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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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Female Human (Varisian) Bard

With a minimum of awkwardness and a lifetime of experience, the gnome manages to perch himself atop a bar stool.

"The dwarf?" Thuvalia scoffs. "He has no style, no flair. Surely he is not to be the Gold Goblin's artistic director. The clientele will be gambling by torchlight to the sound of ringing anvils and going to bed by midnight with a glass of warm milk."


hp 22 / 22; AC 16; Init +2 Male Half-elf Ranger 2

Braddon heads back to the main room and saunters up behind Gristav with a roll in one hand and the last of a croissant in his other hand.
He nods politely to Piccolo.
"Are we going to breakfast?" he asks through a mouthful.


Larur Felden wrote:
The dwarf's frown only deepens as he tries to follow Snake's narrative, a process interrupted but not halted by a start of dismay when the witch confesses his own impiety. "Sczarni? Sczarni are outlawed in Riddleport. Wait, you said he left with a woman? Probably some Calistrian affair that I'm glad isn't connected with the premises. But if you've got a complaint against the halfling, take it up with Saul; he's Saul's hire, not mine."

"Nope, no complaint. Just giving you a heads up so you can explain it to Saul if he happens to ask." Snake then is just about to take his leave before he stops himself and looks to the dwarf through narrowed eyes. "Why is there furniture being moved in here and who's the gnome?"


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Thuvalia Barabbio wrote:
"The clientele will be gambling by torchlight to the sound of ringing anvils and going to bed by midnight with a glass of warm milk."

"And a Dwarven woman? Real potential there!", Gristav jokes.

Braddon Hurst wrote:

Braddon heads back to the main room and saunters up behind Gristav with a roll in one hand and the last of a croissant in his other hand.

He nods politely to Piccolo.
"Are we going to breakfast?" he asks through a mouthful.

"Yes", Gris answers with a glance at the roll. "I'll wait until then. But thank you!" He comradely clasps Braddon's arm a moment. "I suppose we ought to offer Snake the same? You, or I? How much hurry are you in?", Gristav teases, grinning.


Male Dwarf
"Snake" wrote:
"Why is there furniture being moved in here and who's the gnome?"

"Ask Saul," he replies with a short laugh, moving out into the queueing area where he can oversee the floor. "Another of his hires. The furniture was the halfling's idea: Thought we'd attract more of his size folk if they'd somewhere to sit and have a drink." He frowns in consternation. "Well, they're moving it now," he says, mostly to himself. "How did he convince them to do that?" He sets out across the floor toward the trio at the bar.


Snake follows the dwarf out, noticing the gnome next to Gristav and Thuvalia. "Hm. Looks like he's already met Gristav. And he still wants to stay?" He says in jest, yet, completely straight-faced.

Making his way over to the them, he looks to the gnome through narrowed eyes. "Heard you're a new hire. You got a name?" The tall man asks, a rock like visage about him and wearing a long trench coat and a wide brimmed hat.


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"Piccolo, meet Snake. Snake, Piccolo. If we're gathered, might we make that breakfast as planned? We've much to do, to turn the failures of the day into something like success... and Greatreave might already be there. Piccolo, do you know a Greatreave, and his noble hound? Have you breakfasted? Pace would be a problem..."


Male Gnome Bard (Negotiator) 2

Piccolo watches with some trepidation as the large man approaches him, I hope I did not offend anyone. "My name is Piccolo. Yes. I am newly hired by Saul. I was told to see Larur. And your name, sir?"


Piccolo:
Knowledge (local) 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (20) + 8 = 28 Ambrosia has mentioned Natinilinus Greatreave, one of the few other gnomes in town. He styles himself a detective and has a dog he takes everywhere with him. Ambrosia thinks he spends too much time with the girls at the Calistrian brothel.


Male Dwarf

Larur arrives on the tall man's heels. "How'd you convince them to move the furniture upstairs?" he asks of Piccolo. "I thought we'd have to do it ourselves after they'd gone."


Male Gnome Bard (Negotiator) 2

"I paid them extra to make it worth their time. I like to see working men well rewarded...Now to business. What are my duties?"


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"Larur, if there's nothing else needed of us here, there's the breakfast promised to Braddon, with Greatreave, and another errand before a noon meeting with Ananda's father... We should be off."


Male Dwarf
Piccolo Taphodarian wrote:
"I paid them extra to make it worth their time. I like to see working men well rewarded...Now to business. What are my duties?"

"Duties? Well...," he hems and haws. "I suppose in the future it'll be you that deals with the suppliers and the performers ... though if you're going to negotiate a low rate and them pay them extra to get the work done, I don't see how that saves us any money." He gives the gnome a pointed glance. "But for this week, everything should be already arranged for." He glances at Gristav. "If they're meeting with the general, perhaps you'd better go along with them. We don't want any trouble with the Gendarmes."

