Welcome to the thirteenth episode of A Game of Thrones – The Quest of House Harrock.Previously: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/24940637/All Previous Threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=HarrockIn this quest, the year is 284AL and it is eight months after Robert Baratheon was crowned king. You are Lord Artys “Hangman” Harrock, thirty-eight years old and the head of House Harrock, sworn to House Arryn of the Mountain and Vale. You are a dedicated, devoted and cunning man, eager to see the rebirth of your house from its ruined state. With a head for numbers, a good sword-hand and an exotic Valyrian yataghan named 'Ambition,' you shall lead your family to new wealth and new stability.During the last episode, the second day of the tournament arrived. Wandering the streets of Grimarbour, you searched for a master of hounds and kennels suitable for your house. Eventually you settled on the humble Royter, an ancient fellow who sold dogs to sailors, in exchange for a home for his family and the squireship of one of his grandsons. Taking part in the tournament, you found yourself bested by Marwyn Belmore, brother of your rival Lord Benedar Belmore. Thankfully your sworn sword has managed to pass on to the next stage, but his next opponent? The one and only Bronze Yohn. Covered in bruises and aching all over, it's time for you to join the feast.Is anyone interested in continuing?
After the last session's success, I will using this rule again.>Anyone who posts with a tripcode or a name will be ignored. If you wish for your contributions to the quest to be read, then you will post anonymously.If this idea continues to be a successful part of the quest then I shall make it a permanent rule. If it does not, I might scrap it.In addition, Page has started up his own Game of Thrones quest again. I suggest you read the adventures of Lord William Bordain for yourself. It predates the Quest of House Harrock and to be frank, if you like this quest, then you'll love Page's take on GoT.>archive.foolz.us/tg/thread/24908691And finally, there will not be any game on Monday – the next episode will commence next Friday. Real life is cutting into the time I have available for this quest and it might change the timetable – but I promise, I refuse to finish this quest until we've reached a suitable stopping point.
>>25016399>Is anyone interested in continuing?do you even have to ask?
Fuck yea, Harrock Quest.
Lord Karban, Bordain and Artys harrock walk into a barWhat happens
>Is anyone interested in continuing?
>>25016415Yes, always.>>25016427Two people is enough to start with. Hopefully momentum will gather and this quest will start rolling.A collection of important characters, for those who like the little details. This has recently been updated:>http://pastebin.com/wbb0aWtG
Westpass. This is your land, your territory, your home. It's a harsh and unforgiving place, sparsely populated by evergreens and hardy shrubs. It's a steep valley filled with sudden falls, treacherous cliffs and unexpected gutters and furrows. Anyone who lives in this part of the Vale of Arryn quickly learns to walk softly and with great care.Splitting Westpass in half is a great river just as unimaginatively named, the Westflow. Born from a great sheet of water that descends from the mountains, the small stream quickly transforms into a great raging current, with many muddy little rills and brooks contributing to its size. Despite the dangerous pace at which it flows, there are a few safe places where the river can be forded.Clinging to the mountains on either side of the Westflow, the road for which the region is named winds and bends, a well-worn path of gravel and dirt that it is your duty to protect and maintain. One of the few routes in and out of the Vale, many merchants use the Westpass for their trade routes for a certain fee. To the North, the road leads to Strongsong. To the East, the road leads to Crown Crag.Finally, there are the great structures of Westpass. The hub of civilisation is High Harrock, a grim and foreboding structure that brings comfort to the inhabitants of the region as the sole provider of protection, boasting an iron mine and great solid stone walls. Then there are the two towers that guard it; Skycliff built amongst the peaks and Wetrock built upon a solid stone foundation beside the Westflow.But what about the people who live here? There are a few thousand smallfolk scattered throughout the land, in huts and hovels that dot the rocky landscape. It's a hard life but honest life, where they harvest and farm what they can, whenever they can. Some keep herds of hardy mountain goats for their meat and milk, while others farm lettuces, berries and edible ferns.This is your land and these are your people. Treat them well.
>>25016524Again, the air is filled with the glorious smell of roasting meat and exotic aromas. Although nobility and knights alike are crowded about the table, there seem to be less of them than before – clearly some of the guests were not interested in the matter of etiquette and enjoying their host's hospitality. Suits of armour have been replaced with velvet doublets and satin tunics as the lords go about socialising, making friends and enemies alike.You can speak with up to two people before the feast ends. Choose carefully.>Your wife is currently chattering away happily with Lord Yohn Royce, introducing your sweet daughter and your boy Brock to him and his son. There's much laughter and pleasant conversation going about, as the good lord is a friendly enough person. You only hope that Katrin makes a good enough impression for a betrothal to be plausible.>Lord Benedar Belmore is having a hushed conversation with your ally, Lord Loras Egen, with his daughter at his side. Lorenna looks thoroughly disinterested in the conversation and even the ever-smiling, eternally foppish Loras has a frown on his face, while the fat ginger Belmore carries a calm smile on his.>An injured man you recognise as Lord Lyonel Corbray has joined the feast, much to the applause of many knights and lords. The lord with the serpent-covered doublet is there, as is Alesandor Saul, both comforting and conversing with the defeated man.>Ser Lyn sits a short distance away from his brother with an awkward expression on his handsome face, murmuring with the bloody-haired Palfrey Badics.>The hedge knights are all sitting quite solemnly around their side of the table, their numbers reduced to three; Ser Banton, Ser Crabnot and Lady Delayis, all of their nursing the injured bodies and injured egos as they eat their meals in grim, uncomfortable silence.
>>25016410>And finally, there will not be any game on Monday – the next episode will commence next Friday.That's a shame, this quest makes my week really. Hope you won't stop it any time soon, Plasma, because this quest is one of the best ones running at the moment.
Let's do this thing.Also, I checked out Iron and Hate last week on your recommendation. It is awesome.
>>25016538I think we should chat with Lord Saul again, he seemed to be very well informed of the goings on of the Vale. Then we should talk to either Egen, Badics or Royce.
>>25016564>Good. He deserves the interest.>>25016563>When it stops in the distant future, it will be at a satisfying point that makes sense. I don't want to cut this off half-way through.
>>25016538>Lord Benedar Belmore is having a hushed conversation with your ally, Lord Loras EgenWe don't want to be left in the dark. We suspect one of trying something against us, we know the other one is.>An injured man you recognise as Lord Lyonel Corbray has joined the feast,Go speak to him, make sure there are no hard feelings. Congratulate him on playing through the pain the way he did.
>>25016564Where did you get that map from?
>>25016666>>25016624One person at a time.Which group do you wish to approach first?
>>25016681From Iron and Hate Quest.
>>25016666We need to get Brock and Egen's daughter engaged, before Belmore sweeps in with his son.
>>25016708>Lord Benedar Belmore and Lord Loras EgenFirst>Lord Lyonel CorbraySecond
>>25016724Which days is that on, might give it a look.Let's go talk to Lord Egen first.
>>25016817I think the next one is tomorrow.
>>25016867Cheers, been wondering if more GoT quests would start up.
>>25016767>>25016758>>25016817Approaching Lord Egen and Lord Belmore, you're surprised to find that it's Loras who notices you first. The colourfully dressed fellow turns to face you, cutting off his conversation with Lord Benedar Belmore to offer a deep and sincere bow."Ah, Lord Harrock! Forgive me, I was just enjoying a pleasant conversation with the most honourable Lord Belmore. Isn't this a spectacular tournament that he has hosted? The wine, the food, even the quality of the music! Did you know that Strongsong contains some of the finest bellmakers West of the Narrow Sea? I was considering having one commissioned for my land's sept. It is such a beautiful sound that they make, don't you agree, Lord Belmore?"Perturbed and put-off by the rambling idiocy of the Egen lord, Benedar simply nodded along and focused his attention on you, dismissing the foppish fool from his mind for the time being. Your obese ginger rival opens his mouth to speak."It's my pleasure to welcome you to this humble town and tournament of mine, Lord Harrock - or should I call you Hangman, as the merchants do? I do hope you find this feast to your satisfaction. If there is anything you need, do let me know - otherwise I have much to discuss with Lord Egen on the matter of... bells."
>>25017010That isn't suspicious at all... something is up here.We definitely need to get our offer of Brock and his daughter in quick. They're planning something.
>>25017010>"It's my pleasure to welcome you to this humble town and tournament of mine,"Why thank you. Your hospitality has been so wonderful, it has felt like coming Home."Make polite chit-chat. Dismiss our nick name with a small laugh, just a silly thing the smallfolk thought up. Ect.From the way Egen latched onto us and started blabbering like that, Belmore must have been pushing for something he didn't like.When we have privacy, ask him about it.
>>25017010Okay Egens idiocy has to be a deep and clever cover, it has to be. I would like to continue on the conversation of bells until Belmore explodes from frustration.
>>25017129Yea, and not sure what we should say to Belmore. We don't want to give up too much info to our rivals.
>>25017129>>25017222To me it sounding like he was latching onto us to save himself.Grateful for a chance to change the topic of conversation.We'll learn more if we can.
am I the only one that likes to sing along to the game of thrones intro using only the word "nigger"?
>>25017222The same sort of cover that Boris Johnson has - looks stupid, is actually pretty clever.I think he's trying to get out of the conversation, we need to extract him after making polite small talk to Belmore.
>>25017270>>25017331Yea, let's change the subject, and try to get Egen out of that conversation.
>>25017270>>25017267>>25017222>>25017221>>25017129The remark about home is enough to cause Lord Belmore's face to shift into a fat frown. Opening his mouth to offer a barbed retort of his own, he's quickly cut off by Lord Egen."Truly, the good Lord Belmore's hospitality is enough to make any place feel like home, from the highest castle to the lowliest hovel! Not that Grimarbour is a hovel by any respect, not at all! It's a place of grandeur and mercantile excellence, rivalled only by Gulltown. My condolences regarding your defeat, Lord Harrock; I cringed when I saw the lance strike, I could have never taken such a blow and even hope to survive it! Some of us make better warriors than others, no?"The idle banter drags on and on with the interjections of Benedar Belmore cut off every time by the faux-Braavosi fool and his rambling. Eventually more company joins your conversation in the form of Alesandor Saul, a smile on the humble lord's features. He joins the conversation and eventually they are two main speakers, chattering away to each other about the lord's hospitality, about the jousting, about the daughter of Egen and her startling eyes. Meanwhile you and Benedar share a cold stare of disdain with one another, with Lorenna standing off into the side in awkward, almost shy disinterest. Eventually, the fiery-haired fat man speaks."While this has been a pleasant conversation, I have many responsibilities to tend to. I hope to speak with you later."Striding away from the four of you, you're left alone with the two other lords and the half-Braavosi daughter, who you notice is glaring daggers at the back of Lord Benedar. But not as bitterly and angrily as she stares at you, once she notices you looking in her direction."Forgive me for Lord Belmore's behaviour, Lord Harrock. He's hardly the most social of lords; I dare say that is as much of an advantage as it is a flaw. So, how may my daughter and I help you?"
>>25016564>Also, my own little edit so that people can identity what belongs to who.
