GoT Quest Lifeboat!Get in here guys, and lets keep this going strong.
Well i like the plan to get Cersei. because fuck Cersei.
Anyways, before internet issues and general exhaustion claimed me, we had just parted ways with the lovely Veronica of House Cargill. Terris left the company of Lizbeth, and is now back to being riven with stress about his first public performance as squire.>T-minus one hour until opening festivities.
>>19777026Fuck yeah Princely. Seriously, do you even sleep? Its like you are doing a Game of Throne Quest marathon...
>>19777048>T-888 Cameron: I don't Sleep
Alright let's do this!Let's get Terris and ourselves prepared for the tilts and our introduction. Is there going to be a general melee/swordfighting, so we can impress all with our prowess?
>>19777056>>19777056>>19777056>>19777056RIVER IS A ROBOT?!??!?!?! HOW DID I MISS THIS EPISODE?!?!?!?
>>19777057As far as i know thats on the next day. I'd say we chat with some random nobles, mingle with the folks. Try to avoid Clawwater though.And tell Terris he needn't be nervous. He wont be the one sitting on a half a ton beast trying not to get impaled on a wooden pole by another guy on a half a ton beast.
>>19777048I caught four hours while my internet shit itself inside out. Thank the Army for my love of self-inflicted suffering, for it is all their doing.Also: I leave you guys for a few hours and what do I come back to? Davos-trained ninja smugglers! Buttfucking Cercei! Targaryian offspring in our lands! Lets poison Stannis! Storms end, more likes Stormsfaggot, amirite?God damn do I love you guys.
>>19777074summer glau plays a Terminator in Terminator the Sarah Connor Chronicles.river is not a robot.but the Terminator is almost as lovable and deranged as River."There was a 51% chance that i would not have killed you bird."http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rd6P5_7TrmQhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-bZ96qrMZg
>>19777080>>19777057The melee is on the following day, but that joke gets Terris laughing and a bit more relaxed. Returning to our tent, we sit down on a camp chair and Terris begins the long, slow process of helping us into a full suit of shining plate. It takes most of ten minutes, but eventually we stand, encased in steel with silver etching. We walk from the tent, meeting Ser Rory Wallgrave, Ser Ben Cargill, Ser Martin Crane, and Ser Anders Bushy. All of them are in full plate as well, horses saddled and ready. You chat as Terris brings you all wine.Eventually, you hear the trumpets start from the lists, and begin the walk down the slight hill, leading your courser behind you. As you enter the lists with the other knights, the cheers and clapping from the crowd is so loud that you can feel it in the air. There has to be at least ten thousand people here, watching nearly two hundred knights. The field is awash in banners and cloaks, each portraying a different set of arms. Reds, blacks, blues, greens, yellows... It is if a beam of light struck a crystal, and each refracted ray was a man in armor beside a horse.
>>19777047Lets scout out the festivities and prepare the Iylira and Harlot snoop on the Clawwatter or whats-his-name tent.
>>19777140>>19777145preferably paid and instructed by a proxy that cannot be linked to us. how about done through 7 proxies?to much.... perhaps 3 proxies. just in case the harlot is taped and spills the beans.
>>19777145Iylaria is set and ready to slink past the guards with the help of a few "friends" she is making. Currently, she is in one of her more trashy get-ups, and is talking to a few ladies near one of the great beer tents, convincing them that the Clawwater guards aren't that bad to look at, and that their coin is good.In case that goes wrong, Gray Thom, Doros, and Ser Cordwayner are all armed and armored in camp, as insurance.
>>19777140It has begun. Now it is time to see if our training was succesfull. Enjoy the view, the publicity, the cheers. Get in line with the other knights and attend the starting ceremonies. Leave the conspirating to our henchmen for now.We still need to get initiated into that knightly order do we? Who will vouch for us? We should talk about that with some of the knights we know better.
>>19777165>>19777140 Cont.So guys, roll a 1d100 and let us see who we will tilt against first. Also, roll me 4d6.
Can our armor be painted to showcase an optical illusion? I think it would greatly help out our jousting ability with our armor looking like something pictured. It presents a lack of focus and makes it harder to get a clean hit on the target.
>>19777200Brilliant.>>19777194We do, but that will be taken care of once the initial seeds are done. As for our sponsers, both Ser Ben Cargill and Ser Rory Wallgrave have said that they would be sponsors, which is all we would need.
>>19777200just browsing the front page when i saw this so i don't know what's going on in this thread but that is genius
rolled 81 = 81Rollin
rolled 4, 6, 1, 2 = 13>>19777199roll
rolled 48 = 48roll'em hundred'
rolled 2, 1, 2, 1 = 6roll'em six's
rolled 6, 5, 2, 4 = 17By the seven, he returns! I see the d100, here's your 4d6!
rolled 1, 5, 6, 2 = 14>>197771994d6>>19777217We're Lord Karban, a minor House from the vineyard of Westeros the Arbor, and the Seven love us and want us to be happy.
rolled 11 + 4 = 15dicean away!
rolled 3, 6, 4, 1 = 14>>19777276stupid dice wont dice hundred roll and sixes roll at once.me disapoint.re sixes.
Our first opponent is set to be Rickard Dormer, a robust-looking man of seven and thirty in blue enameled plate. However, as the Septa are blessing the field, you and the other uninitiated men are told to walk towards the high stands, to take your vows in front of Lord Pason Redwyne and the elders of the Order. Walking with maybe a dozen or so other men, you encounter Paxter waiting for you, dressed in exquisite plate. "Perhaps you would allow me to be one of your sponsors, ser. It would be my honor to induct you."
>>19777289>>19777275>>19777273>>19777268>>19777254current average 64/5 = 12.8
>>19777299The more the Merrier. / It would be a Honour.
>>19777299Oh yeeeaaaaahhh, Paxter representing us? Rollin deep up in this.
>>19777313>>19777299Question, can we have more than 2 supporters? If Yes, our answer is sure, if no its sure too, but we need to think deeply on who we want Paxter to replace... My tendency goes to Ser Wallgrave atm.
Each man kneels, with anywhere between two and five sponsors behind him. They repeat after an older knight who hobbles down from the box, pledging themselves to the service of the Arbor and its lords, the smallfolk, and the highest ideals of chivalry and bravery. Standing, the crowds erupt into applause again, while Lord Pason gives you a firm, approving nod. Turning around, Paxter takes your hand in a strong grip. "Ride well today, friend. Hopefully, we shall both bring our houses honor." You clap him on the back, thanking him heartily. You have to wait nearly thirty minutes for your first joust, but you do get to watch Ser Bushy and Ser Crane win their tilts, while Ser Cargill is unhorsed by a lucky strike from the mighty Ser Flowers that catches his shield just so, spinning him from his horse. He seems more dizzy and surprised, rather than angry, although he does start drinking a lot of wine. Eventually, it is your turn, and you gaze out at the field, looking at Ser Dormer through the slits of your helmet.>Roll 6d6 to see how your first pass goes.
rolled 4, 4, 4, 6, 5, 6 = 29>>19777359For House Cargill!
>>19777363>>19777363Well, it seems like it goes pretty well.
>>19777123if you post videos please leave the crappy music out of it.post something more relevant.>>19777074here, enjoy:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXrHzeAZEIw
rolled 6, 6, 2, 4, 1, 2 = 21I'm a rollin
On the first pass, you ride hard, breaking a lance into splinters on his shield. Turning, you can see him struggling to stay in the saddle as his squire runs to fetch him a new lance, as he dropped his old one when your lance struck him.>Another 6d6 to see how the second pass goes.
>>19777376>A T-888 in westeros quest.>>19777359Lets fuck him up....
rolled 6, 2, 5, 5, 2, 3 = 23>>19777383Uh, what's the seat of House Cargill again? Because I think that ought to be what we shout next.
rolled 5, 5, 6, 4, 4, 1 = 25WE gonna rape him. Knock him off his horse.captcha: Maisms daughteryes, we will hit him so hard his daughter will be maimed.
>>19777379You shouldn't have. Our first roll was awesome enough. Anyways, go Karban go!
