Your name is Jean de Labendai, former squire and now heir of the late Jandant de Labendai.As your province needs much stability, you decided to engage in a political marriage, which led you to the court of Lord David Sang-Valois.At the moment, you are talking to his youngest daughter, Annabelle, in the library.>Well, Annabelle. I think your father will give you room to decide on this. After all, your sister got it, too.Annabelle shrugs.>Not sure. I never bashed in a suitor's head.The two of you have a little laugh.>Well, I guess the future will show it. Good night, Mylord.Before leaving the library, she turns around for a last time.>Someone like you would be great, to be honest. You don't have a twin, do you?Then, she is gone.What do you want to do?>Go after her. We are someone like us. >Leave her for now. Chasing her at this time of the night might be considered... inappropriate.>Other (write in)-------------------------Also, updates might be slow today. Sorry about that, but I've got like ten tons of cookies to bake.
>>818477I feel like we should go after her, but not all the way to her chambers. If she's already locked up then move on, we're a man of class and we can wait for the morn to continue.
>>818477go after hergoodnight
Claiming ID for my PC. I'm this guy: >>818481
>>818486I'm also on /x/ and forgot how names work. Silly me.
>>818477>>Go after her. We are someone like us.
There's one thing you didn't get to say. And you should better say it, otherwise it might cost you the whole night thinking why you didn't. You hurry out of the library and catch Annabelle only a few steps after.>Annabelle! Sorry to bother you again, but there's one thing I would like to say. You know... I am someone like me.You can't really say all of this without blushing. But you aren't alone with this. Annabelle got the same problem. You've never seen her blush. Or anything. She's a perfect example for composure. But this... is somewhat unlike her. Could it be...?>I will think about it. By the way... There is something you might want to know. A week ago, Ariadne fell off her horse and hit her left arm and leg. Use this the way you seem fit.Then, she reaches out with her arm again. You take her hand and kiss it.>Good night, Annabelle.She smiles.>Good night, Jean.You return to your quarters in confusion. Well, she sure seemed amazed. After all, she lost almost all of her usual composure. But this sentence about Ariadne... What could this be about?The morning comes and you've still got two more days off before the arrival of the king. How do you want to spend the time until dinner?>Talk to someone (Who? About what?)>Train in something (What?)>Do something else (What?)
>>818503>Train with de Pierre, aiming to train his skills more than our own. Make him into a man Ariadne would love.
>>818503>Train with de Pierre, aiming to train his skills more than our own.>Tell him that when we fought against Ariadne she seemed to have more troubles with attacks coming from her left side.
>>818504>>818508Alright, roll me 1d20+2. Best of three. Again, sorry for the delays. I got much stuff to do at the moment.
Rolled 16 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>818529You're fine my dude.>captcha: detour dangerBe wary of detours, friends.
Rolled 4 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>818529
Rolled 6 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>818529
Now you get what Annabelle wanted to tell you. Ariadne is having trouble with the left side of her body, possibly hindering her in combat. This is an information Lord de Pierre might sure be interested in. As you approach his quarters, he opens with the same warm smile he seems to have ready for you.>Hello Jean, my friend. How can I help you?he asks. You smirk.>Just spend this day with me. We're getting you married. He follows you to the training pitch, puzzled but it seems like he has faith in you.>Now, what are we up to, anyway?he asks. You tell him of Ariadne's momentary weakness.>So you are asking me to cheat on this?He seems kind of surprised, but not very sure about this. You shake your head.>No, I'm asking you to analyze your opponent for possible openings and adapt your tactics to it.That's what's expected of you in any real fight, after all.This seems to have convinced him, so you spend the next few hours training. You're surprised of how good you are at teaching and he is surprised of the speed he is learning at. At noon, you've taught him pretty much everything you could and he seems a lot more confident in himself. >Thank you, Jean. I know I'm still nowhere as good as you, but I feel a lot more confident.What do you want to answer?>Do you feel ready to challenge Ariadne now? Do you want me to suggest a fighting style?>Still not as good as me? Let's change that. We got plenty of time.>Other (write in)
>>818673>Let's change that. We got plenty of time.After a short break, of course. Don't want to wear the poor bastard down.
>>818673>>Still not as good as me? Let's change that. We got plenty of time.
>>818673>Still not as good as me? Let's change that. We got plenty of time.
>>818675>>818679>>818738Alright. Writing. I don't a huge load of cookies done and boy, am I tired.
>You're still not as good as I am? We should change that. We'll take a small break and meet here again after dinner, if you're okay with that.Dinner comes, dinner goes, the food is as delicious as ever and you meet up with Lord de Pierre on the training grounds again.>Okay, now we will have to see to your fighting style itself. You know all of the basics. You might not be as quick as I am, but I guess you are stronger in turn.He nods.>Therefore, I asked someone for help. This man is Sir Tristane, Lord Sang-Valois' Master-at-Arms. He will aid us in our training efforts.During the next hours, Lord de Pierre learns a lot about fighting based on force and how to deal with different fighting styles. At the end, you test his new skills in a spar. Due to the fact that you are somewhat less tired, you manage to get yourself a victory, but only by a tiny bit.>Well done, Armand. Now, you're just as good as I am, if not better.you tell him. He gives you a smile.>I sure hope so. After all, there is a battle to win.The night comes and goes again and in the morning, you find yourself on the training grounds again, this time as a judge. Ariadne has chosen her broadsword again, Lord de Pierre a greatsword, even. On your sign, the fight begins.----------------------------You are Lord Armand de Pierre and currently, you are in a fight that has just started. Ariadne hasn't done anything yet. She seems to analyze the situation.What do you want to do?>Taunt her, make her come at us without much thought. This way, you can counter her attacks.>Storm forward and attack her left side. She will have trouble blocking and attacking there.>Wait for her to attack. >Something else? (write in)
>>818819>>Taunt her, make her come at us without much thought. This way, you can counter her attacks.
>>818754By the way, I meant that I GOT a huge load of cookies done.
>>818819>Storm forward and attack her left side. She will have trouble blocking and attacking there.
>>818819>Storm forward and attack her left side. She will have trouble blocking and attacking there
Roll me 1d20+2 for your attack. Best of three.
Rolled 19 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>818880
Rolled 17 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>818880
>>818926>>818928>>818938Damn, boys. You want to defeat her, not cleave her head off.
You charge at her left side, your sword raised high. She raises her sword to parry, but you can clearly see she is having trouble. You aim for the crossguard of her sword and swing away.>CLANK!Your weapons collide at high speed, making Ariadne lose grip on her weapon. It takes off in a swirling manner and flies across the field, finally landing twenty feet behind you. Ariadne stares at you in disbelief.>What... How? How did you...?She is pretty confused. You use the situation to your advantage and sweep away her legs with a swift kick. Ariadne falls on her back, unable to get up again. Mostly due to your boot on her chest.>Looks like I won, huh?Ariadne turns her face to the side.>This can't be. You must have cheated. An old geezer like you can't beat me! NO WAY! NOOOOO!You wait for her to calm down.>Ariadne. Stop calling me this. I am only thirty-two years of age. Otherwise... I might have to...you remember a little hint Jean gave you when dealing with a temper like this.>Take my sword and write down my age on your forehead. Then you can remember I am not as old as you make me seem, whenever you are looking in the mirror.Her face freezes.>What... no. No, please no. I surrender. I honestly do. But still... I feel like I heard this before. The wimp! He must be in on this! Did he tell you how to beat me? He must have! You nod. You're not a good liar, so it wouldn't have made a difference if you tried. Except with the Lord above, who really can't stand this.>I knew it! He really must like to see me humiliated like this! How long have you been training like this?You tell her of your training.>A day? You must be kidding. You really must be! Nobody learns this fast!Jean comes up, congratulating you on your victory.>It is true, Ariadne. We started this morning. he tells her, causing her face to freeze again.>What? You're kidding, right? But if not... that's actually kind of impressive. I guess you're not half as bad, old man. -------------------------------------You're Jean de Labendai again.After you witnessed your friend Armand's victory against Ariadne, you decided to let them be alone for a bit. You herded away all the soldiers with a few winks and gestures. And they complied happily. Looks like they are looking forward to a possible marriage, too.Now, dinner is over and you still got some time before having to go to bed.How do you want to spend it?>Let's take a walk. Some fresh air will do wonders for our sleep.>Let's go to the library. Nothing like a good book, right? >Let's go to the training grounds again. We were there all day. Why not end the day there, too?>Let's go to the top of the tower. The night is nice and starry again.>Let's see if we can find (Who?). I would like to (do what?)>Other (write in)
>>819048>>Let's go to the top of the tower. The night is nice and starry again.
>>819048>Let's go to the top of the tower. The night is nice and starry again."This view is nice, but it would be nicer under my banner" -totally not what he would be thinking.
>>819048>Let's ell Lord Sang-Valois that we're actually being controlled by the users of an anime imageboard.Wait no, better idea>Let's see if we can find (Annabelle). I would like to (take her to the top of the tower so she can show us what astronomy is all about).
>>819068I'll back that
>>819048>>Let's go to the training grounds again. We were there all day. Why not end the day there, too?
You meet Annabelle on your way to the eastern tower. She is carrying a big telescope, a few book and some scrolls. It's actually kind of impressive that she does not collapse under all this weight.>Good evening, Annabelle. Can I help you with all this weight?She nods.>This would be most helpful, Jean, I mean Lord de Labendai. You make an appeasing gesture.>Just call me Jean. It's no big matter. She smiles. Or is this more of a grin? You can't say for sure.>Incredible. Sympathetic, Well-mannered, Striving for knowledge, chivalrous and modest. You're not secretly an angel or some other superhuman entity, are you?The two of you have a good laugh. She has a great sense of humor. You take the books and the scroll and carry them for her. >You know, you don't have to do this. I usually do this on my own, too.You shake your head. >It's nothing, really. I was on my way to the eastern tower, when I saw you. Every decent person would have offered help.Again, this half smile-half grin thing. What is she thinking?You arrive at the tower's top, where Annabelle sets up her telescope and puts the books on a table, which is standing on the platform. >I'm here to make some observations about the weather which might be coming up. Usually, I am not very interesting to watch during this. So... would you like to help me with a few things? It's a bit more entertaining. And you might even learn a few things.What is your answer?>Sure. How can I help you?>No, thanks. I'll just watch the stars. They are pretty interesting to me.>Oh, I think you're very nice to look at. I wouldn't mind to do that for a while.>Other (write in)
>>819325>Sure. How can I help you?
>>819325>Oh, I think you're very nice to look at. I wouldn't mind to do that for a while.then transition into:>Sure. How can I help you?Fortune favors the bold
>>819352I second that motion.
>>819325So, OP, are we in somewhere in Provence or wat?
>>819325>>Sure. How can I help you?
>>819359I'm not sure. I haven't really decided on that yet. Our lands are in a mountainous region, just as the Sang-Valois and de Pierre lands are. So we either are around the Alps, Pyrenees or the Massif Central. In my mind, we are somewhere around the latter, with our lands closer to the mediterranean sea than the other lords' lands are. Like halfway between Toulouse and Marseille. Maybe a bit more north.In other news, writing.
>>819325>Sure. How can I help you
>Well, I think you are very nice to look at. I wouldn't mind to do that for a while.She reacts with some badly acted indignation. >But Lord de Labendai! I have to ask you to stop. How... inappropriate!Then she gives up and starts laughing uncontrollably. You join in almost immediately. After some time, you both have mostly regained your composure.>But still, it would be a shame to let a chance to learn get to waste. I'll try my best to combine those two. Annabelle proves a great teacher again and in surprisingly quick time, you learn about moon phases, cloud formations and how to make somewhat reliable weather forecasts. It's gotten cold, so you take your cape and wrap it around Annabelle, too. She seems surprised first, but then snuggles up to you. Now you try to act indignated.>My dear Lady Annabelle! How...inappropriate!She doesn't laugh, but instead looks at you with playful eyes. Then, she quickly plants a kiss on your cheek.>Inappropriate, huh? Then how's this?she asks. You can't really answer but instead put your full focus on blushing.>Should you... should you be doing this... before marriage?you stutter. Annabelle laughs.>Even in a situation like this, he is concerned about my honor. You're a true gentleman, Jean.Then, she packs up her things and takes them on her arms. >And now, the true gentleman will take me to my chambers safely. Accepted ways of travel are flying, riding on an unicorn and a princess carry.Her wish is clear. Mostly because you can neither fly nor own an unicorn. You go to your knees and try to pick her up.>Roll 1d20 for your amount of success. Best of three.
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>819547
Rolled 4 (1d20)>>819547inb4
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>819547Can't trip up now
>>819555>>819569>>819577Yes, you can. Badly.
>>819586She's a 14 year old girl, she should only way like MAYBE 100 pounds. We should be able to pick her up, we were farm boy, weren't we?
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>819547I came too late!
Were going for the Loli this is great. We'll we messed this up let's impress her with out humor/recovery
You try to lift up Annabelle, but... she's too heavy. Well, not her, but mostly the fact that she is holding a telescope as well as a few books, none of them particularly small.You lose your footing and fall to the ground. Luckily, you manage to get her back on her feet again instead of pulling her down with you.You get up, apologizing profusely. Annabelle just smiles, although not quite the same from anytime before. It's more... sophisticated?>So this is it. They say that every person has at least one major flaw. At the moment, yours seems to be that you're not fully grown yet and therefore not having completely developed muscles. You nod. You know this is true. But still, you're still growing right? But what is she up to?>You know, I've seen you training with Lord de Pierre, so he could stand up to Ariadne. This was the most chivalrous thing I've ever seen a man do. Giving up on a chance of his own to help a friend in need. From this point on, if not earlier, I couldn't stop thinking about you. Is she... admitting to having a crush on you? You think she is.>I went to my father and begged him to give Ariadne to Lord de Pierre and... this is kind of embarrassing... me to you, Jean. I'm not sure how love feels, but this is my best guess.Wow, this situation is intense. How do you want to react to this confession? (Also, completely escalation in the waifu wars. On purpose.)>Hug her. 'Well, I... actually like you too.' >'Well, this is awkward... I don't feel like this, to be true.>'Well, this might not be the best time to tell you, but I like someone else.'>Other (write in)
>>819598Still, we are only sixteen years, too. And still in this awkward 'growing into this body' phase. Also, she's carrying a metal telescope. And a few books.
>>819650>>Hug her. 'Well, I... actually like you too.'
>>819650>Hug her. 'Well, I... actually like you too.'but before hugging put hands on her shoulders state the phrase and then solidate it with a hug.
>>819650>"Well, actually, I was thinking about double teaming your sister with Lord de Pierre. He's just so perfect in my eyes, I want him to treat me like a lady."
>>819650>Hug her. 'Well, I... actually like you too.'>"If only you a man..."
>>819669>>819686>>819700Writing.>>819695Don't be ashamed of your preferences. You're with friends here. Want to tell us about it?
