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2,067 posts. Alias of Dennis Harry.


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GM JaceDK wrote:

The Breaking of the Fellowship

The always insightful Alexander Kilcoyne sent me a message regarding the challenges of designing balanced encounters for such a large group. I have pondered on this, and come up with a proposal, which will hopefully solve the issue without me having to turn away people I invited in the first place, and at the same time add a fun twist to the game.

What I propose is this: Two teams.

We split the proposed characters into two separate groups (and perhaps bring in DM Barcas to make it five on each team). Each group travels up river with a river barge, have exciting encounters along the way, and eventually meet up in Tymon, where both groups try their luck in the arena - with the possibility of fostering some intergroup rivalry and setting up some PvP combat.

I imagine each team will have it's own dedicated IC and OOC thread, and we have joint threads for when the storylines intertwine.

What do you all say to this idea?

Sounds fine to me.


Hey. Apologies for the delay I have been crushed with quite a bit more to do than I expected in the last week or so. At this point I will update as soon as I can. Hang tight!


Hey. Been super busy lately. I am spending all of my free time prepping for my table top game this upcoming Saturday.

I will update the thread either Saturday evening or Sunday night just an FYI.


Venice by Day - Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"So I guess we will just sit tight and wait for Moses then? The client purchased a small amount of space for the next year nothing too exciting".


Venice by Day - Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"You don't think that she will contact Sergei do you? Is that exactly what we do not want to have happen?"


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

Xing takes her leave giving you the time to get some rest before your fist meeting with the Teutonic Knights. We will hold here for a moment to give you the chance to let me know if you want to do anything else (besides get some rest) before you meet with them.


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

Xing you tae your leave of Andrew, where do you head to?

At this moment all of your belongings are in Andrew's room.


Xing and Andrew

I think Andrew can agree to that. Let's move on.


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

The man considers your words, "Yes, I can agree to accommodate you. I can always use more practice".

The guard leaves you to clean up and get ready to meet with Talisman for his second city tour.

Hold there for a moment.


I will update scenes over the next two days, no later than Wednesday. For those of you in scenes with other players please keep it moving forward.

Thanks.


Venice by Day - Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Katriana laughs softly, "Very well Dr. If you wish to have this conversation later I will make sure we have it later. Enjoy the remainder of your day. Night comes swiftly..."

She slowly heads towards the front door.


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Dominic shakes his head, "Not since he interrupted our lunch with his ravings. Are you looking for him my Lady?"

Katriana stares back at you Lorenzo, "Yes and No Dominic. I wish to check in on him without me finding him. Presently I find myself distressed by your brothers rather boorish behavior towards me which is causing me some distress".

Dominic turns to you Lorenzo, "I find that hard to believe, I have always known my brother to be a gentlemen at all times".

"Not in this case, in this case he has taken something in exchange for nothing. It is positively dreadful", the frown she gives your brother has a look of great pain. It pains you to see it as her histrionics are clearly for show.

Dominic turns back to you, "This is not true is it Lorenzo?"


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

The guard gets the better of you one more time. He grins, "Two from three, I win this round. Still I am pleasantly surprised by your skill. My mistress may wake soon I must tend to her. Have you a message for her?"


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

You hear someone on the front steps about to walk in.

"That is not what I ask. I can keep things confidential between you and I and I expect the same respect from you. This is a game of tit for tat Dr. I have showed you my tit, now you show me your tat. Let's see what your brother thinks of all of this".

Suddenly she moves so swiftly that it is hard to register the motion, the front door opens and she grabs him by the shirt collar pulling him into the house with one hand and closing the door with the other.

"Welcome home Dominic", she smiles sweetly while pressing herself against him.

He grins unaware of any sort of danger, "Katriana Volkov, can I help you with something?"


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"So your secrets are a commodity while mine are not? Give me a name and a clan Dr. Else I might start thinking we don't have a friendship at all..."

Make a Perception+Alertness roll DC of 6

ST Shadow ONLY:
Perception+Alertness 4d10 ⇒ (9, 9, 10, 8) = 36


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"Yes that is his plan but then what? That is what he has always failed to take into account. Does he continue to hunt them? Does he simply allow himself to fade away? My sense of self-preservation does not allow me to accept such a fate".

Katriana shifts forward in her seat, "I was seeking your brother to see if he had seen Francois in the warehouse and from there learn what I could about Sergei".

"I have answered your questions, now answer mine. For how long have you served and who do you serve?" by her tone, this does not seem to be a question but a demand for an answer.


Xing, its is actually this evening coming up... Monday night.


Michael Santo and Michele Querini

Michael you were already next to the kitchen. As you stand there contemplating your tasks for the day there is a knock at your door.


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"Yes we grew up just outside of Kiev. This Gangrel has since become involved in Kindred society. I think that is what explains his presence here. My brother needs just one. From that one he begins to learn about local society and captures others. It is from those captured that we gained sustenance".


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Baldemar de Frisia

Hold here for the moment.