>>25017530We just saw you talking to Belmore, and thought you might need a friend to help. What was he after?Thank you, though, for your kind words, I was surprised I survived the hit myself.I was wondering if we could discuss the idea you mooted previously, back at your lovely home, in private?
>>25017530>glaring daggers at the back of Lord Benedar. But not as bitterly and angrily as she stares at youWe'll ask Brock to talk to the girl later, she might open up to him again.We'll ask her father about it later when we have a moment of privacy.>So, how may my daughter and I help you?"By providing me with conversation to take my mind of these dammed bruises." *small laugh* "Have you met the Lord Saul, I had the pleasure yesterday?"Just make chit-chat, ask him what he's being doing. Maybe he'll drop something of worth into the conversation.
>>25017530Let's step away from his daughter for a moment and tell him we've noticed Brock and Lorenna have been spending quite a lot of time together. Tell him they seem to be getting along rather well.We need to put the idea of the marriage we want into his head.
>>25017644"Oh, simply the matter of our children. His son Cador is unmarried, as is his brother Marwyn and my daughter Lorenna is of a ripe age, aren't you my dear?"Cold, dead silence."In any case, I shall need to discuss his offers in detail at a later date, even if it is just to appease him. Lord Belmore is a proud man and I feel no need to attract his ire any more than I must. Perhaps you should consider a betrothal of your own? Your daughter is such a treasure, I am sure that the good Lord Belmore would only ask for a small dowry in exchange. Katrin is her name, yes? Such a sweet girl."You're unsure whether he is being serious or simply appeasing whatever audience may be listening to the conversation.>>25017745This time, it is Alesandor Saul who speaks."Oh, I first met Lord Loras shortly after his arrival in his town. He is exceptional company, always with something to speak of and full of knowledge of Essos and beyond. A wise and charismatic man indeed; I believe you mentioned an alliance between your houses, Lord Loras? It is rare for two houses to form such a bond without it being consummated in marriage.">>25017833For the first time ever, Lord Loras Egen is forced to confront the prospect of marriage between the two of your houses. Flustered and uncertain, he is about to speak only to be interrupted by quiet laughter from young Lorenna, as she turns and walks away, leaving the three of you to discuss the matter. The lord's cheeks go scarlet."Ah, well... I feel no need to strengthen our alliance with marriage. The bond our houses already share is strong enough, is it not, Lord Harrock? It would be best if your son was given the opportunity to find a more suitable wife and my daughter was given a more suitable husband. While our children may be good friends, I see no need for them to marry - and it might be wise to limit the time that they present with one another. I would so hate for Lorenna to plant a seed of dissent in the mind of your son."
>>25018004I don't know, they would seem to be a good match in my mind, and as Lord Saul says, a strong alliance is traditionally cemented by marriage. Would you reject such an offer, Loras?
>>25018004Aw shit son just got home from work. Shame to here the next quest isn't until next Friday. Anyway. I greatly dislike the split and run tactics used here, we help him secure his land, help him rebuild his harbor, and our men are protecting his lands presently. He pretty much owes us his daughters hand in marriage. But alas. It appears not to be as he underhanded as the Braavosi he mimics. A polite yet curt reply is in order, not one with venom but just enough to let him know he's messed up. I believe our time with Egen is at an end tonight and on a sour note.
>>25018081Taking in a breath, the colourful fop forces himself to confront the possibility."Perhaps a better match would be between my son Alber and your daughter, Katrin? As I mentioned, she is a highly desirable girl, certainly more so than Lorenna. I do not understand why you would wish to waste your son on such a troubled girl. She would care more about her horses and her daydreams that she would about her husband and her duty. And your son... I do not think she would be the best match for your son, Lord Harrock. If you are insist on marrying our two houses through Lorenna and Brock, then we may have to negotiate a deal... Perhaps a bride's-price that you would be willing to pay? I hear it is a popular tradition in Dorne."
>>25018158I wouldn't go that far, he might just be scared about what Belmore said to him. We should make the offer of Brock and his daughter now.
>>25018180He wants to sell his daughter's hand? Why is he so reluctant to let her marry Brock? And why is he so bothered about his son marrying Katrin?
>>25018004From the way he shot that down, it fits with what we thought about him last thread.He's scared of us and the power we have over his lands. He doesn't want to give us any more influence than we already have.I figure there are two ways we could deal with this.Be a Bro: Be a real friend to him and convince him we would be stronger and more prosperous together. Show him we are no threat and make him happy about joining our houses. Or.Give him some rope: Keep gaining power and influence over his lands but do nothing to act against him. If he is already this scared of us, it's only a matter of time before he tries something. If we catch him in the act and present Just Cause to the Lord of the Vale, we can just take his lands from him.Both methods have advantages and risks. Opinions?
>>25018186After the suggestion of us paying for her I'm going to go with it is that far.>>25018180Katrin is far too valuable to waste on him, far far too valuable. We will consider such an offer, and with that be done with Lord Egen for tonight. That's some bullshit.
>>25018245We want him to marry his daughter off to this.
>>25018180"Now is not the time to discuss such matters. Maybe we shall speak of them once the festivities are over."Now let's leave him. Egen has soured my mood.
>>25018256I agree quite thoroughly with the latter. We can finish our building project, remove our troops and keep the our recently traded for Mercs in the harbor to keep tabs on things. Let's be honest. He used us.
>>25018245Because if our Son marries his Daughter and his son has an 'accident'.....His lands would fall to house Harrock.He's scared of us and afraid we will take his lands.
>>25018256I sort of agree, he is our friend, but he knows how much power we'd get by having our heir as second in line to his lands. We should be bros with him, but we can't waste Katrin's hand on his son, not when we have the chance of getting an alliance through marriage with House Royce.
>>25018338Which we were planning to do, so we can't blame him for thinking that, really.
>>25018301"I'd certainly be willing to discuss the details of this at another point, Lord Harrock. Now is a time for much more festive, pleasant discussion. Is there anything else you wish to discuss on that note?"Off to the side, Lord Saul is simply smiling serenely and listening, absorbing every word uttered between the two of you and every reaction that you offer each other. Is there anything else that you wish to say to either of the lords or do you wish to see who else you can move on to?
>>25018385Bid Egen a pleasant farewell.Can we have Saul introduce us to the serpentine lord? We should say a word or two to Lyonel, and those two are already talking.
>>25018385Let's see who else is available for some chatter.
>>25018385Lord Saul is a sneaky bastard, I like him. Not sure what else we have to talk about, so might be worth us moving on to our next person, either Yohn Royce or Corbray.
>>25018457Agreeing with this.
>>25018385I can't think of anything else to talk to him about right now.We were planning to talk to Lord Corbray.Tell them we should go talk to Lord Corbray and make sure there are no hard feeling then bid them goodbye.
Hell yeah Harrock Quest>>25018256Like >>25018307 said Egen has used us. We should consider withdrawing our troops and mason, likely under the guise of combating troubles in our own land.Most importantly, we need to get his Master-at-arms on our side. He's a simple fellow that we can win over, and is clearly dissatisfied with the way Egen neglects the defence of his land.>>25018457Sounds good
>>25018544I'm not sure he is using us, he's worried about other houses trying to take his land, and he's justified in bring worried, it's exactly what we were planning. We should slow things down for a bit, let things calm down before trying again.
>>25018544>We should consider withdrawing our troops and mason, likely under the guise of combating troubles in our own land.I was sooo close to putting that in >>25018457, although I was also thinking about maybe if a fire started somewhere in Egen's capital? Wouldn't be connected to us at all.
Gentlemen, Egan is beginning to move in counter productive ways. His usefulness is nearing its end and for that reason we should have plans to dispose of him.In response to this offense he has given us, We should raid a village or two in his land. He has no military to stop us and if no witnesses are left the blame can be placed on hill folk.
>>25018596From the beginning he has talked down about his daughter to us in favour of getting our daughter instead. If he isn't outright using us, he clearly doesn't trust us.
>>25018544At this point our troops have to leave. I would honestly send a raven right now tell them to leave before we arrive back and have our knight there say there were issues back at High Harrock they needed to attend to. That'll send a good message.I do say we allow our mason to finish. We have a trade agreement with another Lord to honor for 100 Mercs and they can be used to garrison the new harbor which we will still likely use. So the place will be literally in our pocket still but not with our own men.
>>25018457>>25018473During your chat with Lord Egen, the layout of the feast has changed as the lords have meandered about.>The wonderful Deyya Harrock is now speaking with the grim-faced Lord Royce Coldwater, sharing a polite conversation with the man, introducing your daughter to Yohn Royce's vassal and what looks like his son, a lad who appears two or three years younger than your daughter. Brock is with them, looking extremely out of place.>Lord Benedar Belmore is now having a loud, boisterous discussion with Lord Yohn Royce, laughing at each others' jokes and patting each other on the back and generally behaving like old friends - although Benedar's tired eyes betray his apathy and distaste for such frivolous chatter.>Lord Lyonel Corbray is now alone with his brother, the two of them sat side by side and sharing a quiet conversation with each other. Both of them possess tight-lipped, uncertain expressions and their bodies share an awkward posture as they mutter to each other.>The lord with the snake-covered doublet is engaging in a plain discussion with Lord Palfrey Badics, neither of them showing any emotions beyond what is required for polite conversation.>Lady Lorenna Egen is on her own, currently absorbed in petting and feeding a rather wiry and ugly looking cat, like a mouser of some variety.>Lady Delayis has skulked away from where the hedge knights are sat, leaving only Ser Banton and Ser Crabnot to finish off their portions for the feast, all of them seeming quite bitter and defeated.
>>25018644If we are to gain his master-at-arms trust, killing his countrymen sure as shit isnt going to sit well with himEven if we are careful, his ass is gonna be suspicious when the people our men are supposed to protect are dead.
>>25018644We shouldn't dispose of him till we have a marriage, or at least an engagement. Unless we think we can get our wife to convince his Braavosi wife to agree to it, but it seems like they don't get along.
>>25018648Trusting people in Westeros gets you killed, to be fair. I think we just need a very frank talk to him later on.Or we could throw him under the bus when Royce, Egen and us have our meeting.
I don't think Egen is using us at all. He just realizes we've become more ambitious as of late. And seeing as we're more powerful and his neighbors, he knows us making a move on him is probable. He's just become too cautious for our liking.
>>25018699We shouldn't throw him under the bus but instead show him that we are capable of doing so
>>25018712We;re building him a harbor and manning his lands. He used us.
>>25018668I think the concensus was Corbray, we should wish him well and congratulate him on his courage. Fighting on with a broken rib or two is no mean feat.
>>25018732>manning his landsAnd this places us in a perfect position to retaliate
>>25018724This. We should cover for him, but let him sweat it out enough that our intervention is clear.
>>25018724Good idea, show him quite how much he needs us now, and that he is gone if he doesn't work with us.
>>25018738Yea, let's chat with Corbray.
>>25018747Hardly. Being slighted over possibly not gaining a hand in marriage is no reason to murder a house and it's holdings. We will also gain the wrath of all other houses and the Lord of the Vale himself. That is the worst idea.
>>25018668Let's go chat with the snake lord and Badics.Did we talk to one of the hedge knights last session about becoming a sworn sword?
