Nine years ago King Aiden Perenolde betrayed the Alliance and sided with the Horde of Orgrim Doomhammer. Nine years ago Prince Alric Perenolde, the second heir of Alterac was sent into exile for his own protection. This exile turned permanent and Captain Normand Garside, your guardian for the past nine years made sure that you were safe and learned the useful skills that would help you in the future.Now you are ready to carry the responsibility and unite the scattered Alteraci people and reclaim the lands that were once the Kingdom of Alterac.Your visit to Durnholde to spend a week feasting and talking with your neighbours definitely hasn’t gone as you originally thought it would go. First a snowstorm hit Durnholde, then Syndicate assassins tried to kill you, then another Syndicate assassin attempted to poison all of you and succeeded in killing Magistrate Henry Maleb, then that assassin tried to kill your prisoners you had taken, then he set the Durnholde Keep on fire in an attempt to cover his trail and finally he revealed himself to you and threatened to continue killing people if you chased him.It is so tiresome, it really is.But not everything has been awful and gone from defeat to defeat. Lord Blackmoore gave an old parchment describing the claim of the region by the Kingdom of Alterac to you. He did it as an insurance against Lordaeron and the Alliance, which is a risky tactic for him, but helps you a lot. You have also learned to know Lady Jandice Barov better and you think she respects you now. Though maybe more importantly to you personally, you secured the release of Taretha Foxton from the service of Lord Blackmoore. Now she could come with you to Dawnholme.With the Syndicate assassin’s warning in mind, you have decided to join the unofficial feast held by the guests. With the assassin seemingly being killed in the fire and fire successfully being extinguished, they wanted to celebrate a bit. And your presence would be highly appreciated.Welcome to Alterac Resurgent Quest!…Twitter: https://twitter.com/MedivhQM/qst/ Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Alterac%20Resurgent%20QuestPrince Alric Stats: https://pastebin.com/rysxdRsvQuest Mechanisms: https://pastebin.com/CyD88qqfCharacter List: https://pastebin.com/FkYd6wkJSide Character Stats: https://pastebin.com/aRfyksUG
>>5683621You blinked once and straightened your back. One more deep breath and you stepped forward. The thoughts about sore muscles and general tiredness were pushed away as you put on a slight smile. It was time for you to spend the next few hours talking with the guests.And at the same time you could watch for the assassin. He was most likely wearing a disguise or pretending to be someone else. When you had seen him, he had worn dark clothes and covered his face. No details that you could notice and use to identify him, you hadn’t even heard anyone talking with a similar Alteraci accent. Really the only thing you could use to identify him was his height or size and it wouldn’t help you that much either as the assassin had been quite average in size.Still you thought about this, what would you do if you were the assassin after delivering the warning? Where would you hide if you wanted to know what was going on?And then the thought came to your mind, you would stay close to the target, maybe even engage with said person in talks or just greet him. Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.And due to this you kept your hand on the hilt of your sword as you started talking with the guests.…“Prince Alric, we didn’t expect to see you here.” Lady Edith Imswit said to you as she held young Hilde close to her. “We were debating if you would join us after all the events of today.” Sir Foecourt said as he sipped some wine.“Lady Edith, Sir Foecourt.” You greeted the two petty nobles. “I couldn’t stay away.”Thankfully you had been approached by them, two people you were familiar with on some level. It was awfully tiring to talk with burghers and petty nobles whom you had no idea who they were or what they did for a living. You hadn’t spotted anyone acting suspiciously either and to your annoyance a lot of the guests were of average size and none of them had an Alteraci accent.“Then let me thank you for everything you have done for us.” Lady Edith said and gave you a deep curtsy which Hilde copied.“There is no need to thank me.” You said back to her. “Everyone here did their part to fight the fire.”“There is no need to be that humble Prince Alric.” Foecourt said to you. “It was only you and Lady Jandice who went into the attic.”Lady Edith nodded and agreed. Quite many had asked you where Lady Jandice was and you had answered that she would most likely join the feast a bit later. Your attempts at being humble had mostly failed, people really wanted to give you and Lady Jandice all the credit.1/2
>>5683622“So, how are you doing?” You asked them and deflected away from you.“Fine, I am hoping if we have a chance to continue our talks.” Lady Edith said and you knew she meant the betrothal issues. Langston should arrive here shortly and Sir Gravis stood by the wall, so both candidates were here. “Other than that, we are fine.”“I still can’t believe that Sir Albrin is dead or that he was the assassin.” Foecourt said to you. “Well I am happy to leave Durnholde and go back home. A bit too eventful stay here for my liking.”Yeah, it has been quite an eventful past few days.“How about you Prince Alric, outside of the assassin and the fire, has your visit been successful?” Foecourt asked you. “I at least got Mr. Langston to agree to look into building a road to my tower.”>Yes, it has been successful. Having all the leaders of Hillsbrad and Durnholde in one place has been helpful and useful.>Somewhat yes. There was progress, but all these events have made the talks difficult.>Not really, no. Whatever small good things have happened, the assassin and the fire out-weights them.>This has been mostly a social visit, plenty of casual talk and less substance. Deflect away.>Other, write in.QM: As always with a new thread, if you have any questions regarding the quest or the characters, I am happy to try to answer them.
>>5683623>It’s hard to pass such a judgment, although I’ve had chance to resolve some matters with my neighbors, magistrate Maleb’s death is a grim mark on this event.
>>5683623>>Yes, it has been successful. Having all the leaders of Hillsbrad and Durnholde in one place has been helpful and useful.Also just to clarify, which year are we currently in exactly?
>>5683623>>Somewhat yes. There was progress, but all these events have made the talks difficult.
>>5683654The story is in the winter of year 15 After the Dark Portal. So nine years after the start of Second War.
>>5683623>Somewhat yes. There was progress, but all these events have made the talks difficult.
You thought about what you would be saying for a moment before you opted to speak“It’s hard to pass such a judgement, although I’ve had a chance to resolve some matters with my neighbours, Magistrate Maleb’s death is a grim mark on this event”. You told them and sighed deeply. “So no, I can’t call these past few days a success, but it hasn’t been a complete failure either.”Foecourt seemed to nod in agreement after you said that.“Bless the Light, my concerns are built around having a road and frost not taking my crops.” Foecourt said back to you. “I can’t imagine the troubles you have to go through.”You smiled back and nodded.“It isn’t easy.” You said to him.The door to the grand hall had opened and everyone who wasn’t engaged in any talks turned their heads to see who had arrived.Seeing who had arrived caused you to smirk a bit as Lady Jandice Barov stepped into the grand hall. She had clearly gone to her room to change into more suitable clothing as she had exchanged her previous robe with clothing more suitable for a feast. A long purple dress decorated with the designs and insignia of Dalaran combined with her mage armour made Jandice an impressive figure amongst the guests here in Durnholde.You gave her a nod and she returned it with a slight smile as she walked to you.“Prince Alric.” Jandice said to you and gave you a gentle nod.“Lady Jandice.” You said back to her. “I see you opted to dress up for the occasion.”“I did, I couldn’t avoid the temptation, I didn’t want to look second class.” Jandice said to you and continued. “Especially if you are wearing parts of your armour.”It was true, even without the cuirass or other bits of plate mail of Aurvan'kal, wearing the scaled robe made you stand out amongst the crowd.“It is our pleasure that you joined us Lady Jandice.” Lady Edith said and gave her the same curtsy she had given to you. “Thank you for saving us from the fire.”Jandice blushed a bit from the compliment and brushed it away.“Lady Jandice, did you speak with Commodore Troubridge?” You asked her.“Yes, I did Prince Alric.” She said back. “He agrees with you.”That was good, if Troubridge had disagreed with your approach to the current situation, it could have caused some issues for you to solve.“That is good to hear.” You said back to her.Both Lady Edith and Foecourt looked at you and Jandice in a bit of confusion as they didn’t know what you were exactly talking about.“What are you two talking about?” Foecourt asked you as he was a bit confused about this exchange of words between the two of you.>Nothing important, just regarding our previous talks, nothing more. Deflect away.>It was regarding the assassin, we are keeping up the heightened security just in case.>Whisper to them that there is still a belief that the assassin is alive.>Other, write in.
>>5683962>It was regarding the assassin, we are keeping up the heightened security just in case.>At this point, we decided to adopt a better safe then sorry approach.
>>5683962>>It was regarding the assassin, we are keeping up the heightened security just in case.never know when sleeper agents will be activated or some left over poison will contaminate the food and drink.
>>5683962>>Nothing important, just regarding our previous talks, nothing more. Deflect away.
>>5683962>>It was regarding the assassin, we are keeping up the heightened security just in case.the suspect may have died, but with how many there were around it's better to be safe than sorry.
"It was just regarding the assassin." You told them somewhat nonchalantly. "We are keeping up the heightened security just in case.""Prince Alric, do you believe that there are more assassins out there?" Foecourt asked and seemed concerned."Our suspect is dead, but who knows if he had any aides with him." You said."That sounds dangerous." Lady Edith said back."Could be, but I am not concerned. Our guards and knights have their ears and eyes open." You said to her and tried to assure her. "Seems excessive." Foecourt said and continued. "I mean several of them did die today and then there was the fire. I can imagine how tired they are right now.""At this point, we decided to adopt a better safe than sorry approach." You answered him. "We are all tired, but we have our duties.""I understand, hoping that nothing happens then." Foecourt said back to you. "Now if you excuse me, there are other people I need to talk with."Sir Foecourt gave you and Jandice a bow before he left you."Me and Hilde, we are going to go and get something to eat." Lady Edith said to you. "It was a pleasure to talk with you Prince Alric and with you too Lady Jandice."Lady Edith and young Hilde both did a curtsy before they walked away."You look like you want to say something." You said to Jandice as you turned to speak with her."Do you think that you have already met him?" Jandice asked you and continued. "Resourceful, has the tools, a disguise or a false identity wouldn't be out of place."A burgher from Southshore interrupted the two of you as he wanted to shake your and Jandice’s hands. This man was short and fat, definitely not the assassin you are looking for. The man thankfully excused himself quickly."So what do you think?" Jandice asked.>Yes, most likely you have met with the assassin. Probably spoken with him as well.>Probably, but you have met quite many average sized men here in Durnholde.>You don't think so, the assassin wouldn't be that foolish to approach you so brazenly.>Other, write in.
>>5684410>>Yes, most likely you have met with the assassin. Probably spoken with him as well.This Foecourt guy is mighty suspicious desu. Maybe a red herring, but he seemed awfully eager to throw Albrin under the bus earlier, and this hurried departure also doesn't look good...Anyone of higher iq Anons have an inkling if we missed a clue?
>>5684410>Probably, but you have met quite many average sized men here in Durnholde.My brain is too small to pick up clues
>>5684410>>Probably, but you have met quite many average sized men here in Durnholde.>>5684461too retarded to pick anything up.
>>5684410>>Probably, but you have met quite many average sized men here in Durnholde.
>>5684410>You don't think so, the assassin wouldn't be that foolish to approach you so brazenly.>Other, write in.Try to find the guy via eye color. We did see his eyes did we not?Try and downsize from rough hight and size, combine with eye or hair color, and then gender. As a rough guideline to downsize the probability of who is likely to be him.I'd rather we just get a rough idea of who he could be for future reference than actually capture him at this point.
"Probably, but I have met quite many average sized men here in Durnholde." You said to her. "Very little actual details for us to use, really just size and height. He was smart enough to wear a bandana, hood and goggles."Jandice was a bit let down, but didn't seem overly disappointed with your answer."Can't really say much else." You said and sighed. "We just have to keep our eyes open."If you had to make a list of potential suspects the list would be quite long. If you put them all on a line and tried to spot the assassin, you couldn’t be sure that you could recognise the assassin."Shame." Jandice said. "What will we do next?""Enjoy the feast." You said to her. "So let's go get some food, I bet you are hungry."…Having retrieved food and making sure someone else took it before you just in case and after seeing that said person didn't drop dead from poison, you and Jandice sat down at the table normally reserved for Blackmoore and other very important guests before you started to eat.As you ate, you and Jandice didn't really speak about anything and instead you just mostly kept your eyes on the crowd.Langston arrived and gave you a nod before he went to talk with Lady Edith and Hilde. Sir Foecourt spoke with some burghers from Southshore. Sir Gorman was with some other Durnholders and then there were mostly servants and other locals who had joined the feast. Those were really the only people you knew by name. Not all petty nobles had decided to come here, especially those from Hillsbrad. Clearly they had opted to stay in their rooms.You didn’t mind that as much as the atmosphere was way more relaxed as the servants and other workers got a few drinks in. With all the petty nobles, burghers and other hangers-on very easily the atmosphere usually was a bit stuffy and rigid. Now it felt more rustic, without any real concerns of decorum and how you are seen. It felt more familiar with the feasts and celebrations you had been in through your life be it during the exile or in Dawnholme. Let them celebrate and have fun, in a couple of months they will most likely learn that the assassin got away, but now let them be happy.The troubadours joined the feast and the servants quickly moved several tables and benches away to give them more space for dancing. It didn’t take long for the dancing to start and the merry sounds of laughter and music filled the grand hall.As you sipped your wine, the want to dance grew inside you. It had always been fun, but you didn’t know if joining the dancing now was appropriate in the current situation. You gave a glance to Jandice who was watching as the servants danced. Would she like to dance?1/1
>>5685358>Let the servants and others dance while you don't join them. You have very little reason to dance and have fun.>Join them in dancing, this trip to Durnholde hasn’t been all doom and gloom after all.>Join them, but very briefly. Give them a chance to dance with an actual Prince.>Ask Lady Jandice if she wants to dance.>Other, write in.
>>5685360>Join them, but very briefly. Give them a chance to dance with an actual Prince.>Ask Lady Jandice if she wants to dance.
>>5685360>>Ask Lady Jandice if she wants to dance.
>>5685360>>Join them, but very briefly. Give them a chance to dance with an actual Prince.I have mixed feelings about baiting Jandice onto the Alric train, although it may already be too late
You could dance, if not just briefly to be properly part of this feast and let the servants know that you want them to feel appreciated. It would also be a once in a lifetime situation for a couple of maids to get to dance with a real Prince.Though first you had something else in mind."Lady Jandice, I see that you are watching the dancing." You said to her. "Would you like to join me?""Me? Really dancing? It has been a while…" Jandice said back to you."It will be fine, I will guide you." You said and continued. "Let's give the servants what they want to see. They would love to see their 'saviours' take the floor."Jandice nodded to you after a pause causing you to present your hand for her to take."I will apologise, the armour is not the best thing to wear for dancing, so I will try to be gentle." You said as Jandice took your hand and you guided her past some bystanders and now very curiously looking guests. The troubadours started to play something a bit slow as you guided Jandice through the first song. She wasn't bad at dancing, but nowhere near as good as you were. Thankfully the guests and servants gave you and her enough space to avoid bumping into anyone and with your hand on her waist, guiding her was easy.The second song was a bit faster and she started to have some trouble with her steps so you purposely slowed down to avoid her tripping. During all this Jandice didn’t say a word to you.When the second song ended, Jandice let go of your hand and gave you a curtsy to which you replied with a bow.The guests and servants gave the two of you a slight applause as you walked aside and let the others continue dancing."Thank you Prince Alric, that in the end was quite fun." Jandice said past you as she watched others dancing."And I think you could become a good dancer with some training." You told her and continued. "But what most importantly I am saying… the pleasure was mine. Thank you for the dance.""And thank you for the evening. I will now go and rest." Jandice said to you."Yeah, it has been a long day." You said back. "Sleep well."Jandice nodded and left you there standing as she walked away and out of the grand hall.Now though, time to dance a bit more.…Three ladies had the opportunity to dance with you. First was a really shy blonde girl who you had seen in the kitchens. She barely managed to say thank you at the end of the song. Second one, whom you think you had seen cleaning the floors, was a buxom brunette who quite eagerly came to dance with you next and who definitely had heard about the rumours as she pressed herself right on you and made sure that her shirt was open and revealing. You opted to just dance with her and didn’t give her the joy of having a peek down. And the third was actually someone you knew a bit better.1/2
>>5685655"Lady Edith." You greeted her as a slow song started and you started to guide her around the floor. "How has the evening been?""Fine, thank you for asking." Lady Edith said back to you and still she was avoiding looking you in the eyes. She really was that embarrassed about her earlier request. "I spoke with Mr. Langston.""Did it go well?" You asked."It did, he seems to be… a man that I could accept." Lady Edith said back. "But if I may, I would speak with your knight next. That is if you allow me to bother him?""You may speak with Sir Gravis, you have my blessing." You said to her. "Do you think you can make the decision about Hilde's betrothal while still here?""Thank you Prince Alric and probably not." Lady Edith said to you. "Everything that has happened, it threw our plans off.""Understandable." You said back to her. "I can only wish good luck to both of you then.""Thank you Prince Alric." Lady Edith said. The petty noble finally allowed her to look into your eyes for a brief moment as the song slowly ended. "Thank you for the dance."As Lady Edith left you, so did you step aside and leave the floor for the dancers. Taking a fresh cup of wine, you fought back an yawn as you watched what was going on around you.There were some new faces who had arrived while you had been dancing and you didn’t see everyone who had been here before. Though there clearly were more people here than before. You did get back into the task as you started going through the guests one by one. That was way too tall, he was too fat, that one had only one arm. There was an average looking man talking with another quite similar person. One who could fit the size requirements was in very close talks with a servant girl, she clearly was having a lot of fun. Then another one and another one and another one.This felt hopeless and not everyone even was in here.You sighed and took a sip of the wine. It was getting late, but the feast was still going strong. Maybe even a bit stronger than before, it felt like the guests and servants were just starting to loosen up properly.Though that didn't concern you so much. What concerned you was your lack of options that could deliver results, especially as you thought that you weren't exactly in danger. The assassin hadn't done anything and neither had you really. Just bloody annoying, it felt like leaving a job halfway done. And then you yawned, you were tired and your body started to signal that maybe you should rest. The Vial of Blessed Water had helped somewhat, but it can't do miracles. Maybe retiring for the day was the right choice. Today the assassin had won, it at least felt like it.2/2
>>5685658>Stay in the grand hall and watch over the feast just in case. Maybe you will spot something or someone interesting.>Continue mingling with the guests for some time. Talking with them could help you.>Retire from the feast and go to the study. You aren't getting the results you wanted. You could talk with Taretha or just go to sleep.>Other, write in.
>>5685659>Retire from the feast and go to the study. You aren't getting the results you wanted. You could talk with Taretha or just go to sleep.I can’t honestly decide between watching and this. But Taretha is a potential target, and besides she may have an insight to offer.
>>5685659>>Retire from the feast and go to the study. You aren't getting the results you wanted. You could talk with Taretha or just go to sleep.
>>5685659>Continue mingling with the guests for some time. Talking with them could help you.
>>5685659>Stay in the grand hall and watch over the feast just in case. Maybe you will spot something or someone interesting.>Continue mingling with the guests for some time. Talking with them could help you.Isn't Taretha with us?
>>5685741Taretha hasn't joined the feast. She stayed at the study when you left to keep company to Malevus and to help her in whatever she needs.
>>5685659>>Stay in the grand hall and watch over the feast just in case. Maybe you will spot something or someone interesting.
We have a tie. Three votes for retiring and three votes for staying in some way. Could I have a tiebreaker?
>>5685976>>5685659>Stay in the grand hall and watch over the feast just in case. Maybe you will spot something or someone interesting.ill break your tie
Staying wins. I am not sure if I can get the update out today, but we can still roll for it. Give me a couple of rolls.>1d10>Best of three, taking the second roll
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>5686245
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>5686245suprise flash bomb incoming
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>5686245for the sake of the rule of threes
Uh oh>3d10, best of three>DC ???, Crit ???
Rolled 10, 6, 7 = 23 (3d10)>>5686332Should we be worried?
Rolled 5, 3, 10 = 18 (3d10)>>5686332aw yeah more murder and being stuck in durnholde!
Rolled 10, 2, 2 = 14 (3d10)>>5686332hands off our friends!
>8You blinked several times and downed your wine. Taking a deep breath, you decided that you would be staying in here and watching over the feast, maybe do some mingling amongst the guests to hopefully learn something. You were tired, but what wouldn’t a bit of alcohol and pure frustration help you to stay awake?So you watched the feast by sitting down for a moment after having picked up a bit more food to eat and frankly there wasn’t much to see. The guests and servants continued to dance and have a merry time.One thing you did notice was Lady Edith and young Hilde having moved to talk with Sir Gravis. It did seem like they were having fun, by how your knight and Edith were laughing.Outside of that, you didn’t really notice and see much. People were having fun and one by one as you watched them, they started to leave. Those who remained would probably party till it was early in the morning and if you were the assassin, you probably wouldn’t wait for that if you wanted to leave Durnholde as early as possible.…>3>23, Crit Success!You nearly started to doze off as you caught yourself from falling asleep. You had to take a couple deep breaths to refresh yourself a bit as you stood up and realised that you were way too tired to stay up now, you needed some sleep.You walked past the remaining guests and thanked the Light that nothing had happened, but you also cursed the Light for not having spotted anything. If the assassin had been part of the feast, he hadn’t done anything. And maybe it was better like that.Briefly speaking with Joe, the knight closest to you, you told him that you would be going to sleep and the knights could return to the study shortly.He nodded to you and told you that he would be following you shortly.The guests didn’t even really realise that you had left them as you walked out of the grand hall into the hallways of the Keep. Thankfully it wouldn’t be that long of a walk into the study and then into your bed.Though it wouldn’t be that easy as you turned a corner and bumped into someone you had learned to know…“Oh I am shorry…” Annabel the mistress said to you as you caught her from falling on the floor. Oh she was drunk as hell.“Why are you out here?” You asked the drunk mistress.1/2
>>5686384“Blackmoore fell ashleep…” She managed to say to you as the dark haired mistress clinged on you. She was wearing a black nightdress that left little to imagination. “I wanted to shee where the fun was…”Oh by the Light she was drunk as hell.You at first struggled to keep her up, but after positioning your arms around her, keeping her up was really easy.“Alright Annabel, you are really drunk.” You said to her.“Ohh I know Prinse Alhric…” She slurred back to you as her hands tried to grasp your arms and keep herself steady. She brushed your hands with hers, taking hold of them and suddenly moved to hug you. “Annabel, what are you doing?” You asked the drunk mistress.“Chome with me, I want to be with you… come talk with me…” Annabel managed to say to you as she hugged you while keeping hold of your hands and pressed her form on you. If you weren’t wearing the scaled robe of your armour, you would be feeling everything.“Come with you?” You asked her.“Yesh… I need to tell you something…” Annabel said to you and pressed her cheek against yours.>Alright, what do you have to lose if you were to talk with her in private? Let her lead the way.>You aren’t going to let her seduce you or try to get into bed with you, but you will help her into her room. At least you try to be a gentleman.>Decline, she is drunk as hell and if she wanted to speak with you, she would do it when she is sober. You have some standards.>Other, write in.QM: Rolls were about the feast, who you are going to bump into and how you handle said bumping?
>>5686385>You aren’t going to let her seduce you or try to get into bed with you, but you know very well how appearences can be deceiving. Perhaps she does have something actually important to say so you will cautiously humor her and let her lead the way.Maintain a healthy sense of paranoia. Perhaps it's just a mundane seduction attempt, in which case we can just turn her down, or it might be a way to discreetely pass on information.
>>5686385Take her to her room and part ways there, if she has something to say she can say it in the door.She’s probably not in good spot to be talking if something relevant though…
>>5686400> She’s probably not in good spot to be talking if something relevant though…If she has something important to say then I think the drunkenness is just an act.
>>5686403I suppose that is a possibility. She could even be our suster’s agent or something.
>>5686385>Other, write in.Help her to our room in the study with our knights, if she's really drunk she won't realize it , if she isn't and its a trap, she's being taken into a room full of our knights.
>>5686385>>Alright, what do you have to lose if you were to talk with her in private? Let her lead the way.
>>5686385>Alright, what do you have to lose if you were to talk with her in private? Let her lead the way.>>5686406plot twist: she is our sister
>>5686385>You aren’t going to let her seduce you or try to get into bed with you, but you know very well how appearences can be deceiving. Perhaps she does have something actually important to say so you will cautiously humor her and let her lead the way.Such power....The Perenolde rizz genes are truly unstoppable....>>5686406perhaps
>>5686385>You aren’t going to let her seduce you or try to get into bed with you, but you will help her into her room. At least you try to be a gentleman.
“Alright, I am going to help you to your room.” You said to Annabel and carefully pushed her off you, while still holding her up. “You are completely wasted, you know that.”“Ohh, I know…” Annabel said and giggled as she attempted to get back closer to you while you kept her from touching you.“Now though, where is your room?” You had to ask her.Oh dear this could go so badly wrong.…Annabel guided you through the hallways and a couple of times she had to stop to get her bearing back. She tried to cling on you as she giggled while you kept her up and a few times you had to say to servants you passed that you were just helping her back to her room. You didn’t exactly want more misunderstandings and for the rumours to get even more wind behind their sails.Her room was in the wing with the rest of the servants and after you reached the door, you had to take the key from her as she couldn’t get the lock open. And finally with the door open, you helped her into her room.“Th-hank you…” Annabel said as she closed the door behind you and suddenly hugged you again.“Alright, I helped you into your room. Did you have something to tell me?” You said to her.“Yesh… you are very cute.” Annabel said and with a giggle tried to kiss you.You stopped her before she could succeed in her goal by grasping her shoulders and this time pushing her away with a bit more force behind it.“I am sorry, but if your goal was just to get me into bed with you by telling me that you had something to say, then your plan has failed.” You said and frankly you were maybe a bit too blunt with the tone of your voice. Though being called very cute was quite fun.Annabel stopped giggling and dropped her joyful drunk appearance as you let go of her. She then took hold of your left arm and grasped your hand with both of hers. Her soft hands searched your fingers until they found what they were looking for.“Lady Nalice did shay… that the rumours are exaggerated and embellished…” Annabel told you as her fingers studied the Dragonclaw Ring.It took you a couple seconds to put everything together. Annabel knew Lady Nalice? She knew about the ring Lady Katrana gave you? Who is she?Then Annabel lowered herself to her knees and bowed to you. At that point you realised who she really was.“You serve Lady Katrana, don’t you?” You asked her. “Yesh… I serve Lady Nalice and through her my Mistress.” Annabel said and while she had dropped her act, she was still really drunk.You connected more dots together. Lady Nalice was Katrana Prestors way of extending her reach, eyes and ears to Hillsbrad and of course Lady Nalice as a spymaster would have her own underlings. And Annabel was one of them.1/1
>>5686910>Ask why she told you this? Why do you have to know this?>What is her mission? What are her goals?>What is the importance of the ring? She clearly recognized it.>Will her work put her against you or to be with you?>Would she have revealed this if her attempt to seduce you had worked?>Other, write in.
>>5686912Interesting. Well, for now it's enough for us to know her allegiances (or at least, alleged allegiances). We should not be caught spending too much time with her.Ask her maybe if she was paying attention to the assassinations, perhaps she noticed something of interest. Then wish her good night and leave. We can perhaps discuss her with Nalice later.
>>5686912>Ask why she told you this? Why do you have to know this?>Will her work put her against you or to be with you?>What is her mission? What are her goals?>Lady Katrana has been a good ally, I'd loathe with we came to conflict of interests.
>>5686912>What is her mission? What are her goals?>What is the importance of the ring? She clearly recognized it.
>>5686912>>What is her mission? What are her goals?>>What is the importance of the ring? She clearly recognized it.>>Will her work put her against you or to be with you
>>5686912>>What is the importance of the ring? She clearly recognized it.>What is her mission? What are her goals?
I fooking knew she was sus!I'm not CAZY!>Other, write in.Make sure the room is clear, and windows and doors are closed before talking further.>Ask why she told you this? Why do you have to know this?>Will her work put her against you or to be with you?>Would she have revealed this if her attempt to seduce you had worked?>Other, write in.What does she know of the assasin or the events so far?Ask about the note we left in the servants area, any suspicious looking fellows who looked at or read the note? Anyone like a servant reading the note and bringing news back to a "master"?Perhaps we will share what we know with her?
>>5687419>>5686912blerp the links
>>5686912In order:>Would she have revealed this if her attempt to seduce you had worked?>Ask why she told you this? Why do you have to know this?>What is her mission? What are her goals?Though if she refuses to elaborate on these then just ask>Will her work put her against you or to be with you?And lastly:>Why did she check for the ring? She should've already known you had it.
No update today, I am way too knackered to concentrate on writing.>>5687419Was it too obvious that Annabel was suspicious?
>>5687850Maybe. I'm generally paranoid though.I just thought it was sus af that a pretty girl so easily happens to fall into blackmore or langstons lap at such a time, and you know what some people say about coincidences...Like why wasn't she been "looked" into prior or someone that langston notice beforehand. Its like she just showed up a one day out of the blue to be "noticed" as Langston was making his rounds through town, but he never noticed or took note of a pretty girl growing up around his domain?Who are her even her parents and family?I was surprised to find out she was Lady Nalice's spy. I also thought maybe this was a intentional red herring to throw us off or something. But I still wanted to thoroughly verify either way..
Unless the people or parents that live under Blackmoore are the "Hide your women, hide your children! Blackmore/Langston is coming to town!"
>>5687850I didn't consider it personally, but it does make sense. I was thinking more about the campaign and the assassin.Alric is watched by multiple parties, and his close alliance/cooperation with Blackmoore is well known at this point. Someone being sent to check on Durnholde and listening to the rumors (alric being supposedly a womanizer), but actually having given confirmation he is not a womanizer at the feast would put the dots together and catch the mistress position once free. A very good move.Honestly i was thinking Blackmoore just choose a very good looking mistress, or found her offering him her services. Mundane but plausible, and probably what everyone else and Alric were thinking.
>>5687850She didn't stand out to me as such, no.At most as a girl that committed herself to improve her lot with using her body.