>>819714I'd be cool with Lord de Pierre treating us like we're royal to him
>>819700Because of OP's image in first thread at first I thought we were a girl.OR ARE WE?
>>819729Are you dumb?
>>819650>'Well, this is awkward... I don't feel like this, to be true.Goddamn it, what happened to my Ariadne bros?!
>>819882None of them wanted to see Lord de Pierre get sent home with the promise that his title would be lost for not marrying by a given age.
>>819888He could have just gotten engaged to Annabelle and married after shes sixteen and before his deadline by a year.
You put your hands on her shoulders.>Annabelle. I... actually, I like you, too.Then, you pull her into a hug. She pushes her body against you heavily.>I... I love you, Jean.You hold her close for a few minutes, then she looks you in the eyes. Her eyes are full of tears. Mostly tears of joy, but there is something else... But what?>I asked my father to let me be your wife. He wasn't very fond of the idea.Well, this is... unexpected, at least. Don't you and Lord Sang-Valois consider each other friends?>He said it was most likely a crush like everyone in my age has at some time. Also, he considers me still too young to marry. I fear he may not approve of our love.You pull her into a hug again.>It will all work out, my love. Love always finds a way.Her tears have dried up. She wipes away the last of them with her sleeve.>I am sure that we can do that. We might need the support of someone else, still. Someone whom my father respects. And we will have to be incredibly convincing. But I've seen you convince people of quite some things. We will manage.She's right. You'll need the right points. And some support. Who will you ask for support?>Ariadne. She is closest to the king. And sometimes a big mace is more convincing than big words. Also, she doesn't find us too bad.>Lord de Pierre. The two are of equal standing. Also, he is our friend.>The king. He will be here in two days. He is above Lord Sang-Valois in rank. We don't know him, though.>Someone else (who?)
>>819903>Ariadne. She is closest to the king. And sometimes a big mace is more convincing than big words. Also, she doesn't find us too bad.We don't want either of the girls to feel like they're just trophies to be had.
>>819903>>Ariadne. She is closest to the king. And sometimes a big mace is more convincing than big words. Also, she doesn't find us too bad.
>>819903>Ariadne. She is closest to the king. And sometimes a big mace is more convincing than big words. Also, she doesn't find us too bad.Damn, we really are fucking nice. We don't get bestgirl, nor do we inherit his lands.
>>819977Yeah but we have 2 solid alliances for the foreseeable future. and De Pierre would marry us if he could after what we did for him.
>>820007It's not impossible that we could still be lovers.
>>820022Either is cheating and cuckholdry, anon. Are you saying you don't respect the sanctity of marriage?
>>820061Jandant was wed and had a lover. It's a tradition.
>>820061ooooo, I want to bang Ariadne on her wedding day.
>>820073>>820079You anons are degenerates and I would vote against. However, if you guise successfully voted for it, technically Ariadne could lose her hymen non sexually since she's a fighter and does horse riding
>>820079We can dp her with pierre
>>820107>the pure one is actually rolling with our degeneracyAnd here we see the the onset of corruption in a pure mind.
>>820195Corruption sex dungeon we should make her a dom mistress.
>What about your sister? She should be the closest one to your father. Annabelle nods.>This sounds good. Kind of. Either she is convincing enough, or her mace is. You chuckle, then you lead Annabelle back to her quarters.>We should talk to Ariadne right in the morning. We could do it now, sure. But I like my head on my shoulders.You give her a last hug.>I like your head best on your shoulders, too. Although it is pretty nice when you have it on my chest.The rest of the night goes over quick, even though you don't sleep much. After breakfast, you pick up Annabelle at her chambers and you head to the training grounds together.>Ariadne? Do you have a moment?Annabelle asks her sister, who just happens to be done with her morning routine, which consists of beating three soldiers without much of a problem.>Sure. Come with me. What's up?She leads you to a group of barrels and sits down on one of them. She gestures you to take a seat, too.>Ariadne, there's something you should know. I love Jean and want to marry him. And he loves me and wants to marry me. Still, father is not too fond of the idea. Can you help us?For a short moment, you can see something in Ariadne's eyes. Is it... sadness? Regret? You can't really say, as it is gone only a second later and replaced by her usual pride and confidence.>I guess I could. But what's in it for me?Annabelle looks at her with big puppy eyes.>Not having a guilty conscience. If you marry, you will take all of the dowry. If father doesn't allow me to marry Jean, who will want me? A poor girl whose father can't give away anything anymore? Do you want your poor little sister to die alone? Pleeeease, Ari. Help me.Ariadne stands up promptly. >Ugh. I HATE when you do that, Annie. But okay, I will do it. Thank the wimp who had the mercy to set me up with someone else before going for the sister that wasn't even on the menu.She walks to the nearest weapon rack and takes out a few things. >These ones should be adding to my argument perfectly. If you got some time, Jean, meet me on the pitch another time. I still want a rematch.Ariadne with you, the three of you head towards the back room in which the talks were held. Lord Sang-Valois sits in there, writing down numbers into a big book. He seems to be doing some calculations. He looks up and sees who just entered his office. >Oh, it's you. Annabelle, didn't we talk about this already? >Roll me 1d20 for the eloquence of your speech. Write it in, too. Best of three. Not the first three rolls, the three best points made with rolls added.
Tell me guys, what do you think of this challenge? Is it too hard or do you feel up to it?
Rolled 4 (1d20)>>820298It's supposed to be the "secret" ending, right? I'd say that making it plenty hard is justified.
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>820282easy>you can see something in Ariadne's eyes. Is it... sadness? Regret? fuck, best girl is sad cause fucking players put bros before hos.
Rolled 18 (1d20)>>820298Kind of, I'm bad at writing and I dont know much about this court stuff but I'll try. Also I like Ariadne but just caught up reading last thread and this one.>>820282My Lord I wish to marry Annabelle with your permission. I haven't gotten to know both of your daughters these last few days, but I knew I was smitten once Annabelle took the time to talk to me. She is a woman I can see standing by my side as I bring glory to my lands and yours.
>>820370Dude Bros before hoes any day. Gotta get out senpai set up so we can alliance and take our lands back plus extra.
Well guys, I have to go to bed now. Feel free to continue writing and rolling. Tomorrow I will be able to run around 6pm european time. Or to say it differently, in around 17 hours. Again, sorry for being so slow today. Lots of work at home.I also got a twitter (@ContraImperator) in case you might need it. Also, the first threads are archived now. Simply look up 'A Realm in Ruins' on suptg.
>>820403>Also I like Ariadne but just caught up reading last thread and this one.I wish this quest didn't run most of its time while i worked.>>820503>Tomorrow I will be able to run around 6pm european time.Move to america buddy. Seriously, nice thread today, thanks for running.>>820486Dude, we barely met everyone here. Guys cool but we shouldnt make so many sacrifices for a new friend right off the bat. Shit, if he got disinherited we could have employed him in our castle and be by our side all the time. Now We've given up the chance to expand our lands greatly in the future and best girl. Annabelle to, literally 2 one on one conversations with her and she busts out the L word. Dads right about her crushing hard.
>>820537Yeah but that intelligent elouquint 14 year old puss. Worth all the sacrifices. Although I admit being domed by the 22 year old tomboy would have been great too.
Rolled 5 (1d20)inb4 shitty roll>>820282>My lord, if I may? I know Annabelle is still but a child to you, but in my eyes she is a lady. I've not met a girl who could hold such discourse on so many topics, and admittedly I could not either until I met her. I'm aware that a couple of days is hardly enough to swear everlasting love by under normal circumstances, but these aren't normal circumstances.>My feelings for your daughter aside, I've come to a great friendship with the Lord de Pierre as well. In our talks, I've come to feel as though his situation is rather worse than mine, as he is facing excommunication from his family for not being wed by his age. All I wish to come of my marriage is opportunity to shore up my faults at court and a few good, strong alliances. He would need something much more significant to convince his family, so I've been training him to be able to win Ariadne's heart. Worst case scenario, he joins my company after his excommunication, but I dare not think such thoughts on my friends.Best I can come up with. It's in fate's hands now.
>>821053Does this mean we get qt tomboy?
>>821053>>821230Oh wait shit, that's an anon write-in.Goddamn it.
>>821230You know I really want the tomboy but I think the smart one is better. And Mabey we can actually train her to be swole too.
Guys, I am back. And getting right to writing.By the way, rate my QMing here: http://strawpoll.de/sxgrg1y
>>823332Need more votes for Armand de Pierre the true wifu of this series.
>>823332I voted for Ariadne, but I'm cool with marrying Annabelle.
>>823332I've always been fonder of the bookish types, honestly. I'd love to have Ariadne as a bro-tier sister, and de Pierre as a bro-tier bro, though.
>>823463Only of your in support of bro-tier incest
>>823463As long as it's approved by Anna :^)
>>823479meant for >>823471Not sure how I managed to fuck that one up.
Ariadne takes out her mace and lets it smack down into her armored hand, before speaking up.>Father! Listen to them at least. I would really advise you to!Then, she takes a step back and starts polishing her mace. Lord Sang-Valois sighs.>Good. You've got fifteen minutes. After that, I've got an appointment.You sigh with relief. At least he will listen to you. >Mylord, if I may? I know, you consider Annabelle to still be a child. I'm not sure if I am much more in your eyes, but please, listen to me. I've met a few people in my life. But rarely one who was able to hold discourse on so many topics. And never before has a person like this been only near her age. She is of astonishing intellect and you should trust her judgement. You rely on it in quite a few situations already, right?The lord nods.>This is a good point, actually. She is quite involved in economic and political affairs. Still, you're only here for some days. Are you sure that you can be serious about this?You nod.>I am sure aware of the fact that this is not much time. Not enough under normal circumstances. But these are anything but normal circumstances. This is because we aren't really a person but rather controlled by the users of an imageboard. Also, I once heard a legend from ancient Greece. I think you might be aware of the story of Pyramus and Thisbe, right? You wouldn't want us to end in a similiar way?The lord nods wisely.>A wonderful example from literature. Still, I'm not completely convinced yet.You did well, but this is a difficult situation. How do you want to add a bit more weight to your opinion?>Call for more support. Another person might do it.>Increase the amount of support. Show him what Ari's mace can do.>Settle for a bethrothal in the future. This might lower his opposition.>Other (write in)
Sorry for taking this long to reply. Something came up.
Also, don't take the spoiler as canon. I just love breaches of the fourth wall.
>>823486>Call for more support. Another person might do it.Call in Armand.
>>823486>Call for more support. Armand de Pierre might do it.We got our bro's back, so he should have ours, right?
>>823486>>Settle for a betrothal. This might lower his opposition.
>>823508This. Probably be best to not do a shotgun wedding. Perhaps she can visit our lands in the meantime?
>>823482Don't worry bro we can corrupt her innocent soul. Slannesh is strong with this one.
>>823486>Settle for a betrothal. This might lower his oppositionI don't want to wait but I will. I dont like the idea of her visiting though, especially after that story Pierre told us
>>823508>>823518>>823525Actually, now that I think on it I'm changing my vote to this. Patience is our game, and our aim here is to get Armand married to Ariadne. At least a betrothal means we're promised to each other, right?
>>823525You have a point. If she visits we pick her up so we can be a hero if shit goes wrong. Or die then it's not our problem.
>>823486>>Settle for a bethrothal in the future. This might lower his opposition.er, shouldn't we be entering a betrothal now?
>>823508>>823518>>823525>>823530>>823535Writing. By the way, sorry if I was unclear, but I meant a bethrothal with a future wedding. As in bethrothal now, marriage later.
>>823549That was kind of the goal here wasn't looking for a shotgun wedding. Isn't Ariadne just up for a betrothal as well? I dont think we knew each other for 3 days let's get married would work very well.
>In this case, I've got an idea I would like to propose. How about a bethrothal, Mylord? This way we know that nothing can stand in the way of our love. And you'll know that this is a love that can last.He rises from his chair and comes around the table. >You're smart, my friend. I think I get now what Annabelle sees in you. I hope this little disagreement doesn't taint our friendship. You smile at him.>I sure hope so, my friend. A bit of caution is often well advised, which is why I can understand your viewpoint. But tell me, how would you imagine the details of this agreement?He seems lost in thought for a while, then he answers.>I would imagine four more years. During this time, she will stay here to learn as much as she can. She's always been striving for knowledge, after all.Do you want to agree with this?>Yes, this sounds like a fair offer. (Sure success)>No, four years are too long. How about two years (very easy)>How do two years sound? But I would like her to visit frequently, so she can adapt to the new environment. (easy)>Four years of our life? This seems like an awful lot to be separated. How about a year? (medium)>You know our love is serious. Please allow us to be with each other. A year would be fine. But only if she gets the chance to visit frequently. She needs to get used to the new surroundings, after all. (hard)>Other (write in)
>>823598>How about 2 years, but I would like her to visit frequently. I will even escort her myself if needed.
>>823598>otherWe accept the four years but would like her to visit frequently and vise versa with a stipulation thay if we feel it is time we may get married erlier with your blessings of course.
>>823598>>How do two years sound? But I would like her to visit frequently, so she can adapt to the new environment. (easy)Of course, going on hunts, feasts and the like with her father in the time being is a given, so suppose we'd be visiting as well
So what is our plan for making the king our next bro. Gotta have the whole medival world think we're chill as fuk.
>>823658We'll need to meet him for ourselves and assess the situation from there. Mentioning that we rooted out those bandits would probably help.
>>823598>Four years of our life? This seems like an awful lot to be separated. How about a year? (medium)
>>823618I'd be happy with this
>>823598>How about one(maybe two) year(s) in the meantime I propose to visit frequently and attend to joint classes with Annie, I want to learn averything I can, also she should visit my holding some times to get to know the lands and her future sorroundings
>>823729I like this idea as well.
>>823734I like you
>>823748Anon will you go out with me.
>>823734>>823742I like him as well
So do I understand the consensus right? Two years with frequent visits?
>>823781Correct. With added "I wish to attend classes with her when possible" at your leisure.
>>823787Alright. Roll me 1d20+1. Best of three. With good enough rolls, you will get a free education on top.
Rolled 10 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>823794B L A C K E D
Rolled 5 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>823794Don't fuck me over, /qst/ dice.
Rolled 14, 13 = 27 (2d20)>>823794I'm also going to be rolling for my proposal to Anon-kun
Rolled 9 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>823794We can get our own tutors though, right?
>>823798I should probably just stop rolling
>>823799Which of these rolls is for your proposal? I need to know.
>>823803I would think so. If you know the right people, you can get pretty much everything.
>>823807First is for proposal to Lord second to dating with Anon-kun.
In other news, this is where the OP cuts off on mobile. I am amused.
>>823828Ariadne best girl.
>>823834No Chub all muscle. Still Wana bang her more.
