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    259 KB Dragon Quest VIII Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)20:25 No.12329848  
    The days pass plesantly. You have minimal reason, at the moment, to risk your life, and a plethora of things to leisurely spend your time on. Studying what magic you can, practicing it, as well. Your progress has, irritatingly, slowed, but Scinnari assures you are the fastest learner she has ever taught. Researching what you have and found, particularly the disturbing imagery from the cult's temple. Though you wished you could fully loot the cults' library, the priests' insistence on informing the local watch-equivalent prevented you from doing so. Even with the emerald, an artifact that allows you to become invisible at will, it seems too risky. 'Professional Adventurers' you doubt, but the Sealord's Guard are there in force, along with some specialists. The risks are too great.

    But there are still other things you can do. Cygnis (who asked you not to reveal her true nature to the priests of the temple. Oh, the irony, delicious irony.) and Arman have been researching what they can of the temple, this 'Binder', 'Unspeakable One'. Very little has been found, it or he (or she,) seems to be a dead god, having mostly passed from this world.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)20:25 No.12329852
    As for the book you've extracted, you have not yet read it; Testing Scinnari's claims, you brought a control-group of humanoids to your lair, one at a time, to attempt to read the tome of note you took from the cult's temple: “The Book of the Binder; the Unspeakable One”. Without exception, all three of the humanoids exhibitted painful mental trauma, convulsing in spasm. Seizures and brain-damage, you think. Just in case, you chose to incinerate them rather than eat them.

    Scinnari thinks that it is not a god of the lower planes, though you have extracted an admission that it could be, if it were a particularly xenophobic and un-trusting god; perhaps only those who are followers can read it.

    Though you quite enjoy your lair, feeble and makeshift establishment though it is, you have been keeping up pretenses of being normal, especially with Cygnis revealed as a metallic dragon, a despicable, hypocritical, Gold. Despicable or not, though, you seem to have adequately mislead her, and she owes you a life-debt, adding to the ironic delight of the arrangement.

    Scinnari has made use the time spent in Freeport-proper to acquire herself a longbow, a fitting weapon with her elven appearnace, and one she assures you she is skilled with. Jarrik has contacted you occsionally, suggesting a display for the gang of kobolds he has found living in the city's underbelly. As he described them, “They city kobolds. Weak. Not as good, Jarrik think. But Jarrik speaks to them. Jarrik think they be willing to believe.”
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)20:33 No.12329929
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    You receive occasional letters from both Arman and Cygnis, delivered by messenger to your inn. Nothing you wouldn't have figured out yourself, you are disappointed to find, but moderately interesting, and saving you the effort.

    Nine days after your arrival in Freeport, you receive a surprising letter from Cygnis;

    "Dear Cibach,
    Once again, I thank you for rescuing me. Embarrassing as my predicament and condition were, and proud as I am, I am certain I would not have gotten out alive without help. As an offer of thanks of my own, and, since you, knowing who"

    You notice, amused, that while the rest of the letter is very neat, the 'who' is smudged, and has ink drops, so that it could be read 'what', if you so desired.

    "I am, I would like to offer you a profitable role in my designs upon the city, most notably the upcoming holiday. If you entertain political ambitions, it would be an ideal chance to establish yourself in the regions politics; if you don't, it would still be extremely lucrative for you.

    >> SWARMLORD !F0s3L.0fFM 10/04/10(Mon)20:37 No.12329976
    Let us go!
    the political opportunities are staggering!
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)20:48 No.12330101

    "Scinnari." you say, entering your room at the inn. Glancing around, you see that she isn't there. A pity, but then again, she is no more fond of Cygnis... 'Cygnariassis' than Cygnariassis is of her. It might even be best to leave her behind; she probably would not approve of working with the gold unless the conditions were most profitable.

    Dancing down that line of thought, you smile at the thought of the devil accusing the dragon of making bargains with too many strings.

    Returning to the house of Cygnis, presumably Cygnariassis' humanoid persona, pause, running through a mental checklist of armaments, (You made sure to be armed, and brought the emerald, should this turn out to be a less than honest offer,), and potential escape routes. Now that you think to look for it, you realize that Cygnis' house is situated rather well for someone like her (or you,), and not only is it just wide enough that were you to revert, you would not have to touch anything on either side, but the surrounding houses are low enough that you could take off with extreme ease.

    Advancing, you knock on the door, finishing your checklist with a recall of details you given away about yourself. The persona you used so far has suggested 'gentleman adventurer', and a small noble from a distant land travelling the world, hoping to find wealth and power. Not so far off, actually. For the best, you feel, since the best lies have enough truth in them to stand up to scrutiny. Or magic.

    You have time to decide that you're probably a last of many sons, with title but no inheritance, before the door opens. The interior is far different from what you remember; the place has been cleaned up remarkably, and there actually seems to be a 'living area' of sorts, a pair of armchairs and a small loveseat around a low table.

    >> Probably should have written this up earlier too... Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)21:04 No.12330249
    "Sir Cibach! Quite an honor, come in, come in." Cygnis responds, answering the door. Wearing decent clothes, not covered in blood or scars, and no longer shaking, Cygnis turns out to be a pretty elf, something that no doubt, the cynical portion of your mind adds, contributed to Arman's interests in rescuing her.

    Crossing the threshold, you follow her to the seat, asking "Sir? I won't deny it, but I don't think it's something I've brought up in this city."

    "Of course not, Cibach, but I think you will be needing a title of some sort. Do you know about the upcoming festival? I think I may have mentioned it in my letter."

    "You /know/ you mentioned it in your letter." you think to yourself, "Or if you didn't, I need to adjust my estimate of you down a few notches."

    Aloud, you reply, "I've heard of it, but know nothing. I presume you intend to fill me in?"

    "Of course." she says, sitting down on the loveseat across the table from you. You can see her shifting into 'lecture' mode, and hope that it would be the rambling, self-contradictory philosophy that golds are known for.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)21:04 No.12330261
    "Several hundred years ago, when this city was the literal pirate haven it is only reputed to be now, the first two Sealords, men by the name of Francisco and Drake, were the two most powerful pirates in the area. For reasons unknown, they decided to ally, and lead all the pirates of the port on a three month raid of the Continent, sacking towns, demolishing navies, and looting merchants up and down the coast, from the Floating Islands of the north to the Shattered Sea in the south.

    "After more than three months, the returned, raid succesful. Common tale holds that they had so much plunder they could have replaced every ship they lost in solid gold, had they so desired. To stay succinct, as I doubt you have the interest in history I do, they later fought viciously for control of the city, Drake, who's name has been mutated to 'drac' over the years, eventually victorious, but, even mostly legitimate as the town is now, they still celebrate the return of that fleet, annually, shutting down the entire port for two days in the crudely-named 'Swagfest'."

    "A day to party and a day to recover." you observe, earning a smile.

    "Quite. Among other things, though, aspirants to the Council of High Captains, the city's ruling body," she offers by way of explanation, "Often utilize these days as time to make an name for themselves, ingratiate themselves with the populace, often by supporting or funding the festivities. In fact, a trader captain by the name of 'Lydon' is planning to make his bid for the Council."

    There is a pause as she finishes, and you consider her words, predicting where she is going with this.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)21:13 No.12330369
    "And you are offering me a place in festivities? A bid pre-packaged and paid for?" you guess. Her face lights up, and it seems you guessed correctly.