>>25018747It does explain why he is so nervous. But this recalcitrance is not exactly appreciated.It depends on whether he is truly seeking to marry Lorrena off to Belmore, or if he was simply caught in the crossfire between the two of us. If the latter, his nervousness is understandable. If the former, he has used us and gone behind our backs.We need to convince him somehow that Belmore is the common enemy. Having solid evidence from the missing mercenaries (whether that evidence be tortured from them or genuine) might help if they confessed that they were sent to harry our lands and his.
>>25018787I wasn't suggesting we full on attack you mongoloid. As i previously mentioned it would be easy for us to raid an outlying village and blame it on mountain clans. Egen would get the message but wouldn't be able to blame us for it
>>25018544>>25018599>We should consider withdrawing our troops and mason, likely under the guise of combating troubles in our own land.Woah! You're going in completely the wrong direction with that. If we withdraw our support, he'll be forced to turn to another Lord instead, then /they/ will have control of his lands.We will continue giving him our support, and in doing so, we will gain greater control.We already suspect he was/is planning something. If we continue on this course, it's only a matter of time before he makes a move our of fear or desperation.We need to catch him in the act and present evidence to the Lord of the Vale.If we can get Just Cause to attack him, we will be in perfect position to take his lands without a fight.The only risk is, can we catch him in the act before we get shanked?>>25018644>We should raid a village or two in his land.That's the kind of sloppy overtness that will bring fire down on us.Bad Anon. Stop that.
>>25018818yeah we talked to one of the hedge knights. I forget which one but he said he would think about it.Why won't anyone be our friend ;_;
>>25018787It puts us in a position to do >>25018644, so the nervousness is not entirely without merit.>insequent LoyalistHmmm, yes captcha.
>>25018826Our men are garrisoned with his own. Including his Master-At-Arms the only competent military mind in the house. Our troops suddenly leaving and then a few days later attacks occur on his land might be a little more then suspicious, beyond that dishonorable and will carry far more risk then what we will receive.A slight is no reason to kill innocents.
>>25018832What exactly would Egen be planning to do that would make our liege-lord entirely okay with us seizing his lands?
>>25018860We wouldn't send men from the garrison we sent to his lands idiot.>A slight is no reason to kill innocents.You are a shitty noble.
>>25018738>>25018786>Making sure that the consensus remained the same even after the updated situation.Both of the Corbrays glance up from their hushed discussion, with Ser Lyn offering a stiff bow while Lord Lyonel offers a forced smile, still clearly pained by his injuries. A Maester stands a short distance away, ready to tend to the man's injuries if need be. There's a certain bitterness to the man's tone as he speaks."Lord Harrock, I'm afraid that I wasn't in the condition to congratulate you on your victory when it occurred so I'll do so now. I am sorry to hear that you lost to Marwyn Belmore but losing to a tourney knight of that man's calibre is not something to be ashamed of. Is there anything that I can help you with or have you simply come to wish me health and good fortune as the others have?"
>>25018860This. Regardless of the moral qualms of slaughtering smallfolk that have nothing to do with Egen's foolish decisions. This method is clumsy and will obviously lead straight back to us, thereby driving Egen into Belmores influence and giving us enemies on both sides.
>>25018832I'd rather our best armed and armored troops as well as a knight be out of the reach of Egen. Iff he turns to another lord, so be it. I'm agreeing with >>25018665 in regards to our troops.
>>25018887And you are a brash man with no regard for morals and the consequences that it could render. Also cool it with the insults, we're playing a game and people are going to offer differing opinions.
>>25018899>>25018665Just joined the thread and caught up, I third this sentiment. Withdraw our actual retainers, keep the mason there, man with mercs, etc.
>>25018840Even our own sworn swords treat us with chosen words...Our brother was the popular one, the warrior, the leader, The Bastard. It was us that grew up in his shadow rather, but his shadow was the bigger one by right of birth.Eitherway, Bronze Yohn is the real power here, and he doesnt seem to hate us. Being on his good side is our best option, and if we get him to love our boy as he does his own, we can talk him easier into marrying his boy to our daughter.>>25018890"Think nothing of it, you rode with the same will of a knight as your brother if that matters, and i much enjoyed our joust more than... Belmores...Will you be seeking your armor back, dented as it is? Or shall i make cause to refit it for myself to replace my own lost suit?"
>>25018890"I was impressed by the courage and determination you displayed. Having fought beside your brother against the mountain savages I can see the resemblance. Are all Corbrays made of such stern stuff?" Begin with niceities, but move on to discussion of trade and assistance between our houses. With our current terms with Egen it's possible to become more connected with this House, and so far no one seems to want to associate with them all that much.
>>25018870Any attempt to kill or maliciously injure a Noble Lord or member of his family is casus belli.If he makes any such move against us, and we can prove it, the Lord of the Vale should not forbid us from attacking him.A Noble attacking another without just cause will get them fuck!With just cause, no one should get in our way.
>>25018949I like this. Keep things cordial.
>>25018887>Mountain menGodless savages to be put to the sword, every man, woman and child amongst them>SmallfolkActual people. Who we don't kill without good reason.
>>25018985we still wouldn't have justification for taking his lands. We would have to install his son in his place
>>25018930How would it look if we withdraw troops on the basis that we are searching for those missing mercenaries of Belmore?
>>25019009Which is as good as taking it. Instill the young son, have him grow up under our influence, possibly eventually have them so reliant on us that they just become our bannermen.It is still a win for us, just longer term.
>>25019036>have him grow up under our influenceWon't be that easy. Every lord around will want to do the same
>>25018897Exactly, we can't afford to force his hand into signing up with Belmore, we need to be careful with this.>>25018890I was wondering how you were finding the festivities, Lord Corbray. I find that, whilst it is enjoyable, there is too much double dealing and two-faced discussions, very few are honest and speak their mind.
>>25018985I honestly can't see Egen doing that unless we have married our daughter to his son. Even then, such a marriage would likely mollify him enough for our alliance to be genuine. If anyone was likely to act against us in such a way, it would be Belmore.>>25019009Aye, and the son won't be too happy we've offed his dad. Regardless of how we influence him, his mother will make sure of that.
>>25019013Something to that effect would work I would assume. Perhaps even send a false report that they have shown traces within our direct lands, give an even better reason to have them back to our lands as quickly as possible.I just have a bad feeling the longer our troops are there the worst off they will be. If I remember correctly Lord Egen's Master-At-Arms left yesterday after losing his tilt. That is just a bad sign to me.
>>25018996If memory serves, those two brothers do not get along, just to be aware that flattering Lyonel about martial skill might be thorny to Lyn.
>>25018949>>25018977Combination of these two have my vote for a response.
>>25019072Although I'm not saying not to do it, since Lyonel is actually the one who heads the house.
>>25019071I'm pretty sure he left because he finds this jousting to be tomfoolery when their lands are under real threat. We need to get into contact with him. Perhaps through Ser Tenry.
>>25018899>I'd rather our best armed and armored troops as well as a knight be out of the reach of EgenWha....? We have troops in place and effectively control his lands. This is a good thing, why do you want to ruin that?>Iff he turns to another lord, so be itHe'll be forced to, then we get nothing. Congratulations, you just gave the prize to someone else.Someone else controls his land and we get nothing.>hire 100 Mercs and they can be used to garrison the new harborWhy would we surrender control of the lands then pay a fortune for veteran mercs to act as a garrison.We already have effective control of the port... Along with everything else.You are suggesting we pay more for less.
>>25019100Which is entirely possible. But with this new development there is also the possibility something is happening while we are away.>Our men are outnumbered and unawares in Egens hold. >"Belmore's" archers are around the area.>Belmore and Egen are talking.>No desire to part with his daughter presently despite all we've done. >Belmore controls the ravens in Grimarbor so even if they got a message to us it wouldn't reach our ears before it was too late.
>>25019139We already have the Mercs hired. For iron. From another Lord. Two threads ago. Already a deal made.That and our troops are still outnumbered, vastly, and with Egen's Master-At-Arms returning it isn't getting any better as our knight isn't in charge anymore. We have a presence as an auxiliary force only. We control nothing.
>>25019013We were asked to keep that matter quiet by Lord Badics until he gets some answers from Belmore.Breaking our word to him will not help us.
>>25018949"Thank you. I appreciate your concern and as for being my brother's equal... I shan't speak of such things. I am glad that you enjoyed our joust and I only hope that we get the opportunity to fight again, whether together or against one another. You are an honourable man, Lord Harrock. Regarding my armour, I would gladly pay the ransom at market's price and no more. You won and I would be glad to pay the right price for the return of my equipment. I planned to make this request after the tournament was over but if you wish to bring up the discussion now, I appreciate that as well.">>25018977The first comment was enough, the second comment pushes things over the edge. Your remark strikes a nerve as the pair of them share a glance, their eyes meeting. Awkwardness gives away to anger and with a distasteful sneer, Ser Lyn abandons his brother to speak with you."The answer to the question that you asked is strongly contested. I would say yes, my brother would say no. I am not willing to speak with you any further on that topic.">>25019048"We all have our secrets and our agendas, Lord Harrock. Every event like this is a den of vipers and you shouldn't expect anything more. We both lost our fathers to the War of the Usurper and those loyal to the Mad King and we're both new to being lords of the Vale. This is what lordship is. Struggling over titles and other petty things, proving yourself better than your equals in the eyes of your superior. I know this, I am sure that you do as well.""Is there anything else you want?"His tone is a tired one. You are unsure whether it's caused by the wound or by your conversation.
>>25019219Not the best conversation to have. I say we leave it at that and bid adieu. We're doing as poorly at conversation tonight as we did with rolls last thread.
>>25019219I'm honestly good with talky-time, Time skip melee?
>>25019200Exactly, we can't afford to be rash now.
>>25019219God dammit, I knew I was right about insulting that touchy prick.
>>25019184No, he made us the offer. Iron for troops if we were interested in hiring any.Also, we still need to expand the mine before we have a surplus to trade to him.That, or cut back on other things.>That and our troops are still outnumbered, vastly, and with Egen's Master-At-Arms returningHe has mostly Green Militia.Militia are not a standing army, they've all gone back to their fields and ploughs to feed their families. He lost more than half of them and his place is a ghost town now because of the depleted population.Our Trained Infantry are the backbone of his lands right now.
>>25019219Apologize if we have offended him, but I think we do need to push our trade agenda here. If even only two honest men make friends here today then this den of vipers will have been good for something after all.>>25019184We did? Why do we need mercenaries?
A few threads back, when we heard about the Master-at-arms returning home I suggested being paranoid about a possible fight going on back at home in our absence.I do think we're fairly safe though. Surely if the troops we've given him end up all slaughtered, that looks pretty bad on him. Amplified by doing it while we're at a tournament like this. I reckon our Lord would come down pretty hard on that.
>>25019255>>25019271>>25019275I say quickly see if there is an opportunity to trade/ally here, then timeskip.