>Four years seem like an awfully long time. How would two years sound? The lord looks at you like he expects you to ask for more. And he is right.>Still, I think she should visit frequently so she can get used to her new environment. Also, I would like to visit just as often. Maybe I could get the same education she will receive. I think we all know how important a good education is.He thinks for a moment, then he nods. >This sounds like I could agree to this. Now, let's make it official. Still, there might be a little downside someone in your position might want to consider.You ask him to explain.>You know, I offered my lands and title to Ariadne's husband. All of them. I'm not sure how much of a dowry I could really give you.You actually expected something like this. What is your answer?>Love conquers all. Including any financial aspects. So don't worry.>How much would you expect to be able to give to us?>Well, this is kind of bad news actually. >Other (write in)
>>823865>Love conquers allWe may not rule his territory, but I'm certain our alliance will be iron bonded.
>>823865Your alliance and a promise to help us Regain our old lands is all I ask.
>>823870Also summa this. I'm tired and should probably sleep; my game's off.
>>823865>Love conquers all. Including any financial aspects. So don't worry.I also expected this turn of events, but having Ana at our side will be a great boon I'm itself
>>823870Yea, that'll do
>>823865Lets Annie hand that part tho
>>823911Let* Annie handle*God I'm retarded
>>823865>>Love conquers all. Including any financial aspects. So don't worry.>>Other (write in)"I suspect with the mind of the young woman that I am marrying, slim times will be short."
>'So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.' said the Lord Jesus himself, right?you ask Lord Sang-Valois. This is the one sentence Lord de Labendai always told you was the most important one when it came to anything faith-related.>And if the Lord's love was enough to conquer death, why shouldn't our love be able to conquer some financial inconvenience?Lord Sang-Valois seems impressed that you, someone who can't speak or read latin is able to know this verse in such a perfect way.>The only thing I ask is your alliance and friendship. Regaining the holds I lost is pretty much everything I need to keep my province in good shape. And this can be done with enough stability, I think. A stability our friendship and alliance will easily provide.Lord Sang-Valois gets up from his chair and walks towards you. >Humble as always, Jean. I'm impressed and happy to welcome you as my future son-in-law. May our friendship last forever.Annabelle comes towards the two of you, first hugging her father, thanking him profusely, then hugging you.>I am so happy, Jean. Just so very happy. We're actually getting married! You did so well, Jean!You hug her back and you stay like this for a while. Then, Lord Sang-Valois puts a paper on the table.>Let's formalize this, shall we? During the next hours, the three of you work out a contract which regulates all aspects of this. Every three months, you will change between your province and Lord Sang-Valois' province. Since he can't give any lands to you, he will see if he can find some money or objects that might be of interest to you. It is evening after you got all of it done. You might do one more thing before going to bed.What do you want to do?>Go to the library. A good books sounds great.>Go to the training grounds. These soldiers seem to really like bonfires.>Take a walk outside. You've been sitting too much today.>Meet up with (who?) for (what reason?)>Other (write in)
Sorry for taking this long again. I'm kind of tired.
>>824137>Meet up with (who?) for (what reason?)Duncan so we can tell him about the days events and about our fiancé
>>824151Poor guy, he was probably hoping we would actually get something material out of this union to help save the land.
>>824159I know, that's why we should tell him. I pray he understands our situation. We have an alliance and a betrothed but no new lands or wealth.
>>824151Yeah good idea. At least we can tell him we acquired a good wifu.
>>824137>>Take a walk outside. You've been sitting too much today.>>Meet up with (who?) for (what reason?)Duncan. A walking meeting will be a good top to a day.
Yeah can't be sitting down all day like those monk neets >>824225
>Duncan? Would you mind taking a walk with me? I've got lots of things to tell, but I can't sit anymore. I've been doing it all day.Your castellan nods and gets up from his chair. Together, you take a stroll across the courtyard.>Well, let's start with the most important news.Duncan nods.>You got yourself a wife, yeah.Now you're shocked. How did he know already?>The information is considered too important to release right away. So naturally, everyone knows already.The two of you have a good laugh, then you get serious again.>Now tell me honestly, how did you know?He shrugs.>I guessed. There is not else much that could cause you to be this excited. Now I want the details.You tell him of Annabelle's and your meetings, the talks with her father and everything that came out of it.>Well, congratulations, Mylord. Still, I am not sure if I should be too happy about this. You don't quite get this. What is his problem? We got ourselves the alliance we wanted, right?>Yeah, we've got an alliance now. With two bigger provinces which will once merge into a political superpower. If we don't get back our holds at least, if not more, the day might come when we might be considered a small, negligible vassal province. Not by the current lords, that you made sure. But what about their children or such?This is an interesting point he raises. Still, you feel confident about your past holds. They will come back, right?>Still, two alliances this strong are no small feat. Especially at your experience. Nontheless, should a chance to aquire more lands ever arise, we surely should take it.You return to your quarters and the night goes by quick. It is only one more day until the king arrives now.How do you want to spend this day?>Meet up with (who? for what sake?)>Train in (what?)>Do something else (what?)
>>824432>Meet up with Ariadne to talk about pierre and train our fighting skills.
>>824467See If she actually likes him
>>824480That picture makes me seriously regret my choice of wifu
>>824487desu it wouldn't be a frankish noble quest without infidelity and cuckholdry
>>824432>Meet up with Ariadne to talk about pierre and train our fighting skillsI want her for wife Come on guys not wanting a army geoup of sisters of battle .Not making you normal woman's better then men ao they can both get more land by thenslfs and defind the hold you have when you march of ti war.Not wanting to become sparta
>>824577>Come on guys not wanting a army geoup of sisters of battle .nah
>>824493As long as we're the alpha and everyone else is the cuck.
>>824580What period does this take place? Is it before the hundred year war??>>824587Of course!
>>824597Good good then we must plant the seeds of cucking pierre now lest he actually grows a spine.
You decide to go to the training grounds. You train your swordfighting on a dummy, when Ariadne appears behind you.>Not bad, wimp, not bad.You stop beating up the poor dummy, who is already showing some signs of wear. >For the last time, stop calling me a wimp. Else, I'm gonna make you eat those words. Again.She sighs. >Okay, okay. Cut this. I don't feel like fighting today. I wanted to go for a ride, actually. Want to join me? You nod and she takes you to the stables, where a good amount of horses stand.>Take this one. Nobody rides him at the moment, so he will be happy to get some time outside.You get the horses ready and head out of the stable. While riding along the road towards Murat-sur-les-Pleins, you pick up the conversation.>So, what do you think about Lord de Pierre?Ariadne seems lost in thought for a while, then she answers.>He's a good guy. I really get why you are friends. This doesn't seem totally convincing. You give Ariadne a 'You-don't-tell-me-everything-and-I-know-it' look.>Okay, okay. I was kind of impressed, when he beat me. But more at your training. A man his age shouldn't be dependent on help from someone your age. You shake your head.>This might be true for someone who trained in fighting all of his life. He was trained in being a lord and ruler.Ariadne shrugs.>Huh, whatever. Still, I would sure like me a fighter if I have to marry. Someone who can relate to me.Well, this doesn't seem like the best news.>Still, I really appreciate what you did. And he will do so even more. You liking my sister more isn't a crime. And I didn't make it easy to like me. Still, that's the way I am. I can't really change this.You nod and give her a warm smile. Nice to see she is honest with you. Even if the news aren't really pleasant.>Would have been nice if it worked out. He wouldn't have to worry about his lands and title, my dad would have gotten me a husband and maybe I would have been happy, too.This sounds kind of... different from her usual self.>Why couldn't I have been a man? Nobody would have thought my martial nature was strange. Dad wouldn't have to worry. Nobody would have. It's just not damn fair!She is actually crying now. You lead your horse closer to hers and put a hand on her shoulder. >Seriously! Without this damn title to pass on, I would be way happier! I could do what I wanted! I could marry because I liked someone, not because I had to. Screw this title. Royally!She is pretty upset. What do you want to tell her?>Write in
>>824597I didn't set a specific period for this, but in my mind, America is far away from being discovered and such. I also don't feel very comfortable with being forced to be completely congruent with history.
Oh shit we have to do this right guys
>>824602They are not married yet. Maybe you could get him a different wife?
>>824926"One cannot choose the circumstances of their birth and any of the pain or advantages that come with it. All we can do is the best we can with the tools that our Lord provided us with. He Above would not have made you this way without a plan in mind and who knows how your skills might be tested later. For now all we can do is be strong. Something you're certainly more capable at than I."
>>824973Not really comfortable with our guy talking about god like that. I thought he was more of a make his own destiny sorta dude
>>824961How common is plate armor and are there trebuchets?
>>824926>>Write in"Get over it"
>>824991Known, but pretty expensive. In the Sang-Valois' lands, beside Ari and her dad, there are maybe two dozen people owning one. High-ranking generals mostly.Yeah, because I am a 'really-low-fantasy' type, which boils down to slight adjustments of the timeline. Trebuchets exist because I like siege weapons and such.
>>824973Blame this on the misfortune of your birth.
is anyone here actually good enough with girls to make this work?
so is this just going to be medieval smut-waifu quest or what?
>>824926"You could always defect to my holdings." said jokingly, to try and lighten her up. Then, go into full bro-speech mode. "I don't know how the logistics of inheritances and dowries and the like are handled - that's something for me to learn with Annabelle - but I was given inheritance of de Labendai's holdings despite having no blood ties to him. Surely there's some form of... opt-out or something you could do?">>825130This, lel. Really making us earn that "secret ending".
>>825147nah were just at the wifu part where we have to pick our wife or at least betrothed. i dont think theres going to be smut at least i wont mind it.
>>825163Well this shit has been dragging on for too long, and I want no part in some cringy smut nonsense.
>>824926Try and touch her shoulder while on the horse before speaking"Don't let others or titles define who you are. Lord Labendai chose me as his heir because he saw something in me, not because of any titles or prestige. I took up the responsibility because if I didn't then the realm would suffer and because Lord Labendai trusted me. I chose to, though, nobody made me, these were my own morals. I think of you as a friend now, and I would only want what's best for you. The burden you bear is heavy indeed, but only god can judge you in the end and I will support you if you wish to abandon your nobility, but only if it's something you choose, not what anybody else told you to do."
>>824926Ariadne you have a will far greater than any man i know. Marriage is a great duty of us all and loveless it may be it is our responsibility to uphold it. Lord de Pierre is a good man but there are things more important than love. Both of our marriages are for the good of our kingdom. But our lives do not end after wedlock. you are stronger than this and i know you are
>>825208I'll support this, sounds like what Jean would say
>>825149this since no one wants to make up for treating her like an object and giving her to our friend instead of fighting for her with best man winning.
>>825220how do we make up for it
>>825224Oh, i missed the jokingly part.
>>824926Maybe we can also apologize somewhere about not taking her feelings into consideration?
>>825246If it'll help out, we can completely remove the "jokingly" part. And I do agree on apologizing for not taking her feelings into consideration.I fucking suck at writing desu
>>825283now im just nervous
>>825287He's been pretty bro about the whole thing. Even when we get shit rolls he's managed to keep a positive spin on it. That might just be because this is the dating sim portion and he'd rather have good feels but still.
>You know, in case you can't deal with this anymore, you could always defect to me.you joke. It actually works. She looks less upset now, but still... she needs some encouragement. >I don't really know how all of this inheritance stuff works, but is there really no way for you to get out of it? I mean I was in no way related to my late lord and if he wasn't forced to give it to his closest relative, who says you can't find a possibility that suits you?Now she looks at you with interest.>Well, however you decide in the end, I will support you wholeheartedly. Now, what's this on her face? A grin? Yes, it is indeed. Ariadne smacks her armored fist onto her other hand, generating a loud clanking noise. >YES! You're right. I think I know what to do. Thank you, Jean. She turns her horse around.>Let's get back. There are things I need to take care of. The ride back is a lot less relaxed, as you can barely match Ariadne's speed. She seems to be incredibly eager about something. But what?After bringing back the horses, she hurries to the training grounds. She stands in front of her usual weapon rack, comparing weapons with some rating you can't really understand. >I think you can leave me to myself now. Thanks again. You might as well do something useful right now. This might take a while and is not very interesting.What do you want to do?>Heed her advice. Do something useful (what?)>Don't. Stay with her and make sure she doesn't actually kill someone. >Try the stealthy method. Stay around her without her noticing. She might be up to do something interesting.>Other (write in)
>>825380>Heed her advice. Do something useful (what?)General training, got to keep our skills sharp
>>825380>>Other (write in)Go home
>>825380Make sure she's not going to kill anyone first, in that half-joking half-"i'm actually really fucking serious don't do that" sort of way that friends have, then see if we can find Armand, try to break the news to him, maybe offer to take him out for a pint.
>>825380>>Heed her advice. Do something useful (what?)Go to the library
>>825380Go to the library and take out some books on ruling and such
>>825421Kinda rude desu
>>825422>>825450replace second half of my input to this>>825464yeah like I said I'm shit at writing famalamadingdong
>>825380>Don't. Stay with her and make sure she doesn't actually kill someone."Of course it won't be very interesting, if I just sit back and watch. A big portion of the blame for your situation falls squarely on my shoulders; it would only be right for me to stick around and help to make right what I made wrong."
>>825469I also like this idea. I might just sit back and not write shit unless something truly inspired hits me
>>825380fug I'll switch from>>825422to>>825469
Alright, guys. Writing.
>Well, I guess I've got to stay for a while. Someone has to make sure you don't kill anyone.you joke. Ariadne grins, but quickly returns to determination.>Don't worry. I won't. At least if I get what I want. She seems to have decided. It's the same mace she had used yesterday to make a point. This mace really seems to improve an argument. >I'm going to talk to my father about this. Lord de Pierre is an okay guy, but if I am forced to marry him, I can't grant for his health in the long run. After a short walk, you are standing in front of Lord Sang-Valois' office room. >Well, I'm going in. What you do is up to you.Ariadne tells you.What do you want to do?>Go in there. She might need some support. (might badly upset Lord Sang-Valois if he comes to think this was your idea)>Stay outside. We can still come to her aid if things are going downhill. (You might not fully perceive everything said)>Let's keep out of this completely. This is a thing between the two.>Other (write in)--------------------------Well guys, that's it for tonight. I'll be back in around 10 hours. Good night and thanks for playing.
>>825566Stay outside. We don't need him getting the wrong ideas, but we want to be there as backup if shit goes south.
>>825566>Stay outside. We can still come to her aid if things are going downhill. (You might not fully perceive everything said)
>>825566>>Let's keep out of this completely. This is a thing between the two.
>>825566>>Stay outside. We can still come to her aid if things are going downhill. (You might not fully perceive everything said)
>>825566>Stay outside. We can still come to her aid if things are going downhill.>Let Sang-Valois know we're out here, in case he needs a hand.
>>825566>>Stay outside. We can still come to her aid if things are going downhill.>>Let Sang-Valois know we're out here, in case he needs a hand.
Alright. I'm back. And writing.