    "Exactly! I have been... remotely running a small merchant company, and I have decided it is about time for the owner to make a bid. As I run it, the owner is mysteriously absent, and I was wondering whether you would like to assume the role?"

    "Mysteriously absent.... I see. Ideally I would not end up that way myself." you comment, testing how far her humor extends. She seems to miss the phrases implications, taking it as a joke.

    "No, of course not."

    "Very well... You want me to become your... pawn, puppet, etcetera, on the High Council, and in exchange.... What exactly?" you say, doing your best to treat the fine line between feigned morality, all too real greed, and maintaining your favorable reputation in her eyes.

    "Well... I would, of course, be using this as an opportunity to get my... claws into the council." Cygnis begins, and you add knowledgeably,

    "Of course. Gold.... dragons are known for their interest in guiding countries. That they may benefit from your wisdom no doubt." you say. You suspect you may be toeing the line, but 'Mr. Cibach' has so far been fairly bold.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)21:17 No.12330425
    "Yes, though, in my defense, it serves a double purpose of also keeping me occupied, though the centuries. So. Would you be willing to be "-Captain- Cibach Azaladon, free merchant and trader? Such an identity would, of course, require your own estate, and the funds to maintain it, if you are worried about the costs. And, of course, I would have no interest in controlling every aspect of the city; you would be free to pursue your own agendas on the Council as long as they don't conflict with mine."

    [Fin. Any bargaining or clarification you want? Also, Swarmlord, you the only one here?]
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)21:20 No.12330461
    What kind of agendas does she have in mind at the moment for herself?

    Tempted to try to bargain a way to get us more say/an idea on what she does over time. Maybe let us be an advisor/let us learn from her plans type of thing.
    >> noko Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)21:29 No.12330563
    Hey why didn't we ever get ourselves a longbow. That was our second weapon specialty.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)21:31 No.12330584
    "I must explore this further," you state, regretfully, "as while your offer is generous, I do not believe I would be happy as someone's Yes-Man, or rubber-stamp. Indeed, unless I had at least equal say, it would... most unpalatable to one of my ancestry." you finish. All true.

    "I... can understand your issues, and I assure you my intentions are noble. It seems... crass to ask for 'at least equal status', considering that I am funding it myself. Hmm..." she says, thinking, or feigning it. She could have thought this out well in advance; certainly, putting together her own merchant enterprise would take some preparation, likely she had something like this planned even before she knew you. Or was kidnapped. While thinking, she stands, and retrieves a kettle from the houses' fireplace, setting it and two cups on the table. "If I were to ask for nothing without discussing it with you, would that be... suitable to satisfy your honor? As for material compensation, I could provide you with, as stated, an estate in the richer area of the city, and the funds to maintain it. I presume," she says, a tone that suggests she is only half serious, "that you are not the type to waste money away as soon as you receive them?"

    "No more than I am one to make a pile of it and sleep on it." you reply, in a similarly facetious tone, accepting her proffered cup of tea.

    [Did I miss anything, or do you have further suggestions?]
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)21:33 No.12330611
    We could, but we haven't bothered. We have yet to encounter any ranged opposition, for the most part. We could go do that after this.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)21:38 No.12330664
    Hmmm. With our current identity as a normal elf, I don't think we'd be able to push for more than that. Having her discuss her plans with us gives us a heads on up anything we might need to deal with and she's giving us money which we can use to further our own goals and this gets us a bit of a political position in the area and lets us get more connections. I also am amused she didn't ask to hear what our goals might be so that could be useful if we're careful.

    Unless someone can think of something else, I think it's satisfactory for the time being. Maybe use this chance to inquire into what she has planned once we're in position.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)21:42 No.12330714
    Actually, ask if we can get to a more equal status if we can eventually fund our position on our own overtime. Fair enough, she's doing it all now but if we can manage to do it on our own, it'd give her even more claws in the council if we eventually go separate and she use someone else as owner of her company.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)21:45 No.12330747
    Also worth trying to see if we can get her to teach us some tricks of the arcane nature/history of dragons/other things. Argue that we'd be more useful to her if we can do things on our own without relying on her might. That way she can remain hidden easier.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)21:52 No.12330839
    Seems kind of slow tonight in terms of people following it. Maybe you should hold off for another night if it doesn't pick up. Don't want to be the only one making all the choices for us.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)21:55 No.12330879
    "So what would accepting this job entail, detail wise?" you ask, hooked. She smiles, and responds,

    "Well, I don't expect your bid to be accepted immediately. It seems highly unlikely that you could come out of nowhere and and make the council, company presence and financial backing... withstanding." she says, shifting her weight. You suspect that if she were no acting 'proper', or were in her natural form, she would be lounging. And possibly even more satisfied with herself than she is. "I would want you to be a sociable, visible, and popular presence at the festival. You would be providing significant funding and sponsorship for the events, similar to Captain Lydon I mentioned previously. If you could befriend him, it would help, and you would be allowed to participate in the events he would be sponsoring. Victory would, of course, earn you public acclaim and popularity, I should think. Naturally, we too would have to think of some events, to make a suitable showing in comparison."

    "Yes... That seems good. But what are your intentions once I do reach the council, if that occurs?" you ask, suspecting she might be dancing around the issue.

    "I wish to... clean up the city somewhat. Make it more respectable. Perhaps guide it towards abolishing the slave trade, and becoming an actual player in the world's politics, rather than a rogue city-state. To make the place better to live in, and better to deal with." she finishes, evidently satisfied with her own explanation.

    "Better to live in and deal with /for/ /who/?" you ask to yourself, but remain quiet and amiable.

    "Well? Do we have an accord?" she asks, impatient, and, from the sound of her voice, delighted with the questions you've been asking. If you're any judge, you think she was expecting these, and you have confirmed her appraisal of yourself.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)22:01 No.12330960

    "Well, I suppose one last question, if I could eventually fund my status on my own, perhaps even purchase your merchant interest fully from you, would you be amenable to allowing my independence at a later date?"

    "But why would you want to?" she says, a mock pout. Taimat, it's a good thing you didn't bring Scinnari here. Still, she laughs, and nods, "I could find no issue with a lawful transaction, and development. Though I would hope we would remain on friendly terms."

    Right. As if /you/ were the one owing her a life debt.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)22:02 No.12330969
    It's gonna be tough but I think this is a worthwhile risk to take. It'll require careful manipulations and backstabbing if it comes to it but we have the opportunity to have this place to be molded to be more important and then us sweeping in to take power.

    Of course, you might want to wait for others to pitch in their thoughts based on how divided people were on sparing this dragon in the first place.
    >> Pompieus 10/04/10(Mon)22:05 No.12331007

    yeah , lets do it , then when she outlives her usefulness, we can expose her as a dragon trying to infiltrate the council , becoming the hero of the hour
    >> !clYKH3bpFk 10/04/10(Mon)22:07 No.12331023
    rolled 3, 3 = 6

    I'm reading. Enjoying as always =]
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)22:08 No.12331034
    By all means, participate!