Piccolo:
Knowledge (local) 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (12) + 8 = 20 The Gendarmes are the face of law and order in Riddleport, or what passes for it. In reality, they answer only to the Overlord and generally deal only with such disorder that threatens the balance of power. Most of the businessmen of Leeward District contract privately with Boss Croat, the leader of the local half-orcs, for "protection" rather than count on the Gendarmes to protect their lives and property in a timely manner. The head of the Gendarmes, known by the title of General, is Anton Mescher.


Male Gnome Bard (Negotiator) 2

Piccolo smiles confidently at Larur, "Ah, the extra pay. Do not be overly concerned. I did not know the details of the original contract. It seemed the men agreed to drop the furniture right inside our door. I negotiated a new contract and created a relationship. If I negotiate for furniture delivery, I will ensure the location of the delivery as part of the original cost. There will be no need to pay extra. I like detailed contracts. Ensures we are getting our money's worth."

He nods, "Dealings with the local constabulary. Of course, of course. I will lend what I may to the effort."

Piccolo turns to Gristav, "It seems I am tasked to travel with you to see The General."


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Gristav smiles at Piccolo. "Our journey is a long one...", Gristav says as though daunted, "A race against time to the dwelling of the Three-Billed Duck, where we will rest and provision for the arduous river crossing to the Publican, there seeking solace in spirits and absolution in confession, and perhaps the cooperation of the resident priest. Then, again we cross the river, bound for Shore Leave... you aren't a wanted gnome, I trust?" Gris grins.

"Shall we away, then?"


Male Gnome Bard (Negotiator) 2

Piccolo guffaws, "I do enjoy a good jest. Lead the way, I will follow."


hp 22 / 22; AC 16; Init +2 Male Half-elf Ranger 2

Braddon looks warily at Piccolo.
"Do you eat much?" he asks, biting into the roll that Gristav had glanced at.


Piccolo Taphodarian wrote:
Piccolo watches with some trepidation as the large man approaches him, I hope I did not offend anyone. "My name is Piccolo. Yes. I am newly hired by Saul. I was told to see Larur. And your name, sir?"

"You can call me Snake."

Piccolo Taphodarian wrote:
Piccolo guffaws, "I do enjoy a good jest. Lead the way, I will follow."

Snake leans down near the gnome, "I hope you enjoy listening as well. That's all we can really do when Gristav's around." He winks, although a smile is nowhere to be found(at least outwardly).

Braddon Hurst wrote:

Braddon looks warily at Piccolo.

"Do you eat much?" he asks, biting into the roll that Gristav had glanced at.

Snake just looks to Braddon with a blank stare, shaking his head at the simple man. "You know, bub, sometimes I wonder if you're even real. Let's move before Braddon eats everything that's not nailed down." Just as he turns to leave, he stops, a curious look about him. He's just about to ask before he realizes that if Gristav answers, he'll just have to ask again. And if Braddon answers, he'll just have to ask again. Knowing Piccolo has no idea, I'm stuck between one who speaks in circles and another who speaks with his mouth full of food. I'll just wing it. His thoughts then immediately turn to the loot. "Hold a moment, there's a few items I need to collect before we leave." He looks to Gristav with a raised eyebrow.


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Gristav meets Snake's gaze an instant, then says, "Ah! Well, I'd brought this for you", prestidigitating a vial to fill the stretching fingers of an empty hand. Passing the potion to the overtall undertaker, he continued, "Or did you mean a need...", Gris breathed, turning his hand to lift a key from limbo, "...for this?"

"But, um... do lock the door after, and ah... No, no you can't catch up, you don't know where it is.", Gris mathed aloud. "We'll wait.", he said, holding forth the key.


He accepts the vial and then the key from Gristav. "Hm. Be back in a moment." Snake heads to Gristav's room and goes through the loot, taking what he thinks might be useful for him. As he steps out and locks the door, he looks around. "Luck? Where are you?" He waits a few moments before he finally notices the tiny creature come scampering toward him. "Where have you been, buddy?" He bends at the knees to pick him up and rises again. "I told you it's been a crazy morning. No sense in being so irritated with me. C'mon, on my shoulder. No more hiding for you, my friend." He scratches him on the head before placing him on his shoulder. He then makes his way back to the others. "Alright, let's get this over with."


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"Glad you could join us", Gristav says to one or the other of the arriving pair. "There'll be a hound. I hope that's not a bother? I suppose one cannot tell, with hounds? Oh, and my key?"

Gristav leads the group to the Three-Billed Duck, hoping to arrive early enough to meet with Greatreave, and attentively enough to see if anyone else is watching for them.