Ariadne enters the room. You wait a few moments, then you knock on the door.>Oh sorry, Mylord. I didn't mean to disturb you two. I just came by and wanted to talk to you about something. I'll just wait outside until you're done. He nods. >It's okay. You couldn't know I just got into a conversation. How about you come in, though? It's not the sunniest of days and I don't want you to get a cold.Well, this went better than expected. You enter the room and sit down at the window. Ariadne is standing in front of her dad looking both eager to get her point across but also kind of... thankful of your presence?>It's just like I said, father. This stupid inheritance stuff is keeping me away from actually being happy. I have to give up fighting, which is my passion, I have to marry someone I couldn't care less about, just because somebody has to get these damn lands! I am really, really angry about this. And even more sad. I hope you understand, father.Lord Sang-Valois lowers his head slightly, then he shakes his head.>You know Ariadne, nobody can choose the circumstances our their birth. We can only learn to accept it. I mean, what should become of the province if you don't marry someone who can take care of it?Now Ariadne is really angry. She hits her father's desk with her armored fist, leaving an ugly scar.>What's becoming of the province? What is about what is becoming of me? You can take your stupid title and give it to Isabella and let the king deal with all of this shit! Or to Annabelle and let the wimp handle this! Or how about you take it and shove it up your rear!After these words, she storms out of the room.Lord Sang-Valois turns to you with an apologetic gesture. >I am sorry that you had to see this, my friend. I think she will calm down in a few days. But her temper is really starting to worry me...He then thinks for a moment, then asks again.>I think you might have gotten quite a few traits from late Lord de Labendai. Maybe you've got his understanding of people, too. May I ask your opinion on this?Your opinion is asked. What is it, after all?>I think you're right. She will calm down soon. (Gain favour with the lord, lose favour with Ariadne)>I think you know her best, since you are her father. Still, she seemed quite serious about this. (Seems like the middle ground)>I think she is completely right.You should let her live her life. (Gain favour with Ariadne, lose favour with the lord)>Other (write in)
>>827483>I think you know her best, since you are her father. Still, she seemed quite serious about this. (Seems like the middle ground)
>>827483>>I think you know her best, since you are her father. Still, she seemed quite serious about this. (Seems like the middle ground)
>>827483> I think that everyone in this world has something they want and sometimes those wants clashed with each other. And in those time one of the other must concede their wishes in order not to damage both parties. This goes both ways. Leave after saying this.
>Well, David. Let me tell you this as a friend, not an advisor or something.you say, making Lord Sang-Valois smile at you warmly.>I think everyone has a thing that they wish for dearly. Sometims, these wishes might clash. During this time, you'll have to find an agreement that can suit both sides. But on rare occasions, something more is needed. A change of your thinking frame. But in the end, I can only let you choose your course of action. It is your decision and she is your daughter, after all.Lord Sang-Valois has listened to you closely. Once you are finished, he gets up from his seat. >I think you're right, Jean. Still, I'll need to think about this and have a few talks about this. Thank you for your opinion on this. He turns to leave the room.>Oh, I am terribly sorry. You came here for something, right?What is your answer?>Oh, it's not a big deal. Just forget about it.>It can wait. I think you've got something more important to do right now.>Well, I would like to talk about (what?), if your time allows it.>Other (write in)
>>827483I cant pretend to know what a father feels like. But I believe last time you tried to guide her towards a husband it finished poorly. Maybe try a different approach this time? She clearly cares for her family, and therefore the province, maybe instead of imposing a duty you could try to show her how much the province needs her. Her anger probably comes from feeling forced to become someone she does not wish to be. Giving her a choice would show her how much you care about her opinion and herself.
>>827483> It can wait. I think you've got something more important to do right now.
>>827518>>It can wait. I think you've got something more important to do right now.
>The thing I came here for is able to wait. You've got something more important on your mind now, I think.Lord Sang-Valois nods and gives you a thankful look.>Still, there's one more thing I would like to tell you. You could try a new approach to this topic. I am sure she care about all of this, but maybe she just feels... forced? Lord Sang-Valois is looking down again. Is this... sadness in his eyes?>I know it is the right thing to do. But can we afford to do the right thing? What if we can't find someone suitable in time? I can't really bear the thought. Still, thank you. You're a great friend, Jean. Way better of a friend than I was towards you. But one day, I'll make up for this, I promise.After this, he leaves the office. Now you're faced with a question. What will you do now?>Meet up with (who?) to (do what?)>Train a skill (what skill?)>Go after him. There's one more thing I want to tell him.>Other (write in)
>>827551>Meet up with Annabele to discuss her sister's situation.Seems like the best choice to me considering she is pretty smart and she knows her very well.
>>827555I'll support this
>>827551>Meet up with (Annabelle) to (discuss Ariadne's and Lord de Pierre's dilemma).
This is a difficult situation and you really need to talk to someone about it. Someone more knowledgeable that you.You meet Annabelle in the library, as you do most of the time. >Nice to see you, Jean. What did you do today so far?You tell her of the things that happened so far. The situation with Ariadne and her father in particular.>Honestly, this is not very surprising. Father is so concerned with getting Ari married, that he is willing to give her away at much less than she is worth. Only because he is afraid that it won't happen in time.You ask her for clarification about what 'in time' means.>Well, he wouldn't like someone to rule his lands who doesn't have his blood. So he wants Ari to marry soon and have a child which would be of father's blood. This would be the heir to the lands he is wishing for. But if Ari gets too old to have children, her husband would get the province for basically no effort. Now you get what this is about. Giving away the province without really doing so. If you have no son, you must get yourself a grandson.You tell Annabelle about this. She nods.>That's what it boils down to. He grew up with the view that it always has to go to the closest, eldest relative. If it is a male, that is. Otherwise, Ari would get the title herself and there would be no drama about any of this.You nod. This could be way easier. But it isn't , so you must make the most of it.Annabelle looks at you like she wants you to say something about all of this.What do you want to say?>So... Is there something we can do to make this easier?>So basically, all we can do is to wait and hope that the problem sorts out itself?>Other (write in)
>>827613>So... Is there something we can do to make this easier?I hope this choice has her say how she feels about all this
>>827613>Is there something we can do the make this easier?
>>827613>So... Is there something we can do to make this easier?
>So... Is there something we can do to make all of this easier?you ask. Annabelle shrugs. >I'm not sure. But I sure hope so. Ariadne is so much better than the piece of meat my father tries to sell her as.She sure seems upset.>I know his sounds harsh, but why can't she marry out of love? I could because I had no inheritance linked to me. If it wasn't for the inheritance, I think father would have no problem with it.This sounds interesting. If Lord Sang-Valois wouldn't have to worry about this, he would be less pressured over this.>So, can we actually do something? Do you know something?Annabelle shrugs again.>Getting the inheritance out of the way would work for Ari. But this is pretty much the opposite of what everyone wanted. If only I was older a few years. If I was the older sister, I would inherit it and the problem would be out of the way. And the third option would be Ari giving up her claim to any of this and running away. This wouldn't work too well, though. It would hurt father, it would hurt the province and through knowing she did cause this, she would be hurt, too. I'm not sure if there is a way out of this.She seems visibly upset at this prospect. You hug her until she's calmed down. >Thank you, Jean. I think I'll talk to Ari about this. There has to be a way out.She goes off to the training grounds.What do you want to do?>Join her. Maybe they'll need support.>Talk to (who?) about (what?)>Train a skill (what?)>Something else (write in)
>>827658>Train a skill (what?)Practice with our short sword against the soldiers
>>827658>Ask if she'd like us to accompany her, for support. If she feels she's got this, then head to the grounds to train our swordsmanship.
>>827658>Talk to (Lord de Pierre) about (Ariadne).>Talk to (Bulgar) about (what's it like being dead?)
>>827658>>827690Lemme try to words again.>Talk to (Lord de Lebendai) about (whether or not Ariadne is the kind of girl he would like to marry).
>>827695you should probably try some sleep first, friend
>>827696Maybe that would be a good idea.
Well, guys... have you found a consensus yet? What do we do?
>>827721I'll place my official vote as>Join her. Maybe they'll need support.
Alright. Then I'm writing.
You decide to accompany Annabelle as kind of an emotional support. She seems to be pleased with your dedication.>Hey, Jean! And Annie, too. What takes you here? Do you want to marry a second time?Annabelle shakes her head, albeit with a grin. >Once will be sufficient, thanks. We're here to help you, actually.Ariadne looks at the two of you with surprise.>Okay, you want to help me. On what topic?You explain that you thought about the inheritance situation. Ariadne just laughs.>It would be over in a day if father was only a bit less stubborn. Then I would give the whole stuff to Annie and finally start doing what I want. This sounds... full of hope and optimism. As if she found a way or something.>What would you like to do, Ariadne?you ask her. She shrugs.>Don't know it in exact detail yet. Something with weapons and such. Maybe I'll be a mercenary or a free knight of some sort. Maybe someone will hire me as a master-at-arms someday. Then, I'll settle down, make a living by beating up new recruits and maybe one day marry someone I really love.This seems wonderful. At least for her. You could really imagine her doing that.Now, there is a moment of silence. What do you want to say?>Nothing. We don't have much to say on the topic anyway.>I believe your father would actually be proud of you. He might not like to admit it, but I think he would.>Well, what can we do to make this wish come true?>Well, this sounds... dangerous. Are you sure about that?>Other (write in)
>>827753>I believe your father would actually be proud of you. He might not like to admit it, but I think he would.As a ruler I don't think he would support it or approve but as a father I feel your happiness is his greatest concern
>>827753>Nothing. We don't have much to say on the topic anyway.Let Annabelle talk. We're here as her support.
>>827753>>Well, this sounds... dangerous. Are you sure about that?
>>827753>I believe your father would actually be proud of you. He might not like to admit it, but I think he would.Also offer to hire her as our master-at-arms while praising how strong she is
>Honestly, I believe your father would be proud. Not as a ruler, of course. But as a father, I think he would be. For a father, their children's happiness should always come first.Ariadne nods. But you can't but notice a slight movement in her face. A... smile?>Also, I am interested in your leading capabilities. Did you ever do something close to what a master-at-arms does?Ariadne now smiles at you with her usual determination.>You bet I did. I am actually our second-in-command for this position. Under two different masters-of-arms now. The only reason why I am not the regular one, is because father won't let me. She seems lost in thought for a moment, then turns to Annabelle.>Annie, is he just trying to recruit me? Annabelle nods.>Seems like it. But this must be only our imagination. He wouldn't want to upset our father. This must have been an idea of yours, Ari. One he never heard about. One you arranged on your own and completely behind your back. Isn't it like this?The other two of you nod. Annabelle has a brilliant mind. She got Ariadne a position to fill, one she would like, even. And she shifted the focus of attention away from you. Now you wouldn't be the one who lured Ariadne away from home, but insted the one who was completely taken by surprise.>I will take the needed measures for this, Jean. I will mostly have to convince Duncan, right? This should be doable. Also, I think I might be able to settle this with father. You two lie low and do what you would do normally. This way nobody will think you're in on it.Roll 1d20+2 for Ariadne's success in this. Best of three, as always.
Rolled 6 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>8278433 rolls below 5 coming right up
Rolled 6 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>827843
Rolled 6 + 2 (1d20 + 2)>>827843I hope this works, and Annabelle will truly be a boon to us
>>827852It's this kind of negativity that brings the rolls down. You only failed when you called it in advance. Seriously guys, stop it.
You don't do much for the rest of the day and let Ariadne handle this. Still, she might have overestimated herself. When you return to your quarters, Duncan approaches you. >You won't believe what happened. Lady Ariadne came up to me and asked to be your new master-of-arms since she heard you lacked one. Of course, I rejected her advances and reported it to her father. I think this might boil down to quite some trouble. For her. I immediately told him you weren't involved in any way. You weren't right?How do you want to answer?>Tell the truth. (guaranteed success, hurts your favour with everyone in the Sang-Valois family. Badly.)>Well, I was talking to her today. We had some military based topics and I might have brought up the fact I am missing a master-at-arms. Still, I didn't encourage her in any way. (easy, might make Lord Sang-Valois a bit more wary towards you)>We met up today, yeah. But I only told her I was impressed with her abilities. She's displaying them pretty openly, right? (medium, likely doesn't hurt any of your relationships)>No, nothing the like. You're completely right. (hard, sure not to hurt any of your relationships)
>>827893Darnit dumbcan!>We met up today, yeah. But I only told her I was impressed with her abilities. She's displaying them pretty openly, right? (medium, likely doesn't hurt any of your relationships)
>>827893>We met up today, yeah. But I only told her I was impressed with her abilities. She's displaying them pretty openly, right? (medium, likely doesn't hurt any of your relationships)Shit, I feel like we screwed the pooch
>>827893>We met up today, yeah. But I only told her I was impressed with her abilities. She's displaying them pretty openly, right? (medium, likely doesn't hurt any of your relationships)
>>827899>>827899>>827907>>827919Alright guys. Roll me 1d20+3. Best of four because I'm feeling generous.
Rolled 9 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>827933Time for a 20
Rolled 14 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>827933
Rolled 2 + 3 (1d20 + 3)>>827933
>>827938>>827940>>827942>>827957>>827957Alright, writing. Looks like the +3 for your speech skills really saved your day.
>tfw we didnt get anything for triple sixes
>Well, we met up today, that is true. But I didn't do anything that wasn't appropriate. I only complimented her on her abilities. These are pretty obvious, right?Duncan nods.>That's true. I've seen her fight a few times. She is really impressive. Still, I heard you beat her in a spar. I'm even more impressed with you. After some time, it knocks on your quarter's door. It's Lord Sang-Valois.>Good evening, Jean. Mind if I come in?You gesture him to come in and take a seat which he gladly obliges.>Well, I am here to apologize for Ariadne's earlier behaviour. I hope she didn't bother you too much. You shake your head. >It's okay, my friend. She is young and full of dreams. Kind of like I am. Or everyone in this age.Lord Sang-Valois nods thoughtfully.>Well said. Still, I think she has stepped over her boundaries too far this time. I think I will take away her rank as a second to the master-of-arms. It only instills her with ideas inadequate for someone her rank.Now this is very, very bad news. You've got to do something about this. Still, you can't let your involvement in this shine through.>Write in your answer.
>>828007Of course. I don't condone heresy in my threads. Not at all. Be glad I didn't burn all of you at the stake.
>>828116Trips have to count for something, though
>>828123Be happy I'm such a nice person. You get a free fourth roll in a future rolling situation you managed to fail (let's hope this situation never arises ever again). I decide when, though.
>>828113"In my humble opinion as your friend I believe that removing Ariadne off her rank would have an even more negative effect on her. She's a person who lives to fight and protect this house but with all this marriage talks she must be feeling undervalued and tried to escape forward."
Well at least I wasn't the one who fucked up this time.>>828215I vote for this one.
>>828215>>828222>>828278Great work. Writing.