    That DOES set the precedent of 'No Dragons Allowed'. Which is bad if we want to become an Emperor.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)22:09 No.12331062
    I have to agree. I think if she's going to be revealed as a dragon, it should be because she's been doing terrible things in the city. Which we manipulate to make it look like she has when we're ready to out her.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)22:13 No.12331112
    Just to avoid railroadan', [All aboard! Choo-choo!], we're saying 'take her up on this'? Are there any further clauses we'd like to add or investigate?

    [C'mon, people, weigh in!]
    >> Pompieus 10/04/10(Mon)22:15 No.12331142

    naw , lets just get this moving , how magically adept are we at the moment , we are a fusion of sorcerer and wizard if i remember correctly
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)22:17 No.12331160
    Only other thing I can think of is trying what was suggested in this post in asking her to teach us some tricks. It would likely help increase our chances of doing well in the festival since we're the one that's going to have to win events. Otherwise, I still say accept it and plan her eventual downfall as she slowly begins to trust us more and more.
    >> !clYKH3bpFk 10/04/10(Mon)22:17 No.12331161
    rolled 3, 5 = 8

    l lurk because I have no experience whatso-ever with this setting (which I'm assuming is DnD or something)
    >> Pompieus 10/04/10(Mon)22:19 No.12331201

    no , im thinking we can make a slave collar that will warp her view on reality allowing us to control what she hears smells sees and even thinks. that way , we can use her as the ultimate pawn
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)22:20 No.12331217
    Well we shall see what we can get our hands on before we make plans like that. Unfortunately, my initial hopes that she'd take some trauma from her encounters seem to have evaporated. At this point, we can only hope some of the stuff we took from the cult can help with dealing with her. Otherwise we'll have to carefully plot her downfall.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)22:22 No.12331237
    we could try the double life view point. interact with her in this persona when it would be beneficial and use another to achieve other goals.

    also seems interesting she wishes to use us as a liaison. just pointing it out.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)22:30 No.12331328
    Agreed. I'm for initially accepting, and plotting her eventual downfall. Maybe eventually using Jarrik or Scinnari as a puppet rival bidder of some sort to "compete" with ourselves in some way.

    We may have to plan this accordingly by establishing an underground kobold gang or something.

    Maybe set aside some funds for Scinnari to set herself up as something, or for Scinnari to "convince" some disillusioned noble to be your "rival".
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)22:31 No.12331341
    Also in long term i think we could let her have the city as long as that city be in our empire.

    of course this might be wishful thinking since we would need to start somewhere namely this city.

    we could manipulate the dragon to get the city to do what we want. policing actions to reestablish order in lawless regions. (aka take over). of course this will be for nothing if we don't establish ourselves as ruler of the city, so i think we should also establish our own power base at the same time using other the other power base.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)22:32 No.12331368
    Well she said she wasn't going to interfere in our affairs as long as it didn't go against hers. I was debating something along the lines of invading another place at some point on some legit/lawful grounds and then setting that area up as our own. We can develop it from a distance while working under her and whatever we take basically becomes our own little town we can develop as we see fit. Letting us make a nice lair in the process.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)22:33 No.12331374
    I'm all for it.

    We get on the city council, then call a party for the two of us to celebrate. Human forms, of course.

    Then Scinarri puts an arrow through her temple and we TEAR OUT HER HEART!
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)22:33 No.12331382
    Basing the monsters off the D&D 3.X monster manuals, abilities off the setting mechanics. Not actually using the game mechanics.

    The setting I'm pulling together from a mishmash of generic fantasy, some quality fantasy sources (which, I fear, will become too clear when we get to that, though it's a few threads ahead, now.), and Forgotten Realms, the generic D&D setting that sort-of-sucks because it's flooded with high level NPCs. (Who are mysteriously lacking in this setting. And will stay that way.)

    No prior knowledge required.

    "Your offer is flattering. I of course, accept." you respond.

    "I am delighted!" she laughs, offering you her hand over the table. You stand, half bow, and kiss her hand. Not so much a subject-to-liege ritual as you doing your best to play your 'noble heritage' to the hilt. She laughs again, enjoying your display.

    "Very well. Where do we begin, and what do you suggest?" you ask.

    "Well, Captain Azaladon, Lydon has arranged for three festivities, a naval re-enactment of the seizure of the harbor of Tashz, and two fairly traditional contests. I believe we could add a drinking competition, as that is one of the things my-" she deliberately corrects herself, "our company specializes in. I was hoping that you might have further ideas, at least one, though it would be nice to be able to match Lydon."

    "Quite," you agree, mind churning.
    >> NightElf !!Pe8/IxcXVF4 10/04/10(Mon)22:35 No.12331405
    wohooo motherfucking dragonquest
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)22:37 No.12331436
    "Further, some investigation has found out that Lydon, while a successful merchant himself, has some finances in arrears. I have... a voice in his loaner's ear, and he is already most dissatisfied that Lydon has chosen to fund the holiday, rather than pay him back immediately. If you think yourself capable, I could convince him to attempt to have Lydon assassinated, and warn you how. Saving your fellow Captain's life would be an excellent in, both with him, and with the people. As I would be able to warn you about the details before hand, it sounds an easy thing to arrange, and something that would aid my plans. Perhaps, if you were serious about your intentions to purchase your independence, Lydon could be your replacement, when you are ready." she says, speculatively. You can't tell, but you think she might be trying to make you jealous, reluctant to gain said independence. Or she's talking aloud. It's difficult to tell.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)22:38 No.12331451
    Why not see if we can hold an event on the final day mirroring something along the lines of what Drake and Francisco did when they allied. Near the end of the festival, get the two who are doing best during this festival to have a competition to see who can get the most loot in the city and we'll make it a re-enactment by making various merchant stalls or something representing the various places they raided and we can see who can get the most booty after a certain amount of time?
    >> Pompieus 10/04/10(Mon)22:39 No.12331476

    yeah , this sounds like a plan , save his ass so we look good to the city , then have him assassinated for real once we reach the council
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)22:40 No.12331485
    I like the idea of saving the man. Even if he does replace us if we do get our own independence, as long as we have enough influence with him by being buddy buddy and saving his ass, it won't matter. He'll just be an insider for us if we can win his loyalty.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)22:41 No.12331499
    I like how we're doing all the right things for all the wrong reasons. DEVIOUS RED all up in this bitch.
    >> Pompieus 10/04/10(Mon)22:41 No.12331502

    have a swimming contest beowulf style , except we win instead of the other guy.

    conjure sea serpents or something , we kill serpents crowd goes ooooohh
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)22:50 No.12331593
    Hmm. Perhaps a competition of swordsmanship? That's a pirate activity, is it not? Buried treasure hunt! Heh.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)22:51 No.12331606
    bit tangential did we ask jarrik about this prophesy of his
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)22:55 No.12331650
    I'm enjoying that too, actually. I'm fond of CRPGs, but always annoyed at how often evil means 'lol, torture bunnies, rape puppies, and kill people for daring to ask me for help'. This is nice. /tg/ does not disappoint.

    "Hmm.... There will probably not be a small enough crowd to choose two victors; perhaps we can change it into a large affair?" Cygnis asks, approving, despite her quibbles with the details.

    "Yes," you agree, "We could pick two leaders, a 'Fransico' and 'Drake', and divide participants up into teams. Each leader is given a map of the city with the locations of our participating stalls.. Ports?" you ask, doing your best to fix her objections.

