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As part of the ecology lab you're taking, the class went on a research outing to the bayou a good distance out of town. While slogging along through a shallower portion with the rest of the class though, you misstepped and must have landed in a flooded sinkhole or something as you fell forward and under. A thoroughly unpleasant experience as you submerged above your head and became disoriented under the water, some undercurrent dragging you around for a bit.

Eventually you managed to surface again, but pulling yourself up against a tree you think you might have been displaced, and you can't gather your bearings well.

>An open ended game, what do you do?
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>>1220100
>Check our surroundings
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>>1220130

Well you're still in the bayou, still murky water and gloomy trees all around. Not as though you were paying such close attention before though, but you don't recognize this little glade you're in. Probably as you got disoriented underwater though, would explain it. It's afternoon so light isn't a concern at least, you can see as far as the trees allow.
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>>1220155
start walking back upstream
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>>1220207

You slog back the way you think you came, making an effort of it. As you go along you hear birds and other critters, got to watch out for gators though. A little worrisome that after awhile of traipsing through the murky water and between the trees, you have no luck of finding any portion that gives way to the river proper again. Not to mention, unable to locate any classmates.

You'd take it as a good sign that you might be lost now, not such a huge deal but the concerning issue is that you're not sure of where you originally came from that you might retrace your steps. The sensible thing seems to be to move against the flow of the water, which despite the very slow rate you can at least tell that. Eventually after a half hour, maybe more, you do manage to locate a portion of the river again. You know to have overshot anyone since it for as long as you've been wading along you would have well passed them.

So indeed, no sign of the boat or the faculty with it, but you did find at least part of the river. Too deep to wade out further, but it's a start.
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>>1220241
call for help. if no answer continue upstream by land. it must lead somewhere
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>>1220269

You call out for any help, or to be noticed at least and continue to do so as you go along. No luck so far, and much the same with your cell phone. Fortunately it didn't suffer water damage, but you've got no reception out here, though that's nothing surprising.

So, tired of slogging around in the wetlands, you more or less give up finding anyone by way of wandering and hoping. You'll probably do better to find your way inland and then seek help there. Against the slow flow of the water you continue then, taking a diagonal path so that you move away from the river and ideally, eventually out of the standing water of the bayou.

You head along for a hour, maybe more with some diversions, however rounding a tree and trying to get some bearings, you only just notice a gator that you're pretty sure is stalking you. Probably has been and you didn't notice it till then, good thing too. Naturally you'd want to elude him, but with all the water about and these rubber wading pants on, you're not sure you could just bolt and try to outpace him by slogging along.
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I'd climb a tree also what's in your pockets?
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>>1220392

You figure to climb a tree and have some difficulty of it first in these pants, but eventually manage. The gator seems aware of your plan though and ends up waiting by the tree. Maybe eventually he'll leave but then how much effort can it take to just lie and wait?

In the meantime you check to see if you lost anything from the plunge in the deep spot. You've got your phone and wallet still, your keys, a small soaked notebook, some pens and pencils, a pocket knife, and a little box of mints. Also in a ziplock back you've got a sandwich, some snack bars and a rolled up bag of candy. Not as though you were expecting to break into them, the bread of the sandwich might have been nice to toss to some birds, but if you're lost now you don't regret having packed some food.
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>>1220428
wait out the alligator, maybe take a nap and eat a little bit
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>>1220456

You have food, the gator doesn't so you can afford to wait. In the meantime, you climb over to a better branch for it, and after eating half the sandwich you end up dozing off in the heat.

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Some time later you're stirred awake when you feel pressure against you, like something leaning against your leg. Opening your eyes slightly, you're deeply confused when you can barely discern what looks like... a child? Hanging onto your leg for balance up in the tree, and grabbing at the waistline of the rubber wading pants.
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"What are you doing? Who are you? Whered you come from" What do you notice about the kid?
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>>1220520

You snap awake and try to grab the kid but they're too fast, and retreat farther along the branch with a shriek, nearly falling off altogether from the surprise.

With your eyes fully open now, you take a better look and get the impression that you may still be sleeping. Of small build with green skin and visible black hair, a rough glance would think child, but this clearly isn't... human, even? A little green person, dressed in some cloths but also covered in various assorted trash and other junk, like plastic bags and scraps of blue tarp.

Well you might as well play along if this is a dream, and you try asking questions. The little figure is clearly too surprised to answer properly or even fully understand what you're asking, but it does respond. An appropriately little voice to fit the body.

What little you can understand of what it says, in very broken and misused language, it thought you were dead and was trying to check your pockets. It noticed you while climbing along through the trees, and didn't think anything good of a big person laying up in a tree. In part it doesn't so much seem as if the creature is talking directly to you, so much as speaking aloud to itself as well, and gauging your response if you
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>>1220591

Whoops, it cut off,

>gauging your response if you can understand it.
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Check your pockets to make sure it didnt take anything. "i don't know what you are or if I'm dreaming but I'm lost. Have you seen other people like me?
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>>1220628

You check your pockets, only the box of mints is missing so it seems the creature didn't get much. You try talking to it some more though, and from what you can make out, it claims to be a goblin and offers to bite you to make sure you're not dreaming. When asked about others like you though, it claims that humans come around here from time to time but it doesn't go well for them. There's none currently around that it knows of, who are alive at least.