>>828215Yeah she has already suggested running away this will push her over the line.
>May I again tell you something? You know, as a friend, not an advisor?Lord Sang-Valois nods.>Sure, go ahead, my friend. I am not really sure about this, to be honest. I would like another opinion on this.You collect yourself for a second, then you speak up.>In my opinion, I believe that Ariadne didn't have any ill intent. She lives to fight and protect this house. I fear that all of these marriage talks and all of these responsibilities placed on her might have overwhelmed her and caused her to feel not valued enough. Maybe this was kind of an escape forward. Into something she thought she would be valued more as.Lord Sang-Valois seems quite moved by your spirited defense. >So you want to say that I shouldn't punish her?You nod.>That's right. If you take away her rank, who knows if she won't react even more negatively? Running away in the night and getting herself into danger? This world is a rough place at times. Even more so, if you're a woman.He looks down as in shame for a second, then he nods.>You're right, Jean. Thank you for your honest words. I fear I am not as good of a father as my girls would have needed. Ariadne in special. I should have spent more time with her when her mother died. Isabella was old enough to get through this and Annabelle was a baby, but Ariadne was only seven years old at the time. He is crying now. You put a hand on his shoulder.>Don't blame yourself, David. I think you've got your reasons for doing what you did. After a while, his tears dry up.>I am sorry for losing my composure in a way like this, Jean. It just became too much.You make an appeasing gesture. >Don't worry. This happens to the greatest of men if the tragedy is great enough.Lord Sang-Valois nods. >This is true. But thank you for helping me with all of this. I will keep Ariadne in her rank, as you said. You've been right every time so far. After a few more expressions of gratitude, he leaves your quarters. The morning comes and the whole court is busy to prepare for the arrival of the king. Ariadne and Michèl have the guard polish their armors and weapons and train honorary formations for a last time. The servants hurry in every direction. How do you want to spend the time until the king arrives?>Talk to (who?) about (what?)>Train a skill (what?)>Get your men into shape and formation. He's a military oriented guy, right?>Get more informations on the king. We should know as much as we can.>Other (write in)
>>828385>Get your men into shape and formation. He's a military oriented guy, right?
>>828385>Get more information on the king. We should know as much as we can.And about etiquette and how we should behave around him.
>>828385>Get more information on the king. We should know as much as we can.
>>828385>>Get more informations on the king. We should know as much as we can.
>>828406>>828488>>828523Alright. Roll me 1d20 for information gathering. Best of three.
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>828567
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>828567
Rolled 9 (1d20)>>828567
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>828567
>>828578Savin our asses, boyo
I just want to leave for our own lands now instead of dicking around here.
>>828629We need to bring something concrete back
>>828629For realMedieval soap opera done got old fast
You meet up with Lord Sang-Valois, who is sporting an unsual look today. Instead of his usual wide-cut and comfortable clothes, he is sporting a set of chainmail and his family's coat of arms, silver eagle on dark blue field. This is not very surprising, as the king is said to favour this kind of battlefield clothing even in peaceful times. Some say he even sleeps in chainmail.>Oh, Jean. Nice to see you. How can I help you?he asks. You return the greeting and get straight to the point. >Is there anything I need to know when the king is around? Any special customs?Lord Sang-Valois nods. >Yes, he likes talks short and meaningful instead of long and wordy. Pretty much always likes it spartanic. Simple words, simple meals, simple actions. Don't make it too complicated.You nod. This seems easy enough. You like it straightforward, too.You thank Lord Sang-Valois and ask if you can do anything to make a good first impression to the king. He nods.>I already made sure for your men to be included into our formation. It just looks more impressive this way. For both of us. Still, you could get yourself into some nicer garb. Anything with a crest to make yourself identifiable sounds like a plan.You thank him and return to your quarters. Shifting through the few pieces of clothing you brought, you find three possible things to put on which are at least remotely worthy of someone meeting a king.What do you want to wear?>Our everyday clothing and chainmail. Our houses coat of arms on top. Can't really go wrong with this.>A set of leather armor with our house's crest ingraved. Let's keep it simple.>Your best linen shirt and pants. Goes well with a tabard which has a de Labendai crest on it.>Other (write in)
>>828629>>828647Sorry for not playing at your speed, guys. If you've got only a bit more patience, it'll speed up soon.
>>828667>>A set of leather armor with our house's crest ingraved. Let's keep it simple.
>>828667>>Your best linen shirt and pants. Goes well with a tabard which has a de Labendai crest on it.
>>828667>>Our everyday clothing and chainmail. Our houses coat of arms on top. Can't really go wrong with this.doesn't look like we are trying too hard
>>828667>Our everyday clothing and chainmail. Our houses coat of arms on top. Can't really go wrong with this.
>>828696Switching to this.
You decide to take it simple and put on your everyday clothes, your chainmail and the Labendai coat of arms. You don't want to come of as someone who tries too hard. Once changed, you head out to the courtyard and take your place in the formation. Duncan is standing next to you, your house's banner raised high. For a few minutes, nothing happens in particular. Then, a guard on the walls cries out>They're coming!Every soldier adjusts their posture for a last time. Then, the first horses pass the gate. The royal guard. Then, the council in various carriages. And then, the king. He doesn't arrive in a fancy carriage like you expected, instead he is riding an armored warhorse. His eyes are wandering the soldiers without much reaction aside from an occasional nod or raised eyebrow. Then, he passes the company of yours, his eyes meeting yours for a second. They are grey as steel and don't tell much about his current emotions. Then, he musters you quickly, giving your choice of clothing an approving nod. >Here I am, David de Sang-Valois. he greets the lord, who falls on one knee immediately.>Greetings, your majesty. I am happy to welcome you to my holdings.After this, the dialogue is over. The king really doesn't like much idle talk.The royal company erects their tents on the soldiers' training grounds, while the more noble of them are accomodated in the now empty western tower. After a brief period of settling in, you are called to the back room of the great hall. The king is already waiting there, along with Lord Sang-Valois and his daughters. You and Lord de Pierre arrive at the same time.>So is everyone here? the king asks. After a short agreeing nod from everyone, he continues.>So, would you mind explaining to me again why we are here?This question didn't seem like it was directed at anyone in particular. What do you want to do?>Start explaining yourself. This guys doesn't seem to like waiting. >Wait for Lord Sang-Valois to start explaining. Those are his holdings, after all.>Other (write in)
>>828772>Wait for Lord Sang-Valois to start explaining. Those are his holdings, after all.
You keep silent and let Lord Sang-Valois take the lead in this conference.>We're asking you to pass judgement on one whom we didn't see only us fit to do.The king nods.>So, who shall I pass judgement over and for what crime?Lord Sang-Valois answers again.>On Lord Marius Belamy. The charges are breaking the law of hospitality by insulting me and my daughter and drawing steel against a guest of mine in this very room. All fourty men of his guard are charged with breaking the law of hospitality by threatening us with bloodshed upon us arresting their lord. The king nods again.>Those are serious accusations. Who are the witnesses in these cases?Lord Sang-Valois collects himself for a moment, then listing everyone who witnessed these cases. >The first case was witnessed by myself, Lord Armand de Pierre and Lord Jean de Labendai as well as my daughters Ariadne and Annabelle Sang-Valois. The second one was witnessed by me, Lord de Pierre, Lord de Labendai and every soldier on guard duty in my castle during the morning, as well as every soldier of Lord de Pierre's and Lord de Labendai's escorts. The king gets up from his chair.>I've heard you and your case seems to be clear. Still, I wish to talk to each of you lords in private. Do you think this would be possible?>Of course, your highness. Please, Mylords follow me. He leads you out of the chamber, before entering the interrogation first.>Please wait here, if you've got the time. We'll call you in when you are needed. It only takes around ten minutes, before he leaves the room again, now asking Lord de Pierre to enter. He was right, the king really isn't a man of big words. Ten more minutes later, you are called into the room.>Lord de Labendai, please take a seat.the king tells you. You comply quickly.>So you are Jandant de Labendai's former squire, right?You nod.>That's right, your highness.There's something playing around his lips. Is this... amusement?>I must say, you entertained me for quite some time now. Not everybody rises to a lord at your age, especially not if he is born a simple farm boy. You don't know what to say, so you keep it at a simple nod again.>And this young upstart is not even a lord for a week and he already is making a name for himself. Marrying an influencial lord's daughter, killing a notorious bandit and angering one of the kingdom's bigger lords so much, that he ignores all laws of hospitality. You lower your head in apology.>I am sorry to have cause so much trouble, your highness. I was just speaking my mind at the said moment.The king nods.>And you admit that you called him someone who looks like his father fornicated with a flamingo?Your head hangs even lower, as you admit to this, too.>Well done, young lord.Now you're confused. Is he joking?>I know what you think. I am not joking. Come here and take a look at this.You get up and walk to the desk, where the king has opened a letter.[cont.]
>My beloved Friederike, I can't wait to finally be able to welcome you at my home. Here are a few coins to make your travel affordable. Yours faithfully, Marcus.it reads. Now, what might this be about?>This letter was played into my hands a few weeks ago. On the first look, it might look like a regular love letter, written by a knight of Belamy to his beloved in Franconia. But we believe that it is a secret plot to overthrow me. These letters are sent in too regular frequences and always with just barely enough coins to still be considered inconspicious. My... network considers these letters a try at allying with the king of Franconia to invade and overthrow me. These are grave news, if they manage to get the king to hold such a long monologue.>Still, this wasn't enough to try him for it. But now, you found me a perfect opportunity to get rid of this threat. And for that, I thank you.You go to your knees and make an appeasing gesture.>Please, your highness, speak nothing of it. It was a mere streak of luck that lead to this.He nods, this time openly approving.>Saving the kingdom and then being this modest. I like you, Lord de Labendai. Also...Also? What does he want to tell you?>You were completely right. This guy DOES look like his father fornicated with a flamingo. Now, the tension in the room is broken, as both of you erupt into vigorous laughter. >Well, that's all I wanted to ask and tell you. I am sure I can rely on your discretion?You nod and leave the room after a brief goodbye.Outside, Lord Sang-Valois and Lord de Pierre are waiting.>Did anything happen, Jean? You were in there for quite a long time. Did he ask anything special?What is your answer?>Tell them what he showed you. They played a major part and deserve to know.>You promised discretion to the king. Just tell them he wanted to learn a few things about the new lord.>Dismiss it as nothing special. You just took a bit longer to answer.>Other (write in)
>>829066>>You promised discretion to the king. Just tell them he wanted to learn a few things about the new lord.
>>829066>You promised discretion to the king. Just tell them he wanted to learn a few things about the new lord.
Rolled 7 - 2 (1d20 - 2)>Nothing special. It was just that he didn't know me yet and wanted to know a few things. you tell them. Both of them nod understandingly.>I don't know if he told you, but he will hold the trial right after dinner. Well, your impression was right. This guy seriously doesn't waste time.Dinner is less opulent today, and consists of grilled meat, vegetable stew, bread, water and beer. Lord Sang-Valois really knows how to adapt to his guests' customs. After dinner, some chairs and a long table are brought to the courtyard. A large canopy is set up above it. The king and his council take their seats under it. You and the other lords have taken seats at the side. A guard brings up Lord Belamy from the dungeon. he doesn't look too great. He reminds you of someone whose father fornicated with a rabid flamingo now.>Marius Belamy! the king's voice thunders over the courtyard.>You are charged with breaking the law of hospitality twice in a grotesque way! Insulting your host and his family and...he takes a deep breath here.>DRAWING STEEL AGAINST A FELLOW LORD!The audience gasps in shock. At least the part of it that didn't know the charges already.What do you have to say to these accusations?>Roll me 1d20+4. Best of three.
>>829142FYI, the last sentence was planned to be in greentext, too. Sorry for messing up.
Rolled 4 + 4 (1d20 + 4)>>829066Why did you say "King" of Franconia? Is that just like literal translation or does your setting have a King of Franconia?>>829142
Rolled 9 + 4 (1d20 + 4)>>829142
Rolled 7 + 4 (1d20 + 4)>>829142
>>829157Sorry, I didn't look up the old borders and such. Also the titles. I needed someone just over the German border, so the Franks came to mind quickly. Ignore the 'king' and set a 'duke' in his stead. In my mind, Franconia at the historical point of my setting is in the bounds of old Austrasia until Aachen and Metz in the west and Swabia.Sorry again for historical inaccuracies.
Rolled 3 + 4 (1d20 + 4)You guys passed this roll. Rolling for possible spoils.
Rolled 7 + 4 (1d20 + 4)>>829211Fucking bullshit. I'm making my own roll, this is the actual roll for spoils
Lord Belamy tries to defend himself, but he doesn't seem to be a guy with much substance to his arguments. Or a talent with lies. >This is preposterous! Simply preposterous! Insulting me and then doing THIS to me when I am trying to defend my honor! Preposterous. Then you and the other lords give your testimonies again. Calm and collected you tell the court of the happenings. Due to this imbalance of evidence and counter-evidence, the trial is over quick. >Lord Marius Belamy, I hereby find you guilty of breaking the law of hospitality twice!the king proclaims. But one problem remains. >My council seems torn beetween different possibilities to punish these crimes. So if there is anybody around who would like to suggest a punishment, I ask you to step forward and present us with your point of view.First, Lord Sang-Valois' chaplain steps forward.>The Lord above sentenced the city of Sodom to destruction and death of its inhabitants. But one family was spared because they showed hospitality towards complete strangers. Hospitality is one of the highest good the Lord above has given to us. Breaking it should be punished the same way the inhabitants of Sodom were. He is asking for a death sentence.Then, a lord from the king's company steps forward.>I know Marius since he was a little boy. He always was a difficult child, but by no means was he evil. I think he should be sent on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to reflect upon his wrongdoings. Do you want to step forward and suggest a punishment?>Yes. We were there when it happened. Nobody can judge this better than us.>No. We should just keep out of it.>How about asking Lord Sang-Valois or Lord de Pierre to suggest something? They were there with us, too.>Other (write in)
>>829276Does he have any children or anything?
>>829276>No. We should just keep out of it.
>>829276>I think he should be sent on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to reflect upon his wrongdoingsThats really not a bad idea
>>829303The king can get him assassinated along the way
>>829285Nope. He was here for a wife, remember?
>>829316Not even brothers or cousins with claim to his titles?
>>829310Shame about them italian bandits
>>829321Two younger brothers, actually.
>>829276>Keep out of itJumping too quickly on the death sentence would just raise eyebrows, and we promised discretion to the king so we wouldn't be able to tell why.
>>829276>He should be stripped of his titles, to be distributed amongst his brothers, then take a pilgrimage to one of the holy sites as penance
>>829357This, however, is a good idea and I change my vote. >>829353
So we are at three yays and two nays?
>>829353>>829373Proxy fag spotted?
>>829391nah, mobile fag.
Well guys, I guess I'll be writing.
