Since the dawn of time, the peoples of the world have had their legends. Be they the titanic figures who forged the great nations, founded the eternal cities, and codified the very beliefs that millions still hold. Be they the heroes and villains who have shaped the land since with their deeds, slaying armies and ruining cities. Their acts are monumental, their personages monolithic, but it is their stories that truly shape the land. Stories are the lifeblood of a people, they shape their culture, their very way of thinking. And, in every one of these tales, these legends, there is a single shared strand. Everyone must sleep. Everyone must eat. Everyone desires companionship. In all of these legends, these myths, these heroic tales: a single constant. The Tavern.Adventuring is not for you, and no God has made you his chosen. Evil is, well, risky. Politics is boring and deadly in equal measure. Farming? You'd rather plant a hoe into your own head than into the dirt for the rest of your days. No, you will become legend through the clearest, best path you can imagine. Its time to open a Tavern. The Tavern.Last time on Tavern Quest, Tallius made a deal to board and feed the Rose Brotherhood, a mercenary group of impeccably dressed crossbowmen led by Reginald Britannius and sent North on orders from the Capitol, of a nature yet unknown. Miaya's hunting lessons began in her characteristic oddness. Tallius nailed the boar, but Miaya had to intervene lest her employer pull a Baratheon. Things got muddy. Tallius then resolved to have Martellus help with the festering lash wounds of the soldier Rico upon morning. Previous threads can be found here: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Tavern+Quest
Tallius UristBarter: 2/5Streetsmarts: 1/5Strength: 2/5Cunning: 3/5Charisma: 4/5Business 1/5Inventory:Senatorial Signet RingConcealed Dagger, Inscription reads "Imperator"Two Iron Daggers.Crossbow, 49 bolts.Dignity3,870 Gold Holdings:Fine horse-drawn cart, valued at 500 gold.The Clock Tower Tavern, standard configuration, capacity of 50 souls. Basic Brewery on site. Estimated sale value 20,000 gold.Deactivated Automata, type unknown, properties unknown, sale price unknown.Employees:Sif: Barmaid with unusual strength and little tact. Weekly Wage of 30. Insurance pool deposit of 10.Martellus: Burly academic with brewing and barman skills. Weekly wage of 30. Insurance pool deposit of 10. Contracted for Barkeeping lessons.Miaya: Eccentric Painter, Cook, and Huntress, in that order. Knows Tallius is actually Marcus Sertorius, seems willing to keep this to herself. For now. Weekly wage of 30. Insurance pool deposit of 10. Contracted for Hunting lessons.You have close cropped brown hair, and are clean shaven. You will remain so, lest someone recognize your once distinctive facial hair. Your wife used to call your eyes liar's blue. You and Lucretia were not on the best of terms at the time, but she has a point there. You are currently wearing a simple cotton shirt with some brown trousers, tied together with a fashionable sash. Classy, if simple.
>>24768489Hooray, I've been waiting all week for this!oh god, where did my life go wrong?
>>24768564I know that feel. Far too well...Anyway, TAVERN QUEST, AWAY!
>>24768564Name faggin' up.
You slept well, a fact that does not escape you. Of late you have seen no end of disturbing recollections, beautiful fancies, and the occasional disturbingly alluring memory. It is good to be free of them, if only for a time.You push off the blankets of your bed, and sit, spying someone standing in your doorway. It was not left ajar when you retired. Startled, you reach for the nightstand, where you left Father's knife, finding nothing. A cold sweat comes upon your brow. But only for a moment. Their eerie silence and somewhat predatory posture give identity to the silhouette, despite the room's darkness and your mind still being clouded by the haze sleep leaves in it's inky wake.You groan, and speak hoarsely. " Miaya?"She nods. "Ah, you are awake, Tallius." She steps within your room, apparently taking your alertness for permission. Quickly, she leans close to your seated form, making you wonder just what she could intend.A whisper, soft as a light breeze. " A senator left his knife on your bedpost. I felt that was rather unwise of him, so I buried it. I hope you do not mind."She winks, just as she crooks her head to the right. You do not find the gesture comforting, her expressionless face does not support the warmth the action implies.What to say? You are without words, for a moment.
>>24768770A bit of housekeeping:For those of you who missed it, I now run Tavern Quest Sidechapters on Wednesdays at 5 eastern. We ran Lucretia this week, next week, who knows?
Welcome back, Barkeep.I've got a question regarding our dice pools. Will there be a way to increase our dice pool in, for example, barter and strength, and if so, how would we go about increasing them?Also, read the Gaiden quest game. Holy dickshit, we're gonna die when the past meets up with us...
>>24768770"Very good of you. That past deserved to be buried."
>>24768799Adopting Merc Command's method, eh?
>>24768858Certainly, I should have edited something about that actually. Tallius now had one rank of Marksmanship. Stats will be increased with applicable practice.>>24768890If you can believe it, I'd been mulling over the idea for some time. I will not say his success with it was not a factor, however.
>>24768770Might as well ask what she thinks of the odd situation of why a random senator would want to forget his personal letter opener. Might as well ask her, when the time is right, if she would like to "return" it, as well.
>>24768770"Strange, I had seen the same knife before I went to sleep and was thinking of doing the same when I woke up. Thank you for taking care of it for and for your hard work."
>>24768915We might as well ask Sif for "Bouncer" lessons in the morning. We'll seem to need it sooner then later...
>>24768870Supporting this, and suggest we discuss other matters with her. Particularly the mercs. For those who missed the Gaiden quest we played as Lucretia and....>>He has two fingers left on his one remaining hand. He will likely bleed out before the apothecary can sew him up. He shouldn't have wasted your time.Long story short we should probably be worried. She knows we're in the north now and has sent one of her generals to look for us. This reinforces my belief that we should really put more effort into starting up an information network and learning the contents of that letter.
>>24768987Get your meta out of here.We've got a Tavern to supply and run and a clockwork golem thingy to possibly research.
>>24768987All we need now is to hire a bard who will be able to teach us the ways of the street.
>>24769021What? We ARE a tavern owner. We WILL need some skill at removing drunks someday. Sif might not be there forever, and it might be a good idea for hunting, too.
>>24769021If you're gonna bitch about meta, remember that our ex-wife is a fucking paladin grandmaster now. We'll need the muscle; a poleaxe to the face hurts.
>>24768870>>24768959You smile. " I was thinking of doing the same thing when I got up, that past deserved to be buried. Thank you."For her part, Miaya effects a somewhat theatrical bow. " Anything to help my dear employer. We have early customers, Sif sent me to get you, Martellus wants you to get a hang of running the bar while business is still trickling in."Damn, everyone is up already? You need to fix your sleep schedule, lest they think you some sort of layabout.Miaya leaves, giving you ample time to dress and clean yourself. You once again don one of the simple, classy outfits Martellus lent you. Heading downstairs, you cannot help but notice the new additions to your Tavern's decorations. A painting, in Miaya's impressionist style. A man stands defiant before a charging board, crossbow raised. She exagerrated the animals size by more than a few degrees, and despite the vagaries of the style you doubt you have ever looked so heroic. You certainly did not during the event in question. Embarrassment and an odd pride fight a short, intense struggle within your breast.The Taproom, is as they said, mostly empty. A few of the Brothers at the bar, some travelers, the Peddler and his son. No one too out of the norm. Sif is working, and has yet to notice you, simply nodding to Miaya as she strides back into the kitchen. Martellus is watching you from above his glasses as he cleans the bar with one of his rags.You could go for his lessons, you suppose, but then, you are the boss, so who could stop you from doing otherwise?
>>24769165Let's learn from Martellus/
>>24769165Take those lessons. A respectable business man should know what the job entails.
>>24769165Might as well get some lessons in.
Greet your employees, then let's learn how Rico's holding up from the soldiers and Martellus. Finally, bartending lessons.
So to recap here are some of our current priorities (as best I remember).>>Secure a stable supply source for the tavern.>>Hide signet ring.>>Get lessons from Sif/Miaya/Marty>>Learn more about Mercs' intentions.>>Figure out if Martellus is indeed a wizard.>>Research Automata.>>Upgrade bar?Approach your tasks as you see fit, but accomplish anon.
>>24769273Don't forget>Plan cart service to/from Gearwatch.>Ruin that godsforsaken Cart Salesman.
>>24769273>our face when asking martellus
Well, you have to make a living, and what kind of man runs a Tavern but can't handle a bar.You walk through the taproom, nodding to a few of the Brothers whom you remember from the morning. One of them catches your eye." Hey, you are Rico, right?"The man looks a little green, like he's got a bad case of seasickness. Other than that, though, he seems fine. " H-hello sir. Sorry for sh-shooting at you and y-your wife. And tell the big gut t-thank you for the poultices. He was done so quick, I actually s-slept last night."Ah, so Martellus did pull on all nighter on the medicines. Strange, he seemed against it. Did he just not want to trouble the rest of you with it?Making your farewells to Rico and his squad, you pass behind the bar, but not before hearing the old Peddler trying to talk his son out of joining Reginald's men. Ah, the power of a uniform.Martellus has been watching you the whole time, but makes a decent effort at pretending to only notice you as you walk up to him." A fine morning to you, Master Tallius. I take it you wish to learn how one runs a bar such as this? I would be distinctly honored to impart what little I know of the subject upon you."As verbose as ever, and not a single hint to his having stayed up the night. You find yourself pegging your respect for the man a notch higher than it had previously rested. " I would love to Martellus."As if on cue, Reginald, his second, and what you assume to be the inner circle of the Brotherhood stamped inside, broke their line formation, and sat down at the bar almost as one, ordering drinks as soon as they were seated. Well then.Roll BARCRAFT, three dice. You are getting three due to Martellus' supervision, Tallius has no applicable skills.Rolls are linked, singular d100s.
Was in a meeting still at work but I am lurking! Will hop in when I get home
Rolled 26>>24769389We are the KING OF BEER.
Rolled 22>>24769389Rollan for bar skills.