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

This time the man gets the better of you but not by much.

He nods in appreciation. "For a young man you have great skill. Once more then I must return to my post".

ST Shadow:
Dexterity + Melee 7d10 ⇒ (4, 8, 6, 10, 5, 8, 6) = 47


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini & Michael Santo

Michele you manage to pull yourself up the stairs quietly enough as they are heading down the stairs. You hear their parting words, "Ghoul or no ghoul that one had better not cross me tonight".

The door to Santo's apartment is closed, what do you do?

Michael, the men do not come back after long moments of straining to hear their footfalls. It seems that your mentor has been true to his word. What was once a death sentence may a new business opportunity.


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"Milov Petrankov of Clan Gangrel".


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"Last question first. I don't really know what meeting. Just that someone named Narses is attempting to consolidate his power and my paramour is here on behalf of others who wish to be represented".

Katriana ponders for a moment, "We are both about a century old now. Yes, he is a hypocrite but he cannot see that for his thirst for vengeance clouds his reason. The murderer of our parents must pay and he has spent a great deal of time tracking that murderer down. He even has a name and a clan now. That Kindred, based on our intelligence, is here in this very city. That is part of why his fervor has been increased since our arrival. He senses the end of his long quest is near. Once he succeeds I am not sure what he will do but I wish to aid him, after all they were my parents too. For him the memory is fresh, I was so young I don't remember what my parents even looked like anymore".

She seems to be holding back some tears. "I don't know what he will do if he finds out about the decision I have made. I have been with many men these long years. This one, this monster in the shell of a man, is the first I have ever truly loved. How can I let that stop me simply because of his condition? Do you know what I mean Dr. Cappelli? Would you not do anything for true love?"


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini & Michael Santo

The men look at each other. The one seated who is the only one speaking smiles, "Brazen aren't we? Yesterday you were hunted like a dog and running to ground. Now you are refusing meetings with those who could have slain you in your sleep. Should the one you serve perish, do you think your current circumstances warrant a continuation of your miserable existence? In my estimation you would do well to make sure that you create alliances with more than just one potential master Signore Santo. Perhaps I will be back here at 8 pm to bring you to a meeting with those I serve and perhaps I won't. A daytime meeting would have been more, pleasant for you. In any case, if I do not see you here at 8 pm I will know that you have refused our offer".

The man stands and nods to his comrade. Both leave your apartment.

Michele, make a Dexterity+Stealth check to ensure these men do not see you loitering about.

ST Shadow:
Perception+Alertness 4d10 ⇒ (4, 1, 3, 4) = 12


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"A man allowing a woman to speak first? How forward thinking of you. As you wish. I have recently begun a new relationship with a Kindred named Beshter. His clan is unknown to me, he told me he would inform me in due time. He believes me to be the reincarnation of his long lost love. So romantic".

She smiles almost dreamily, "So you see, I cannot go back to my brother for we are to be wed. Once this business with the meetings are over. Still, my brother needs me. If I do not find a way to get him nourishment soon he will perish. At the same time, if I am to be a bride of the Kindred I cannot allow my brother to begin killing them on a whim. Do you se my dilemma?"


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

She smiles, "Let us sit Dr. I am sure you probably have questions for me as well but I will start. What clan do you serve and who? I cannot believe it is the Nosferatu".

She takes a seat in one of the chairs at the far end of the room.


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"It does not matter, I am merely curious. It was not until I smelled you that I even realized you had a connection to the Kindred world. I can't believe that I was fooled by you. My brother is certainly well versed at sniffing out ghouls. Let's sit and have a discussion. We have much in common Dr., why rush me out? I know a great deal about the Kindred. I am certainly NOT my brother".

She allows you to take a few steps back holding her position in the front room.


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

She claps in delight, "An excellent lie Dr. But I know Nosferatu when I smell it, I have killed a few in my day though I refuse to drink of them, god knows their blood cannot be good for the complexion".

She comes closer, "You see Dr. Cappelli. While your words ring true in my mind, your scent rings false in my nostrils. I have found my sense sharpening the pat few days. My new paramour is a Kindred of incredible power. Now, I will ask you again, who do you serve?"

You feel her hot breath on your neck. You are not sure if it is some power or just her appearance but her nearness is somewhat... intoxicating.


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew and Xing

You enter the Inn and head up to Andrew's rooms. The man you passed earlier in the evening with the carpet is off duty Andrew.

No obstacles bar your way as you head into the common space between the room for you and Donnach and those of Aodhan and Luag. Snoring softly on the couch of the common space is Federico. The door to your room is shut.

Do you enter your rooms and leave Federico undisturbed?


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Katriana shrugs, "My apologies for that Dr. He means no harm. At least not to the living".

She approaches you holding out her hand for a shake or she means for you to kiss it when her nose begins to wrinkle up.

"Dr. Cappelli, you smell terrible. It smells as if you have been walking through fecal matter...

She sniffs more deeply he eyes widen, "I know that scent".