On the second pass, you land a glancing strike on his shield, while his lance actually connects this time, glancing of your shield with a loud smash-scrrrraaaape sound. You are still in the lead by two points, lets see what the third and final pass is.>Roll 6d6 to win this bitch
rolled 4, 6, 4, 4, 2, 6 = 26Let us win, and win so hard that he cries bitch-tears.
rolled 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 6 = 25>>19777425For House Car-- oh, wait, I already yelled that.
rolled 3, 1, 3, 3, 4, 3 = 17>>19777425With all our fury!
>>19777435I shouldn'T have rolled this either.
You ride hard and fast, your horse carrying you down the field in seconds. All that force comes together at the tip of your lance, and when it crashes into his shield it explodes into wood pulp and splinters. Dormer's strike glances off your shield, his arm going week as you smash into him with full force.Riding back past the high booth, you can see the families of the houses clapping. Veronica, dressed in elegant green and black now, is just smiling. Lord Pason seems to have enjoyed watching you win, and you say some encouraging words to Dormer as he leaves the field.>Gimme another 1d100 and 4d6 to see how the rest of the folks are fairing.
rolled 6, 6, 5, 4, 1, 2 = 24Tilt!
rolled 81 = 81>>19777461Glorious.But perhaps we ought to give our foe a gesture of respect, for a well-ridden tilt.
Shit, should we ask Veronica for a token?
rolled 38 = 38enemy
rolled 2, 1, 1, 4 = 8people
rolled 4, 2, 6, 6 = 18rollin for our guys. Ser Crane should better make it, we want revanche. Tell him this in a friendly manner before his tjoust.
>>19777468nahh.cant look like a manwhore in front of lady Redwyne
rolled 3, 6, 4, 6 = 19how are our people doing?
Ser Crane defeats one of the sons of House Merrywind, sending him to the dirt in just two passes. Ser Bushy also does well, breaking two lances to Ser Boilers one. Ser Wallgrave goes lance for lance with a man from House Rowan, but loses in points when his opponent breaks his lance on the final pass. Lord Paxter does excellent, breaking two lances to none against a hedge knight. Our next opponent is a Ser Arnold Merrywind, second son to Lord Hector Merrywind. He is young and vigorous looking, with a breastplate studded with numerous purple gemstones.>Roll 6d6 for our first pass.
rolled 3, 3, 5, 6, 4, 1 = 22>>19777514Alright, let's ride.
rolled 3, 4, 6, 4, 4, 3 = 24Good luck to both of us, ser.
You ride at him hard, and he comes at you just as fast. You bring the lance down, letting it be cradled by your arm... As the distance between you closes, you can see Ser Merrywind riding high. Much, much too high. He is exposed.You slam your lance into his helmet, throwing him violently off his horse as your lance explodes. The crowd cheers and raves, the perfect timing of your move catching Ser Merrywind unable to respond. Looking on the field, he isn't moving. His horse is being handled by some squires, but he is just laying there.>Roll 1d100 to see if you killed the poor guy.
rolled 32 = 32>>19777553Oh shit.
Oh Brother, apparently our jousting practices have paid off a bit. I'm going to abstain from rolling, because I don't dare jinx us.
rolled 63 = 63Oh crap, jump off your horse and help him!
rolled 5, 3, 2, 5, 3, 6 = 24>>19777553Aw, shit. We DONT want to alienate the Merrywinds, they are seriously powerful... SURVIVE DAMMIT
>>19777568Oh shit oh shit oh shit oh shit.
You ride back, and leap from the horse. His squires are already there, but he looks pretty bad. His helmet is dented shut, and there is more than a little blood pouring from it. However, you can see he is waving his arms, so at least you didn't kill him outright.Eventually, after maybe two minutes of work, one of his squires succeeds at prying apart the helmet. Ser Merrywind is alive, although his once-perfect nose is now entirely broken and he will have some truly horrific bruises tomorrow. He seems mostly fine, and his squires help him from the field.>Roll 1d100 and 4d6 again to test for the tourney over all
rolled 39 = 39>>19777599Oh thank god.Maybe we ought to apologize for breaking his nose?
rolled 4, 1, 4, 2 = 11>>19777599Phew, dodged a bullet there.Again, Ser Crane cannot fall before he has faced us.
rolled 58 = 58>>19777607Maybe we should tell him not to ride so goddamn high in the horse. Tell him to stop being a moron and start riding seriously or next time he'll get killed.
>>19777607Nope, that would dishonor both him and us since its a wound recieved in honorable combat (i think)We can wish him a speedy recovery though.
rolled 6, 6, 3, 2 = 17Also rolling the 4 d6
>>19777599Haha oh fuck. Invite him to eat with us and give us some of the stuff we brought with us. We want this guy to realize that we are the best bros in the Arbor.
>>19777631>>19777627Yeah, I guess we can do these. That sounds better.
>>19777627>>19777621>>19777607You make sure to tell Terris to inquire about his condition during the next break, once a maester has had a chance to look at him. You also tell him that if he is ever riding that high, you will have no sympathy for him when he catches a lance to the face. Sers Crane and Bushy both advance, with Lord Paxter losing to Ser Flowers 5-2. Our next opponent is a thin man in red enameled plate named Ser Byden of House Rowan. He looks far too thin to be jousting, but he has won three three times today.>Roll dat 6d6 to kick his ass
rolled 4, 4, 2, 6, 6, 5 = 27>>19777661Okay. Hopefully we don't stab anything vital this time.
rolled 2, 4, 3, 6, 3, 2 = 20Alright ser Byden. Time to kick your ass.Our we going to joust against Ser Bama next?
>>19777676Lol, ser Byden....As long as noone suggests marrying lady Palyn...
>>19777676No, we are up against Smitt Smomney next. You crack a lance on the inside edge of his shield, the whip-crack sound of the impact cutting through everything else on the field. His own strike barely glances your shield, but that still leaves you tied.>Roll another 6d6 for the second pass
rolled 4, 3, 5, 2, 4, 1 = 19Lets unhorse him.
rolled 3, 6, 1, 4, 2, 2 = 18>>19777706Roll.
rolled 5, 5, 1, 1, 4, 2 = 18I want to nail the madam palyn with my LanceGet ser Byden out of here!
dice+6d6Unhorse him? Fuck that. Go Mountain that Rides all over his ass.
rolled 3, 2, 3, 1 = 9>>19777706I can't even look.
rolled 4, 2, 4, 1, 6, 2 = 19rolling again to beat his ass!
On the next pass, you have less luck... Your lance barely taps his shield as his return strike smashes directly into the center of yours, his lance exploding into dust and shards as you ride past. Your entire arm tingles from the force of your impact, and you curse yourself for sloppy form.>He is ahead by one, guys. Roll 6d6 and come reclaim that title of biggest badass.
rolled 4, 6, 2, 2, 6, 3 = 23Come on biggest badass!And doesn't our optical illusion armor give us a bonus?
>>19777752and that's why. no more rolls for me. :(
rolled 3, 6, 5, 5, 2, 2 = 23fight!
rolled 2, 5, 1, 3, 6, 3 = 20Come on!
rolled 3, 5, 1, 6, 3, 2 = 20>>19777759Fight on, brave knight!
rolled 3, 6, 6, 3, 3, 5 = 26fuck this we gonna get 6's on this i tell you what.
rolled 4, 2, 5, 6, 1, 2 = 20>>19777767Relax, you didn'T even use the right amount of dice, so it prolly didnt count.
stop rolling ye fools!18 is the middle of 36 (6d6 max)why did you roll any more after 2x23?why?stop this stupid shit!
>>19777792This man speaks wisdom. i feel bad for forgetting to clear out my Email field.
On our next pass pass, we absolutely pulverize our lance against his shield, splintering the length of it into maybe two hundred shards and slivers. His own returning strike is well aimed, but when you roll your shoulder as Ser Crane taught you, it slides off harmlessly, forcing a draw. The both of you will advance, much to the crowds confusion and the delight of House Rowan.>Gimme dat 3d6 and 1d100 to see what happens next.
rolled 55 = 55We fight him in the field, with fists!
rolled 87 = 87>>19777821
rolled 2, 5, 3 = 10Goddamit Crane, When do we get to fight you???
rolled 1, 6, 4, 4 = 15>>197778213d6 or 4d6?i'll roll a 4 d6 and you can subtract the last if its 3d6, mkay?