    "Yes! And we can theme each stall after one of the major Continental cities they sacked! Fantastic!" she says, evidently delighted. From her end-table, she pulls the top piece from a stack of parchment, and begins writing, presumably notes for her to arrange this.

    "And perhaps a swimming competition? Who can make it across the bay, or a race, if that's too easy." you say, somewhat unsure on normal humanoid limitations.

    "Hmm... it doesn't tie in well, but it might work. There are the rumors of something in the bay, though, from what I hear. That may make it unpopular... A regatta, perhaps? Yes, I like that idea!" she says, adding to her parchment.

    "Do you have a boat I could enter in it, then?" you ask, visions of power in your mind. If you could manage to win /all/ the competitions...

    "I'm afraid the unwritten rules frown heavily on participating in ones that you yourself fund. And even if it wasn't, if you won too many of your own, it might call any victories into question..." Hunching over the table, she pulls another sheet, writing a message, as far as you can tell. Probably instructions to her officials for the merchant line. "I am overjoyed to have chosen you, Cibach, you are a
    wonderful partner in this.."
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)22:58 No.12331690
    1. Use goldie to acquire power
    3. Abuse power
    4. ????
    5. PROFIT! And a city in our grasp.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:00 No.12331708
    Partner? Huh... implications? Partner as in business partner or otherwise? I'm fairly sure that romantic business is out of the bloody question, but is that a partnership in which one of us is superior?

    In any case, I like the idea of combat oriented events. We can scout out potential goons of a sort. Hire ourselves a bunch of thugs and have them as you're personal, more visible, retinue, and eventually into a private army of some sorts.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:01 No.12331715
    She's a dragon. We're an elf as far as she's aware. It's business partner.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)23:03 No.12331728
    Nope. Haven't had much time with him.

    "A standard, too be sure. Still, it might be difficult; I wouldn't want anyone- well, I wouldn't want innocent people getting truly injured in such a fight, even mock. Perhaps to first touch, if we can do it? Excellent." she says, moving to add that, too to the list. "I see... I think we should limit ourselves to three events; it might be perceived as a challenge or insult if the newcomer outdoes Lydon, an old Freeport Captain. And, though I promised to fund this, I do not wish it getting too expensive, I'm sure you understand."

    "But of course. After all, you need a roof over your head," you agree understandingly, "and something to sleep on.".

    "Indeed. Personally... I like the reenactment, and the fencing competition, if I can get it arranged. And a drinking competition would be an excellent advertisement for our shipping... You, being the captain, though, have the final decision, naturally." she finishes.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:03 No.12331734
    I see the potential for a MASSIVE trollface moment in this partnership.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:04 No.12331746

    I think she's offering us the say in these things because they aren't all that important. If we try countermanding instructions like "Push this ordnance through the council", we're likely to come into some heavy conflict.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:07 No.12331769
    While we work openly with her to improve the state of the city, we secretly create slave markets, reduce guard presence in troubled areas, and do other things to promote crime and evil.

    I'm sure Scinnari will be a great help in this endeavor.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:09 No.12331796
    I think I'm game with the re-enactment, fencing and drinking contest. Hopefully our dragon nature makes drinking a lot easier for us.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:09 No.12331797
    That seems more of lolevil thing to do. We want things that will actually profit us.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:11 No.12331821
    How about an adjustment? We use Scinnari to get our rivals to do this kind of thing and then we have a reason to make the council in the city smaller. Then slowly we consolidate our own power by reducing the other captains or we recommend captains that are in our pocket to be put on the council.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)23:14 No.12331866
    It does, but she did say that we really shouldn't participate in our own events. We could try overruling her, or doing it disguised, but that might draw undue attention.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:17 No.12331898
    Right. Misread that. Guess we're going to have to ace Lydon's events and hope that we do well enough that we can charm the crowd enough that they want to see us competing in our own competitions.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:18 No.12331905
    I see a lot of failed dice rolls coming up.

    We're gonna burn that 99, I know it.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:20 No.12331934
    Don't jinx it. I don't see how else we're going to get into a position to get a spot on a council other than winning though.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)23:22 No.12331948
    It's a bit early, but feel free to keep that in mind.

    >Agree; no argument

    "Your decisions seem wise, I am happy to go along with them." you agree, happy with these developments, but wondering how this will end.

    "Excellent! In that case, a few questions we should go over before the event. In fact... I have the rest of today off, and would be more than happy to show you around your estate. We can discuss our plans further there." Cygnis says, standing up. "Assuming you don't mind?"
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:25 No.12331989
    Agree to go along, but try to convey that you don't intend to become a mere pawn.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:27 No.12332018
    We've already been doing that really. We've been putting forth our opinion on things, made it obvious we'd like to be independent and such. As long as we continue to be bold here and there, we should be able to maintain that.

    Probably best to get this out of the way rather than have her come bugging us later at bad times. Plus it'll likely keep her busy organizing all this stuff and let us do things in town to do other things.
    >> SWARMLORD !F0s3L.0fFM 10/04/10(Mon)23:34 No.12332112
    Tell her that we actually have to return to our Inn, as our devil awaits us.

    (I was gone for a bit... sorry about that.)
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)23:41 No.12332219
    "An good idea. A thorough assumption of identity requires significant thought, and it might be lethal if your ideas of "Captain Cibach" and my ideas of him were not the same.

    As you walk through the city, you discuss your 'history', telling her your own fake back-story, and then helping her weave it into that of the owner of her merchant interest, Freeport Spice, Liquors, and Goods. A generic name, perfectly suited to it's purposes.

    The ideas are there. Unmarried. Fourth son of a nobleman in a far off land; no inheritance but family money, which you used to start the company. You, of course, then need to know much about the company, but she assures you you'll have access to anything you need, and she'll deal with the actual running of it.

    "I warned you, I am not a pawn." you whisper to her, annoyed at her intent to sideline you to nothing but showmanship, "If you require a puppet, you can pick any man off the street."

    "I... note your complaints, and shall make efforts to take more care in the future. Your input, is, of course, valued, as you do have the important part of this. Anyone can acquire the money, but it takes skill to get power from it." she concedes. Not exactly the assurance you were looking for, but it will have to do.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)23:41 No.12332227

    The estate is in the Merchant district. A much nicer, classier area of the city, not as old as the inner city, and with frequent patrols of the inhabitants private guards. The estate itself is not particularly lavish, extravagant, or large, but it is a very nice two story house, with a bottom floor and front garden suited to entertaining people, or holding receptions. While not as big as the ones around it, it seems to have a quite modesty and respectability.