“Stand up.” You said to Annabel. “No need to keep bowing to me.”Annabel did as told and stood up while she let go of your hand. This did give you a couple of seconds to think what to say next. And one thing did come to your mind.“Would you have revealed your association if you had succeeded in… seducing me?” You asked her carefully.Annabel giggled at your question.“No, I wouldn’t have. I would have been disappointed with you.” Annabel said back slurring a bit and covered her mouth as she giggled.“Weak mind? Letting lust take control?” You continued.“Something like that, though I bet it would have been fun…” Annabel said to you and gave you a wink. It was painfully clear how Langston and then Blackmoore had fallen for her.“Either way, why did you tell me this? Why do you think I need to know about whom you really serve?” You asked her.“Because my Mistress sees you as her close ally and so that you can rely on her aid should you require it. My Mistress wants you to succeed and so does Lady Nalice.” Annabel said to you. There was a glint of mystery in her rust red eyes. “You should know that we are operating here, so that we don’t accidentally work against each other.”That was fine reasoning, though Lady Nalice probably would guide Eligius to avoid such issues either directly or by poking him in the right direction. This could also mean that whatever ring of spies and informants Lady Katrana has in Hillsbrad and Durnholde could also work for you. Maybe this could be a reason for a closer cooperation with Lady Katrana?“Then what is your mission here?” You continued with your questions.“To be the eyes and ears of Lady Katrana.” Annabel said back. “To report our findings to Lady Nalice, who then reports to Lady Katrana.”“Yes, but more specifically? How did you end up in the service of Lord Blackmoore?” You continued and pushed for a more specific question.Annabel looked at you for a moment before she answered.“I was sent to Southshore to find someone to be attached with, but then an opportunity came and I was told to move here.” Annabel said and she continued. “I think I need to thank you for taking Lord Blackmoore’s previous mistress for yourself.”“And you took that spot for yourself.” You said back to her.“Precisely…” Annabel said and gave you a sly smile.So she thought that the rumours at least for some part are true. Interesting that you had managed to fool a spy like her. “Though, should you go to your lover? I bet she is waiting for you?” Annabel asked you and continued. “Or do you want more rumours to spread? Prince Alric seen spending time with Lord Blackmoore’s new mistress?”She had a point, you had already lingered here for far too long a time. But you still had one more question you wanted to ask from her.1/3
>>5688656“The ring, what is the importance of it? You clearly recognized it.” You asked her one more question.“Funny that you were to ask that…” Annabel said to you. “It tells us that you have our Mistress' favour, that we won’t consider you our opponent… and instead see you as one of us… but now I have said too much already.”Annabel took a pair of steps towards you and before you knew it, she had planted a soft kiss on your cheek.“It would have been fun to spend a night with you… but you chose smartly.” Annabel said with a sultry voice and giggled. Annabel the mistress had replaced Annabel the spy in front of you. “Now go and be with your lover and enjoy her touch.”You were quite surprised about this and didn’t really know what to say. It might have been partially you being tired and having a slight buzz from the bit of wine you had drank, but Annabel definitely was a beautiful woman and being approached like this did cause some buzz inside of you.But you weren’t here to engage in a fun night with her, so you gave her an assuring smile and a slight polite bow as you prepared to leave her room.“Good night, and may we see each other in better circumstances Miss Annabel.” You said to her.“Good night Prince Alric.” Annabel said back and gave you a really deep curtsy.…As you walked back to the study you had plenty to think about. Annabel was a spy for Katrana and Nalice and how she had spoken about the Dragonclaw Ring made you wonder how far did the reach of Katrana really… well reach? And how powerful she really was? What were her plans and were you just a piece in a larger puzzle she was building and controlling? Just a pawn in the midst of kings and queens?You sighed deeply, this would be something you would have to worry about later. There was just too much going on right now to worry about Stormwind, Katrana and all this stuff around her.Opening the door to the study you found it empty. Your knights hadn’t returned here yet nor was Blackmoore or Tari nowhere to be seen. Then you heard snoring from the direction of Blackmoore’s bedroom and realised that the man was fully asleep and you carefully closed his door to allow him to sleep soundly through the night.Then you opened the door to your bedroom and a familiar face greeted you.“It is quite late Alric, I was wondering when you would come.” Tari said as she raised her head from a book she was reading.“There were things to do.” You told her and being in her presence caused some butterflies to appear in your stomach. Immediately you felt a bit better than before. “Just so much had happened today.”“I… I understand.” Tari said and nodded as she closed the book. “Tales of Hearthglen, old book about a bunch of nobles stuck in a tower during a plague so they tell stories to pass time.”“I know the book, haven’t read it.” You said to her as you unbuckled your sword belt and put it aside.“What have you read?” Tari asked back as she put the book away and stood up.2/3
>>5688659“Well you know, about taxation, history, warfare, all the fun subjects.” You said and laughed. You didn’t want to talk about learning about magic yet. “Ughh, so dull.” Tari said back with a laugh. “But I understand, you have to learn all that stuff.”Yeah…” You said and sighed. “But if you are going to come to Dawnholme with me, you should learn how to take care of this armour. So help me to take it off.”“Alright, just show me.” Tari said back and smiled.You explained the purpose and reason for every piece of Aurvan'kal you took off with Tari helping you. It was quite nice to explain all this to her and she seemed to understand the order all of this was put on and taken off and what they did to protect you.Along with this you did talk about today. Tari had shown the contracts and told the news to her parents. They at first didn’t really understand the situation, but she had told them about you and how their lives wouldn’t change that much in Dawnholme. They would continue to be servants and really just their liege would change and be different than before. You agreed with it, Tannis Foxton had served Blackmoore for years, while you probably wouldn’t employ him directly he wouldn’t have difficulties in finding a place to work in.Though they couldn’t join you immediately as they would need to pack their belongings first. You told Tari that your soldiers would leave Durnholde in a couple of weeks and her parents could join them and travel with them to Dawnholme. That sounded like a good compromise.Tari helped you to pull off the arming jacket and you took off the arming trousers. It felt refreshing to be completely out of your armour as you straightened your shirt and braies.You sighed deeply and looked at Tari. It had been a long day, a bit too long, and you were tired. Then everything that had happened was put on top of it. And then you were with Tari which made your heart race and butterflies appeared in your stomach.You were tired and spent, both mentally and physically.“Did something happen today?” Tari asked you and seemed a bit concerned as it was painfully easy to see how spent you were. “Alric, you can talk to me.”>Tari should know about your feelings towards her, you have a crush on her which makes you feel funny and good inside you.>Tell Tari that the assassin is alive and that you met him. Tell her about the circumstances in which it happened.>There are spies and agents serving people far away from here. Imply that Annabel is one of them and how she has benefitted from the rumours and Tari becoming your ‘mistress’>You have learned that your sister is alive and is the spymaster of the criminal organisation your brother is leading.>You are just very very very tired and require a good night of sleep. Deflect away.>Other, write in.QM: Choose as many as you like.
>>5688660>All Tari needs to know is that there is a lot of cloak and dagger nonsense going on which has left you very very very tired and therefore you require a good night of sleep.I find it strange that Alric seems to have no sense of guilt in his inner monologue. If I were in his situation I'd be wracked with it, to be thinking about backstabbing your loved one like that.
>>5688660I don't see much point in burdening her with excess of these informations.At most warn her that the assassin is still at large and that there's apparently more intrigue around that we anticipated.Although if she figures something of interest out by herself, maybe we could have her work with Eligius in the future. Although her personality is probably not suited for that, even with our agenda priorities being what they are.There's definitely no point in telling her we are attracted to her unless we want to dump the princess (we shouldn't), otherwise any relationship talk should consist on shooting her down for good.
>>5688677>unless we want to dump the princess (we shouldn't)oh, and especially if we had actually succeeded in pumping the princess beforehand, in that case we are super ultra obligated to take responsibility not just because it's a proper thing to do but because not doing so would likely lead to deaths, including people under our care.
>>5688660>>You have learned that your sister is alive and is the spymaster of the criminal organisation your brother is leading.
>>5688660>Tell Tari that the assassin is alive and that you met him. Tell her about the circumstances in which it happened.>Other, write in.ask her to Read a book to us till we fall asleep.
>>5688660>Tell Tari that the assassin is alive and that you met him. Tell her about the circumstances in which it happened.>You have learned that your sister is alive and is the spymaster of the criminal organisation your brother is leading.
>I was sent to Southshore to find someone to be attached with, but then an opportunity came and I was told to move here.”How was she told to "move here"?Was that Langston hiring her or orders from her mistress?The underlaying implication is likely there are other spies already embedded here and they passed this information to Nalice who then ordered her to move into position to be hired as a help.My last question is whether the possible opening of Blackmores mistress was already know to Nalice or Annabel, or was that a opportunity that Annabel seized when it became apparent. This could indicate how deeply Blackmoores inner circle has been penetrated..... And there is like maybe 3 people in that circle including Blackmoore himself!
>>5688660supporting this>>5688670It might because of the alcohol or the mood. I think he had sometime ago some rethinking, he had it even with other women.Distance could play a part in this, and he is a young man. The mix of chaotic events and relevations that happened recently might too.All this said .... he really needs to spend more time with Calia, we need to set up the first secret encounter for them. Especially after all that happened here in Durnholde. Their relationship can't develop much through letters, and love must be cultivated and attend to for establish a strong relationship.
“I am just tired, so much has happened in such a short period of time.” You said to Tari as you went to pour a cup of water for you.You drank the cup in a one go and had to continue speaking as Tari didn’t seem to buy just that as an explanation.“When I got into all of this, it was just me and my parents.” You said to Tari as you sat down on the bed. She noticed how you mentioned your parents and was understandably a bit confused forcing you to make a small correction. “My foster parents with a pair of loyal officers and twenty men operating out of a bunch of tents and a farmstead.”You paused your speech for a moment as Tari walked to you and sat next to you on the bed.“Now there is a town with over one thousand souls. Workers, women, children and the elderly, living in it and in the land I have claimed back for Alterac. Under my command I have over two hundred soldiers and my retinue has grown from two to nearly fifteen loyal officers and advisors.” You told her and continued after taking a breath. “And while defeating bandits or gnolls is a very straightforward business, I feel so out of place wherever I go. And wherever I go, there tends to be a lot of cloak and dagger nonsense revolving around me.”Tari let you speak as she wrapped her arm around your back and pulled you a bit closer to her. It felt nice to be hugged like this, it assured you that you weren’t exactly alone in this, you had your friends supporting you.“And I haven’t really been able to prepare for it, no amount of sparring or learning court etiquette can prepare you for assassins, spies and whatever else political intrigue is going around you.” You said to her and looked at her. The butterflies kept flying in your stomach as you looked at her. “It is just so frustrating to not be able to do anything about it.”You looked down again on the floor and sighed deeply.“I am sorry for this rant Tari, but it has just been a really long day with plenty of stupid cloak and dagger business, some new, some old, which has left me cranky and frustrated.” You raised your head back up and looked at her again.“Don’t be sorry, because I know that you will pull through this.” Tari said and smiled. “Of the two of us, you are the stronger one.”“Thanks Tari, I can’t really call it quits at this point.” You said and chuckled. You weren’t expecting to do a small speech, but as you started talking you couldn’t stop. Though it did help you to open your mouth and speak about your frustrations about all of this.“But shouldn’t we go to sleep, it is going to be a long day tomorrow with plenty to do. The guests are leaving, I need to decide when I… I mean when we will leave.” You said to Tari.Tari nodded to you and smiled. Butterflies again.“Yeah… it is late.” Tari said as she let go of you. You felt like she wanted to say something more, but instead she climbed over the bed to her side. “Tomorrow is a new day.”1/2
>>5689114“Hopefully better than today was.” You said as you waited for Tari to get in the bed before you could pull the blanket on. “Good night Tari.”“Good night Alric.” Tari said back as she closed her eyes and found a comfortable position to sleep in.You meanwhile kept your eyes open as you stared at the ceiling and the shadows from the candles that danced across it. You tried to go over all the details that had happened today in your mind, but you really couldn’t do it. Mostly because you were too tired to think about all that stuff and because Tari was next to you. And you hadn’t wanted to think about her or how she has made you feel inside of you. You closed your eyes momentarily before opening them again. For the brief time you were with Calia, you learned that you loved her. It was innocent love that made you feel fuzzy and warm inside, it made you want to spend the rest of your life with her. But now in a similar brief moment of time you had learned to know Tari and a similar fuzzy feeling had started to appear inside of you. And then Tari had confessed that she loves you, that she has feelings towards you.You didn’t want to deal with this, frankly you were a bit scared, but you knew that at some point you had to. Because if this goes on unresolved for too long, it might end up hurting you, Tari and even Calia.“Tari…” You whispered to her.“Mmmh… what is it Alric?” Tari mumbled back while half asleep.>Good night. >Confess your feelings to her. She should know how you feel about her.>Tell Tari that it is Calia with whom you are in a relationship.>Ask Tari about her feelings, you want to know more how she feels about you.QM: Start of Tari Romance vote. Good night vote pushes the topic to a later date, while others lead into the next update and vote presented there.>>5688721It is actually far simpler than what you are thinking. They didn't have anyone in Durnholde, so they sent Annabel to move there. Knowing Blackmoore's reputation and seeing her looks, it would have been just a matter of time before she was hired to work in Durnholde Keep. Now here is where Alric steps in and inadvertently helped Annabel to replace Taretha as Blackmoore's mistress. Sometimes the chain of events is quite simple and requires a lot less shadowrunning than you might think.
>>5689116>>Tell Tari that it is Calia with whom you are in a relationship.although I'm a bit apprehensive for saying anything out loud with the amount of ninjas around... well, ninjas can't catch you when you're on fire, right?
>>5689116>Tell Tari that it is Calia with whom you are in a relationshipFor better or worse we already have a beloved. Unless Calia ends up being a harem instigator. I hope she survived arthas murdering the city.
>>5689116>Tell Tari that it is Calia with whom you are in a relationship.well
>>5689116>Tell Tari that it is Calia with whom you are in a relationship.
>>5689116>>Tell Tari that it is Calia with whom you are in a relationship.
At first you didn’t say anything."Alric?" Tari whispered back to you."Calia Menethil." You said to her without elaborating any further.Tari didn’t say anything back to you immediately as she seemed to process what you had just said. To really see her reaction, you turned in the bed to see her face."No way!" Tari suddenly said full of surprise and accidentally raised her voice slightly before lowering her voice back to a whisper. "Princess Calia!"You nodded back to her."The lucky girl is Princess Calia Menethil? Oh wow, oh jeez." Tari whispered back to you and still couldn't believe what you had just said."Yeah…" You whispered back.Tari turned on her back and covered her face in embarrassment with her hands. Even in the dim candlelight you could see how red she had become."And I thought I had a miniscule chance…" Tari whispered to no one in particular.She then turned back to face you and reached to find your hands and held them under the blanket."Alric… what I said to you about how I feel, that wasn’t a lie." Tari whispered to you. "I guess I love you."Those words caused you to smile and the butterflies increased in number."But I wouldn’t have said that if I had known who the girl you are with is… I don’t want to cause any problems for you and her." Tari whispered again."Thank you Tari… and yeah it is unbelievable, isn't it." You whispered back to her."Well, having met you and learned to know you, it doesn't really surprise me now that I think about it." Tari whispered and smiled. "I am happy for you Alric…"There was a tint of sadness in her voice and you held her hands a bit tighter in response."Thanks Alric, you don't have to say anything to me…" Tari whispered to you and smiled. "I thought I could have had a chance, even if miniscule… for one night with someone who now I think… I know saved me."Was she saying…"But now I know it is impossible… thank you for telling me sooner than later Alric." Tari whispered to you. "Thank you for everything, thank you for being you…"Tari shifted slightly closer and raised your hands higher closer to your chest. She looked in your eyes and smiled. The fuzzy warm feeling inside of you grew stronger as you stared into her eyes. You felt her warm breath on your face.1/2
>>5689349"I want to help you from now on. You saved me, you saved Thrall, so now I want to pay you back in any way possible and for as long as you need my help. I will do anything you want or require." Tari whispered to you and continued. "If I can’t show you my true feelings, my love towards you… then let me help you and use that energy for good."She seemed so sincere and it did make you feel somewhat bad. She understood from the little you said about Calia how important she was to you and she said that she doesn't want to come between the two of you. She knew it and so did you, but seeing her like this did hurt you. How long would it take for her to get over this? How well would you get over this? You closed your eyes. Would Calia be fine with an arrangement, or would she even need to know? There were plenty of secrets already between the two of you, so would one more a bit more personal hurt you? You felt like you didn’t want to see Tari like this, but maybe it was just necessary for the both of you to get through this?>Nothing says that she can’t be your lover and mistress until you have a chance to live together with Calia.>One night in Durnholde. What happens here, will stay here.>A single kiss. That will be as much as you can show your true feelings to her.>Even with your crush on her, Tari is and will be a really close friend to you. Keep her like that and nothing more.QM: Tari Romance vote. Lover route if chosen would get another vote on the details on a later date.
>>5689353>>Even with your crush on her, Tari is and will be a really close friend to you. Keep her like that and nothing more.nunquam suade mihi vanaAlthough I appreciate the effort you're putting forth OP
>>5689353>Even with your crush on her, Tari is and will be a really close friend to you. Keep her like that and nothing morenunquam suade mihi vana
>>5689353>Even with your crush on her, Tari is and will be a really close friend to you. Keep her like that and nothing more.Alric the friendzoner
>>5689353>>Nothing says that she can’t be your lover and mistress until you have a chance to live together with Calia.Medivh you bastard, always trying to tempt us and Alric and this time you have succeeded. I am probably alone with this opinion, but I find the lover route very intriguing departure for Alric. If this was someone like Monica I would vote no, but Taretha is bit more special as there are feelings with both of them.
>>5689116>It is actually far simpler than what you are thinking.Hmmm, not as planned.
>>5689353>A single kiss. That will be as much as you can show your true feelings to her.
Alric continues to stay true and loyal, very consistent from you my dear anons. One quite juicy and spicy route closes and another quite different one opens with this choice. Oh I will wait for the future to happen...Give me a standard 1d10 roll unrelated to this decision.>1d10>Best of three, taking the second roll.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>5689912
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>5689912>PeonIs that foreshadowing?Surely our friends have endured enough on this party already...
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>5689912
You opened your eyes and looked at Tari. Even if it would hurt her and probably hurt you, it was better for the long run if you were to snub this out and suppress your feelings. You couldn’t betray the trust of Calia and become something more than just friends with Tari.And that did sound fine. Being just friends, albeit very close friends with Tari, was something that you would be very happy with. “I understand, but I cannot return your feelings.” You whispered to her and smiled. “I don’t want to lose you as a friend and neither do I want to betray the trust Calia has shown to me.”“I know, you aren’t the man the rumours say you are.” Tari whispered and chuckled.“Thank you Tari, thank you for telling me your feelings, it was better that we got this out before things could have turned to worse. Because when I say I don’t want to lose you as a friend, I truly mean it.” You said to her and stopped whispering. “Whatever you want to do, however you want to live, I will support you. And if it is just wanting to help me, to serve me, then so be it.”“Thank you.” Tari said back to you and smiled.“Though I have one demand.” You said to her this time more seriously.“What is it?” Tari was now confused about what you were talking about.“I want you to stop me if I ever do something that isn't me. I want you to be my friend and keep my path straight.” You said and smiled.“I can do that.” Tari said and continued to smile.“Thank you.” You replied and yawned. “Sorry, I am just tired as hell.”“I can see that.” Tari said and let go of your hands as she rolled back to her side of the bed. “Good night Alric.”“Good night Tari, hopefully the last night in Durnholde for us.” You said and closed your eyes.Thinking about Calia, you knew you had made the right decision. Now you just had to hope that Tari would get over her feelings and wouldn’t linger on them. But you felt sure that she could get over it, she was a strong woman. One of the strongest you had met.1/2
>>5690042>8>4You woke up next morning with Tari having conquered three-fourths of the bed for herself. She looked so peaceful snoozing there that at first you didn’t want to wake her up, but you ended up doing so in the end mostly because putting on your armour would be easier with someone helping you.You had a mostly casual chat with Tari as you went through all the parts of Aurvan’kal one more time as you put it on. The progress was a bit slower than when doing this either alone or with help of Malevus, but it was good for her to learn it.And when you were ready, you stepped out of the bedroom and the study, and found Durnholde Keep full of action.Servants were carrying belongings, guests were moving their bags. Even after a night of heavy drinking and feasting, the hungover guests had plenty of energy left based on the effort they put in attempting to leave Durnholde as fast and early as possible.“Prince Alric, thank goodness I found you.” Langston said to you after he noticed you. “Miss Taretha.”Langston greeted Taretha as she was following right behind you.“Good morning Langston, how are things going in here?” You asked him.“Well as you can see, they are going splendidly.” He said to you and immediately continued. “Who am I kidding, everyone wants to leave today and preferably immediately.”“Are the guards deployed at the gate, roaming patrols set up, did anything happen during the night?” You barraged him with questions. “Any sight of our special guest?”“Yes, yes, no and no.” Langston replied. “Thankfully nothing had happened. And I have guards with clerks keeping a list of who is leaving and when.”That was probably the most you could do. The assassin was smart, he wouldn’t get caught, not now, not today.“Prince Alric, when are you leaving?” Langston asked you.That was actually a really good question. You didn’t have that much belongings with you and only Taretha would join you on the return journey now, but the snow would still slow you down and while it normally takes two days to make this trip, this time it could take longer than expected to get back to home. You did have tents stashed into the horse cart you had taken with you to Durnholde and there were several farmsteads where you could ask for a place to sleep in so that wouldn’t be an issue. >You are going to leave as soon as you are ready. You want to cross Darrowmere River and reach Hillsbrad before it is dark.>You are going to leave around midday, this gives you some time to finish things here and attempt to reach Darrowmere River before nightfall.>Late afternoon as you still have things to do here and your return trip can take longer than two days.>You will leave tomorrow, you want to see that everything goes well here and the guests leave without any issues.>Other, write in.QM: Rolls were to see what is the overall feeling amongst the guest after a night of drinking and whom you would be bumping into.
>>5690044>>You are going to leave as soon as you are ready. You want to cross Darrowmere River and reach Hillsbrad before it is dark.
>>5690044>You are going to leave as soon as you are ready.>Other, write in.Weren't we going to check out that dead guys property or is it redundant at this point?If not then I'll switch to>You will leave tomorrow, you want to see that everything goes well here and the guests leave without any issues.If the cordon is tight then either there will be a incident for the assassin to slip past or he will leave after everyone else has left and the extra security is lifted.
>>5690044>>You are going to leave as soon as you are ready. You want to cross Darrowmere River and reach Hillsbrad before it is dark.>>5690097its redundant. we already know it wasnt him.
>>5690110>we already know it wasnt him.I know that, I wanted to be through and maybe catch that tiniest bit of extra info, or if possible a low level Syndicate agent helping the assassin plant fake evidence or soemthing.
>>5690148good point, but I dont think it would warrant out own time when we have many things to do. Besides Blackmoores' sending men there to check it out.
>>5690042I noticed that Alric keeps telling people to stop him if he ever strays from the straight pathIs this supposed to foreshadow something?
>>5690044>>You will leave tomorrow, you want to see that everything goes well here and the guests leave without any issues.as much as I want to leave this place behind, I'd feel bad if we later learned the assassin went on a killing spree after we left.>>5690471I think it's just self awareness, probably most of it coming from how Alterac's destructions came about.
>>5690044>>You will leave tomorrow, you want to see that everything goes well here and the guests leave without any issues.I doubt the assassin will attempt something, but you never know.>>5690471He doesn't want to become like his brother, he wants to remain in the better path
Leaving tomorrow is the winner as I count >>5690097 as a leaving tomorrow vote. The knights from Durnholde will go and check Sir Albrins farmstead, so you aren't doing it personally.Now give me a roll please.>1d10>Best of three
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>5690731
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>5690731
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>5690731Light help us make it to the end of this mess in good order
“Tomorrow, as much as I would love to leave as soon as possible, I want to be sure that everything goes well here.” You told Langston. “And besides, then I don’t need to be in such a hurry.”Langston seemed relieved when he heard that. He probably thought that your presence would have a calming effect and maybe make the assassin think twice if he had thought about doing anything. And that was a solid line of thinking if you were to be honest.“I don’t want to leave things half-finished.” You continued. “Where is Lord Blackmoore, shouldn’t he be around watching over the guests?”“He is still sleeping… and I don’t think he will be joining us.” Langston said somewhat sheepishly.Yes of course, he had drunk himself into a stupor and now couldn’t do absolutely nothing.You sighed deeply. The guests already saw you as a hero and if Blackmoore wasn’t capable of doing anything. It probably would fall to your shoulders to be the one in charge, or at least to show your face.“Alright, Langston you continue doing whatever you were doing. We have everything else more or less set up.” You said to him.“I will send a clerk or two to keep watch of the gate, we will know who is going to leave and when.” Langston said firmly.“Good, now go and don’t let me keep you here.” You said back.Langston nodded and walked past you leaving you with your knights and Taretha.“Where is Sir Gravis?” You asked them. “He didn’t join us in the study?”“Prince Alric, we don’t exactly know.” Empleton said back. “But if we were to guess…”“The betrothal…” Joe continued.“Alright.” You said and had a faint idea what could have happened last night. You might have to tease the man later. “Joe, go find Sir Gravis and have him join us.”“Will do Prince Alric.” Joe the knight said and left you.“Empleton, go prepare our horse cart for tomorrow, make sure that everything is where it belongs.” You continued giving the orders. “And Taretha.”“Yes Alric?” Taretha asked back.“Can you go and check on Malevus? She should know about our plans and when she is ready, go and pack your belongings for tomorrow.” You said to her. “Take your time and get everything you want to take with you ready.”“I will, see you later Alric.” Taretha said and smiled at you.You didn’t allow the butterflies to manifest as you turned towards Thomas, the lone knight who remained and looked at him quite sternly. He realised that he had some really annoying task at hand.“Thomas, go to the front gate and keep watch over the yard and the guests. I want to know if anyone acts suspiciously.” You told him.“Understood Prince Alric.” Thomas said back to you and saluted.With most of your own stuff handled, it was time to just keep watch and wait.1/2
>>5690947>6You had talked with the guests and the servants asking questions from them. Mostly thought it had been small talk and making sure that everything was alright.It felt important for you to show your face to them, even if it was somewhat obscured by your helmet, and it did seem that they appreciated seeing you and for you to seemingly take care of them. Most importantly you got the picture of them wanting to leave Durnholde quickly and that they didn’t feel like they were in danger. Most guests felt like they were safe, but they couldn’t shake away the bad feelings and wanted to go home due to that.You had walked through the mess hall to grab a quick breakfast and moved through the hallways into the guest wing where most of the guests were still lingering.“Prince Alric.” Sir Gravis said to you and saluted.“Good for you to have joined us Sir Gravis.” You said to him as matter of fact as you could. “Now that we are here, it does look like most guests are ready to leave, so keep your eyes open.”Both Sir Gravis and Joe nodded to you.Now though, who or what would you seek out?>Keep overall watch over the guests. Your job is to show your face and talk with them. If you can give them a positive picture of you, the long term positives of that could be tremendously useful.>Go find the people that you know and talk with them. You presume many of them are people you would like to say goodbye to.>The guards and clerks know what they are doing and this gives you quite free hands at doing whatever you want. Roam the halls without a goal and see what happens.>You should make sure that your belongings are all in order and ready for tomorrow. Maybe Blackmoore has managed to get up at that point and you could talk with him.>Other, write in.QM: The roll was for the overall situation in Durnholde. Things are holding on.
>>5690948>>Keep overall watch over the guests. Your job is to show your face and talk with them. If you can give them a positive picture of you, the long term positives of that could be tremendously useful.
>>5690948Hmm, if we’re serious about the assassin, now would be a good chance to look for alternative escape routes. Although unless we’re also searching the guests as they leave the bastard could simply slip out among those. Oh well.I guess I’ll go with>find the people you know.
>>5690471Anon's answers are really close to the reality. Alric has two very close examples of straying out of the good path with his father and brother. When Alterac decided to ally with the Doomhammer's Horde, the officers didn't dare to speak against the decision.Alric is very self-conscious regarding that and he doesn't want to repeat the same mistake. And maybe most importantly he doesn't want to disappoint or drive away his friends. Growing up in exile he didn't really have friends, so he wants to keep those he has really close to him.Also Prince Alric Stats and Social Points has been updated. Includes a Stat update.
>>5690948>Keep overall watch over the guests. Your job is to show your face and talk with them. If you can give them a positive picture of you, the long term positives of that could be tremendously useful.
>>5690948>>5691004Will Lady Jandice be at the gate to detect for any magic or illusions?>Keep overall watch over the guests. Your job is to show your face and talk with them. If you can give them a positive picture of you, the long term positives of that could be tremendously useful.I don't want to roam the halls "mystery box" option unless its has backup for options for us.>>5690976It would be much wiser if the assassin slipped out after everyone has left and the security levels dropped down to were servants can slip out without care, so after all the big shot guests have left.Who knows, the guy might escape in a large chest, under a pile of clothes and hay, or under the belly of a cart. Perhaps we need a guard dogs.
>>5691075She won't be, or at least she isn't at this moment. You haven't seen her and if you were to guess, she was packing her belongings and preparing to leave Durnholde.
No update today. I am way too tired to write anything today. The voting will continue.
Sloppy as hell QM for missing two days in a row. Update is half-way done and after I get another set of rolls, I can finish it tomorrow.>1d10>Best of three
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>5693045Can happenTime to return to our campaign, after a stop at Dawnholme
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>>5693045Tease Gravis at lunch, some food, a few cups of wine and the rest of our boys.Blackmoore will probably rise from his bed at dinner time, ready to drink like there is no tommorow. So we should be fine.His resistance to alcohol will become subject of study one day.