>>19777859Now, actually. He handily defeats his previous opponent, breaking two lances to the boys none. He smiles at you during the opening ride past. promising not to dent our helmet that much he puts a lance through it. You laugh and return the jest, asking if perhaps he would like his body burned when you are done with him.>Roll dat 6d6 guys. Its vengence time.
rolled 6, 4, 5, 3, 4, 3 = 25let's unhorse his ass!
rolled 6, 5, 6, 5, 6, 6 = 34>>19777895lets have at it!
>>19777906>>19777905NO ONE ELSE ROLL!
>>19777906>>19777895>>19777905rolls closed!No more rolls!any one who rolls is dead meat!
>>19777906HOLY SHIT!!!!!! CRANE; YOU DONE GOOFED!
>>19777921ON SECOND THOUGHT!!!! I hope we didnt just kill him with that ultra crit.
>>19777934still not a 36.and all things considered he is a pretty good rider, so it wont be that easy as that kid.
>>19777921Lawls. Your lance smashes into his chest after glancing off the inside of his shield. His own strike barely registers on your shield as your momentum carries you through it. You toss the battered remnants of your lance to the ground, and turn to see Ser Crane swaying in the saddle. You must have struck him hard to have rattled him so. >Current Score: 2-1, your favor.>Roll dat 6d6 again for the second pass.
rolled 5, 1, 6, 4, 5, 5 = 26>>19777957second pass
>>19777944As far as i know we take the best 4 rolls in this system, depending on our skill in tjousting. That would be 4 6es. An ultra krit.
>>19777906>>19777905Well, I ain't rolling after that.
Your strike is true, placing a firm blow onto the edge of Crane's shield. His own return strike hits your shield like a truck, reminding you that even a solid hit like before can't stop a truly seasoned knight like him. Neither lance breaks, however, so the two of you prepare for the third pass.>Current Score: 3-2, your advantage>Come on guys, big money no wammy. ^d6.
rolled 5, 3, 4, 3, 3, 3 = 21>>19778017once more
rolled 5, 5, 6, 4, 5, 1 = 26Let's finish this once and for all.For england and St. George!
rolled 6, 1, 4, 2, 1, 2 = 16>>19778017Tryin again.
>>19778049Well sue me.
>>19778037>>19778048>>19778049roll avereage : 21
rolled 76 = 76>>19778064Good enough to win by points.
rolled 3, 1, 2, 6, 6, 2 = 20Rolololololololololololo
Almost simultaneously, the two of you meet in the center of the lists, both of your lances striking powerful hits on the other. His smashes into you and pushes right, while your strike rides up and over his shield after creating a huge gouge. After three exciting tilts, the victory goes to you on points. Ser Crane congratulates us, saying that perhaps all those practice sessions and bruises were worth something.>Roll 2d6 and 1d100
rolled 4, 2 = 6>>19778154
rolled 2, 6 = 8>>19778154Well, i certainly wouldnt have come that far without your expert tutelage, ser Crane. You can be proud of yourself.And rolling for our other guys.
rolled 48 = 48>>19778154
rolled 66 = 66>>19778154Only thanks to you.
rolled 18 = 18let's get the 100 out of the way
>>19778185Oh damn you.
How many matches before the finals?
Ser Bushy loses this round as well, falling to Ser Flowers in a 4-1 rout.Your next opponent is a man in all-red cloak and tabard, with brilliantly polished armor beneath. His name is Ser William Roysbe, and he looks like a tough opponent.>Roll that 6d6 and see how this pans out.
>>19778207We have like, what? 200? contestants. Prolly takes some time.
rolled 6, 5, 3, 6, 4, 4 = 28Let's take this guy out!Bring it!
>>19778249We are good.
>>19778236Ok, we defeated Crane, all else is Bonus.>>19778249And noone roll after this. Lady Luck smiles on us.
On the very first pass, your lance connects solidly with his shield, spinning him out of the saddle and throwing him to the ground. His own hit is inconsequential, barely registering as you thunder past.>Roll another 6d6 for the next pass
rolled 4, 5, 5, 4, 6, 6 = 30>>19778298For Lady Luck!
rolled 2, 1, 4, 1, 3, 6 = 17I threw a wish in the well,Don't ask me, I'll never tellI looked to you as it fell,And now you're in my wayI'd trade my soul for a wish,Pennies and dimes for a tiltI wasn't looking for this,But now you're in my wayYour stare was holdin',Ripped tabbard, steel was showin'Hot day, wind was blowin'Who do you think you're coming at baby?Hey, I just met you,And this is crazy,But we just tilted,Are you crying like a baby?
>>19778298throwing him to the ground.Shouldn't that mean that we won?
>>19778298It does. Sorry, I was auto-copied text. Ser Roysbe limps from the tourney grounds, being half supported by his squire.>Roll 1d100, and pray.
rolled 70 = 70Alright, let's do this!!!!
>>19778352This gonna be good.
These tilts have taken up most of the day, with dozens of competitions. The constant travel from your pavilion to the field has been unexpectedly exhausting, the constant cheering of the crowds slowly numbing you to their clamor. Now, with the sun just beginning to set, you have your final tilt of the day: A huge, imposing man who is riding as a mystery knight, his shield quarters with blue and green. >Roll 6d6 to see how this goes.
rolled 5, 6, 2, 6, 5, 6 = 30>>19778449I hope this isnt someone plot important out to wreck our shit.
rolled 3, 4, 1, 4, 1, 1 = 14Listening to some Kavinsky as this plays.Testarossa Baby
rolled 4, 4, 4, 3 = 15pleasepleasepleaseplease
>>19778465You are bless by the seven Ser Glayf.
>>19778476Dude stop rolling 4 dice instead of 6. You are giving me panic attacks.
>>19778476disregard, i'm an idiot
>>19778466>>19778465Hoping first roll is taken.
>>19778478I live to serve. I hope my roll is taken... two 30s in a roll is a sign of the Seven!!!
>>19778465The two off you both take off at the blast of trumpets, riding in hard. He is low in the saddle, his lance held in the cradle of powerful, thick arms.Your strike is literally perfect, catching him on the inside corner of his shield, transferring all the force to his outside shoulder and spinning him out of the saddle, sending him crashing to the ground in a clatter of steel. His own strike, even as he was knocked from the horse, splintered his lance on your shield, feeling for all the Seven like a thunderbolt. Rising, the man removes his helmet and shakes sand from his beard. He is young, younger than you, but he is as strong as one of the heroes in the tales. He walks towards the high box, where both Lords Tyrell and Redwyne stand immediately. This is definitely someone important.
>>19778551Complement him on his strike, A moment sooner and it could have been us off our saddle.
You ride over, to where the man is standing, kicking dirt and sand from his boots. He turns to look at you. "That was well struck, ser. It has been some time since I was unhorsed, and never by men of the Reach. I would have your name, ser."
>>19778551Tyrells and Redwynes are standing? ... Sounds like trouble. We should take our time to get down from our horse, observe the situation before acting.
>>19778602Get off our high horse and tell him. Then ask for his.
>>19778551is that Yohn Royce?
>>19778624We might add that we trained like all the seven were on our heel for this tourney since at the last one we got beaten by a member of our own guard.
>>19778624>>19778616>>19778599We tell him our name, and compliment him on his hit. Getting down from the horse, you can get a better look at him. He has a strong face, with black hair and expressive eyes. He is huge, when you get up close, taller than you and much broader... He could probably toss you around like a sack of beets. You ask him for his name, and he chuckles."I suppose if I had really wanted to stay unnamed, I wouldn't have raised my helmet, eh?" With that, he laughs long and hard. "I am Robert Stormson of House Baratheon," A squire approaches, with wine, which he guzzles half of before offering the skin to you.
>>19778602I am Lord Dustain Karban, Ser, may I ask the name of the man who almost took my arm off from behind my shield?
>>19778689NO. FUCKING. WAY.
>>19778689My lord its my honor to break lances with you...and to drink some of your wine.
>>19778689We unhorsed Robert Baratheon. Even though we were lucky, that was fucking glorious.. We were discussing in an earlier thread what would happen should we accidentially kill Robert in a Tourney. OP, you are fucking awesome for remembering shit like that and USING IT!!!!!
>>19778689Immediately challenge him to combat, our sword and shield v his warhammer.