>>25019275>>25019271>>25019255>>25019247You attempt to speak with Lord Corbray on the matter of trade but he almost rudely dismisses you, claiming not to be in the best condition or state of mind to discuss such matters, with his wounds. You're unsure of the truth of that statement but give him the space that he desires.Leaving the good Lord Corbray in peace, you leave for your own quarters with your family in tow as the feast comes to a conclusion. A failed joust and a failed feast, with your own succession being in the acquisition of your new masters of hounds, old man Royter.Earlier, you thought of sending a raven to your forces at House Egen and Crown Crag, ordering them to withdraw to Westpass and High Harrock. Do you wish to go ahead with this or do you wish to send any other raven?
>>25019184>I do not remember any mercenaries being purchased. Please link the post using suptg or Foolz.
>>25019310>We did? Why do we need mercenaries?No, we don't.We were made an offer from Lord Bardics. Iron for troops if we we wanted some.We haven't expanded our mine yet, we have no surplus of iron and we didn't actually buy any.We just got an offer if we want some.
>>25019389>>25019306No there wasn't. I apologize for the misconception and remembering wrong.
Ugh, I hope the upcoming talks will earn some profit/favour for us soon, so far all conversations have turned sour
>>25019392Good>>25019364No, doing so will only drive Egen away. This alliance can still be salvaged.
>>25019364Yes send the raven. But have the message under the guise of meeting us at the harbor to escort our Lord home. Say we have heard rumours that disconcern us and would rather have our men with us, and we'll need them to help transport things home.Also personally send the raven. Don't trust them Belmores.
>>25019364>Do you wish to go ahead with this or do you wish to send any other raven?No. Taking a huff because he didn't accept our proposal right away and losing all the gains we've made wouldn't be a smart choice.
>>25019419>>25019364Not yet, we can still keep up this alliance until Egen really pisses us off and then we sweep the rug from 'neath his feet.
>>25019364No,Let's not hastily make a decision that might bite us in the ass sooner than later
>>25019419>>25019449>>25019454Perhaps a compromise? A portion of our troops and our knight, now that the Master-At-Arms has returned no need for him to be there. Keep some presence there while keeping some of own just in case.
>>25019364I reckon we should send a raven asking for an update of the situation, both to Tenry in Egen's lands, and to our uncle in High Harrock. We shouldn't remove our troops yet.
>>25019494I second this.
>>25019483>Keep some presence there while keeping some of own just in caseWe already have hundreds of troops at home. Far more than we lent out. We have not made ourself vulnerable at all with this deal. Posting less troops there will give us less control and influence over the lands. If we don't have enough to police his lands properly and hill-cunts start raiding, he will probably just turn to another Lord to help him since we aren't up to the job.
>>25019494Thirded. Getting an update can't hurt.
>>25019520>>25019494>>25019479>>25019474>>25019454>>25019449>>25019419You decide against the concept of withdrawal, instead sending ravens to your sworn swords at Crown Crag and High Harrock alike requesting a report on current events.Is there anything else you wish to do before moving on to tomorrow and the last day of the joust?
>>25019494No, because that update will come through Belmore channels. We don't know if they even know we're helping patrol Egens land.
>>25019574We should be good.
>>25019574Nah, timeskip is good.
>>25019552They are our best armed and armored troops with the best straight up combat experience.But fine. Everyone else voted against it. No use arguing it.
>>25019574>Is there anything else you wish to do before moving on to tomorrow and the last day of the joust?Ask our wife if she had better luck than we did?She was chatting up potential suitors right?Also, romance her a little. Things with the wife have been going good. Let her know we care.
>>25019632Good point, see what the wife has been up to, then timeskip.
>>25019632Thirded. First time I've followed one of these, very interesting.
>>25019810Your first quest? Welcome!
>>25019632"Yohn Royce is craftier than he looks... Oh, he smiled and laughed and commented on just how polite and civil our daughter was but he was far too dismissive. I doubt we shall be able to marry Katrin to his heir, but perhaps his second son, this Robar Royce. He spoke quite highly of him, at least compared to Andar; he views him as the better son, even if he is not the one that shall inherit. As for Coldwater, I certainly didn't enjoy talking with him. So dour and cold, he reminded me of the Northern lords. His son is a clean slate however, perfect material for crafting into a wife for Katrin if we take him as a ward. I want to speak with Lord Corbray before the tournament is over though, he and his brothers are all unmarried. Surely there's an opportunity for Katrin there?"After the sharing of information, you enjoy a pleasant tumble with your wife as you have over the past several days. It's difficult to remember when you weren't making loving to the woman, you bed her so frequently. Not that you complain however. You're simply waiting for the day when she is with child. Perhaps then, you might be able to consider the fate of your son Brock.Without further ado, you drift off to sleep.
>>25019829>A wife for KatrinKinky.
>>25019829>a wardDear god yes please. We need a squire. It would give us at least some connection to another house. And would be considered some degree of victory.We really need to follow up on that before we leave.
>>25019829Getting Coldwater's son as a ward could be a good idea. Getting an alliance through marriage with Royce would be awesome, but not sure how useful it'll be if it isn't with his heir.Not sure we want Katrin married to either Corbray, they're fairly dour men.
>>25019829A second son of Royce or the son of Coldwater who is a blank slate.Damn, the woman does good work.Remind me, why did we walk around that feast without her on our arm? Let's not make that mistake again.
>>25019907I know, she's had better luck than us over the last couple of days.
>>25019902Agree with all of that. Heck to be honest even a second son might be worth, if no sons are born of the first or something happens to him we win, technically. And let's be real. Up until 3 months ago we were a shamed house with nothing. Even marrying Katrin to his second son is a major jump for us. THe first could still be in reach, but we'll see what happens. I say keep the idea around.
>>25019299One was alright, flattery and observation if anything, it was the addition of the next one that struck the nerve, shouldn't have had the other one added,
>>25019952Yea, even the second son of Royce would be a huge coup for us, and gain us a strong ally, even if it doesn't get our blood straight into the line of House Royce.
>>25019876>I'm drunk and it's midnight. Fuck the world.>>25019829It doesn't take long at all for the return of the ravens. By the time you have awoken and cleaned yourself, you are approached by a messenger from the Belmores' Maester, carrying a pair of letters. One with the unbroken seal of your house, one more informal and without any wax seal at all. Your uncle was clever enough to ensure you'd know if the letter had been read. Ser Tenry? Not so much.You are thankful that Alric had this foresight, for the letter carries little in the way of good news, while Tenry's carries no news at all - the patrols of Crown Crag are dull and uneventful. However, Westpass was under attack last night.Six men of Wetrock's garrison died under a hail of arrows from unseen assailants. These projectiles are identical to the ones shot by your mystery archers from so long ago. Reports also indicate over twenty missing smallfolk, taken from their homes. Whoever is attacking your territory is aware that you are not present and is taking advantage of that fact. The casualties weren't large but someone is out there, harassing your people under the cover of night - and you're not there to protect them.However, you have a tournament to attend. It would be poor sport of you to leave at this point. So it comes down to a question:>Leave the tournament to oversee the defence and security of Westpass.>Remain at the tournament and trust in your uncle and your sworn swords to provide adequate protection of your territory.
>>25020017We have too much to lose by leaving now. And besides we have to allow our swornswords to strike fear into them, give the impression that even with us missing our lands are not to be messed with.As much as I dislike it though, as we should be there to help them, we need to stay at the tourney.
>>25020073Any other input?
>>25020017Return, charge Ser Morys with protecting our family and ensuring Brock doesn't get himself killed in the melee.We can't ignore our homeland coming under attack.
>>25020073I agree, because we would look weak if we left now, even though our home needs us.We'll have to talk to Badics again though, Belmore has to be behind them attacking us.
>>25020073What do we lose by us personally leaving now? This is an emergency.
>>25020073I would have to agree and as>>25020166 said we will need to talk to Badics again about this.
>>25020173Our son not participating in the melee, nor our swornsword in the joust.No one to make deals of gaining wardship or other deals. Though, >>25020161 is a possibility, it just wouldn't leave the right taste in my mouth leaving our family in the jaws of the enemy.
>>25020017We need to send a raven telling him to set up large ambushes at a couple mountain passes that are likely routes they might take.If he must deplete the garrison at one of the towers to provide the manpower, do it. We need to catch these bastards.Seal it and pass it off to be sent.THEN we send one of our men in secret with our REAL orders. Slip a fisherman a few coin to take him to High Harrock then he can just swim to shore.Order the ambushes to be set up a DIFFERENT locations and NOT deplete the garrison at the tower. Tell him to set one of the ambushes to catch anyone that tries to attack the tower.
>>25020173>Mostly reputation. Leaving an event before its end is an insult to the host and his hospitality and is generally frowned upon. It also limits any further intrigue at the tournament.>In exchange, not handling the emergency personally allows you no control over how it is handled, other than any instructions you send back to your uncle.
>>25020073We wouldn't be able to do much to help, and we're better off trying to get allies than running off home.
>>25020195I quite like that idea, it's cunning.
>>25020204>not handling the emergency personally allows you no control over how it is handled, other than any instructions you send back to your uncle.Our people aren't idiots, they'll be able to handle themselver without us holding their hands.We know (strongly suspect) our messages are being read. Use this against them.Do this >>25020195
>>25020195I like this idea. We would have to make sure our man leaves under the cover of night though and sends a raven with a specific sentence that only he would now to confirm it is done.
>>25020195>>25020234>>25020254>>25020262Also, tell him to send a raven back, confirming he has placed the troops in the right place.We want to be sure the message had been intercepted.
Remember that the second son of Royce gets killed 15 years later by the biggest homo in westeros
After all of our failings yesterday in the joust and feast. We are suddenly this cunning bastard with fantastic plans. Man we turned that shit around.
>>25020262>>25020254>>25020234>>25020210>>25020195>>25020194>>25020188>>25020173>>25020166>>25020161>>25020073You do not return home immediately. Instead, you send a raven back to your uncle carrying the details of a possible ambush. However you pay a fisherman with a couple of gold dragons, requesting that he delivers a second letter to High Harrock personally, carrying the details of the real ambush you have planned. You hope that this will be enough.Is there anything else you wish to do with your day before the arrival of the joust?
>>25020344You what? Don't talk such rubbish. That's like suggesting that the whole of Westeros will be ruined and sent into war in 15 years time.>>25020352Nope, let's do the timewarp!
>>25020347Yeah, our social skills are a bit shit bet we're a cunning fucker.
>>25020352I remember we discussed at the end of the last thread the possibility of finding other retainers?I know we serve as our own master of coin so no to that, but someone brought up bringing a bard in? I'd say finding one of cunning and renown with a taste for some coins in his pocket to station in our new tavern would be a good cause. He could be used as a spy in the tavern, and his calling to the castle wouldn't raise an eyebrow. Just a thought.Also stationing ourselves by the Coldharbors today to discuss things during the joust seems to be a good call. And our wife HAS to be there for that.
>>25020418Save that for later, let's just get on with the joust for now.
>>25020386>>25020347We're usually not too bad with social stuff, it's just in the formal situation we don't do well, we're not used to it.But yea, we're a cunning fucker.>>25020418Yea, I suggested us getting a bard. I also suggested we get hold of the tower ruins on the border with Belmore.
We also wanted to recruit one of the hedge knights, depending on how well they do in the grand melee
>>25020442Fair enough on to jousting and meleeing.