Alright, time to pretend to be the lord of the keep and keep up smiling because you have a lot of hands to shake and small talk to do. While not the most enjoyable of the jobs, the potential long term benefits of giving a good impression to the guests could easily be worth it.So you went to work and started walking through the Keep one more time greeting the guests and just talking with them. Amongst were guests with whom you had exchanged a word or two during your stay here and you could place them in correct places. Burghers from Southshore, a petty noble from Durnholde, a rich farmer from Hillsbrad Fields and so on. You also met a couple of somewhat more familiar guests. Commodore Troubridge and Captain Alphonse were preparing to leave as early as possible as they wanted to reach the Alliance Naval Base before it was night. It did sound plausible and you wished them safe travels. Troubridge thanked you for the cooperation during the visit and invited you to visit the Alliance Naval Base at some point. You accepted this courtesy invite and wished that you had the time to come visit at some point.Commodore Troubridge had become someone you could trust to stay steady and see things as they are and not let pre-existing ideas about you or Alterac to guide him. Maybe this could be a source of further cooperation, but at the same time he was an officer in the Alliance. Captain Reginald’s garrison in Dawnholme had caused plenty of ire within the Alteracis living there and you weren’t sure how well even closer cooperation would be accepted by them. Alliance was still a big boogeyman for many.…The hours passed and so did the guests. One by one they had left, leaving Durnholde Keep more and more empty.You had spoken with Mayor Fowley and Magistrate Burnside who were travelling together and wished both of them well. You knew that next time you would be meeting them at the funeral of Henry Maleb so you could talk more then maybe in a more suitable location.You had also missed the leaving of Elizabeth Maleb, which did annoy you a bit. You felt like you should have spoken more with her while she was still here.“Prince Alric.” Lady Jandice greeted you.“Lady Jandice, you are ready to leave?”“Yes, my horse cart is waiting for me.”“Then I can only wish you safe travels.”“Thank you Prince Alric, and I wish you good luck with your… our issues.”You nodded to her and knew what she was talking about, the Syndicate wasn’t just an issue to you and the Alliance. No, it was also an issue to the Barovs and to other nobles and power players in the region.“Yeah…” You sighed. “I think we need more than just luck, but that would be a good start.”Jandice smiled a bit at your jest.“Till the next time Prince Alric.”“Till next time Lady Jandice.”1/2
>>5693666>10It was past midday when you sat down in the mess hall to eat something. The cooks clearly hadn’t bothered to do anything fancy this time and you took cooked chicken, wine and white bread to go with it.Empleton had joined you and told you that your horse cart was ready for tomorrow and with all of your knights with you, it was a good time to go through the events of last night and today.And it was probably for the best that nothing had happened. The knights told you that after you had left, the guests had continued feasting and partying with the ones who had stayed, having been quite rowdy without a care for tomorrow. That did explain why some of the servants and guests had looked quite ghastly today.Speaking of today, everything had gone swimmingly. You hadn’t noticed anything out of place nor had the knights. Langston had briefly updated you with how the process of keeping track of the guests had been going and there had been nothing unusual there. Just a stream of guests leaving that have matched the records of people who had arrived. If the Syndicate assassin had already left, his disguise or alter ego was good enough to get into Durnholde Keep and leave without any issues. It was a relief and disappointment at the same time.“Prince Alric.” Malevus greeted you. Your elf squire seemed fresh after a good night of sleep and by looking at her red hair, she had also taken a good bath.“Malevus, are you feeling better?” You asked her as she sat down with her food.“I am, thank you for asking. Miss Taretha prepared a bath for me and told me about your plans.” Malevus said to you. “She helped me to pack and then left to pack her own belongings.”“Good, that sounds good.” You said. “Tomorrow then we can go back home.”Now though there was still day left>Tease Sir Gravis and try to learn what happened last night.>Continue making rounds and go check the front gate. You want to see the ledgers yourself.>Visit your prisoners and decide how to arrange their transportation.>Gamble a bit and go see if Blackmoore has managed to wake up from his drunken stupor.>Other, write in.QM: All fine in Durnholde
>>5693667>>Visit your prisoners and decide how to arrange their transportation.let's make sure there are no further accidents.
>>5693667>Visit your prisoners and decide how to arrange their transportation.
>>5693667>>Tease Sir Gravis and try to learn what happened last night.Its our duty
>>5693667>>Continue making rounds and go check the front gate. You want to see the ledgers yourself.
>>5693667>>Tease Sir Gravis and try to learn what happened last night.
Checking the prisoners and teasing. Update later, but before it a quick minivote! How much teasing will be involved?>Slight teasing, no need to dig too deep>Tease hard, uncover the truth
>>5694517>Slight teasing, no need to dig too deep>Ask if he want to talk about it after the joking.
>>5694517this >>5694525let's not torment our loyal retainer
>>5694517>>5694525Support Jusf footing around
"Well, how did the last night go?" You suddenly asked Sir Gravis."It went fine, like we told you nothing happened here." Gravis said back to you. The knight with his long black hair in his black plate mail seemed to avoid the subject a bit."That wasn’t what I meant and you know it." You continued and a slightly sly smile appeared on your face.Now everyone except Malevus, who had no idea what you were talking about, were looking at Gravis who suddenly became somewhat nervous."You know what I am talking about." You said.Gravis seemed defeated."Last night went well and I am not saying anything more. You lot are worse rumourmongers than the servant ladies in here!" Gravis told you and turned towards his knight. "Come on lads, I didn’t think you would backstab me like this."Empleton, Joe and Thomas turned to look somewhere else as they all snickered due to their bosses reaction."If you want, we can talk more later." You said and laughed."What are you talking about?" Malevus asked as she really had no idea what was going on."Nothing!" You and Gravis answered to her nearly at the same time, causing both of you to laugh. You continued in the midst of the laughter. "My young squire, you will learn about these things when you are older."You and the knights laughed as Malevus started to pout."Unfair… I will let you all know that I am older than any one of you!" Malevus said back adamantly and pointed her finger at you and everyone else."It was a joke, no need to get mad." You laughed and collected yourself before standing up. "Alright, we have work to do."…You had sent Thomas to fetch the doctor who had saved Pai's life, if he was still in Durnholde Keep, to join you in the dungeon. You wanted to know how easy it would be to move Pai and what was her overall condition.The dungeon was still in disarray. While the bodies had been moved away, there were still splinters of wood and badly washed away pools of blood. They had then just opted to throw some sand on top of the blood and call it a day.But most importantly both of your prisoners were fine and alive, though Pai was still unconscious. When the doctor arrived, he told you the news.Pai was recovering and she was stable. If you had to move her, it could be possible if you had a cart or something else similar. Though there were risks. The doctor couldn't be sure how much moving her could tire her or if her condition would degrade. In a worst case scenario she could catch a cold which could be really bad for her, maybe even lead to death.You asked him how long it would take for Pai to make a full recovery or when she would be ready to be moved without risks. A couple of weeks for her to first wake up and regain some strength was needed to be sure that she would be fine. After that maybe a couple of months to recuperate fully from her injuries.1/2
>>5694710You thanked the doctor and allowed him to leave. So those were your options. Sahvan could walk or be given a ride on the horse cart, but Pai was the issue.Sooner you would get her to Dawnholme, sooner you would be sure that she would be safer than here in Durnholde. You didn’t feel comfortable leaving her here when you were gone. Compromise could be to have your returning soldiers move her with them in a two weeks or so. Maybe then the worst risks to her health have already passed, but you still felt uneasy leaving her here.What if the assassin returns while you are gone and kills her? Could you take that risk? Though idea did come to your mind, maybe Malevus could attempt to help her to heal? She after all had successfully managed to close the hole in your chest, maybe she could help Pai in a similar way?>Pai is coming with you tomorrow. She will travel in the horse cart buried underneath furs to keep her warm.>Your soldiers that are to return from the Internment Camps will bring her with them in two weeks or so.>She is staying here in Durnholde for a couple of weeks for her to recover properly. You will then send a squad to go fetch her.>Other, write in.>Ask Malevus to attempt to heal Pai as much as she can. This though would tire Malevus out.>Have Malevus to bless Pai, that might strengthen her while not taxing Malevus too much.>Let Pai heal naturally. You don't know if asking Light for help could help her to recover any faster.>Other, write in.QM: Please vote on both
>>5694715Hmm... could we arrange with the doctor to fake her death?Although we'd need someone to shelter her in secret until she's safe to move. Taretha's family maybe, as they will probably take a while to move? Although I don't really want to get them involved with the assassin... the dragon girl? But she's not really our person. Hmm.
>>5694730Faking her death raises the question, what would you do with the "body"? Try to hide her with no one realising that she is gone? And then what? Pai does need daily care to change bandages and to keep her fed after all.
>>5694715>Pai is coming with you tomorrow. She will travel in the horse cart buried underneath furs to keep her warm.>Have Malevus to bless Pai, that might strengthen her while not taxing Malevus too much.
>>5694757Well she's just an assassin and we're the only one who cares about her right now, with possible exception of the other assassin; I suppose the public wouldn't mind to have heard her condition suddenly deteriorated and she was dumped into an unmarked grave with no ceremony. In fact, perhaps such event could be used to lure out the other assassin if they didn't leave already.The part of actually caring for her would be the difficult part indeed.Oh well, I suppose there's not much point in trying to overthink this.>Your soldiers that are to return from the Internment Camps will bring her with them in two weeks or so.>Have Malevus to bless Pai, that might strengthen her while not taxing Malevus too much.Have Malevus use her judgment actually on how she wishes to proceed, she should have best feel on what she feels she has enough conviction to attempt.
>>5694715>Pai is coming with you tomorrow. She will travel in the horse cart buried underneath furs to keep her warm.I don't see the risk in bringing her with us if she's stable. It's not like she'll be exerting herself or be exposed to the elements.>Have Malevus to bless Pai, that might strengthen her while not taxing Malevus too much.Though leave it to her discretion on the intensity or the method and what not. Like anon said, she's the one in the position to make the best judgement.
>>5694715>Your soldiers that are to return from the Internment Camps will bring her with them in two weeks or so.>Let Pai heal naturally. You don't know if asking Light for help could help her to recover any faster.
>>5694715>>Your soldiers that are to return from the Internment Camps will bring her with them in two weeks or so.>>Have Malevus to bless Pai, that might strengthen her while not taxing Malevus too much.
You couldn’t risk the health and recovery of Pai if you were to take her with you tomorrow. It felt just too risky even if she had to stay here for two more weeks."Malevus, can you please attempt to bless Pai?" You asked your paladin-in-training squire."Bless? To strengthen her?" Malevus asked back."Yes, can you do that? I thought about asking you to heal her, but I don’t want you to tire immediately." You said to her."I can… though I am not as good as Raleigh or Father Hampton…" Malevus said and was somewhat uncertain of herself."Don't worry, it will go well." You assured her.Malevus nodded and you ordered one of the guards to open Pai's cell door and to let Malevus in. As she entered the cell to say her prayers and to bless the assassin, you asked Sahvan’s door to be opened."Tomorrow you will come with us, we are leaving back to Dawnholme." You said to the turncoat."Tomorrow? So the day is tomorrow." Sahvan said and looked like he was immensely relieved."You will exchange this cell into another and I will have you interrogated thoroughly, I want everything you know written down, but you will live." You said and continued. "How you act, how helpful you are, how you decide to live will determine how useful you end up being to me."As Sahvan was sitting on the ground you walked to him and squatted down to be closer on his level."And then maybe we can talk about giving you a slice of freedom. Maybe one day you will become a free man in the service of Alterac." You said and stood up. "But that depends on you.""I-I understand Prince Perenolde." Sahvan said and bowed as well as he could."Good, tomorrow begins a new chapter in your life."…You had searched for Langston and found him near the main door to the grand hall. He was in the midst of juggling several scrolls and ledgers."Langston, things are busy?" You asked him."Very much so, can you hold these for me Prince Alric?" Langston said and handed you the scrolls. He then took one of the ledgers and crossed a couple of marks with a quill he had been holding behind his ear. "There, done.""Done what?" You asked back as you handed him the scrolls."One more ledger of guests and their servants, maids, bodyguards and so on crossed out. Everyone on these ledgers do exist, they are vouched for by multiple people or have enough witnesses that saw them elsewhere when the events happened. And now most of them have already left." Langston told you."Already?" "Yep, most of them were in an awful hurry to do so." 1/3
>>5695532It did make sense, who would want to stay here after assassination of a Magistrate and the framing of a nobleman through a fire that could have killed us all. Though they did accept a nice party and feast after all this. The way people act does surprise you from time to time.For a moment you let your poise down. Your time in Durnholde was growing short and you were extremely glad that was the case."Then my time here is running short too." You said to Langston."We can’t keep you here forever." He said back. "Durnholde will remember your help forever."Or at least as long as Blackmoore and Langston were in here.…You spoke with Langston as he went through the details of the ledgers with you. Nothing seemed amiss or awry. The clerks had done a great job keeping things tidy and in check with everyone listed down.Looking at the list of guests you noticed that basically everyone you had become acquaintances with had already left. Though one name hadn’t left yet."Any luck with Lady Edith?" You asked Langston."We did speak in length yesterday, but all the events…" He said to you and was a bit disappointed. He did give a quick glance towards Sir Gravis though that you caught."You couldn’t speak in enough length and in detail, I understand." You said back to him.Langston was going to say you something, but Malevus arriving to you stopped him."Prince Alric, Mr. Langston. I have made Pai to be in more ease." Malevus told you while Langston was confused."That means she blessed her." You clarified to Langston who now understood what she had said. "I will take Sahvan with me tomorrow, but Pai can’t be transported yet to Dawnholme. She will stay here and leave with my men. Her security and well being in your hands Langston."You put more emphasis on those last few words and Langston understood what you were saying."She will be taken care off and she will leave without your men alive and in one piece. You have my word Prince Alric." Langston said and nodded. "But now I will leave you two, I still have plenty of work to do."Langston gave you a slight bow and left you standing there with Malevus and the knights.2/3
>>5695533It was late afternoon, the day had passed faster than you had expected and the busy Keep had turned silent. You thought about everything you had done or needed to accomplish, which made you truly realise how much had happened in these few days.Taretha would be coming with you to Dawnholme, you had gain the claim of these lands from Blackmoore, you had learned to know Lady Jandice better and she would be visiting you on a later date, you had dealt with the Syndicate and taken a pair of prisoners, learned that your sister was alive and actually in contact with you, Commodore Troubridge was now your link to the Alliance Navy and maybe a key in acquiring you a navy of your own and all the small personal connections made.Though few things did remain that you wanted to deal with and you still had time to go through them. You didn’t want to leave things half-finished.>Go see how Taretha is doing with her packing. Maybe you could lend a hand.>Blackmoore has most likely woken up and cleared his head partially from his drunken stupor. Go talk with him.>Speak with Lady Edith Imswit, you want to know if your help had actually helped her to find a husband to Hilde Imswit.>After all this you have an itch to spar. Supposedly Durnholde has a Sergeant known for his skill with blades.>None of this is important, retire to your bedroom.>Other, write in.
>>5695534>Blackmoore has most likely woken up and cleared his head partially from his drunken stupor. Go talk with him.
>>5695534>>Blackmoore has most likely woken up and cleared his head partially from his drunken stupor. Go talk with him.probably better not to neglect him
>>5695534>>Speak with Lady Edith Imswit, you want to know if your help had actually helped her to find a husband to Hilde Imswit.
>>5695534>Speak with Lady Edith Imswit, you want to know if your help had actually helped her to find a husband to Hilde Imswit.Blackmoore can handle himself, I want to find out more about this marriage gossip.
>>5695534>Blackmoore has most likely woken up and cleared his head partially from his drunken stupor. Go talk with him.now now we can bully our retainers later.
>>5695534>Speak with Lady Edith Imswit, you want to know if your help had actually helped her to find a husband to Hilde Imswit.
A 3-3 tie between Alric the Drunkard Wrangler and Alric the Marriage Arranger. I will update later today so could I have a tiebreaker before it?
>>5695534>>Blackmoore has most likely woken up and cleared his head partially from his drunken stupor. Go talk with him.Change my previous post to this>>5695882
You knew you would have to do this sooner than later so you just hoped that Blackmoore was in a condition in which he could receive you.Going back to the study, you left your knights outside to wait in the hall so when you entered, you only had Malevus with you.You found the study empty, but soon the door to Blackmoore’s bedroom was opened and Annabel the mistress, or should you say spy, stepped out and closed it behind her."Prince Alric." Annabel greeted you with a deep curtsy. "Lord Blackmoore is awake, but tired.""Thank you, you have been tending him?" You asked her."Yes my lord." Annabel said. She kept her appearance as a servant well."Alright, you may then leave." You said to her. "And Malevus, you stay here and make sure that we have some privacy."Annabel gave you another deep curtsy and walked away while Malevus just nodded and acknowledged the order.The heavy wooden door into Blackmoore’s bedroom opened easily and as you stepped in, you took off your helmet and closed the door behind you."Lord Blackmoore. " You greeted the man. He was propped up with plenty of pillows behind his back. The man looked dreadful."Prince Alric." He said back. "How is everything?""Most of the guests have already left and there is no sign of the assassin." You told him.Blackmoore brushed his black hair off his face with his hand and pushed himself to sit a bit upright."I guess that is it." Blackmoore sighed. "What a bloody awful week."That was quite an understatement."I will be leaving tomorrow morning. The second prisoner, the woman, is still too injured to be moved so she will stay here until my soldiers return from the camps." You told Blackmoore. "I have told Langston and he has things handled.""Hmmph, I would still execute the two of them, but you do you." Blackmoore said back.You opted to just give him a slight smile."So Prince Alric, was the first night with the now released Taretha sweet like a victory?" Blackmoore asked you and chuckled."Oh it was, we spoke freely about our feelings properly for the first time." You told him a partial truth and smiled. Thank the Light you were leaving tomorrow."Good, good. Take care of her, she is a good girl." He said and there was maybe a hint of sadness and not wanting to let her go in his voice."I will, don't you worry about that." You said back to him."Now though I do need to ask, did you find your visit here successful? I did give you the claim and you got your girl, but what else?" Blackmoore asked you and continued. "Even after all this what had happened, I would like to know if you found the trip useful?"What and how much would you or should you tell him anything? 1/2
>>5696226"Oh and if there is still anything you need or want, maybe Durnholde can still help you?" Blackmoore continued.Now this has started to be a bit strange, why would Blackmoore be this helpful towards you? Was he so scared of his position that he wants to make sure that you are content and happy? That you would help him when the time is right?>Tell him that meeting with all the different people was the most useful thing during this visit. You learned to know them better.>You learned more about the Syndicate and with the prisoners' help, you might be able to counter them better in the future.>What Blackmoore gave you were the most useful things you got. Thank him once again.>Be vague and don't tell him anything noteworthy.>Other, write in>Thank Blackmoore for the offer, but you aren't in need of anything and you don't want to rely too much on Durnholde.>Ask Durnholde for Supplies, you are still in the deficit with them.>If the offer is still there, you could take the orc prisoner he offered. He could be a very useful training opponent for your soldiers.>Other, write in.QM: Please vote on both
>>5696227>What Blackmoore gave you were the most useful things you got. Thank him once again.>Ask Durnholde for Supplies, you are still in the deficit with them.
>>5696227>Well it was a good opportunity to resolve some of our issues and he has been a gracious host.it may not be too good idea to bring up that we're bringing the two prisoners with us, but if it comes up we could also express our hope that their knowledge will bring us closer to dismantling the syndicate and masterminds behind it.As for what to ask of Blackmoore... I don't particularly want to milk him to get ourselves indebted to him.Even though the plot hook orc is extremely tempting, it's also a disaster waiting to happen.So I'd ask for nothing, maybe except if there's a trade opportunity, perhaps also holding one of those trade faires in nearby village?
>>5696227>>What Blackmoore gave you were the most useful things you got. Thank him once again.>>If the offer is still there, you could take the orc prisoner he offered. He could be a very useful training opponent for your soldiers.I actually would like for Alric to learn a bit of shamanism, it would be pretty cool to gain the favour of the land of Alterac itselfWeather control aside, it could also help distinguish Alterac more and could open up to more diplomatic opportunities towards other more shamanistic oriented cultures(not just orcs/trolls but some dwarves etc.)
>>5696227>>What Blackmoore gave you were the most useful things you got. Thank him once again.>>Ask Durnholde for Supplies, you are still in the deficit with them.
>>5696227>Tell him that meeting with all the different people was the most useful thing during this visit. You learned to know them better.>Thank Blackmoore for the offer, but you aren't in need of anything and you don't want to rely too much on Durnholde.
"You have been a gracious host to us and good towards me. That goes a long way with what you have given to me." You told him. "Even if the unfortunate events do drag all of this down, and it does it a lot, not everything was awful."Blackmoore nodded and continued to listen."And what Durnholde can do for Alterac is to continue being a solid partner with whom we can cooperate. There are things we are lacking, like some food stuffs and especially arms and armour for the men, so that is something we could discuss about." Blackmoore listened carefully as you explained the situation with your supplies. Things like salted fish and smoked meat were something you were constantly lacking as were other perishables your soldiers were using. And then as the footmen marched around and archers practised with their bows, boots and shoes required constant attention, not forgetting the dozens if not hundreds of splintered or lost arrows.Even things like fresh tunics or buttons for them were something you required more and more. Thankfully you had enough in storage to last a while, but those stocks wouldn't last forever.Blackmoore as a distinguished soldier and commander understood these issues as he nodded along, these were issues he had been dealing with for years."I can send my trader, Beric of Strahnbrad, to visit Durnholde. He has been handling a lot of the acquisition of our supplies and he could see what Durnholde could provide us." You told Blackmoore and continued. "And besides he could take a stock of other trade goods produced here, maybe we could arrange a market fair here as well.""Market fair? You are speaking draconic to me now." Blackmoore said to you."Ahh yes I should explain that to you then, Tarren Mill and us have a deal. Their traders visit Dawnholme and ours visit Tarren Mill. Because not every peasant can travel to Tarren Mill to see what is available for barter, this way the products and traders come to the peasants." You explained to him."Hmmph, I will leave that to the… Beric and for Langston to handle." Blackmoore said and started to look visibly tired."Thank you Lord Blackmoore, I will make sure that Beric knows about what we had just spoken." You said to him. "And I will make my leave, if we don't have a chance to talk tomorrow, I want to thank you for your hospitality once again."Blackmoore nodded as a response."While things didn't go as planned, it was good that at least something was achieved." He said to you. "But now go, I need to rest."You gave him a very slight bow before leaving his bedroom.1/2
>>5696658You had retired into your bedroom even though it wasn't that late yet. Several days of being up early and chasing assassins had taken a toil on you and now you only wanted to go back home where you could rest.Though the idea was quite funny to you. You had come here to rest, but alas that wasn't to happen.Having stripped off your armour, but still wearing the black arming jacket and trousers, you stepped into the study. Malevus and your knights were lounging around in silence as Blackmoore had fallen asleep by the sound of him snoring loudly. The noise penetrated through the heavy wooden door.Malevus gave you a curious look as you observed the scene. It wasn't that late yet, maybe you could do something? Maybe something not so official? Idea did come to your mind, you did have the robe, maybe you could do some snooping around? Or was this just your mind being tired and getting strange ideas?>Take the robe and search Blackmoore’s stash. He should have his stash in the unused tower.>Take the robe and enter Blackmoore’s spacious bedroom. Maybe you could find his diary or some important paperwork.>Langston's office has plenty of paperwork and scrolls, go see what he has been working on.>Skulk and snoop around the Durnholde Keep unseen and unheard. Keep your ears and eyes open. Listen for rumours and see what the servants are up to.>Go talk to Lady Edith, you still haven't done that.>Other, write in.
>>5696659>Go talk to Lady Edith, you still haven't done that.
>>5696659Well, outright digging through Blackmoore and Langston's stuff is probably not a good idea.But if we're feeling the urge, taking the robe and having a stroll around the castle, not necessarily for express purpose of intruding on someone in particular but if we chance upon something, why not? A mystery box, if you will.However, the downside is that we'd be without bodyguard.
>>5696659>>Skulk and snoop around the Durnholde Keep unseen and unheard. Keep your ears and eyes open. Listen for rumours and see what the servants are up to.I'd assume we wear the robe while doing so
>>5696771Of course! Forgot to mention that.
>>5696659Could we skulk an snoop on our way to Lady Edith? If not, then just:>Go talk to Lady Edith, you still haven't done that.
>>5696659>>Go talk to Lady Edith, you still haven't done that.
Little bit of snooping and skulking before finding Lady Edith. Can I have a roll for snooping around.>1d10>Best of three
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>5697404
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>5697404https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3roQbeRyme4
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>5697404
"Sir Gravis, you and the knights can leave. Go pack your stuff and be ready to leave early next morning." You told them."You don't need a bodyguard?" He asked back."I think the danger has passed." "Then let's go men, it is good to get out of this place." Sir Gravis answered as he and the knights all stood up and prepared to leave."And Malevus?""Yes Prince Alric?""Go check Taretha and then do the same, I want to be able to leave as soon as possible.""Understood Prince Alric." You watched as your knights and the squire left the study one by one and when only Blackmoore’s snoring accompanied you, you went into your bedroom and pulled the Robe of Obfuscation on you. You had a hunch that your belongings would all be safe, so you opted to just lock the door. They didn't need a guard standing around in the study.With the robe on, you too left the study and headed out.…>9It felt strange to walk past servants and guards without them noticing you at all. Whenever their eyes tried to look at your direction, they without realising it turned their gaze away. You wanted to go and talk with Lady Edith, but first you wanted to snoop around a bit. What were the servants doing now? So you headed towards the wing where their rooms were.You found that they were eating supper when you entered their wing of the Keep as a dozen or so servants and clerks sat around a large table. Not a single one of them noticed you walk through an open door as you took a position against a wall and listened to what they were saying.And boy did they have a lot to talk and complain about. They complained about the amount of work they had done. What guest had most belongings and stuff to carry. Who had been completely wasted last night and so on. To your ears nothing was really noticeable or useful to you. Just some servants and clerks bantering about.And then someone you were really familiar with stepped into the room."Hello everyone." Taretha said to the servants."Hello Taretha, we heard that you are leaving tomorrow?" One of them asked back."Yeah… I am." Taretha said somewhat nervously and brushed her hair with her hand. "Ma and Pa are going to follow in a couple of weeks.""Didn’t expect to see this day." Another servant said. "Aedelas was very fond of you, very unlike him to just hand you over.""He has a new woman." Someone else replied with a scoff. "A proper gold digger she is."This surprised you a bit. The servants were surprisingly direct in what they were saying."Going with Prince Perenolde, I guess you could have found a worse man." Man who looked like your typical clerk said."He did save us from the fire." A maid said back. "And I think he is quite handsome."That stopped the servants from bantering for a second as everyone, you and Taretha included, watched the maid."What? I like young handsome men with black hair." The maid said and shrugged.1/2
>>5697590"You like him because he is a prince and because of the rumours." The clerk said back."Yeah so what, that doesn't discount that he is a handsome guy." The maid said back.You started to have difficulties at not laughing at this scene. Taretha had become a complete non-entity for them, instead they talked about how handsome you were."I just came here to say goodbye and thank you for all these years." Taretha said and interrupted the bickering about your looks. "I don't know if we will ever see each other again so I am making rounds and trying to catch up with everyone..."You smiled beneath your hood as you walked out of the room. You didn’t need to witness the goodbyes, it could have been maybe a bit too difficult for you to just keep watching as Taretha was clearly very emotional. She was leaving her former life behind her and stepping into a new one starting tomorrow. She would be fine, you were sure about that.…Making your way through the Keep, you pushed the hood off your head and opened the robe. Whoever you now passed saw and recognised you as the robe wouldn't obfuscate you anymore.They also probably let you pass uninterrupted as you were wearing all black. And when you reached the right door, you knocked on it and waited for a couple of seconds."Prince Alric." Lady Edith greeted you as she opened the door to her room. "Come in, come in.""Sorry for such a late visit, but I wanted to see you before I leave tomorrow morning." You said to the noblewoman and stepped into her room. "Good evening Hilde.""Good evening Prince Alric." Hilde Imswit greeted you and did a deep curtsy."Wine?" Edith asked you."I could have a cup.""Prince Alric, you came to talk about the betrothal?""Yeah, I guess everything that happened threw any plans you had off."You took the cup that was offered to you by Edith and took a seat on a chair that was free. Edith did the same and sat down by a table while Hilde sat on the bed."It did, but I think we managed to meet two good husband candidates for Hilde, didn't we?" Edith said and watched as Hilde nodded. "Now Hilde, go to the kitchen and fetch us something light to eat as a snack. And please don't be in a hurry.""Goodbye Prince Alric." Hilde said and did a quick curtsy before leaving the room."She is obedient." You mentioned."She is and it is better this way to not have Hilde around, but now that we are alone, was there something you wanted to ask?" Edith asked and sipped her wine.>Is Lady Edith sure that she has found a good husband to Hilde at all?>Has she made the decision? Sir Gravis or Karramyn Langston?>What happened between her and Sir Gravis? You would like to know about that adventure of theirs.>After a day, what does she think about everything that has happened?>Other, write in.
>>5697591>What happened between her and Sir Gravis? You would like to know about that adventure of theirs.Spill the tea woman.>Has she made the decision? Sir Gravis or Karramyn Langston?She can refuse to answer if she wants to, getting ammo to tease our subordinates with is more important.
>>5697591>Ask if things are proceeding to her satisfactionIf she wants to tell us more, she will. I don't really want to pressure her, or if so, only to the effect of making a choice that she or Hilde won't end up regretting
>>5697591>>What happened between her and Sir Gravis? You would like to know about that adventure of theirs.
>>5697591>After a day, what does she think about everything that has happened?>Is Lady Edith sure that she has found a good husband to Hilde at all?
"So, what happened between you and Sir Gravis?" You asked her nonchalantly.She clearly had expected something else to be asked as colour appeared on Edith's cheeks. She immediately looked down and covered her face with her hands."Where did you hear about that?" She asked carefully."The knights, they put things together and Sir Gravis didn't exactly deny it either." You told her.Edith had to take a couple deep breaths as she collected herself."You must not tell anyone. If I get pregnant, the child is supposed to be my future husband's." Edith said to you. Ahh yes the loyal man-at-arms who had problems with women."People will be suspicious… you know a sodomite and all." You said to her."That is the risk I am willing to take for my house." Edith said and downed her wine before pouring the cup full again."So Sir Gravis agreed." You said to her."Yes, he couldn't resist my beauty." Edith said and laughed. "This old woman still has some tricks and he wasn’t half bad either, a young strong man with a firm hold."Having said that, she couldn’t believe that she had actually said that and the embarrassment returned. You had learned what you wanted to learn and chose to change the subject a bit."But for Hilde, did everything go as planned?" You asked her."No, just too little time to make the decision. We will have to visit Durnholde on a later date." Edith said and sighed."Come visit Dawnholme… maybe take some of the other nobles with you and call it a diplomatic visit?" You said and thought about it a bit more. "I don't think a closer cooperation between Alterac and Durnholde would hurt you.""That sounds like a splendid idea, two birds with one stone." She replied. "But only after this blasted winter has ended."You agreed with that sentiment, you had already gotten enough of this winter."Then it is agreed, you will come visit Dawnholme when the spring arrives." You said back to her."That's a deal." Edith said and smiled.…You continued talking with her for a moment before you decided to excuse yourself. While Lady Edith Imswit hadn't managed to find a husband to the young Hilde, she had managed to find two potential candidates and she had managed to partially solve the issues her house was facing.Though that had required her to first ask you to put a child in her and when that hadn't worked, she had seduced Sir Gravis who hadn't been that much against the idea.You would have to tease and poke him a bit more on a later date. A firm hold?You laughed your way back to the study and the bedroom where you found Tari already waiting."Did you finish packing?" You asked her as you took off the robe and neatly folded it."I did, Malevus did help me a lot. Everything that I need is now packed, rest my Pa and Ma will bring with them." Tari said as she lazily sat on the bed.1/2
>>5698354"I still need to finish packing." You said and wondered where to put the robe?"Need help?""Yeah sure, hold this for a moment."Having passed the robe to Taretha, you started to make room for it in the travel chest of yours."So last night in Durnholde for you." You suddenly said to her."Yeah…" Tari replied and by the tone of her voice, she was slightly sad. "Strange, I thought that I would live and die in this place, but fate clearly had other plans for me."Tari passed you the robe and you carefully placed it into the chest."There, just a few more things to pack and then we are finished." You said and turned your attention to the wardrobe which had some of your clothes. "Can you fold these?""Sure!" Tari said and smiled.As you passed your clothes to her, she started to fold them one by one. Braies, shirts and socks were soon all in neat piles on the bed."I think I can get used to this." Tari said and laughed. "You have just one type of shirt and braies, this is easy!""Yeah and a few identical sets of trousers and leather jackets too." You said back to her and chuckled.Tari seemed relieved, but at the same time the certain sadness and emotions she had shown when she went to say goodbye to her now former co-workers were still there."Alric, are you thinking about something? You just keep staring at me." Tari said and continued with a jest. "Are my looks that mesmerising?">Tell her that you went snooping around wearing the robe and you saw her saying goodbye to her co-workers.>Ask her why she is so sad? >Ask her if she has any good memories about life in Durnholde. It can’t all be bad.>Yes, her looks are just that mesmerising. Joke around with her and get her to laugh.>Other, write in.