Any plans to introduce some more sleazy sources of income to our tavern like gambling or underground fighting matches? I believe prostitution was out of the question. What does the imperial law say about these things? We gotta think about these things if we want to go the swearengen route.
>>24769435>>24769438>>24769441We're totally not lord of the brewskis...
>>24769445That would lead to unnecessary attention and we have a secret identity to uphold.
>>24769441>>24769438>>24769435Ah /tg/ dice.... we meet again.
>>24769445Gambling, I could agree with, in a backroom sort of way. Might get some juicy gossip that way. Underground fight club, not so much...
>>24769389Also when we get done pissing in Reginald's wine or whatever those godawful rolls earned us, let's buy Rico a drink. Poor blighter looks like he needs it and it would be a good way to show there's no hard feelings.
>>24769389>H-hello sir. Sorry for sh-shooting at you and y-your wife.WOAH WOAH WOAH
Threadly reminder that the updated Ebook can be found at http://pastebin.com/kbGzcbDb...And we're off to a wonderful start!
>>24769555Um, no beer for Rico, then. We need to clear up that situation, ASAP.
>>24769435>>24769438>>24769441You attempt to emulate what you've read about bartenders, and what you've seen Martellus do over the past few days. Unfortunately, your upbringing shines through, and this particular form of manual labor proves beyond you. Only Martellus' sage guidance keeps you from covering the taproom floor in spilled brew and soaking your customers, not to mention breaking some of you newly purchased drinkingware.You hear snickering from across the room, and see Sif nearly doubled over in laughter she is partially successful at suppressing. That's the last person who should be judging you for clumsiness.Martellus sighs uncharacteristically. "I suppose you will need some more attention, Master Tallius. I will see to it. Observe my movements, if you will."He takes on bar service from there, and you cannot help but note his expert knowledge of all the aspects of running a bar. Be it beer, or liquor, or wine, Martellus knows how to pour a man a drink. He is just as practiced at taking payment, handling coin with a deft hand, utterly without guile or suspicion. Even his small talk is of a high caliber, engaging his patrons with professional warmth and curiosity, while still remaining within the bounds of his own personality. It is not an act, but a genuine extension of his normally reserved social skills. You are impressed, but more importantly, you are learning.The lesson continues for several hours, before Martellus indicates that he needs to keep his full attention on the bar, as business is picking up as it approaches midday.Several more guests enter the tap room, and food orders are beginning to pile in. You smell something. Boar, you think. It fills you with a satisfaction you are not used to.The peddler and his son continue their squabbling, Reginald and his men leave as one, you assume its time for their patrols. You appear to be free of immediate obligation.
>>247693758/10 sir, I've got a laugh out of it.
>>24769653Skill update:Barkeep: 1/5>>24769445Gambling is legal and common You've already seen a few card games going on in the taproom. Fighting is legal, but regulated. Not that anyone is likely to notice so far from the capitol.
>>24769653Well, time to ask Sif for help with bouncing lessions, and when we should start.
Rolled 86>>24769653Did we ever make any inquiry about getting that boar's head mounted on our wall?
>>24769653New follower to your quest Barkeep, good work props to you, hope this turns out well and doesn't end up like every other quest I've ever followed.
>>24769686Clearly we need a street smart bard to both entertain and set up some gambling in our new tavern.
>>24769653We could also take some time to think about additions to the bar. We could retrofit the automata room into a new bedroom, or I think some other guy mentioned getting bees before?More immediately we need supplies. We're going to run out sooner or later with no quick way to replenish them. Our pet merchant would be likely to do it grudgingly. If we paid him better he might bring a few rumors or secrets with him too.....
>>24769653Er, question about using weapons, Barkeep. I noticed that when we were playing as Lucrecia, we had a skill called polearm. Is our strength skill going to determine our weapon skills, or are they seprately trained and learned?
>>24769765Karth comes by weekly with basic supplies. If you want to alter your arrangement with him, just speak speak to him next he arrives.
>>24769784Tallius is trained in the use of no weapons, other than an extremely basic knowledge of the crossbow. Strength is his combat stat, but he takes negative modifiers when fighting with weapons.
>>24769811If that's the case, using weapons would lead to us weilding them better through repitition? Or are there ways to better learn how to use them that doesn't involve sticking the pointy end into the squishy parts, like through practice or daily matenence?
>>24769653Find Miaya. Try to get boar's head mounted if it hasn't gone to rot yet. Talk to her about keeping an eye on the Mercs and learning more about them. For now Miaya is all we have in the way of information. Look into moving the automata and opening the room. Any objections anons?
>>24769811Well, we could always join the mercs when they're doing target practice with their crossbows. We'll just say that we want to keep in practice for the nest boar hunt.
You pull aside Sif after she finishes serving her tables, and business ebbs for a time." Lady Sif, could I possibly ask you for a favor." You put on your most officious tone. She smiles warmly. " Of course, boss. What do you have in mind?"You smile back. "Remember when you beat up Santher? Think you could teach me some of the same moves you used on him?" You put just a bit of pleading into your words, hoping it affects her a little.Her face darkens, and you worry if you were too forward, but she suddenly is all smiles again. " I can't teach to you fight like me, Tallius. But I can teach you to fight, that's for damn sure."That will have to do you, suppose. You are about to ask when she can do this when she interjects, " You know what, right fucking now. Let's do this. We're slow, I need to let out some steam, and you want to fight? Right. Let's fucking go."She almost pulls your arm off as she leads you out of the taproom and through the kitchen, Miaya giving you a quizzical look as she carves more shanks off of the headless Boar. You wonder what she did with the head, it would make a fine decoration if mounted.You are outside before you can manage a protest. The area out the back of the Tavern is newly dry after yesterday's rains. The North is a temperamental climate. It's almost warm today." So, Tallius, what's the first rule of combat?" She says sweetly.You think for a moment. A number of things come to mind. Never retreat, watch your flank, stick them with the pointy end. You pick one, and turn to tell her, only to see her wheeling for a strike aimed at your head!Strength roll, two dice.
>>24769653Chat it up with Sif. We haven't actually greeted her yet today.
>>24770046Tallius continues to be comically good at physical persuits, against his character.
Rolled 13, 87, 47, 6 = 153>>24770046>>24770054
>>24769273>>24769375Maybe it'd be better if we just ask if he knows how to use magic?There might be connotations to wizardry that he doesn't like?
Rolled 94>>24770025First rule, pay attention.
Rolled 45>>24770025"NEVER LET YOUR GUARD DOWN, APPARENTLY!"
>>24770069We actually already did ask, and he doesn't want to talk about it. We know he can use magic though, because Sif said he can scry, and he made some pultices for Rico.
Rolled 8>>24770087Poultices aren't magic, remember he had training as an alcemist? He might have learned some herbology as well...
>>24770087Who we still need to correct, by the way.
>>24770122I almost don't want to because I can foresee some comical misconceptions in the future from that.
>>24770046>>24770054You see the blow coming, barely, and and move to stop it. You catch Sif's hand by the wrist, hearing her gasp in surprise. What you assume, somewhat arrogantly, to be admiration glimmers in the one eye visible past the crimson veil of her curls. It makes you happy, despite yourself.This distraction is your downfall.Her other hand, pointed into a sort of stabbing implement, impacts your sternum like a siege weapon shot against a castle wall. You nearly double over, coughing.To your shame, she lets you back off, and as you attempt to regain fighting posture she waits. A moment passes as you wheeze and your vision buzzes. Sif is moving from one foot to the other, grinning widely, teeth shining in the midday sun. Looks like the initiative is yours, though you don't think it matters.
Rolled 92>>24770173Fuck it, go for her shin.
Rolled 79>>24770173Just don't blame us for whatever happens next....
Rolled 22>>24770173Rugby Tackle, then say "Be prepaired for anything".
Rolled 53>>24770173Feint left, then right hook.
>>24770217>>24770193Loving this rolls so far <3
>>24770193>>24770217Who needs skill when we have luck?
Rolled 55, 51, 94, 70 = 270>>24770193>>24770217
>>24770250>94Oh shit, prepare the funeral.
>>24770250Well, that happened. I hope we at least suprised her in a small fashion...
>>24770173Maybe point out that actually showing us the strikes and letting us practice them is more effective than beating us up.But she seems like she's having fun so I doubt she'll listen.
>>24770348If we keep getting hit we'll get tougher.
>>24770392That's rarely how it works with Sif....>>24770193>>24770217Oh we're going to have to buy her so many drinks to make up for this....
>>24770217>>24770193You rush her, channeling your pain into rage and your rage into your right leg, letting out a howl that threatens to become yet more coughing as swerve into a running kick, impacting Sif's shin. She apparently wasn't expecting you to attack so low, as you hear her cry out in surprise and pain." Kyaa!"She hops on her other foot for but a moment, before twisting a full rotation and delivering a kick of her own.Your extended leg gives her two perfect targets, and your vision instantly becomes a blur as you fall to the ground. Sif's indistinct shape hovers above you, almost comfortingly. She says one last thing before your vision fades, "Fuck, I didn't even tell him what the rule was..."************The cold stone of the practice ground surrounds you, and you cannot help but but scratch your small, well kept beard at why you might be here.It was your eighteenth birthday, and you are still getting used to actually being able to leave the estate at will. Lucretia has shown you so much of the capitol, it's amazing what's just outside the places you've lived your entire life.Well, sure, you read all about them. But seeing them is something else entirely. Maybe someday you'll go even further afield. The North sounds pretty good, it's what all your favorite novels harp on.A clang on the ground behind you, and you nearly jump out of your skin. Before you is a small training spear, and beyond that, your fiancee." So this is my birthday gift, Lucretia? I've never fought in my life, and you make a hobby of it. Hardly fair." You enjoy the look of indignation in her face, if you could capture that look and sell it you'd put every comedic writer in the Protectorate out of work all at once." Just pick up the weapon so I don't feel bad about kicking you ass." Oh dear, she's either mad, or really wants you to think she is.Well, everyone dies sometime. At least you get to do so looking at a beautiful lady.(cont.)
