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2,366 posts. Alias of Dennis Harry.


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Sorry been busy. Will try to post by tomorrow!


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

"Four at the moment", Mario grins.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

Your blade makes short work of your fleeing foe.

From behind you hear the voice of No Name, [b] "Drag him back here while he still has life left". [/b[

As you turn you see No Name has the other man in a choke hold the man squirms clearly about ready to lose consciousness.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

"Best we discuss such things once we return to our humble abode Andrew", replies Sir Martin.

Federico nods in response to your statement.

Within ten minutes a Gondola comes by to pick up your band and bring you back to the streets of the city. You all walk in silence...

Where do you head?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo

I will assume you gave the name of the Inn as part of your response.

Pietro smiles, "Excellent. How the proceedings went is less interesting to me than the final destinations. Provide me with those for each shipment and I will double your fee, now what was your fee?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

"For all of them or just one?" is the response.


Will update the thread at some point this week, been very busy.


Sweet. Thanks Talomyr. I will have to check it out!


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

Xing you catch him as he is about to hit the street, success brings him down, failure allows him to escape.

You do not know what is taking place behind you...


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

That is fine and you retain control. You passed two or three, long enough to maintain control which was the point of the exercise.

You swing your blade and it goes wide of the mark.

The Thug not even noticing you once again stabs at No Name.

ST Shadow ONLY:
Attack Dagger 5d10 ⇒ (3, 3, 10, 5, 7) = 28 Damage 4d10 ⇒ (9, 9, 9, 1) = 28 No Name Soak if necessary 6d10 ⇒ (7, 4, 3, 2, 9, 1) = 26

This time the dagger finds a home in No Name's shoulder.

Having finally gained the attention he sought after, the darkness coming from No Name's mouth vanishes and he turns on the overeager thug.

ST Shadow ONLY:
No Name Backhand 7d10 ⇒ (8, 1, 6, 8, 1, 4, 9) = 37 Damage 3d10 + 2 ⇒ (3, 1, 2) + 2 = 8 Thug Soak 3d10 ⇒ (6, 5, 7) = 18

To No Name's surprise the Thug ducks the swipe!

Xing you are up, the first thug is about 15' from the end of the alley. By the end of next round he may even be able to reach the street beyond the dark alley. Or you can continue to attack the Thug who has his back, foolishly, to you.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

Mario nearly snarls, "Who are you to speak to me in this manner? We have recently received a wind fall. If you must know I feel this type of activity may endanger the respectability we have so recently gained".

You know these guys were low down on the respectability ladder when pimping is considered respectable...


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

ST Shadow ONLY:
Thug 1 Soak 2d10 ⇒ (7, 6) = 13

You nearly eviscerate your foe, he staggers backwards and attempts to stagger away in his ruined condition.

The other foe takes the opportunity to backstab the man with No Name.

ST Shadow ONLY:
Attack Dagger 5d10 ⇒ (9, 4, 9, 7, 8) = 37 Damage 6d10 ⇒ (9, 3, 3, 9, 2, 5) = 31 No Name Soak if necessary 6d10 ⇒ (10, 10, 4, 9, 7, 2) = 42

The dagger penetrates deep into the man with No Name but to the Thugs horror, no blood comes out with the knife. The man with No Name does not even flinch. He merely shifts the energy released from his mouth to the other fallen combatant. Courage 3d10 ⇒ (10, 9, 10) = 29

Xing, there are two foes, one very wounded and one fresh. What do you do?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

Your strike on the man is solid.

ST Shadow ONLY:
Soak 2d10 ⇒ (2, 1) = 3

His clothing seems to soften the blow a bit but he is certainly wounded.

He lunges at you.

ST Shadow ONLY:
Attack Dagger 5d10 ⇒ (8, 5, 4, 3, 3) = 23 Damage 3d10 ⇒ (7, 3, 6) = 16

His strike grazes your shoulder. Soak one damage with Stamina.

The other lowlife lunges through No Name again, his hands shake as he seems to be unnerved by the effects. Courage 3d10 ⇒ (9, 4, 8) = 21

The man with No Name walks to the two lifeless bodies and a stream of dark energy lashes out from his mouth over one of them.

You are up again!


Xing Shi wrote:

Xing lashes out at one of the men with her blade growling ferociously upset that she fell like that and the new blood flowing through her taking over.

[dice=dex+melee]7d10

[dice=Damage str+3+3]9d10

let me know if i did the damage wrong. Str+3 is 6 + 3 extra for extra successes vs diff 6? If i have to many dice just take off that last ones from roll.