>>5698355>Ask her if she has any good memories about life in Durnholde. It can’t all be bad.
>>5698355>>Ask her if she has any good memories about life in Durnholde. It can’t all be bad.
>>5698355>Ask her why she is so sad?>Ask her if she has any good memories about life in Durnholde. It can’t all be bad."No, that's not it, I just noticed a sad look on your face is all. Reminiscing on some good memories?"
"No, that's not it, I just noticed a sad look on your face." You said to her. "You are thinking of leaving Durnholde, aren't you?""Yeah…" Tari said and sat down on the bed."If you are sad, then not everything has been bad in here." You said and sat down next to her."No, it hasn't been. I liked my co-workers, even if they were sometimes insufferable. They saw me as privileged, because I were Blackmoore’s woman." Tari said and turned her head towards you. "Yet they still helped me whenever I needed help.""They sound like good people.""They are… I just thought that I would never leave Durnholde. I grew up here, I thought I would marry another servant or a peasant, have like five kids and never move out of Durnholde.""But things didn't exactly go as you had thought.""No, and now I am glad that things didn't go as I had thought they would… even if that meant years of being with Blackmoore. That is in the past now, tomorrow starts the future."Tari smiled at you and you were forced to fight against the butterflies inside you."Smart words, tomorrow starts the future… You know what tomorrow also is?" You asked her."Is that a trick question?" Tari asked back."Tomorrow is going to be a long day so we better finish packing and go to sleep early." You said and chuckled."Oh right." Tari chuckled as well. "Then let's stop sitting here and get your stuff sorted out."This energetic Tari was so much more fun to see than the sad and very troubled one. It warmed your heart that you had been capable of helping her.…It was very early in the morning as you stood in the snowy courtyard and watched as Thomas and Empleton were guiding Sahvan to the sleigh. Leg irons and shackles kept the assassin tied up and the knights were forced to lift the man up to the back of the sleigh."Alright Joe, I told you that you could travel back home in the sleigh so the prisoner is your responsibility." You said to your knight."Yes, Prince Alric." Joe the knight said and saluted you.Everything was ready for the most part. Your belongings were in the sleigh as was Taretha's bag. Sahvan sat in the midst of them as Joe threw extra blankets on him to keep him warm."Is everyone ready?" You said with a raised voice as you took Epona's reins and gave a final look around.Your knights were all mounted, except Joe who was with Sahvan in the sleigh. Malevus and Taretha sat in the front covered in furs, though Taretha was already wearing a quite expensive looking jacket made out of furs, maybe it was a gift from Blackmoore?"Prince Alric, good that you hadn't left yet." Langston came running to the yard."Has something happened?" You asked and were immediately concerned."No, no. I just nearly missed you leaving." Langston said and extended his hand for you to shake. "Goodbye Prince Alric, I wish that next time your visit goes better and we don't have to deal with any of this."1/2
>>5699130"I hope so too, but knowing my luck something awful will end up happening. A dragon attacks or gnolls invade or something." You said as you shook his hand and laughed."Don't go hexing the future!" Langston laughed back and let go of you. "Now go, it is a long ride to Alterac.""See you next time." You said back and mounted your horse. Thankfully you had taken Epona with you just in case. "Alright men, let's go back home."…The snowstorm of the past few days had transformed Durnholde into something you couldn't recognise. The now familiar route was nearly unrecognisable and if the trail through the snow wasn't where the road should be, you would have difficulties in just riding to the right direction.But the existing trail didn't help that much and it was painfully slow to move forward. The horses struggled somewhat in the snow and even the sleigh had difficulties moving through it. Though near unrecognisable, the snow had turned everything into pure white beauty. Trees and farmsteads were covered in snow, all the fields looked like they were untouched. Only faint trails of smoke rose from the many farms as the peasants tried to stay warm inside their small homes.After a short pause to eat a light cold meal of smoked fish during the midday, you continued your journey until the sun started to dip behind the hills and forests."There's the bridge. We aren't that far away from Hillsbrad." Sir Gravis said and pointed at the bridge over Darrowmere River. You saw his breath in the cold air and understood that it was getting colder.The knights were doing fine as were the womenfolk, but you weren't as sure about your horses."It is going to get dark soon." You said back to him. "And while we are on schedule, we do need to find a place to sleep and have shelter for our horses.""There is an old inn on this side of the river, but we could either push over the bridge and camp there or go further and ask for a room in one of the farms nearby." Sir Gravis told you.All three were solid options. The inn did sound like the most cosiest option, but apparently it wasn't exactly by the road and not often used by travellers. Crossing the bridge and camping on the other side could work as well, there should be a clearing used by traders and you did have your tents with you. Or you could try to cover as much distance today and find shelter in one of the farms nearby.>The inn, it is somewhat off the road, but it should be warm there.>Camp in the clearing, you do have your tents.>Push forward and find a farm when it starts to be too dark.>Other, write in.
>>5699131>The inn, it is somewhat off the road, but it should be warm there.
>>5699131>>The inn, it is somewhat off the road, but it should be warm there.random encounter?
>>5699131>>The inn, it is somewhat off the road, but it should be warm there.
Random encounter>1d10>Best of three, taking the second roll
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>5699559
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>5699559well if it's the assassin we better not meet him his blade first
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>5699559
>>5699577Uh oh!The update comes later today.
>>5699577anveena teague, I saylet our luck with blonde women continue
"We should head for the inn. We are fine, but I am thinking about our horses." You said back to Sir Gravis. "What do you know about the inn?""There's a nearby Internment Camp, guards often visit the place and sometimes patrols do as well." Sir Gravis said back to you and continued. "It's not that far from the road.""Good, then lead the way." You said back and let Gravis take the lead.…>10>10A small inn stood in a forest clearing with a set of barns and other storage houses around it. When you rode into the yard, only a faint light shone through a boarded window."It looks worse from the outside than it actually is." Gravis said to you as he dismounted.And he was right, when you stepped in you found yourself to have entered a quite cosy little in. There was an older man behind the counter and a couple of soldiers sat around one table. They gave you curious looks until you noticed something familiar about them.The Alteraci Falcon pin distributed to your soldiers.They were the soldiers sent to help Durnholde guard the Camps.You let Sir Gravis to organise and get the knights, horses and Sahvan inside and into cover from the cold, while Taretha booked the rooms for all of you. You meanwhile went to talk with their soldiers.They hadn’t yet learned the news that they have been recalled so they learned it directly from you. And they were really glad for it. While the living here in Durnholde had been easy for the past year or so, they hadn't seen any action and had grown mostly bored.Sure they had continued training and keeping their skills sharp, but they felt like they had missed plenty of honour and spoils by staying here and not being part of your campaigning. You said to them with a jest that come spring they would get their chance for honour and spoils.You continued talking with them and learned that they had extensively been training with tools used to capture and handle orcs. Nets that wrap around their targets or suddenly weigh like a ton, long spiked prods and ways to take down a rampaging orc. And while they hadn’t gotten a chance to test any of these new skills out, they apparently had performed well during the training.And when they returned back to Alterac and Dawnholme, they could slowly start spreading what they had learned to the rest of the soldiers.Gained:>Orc Hunters, men deployed to Durnholde have learned how to capture escaped orcs.…"Prince Alric, we have a small problem." Taretha came and interrupted your talking session with the soldiers. She opted to be way more formal than normally, after all she was supposed to be your servant now."Excuse me, I am needed elsewhere." You told them and stood up before you and Taretha walked away from them. And when you were earshot away from them, you continued. "What is it Tari?"1/2
>>5699827"We got the sleigh and the horses in the barn, but this place doesn't have enough rooms for all of us." Tari told you and continued. "The knights will sleep in here with the prisoner, but there is only one room for the rest of us.""Does the innkeeper recognise me?" You asked her."Yes, the only private room he has to offer is his own. And he would want you to have it. He insisted.""To be able to say that a Prince slept in his bed, of course.""It is fine, you can take it Alric, we can easily sleep here on the benches with Lady Malevus.""What about the rumours?" You asked her with a half-whisper."What do you… oh yes… we have to keep the act up, don't we?" Tari said and rubbed her chin. "Do we? Or should you just take the room and make the innkeeper happy?">Take the room as Tari and the innkeeper wants. Make everyone happy.>Let Tari and Malevus sleep in the room, it gives them some privacy and would be what a Prince with honour would do.>Sleep in the room with Tari, you have to keep the rumours alive to keep what Blackmoore believes has happened alive.>Let one of the knights sleep in the room. Don't give the innkeeper the honour of you using the room.>Other, write in.QM: The rolls were to see how good shape the inn was in and who you could meet. Sadly some quite spicy options were now missed.>>5699736Sadly she doesn't exist at the moment.
>>5699832>Let Tari and Malevus sleep in the room, it gives them some privacy and would be what a Prince with honour would do.
>>5699832Can't we all sleep in the same room? They get the bed and we sleep on our bedroll.
>>5699832>Let Tari and Malevus sleep in the room, it gives them some privacy and would be what a Prince with honour would do.>Sadly she doesn't exist at the moment.shame
>>5699832>>Let Tari and Malevus sleep in the room, it gives them some privacy and would be what a Prince with honour would do.I supposeAlthough this idea could work too >>5699851even though then it wouldn't surprise me if at some future point the inn was renamed to "the wild prince" or "sire's respite" and future historians would sell this place as point of origin of two dynasties, one for alterac, other for silvermoon.
"You and Malevus can sleep in the room, I can easily sleep on a bench." You said back and shrugged. "And besides, isn’t that what a chivalrous Prince would do?""It would, but you should still have the room." Tari insisted."No, it is better this way. I can't have the womenfolk sleep in the common room on the benches, can I?" You said back to her."You could take a bedroll and sleep on the floor in the room?" Tari suggested back to you."And have the inn renamed 'The Wild Prince' or 'The Sire's Respite' in a couple of years." You said and tried to stifle your laughter. "The rumours are already running rampant, I don’t want to have them be even wilder.""That is a good point." Tari said and laughed. "Alright, we will sleep in the room and you get to play the chivalrous Prince.""Sounds like a plan." You said and laughed.…The innkeeper was disappointed, but your act of explaining to him about the importance of being chivalrous and putting the needs of the ladies ahead of your own was maybe a bit too convincing as the innkeeper started to treat Malevus and Tari like proper ladies.This did amuse Tari a lot, but it only made Malevus to grumble a bit as this was exactly what she wanted to avoid when she left Quel’Thalas. Though with a bit of encouragement from Tari, even she relented a bit and let the innkeeper humble himself to keep him happy.No one else had arrived at the inn, it was just your men, the soldiers and the innkeeper. The wind had picked up outside and the innkeeper served everyone a cup of hot mulled wine. "More wine milord?" The innkeeper asked you."I wouldn’t mind a cup or two, it feels great to be able to leave Durnholde." Gravis said to you. "My Lord, that is if you allow it of course.""We could celebrate Taretha joining us, couldn’t we?" To everyone's surprise it was Malevus who suggested that while sipping her mulled wine. "First day for her outside Durnholde.""That is a splendid idea." Gravis said and seemed enthusiastic about the idea as were the knights. "Oh no no no, I don't need a celebration or anything." Taretha said and was slightly embarrassed about the attention she was getting."Prince Alric, what do you think?" Malevus asked you.It wasn't a bad idea at all. Tari for all purposes was still an outsider with only you and Malevus really knowing her. And while it were just the knights who were with you, you imagined Tari would like to feel appreciated and included amongst the larger group that were your friends and closest allies.And it wouldn’t hurt to loosen up a little after a couple of quite stressful days.1/1
>>5699937>Sure, you can celebrate Taretha's first day away from Durnholde. That does sound like a fun idea.>You can raise a toast and maybe drink one more cup of wine, but no more. You have plenty of riding remaining tomorrow.>Be a buzzkill, there is time for celebration, but that should wait till you get back home to Dawnholme.>Other, write inIf you choose to celebrate:>Have fun, riding while hungover is very doable.>Drink in moderation.>Just drink a little.
>>5699939>You can raise a toast and maybe drink one more cup of wine, but no more. You have plenty of riding remaining tomorrow.We can have a proper party back home
>>5699939Like >>5699947 said, if we're gonna party then it's gotta be at home.>You can raise a toast and maybe drink one more cup of wine, but no more. You have plenty of riding remaining tomorrow.
>>5699939>>You can raise a toast and maybe drink one more cup of wine, but no more. You have plenty of riding remaining tomorrow.
>>5699939>You can raise a toast and maybe drink one more cup of wine, but no more. You have plenty of riding remaining tomorrow.Let’s not get too overboard…
"A toast, we can celebrate more when we are in Dawnholme and Taretha had settled down." You said to Malevus and Gravis. "Sorry to spoil the fun, but we still have plenty of riding to do tomorrow.""A toast it is then. Innkeeper, pour all of us a cup of wine!" Gravis ordered the innkeeper and soon all of you had the cups in your hands."This is unnecessary, I don't need a toast…" Taretha said back to you, but the will of Gravis and Malevus was too much to overcome this time."You better play along." You said and laughed. "Alright, who is the first one?""To Taretha and her freedom." Malevus was the first to raise her cup."To Taretha and her freedom!" All of you repeated what Malevus had said."To our friendship." You said next."To friendship!""To beauty and love." Gravis toasted next and locked his eyes with yours."To beauty and love!"Sir Gravis you cheeky cheeky man."Isn't that a bit unusual thing to toast for?" You asked him."There is never enough beauty and love in the world." He replied back. "Miss Taretha, it is your turn next."Tari nodded and thought about what to toast for."To the future." Taretha said and raised her cup."To the future!"…Having paid the innkeeper, you continued your journey at the first light without any issues.Getting past the bridge over the Darrowmere River, you arrived to Hillsbrad and slowly the lands started to be more familiar to you."It is so beautiful." Taretha said as the clear weather allowed her to see the snow-covered Alteraci Mountains looming in the distance. "Beyond those mountains is Alterac?""Yes, but we won't cross the mountains. Dawnholme is in a place called The Headland, which is one of the 'Fingers of Hillsbrad'." You explained to her and continued. "We should reach my home before it is dark, the roads aren't as full of snow as in Durnholde."Tari just nodded as she continued to marvel the sights. This was the first time for her to see the mountains and while Arathi Highlands could be seen from Durnholde, they weren't as high or magnificent as Alteraci Mountains are.…While it hadn't snowed that much in Hillsbrad, Dawnholme was completely buried in snow.The stiff winds had pushed snow high up the walls of the houses and thankfully only one roof had collapsed according to the footmen who had spotted you on their patrol and decided to escort you back home.The elderly had called it the worst snowstorm that had hit them that they could remember.Any and all work outdoors had stopped for a couple of days, but that was a small price to pay for everyone to be alright. Just a couple of cases of people catching a cold and that's it."Home…" You said as you dismounted Epona and allowed her reins to be taken by a stablehand.1/2
>>5700547"This is your home?" Taretha asked you as you lended your hand and helped her off the sleight. "Magnificent isn't it?" You said and laughed before continuing. "It is a glorified farmstead really, with an extension wing and a small stone wall to keep ruffians away.""But it is your home Alric, farmstead or not." Normand Garside said to you as he walked past the knights and gave you a firm bear hug. "It is so good to see you, did the trip go well?""The news haven't reached you yet?" You asked back and realised how useless that question was. Of course the news of Magistrate Malebs death or about the assassins hadn't reached them. The snowstorm had made sure of that."No? What news?" Normand's face was filled with concern before he realised that Taretha was standing next to you. "And who is this girl Alric? Don't you say…""So much has happened that we will catch a cold if I were to tell you everything right here." You interrupted him and from the tone of your voice Normand realised that you weren't joking."Alright, then let's get everything inside and then we can talk. Does that sound good?" Normand asked back.Yes it did, but in what order should you tell him everything, because you had a lot to tell him and to your officers and advisors.>Invite Eligius and the officers who are present for the news regarding Maleb, Syndicate assassins, the fire, your prisoners and everything else.>Keep some things private and reveal the Claim of Durnholde you acquired from Blackmoore to Normand. Tell him that your sister Beve is still alive and is the Lady Behind The Cloth.>Explain the rumours regarding you and why Taretha has joined you in Durnholde. It is better to tell the truth to Normand about her and the circumstances.>Get caught up with what has happened in Dawnholme while you were gone.QM: I know you lot want to go through everything so now just decide where will Alric start.
>>5700550>Explain the rumours regarding you and why Taretha has joined you in Durnholde. It is better to tell the truth to Normand about her and the circumstances.I'm thinking we first talk about this, then the claim and sister, then brng everyone and finish with the news
>>5700550>>Explain the rumours regarding you and why Taretha has joined you in Durnholde. It is better to tell the truth to Normand about her and the circumstances.
>>5700550Supporting >>5700551Let's go over the sort of intimate stuff and then call for an officer council to discuss matters of state further
>>5700551Seems good enough plan i ll follow it. We need to talk about everything sooner or later >>5700550>Explain the rumours regarding you and why Taretha has joined you in Durnholde. It is better to tell the truth to Normand about her and the circumstances.
You sighed and gave a look towards Taretha."Normand, go and bring Maura with you. I will see you in a moment in the study." You said to him.Normand looked at you curiously and then looked at Taretha. He seemed quite concerned."Alright, we will be waiting." He said and walked back inside.You would have to deal with this first, better to do it before having the meeting. …You opened the door to your study where Normand and Maura were already waiting for you. "So what is this all about? Who is the girl? Don't you dare to break the trust Calia has placed upon you." Normand said to you sternly as he crossed his arms.As Malevus took a spot by the wall, you removed your helmet and placed it on the table before turning to face Normand and Maura. Tari stood by your side and was clearly a bit nervous thanks to Normand."Normand, there is no need to be so stern." Maura said to her husband. "These are my… parents Normand and Maura Garside." You said to Tari before continuing. "And she is Taretha Foxton and we are…"You had trouble continuing as you tried to find the words to use."Well?" Normand asked and waited for an answer."Prince Alric is trying to say that according to rumours, he and Taretha are lovers." Malevus suddenly replied and as you turned to look at her, you saw how red her cheeks were. "But the rumours are all false.""Thank you Malevus…" You said and sighed deeply. "Sooner, not later, rumours are going to reach Dawnholme how me and Tari are lovers…""What do you mean? Lovers? Explain yourself." Normand demanded from you and gave a glance at Tari."What Lady Malevus said is true, there are rumours that we are lovers." Tari said to your father. "But we are not… we haven’t done anything.""I still don't understand." Normand said back, but was stopped by Maura."Let the girl speak, don't you see how nervous she is." Maura said and gave Tari an assuring smile.Tari seemed to shake like a leaf in the wind as your gauntleted hand searched for hers to hold. When you found her hand, she gave you a brief look before she spoke."I was Blackmoore’s mistress for the past four years. During that time he abused me physically, mentally and sexually." Tari said and her speech started to show signs of sadness and anxiety. "Alric saved me from that."Both Maura and Normand were too shocked to say anything which allowed Tari to continue."When Alric came to Durnholde, Blackmoore sent me to him as an offering to tempt him. But Alric didn't take the bait, didn't accept it, and instead he made me feel secure and safe. And during these visits we became friends, I could trust him and let my guard down even just for a moment." Tari told them and continued. "I didn't think that I would have a much future outside of being a mistress and I had surrendered to my fate, but Alric didn't relent as he wanted to help me."1/3
>>5700772Tari looked at you and her eyes started to water."At first I didn’t accept his help. Why should a Prince like him spend his valuable time helping a silly girl like me? Why would he risk his reputation for me? I didn’t understand it, but now I do." Tari spoke and turned back to face your parents. "Because he is a good person. He is a wonderful person and I feel blessed for having met him. He saved me, he saved my life."Tari started to cry as saying all this was clearly too much and very hard for her."Oh poor girl…" Maura said and stepped forward to give Tari a hug. "You poor little girl.""I don't know what to say…" Normand said and was still shocked."You are supposed to say that we have done a great job raising such a good son." Maura said to her husband."I suppose you are right…" Normand was still shocked. "So the rumours are because of Blackmoore?""Yes, he thinks his plan to put us together has worked." You said back to him."And now people are saying what?" Normand continued."That we are lovers, that I am a lady killer and a womaniser. That I have someone waiting for me in every town I visit." You said and sighed. "I know, it is a big pain in the ass, but it is worth it. Tari is worth it."Tari continued to sob on Maura's shoulder and even Malevus seemed emotional."Alric, you did the right thing." Maura said to you. "Reputation is temporary, but good deeds are always remembered.""Yeah… that was the only thing you could really do…" You said back to your mother."You two haven't…" Normand started to say as he still couldn't believe what he had heard."No, like you said, I can’t break the trust Calia has placed on me." You said back. "Tari knows it as well."Tari seemed to get her composure slowly back as Maura kept hugging her."There is an issue though. Blackmoore has been quite helpful and cooperative with me. If he was to find out that the rumours are all lies, I don’t think he would appreciate it." You said and sighed again. "I and Alterac have gained too much to throw it all away.""This act needs to continue." Tari said as she wiped away her tears. "Because if Blackmoore finds out that we have fooled him, his anger wouldn't have a limit.""He is a paranoid man who sees enemies and people who want to oust him everywhere." You continued.A thought did come to your mind. If the truth is revealed, could he make the connection between you and Tari fooling him and Thrall escaping?"So you're saying that the rumours have to continue? You can't be serious." Normand said back.2/3
>>5700774"We are, for our sake." You said and Tari nodded back. "The act needs to continue.""And how would you do that then? What is Blackmoore expecting to hear?" Normand asked back to you.Yes, what would be the right course of action? Blackmoore thinks that you two are lovers and maybe expects you to take Tari as your mistress publicly or just in private. Should that be enough? Do you need to go further than that to feed the rumours and to really make sure that Blackmoore believes that he has succeeded?>Just live normally and let the rumours be. You and Taretha are friends and that is enough.>Taretha is to sleep in your room regularly. Are you truly lovers if you don't spend nights together?>You are to spend as much time together as possible. Have Tari follow you everywhere as your personal handmaiden.>Make it known through rumours and gossip that Taretha is your mistress. Making it "official" would make it seem normal in the eyes of the peasants.>Pretend to show signs of affection towards her in public, that should fire up the rumour mill.>Start publicly "courting" her. Taretha isn't just your mistress, but a potential future wife.>Other, write in.QM: Choose as many as you think is enough.
>>5700775How about having Taretha as one of the servants of our estate? Also have her sleep in a guest room. I think these are both sufficient for sustaining the rumours and beneficial to Taretha's desire to help us. Maura would find it fun to dote on her too I imagine.
>>5700775>>Just live normally and let the rumours be. You and Taretha are friends and that is enough.This should be quite enough, after all, it's a role she's accustomed to.If Blackmoore overestimated amount of leverage he has over us he has nobody but himself to blame, and we're forthcoming enough with him that he has little reason to care.
>>5700787I think this can work
>>5700775>>Just live normally and let the rumours be. You and Taretha are friends and that is enough.
Continuing living normally, Taretha becoming one of the servants and staying in the guestroom for the time being.Give me a roll unrelated to this.>1d100>Taking the third roll
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>5701221
>>57012231d100, not 1d10. I didn’t accidentally put one too many 0s into the roll.
Rolled 12 (1d100)>>5701221Bringing the 0
Rolled 31 (1d100)>>5701224Oh, I see. My mistake.huh. refugee numbers?
Rolled 20 (1d100)>>5701221
"How much would Blackmoore need to hear?" You asked. "How little can we give to him, to make him still believe?""What do you mean?" Tari asked back."He won't know what happens inside this house, as long as we are seen together, it should keep the rumours alive." You said to her and continued. "For the time being you can stay in the guestroom and I don’t think Maura would object to having one more pair of hands helping her.""Not at all, I would love to have a little bit more help." Maura said back."Though we need to find a place for Tari's parents. They will be arriving in about two weeks. And the guestroom is just a temporary solution as well." You continued. "But none of that is relevant now, most importantly you now know the truth.""You are right, I was already thinking that…" Normand started to say."Normand." Maura said back to him."What, you know how it looks. Alric brings a girl of his age and presents her to us." Normand said back."Your father has a point Alric." Tari said and smiled."I guess you are right." You said and smiled back as you scratched your chin. "Now look, only the five of us know about this and it would be for the best if it stays like that.""We won't speak a word." Normand said. "But people might learn the truth at some point.""You are right, but till that happens we just have to go with the rumours." You said and sighed deeply. "Alright, Maura can you show the house to Tari and have her things brought into the guestroom?""I can, now come Taretha, you are going to love this place." Maura said and grabbed her hand.Tari was a bit surprised how easily Maura had accepted her as she allowed Maura to pull herself out of the study."Malevus, can you have my travel chest to be brought here?" You asked your squire."Yes Prince Alric." She answered and followed Maura and Taretha out of the room."Is there something in the chest that I should see?" Normand asked you."You will see, now help me with Aurvan'kal. Been wearing this way too much in the past few days."…Normand hadn’t liked when you said that, but with his help you took off your armour when Malevus returned with two footmen carrying the chest into the study."Thank you Malevus, one more thing, can you make sure that all of the officers present here in Dawnholme could come here for a meeting?" You said to her."Will do."Her enthusiasm nearly spread to you as you watched her walk out of the room and close the door behind her."So what is in the chest?" Normand asked as you went to open it and started rummaging it."Here, look and be amazed." You said as you took out the claim and gave it to Normand. "You better take a seat.""Why, what for… ohh…" Normand's face lost all of its colour as he started to read what was written on the old parchment. "Is this what I think this is?"1/2
>>5701296"Yes, the Claim of Durnholde, proof that it is rightful Alteraci territory." You said back and watched as the old quartermaster couldn’t comprehend what he was holding."How did you get this?" He asked you."Blackmoore gave it to me. He wants me to have it as insurance. If something was to happen to him, revealing the claim would technically or hopefully put a pause to the legal proceedings." You explained to Normand. "You know how the Alliance likes their legalese.""But he gave you this? Doesn't he realise the power of this claim?" Normand said back to you."He does, but there is no Perenolde sitting on a throne in Alterac City." You said. "He knows it and I know it.""But when there is…" Normand said."He hopes that I am a lenient King. He wants to be on my good side." You said and took the claim before putting it aside on the table. "There is one more thing.""What is it?" Normand asked. "It can't be anything comparable to that?""Beve is alive, she is the Lady Behind The Cloth." You said."Fuck me, by the Light." Normand said and was shocked again. "Little Beve is alive? How did you learn this?""From a Syndicate assassin." You said back to him. "When I said about the news… well there is a lot for me to tell everyone. All of it will make more sense when you hear about it.""Assassin? I guess the news aren't any good.""No, they are not." You said and shook your head. "But I believe the source. Beve is the spymaster of the Syndicate and we have been in contact with her through Kris Legace.""Well by Uther's beard… should we contact her? She did warn you about the assassin after all?" Normand asked you.That was a good question. Letting Beve know that you know that she is alive could be useful, but you do not know how deeply she is ingrained in the Syndicate? Has the same rot that has caught your big brother, caught Beve as well, she did threaten her magic teacher with death after all? And then there was the political infighting within the Syndicate. If the other parties learn that you have contacted her, it could be bad news for her.>Yes, you should send a letter to her through Kris Legace. You would like to stay in touch with her.>Yes, but send just a feeler to her through Kris Legace. Beve will contact you if needed.>No, the risks of the letter getting intercepted and her ending up in trouble are just too high.>No, but prepare to call for her aid, better to keep this as your trump card.>Other, write in.QM: Interesting result for the roll. And no, it wasn't refugees or anything like that.
>>5701297>>Yes, but send just a feeler to her through Kris Legace. Beve will contact you if needed.
>>5701297Problem is that we didn’t manage to neutralize the assassin in the end so he knows that we know, or rather what he told us about our sister. We don’t know what he’d do with this information as we don’t know syndicates internal politics enough yet, but it won’t be to her advantage. So I guess trying to at least inform her that we know about her should be done.>Yes, but send just a feeler to her through Kris Legace. Beve will contact you if needed.I wouldn’t draw too many premature judgements. She knows she’s in a pit of vipers, and people sometimes act quite horrible even if it goes against their conscience to fit in. Breaking the corruption though won’t be easy although that’s exactly what we’re liable to be working towards…
>>5701297>Yes, but send just a feeler to her through Kris Legace. Beve will contact you if needed.There is too many waves already after what happened at Durnholde, nevermind the active war front we have in the east that for now is silent since is winter. A single drop of movement will do.
Feeler it is. Can I have a roll for events here in Durmholde.>1d10>Best of three, taking the second roll
>>5702027QM Challenge: Don't make mistakes while tired and not having drank enough coffee. Of course I meant Dawnholme and not "Durmholde". Proper amateur hour over here, jeez!
>>5702027even now we cant escape durnholde.
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>5702027>>5702047forgot the roll real amateur hour
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>5702032for love and family!