Well, except for you. Clearly interested that you're not dead and can more or less converse, the little creature nears closer and says if you don't have anywhere to go you should come with it. By moving closer and seeing it stand up now, you get a better impression and think it to be female now, by the clothing impression against its body. At least, if comparing to human women is anything to go by. Probably seeing another creature like this, would be a great help of discerning them by appearance.

At any rate though, she grabs at your leg and seems intent on hiding you or something like that. A bit too excited you think given the situation, but it's the first help you've been offered since getting lost.
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>>1220659
trust the goblin for now and agree to go along with it
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>>1220677

What else can you in this situation, as you accept to go with her. She seems delighted and goes to scamper off, expecting you to follow her, though has to return when you make clear that you can't travel through the trees. Fortunately though the gator is gone by now, so you can get down. She still remains up above though always clear to see, claiming that the water can be too deep in places for her. Before you get underway you ask of her name at least, and you introduce yourselves. She thinks Trevor is a strange name, but then what kind of name is Tari?

So with the goblin leading through the trees for you to follow, it takes maybe another hour but you finally reach solid land. Still the same character of the bayou but not underwater anymore. Either way, she's able to get down to solid ground as well, and after gathering up some trash along the shallow shore, she scampers along babbling on about this and that and expecting you to follow her.

Having reached ground is welcome enough, but traveling through the forest, she says there's a camp not far from here if you don't mind staying with her. It's late in the day by now though still a few hours light left at least, but she seems not to want to travel around when the sun starts to set.
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keep going with her to the camp continuing your conversation. You ask her about the trash while you are walking and more about goblins in general
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>>1220729

You accompany her in the direction of the camp, though along the way she stops and tells you to get back. You're not sure what to make of it, but she gives a bird call or something like that, which is returned. You thought those sounds to just be birds, but pretty soon another goblin drops down from a tree, armed with a bow. There's a lot of bickering between them in some language you don't know, before the new one approaches you.

Compared to Tari you'd guess this one to be male, and he similarly has a very broken, flimsy grasp of English but orders you along and says that you're going to be staying in the camp for now. Tari buts in angrily and argues that you're her prisoner, which the goblin fellow eventually accepts, but says that he's going to help.

So while you don't think you'd want to get shot at by the bow, at no point do you ever feel you couldn't just spring at the two goblins and easily beat them into submission, and you're not even that tough. At any rate you try talking to them again as you're marched along. Tari says the trash is important because it comes from the human world so it's very valuable, though nothing like having caught a real life human, she'll be rewarded greatly for taking one prisoner. Out of amusement you ask about the goblins in general, and the fellow responds. It seems he doesn't want to give too much away, but from what you understand the goblins live here in this realm with the other brute-kin, specifically under the governance of the orcs.

More evidence towards a dream, but it's certainly a realistic one. Eventually you're led to what they claim to be a camp but is more like a little hut formed partially of poorly structured wood and partially of trash, situated over a dugout. Another goblin is there when you reach it, and as before there's a lot of arguing, shrieking, and overall surprise from what you can gather, though what they actually say eludes you, for it's in their own language. As it comes to it, you're made to sit outside the hut while the newer two bicker, and Tari stands next to you, feeling at your clothes and trying to get a feel of you like touching your hair or pinching your skin.

Well you don't feel like a prisoner, but still. Probably better than wandering around the bayou still and getting more lost.
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You interrupt all the bickering "Excuse me. Will somebody tell me what is going on here? What's all this talk about me being a prisoner, I'm just lost and want to go home. I've done you no harm."
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>>1220804

So far things haven't gone too poorly, but you are getting a bit annoyed. Leaning over to look into the hut, you interrupt their arguing and voice your concerns.

One of the fellows pokes you with a stick for not behaving, but they answer you anyway since the argument didn't seem to be making much progress. From what you understand, it's rare for a live human to wind up in these parts and a big deal, and when they do they never go uncaught for long. If they catch you though it will make the goblins look great so their plan is to keep you if they can, claim credit for catching you if they can't.

You bring up wanting to go home of course but they're pretty dismissive of it and Tari even laughs. It seems no one can normally get out of these lands even if they wanted to, only the goblin leaders can allow for something like that. Trying to play on their goodwill though doesn't work that well, and they say you should be thankful. It's lucky they found you, rather than a troll or an ogre, and at least they're not keeping you tied up. They will though if you cause trouble.

For now they want to figure out how to keep you as a prisoner and hidden, or failing that how to turn you over and be able to claim credit for it. You get the impression that it's against the rules or something for them to keep you to themselves.

At any rate Tari wants to know what other belongings you have, and is curious to know about you and the human world. She only knows about it from the trash that comes here, and the rare human that showed up, before they got killed.
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realizing its futile to resist you succumb as their prisoner, but you have one more question before they take you anywhere. "What is to become of me, and who exactly are you turning me over to." you realize they are probably going to take all of your things so you try to hide your pocket knife on your person while you are talking
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>>1220869

Although you do believe you could beat them in a fight, you wouldn't have much to do after that, lost in the outskirts of some wetlands in the middle of nowhere.

For now it doesn't seem like they're taking you anywhere since it will be night before long, so for now you'll just stay here with them, they'll probably hide you inside the hut. When you ask about your fate though, it doesn't seem they're entirely certain themselves either. The rare times a human does show up they usually end up getting killed, though it's also not goblins who found them, and more than any other brute-kin in these lands, the goblins have the highest affinity for humans. Indeed, despite being their prisoner they seem to like you and are treating you decently.