>>19778689Ask if he has 'made the eight' yet.
>>19778689That explains why your strike felt like a thunderbolt.Guys, what if we make a friend out of him ?
>>19778768Yeah, this. I feel like we don't have enough bones in our body. Separating some of them into smaller parts might be good.
>>19778768We will NOT kill Robert.Yet.
He laughs at that as you down the wine. It is cool and sweet, definitely something to make the day a touch easier after sweating for hours in a suit of steel and boiled leather. A squire approaches, asking how Lord Baratheon could compete, when only Order members can. The look he gives the poor lad is simply withering. "Oh? And who is going to stop me from competing boy? You? Now shut your mouth and go bother some other Arbor-born cunt with your stupid fucking words." The lad basically sprints away, and Robert takes another drink of wine before laughing. "Did you..HA...Did you see the look on his shitting face?"He bows to the assembled lords and ladies before leaving the field, thanking you for 'this lovely fucking dent in my breastplate.' You are kind of half-stunned as you mount your horse again... You did, after all, just strike the Lord of the Stormlands, heir to Storm's End. It is a weird feeling of pride and creeping terror.
>>19778772No metagaming. Bad anon.
>>19778768All of my nope, do you remember our fighting style, and that OP specially mentioned it would suck against really forcefull enemies=?
>>19778849yes, i remember it. Doesn't matter though. Robert loves a dude who can fight against him and well. What better way to ingratiate ourselves than to beat the piss out of each other?It wouldn't be a serious combat, not to the death, but just with blunted weapons.
>>19778806Better get some food and praises from our felow lords.
>>19778806Ask someone what the fuck is robert baratheon doing in this part of westeros...
>>19778869Wait for the melee, all in good time.
>>19778869>but just with blunted weapons.Just a blunted warhammer. No worries.
You retire from the field that night, exhausted and bruised. Your tent is a welcome comfort as Terris makes a few compresses of linens soaked in cold water and wine. Eating a few grapes and an orange, Gray Thom slips into your tent, silent as the grave. "So it turns out them Clawwater boys are rather jumpy, m'lord."He talks about what his days surveillance uncovered: Damien Clawwater preparing for the melee, the almost-successful harlot distraction that nearly got Iylaria captured, and the sound of strange laughter coming from their pavilion. "Also, m'lord, I didn't see no maesters, mad or otherwise."
>>19778885This, we should rest up. We have a real chance to win this tourney tomorrow, we need to be in perfect form. (Also, hows Ser Flowers doin OP`? And the Guy we tied against?)
>>19778909Fear the styrofoam hammer!
>>19778925Do they seen more alert than they should be?
>>19778889That news has gotten the entire place in a stir. They moved his rather modest camp up on the hill, next to the Redwyne area and opposite the Tyrells... There is suddenly a bit of tension in the air, as can only exist when the lords of two Great Houses are near one another. By all accounts though, Robert is only here to compete, and is spending the night in his tent, drinking fine wine and singing bawdy songs to the girls (highborn or otherwise) who pass by.
>>19778925Not good... they might be unto us now. Immediately try to talk to lord Portain. We might need to get our storys straight, should the Clawwaters try to go on the offense with this.
>>19778935Ser Flowers has won six tilts today, four of them by three or more points. He has unhorsed two men, and it seems like he is in as fine a form as ever. Our opponent who we tied against is set to face Lord Tyrell the next day, being the third match of the morning.
>>19778925>the almost-successful harlot distraction that nearly got Iylaria capturedMore info about that ?
>>19779010A few women that tried to distract the guards mostly succeeded as Iylaria tried to slip into the tent, but a wandering patrol saw her move past, and she had to act like a washerwoman who had gotten confused. After that, she just headed back to our camp to avoid the chance of being recognized if she went back, and has been sitting in the tent with Brown Tim and Doros all afternoon, dicing for little wooden chits Doros has been whittling out of a broken lance.
>>19779044Can we get ourselves a Hot Dornish Spy for this kind of work?
>>19778977Yeah, let's see portain.Tell him about how we couldn't get someone into clawwater's tent, ask him if he has someone with him that might do better.
>>19778925Strange laughter? Does Clawwater has any guesses in his pavilion?
>>19779076Uh, why? I have no idea how to avoid confronting Clawwater, and soon. We cant really do much while we are at the tourney. Also what the fuck is up with them laughing? Have someone whos not directly noticable as a member of our guard watch their camp. He should be careful, they will probably ramp up security.
Hey guys? I am having internet troubles again. Give me like twenty minutes to sort this out... Keep this thread bumped, and I will return soon.
>>19779169Iylaria is a sellsword, not a spy. We might want to get someone specialized if we're planning to do such stuff more often (we probably need to).And "Hot Dornish"… just because? I mean, Hot Dornish, man.
>>19779348I am kinda with you on that. A good spider would go a long way to help us solve this case... And, a hot dornish spider... Well, i never jumped on the HDW bandwagon, but i guess if we can get one...
>>19779382As long as we make sure she isn't a double agent for Dorne. Good luck with that.
>>19779346Oh my god it might still be running, I am wicked happy right now.
>>19779679Assuming Princely didn't go Aerys on his internet connection, is should be.
I have to say, we should not be relying on Iylaria for covert work unless that's actually one of her specialties. As a female fighter-type, she's probably had to work twice as hard as a man to keep her position, which makes her someone who we should respect for their abilities in combat- not shove into other roles because she has tits. Admittedly she hasn't actively complained so far, but she probably has pride that we're stepping on here.If we want spies, we should recruit actual spies, or turn some people who aren't part of our elite personal guard toward the profession.
>>19779779Im all for the spy network idea, I want to see a Karban on the Iron Throne in the next three generations.
>>19779779I second this, we have spent more time investigating than anything else and getting our own spy(s) would help.
Hm, i wonder, would it cause a scandal to let Iylaria fight on our team in the melee... That is something that fits her specialties better than spying around. And shes definetly hardcore.Also seconding more spys.
>>19779829>Hm, i wonder, would it cause a scandal to let Iylaria fight on our team in the melee...Wouldn't it already cause a scandal because she's not a knight? If gender is the only problem, do it for the lulz (and to give the bards something to sing about). We're fucking writing history with our participation here.
Oh, and we should definitely talk to Iylaria. Our subjects are supposed to follow orders, but better make sure she isn't going to geld us in our sleep.
Not sure if you guys have seen this yet:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17W4QMNwm-c&feature=player_embeddedSomething (quest relevant) to watch whilst waiting for Princely.
>>19779916>>19779863>>19779829minor problem, as our detective noir aspect would be very well served to have a few unpublic retainers/ loyal friends. if we can get her in without revealing her identity beyond a pseudonym that would be great.and she does have the most potential to be a agent out of the lot we have. and a good agent is worth quite a lot especially in A Song of Fire and Ice, considering the rampant char deaths via betrayal and assasination.
I am back. Thanks for the wait all... I was tempted to challenge AT+T to trial by combat, with fire as my champion... But I held back the hate.As for the melee, it is only open to Order members.
>>19780004>>19780004some dude tried to get rid of a parking ticket.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1416262/Court-refuses-trial-by-combat.html
So what are we going to do before the melee starts?
>>19779978Considering she is a member of our guard, she is already pretty public. And she is a vital asset as a fighter. Wouldn't want to waste that for spying, when we can find spies easier than good fighters. Though you're right, having her take part in the melee would reveal how awesome she is. We might want to keep this secret for a little while longer.
>>19780025See the competition, lets find out who is the big enchilada.
>>19780024Makes me proud to be British!
Talk to Portain. Firstly it may satisfy our ego.Ask him what he thinks about that Baratheon and his taking part in this tournier.Then report him our inefficient try to get at ser Clawwaters belongings and start plotting like a motherfucker with him.
Iylaria has no real ill will towards us, and never has. She lives for the dance, and she has plenty of opportunity to practice against some of the best in our employ. Plus, we have never tried to rape her, which is a big plus in her book. As for Portain, we find him near his tents, talking to a handful of his men who are gearing up for the melee. "Lord Karban, what brings you over here?"