    "Well, I think we have most of it worked out, then." Cygnariassis eventually says, "Swagfest", she says as if the vulgar title is distasteful, "is the day after tomorrow, and I shall pass you further information as it becomes necessary. If there is nothing else, I should take my leave."
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:42 No.12332231
    We may want to find a way to destroy a Devil permenantly, if things with Scinnari turn sour. We don't want to kill her only to have her go back to Baator to plot our demise. I happen to recall that they can be killed permenantly if there are not summoned by a normal summoning spell, such as gate. Or if they transport themselves to another plane via teleportation they can be killed permenantly. We may want to bring this up with Cygnis, just as a backup plan.
    >> SWARMLORD !F0s3L.0fFM 10/04/10(Mon)23:44 No.12332265
    As a backup plan only.
    I do not want her to be destroyed prematurely
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:44 No.12332267
    Can't think of anything at the moment. Ask her where we might find her if we need to speak to her and that she should contact us if she has something she needs to decide on/go over within the next day or so. Let's not make it too easy for her to just do it all herself.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:45 No.12332273
    >I happen to recall that they can be killed permenantly if there are not summoned by a normal summoning spell, such as gate.
    What I meant to say was if gated in they can be killed.\, but if called by a summoning spell (Summon Monster #Whatever) slaying them only dismisses them back to thier home plane.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:45 No.12332277
    I think they only die permanently if they die on their home place.

    Does that rule hold true for planeswalkers from the Prime?
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:46 No.12332297
    Fuck, I missed some. Can someone link me to a place where I can catch up?
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:48 No.12332319
    We have no reason to plot against our devil yet. Everytime she's complained, she's later admitted we have had good reason to do what we've done. In some ways, we're being more devious than she is or at least she's a lot more willing to go stabby stabby evil while we're more plotting/devious evil.
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:52 No.12332364
    >I think they only die permanently if they die on their home plane.
    No, if they travel to another plane by a Gate spell or other travel spell they CAN be killed permenantly.

    >Does that rule hold true for planeswalkers from the Prime?
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/04/10(Mon)23:56 No.12332403
    A, I think they can only be killed permanently if in their home, or a plane really close to their home. A demon could be killed on any of the Abyss' infinite planes, and a Devil on any of the nine hells.

    "I.. A single question, before you go, do you know of how to unmake demons, or, in this case, devils? Permanently?"

    Cygnis raises an eyebrow, but responds, "I believe the standard is killing them in their home plane, the abyss, or, in her case, the hells. I do not know how specific it needs to be, but I can look into it if you so desire."

    You would like it, but would hate to ask a favor, or mitigate the debt she owes you, so instead you merely say, "No, don't trouble yourself, I can see to it. It's unnecessary, it just seems it might be useful. If you do find something, though, please tell me."

    "Of course. And now, I guess I will leave you to move into your accommodations, *Free Captain* Cibach." she says. You show her to the door, and and half-bow as she departs. "Good afternoon." she calls back.

    It is around two, by the sun in the sky, and you don't have a whole hell of a lot to move into your manor, unless you intend to bring your hoard. The day is clear and sunny, and you have two days before you are expected to be a showman.

    >thoughts, preparations, actions?
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:57 No.12332413
    I guess we could go around and learn what we can about the other contenders.

    Maybe arrange for one or two to get too drunk to participate? Spike their drinks perhaps?

    Maybe Scinnari could seduce them and drug them?
    >> Anonymous 10/04/10(Mon)23:57 No.12332415
    Let's find out what the competitions we have to compete in are. Maybe there are some things we can prepare beforehand and some of our companions might come find us while doing it.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)00:00 No.12332444
    Cite it and it's law.

    Happy to.






    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)00:07 No.12332509
    Research into it is simple, the populace are fairly excited about it. From what you can tell, nobody actually has to participate. Some are on a 'show up' basis, such as something referred to as "One Eyed Davey's stand', or, such as the battle that will be put on in the harbor, mercenary groups and ships are hired to put on a show, and it is a not a competition. You suspect your swordplay competition would be on a show-up basis. Hmm... Perhaps you could enter that if you asked asked Lydon to be the judge? Details, details.

    You find yourself moving through the rooms of the house, savoring it as your own. It is somewhat bare, and you will have to talk to Cygnis to get the funds to furnish it, (or shell out your own.). But you like it, it seems... a luxury you undoubtedly deserve.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)00:20 No.12332668
    What information can we gather on Lydon then? If we're going to try to make friends, we should learn what we can about him. Possibly in another form.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)00:22 No.12332683
    Hehe. Shapeshiftspam.

    Seems reasonable.
    >> SWARMLORD !F0s3L.0fFM 10/05/10(Tue)00:25 No.12332710
    and with our devil companion.
    ( we really need to have Jerrik near us more often...)
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)00:27 No.12332736
    I think a pirate town is an excellent foundation to begin an empire from, but such a small island should likely not be our capital. We should try to move on from here as soon as we can, there are much better lairs about I am sure.

    A centrally located volcano is surely out there waiting for us somewhere.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)00:29 No.12332746
    Word on the street is... scattered. Incoherent.
    From what you can tell, he's pushing for a seat on the council, possibly due to his waning fortunes as a merchant. (Those who hold the theory think that he has his heart set on some of Sealord Milton Drac's dirty money). A few people in the know agree with Cygnis' estimation that 'Finn', the individual who's money Lydon has borrowed, is not only less than pleased with Lydon's decision to sponsor swagfest rather than pay him back, but furious. Picking the facts out of the rumors is difficult, though.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)00:31 No.12332765
    We should go invest in an anti-scrying measure. Kazimiri knows our elf form and we've already insulted him once. As soon as we make a power play we will be under watch.

    Don't need to be observed doing anything compromising.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)00:32 No.12332766
    Hmmm. Although it's painful for a dragon, what think you guys on paying or at least giving some money to Finn to get him of Lydon's back? That'd definitely get us some favor in his court.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)00:35 No.12332806
    I object. Precious horde is precious, but we could really use some kind of leverage against other councilmen eventually.

    Also, such a vast expenditure would not only shock him but blatantly reveal that we are trying to buy him.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)00:37 No.12332823
    Instead of getting Lydon to like us, we could get some people to 'collect' his debt, and remove him from the running entirely.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)00:37 No.12332830
    What do we know of dragons in the area?

    I think we should ask Cygnis about them, acting worried about another dragon trying to muscle in and being in danger because of it. Say it's because the red that owed us a favor used to be our trump card, but now that's gone.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)00:37 No.12332831
    Hmm. Why not control Finn then? Scinnari might like that job and that would give us access to a potential source of money if we take that over through her.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)00:41 No.12332875
    It would be nice if we could control him, and it would give us a powerful position to hold two of the city rulers.

    How many council members are there?
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)00:42 No.12332878
    More than 1, and that's too many.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)00:42 No.12332883
    Would have been something to ask her prior to her leaving.

    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)00:47 No.12332927
    Well I assume we will be speaking to her again soon, what with her investing in us so heavily and all.

    And I suggested the anti-scrying item, but I'll second the controlling. We need to find a good way to do that. I guess we could try to make friends, but that all depends on what kind of a guy he is. A do-gooder is probably not going to help us get our real agenda implemented.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)00:51 No.12332989
    Anti-scrying is good. It might let us open that damn lead chest at some point if we can get some and it'll be useful to have since the wizard likely will have an interest in us if we start to do things in the city.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)00:51 No.12332996
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    Please tell me I'm not the only one who thought of this after reading the title.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)00:54 No.12333039
    Never played it, I'm afraid, but I knew it was a game, and was referencing it with the title. Won't you stay and join in?

    Let's get some dice rolling here, searching for a decent wizard's shop, and all that.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)01:01 No.12333122
    [1d100, in case it wasn't apparent]
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)01:06 No.12333183
    Hell, could we get some warding runes and all that installed in our house? A good precaution. Especially if Scinnari (and us,) aren't fond of voyeurs.