>>24770508DREAM SEQUENCE, ACTIVATED!
>>24770508You grasp the spear, and she is on you before you can even blink." Ready yourself, Marcus!"You are most certainly not ready!I'd roll, if I were you.One dice here.
Rolled 15, 94, 17 = 126>>24770587
>>24770585Oh shit, we ded.
Rolled 51>>24770567Rolling for spear stuff.
>>24770585At least we can't die in a flashback...right?
>>24770612"You now discover your newfound time travel powers"Ded.
Rolled 82>>24770585Please tell me that wasn't a d100 and doesn't count.
>>24770635It was a d100 and it probably counted. Cry pls
Let me guess, Lucretia's going to deliver a swift blow to our nuts as well (and not the good kind of genital blow either).
>did hits us so hard we have stroke and fall into a coma>cause dream sequence with lucerita who kills us in the dream>have second stroke and die irl>Quest end
Rolled 82>>24770635It doesn't, he didn't link to the post
>>24770612>>24770635Nah I failed to link thank god. I have to say I'm finding it hilarious how aggressively /tg/ dice conspire to completely destroy Marcus' character.>>Can't tend bar.>>Can't sense motive.>>Can't manage to hide a ring.>>Kicks orcs in the face.>>Goes mano a mano with boars.>>Gives muscle waitress what for.
Stupid phone did is sif
>>24770666Praise the gods! Or Satan as your trips seem to indicate.
>>24770666>Rolled 82>666You... wanna tell us something?
>>24770672Maybe Marcus's self-conception differs from Marcus's actual character. Sees himself as stats given, seen by everyone else as a slightly awkward hot-blooded man-and-a-half.That or /tg/ dice are haunted, like always.
Rolled 71>>24770704I'm Satan. Apparently.
>>24770721I'm gonna go for the dice. /tg/ dice are bound to retarded conclussions.
>>24770747>Rolled 71Yup, confirmed for Satan. You're in charge of rolling devil-lord.
>>24770762Actually, that 96 from when Sif blindsided us was me. I'm already on it.
>>24770721I'd actually be pretty ok with that.
>>24770774Well goddamit LET SATAN DO HIS WORKS YOU FAGGOTS!
>>24770595You do your best, at least that's what you tell yourself. But Lucretia fights for fun, the time you spend reading or studying oratory she spends under the tutelage of the best masters of arms in the Protectorate. Everything you know about fighting you read in a book, Lucretia killed a man at twelve. You would know, she did it for you.She's playing with you, you realize after the fifth minute. The fight could have been ended almost immediately. She could have killed you from thirty seconds in. Or at least, that's the first time she could have, there have been many others.She's just battering your spear now, wearing you down. You're covered in sweat, your posture sagging. Your arms feel like they've been trampled by the entire Protectorate Military.Lucretia is as immaculate as you've seen her, and her smile is as wide as it's ever been. That scares the hell out of you. She enjoys this, no, she lives for it. And you're spending the rest of your life with her.Finally, her game is through. A final strike, harder than the others, and your weapon flies out of your hands, clattering across the empty grounds. Her spear spins expertly, and you cannot help but admire the artistry she puts into it, even as you hold up your hands and attempt to yell out your surrender. The blunted tip smacks you in the face, knocking you to the ground and sending a stream of blood pouring out of your mouth. You impact the stones, hard, barely hanging on the consciousness. Moments pass, and you see Lucretia throw aside her own weapon and approach. Your view dims, and suddenly she is kneeling next to you. She's not apologizing, but then again, she never has. Lucretia examines you, and then holds you up to her chest in an embrace you are certain is born as much out of concern as affection.You struggle to speak, and are inordinately proud when words come." That..." You spit up some more blood."...was one hell of a present."(cont.)
>>24770855Say, "I think that it was more for you, though..."No wonder we became so distant to her.
>>24770883DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL THE COPS!
>>24770883Oddly enough, I like Lucretia a lot now.
>>24770855She laughs softly, and holds your face to hers." That wasn't your present, Marcus."Your heart beats faster as she moves her face closer to yours, her hand pushing a blood matted strand of hair from your eyes." It was foreplay..." She kisses you on the lips, to your utter shock. Suddenly you are very glad she bought out the practice grounds for the whole night.************Your head hurts. You don't remember your name very well right now, but you are certain of the fact that you are in pain. Wait, its not just your head. Other parts too. Important ones.You groan." Shit, he's up!"Sif runs over, with Martellus in tow." I uh, I'm not apologizing this time boss. You literally fucking asked for this one." Women.Martellus is as professional as ever. "No lasting damage. I would refrain from sexual activity for some time, were I you. Violence as well, but I believe Sif has imparted that lesson well enough."You grunt. It's about all the vocalization you can manage currently. From the look of things, it's been a hour or so. The foul taste on your lips tells you Martellus gave you something.You have questions, and think it's time your voice returned.
Rolled 92>>24770974>Your heart beats faster as she moves her face closer to yours, her hand pushing a blood matted strand of hair from your eyes.>" It was foreplay..."Goddamnit, if only you weren't wanted for murder.>I would refrain from sexual activity for some time, were I you. noooooooooooooooooo-ooot like we were getting any.
>>24770974Are you a wizard?
>>24770996You'd think that when you're a fugitive with a new business and an army at your doors, the stress would be enough to not get it up anyways.>>24771013I lol'd.
>>24771013No, and stop asking him about his past it makes him upset!>>24770974Tell sif its fine. Practice on your accent.
>>24771013How bout not.
>>24770974Say, "I guessed what the answer might be, Sif. Be prepared for anything.""Let's do this again. Exercises in the morning, sparring for the evening. Sounds good to you?"
>>24770996She cut off a dude's arm for wasting her time. What do you think she'll take off -us- when she finds us. No, Lucretia time is probably not in our immediate, intermediate, or long term future.>>24770974"Well that was... bracing. What time is it?"
Rolled 63>>24771013"Lucretia... what happened to your face?"
>>24771042Also, "How did I do?"
>>24771030We have to at least ask him how skilled he is at healing for future us. No need to bring his past into it.
>>24771061I kind of like this actually.
>>24771105That's asking for trouble, but okay.
>>24771105>>24771061I do not need to tell you this will raise questions among Sif and Martellus. Bur if it has support, it will be so. Decide.
>>24771061>>24771135It's really cute, but at the same time a really bad idea. I'm torn.Leaning against.
>>24771042And mention we may want schooling on actual moves prior to actual fighting. I feel like classes shouldn't start with a test, then move on to the lessons. Unless nearly being gored by a boar and sending our jimmies into orbit is considered placement exams.
>>24771061I don't support this. They might know who she is, and will enevitably ask some awkward questions.
>>24771135I'm gonna vote for it. I think a little bit of stirring up things may be beneficial for story purposes, being closer to them can't be harmful.
>>24771135Against. The reveal can wait a few more threads.
DO NOT say that...Lucretia is the head of the paladin order, she is a famous person.Also "what happened to your face" would insult sif.
Rolled 89>>24771245it was directed at martellus
>>24771135Well, another time then.
>>24771135Just gonna down vote that too. At least ask them if you said anything, explaining you where having a rather embarrassing dream.
>>24771270Don't say shit, if they know something they'll ask, if they don't, they'll remain silent and won't ask.
>>24771135Take a guess at the lesson Sif wanted to give. If we can't think of anything good just ask her.
>>24771135>>24771061HOLY GOD, NO! Don't do this! We still have Miaya's threat over our heads! I don't want to find out if she'll keep her promise!
>>24771050>>24771075>>24771042You manage to speak. "Well, that was... bracing. How long was I out?"Martellus nods. "Two hours. Business has been slow, I don't think anyone noticed. You turn to Sif, and wince at the sharp pain it brings out in your loins. " So, the first rule: be ready for anything?"Sif grins, somewhat evilly. "Fuck no, there are no rules."Ah." Your balls speak to that.You wonder if you are a madman. "So, could we do this again?" Martellus looks shocked, Sif just laughs. "No, Tallius. I can't hold back, and I don't want to hurt you. I'll get you in shape though, if you prefer. It's always good to be fit, you never know when you absolutely need to be."You nod. That's true enough, and you're still every bit as soft as you were back at the Capitol.You stand, with Sif's help, and the three of you head back inside, and return to work. It's a few hours of decent business. Martellus has you help with the bar, and you make less of an ass of yourself than you have been doing so far today.You look up as the door opens and several armed men and women file in. You see a dwarf among them, in an expensive hat and finery. That's something new, most place they'd be flogged down the street for such flagrant displays of prosperity. But this is the frontier, you suppose.The dwarf and his companions, bodyguards perhaps, take a seat at the same table. He catches your eye, and beckons expectantly. Some sort of test?
>>24771042I like this answer. Supported.
>>24771398Nice!After that, we'll thank her for the lesson, and ask if she was a bit stressed. She did mention this:>We're slow, I need to let off some steam, and you want to fight?Let's be a bro and ask if we can help in a less painful capacity.
Rolled 86>>24771398Stuff the pain and walk as normally as possible.
>>24771398This is obviously a challenge for us to steal his hat!Lets approach them, present ourselves and welcome them to our humble establishment!
>>24771398Sorry, meant to say after the work day, we'll ask her if she's ok. For now, let's check out the dwarf there.
Rolled 5>>24771500This and compliment him on such a magnificent hat.
>>24771398Dorf Huh? hopefully we don't have to kill this one."Good day sir and welcome to the Clock Tower. What can I get for you and your... esteemed colleagues?"
>>24771398we should probably give the DWARF some ALCOHOL
>>24771398Sorry to ask, Barkeep, but did we get a skill point in Fisticuffs after that like we did with the Bartending skill.
>>24771655>>24771601Don't be racist to your customers.Go see what he wants. Be cordial
>>24771713At least in toughness we should have. Not so sure about fisticuffs since we played the punching bag role.
