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Shadow over Riddleport

Game Master Joana

"Gristav failed to mention that our destination was a house of madness and murder... so no, I didn't come that prepared." -- Phillip Hargreaves


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"Alright then, let's make it simple: I've got my money on the one on the left side of the arena and you can take the one on the right. Sound good?"


M 1/2E Magus 2 :2223a1: BAB1 CMB/D:3/15 AC/T/Ff:16/12/14 Init2 Perc1 HP15/19 FRW522 Appraise7 K:Arc7 K:Lcl7 Ride6 Scft7 UMD8 Diplomacy 5 Intim 5 Sense Motive 3 Perf:Dance 3
Tendal "Magnimar" Deverin wrote:
Gristav wrote:

"When was the last time you saw Larur?"

Tendal frowns. "He wasn't at breakfast. At dinner last night, I suppose.... No, wait, he didn't turn up then, either. Sometime before then, apparently. All of us who were in the building had lunch together; I know he was here then. He was concerned about someone sabotaging the dance floor." He gives a subconscious glance toward the open doors leading out to the courtyard.

"Too long, for such a dependable. Oh, I've the right to alleycat about, Braddon might be gone overnight, you, presumably, might begin some tutelage, and toot 'til dawn. But the man of habits so hardened, they might as well be monk's robes... is such an absence still a right, or does it mean something's wrong?"


Male Halfling Inquisitor of Calistria (Heretic archetype)

Phillip muses, then nods "Fair enough... average out the bouts from now till the bear torture for the win. I've money on Ranef in the last and I'm not yet sure which side of the arena he'll approach from. Poor form to bet against a friend... and I'd prefer to not holistically endorse the animal torture either."

As far as watching the bouts - Phillip's intent is that it's an enjoyable-ish idle afternoon. Not really aiming to achieve much apart from watching Ranef, so am happy for any time-skips that Joana deems appropriate.


Snake nods, "Works for me." He then turns his attention back to the bouts, grabbing a drink and a bit of food.


Male Human (Chelaxian) Wizard
Gristav wrote:

"Too long, for such a dependable. Oh, I've the right to alleycat about, Braddon might be gone overnight, you, presumably, might begin some tutelage, and toot 'til dawn. But the man of habits so hardened, they might as well be monk's robes... is such an absence still a right, or does it mean something's wrong?"

Tendal frowns at the speculation about his own activities. "Have you asked Mr. Vankaskerkin? Perhaps Mr. Felden is taking care of some matter of business before tomorrow's event."


The trio in the arena settle in with their snacks and ales to watch the fights. The first fight ends with a victory for the fellow on the right, putting Phillip up a bout; the next match proves to be a win for the gladiator entering from the left, while the third goes to the man on the right and the fourth to the one on the left. The neat alternation might raise some doubts as to whether the outcomes of the afternoon's match-ups may not be decided completely on the merits. When the fifth fight goes to the gladiator entering from the right, the pattern becomes even more suspicious; however, it also means that Phillip has won the bet.

The sliver of shade provided by the unused box has widened imperceptibly over the course of the matches and trickled down a few tiers of seating by the time the sand is cleared and raked for the bear-baiting. Some sort of mechanism in the floor of the arena is cleared by the arena staff and a pole carried in and fixed firmly to it. Some portion of the audience appear to have similar feelings to Phillip about the entertainment, taking the opportunity to enter the concourse to cash in some winnings or to seek out food, drink, or privies. To others, however, this seems to of more interest than the earlier gladiatorial combats; they watch the preparations on the sand eagerly and move down to nearer seats left empty by those leaving the bowl of the arena. The half-orc contingent around Boss Croat's box, in particular, seems to anticipate the bloodsport, baring tusks in enthusiasm.


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Tendal "Magnimar" Deverin wrote:
Gristav wrote:

"Too long, for such a dependable. Oh, I've the right to alleycat about, Braddon might be gone overnight, you, presumably, might begin some tutelage, and toot 'til dawn. But the man of habits so hardened, they might as well be monk's robes... is such an absence still a right, or does it mean something's wrong?"

Tendal frowns at the speculation about his own activities. "Have you asked Mr. Vankaskerkin? Perhaps Mr. Felden is taking care of some matter of business before tomorrow's event."

"Eighteen hours? Of what, weaving a basketwork throne?", Gristav snipes. "But I'm sorry, if I've offended. I'm quite worried. Trust me, it's unlike him. Of course, so is this circumstance, so it may all be my fae frailty. But there are other pieces that press me, and I don't entirely trust..." Gristav had meant to be clarifying, but instead had only reasoned aloud. And apparently, resolved himself.

"You're a man of science. Would you come, witness an experiment?"


Male Human (Chelaxian) Wizard

Frowning, Tendal shoots a distrustful glance toward the dancers out on the floor. "How long will this take? I'm not sure how comfortable I am granting a group of strangers free rein in our building. The last group of Varisian entertainers Mr. Vankaskerkin hired weren't particularly trustworthy."

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