A quick overview for those of you doing creepy stalking.
Thesing: Is a complete bastard. It doesn't take long for you to get this impression as he plays grab ass with female workers, insult others and attempt to seduce/woo Calseinica who makes it a point to avoid him. He seems to take an almost sadistic delight in the proceedings and he hams up his Haanderthan to BRIAN BLESSED! proportions particularly on lines involving your torture, torment, or impending doom.
Calseinica: CAlseinica is a true and inspirational talent whose energy and warmth illuminates any room she enters. This alone makes her insufferable to any veteran actor. Worse; is that she doesn't seem to notice. This naivety is most easily seen when she gushes over her former mentor Delour. If the woman has any ill intent for her she seems completely oblivious even as the enormous diva stares daggers into her back. The only time her smile and energy diminishes is when someone mentions the dangers of the play (she seems nervous but she has been told by her friend Delour that the dangers are greatly exaggerated) and Thesing (who she knows is trouble but has a hard time simply fending him off). Despite Pollux's awkward approach she warms up to him immediately. The rat doesn't even phase her as she comments. "Oh a trained animal! How delightful! Does he know other tricks?"
Visbaronetess Delour Auxamala: Haughty, with huge expectations for her dressing room and clothing requirements, but beyond that she spends quite little time dealing with others. She is for all intents and purposes a consummate professional concerned with doing her job as well as possible but only so long as she is pampered like a rare treasure. She stops to scowl at Pollux's interaction with the friendly Calseinica and harumphs off completely ignoring the future LArazod.
Yes you legitimately won the first adn failed the other. Topsy turvy world we live in.
Robahl and Millech: Work well together. Millech hammers together the sets to go along with Robahl's hammering of the actors into shape. Milech seems to know instinctually what Robahl wants and thus is never yelled at by the boisterous Robahl. Robahl for his part is a perfectionist who isn't quite sure what perfection is, but he knows he's going to drive through it as ahrd as possible until he finds it. His military background comes in heavily as he takes charge and control of nearly every aspect of the show from the lighting to the pitch and speed of Delour's songs. He demands perfection from everyone and despises failure.
Not being a wet fish - but Caldazar wouldn't seek to ingratiate on the first day. He'll start making his moves on day two... but he can't resist.
At a time when Thesing is engaging in ham-aggeddon once more with a mild audience before him, Caldazar approaches with his script in hand. After Thesing has completed his aggressive discourse Caldazar asks innocently "Thesing, if I might be so bold I would seek your guidance in matters of which I know not." stepping forward quickly towards him before he has a means of utterance against "It is Act Seven to which I need some guidance.... exactly how would you want me to react when you are dragged to hell for an eternity of suffering?"
Thesing smiles and leans in and half whispers to caldazar every word dripping with poisonous acid. "Oh, I wouldn't worry about that. Just try not to rot too quickly. Don't want the audience to be distracted by the smell of your festering corpse." Stepping back he smiles. "But otherwise, live in the moment! Be relieved! Be terrified! Be amazed! Be Krona! Besides, his sort of direction you should be geting from Robahl!" With that he cuts th conversation short as he tries to get Robahl over to give you pointers.
Meraxilar simply takes everything in, going through the motions of theater life. During his rehearsals, and as he interacts with people like Auxamala and Thesing, he finds himself recalling his days as a noble when he was part of similar circles. Reflecting on this darkens his mood visibly at times as he considers just how much he has changed since then. He smiles inwardly as he realizes that anything he had in common with the likes of nobles and celebrities has long been unmade and finds himself with the sudden urge to bury an axe in any one of them just to be sure their taint is utterly gone from his thoughts. Filled with such thoughts, Meraxilar tries to focus on his ultimate goal. Knowing that slowly stepping on their skulls will get him closer to his sister. The sacrifice will be worth it.
I must unmake something soon or madness will begin to set in. Bathing in someone like Thesing's blood would be soothing, may the Rough Beast provide me with the opportunity.
Needing a strong drink to wash away his murderous thoughts, Merax heads to the nearest tavern when he has his next break.
|Tal Bernard Mainz|
|Tal Bernard Mainz|
Just one thing more and good to go.
Calseinica comments. "Oh a trained animal! How delightful! Does he know other tricks?"
Pollux replies his eyes intent on Calseinica's."A few.."
Castor scurries around her feet and into her dressing room on a quick raid for anything sniny and /or edible.
"...but he might not be able to save you from the lady with no heart and a badly healed leg. Your death here removes an obsticle in her game with death and will allow her to play a master grieving for her lost student. This is not a play we are in it is a killing jar. Castor and I have our reasons for walking inside it, make sure yours are worth the price of admission."