    Also, I feel like a character from Oblivion or Fable. "House Acquired!"
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)01:08 No.12333212
    rolled 86 = 86

    Here you go sir.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)01:12 No.12333257
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    I swear to god, it's like clothes are forbidden for winged devil females to wear according to the number of pictures I can find.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)01:15 No.12333293
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    Next time Jarrik arrives tell him we need to set up a formal way to contact him. And we need to get these kobolds appropriately awed.

    Also, more possible Scinnari pictures because I think she's pretty cool and would hate to need to kill her.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)01:18 No.12333334
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    We could also use a map of the islands and mainland close to here, for future plans.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)01:23 No.12333393
    An elderly mage, by the name of Anzan, is highly recommended from what you hear. Obviously, the thing to do is set about locating his premise.

    Scinnari finds you, during your investigations, and you relate the days' news. She is nonplussed.

    "So now we're the gold's catspaw. That does not seem very much of an improvement."

    "Perhaps you missed the part where I mentioned that not only did we have a bid at the ruling body here, we have opportunities to gain personal influence with these people, and I can purchase back my independence as a politician whenever I want. Further, we have private accommodations, and anything we do is covered by her funds, rather than ours."

    "Everything you do is just adding to the debt you'll have to pay to buy yourself back!" Scinnari almost shouts. A few people notice, but nobody spares anymore than a glance. Presumably the assume it's a generic lovers' spat. Still, you find the unwanted attention embarrassing, and upsetting, and you begin releasing a trickle of dark smoke. While Scinnari rants at you, you draw a cigarette and put it in your mouth, unlit, but to a passing observation, an excuse for the smoke. Scinnari continues oblivious. "You're digging yourself into the same hole this Lydon is! You will owe her for everything she's done for you, and she will claim your actions were paying the 'interest'! You've not only obviated the life-debt she owed you, but now /you/ owe /her/!" Scinnari fumes at you, thankfully quieter.

    Ah, there it is, "Anzan's Essentials". Strange. In the shop's windows are bits of material with strange sigils, chests of arcane-looking design, and an array of pendants. There is a small sign in the window that say "Custom work available upon request", thought the place looks an elaborate enough setup that you can't imagine it being too cheap.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)01:25 No.12333409
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    I've kind of thought of her like this. Except with black wings, and a less dazed/crying look on her face.

    And personally, I'd like some handleba- I mean horns, but I don't want to bring fetishes into this.

    >devil-ess; shapeshifting
    >dragon; shapeshifting
    Oops. Too late.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)01:29 No.12333445
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    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)01:29 No.12333451
    Meh, death is a powerful way to mitigate debt. Hopefully the cult will attempt to abduct her again soon enough and there will be an opportunity to gut her without risk. If not, well, we have a few ideas.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)01:31 No.12333472
    Indeed. Scinnari assumes we intend to fully pay this debt off for some reason and that we don't have other ideas on how to eliminate her when the time comes.

    Check out the shop I suppose. I wonder if he has anything similar to what we saw in the cultist place... Hmmmm. Maybe we should see if this dude can make us a custom made necklace that will prevent people from polymorphing. A nice pretty one that a certain gold dragon might accept and wear at the right situation.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)01:35 No.12333501
    Now now, we'll be killing her after we use her to get as much power as we can anyway. Don't get your feathers in a knot.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)01:35 No.12333514
    She's annoying me, though it might just be that I'm thinking of her as Morrigan, ever since I read someone's post in a previous thread.

    Shut her up/shut her down, please? Remind her who's boss.

    And let's go get an estimate on scry-proofing our house, a few pendants for that, and something along the lines of what >>12333472 suggested.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)01:38 No.12333543
    Woah, that's a good idea.

    We could start wearing it around her ourselves, then when we want to express our "regard and thanks" give it to her. Being a gentleman we would, of course, clasp it around her neck ourselves... then stab her with her own dagger.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)01:40 No.12333568
    Where does that fall on the alignment axis? Somewhere between 'bastard' and 'asshole', I think. Possibly with a side of 'devious'. I like it.
    >> Gloquenteentleman !yVrZbEGJ8A 10/05/10(Tue)01:41 No.12333576
    rolled 80 = 80

    I'm back bro's, also, why not use some physical force when putting her down. Perhaps at the inn, or the new and improved house? I say take her by the neck in our hand against wall, and whisper deadly sweet nothings in her ear while mockingly thanking her for her help in the things that are in the present. Which we do appreciate her help so far, but leave the plotting and things for us. We are the one in charge, do not question us, for now. Let her vent/rant. We have a job to do.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)01:43 No.12333601
    Yeah, smooth. Start abusing the devil who is with us when we sleep. What could go wrong?

    She's a subordinate but still a powerful ally who has dispensed decent advice... and will likely do so for as long as we are getting her into power. Provided we don't start fucking BEATING her.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)01:44 No.12333606
    Let's not be toooo harsh with our little devil. Otherwise we might push her away or lose her loyalty and she'll screw us. Put her in her place but with an explanation on why we're superior and her small, devil brain cannot comprehend the machinations we have in mind.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)01:44 No.12333615
    explain to scinnari that we have no intention of becoming indebted to the gold. We will use her power and connection, then kill her and when she becomes no longer useful, or a threat.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)01:46 No.12333639
    Gold is already a threat, I would explain that as soon as we are established we are getting rid of her. If the cult happens to find out she's the dragon who slew the cultists before and escaped... well these things happen.
    >> Gloquenteentleman !yVrZbEGJ8A 10/05/10(Tue)01:47 No.12333641
    rolled 25 = 25

    I can deal with the explaining added into my previous post. Also:
    You both forget. She IS a devil. She is or was used to it on her home plane most likely. By the Nine Hells, she probably likes rough stuff.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)01:49 No.12333656
    Nobody likes to be beaten and threatened for expressing their opinion. She sees this as a foolish course. We have heard her and deemed it acceptable. She now needs to understand that the time for debate has passed, and move on. We don't need to slap her around for doing what we asked her to do: helping us.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)01:50 No.12333667
    Agreed. If she liked to be beaten as much as you think, I'm sure she wouldn't of backed off as much as she has in the past whenever we've started to get annoyed.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)01:51 No.12333687
    I'm up for reminding her that we don't exactly HAVE to pay our debt back to the Gold dragon. We didn't really sign a pact or a contract did we?
    >> Gloquenteentleman !yVrZbEGJ8A 10/05/10(Tue)01:54 No.12333714
    rolled 79 = 79

    Well those situations weren't exactly good for possible intimacies like we could after this. True though, I mean I DON'T approve of female beating or beating her FOR expressing her opinion, just that she needs to know who is in charge, and obviously our "talking" her down, has not been working if she continues to voice an opinion that I find to be just nagging now.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)01:57 No.12333741

    You enter the shop, holding the door open for Scinnari. While it is inside someone else's establishment, you're fairly certain that his store, of all places, would be screened against scrying. It's his business, after all. Grabbing Scinnari by the wrist, you pull her into a a corner, and, with the smoke you're exhaling getting warmer and darker, (and more copious,) you dress her down.