>>24771398Let's just be a polite and friendly tavernkeeper. Ask what we can do for him.
>>24771746We did get a good roll or two, much better then our bartending rolls. It's just that she got better rolls then us. Plus failing is still learning.
>>24771601Suppressing the lingering pain you still feel as you walk, you approach the newcomers. The dwarf looks up as you approach, while hit fellows are very much focused any and all exits from the building.You clear your throat. "Good day, sir and welcome to the Clock Tower. What can I get for you and your... esteemed colleagues?"The dwarf stands, which barely leaves him taller than when seated, and removes his hat. " Ah, well, you can have your lass there get us some wine. It's been a long journey."You get Sif's attention, and she moves to gather some wine for the customers. As she places her burden upon the table, the group descends upon it like rabid beasts, downing most of it in moments. They must have had quite the thirst.The dwarf nods at the display, and at his group's obvious enjoyment of the refreshment." May I see your rooms? I may be purchasing one tonight."You don't see why not, so you leave Sif in charge of the taproom and lead the dwarf upstairs, taking him to one of the few remaining unoccupied rooms. He looks it over, and apparently finds it acceptable. To your surprise he takes out a piece of paper braces on some sort of rock, and makes some notations. "Very well, all seems to be in order. Now, time for introductions."The dwarf grins, and extends his short, stubby arm. " I am Dalin Zhorin, and I represent the interests of the Protectorate Taverners Association. We would like you to be our newest member."Your jaw drops. What.
>>24771802Again, toughness might be the reasonable option going by the narration. At least it fits great with what really happened.
>>24771713No, because Sif was beating you up rather than attempting to teach you.
>>24771829Oh balls somehow I feel like we'll end up paying a shitton of money. HE HAD AN EXPENSIVE HAT ON HIS HEAD!
Rolled 83>>24771829>Your jaw drops. What.Oh come on, man, like you've never heard of a union!Ask about the terms.
>>24771829Pick your jaw up. Poker face.Intriguing, tell me more about your esteemed organization please.
>>24771829Alright Tallius. Stay calm, be dignified, and do not ask anybody if they're a wizard. Also, why does an industry rep travel with an armed detail?"Taverner's Association? I don't believe I've yet had the honor. And these friends of yours are also with the association?"
>>24771829In character "Er, could you explain your intrest in my tavern, please?"If this guy asks for a payment for membership, fuck no. He'd likely be a conman looking for an easy mark, and besides which, we need more profit before we join in any guilds of any type.
>>24771829Shit! We need to get the used carts salesman on these guys! He is our only hope!!Lets hope they are just the local mafia, they are more lenient to deal with than a guild/cartell.
>>24771969>Lets hope they are just the local mafia, they are more lenient to deal withWhat? Are you serious? They'd ask for a buttload of money and make you offers you literally "can't refuse".
Rolled 85>>24771829>>24771923I like this.
>>24772004Well, at least the mafia has not the interest to see us go out of business, a good parasite doesn't kill the host!
Rolled 34>>24772004It could be worse he could represent some kind of union, andmake us pay for Sif birth-control herbs.
>>24772071>at least the mafia has not the interest to see us go out of businessNo, they have the interest in leeching as much money as they can, fuck that.
>>24771938>>24771969>>24772004>>24772071Let's just see how this shakes out. If Lucretia Quest taught us anything it's that we -always- reserve the right to solve problems via ultraviolence after talking fails.
>>24772155Heck, we can sic the rose guards on them, maybe pay them back some of what they paid us... they just LOVE killing bandits.But seriously I think he might not be mafia but a genuine guild
>>24771923This. also, this reminds me of some shit the bard in my D&D group constantly pulls. He has yet to pay for a night in an inn because he's the "Inn Inspector".
>>24772110No, I am just saying that things can be bad, but they could be worse.
>>24771923You shut your gaping maw. This is not the time to be the shocked child. "Taverner's Association? I don't believe I've yet had the honor. And these friends of yours are also with the association?"The dwarf nods happily. " Aye, they are my associates. And no surprise you've not heard of us, the PTA is a new organization. Our prerogative is to provide adventurers with a list of approved taverns, through which they can ply their trade across the land. Effectively, we seek to create a network, and where better to begin than with the man cra-I mean, shrewd enough, to open up miles from Origin itself!"This is beginning to make sense. "So, the one's you're with?""Aye, adventurers all." He laughs. "Well, Rialla runs a Tavern herself, but it hasn't kept her from getting her sword wet, hah!"Ha.You sigh. "Is this the part where you ask for payment?"Dalin looks appalled. "Not at all, friend, we are a service, not some petty racket. We're here to ask you to join. All we require is that you don't turn away Association business and occasionally meet with us for a conference of Taverners."This is simultaneously ridiculous and somewhat tempting. And a little too good to be true." How many members do you have?"His smile never fades. "You'll make three, my place, the Plataeu, and Rialla's, the Wet Depths, being the first two."Ah. That makes more sense.
>>24772205I don't know why I have the extrange feeling this is gonna be a bad thing.
>>24772205>The Wet Depths
>>24772205So, as far as I can tell1. New organization, only 3 thus far.2. Its free3. We would be expected to inform our customers of the others, as they would of us.I don't see any drawbacks here, just don't sign anything binding. If things turn sour we are out but if things work out then all is good.
>>24772205Yeah, no. Joining up with this guy makes me think that there's something afoot, something that involves loosing cash for no good reason. Plus, do we really want to be running part of a chain of taverns?
>>24772205"The Wet Depths".... ewwww."May I inquire as to where your establishments are located, good dwarf?" The difference between a friendly ally and a potential rival is whether or not we're competing for customers.
Rolled 64>>24772205>Wet Depths"Sign us up well dressed Dwarf."
>>24772205>Our prerogative is to provide adventurers with a list of approved taverns, through which they can ply their trade across the land.Wait a second...Ply their trade? So we would be specifically courting adventurers?And what does he mean by APPROVED? Approved implied there are DISAPPROVED... are non members going to be hassled?
>>24772205First rule of business. If something is too good to be true, it probably is.
>>24772301it probably is... not.
>>24772276>>24772289Assuming they aren't potential competition, sounds good. I can't think of any drawbacks either, and spreading the word of our tavern through them could be great. Just don't sign anything.
>>24772311If whatever you just said means we join him, I completely disagree. In any case, let's ask our employees for their opinions in the matter.
>>24772278Sure we do. If they aren't near us, and nobody else is crazy enough to open here as the good dwarf just said. As long as they aren't biting our customers. Plus this gives us a new source of information. Which we really desperately need. And being near the origin we -want- to attract adventurers in the worst way. If it's a scam we can always have Sif tune them up later.>>24772205"A tempting offer my friend. And what services would such an establishment-of-adventure be expected to provide?"
>>24772330But what if their taverns suck. We can't associate our good name so far with subpar businesses. I suggest we first learn more about both taverns, where they are situated and how wel run they are for starters.
>>24772205Herm...may want to get a second opinion if able. Sif, Miaya and/or Martellus may know this Dwarf
>>24772351Yes, ask our employees. Especially Marty. If we turn them down though, and they become enemies, I don't like 2 vs 1 odds. Especially since we just opened up.
>>24772369That right there is an important point and a good idea.+1
My vote is to stay out of this, we are running our own operation! That way we stand and fall on our own, if these people mess up we might be guilty by association.
Rolled 51>>24772368>"A tempting offer my friend. And what services would such an establishment-of-adventure be expected to provide?"We should find this out before we agree to anything.
>>24772330>>24772276We should say that we'll keep their offer in mind, and meet them during their next meeting when we decide what to do. THEN let's do a little backround check on them, see if this dwarf has been around for a while, or if he just wandered in recently. We should also check in Gearwatch if those taverns really do exist, or if their just made up.
>>24772424ThisNo point turning down the offer flat out without more information.But no point to jump down the gullet of something nasty.
Rolled 4>>24772205We should consult Martellus, perhaps he had encounter with this PTA at when he worked in the gearwatch tavern.
>>24772424YES. I support this idea. We have no idea who the hell this dwarf is, where the other taverns are or if they even exist, and as far as we know, this guy could be running a protection scheme. RESEARCH FIRST.
>>24772424Yes. Let's get as much info as we can per >>24772368 and then probably sleep on it and consult the others.
>>24772484You mean Donner's Tavern, right?Also, one of their hopeful canadates could be the Nephew, the guy who was going to turn the place into a brothel. We don't want to be seen being compaired to that place.
>>24772424Voting for this.
Rolled 74Yes, Love.
You decide this isn't a decision you can make without consulting your employees.Consideration colors your face, just as you intended. " I need to bring this before my employees. Before I do that, where are your and Rialla's businesses located?"Dalin nods. He's not offended by your caution. "Aye, the Plateau is in Meridia, by the Bone Wastes. The Wet Depths in the far south, miles from the Sunken City. It's in the town built around Empire's End."Now it comes together. Along with Origin that makes the three biggest adventuring hot spots in the Protectorate. They want a monopoly, of sorts. But are you going to give it to them?" Thank you, Dalin. I must speak with my employees." You say. The dwarf follows you downstairs, and returns to his own table.Heading downstairs, you confer with Sif and Martellus. Miaya is out again. For her part, Sif defers to the barman, this is his business, after all.Martellus cleans his glasses, and places them back upon his face. " Those Taverns have impeccable reputations. It is odd they would extend this offer to an fledgling such as The Clock Tower, you are likely correct that they are interested in having Association Taverns at each of the three locations. My opinion is that it is a good deal, association with their businesses flatters us, and they require nothing untoward that I can see. Of course, final discretion is with you, Master Tallius."Well, Martellus and Sif seem fine by it. Yourself, you don't know. Should you sleep on it, and do some more research than what Martellus has provided before making a decision? One the one hand, they could find another that suits their needs, but you don't know what else you could find out.
Rolled 65>>24772633Well I see no reason not to accept his offer.
>>24772633Well then, I say we go for it
>>24772633I say we do it. Though we should get some sort of agreement so that they don't screw us with fines down the line.