Castor scurries out of the dressing room face covered in thick white paste.
"Castor! That is the arcenic white! You know how hard that is to find."
Castor slips behind a thick gauze screen.
"Ok, but don't blame me when you get a stomach ache!"
Ready to move on
@Pollux: Calseinica laughs off your prophecy of doom. "Ms. Delour has assured me that all the dangers are highly exagerrated. BEsides me and her and great friends now! I used to study under her, surely we can get along as adults, right?" She smiles demurely.
The next day is when you truly enter the meatgrinder. Robahl begins doing full dry runs of the play focusing particularly on Calseinica and Pollux for their parts.
Please make Perform checks. The DC is 15.
|Tal Bernard Mainz|
TAl appears ready for his debut at acting. He has with him his new whip and tries to use it to the full potential during the rehearsal. Unfortunately his lack of skill causes him to focus more on where the whip is landing than the performance itself.
perform act 1d20 - 1 ⇒ (7) - 1 = 6
CMB with whip 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (11) + 1 = 12
This is going to be cruel to a guy that has a negative cha and no points in social skills. Hope the rest of you help me out.
Perform (Crossdress): 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (11) + 1 = 12
Caldazar performs his lines with all the flair of a conveyancing lawyer, as yet unable to sink into his part. The fact his voice still wavers along the line between male and female does not help.
Oops I thought I posted here! I am a moron.
Perform 1d20 ⇒ 14. Well that was better than expected. I might even pass with an assist from Calseinica. btw what part is the Diva playing?
The scenes with Calseinica almost reach the level of an off-off broadway performance art 'happening' but when left alone Pollux's seemingly random voice projection and idosyncratic emotional cues doom the performance.
|Tal Bernard Mainz|
Pollux does surprisingly well for his first outing on the stage he gets surprisingly little heat from the short statured director. The rest find themselves the target of a string of insults hurled at them from Robahl.
@Tal: Robahl laughs as tal just reads from the script in a plain voice. "Congratulations you have proven yourself just above illiterate! You may begin the performance please mr. Minz!"
@Caldazar: "I've seen better attempts at being a woman in some of the stranger brothels in the city! And many of them don't even shave their beards!"
@"Xeram Rail": "Almost mediocre! Almost capable! Almost acting! The only thing you have on the mark is an insult to the craft! Again!"
@Sclivian Our wizard disappeared.:(
|Tal Bernard Mainz|
Sorry been having trouble getting onto Paizo today. The site wasn't working for me at all.
The insults were expected and Tal braced for them as best he could. He could only hope to perform better tomorrow. Tal will strive to memorize the lines so that he can abandon the script and hopefully that improves his lackluster work thus far.
Same here Tal. Looks like a a LOT of folks were locked out.
Pollux appears depressed that the others are getting more attention from Robal. In actuality Pollux is amused by the little man and his attempts to disguise the coming bloodsport in gilt and frippery.
Dammit Wizard! Get back here the Witch needs backup!
Tark, have you left him a PM? Or does someone know him in RL?
Merax takes the insults leveled at him and appears to drift off in thought as Robahl continues his tirade. I wonder how his head would look as a centerpiece on Tal's table. If it comes to that, I must endeavor to make the cut as clean as possible for Lady Lily if I'm to convince her to keep it on her table.
"Mr. Robahl, thank you for your critique. We shall all hopefully keep our heads about us and strive to do better." Merax forces himself to smile.
Paizo's site has been screwy for me too.
|Tal Bernard Mainz|
Time to try a new tactic since straight up helping didn't work.
know local to find where Robahl frequents to relax and unwind. Take ten if possible but if not,1d20 + 2 ⇒ (1) + 2 = 3 Hopefully a bar where Tal can purchase many ales to get him to come around. Ideally he would show up 'unknowingly' and Robahl would be there. His goal is to know more about the special effects of the play. The effects being the flukes, the stomach acid, the eggs hatchlings, and the devils. Also it would be nice if Tal could get him relaxed enough to be freer with Tal onstage and not so uptight. Let me know how much this would cost.
Diplomacy 1d20 - 1 ⇒ (20) - 1 = 19 Hopefully get a +2 from the ale. Need all the help I can get.
If the first roll is pathetic than hopefully the take 10 is allowed. If the take 10 doesn't work, then have to go with the more direct approach and just ask to join him at the bar. Don't know how the system works, but I would rather have information on the trials then befriend the guy.
Tal has trouble finding what kind of bar that Robahl frequents. After some poking around you find out that the man rarely if ever drinks while directing a production and has spent much of his time either at the theatre or at home.