>Getting back from meeting familyOh hey guys what's>Unseating Robert Fucking BaratheonJESUS WHAT. Karban confirmed for winning everything now. Everything. Exactly how much is this going to do for our reputation? Not only did we unseat Robert Goddamn Baratheon, we made the Arbor knights look fucking amazing. This is probably also good for some cred with the Redwynes.Whoever beats us is going to look like a god. If we win the whole thing we're going to be drowning in bitches. I mean riches.
>>19780098Oh yeah let's go get our ego stroked. "Hi, I unseated Robert Baratheon in the peak of his prime, what did you do today?"I want to listen to what people are saying about Karban now.
>>19780130Robert is know for been an awesome fighter in melees but for jousting. Just saying.
>>19780122Ask him who is going to be in the melee.
>>19780122>Plus, we have never tried to rape her, which is a big plus in her book. Note to collective self: Don't ask her about her past. Unless we're both heavily drunk and guaranteed to forget everything.
>>19780122"Ah, i directly wanted to talk to you about our little smuggling problem, since we likely wont have much time during the melee." Look questioning at his men. If we separate from them or he declares them trustworthy, we tell him what happened, and that he should be carefull of the Clawwaters in the Melee. We wouldnt put it past them to try something.""It looks like i will have to lay low in this matter for the rest of the tourney. I have been attracting far too much attention lately. I hope you will be able to do something."
>>19780168That... Might not be the worst idea.>>19780159"The melee is filled with nearly forty combatants, many of them knights looking for glory after their defeat on the joust yesterday... Are you sure you want to compete? What if you are injured and you cannot joust on the morrow?"
>>19780233Wait, the melee is between jousting matches? Oh, hell to the no. We're taking the jousting to the max.That said, melee is just order members? Ask the Steel Guard if they're interested.
>>19780233He is right we are no melee fighter. I could advice against fighting in it.
>>19780233>Are you sure you want to compete? What if you are injured and you cannot joust on the morrow?Good question. Of course, if we are not injuried and more or less victorious, it would be awesome. But if we're not expected to compete, kicking every ass in the joust might be better.We could use the day for shady affairs, like naps.
>>19780233I knew my trauma sense was tingling.
We joust, and we fight, and we joust and we fight.We do both. WE DO BOTH and we win the honors of the Tournament.Plus, if we win both we win 1000's of lady-boners at the tournament forever.
>>19780256>>19780253The final day of jousting takes place tomorrow. However, Ser Ben Cargill and Ser Bushy are both planning on competing.
Discretion is the better part of valour here, especially where Robert and his hammer are concerned.
Hm, i think we focus on jousting. I think we are better at melee than at jousting, though. Doesnt make much difference. If we compete in the melee Robert is going to find us and wreck our shit with his darn Hammer and we will be wounded for 2 Months.
>>19780297Robert isn't competing in the melee, he is sitting with the Tyrells and the Redwynes in the box, drinking wine and actually acting like a lord for once. So vote guys.... To melee, or not to melee.
>>19780309That is, if we survive. I dont think Baratheon will just let a defeat slide if he has an option for revenge.
>>19780309>I think we are better at melee than at jousting, though.Are we? To me it seems our fighting style favors small numbers / one-on-one engagements more than a fucking huge melee.
>>19780318>>19780318We melee and joust
Fuck it, Joust and Melee! For Russell and the Emprah!
>>19780318Oh good. In that case, why the fuck not. We are a carefull fighter, if we are extra carefull and Avoid the Clawwaters (who i think will make an attempt on our live if we compete) this will be cool. And its in character. We want all the Glories.
>>19780318Are we confident that we could get out of this without a wound ?Will we be too tired to win the joust if we compete ?Can we send Iylaria in our armor ?
>>19780318No melee. We're lucky, but we know how to augment our luck with prudence.Also, Clawwater is meleeing. This is our last real chance to scope his place out. Talk to the Steel Guard about a new plan.
>>19780318Not to melee. It's foolhardy, and we already have more than enough going for us with a good showing in the joust and our competent lordship and investigation skills- there's no reason to risk injury and being unable to joust tomorrow.
>>19780369Changing my vote to not melee since your arguments have swayed me.
>>19780369Someone should check his place out but not us to risky and the backlash if something bad happens could be really bad.
Oh great, our female advisor/bodyguard is a violent, traumatized rape victim? This going to end so fucking well oh gods we're gonna die horribly
>>19780397She's a woman in Westeros, it isn't shocking.
>>19780355We should be fine if we fight conservatively, and yield if we are losing. No point getting a cracked skull when we are still to joust the next day. We shouldn't be too exhausted afterwards, but the day of rest could help our prospects in the joust, especially considering that most of our competitors are resting. As for Iylaria in armor? Ha. If she could even move in anything heavier than silks and a boiled leather jerkin, which is questionable, she is a good eighty pounds to thin and seven inches too short.
>>19780410Doesn't decrease the chance she suddenly snaps and starts to collet cut off manhoods.
>>19780417Okay, then rest.
>>19780417Do not melee then.
Most people seem to be saying rest. Any other dissenters.
>>19780421Why should she? Its not like anyone here is seriously planning to make any moves on her. We already knew shes violent, if we treat her well there shouldn't be any problems.
>>19780421No, but the chances were negligible anyway.
>>19780469Nope at the melee. Talk about Clawwatery Problems.
>>19780494It does occur to me, we could have another crack at their camp whilst they are in the melee.
Look guys, lets just treat Iylaria with respect like anyone else in to Iron guard. There is no need to over-think everything. Lets see if we can scout the Clawwaters and see if we can get someone in.
>>19780471>>19780421As long as you keep treating her like one of the bros, you should be fine. She has served with you for nearly four years, and none of you have ever had problems with her. Some Braavosi sailors did once, but you just helped Doros push the bodies into the sea and never spoke about it again.So you are going to sit this out, sitting in the box with Portain and watching the combat while drinking wine.
Should we pursue Veronica today ? We didn't act upon our successes in the joust yesterday.
>>19780526>There is no need to over-think everything.This *is* GoT. If we don't overthink everything, we're already dead.
>>19780543We don't need to be overly aggressive in pursuing the ladies. Also, since we are a lord and marriage is political, if we're seriously considering her then we should befriend her father, and if we're not seriously considering her then we shouldn't push too hard.
We could go see the lad whose nose we broke.
>>19780563Yeah, lets see if we can talk a little with his father. See how he is doing befriend him. See if he had trouble with pirates or smugglers.
>>19780563Agree. Let's see her father and get some good relations with him.
>>19780563I vote we pursue Veronica for two reasons:1.Paxtor already knows we have his back when he becomes Lord of The Arbor. 2. She has huge tracts of land.
You sit in the back of the box by Lord Portain, the two of you speaking in hushed, low voices while sipping a red wine and glancing at the knights through the cluster of lords and ladies. When Lord Cargill enters the box, you call him over, Terris producing a cup of wine and a small bowl of tart fruits."Lord Karban, you did very well on the field yesterday. I am impressed for a sea knight like yourself to have such skill on horseback."
>>19780625Thank you, I endeavor to improve myself in all the fields I can Lord Cargill.
>>19780625I wasn't always such. Moving to the Arbor made me a sea-knight, but Ser Crane made me a good jouster!
>>19780625I impressed myself. I had some good luck, and some good instructors too.
He laughs at your response. "It seems you have the been pushing yourself to excel... That is no vice, ser. You have traveled leagues and miles to get here, and it is good to see that a transplanted lord such as yourself is doing something with himself."He points towards Ser Crane as he enters the arena, bearing a buckler and a flange'd mace. "That man there is one of yours, is he not? He rode well yesterday. I am interested to see how he will perform on foot."
>>19780651>>19780652Lets see if we can get a measure of Lord Cargill maybe he can be an ally in our hunt for the smugglers. "Imagine that before coming to the Arbor never spend so mush time near the sea and now I deal with whatever pirates and smugglers come near my port."
>>19780729"You do have that little town... What was its name again. Salt-something? I have heard it is a rather bustling place. I have never visited it, however. My lands require my nearly constant attention, and without sons the job falls entirely to myself.""What do you know, Lord Karban, of the eastern hills of the Arbor?"