You had 4 successes (10's only count 1x as you do not have Melee specialty yet) so the extra damage from the successes is 0 because one success was negated by a botch. The last die was a success on damage that you lost though ;-( while the other two were not successes anyway.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo

You keep your cool.

Pietro smiles warmly, though you feel a bit uneasy, something about him makes him seem trustworthy to you.

"Yes. I will pay you double your rate for the transport if you tell me where these shipments are ultimately destined for starting with the cargo already delivered. That and nothing more will be required of you".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini

All that you know.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

ST ONLY:
No Name Wits+Alertness 7d10 ⇒ (3, 6, 5, 3, 4, 1, 5) = 27 Thug 1 Wits+Alertness 4d10 ⇒ (8, 2, 6, 2) = 18 Thug 2 Wits+Alertness 4d10 ⇒ (4, 10, 2, 9) = 25

Initiative:
Xing
Thug 2
Thug 1
No Name

You land on your feet with a hard thud. Miraculously, you feel no pain from that fall, a leap you would call it, and are ready to engage the foes!


No worries. Feel better, when you are a Vampire you won't get sick anymore.....


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

You step outside with everyone.

You are stuck on the landing of the building until a Gondola passes by.

Federico shivers, "That was a tense meeting Signore' Andrew. It is best if we stay away from them for certain".

Baldemar speaks with Sir Martin in soft whispers. Martin turns to you Andrew, "Either they know nothing or they are hiding something, I cannot determine which one. In another city, I would request a writ from a Bishop to search the house, such is the power of the Vhurch in most civilized places, here we do not have that luxury".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo

Note you are alone with Pietro in this room during this conversation.

"Right down to business, I like that. Very well. You have delivered packages of living cargo to an Inn within the past week correct?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini

You follow her through the city passing by tradesmen, drunks and guards none of whom pay either of you any heed.

Finally you arrive at a broken down building in the worst slums of the city. A few eyes in the shadows watch you enter the building but none follow.

Seated on a wooden carton is Hans. He stands, "There you are Querini, come let us talk of the activities of one Sadir..."


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

Mario looks thoughtful, "A moment Signore".

The two men step away and begin arguing back and forth. Finally after two minutes of back and forth whispering they approach again.

Maurizio says, "We are interested, what are we looking for and what will you pay?" Mario looks disgusted but does not state anything to the contrary.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

Xing you attempt to rush down the building but perhaps your new form has effected your balance because you slam into the cobblestones right next to the altercation.

Fall Damage 3d10 ⇒ (7, 3, 8) = 18 You take 2 damage from the fall, you may soak with Stamina as normal.

Please roll initiative as you are now engaged in combat. If you soak all of the damage you will land on your feet and just be in pain, if you fail to soak any damage you land on your back and must take a half action to stand.


Finn and Lorenzo, you are both resting at the Way of Kings. If you wish to do anything further this night let me know. I may or may not have visitors for you as the night marches on...


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo

You enter a long hallway with a rug so long and expensive it could take you years to purchase it.

Neither Pietro nor the two thugs pay it or the artwork or statues along the way any mind.

As you arrive at the second to last door on the left Pietro gestures and the door glides open. He invites you to walk up the set of stairs before you.

You oblige and find yourself in another hall. Across from that hall is another door which opens as you approach it.

The eeriness of this place is heightened by these doors automatically opening before you. Make a Courage check DC 6.

As you enter this final room you find yourself alone with Pietro. His presence seems intimidating but warm at the same time, there is a glow to his face which was not there before...

"Good evening Signore' Santo, tell me how goes your business?" Pietro asks softly.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

The old man sits down to do more work. If he hears what you have told your compatriots, he does not acknowledge it.

Baldemar raises an eyebrow. "Do we investigate further here and now?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini

She questions you but what she is saying you have no idea.

You head out the door and see Anya waiting for you at the stoop on the ground level.

She simply nods and gestures for you to follow.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

Make a Dexterity + Athletics Roll DC 7 to get down there in 1 round, you are 3 stories up!

The men charge at and through the man with No Name, his laugh is so sinister at that it freezes your now cold blood.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

Maurizio eyes you warily, "Whatever do you mean..."

Mario looks indignant and chimes in, "we are respectable businessmen running an establishment now. That being said, we certainly like Ducats very, very much..."


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

The two men dispatch the lone fighter rather handily.