>giving cobray back his plate armor and horseBut we lost our stuff too!What are we going to ride and wear now?
>>25020352Talk to Deyya about possible matches for Brock, and who she sees a good fit for him.Katrin is good, but remember Brock might need some attention as well, particularly is our wife is having more luck finding suitors than we are
>>25020525Well we don't have anything to really use it for presently so no real need to worry. We'll get it back, with the gold we get from Cobray, we can in turn ransom ours back. No lose no gain.>>25020531I wouldn't concern our dear Lady Wife with Brock presently. We should keep that to ourselves for a bit, see what happens. Don't worry the poor woman.
>>25020525We use that money to purchase back our armour and horse, and we should have some money left over too.>>25020531Might be worth getting her view on it, yea.
>>25020558>We'll get it back, with the gold we get from Cobray, we can in turn ransom ours back. No lose no gain.Unless Belmore decides to be a cunt and demand 10 times its worth.Either way, we have a spare set and we only use full-plate for these kind of things anyway. We'll live without it if we need to.
>>25020608That'd make him look bad though, it's tradition that you only charge 50-100% of what it is worth.
>>25020507>>25020449>>25020442>>25020418>>25020383For once, you approach the heart of the tournament dressed in fine clothes rather than armour. Seating yourself amongst the nobility, you find yourself quickly embroiled in a side of the tournament you hadn't seen before. Gestured over by Lord Benedar Belmore himself, you find yourself joined by Lord Loras Egen, Lord Palfrey Badics, Lord Alesandor Saul and Ser Andar Royce. A bookish looking servant is sat nearby, parchment and quill at the ready as your fat ginger rival speaks."Are you a betting man, Lord Harrock?"
>>25020645Oh christ.I would say no. But I'm willing to bet others will out weigh me. Just don't bet resources, possessions, or lands please.
>>25020668>>25020645I'd say no too, but then it might make us look like bad sports, and we can't afford that.Just don't bet anything important.
>>25020668>>25020696Better to say no now before we hear the gamble, rather than look like we balk because we can't afford the price.
>>25020645>"Are you a betting man, Lord Harrock?""My inner Steward would beat me if I were.A master of coin that with a taste for gambling has ruined more than one house."
>>25020645"I make calculated gambles, Lord Belmore, not 'betts'. That has been my families way and I intend to honour that, as I'm sure you will understand"
>>25020734*that has a taste for gambling
>>25020645Alright I remember Lord Belmore being said to have really high class and well trained hounds. I wouldn't mind getting a bitch from him. But only if the gamble is right.
>>25020744>>25020734>>25020724>>25020696>>25020668"Very well, if that is your decision, Hangman. Not all of us are bold or rich enough to participate in a sport such as this."The first match is quickly announced and the men place their bets, sipping from goblets of wine and murmuring their contributions to the pool.>Lord Yohn of House Royce shall ride against Ser Morys, Sworn to House Harrock."Two hundred dragons on Bronze Yohn," says Benedar."One hundred on Bronze Yohn," from Palfrey."Hundred on m'dad," as uttered by Andar Royce.Your foppish neighbour and your new friend Alesandor both remain silent and a glance is given your way by Benedar, a grin on his fat face."Not willing to support your own knight, Hangman? Come now, add your own contribution to the pot. Otherwise this tilt will be ever so dull.">1 Wealth = 100 Gold Dragons.>The bets are totalled and placed in a pool.>Upon one of the jouster winning, those who placed their bet on him divide the pool amongst themselves.>You have 4 Wealth available, if you wish to bet.
>>25020912>And if there's no one to bet on the opposing rider, the bet is rendered null.>A crude system for a crude time.
>>25020912"1 Wealth on Bronze Yohn"
>>25020912I mean... Alright fine. Bet at least 1. Otherwise don't bet. Damn you Plasma.
>>25020949We'll be laughed at for not betting on our knight. Either we bet a hundie on Morys or not at all
>>25020912"Sorry but my friend is out there to have fun, not to win. We both know this."Royce is going to with this. Everyone knows it.
>>25020982I'm willing to take one bet and a possible lose. He is our knight after all and a swerve is always possible. We can make the Wealth back.
>>250209121 wealth for Ser Morys
>>25020912>HangmanWe have got to stop this shit
Shit... we can't not bet, but Royce will probably win.Eh, 100 on Morys, we'll make it up later.
>>25020949>And if there's no one to bet on the opposing rider, the bet is rendered null.We don't gain anything from betting on Bronze Yohn.
>>25021029>>25021029That's just Belmore being a wanker.
>>25021029I see no reason too. He is obviously using it to poke at us. But when we string him up in the future. He won't be laughing.Besides. It is a pretty cool name.
>>25020418Can we find another sworn sword among the hedge knights? I know that the scarred Lady would be pretty good to have in a fight.
>>25021098We approached one, he said he'd think about it, and for us to talk to him after the melee had finished.
>>25021098The plan was to watch them in the big fight and see who does well.
Can I get a consolidated situation report on the archers?I know that they have attacked before and are probably mercenaries who may have gone rogue, but I don't know if I missed anything else
>>25021169They belong to Lord Badics, but are (maybe) being hired out to the Belmores
>>25021169When we were originally raiding the mountain men a group of archers attacked our party. This cause Ser Tenry to break down a bit and since then we have not seen them.Upon talking to Lord Badic it was discussed they are possibly his rogue mercs, and possibly being controlled by Lord Belmore. Neither are confirmed. But we have suspicions. And now the current situation where they have supposedly shown up on our lands again while we are away. Quick and dirty.
>>25021169Nothing is /known/ for sure but this is what looks likely at the moment.~Belmore hired some mercs from Bardics.~He told Bardics they went AWOL when he really paid them to be loyal to him instead.~He seems to be using them as a black-ops unit for attacking us (and maybe others) in a way that won't lead back to him.~Possible trying to fuck us while framing Bardics for it so he can move on us both.~Archers are currently raiding our lands, kidnapping and murdering our people.
>>25021016>>25021030>>25021005>>25020965"That's the spirit!"With a bellowing laugh, Lord Benedar Belmore gives the signal to a servant and sure enough, after a few moments the joust is under-way.The juggernaut of Royce against your elderly yet skilled sworn sword. Yet when it comes down it, the advantage of Bronze Yohn isn't only in his strength. He is younger. He is a better fighter and he is an equal rider. Surging forward on the back of their horses, the two riders rush towards one another and the next thing you see is a shower of splinters, both of them planting their lances into the other's chest. Yet Bronze Yohn has come away from the encounter unphased while you can see Ser Morys swaying in his saddle. The second charge of the tilt is a mirror of the first, only Bronze Yohn's lance doesn't break this time. Almost reeling off of his saddle, your sworn sword barely manages to keep in the fight while doing nothing to phase his opponent. The third and final round starts in a worrying fashion as Ser Morys circles around, his body lolling from side to side as though he is hardly awake and incapable of sight - yet he is too proud to submit. Rushing forward in a blind charge, your knight splinters his lance uselessly on the shield of Yohn Royce only to be dismounted in the most brutal fashion, ankle twisted and tangled in the stirrup, dragging the sorry warrior along the soil before his horse is seized and calmed. A Maester immediately rushes out to tend to the unconscious knight while Lord Yohn Royce dismounts and tears off his helmet, his face riddled with concern."That went as expected," murmurs Benedar in a satisfied manner.>You lose 1 Wealth.>.5 Wealth goes to Lord Benedar Belmore.>.25 Wealth goes to Lord Palfrey Badics.>.25 Wealth goes to Ser Andar Royce.
>>25021279As expected indeed. However I'm more concerned with the possibility of losing our Knight.
>>25021279Go check on him.
>>25021279...damnit, we should have rechecked Morys equipment. I bet you dragons to donughts that Benedar did something
>>25021279Shit, I hope Morys is alright... fuck.We need to win some money back though. I reckon we bet on the knight that beat us next.
>>25021346Nah no more betting. We were good sports about it in regards to our own knight. Otherwise we should remain as our inner Steward would want, who is likely screaming in rage currently.
>>25021342Moving from the lords to find out the state of your sworn sword, the Maester informs you as simply as he can. Several ribs were fractured from the second blow and his descent from the back of his horse broke his leg in multiple locations, causing the Maester to doubt that he'll be able to walk again, let alone fight. Then there's the question of the old man actually surviving these injuries in his elderly state.Ensuring you that he'll do the best he possibly can, he has the knight carefully lifted and carried off of the field. Reluctantly you return to the other lords - the only one carrying a smile is Lord Benedar Belmore, of course.>Next Tilt:>Ser Cador of House Belmore shall ride against Ser Artly, Sworn to House Belmore."Two hundred golden dragons on Ser Artly. This must be a difficult choice for you, Lord Belmore," as spoken by Lord Palfrey Badics."Hardly. Two hundred golden dragons dedicated to my son's victory," says the smiling lord."I shall bet one hundred golden dragons on Ser Artly. Forgive me for not sharing your hopes for your son, Lord Belmore," says Lord Egen, clearly put off by the previous display."Hundred on Artly," as grunted by Ser Andar."And you, Lord Harrock? Do you wish to pass this one?" as spoken by Alesandor Saul, not placing any bet of his own.
>>25021501Fucking hell, this has not been a good couple of days for us. We're down our most experienced knight and commander.We need to fuck up Belmore's shit for all this.
>>25021501"I'll bet one hundred on Artly as well. I hope he gives us a show just as good as the last."
>>25021501"Yes, I think I'll pass this one. I'll support a friend but I'm still not a gambling man."
>>25021501I believe I'll pass, Lord Saul.
>>25021501Pass. No need to possibly waste coin. We might be down a knight. That is far more valuable.
>>25021552I agree, 100 on Artly.
>>25021552Is that a sly way of saying we hope Sir Artly leaves Belmore's son unable to walk ever again?
>>25021501Pass. Damnit. Belmore planned this. I know it. I don't know how but he did something. We have to go over Morys armor and equipment for any sign of foul play. ...Also, who tilted against Morys beforehand? Was he a Belmore sword? maybe his master ordered him to throw the match so that way morys would go up against Yohn
>>25021579You want to be on a Bellmore? Any Bellmore?
This tournament has given us nothing but bad results.I wish we had never attended to be honest.
>>25021501Give Belmore the eye. "Five hundred on Cador." My bet is that he rigged the match.
>>25021614This isn't a bad idea, but 500 seems a little extreme. I'd say 200. 300 if we wanted to deprive Belmore most of the winnings.
>>25021611No, we've got good things out of it. More information, potential allies, servants, better relationship with our family.Just...fucking Belmore
>>25021622Three hundred On cador. He's obviously going to have his swornsword take a fall
>>25021624In exchange for a lose of knight, coin, respect, and our son's potential bride.Yeah those goods surely outweigh the bad.
>>25021593Nah, his saddle strap didn't break and his armour didn't fail. He just got his ass kicked by a better Knight.The old dog pressed on even when it was clear he was beaten. Bastard's got more balls than brains.I hope he recovers.
>>25021622Yes, 300 gold on Cador. With a grin.