Guys, you should realize that going big would draw attention towards our character and attention is bad for someone being chased.
>>24772633It's good for business. They may be looking to monopolize and that might put us out of huge money down the line that we would get from running on our own really wel, but we have a better chance of financial success here and we could always take advantage of said monopoly ourselves if we get within high ranks of the Association.
>>24772633I say no. We want to run our business how we want to run it. There will still be a boss dictating what they can and cannot have. Plus, do we really want to be well known WHEN WE ARE HIDING FROM OUR EX-WIFE?
>>24772695What better place to hide than in plain sight. Anybody asks we're but a humble entrepreneur who likes the drink..
>>24772725Draw attention, draw people, more people = more chances to be recognized. And I bet we have a tasty reward on our head.
>>24772633They're far away, have great reviews, and are going for a monopoly, of which we will be a part. Sounds great. Totally meta here, the Wet Depths is near Empire's End? Should we accept Lucretia will totally hear about us.
>>24772745No, she'll hear about Tallius.
>>24772695It will draw attention to us alongside two well established tavern owners. Business dictates that helping an unknown into money for a monopoly is a sound strategy. People won't question it as much because it will be seen as us under their patronage, even if we are partners.So long as we retain the right to run as we see fit, to discuss all factors and to pull out if we dislike how its going, then i see no reason why not.
We could always ask them to only say that the bar has a 'mysterious owner.'
>>24772718And if we are caught, do you think we'll get any help from them? I cencerely doubt it. They would rather take over the tavern themselves. I'm telling you, this is a bad idea.
Rolled 37>>24772745If she does we will have the greatest makeup sex of all time. Then promptly be killed.
Go for it for all the reasons people already pointed out.>>24772772There is nothing mysterious about Tallius.
>>24772757Best to assume the worst.
>>24772764The more succesfull publicity our tavern gets, the more chances our head is taken. As I said, a succesfull tavern means lots of people, and the more publicity it has the more foreigners shall step into it.
>>24772791The people coming here don't know that.
>>24772796So we should be a shitty Tavern owner then?Fuck that. I'm not running an unsuccessful tavern just to sate your paranoia.
>>24772633MORE RESEARCH. Those places are far away. Who knows how they run their places.Also, let's get Miaya's opinion on it. If she says no, then no.
>>24772796We lost the beard, we changed our hair.We are going to get in shape and get accent coaching. Who will recognize us?
>>24772830Mediocre, not shitty. And I'm not telling you to do shiit, I'm telling you my opinion, which is as valid as yours as far as I'm concerned. You're not directing this quest, you are voting like everybody else.
>>24772796Plus, who wants to play "Run-down Tavern Quest- All Business, No Plot"? I understand drawing attention is bad, but it will make things interesting.
>>24772725>>24772743>>24772745>>24772757>>24772764Look, it boils down to this. Lucretia -will- find us. She's never going to stop looking. Even if her hamfisted crusade around the north fails to uncover us she'll attract the attention of people who do want us dead. We need friends. We need information. We need allies. And we're not in a position to be turning down offers.>>24772745>metaNot meta at all, it would be common knowledge to Lucretia. Having a rumor mill in her capital would be critical to us. Who cares if she hears about Tallius. Who is Tallius to her but some money grubbing merchant doing what merchants do?
>>24772830Fuck running a sucsessful tavern, then getting your cock sliced off by a polearm after your new "friends" betray you to your ex.
>>24772838Marty already said "Those Taverns have impeccable reputations. "
>>24772865I do. I prefer the economic path than the hack and slash since I've killed enough shit already.
>>24772873Not meta for her, meta if Tallius used that info to decline the offer.
>>24772830I agree with this guy, if we're just gonna stab ourselves in the foot every time an opportunity comes along for paranoia's sake then we might as well go live in the mountain's of bugfuck nowhere it'll be harder for her to find us then.
I vote we take the offer.
>>24772886But are they really in with this guy, or is he just saying that? We don't know, and we wouldn't be likely to find out for a long, long time...
>>24772882Fuck running a mediocre Tavern in a quest about running a Tavern.
>>24772918Sorry common knowledge for Marcus. He was practically Marcel's son, he would have known about the guy's CASTLE.What will it be anons? Do we die penniless and destitute as Tallius Urist, Mediocre tavernkeep? Or do we start clawing our way back to greatness.
>>24772907We'd still be running the tavern. The difference is if we lie low constantly, all we'll do is run the tavern from day to day and that will get old really fast.
>>24772970Not really, the moment she locates us is us running for our lifes or dying.
Take the offer.
>>24772937Fuck losing your business entirely when they buy us out using ALL THE MONEY THEY HAVE BEING A SUCCESSFUL TAVERN OWNER FOR FAR LONGER THEN US.
>>24772990There's always the Clockworks.
>>24773015Speaking of, we need to ask Miaya to bury the ring in the place she buried the dagger. The ring is currently just sitting there in the open.
>>24772926oh yeah didn't vote >take the offer
Rolled 38>>24772990Not if we make enough money to hire men to protect us or assassins.
>>24772960I say we negotiate them hard. Time to grill them. Plus, we need Miaya's opinion on what to do.
You wonder for a moment if all this increased attention is going to get you killed some day. Well, you decided to start over running a Tavern, and you can't be afraid to prosper.You walk over to Dalin's table, and take a seat. The only one open was next to Rialla, an exotic looking woman if you've ever seen one. Her eyes are at a slight angle, you've heard people from the lands of the western continent were like that. No matter, it suits her, that and the almost comical number of blades she wears." Have you come to a decision, my friend!?!" Dalin is excitable, his partner just stares with an amused expression.You nod. " I think so. No, tricks or obligations?"" None. Look at the charter." He slides a parchment to the center of the table.You read it, the only thing required of you is not muscling in on partner Taverns, attending a yearly conference held at a rotation of the member Taverns, and serving Adventurers in good standing with the Association. Acceptable. You sign it." Yes, I agree. You've convinced me."The dwarf cheers, Rialla shouts in a thick, foreign accent. "Finest liquor, over here!"The Tavern's finest liquor is mediocre at best, but no one seems to mind, and you decide to share drinks with your new partners after Sif brings some grain liquor for everyone.Rialla speaks first. "So, Tallius, yes? What brings you to north? Capitol is very far, running from someone?" She's joking, she punches your shoulder as she says it, but your heart skips a beat.Now would be a good opportunity to ask them any questions you wish about the PTA or themselves.
>>24772990I highly doubt the ultimate end of Tavern Quest will be we are eventually found and executed, the end. I think we could eventually shoot for explaining what happened (just as soon as we find out ourselves) and live happily ever after or whatever. Or, learn enough from Sif and Miaya to defeat her in single combat should she be beyond reasoning.
>>24773064Or we are eventually found and executed.
>>24773052"I've found myself oddly fascinated by the clockwork soldiers, so starting a business near them seemed like the most logical choice."
>>24773052"I came up here for much the same reasons I'm sure the two of you started your businesses where you did. The location is perfect for attracting the adventurers who pay so well."
Rolled 2>>24773052"So Dalin besides Old Donner. How many tavern owners have you had murdered when they refused to join the PTA?"
>>24773073You, good sir, are a very boring and pessimistic individual.
>>24773052"Now that the paper work is out of the way, let's talk business. You may have noticed that our finest liqueur is... less than fine. Alas quality wine and spirits are hard to find in the north and I would hate to sully the association's good name with sub par fare. We have many fine grains here in the north and our Martellus here is quite the expert brewer, so we are well stocked with beer. Perhaps there is a mutually beneficial agreement in this?"
>>24773162It's gonna happen, so it's not being pessimistic.
>>24773180That right there is pessimism.
>>24773180...I think that is being pessimistic, sir
>>24773195>>24773192Why? What I'm saying is reasonable and bound to happen. Drag attention and we ded, that's what happens when there's a bounty on your head.
>>24773052Grill them, hard. Ask them questions about their respective home cities and mention facts that any normal person who would live there would think obviously wrong, but outsiders wouldn't know.Later, ask Marty if any of their explanations were false or just wrong.
>>24773162>>24773192>>24773195It's also smart.
>>24773217Yes. I agree with this tactic. We should still be wary of them...
>>24773231>>24773217For now what they've offered us is quid pro quo. Let's just keep it at that and buildsome trust. If we're going to be paranoid there's way more low hanging fruit to deal with, like the contract killers sleeping in our tavern.>>24773231This is getting pretty off track.
>>24773165You lean over the table after another swig of the liquor. Your head swims a bit, but you stabilize."Now that the paper work is out of the way, let's talk business. You may have noticed that our finest liquor is... less than fine. Alas quality wine and spirits are hard to find in the north and I would hate to sully the Association's good name with sub par fare. We have many fine grains here in the north and our Martellus here is quite the expert brewer, so we are well stocked with beer. Perhaps there is a mutually beneficial agreement in this?"The dwarf shrugs and looks to Rialla. " We can upgrade his supply, surely?"The woman downs an entire container of liquor with nary a blush, and responds casually. "Trivial Dalin, Trivial. I have agreement with caravaner here, name of Karth."You look up. "You know Karth?"" Yes, I know Karth. Will pay for better supply, you give him beer to send to Association. Good, yes?"
>>24773307That poor caravaner is getting blackmailed by everybody.
>>24773307We trade some of our beer for their wine? Done.
>>24773307See, isn't it nice to have friends?
>>24773352Not necessarily, he is a dwarf and she seems elvish to me. I would rather we treat him better too.
>>24773307We need to cultivate Karth. Since he works the Association routes he's bound to pick up good rumours. Right now he's our unwilling accomplice, but if we were to pay him for his trouble... who knows what interesting songs he might sing?"A fine arrangement. Leave the particulars with Martellus and he will make sure to have the shipment ready. A pale drought I imagine, something that will keep on the journey. Now tell me, what other services are you offering to your adventurers?"