Male Gnome Bard (Negotiator) 2
Braddon Hurst wrote:

Braddon looks warily at Piccolo.

"Do you eat much?" he asks, biting into the roll that Gristav had glanced at.

"Depends on the meal and length between them. I do enjoy fine food and drink, though I must admit I do not overindulge. I like to stay sharp. I find overindulgence in comestibles and potables to dull my blade." He taps his skull. "Dullness can lead to poor outcomes."

***

Piccolo addresses Snake, "Pleasure to meet you, Snake." He chuckles, "I do not mind listening. Much is learned listening to another talk, not only about the speaker, but those he speaks to."

***

Piccolo takes in the sights as he walks with the group.


hp 22 / 22; AC 16; Init +2 Male Half-elf Ranger 2

Braddon nods to Piccolo and turns to Snake. "See, there's nothing wrong with fine food and drink. Besides, I worked up an appetite this morning."


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"Piccolo, we're meeting with a Natinilinus Greatreave, and his hound Sludge. We... well, I suppose, I, had contracted with him to turn the hound's nose and his own wit to our task, what at that time was the finding and/or tracking of Dame Vishki and/or Lil Scarlet. The habit of the later of using a certain scent seemed a good fit. We'll be seeing this morning what if anything they've found, although events have moved past where they had been when the duo was hired."

"As a lighter aside to the dark detecting, I've also taken it as a playful mission to convince the house mistress that the hound is actually a prince, in the hope she might set aside her scorn for the beast, in a respect for the being. It's a profitless waste of time and effort, but I fancy myself better for the trying, more light-hearted. And I suppose a gnome might enjoy the jest of it?"


Male Gnome Bard (Negotiator) 2
Gristav wrote:

"Piccolo, we're meeting with a Natinilinus Greatreave, and his hound Sludge. We... well, I suppose, I, had contracted with him to turn the hound's nose and his own wit to our task, what at that time was the finding and/or tracking of Dame Vishki and/or Lil Scarlet. The habit of the later of using a certain scent seemed a good fit. We'll be seeing this morning what if anything they've found, although events have moved past where they had been when the duo was hired."

"As a lighter aside to the dark detecting, I've also taken it as a playful mission to convince the house mistress that the hound is actually a prince, in the hope she might set aside her scorn for the beast, in a respect for the being. It's a profitless waste of time and effort, but I fancy myself better for the trying, more light-hearted. And I suppose a gnome might enjoy the jest of it?"

Piccolo listens and nods, "I do enjoy jests."


hp 22 / 22; AC 16; Init +2 Male Half-elf Ranger 2

"Yeah, well, jests aside, we need someone who can speak to my murdered Gramma and the General isn't gonna be laughing much if Gristav keeps falling short of his promises. I promised nothing and saved the General's daughter. I would say he likes me except he's the kind of guy who shows affection for someone by not torturing them to death. Gristav, however, says he can bring in a speaker with the dead and all we've done is kill half a dozen people. Today hasn't exactly started well."


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Braddon Hurst wrote:
"Yeah, well, jests aside, we need someone who can speak to my murdered Gramma and the General isn't gonna be laughing much if Gristav keeps falling short of his promises. I promised nothing and saved the General's daughter. I would say he likes me except he's the kind of guy who shows affection for someone by not torturing them to death. Gristav, however, says he can bring in a speaker with the dead and all we've done is kill half a dozen people. Today hasn't exactly started well."

"Well for justice, and for the General. And I only said I might, which is still true. I know how important this must be to you; have hope, there is still Arnando, and failing that, Shorafa. We're well able to prove how sincerely we thought of, and sought to, arrange the miracle. Here, put the grimness from your mind, and set your sights on the meals: The Duck for breakfast, wherever for lunch, and dinner perhaps set with Samaritha?"


The party sets back out into the late morning, crossing the Gold Goblin's busy courtyard and turning north. They pass through the massive shadow of the Mystery of the Gate, the circular inn run by the mages of the Cypherlodge, then turn right through the businesses and boarding houses of Leeward District. They pass the busy marketplace of Leeward Common on the south, where both merchants and farmers from outlying acreages are plying their wares, as the road starts to veer northeast. Before long, Braddon spies the building where Anya and Lexy live on the right side of the road and tries to pick out their window. Ahead, on the left, is the iron railing and blooming flowerboxes which mark off the cobblestoned outdoor dining room of the Three-Billed Duck. A mottled dog lies on the street side of the fence, and its ears perk up and tail starts to wag as Braddon approaches. At a table just inside the railing, the dog's companion is seated at a table with a half-eaten plate of griddlecakes in front of him.

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