>>25021611We had no idea how it'd turn out, and we'd be out a fair bit of information if we hadn't come, as well as allies and a potential marriage to House Royce. I mean, we've learnt who the archers are, who might be involved, etc.What >>25021624 said though, fucking Belmore.>>25021640Yea, bet on Cador - the sworn sword is going to throw the match for Belmore's son.
>>25021647Yea, he lost to Bronze Yohn, one of the best riders in Westeros - that he lasted two runs without being unhorsed is fucking amazing.
Why are we betting? That sounds awful, we could literally lose all of our coin doing this. Then what would we do?
>>25021647I still want to check this out. Belmore is being too smug. It sounds like he planned this or at least knew how it would play out.
>>25021667We're not betting...we're taking advantage of our enemies pride At least that's how I'm phrasing it.
>>25021501I say we don't bet on this tilt and just watch
>>25021688An enemy surrounded by friends who are just as willing to cause a red herring with their bets. I don't like the situation. And we could be losing a lot of coin here. And are also not keeping to our original word. Great lording.
>>25021716We've lost a hundred gold, this is a chance to make it back on an obviously rigged match. After this we won't bet.
>>25021688Belmore seems like the kind of cunt that would have his SON take a fall to con people.Let's not risk all our cash.
>>25021574>>25021565>>25021563>>25021552>>25021537>>25021579>>25021701>>25021649>>25021640>>25021622>>25021614>I'll pass."As you wish, Hangman. I can't blame you, after such a sour first gamble."Giving the signal, the irritatingly jovial Lord Belmore gives the signal for the tilt to begin.It's a difficult one. Ser Artly has been the star of the tournament so far but it is likely that Cador Belmore, son of Benedar himself, squired for the elderly tourney knight and might even know a few of his tricks. The first charge is a dull one, with both shattering their lances on each others' shields and circling about to seize new ones. The second charge is a little more exciting, with Ser Artly shattering his lance on the younger Belmore's breastplate and the heir to Strongsong planting the tip of his lance firmly in the centre of the elderly knight's breastplate, almost knocking him clean off his horse. Much to the displeasure of the crowd, the final round is a mirror of the second with no sign of dismounting or injury, just the elderly Ser Artly swaying in his saddle. No injury, no drama, no show. But when it comes down to points, Ser Cador Belmore was the clear victor.A few murmurs come from the group of gamblers, much to the joy of the grinning Benedar. Lord Saul purses his lips and Lord Badics gives the fat ginger the most poisonous glare you've ever seen. You'd swear he's almost about to murder the man.>Roll 3d6, accepting the second roll.
>>25021733Rigged which way?Everyone will expect the Knight to fold to the Heir.Belmore could make a fucking mint rigging it the other way.
>>25021666We ourselves went a few rounds against a tourney knight too.So, we're going to be down a knight for the most part, if he lives he'll be down to a garrison knight at best with his leg. It wont change much for him, barring his shamed honor. What we gained though was a lowborn Squire to be raised by Ser Tenly, the boy of our new master of hounds.>>25021733Ha! a rigged bet, that sounds so likely, especially after that hedge knight woman (Who is in no way getting her armor back either.) I know we dont like her much because of her belmore connection since they sponsored her, but she 'may' be worth looking into.
>>25021793Why won't she get her armor back?>>25021786But everyone is betting against the heir. I really don't think Belmore would be willing to sacrifice both money AND his family pride on theo ff chance to mess with us
>>25021782Fuckin' knew it, should have bet.
Rolled 2, 5, 3 = 10>>25021782Yep, called it. We'd be up now if we'd bet.
Rolled 6, 1, 6 = 13>>25021782
Rolled 4, 5, 3 = 12>>25021782Rollan'
>>25021782I TOLD YOU SODamnit, Belmore has this riggedHold on, let me count. how many votes were there for passing and how many for betting?
>>25021786I hate to say I told you so... ah, who am I kidding. I TOLD YOU SO.
>>25021782damn. What's the 3d6 for? I hope its for someone to call Sir benedar on this. If not I propose we do it.
>>250218404 votes for passing, 4 votes for betting on Cador, 2 votes for betting on Artly.
We shouldn't have been betting in the first place, I thought we were smarter than this.
>>25021856Another vote to pass here
>>25021793>It wont change much for him, barring his shamed honor.Nah, he fought on even wounded and lost to the best Knight here!This was going to be his last hurrah. This was probably the best end he was hoping for.As long as he survives, he'll be fine.
>>25021832Not too shabby, considering our luck with rolls.>>250218404 for betting on Cador, 4 for passing, and 2 for betting on Artly.
>>25021860You know this is the situation where betting would have benefited us, right?
>>25021860Agreed. We are a Steward at heart, this is not our game. And if the last few days have proven anything, we are not blessed with good fortune at this Tourney.
>>25021882That might be the case, but it seems like a lot of people realized that match wasn't a game of chance. It wasn't really betting. It was obviously rigged. Any bastard with a lick of brootal kunnin' coulda seen it.
>>25021871Yea, he intended for this to be his last Tourney, so losing to the best knight here was probably the best he could hope for. I just hope he's alright really.We should land him, I think, let him mostly retire.
>>25021879Gambling with that kind of wealth is dumb, regardless of whether or not we would have won in this particular instance. We shouldn't have been drawn into in the first place.
>>25021915We were talking about landing a knight earlier. This may well be the best opportunity to do so. Good thinking.
>>25021818She got her armor undoubtedly by the Belmores, her horse too possibly. A hedgeknight typically doesn't have the coin to buy back their armor after they lose a match too. I'm a betting man in a different way, and im betting they wont give the armor back out of the goodness of their hearts.We do have a few hedgeknights among the Woodsmen though dont we?
>>25021923It would've been a display of intelligence. It would've told Belmore we saw what he was up to. We knew the match was rigged. Now we just look like an oblivious noble along with all the rest of them.
>>25021915I would like that too
>>25021939Then let's capitalize on that then. The more people who dislike Belmore the better imho, and we can use more sworn swords
>>25021945And what is wrong with that? Perhaps now he sees us as defeated and that our little surge in power is petering out. It will keep us from his mind so when we begin making moves later it will surprise him more.That and I doubt the other lords are oblivious. They could very well just be making the bet to seek favor.
>>25021939Hedgeknights don't have a Lord, so no we don't have any hedgeknights because the cease to be hedgeknights when they enter into our service.
>>25021939Checked back there to be sure>A handful of them are hedge knights and sell swords, eager to put their skills to use. But most of them are your own boys, native to Westpass. Hunters and trappers and even a handful of smugglers sick of being trodden on by hillfolk, they gladly accepted the training of the mercenary captains and began their transformation into a strong fighting force.Yup, a few landless men go by Ser, with their own names and heraldry.
>>25021975>That and I doubt the other lords are oblivious. They could very well just be making the bet to seek favor.Judging by their reactions?I doubt that
>>250219751.) It insults our pride. He probably also rigged the matches so that Sir Morys, our best knight, would go against Bronze Yohn.2.) At the moment we want him on his toes, we want him to consider us a threat. Otherwise he'll just stomp all over us and do what he wants.
>>25021980ok then, we already 'Hired' some Former hedgeknights.
>>25021832You can see why the two lords have reacted in such a way. You managed to catch a few brief glimpses of Ser Artly adjusting his shield during the charge, moving it to the side and purposefully exposing his breastplate after the first round of the tilt. The old bastard put himself in a position where he'd clearly lose, there's no other way of explaining it. This tilt was determined before it even began."I thought you were above such things, Lord Belmore. All this, for a little more gold in your coffers?" The words come out in a hiss from Palfrey."Hardly for gold. For glory." Despite that smug, knowing smile on the face of your obese host, Lord Palfrey manages to restrain himself from lashing out at the man. Whatever he means, you'll wait and see.>Next Tilt>Ser Marwyn of House Belmore shall ride against Ser Byllabyr, Sworn to House Wydman."I'll pass," muttered by the bloody-haired lord with the black mood."No need for a bet on this one," comes from Lord Saul. Lord Egen's head bobs in agreement."A hundred on Ser Marwyn Belmore," from Lord Belmore."Hundred on Marwyn," from Ser Andar.>If you pass, there will be no bet as no one has placed a bet on the opposing knight.
>>25022013Because our pride after being trounced in one round, lack the ability to speak without insult at a feast, and poor betting is at the forefront of our mind? That is being too prideful in things we do not have or can control.
Rolled 4, 1, 1 = 6>>25022038Pass.We do not deal with men who would cheat for glory
>>25022038Pass, if only to deprive him of gold."You know, I must wonder. What other matches did Lord Belmore rig for glory? Perhaps Sir Morys would have been knocked out in an earlier round and spared the lance of Bronze Yohn..."
>>25021958>>25021935Yes, once he's back on his feet and we've built that third tower. We'll land him and put him in charge of North Field.
>>25022056>Poor bettingYou keep saying that but it was obviously rigged and everyone else except you seems to realize this. You fucked up, admit it, lets move on.
>>25022038Pass and remove ourselves from their company. We should find better grounds. This is actually infuriating to deal with me.
I really want to kill every Belmore
>>25022038"I pass-the mumers at the wharf don't charge you a hundred dagrons to watch their plays. And I find they're better at acting."
>>25022060Obviously. Not sure if we should say it outloud though.
>>25022109This is a good one.
>>25022069Poor betting in regards to our original bet. We did not need to do it but we did it regardless because it was our man. That in terms of the narrative is considered a poor bet and one we lost when obviously everyone else bet otherwise.And it is obvious that I, among others, were wrong about the other bet. Who cares. This is a quest. People are going to disagree and some people are going to play the character given a bit closer to heart then others. And make decisions they view as right. Arguing with someone because you have a different view of the character and how he should act is stupid.
>>25022013>At the moment we want him on his toes, we want him to consider us a threat. Otherwise he'll just stomp all over us and do what he wants.No. We want him to underestimate us. We want him to think we're an idiot that doesn't know his messages are being read and doesn't suspect him of the attacks.We want him to send those men into our ambush.Seriously, getting your enemy to underestimate you is strategy 101.
>>25022109Let's go with this one, we'll see what the others say.
>>25022098That is completely in character.Were it not for that damnable Stone we would've had the men to take back Grimbour.
>>25022098Rage is not what we should be thinking with right now.Temper the flames- anger roars and crackles but lasts only a few moments, but true loathing burns slowly, low and hot. Bank the heat from that flame, that hate to forge the weapons that will lead to your enemies demise.
>>25022153This man knows the score.captcha: elsamber political
>>25022188>>25022153That's one thing, but another is that we're loosing face in front of other nobles
>>25022109>>25022072>>25022131>>25022060>>25022058A guffaw comes from the bloated maw of your Northern neighbour at your snide remarks."I thought you were smarter than that, Hangman. Think on what I have to gain from having my son best Bronze Yohn Royce himself. Nothing has greater value than a legacy. Very well! No bet."Do you wish to leave their company to watch the rest with your family?
>>25022153Thank you. I'm glad someone else see's the merits of playing him as a fool.Let's be real Belmore is a pompous ass and if this is any show he obviously doesn't care if people see his schemes. We can play off of that so well, but only if he views us as dimwitted and oblivious. We are just a Steward trying to play Lord in his eyes. Allow him to think that, it will make the victory so much sweeter.