>>24773352He gets around too. From the far north to the far south. You know, I'd bet a Caravan Quest would be pretty cool.
>>24773450I was totally working on this at one point. Might pick it up again some day.>>24773433draught*
>>24773307" Yes, good." You say, and Rialla smiles broadly as Dalin beats the table in approval. More rotgut comes out, but everyone at the table is too far gone to be picky. Some time passes, and you trade tales to pass the hours.Dalin is from the Dwarven exclusion zone in the Eastern Archipelago. Traveled to the mainland out of boredom, opened a Tavern up in Meridia, and has been there ever since. You suppose the man is rather tan for a dwarf, pointed, red beard and all. You mention it, and he says to not let it intimidate you.Rialla is a traveler, as you might have guessed. She sailed in some five years back looking for mercenary work, and decided a Tavern is a good way to supplement her income. As she drinks more, she gets more and more touchy, leaning on your shoulder on occasion. Not to mention breaking into a singsong language you have never heard, and can only assume is her native tongue. The others at the table are silent types, obviously hirelings uninterested in talk.It's getting late the next you look up from your drinks, you could stay here, but you'd be continually pushing Rialla off your shoulder. She actually tried to kiss you, you think, but kind of just fell out of her chair. You are not overly uncomfortable, and she is pretty enough, but you have a business to run, damn it.
>>24773666One last question, how did they come to hear of our brand new tavern that is literally on the other side of the empire from them?
>>24773750They're trying to corner the Adventurer market and our location is prime Adventurer traffic.
>>24773666Cold showers and baseball Tallius! Or... we probably don't have access to either of those things. The point is we're a married man, whatever the courts may now say about it.>>24773750Probably some drunk telling them about the insane bastard who opened a tavern next to a locus of ancient evil. It's kind of notable. Or, you know, Karth? All the more reason to start paying him to keep his mouth shut and his ears open.....
>>24773802But how did they know we opened up a tavern here?
>>24773825The caravan dude knows the lady.
>>24773809Oh yeah, Karth. Duh.
>>24773750This is meta, but they know because they were coming here anyway. They were going to offer it to Donner, but he dies, his place is becoming a Brothel, and you have a better location in any case.Also, I kind of need an action. Could be anything, go find Miaya, Talk to someone, check on the Brothers, etc.
"So, now that I signed on... what did you mean when you let slip the word crazy earlier?And I assure you I wasn't offended"
>>24773971I say Miaya first, then the Brothers
>>24773974We're crazy because this is a dangerous place.
>>24774014Seconded. It would be good to get her opinion in this business agreement, even if it is already settled. And the Brothers are intriguing, and it would be nice to learn more about them.
>>24773666Probably should see Miaya. Let's check around the tavern. She might have left us a trail, like last time.
>>24773971Miaya. She might be able to hide our ring for us.If we still have it...
>>24774048>>24774067>>24774189Nobody else wants to play usury quest? Fiiiine. Let's talk to Miaya and enlist her help spying on some of our more questionable guests.>>24774242I've been thinking. Do we really want Miaya to have -both- objects? That gives her an awful lot of leverage. We're friends, but I don't know if we're such good friends as that.
>>24773971Talk to Miaya and see if she has any way to treat the injured soldier.
>>24774324Pretty sure Marty took care of that. He's on the mend now.
>>24774302Fine. Then let's bring it upstairs to the Automatia and hide it in there.
>>24774302She knows who we are, we ain't giving away anymore than that. Just with a tip-off she could already get us killed so... Full trust drives engage.
>>24774382Its already there, on a random knob on the thing's body.
>>24774302I trust her far more then our new business partners, plus she might be able to hide it in a good location for us.
Miaya's been gone almost the whole day. You've come to realize that the woman simply does these things, but this is the longest you can recall her being out. You haven't seen her since before Sif knocked you out.You briefly check with Martellus and Sif, and unsurprisingly they didn't see her go. So you go outside through the back, grabbing your crossbow along the way. A single white stone on the door frame, with a note attached.- Go out front this time, Killer.You know, she's the one who killed the Boar, you'd think she would drop it.Out of the front entrance, it's dark out. From the lights, it seems that the Brothers have returned from patrol. They will almost certainly be flooding the taproom soon, all the more reason to find your cook.You don't see any more of the stones, at least not yet, so you head towards the woods. You are loathe to go through the forest after dark, but you need to find her, and you suppose it's one way to practice your tracking.The woods are eerily quiet, as if expecting something to happen. It puts you on edge, or at least more on edge. You move quietly with your weapon drawn, telling yourself you are ready for whatever you may find."Tallius!" A familiar voice.You spin, barely managing to not shoot Miaya as she runs toward you. She has a cut on her head, and her eyes are wider than you have ever seen them."Tallius, you have to run! Go back to the Tavern and shut the doors!" Her voice is strained, desperate even. Miaya's normally unflappable demeanor is utterly gone, and that scares you more than you care to quantify.
>>24774518OH JESUS FUCK WE'RE DEAD.
>>24774518Why?! What's going on?!
>>24774518Shit the Gears are coming.
>>24774518Start running, stop if she doesn't come with us.
Back from Work>Group consensus to find Maiaya and guys I had an idea, so Lucy (lucerita) likes the fighting, it makes her moist, so what if we get super buff while getting super famous (she wont recognize us from the fat bearded senator she married) and when she comes up to find us we seduce her again, but this time as the Tall, Dark, and Handsome Tallius. Because I mean comeon, we are all pretty attracted to her after the Memoirs of a Geisha side quest of hers and the foreplay dream we had up there. She is pretty damn hot. Then when we have her love again, we reveal our secret and have a classic cinema moment where she hates us for who we were but loves us for who weve become.
>>24774518Shit our wife is coming.
You know what, I need a d100.
>>24774518Do as she says, only slow down if it seems she can't keep up with you.Most likely you are going to hold her back not the other way around.
Rolled 93>>24774614There you go.
Rolled 48>>24774614Oh shit
Rolled 57>>24774614>inbefore nat 1
>>24774612More likely an automaton, remember those things are killing machines.Why would a paladin attack and injure a cook?>>24774600Sounds legit
>>24774518No elf left behind! Make sure Miaya stays with us, she is our friend (also we need that damn dagger she buried).
>>24774600She is now Jack Bauer. I doubt she'd care about anything now exept our balls on her mantle.
>>24774518Do not leave Miaya, stay with her and bring her back with you, the brotherhood will protect us from whatever it is
>>24774673Unless we prove we didn't do it.
>>24774673WHERE'S THE BO- MY HUSBAND?!!??!?!
>>24774698Get EVERYONE ready for an attack. All of them. Even our new business friends.
>>24774654I've never heard of automata leaving people notes, but then I haven't met a lot of automata. Let's stick with running for now.>>24774600Lucretia knew us for over a decade. Unless you have a guro fetish I wouldn't recommend this.
>>24774758Maybe domestic abuse is his fetish.
>>24774627Tallius appears to have a bit of Meridian in him as he runs like the wind.
>>24774758>I've never heard of automata leaving people notesWhat notes? Miaya left us a note. Automata just slaughter people.Miaya is injured, running back towards the tavern, and telling us to run too. Remember what she did to the boar? whatever injured her is far more dangerous... like an automata.
>>24774664We have other, mundane daggers that don't give away our identity,
>>24774654That would mean they've only recognized her as a cook instead of what they know her for. We're a former senator, how likely is it that she might not have always been a cook?
>>24774845What the hell did you just say? Are you implying Miaya's some political refugee too? We have no reason to believe that.
>>24774627Miaya takes a moment, but then looks at the crossbow in your hands, and seems to make a realization. You don't know exactly what it was, but you know staying here is a terrible idea. You begin running back towards The Clock Tower with Miaya keeping pace despite her exhaustion. Seconds in, an arrow slams into a tree mere feet to the right of your head. Who the hell is shooting arrows? The Brothers? No, they don't fight in the woods. Then who?You break the clearing, and enter hell. The camp is on fire, Reginald's men, those who remain, are attempting to form firing lines as arrows rain on them from covered positions in the dark woods. You see the man himself leading the Brothers. The foe might as well be invisible.You remain wreathed in darkness, as Reginald's camp burns, the light ruining the night vision of everyone around." I tried to stop them, Tallius, I tried to tell them to wait..." Miaya is breathless, words coming in bursts.She shakes. You would think it a sob, but her eyes are dry, and staring far beyond anything you can see. "They've gone too far, they'll burn it all..."What the hell is she on about?
OH FUCK.The light's aren't from the brotherhood, are they?
>>24774914Just like Marty has no reason to suspect us as being a senator
>>24774922Sound the retreat. To the tavern!
>>24774922>elves are attacking
>>24774922"Miaya, take a breadth whats going on we need to inform the brotherhood so they can fight them properly."
>>24774922If the tavern gets burninated because of that dumb bitch I'm so firing her sorry ass.
>>24774922>I tried to tell them to stop>Shooting arrows at her>They've gone too far, they'll burn it all...Miaya is obviously in with the elven seditionists. They are coming to kill us, probably because they found out who our father was. She is injured because she stood up for us and now they want to kill her too.
IF THEY TOUCH THAT TAVERN THEY WILL KNOW HELL
>>24775002I think a firing squad will be more in order
>>24774914Remember how she held us at knifepoint in the woods, and what she mentioned at that time?
>>24775002>>24775011Seriously? She is injured and its because she is standing with us against her people and you want to treat her like that? WTF is wrong with you?
>>24774922>"They've gone too far, they'll burn it all...""Not on my mother's grave."
>>24775030She brought FUCKING WAR TO OUR TAVERN. COULDN'T SHE FUCKING WAITED TO THE FAGGOTS MARCHING OFF? OUR TAVERN>HER
>>24775030I'm >>24775011What the hell are you talking about?
>>24775052No she didn't the hell are you talking about? The elven terrorist people are here because Reginald and his company are here.
>>24775052What makes you think it wasn't the Brothers that did?They tried to shoot us because they saw an elf, after all.