>>19780729I would be very careful on that score. We are already working with Lord Portain on this and shouldn't be bringing in other random people without discussing it with him first. Also, we were charged by Lord Redwyne with investigating this subtly, and that necessitates playing it close to our chest until we really know what's going on.>>19780726Acknowledge Ser Crane as one of ours and comment that we have great confidence that he will, if not win, at least give a great showing. Ask if any of Lord Cargill's are on the field today.
>>19780769"That much of their produce comes through my port, primarily. I have made efforts to learn what I can of the Arbor since being landed here, but there is enough to learn that one could spend a lifetime and not know it all." Describe what we know of his lands economically, focusing on what comes through our ports and moving out from there, if he pursues the conversation. Bring in other things that we know to supplement as necessary, but our primary goal should be to show off that we're a cunning administrator of what we have and thereby impress him.
>>19780772We haven't told anything important every lord needs to deal with pirates and smugglers in a place like the Arbor. Like a said get a measure of him not invite him in just yet. Also >>19780769 I think he is not been so subtle about getting his daughters marry.
>>19780769A good land, rich and full of bounty. Something to be proud of Lord Cargill.
>>19780782>>19780772"My lands are not fields or vineyards like some lords. They are hills filled with copper, iron, and salt. They are orchards of apple, pear, peach, and citrus. Admittedly, we did acquire some great fields of barley from the other half of the family, but those are inconsequential."He stops, looking at the field. "My sisters son is out there, fighting for glory... The moron. He is just eight and ten, and there are men there who will eat him alive."
>>19780904"You should not be so harsh on him, did you not seek to prove yourself when you were his age?"
>>19780904My God, if the sister's son dies and she has no heirs, and if we marry Veronica or the 1stborn daughter, we could potentially have the entire southeast of the Arbor under our control.
Veronica is the firstborn, I did not mean to put the or there.
We should really get inheritance charts for all the neighboring lords drawn up.
>>19780904"Every lad dreams of glory, but those dreams can kill them before they can be temper with discipline and prudence. While I squire on the Vale I pray for a chance to prove myself,the chance came but it left me wiser to the realty the battle."
>>19780926"No, I didn't. I was never a great warrior, and never pretended to be. When i was just a lad of sixteen, I took a lance to the helmet, which helped improve my face a fair bit, and made me rather more cautious." Lord Tyrell is announcing the combatants now, and you get another glass of wine from Terris. The trumpets sound, and clash of steel rings from the field. >Roll 1d100 for the first turn of fighting.
rolled 3, 3, 2, 6, 1, 2 = 17Go Crane Go!
rolled 54 = 54>>19780999
rolled 94 = 94>>19780999Rolling
rolled 11 = 11>>19781012>>19781012sorry about that.
Lets be havin yah!
You here the 'oohs' and 'aahs' of the crowd as men battle. You glimpse Ser Crane in the scrum, battering back a man in plate with his mace before sneaking a strike against his helmet, tipping him over. You give a cheer when you see that, and Portain points out one of his knights who is dueling with a member of the Merrywind family, wearing him down as he presses him against the far wall.Cargill turns to you, for a moment. "I was surprised when you didn't ask my daughter for a favor yesterday. She seemed rather taken with you at the feast."
>>19781070>>19781070I did not want to seem too presumptuous in asking such a thing. Besides, i had wished to understand her better before i made such a pass. Too many people think with their loins rather than their heart and their head, and I have seen what happens to those people.What can you tell me of your daughter?
How are we going to play this guys?
>>19781070Yeap, he wants us to marry his daughter."I was waiting for a more dramatic moment, It could not do if I fall right after asking a favor from her."
>>19781112Enter SWAG MODE.Because, huge tracts of land.
>>19781107Let's be less blunt than that.
>>19781070Ask a lady I had just met to bare her favor into battle? And risk dishonoring her on the field? I like to think I am a cautious man, and I'd do no lady the disservice of shaming her. You praised my jousting but just months ago my own Ser Crane hurled me from my horse at my own tourney. I made good on that debt yesterday, but it was no sure thing.
>>19781124>>19781117>>19781112>>19781107Good question, so start talking. He nods at your response. "That is... respectful of you. She is a kind girl, with her mothers spirit. And none of my vices. Any man with half a head would be lucky to have her. But I have been loath to part with her. The thought of trading her away isn't something I enjoy."
>>19781124I like the way you operate anon.
Also, I need a d100 to see how the fight is going.
rolled 41 = 41>>19781198
rolled 56 = 56>>19781198Rolland
>>19781187I see, would you permit me to ask for her favor on the morrow?
rolled 19 = 19This is how the fight is going!anyway, for a man to give up his daughter is a terrible thing to have to experience. Swag Mode initiate:Perhaps you could bring her over so we can talk while the fight continues? I am sure that having a conversation with her about the tournament will do wonders.
>>19781220"If she gives it when you ask, you must deserve it... Seven knows why she would. She should have every lordly son of the Arbor beating down her door..."You can see Crane dancing around the wild swings of a man with a maul, before ducking underneath and slamming a solid shot into his sternum, followed up with a kick to his back.>Roll another 1d100 for dramatic tension.
>>19781220Hang on hang on hang on. We're going to need to decide how we want to handle ourselves going forward. Do we have a lady we'd like to grab ourselves? What's the political situation we're getting involved in?It's obvious that her father wants us married to her, but aren't we due for some of his land when Portain takes over?I think we might have to switch gears a little; Dustain's Game of Thrones is starting now, and while the stakes aren't high yet choices we make now could have huge repercussions when the war ends.
Two minute delay. Getting a coffee.
rolled 62 = 62>>19781254rollan
rolled 15 = 15>>19781254Rollan.I must confess curiosity at her situation, she is a great beauty from a noble house and remains still unmarried.
>>19781296...Could they be on the down and out? What do we know about this family and lord, Princely? Who stands to inherit or benefit when Cargill passes? Is there some inheritance thing in place that prevents a son-in-law from taking power?
>>19781352These are all important questions.I kind of want to get a line to Lord Vary's soon, that way we can start sweeping up some royal favour when the shit hits the fan, not to mention starting a nice little Targaryan collection could be advantageous.
>>19781275>but aren't we due for some of his land when Portain takes over?I... you know, it hadn't occurred to me that the land Lord Redwyne was planning to give us would have to be taken away from someone else. Is this the guy? Are we sitting here with the knowledge that within a couple years, some land that he now considers his is going to be stripped from him and given to us, just because Lord Redwyne likes us better?
>>19781494Actually I don't think we will. We're getting land on the western side of the Windingwater from that, they are the main House Cargill branch, not the Western branch. We won't take any of their land. We'll be getting it from the Western branch. Which I think is separate.
>>19781548Hmm. How separate? Obviously they're related; do they maintain close ties and alliance? Is an offense to one (like stealing their land through receiving political favor) and offense to the other? We need a greater understanding of our neighbors and their relations with one another, I think.
>>19781578I have no clue. My guess from the fact that they shared a table during the feast is that they are on good terms. I don't know how separate the leadership is or anything like that.
>>19781548I wanna see that map sky blue by the time the war ends.
Holy FUCK guys. I cannot believe the luck we have been having, unhorsing Robert Baratheon...lawdy. Are we pleasuring Lady Luck in our spare time or something?Personally, I think we should ask for Veronicas favour tommorow. Dalyana seems to be out of our reach and as anon pointed out we stand to gain more from HUGE TRACTS OF LAND.
Come to think of it, the fact that both families still have the Cargill name means that they must be close. Look at our family, we split off and renamed our house and we were supposed to be on pretty good terms with them.This... could get problematic. On the other hand, it could explain why Cargill wants his daughter married to us; it brings all our land into his holdings. OH, that's it! As he has no sons, his eldest daughter's husband might be asked to inherit the Cargill name instead!
>>19781657I don't know. There's probably a reason that she's not married yet at 18, and I'd like to know what it is before we commit, or are seen publicly to make steps toward committing. Also, we've scratched the surface of available options- this is the first really big public event we've been to since we spent Influence to declare ourselves to be looking for a bride, so I wouldn't be surprised if a number of the nobles present here are busily sizing us up for our potential. Whether they'll act on it, I don't know. I'd kind of think so, seeing as there must be dozens of people here with daughters, sisters, or cousins that they would love to see as our lady.On the other hand, I've been expecting people to actually act on our Influence expenditure for some time now and we've seen precious little by way of results. Maybe we botched a hidden roll or something.