>>25022211We'll watch, if only because it'll take more then a little poor sportmanship to drive us off in a huff.Besides, we might as well watch how these tilts play out. Maybe we'll see something that we can use later
>>25022211I don't see why we keep leaving our dear family. Our Lady Wife is the only succeeding in anything of particular merit.
>>25022211God damn it, I sooo look forward to earning that nickname. We'll need a right thick rope for Belmore's thick neck.It's also completely irrational for me to dislike a fictional character this much. Yikes.
>>25022211The Seven damn it, I want this guy to die horribly, and we must be the one to do it.Stick around for the moment, but as soon as it's finished, we should go see how Morys is, whether he's alright or not.>>25022272Yea, at least she's having more luck than we are.
>>25022272Well this tourney is all mingling and she is pretty good at social stuff. Harrok on the other hand has all the out going personality of a knife wound
>>25022290I know that feel, anon. I literally want to see the Belmores laid low,their women defiled before them, letting them witness it before they are strung up from the towers of High Harrock.
>>25022311A fresh one at that, where poor choice of words and decisions flow freely.
>>25022211'The Castellan of the Vale versus the son of The Mummer of Strongsong, I'm sure it will be quite a tale. I might even hire a bard to compose it'If Belmore wants to make the Hangman nickname, lets make one of our own back. Fuck this fat ginger cunt up
>>25022210>we're loosing face in front of other noblesNo, we're not. We made a bet out of loyalty we know we were going to lose.Only that fat cunt is smug about it because our man got hurt. If the other Nobles have any opinion on the matter, they'll think what we did was admirable.Belmore is blatantly rigging matches for his little shit to win.HE is losing face in front of others. We just need to keep our cool.>>25022211>Think on what I have to gain from having my son best Bronze Yohn Royce himself."How are you planning to pay for that? I doubt Lord Royce is for sale."
We need to make sure Bronze Yohn knows that Belmore plans to rig the match.
>>25022340>the son of The Mummer of Strongsong.Hah, good one.We really should hire a bard.
>>25022363Let's wait until after. If belmore somehow manages to pull it off, it would be better to have a pissed of Yohn still seething at defeat
>>25022340I like this, it'll make the others like us.>>25022354>"How are you planning to pay for that? I doubt Lord Royce is for sale."Fuuu - we've suddenly become good at witty and scathing remarks. I guess Belmore brings out the "fuck this smug prick" in us.
>>25022340Yes, yes and yes.
>>25022392Noo, it would be better to warn him and thus earn his gratitude. If he ignores us, goes through with it, and we are proved right it'd be all the better.
Alright I like the witty banter as much as the next guy. But. If our theory on those mystery archers is correct and they belong to Belmore, I doubt incurring his wrath further would be a good idea.
>>25022414The thing is I don't know if there's anyway anyone could actually can unseat Bronze Yohn, even with trickery
>>25022414Yes, because >>25022392 has the potential for him to be angry at us for not finding out earlier.We don't know HOW he plans to rig the match though, so Yohn probably won't be able to do anything beyond making sure his own gear isn't tampered with.
>>25022439Actually an angry Lord Belmore is what we want right now. He'll probably order his men right into our ambush.
>>25022439...but it's fun to be passive aggressive.
>>25022414Damn straight - we want him on our side, so we should warn him.
>>25022456This - very much this.
>>25022439Actually, this could play to our advantage.Getting him pissed off AND underestimating us is EXACTLY what we want.He'll tell his troops to pillage and burn and send right in.Right into our ambush.
>>25022459Best do a coursery check of his horse with Yohn, to be sure.'Showing an interest in the breed' We'll start to say, and point out the possible sabotage after.
>>25022311>>25022293>>25022290>>25022258>>25022272>>25022340The 'Mummer of Strongsong' remark gains a few laughs from the other lords, even a sinister grin from Lord Badics. The fat Belmore only sneers in return. Remaining by the side of the lords while quietly seething, you watch the upcoming match.Ser Byllabyr is a good knight. A good rider who carries his lance well and wears his armour right but most noticeable of all is his brawn. Stronger and larger than Ser Marwyn Belmore, the only other difference between them is the lack of tourney training - and that is exactly what decides this tilt. The first charge is the final charge and accuracy is what defines it. Slamming the tip of his lance straight into the breastplate of Ser Byllabyr, Marwyn Belmore easily deflects the opposing lance with his shield while charging forward and sweeping the other knight straight off of his horse. Like you, rather than suffer unnecessary injury, the knight of House Wydman allows himself to crash into the ground, blacking out for a few brief moments only to clamber to his feet and wish the other knight the best of luck in the rest of the tournament."Another match bent in your favour, Benedar?""Hardly. I have nothing to gain from my brother winning anything. He's far too great a tourney knight for his own good and far too proud."
>>25022500This would be the way of it.But it's too obvious right now, we need to make an excuse for leaving such as checking up on Ser Mortys again. Poor guy.
>>25022508"Prideful, eh? Certainly does sound like a Belmore."
>>25022549This doesn't sit well with me. We should be congratulating the brother on having standards, whereas Lord Belmore does not.
>>25022584>Next Tilt>Ser Lyn of House Corbray shall ride against Ser Grys, Sworn to House Coldwater."One hundred gold dragons for Ser Lyn," comes from Lord Saul, his first bet."Hundred on Grys. Bloody good knight, Lyn has no chance," as spoken by Andar Royce."Very well. One hundred on Ser Grys," from the bloated Belmore."One hundred on Ser Lyn," as murmured by Lord Egen."I'll pass. I have no interest in this joust of yours any longer, Benedar." And that's Palfrey."What of you, Lord Harrock?"
>>25022549"At least one Belmore can win without cheating then."
Getting real tired of Belmore.We had things to discuss with Coldharbor and I dislike being away from our Lady Wife.
>>25022601"Well Mummer, I believe I'll return to my wife and leave you to your plays."
>>25022601A Hundred on Ser Lyn. I have fought with him recently, and he seems as good a knight in the lists as out of them
>>25022601Side with Palfrey, I can't see Belmore allowing Ser Lyn to joust agaist his son in the finals."I'll have no more of this Mummer's farce."
>>25022631>being this slowIf the Lord Belmore is betting against him, you can be sure something is up.
>>25022601Pass. I'm not sure if we get anything from staying, maybe we should going and see to Morys and our family. See if we can't get a quick word in with Yohn without anyone noticing
>>25022587Like >>25022605 then.>>25022601"No bet - I should have stayed fighting mountain clansmen and archer bandits if I'd wanted to see proper fighting, something I doubt you've ever experienced, Belmore."Let's see if his eyes betray him by alluding to the archers.
>>25022661No no no, we don't want him to think we know about the archers.
>>25022620>>25022633I love that the Mummer line is getting thrown out there. I'm quite proud of coming up with that name
>>25022671Second. We also said we wouldn't break words of it. No archers.
>>25022661No no no no!Don't set an ambush then TELL him we suspect him!
>>25022653He'd have to do 'win some lose some' to play at he's not cheating.This is probably a genuine joust.>>25022661Do not mention those archers!
>>25022659Yea, after this tilt, head off to check on Morys, and go talk to Yohn, warn him that Belmore has been fixing the outcomes of the jousts to ensure his son goes against him and wins.
>>25022661Mentioning the archer bandits is a big no for me, we can't let him know we're onto them. Better to let him think we're oblivious.I agree with the jab of >>25022605 though.
>>25022672Well if we're going to be the hangman he can be the jester.I wonder who'd be the court magician, priest, and king in this metaphore>>25022681No Russian
>>25022672Good work Anon. Have a cookie.
>>25022715King - Bronze YohnMagician - Lord Saul (he seems to know everything)Priest - Erm... not sure on this one. Perhaps Lord Corbray, since he seems to be mostly above a lot of this farce.
>>25022724It might just be the internet, but that came across as condescending. However I will take your free cookie>commencing ASOIAF Pic Dump
>>25022741The Bravoosi-Boo is obviously the court bard
>>25022659>>25022653>>25022633>>25022631>>25022620>>25022605>>25022607>>25022661"As you wish, Hangman. Give your wife my best wishes, will you? If she wishes to be entertained, she can pay me a visit. I am a mummer, after all."You leave the gambling lords to their fun and Lord Benedar to his mocking, bellowing laughter, moving to join your family to watch this last tilt.It's a seasoned tourney knight pitched against a man rumoured to be the most skilled swordsman that the Vale has to offer. Unfortunately, swordsmanship means little during a joust. Ser Lyn and Ser Grys charge towards each other, clashing in a shower of splinters and fragments of wood. The knight of Corbray hits his opponent's shield while the knight of Coldwater hits his opponent's breastplate. Circling about again and retrieving new lances, Ser Lyn speeds forward atop his speed and plants the tip of his lance deep in the breastplate of his foe, denting it while the pole of Grys shatters on his armour, doing little in the way of damage. Wavering in his saddle, the Coldwater tourney knight almost falls but manages to keep riding - barely. The excitement builds in the third tilt as both of the knights crack and break their lances on each others' breastplates, sending both of them veering and swaying in their seats, barely able to remain atop their horses. But at the very end of it all, it is Ser Lyn who unhorses his opponent with a deft blow to the chest, managing to deflect the lance of Ser Grys using his shield. With fortune and luck, the wielder of Lady Forlorn has won this tilt.>Lord Yohn of House Royce shall ride against Ser Cador of House Belmore.>Ser Marwyn of House Belmore shall ride against Ser Lyn of House Corbray.There is a brief break as the knights prepare for the next stage. During this time you could visit Morys, or perhaps you could speak with Bronze Yohn or something else. The choice is yours but you may only choose one option.
>>25022879Fuck no, he did not just bring our wife into this.Fuck Belmore, fuck him to hell, we will kill him before this Quest is done, or die in the attempt.
>>25022879Lets go speak with Bronze Yohn.
>>25022785It was genuine.Well, the cookie wasn't genuine, that was just a picture. But the sentiment was genui.....Wait a minute, where did that biscuit go? I had a cookie right there....!You bastard, how did you do that?!
>>25022900Also, yes, I mad.>>25022879We need to warn Royce, Belmore has something planned, and he wouldn't cheat to get his son to take on Royce if he didn't intend for his son to win.
>>25022879"And the same to you, Benedar. I understand she likes ropes." ...we see Bronze Yohn. That's the only real option
>>25022879Dat petty retort. He's pissed off that we out witted him. We won. Don't take major offense to it fellas, he just ran out of arrows.I feel we should visit Yohn. If nothing else to break quick words and plant words in his ear. Perhaps suggest an Eyes Forward stance to scare the boy.
>>25022928>I understand she likes ropes.
>>25022922>pic related>>25022948We can only hope his archer rogues run out of arrows. We need to take the bastard down, but hopefully, with the lords knowing that the whole joust has been a farce, might be more likely to enter our anti-Belmore camp now.
>>25022928>I understand she likes ropeshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elHaFwbv4BA
>>25022928I laughed pretty hard. 11/10 Anon.
