"I am not a student in its ways but know a little of the "evil eye" and such. Mostly old wives tales that involve cursing people that have wronged you and medicinal herbs and teas. How does that relate to wine?" I am thinking he put some type of rare herbs in it.
"Dr. Cappelli is no friend of mine. Certainly I have heard of him as I know all of the doctors in Venice but I would trust that if he believes your leg is unsuitable for battle then he is probably correct".
"Why would the English give up the land they fought to conquer? Might makes right Lord of Moray forget that not. Your people speak loudly long enough the English will listen. We were once merely a colony to the Byzantine Empire then after a millenia we sacked that great city and took her treasures for our own. Perhaps it will be the same for your people. Think of the riches you could carry away from London and York". Pietro has a wistful look on his face as if remembering something from the past.
"My apologies Signore, I digress. You are correct that my knowledge of the area surpasses your own. My knowledge of the land itself is another matter. I was never a farmer and growing thing for certain is not a skill of mine. I could no more point you to the proper plot of land to grow pipeweed than I could remove the English from your lands. What I offer you is immeasurably better enough wealth to retire without the need to till the fields. Do you take my meaning?"
The man waves off Giuseppe, "Retire for the evening my friend", his command is so powerful that Giuseppe does not hesitate to obey. As the front door to the Inn shuts you are left alone in the room with this man whose very presence energizes you.
"There now we are alone Mari. It is good to see you once again it has been far too long".
Sadir chuckles, "Yes the evil eye the most basic of curses. Magic is made of so much more than these simple parlor tricks. If a gesture bestows power can not other vessels bestow such powers? For instance a bottle or jug of wine perhaps? It is up to the sorcerer to determine what instrument is best to convey the magic he wishes to create. Different instruments will yield different results. By way of analogy to something familiar I postulate the following; an artist trained in many disciplines can deliver his brand of magic in many ways. Some do it through written words, others through instruments, still others through drawings or sculptures. Magic is no different my friend. That wine was an instrument of my power that I delivered to you. Do you understand?"
I will spend a little time with the wife... tend to her needs... see how her day was... but I would like to go out for a "Run". See how my nocturnal boat ride business is going dressed to the T in clothing that would cover my identity. I am a respectable Citizen ya know
After tending to the family you head out into the dark night to assess business. According to the few men you have on night duty business has been slow. Increased patrols and the general political turmoil have kept your less than savory business less than profitable over the last two weeks or so. There was a shipment about four nights ago that was sizeable - bizarre items to say the least - but other than that no cargo to be moved.
The moonlit pleaseure rides though have been steady so nice profits there.
Your right hand man for this business Gabriele gives you the full run down, "I have not heard from my Querini associate in almost a week, things with him still good?"
The man gets a far away look in his eyes when you respond. There are a few tense awkward moments then he seems to come back to himself, "Yes, yes of course. You are not Mari but Katriana. Yes Katriana and we are here in Venice together". The man smiles at you his eyes afire with passion, [b] "You need never be jealous of anyone ever again, it is you I want". [/b]
You wait impatiently for Wilhelm to return from his daily travels. He is less than enthusiastic about going out again right away but he agrees provided that you buy him a monster breakfast in the morning.
Perception + Investigation 5d10 ⇒ (6, 6, 3, 4, 2) = 21
As you make the rounds you get a hot lead, the guardsman is on the main beat tonight! He will be running a patrol on the main canal courses which run through the city. Assuming this is true it will only be a matter of time until you find him!
Dr. Bene once again sits back to consider your answer. Something in the way he sits makes him seem well almost... lifeless. Make a Perception + Medicine roll difficulty of 4.
Dr. Bene turns back to you after a time. "Our facts. There is a man, an agent of the Doge, snooping about your brothers warehouse wherein he is slain by a guard. Another man, a Scotsman is found snooping about your brothers warehouse a few days later. Afterwards he is seen with a warehouse employee.
These incidents would appear to be unrelated except for the fact that your brother's warehouse is the target of this snooping. The ties are quite tenuous but it seems this would be all we have to go on at the moment. You have done well handling Sergei Volkov, now you must handle this Andrew the Scotsman. Find out why he is snooping at your brother's warehouse. Perhaps he serves another in this matter. It may be a coincidence but we have no other leads so let's us follow this one. I will return tomorrow to check on your progress. It is paramount that we discover what the Doge's agent was looking for.
Before I leave do you wish to ask anything of me?"
"This is quite true but with such limited time you have in your life before you grow old and die I believe you should live to the fullest. I feel so much more alive today then yesterday and I would like to learn.....if you would have me."
"Aye tha sounds very well, battle tis no longer someting I desire, even wit mah leg healed up, I ave no desire tah farm, but young Fredirico might bite at such a bargain. Seems in such a deal he could triple his land an jus sell me pipeweed!"
"Has must been God's will fer me tah seek yah out ov'er a plot o land yah wish tah secure fer yerself, I am savin yah much trouble."
"I ave no doubt tha English will give up on err lands soon nuff."
"Tha histories err rich perhaps yah could tell me more o tha one day, seems we have much tah put in place tah make a bargain werk. Many contingencies tah werk, since Fredrico will want tah have a farm secured tah sell his land."