    "Shut up. Shut. Up. I have so far thought of every objection you have. You still disagree on all points that you have a personal stake in it, but you are failing to learn. No, shut /up/." you whisper, as she opens her mouth to respond. She snaps her jaw shut angrily, and you continue. "I do not intend to pay this off. I do not intend to be her pawn. I only have to pay this debt if she survives. No Gold, no debt. I swear," you finish, no longer angry, but still irritated, "You act as if you think I'm a paladin, or damned Silver. Give me some credit before you open your damned mouth." you say, turning away. The proprietor, presumably the 'Anzan' you are looking for, approaches.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)01:58 No.12333750

    "What can I do for such an... exotic couple?" he asks, and you wonder which of you he's referring to.

    "I'd like estimates on making a house unscryable, two of your largest protected chests," you say, nodding at the display in the window, "Two amulets, unscryable, and to know whether you can create an amulet that would prevent all polymorphing of the bearer."

    "An interesting order. Let me see." the old man says, moving back behind the counter, her opens a book, flipping through it, before replying, "Depends. Two hundred gold pieces for individual rooms, or five hundred for a fair sized single story. Subject to modifications. One hundred fifty each, unless you want something custom or specific. Pendants for your person are twenty five, and for your immediate area, around ten feet, are one hundred. Finally, I believe so." he says, looking up from his book. Scinnari is silent behind you, and still fuming, you suspect, but you are certain you noticed a significant interest when you mentioned the last item on your shopping list.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)02:02 No.12333792
    If we're going to get amulets for ourselves, part of me is debating we get ones that just cover ourselves but also some that cover the 10 feet. Could be useful to have both options.

    What's the price on the amulet to prevent polymorphing?
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)02:03 No.12333802
    The problem here is that the devil is feeling insecure. She fears that the gold is going to win our loyalties/affections. She doesn't really understand dragon politics, nor should we expect her to.

    She needs a vote of confidence. I suggest we place her in charge with finding a means of permanently neutralizing the gold at a time of our choosing. Poisons, control magics, assassins, it doesn't matter, so long as its swift, sure, and contingent.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)02:07 No.12333832

    I agree, but this doesn't seem like the time to do it. Let the devil chew on her rebuke a little bit, and have us bring it up later as an olive branch to reinvigorate her confidence. I think this could go a long way towards winning her over more completely. Devils are all about the bottom line - progress towards the eventual goal (in this case, using and then discarding our gold rival).
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)02:09 No.12333844
    But not too long. She's been given the stick. The carrot should not be too long in coming, lest she begin to think that the current arrangement isn't in her best interests.
    >> Gloquenteentleman !yVrZbEGJ8A 10/05/10(Tue)02:09 No.12333848
    rolled 75 = 75

    Gah, I love you guys being so dastardly devious gentlemen. Put an immediate order in for one room, one chest, and the anti-shapeshift amulet. We don't need to be too quick with our investments. Hell we can continue business with this wizard and see how well known he is in the city and get his "merchant-backing"
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)02:10 No.12333857
    "For the polymorph prevention amulet?" you ask.

    "Hm. Two hundred. Two fifty to three hundred if you want a custom amulet; one fifty if you provide the amulet."
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)02:13 No.12333884
    'merchant backing'?

    Also, can we have Scinnari teleport off to Cygnis' house to arrange for her to pay? Allow her to spin some yarn about how we've offended a powerful wizard, not to mention the cult of the Binder, so it's only natural.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)02:13 No.12333887
    Ask if this is guaranteed to work on anything. We don't want any nasty surprises and we would be very, very displeased if that happened. Yes, I am trying to get insurance in the event this doesn't work on dragons.

    Alright guys, I have to head to bed for the night. Glad it's picked up since the beginning. Was sad to have been one of the few following it since it started tonight. Keep classy and devious guys. See you next time Writer-dude.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)02:21 No.12333953
    Right oh. I ought to hit the hay too, but I've got forty five more minutes, maybe we can conclude some business. See you Wednesday, 7-/tg/-time and onward.

    "Scinnari, drop in on Cygnis, and ask who to bill to for expenses." you order. Scinnari scowls, but doesn't argue. She doesn't vanish, either.

    "Perhaps you would have better luck trying outside the store." Azan says politely. She turns her scowl to him, but leaves, and teleports away once outside.

    [She'll probably be back by the time you decide what you want to get.]
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)02:21 No.12333956
    I suggest we pay for this on our own. Best to leave this a surprise to Cygnis.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)02:25 No.12333981
    rolled 28 = 28

    I think if we want the amulet, we'd best be getting our own, and getting him to enchant it. After all, to attract a Gold Dragon's interest, it should be a work of effing art. Let's find us the best damn goldsmith in the city.

    >trool them
    Captcha supports a lethal trolling in someone's direction. I'm personally a bit sad we're so intent on killing her, but precautions are always good, and as long as we do it with style, flair, and politeness mixed suitably with deviousness, it's cool.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)02:25 No.12333989
    Let's buy a gift for the devil. At this time any old paladin would sniff her out if he but tried. Perhaps something that obscures/alters alignment would be in order?
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)02:26 No.12333999
    If we're going to be evil and try to control this city, we're going to have to fight her at some point. Unless we can somehow make her our minion, she will oppose us and is apparently stronger. We don't have much of a choice other than killing her with our current plans. Unless we plan to leave once we amass gold and find a new place to make a lair.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)02:27 No.12334005
    Oooh. I LIKE. Let's get it while she's gone, too, so it's a surprise. Something we can use to diffuse the situation if she gets upset, or just have on hand should we want a really good night.

    What should it look like, though?
    >> SWARMLORD !F0s3L.0fFM 10/05/10(Tue)02:31 No.12334039
    Do we have en emblem yet?
    (May I suggest the emblem of Niv-Mizzit?)
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)02:33 No.12334060

    The wonderfully egotistical and arrogant thing to do would be to buy her a choker or necklace shaped like a dragon. A metaphorical "Mine, all mine" sign.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)02:39 No.12334119
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    Something like this.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)02:42 No.12334145
    Need a verdict to move forward, people. Though I must say, I like


    wonderfully... dragon.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)03:02 No.12334290

    Sure. Just to get things moving, let's purchase her that, hide it somewhere, and get on with it.

    Maybe we can see about getting it enchanted with a tracking spell at some later date.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)03:02 No.12334295
    I vote buy enough anti scry devices to conceal our horde (1 floor) and ourself plus a 10ft area amulet. re: putting it on expense, this is excellent, but don't reveal exactly what it is to our backer. Just, "magical trinkets to get us on our footing," if Cygnis asks about it, produce the crossbow/shortsword.

    If the wizard produces good work, we can return for an amulet to mask Scinarri's alignment and craft a custom amulet that Cygnis can't resist to serve as the basis for the anti-polymorph enchantment. Asking for all these items at once is a bit like showing up at the grocery store and asking for thirty tons of fertilizer and gasoline plus a pack of matches.

    also - mental note to give Scinnari a 'carrot' soon.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)03:07 No.12334323
    If by carrot, you mean penis, then I'm all for it.

    Oh wait, we're going with the carrot/stick metaphor. Right.

    Yeah, a hide alignment jewelry piece should do nicely.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)03:08 No.12334327
    Yeah sure, a choker shaped like a dragon with the a broad range of concealment abilities, including scrying.