>>25022928WaitWhat if he seeks to bring down Lyn? The guy who has been known to be helping us out lately, training our men, Squiring our Son.>Worry at a Harrock being trained by the best swordsman in the vale?What? They wont know Brock'd be kinda shit with swords.
>>25022879Drop in and see our friend.After that, see Bronze and mention we suspect his match may be rigged somehow.We have no proof but we recommend he double-check his gear.
>>25022928I properly laughed then - 10/10 anon, you witty motherfucker.
>>25023004We only have time for one before Bronze Yohn rides against Belmore, so we need to go to him first, then go to Morys.
>>25022928The laughter catches in his throat as you leave the gamblers to their games. You recognise a grim chuckle from Lord Palfrey as he makes his own exit, leaving to join his beautiful Lysene wife.>>25022948>>25022924>>25022918>>25022900Approaching Yohn Royce, you find the towering bronze behemoth offering you a bow while his servants clean the armour and knock out a few dents across it."Lord Artys, I pray that I have not injured your knight as badly as I suspect. I did not expect a man such as he to fight on so long and so hard. He's a dedicated knight and he's served you well - I hope he'll continue to serve you well. His armour and his horse are yours, no need to pay any ransom."
>>25023001Lyn has plot armour. He's alive when the books rock around
Rolled 25>>25023013"That's very noble of you, Lord Royce, and I hold you no ill will. This was to be his last tournament, and I believe if he survives he will be happy with his performance.I have worrying news for you. Belmore rigged the match between his son Cador and his knight Ser Artly. He admitted to us in the booth he intends to do the same for Cador's match against you. Be careful."
>>25023013That is most gracious of you, Lord Royce, but I must ask that your accept my grace in return. I have reason to believe Lord Belmore has set your next joust up so that his son emerges victorious. Myself, Lord Badics and Lord Saul all noticed some foul play in your opponents last joust, so I thought fit to warn you now'
>>25023013What a bro. Regard with equal pleasantries and politely refuse. He'll insist but it is the lordly thing to do.In exchange for such offer "advice" on the next tilt. Stare the boy down. Check your items. And watch out for any pointed lances. The basics.
>>25023013"He's a good man but...he was-is- getting old. He knew the risks, and he accepted them. I can bet that he'll survive if only to be able to boast. Not many can claim they were bested by the best." "There's something else you should know. Belmore has...manipulated the events of the tourney so that you and his son will joust. I very much doubt he would go through the trouble of getting you two to tilt without something to ensure that he comes out on top. From on...sportsman to another: be on your guard."
>>25023013We should talk to Palfrey at some point."Thank you for your concern, Lord Royce, though congratulations are in order, you rode well. I came to you on a most urgent matter - it has been made clear to those of us watching the tilts, from Lord Belmore's own mouth, that some of the matches have been fixed, the results predetermined to ensure that his son rode against you in the semi-finals, with the apparent intent to see his son unhorse you. Given his lack of honour in sullying the results of this joust, I thought it best you knew that he is planning against you in this tourney.">>25023020Assuming Plasma sticks with what will happen in the books, of course.
>>25023013"His last hurrah. He is a great man, though after this his tourney days are done. You've been a good man to me Lord Royce, with a skilled sword, supplies, and your kind words, far better than a man as i deserve."
From witty banter to the total opposite of being subtle and covert.Yeah because Belmore's men might not be around to relay such message to their Lord. Nope not at all a possibility.
>>25023013>His armour and his horse are yours, no need to pay any ransom"Thank you, he was badly injured but he's as tough as old boot leather so I think he'll be all right.You are right, he's dedicated and has served me well for years.That was not the only reason I came to speak to you. I suspect your match may be rigged somehow.I have no proof but recommend you double-check your gear.Lord Belmore has already rigged the other matcher for his son and he seems to have high hoes for him beating you."
>>25023085Even if they relay the message the message was still delivered to Bronze Yohn. Who cares if we're identified, so long as his son loses?
>>25023091We do have proof - he has rigged at least one match (his son's one versus his sworn sword), and he wouldn't have got his son against Royce if he intended for his son to lose.
>>25023110We know he rigged one (idiot confessed) and strongly suspect he's planning something with this one, but we have no proof.
>>25023085Well we don't want to be all "HE IS GONNA RIG THE MATCH" if nothing actually happens
>>25023059>>25023056>>25023050>>25023046"Pah. This has been a farce from the beginning. Every part of this competition. It is common knowledge that Lord Benedar has some of the best tourney knights the Vale has to offer and he invited none of those that could stand up to them. I have little respect for the man but he contributes much to the Vale's coffers. There's little that can be done to punish the man other than denounce him as a dishonourable swindler and fool. Thank you for your words but I shall do my part. We'll see the results at the end."
>>25023135I don't get why he confessed - the loss of status and respect is huge, it shows he has no honour, and no respect for any of the attending lords. It can only go badly for him in the eyes of his neighbours, which makes me wonder why he'd do it.
I prefer >>25023059 to >>25023050, the latter is too blunt.
>>25023153Good riding, Lord Royce, and I hope to see Ser Cador's noble arse on the jousting grounds in due time.I should like to speak to you later, if I may, but until then, I leave you to your victory.
>>25023153"Very well. Warrior guide your lance." Now let's go sit with our family and watch this fiasco play out
>>25023161It was only his sworn sword, not the knight of another Lord. That and he didn't outright say he'd sabotage Brone Yohn.
I slightly worry about Belmore's son throwing the match to somehow gain favor with Bronze by allowing him to win the tourney.
>>25023226Why? Bronze Yohn was going to win anyway. And he's not the sort of man who would want to win by cheating
>>25023199>>25023201>Lord Yohn of House Royce shall ride against Ser Cador of House Belmore.The old guard versus the young blood. Elite knights of opposite ages, the pair offer a brief show of courtesy to each other before they begin. The skilled young Belmore with his finesse and the old, gnarled Royce with his brute strength. In a display unlike any other, the two knights charge towards each other, with Bronze Yohn leaning into an offensive stance for the first time, eyes fixed on his opponent with what you imagine is a cold stare - but from that angle, you cannot see it through the helmet. Thundering down his lane towards the Belmore boy, the duo smash each others' lances into each others' breastplates, only to obtain different results. The old Lord Royce sways in his saddle, rippling slightly and almost threatening to fall before he charges straight past. Cador Belmore suffers a worse fate. The sheer force of the impact doesn't send him flying from his saddle. No, instead it smashes the horse straight off course, causing the animal to stumble and twist a leg and scream out in terror as it falls on to its side, with one of the boy's legs trapped beneath it.The shriek that follows is unlike anything you've ever heard. There's no applause. Everything goes silent, except for the movement of Bronze Yohn's armour as he dismounts, beating out the dent in his chestplate quite casually, no remorse or regret shown on his face once the helmet comes off.
>>25023383Holy shit. That was stone cold. Serious respect for Bronze. And a good degree of fear as well.
>>25023411Must... resist urge... to laugh.
>>25023411Take a moment to allow ourselves a smug look of satisfaction.Then walk away and think of the Belmore fools no more. We have more important matters to attend, go see our friend.
>>25023442Confirm going to visit Ser Morys where he's being tended to?
>>25023442Seconding smugness and looking for our friend
>>25023153"And that, my dear ones, is why Bronze Yohn is in charge around here."
>>25023411Holy shit, that was awesome. The boy could lose his leg, which would serve the cheating bastards right.Based Plasma, you are fucking awesome.>>25023465Yep, go and check on Morys.
>>25023411> it smashes the horse straight off course, causing the animal to stumble and twist a leg and scream out in terror as it falls on to its side, with one of the boy's legs trapped beneath it.That is why you do not fuck with Bronze Yohn
>>25023537Belmore did not want to piss off Bronze Yohn - they'll find doing so will prove a black day in their history.
>>25023504>>25023442You pass on the rest of the tournament to check on your sworn sword.He's not a pleasant sight. One of his legs is completely misshapen from where the bones shattered in so many different places. His breath is laboured and his head is on its side, staring into space in a comatose manner. Thankfully, you identify the bowl filled with milk of the poppy to his side as the likely cause of that. The fractured ribs have been set in place but the Maester is currently working on applying some sort of brace for the crippled leg, to hold the bones in position and to ensure it doesn't heal as some horrible, malformed thing - if it will ever heal at all.An unpleasant sight, to say the least.
>>25023411This quest is fucking awesome.
>>25023623>An unpleasant sight, to say the least.I'll say. Is he conscious? I'd hate for him to be awake even if drugged....
>>25023652He's staring into space, but yea, looks like he's still conscious.Fuck me, this isn't good. I knew he was old, and he might get hurt, but... fuck.Confirmed for being given land and a home to call his own.
>>25023652You'd say so but he's mostly unresponsive. Milk of the poppy has the habit of rendering someone completely incoherent, if it doesn't put them to sleep straight away. All of the old man's focus seems to be on breathing properly, shallow breathes rasping out of his mouth and nostrils.He's a mess.
>>25023623If he's out of it, just ask the doc if he needs anything provided to care for him.Ask if he'll be fit to travel at the end of the tourney or if we'll need to book a room for him to stay at.After that.... Go see our boy bash some skulls I guess. Is that today?
>>25023411>>25023623I don't know how you manage it Plasma, but you make it so I actually care about these characters, that Morys is badly hurt and Royce fucked up Belmore's son.Well done, man, you're a master at your craft.
>>25023714"..If I were my brother I would say something...that would make this right. Something about duty and honor and the seven. I'm not him though. All I can say is that you're a good man, and a good knight, and when you pull out of this I'll make you landed."
>>25023753>>25023777There's nothing else that is needed and the melee comes the day after tomorrow. The Maester gives you the opportunity to watch over the man and offer your condolences so long as you do not interfere with his treatment; for a servant of Belmore, he seems to be nice enough At least you know that your man Morys is in good company.Time passes faster than you would expect when watching over the scene. A distant roar announces the end of the tournament and it doesn't take too long for a servant to arrive, carrying the name of the victor upon his lips."Marwyn Belmore.">And that'll be all for tonight. Thank you for participating; could someone archive this?
>>25023840It was a fucking set-up, there's no way Royce lost.Fuck Belmore, he's going to hang.
>>25023856Forgive me if it's too sudden an end - but, 4:30AM and all.Remember, next episode is next Friday - we're skipping next week's Monday.
>>25023871>>25023856Royce won.This is for the other semi
>>25023871It's his brother though, Sir Ding-Dong. I don't know why Belmore would do that
>>25023876No worries man, it was a good ending.>>25023887Ahh, that's alright then - fuck me, I thought you meant he'd beaten Royce in the final for a moment, when you said it was the end of the tournament.>>25023840Don't worry, I archived it about an hour ago, once we were in auto-sage territory, and have been updating the archive since. It's all done, found here:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/25016399/andhttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=house+harrockRemember to vote guys!
>>25023876DAMN CLIFFHANGER Now I have to wait an entire week
>>25023933I know, right? Still, I'm looking forward to it - this is my roleplay fix at the moment, and I'm loving every moment of it.Plasma, if I ever met you in real life, I would buy you a drink, and pay you to GM for me.
>>25023876Awesome, a pleasure as always.