If they had their way they wouldn't turn you over to anyone, they'd hide you till fetching their tribal leader. If however their plan fails, you will likely end up in the hands of the orcs whom rule over them and govern this specific area. As for taking your stuff, they aren't forcing it out of you, Tari is just curious to know and the other two perk up at the prospect. From all the assorted junk around, and the things they have like plastic bottle "armor" and old silverware on sticks as weapons, anything you might have is quite appealing to them.
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>>1220925
ok

Passing the time showing tari and anyone else your stuff seems harmless enough. These guys are your best best bet for survival so being friendly is a good idea
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>>1220963

Being friendly with them for now seems like a safe bet, and taking the chance you get out of the rubber wading pants, back to your normal clothes. You spend the rest of the evening showing them the things you have, all of which is very impressing to them but your phone outright amazes them and they think it's some grand magic, the likes of which they've only seen in the hands of the most privileged or powerful of this land. With or without you, the phone on its own is worth a royal title position for sure. You also get to know them better, Greb and Darg, along with Tari. Keeping them entertained, you also try to learn more about them and this place. From what you can understand since even in English they have some terms you don't get, a long time past the brute-kin got pushed out of the world by humans. Although they're all apparently related to humans originally, that explains a lot of the human hate around these parts, especially for ones who come here. The goblins though not so much, which is why they want to keep you for themselves.

Eventually with a fire going they start making dinner and offer you some, though by the look of it you'd definitely rather not. You still have the sandwich if you like, as well as some of the other food, but then maybe you don't want to eat your own stuff if you don't have to?
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>>1220997
may be best to save the food for now, politely refusing their food as well. You ask more about their society as the night goes on til everyone grows tired
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>>1221024

For now you'll just go hungry, at least for one night. While entertaining them with stories from where you come from, you try to learn about their society. The impression you get is that there is a goblin king or queen, somewhere else in this land, and then they have royalty whom individually rule different clans spread around the land. Apparently the goblin monarch doesn't answer to anyone, but the goblin royalty answer to whomever is in charge of the area, so in this case with their clan, they answer to the orcs.

The conversing goes on into the night as you grow more tired, and before you can sleep they usher you inside the hut and then have a mat of leaves for you to cover yourself with if there's a need. The sleep isn't at all comfortable and the hut is obviously made for goblin size, but at least you have the place to yourself. You kind of just curl up and try and find a decent position to sleep in.

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The next morning you're awoken by Tari sitting on you, trying to look at your teeth. Your reaction isn't a positive one, but she says breakfast is ready if you want some. Considering you didn't have dinner... well, as nasty as their cooking is, it's starting to smell not half bad to your grumbling belly.
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You give their food a shot. You try to figure out what the plan is for the day while you are eating.
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>>1221071

You ask what's on the menu for today then? Breakfast is some sort of crawfish and plant mash. Surprisingly it's not half bad, and you get the impression they actually have some cooking skill, despite how their food might look. At any rate, over breakfast you ask them what the plan is, and it seems that one of them will try to get word to their ruling noble about you, and that they'll have you meet halfway.

That's the plan at least, so for now you can stay put, or if you want to do anything in particular, or even help the two that stay, it's up to you. Tari is charged with keeping an eye on you though, so you don't run off.
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You help out the goblins with their daily activities trying to make friendly coversation. While your here you decide to keep your eye out for anything of interest to you looking around the camp area.
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>>1221104
>>1221122
you also try to find out more about the ruling noble you'll be dealing with
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>>1221122

You offer to help out, and end up alternating between Darg checking and setting traps, and Tari collecting trash. The latter of which surprises you, how even the most seemingly worthless discarded junk, is considered very valuable to them. During this time you continue seeking answers, as well as being friendly enough. Of their noble, it is a ruling Lady named Nera. She sounds pretty harsh and apparently has to be when living with orcs, but they believe that she'll treat you well, as any goblin with half a brain would. Your knowledge on human objects alone, is worth a lot to them.

Around noontime you'd guess, while you're helping with some lifting which to them is impressive and considered heavy duty, Darg comes running back worried, saying that you should get in the hut and hide. Apparently a couple of orcs are coming to check on them and their work, and would love to find you.
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>>1221173
you heed Darg's warning and hide in the hut
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>>1221191

Doing as you're told, you hide in the hut and pull the leaf mat over yourself, while the goblins try to act natural. Before long you hear the approach of some other folks, pretty bulky by the sound of things. The goblins greet them and things sound fairly cordial, though you can't be for sure since it's in the other language. There's the sound of wandering around and talking here and there, but nothing like what you'd imagined, that things might get ugly. Eventually you'd guess that the orcs join the goblins for a lunch together, the smell of cooking soon clear to you.

Make a d100 roll, just to see how well you're hiding in general.
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Rolled 52 (1d100)

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>>1221250

Yes you're able to hide well enough, though it's some time before they leave and Tari gives the all-clear, that you can come out again and act freely.
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You come out of hiding. You ask about what happened and if you can expect anymore of them. You continue the rest of the day as you have been just going with the flow doing as the goblins do
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>>1221319

Taking the chance to move about after hiding for so long, you ask them what that was all about. Tari explains since they live under the orcs, sometimes they come around to check on things and collect goods. As long as the goblins cooperate and bring in a decent amount of goods, then the orcs are friendly enough. She can't say if you can expect anymore though because it tends to be completely random when they show up, and a fair number tend to roam around the area anyway.