If anyone would like to do anythig else like interact with the npc's let me know. If not we can move on to the next day.
|Tal Bernard Mainz|
|Tal Bernard Mainz|
Ok so I shouldn't try typing from an Ipad when I am in a hurry. Please disregard the previous post. I meant thatTal was doing this the second day. Day 1 was introductions and handing out scripts. Day 2 was the first practice.
Realizing that he would not be able to get into Robahl's good graces so easily, Tal retires home and works on memorizing his lines. He enlist his wife Lily to help but purposely skips over the part where Caldazar has to kiss him.
For the rest of the second day, Merax makes small talk where he can with Calseinica and Delour. If they seem receptive, he tries to lead the conversation towards noble houses in general before getting specific with House Carathage.
Diplomacy: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (13) + 1 = 14 (or +2 if they are nobility (trait).)
I'm assuming my previous attempt at performing took place on day two as well. My above actions will cover the rest of day 2 inbetween takes, etc. Ready to move to day 3.
@Pollux: "After the performance assuming you survive the riot your wretched acting will undoubtedly cause you will recieve 5% of the houses take. No more, no less, no negotiations."
@Meraxilar: Calseinica seems receptive. Delour not so much after catching you making small talk with Calseinica. Calseinica is a warm and welcoming soul but it seems the subject of nobility is at least a little off limits. She admits she;s been so focused on her acting that she has had little desire or incentive to deal with the nobility. She does tell you that she knows very little of Carathage and from what she's heard there's little nice to talk about and almost nothing you don't already know.
@Tal: You suspect after a few reads over the script that the knowing smirk your wife wears means she already knows where such racy dialogue from Krona leads to.
Caldazar seeks out Millech when he can to inquire "Millech, is there anything that I might do to assist? - I know that I lack the skills that you have, but I am replete with dumb labor" smiling at his self-deprecating statement.
Diplomacy: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (18) + 9 = 27
Pollux tries to find who is doing the scene painting and talks semi-coherent shop. Working up from them to see who is building the set peices. Liberal use of the Charm hex and maybe our knight in yellow can get a glimpse of what is in store for the group.
Sample snatches of dialog.
"You know real blood never looks like blood on stage. I've found a mix of ochre sand and olive oil added in makes it reflect properly."
"Hey mister, could you tell me what that knife is for?"
"Have you seen Castor? Someone told me he went down one of the traps."
and then on to day 3
|Tal Bernard Mainz|
During the practice on day three, Tal will try and get Meraxilar by himself to discuss the trials that we are going to be participating in.
Have you taken any thought to what effects there are gong to be during this performance? I mean being devoured and cleansed by stomach acid does not sound like a great idea to me. It could just be a stage trick, but based on the way this Thesing fellow acted I am not so sure. Is there any way you can nuetralize the acid so it becomes inert? I am not scared for myslef but for some of the others like Pollux and Sclivian who are not as robust as we are. A little scalding won't break us, but it could do lasting damage especially to Sclivian's frail body. The rest of the trials seem like pitance compared to such as that. Perhaps we should all meet tomorrow night at my place to discuss what can be done to survive this play since none has done so before us.
"Heh, I think ye'll see I'm less than most of the ladies in some areas and somewhat more in others" with a wry smile.
Caldazar accedes to Millech's instruction without complaint or query, trusting his judgement better than his own when it comes to murder by scenery. He also slowly teases out Millech's sense of humor and seeks to make time move more quickly through jest.
|Tal Bernard Mainz|
Tal will likewise do the same with the rest of the group, as with Meraxilar, throughout the day: trying to see if they will come over tomorrow night to discuss tactics in surviving the unsurvivable play. Tal has it probably easier than most as he will not be one on trial during the second act.
As for the practice itself, Tal is a little more believable today than yesterday, but that only seems to irk Robahl even more. Apparently the amount of yelling directly relates to how well Tal performs. Thus Tal is going to be in for a long period of harassment. Perform check1d20 - 1 ⇒ (12) - 1 = 11
Seeing that Thesing has been alouf and hostile to the rest of the group, Tal tries to approach him to find out what he knows about the play. Even though he hates to play nice, it may be the only way to learn what this man may know. Mr. Thesing, sir. If I may trouble you, I would like to speak with you away from the others. I am getting concerned about this script and what is all involved in it. I was asked to join them to fill the quota of aspirants needed for the play. As it seemed a safer alternative than being a bodyguard, I said yes. The money and fame would help provide for my wife as well as for personal reasons. Those personal reasons I am sure a man of your position would be well acquainted with.