She begins to laugh open mouthed, "Oh Dr. You had me and my brother fooled, not an easy feat. Tell me, how long have you been serving them?"


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

You manage to get inside the guards defense and would have scored a hit had it not been a simple sparring session.

The guard raises an eyebrow at you.

"Let's see that again", he states with mild surprise in his voice.

Another Melee+Dexterity check

ST Shadow ONLY:
Dex+Melee 7d10 ⇒ (3, 6, 9, 9, 2, 1, 2) = 32


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew and Xing

You are both near the entrance to the Way of Kings. No one else is out at this late hour. Still it might be wise to head inside as Xing suggested.


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Baldemar de Frisia

"Perhaps".

Sir Martin let's the conversation settle as you arrive back at your stronghold. You both enter the tower as the sun rises, exhausted from a long night of no sleep.

Martin clasps you on the shoulder, "I am glad to have you with me in this endeavor Baldemar. You are the best of us, I would ask for no one else, not even the Grandmaster at my back against even these dark forces. Get some rest, we shall visit the Scotsman at the sun's zenith".


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini & Michael Santo

"We are interested in cargo you have been transporting into the city. That is the reason for the request to meet. Your relationship with Mohammad means we are hands off, that is we are asking you nicely Signore Santo".


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

The guard grins, "Certainly young master, let's see what you've got".

Make a Dexterity+Melee roll DC will be variable.

ST Shadow ONLY:
Dexterity+Melee 7d10 ⇒ (6, 8, 2, 10, 7, 6, 4) = 43


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"My brother is fighting a very real war against a very real enemy. He is also running out of time in ways you simply cannot imagine. He cares not for your commerce or potential spoiled relationships. Tell me, has he asked about me?"


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

You open the door and see Katriana standing before you in the latest Venetian fashion. Without questions she is a stunningly beautiful woman. Her demeanor has changed along with her appearance, she looks and sounds more confident.

She strides in and sits down with her legs crossed at the ankles.

"Thank you for receiving me Dr. Cappelli. Tell me, has your brother seen Francois or Sergei recently?" Her tone is sweet and pleasant a departure so different from her words mere moments ago had you not heard the words yourself you would wonder if she could have threatened you at all.


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"Yes, my brother makes a habit of wearing out his welcome wherever we go. I am here to discuss him actually. It is rude for you to refuse a Lady entrance. Now, please let me inside. I can assure you, you will find it most embarrassing if I am forced to enter without your permission and doubly embarrassed when I truss you up like a wild boar. Both of which I assure you, I am fully capable of doing".


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"Come now Dr. Cappelli, are you afraid of a lone woman? I was here to see your brother but you will do."

Despite only hearing it once before, you recognize the voice of Katriana Volkov!


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Baldemar de Frisia

Martin continues walking alongside you back to the stronghold, "The spirit is willing but the flesh seems weak Baldemar. It troubles me that if we are fighting creatures spawned from the pit that our ally is not entirely healthy in body".


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Dominic nods, "I will have Giuseppe with me, don't worry!"

Dominic heads out to his meeting and you settle in for the return of either Dominic or Moses.

Near lunch time you are searching the kitchen for a bit of food when there is a knock on the front door.


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini & Michael Santo

Michele, you make your way to Santo's home, based on his condition he is probably sleeping off the effects of a late night.

His apartment is a bit run down for your tastes but such is the cost of doing business with Michael.

As you arrive near his door to knock you hear Michael speak:

"Who are you and who is this man you want me to meet and why should I meet with him he just tried to murder me ? I will not budge until I get some answers you's said that you were inviting me... that gives me the option to decline... please start talking..."

What do you do?


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

Are you asking Alyssa's guards o your father's guards.

As you look for some sport it dawns on you that today has been double booked. A meeting not only with Beshter but with Christopher Dandolo as well. Though Beshter is looking for a morning tour and Christopher is a lunch meeting, the previous days tour with Beshter lasted almost into the evening!


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"I do not know. A foreigner, recent arrival. Have not met the man yet".


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"I should not go to the warehouse today? I am supposed to meet with a new client though Lorenzo".


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

After a few hurried minutes of getting ready Dominic hustles the girls out.

You sit in his waiting room pondering the vast amount of information that Simon presented to you the night before.

Dominic interrupts your thoughts with his return. A wonderful smelling cup of café with a pastry is placed in your lap.

"Eat, you look hungry. Now, I am under the impression you need to lay low here for a while right?"


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo

The two men shake their heads, "Ciao Signore' Santo. Please put some clothes on, there is someone who would like to meet with you this morning. Yes, we work for the men who tried to have you murdered yesterday, no we are not going to try to kill you today. If we wanted to kill you, you would be dead".


Yes, the Game thread has been updated. Have at it!


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Dominic grins bleary eyed, "Of course, I will send these young ladies home now. I will accompany them to ensure that they are not accosted on the way and grab you some caffeine for the morning. Shall I also find you something for breakfast?"

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