Either way you continue along with the goblins as normal and even help them build a better hut, an actual shack now. Before nightfall, Greb returns and said he got the word to the noble, you're to leave tomorrow with him, where you'll be meeting some goblins working for the noble about halfway.

So you have the rest of the night together, as they cook up a possum stew. Again, it looks gross but they clearly have a good amount of actual cooking skill. If there was anything you wanted in particular though, you can before going to sleep. Notably Tari is pretty sad, since she's come to like you and will miss seeing and having you around come tomorrow.
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You help yourself to the possum stew. Before going to bed you reassure her Tari that you're sure your paths will cross again. You give her one of your pencils to remember you by
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>>1221379

A hearty possum stew to go to sleep with, and a mechanical pencil to Tari. Your gift might as well have been solid gold, she clearly values and cherishes it that much. Afterward you settle in to go to sleep. The crackling of the fire and the chirping of insects a nice sound to doze off by, and a much better sleep with the shack now rather than the hut before.

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The next day you're awoken to breakfast of seasoned rabbit and greens, and then you're to depart with Greb if you had nothing else to take care of.
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You eat your breakfast and depart with Greb, bidding everyone farewell
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>>1221418

A good breakfast and a goodbye. Darg wishes you well and gives you a plastic bottle full of seeds to take and eat if you care, and Tari tearfully hugs your legs and gives you a rotten old magazine as a gift.

Soon after you depart with Greb, following him along a path he knows to be less-traveled, at least by bigger folks.

Make a d100 roll to see how you fare in travel.
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roll
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Rolled 41 (1d100)

mistyped
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>>1221485

That's decent, a few times you think to have close calls, but taking it carefully with Greb, and you manage by. Eventually after a couple of hours through the swampy forests and patches of wetland, and you reach a rusty old fridge abandoned to the elements. You'd guess it to be a marker, because after waiting there for another half hour perhaps, you become aware of a few goblins having sneaked up. Two of them take to poking and prodding you and asking you questions in their broken English, while the other two converse with Greb in their own language, probably clearing up details.

The two with you ask if you understand the situation, that you'll be their prisoner from here on, and if you're ok with that? Since it will be more official for the Lady, they intend to tie your hands together.
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You see no benefit in arguing with them. You agree to all their demands, but ask Greb if he will be continuing on with you and who these new goblins are.
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>>1221527

As far as you come, you don't want to mess things up now and refuse this lot. So kneeling down, you allow them to bind your hands, and later on they're going to put a sack on your head.

You speak with Greb if he's coming along, but it seems like no he isn't, he's going back to the camp so this is goodbye as well. These goblins he's leaving you with, are devotees of the ruler of the clan, so they'll be taking you to Nera.

Make one more roll for the rest of the way just in case. These goblins are more prepared, but you're also tied up.
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Rolled 68 (1d100)

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>>1221549

Even better. So yes, you're led along through the forest, and before long you notice things getting more marshy so that's not a welcome change. Eventually they bag your head, and lead you the rest of the way, before you're made to sit on the ground of someplace.

It's a good while like this before the bag is removed and you see yourself to be in the ruins of a burnt out house or some small building, that's been built over but not repaired. Holes in the walls and a roof, made of wood or junk, crude repairs here and there. It's not great, but it's the best shelter you've seen so far.

Standing before you and studying you over is the main concern though, a goblin lady dressed in a human woman's blouse that fits her like a dress, along with a broken pair of sunglasses on her head entwined with shiny bits of paper and trash to resemble a crown. Compared to the other goblins you've met so far, she appears quite well-kept and clean, but her mannerisms and behavior are similar enough. With some other goblins nearby though armed with weapons bearing actual metal nails and other harmful junk, it gives a serious impression.

Eventually she approaches and checks your tied hands before grabbing your head and examining you closer for herself. Things like checking your eyes and teeth, looking at your ears and feeling your hair, she must think you could be an imposter in some sense. Eventually though, satisfied, she introduces herself as Lady Nera, leader of this goblin clan. She asks some questions about you and who you are, and if you understand the situation with you being a prisoner.
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I answer all her questions to the best of my knowledge. Tell her that while you understand you are a prisoner you are still confused as to what your fate will be.
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>>1221627

You can tell your cooperation pleases her and before long she has your bonds removed and allows you to move around if you wish. Much more, that you accept being her prisoner, she takes it very well and thanks you with a hug.

She does seem annoyed though that no one answered that question of yours yet. She explains as best she can that you're stuck in a bad place here, chances are if anyone else besides goblins (and only friendly goblins at that) finds you it would not go well. As such she intends to keep you here in this house since not many know about it, and you can live here helping this goblin clan out with your knowledge of human items. Basically anything they find or bring to you, you can show them how to use or explain it. If you pull your weight and prove to be a good help, then she'll try and make it more comfortable for you to live here for as long as you do, which sounds like forever.

If you're ok with the arrangement then, she asks if you have any requests or human needs? It's very rare for humans to show up around here, so they're not sure if you have any special needs or health requirements, being human.
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You thank her for her hospitality and apologize if your next statement come across as ungrateful. You plead that you have to go home to your family and that you have a life to go back to As for the needs you list basic stuff like new clothing, soap, toothpaste to clean yourself up

I'm gonna call it a night here OP. Really enjoying the story. I'll be back later when I got some free time
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>>1221708

You appreciate the help given and let her know, though you voice your understandable concerns, of wanting to return home to your normal life. She seems genuinely apologetic but tries to explain that this land and where you came from are not connected normally, otherwise they wouldn't stay here either. Reaching this land is hard, and getting back is nearly impossible.