>>19781657I agree.>Dalyana seems to be out of our reachI also smirked at that for some reason.
>>19781731Is that possible? I've not heard of that ocurrring before.
Poor, poor Ser Crane. He takes a rapid series of blows from a long sword-wielding knight, before yielding when he trips over a fallen knight's shield, probably doing more damage to himself in the fall than the swordsman did.The battle eventually tapers down, with a man from House Rowan winning. He is declared Grand Melee Champion, and awarded a golden dagger and olive branch laurel from Lord Redwyne. You meet Ser Ben and Ser Martin, both of them battle-worn, bruised, and bloodied, but otherwise fine. You commend them both on the return trip to the tents.
>>19781787Could you read from >>19781352 onward and fill us in on some background information/responses to our commentary and thoughts? This information is kind of important to how we proceed in the future.
>>19781735wait until after the tourney, if we win...
>>19781774Happened in a lot of feudal societies. Lets say you've got a rich merchant family and a poorer noble, merchant's son marries into the noble family and takes the noble's name. So the nobles get an infusion of cash and get to keep the family name. Same deal with us except we're rich, popular and noble already.
>>19781831so we need some prestige then?
>>19781831Yes but the big deal is that we are already a Noble male, and head of our House as it is.
>>19781855We have stupidly high Influence; that's prestige flowing from our every orifice.
House Cargill has existed on the Arbor for nearly three hundred years, arriving a few decades before Aegon landed. The eastern branch is the oldest, with its wealth built upon mines, orchards, and forestry. The western edge broke off some ninety years ago, gaining huge amounts of fine land, farming and herding to feed the smallfolk.
>>19781855Well, it's up to us what we want. Do we want to marry to expand our holdings? Make good with our liege lord? Expand trade, bind a banner to our side, seal a friendship or alliance? Or do we want to marry for love?We really are incredibly lucky, because we have the chance to choose our own future in a way that so few people ever did. I suggest we do what we think will make us happy--because it can't last.
>>19781879Veronica is Eastern Branch, right?Also there aren't any male heirs so if we marry her we're set to inherit those lands correct?About how old did her father, Lord Cargill, look?
>>19781942If Lord Cargill's sister has a son, then that son would inherit before the husband of one of his daughters, I think. You always go trace back through the male line and then back down, so any male descendant of Lord Cargill's father- or grandfather, or even great-grandfather- would inherit before any female of the family. The only way that we could inherit all his lands by marrying Veronica would be if there just aren't that many Cargills, and I really don't think that's the case.
>>19781879The eastern branch is under the Lord Cargill we have met. Their hall is what Barleyhall is named after, a small town in the hills that handles huge amounts of timber, iron, and produce. They sell much of their metals to concerns on the Arbor, and much of their fruits and timber to coastal houses.The western branch is under an older Lord Cargill, the distant uncle of the Lord Cargill we know. His lands are lush, and he has a tiny, itty-bitty slice of wine country, where most of his money comes from. However, the rest of the lands are covered with fields of barley, wheat, and grazing fields for sheep and goats.
>>19781998Or, like I said, if we married IN to the family, rather than bringing Veronica into House Karban. They might prefer that option if it meant keeping East Cargill separate from West. And given that we're smack dab between them....
>>19782019B-but I like our House...
>>19781942Yes, she is. He father is in his later fifties, but looks healthy.>>19781998That might be a bit off from the GRRM system, but I will double-check. As for the size of the family? It is pretty big and widespread.
>>19782037So...rest up and get ready for jousting tommorow?
>>19782079I would like to discuss the matters that we've brought up here- particularly the question of why Veronica isn't married yet and apparently not even attracting suitors at her age- to the knights of our household who might know something about it, if we're retiring for the evening. If there's some relatively common knowledge, they might be able to inform us.
By the way, who lost the land we got ?
>>19782108Well if anyone knows Benjemmen Cargill would, Veronica seemed to care about him when he was brought up, he might know.
>>19782108Cargill has implied that she'll be swarmed by suitors tommorrow, but I agree that a few more questions are pertinent.
>>19782138No one *yet*. Who it is going to be... almost certainly the Western Cargills, unless it's unclaimed land that the Redwynes have been holding on to for these situations.Seconding the motion to learn more about local politics, we're going to be swimming in it soon enough. Probably as soon as we start making progress on this smuggling case.
>>19782138No one. It had laid fallow during the last twenty years, and the Redwyne's used it to lure you away.>>19782108>>19782079You retire for the night to your tent to rest. However, you send out Brown Tim, Iylaria, and Doros to get some rumors about the state of the Cargill's suitors and any stuff about Veronica.
>>19782079Well, now the melee is done, so we lost the chance to try again to send someone into the Clawwater tent ?Will he take part into the joust tomorrow, or did he lose yesterday ?If we can get another chance, try to discuss a better plan with portain, see if he has a better idea.
>>19782187Portain is the head of the investigation, so we really should let him call the shots here. Personally, I think we should just enjoy the Tourney while we can as having another go at the Clawwater tent is likely to end in serious failure and expose us.
>>19782238Agreed, although we should have another crack at Veronica, preferably not exposing ourselves though..................
>>19782238Why don't we ask Portain about Cargills and veronica?
>>19782187Clawwater is still in the tourney, and should be riding tomorrow. The Steel Guard didn't want to risk getting into Clawwater's stuff two days in a row. They decided to just wait the day out, watching what was going on.
>>19782238We're running low on leads, if we don't search his tent all we really have is a location of where ships tend to do drop offs, and those will probably just get us more middlemen.I think we should be cautious, but if there is an opportunity for us to get someone inside the tent we should take it.But consult with Portain first.
So we want to meet with Portain tonight?
>>19782311Why would he keep information like that in his tent? I disagree, investigating his tent here is a needless risk.Worst comes to worst we have unmarked ships patrol the area where the meetings are supposed to occur.
>>19782322Yes, talk on both Cargill and his daughters, as well as the investigation.
>>19782322Yes, we can ask about the Cargill family and talk about the investigation.Also keep people watching the Clawwater pavilion, and if there's a golden opportunity to investigate further.
>>19782385He comes to our tent, and brings with him a small ewer of wine. "You wanted to talk?"
>>19782420First talk about the investigation, what happened two days ago, how it didn't work out, and how they heard strange laughter coming from the pavilion. See if Portain has any men he'd trust this task to as we can't really use Iylaria again, which leaves one of his people or Grey Thom.Then ask about the Cargill family, if he knows why Veronica is unmarried at her age and who the heir to the Western branch is.
>>19782472I agree mostly, but i think further attempts to get an agent into the tent will needlessly expose us.
>>19782488We need to get an agent into his /lands/. When we get back lets get to recruiting some shadows. We ought to try and put together a unit like the Steel Guard, except they guard for subtle threats. Call them the Shadow Guard, maybe.
>>19782472>>19782488>>19782405"I don't know much about that family... A pile of daughters though. Supposedly, none of them has been married off yet.... Which means there is something up there." Your conversation moves towards the investigation. When told about your attempts to get into his tent, he just nods. "That is just risky. Did you get close?"
>>19782554Not close enough to garner anything useful. Though there was some odd laughter from their tent, do you know anything about that?>>19782530That's not a bad idea at all.
>>19782530Decent plan... Might be really worth it over time.>>19782577He just nods. "His tent cannot have any real information that our investigation hasn't uncovered... And if one of your Guard were discovered, it would alert him to us."
>>19782621Do you have any suggestions. Currently all we can do is keep an eye on him here and then later send ships to the regions where we believe they're going to drop the wine and hope that we get something or someone important out of it.
>>19782621Suggest getting a trusted man on their island somehow. Otherwise we'll be reduced to the hit-and-miss tactic of hoping to pick up the smugglers around the meeting point.
>>19782655He stares into a brazier, thinking. "You know, short of secreting people onto the lands and waters held by the Clawwater family, I am running out of ideas."
>>19782621For some reason, I thought he was the one who first suggested that.>>19782554"Which means there is something up there."How come it's not well-known, if it repels all potentiaal suitors ? Who should we go to for gossip and rumors about nobles ?