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>5702027
>6Give me another roll.>1d10>Best of three
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>5702110
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>5702110let the bodies hit the floor
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>5702110
"I will send a message to her through Miss Legace, something only she will understand. Beve should know that I know, after all the assassin now knows that I know." You said to Normand. "If she wants to contact me then, she can do it.""That is probably for the best." Normand said back to you. "I am relieved, this is great news. Beve could be a great ally to us""So am I." You mused back not wanting to mention any doubts you had in your mind.There was already so much that had happened between your forces and those of the Syndicate. Enough waves had been made that a simple message could easily get through without being noticed."Normand, go check if the others have arrived. I will follow you shortly." You said to him."Time to hear the news then…" He said and grumbled.…Shortly after, you left your study and walked downstairs to find out that the audience wasn't that big at all."Welcome back Prince Alric." Lieutenant Cromwell said and saluted you."Where is everyone?" You said as you surveyed the table. It was just Cromwell, Eligius and Normand who sat there with Sir Gravis and Malevus taking a seat on a bench by the wall. And they already knew everything."Lieutenant Beckston is in Shoredon, Rovers are joining him there with Raleigh and Sir Radan is out there on a patrol." Cromwell said to you. "Just a poor timing Sire, yesterday we would have been only missing Lieutenant Beckston.""I see, in any case plenty has happened in the past few days in Durnholde." You said and decided to just be blunt. "Magistrate Henry Maleb has been assassinated."The shock of the sudden drop of the news made and kept the room silent as you backtracked and started weaving the story from the beginning. You told them about your clash with the trio of Syndicate assassins of which Sahvan you now had brought with you and Pai would follow him in about two weeks. You told them how during the dinner, Henry Maleb had been the first to drink and digest the poison.For Normand that was very hard to hear and bear as he turned pale white and had to excuse himself for a moment to breathe some fresh air. The prospect of you dying or being targeted was too hard for him to swallow.When he returned you told them about the attack in the dungeon and the fire that followed. How you had helped to put it out and how after that the fourth assassin had seeked you out. At that point Normand realised how you had learned about Beve too.Along with all the bad news, you told them about the good news as well. Your interactions with the petty nobles, Commodore Troubridge and rest of your neighbours. As Normand had learned, the trip wasn't a failure in terms of having received the Claim of Durnholde, but outwardly what you told your officers, it was quite negative.1/3
>>5702294>6>6>6A sudden stiff breeze hit your home and one of the windows suddenly slammed open, startling up everyone in the room."Someone close that bloody window, it gets cold in here." You said."On it!" Sir Gravis said back and went to work."Alright, where were we?" You asked.What a sudden strange breeze that was."Really, really, really complicated situation." Eligius said and pulled his fingers through his hair before turning back towards you. "Syndicate being this active? And targeting you or whom?""I do not know. Maybe me, maybe Lord Blackmoore, maybe all of us." You said back. "But any news from here, did anything happen?""While you were gone, some of the now usual trouble starters caused issues in the prison camp. If they get a whiff that we are going to have a pair of Syndicate prisoners in the jail with one of them being a turncoat, I don’t think they are going to be exactly happy.""What kind of trouble?" "The usual kind, insubordination and not being present at the count and having contraband found during a shakedown." Eligius said and continued. "They were trying to hoard spoons and other bits, nothing too concerning at least not yet.""I presume Chief Stein is looking at the contraband, how are they getting it?" "We are looking at it yes and we did throw the troublemakers into the oubliette, but the snowstorm forced us to take them out, before they froze to death." Eligius told you.One more issue for the future for you to deal with."Alright, you deal with the prisoners and start interviewing Sahvan. I want everything he knows written down." You said to your spymaster-in-training. "Any tidbits we can get out of him and Pai could prove useful in our work against the Syndicate.""Sire, do you think that the infighting could help our war effort in Strahnbrad Hills?" Cromwell asked you."Could be, Sahvan’s trio served Lord Creedy. Their failure could ripple within the Syndicate and cause his position to weaken." You mused about it. "Definitely worth thinking about. But has anything else that comes to your mind happened here while I was gone?""Your mechanic has had issues with his 'project'. I talked with the blacksmith and he told me that he has made some gears for the goblin." Normand told you. "And when I went to see what he was up to, he didn't let me in. Just told me to bugger off, he would reveal his project when the time is right.""I wouldn’t worry about the Wiklish, at least not yet." You said and waved away Normand's worries. "Alright, if no one has any questions, then we can end this meeting."You had been talking about the events and the news for some time already and it had started to get late. Outside of dealing with the prisoners, there really was nothing that required your immediate attention and even in the prisoners case, Eligius and Stein had started to look into the issues.2/3
>>5702296No one had anything else to say so you ended the meeting, but you knew you would have to go through the news again when the rest of your officers return back to Dawnholme.…"Did Maura take care of you?" You asked Tari as you carefully placed the Claim of Durnholde inside an envelope and wrapped it in waterproof leather."Yeah, she did. She is such a lovely person." Tari said as she studied your bookshelf. "She took me in so quickly.""A friend of Alric is our friend as well." You said back casually and started to think where you would stash the Claim."How did you… no of course you knew what she would be saying." Tari said and was a bit baffled."Ha ha ha, yeah she is really lovely. You are going to like it here." You said and laughed. "Just don't be afraid of asking any questions or askijg help from others. My men are loyal, they might find your presence here fishy at start, but they know not to doubt my decisions.""I will keep that in mind, but I think I will stick close to Maura for now." Tari said and yawned."It has been a long day, you should go to sleep." You said to her. "Not a bad idea, good night Alric.""Good night and enjoy your first night here in Dawnholme."You watched as Tari exited your study and then you yawned very loudly. By the Light you had missed your own bed, at the same time you knew that being back here in Danwholme did mean near endless work to keep everything running.You took the Claim and locked the door to the study before retreating to your bedroom. Locking its door as well, you went and stashed the Claim behind the liquor cabinet. That should be a good place to keep the Claim, at least for a while.Yawning again, you threw off your arming jacket and trousers and jumped into your bed. The Feast of Winter Veil would be in a couple of weeks and you didn’t think Magistrate Maleb’s funeral would happen before it. This meant that you would be spending plenty of time writing letters to your friends and allies wishing them a merry Winter Veil, but also that unless anything catastrophic happens, you would have the time to concentrate on something more than you could normally.So you decided to spend more time with…>Sahvan, his interrogations and the troublemakers in the prison camp.>Lady Nalice, your magic studies and in ways to counter the Syndicate influence.>Taretha, showing Dawnholme to her and making sure that she is accepted by everyone.>Krix Wiklish, the secretive work he is working on and expansion of the jail for your high value prisoners.QM: The number of the beast! In reality the rolls were following. The level of unrest within the prisoners, an event for one of the named characters and what was its effect. Now choose one thing Alric spends his time with. Alric does tackle the rest of the issues, but just spends less time with them.
>>5702297Worrying.Hmm... as much as I'm happy that Taretha is now hopefully safe, we now have more imminent and important issues to deal with. On that note we should make sure our letter to Calia reaches her before rumours. Although she probably trusts us enough as it is.Anyway, to the matters at hand. We should have a chat with Nalice regarding the mess we've been through, both from perspective of syndicate infiltration and regarding magic tricks we've been confounded by.At the same time, I'm curious what Krix was up to. His expertise could offer unique edge our enemies may not have immediate answer to.As for Sahvan, we also need Eligius to work on reports we'll be sharing with the Alliance, per our agreement.for now I'm inclined to go with>Krix Wiklish, the secretive work he is working on and expansion of the jail for your high value prisoners.although honestly they are all pretty important (except, hopefully, Taretha one - this kind of drama now is about last thing we need short of a zombie apocalypse or and orc uprising)
>>5702297>Sahvan, his interrogations and the troublemakers in the prison camp.
Also, I'm paranoid about the open window.I remember that last time it happened and everyone said it was nothing, we found the invisibility cloak in the room.
>>5702297>Sahvan, his interrogations and the troublemakers in the prison camp.Also, like >>5702351 said, Alric should be rightfully paranoid about that window being flung open. Make sure that the location of the claim is not compromised.
>>5702297>>Sahvan, his interrogations and the troublemakers in the prison camp.
In the few coming days you returned back to the usual daily rhythm. Early in the morning just after the sun had risen, you went out and sparred with Malevus. Well it was mostly a light workout for you as you had no real difficulties at defeating her time after time, but for her it was important exercise and training.Having gotten a slight sweat and wanting to avoid catching a cold, you returned inside to eat a light breakfast before starting your daily paperworks and studying. This time the paperwork was mostly just letters to your friends and allies, and you started it by first writing a pair of letters to King Varian and Lady Katrana Prestor. First out of pure courtesy from a royalty to another, but with Lady Katrana it was out of want to nurture the working relationship the two of you had.In the coming days they were followed by Calia to whom you wrote one letter which was to be the official one and then the far longer one in which you explained everything that had happened in Durnholde. And after that followed the rest of your neighbours and allies.Between writing the letters and some actual paperwork, you found time to make sure that Tari had found herself to be useful and thankfully that had happened. She had fit right into the existing, but small group of servants you had without any issues.And during the evenings you threw on the Robe of Obfuscation which allowed you to just walk through the snowed in town without being spotted and went to Lady Nalice's home where you continued your studies of magic. During these visits you did go through the magical tools you had witnessed in Durnholde and what Lady Nalice said about them matched with what Lady Jandice had told you.The amount of work you did during the days did surprise Tari somewhat. You did laugh that she had gotten used to a far more lazier Lord, and that similarly to Langston, you too were drowning in all kinds of responsibilities.…Though during the afternoons you had an important task to supervise. Sahvan’s interrogation had started and Eligius opted to just be a friendly scribe whose mission was to write everything down as he probed him with questions and tried to fish all sorts of answers out of him.You had discussed this with Eligius and Lady Nalice during one of the visits and it was clear that Eligius had been prepared by Nalice for the job, he knew how to get and keep Sahvan talking.It would take several days if not over a week to go through everything before the work of trying to analyse what Eligius had written down could be done. And then it would have to be done again with Pai, leading to cross referencing everything across the board.You were glad that you weren't Eligius right now.…"Do we know how the prisoners got the contraband?" You asked during a short break between studies about how arcane magic interacts with the mundane world.1/3
>>5702982"Well the guards did find tracks in the snow, but following them was fruitless. They just led back into the town." Eligius said."So a collaborator?" You mused aloud."Could be, or a Syndicate agent." Eligius sighed. "Chief Stein has been alternating the patrols by the city guards in hopes of catching said person.""Can't we try to go through potential collaborators?" You continued musing aloud."With what personnel? And there are over thousand souls in Dawnholme and in the rest of your lands." Eligius reminded you. "The Black Budget does give us funds to operate, but it is still just the two of us."Eligius meant him and Lady Nalice, he seemed to not know about Annabel."Have you thought about recruiting more informants or getting more assistants?" You asked him."We have, but it isn't as easy as you make it sound. We have been looking at some who could be potential informants to be hired, but haven't made a move yet." Eligius explained to you and continued. "People don't willingly become informants or spies, unless they are exceptionally loyal, patriotic or have a special reason to do so.""Then what can we do about the trouble starters? I have shown too much leniency to just be off with their heads." You said back."At the moment we can keep punishing them, but unless they learn after time spent in the oubliette and lashes delivered, our options are somewhat limited." Eligius said to you."The break is over, we shall continue with the theory about arcane…" Lady Nalice interrupted you.Here in her cellar she was the boss and just like with all of your studying before, you didn’t want to disappoint her. For Eligius it might have been discipline out of a bit of fear, but for you it was about pride and wanting to push yourself forward.…You continued the talks as the days passed, concentrating mostly on the potential informants that could be hired. Eligius and Lady Nalice had a couple ideas that could be chased, but none of them were foolproof and it would take weeks if not months to get the first informants and spies working for you.First was to use your soldiers and other loyal citizens as the source of potential spies and informants. They would follow orders, but their impact here in Alterac would be lessened as everyone knows who they are.Second was to delve into the ranks of non-Alteracis here in Dawnholme, while currently dwarfed by the Alteraci population, they enjoy the advantage of being outsiders and through that being less known. While loyalties aren't certain, they could be a source of information within Dawnholme and your realm. In addition you know that you would be receiving refugees from Stormwind, especially Stonemasons, and migrants from Dalaran's Underbelly.Third source would be people living outside of Alterac and hired to move here or stay where they are to send information about what is going on locally. Loyal as long as they are paid, they would give you eyes amongst your neighbours.2/3
>>5702983Fourth and the hardest source to use would be to hire the spies and informants from amongst your prisoners. The risk of them defecting is real, but a double agent could learn so much more than your standard spy could. And even if not used as a double agents, former bandits and Syndicate members could be a great source of already skilled rogues and spies.…The prisoner labour had cleared the snow from the streets and roads and it looked like Dawnholme had beaten the snowstorm. Watching as ten prisoners with their legs shackled together shovelled the snow, you thought about the options you had. The trouble starters hadn't been returned to the oubliette due to the freezing cold and their punishment hadn't been delivered yet. Maybe there was something you could do about all of this?Trouble starters:>Continue as is. Chief Stein has things in control and further out of place punishment isn't needed.>Have them lashed in public as a reminder that they are lucky to even be prisoners and not be executed and this is how they reward you.>Have them be punished with extra hard labour. They will learn to not cause any trouble after it.>Off with their heads, you are lenient, but sometimes a message needs to be sent. You do not accept those who you offer mercy, but don't appreciate it.Hiring of informants and spies:>Soldiers and loyal citizens. Less effective within Alterac, but they are loyal to you.>Non-citizens, less known amongst Alteracis which should help them within Alterac, but with uncertain loyalties.>Outsiders, loyal as long as they are paid, but maybe the easiest source of potential informants.>From the prisoners. Already skilled, but with dubious loyalties. The greatest potential.QM: Please vote on both. Both votes can end up having long lasting effects and might require further votes in the future.
>>5702985>Have them be punished with extra hard labour. They will learn to not cause any trouble after it.>From the prisoners. Already skilled, but with dubious loyalties. The greatest potential.
>>5702985>Have them be punished with extra hard labour. They will learn to not cause any trouble after it.>Soldiers and loyal citizens. Less effective within Alterac, but they are loyal to you.
>>5702985>>Have them be punished with extra hard labour. They will learn to not cause any trouble after it.A recurring offender might actually be an interesting recruit for the secret service. But we'd need to figure out what makes them tick to secure their loyalty.>>Soldiers and loyal citizens. Less effective within Alterac, but they are loyal to you.I'm thinking we should build a baseline cadre we can depend on for our counterintelligence; someone that will be able to keep future more pragmatic hires under control.
>>5702985>Have them be punished with extra hard labour. They will learn to not cause any trouble after it.Repeat offenders should be hanged however.>Soldiers and loyal citizens. Less effective within Alterac, but they are loyal to you.In matters of intelligence, loyalty is crucial. The supposed innefectiveness can be mitigated by feigning turncoat or feigning corruption.
>>5702985>>Have them be punished with extra hard labour. They will learn to not cause any trouble after it.>Soldiers and loyal citizens. Less effective within Alterac, but they are loyal to you.
Extra hard labour, soldiers and loyal citizens. Give Alric a roll!>3d10, Best of three>DC 15, 18, Crit 25
Rolled 1, 3, 6 = 10 (3d10)>>5703817alrics on a roll
Rolled 8, 3, 6 = 17 (3d10)>>5703817my dear fellow Alteraci...
Rolled 1, 10, 8 = 19 (3d10)>>5703817Let me do this right this time
Rolled 7, 8, 10 = 25 (3d10)>>5703817
>>5703874so close, and yet so far
>>5703874Haha off by two minutes. Such is life under the rule of RNG.Now because I am a benevolent/tyrannical QM and successful Crit roll would have been great/funny, I am giving you a choice. If you want, I can accept this late Crit roll. But Alric is going to face a setback in the future of equal or higher potency. Oh and this roll had nothing to do with the spies.Take the Crit, face the setback:>Yes>No
>>5703902>noa succes is a success
>>5703902>nolet's take what we've got
You knew that they needed to be punished, but it didn't need to be public punishment. Lashes hurt in the moment and in the days that follow, but several weeks of even harder labour would keep them tired and exhausted for a far longer time.And that was your decision. The five trouble starters, three bandits and two Syndicate members, none of them officers, were given harder work in the lumber mills. They ended up working longer days than the rest of the prisoners which didn't go unnoticed by them.Time would tell if this did work or not, but you were hopeful. Couple of weeks of backbreaking work should straighten them up and if not? Well next time you might not be as lenient with them.…As the days turned into a week, you kept your eyes and ears open. Krix Wiklish had continued his work in peace now that Normand wasn't poking his head around his barn turned into a workshop and from what you had learned from the blacksmith, the goblin didn't need any new parts from him.Maybe in a couple of weeks you would have some results at hand.You did talk with Master Mason Erefor Pelija about expanding the jail. According to him, digging and building a new lower level with all the rooms it requires wouldn’t be too difficult of a job. While he or his Stonemasons weren't miners, he could loan a few from the silver or the iron mine to work in this project.The motivation to expand the jail was simple, you needed more space for Sahvan and Pai as you didn’t feel like the regular jail cells were enough and you didn’t know how long the two would occupy those cells. You also had a hunch that a lower level, maybe a proper dungeon could prove useful in the long run.…"We need to avoid risks." You told Eligius and Lady Nalice during one sunny afternoon. The two of them had joined you in your study to discuss the plans to recruit spies and informants. "And we need to build a solid foundation for the future.""Prince Alric, you are suggesting that we would search the soldiers for potential hires?" Eligius asked you as he placed the bag holding the black noise tool on your desk. Now no one outside would hear what the three of you were talking about.1/3
>>5704026"Yes, and loyal citizens. We can’t take risks or play with unloyal spies, at least not yet." You said back."A careful move, but maybe not the most effective." Lady Nalice said and seemed slightly disappointed."But the move that we will make." You said back to her. "I presume you two have some candidates in mind?""We have a couple and we will start approaching them when the time is right." Nalice said to you and sipped the cup of tea Tari had brought to her a bit ago."Good, good. Keep me updated on the progress." You said to them. "Is this all?""No, because we think it is time for a test." Nalice said to you and gave a sly smile."Nothing to worry about Prince Alric, just an old fashioned if a quite effective test is ahead of you." Eligius assured you. "Normally we would do this test after a couple of months if not longer of studying theory, but Lady Nalice is sure that you will pass the test."The way both Eligius and Nalice smiled at you made you worry a bit. What had you signed up to when you started studying arcane magic?"Oh and take the necklace you took from the gnolls with you, you might need it." Nalice mentioned.What were they planning?…You sat on the cellar floor having stripped yourself down to your breeches as Eligius slowly drew sigils on your skin with a blue glimmering paint. As the brush touched your skin and Eligius slowly recited a mantra of some sort, you felt strange tingling on you where the paint was applied."Why the paint?" You asked as you had been doing just as told."It will help to channel the arcane energies into your body." Nalice said to you as she drew similar sigils on the sand floor of the cellar. "This test was once used by Dalaran and their predecessors to gauge how well the participant handles and conducts arcane energies.""What Lady Nalice means is that will your body accept the magic." Eligius explained."What if it doesn't?" You asked back."You will turn to stone, but don't worry about it. It is extremely rare, most people conduct arcane energies without any issues." Nalice said and finished her work. "There, have you finished Eligius?""Yes, this is the last one." Your legs, arms, front and back were covered in sigils small and big. They had this faint blue glow on them that made you slightly nervous.Eligius stepped back as he finished his work and Nalice instructed you to kneel down as he handed you a blue coloured stone."This is a stone used by Dalaran in their streetlights, it responds to arcane magic and lights up." Nalice explained. "We are going to direct the energies some call mana into you and as we have studied regarding arcane, you are going to will the stone in your hands to shine brightly.""Don't worry Prince Alric, this is going to go well." Eligius said to you.2/3
>>5704027>19, SuccessBefore you could even say anything, Nalice started to faintly chant as Eligius kneeled outside the circle she had drawn in the sand and spread his arms up before starting a chant of his own.The wards installed on the walls and ceiling of the cellar started to glow with a faint green light as Nalice's eyes started to glimmer.Suddenly the sigils felt like they were going to burn through your skin. The scorching hot feeling entered your body, but very strangely it didn’t hurt. It should have hurt, this sensation was quite similar to how Cinder Sword felt in your hand. "How do you feel?" Nalice asked you with a voice that had a faint echo. You now understood why Eligius had a sensible amount of fear towards her."I…I am feeling fine. The sigils feel like they are burning, this scorching hot sensation inside me, but it doesn't hurt." You answered as well as you could. While it didn’t hurt you, you didn’t exactly enjoy the feeling at all."Good, good. Then this is working. How are the wards Eligius?" Nalice continued."Holding, our paladin friend has no idea what we are doing." Eligius said back. So his job was to keep the magic from not leaking out and to not alert Raleigh."Prince Alric, please concentrate on the stone and make it emit light." Nalice instructed you.Alright, just like it had been written in the books. An arcanist concentrates the inherent nature of what they are attempting to cast contained in the surrounding area into one location in order to call it into being. In this case it was the mana Nalice was feeding into you and the goal was to get the stone to emit light.So you raised the fist sized stone up to your chest with your both hands and concentrated. Your body can handle mana flowing into it, now just see if you can conduct it.>3d10, Best of three>DC 16, 19, Crit 25QM: Roll was to see if Alric can handle mana. First DC was the bare minimum to handle mana, second was the average and Crit would have been really good, you would have passed the initial test with flying colours.
Rolled 10, 9, 4 = 23 (3d10)>>5704028I'd like to apologize for my other postHopefully I'll do a better roll this time
Rolled 10, 4, 8 = 22 (3d10)>>5704028Let’s see how this goes>>5704036Nice
Rolled 3, 1, 1 = 5 (3d10)>>5704028
Rolled 9, 3, 10 = 22 (3d10)>>5704028Rolling late.
>23, SuccessConcentrate on the stone in your hands, concentrate on the whirling feeling that is scorching you from inside.You took a deep breath as you put your mind to work as you repeated the thought of the scorching feeling moving to your arms and then to your hands.Sweat appeared on your brow as you closed your eyes and tried to imagine the mana flowing inside of you.And then the whirling maelstrom shuddered and moved. Slowly the feeling moved or more accurately to say, it strengthened in your shoulders and then in your biceps as it crept closer to your hands.Suddenly the stone started to shine a faint blue light!"I did it!" You said and immediately the stone stopped emitting light."Don't lose your concentration." Nalice said back. "Try it again."And so you did. The stone started to emit a faint blue light again as you stared at it. This was amazing!"Now Prince Alric, try to keep the stone emitting light while you are speaking." Nalice ordered you."Is… this… magic?" You managed to say. With every word the light fluttered as you barely kept your concentration."By the Light no, you are just a conduit for my mana." Nalice said back to you."Then why did Dalaran stop using this method?" You asked and the stone stopped shining again."Did I tell you to stop?" Nalice said back.Again you concentrated and the stone started to emit light."Because in the eyes of Dalaran you are now a rogue mage. Being a mere conduit without a skill to channel or use mana for arcane magic is enough for them to brand someone a mage. And why they take this so seriously, because just like the high elves before them, they would prefer to control all the magic in the world." Nalice told you and you could hear the detest and disgust in her voice as she mentioned Dalaran and the high elves. "Dalaran is the smallest kingdom, but probably the most potent as within Lordaeron they have the practical monopoly on magic amongst humans. If they had their way, Stormwind wouldn't have their independent school of magic, for Dalaran we are just hedge mages and pretenders.""If they could, they would go and tell the trolls to stop practising magic as well." Eligius said."Dalaran's might is undermined when mages leave their grandiose city. For them magic is all and as long as they have the power, no one can touch them." Nalice said."Magic… tools." You succeeded in mentioning while keeping the light on."A way for mundane people to access magic, believe me that Dalaran would love to have them controlled as well." Nalice said and continued. "The reason they stopped using this ritual was to suppress the information about it. They don’t want normal people to learn magic or be part of it. And this ritual made that too easy.""They are fools, sooner than later magic will become part of everyone's daily life. You have seen it in Dalaran, now imagine it in Southshore or in Dawnholme." Eligius said to you.1/2
>>5704143You thought about it, if magic was more widespread, then Dalaran would lose what makes them special."What… next?" You succeeded in asking."We will continue doing this for a moment longer today and then we will do this every day till you are used to the feeling and you can channel your own mana." Nalice said to you.You nodded once and kept concentrating on the stone and the light as you used the mana channelled by Nalice to do so."I am going to increase the amount of mana I will give to you now, make the stone glow as bright as you can." Nalice said.Suddenly it felt like your body was burning inside out. A scorching maelstrom whirled inside you and as Nalice channelled more mana, it suddenly started to be hard for you to breathe. Your heart beat faster and you felt exhausted from inside.But you had to try so you concentrated.>3d10, Best of four>DC 15, 18, 20, Crit 25, 28QM: Now this is a lot of DCs, let's see how many you can hit.
Rolled 9, 5, 7 = 21 (3d10)>>5704144
Rolled 9, 1, 8 = 18 (3d10)>>5704144
Rolled 8, 1, 9 = 18 (3d10)>>5704144Zap
Rolled 2, 4, 6 = 12 (3d10)>>5704144d/c deez nuts
Rolled 5, 2, 4 = 11 (3d10)>>5704144Rolling late... again.
Rolled 7, 7, 10 = 24 (3d10)>>5704144rolling late for the hell of it
>21, SuccessHolding your concentration, the stone started to glow faintly until the light brightened enough to throw shadows across the walls.The scorching feeling of mana inside you started to approach unbearable and you were approaching your limits. Then just as suddenly you had received the mama from Nalice, she stopped and you started to feel better slowly. And then you realised that both Nalice and Eligius were staring at you."What?" You asked them."The gnoll necklace, it finally did something." Eligius said. "It looks like it just needed more mana to activate in the first place."You looked down and noticed the four green gems on it glowing for a few seconds more until they returned back to the dull green colour they were before."How did I do?" You asked as the tingling feeling across your body continued."Adequately, your body does receive and take mana normally and you handle the increase well." Nalice said to you and continued. "But that is your limit for now."She stepped within the circle she had drawn on the sand and swept away several sigils before placing her hand on your shoulder. In that moment the scorching maelstrom inside you dissipated and you felt normal. Very tired, but normal."The sigils I drew are still active and will be for a couple of hours." Eligius said to you and took the stone from your shaking hands. "Feedback, that is common amongst beginners."He was right, the blue sigils weren't exactly glowing, but they were brighter than before."Can I wash them away?" You asked back as you moved your fingers around to stop the tingling feeling."No, but they will disappear in a day or two. Don't worry about them, I am going to reapply them every day." Eligius said to you."But what about the others? Do I have to hide them from them?" You asked."I would prefer if you would do so. We do not want unwanted attention… but I don’t think you need to be that careful, after all you aren't going to appear half naked in front of other people, are you?" Nalice said and smiled.Was she implying that she knows that the rumours are false? You weren’t sure as several questions did come to your mind, but one was more important than the other ones."How long will it take for me to learn how to channel my own mana?" You asked Nalice. You remembered her mentioning that bare minimum could be learned within a year. "Because I don't think I can loan yours forever."1/3
>>5704196"So impatient… not all mages know how to channel their own mana well, but they can still cast spells…but without this ritual maybe a couple years to channel your own mana… with this ritual maybe six months." Nalice said to you.Six months, that would mean daily training till next summer! Still it was faster than traditional training."At minimum." Nalice continued. "You have passed the tests, you can act as a conduit which tells us that we can continue our work. But you are not natural at this, it will take time for your body to get used to this."So it could take even longer…" You said back."Again so impatient, sometimes I forget how impatient men can be." Nalice said and scoffed. "This is already a shortcut, but if you want further shortcuts, there are ways.""You mean fel and the arts of warlocks." You asked her. "I declined once already.""Or we could increase the amount of mana I channel into you." Nalice said back. "Just like I did moments ago, but more.""Lady Nalice…" Eligius said and was slightly concerned."There are risks, yes I know." Nalice said back to her student."Feedback, tingling and numbness of arms and legs. Minor shakes, headaches and migraines, loss of appetite, loss of hair and overall sickliness." Eligius explained to you. "Albeit you are a young, healthy and fit man. Potential side effects shouldn't be too dilapidating.""How long would it take then?" You asked carefully."Three to six months." Nalice said to you. "Just as long as it would take if you chose to become a warlock just like Eligius here." Eligius nodded to you."Fel and the arts of warlocks is a dangerous and difficult road to take, but you wouldn't walk that road alone. You would have me and Lady Nalice helping you along the way." Eligius said convincingly. "Without any of the side effects.""Prince Alric, remember what I said to you when I asked you if you wanted to learn magic. Think about what I said then, because this would be a great boon, beneficial to you and appreciated a lot." Nalice said and the supreme confidence in her own skills practically radiated in her speech. "You have the potential to be great, realise it and stop being content at just being average or good at best."2/3
>>5704197You were frankly stunned. You knew this would take time and you are prepared for it, but potentially years without this ritual? At minimum six months while doing this daily and being covered in these strange blue sigils? Three months with a danger of various side effects? You weren't that sure about this now, had you made a mistake in trying to learn magic?But at the same time you had just witnessed how strong magic can be when Lady Jandice had turned her illusion, something that isn't real into reality when she had extinguished the fire. If you could even reach a fraction of that power, you could help to protect your friends and yourself from danger and harm.You closed your eyes and thought. Would this ritual be worth it? You thought that maybe you could hide the painted sigils without anyone noticing, but it might not be that easy. And then what about increasing the mana channelled into you? Could you avoid most of the side effects?And fel and void… the arts of warlocks… Lady Nalice clearly knows what she is doing, she is an immensely powerful mage… or a warlock masquerading as one. Why else would she know about it so much? And Eligius seemed like a normal person, not like the warlocks depicted in the stories.But you had declined once before, would you do it again? >This is too much, it was a mistake to study magic if it will take this long. Back away and stop the lessons.>Continue without the ritual, you will learn magic if it takes years. Besides a lot of the things you have read about have been very rewarding as is. Maybe you have the knack to be a scholar?>Do the ritual daily. Six months is your goal and you think you can hide the sigils during this time.>Ritual and mana overcharge shortcut. You are ready to face the side effects if it means that it only takes three months.>Fel, void and the arts of warlocks. You will realise the potential just like Lady Nalice wants you to.QM: Important vote for potential shortcuts to be taken in learning magic courtesy of having Nalice as your magic teacher. I will give this vote some more time unless we have really unanimous result. Best of four was due to the gnoll necklace doing something.
>>5704199>This is too much, it was a mistake to study magic if it will take this long. Back away and stop the lessons.
>>5704199>Ritual and mana overcharge shortcut. You are ready to face the side effects if it means that it only takes three months.This or the daily option.
>>5704264And my secondary vote would be for>Continue without the ritual, you will learn magic if it takes years. Besides a lot of the things you have read about have been very rewarding as is. Maybe you have the knack to be a scholar?
Well either shortcut is a horrible option. As long as we can trust Eligius there is not nearly enough benefit to risk exposure to fel ourselves, and trust him we have to if the dragon girl turns on us, and we have no reason to expect reliable loyalty from her. And the downsides are just not worth it.It’s probably best to stick with our previous decision, although that might be sunk cost speaking. For now I’d say either>continue with daily scheduleOr>make do without the ritualBecause of the bother of keeping this stuff secret. Maybe we should discuss it with Jaina if we get the chance in private.And we should also take chance to reaffirm Eligius of our faith in him, we don’t want him to be subverted by the foreign agent we’ve brought to train him.
>>5704199>Do the ritual daily. Six months is your goal and you think you can hide the sigils during this time.
>>5704199>Ritual and mana overcharge shortcut. You are ready to face the side effects if it means that it only takes three months.
>>5704199>>Ritual and mana overcharge shortcut. You are ready to face the side effects if it means that it only takes three months.