Not that it could never happen, but she says for now you should try to get used to your new life here. To help with that she takes your requests into account and asks one of the other goblins to take note of it. Of your list, clothing would be hard but the other things they've got some of each, she even uses some herself, which would explain her cleaner appearance. As long as you're ok with some of the items possibly being used before, since everything they get tends to wind up here after it was used in the human world. Occasionally they get lucky, but most everything is either used, or trash.

Other than that though, she'll try to get the things you need that you asked for, and if there's anything else you want or need, just ask. Even the other goblins, if they can't help, they'll go to her for help. In the meantime, she asks if and when you'd be able to start working for them and helping out with human stuff they've collected.
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You're disappointed by the news, but tell her you can start after you've cleaned up. Hopefully they'll have some clothes ready for you then. You feel disgusting having not washed since this all started
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>>1222485

You don't like the situation of course, but accept it at least, which makes her and the other goblins happy. They won't have anything by today, but come tomorrow given the chance to get there and back to the main settlement, she'll try and have a bundle of the things you wanted. In the meantime at least if you want, they can give you something to cover yourself with, you give them your clothes and they'll wash them and return them.

To be fair you do feel pretty gross since you haven't gotten to wash since coming here, and it all started out with falling into already pretty nasty water.

In the meantime at least, she'll have some goblins here always to keep you company at least and to guard in case anyone else happens by. Unless you need anything particular from her, she'll head back and start working on the arrangement.
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>>1222586
You thank her for the things but stop her before she goes. "You said getting back was near impossible, so that means there's a chance?"
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>>1222666

Before she departs you want to make sure of something, the biggest thing that matters right now, if it is possible that you could return.

She confirms that it is possible, but unless you can find the same location where you came into this land from, then on your own it's basically impossible. The goblins have their own ways of getting between this land and the human one, which they sometimes use to steal things to bring back here. As unfair as it may seem though, you can understand why she won't just let you go back that way if she could.
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>>1222689
You let her leave and get ready to do what the goblins ask of you
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>>1222752

Well you still have the rest of the day to do as you please, under supervision of the goblins of course, if there was anything in particular you wanted to do. At the very least you can check out more of the house, a little stone cottage it probably used to be, with still two rooms at least which are usable. One it seems the goblins will be using, the other they set aside for you though has some crude bedding on the floor, looks like straw or something bundled under some leather and furs. Nothing fancy but better than the accommodations back at the first camp.

Taking a look outside as well, the ruined house looks like it might have been on a little patch of cleared land, but that's long since overgrown. The grasses are high and full of weeds, and not far beyond are the woods of the swamp. In the meantime, in the collapsed living room area (at least you think it was) the goblins set a fire going in the old stone fireplace, and make an effort to clear a space that they and you might start using it as a communal area.
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>>1222901
you decide to look around some more while the goblins are working, first looking around the house then a walk around the perimeter of the building. You try to keep your eye out for anything out of the ordinary or of interest. If you get bored you could crack open that magazine Tari gave you
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>>1222924

You check out the house more, and start to put together the floor plan in your mind, figuring where the kitchen is, which rooms were bedrooms, things like that. Between the fire damage and the goblins probably having cleared the place out before rebuilding in it, you don't expect much though there are a few old jars on a high shelf in the pantry. The contents have long been removed or rotted away, but if you like you could use them to store your few belongings in rather than always on you. Though, it may not be the best to leave your things with goblins around.

Going outside you walk the grounds, one of the goblins following after to keep an eye on you. Of note, you find what looks like the remains of a fence around the small patch of land, and adjoining the house a smaller wall of stones probably marking a garden in the past or something. By the look of it, this may have been a little farmstead in the past, but a long time past for sure.

Make a roll to see if you locate anything more interesting.
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>>1222983
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Rolled 14 (1d100)

>>1222983
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>>1222997
dang
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>>1222997
>>1222991

Unfortunately you're not able to find anything else of worth in your simple search of the grounds. After though you're invited to dinner by the goblins who have some marinated racoon and actual bread, surprisingly.

These ones are more professional than the first three back at the camp, but they're still obviously curious and ask questions about you at first.
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>>1223031
you answer their questions, find out their names and more about each of them. You want to know more about the orcs and what they are up as they seem to be the main source of problems in the area
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>>1223046

As before, you find that talking about yourself holds their attention and interests them greatly. Enough that you're able to learn about them in return, and you find your captors names are Tram, Yiva, Ereb and Pern, two goblin men and two women. They are scouts in the clan and work for Nera, but their job here with you is to keep an eye on you and keep you hidden.

In asking about the orcs you get a mixed reaction, some like them some don't. They can all agree though that it isn't specifically the orcs that cause problems, is just that all the brute-kin in the lands here are always struggling against each other and trouble is a way of life. About the orcs though, they're ruled by a chieftain, Rellidve, who is a tough guy and keeps everyone in check and everyone working. The closer you get to the settlement the tougher and often meaner the orcs get for that reason, but ones who live farther out or wander around, aren't bad. Though, caution of course since even a good and kindly orc, if they found you would still definitely take you prisoner.