>>19782621We cant let them know we are on to them not yet. They might stop or move their operation until they feel its safe again. We need to know where they are getting the wines or capture one of them that knows. We have an approximation location of where they are operating right now we should move to trap them.
>>19782712Ask if he has anyone that could be trusted with something that delicate. If not then we need to start recruiting some likely folks for our premature Shadow Gaurd immediately.
>>19782733Wait, let's name them the Silk Guard instead. Everyone and their brother has shadows, but silk can conceal just as well, and everyone knows to be wary of shadows. Silk can conceal steel, too.
Why don't we just put fucking pressure on Bhaariso? A underground merchant like him isn't going to give up the contacts to his illegal wine to other merchants so it's most likely that he is running the selling of the goods.Since he's the only one doing it (or a majority of it) all the wine probably funnels to him. In fact, he probably gets messages on when and where and how to pick up the wine. We could intercept a raven from him to Clawwater.Why are we not intercepting ravens from them again? We could make ourselves the fucking middlemen for this. We either kill the raven when it sends the message, or kill the raven that we need to and plant it in their ossory so that all messages are funneled to us. We act as the middlemen between the messages and can implicate them in any litigious works.Put pressure on Bhaariso, or start intercepting the fucking ravens, or plant your ravens in one or the other's ossory. No need to insert a spy if all their messages are getting to you.I am sure the other underground merchants that we were talking to (the brotherhood or whatever) would certainly like to undercut one of their own if it threatens them all, so that is an avenue to still look at.Hell, get our maester to get hired by Bhaariso and act as an informant.
>>19782801Ravens sounds like a good idea. Check with Portain.
>>19782733>>19782730"I have no one with the skills you are seeking... I am sorry, but you will have to look for them elsewhere. My men are knights and soldiers, not spies and sneak thieves..." The two of you talk more about potential strategy, going late into the night, before eventually getting back around to talking about the Cargill's daughters.Hold on again guys. This fucking internet shit is killing me.
Okay, while the GM's away, strategy meeting. We need to get ourselves some spies, but we don't want just anyone. We need to hire for loyalty and ability, so that we don't have to worry about betrayal or losing the agents. A good place to start might be our Steel Guard. Ask them if they know people with the abilities we're looking for. The thing is, the identities of the Silk Guard need to be secret. The fact of their existence can be useful if the group becomes notorious, but once their identities are exposed the agents lose their veil of secrecy. They become targets outside their missions.So, thoughts on this?
>>19782970I think our Silk Guard should be adept at both subterfuge and combat if it's demanded. Less like Varys 'Little Birds' and more like a cloak-and-dagger version of the Steel Guard.I agree that asking our Steel Guard is the most likely start. Our knights are unlikely to know anyone, but our people with foreign contacts probably will.
That's about what I was thinking. People who could double for members of the Steel Guard but have a different inclination for their skills.
>>19782970Honestly, the biggest problems here are all the usual reasons that people don't have significant organizations of loyal spies:1. Organizations are traceable, and if they're traced we get in trouble.2. Spies have high death rates, and we don't want loyal people in jobs with high death rates.3. Most of the jobs that we would want our spies to conduct don't actually require specialized training or knowledge of who we are or the politics involved with us.These items make me think that it would be better to just pick someone loyal, capable, and a little shady, then have them enter the spymaster business using the standard set of deniable agents, cutouts, bribed contacts, and so forth.The idea of an order of shadow knights is romantic, but frankly unrealistic. One or two loyal agents to be used in particularly delicate situations that we can't handle with hirelings through a double blind, yes; anything worthy of the title "guard", no.
>>19783209I'm thinking the Silk Guard would be more like our Secret Police of Saltmouth, and they would be the ones getting hirelings and inserting people who are risking the high death rates.The Silk Guard would only take action themselves when there was some dirty business being called for (say organizing an Ambush on Damien Clawwater while he's out hunting and torture some information out of him).We would have to set them up somewhere outside of Saltmouth though.
We should ask Clawwater to teach us how to build up a secreat organization with the right cast of middlemen so as to avoid taking the blame without multiplying the chances of betrayal.
>>19783294>>19783294I do not think having a secret police will endear us well to the population.We don't want our lands to be known like Eastern Germany was known.
>>19783401"Criminal scum! I now have you in irons. Now would you mind telling me how you setup such an advanced network? It's for a friend."
>>19783401Clawwater?The guys that we're trying to get done for their smuggling ways?
>>19783462Yes, that one.
>>19783457>>19783457Well if we do it like this...
>>19783449They won't be terrorizing the population though, who seem to love us as it is. Only smugglers and other sorts of enemies trying to cheat us or work against us.
>>19783449The secret police of eastern germany wasn't secret. Its existence and effectiveness was well-known. It was designed to be feared. Ours will be designed to be ignored.Also, even if it was known, secret polices can be well-accepted by the population. The CIA, fore example, isn't broadly reviled, at least in the US.
>>19783638>>19783638If we are talking about developing an intelligence organization rather than a secret police designed to subject a population for subjective crime, then I am all for that.
So it's looking good to secure a few likely members for our awesomely named, yet sadly unknown, Silk Guard?
>>19783209I'm with you on this. The smart thing is to have one person who does things like listen for rumors and collect the usual sort of knowledge, with a fat purse of silver stags in hand for informants. Works well enough for Varys, after all.
I'm curious, but I never got further than the show into this... what is Varys doing at the present time ?
>>19783713>>19783713An intelligence organization develops and follows leads while still respecting an individuals rights to a certain extent. A secret police like the Stazi follow and develop leads without any regard for the rights of it's citizens or those it watches.That is a distinction and a very good one.
>>19783841But... that's not what an intelligence organization does. An intelligence organization may or may not respect the rights of individuals; it simply gathers intelligence and/or exerts influence by whatever means it both can use and chooses to use. The primary distinction is that the purpose of an intelligence organization is to gather information while the purpose of a secret police organization is enforcement.Regardless, this is utterly irrelevant to us because we rule a whopping six thousand people and are not going to be successfully putting together respectable kingdom-scale spy networks in the next year or two, by which point everything will break down into chaos and war anyway.
>>19783886>>19783886creating a intelligence organization during a war would be a massive help! We could/would multiply our contribution 1,000 fold. Distribution of troops, troop movements, extent of supplies, which lords are thinking of turning, etc are all massively helpful. But we wouldn't be able to do that in 2 years, maybe 10 if we devoted all the time we had.I also was going to expand on my post a bit, notably about enforcement but you beat me to it.
>>19783886This Anon raises a good point.But we do need some men that we can trust with this cloak-and-dagger stuff. Men that we could put on the Clawwater lands and expect success, or at least that they wouldn't get themselves killed or worse captured.And the Silk Guard is a damn cool name.
Incidentally, we should feel out Lord Cargill a little more. There's been a lot of talk about names, but in the event Lord Cargill dies without an heir, there's a chance the West Cargills will inherit his lands, right? In which case his daughters probably get jack squat, rather than what occurs if House Karban takes them. Being married to Veronica, we'd have a hand in ensuring the other two girls get decent marriages to good men. We still need to know what's going on, though.
>>19784187Dude he has heirs, 3 daughters remember?
>>19784237This isn't Dorne we're talking about here, daughters don't inherit like that.My question is if we would get the lands if we married Veronica.
>>19784187>>19784254A son comes before a daughter(expect in Dorne) and a daughter comes before an uncle or a cousin. Daughters DO inherit like that. The rule any male comes before any living female its only for the throne.
>>19784293Ok, so if we get Veronica we would presumably get all those delicious Tracts of Land, I mean that in every way possible.
>>19784310Yes, her claim is stronger than any uncle or cousin she may have. And even after her comes her sisters. any dispute of claim brought by her uncles could be quite weak with 3 daughters before him.
>>19784406True, but we are literally the only Karban. Both the head and sole family member of our house. I say we figure out more about the situation and see what Lord Cargill had planned regarding that before we get too rash.
What was that about a "roll" in her step Princely mentioned?
>>19784675That seductive slinkywalk, boyo, it's that walk women do when they're happy and hoping you're watching them go, if you catch my meaning.
>>19784819Just worried about polio is all.
Princely isn't gone, is he? We must hold faith, brothers, for the night is dark and full of terrors.
>>19785153You know, I use this quests like this to get by until the 3rd season or the next book.