a nearby trashcan and walks for the exit. He pauses"Just let her know she belongs, yeah?"Mike seems to be doing well. Him and Highball share a drunken cackle as he pots a stupidly lucky shot.
>>5196086I can respect a man with that level of morals and conviction
>>5196086>Karl crunches his lollipop and once again makes eye contact.How many licks did it take to get to the tootsie roll center?
>>5196086>Nod towards Karl
>>5196086>"Just let her know she belongs, yeah?"Always.
>>5196208>>5196227As Karl leaves you say simply>"always."He turns back to you as he taps a cigarette on it's case. He gives you a redford nod and heads on his way.The music in the party is now pleasant ambient elven music. Burstock and Lumsden are just swaying slightly and are having a quiet talk about something.Mike and Highball are really into their game and seem to be figuring out new plays. Richter seems to be explaining something to Gary.
>>5196541Perhaps call it a night? We could also see what Richter and Gary are discussing.
>>5196541I’m curious as to what richter is talking about, so let’s go see what’s up.
>>5196541checking in briefly with Richter and Gary isn't a terrible idea, we should definitely stop by Lumsden before calling it a night though. between having the ship boarded by the OG and this just being a more social thing than she's used to checking in with her could be important.
>>5197523Oh yeah. I'd also like to ask her if there's anything she doesn't want to/won't steer the ship towards, in terms of areas or dangers.
>>5196992>>5197156You walk over to Richter and Gary. Gary seems to be mostly listening but certainly has some parts that he is more invested in the others. Richter is more or less talking a blue streak. You are unable to get a word in edgewise, as it's almost a lecture. Just on a different topic to the ones you are used to."Certainly her height is subject to variation if you ask around. Her full height might be more like 20 feet. She was just 8 feet when I saw her. This is two fold. Firstly, so that she can defend her homeland, whatever that encompasses and second of all so that she can adjust her height to match her opponent. She doesn't want to bother with anyone unwilling to fight someone bigger than them I suppose. This could be said to not offer any hopefuls a chance to hone their skills against an opponent who is both strong and smaller than them. But you see, that is where Baikal comes in Baikal doesn't wrestle or arm wrestle but out-and-out fights anyone. Baikal is always only 5 and half feet tall. Immense for a goblin but appreciably diminutive for a manifestation of elemental power, I think you'd agree. None of them will kill, but Baikal is the most likely to severely injure. She is test not only of fighting ability but of durability, courage and pain threshold..."Mike and Highball make a noise of anticipation before loudly cheering as Mike, somehow defeats Highball at billiards. Burstock high fives Mike and the two leave together. Highball finishes her drink and leaves soon after. Saying goodnight to everyone as she leaves.Seeing that things are on the wind down you thank Lumsden for coming and see how she is doing.>>5197523Lumsden smiles and sways slightly tipsy.'yeah, this shit was alright. I think I've still got it in me to party harder than this, but this was really nice. Sedate and welcoming. Thanks for bugging me about it.">>5197642"I'd rather not fly into battle or danger, but it's your dime, ultimately"
>>5199789>Thanks for bugging me about it."Thanks for coming to the party.">I'd rather not fly into battle or danger, but it's your dime, ultimately"I'll do my best not to steer us into too much trouble"
>>5199789"Thanks for coming, Lumsden."Check the time. if it's morning/afternoon still go turn in the bounties first, otherwise go write that letter to our folks.
>>5199789It may be my dime, but it's still your ship, you know? I don't want you to feel you have no say in these things.
>>5199789Tell her your glad she came, and head on back to your room.
>>5199975>"Thanks for coming, Lumsden.""no problem, kid. Next time I will bring my B game."Lumsden ruffles your hair a little.>"I'll do my best not to steer us into too much trouble">"It may be my dime, but it's still your ship, you know? I don't want you to feel you have no say in these things."Lumsden shifts her weight from foot to foot and thinks."Well, she's not registered. So don't try to land her anywhere under GTU supervision or we'll be up for expenses. I will bring us to a stop at the city limits. You can rope ladder from there."Lumsden thinks further."Maybe you could even get some sort of smaller craft we can deploy on water. Like a little umiak or a faering you could take to explore anything I'd rather not park the ship at. Rope ladder will do for a lot, so long as you don't mind having to see everyone's butts whenever you go somewhere."Lumsden drinks a little more tequila. She doesn't trouble herself dirtying another glass."If things ever get hot, or if things are already hot, I will of course come and get ya. But if the OG start bringing out the big guns, it'\s gonna go badly for this ship."====>>5199975>Check the time. if it's morning/afternoon still go turn in the bounties first, otherwise go write that letter to our folks.It's getting pretty late. Maybe 2230. Nothing crazy for some and indeed, Lumsdens still checking out the autobard.You can see Richter is looking tired though, and is wrapping up her conversation. She seems like the sort who gets enough sleep. Gilcrest is slightly too into her yawning but she doesn't seem to notice.
>>5202128>"Rope ladder will do for a lot, so long as you don't mind having to see everyone's butts whenever you go somewhere."Deadpan: "Yes, it is true suffering to have to look at Higball and Burstock's butts every time. Woe is me."
>>52021282230? Time to write that letter and retire for the night; gotta get up bright and early tomorrow to cash out the bounties and still have time to go Negotiate with the OG!
>>5203642Sounds good to me.
>>5203642>>5203946We need to update Highball on the OG. And don't forget that kiss we owe her.
>>5202725>Deadpan: "Yes, it is true suffering to have to look at Higball and Burstock's butts every time. Woe is me."Lumsden, playing along, gives you a heartfelt look as she claps a hand on your shoulder. Slightly hard."I know its tough. But it is your burden to bear as the first down the ladder and the last one up it. A true leader. But you can do it, Mr Donuts."Lumsden breaks façade and does a snorting laugh. She gives you a (mercifully) light pat on the stomach."Just keep your churro under control, yeah? In those pants the li'l dude's got no room to move."When she's had a jar or two, Lumsden is clearly still an ork and a soldier deep down. She's definitely bawdier like this.Lumsden goes back to the autobard and scrolls through the orkish music. She finds something she likes and begins to sing along to it.>>5203953You say goodnight to the few stragglers left at the party and make your way to Highball's room. The door is locked and you can hear her sleeping. It can wait, you reason.>>5203642You first go to your office and write a [VERY NICE LETTER] to your parents. You tell them you're still going to be some measure of wizard but that a job opportunity has come up. Not just well paying, but a chance to help people. You tell them you're in good company. You tell them you've met a wonderful girl. You tell them not worry.It looks goodYou head back to your room and call it a night.It was a good day.Exhausted as you are between the fighting, the training and the socialising you still almost struggle to sleep even as it nears midnight. You can't help but think of each brand new, bright tomorrow.
>>5204265Sleep well sweet prince.
>>5204265With how nice this post ended I can't help but worry about what is coming
>>5204265>>5204329>>5204336Time to visit the Everking!
>>5204511Oh baby. I'd nearly forgotten about that.
>>5205340Oh shit! These first 13 threads were only the introduction? 10/10
>>5205340Thanks for running CF. Good times were had.
>>5205340Oh it ended already. Oh well. Thanks for running QM.
>>5208926I mean, it did go for a month. Also thirding the thanks for running.
>>5205340Thanks for running
>>5205340Thanks for running 
>>5207560>>5208926>>5208948>>5208964>>5209341My pleasure guys! Thanks for playing and I will see you soon
>>5205340>credits start to roll>song in the jukebox ends, switches to ending theme>you can see the opening theme queued up for next episode