No Name simply states, "Now".

He steps sideways into the shadows and vanishes from your sight only to reappear in the alley behind the two men!

He begins to clap, mockingly. "Bravo. You made short work of them, how will fair against a true predator?"

The men seem confused but charge at No Name nonetheless.

What do you do?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

Both men spin in your direction reaching for items in their cloaks without drawing them.

Mario speaks, "Who are you that we should speak to you?!"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini

"I shall let him know of your refusal..."


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo and Andrew the Hardy

"If that is all gentlemen, I have other business to attend to", Pietro motions to Michael and the two men with him and he heads towards the inner sanctum double doors of the building.

Michael, do you follow? Andrew, do you stay or leave?

Baldemar shakes his head, "We should be going, my cousin will have dinner for us no doubt".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

You wait in an alley and within fifteen minutes you see both Maurizio and Mario come strolling down the street headed towards the restaurant.

What do you do?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

The men duel each other with these long knives until finally one hits the ground. Two of the men turn on the one whose companion has fallen.

The man with No Name grins, "Keep holding, soon they will weaken".

Make a another Self Control DC 5 roll as the combat keeps going, agonizingly slowly...


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

You and your companions rest for the evening.


I will update tonight or tomorrow, sorry for the delay!


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini

"Hans said he would have words with you, Signore'".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

As you leave she asks wide eyed, "Who do I tell them is looking for them, wait when would I get paid?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Dominic shakes his head, "I suppose you are correct. Are we resting up for the rest of the night?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

"Give them time to further carve themselves up. Then we shall strike".

He draws a blade which is blackened by some sort of strange substance.

Make a another Self Control DC 6 roll as the combat continues and the blood is further spilled...


Eventually, you will all be left out of daytime activities :-)


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo and Andrew the Hardy

Pietro nods, "Yes. the funds are available to you. Pipe weed is a popular past time for many, I do not partake nor do I judge those who pursue their own vices, whatever they may be. Can Maurizio contact you if he is unable to get a hold of Baldemar? If so I believe our business is concluded and I wish the grace of God to go forth with you in your future endeavors".

His prayer is as half-hearted as your sounded moments before. Michael, do you remain silent?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

She eyes you suspiciously as you make your statements, "Who are you?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

You begin to stalk along roofs with him with much more ease and grace even than you did before, almost as if your new existence was meant for such activities. Your muscles do not seem tired or worn out, the impact of your landings do not create any tension at all, the way it used to on your feet, ankles or knees.

Eventually as you enter a section of the city more seedy than you have explored before you find what No Name is looking for, a street fight. There are two men fighting another two men with knives, the smell of blood fills your nostrils.

He whispers to you, "These criminals prey upon one another this night. We shall claim them as ours".

Make a Self Control roll DC 6 as the smell of their blood arouses you...


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"It seems the Doge wants our Venetian land armies out of Ferrara whereas the Doge is refusing to do so. The allies of the Pope are sieging Ferrara even as we speak here and now. This is all much worse than I had ever thought. The Doge has spoken of ex-communicating all of Venice".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

The woman blushes for a reason you can't quite fathom, "Unfortunately Signore' I cannot leave this place at this time. If you would like to come in, we can talk at greater length..."

She bats her eyelashes at you provocatively.

You sense nothing supernatural or odd about this place as you assess it. There are a few people on the streets milling about. Most are drunk in small groups or partnered up with a good time girl, this is not exactly the best part of the town. Certainly from the seedier alleyways there are those you have seen eyeball you as you have made the rounds, likely your appearance and bearing ahs kept such predators away from you, still none seem anything more than the human type of predator.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini

"I am Anya, is this the house of Michele Querini?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

"We must be extra careful in this place. We are unwelcome visitors here. I was sent here due to my connection to the Prince of this city, if we are caught and questioned, you will say that you are a week old and that you were brought over outside of this city else we may both perish. I can tell you little more of our goals here as it is dangerous knowledge to impart upon you. Being careful is of the upmost importance when taking a meal. We must not only ensure that we slay no innocents but we must hide our deed from those who rule this place from the shadows. Come let us take the roofs and see if there are any to whom justice must be meted out".

As you reach an area of the city where the buildings cluster together, he begins to climb the side of a building and gestures for you to follow.

Do you? Do you reply to anything he has said thus far?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Dominic grins, "I was slowing down not stopping altogether! Still, if what these women were saying is true then this matter with the Pope may be even bad for our business, for all of Venice".

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