You continue to converse into the night, and can take care of anything particular if you wish before going to sleep.
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Ask more about the geography and demographics of the area (cities, clans, creatures, etc.). You'd also like for one of them to show you around the area tomorrow. You're very interested in this new world you've fallen into and would like to satisfy your curiosity and take some notes of the ecosystem, after all the reason you were out here was for an ecology class
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>>1223096
Befriend our "jailers". Be kind to them and take notice to how they feel. Express our concerns for them, perhaps offer advice on how to solve them? For instance, maybe offer a massage if they feel stressed. And ask them of their hobbies. Tell jokes if we understand what makes them laugh.
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>>1223149
If you're going to end up staying here for any length of time, it makes sense to learn the lay of the land. Unfortunately it seems their knowledge is somewhat limited since they only are familiar with the immediate area that their clan resides in, which is mostly bayou country, between swamp and wetland. They know of talk of farther places in the land though, like where it starts to get proper grassy, hilly, and other features. Of the dwellers, in the main settlement there's the orcs, some trolls, and their goblin clan of course. There's other orc clans abound with similar makeups, and then there's outliers like ogres and the occasional giant. The two nearest of concern, are two different orc tribes, the Greletres and the Breturineld. Probably names or words of the other language.

The flora and fauna though, they describe to some detail and it seems normal enough that you know of to dwell in swamp and wetlands. Only maybe two or three that they notably name off, are you not familiar with. The rest, things like rabbits and cypress trees, you obviously know.

>>1223162
If you're going to be living as their prisoner, well that doesn't mean either of you have to hate it. You act nice enough and even offer to share some of the things you have, like the sandwich (old by now) and the rotten magazine Tari gave you. They are very appreciative, and you try to get a better understanding of them, going as far to express interest and concern. Some of them are flattered, but they cheekily tell you not to try and sweeten them up, as if they'll let you go. So a little suspicious of you but not refusing, and to be fair you were strangers earlier today. You tell some varied jokes though to try and gloss it over and make them friendlier, which goes over well, some of your jokes they think to be very funny. From what you can tell, by their use of the language and value of objects, their understanding of human culture is warped but it's not completely alien to them.

Make a roll to see if you can figure out more about them individually.
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Rolled 46 (1d100)

>>1223228
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Rolled 55 (1d100)

>>1223228
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>>1223238
>>1223237
A decent attempt, from their chatter alone you learn that Tram is disappointed that she can't find a guy who likes her, Yiva is nursing an injury after being stepped on by a troll, Ereb is angry about having his opinion discarded by a superior, and Pern is sad because his pet possum was eaten by an orc.
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>>1223333
What the f...

>Give Tram some beauty tips
>Comfort Pern with the promise that his pet possum loves him for his care and the love her gave to him/her. Now his possum rests in peace in the possum afterlife, drinking glazed, gold honey and eating all the sweetest insects with his/her family.
>Check on Yiva's injury. Let's se if we can do anything about it.
>Speak to Ereb about it. He can vent to us anytime. Also give him tips on how to present himself. Tell him we can act like a superior he has in mind and we'll tell him maybe why they're discarding his opinions.
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>>1223333
I actually think the goblins are a bit cute so no need to act. It's like taking care of a pet or younger sibling.
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>>1223333
Im going to return in an hour, OP, if youre still running. I like the quest so far. Its a little TOO open ended so i think you should at least add some guiding elements, some loose plot maybe, to make it feel more purposeful.
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>>1223363
For now you hold of on actually acting, and just try to counsel them with their problems.

You try to offer Tram some beauty tips, but you're not a stylist yourself, and things like cosmetics don't seem readily available here. She appreciates the gesture though, and is sure that having a human friend will help her chances.

After your whole spiel about Possum heaven, Pern looks at you like you just slapped him, and asks if you think he's stupid? There's no possum afterlife according to him, and he's sad that he didn't get to eat some of it too when the orc did.

In Yiva's case, you think she's got some pretty bad bruising feeling through her clothes and she's having trouble moving her arm. How you might fix it though is unclear.

Lastly for Ereb, you talk to him about the matter, and how he thinks that they should try and steal some eggs so that they can hatch chickens themselves. You pretend to be his superior but he takes it very literally and ends up getting angry at you and speaks in their other language. Maybe he makes a good case?
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>>1223458
Give Ereb a few pointer on speaking. Tell him to give some pointers on presenting an arguement you remember from one of your classes. Tell Yiva that if she can she should find a way to ice/cool it and get to a medicine man if such a thing exist in their society as it might be broken.

May as well go to bed after this conversation. Got a long day ahead of you tomorrow.
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>>1223457
Thanks for the advice, there is a plot but I was kind of letting the players find their way to it rather then slapping them with it. I'll consider throwing more incentive though.

Apart from the obvious, "Try and return home" of course.
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>>1223519
You give Ereb some ideas on being persuasive and convincing, which he's grateful for, maybe it will help if he practices. As for Yiva, unfortunately you don't really have much medical experience, let alone with goblins so you recommend she see a doctor or equivalent. She would have but there were others in worse condition who bumped her out of priority, unfortunately. Hopefully things will get better on their own, otherwise she says you can have her fork if she dies.

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Well after trying to help the goblins out, you went to your room and settled in to sleep. You hear arguing from their room but can't understand about what, so just try to get some sleep.