>alric's face in next threadI hope you guys are ready for dealing with the disaster. I guess we could still join the scourge as a lich eventually.
>>5704199>Do the ritual daily. Six months is your goal and you think you can hide the sigils during this time.hmmmm not interested in losing hairs, looking good is always a good thing !right now we are in winter, so being covered up can be justified. Then there is spring, that might be an issue uh uh. Blue clothing under our armor i guess !>>5704587lmao
>>5704264>>5704284Changing my vote to>Do the ritual daily. Six months is your goal and you think you can hide the sigils during this time.Because neither of the ones I voted for is winning.
>>5704199>>Do the ritual daily. Six months is your goal and you think you can hide the sigils during this time.
>>5704587Haha, that won't happen... unless...Won't call the vote yet, I will start writing in around 4-5 hours, so there is still time.
>>5704730>unless>implyingwe must avoid this timeline.
>>5704840Saved as Alricgoodending.jpgAlrighty, doing the ritual daily without other shortcuts is the winner. Give me a roll to see how well does Alric get used to it and if there is any early progress.>3d10, Best of three>DC 15, 18, Crit 25
Rolled 6, 2, 5 = 13 (3d10)>>5704900Well if that looked good then we are going to have to strive for better than just good, eh?
Rolled 7, 4, 5 = 16 (3d10)>>5704900
Rolled 10, 5, 7 = 22 (3d10)>>5704900
Rolled 7, 5, 3 = 15 (3d10)>>5704900
>>5704840HahahahahaFor real though, Alterac will be restored
"I won't take any more shortcuts." You said to them. "Six months, that is my goal. Before the summer is here, I will have learned how to channel my own mana."Nalice had a wide smile. She enjoyed seeing you so adamantly declaring your goal."So be it, then we will start tomorrow." Nalice said back and grinned. "It won't be easy.""I don't expect it to be easy." You said back as you stepped out of the circle and started to put on your shirt. "But if we are going to do the ritual everyday, when do we have time for the theory?""You need to come a bit earlier than before, I will also send Eligius to help you to study during the afternoons." Nalice explained.Plenty of work, but you should be able to handle it all. At least you thought you could handle it all.…>22, SuccessThe coming days were spent in getting accustomed to the new modified schedule. Each morning you sparred with Malevus, then you handled any urgent business that required you or you delegated it to your officers. When afternoon arrived, so did Eligius under the guise of reporting what Sahvan had told him, but in actuality he helped you to do the homework given by Nalice.And as the two of you worked, you ended up talking with him a lot.Eligius told you a lot about his old master, how careful he was with fel and void and how that attitude continues with him. He knows his own limits, but he also knows how far he could go beyond them and come back without issues.And to him this is all based on trust. Just like Nalice trusts him to keep up the wards around the cellar, Eligius trusts Nalice completely. While he acknowledges that Nalice doesn't tell him or you everything about herself, as a warlock he has learned that to have the skills Nalice has, one is immensely powerful and not prone to mistakes.During the evenings after you had finished all the day's work, it was time for the daily training.Eligius reapplied the paint on the sigils and then you started. On the first day the ritual didn't last that long, but with each passing day the time increased and you didn’t feel as tired as before. You were getting more used to the feeling of the scorching maelstrom inside you.Though in the few days of going through the ritual you didn’t have any real progress in getting the stone shine any brighter. Nalice's mana just went in and out of you.A few days behind you, at least a bit over hundred ahead of you. There was plenty of work to be done.…One of the patrols had spotted your soldiers returning from Durnholde. Twenty men marched back home, home where they would be needed if you wanted to wrestle the rest of the Strahnbrad Hills into under your control.But with them came three new people. Tammis and Clannia Foxton, the parents of Taretha. You watched as she ran to meet them and seeing her happy like that made you smile. 1/2
>>5705057"Tammis Foxton was the personal secretary to Blackmoore before Langston replaced him." You said to Normand who was standing next to you. "Maybe keep an eye on him, if he doesn't find a job elsewhere, you could have a new assistant right there.""You know what I think of Blackmoore." Normand said back to you.He had no idea about the ritual or the sigils, only Malevus was suspicious of something, but she wasn't sure about what."I know, I know. Just keep what I said in your mind." You said back and stepped forth.Your soldiers greeted you and you exchanged a few words with them before walking to see your grand prize."Hello Pai." You said to the assassin. She was in shackles and locked tightly on the horse cart the soldier had with them."Sire, she hasn't said anything this whole time." A footman told you. "Nor has she reacted to anything outside of food.""I see, when did she wake up?" You asked the man."Apparently three days after you had left Sire." The footman continued."In any case, welcome to Dawnholme." You said to Pai. "I hope you enjoy your visit."Your quick and quite lame jest got a reaction out of her as she turned to look at you. Hah see, she can actually hear you.Now though, what to do with her? You thought about sending her into jail and letting her be undisturbed for a couple of weeks. The dark and damp cell should soften her up hopefully. Another idea was that in return for allowing Eligius to interview and interrogate her, you would make her life more comfortable depending on her answers.You also thought about just sending her into the prison camp to be with the rest of the prisoners. She would join them in the hard labour and you thought that being the lone woman in a camp full of men probably wasn't that nice of an experience for someone like her. Wild idea did come to your mind. No one expects you to release her, because why would you release her? Everyone will think that this is a reward for betraying the Syndicate, especially if she leaves Dawnholme. She would need your protection to stay alive, leaving Dawnholme and your protection would mean her death. Though freeing her would allow her to do anything she wants which did bother you a lot. Maybe something not as drastic as a complete freedom? A house arrest with guards following her outside the house?>Release her, that is one thing she definitely doesn't expect you to do. >A house arrest. There should be a house or a room available for her. >Send her into the prison camp to be with the rest of the Syndicate men. That will make her talk.>Eligius needs to start the interviewing process immediately. Make sure Pai is comfortable in her jail cell.>Have her moved into the jail. Let her rot in the cell for a couple of weeks before you start the interrogation.>Other, write inQM: Normal progress in the ritual.
>>5705060>Eligius needs to start the interviewing process immediately. Make sure Pai is comfortable in her jail cell.
>>5705060>>Eligius needs to start the interviewing process immediately. Make sure Pai is comfortable in her jail cell.
>>5705060>Eligius needs to start the interviewing process immediately. Make sure Pai is comfortable in her jail cell.Best strategy I can think of when it comes to flipping her is to make Sahvan and Alric attempt to persuade her to our cause. I think they have the most credibility and therefore the best chance of success, especially if we know what makes her tick.
>>5705060>Eligius needs to start the interviewing process immediately. Make sure Pai is comfortable in her jail cell.I reckon solitary confinement would be called for, house arrest doesn’t sound too bad but she is an assassin after all so the risk would be high.
She wouldn’t talk to you right now, it didn’t feel or seem like it. You had kept her alive, shattered her pride, forcibly made her talk with the help of Lady Jandice and now she is here, under the care of the man she was supposed to kill.For an assassin this was a fate unwanted.She would be moved to the jail and given her own cell. Food twice a day, new hay's on the bed, she would be comfortable in there. You would make it clear that her comfort level depends on her, if she talks to Eligius, she might receive more.She had the baton and power to decide what the future will be for her.…The days passed and the training continued. It was very tiring progress, each day the ritual taking longer and longer. And when you got home, you would just fall into your bed and crash. The next morning your hands and fingers were still tingling and the sigils on your skin felt warm.Though not everything was just the usual. One day you received three letters, all dated before you had sent yours.The first one was from Jaina and she thanked you for your previous letter and told you in return what had been going on in Dalaran. Apparently some of her fellow mages had been bit concerned about the rumours coming from Underbelly, supposedly a group of people were preparing to leave the place. She also told you that she was going to spend the Feast of Winter Veil in the Capital City with Arthas and that she wished you and the whole Dawnholme a merry Winter Veil.The two other letters were from Calia, the official one which you put aside as you immediately tore into the second, way longer letter from her.Reading the letter made you happy and warm inside as you laid on your back on the bed and imagined Calia writing it. As you read it, it was her voice that narrated the text for you.The tiredness she had mentioned in the previous letter had passed with the help of some medicine. The family doctor of the Menethil's had diagnosed the tiredness to be stress based. With Arthas gone, all the extra duties were on her and the new responsibilities were too much for her to handle. Calia was still told to avoid taking on the duties, to avoid the stress and tiredness from coming back.She hoped that the previous letter didn't make you concerned and put an emphasis that she was feeling well. She hoped to see you as soon as possible, but knew that it wouldn't be easy. And even if the two of you couldn't see each other, you still had these letters and dreams about each other.She would dream of you, she would love you forever.You would love her too forever.…More letters came full of courtesy and honeyed words. While the one from Lord Uther was very professional and the one from King Varian short and to the point, the one from Lady Katrana didn't surprise you.It was long and full of praise and admiration. It even smelled like the fragrance she had used when she had tried to seduce you.Oh Katrana, you silly strange powerful woman.1/2
>>5705474The Feast of the Winter Veil was a muted celebration this year. The weather forbid Dawnholme from having a proper feast and so the families and coworker just stuck together and celebrated that way.And when the days passed and Dawnholme approached the new year, you found that you had some time to concentrate on something else than just the training for the next couple weeks.>Krix Wiklish and his work. It is supposedly very close to completion.>Stonemasons, their work and preparing for the refugees to arrive come spring.>Magic, just go all in with your studying.>Just take it easy, you could use some free time to just relaxQM: Choose one. I will do a Feast of Winter Veil update at some point.
>>5705475gah. Can’t decide between stonemasons and mad goblin science.…>Krix Wiklish and his work. It is supposedly very close to completion.
>>5705475>>Stonemasons, their work and preparing for the refugees to arrive come spring.
>>5705475>Stonemasons, their work and preparing for the refugees to arrive come spring.
>>5705475>>Magic, just go all in with your studying.
>>5705475>Krix Wiklish and his work. It is supposedly very close to completion.
Feast of Winter Veil"I have placed the plates and utensils." You said to Maura who was the one responsible for directing traffic in your home."Then come and carry the cassoulet to the table." She said back to you. "Normand, have you brought the drinks inside?""Yes my dear, both wine and beer are present. The apple cider is still outside though." Normand said."Then go fetch it before it freezes over." Maura said.Both Tari and Malevus watched as the three of you set the table. They had attempted to help you, but three sets of hands was already enough. The Feast was Maura's baby, one of the few days of the year where her old experience of running the kitchen of the Royal Palace ended up being useful.And to Tari and Malevus this was a bit amusing, especially for Tari. They watched as you carried the food around and placed the plates and utensils on the table. For Malevus seeing you doing mundane work like this was already normal, but Tari had seriously thought that you acted more like a real Prince back home and left things like this to your servants. And now she didn't see you as Prince Alric doing these things, instead just as Alric… Alric Garside.When Tari told you this a couple of days later, you just shrugged your shoulders. You didn’t act like a Prince for many years during your exile, setting up the table didn’t bother you at all. And besides it helps to keep your feet on the ground.As the last few things were prepared you finally had time for the two guests you had invited. Feast of Winter Feil normally was a very private event for Alteracis with a few if any guests invited. So for both Malevus and Tari being invited, it did mean a lot for them when Normand explained the tradition to them.Malevus was wearing the best clothing she had which amounted to a long blue sleeveless dress over a white chemise. Holding it together was a simple belt on which was a dagger, even "off-duty" she was still armed. And on top of it she had thrown her blue robe that she ditched quickly due to it being a bit too warm inside. Her attire was very rustic and the complete opposite of what you would expect from someone belonging to the renowned Silverthread family of couturiers. Which was exactly what Malevus wanted. At least she had combed her red hair to look really nice.Tari had put some extra effort, probably because she actually had nicer clothes. A long white and blue dress with long sleeves that seemed to flow when she moved. Her blonde hair was brushed and looked extra soft. Both you and Normand had to pause for a second when you had seen her the first time, but just as quickly Maura had made you two continue working. The butterflies didn't have time to materialise in your stomach.It was good that you were wearing your old fashioned finer clothes for the occasion, because your normal white shirt would be just way too casual in comparison. 1/4
>>5705906As much as the food had been delicious and the wine, beer and cider tasty, they were never the highlight of Winter Veil.It was when you exchanged gifts with your family and close friends.Though you didn’t care about it that much, never really had and you had told everyone that you wouldn't be needing anything. If you wanted something, you could just buy it or bother Beric to acquire it for you.Still you got some small gifts. A new set of quills and fine ink from Normand, self-made woollen socks to keep your feet warm from Maura. You had somewhat expected useful small gifts like that from your parents.Malevus meanwhile confessed that she had no idea what could be useful so she had asked Lieutenant Cromwell if he had any ideas. In the end Malevus had opted to get you a new chaperon, one quite similar to the one you already had, but slightly more puffier. Supposedly that was fashionable in Southshore.Tari's gift surprised you a lot because it was a hair brush. At first you were quite surprised, but then Tari explained that so often your hair was very messy which to be honest was true. You did comb your hair after washing it, and every morning, but maybe you should brush it too? Your hair has grown a lot since you had it cut and you might as well try to keep it in fine condition.As more gifts were exchanged, it was your turn. To Maura you had bought a healing oil as her wrists had been aching a lot recently and to Normand you had gotten a set of quills and fine ink. That made you laugh."One moment." You said and stood up. "I need to go get the gifts."Going back upstairs and to your room, you brought back down four bags full of presents."That much for the two of us?" Tari said and was amazed."Well some are gifts and some are payments." You said as you put the bags down on the floor and picked the largest one and gave it to Malevus."I have been neglecting this a bit, but this is your payment for the position of squire. As the tradition goes the knight has to provide annually their squire three sets of shirts and trousers and six pairs of socks, white of course." You told Malevus and continued. "I also got you new riding boots and several yards of blue and white cloth.""I hadn't expected this… thank you Prince Alric." Malevus gave you a deep bow as she took the large bag. "I guess you can ask a tailor to make something nice out of the cloth, I don't really understand much about dresses and chemises after all." You said to her and turned to Tari and handed her a nearly similarly sized bag. "And for you… I really don't know what I should have gotten for you as we actually pay you a small salary, but I thought that more cloth would be nice.""Thank you Alric, I think I will have something really nice made out of these." Tari said and smiled at you.The rolls of cloth you had gotten to both Malevus and Tari had been quite expensive, but the quality is supposedly really good.2/4
>>5705911From Stormwind, I had Beric acquire me all of this." You said and continued. "Maybe you could ask Malevus if she had any ideas, I thought she once mentioned to me that she knows how to sew."You gave Malevus a grin, if Tari was now to go and ask Malevus for help, she would be very surprised."Though finally one more bag for each. Think of it as my main gift." You said and handed them one bag each.Both of them were a bit surprised when they pulled something orange out of the bags and it was Malevus who was first to realise what it was."It is a cloak!" She said as she spread it for all to see. "It even has the raven of Alterac on it."A large black swooping raven decorated the back of the cloak as Malevus threw it on herself and noticed one more detail."A raven clasp." Malevus said as she closed the cloak and put on the hood.The orange cloak was long and covered Malevus well. Its brim had been coloured black and was made of a bit more tougher and stronger cloth to prevent wear and tear."I thought that your blue robe looks so out of place amongst the orange of Alterac that I had to get you one to cover it." You said to Malevus. "And for you Tari this is a reminder that you are now one of us.""Thank you Alric." Tari said as she too put on the cloak to see how well it fits. "It is beautiful."She spinned around a couple of times before she took a couple of steps and hugged you."Thank you Alric, this makes me feel like I am… home." Tari said to you.Normand coughed hard."There is still food remaining for all of us." He said and Tari pulled herself away from you.She had smelled nice and the butterflies had made their return, but you fought them off."Yeah… let's eat some more, otherwise Maura will be upset that we left a lot of leftovers." You told them and laughed.…It was late and you were somewhat inebriated. You hadn’t been drinking at all since your return from Durnholde, mostly because of your training. You just haven't had time to get drunk or be hungover.Yesterday you had to tell Nalice that there wouldn't be training today, Winter Veil was more important than the training.As you laid on your bed, you thought how happy both Malevus and Tari had been. The gifts you had given weren't that much in your opinion, but when combined with good food and being able to just be with your friends, it really had made this year's Winter Veil a quite memorable one.And as you fell asleep, you thought about Calia. Maybe next year you could spend the Winter Veil with her…3/4
>>5705914………It had been weeks since he had left, at least he thought it had been several weeks as at one point he had stopped counting days and instead he had been counting snowfalls. It hadn’t taken that long for him to run out of the rations he had been given, even after heavily rationing them. And higher and further in the mountains he travelled, the less successful his traps were. Slowly, but steadily he had run out of food and had been forced to eat leaves and treebark when his traps hadn't caught anything.At least he had plenty of water thanks to all the snow around him. Silver lining to this misery.As he sat in yet another shelter dug into a snowbank, he bit into a squirrel he had managed to kill with a lucky stone he had thrown. It wouldn’t be much, but it hopefully gave him enough strength to get through one more night and day. As truth be told, he had no idea if he was even going in the right direction.The guidance he had been given had been simple. Head west and cross the mighty river. Avoid the human settlements and go into the mountains. Keep heading west and climb higher. In the end you would find what you are looking for.With a grunt he bit into the squirrel and ripped half-frozen meat out of it. It is what it is, but he couldn't lose hope. The moment he would relent and lose hope would be the moment when he signed his death. He wouldn’t allow it.He would find the Frostwolf clan.………QM: Happy Feast of Winter Veil! I had been waiting for a chance to write this thing for several months now and finally we got to this point. Also what also makes Medivh happy is that I noticed that on sup/tg/ the first thread had gotten twenty positive votes. It isn’t much, but truth to be told I didn't even expect it to reach ten votes. So thank you my dear anons!We will get to the main story tomorrow and so I won't call the vote off yet.
>>5705917Very nice, a cozy winter veil after the Durnholde marathon of Intrigue and Action.
>>5705917Very nice update, OP. Nice and comfy!
The New Year came and went as you stepped into the year 16 After Dark Portal. Well technically it yet wasn't 16 years from that momentous moment, as the Orcish Horde invaded Azeroth and Stormwind during summer and it was still winter, but the scholars at some point decided to just for the convenience use the New Year to, well start a new year.For you much didn’t change. The same new schedule continued, but this time you took in the effort of preparing Dawnholme for the arrival of the people from Underbelly and for the arrival of the Stonemason refugees.And for everything to be ready, you and the Master Mason Erefor Pelija had some long discussions regarding the subject.For him it was a great chance to show his skills and experience as he went through the effort of explaining the needs of potentially hundreds of new people. From his experience from rebuilding Stormwind City, he told you about what a growing city needs and what pitfalls to avoid.During these days you often walked through Dawnholme following Pelija as he explained his plans. Dawnholme had grown quite naturally with only the lone central street being somewhat planned, but in the plans Pelija shared with you, the Dawnholme as you know would grow and change a lot. Straight wide roads, houses of different sizes built with a purpose and not because of a need. Reserved plots for the town hall and other important buildings, laying roads and marking plots for future expansions. Planning of sewers and wells for water. Pelija had even thought about the potential need for walls around the town.It was all very impressive, but the work couldn't start yet for two simple reasons. It was winter and there was snow everywhere. And most importantly your coffers were empty and the Stonemasons wouldn't exactly work for free, proposed things like sewers were on a different level of complexity compared to let's say a log house with a dirt floor, so any decisions to start the projects would have to wait till the spring.And for just in case you had him make several alternatives for the plans he had made, ranging from simplest and cheapest to the most complex and expensive.…Two weeks had passed from the New Year and nothing, absolutely nothing had happened in Dawnholme.The work on the dungeon beneath the jail had started and the slow progress to dig, move the loose earth away and start building the walls, ceiling and stairs slowly progressed. Mostly due to size constraints this was a job for just a couple men and due to that this would take longer than just a few days.And when you meant that nothing had happened, you really meant it. Nothing new to report or for you to learn, which also meant that Pai hadn't said a word. Eligius visited her daily, sometimes more than once per day and tried to prod her in different ways. She wouldn’t even turn her head towards Eligius, but at least she was eating. 1/2
>>5706434Both Nalice and Eligius thought that this approach would work sooner or later, as long as the promise of better treatment was repeated often enough. Though Nalice did suggest allowing her to be given a free reign on Pai, you shot that idea down. You wouldn't want to traumatise her the second time by a mage trying to prod her mind open.So the slow and steady war of attrition would continue.…A couple of days later on a particularly beautiful winter day there were two things that required your attention.First was that one of the trouble starters had died after a work accident. A large log had started to roll and it had crushed the man's pelvis and mangled his legs.When Raleigh and Malevus had reached the man, it was clear that there was no chance to heal him and instead they made sure that his last few hours were as free of pain as possible.And the second thing, which you didn’t really enjoy, was the invite to Magistrate Henry Maleb’s funeral in Southshore that would be in a week. You had expected this letter and now that it came, you had to decide would you travel there and with whom? Your knights would join you of course as would Malevus, but who else?>Taretha, she had said that she would like to see the world and you aren't sure if she has visited Southshore before.>Lady Nalice and Eligius. You could maybe use their expertise and they could benefit from visiting Southshore.>Lieutenant Cromwell and extended honour guard of twenty footmen. Be a bit showy this time.>Sir Radan and his bandit rogues. Show him a favour this way.>Take Sahvan with you on a very short leash. He should be rewarded for being a turncoat.>Just your knights and Malevus. No one else is required.QM: Choose as many as you want.
>>5706435>Lieutenant Cromwell and extended honour guard of twenty footmen. Be a bit showy this time.>Lady Nalice and Eligius. You could maybe use their expertise and they could benefit from visiting Southshore.>Taretha, she had said that she would like to see the world and you aren't sure if she has visited Southshore before.
>>5706435>>Taretha, she had said that she would like to see the world and you aren't sure if she has visited Southshore before.>Lady Nalice and Eligius. You could maybe use their expertise and they could benefit from visiting Southshore.Also this is probably nitpicking but I was under the impression that only the Horde used the Dark Portal calendar, and that the humans used the one from the Orcs & Humans manual, with the Dark Portal opening in 583, making the current year 599.
>>5706460You are probably right regarding in setting, but for the sake of convenience I have been using the After Dark Portal to track time, especially as it is what Blizzard has been using.This is part of the bigger issue which is lack of accurate timeline in Warcraft by Blizzard. This has caused me some issues already when plotting the events outside Alric and Alterac. To my understanding the "King's Calendar" you mentioned has only been used in the WC1 manual and since then Blizzard has either not mentioned any hard dates or just used the After Dark Portal calendar to track years. Also based on the King's Calendar the current year is 608 and it was year 592 when Orcish Horde invaded.When I prepared my notes for the quest, the timeline was one of the earliest things I did. Collecting the hardcanon events that could interact with Alric helps me to keep the rest of the world rolling and living. And then as things have happened, I have moved some things around and added new stuff on my timeline.
>>5706435>>Taretha, she had said that she would like to see the world and you aren't sure if she has visited Southshore before.Maybe ask her if she wants to. Honestly I don't much want to bring her to opportunities where she may have to interact with Blackmoore or Langston, if they even make an appearance in this case.>>Lady Nalice and Eligius. You could maybe use their expertise and they could benefit from visiting Southshore.
>>5706435>Taretha, she had said that she would like to see the world and you aren't sure if she has visited Southshore before.Just ask her.>Lady Nalice and Eligius. You could maybe use their expertise and they could benefit from visiting Southshore.>Lieutenant Cromwell and extended honour guard of twenty footmen. Be a bit showy this time.These are a requirement though.
>>5706504Yeah consistency was never one of Blizzard's strongest pointsSpeaking of, do you have a headcanon on Blackhand's death?In the first game he was assasinated by the Shadow Council as a response to Doomhammer's coup, in Warcraft 2 he was backstabbed by Doomhammer and in the current timeline he defeated him in a mak'gora
Compared to your visit to Durnholde or even your trip to Stormwind City last summer, your entourage would be quite sizable. Sir Gravis and his knights were already four people, then of course you were going to have Malevus with you. For additional security you thought about bringing Lieutenant Cromwell and having him take twenty footmen with him. The ten Royal Foot Guards and the ten footmen who had just returned from Durnholde. That was 25 people making sure you were protected.And then one evening you asked Nalice and Eligius to join you as well. While there was going to be a pause for the training, you thought that having them join you could be useful. It would give them an excuse to travel to Southshore and maybe they could spot or learn something that you don't notice.The suggestion did intrigue Nalice, this could be a good opportunity to give important lessons to Eligius so she agreed to come.27 strong entourage. You wondered if anyone else would bring more men and servants with them?…"Hey Tari, do you want to go to Southshore?" You asked her one morning as you ate breakfast."Sure, why do you ask? I have never been there before." Tari said as she ate her porridge."Because I was invited to Magistrate Maleb’s funeral and there is a good chance that Blackmoore and or Langston is there." You said to her."Oh… well if you think that I don’t want to see either of them, you would be right." Tari said to you. "But if I let them dictate what I do, am I truly free?""You wouldn't be." Was your answer."Precisely, so I want to come with you." Tari said to you. "Hey I could be your personal assistant for the journey, that way you don't have to pile everything on Malevus.""Miss Taretha, I don’t mind working for Prince Alric." Malevus who had been listening to the two of you said back."Yeah, but Alric can't make you do everything." Tari said back to her. "And just call me Tari, miss or lady makes me feel uneasy.""Well that is settled then." You said.28 strong entourage. You chuckled that you would have to explain to the local guards that no, this wasn’t an invasion attempt.…Half of the week had passed and only by then you realised that not since you were just a child in Alterac City had you been to a proper funeral. Sure Alteraci soldiers had been buried before here and elsewhere where your fighting had brought you, but then you were either wearing your normal clothes just like everyone else or you were wearing your armour.And now you weren't sure that you had anything proper to wear for a funeral.Your wardrobe was awfully simple. White shirts, a couple of brown baggy breeches, several pairs of riding boots and leather jackets.Maybe you should invest in some more clothes at some point?Looking closer and digging deeper you did find an old black shirt that still fit you and black hosen, a combination that could be suitable for a funeral, but would make you look like a peasant.1/2
>>5706731You sighed, you wouldn't exactly have time to go browsing clothing stores, of which you didn’t even know if they even existed in Southshore. Your normal finer clothes you had acquired from Stormwind would look nice and be suitable, but they were maybe a bit too colourful and bright. Or you could just embrace your martial side and wear Aurvan'kal the whole time? Or would that be too much?Or maybe you could ask Malevus for some help? She was a couturier before leaving Quel’Thalas after all? She should be able to help you.>The rustic, very peasant-esque black funeral clothes.>Your finer clothes would work, but they might be a bit too bright in colour.>Aurvan'kal, the best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be.>Ask Malevus for help, surely she knows how to help you?>Other, write in.>>5706665I haven't thought about that, but I have always thought that the later presentation of Doomhammer as this honourable orc warrior clashed with the Warchief Doomhammer who commanded the Horde and invaded Lordaeron killing tens of thousands in the process. Sure you could argue that pre-Blood of Mannaroth Doomhammer was more benevolent and acted with honour, but the Doomhammer who killed Blackhand acted due to being ambitious and hungry for more power and honour in some twisted orcish way.So does it matter too much how Doomhammer killed Blackhand if it was purely to surpass and replace him? In either case his loyal followers would hate Doomhammer's guts.
>>5706734>Aurvan'kal, the best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be.The description speaks for itself and it's not as garish as our finer clothes are for the occasion. A good choice in my opinion.
>>5706734>Ask Malevus for help, surely she knows how to help you?
>>5706734>>Aurvan'kal, the best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be.Always be prepared
>>5706734I guess we have justification to keep the armour on, especially given circumstances. Asking Malevus for expert opinion might help although she’ll be likely more familiar with elfin fashion so we might end up sticking out anyway?
>>5706734>>Aurvan'kal, the best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be.
You really should be wearing Aurvan'kal during the funeral, especially as you would be surrounded by strangers and you had no idea if Southshore was already infiltrated by Syndicate agents.Sure it was quite impressive looking and would make you stand out, but you most likely weren't the only one wearing armour there. And besides, you could leave the cuirass and pauldrons behind if needed, the scaled robe can work without it.With that having decided, you returned back to your schedule of sparring, working, studying and training magic.…"Pai still hasn't said anything." Eligius said to you as you took off your shirt. "I think we might have to change our approach.""You really think so? She wasn't anything like this in Durnholde." You said as you folded it and started to take off your boots."Oh, how was she then?" He asked you as he took the jar of glimmering blue paint from a shelf."Loud, suggestive, trying to get into your pants, head and confuse you." You told him and took off your trousers."Ohh… well she definitely hasn’t been like that." Eligius said back."Alright, let's get this over with." You said and spread your arms for Eligius to reapply the paint on the sigils that needed it.You had learned to disregard the tingling sensation from the paint, you had gotten used to it. What you hadn’t gotten used to yet was the scorching feeling from the mana Nalice has lended you each evening. It still felt uncomfortable, but not on the level it was when you started.Supposedly that was good progress."Today your goal is not to keep the stone shining, but to light this candle." Nalice said and passed this dull yellow coloured candle to you. "It is a mana candle, it only lights if there is enough arcane energies or mana around it. The mages of Dalaran use it either as a warning that they are entering a magic rich place."So how does this differ from the stone?" You asked back."It isn't outside of being a bit harder to light up." Nalice said to you. "Now let us begin.">3d10, Best of three>DC 15, 18, Crit 25
Rolled 4, 3, 3 = 10 (3d10)>>5707390i totally wont be rolling low now.
Rolled 6, 2, 4 = 12 (3d10)>>5707390>Zapalso maybe we should have Eligius (or maybe do it ourselves if we don't want to make others aware how privy he is to this stuff) write up some report we can hand to the alliance representatives - unless we have reason to not expect them there
Rolled 5, 2, 4 = 11 (3d10)>>5707390
Rolled 8, 2, 6 = 16 (3d10)>>5707390Saving throw coming through
>>5707436>>5707437AAAAAAAAAAAAAA ARE YOU KIDDING ME 35 SECONDS
Oh damn a failure, Alric is fumbling the candle test! Let's see if Alric can save the situation! Some funky DCs this time.>3d10, Best of three>DC 18, 20, Crit 25, 30
Rolled 7, 2, 4 = 13 (3d10)>>5707448totally will not roll low this time.
Rolled 4, 5, 1 = 10 (3d10)>>5707448
Rolled 1, 1, 8 = 10 (3d10)>>5707448
This is quite embarrassing. Alric fumbled HARD! Thankfully it happened now and it was just a mana candle, but still give me yet another roll to see how badly Alric fumbled. It is a mana candle, what is the worst that can happen?>1d10>Best of three
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>5707548Magic was a mistake
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>5707548
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>5707548Saving throw coming through for real this time
>>5707562>>5707566It's a good thing there's no crit fail override
>>5707562>>5707569Hmmm... not a bad idea! Update will come bit later!