>>24775002If the tavern burns down, it'll be because I did it myself!
>>24774914She was awfully interested in killing Nero Sertorius, not that it proves anything in general. He seems to inspire that emotion in people.>>24774828But we will need that one some day if we want to go home. If she dies, it is lost to us.>>24774922"Who Miaya. Who did you bring to our home?"
>>24775076>I'm sorry, I couldn't stop themShe obviously tip them off for the location.
>>24775052I'll laugh if those people we have in our tavern are the one's that brought this.
>>24775121I won't either way because our tavern is in danger you humongous faggot.
>>24775088That could mean that they knew the location already and she tried to delay them, it's no guarantee she told them.
>>24775088>>24775002Are you the same guy who wanted to fire Sif for a guy we purposely let her beat up?If so, I'm beginning to think you're just a disguised anti-waifufag or something.
>>24775174Nope, I'm not that guy, I joined today. And yeah, I'm anti-waifu, but Sif is cool.
>>24775133Oh hell, I'll just laugh now! HAHAHAHAHA.
To be fair, we were the ones who herpderped our insight roll dealing with reggie, then completely ignore her warning that he would bring others.
>>24775080>"Who Miaya. Who did you bring to our home?"Do not accuse her of bringing them.For all you know >>24775076 is right and they are attacking Reginald and not US. Actually that would explain why she said to lock ourselves in our room. If they are after us then it will do nothing to protect us. If they are after reginald then we will be spared while they kill him.
>>24775205If any of your beloved relatives gets cancer pls do tell so I can have my share of laughs, thanks.
>>24775076Yeah, they aren't the most subtle ones...
>>24775229And she's so apologetic just because of that? Not even close bro, that's a guilt-trip right there.
>>24775192Well. I would say don't let ulterior motives affect your decisions or something but that's kind of the whole point of them so I'm just going to say do a better job of choosing rational courses of action. Kind of jumping to conclusions and forcing an option that seems a bit out of character.
>>24775088>She obviously tip them off for the location.Or she went to her daily meeting in elf terrorist HQ and was invited to join the raiding party against the Reginald and Co and tried to argue that they not do it since its where she works.Not so obvious now is it?
>>24775229OHSHE WASN'T TALKING ABOUT REGGIE AND HIS BOYS BEFORESHE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE REBELS
>>24775232All dead due to being assholes and cancer of the soul, so I'll join in! HAHAHA!Fuck them.
>>24775264It's not about an ulterior motive, I don't care about your wafuing, I only care about the tavern. If you wanna side-waifu as long as it's not blatant ERP I'm cool at that, but if it interferes with the taverning-part I'm against that shit and I'll get pissed off.
>>24775277OH NO HE DI'INT! (z-snap motion)
>>24775293Fair enough. This is still jumping to conclusions though.
>>24775293>wafuingOh god, oh god. OP please, don't acknowledge the argument, just direct suggestions.
>>24775080"Who Miaya?!? Who did you bring to our home?" Your voice cracks. Blood and death are not your comfort zone.She looks at you incredulously, still shaking. "Who did I bring!?! You brought them when you billeted slavers, you damned fool of a man! I tried to stop them, to tell them to wait, I told them things and gave them things I shouldn't have, all to keep them away from this place, from our new home. Don't you DARE put this on me!"You shake your head. Whatever the truth is, you have a tavern to save. You grab Miaya by the arm and more or less drag her to the front door, and kick it open. The only people left inside are the Association group, the peddler, minus his son, and your employees. Sif runs up, a worried look on her face, Martellus is standing behind the bar, blackjack in hand, an unpleasant expression upon his bald head.Sif takes a glance at Miaya's bloodied form, and then turns to you. "Tallius, what the fuck is happening? Who's trying to kill the Brothers, are they coming here?"
>>24775293(turns to Miaya) QUICKLY, WE NEED TO MAKE OUT TO SURVIVE!
>>24775370*Slaps you*NO WAIFUING ALLOWED!
>>24775359"They're slavers. Get a weapon we're kicking them out."
>>24775370>>24775385>>24775317faggotsfaggots plsstahp faggots
>>24775359We fucking told you so! Way to accuse her.>>24775397No... we standing back and letting them fight the elves.
>>24775359Why would we accuse Miaya? The only asshole who thinks she's responsible is the guy constantly harping on it. We shouldn't have said anyhting at all, just drag her inside and lock all the doors.
>>24775397I think it's a little late for that.
>>24775416Not in the bar. They're taking that shit outside.
>>24775359Everyone, barracade the doors! I damn well will not lose any employees to this, no sooner then give up this tavern!
>>24775359"From what I gathered it is and Elven Terrorist group. For right now I need everyone upstairs, PTA, Peddler, this is Sif and this is Marty, they will keep you safe for now. Miaya, you are staying down here with me, we will watch how the brotherhood handle it, and try and put out any fires that happen near the Tavern. After assessing the situation we will proceed from there.">If the elves are winning saddle up with them. The brotherhood<The Tavern and if they are all dead they cant argue that the elves didnt come for them
>>24775359"Lock all the doors, block them with furniture if you have to. Get weapons just in case."
>>24775422They payed good man, the other fucking minorities can't pay for shit.
>>24775359If only we had a working death machine in the tower that could repel them.
>>24775359"Brothers are slavers, elves are attacking, and we need to buy some door-bars, Marcellus. Also put the tables to the doors and lock the damn windows."
>>24775397Just let the elves kill them. They won't be able to resist, and we might even be able to sell a few beers to the elves after their recent victory!
>>24775474It is not for battle, Marty told us that already
>>24775482I'm calling it, the faggots are gonna burn our tavern.
>>24775474We don't necessarily want to repel them; the slavers might be better dead.
>>24775478YES Lets lock ourselves in that bar they are planning to burn.
>>24775359How the hell would we have known that they're slavers!? I like Miaya, but how could she expect us to know that?
>>24775506NO THEY STILL HAVE TO PAY US THE OTHER HALF!
>>24775500If they try to we will unleash the full power of TWO strength.
>>24775433Grab weapons and lets go fight some slavers sounds much more serious then "take it outside".Also if the brotherhood wins they will kill us for such an act. Let them fight each other and we can pay for repairs later
>>24775512By not failing that roll.
>>24775385YOU FOOL! IT'S THE ONLY WAY! WE"RE THE MAIN CHARACTER! IF SHE SELF-SACRIFICES HERSELF IN THE NAME OF LOVE, OUR CHANCES OF SURVIVING GO UP! DON'T YOU SEE THAT?! TVTROPES HAS AN ENTIRE PAGE ON IT!I'm just fuckin' with you. Take it easy.OR AM I? (dun dun dun!)
>>24775512Every outfit, including the protectorate regulars, engaged with nonhuman partisans engages in slavery.
>>24775439Second this. We side with the winning team, its the smart move.
>>24775492>It's still a Machine If it worked I imagine it could be of use here. and the rebels might not even be able to tell what kind of model it is. But it's a mute point anyway since it doesn't work.
>>24775557YOU ARE NOT FUCKING WITH ME, YOU'RE TRYING TO FUCK WITH HER!
>>24775585Well I don't see many options here so lets go with this and we may be able to shoot down upon them from the windows if the try and burn us out.
>>24775359"Sif, Martellus. Grab the daggers and help me barricade the doors and windows. All but one. Dhalin, grab your people and head upstairs. Nobody gets inside this tavern you understand me? Not even our guests, especially not our guests!"
>>24775564Would have been nice to know....
So, looks like we are closing up and waiting it out?
>>24775577Why can't it be both?(Careless Whisper plays in the backround)
>>24775650>So, looks like we are closing up and waiting it out?Seems that way.
>>24775659NOW I'M SCARED MOTHERFUCKER
>>24775585What about the Peddler's son?
>>24775674Indeed, what about him?
>>24775672NOW KISS ME, YOU FOOL! (makes out with hand puppet)>>24775674Oh fuck me. He's outside fighting, isn't he...
>>24775674I think he is outside fighting
>>24775705Looks like we're going in. Or, out. Erm.... we're getting him.
>>24775642Let anyone in, we are a tavern we dont turn away business but fighting stops at the door.
>>24775705Drag his dumb ass inside immediately.
>>24775736Well if he dies we can honor every part of him by having Miaya cook his corpse in our victory feast.
>>24775800I'd rather stuff him and display him next to the boar's head.
>>24775824>I'd rather stuff him and display him next to the boar's head.How about we compromise and mount his head next to the boar and eat whats left?
>>24775752>>24775763Let's get some of the mercenaries the dwarf has and Sif, they'll be handy.
So, final decision.Shut up the tavern and wait it out.Go out and fight (pick a side)Keep the door open, remain inside, stay neutral
>>24775869>Shut up the tavern and wait it out.
>>24775869>Keep the door open, remain inside, stay neutral
>>24775869>Shut up tavern, wait it out (be prepped to firefight)
>>24775869I vote>Keep the door open, remain inside, stay neutralBut if they start breaking things kick their asses.
>>24775869Couldn't we go out and check where the kid is WITHOUT picking a side?
>>24775869Picking a side seems stupid. We are our own place, not beholden to a side>Keep the door open, remain inside, stay neutralHowever...keep our weapon at the ready beside us as we stand behind the bar
>>24775869>>Shut up the tavern and wait it out.But also grab the peddlers son.You guys know if we let slavers in then we'll be attacked with them right? I don't think they're going to appreciate the subtle differences between us. The son we can maybe save, the rest no.
>>24775869Close up the tavern except for one way in and out. Tallius, and maybe Sif or Miaya or both accompany us out and we retrieve the kid. We don't fight on either side. We get the kid (or his body) and drag him back in, then barricade that door too.
>>24775922Oh let the kid die in battle. It's better end than most will get in this life.
Looks like we're closing the tavern up.Opposition to retrieving the peddler's kid? Note that you have not the slightest clue where he might be, or if he is alive.
>>24775988I don't oppose it unless it's going to put us at needless risk.