Being woken up though, they've got breakfast ready and Nera should be returning before noon, if you want to take care of anything before then. They recommend not going outside though since they think a boar is rooting around and could try and bite you.
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Sit for breakfast and ask about the noise last night that sounded like arguing. Maybe take another look around the house to kill some time since you're stuck in it due to the boar
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>>1223625
Over breakfast you bring up the arguing, simple enough, they claim they were arguing about who sleeps where and how Pern was trying to get frisky with Yiva but her injuries hurt.

You can look around the house once more, make a roll if you'd hope to find something good.
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>>1223644
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Rolled 84 (1d100)

>>1223683
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>>1223689
Ok that's quite good. So while giving the house a go over again, you end up kicking up some dirt in the pantry and realize there is a trap door to somewhere below, which was buried under debris when the house must have burned down.

You can check it out if you like, but do you want to inform the goblins.
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>>1223705
Let's check it out on our own.
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>>1223715
Sneakily you shut the door and move some rubble in order to get the trapdoor up. It's quite dark down below but you do have your phone for some light, though it is getting lower on power after the last few days.

From what you can see it's pretty cluttered where parts of the house collapsed down, but there's some undamaged boxes here and there, and a chest to one corner. While going through though, you hear movement around, which is naturally a little creepy.

A decent cursory glimpse at the cellar below, though after awhile you hear movement around upstairs, more than just random walking around.
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You take a look around to try to find the source of the noise and proceed to sneak through the cellar to check the chest and the boxes.
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Rolled 43 (1d100)

>>1223775
forgot you probably need perception roll
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>>1223784

You're not able to find the source of the noise so just write it off as rats or something. Out of the boxes you were able to find though, most of them have mostly-devoured seeds and some nasty leftovers from whatever did the eating. A couple of them though have some old dried plants and herb-looking goods. Lastly is the chest which you end up breaking to have to open, but find inside a bag of plastic easter eggs, a barbie doll, and a metal door handle.

Strange finds for sure, but they're all in good condition. Your choice what you want to do with them.
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herbs and plants may be good to take. While not seeing much use in the other things you think you can use them as bartering tools knowing the goblins affinity for trash. You stuff your pockets and proceed to sneak back out of the cellar hoping your absence hasnt been noticed.
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Sorry about the delay.

>>1223864
You gather up the pieces of junk, stash them in your pckets, and take note of the dried plants. With that you sneak back up out of the cellar and into the pantry again. A simmple matter to then cover the drap door over and exit the pantry.

Once back in the kitchen, some of the goblins react in relief, thinking you had wandered off or something. With them now is Nera again here to visit, and with her are a few other goblins carrying some bundles of stuff.

In one of them are some of the neccessities you asked for, and she asks how you're doing today and have gotten along?
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Tell her you're doing great and everyone's been very accommodating. You ask what she's brought with her.
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>>1224107
Everything is all good so far, and the goblins have been treating you well. With her aside of the items on the list you had, she's got two basic sets of clothes that she thinks will fit you, just a pair of jeans and a pair of shorts, and a few shirts and underwear. Some of them are discolored, stretched and worn, but they're clean and they're yours if you want them.

Then main interest though that she wanted you for, is some wrapped up objects which she gives to you and wants you to make use of and explain, while she and the other goblins watch closely. You couldn't have picked a stranger mix of items, including an old flashlight with dead batteries, a waterlogged radio which still has working batteries but is too damaged to make normal sound, a rusty pair of pliers, and a lightbulb with the glass broken but the filament inside still good.

This and more, she's basically brought a bunch of junk in varying conditions, that she wants you to identify and use your human knowledge to explain.
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>>1224220
You take the best set of clothing provided that they're in better condition than whatever you're wearing. You go through items telling her about the radio and the light bulb and what they do. You explain that they're broken but you put the good batteries in the flashlight hoping it works so you can demonstrate.
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>>1224269
The best clothes would be the shorts and one of the shirts, they're not as in good condition as your current clothes, but they're definitely cleaner.

As for your work for Nera, your explaining of the items is like answering so many questions for the goblins and they're amazed how you can not only explain the usage of the items but how some of them work. The real show stopper though is when you take the batteries from the radio and put them in the flash light, two big D cells. Turning it on, the goblins shriek and withdraw in fear at first, thinking it some strange magic or dangerous weapon, but coming to understand how it works they're all simply ecstatic and swarm you, checking out the device and trying to see if you did something special to get it working, dumbstruck in realizing that it's just a switch and they too can use it. Nera even hugs you in thanks, and says this kind of work is just perfect for what they need, and if you can keep it up then she'll do whatever she can to make sure you're well kept and happy for your time staying here. What more, your help could really change their fortunes and make their clan very important.

As an immediate thanks, she lets you have all the clothes they brought, and will take your original ones to be cleaned and brought back. If you have any requests she can take care of for now she'll try her best, and then anything you need when she returns, much the same. From what you understand though this is your value to them, as a trash explainer and junk expert.
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Rolled 21 (1d100)

You can't think of anything to request at the moment. You continue going through the garbage explaining things also looking for more batteries Maybe you'll find something interesting they missed not knowing its value
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>>1224396
>21

Unfortunately you don't turn up anything of secret value, and you're able to figure out from Nera that this lot of trash was just a sample of the stuff they've gathered, and she wanted to test out and see if you could do the identifying work, and seeing if you're cooperative. Knowing that you can do it, she'll be bringing larger amounts or more special items when she does return subsequent times.