You step forward.>I would like to propose a punishment.you proclaim.The king nods.>Alright. Go ahead.You collect yourself for a second and then start to talk.>I was there when all of this happened. I think there aren't many who can evaluate the situation like I can. Therefore, I would like to propose...What is your proposition?>Death. He tried to kill us after all.>Corporal punishment. Make him lose the hand he tried to raise against us.>Fine. His land is rich in gold mines. He can buy his freedom with a good amount of this.>Pilgrimage. Make him travel to the Holy Land to access his mistakes.>Disowning. He has shown to be unfit for the title of a lord. He should be stripped of his titles and lands and they should be given to (one/both of his brothers/his cousin Maria/the crown/us/Lord Sang-Valois/someone else)>A combination of some of these?>Something else (write in)------------------------Well guys, that's it for tonight. I'll be back tomorrow around the same time as today. In case I can't make it, I'll tell you on my twitter (@ContraImperator)
Also, leave your opinion in this strawpoll: https://strawpoll.de/gg792xs
>>829518>Pilgrimage. Make him travel to the Holy Land to access his mistakes.>Disowning. He has shown to be unfit for the title of a lord. He should be stripped of his titles and lands and they should be given to (both of his brothers)
>>829518 This: >>829551
>>829518>>A combination of some of these?A pilgrimage, guarding monks or common folks on their way to the holy land, and his lands had ought to be held by the next in line of succession until such time as he has repented and returned.
>>829945He was planning treason against the king. His punishment must be more severe
>>829551I vote for this. Give the titles and lands to the next suitable man.
>>830313Yes but only we and the king know it, and we swore discretion
>>830313He is taking a long, dangerous trip out of the country. Be a darn shame if he didn't make it back. Especially since his brother will have a vested interest in not looking too closely into things.
>>829518>>Pilgrimage. Make him travel to the Holy Land to access his mistakes.Anything else would be too severe, or seem to have an ulterior motive.
>>829518>Pilgrimage. Make him travel to the Holy Land to assess his mistakes.>Disowning. He has shown to be unfit for the title of a lord. He should be stripped of his titles and lands and they should be [temporarily] given to (a party chosen by Lord Sang-Valois).If and when he returns, he will be given an opportunity to apologize for his transgressions to Lords Sang-Valois, de Pierre, and ourself, as well as his King for wasting his majesty's valuable time, and demonstrate that he has become a respectable person worthy of the title of Lord. Afterward Lord Sang-Valois may make the decision to accept Marius's apology and restore to him his title and lands, or he may decide that Marius did not change himself to satisfaction and may award the title and land to the alternate party.
Hey guys, I'm back. I'll get right to writing. A little word of warning in advance: Responding might take a little longer today. I've got lots to do again.
>>831181Your online times coincide almost exactly when I get off and go in to work. It's almost scary.
>Therefore, I would like to propose stripping him of his lands and titles. At least for the time being, as he has clearly shown not to be fit to be a lord. Still, we should give him a chance to repent for his sins. How about a pilgrimage to Rome and Jerusalem? It is said that it has done a lot for quite a few people. You take a short break to breathe and see the old bishop that has arrived with the king nod in approval.>Upon his return, he shall present himself before the king to apologize for wasting his majesty's valuable time. You see the king nodding in approval. >Also, he shall present himself in front of Lord Sang-Valois, who was in incredible distress because of Lord Belamy's actions, me, who was directly threatened and Lord de Pierre, who proved himself a true hero at this day. You see your fellow lords approving, as well as two councilmen in expensive-looking robes.>Upon this, Lord Sang-Valois may decide to accept this apology. Should he have the grace to do so, Lord Belamy will be Lord Belamy again, restored to his land and title. Until then, his majesty shall find a suitable person to administer these lands. After these words, you sign that you have ended your speech. The courtyard erupts into heavy discussions. After some time, the king rises from his seat.>We have considered your proposition, Jean de Labendai and we have accepted it. Full of mercy even to those who wronged you. The Lord above would be proud of you. Lord Belamy starts to scream and throw himself against the chains he is bound with.>YOU CAN'T DO THIS! I AM A LORD! YOU CAN'T JUST FOLLOW THIS DIRTY FARMBOY'S JUDGEMENT!The kind gives a sign and the guard at his side shuts the Lord up with a slap to the back of his head.>Marius Belamy! For your wrongdoings, we have considered this a fitting sentence. We even were nice enough to reject General Legault's added proposition of removing your right hand. Don't do anything that makes me change my mind on this.This shuts up the now fallen lord. The king continues.>We have passed a sentence, but we are far from done on this day. There are a fourty soldiers of Belamy to be tried and an administrator for the Belamy lands to be found. If anybody has a proposition on what to start with, he shall step forward again.What do you want to do?>Step forward. Propose to start with the administration. It's connected to the last case, after all.>Step forward. Propose to start with the soldiers' trials. You have to see that justice is served first. Administrative problems can be settled later.>Keep quiet. Let someone else make a proposition.>Other (write in)
>>831194>Step forward. Propose to start with the administration. It's connected to the last case, after all.
>>831194>>Keep quiet. Let someone else make a proposition.
>>831194>Keep quiet We don't want anyone to think we're a power hungry bastard.
Rolled 1 (1d2)
You decide to keep quiet. You've said a lot already, after all.After some time, one of the lords from the king's company voices his idea.>We should try and get the administration of the Belamy realm settled. After all, we can deal with the soldiers much more freely if we know who will protect the realm in the future.Everone seems to agree and propositions for the post of the administrator are brought forward. One of the king's men proposes the crown itself, one proposes Lord Sang-Valois as it happened on his lands, some speak out for a traditional way of dealing with this by giving it to his younger brother Dénis. There are some other persons considered, but nobody really seems able to decide on a person. This seems like a good reason why being a simple lord is better than being king. You don't have to deal with a council this much. Finally, the old bishop gets up.>Your highness, Mylords, may I propose a way of settling this? During the time of ancient greece, matter were settled like this. Everybody wrote the person he considered the most fit on a piece of paper in secret. This prevented people from voting for someone because they felt obliged to do so. Then, the papers were collected in a central place and the person with the most votes would be the winner. This seems like an idea that might work. Not everyone can get behind this completely, but overall, it's settled. >Then, would you organize this, your eminence?the king asks. The bishop nods and calls in his servants, instructing them on what to do.Every lord, member of the council and higher clergy, as well as the king get one vote. In total, this leaves the total number of votes at 32.You are handed a piece of paper and a piece of coal. Whose name do you want to write on the paper?>Your own name. You'll need these additional provinces. And maybe you'll have impressed enough people to win, who knows?>Lord Sang-Valois. He has endured so much already, he deserves a reward.>Lord de Pierre. He really saved you back there and is a good friend of yours. He deserves this.>The crown. The king has a lot of great administrators. They could make the best of the realm.>The church. You're not a church man in the classical sense, but your beliefs are still important to you.>Dénis Belamy. He is the next in succession after all.>Someone else? (write in)
>>831261>>The crown. The king has a lot of great administrators. They could make the best of the realm.
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>831261I'm going to coin flip between>1. Lord de Pierreand>2. OurselvesOn the one hand, Pierre came here to secure a title of his own, and it doesn't seem like he'll be fit to marry Ariadne. However, on the other hand Duncan did advise us to seize the first opportunity to add to our holdings. I figure I'll leave it to fate on this one.
>>831261>Lord de Pierre
>>831261>Lord de Pierre. He really saved you back there and is a good friend of yours. He deserves thisBigger army and he will need a new woman at arms
>>831261>Dénis Belamy. He is the next in succession after all.
>>831263I gotta say that increasing our army might not be the priority. We need to prvide for them aswell.
>>831261>Lord de Pierre. He really saved you back there and is a good friend of yours. He deserves this.
>>831262>>831263>>831266>>831267>>831270>>831274>>831277Alright, guys. Roll me 1d20. Best of three.
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>831305My best d20 coming right upI call him Rolland
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>831305Phil Rollins
Rolled 4 (1d20)>>831305Rollarin
>>831314>>831316If you remind me to never roll again, I'll remind you of the same.
>>831318Kek I got a 20 one time I'll have you know.
>>831320I too once rolled breddy high. How the mighty fall.
>>831307Well done, Rolland.
You decide to write down Lord de Pierre's name on the paper. If you wrote yourself, people might take this the wrong way.After all papers are collected, the bishop counts them openly. >We've got six votes for Dénis Belamy, two votes for the church, four votes for the crown, another six votes for Lord David Sang-Valois and a fourteen votes for Lord Armand de Pierre. Does anyone insist of a majority of half the votes?Nobody raises their hands. The king gets up from his chair.>Then, it is decided. The crown nominates Lord de Pierre as administrator of the Belamy lands and title. Do you accept, Lord de Pierre?Armand falls on one knee and accepts the decision.>Then, this is decided. Bring forth the soldiers. We shall judge them.The guards lead the fourty soldiers from the Belamy company to the courtyard. They don't look better than their lord. >Now, soldiers. What can you say to keep me from exiling you, stripping you of your titles or executing you for your infringements?The soldiers are hard to understand, as they are a huge pile of men begging for their lives. The few ones trying to make valid points are overshadowed by the omnipresent begging. Nobody seems quite sure how to deal with this situation. The king whispers a few words with his fellow councilmen and upon receiving a number of nods, gets up from his seat. >My dear lords de Pierre, Sang-Valois and de Labendai. You've been on the court during the uprising. What would you say how we should deal with this situation?David and Armand look at you like they expect you to have a plan for the three of you. Do you want to make a suggestion?>No, wait for the others' suggestions and maybe add a point or two.>Yes, one of us has to start. And they might not have said so, but they want us to do so.>Other (write in)
>>831338>YesGotta take them hints
>>831338>>No, wait for the others' suggestions and maybe add a point or two.
>>831338Weren't the soldiers just following the orders from the lord?
>>831338>Yes, one of us has to start. And they might not have said so, but they want us to do so.The one time someone expects us to talk we're not going to say no.
>>831338>Yes, one of us has to start. And they might not have said so, but they want us to do so.
>>831349At the same time, though, once you swear an oath to your lord, you must deal with all the consequences of that. I wouldn't punish them as severe as Lord Belamy, however.
>>831342>>831352>>831363Alright, writing. Sorry for the delay, I was busy cooking.
>>831427What did you make?
You take the hints from the other two and begin speaking first. >Well, I think that we all can agree on the point that judging them in this panicked, uncoordinated mess will only lead to... questionable results. We need to calm them down somehow.The King looks at you with surprise. You seem to impress him continuosly.>Well, what would you say is the best thing to do in this case?You collect your thoughts for a second, then you answer...What is your answer? >I know your time is precious, but you should try each of them on his own. After all, who can deliver the right judgement, if not you, second only to god in your judgement?>Your time is precious, so you should make this quick. Try their leaders and see what impression they make about the whole of their company.>These are commoners mostly. Try those of higher rank yourself and leave the rest to the lords and such.>First, we should differentiate between them. There were some on the courtyard, ready to fight. But there were also some in the quarters. We don't know much about their willingness to do so.>A combination of some of these?>Other (write in)
>>831433Good old German Mettbrötchen. With some cheese and red peppers on top. I don't know if there is an English term for this.
>>831444>>These are commoners mostly. Try those of higher rank yourself and leave the rest to the lords and such.
>>831445Damm I want some of that I'm starving on a Salesfloor at work>>831444>other We should try there commanders separately from the rest. But only investigate the commanders the soldiers were only following orders but I remember one officer who knew the full extent of Belamy's insult and still rallied his troops probably telling them lies. Those who simply rushed to there lords defense should not be punished but those that aided in his insult knowingly should.
>>831445What does it look like raw meat?
>>831459Normally, yes. But I baked them to melt the cheese. Tastes pretty nice this way.
>Well, I know that your time is valuable, so I think you should only judge the officers yourself. I think the soldiers followed orders mostly. But there was one officer in special you should keep in mind. You show him the respective officer.>This man knew what his lord did, we told him in full extent. We were only trying to make them leave at this point. But his escalation of things lead to everyone's capture and trial. Who knows what he told his fellow soldiers.The kind nods. >This is a serious accusation once again. Can your fellow lords verify this?Lord Sang-Valois and Lord de Pierre nod.>It is true. He was hostile towards us and threatened to use force. Lord Sang-Valois answers. The king nods in response.>In this case, I shall try the officers myself. One after another.Then, he turns to you again.>You're impressive, boy. Especially for your age. What a shame you've got a province to lead. I could use someone like you at my court.You go to one knee immediately and thank him.>No reason to thank me. Just saying what I think. By the way, would you mind leading the judging of the commoners yourself? Two lords from my court will assist you. Then, he turns to your fellow lords. >And if you would come with me to the officers' trials, I would be pleased, too. Maybe I'll need your testimony another time.All three of you agree and the king takes David and Armand to the office room, where he plans on holding the officers' trials. You meet up with Lord Marac and Lord d'Orleans, members of the royal council. >So you are the young Lord de Labendai, right?Lord Marac asks. You nod.>We heard some pretty impressive stories about you. Still, I would like to pay my condolences about your late lord's death. Jandant de Labendai was a great man.You tell them of the king's order. They seem surprised, but agree.>His majesty doesn't do something very often. In fact, I've only seen a king do this two or three times in total. And I've served his father and grandfather, too.This is an incredible honor. You vow to give this your all so you can pay back his trust fully. The first soldier is brought before you, a young man called Michel Meunier. A complete commoner.What do you want to ask him?>Write in your interrogation questions. Also, roll me 1d20+6 (two experienced lords and the infallible de Labendai sense) for your ability to detect lies. Best of three.
>>831517I know the fear you must be feeling at the molment being thrust into this situation. But we need full knowledge of the situation if you tell us the truth the chance of your freedom are much greater.What did you know of the situation when you sallied out to defend your lord?
Rolled 7 + 6 (1d20 + 6)>>831517
Rolled 2 + 6 (1d20 + 6)>>831517
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>831526Right rolling
Rolled 10 + 6 (1d20 + 6)>>831517>Death by hanging. Next!Wait no, that sucks. Let's just go with >>831526
We are not an interrogator lol
>>831560Haha I wish that would be fun
Rolled 17 + 6 (1d20 + 6)Too late for Rolland
>>831568It's okay. Tell him he did great. Also that I am writing.
Name of the quest should be Armands cock worshiping quest because you fags can't stop riding his baloney pony.