>>24775869Keep the door open, remain inside, stay neutral
>>24775954...Gonna hve to disagree with you on that.Plus the father is our first repeat customer.
>>24775988Not worth it we have to risk either ourselves or our staff in the middle of a battle to do so.
>>24775988(With Brutus I believe it is a tie)Look out the door if we dont see him immediately he is a goner.
>>24775988Look around for the kid, check the automata tower first.
>>24776017Well if his son dies he'll have even more to drink about.
>>24775988Let's at least make an effort.
>>24775988Lets close her up and go find that fool child.
>>24775988None from me. I say we keep an eye out and try to yell his name from the tower, but let's not go outside of the tavern itself.
>>24776027Marcus Sertorius is running out of second chances. Do a quick sweep around the perimeter and if we don't see him head inside and complete lockdown.
>>24776054If he doesn't commit suicide by fighting elves...
>>24776093Who the fuck is Marcus. This is Tallius
>>24776053>Automata tower>Where our signet ring is "hidden" (in plain sight)FUCK!
>>24775988Find the kid.Here at the Clock Tower, we go above and beyond the norms for customer appreciation!
>>24776105It's a heavy risk, but...
>>24775988We should at least make an effort to find the peddler's kid.
>>24776182HHAHAHAHAHAThis is really funny.
>>24776182>Kid is dead>Brotherhood are all dead>Lucy is here
>>24776182Was that for you or us?
>>24776203Good funny, or we're going to burn to death funny?
>>24776203...I hope in a good way (its not I bet)
>>24776203>>24776182Not sure if that is a good or bad thing.
>>24776203Worth noting that was a d10 not a d100
>>24776212>The PTA is actually a group of bounty hunters that she hired to find you
Our wife is going to show up and drive of the rebels. Then recognize us.
>>24776253And that encounter tables are randomized, so a low number doesn't necessarily mean, "Dwarf Fortress funny".
>>24776307Or be uncontrollably turned on by the great Tallius>get her drunk quick
>>24776307Or maybe both the rebels and our wife would set aside their differences in order to kill us.
>>24776328Wat if Dalin is wife?
>>24776328Very, very drunk.
>>24776347That thing he was trying to get you to sign was actually a prenuptual agreement.
So... we need to craft an epic apology for Miaya. Any ideas?
>>24776389She is clever ruse man.
>>24776407"I was caught up in the moment, and I'm sorry. I should've known you'd never want to bring ruin to our tavern."
>>24776407Offer her our body obviously.
>>24776407Promise not to kill any of her friends?
>>24776407"My sincerest apologies Miaya, they way you were running and how you said you tried to stop them. I had assumed and that was wrong of me. You're efforts were valiant and will not go unnoticed. In the heat of the moment I was more worried about you than anything else and my brain was not where it was supposed to be. Is your head ok?"
>>24776407A heart torn out from a Boar we trapped and killed ourselves in the woods, served hot and still bloody and twitching on a platter.
>>24776182You note that the peddler's son is missing, and the old man is sobbing over his beer. A conversation comes to mind, the boy wanted to fight. The fool. Look what he's done to his father. Not everyone is so lucky to have family." Martellus, Sif, shut up the bar, bar the windows, the whole deal. We're waiting this out." They nod.Dalin and Rialla stare at you. "What are you doing boy, shut the door already!"You shake your head. "One of my guests is still out there. I'm going to find him."The dwarf is speechless. Rialla cheers you. Sif and Martellus both express their absolute displeasure with your decision, Sif is rather profane about it. The boy's father looks up, tears in his eyes. But there is hope, there, where there was not before.You feel a hand on your shoulder. Miaya. "I'm with you Tallius, let's find the poor kid." You nod, and she smiles, sadly. You both head outside, ignoring the protests of the others.The battle is moving closer to the Tavern as Reginald and his men are driven from the camp. Formation is but a memory, as they attempt a fighting retreat with their unwieldy crossbows. The enemy has emerged from the woods, and is visible. Visible and numerous. Arrows begin to impact around the Tavern, and you and Miaya take to looking for the kid.Luckily, you find him. An arrow shoots our of your watchtower as you survey it, and the two of you rush into it, and up the stairs.The kid is surprised by you as you climb the stairs, with a ratty hunting bow he probably uses to catch game with his father on the road. He begins to knock an arrow, but Miaya rushes him, knocking the bow out of his hand and slamming his head against the windowsill. The boy drops like a rock, and she throws him over her back in a manner far too reminiscent of the way she had carried the boar.You cringe. She looks shocked. "What?" You shake your head, and begin down the stairs.
>>24776431Body as in sex, or body as in torn throat?
>>24776495I'm liking her more and more.
>>24776515Both and in no particular order.
>>24776407I'm.... still not convinced she gets an apology. She could have -told- us this outright at any point. We might be dense but she has atrocious communication skills, or trust issues, or both. I think we need to make it clear that's not the kind of relationship we have now.
>>24776495The battle has progressed even further. The Brothers are spread wide, with many wounded and worse littering the grounds. There is no sign of Reginald. Projectiles fly this way and that, one impacts the door just as you pass through.This is going to be fun, is what Lucretia would say. You, on the other hand, manage to not shit yourself.Roll 5 d100
>>24776495Run like hell back inside, keep to shadows if possible to avoid being shot by either side.
>>24776495Back to the Tavern, one door open policy fighting stops at the door. You break our shit we break you
Rolled 62>>24776551>You, on the other hand, manage to not shit yourself.Night is young.
Rolled 82>>24776551Please dice, we need this tavern
Rolled 4>>24776593AAAW DAMN NUMBER 6
Rolled 77>>24776551Oh god.
>>24776495Now I get what was so damn funny.
How's the old pettler doing now that we've foud his little shit of a hellspawn?
>>24776574>>24776578>>24776579>>24776583>>24776588You and Miaya rush through the night, arrows and bolt flying around you with reckless abandon. A Brother to your right is set alight by a flaming arrow, and falls screaming after running some ten yards, luckily nowhere near your Tavern.Another impacts in front of you, and you almost trip over it's shaft, luckily Miaya is instantly there to steady you. How the slim woman manages to watch after you as well as carry the boy and keep pace is beyond you, but you thank all the dead gods for it.The door is approaching, but the shafte are more intense. You sprint even harder the last yards, yelling at the top of your lungs, before you shoulder the door with all your force, sending it flying open. Three arrow follow you inside and embed in the floor. just as Miaya enters behind you with the boy.She hands him off to you as soon as she can, the room erupting into cheers at your safe return. The peddler runs to his unconscious, but safe, son, crying more than you have ever heard a man cry. You are elated, you check yourself for arrows in utter disbelief. This is the craziest thing you've ever done, and it worked out! Sif is screaming in joy, Martellus claps gentlmanly. The Association raises drinks. You cannot help but grin ear to ear."Tallius... is the boy safe?" Miaya says." Yeah, he's fine, we're all fine." You say, still high on the excitement."Good... that's..." Her voice is faint, and fading.You look up in shock as she falls to her knees, and then face down upon the taproom floor. The unmistakable shape of a crossbow bolt in her upper back. Scarlet fluid pools around Miaya in a crescent arc, like a crimson moon. *********************See ya next week, guys!QandA is available, as always. And remember to show up Wednesday for the side session.Thread archived for your reading pleasure: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/24768489/
>>24776919>The unmistakable shape of a crossbow bolt in her upper back. Scarlet fluid pools around Miaya in a crescent arc, like a crimson moon.
>>24776919...She's getting a godsdamn raise once we're all safe.
>>24776919...welp. shit. Think I need a drink now Tallius
>>24776919What was so funny about the roll?
>>24777063He was actually in the tower. Could have been anywhere, or even dead. On a nat ten he was in his room.
>>24776919Thanks for the Thread!Ebook should be updated in about half an hour.
>>24777129pfft. Any foreshadowing on the "They're slavers" that you put in that we missed?
The suffering has well and truly started.
>>24777208We derped a skill check on cunning and Miaya alluded to it, but otherwise I don't think so.
>>24777229WE HAVE A WIZARD WE CAN BRING HER BACK ;~;
>>24777208Nothing like them marching slaves, but you were warned that letting them stay would have consequences.Also missed a pretty major roll.
>>24777154Don't you dare give up hope yet, soldier! (slaps him) Now come on! We need to type up what we should do in the next thread!
>>24777171Half hour, 13 minutes. Close enough.http://pastebin.com/kbGzcbDb
>>24777276Clearly we lean that Martellus is a master in the healing arts.
>>24777532I don't know if a poultice is going to solve crossbow through the back. :(>>24777249Was it just me, or did it sort of feel like the group was going off on some weird tangents (ie our insistence on Dalin's nefariousness long after it was plausible) despite op's best efforts to nudge us along? I kind of feel like there's so many things going on we lose track of what's actually important.
>>24777532Hey, Cap't, you got your Shadow Quest name on...Back on topic, we command our patrons to clean off the counter and get some vodka for disinfectant, then superheat a knife and fix the wound with burn scars.
>>24777657You guys should be suspicious. Just because they were on the up and up this time does not mean they will always be. I like suspicion. Shows that you are engaged.
>>24777683Yea, seemed a little penny-wise and pound foolish. Given our failed rolls and miaya's warning we really -should- have figured that out, or at least kept it in mind. Not that I'm averse to having bad shit go down (I was starting to feel a bit plot armored) but it makes me wonder if we're not trying to juggle too much, that everybody totally forgot about it.
>>24777670Ah, been a long day and I didn't even notice.But yeah this might get a bit messy next thread.
>>24777657I admit that I still don't like him. AT ALL. But the decision was made, so I guess I just need him to prove me wrong and how useful that PTA would be. Or possibly right...YOU FOOLS HAVE DOOMED US ALL!Kidding. Just kidding. But we'll see how he takes this seige and continue on from there.
>>24777683I KNEW IT! IF ONLY IT WASN'T META KNOWLEDGE! WHYYYYY???(sobs in a corner)