I was shocked and appalled by the treatment of you just 2 days ago. They should not have acted in such a crude manner. I don't know why they lashed out the way they did. Anyways, I got sidetracked. I was wondering what you know of the play and if it is as horrific as it sounds? Any help you could provide me would be greatly appreciated. I don't have your charm nor your flair for acting and my hope now is to just survive. I can't believe I am doing this. Instead I should just wipe that pompous grin off your face. Maybe if this tact doesn't work, then I could resort to bending fingers and such. Maybe I should just let Meraxilar and Caldazar do it instead. It may be more fun to watch. Safer too.
diplomacy for information 1d20 - 1 ⇒ (18) - 1 = 17
*sigh* Think I'm gonna pause the game for a bit while I find a replacement. Sadly it seems our friend Sclivian is MIA
Pollux doesn't find anything other than creative ways to irritate the set crew. Nor does he find out anything more than theatre has some very strange notions at what disembowelment, swamps, and sundry other terrible things look like.
Caldazar and Millech hit it off rather well taking solidarity in there mutual blue collardness amidst the nobles and foppy actors.
"Oh my did it finally occur to you that this infamous play wherein all the actors have previously died when taking on certain roles might actually be hazardous? Quite perceptive of you! I've but one important question for you!" Leaning in conspiratorially Thesing says. "Is your wife attractive? I find mourning widows will do practically anything to ensure a future for themselves." The tone of voice Thesing has suggests anything but benevolent intent.
As Day 2 please make your DC15 perform checks for Day 3 if you have not done so already.
Day 3 Perform: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (20) + 1 = 21
Caldazar seems to have gotten his voice down finally, husky half-orc female with an edge of malice. Working on the more delicate parts of the play involving her affectations and love he/she manages to stun Tal speechless with the ferocity of her embrace...
Perform:1d20 + 1 ⇒ (11) + 1 = 12
Once again, under the stage name of Xarem Rail, he makes an attempt at the role of Tybain. He shows an uncharacteristic amount of patience between the scalding comments of Robahl and the scheming eyes of Thesing. After hearing such veiled threats from Thesing, he snaps and picks up his axe as he heads straight for pompous fool.
"Dearest Thesing the Horselord, you will apologize to Mr. Mainz or I will remove your tongue with this rather unwieldy axe. Your veiled threats concerning Lady Mainz has shred my last bit of patience with your pompous and overbearing demeanor. I have had difficulty in the past resisting the urge to bathe in your blood and I now see my salvation nearing."
"Xarem" half-spins the heavy axe deftly, immediately reversing the blades in a swift motion.
Intimidate: 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (7) + 1 = 8 (add another +1 if Thesing is nobilty)
|Tal Bernard Mainz|
Why yes she is quite a stunning woman if I do say so myself. And I do believe that she would possibly need help managing if I were to pass on. Know this though Theising. She has more steel in her than all your pompous behaivor would suggest. If you would approach her be on your guard. She knows how to use a dagger just as well as I do. In fact I would say that she has more finesse as I would just kill you. Her deft stroke would leave you alive but wishing you were dead. Even your charm would be impossible to compensate for your lack of 'physical attributes'.
Don't worry Xarem, I will pay back Thesing later after the performance. We must all play our part now, but later you and I can teach him a lesson. Or perhaps all of those that he has accosted would like to take turns at him while we hold him down. I am sure if we split the costs with Theising it will be perfectly legal. If this torture of a play is legal than having an audience during our performance should make it legal as well. And women might pay handsomely for the opportunity we present. You did take selective channeling right :)
New idea: gather information on who Thesing has angered at the playhouse.1d20 ⇒ 15 if diplomacy -1 if know local +1
Ok rant over ready to pause now if needed.
... who Thesing has angered at the playhouse.
That would be everyone but Pollux who finds him absolutely a laugh riot.
perform 1d20 ⇒ 6.
Even the scenes with the lovely ingenue fall apart today as Pollux finds it increasingly difficult to keep a straight face whenever Thesing is nearby. At one dramatic moment Pollux falls to cackaling and can only gasp out "Corpse flower and the hollow man.. Corpse Flower and the Hollow Man!
Thesing laughs. "Threats?!?! Towards me!?! From future corpses!?! Oh wait? You're serious? Allow me to ridicule you further!
Thesing walks away laughing an incredibly haughty and girly laugh.
Throughout the rest of the day while Tal and MEraxilar seethe Pollux does a rather good job of irritating the professionals. It seems today he's a little less...coherent than most.
If there is a bright side at least "Xeram Rail" appears to be hitting his marks and gets little gruff from the stocky director.
|Tal Bernard Mainz|
*Sniff* - Xeram gets a free ride with a 12 and my nat 20 is forgotten :P
Caldazar sees the others engaging with Thesing and shakes his head The man may be an arrogant fop, but he does know his craft...
Apply that post to Caldazar then. "Xeram" eats the full brunt of Robahl's wrath. It is not delicious.