    Also purchase both this and the polymorphing amulet with our own cash, and make it clear those are not to be charged to the company as they are personal buys and you don't mix business with pleasure.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)03:14 No.12334369
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    The thought occurs to you, Scinnari was identified almost immediately by Cygnis, and she has to be very careful around priests... The idea for a potential present presents itself.

    "May I see what you have in the way of... Nevermind. That. Right there. How much?" you ask, stepping up to his counter, and noticing the perfect item around the neck of a display dummy.

    "For you.... One hundred. Correction; Seventy Five. I've been having trouble moving them." Azan says. You debate bargaining, but decide against it; Scinnari might arrive back at any moment.

    Scinnari does not return rapidly. "Fine. Can I order a shielded chest, and shielding to the main bedroom of this address?" you ask, writing it down for him. "Billing upon completion."

    Azan looks at the address, then nods. "Of course. If you provide me with a key, can have both items delivered today." You remove one of the keys Scinnari gave you, and he says, "I will exchange it for my payment."

    "Naturally. Naturally. If she returns, tell her to meet me at home." you reply, heading for the door. Now might be an opportune time to speak to Jarrik.

    "Very well." Azan responds from behind you, already busy with some task, from the reflection in the windows.

    Now to find Jarrik. You will need to arrange something with him, really.

    [Think we should cut it off here? If you don't, roll 1d100]
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)03:16 No.12334382
    Missed your response, I'm afraid, but I don't think there'd be a problem with the choker; Cygnis already knows about Scinnari.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)03:22 No.12334431
    >main bedroom
    Change to 2nd floor. Sorry about that.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)03:22 No.12334436
    Great. Now we need to trick goldie into wearing the amulet long enough for us to shank her.

    It's not going to be easy as offering it as a symbol of friendship or something. She'll be watching us, I'm sure.

    Ok: We buy a duplicate amulet that does nothing. We say it's a speaking enchantment that lets us communicate telepathically so that we can quickly work together if a political opponent stumps us on one of her necessary issues.

    The moment she puts it on, strike.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)03:26 No.12334466
    Would it be a good idea to give Scinnari money and get her to buy the amulet that we enchant with dragon-be-gone?

    I think she'd rather enjoy that.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)03:31 No.12334493
    rolled 19 = 19

    We most assuredly need to pay for the anti-poly ammy ourselves though.

    Also the anti-polymorph amulet shouldn't be too hard to justify. Who wants to get turned into a newt?
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)03:31 No.12334503
    rolled 22 = 22

    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)03:32 No.12334512
    Well fuck.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)03:34 No.12334518
    Maybe we should just cut it off here then, yes? Ignore the horrible rolls and all. Pay no attention!
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)03:43 No.12334593
    Okay, someone write down what we want, how we intend to get it, and who we intend to pay for it. I'm getting a bit tired, and I don't want to screw it up again.

    You've hardly taken two steps before something runs up to you. Turning, you see a Jarrik, with two of the Merchant District guards trailing. Evidently he's been listed as an 'undesirable'.

    "Er, Lord, help?" Jarrik asks, gesturing at the two guards approaching.

    "Is there a problem, guardsmen?" you ask, nodding at Jerrik.

    One stops to open his mouth, but the other cuts him off, "Not if it's with you, sir. Please watch it, though, we're payed to keep... things like that out. It isn't a problem if you say it isn't."

    "Excellent. It isn't. Jarrik, come, we have much to discuss." you state, leading him away, homeward. You don't actually go home, just within sight of it, since Scinnari might have beaten you. "That's my new residence." you explain, " you may be able to reach me there. Be warned, though, Scinnari will be living there with me."

    "Understood, lord. Thank you. As for an appearance...."

    "Yes, I think I can arrange some free time tonight. Where can I meet you?"

    "Warehouse 23, near docks. Near seafront." Jarrik says, describing the location. You think you can locate it.

    "Right, I'll show up. Be there." you affirm.

    "Of course, Lord! They await! Anything else? Jarrik should leave soon, Guards still watching."
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)03:45 No.12334603
    You're thinking next week. You should be thinking next decade.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)03:45 No.12334612
    Re-reading, I don't know why, but I thought you said that... differently. Anyway, by explanation, the 'free time' we think we have this evening would be gained by giving Scinnari that assignment, followed by "Look around, see what you think you can do in preparation to kill Cygnis."

    If you prefer, I can re-write that post.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)03:48 No.12334625
    Elaborate, please.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)03:53 No.12334658
    Jerrik needs to be informed about the gold dragon, and that we have a temporary working relationship with it. Eventually we will go to war with it, but only at the time and place of our choosing. We must know before hand whether the town kobolds have any relationship with the gold.

    If they do, then we take the opportunity of the meeting to wipe them out. If not, then we can bring them into the fold and begin using them for our long term schemes, to our mutual benefits. It's not befitting that even a lesser draconic race suffer under the yoke of a bunch of hairless apes.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)03:59 No.12334710
    "Do you know of the Gold?" you ask suddenly.

    "What? Gold? No. What gold?" Jarrik responds, confused.

    "Gold dragon. One of the librarians at the temple is a polymorphed Gold dragon, just as I am a Red. Listen carefully; I want you to figure out if any of the kobolds know her. If they do, we might take my appearance as a chance to clean house." you whisper, giving him instructions quickly, "If you find a group, assemble them separate, or call them out, or something to suitably isolate them. She doesn't know I am a Red and I do not want word getting back to her."

    "I- I undestand, Lord! It shall be done!" Jarrik swears. "Is that all, Lord?"

    [Let's finish this up, and then stop. 01:00 here.]
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)04:06 No.12334773
    One nice amulet, custom made, gold, with a dragon relief. Appeal to her vanity. Have it enchanted with a protection from polymorphing enchantment cast on it... that prevents ALL polymoprhing, no matter what, on the wearer. Even if it's himself casting it. Complete polymoprhing lockdown.

    Bedroom warded, 2x huge warded chest, and the dragon toorc with concealment enchantments on it. Including alignment, scrying, and hopefully a way to conceal she is an outsider. Also an area protection from divination amulet for us.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)04:07 No.12334780
    Maybe also find a second wizard to conceal that it is enchanted? Can it be done? NOBODY KNOWS.
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)04:15 No.12334819
    Alright, assuming we're done with Jarrik, we can get this done easy. Not cheap, though.

    500 gold, an exquisite pendant.

    Probably want to wait until the we receive our anti-scrying pendant to get it enchanted, if we buy it.

    The other stuff we can charge to Cygnis' account.

    Anything else, since I'm starting to get a headache from being up too late?
    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)04:15 No.12334820

    Possibly. Dice.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)04:18 No.12334844
    rolled 53 = 53

    Turning it in for tonight. Good run Writer-dude, but you should get some shut-eye man.
    >> Anonymous 10/05/10(Tue)04:19 No.12334848
    rolled 64 = 64

    >> Writer-dude !vf05RX1JTQ 10/05/10(Tue)04:23 No.12334875
    Yeeeeah. You think you can get it done somewhere, but, as mentioned, you probably don't want to do it until you have your anti-scrying device.

    Archiving the thread, drop me an email if you have anything else. I'll try and get back to you, or address it in the next thread's OP.

    I'm off. Good night. Post here or email me to add/argue/advise/decide.

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