"Do the task I have asked you to perform well and I will arrange it for you".
As Sadir is about to continue you feel a presence next to you. It is the Captain how he came down the stairs so silently you do not know you could swear the stairs creaked when you walked down them.
"Sadir my helmsman told me you gave charted a course for Venice tonight, we cannot arrive and discharge before dawn". "I am aware of that Captain we will simply be discharging Signore Querini and heading out until the next evening". "That is far too risky I must countermand that order".
Sadir's eyes narrow, "I was under the impression I would have command until the cargo was delivered". "Command within reason this idea is folly. My crew is full of wanted men especially my navigator". "And I assure you once this cargo is delivered you will all be pardoned for your crimes". "Assured by Narses as if he has such power", says the Captain with contempt.
"Have you a better suggestion then?" "I do how strong is your pet's will", the Captain asks turning to regard you.
They are discussing a number of people and where their loyalties lie politically nothing if real interest to you.
Once they finish their meal they stand up and get ready to move along. Do you continue to follow?
9 successes amazing roll! Dr. Bene is not breathing his chest does not rise and fall while he contemplates the things you say. When he is speaking though his chest does rise and fall almost as if it only does so because he wills it to.
"Have Federico locate suitable lands. Then he may move whatever agriculture he has to these new lands. Then I will give him the ducats to buy such land should such a wealthy man still wish to farm. Agreed?"
"As I said, the Scotsman seemed to be interested in purchasing land for growing pipeweed. Some of the land he sought belongs to a man in my brother's employ. I suppose I could look into it a bit further, but I do not know how much good it will do."
Lorenzo cocks his head in concerned curiosity, "Are you well, Dr. Benne? Your breathing seems to be very shallow, almost to the point of being non-existant. This seems more than just a bit odd as your voice is not that of a man with labored breathing."
“Gunther, we need to talk. I have been out all day shopping and to tell the truth following our daughter from afar. She has finally come to rest for dinner with young Christopher. I considered not telling you but you were just so adamant about it.. She is taking supper on the grand canal my love”.
Anger and frustration begin to fester within Gunther as he replays the words his dearest wife just spoke over in his mind.
She is taking supper on the grand canal"
The one place he specifically forbade her to go. She promised him she would not go there. She gave her word.
"She what?", Gunther asked with mock enthusiasm.
"No, wife. You must be mistaken. I explicitly told her not to go there, and she gave her word she would not. Are you saying that our daughter bold-face lied to her father?"
Judging by the expression upon Fiona's face he could see that she was indeed nervous about telling him about Jordan's locale this evening.
"If it weren't for the fact that she is in the company of royalty, I would go down there myself and yank her home by her ear. Since she is with Christopher, she will have to suffice under his care this evening. Once she gets home, however, his protection ceases at our doorstep and there shall be no saving her from my wrath when she steps through that door."
"business is well from my understanding Michele is out of town so until he returns we will have to tend to our other endeavors. How's everything tonight?" Michael will tend to any business matters that need taken care of
"Focus on why be was snooping at the warehouse. No doubt this pipeweed is a cover for his activity, well if my hunch is correct".
Dr. Bene smiles, "You are observant and smart, traits that I have admired in you for some time Dr. Cappelli. Power comes at a price. Often a very high price. Which do you prefer, an answer to your question or the things I have promised to you? For us to go farther together I must have blind obedience else our partnership ends here and now".
"Oh no we have not met I was just curious to see if you remembered me, for I remember you. In fact I came here just to find you. It was not easy convincing my superior that I was right for this meeting. To be sure I give a damn about this gathering, no I am here for you and for you only. After so long apart we must be together, do you not feel it?"
Faster than you can see the man turns to you.
Grapple 8d10 ⇒ (2, 9, 5, 8, 3, 9, 6, 1) = 43
And lifts you by your neck slamming you against the ship wall. Stars pass across your eyes, you attempt to break his grip but it is like iron and his hands cold as ice.
"I must show YOU respect worm? If it were not for Sadir here I would crush your throat, throw you over the side and be done with it. Mind your manners amongst your betters 'Nobleman'", that being said he drops you and turns to Sadir.
"Now I certainly would like to take him to the city myself. We will see how smart his mouth is once the journey is over".
Sadir glares at the Captain, "He is mine to reprimand not yours. Touch him again and we will do battle the mission be damned".
Sadir turns to you, "Apologize to the Captain for speaking out of order Signore. Then we will determine the best course of action, in private", Sadir finishes turning back to the Captain.
Fiona shakes her head, "No Gunther. You must go to her and retrieve her, I will not have her acting wilfully, if we let her be tonight there will be no way to restore order to our household. Until she is married she must know that disobeying her father will have repercussions".
You continue to follow Marco and his entourage. They stop and take drinks at each cafe' they pass. They talk with as many young noblemen as they argue with. Swords are rattled and jokes are exchanged but no violence takes place. More often than not drinks are bought by both sides and cooler heads prevail. They continue down the canal carousing together. Do you continue to follow?
Grabbing my throat I eke out "My sincerest apologies for the transgression. never taking my eyes off his then I slightly bow my head in deference. Besides his strength and ice cold grip do I notice anything else strange?