>12, failure>13, failure>1You felt the scorching hot feeling flowing into you and settling as the still uncomfortable maelstrom within your body as you started to concentrate. This time it was a candle, previously it was a stone, how hard could it be?You breathed deeply and started, you had gotten a good idea how to move the mana inside you towards your hands as the scorching sensation strengthened on your shoulders and finally in your hands.Alright, the stone would be lighting up any second now, but this candle is supposedly a harder opponent. Closing your eyes you concentrated on the candle in your hands and tried to will it light up.You tried to make it light up.You still tried to get it to light up."Are you even trying?" Nalice asked you after a moment."I am, but this is harder than I expected." You said and opened your eyes. Alright, try number two. This time with your eyes open you started to stare a hole in the candle. Beads of sweat appeared on your brow as you concentrated hard, all the lessons and what you had learned in the past few weeks fresh in your minds.Just strengthen the scorching feeling in your fingers, be a good conduit to the mana given to you.Suddenly a faint little flame appeared on the candle. It fluttered and tried to find its shape and stabilise."Good, now get the flame to be steady." Nalice said back. It needed more mana, you needed to get it to burn with as bright and steady flame as possible.Then the flame died and you reacted to it by exerting even harder. As suddenly the flame had died, the candle felt warm and soft in your hands.And then it exploded."Fuck, shit!" You shouted as you threw the half-melted candle on the ground from your hands and just as quickly started to brush the melted wax from your skin.Drops of skin burning hot wax had spread all across your arms and chest, with some drops having hit you on your face as well."Fucking fuck sake." You cursed again as you took your shirt and tried to wipe the wax off your face. "Huh… interesting…" Nalice said and seemed to be more interested in the candle than you."What is so bloody interesting? The wax is going to leave burns." You said back with annoyance as you were in a bit of pain."I have never seen that happen before." Nalice said and turned to Eligius who was winding down keeping the wards up. "Make sure that Prince Alric is alright."Nalice then immediately left the basement leaving the two of you alone there."She does that when she witnesses something new." Eligius said as he helped to wipe the wax off you. "Have to make notes about it.""Well that doesn't help me at all, does it." You said back to him."No it does not." Eligius said and sighed. "These are going to leave burn marks, but I think I have something that could help you a bit."…When Tari saw you the next morning she suddenly stopped and stared at you.1/2
>>5707751"What?" You asked her. You were immediately annoyed.She motioned under her nose with her fingers and then pointed at her left cheek."A candle fell and I tried to catch it. Got hot wax on my face." You told her a partial lie. "And yes, it burned my moustache so I had to shave them off. Can't have an uneven moustache during the funeral.""Oh… well I liked the moustache." Tari said back with a grin and seemed more concerned about them than about you."Either way, are you ready to leave?" You asked her. It was after all the morning you would be leaving for Southshore."I am, I have everything packed." Tari said and smiled. "Let's go, Malevus and others are already waiting.…Malevus stared at you and motioned under her nose with her fingers."A candle fell and I tried to catch it. Got hot wax on my face." You repeated the partial lie. "And yes, it burned my moustache so I had to shave them off. Can't have an uneven moustache during the funeral.""Oh… well I like it better this way." Malevus said back to you.Huh. Differentiating opinion."All the men are ready… Sire." Lieutenant Cromwell said to you and he too stared at your face."Candle. Hot wax. Moustache. Uneven. Shave." You said and now were mighty annoyed."Understood, just give us a command and we will leave." Cromwell said.Thank the Light he didn't comment on the moustache."You are better without them." He mentioned.Light be damned!…By having an entourage made of footmen, your travel speed is the speed of their march. This meant that even after leaving very early, it took the better part of the day for you to reach Southshore.And when you reached the town, you realised that you weren't exactly alone. Footmen carrying different banners, local guards scurrying around, clearly you weren't the only one who thought about buffing your personal security details.Then you saw one very familiar banner, the banner of Silver Hand. Was someone from the Order in town? Was it Lord Uther or someone else?>You are going to greet the representative of the Silver Hand, let Lieutenant Cromwell handle getting a place for your men.>Go bother Beric and have him house all of your men, you included.>Go pay your respects to the Malebs. It would be a nice thing to do before tomorrow's funeral.>Other, write in.QM: Crit Fail Override is destiny! The victim is your moustache! No, but really I could have thought about something way more worse. Now just some minor burns that don't even leave scars after they have healed up. This was the result of the 9 roll.
>>5707756>Go pay your respects to the Malebs. It would be a nice thing to do before tomorrow's funeral.RIP moustache.
>>5707756>Go pay your respects to the Malebs. It would be a nice thing to do before tomorrow's funeral.
>>5707756This didn't go as bad as I expected it to go>>Go pay your respects to the Malebs. It would be a nice thing to do before tomorrow's funeral.>>5707760Don't worry anon I'm sure it'll grow back fully in less than a year
>>5707756>>Go pay your respects to the Malebs. It would be a nice thing to do before tomorrow's funeral.It's after all what we're here for.
>>5707756>Go pay your respects to the Malebs. It would be a nice thing to do before tomorrow's funeral.Important
>>5707756Well this isn't so bad we know what they think about Alric style.Currently Never Ever moustache gang:Malevus Cromwell Hell Yeah moustache gang:Tari
>>5707880We must ask Calia in the next letter.It is vital knowledge
Lady Nalice and Eligius had already left you and went on their own way which left you with your men."Lieutenant Cromwell, arrange the lodgings for our soldiers, I have a thing to do first." You said to him. "Sir Gravis and Malevus, follow me please.""What about me?" Tari asked you."I will be staying with Beric of Strahnbrad, take two footmen with you and have our belongings moved there." You told her. "It probably isn't that hard to find his home, so I think you will be fine."Tari nodded and gave you thumbs up."Don't worry, I will handle that." She said to you.Good, now just to go find where Maleb’s are staying.…The Maleb residence was a new looking manor built next to the town wall. For a moment you thought that it was recently renovated, but then you remembered that old Southshore was completely demolished by the orcs during the Second War.There were some other people milling outside the home with a pair of local guards keeping them away from the door. Though when they saw you, they immediately let you go through. A butler opened the door and after you had introduced yourself, the butler went back inside and after a moment came to guide you in. The Malebs would be willing to receive you.You and Malevus followed the butler through the manor until you reached a door."Wait here." You said to Malevus and handed your helmet to her.The door was opened for you and you stepped into a room that looked like a normal living room for a nobleman."Prince Alric Perenolde." An older looking woman said to you."Pleasure to meet you Lady Maleb." You said and gave her a courteous bow.It was definitely the wife of Henry Maleb. She shared the same long chestnut coloured hair her daughter has along with the rest of her features. Her dark clothing made it clear that she was mourning. She gave you a gentle smile and motioned to step forward and take a seat. And as you got a bit closer, you noticed that she really was a striking image of her daughter, but older. It was apparent where Elizabeth had gotten her huge tracts of land and it wasn't from his late father."I am Margaret Maleb." She said to you as you sat down. "I have one question for you."The tone of her voice wasn't warm, it was apparent that she didn't enjoy seeing you here as her gentle smile disappeared."Yes Lady Maleb?" You asked her."Was my husband the target of the poisoner?">Be truthful, you do not know the true target.>Yes, she probably wants to feel like Henry's death had a reason.>The target most likely was you, after all you were the highest ranking noble there.>The plan was to kill all of you. What a better chance to decapitate the whole of Hillsbrad and Durnholde was there.>Other, write in.
>>5708326>Be truthful, you do not know the true target.Although we assumed it was us, it may have also been Blackmoore or all of us. But we can't be certain.
>>5708326>Be truthful, you do not know the true target.
>>5708326>Be truthful, you do not know the true target.>I have suspicions that the targets were either me, Blackmoore or even all of us at once.
>>5708326>Be truthful, you do not know the true target.It was most likely me though>It was apparent where Elizabeth had gotten her huge tracts of land and it wasn't from his late father.Can you imagine if it was?
"I don't know." You answered."You don't know." She said back to you."I really don't know who the true target was. It could have been Lord Blackmoore or maybe Lady Jandice Barov, or your husband or most likely it was me." You said and continued. "To kill each and everyone of us, if you look close enough you will find a motive to do so outside of pure chaos.""Then you have heard the news…" she started to say."That the assassin got away? Yes, I have known all this time. It wasn't Sir Albrin, he was an innocent bystander killed in an attempt to fool us." You told her."Then why didn't you manage to catch him?" Lady Margaret Maleb said to you. The tone of her voice changed from a cold one to a more accusatory."Because he threatened to start killing innocent people." You immediately said back. As much as you felt like the death of Henry Maleb was your fault, you didn’t like the tone of her voice. "Lady Margaret, if I could have caught him, I would have done so. He got away not because we didn't try. You can ask anyone who was there and they will tell you that."Margaret Maleb hadn't expected you to push back that hard and didn't say anything."Look, me and your husband, we didn’t see eye to eye. Our relationship was professional, bordering on unprofessional. I do not want to repeat that mistake with you or your family." You said to her and stood up from the chair."I will be at the funeral, but I wanted to speak with you before that and tell you that the whole Alterac mourns the passing of your husband. If not us, then who understands losing something you love so dearly better?" You said and gave her a deep bow before turning around and walking out of the room.As the butler closed the door behind you, you closed your eyes and took a couple of breaths. That could have gone better.Now though where was Malevus?…The butler thankfully knew and guided you into the kitchen where Malevus was enjoying tea and croissants with someone you knew."Miss Elizabeth." You greeted her and gave her a slight bow. "I was wondering where my squire had went, but it seems that she has been taken care of.""Prince Alric, she said that she had never eaten croissants before." Elizabeth said to you.Miss Elizabeth Maleb was Henry Maleb’s 16 years old daughter who was picture perfect, but way younger copy of her mother. Chestnut brown hair that had been combed straight, a kind face that radiated gentleness and innocence. She was already exceptionally cute, but her huge tracts of land made her figure exceptionally alluring. Just like her mother, she was wearing all black."Wait really?" You asked back."They just don't exist in Quel’Thalas." Malevus said back. "These are so good."1/2
>>5708558"Prince Alric do you…" Elizabeth was going to offer you tea and croissants, but instead she pointed under her nose."A candle fell and I tried to catch it." You said and sighed. Not again. "Got the wax on my moustache and face so I shaved them off.""Oh no, did it hurt? It must have hurt." Elizabeth asked you and realised that you had a few burn marks on your cheek and chin."It did, I can give you the advice to never play with wax." You said and sighed.At the corner of your eye you noticed the ears of Malevus to droop a little. What was that about? "Well I think you look… cuter this way…" Elizabeth said to you and immediately reached blushness level close to the red hair of Malevus as she realised what she had said."Thank you, Lady Malevus thought the same, didn't you?" You asked her."Oh… I did, Prince Alric looks way bet… cuter this way." Malevus corrected what she was saying mid sentence as she realised the chance to tease Miss Elizabeth a bit. And by the Light did that work.You started to laugh to which Malevus joined with a chuckle."Don't worry about it, you are in the majority of liking my clean-shaven look. I will take that as a compliment." You said to her. "And besides, isn’t it nice to have some fun and laugh.""You did all the laughing, but you are right Prince Alric." Elizabeth said and regained her composure. "You talked with my mother, how did it go?">She was accusatory towards me. Tell the truth.>it went well, better a white lie than tell the truth.>You just told her your condolences. It wasn't a long discussion.>Other, write in.
>>5708561>She was accusatory towards me. Tell the truth.
>>5708566Oh, and add that we don't blame her for it.That kind of pain and anger is understandable after the death of a loved one.
>>5708561supporting both>>5708566>>5708567after all we are also bothered that we didn't catch the guy so we can't begrudge others for such sentiment.
>>5708566>>5708567SupportIt does make sense>>5707898True>>5707880+ 1 Never Ever moustache gang, Elizabeth voted.
>>5708561>>You just told her your condolences. It wasn't a long discussion.
Quite unanimous vote. Give me a roll please.>1d10>Best of three, taking the second roll
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>5709137cursing this thread with more bad rolls.
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>5709137
"I can't blame her for anything she said to me." You told Elizabeth and continued after a deep sigh. "Your mother didn't say it directly, but she accused me of being the lead reason for your father's death."She had seemed to expect that answer and you continued before she could say anything."I can’t fault or blame her for that, such pain is understandable after a loss of a loved one." You said."Thank you." Elizabeth said to you. "My Ma didn't take the news well, none of us did.""I am sorry." You said to her"Don't be, it doesn't bring my Pa back." She said.She had gone through one hell of a lesson of adulthood. Compared to the girl you had met in Durnholde, she was now a woman who had lost her father and had to take care of her family."I should probably go to see her." Elizabeth said."I will take that offer of tea and croissants some next time." You said and smiled."I will keep that in mind Prince Alric." Elizabeth said and smiled back.…>7>5Standing outside the Maleb residence, Malevus handed you your helmet as you viewed the crowd that had gathered. The locals had learned that you were in town and came to see you. "I don't think they like you Prince Alric." Sir Gravis said to you as you put on your helmet."They have never liked me." You said and surveyed the scene as you mounted your horse. The locals didn't look happy. "And now they have one great reason to dislike me further."It was blatantly clear to see from their faces that to the bystanders you were quite unwanted here."Prince Alric Perenolde?" A footman wearing the livery of Lordaeron asked you."Yes, what is it?" You asked back and received his salute."My Lord, the Commander of the Regional Defenders demands your presence." The footman said to you."Colonel Garithos is in the town?" You asked the footman. "Were those his exact words?" "Yes my Lord." The footman said. "Lord Colonel Garithos is in Southshore and he demands your presence."Demands? He has no right to demand you do anything. He is just a mere Lord, a Colonel in the army of Lordaeron. He has no standing and he knows it, but does he care about it? Probably not, he might have a valid reason to want to talk with you. Or he just wants to project power.>Decline, tell the footman that Colonel Garithos has no standing to demand anything from you.>Decline, but do it politely. Think about some nice sounding reason why you are declining.>Decline, if Colonel Garithos has something urgent to tell you, he can send a messenger or come by himself.>Agree, humour Colonel Garithos, maybe he has something actually useful to tell you.>Other, write in.QM: Rolls were how well the people of Southshore accept you and who comes calling.
>>5709475>Agree, humour Colonel Garithos, maybe he has something actually useful to tell you.
Oh also, I might write a similar sidestory like the Feast of Winter Veil today or most likely in the coming few days. Now if you have any ideas of an event that has happened in the quest and/or a point of view that is different than what you got and which could be interesting, I might take your suggestion and write it. You might even learn something new.
>>5709475>>Agree, humour Colonel Garithos, maybe he has something actually useful to tell you.Why wouldn't I meet with Warcraft's best character?
>>5709475>>Agree, humour Colonel Garithos, maybe he has something actually useful to tell you.Form of request aside we don't really have reason to deny him...
>>5709475>>Agree, humour Colonel Garithos, maybe he has something actually useful to tell you.
>>5709475>>Agree, humour Colonel Garithos, maybe he has something actually useful to tell you.i can smell some alliance shenaningans
"Alright, lead the way." You said back to the footman and allowed him to walk ahead of you.The ride to the barracks used by Southshore Militia was your destination and after dismounting your horse, you opted to walk inside waiting for no one. The office Garithos was using was on the first floor and after knocking on it twice, you opened the door and stepped inside."Princeling… I didn’t expect to see you… this fast of course." Garithos said. "The two of you out."A pair of his underlings quickly vacated the office leaving the two of you alone."Well you did demand my presence so I thought that you would have something urgent to tell me. Otherwise a mere messenger would have been sufficient." You said back and took a chair. "So what is it?""I have called a meeting for tomorrow evening after the funeral. There are plenty of important Alliance business and news to talk about." Garithos said and scratched his chin. "Some of which are relevant to your interests and Alterac as well.""Oh what they could be?" You said and feigned interest, you had a pretty good solid feeling that he wouldn’t tell you what they are today."You will learn tomorrow Princeling." Garithos said back to you. You could have cut the smugness in the air with a knife.There we go, you knew it. This ended up being just a way for him to project his power and make you do what he wants. You probably shouldn't have come here in the first place.>Tell Garithos how things are. He has wasted your time if he doesn't tell you what the news regarding Alterac and you are. See through his bluff.>It is not worth it to stay a second longer here. He won't tell you anything nor can you force him to speak.>Tell him that you came here expecting urgent news, but it seems like Garithos has absolutely nothing worth your time. >Preemptively tell him that he has no legal power over Alterac or you. Whatever the news are, you are going to have the final say.>Other, write in.
>>5710347>Tell Garithos how things are. He has wasted your time if he doesn't tell you what the news regarding Alterac and you are. See through his bluff.
>>5710347>Tell Garithos how things are. He has wasted your time if he doesn't tell you what the news regarding Alterac and you are. See through his bluff."I see that it was a mistake to give your character the benefit of the doubt. Will you desist from this petty power play of yours or have I truly wasted my time?"
>>5710347>>Other, write in.Get up and walk out. Silently.
>>5710347>>Tell Garithos how things are. He has wasted your time if he doesn't tell you what the news regarding Alterac and you are. See through his bluff.>>5710364supp the write in"Cromwell, Gravis. Pass me the wax cauldron, someone is going to lose his mustaches."
>>5710347>>Tell him that you came here expecting urgent news, but it seems like Garithos has absolutely nothing worth your time.
>>5710347>LeaveI'm not even mad, just disappointed. Although I suppose we couldn't have expected any better from him.
"I see that it was a mistake to give you the benefit of my doubt. Will you desist from this petty power play of yours or have I truly wasted my time?" You said to him as you stood up and let the chair be dragged on the floor.Garithos looked up at you from behind the table and the smugness around him disappeared. "What petty power play?" He asked you while it was apparent that he was bullshitting you."Precisely, you are just wasting my time." You said back to him before marching out of the room and out of the barracks."Prince Alric?" Malevus asked you as he passed your helmet to you. She realised that you were quite annoyed."Waste of time, Colonel Garithos tried to play games with me." You told her. "A lesson for you, don't try to project power if you aren't in a position of power.""I will keep that in mind Prince Alric." Malevus said and nodded. "Where to next?""To Beric." You said and sighed.You had no intent to deal with any politics today. Let them wait till tomorrow, tomorrow is a new day and maybe Garithos has learned something new today.…"Prince Alric, your friend is wonderful!" Beric said and laughed. "Where did you find her?"Beric had served tea to Tari and they were laughing about something when you found them."Durnholde." You said to him. "What were you laughing about?""Ahh, Durnholde…ohhh…" Beric's laugh stopped as he tried to connect Durnholde to something important and then he remembered the rumours. "Treasure her! Treasure her, that I say. It has been a while since I have met someone so smart.""What did you tell him?" You asked Tari as you had never seen Beric like this."We just talked about his trade and I calculated some things in my head." Tari said to you. "I have always had a good head for numbers.""Huh, I didn’t know that." You told her the truth."Because I haven't had anything to count for you yet." Tari said and laughed."Treasure her!" Beric repeated and stood up from his chair. "I will prepare the lodgings for you.""But I just arrived, aren't we going to talk? It has been a while since I heard about the business and trade from you." You said to Beric, but he didn't listen."It is late and we can talk tomorrow or the day after, especially with the rumours going around." He said as he stopped by the door."What rumours?" You asked back."Those fucking Alliance knobheads are moving more troops here. Sure that means lucrative trade deals, but more fucking soldiers this close to Alterac? Doesn't sit that well with me." Beric said back to you and the person you knew returned for a moment thanks to the swearing. "Now though, I can give the two of you my room or the slightly smaller guestroom.""No no, we don’t need the same room." Tari said back to him and waved the idea away.1/2
>>5710591"Nonsense, but if you want to be all so fucking humble, then the guestroom will suffice." Beric said and marched off."Is he always like this? I thought he was really nice before this." Tari asked you."No, he usually swears a lot more." You quipped back. …You tried carefully to have Beric give Tari her own room, but you weren't successful and you didn’t want to tell him the truth about you and Tari. Well, this wouldn't be that bad as you and Tari can sleep in the same bed without anything happening, but your body was covered in the blue sigils from your magic training and you intended to keep them a secret. Your arming jacket and trousers did that well, but the braies and shirt underneath wouldn’t be enough to keep them hidden."This is a nice guestroom." Tari said to you as she helped you to take off Aurvan'kal and place the parts on an armour stand. "I didn't think he would insist on us sharing it.""The rumours, he seems to like you and he probably thinks that he is doing us a favour." You said to her and continued. "They try to be humble and keep things a secret, better to give them a room, they will appreciate it. That is what he is probably thinking."The two of you chuckled."Yeah, very considerate of him." Tari said back to you."I wonder how often misunderstandings like this will happen." You mused aloud."Well I don't mind it." Tari said and caught herself. She hadn't yet managed to put her feelings towards you completely aside and neither had you by the small amounts of butterflies that appeared in your own stomach."And yeah it is a really nice room and it is a nice house." You said to her and deflected. "Beric has made a small fortune with his constant hustle and handling more or less all of my trade. So he bought this place last summer. Believe it or not, he used to live in a warehouse.""Do you think…" Tari was going to say something."That he is taking a slice? No, I have checked the ledgers and everything seems to match. He has a crooked reputation, but the man is loyal." You told her as you finished taking off your armour. "There finished.""Aren't you going to take off your jacket and trousers too?" Tari said and pointed out that you were still wearing the arming jacket and trousers.>They are extremely comfortable, you can easily sleep with them on. Keep the magic sigils hidden.>Take them off, if Tari asks any questions, answer truthfully. You can trust her.>Take them off, but brush away any questions. Less she knows the better.>Other, write in.
>>5710593>>They are extremely comfortable, you can easily sleep with them on. Keep the magic sigils hidden.
>>5709491SIDESTORYThere were three knocks on her door and the door opened slightly. Then she heard the now familiar call by Maura for her to wake up as she placed a candle on a small table next to it and closed the door again.Rise and shine Malevus, rise and shine.Malevus groaned and pulled the blanket tighter over her. She still hadn't gotten used to waking up this early, why did Alric have to wake up so early?Half-asleep she threw the blanket off her and sat upright on the bed, carefully rubbing the sleep off her eyes before opening them. Maura had brought some light into the room with the candle as there was only darkness outside the window. It was still that early.Malevus yawned and stretched her arms above her head before she carefully slapped herself on her cheeks to help with the progress of waking up. She looked at her arms before pinching them. Has she gained weight? No, her arms were just more firmer than before from all the sparring and training. One hour every morning with Alric and then more sparring every afternoon with the footmen or with Raleigh had done its job. She just hadn't really thought about in how good shape she was nowadays compared to when she arrived to Alterac.Malevus looked down and cupped her breasts before slapping her stomach and thighs a couple of times. She was firmer there as well. Job well done!She chuckled, her siblings would find everything she has already done strange and the good shape she was in something not worth pursuing compared to trying to break the limits of fashion. Still she would be reminded of the gap existing between her and Alric in just a couple moments. She still hadn't managed to beat him during a sparring session.Malevus yawned again before taking a cup and filling it with water from a bowl. She drank the water and then washed her hands in the bowl and started to recite her morning prayers as she started to put on her clothes.Just like every morning, her clothes were waiting in a neat tidy pile. She pulled on her braies and then put on the shirt, one of the shirts she had gotten from Alric during Winter Veil. Socks and trousers followed before she threw on her long blue robe that she tightened around her waist with a simple belt. Then just to put on her boots and pull on the gambeson she had learned to wear under her armour. With a similar ease she lifted her elven half-plate over her head and on her shoulders before tightening the leather straps. Finally she threw her new orange cloak around her shoulders.Done, she was finished and probably in record time."Malevus, are you ready or do I have to wait for you as usual?" Came the shout from Alric."I am ready, just a moment!" Malevus shouted back. Blasted, he was earlier than usual today.1/2
>>5710597There was another day ahead of her. First the sparring with Alric, then being on standby if he needed Malevus for anything, Raleigh is going to talk to her about virtues of being a paladin later in the afternoon before he delivers a blessing to a newborn. That was something she was waiting for and was going to love. Then during the evening she was going to write a letter to Master Voren'thal."Are you coming?" Alric asked her again through the door.Malevus sighed, took a couple of deep breaths before opening the door and stepping out."I am ready Prince Alric." Malevus said, straightening her back and smiling. "What do you have in mind for today?"Alric looked at his squire and grinned. He found something really funny about her."You forgot to comb your hair." Alric told her and chuckled. "You look like you just woke up, quite literally."Malevus groaned aloud. Of course she had forgotten to do something. Such an amateur mistake, a squire represents their master and she can't be seen with messy hair like this."Don't worry about it, just grab your helmet and take your sword and shield." Alric said as he picked the long wooden two-hander. "Today we are going to train how to block heavy downward swings and…"Malevus nodded to the rest of what Prince Alric was saying. She would get her ass beaten, proverbially of course, but she had to go through this if she wanted to improve and be able to defend him in the future.And besides she enjoyed sparring and serving Prince Alric, even if he woke up so bloody early every morning. ...QM: Voting continues, finished this earlier today and this is a nice spot to share it.
>>5710593Hrm. Although we can trust Taretha to keep a secret barring some extreme circumstances, I'd rather not drag her into this business.>>They are extremely comfortable, you can easily sleep with them on. Keep the magic sigils hidden.sigh these are going to be such a pain that I'm beginning to doubt it will have ever been worth the bother, in lieu of, say, retaining a mage. Oh well, in for a penny... (it's not really sunk cost fallacy if trying to dig out has potential for costing even more than just to keep going)
>>5710597>>5710598She really is a treasure. Cutest elf.Thanks for this OP!
>>5710593>They are extremely comfortable, you can easily sleep with them on. Keep the magic sigils hidden.>Write-in "I have reflected. My war against the Syndicate is putting me in danger each day, the conflict i have started with them has barely started. And they aren't the only ones that would like to see a restored Alterac under me."This write in is if we need to reinforce what we are saying. We are justified for it, and the Alliance is not doing their best for be friendly either here.We will need to think of a way to make it comfortable though for sleep. Especially when we need to actually do it because there is someone else watching us
>>5710593>They are extremely comfortable, you can easily sleep with them on. Keep the magic sigils hidden.>>5710632>sigh these are going to be such a pain that I'm beginning to doubt it will have ever been worth the bother, in lieu of, say, retaining a mage. Do you not remember the reasoning behind learning magic? Yes we could retain a mage but we're not learning it for the expertise in matters of magic, it's to possess more options and powers during the life and death situations we frequently find ourselves in. Like learning to fight with a dagger or with our fists. The rest is just a huge bonus.>>5710659What does the write in have to do with anything? The clothes are comfortable because we're in danger everyday? There are others who would like to see Alric restore Alterac?
>>5710593>Take them off, if Tari asks any questions, answer truthfully. You can trust her.
>>5710598>>5710597Nice job on the side story.
>>5710593>>Take them off, if Tari asks any questions, answer truthfully. You can trust her.
>>5710593>>Take them off, if Tari asks any questions, answer truthfully. You can trust her.I think we can and should trust her. After all we share plenty of secrets.
>>5710593>Take them off, if Tari asks any questions, answer truthfully. You can trust her.>5710597Malevus best elf! What a reveal, she sleep naked!
"Don't be alarmed." You told her as you started to pull off the arming jacket. "But you should know about this.""Don't be alarmed of… what…" Tari started to say, but when she saw the arcane sigils on your arms, she stopped. "What are those?""They are sigils. They help me in channelling mana." You told her and took off your black trousers as well.Tari looked at you aghast and didn't know what to say at first."Sigils? Mana? Alric, what are you doing?" Tari asked you as concern creeped into her voice."I am studying arcane magic." You said back. "And these painted sigils help me get used to and channel mana." "You are speaking elvish to me now Alric." Tari said back and didn't seem that impressed by your explanation or really understand it.You sighed and sat on the bed as you pulled off your socks and then shirt as well so that Tari could see all the sigils."I am doing this because even if I trained my arms, eyes and mind to the limit and for me to be the best swordsman in the whole Lordaeron, there are going to be threats that a mere sword can't defeat." You said to her and continued after a pause. "I have seen magic, be it Lady Jandice extinguishing the fire, the tools the assassin used or hell…just the whole city of Dalaran.""And you feel like you need to know magic to do what?" Tari asked you. She was still concerned about what she was seeing."To protect you, my friends, my family, the Alteracis and myself." You said back to her. "I need this edge magic could provide me, because I fear that without it, I can’t do it. I can't protect myself or others. I have already nearly died once you know."Tari looked at you before sitting next to you and taking hold of your arm. She studied the sigils before tracing one with her finger."Do these hurt?" She asked."I have gotten used to them. They do feel hot, but they do not burn me." You explained. "Every evening they are reapplied.""Every? Who is your teacher?" Tari asked and was surprised."The scholar Nalice and yes, every night. I sneak out of the house while wearing the robe." You told her."And you are truly doing this to protect others, to protect yourself? You have no other motives?" Tari asked you carefully as she traced the sigils with her finger. She looked in your eyes and the butterflies intensified in your stomach. "You don't sacrifice fair maidens on an altar for demonic overlords?""No, what?" This time was your turn to be concerned."That was a joke you silly." Tari said laughing and pulled you into a hug. Her hair tickled your chest and back. "I believe you Alric, it is just you don't see anything like this often… well never.""I understand." You said back as Tari released her hug. "And no, I don't have ulterior motives and Light forbid I am not sacrificing fair maidens on altars while cackling maniacally."1/2
>>5711135"Next time, please don't be so sudden with such reveals, it was a bit too surprising. I didn't know what I was looking at." Tari said and laughed. "I will try to keep that in mind." You said and laughed as well.You pulled the shirt back on and climbed properly into the bed. Tari followed right behind you after extinguishing several candles and settled on her side of the large bed."Thank you for trusting me." Tari said to you as you watched the shadows dancing on the ceiling. "You can always trust me with things like that.""I know." You said back to her. "And you can trust me.""I know that as well Alric. And don't worry, I won't tell anyone about what I saw." Tari said to you. "Good night Alric.""Good night Tari, tomorrow is going to be a long day." You said back.You kept watching the moving shadows as the lone candle burned with an uneven flame. It felt nice to have a day off from your usual training. There were no stones to get to emit light or a candle to explode. A day or two of allowing the wax burn marks to heal as well.It must have been maybe an hour since the two of you went to bed when you felt Tari's hand reaching for yours and the butterflies which had left you alone started to return as she grabbed hold of it."Tari?" You asked her as you didn’t have an idea for her sudden holding of your hand and she didn't say anything back to you immediately, instead she kept holding it."Alric…" She said to you after a pause. The tone of her voice was full of concern, fear and uncertainty."Tari, what is it?" You asked. Now the concern was spreading to you as well."I think I might be pregnant.">What?>When?>Who?>How?>Me?>Other, write in
>>5711136>What?>When?Oh this is bad. The child is obviously Blackmoore's, but since we are faking having a relation, some might think it's ours, which means that in the future some people might try to use the claim, since the child would be firstborn, even if a bastard.Even if a miracle happened and Blackmoore declared the child as his, it's still possible for the syndicate to use it against us.