>I know you are afraid at this moment. Your lord just got disowned and sent on a pilgrimage, after all. Still, we need to know every little detail you know. If you cooperate, your chances of freedom are much greater.The soldier swallows hard, then he nods.>Okay. I will tell you what I am aware of. What do you want to know?He seems a bit less fearful, you seem to do this right. >What did you know of the situation when you left your quarters?He collects his thoughts for a few moments, then he answers.>Not much, actually. Our leading officer entered our quarters and had a conversation with the other officers. I don't know what they said, though. They were on the other side of our quarters. You stop him there.>You didn't hear anything? Not a word at all.He seems to think again.>Well, there were a few words. They spoke of 'arrest' and 'a trap' and such. When they came to us, they used the exact same words. They told us that this marriage was a trap to capture our lord, because there was some kind of... antipathy against him. You nod. >And you believed your superiors?He looks down.>Yes, I did. It was no secret that our lord wasn't very... popular. Also, they were my superiors. What could I have done? I have seen them execute a man because he asked for a reason once.He seems to be speaking the truth. The other lords come to the same conclusion.>Then, our lead officer took two other officers and twelve others to the courtyard. The rest of us was told to wait with the remaining officers, so we could attack from two different directions if their demands were not met. But in the end, we didn't even leave the quarters until the surrender. This is all I know, Mylord. Please have mercy with this lowly commoner.At this point, a continued interrogation seems mostly pointless.Do you want to pass a sentence now?>Yes, I've heard enough. >No, I have another question (write in)>Other (write in)
>>831613But it feels so good, when Armand-senpai does this to us~ <3 Also, we should be nice to him. If the players stay true to their plan of cucking him, this is the only thing that might save our head.
>>831614>>Yes, I've heard enough.
>>831613>not medieval soap operaAnycase, yeah doesnt make much sense giving all that land and titles to him
>>831621>If the players stay true to their plan of cucking himAre you seriously on board with that nonsense?
>>831614>No, I have another question. Have your commanders ever done anything like this before?
>>831630He is a german man writing about the french, of course he is
>>831621I would be very alright with you being on board with his nonsense. Especially so if Annabelle and Ariadne are also on board with this nonsense.
>>831630Hey man gotta get that puss. Plus when he dies we can reveal his kid is actually ours and grow our dynasty or some shit. Ok we really just wanted to fuck the tomboy. We've gained favor with just about everyone now we need to get some land and troops and become base as fuk
>>831613Armand is best girl(male)
>>831667Let's make him into a trap. Our trap.
>>831669Can we be his trap instead?
Faggots just cant keep your fetish bullshit to yourselves can you?
>>831672Nah man we alpha male.
>>831674It's pretty much a battle to see how many ways we can get laid without fucking up at this point. Join us in our schemes.
>>831682Yea nah, im here medieval shit. If this quest is just going to be fetish shit im out
>>831630>>831652I'm not sure if I want to be on board with this. Still, if this madness continues, I'm not sure if I can avert it.
>>831692Of course it's not just gonna be fetish shit. Here shortly, we should be returning home again to deal with Brogar and the massive rebellion that he's managed to drum up.
Also, writing. Anyways guys... this is a blue board. Please act like it. Please. It's freaking me out.
I'm in support of wifing both Annabelle and Ariadne, but that's it.
>>831699Just do what we did for MNQ(R): make a Discord with a general discussion channel and a "deleted scenes" channel.
>>831692>>831694Sorry I'll tone it down. Was mostly doing it for jokes I really enjoy this medival theme and quest and dont want to ruin it.
>>831694>, I'm not sure if I can avert it.I mean it is up to you.If we're doing this id like to know because i dont want any part of it
>Well, there is one more question I have. Have your commanders done something like this before?you ask the man. He shrugs.>I don't really know. I joined only a year ago. There are some whispered rumors about quite a lot of wrongdoings, though. Nothing that someone would say out loud, though. I've told you what they did to the poor guy who asked for the reason of a maneuver.You thank him and ask for clarification on the rumors. After you grant him discretion, he tells you about rumors of corruption, illegal raiding and blaming it on bandits and the most scandalous rumor of these: the one that the current main officer got into his place by killing everyone in front of him in 'terrible accidents'.Now this is a lot of information to process.What do you want to do with it?>Send one of the lords to tell it to the king. He should know.>Ask for a break and tell him yourself. This way, no information gets lost in the process.>Keep it to yourself. It's only rumors, right?>Other (write in)Also, the man seems like he told you everything he knows. Are you ready to pass a sentence?>Yes (write in what)>No (write in the thing you want to ask)>Ask the other lords for their impressions first.>Other (write in)
>>831768>Send one of the lords to tell it to the king. He should know.>Ask the other lords first for their impressions and opinions on an appropriate sentence.
>>831768>Tell him ourselves> ask the other lords for there impressions >yesShould let him go with light punishment (what it would be I'm not sure) possibly a lash or two or somthing related to redemption in the eyes of god.
>>831768>>Send one of the lords to tell it to the king. He should know.>Yes (write in whatHes not guilty of anything.
>>831783This>>831748Relaxthe players are just making dumb jokesThey're too goody goody to do something like that.
>>831783If he was just following orders for fear of what would happen to him if he didn't, even lashing him seems like a but much to me. I feel like we should do something like tell him to just do 10 Hail Mary prayers.>>831793I'm not too goody goody to into Armand as long as Annabelle's down with it.
>>831768>Send one of the lords to tell it to the king. He should know.>Ask the other lords for their impressions first.
You decide to send one of the lords. You're considered to lead these trials, right?>Lord d'Orleans, would you mind bringing the king these news? I know, those are only rumors, but still... he should know.The lord nods. >I think you're right. I will go and tell his majesty right away.You stop him quickly.>Before you go, what sentence would you pass on this man? How about you, Lord Marac?The two think for a moment, then they propose a solution.>He did not do anything criminal on his own. But still, he was part of a hostile force. You can't let him go completely scot-free, but still you should not punish him too harshly. You nod.>How about making this a matter of the clergy? Sending him to the chaplain and making him confess it?The two nod, actually impressed by you.>This is a good plan. Guard, bring him to the chaplain, then bring up the next one.Lord d'Orleans hurries away now and returns two subjects later, both sentenced to the same punishment. The next few common soldiers aren't very interesting either, as all of them were part of the quarters part of the company. But then, a different looking soldier is brought before you. His armor looks slightly better, although not great after some long dungeon days, than the others. You guess that he was a higher class of soldier.>Maurice Belamy. Member of the court troops.Now this is interesting. Not only does he seem to be related to Marius Belamy, he even was part of the almost-fighting force.How do you want to deal with this?>Ask the other lords what they think of this case. This might be different.>Judge him like any other. His relative is not a lord anymore.>Let the king judge him. Someone born of a noble family is not ours to judge.>Other (write in)
>>831960>Ask the other lords what they think of this case. This might be different.
>>831960>>Let the king judge him. Someone born of a noble family is not ours to judge.
>>831960>Confirm his relation to the fallen Lord.>Ask the other Lords what they think of this case. This might be different.I wanna say we should send him to the King if he is closely related, but I could also be overthinking it.
>Tell me, are you a relative of Marius Belamy?you ask the soldier. He nods.>Brothers, actually. I am his youngest brother. Marius got the title, Dénis got knighted at least. And I? Got a place in the army. Not even as an officer, but as a mere soldier. The thought alone seems to make him angry.>What do you want to tell me? That I am not valuable enough to be treated specially? In particular because not even Marius is a lord anymore?This guys seems to have been through some things. At least enough to create a reaction like this.>Mylords, what do you think about him?you ask the others.>Not really special, like he said. Youngest of three sons of a fallen house.Lord d'Orleans concludes.>I don't know. Maybe he has some insights into all of this. A Belamy is a Belamy, no matter the rank.Lord Marac disagrees.Now, what should you do about him?>Ask a few questions. Maybe he is indeed useful.>Try him like the others. You've got twenty more waiting. >Send him to the king. This guy is useful without any doubt.>Other (write in)
>>832095>Ask a few questions. Maybe he is indeed useful.
>>832095>Ask a few questionsIf he proved useful send him to the king
>>832095>Send this man to the king. He is of the noble family, and as such his sentencing is the responsibility of the crown.We have 20 men waiting on us; I will not have them blaming more annoyances on another Belamy, especially if he's not to blame.
>You might actually be of some importance. Still, I have to make sure of that.you tell him.>Were you in any way involved in your brother's political activities?Maurice shakes his head.>Not really, no. He left this to his advisors, mostly. Didn't do much on this. On most commitments, actually. Spent most of his time wearing fancy clothes from Italy. Spent lots of gold on it.Well, this is not what you wanted to hear. Still...>So he didn't do any of his ruling himself?Maurice shrugs.>Can't say that, really. Some days he just woke up and felt like doing something. Then he threw himself into it for a day or two, until he lost his interest again.Impressive. You didn't believe you could be more ill-fit for a position like his before. But Marius Belamy is good for a surprise every time.>Just like with this marriage thing. Jumped his horse one morning and assembled a company to travel with, then lost most interest halfway. I could only barely keep him from turning around on the spot. You nod. >So you had a little influence on him?He shrugs again.>Little? The tiniest bit of it. If he felt like it. Couldn't get him from eating meat on a friday, couldn't get him from executing a peasant just because he didn't like his face, but sometimes, I could get him to wear protective clothing when riding. So my influence was mostly... spent on useless things.Well, this doesn't seem too interesting. Still, one question remains.>Has he ever ordered you to do something... odd? Maybe told you to be somewhat secretive about it?Now, Maurice seems to know something worth your time.>Well, there were a lot of weird things, but lately, he had me deliver some kind of... love letters. About which I should not lose a word because one of my officers wrote them and didn't want anybody to know. Didn't expect Marcus to actually be able to love someone.Now, this is interesting. What do you want to do with him?>Send him to the king. He is definitely important.>Ask for more information first.>This plot is over. So this information won't be of much help anymore.>Other (write in)-------------------------------Well, guys. That's it for tonight. I won't be able to run tomorrow, but I'll be back on thursday. I guess at the same time as today. Anything that might change will be announced on my twitter (@ContraImperator). Also, don't forget to vote in the strawpoll: https://strawpoll.de/gg792xs
>>832299>Send him to the king. He is definitely important.Play it off so it's not THAT IMPORTANT but more like, "well he has some insight he might be beneficial". We don't know if the other lords here might be in on it, too
>>832299>Send him to the king for further questioning.
>>832299So are we gonna be going back to our own lands next session?
>>832314This is a good idea.
>>832321I think so.
>>832299I support this guy >>832314 , but include the fact that he carried the messages the king told you about.
>>832299I'm supporting >>832314
>>832374I meant, we don't know if they're in on the plot to kill the king. Just tell him to tell the king everything he told us
>>833166Yeah, that's fair.
Hey guys, I'm back and getting right to writing.
Well, this sounds interesting. He sure is a valuable informant in some ways. You're not sure what he knows about this case, but he might be useful in the plot things. >Guard, take him to the king for further questioning.The guard nods.>And Maurice, I need you to tell the king everything you know. Not only about this case, but about your brother and the letters, too. This might help with your sentence.He nods, then the guard brings him to the king. Then, the next prisoner is brought before you, a member of the main aggression force, too.What questions do you want to ask?>Write in your interrogation questions, again.At the moment, you've got a lie detection score of 16. You could reroll now at a rate of 1d20+5. If you want to do so, add the roll to your questions. Best of three again.
>>837469>What did the officers tell you to do
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>837469Wow getting started at my 8am Just a repeat of the last questions unless there is any info in particular we want to pry from him.
>>837528Why are you rerolling a 16?
>>837535Because it's best out of three that 16 is a 11 we are statistically likely to do better
Rolled 12 (1d20)>>837537Well, if I fuck up you're my scapegoat
>>837539Look at that 17 worth it! Now you can tell me I was right :p .
>>837542>Now you can tell me I was rightYes I could
Looks like you want to reroll. I'll add a third one and start writing.
Rolled 13 + 5 (1d20 + 5)Maybe I should actually roll, when I say that I'll roll.
>What is your name?you ask the soldier.>Albert Montfontaine. he tells you. He is wearing the same kind of armor that Maurice did. Seems like the more experienced troops get slightly improved armor. >So, Albert Montfontaine, I need you to answer me some questions. What happened that lead to the stand-off on the courtyard.>My leading officers came together and spoke of a trap and that we would have to take action right now. Then, they took the more experienced of us to form a 'diplomatic strike force', as they called it. You nod.>Is there anything else you know?He shakes his head. But for some reason, he hesitates for a second.>You're lying. You know something for sure.He shakes his head again, more vehemently. You stand up from your seat. >I have heard enough. Not cooperating makes the sentence easy. Guard, take him out of here and hang him.Once the guard grabs him, he starts getting very talkative.>Please, no. I'll tell you everything, I swear. Please don't kill me. No!You sign the guard to stop.>And now, I want to hear the full truth.He nods.>It was kind of a plot. Lots of the more senior officers and soldiers considered Marius Belamy too weak of a leader. When the situation arose, our leaders plotted to escalate the situation to get rid of him. We soldiers joined in because some had the same opinion and the rest just followed through with it. You nod.>Let me guess, the ones with the same opinion were the ones on the courtyard?Albert shakes his head.>Not everyone. I for example thought he was a weak leader, yes. But I would never dispose of him in a way like this. You hear him muttering 'especially if I knew that my life would be on the line like this'.What a coward. He could be Brogar's twin brother. Have you heard enough?>Yes, I'll pass a sentence. (What?)>No, I'll ask more questions. (Write in what you want answered)
>>837575>>Yes, I'll pass a sentence. (What?)flogging or whatever
>>837581>>837575>Yes, I'll pass a sentence. (What?)I'm inclinced to go with flogging, though I'm very close to saying executed him for going against his lord
>>837575>Yes, I'll pass a sentence. (What?)flogging
>Well, I think I have decided on a punishment, Albert Montfontaine. Being part of an armed rebellion is a severe punishment, and secretly plotting against your lord is a despicable act, too. While I would have killed you if you happened to cause your lord's death, I will now show you the same mercy that your lord was shown. In accordance with the law of crown and church, I sentence you to thirty-nine lashings. This is the highest amount you can order, as the church forbids fourty and more against a fellow frenchman and christian.>But remember, we know your name and face. Should you ever be found guilty of another crime, your punishment will be severe. The soldier nods heavily, even thanking you for this punishment. He must be pretty glad to have his head placed on his shoulders still.Still, he has shown an impressive amount of cowardice. Either he is truly a coward or his officers are incredibly frightening. During his punishment, he is as silent as a man being whipped repeatedly can be. You send Lord d'Orleans to the king again to tell him of the plot. When the sun has sunk behind the horizon, you've finished judging the soldiers, sending most of the lower ranked to the chaplain but lashing a few of the others. The higher ranked soldiers are punished with thirty-nine lashings each. Two, who happened to own small plots of land are additionally imposed with a fine of ten percent of their harvest, payable directly to the crown.You end the trials and go to the great hall for dinner. Today, the cooks have served a simple stew and bread, much to the liking of the king. Still, you can clearly tell from Lord Sang-Valois' and a few other noblemen's expression that they usually favour food a bit more exquisite.After dinner, you are called to the king's quarters. >You have done well today, Jean de Labendai. Lord Marac has told me of the ease with which you knew if someone was telling the truth. Your sentences were chosen wisely, too. You thank him without much detail. He likes saving time, after all.>Again, it is a shame that you have a province to gouvern. I would have much use for you at my court. But I think you will prove useful to me in anything you do. Therefore, I would like to reward you today. What would you like to receive from me?This is a good question. The king can give you almost everything. But the thing you want is...>A good advisor. There are lots of things you don't know much about. You need people you can rely on.>A lower tax rate. You lost quite a few holds which provided valuable income.>A certain amount of money. You can use it for everything, right?>A different favour. (Which?)