>>5711136>What?>When?> I will raise it as my own.
>>5711136oh boy, this is going to be fun. We're going to be raising Blackmoore's bastard.>write-in: ...Okay...I thought I have a reaction picture that would convey my reaction but as it turns I do not.We can't congratulate her because we know she was raped.We have no justification to be mad because we know it's not ours. Well, rumors, sure, but that's not her fault.Anyway>It probably doesn't need to be said but your child will be as safe as you in our household.>>5711156I fail to see why we should be adopting our employee's child. Of course we'll be supportive of our friend, but adoption?Although in fairness Blackmoore did put down solid downpayments for alimony into our hands. The child can get his fortress when he grows old enough.
>>5711210Making Tari's child the ruler of Durnholde when they grow up could work.If there will be anything standing when the scourge comes, that is
>>5711136>>What?>>When?>>Who?>>How?Oh boy, the father is Blackmoore. This won't be easy. The child is Tari's, people think that the father is us due to rumours. We should at minimum support her as much as we can, but we cannot legitimise the child, it can't be a Perenolde.
>>5711136Ahh shit...People are gonna think its ours aren't they...>Who?>When?
>>5710677I didn't finish what i was writing and just hit the post, kind of tired. >>5711136>What?>Who?>When?Uhhh what ?What we can do .... this will be more material for hit Alric reputation. This looks like a minefield for diplomacy.Keep it a secret maybe ? Counter spread rumors that it was of Blackmoore ?
>>5711136>What? Since when?
Your heart skipped a beat when you heard those words."What?" You managed to say with some difficulty."I haven't bled, that time of the month hasn't come." Tari told you. "And for a week I have been sick, nauseated in the mornings."You felt Tari squeeze your hand a bit more."We never had sex, so it isn't you…" Tari said and her voice trembled slightly. "And I would have been sure…""Blackmoore." You said aloud and asked something that immediately came to your mind. "But how? You were his concubine for several years? Why now?""I was once pregnant. That is why I know these signs." Tari whispered. That wasn’t an easy thing for her to say. "Very early, just a couple of months after he had taken me for the first time. He was furious and made me drink a potion… it made the pregnancy go away… I gave birth to this…"Tari's hand started to tremble so you did the only thing that came to your mind that could calm her. Moving closer to her, you pulled her into a hug, wrapping your arms around her as she buried her head into your chest and grabbed hold of your shirt. You could only imagine what she had endured after drinking the potion."Alright you are safe, it is fine." You tried to sooth her mind."I was really sick for a couple of months afterwards and since then he had made sure that there was always a herb called Witches Remedy available. You dry the leaves, grind them and mix with hot water." Tari started to explain to you. "Every morning after you mix one small spoonful into the water and drink it, then for a week half spoonful.""That is something which should work? Would it prevent you from getting pregnant?" You asked her carefully."Yes… but only if you remember to drink it every morning, but not this late…" Tari said and started to faintly sob. "I…I am so sorry Alric. I messed up…""What are you talking about?" You asked her as you felt her tears making your shirt wet."He had me the day before you arrived." Tari had difficulties in saying to you. "I took the first dose… but then you came and I didn't have to be on guard anymore…"Oh no, you now realised what she was saying. She forgot to take the remaining half-doses of the herb. If she had, she wouldn't be pregnant. And it had been nearly a month and half since then, now it was too late for that herb."So you forgot." You said to her and kept holding her tightly as she started to cry a bit more."I am sorry Alric, I am only but a weight for you to carry." Tari sobbed to you and continued through difficulties. "I didn’t believe that you could help me and then you did, brought me to Dawnholme and opened your family for me."1/2
>>5711710You carefully brushed her hair with your hand as you listened to the distraught girl speak to you. You felt so sorry for her, she was this close to getting away from Blackmoore and living a life as a free woman."I… I feel like… I have broken your trust. I am so sorry Alric. After all of your help… this is how I repay you, by carrying the child of that man…" Tari continued to sob and didn't show any signs of calming down. "I am just a useless girl… and now everyone will think that the child is yours."She was right, the rumours were that she was your lover and things can lead into another, people will make the connection. Even if you were to deny the rumours and the child, that would just make Tari to carry and tend the child alone. If you even associated with her, that would keep the rumours and the idea that the child is yours alive, why else would you help her if not for that reason? If you were to deny the child and tell the truth, would Blackmoore acknowledge it? Probably not, which would leave Tari alone again. But if you were to accept the child as your own, you could provide it and Tari with a good life. Sure the life would be a life of a bastard with the social stigma and all, but it would be way better to grow under your care than without it.You would probably have to think about this more after you have returned back home. Southshore is not the place to make these decisions. And besides, you would have to tell Normand and Maura. After all, they know the truth."Alric…" Tari asked you. Her sobbing had momentarily stopped."Yes Tari?" You asked her, you had no idea what she would say to you, though nothing would surprise you at this point."I can drink the potion again… I am ready for that. This was my mistake and I can't force you to carry it." Tari said to you. "If you want… we can make the pregnancy go away.">Have Tari drink the potion that ends the pregnancy.>You can't make the decision now, wait till you return home. Just make sure Tari feels better now.>Tell her that she and her child are both safe in your household.>You don't have to wait to make the decision. The child will be your bastard child, it is innocent to all of this and deserves a good life.>Other, write in.
>>5711711>>Tell her that she and her child are both safe in your household.At the end of the day we can't stop her if she chooses otherwise. But she certainly shouldn't need to feel pressured to end the pregnancy for our convenience. A life of an innocent is worth more than whatever bother arises from this circumstance.And we're of course not recognizing the child as ours, that would be just dishonest. We can be a favourite uncle or something.It's not like it wouldn't be recognizable eventually. Do we even look anything like Blackmoore?
>>5711711It's up to her to make the decisionIf she decides to keep it her family could take care of it
>>5711711>>Tell her that she and her child are both safe in your household.>>You don't have to wait to make the decision. The child will be your bastard child, it is innocent to all of this and deserves a good life.I am a sucker for bleeding heart feel good stories so I am voting for both. Tari should keep the child and we should support her as much as possible. I am leaning towards Alric accepting the child as his bastard child so that it has the best chance in life as possible. And if I am right, wouldn't a bastard born outside of the marriage be last or completely off the line of inheritance?The rumours and how others see us could be troublesome, but wouldn't growing the child be the most honourful and right choice? A good person couldn't criticise us for doing a good deed of this magnitude. I can see some people even appreciating a move like this.>>5711733Long black hair? Rest could come from mother's side.
>>5711711>>Tell her that she and her child are both safe in your householdIt's her decision in the end. But we shouldn't accept it as our child in any way, more like be a father figure but more in the role of an uncle than anything else.
>>5711733Like the other anon said, the most prominent similarity is the long black hair you share with him. That is where the immediate similarities stop. Blackmoore is a bit taller and bigger than you and he is maybe twenty years older as well. If you were to grow out your moustache (rip) and beard and keep them unkempt, you could maybe look like him, but way younger.Or more like Blackmoore could look like you in twenty years if he stopped drinking, got rid off the bloat from all alcohol and kept his hairs in good order. He is an Alteraci after all.
>>5711711>Tell her that she and her child are both safe in your household.But we got to make sure that it's know it's not our bastard.>>5711744It would have a claim, even if a flimsy one. Bastard childs forcefully taking the throne, being put on it by outside forces, or even invaders or rebels retroactively claiming to have been bastards after winning a war was common.And there's also the problem of the Syndicate. Some of them are willing to murder us, so I imagine that any children would be fair game as well. So I think that lying about being our child would put it danger.
>>5711711fuck itned stark this>You don't have to wait to make the decision. The child will be your bastard child, it is innocent to all of this and deserves a good life.
>>5711759wouldn’t it be funny if it turned out we’re actually Blackmoore’s bastard and Taretha’s child(or maybe there will be twins?) is our half sibling.
>>5711761You are right the claim would exist, but I am not going to shadowrun with this. Would be too paralysing to always shadowrun this hard and I would like to do the right decision for the child and not put the child aside due to being too paranoid.
>>5711711>You don't have to wait to make the decision. The child will be your bastard child, it is innocent to all of this and deserves a good life.>"But in the end, it is your choice. I will support whichever you choose"
>>5711860I still think that declaring the child as our bastard isn't the best option, since there's nothing stopping them from still living in Dawnholme, being loved and well raised, without lying and giving them a false life, specially since with both Tari's parents and the Garsides, there should be enough help around, and we can be the best uncle. But I can respect going for the choice to give him the best life possible.
>>5711711>Tell her that she and her child are both safe in your household.Do NOT make it a bastard. We can be a father figure to the child but it is not ours.
>>5711860I think we're all in agreement in wanting to assure Taretha that her child will be safe amd well taken care of, but it honestly doesn't make any sense for us to recognize it as our own when we quite literally know it's not. It's not going to be an orphan (unless Taretha dies in childbirth... I'm sure OP is not vile enough to intend this) and Taretha is not our spouse or even a lover. She's a friend and formally a servant. Arbitrary taking her child as ours would come out of nowhere.I guess there's an angle where we take the child as ours to deliberately propagate rumours of our relationship, but that would be as cynical as it would be absurd.
>>5711711>You don't have to wait to make the decision. The child will be your bastard child, it is innocent to all of this and deserves a good life.If not this, then this.>Tell her that she and her child are both safe in your household.>"But in the end, it is your choice. I will support whichever you choose"
>>5711711>Tell her that she and her child are both safe in your household.Why all the support for lying? It doesn't need to be ours to have a good life.
>>5711711>let her make her own decision wether or nt to keep the pregnancy.if not that then>Tell her that she and her child are both safe in your household.
>>5711842>>5711917Yes... good ideas my dear anon! Both worth making notes about.Jokes aside I didn’t think the immediate choice to make the child your bastard would get this much support. Tari keeping the child and you taking care of it are going to happen, but the details will have to wait till you return to Dawnholme. Then we will have the final vote.Now before that thought I am quite knackered and I don’t know if I can finish writing the update today, so let's have an easy comfy humour vote in the meanwhile. Who gets to be the cool aunt for the child?>Malevus>Nalice>Monica>Jaina>Kris Legace>Other, write in
>>5711956>MonicaShe's definitely the cool aunt type
>>5711961>>5711956supportQM deserves to suffer and i like sir radan
>>5711956>MonicaWe owe it to her after leading her on.
>>5711961I will support this if applicable.
This basted child give us an interesting backdoor and possible leverage over Blackmoore down the road....
"No, you don't have to do that." You said to Tari and held her tightly. "It goes without saying that you and the child are both welcomed and are going to be safe in our household."Hearing that Tari just started to cry and these tears weren't tears of sadness, but of happiness. You let her cry, I was better for her to let it all go, than keep her emotions within. Slowly the crying started to turn into sobbing and then it turned into the calming silence of her breathing on your chest."Thank you…" She whispered to you and held on to your shirt. "I am blessed to have met you."You didn’t say anything back to her. Holding her like this hadn't done anything to stave off the butterflies and she probably realised it from your heartbeat."We will have to talk with Normand and Maura when we return home." You told her and continued. "I don't like the sound of what I am going to say now, but then we will decide the fate of the child beyond what I already said to you.""I understand… I hope Maura and Normand will too understand." Tari whispered back."They will, but we might have to convince Normand a bit first." You said.Tari slowly moved up from your chest to be properly on your side as you still held her."Thank you Alric, I am feeling better now." Tari said to you. "You revealing those sigils gave me strength to tell you now and now wait till this was all apparent.""Better now and not then." You said to her."You are right, you are so right… but it doesn't remove how scary it was." Tari said to you as she moved her arms around you and returned the hug. "Thank you for being here with me."The lone candle tried to illuminate the room, but without success as you kept hugging Tari. The blanket over the two of you kept you warm and your shirt wet from her tears slowly started to dry."I…I can never repay you this…" Tari whispered to you. "You don't have to." You said back to her. "Just be you, be free and live."Her face was just a couple inches away from yours and in the dim light you saw her faint smile. Her hold tightened around you and slowly she crept closer, closing the distance.But then just an inch away she stopped as she looked directly into your eyes. Your heart raced and the palms of your hands started to sweat a bit. The butterflies in your stomach approached a similar maelstrom as the mana made you feel inside.But now she hesitated, Tari has kissed you once to let you know her feelings. And you had denied her, but you hadn’t managed to get over her, neither had she managed to get over you. It was plain as day, it was so simple to see and understand. And both of you knew it. Was this love or just a crush? You weren't sure, but there was something in there between the two of you."Alric…" Tari said, her breathing heavy.1/1
>>5712390>Just kiss her already, you know you want to.>Wait for her to make the first move.>You can't, even if it goes against your and her feelings.>Deny her once again. It hurts, but you can't do this. Try to make a stop to this.QM: Temptations, temptations… will the love win? And whose love exactly?Also Sir Radan, really? I can say I definitely didn't expect that.
>>5712391>Deny her once again. It hurts, but you can't do this. Try to make a stop to this.Can't we be done with this already? How could Alric ever live with being a massive traitor. Think of Calia's ass or tits or something, damn.
>>5712390>Deny her once again. It hurts, but you can't do this. Try to make a stop to this.Nope.
>>5712391>Deny her once again. It hurts, but you can't do this. Try to make a stop to this.
>>5712391>Deny her once again. It hurts, but you can't do this. Try to make a stop to this.We have a beloved.
>>5712391>>Deny her once again. It hurts, but you can't do this. Try to make a stop to this.Tari is real sweet and I am in the lover camp, but Alric has denied the feelings already. Can't walk back that.>>5711956>>5711961Supporting this too
It felt like time had stopped. You stared into her eyes and saw how gentle they were, you felt her warm breath on your lips, electricity travelled up and down inside of you.And then she planted her forehead on yours."... we can’t. Maybe if the world was a different one then maybe, but not in this world." Tari said to you and closed her eyes. "You are an incredible person Alric, you know that.""Some have said that to me before." You said back to her as Tari moved her head back. She smiled at those words.Tari removed her arms around you and you did the same. Slowly the two of you separated from each other, but stayed on your backs side by side. Tari's hand searched for yours and took a hold of it."Strange isn't it, all of this." She said to you."It is better this way." You answered. "Even if we feel the opposite.""Yeah…" She said. "You are right.""Maybe in another world, but like you said, not in this one." You said to her.You slowly let her hand go and the two of you moved to your sides of the bed."Good night Tari." "Good night Alric."…You woke up the next morning to Tari snoring loudly on her side of the bed. She hadn't rolled over and tried to get warmth from you like usually. It was early, but you felt refreshed and you wanted to be in a tip top shape come the funeral this afternoon.So you had Beric's servant to prepare a bath for you. Behind a locked door in complete privacy you scrubbed yourself clean of all the sweat and dirt of the past few days.And when you returned to the guestroom, Tari was already up and she seemed happy. The worries and distraught from the last evening were gone and instead there was just happiness. Seeing her like this made you happy as well as the two of you engaged in some casual small talk about her snoring and you having taken a bath.To really make sure that you were in tip top shape, Tari had you sit on a chair while she combed and brushed your hair to be smooth as silk. Then she used scissors to carefully remove errant hairs and make sure that the cut was even. She even carefully shaved the short nigh unobservable stubble off your face. Feeling someone else's hands with a knife on your throat felt strange, but you could trust Tari. She wouldn’t make a slip.After all this, you looked at yourself in the mirror. Tidy hair, no stubble, only the few red spots from the wax were there, but even they were disappearing. You looked pretty damn good. Now though just a quick breakfast, put on your armour and off to the funeral.…Marshal Redpath had acquired help from Lieutenant Cromwell in handling the security of the event. Your footmen were deployed near and around the cemetery outside the town walls with the Southshore Militia and the soldiers from Lordaeron and the Alliance.1/2
>>5712519Walking past them, you entered the cemetery proper and observed the scene. Some, clearly not all guests had already arrived. You tried to recognise people familiar to you and you did see a few people that you knew or found interesting.Mayor Fowley noticed you and gave you a polite nod, while Karramyn Langston waved at you. He probably wanted you to come talk with him, but most importantly you noticed that Blackmoore wasn’t with him, was he unable or unwilling to come? There was also a man wearing robe and a hood in the colours of Silver Hand, but you couldn’t recognise him outside of him not being Lord Uther.What Beric had told you during the breakfast was that the mortuary is in the town and the buried person is transported through it to allow locals to say their goodbyes. Only then it enters the cemetery where the actual funeral ceremony was held. This meant that you had time to talk with someone.The church bell rang in the town and told everyone that the funeral was starting. Malevus who was standing behind you kept her eyes open and scanned the slowly growing crowd as did you. Not everyone had arrived, they probably would arrive with Magistrate Henry Maleb. Now though, would you go to talk with someone?>Mayor Fowley>Karramyn Langston>Mysterious member of the Silver Hand >Stay with Malevus and observe the proceedings, cemetery isn't a place for talks>Other, write inQM: You didn’t let the temptation to win. I can say that at this moment it was the best choice to make and I got to cross out several not so good end results with her. Stats and Socials pastebin is now up to date as well.
>>5712521>Stay with Malevus and observe the proceedings, cemetery isn't a place for talksBe respectful
>>5712521>Stay with Malevus and observe the proceedings, cemetery isn't a place for talksAlthough I’m intrigued by the Paladin, now’s not the time to be socializing. We may not have been in best of terms with Maleb but at least our dealings were forthright. At least I don’t remember him doing something perfidious to us even if his grievance with us was at the end of the day his own fault for mismanaging the diaspora.
>>5712521>>Stay with Malevus and observe the proceedings, cemetery isn't a place for talks
>>5712521>>Stay with Malevus and observe the proceedings, cemetery isn't a place for talksWe can wait till the funeral ceremony is over. Medivh what did we avoid with Tari? Can you tell us?
Unanimous decision. The update will come tomorrow, I am again too tired to do the evening update. But for tomorrow, could I have a roll please. Bit different than the usual random event roll this time.>1d10>Best of four, taking the second and fourth roll>>5712708Biggest new locked thing is the lovers route which won't open unless something really big happens. The not so good end results revolve around jealously. If you had kissed now after denying her twice already, she would have felt denied again when Calia enters Alric's life full time. This would have caused issues.I can’t yet tell you everything, but you have avoided the worst possible routes for her and you. But you have also avoided a few potentially very good routes as well.
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>>5712928>3Spicy! Could I have another roll please. I would call this a composure roll and this roll is not for you.>1d10>Best of three
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>3>9Mouthing "later" to Langston, he seemed to understand your message and gave you a nod. A funeral wasn't the place for talks, after this but not now.More people arrived, locals, burghers, petty nobles, people that you recognised from your recent visit to Durnholde. Many opted to not even look at your direction, but some did give you a nod out of pure courtesy. You noticed Lady Nalice and Eligius having arrived as they took their position near the cemetery fence where they could keep watch over all the guests here. One of the assistants to the priest ushered people to their places. Locals to one side and outsiders to another. More important people closer and less important to the back. Maybe on purpose you found yourself standing some distance away from the priest and the grave dug into the hard frozen ground.And then everyone else arrived. Eight footmen carrying the coffin draped with the flag of Lordaeron were followed by Margaret and Elizabeth Maleb. To your surprise and sadness, they were followed by a small boy, maybe eight years old and a maid carrying a small child. Henry Maleb had kept his family out of his work and even after visiting his home, you only now learned that he also had a son and a very young baby.Behind them followed more footmen and then more guests. There was Magistrate Burnside, who was followed by Colonel Garithos who was talking with Commodore Troubridge. And then you had to sigh deeply.Prince Arthas Menethil followed the officers. He noticed you and locked his eyes with yours for a moment until you noticed who was following him. Jaina Proudmoore in long winter robes of Dalaran was here as well and when she noticed you, she gave you a gentle smile and a nod which you returned.The funeral procession entered the ceremony and the guests moved around to take their places with the help of the assistants and clerks. Now the funeral proper could begin.…>9>7The old priest of Southshore wasn't clearly a greenhorn when it came to handling a funeral. He spoke with conviction and warmth and made sure that everyone listened to his words about family and duty. He masterfully avoided the nature of Henry Maleb’s death and made sure to talk about everything good about him. Funerals are traditionally very sombre, but this didn't feel like that. This was uplifting and full of goodwill.One by one starting from his family, people laid flowers on and around the coffin while saying their last words to Henry Maleb. You watched as one by one people did it and filed out of the cemetery and when it was time for you to do so, Malevus handed you a bundle of red and white flowers Beric supposedly had acquired.People stared at you as you walked to where the coffin was and kneeled to put down your flowers amongst the others. 1/2
>>5713888"Why did we have to dislike each other…" You said to yourself while still kneeling down. "And now we can't right what went wrong... rest well Henry Maleb."Standing up, you gave the coffin a very deep bow before walking past remaining guests. The weather was really nice, the sky was clear and it wasn't even that cold either. Even though the sea was partially frozen and the smaller ships couldn't sail, maybe the sea helped to keep the weather down by the coast a bit more warmer? You weren't sure, but probably one of your books had the answer.Exiting the cemetery, the remaining guests started to make their way to the church. The town hall was too small for everyone to get in so the church had been chosen for the place to gather after the funeral ceremony was over.Though two people did wait outside the cemetery fence for you."Prince Alric." Arthas greeted you. He didn’t have the pleasure seeing you."Prince Arthas." You greeted back with similar enthusiasm."Hi Alric, how are you? We haven’t…seen…" Jaina greeted you warmly and started to speak before her attention was caught by your lack of moustache."A candle fell and I tried to catch it. Got hot wax on my face." You repeated her the partial lie you had already told several times . "And yes, it burned my moustache so I had to shave them off. Can't have an uneven moustache during the funeral.""Did it hurt?" Jaina asked and was slightly worried."It did, but thankfully not anymore. The burn marks should fade away too." You said and shrugged."Well I think you look better without them." Jaina mused aloud.She too? Was your moustache that unpopular?"Yeah, they looked like shit." Arthas said.Harsh, bit too harsh."Arthas!" Jaina said to her boyfriend. "You can't be that rude.""What, I just told what I thought about them." He answered back and shrugged nonchalantly."Exactly, that is the point." Jaina said back and stayed adamant. "Now, apologise to Alric."Arthas hesitated at first, but chose not to fight back and instead did like his girlfriend wanted."I am sorry." He said very unenthusiastically."Apology accepted." You answered with as much enthusiasm as he had."Great, now though you didn’t answer my question Alric." Jaina said back to you now that the moustache issue was handled and done."Not great, not terrible." You answered. "You have heard the news and that is why you are probably here.""Hmmmh." Jaina nodded to you. "Dalaran wanted to send a representative and who is better than me.""And coming with you I can represent Lordaeron, Silver Hand and my father." Arthas said back to her.2/3
>>5713894People continued to file past you and the cemetery started to empty."Why are you wearing your armour? Expecting trouble?" Arthas suddenly asked you. "Afraid of repetition of the events in Durnholde that you couldn't stop?"Jaina had her robes and you knew that the mages disliked armour for various reasons and Arthas wasn't wearing his paladin's plate mail either. Instead he had very nice and posh looking winter clothes and fur cloak keeping him warm. He did carry a sword on his side though."Maybe we wouldn't have had to come here if the poisoner had caught you instead." Arthas continued."Arthas!" Jaina immediately chastised him.>Tell him if he wants to pick a fight, you are already wearing your armour and he has his sword. >Just tell Arthas to go kick rocks. You don't need him acting like an asshole today.>Ask what his problem is this time.>Completely no sell what he said and answer his question. No need to cause a scene, especially with Jaina around.>Other, write in.QM: From most confronting to least confronting. The 3 was Arthas and 9 was Jaina, the potential encounters did range from the worst to best. Arthas managed to keep his composure for the most part.
>>5713898>Completely no sell what he said and answer his question. No need to cause a scene, especially with Jaina around.
>>5713898>>Just tell Arthas to go kick rocks. You don't need him acting like an asshole today.Why do we have to let him be the asshole every single time? Why can't we stand up for ourselves for once and not let him bully us? Because I think he will continue picking on us, because he knows he can get away with it.>>5712909What were the worst routes can you tell us that
>>5713934Personally, it's because I simply don't care about his attempts at insulting us.His bullying game is too weak.
>>5713898>>Other, write in.Just give him the cold shoulder
>>5713898>Completely no sell what he said and answer his question. No need to cause a scene, especially with Jaina around.Well he's not entirely wrong, even if we have additional reason currently.Maybe we can show some bitterness at having the assassin escape, but I'd say we've had enough chances to get used to Arthas's antics.And I can only hope Arthas will have done better once he found himself in a comparable situation. (Never mind possibly causing them...)
>>5713898>>Completely no sell what he said and answer his question. No need to cause a scene, especially with Jaina around.
Next update tonight, this bloody heatwave is killing me. Just no energy to concentrate and write a proper update. The voting will continue.>>5713934Letting Taretha stay would have meant that canon ending for her could have been a possibility. Bad endings influenced by you could have been achieved if you had captured Thrall when he escaped and brought him back to Durnholde. They would have ranged from Taretha's cover for helping Thrall not having blown, but your actions would have ruined your relationship with her, especially after Thrall would have on purpose lost a gladiator fight and died. There were also a pair of potential scenarios where her cover was blown and she would have lost her head rather quickly. She also wouldn't have had no issues revealing Blackmoore your and her visit to see Thrall in his cell after being found out, which as you can imagine wouldn’t be a great thing for your reputation. There was also the canon path for Blackmoore learning about Taretha helping Thrall to escape, if he had acquired the letters which in this quest were burned.Does anyone else have any other questions?
>>5714130That girl drew pretty short end of the straw in quite a lot of timelines... well, good that we managed to navigate some of the better ones at least. But I suppose there's other trouble to deal with.
>>5707880+2 votes to Never Ever moustache gang, thanks to Jaina and Arthas contribution. We are at 5 Vs 1 votes >>5713898>Completely no sell what he said and answer his question. No need to cause a scene, especially with Jaina aroundArmor ? Its a great piece of work to show, and we can honor Henry with it. Buying a high quality piece of clothing for a funeral wasn't our top priority too for our personal finances.Trouble ? Not impossible, the syndicate assassins managed to infiltrate an Alliance castle at many levels. A small warband of gnolls was running around Alliance lands here not too long ago either.Repetition ? Its a possibility best keep our guard high, we can't think of everything at a social event were we haven't planned overall security. Still being capable of finding, killing and capturing multiple assassins while saving many innocents is not easy.Arthas skill in diplomacy and tact, are growing to even greater heights. I am really tempted to tell him about that in a more private enviroment because he really deserves it.It's annoying he choose a funeral for this, we could talk more freely out of here. Our rep is currently solid (savior, great warrior/commander ecc...) beside that womanizer piece, throwing insults in the middle of a funeral would add only a small dent to it (Arthas would gain it too which is funny).
>>5713894>"Well I think you look better without them." Jaina mused aloud.>She too? Was your moustache that unpopular?>"Yeah, they looked like shit." Arthas said.kek
>>5714170Taretha exists to be a lesson to Thrall, suffer and then die. At least until Alric appeared in her life.Alrighty, cold shoulder and no selling Arthas is the clear winner. Can I have a roll please, again this one is not for you.>1d10>Best of three
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>9"Mostly due to lack of proper funeral clothing. They really haven't been high on my priority list of things to purchase so when the invite came, I didn’t really have a chance or time to acquire them." You told him and continued. "Sure I have my better clothes which I have been using a lot, but they are too bright and celebratory. They wouldn't have fit the overall mood of a funeral at all."Arthas looked at you bewildered while Jaina tried to stifle her laugh."So my options were either an old set of darker clothes that would have made me look like a peasant, my normal clothes, finer clothes or Aurvan'kal. And I chose my armour." You continued speaking. "It is a really beautiful set of armour that puts an emphasis on my martial side. After all, where has Alterac and I acquired our reputation and renown, on the battlefield of course. And if something were to happen, I would be well armed and armoured against outside threats."Jaina had to put her hand in front of her mouth to keep herself from laughing as Arthas couldn't believe that you were going to just answer his questions."Was that enough, I could continue on the versatility of my armour and how it combined by having my honour guard with me can act as an important show of martial valour." You said to him.Arthas didn't say anything to you for a moment."See you at the meeting." He said as he turned around and started to walk away. "I will be at the church."After Arthas had walked far enough, Jaina couldn't keep her composure as she started to laugh."What, did I over do it?" You asked and chuckled. "Should I have just told him to go kick rocks or go fuck a murloc?""You might have over done it." Jaina chuckled back. "He just can't get over you for some reason.""I can see that…" You said and sighed. "So how have the two of you been?""It has been fun, I haven't really done this relationship thing before so there are plenty of things to learn." Jaina said to you as the two of you started walking back towards the town. "He is caring, fun, I feel secure and safe with him.""I am happy for you." You said back."Thank you Alric, but how about you and…" Jaina asked and stopped before saying Calia's name."We have been exchanging letters as often as possible." You said back and gave a quick look around. There were a few too many people nearby for you to speak in public about Calia. "You know, the illness and all.""I know, it seemed like the illness had passed, but the doctor had told that more rest is required." Jaina said to you.Oh that was good news. So good news."Winter Veil?""Yeah we were in Capital City."So that is how Jaina knew about Calia's recent illness. You should probably find time to talk with Jaina in private and learn what else they talked about, how she was, did she have something to say to you. What she had been wearing, how her hair was done...1/2
>>5714620"Alric… are you still there?" Jaina asked you."Yeah yeah, just got lost in my thoughts." You said back somewhat sheepishly."I could see that." Jaina said and chuckled. "But look, Colonel Garithos is planning something, I know that much. They are going to call a meeting after the funeral is done." "Yeah, I know he has some news relevant to me. He didn't reveal them yesterday when we spoke briefly." You said back. "Will you be there?""Yes, but only to listen. Supposedly only business related to Lordaeron." Jaina said back. "Sorry Alric, I don’t know what the news are.""Don't worry about it." You said."Well, after the meeting is done, come see us at the inn. We are staying there, maybe we can talk more about what has happened." Jaina suggested. "Unless you have something else in mind. But I won't hold you any longer, I will be going to the church to mingle with the guests, how about you?">Join Jaina in mingling with the guests in the church.>Go find the member of Silver Hand that you saw at the cemetery.>Karramyn Langston wants to talk with you. Go find him.>Go find Eligius and Lady Nalice. See if they noticed anything and what they have been doing.>Other, write inQM: It was a composure roll for Jaina, she found you no selling Arthas really funny.
>>5714621>Karramyn Langston wants to talk with you. Go find him.