>>837701>>A lower tax rate. You lost quite a few holds which provided valuable income.
>>837701>A lower tax rate. You lost quite a few holds which provided valuable income.Some lands would've been nice but I think this works
>>837701>A different favour. (Which?)The dankest of kush
>>837701>Get these imageboard nerds out of my head.>"I... What?">Nothing, nevermind that.>Actually, that lower tax rate sounds bretty gud.>Don't tax me, bro.
>>837704>>837708>>837710Alright. Writing. Sorry for the delay.
>Well, I lost over half of my holds and the affiliated lands, which is a hard hit to my finances. At the moment, our only business is wood and wheat. At even that's going more slowly right now.The king nods.>I see... You're in financial distress. I hereby lower your tax rate by fifty percent for the next five years. After that, it shall still remain twenty-five percent lower.This is a quite impressive reduction. You thank the king and ask if he needs any more from you.>Yes, there is one thing. Read through these notices one of my scribes made. We didn't sentence any of the officers yet, we only interrogated them. I would like your opinion on this. You've proven to be good when it comes to dealing with people.You take the papers, around twenty pages. What do you want to do?>It's a lot to read and it's late. Try to get the important informations and leave out the rest.>We're a decently quick reader. Let's just read it.>Might take a while, but we need all the information we can get. Also, we might find possible contradictions this way.>Find someone (who?) who reads faster than we do and let them tell us the quintessence.>Other (write in)
>>837907>>Might take a while, but we need all the information we can get. Also, we might find possible contradictions this way.
>>837924I'll second this. Do you guys think we should ask Annabelle to help us look over all this information?
>>837924We're a fast learner and reader that can get a associates degree worth of info on economics in a day this is easy for us
>>837924>>837933>>837936Roll me 1d20+1 for your success.Also, >>837936 it is everything you knew about economics in the middle ages. I think you wouldn't get far with this present day.
Rolled 6 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>837943
Rolled 8 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>837943
Rolled 6 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>837943Rolland here
You guys still got one free reroll left. If you want, you can use him now.
>>838016I don't know, senpai, that reroll should be used for something vital. Is this something that is vital, though I guess it's for the king it probably is, but still
>>838029It is vital, reroll my boy
Rolled 11 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>838049Fuck it, alright. Rolling
Rolled 3 + 1 (1d20 + 1)>>838049
>>838057Props for saving the day.
You decide to give it special attention. You need every detail you can get. You dig into the notices and find a few little contradictions. Nothing big, as every testimony is a bit different normally. These guys seem to have told the truth. The next morning, you tell the king your opinion. He nods.>Yeah, we thought so, too. Still, it never hurts to have another opinion. Let us begin with the trials now.The officers are brought to the courtyard.>Sir Marcus, Optios Bernard and Albert, Batallion leaders Robert and Ruben, all of you are charged with escalation of a formerly peaceful situation, breaking the law of hospitality and attempted assault and murder of multiple lords. he tells. The audience is in uproar and loudly boos at them. >Also, you are accused of plotting against your lord. The overall penalty for this will now be decided by the council.After a few minutes, the king gets up from his chair.>The council has made a decision. Every one of you will be sentenced to death, if you can't bring forward a good excuse why we should spare you.The officers are in a panicked frenzy now. >NO! Please! Spare us! I've got a family to feed! I am too young to die! Have mercy! One last time!They are squabbling about who is the loudest to bring forward their not very convincing excuses. Only one of them, the highest ranking officer and knight, Sir Marcus tries to make a serious argument, but is overheard.What do you want to do?>Do nothing. This is mostly decided, anyway.>Sign the guards to make the other four shut up so Sir Marcus can be heard.>Send a servant to the king with the message that he should let Sir Marcus make his argument in silence.>Other (write in)
>>838137>Sign the guards to make the other four shut up so Sir Marcus can be heard.If it is good enough for us to hear, it is good enough for everyone to hear.
>>838137>Sign the guards to make the other four shut up so Sir Marcus can be heard.
>>838156>>838167Good. Roll me 1d20 for your success. Best of three.
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>838187
>>838137>Do nothing. This is mostly decided, anyway.
Rolled 13 (1d20)>>838187
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>838187
Rolled 13 (1d20)>>838190*whistles*>>838137>Sign the guards to make the other four shut up so Sir Marcus can be heard.
You look at the guards who are standing besides the soldiers. Guard duty has varied between the various lords who happen to be present. At the moment, Guy and Edouard are on duty. Lucky coincidence, indeed. You point at the soldiers and then bring a finger to your lips. Guy nods and gives the screaming officers a small nudge to shut them up.It works immediately and Marcus takes this moment of silence to his advantage. >You spoke of a plot. I know this plot, as I was Marius Belamy's most trusted adjutant in this case. The letters were signed with my name, after all. I know details about what was supposed to happen. If you let me live, I will tell you all I know about this.Heated discussions break out in the audience. Even the council seems unsure what to do. The king simply nods.>I will see to this. After lunch, we will meet again back here. Then, I will have decided on this.The prisoners are brought back to the dungeon and the lords meet up in the great hall for lunch.You are ordered to the kings table. Officially because you did so well yesterday. Of course, there is a hidden question behind it.>Lord de Labendai, you've served me well on this. Very well. What do you think? Are his informations valuable enough?You think for a second, then you reply...>No. Maurice delivered the letters. He should be able to get us to his... contact. If we get this person, we'll get the same information, if not more.>Yes. Who knows what he can tell us? His life shouldn't be too much of a price if it saves our kingdom.>Yes. He only asked for his life. We can still get him in a position where he no longer poses a threat. Prison or forced labour for life.>No. We should not negotiate with traitors.>Other (write in)
>>838310If we could do a combination of these two into one, that is what I would vote for.>Yes. Who knows what he can tell us? His life shouldn't be too much of a price if it saves our kingdom.>Yes. He only asked for his life. We can still get him in a position where he no longer poses a threat. Prison or forced labour for life.
>>838316Sure. I'm always open for combinations.
>>838316I agree with this.
>>838310>>838316I agree with this. If he is genuinely helpful to the crown, we can cut him a deal. If he is not, we have the power to pin him down with another crime.
>I think we should listen to what he can tell us. In the best case we get valuable insights. In the worst, we can still decide that it isn't worth a pardon or a lessened sentence.The king nods.>Right. If it comes to war, we should know what our opponent is up to. Even if it stays peaceful, it can't hurt to know.You finish your dinner, roasted pork and mashed potatoes, and head out to the courtyard. This time, it is decided to try Marcus alone.>Well, Marcus. We thought about your offer and we would like to take you up on it. If you can offer us information, you will live to see another day. But if we catch you leaving out one small detail or even lying to us, your life is over.the king announces. Marcus nods and starts talking.>Okay. I will tell you what I know. Well, Lord Belamy wasn't very fond of you. Seeing an opportunity to increase his power, he sought an alliance in secret. With Duke Friedrich of Franconia. The audience is in shock. Franconia left the federation that has become France slightly over one hundred years ago. Since then, there has never been much harmony and occasional war.>Because we knew that letters don't always arrive unseen, we decided to encrypt them. They were designed like love letters from me to his sister, Friederike. This would make no one wonder why we were this secretive about this, as I was only a minor noble without much land and she was the Duke's sister.The Duchy of Franconia is made up from former eastern Austrasia and all of Swabia. Though not as big and influential as France, it still is a force to be reckoned with.>We staged an escape plot from her home to my lands and I sent as much gold as I possibly could without being obvious. By doing this as often as possible, we tried to amass a serious bribe. We wanted the Duke to go to war and possible take over France, so Mylord could increase in power as he wanted to take over new holdings. I joined in this because I wanted my lands to increase in size, too. Not because I wanted power. But because of love. I met a noble lady at one of Lord Belamy's feasts a while ago. It was love at first sight. But her father forbid our union because of my... modest amount of land and influence. Otherwise, I am not sure if I would have followed through with this.A girl from the audience tries to storm towards him, held back by a man who seems to be her father.>It is true! Marcus and I, we love each other!Her father silences her and takes her back to their original places.>Well, this sure was... heart-wrenching. Kind of.the king says.>But do you have any more information that might be useful?Marcus nods.>I am not sure how reliable this information is, but I think I overheard Lord Belamy making battle tactics. These involved a small distraction force to pass over the Vosges at the pass at Col du Bonhomme and the main force making a treaty with the king of the Lombards and coming over the Alps at the pass at Col de Tende, [cont.]
>meeting up with the now turncoat Belamy forces and then marching on the capital while the main army is still fighting in the Vosges.The king nods. >Those are useful informations, indeed. We will have an additional eye on these passes. Still, we might be lucky that the invasion might not occur, now that one side of it is completely out of it.------------------------------------You are Gabriel the Strong, king of France. You've just gained some very important intelligence from a captured officer. For this, you promised him his life. Still, you didn't define the details anyway close. Just now you have the perfect idea for a sentence, which actually happened to be an idea Lord Jean de Labendai told you of. It is.>Keeping him alive and return him to his holdings. As the Belamy lands are somewhat... variable right now, give him some more land. If you give a man who does incredible things for love the things he needs to gain this love, he will not likely return to doing so.>Keep him alive and sentence him to (what time?) in prison. He won't be able to do anything harmful from there.>Keep him alive and sentence him to (what time?) of forced labour. He nearly brought down the country, now it is his duty to help rebuild it.>Give him the sentence his Lord has gotten. Strip him of his titles and send him on a pilgrimage. (Add an option to regain them?) This way, he has a close mental connection of act and punishment. He won't forget this.>Keep him alive but let him pay a fine (what amount? Doesn't have to be money, can be land or titles or pretty much anything.)>Other (write in)
>>838420>Give him the sentence his Lord has gotten. Strip him of his titles and send him on a pilgrimage. (Add an option to regain them?) This way, he has a close mental connection of act and punishment. He won't forget this.Option to regain them is to save the lives of as many he has taken. Upon doing so, he will regain his titles, lands, and obtain even more than what he lost, for love is infinite, and capable of far more than anything else.
>Marcus. You did great injustice. But you did it for love, which is the Lord above has given to us a the ultimate good. Still, for now you will have to strive for redemption.Marcus nods, his head hung low. >You will lay down all your ranks and titles and go on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, following the Apostle Jacob's path. After you did this, you will return to my court and present yourself. If I see that you've truly redeemed yourself, you will return to your lands and titles. For the meantime, they are the crown's for safekeeping. Marcus looks a lot less sad now, but instead eager to go. Still, the sadness about the girl remains.You go towards the crowd which hastily makes a way for you. You stop before the girl and her father.>Mylord, I believe you are familiar with the way of Saint Jacob?The man nods.>It is said that all of your sins are forgiven upon arriving in Santiago de Compostela. You nod. >When this man returns, he will be free of sin. Can you say the same about you?The man looks down upset, then shakes his head.>I wish I was, but who truly is.You nod.>Right. Once he returns, I am sure that he will have redeemed. He will not only receive back his own lands, but I will add some more to it. Enough that you will... feel inclined to let them get married. Marcus raises his head up high, smiling as bright as you never have seen him smile. Might be due to the fact that you always met him when he was either on duty or in chains, but still... The girl also falls to her knees and thanks you in extraordinary amounts. This must be what true justice feels like.After Marcus has vowed to give up his titles and ranks, he is equipped with basic pilgrim's gear and sent on his journey immediately. Then, you take the other officers back from the dungeons. They tend to be very talkative, too. At least once you get them away from panicking. None of them really can present a good reason except from love of might, influence and money. Also, they don't have any new insights.What sentence will you pass over them?>They aren't useful, their motives are despicable. Execute them.>They nearly brought down the country. Let them build it. (How long?) of forced labour for them.>Take away their ranks and exclude them from the military. These guys are unfit to lead forces.>They raised their weapons to hurt, not to protect. Make sure they won't lift a weapon ever again. (Make them lose which body part?)>They need to go to a place where they can't do harm. (How long?) of prison for them.>Something else? (What?)>A combination of some things? (What?)
>>838571>Something else?Defer judgement to someone else and go home
>>838571>They nearly brought down the country. Let them build it. Let them work Sang-Valois' fields until such time that they can individually prove that they will no longer be a concern to the crown.
>>838571>They nearly brought down the country. Let them build it. (How long?) of forced labour for them.12 years. In Mark, he speaks of forgiveness among the Lord's Children and the forgiveness of the Lord. As this is Chapter 6, verse 14, so you shall help build this country nearly brought to ruin for 614 weeks.
>>838571>>They raised their weapons to hurt, not to protect. Make sure they won't lift a weapon ever again. (Make them lose which body part?)Theres tendons and shit so they can't pick up weapons right? slash those fuckers.
>All of you might have brought this country to its knees. All because of your greed. But still, even this can be forgiven. The Lord above can forgive your sins and so should we. This is written down in Mark 6:14, so I think you shall work Lord Sang-Valois' fields for six hundred and fourteen weeks. This is about twelve years, by the way. They don't seem too pleased with this and start protesting loudly. Still, after you told them that you might as well slash the tendons in their arms, they get quite agreeable. >Now, that this is over, I think the king's justice is done here. Royal company, we will leave here tomorrow. Until then, enjoy the exquisite hospitality of the good Lord Sang-Valois.------------------------------------Your name is Jean de Labendai and you've just witnessed the end of the trials. The king actually followed your proposed judgement in all cases. You must be good at this. Better than you expected, at least.There is not much time left until the royal company leaves. After that, it will take you three days at most to leave yourself. Your business is settled, after all. Now, there is still some time left until tomorrow. How do you want to spend it?>Talk to (who?) about (what?)>Train a skill (what?)>There is a skill you would like to train (which?). The royal company might have a someone who might teach you well. Look for them.>Other (write in)-----------------------------------------Well guys, that's it for today. Sadly, I can't run until Sunday now. Lots of life in the way. Sunday, I should start around 4pm German time. Any changes will be announced on my twitter (@ContraImperator). Good night and thanks for playing, guys.
>>838896>There is a skill you would like to train (ruling and court). The royal company might have a someone who might teach you well. Look for them.
>>838896>Talk to (Annabelle) about (the trials).
>>838896>After that, it will take you three days at most to leave yourself.>>838930sure
Hey guys, I am back. I'll start up a new thread right away. This one has gotten a bit too old and unbumpable.
>>851346Oh God your not dead! Prise kek.
And we're live.>>851357