For now though you just identify the rest of the trash and let the goblins sort them out by what they consider valuable. Nera lets the ones she brought do that, while she talks with you wants to know if there's any objects you can think of from the human world that they might have and not know are worthwhile, basically what she should keep an eye out for when she returns to the settlement and goes through the trash heap.
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>>1224429
You can't think of anything they could find in the trash that would be very useful. You suggest finding more things that look mechanical, tools, batteries, or things that run on batteries
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>>1224473
you do suggest though that you go along with her for the next picking as you could better discern in person things of value and save her trips hauling useless items
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>>1224473
A priority is placed on things with moving parts, things that are easily used with hands, and batteries most of all. Having the D cells help in showing them what batteries generally look like.

You also suggest coming with her to see their trash heap for yourself to be able to look at it all, but the clan's store of valuables is near the main settlement so going there means the chance of you getting caught. Maybe it's worth it though? She's so ecstatic about your value to them that you could probably talk her into it if you wanted.
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>>1224490
definitely talk her into it. explain how you could go in a disguise and noone would know the better. reassert how much she can benefit from this.
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>>1224559
You put forward a good case and though she's reluctant at first, eventually with promises of your skill and usefulness, she relents and accepts to bring you along. Tomorrow though, she'll try and get you some clothing that they can manage so you can attempt to go unnoticed.

So, with dreams and ambitions wild in her head, she leaves with some of the goblins and wishes you well for when she returns. That'll leave you something to look forward to then, in the meantime though how do you want to go about the rest of the day? It's early afternoon so you've got a good few hours till sunset.
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Rolled 16 (1d100)

>>1224585
You think back to the cellar and wonder if there are more places around. You decide to look around once again both inside and outside.
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>>1224619
seeing as how that was a total fail i'll try to obtain more information about where we'll be going tomorrow
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>>1224619
>16

No real luck inside, it's too dark without a light source and Nera took the trash back with her, including the flashlight. Outside though, you're able to locate an external door down to the cellar, greatly overgrown and covered with dirt, but another way down no less.

Afterward you hang out with Yiva who because of her injury can't be all that active, and talk about things. In particular you want to know about the settlement, and she gives a rough idea. It's situated on a bend of the river so is pretty well protected, with the main portion of it belonging to the orcs. Outside of it though, attached as two smaller sub settlements are the goblin clan and the troll quarter. Together, all of these make up the settlement as a whole, and there's a general area where everyone can meet and deal with settlement business. So if she had to guess, Nera will probably have you snuck to the back of the goblin portion and from there get you to the trash heap inside. Hopefully it all goes well then, and your efforts can help the clan to increase its standing, maybe even shift the power balance in their favor, over the settlement.

So eventually come dinnertime you all gather around again for a crawfish bake, and the goblins start taking bets on what they think you might find in the trash heap and what other items of interest around the clan portion of the settlement, you'll be able to identify and make use of. They also ask you what, if anything, would you hope to find if you had things your way?
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>>1224677
You tell them you're not sure what you'll find and not really sure what to expect. You're as excited as they are to see what the settlement holds for you.
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>>1224698
They're let down by your safe response but it's true to be fair, you have no way of knowing what it could be like at the settlement. You continue to talk with the goblins then into the night, but your mind is elsewhere, wondering what tomorrow will be like.

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Awakened the next day to breakfast, you're also for the first time able to properly wash, and now with things like soap and toothpaste. The water is cold, but it's definitely better than nothing.

By the time you're all cleaned and fed, Nera is there with some other goblins and she's got a bunch of bulky clothes, trash, and both a tattered old cloak and a blue tarp. She lets you put the clothes on as you would, and then has the goblins go all over putting trash on you and tying places with it, to obscure your appearance and try to make you fit in. The final touch with the blue tarp does good at covering everything overall.

For you, it's definitely uncomfortable and not just because of the heat around these parts, but if it means being able to travel then you'll take it.

So, unless you have anything you want to do before leaving, Nera and the goblins will lead the way to the settlement.
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>>1224725
Adventure onward
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>>1224747
Out you go then, setting off with the goblin group and dressed like a homeless person. Overland you travel, through marsh and swamp land, wishing you had a proper pair of boots. Maybe you can get some in the settlement?

At any rate, Nera tries to keep things off the beaten path, but there's always a chance you could run into someone.

Make a roll for the trip to the settlement.
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Rolled 55 (1d100)

>>1224770
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>>1224776
>55

You make a good pace of things and despite the occasional detour, manage to reach a wooded area a little ways outside the settlement. You can see it yourself easily though, it would be impossible to miss. A little township with the smoke of many fires and chimneys rising, covering much ground and walled with logs in places.

The goblin portion Nera points out, is the one where the buildings are tallest, and incorporate the use of trash the most. Tallest in this sense is no greater than three stories high, but it's still impressive to see the little enclosed shack city and how it rises above the rest of the settlement.

So watching from the woods, Nera wants to get you inside and is trying to think of a way. You could walk in one of the main entrances and try to go unnoticed, but she'd prefer to sneak in a back way. One of the problems though is that while you obviously don't want to get found out by an orcs or trolls say, she also thinks if you enter into the goblin side of town, that if any of them notice you and realize what you are, it will cause a panic.

She wonders maybe if you have any ideas, otherwise she'll just hope for the best.
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>>1224823
You think its best to go a back way as well. You ask if there are any back alleys or relatively unpopulated routes to our destination. If none exist you suggest a distraction be made while you make your way through the settlement
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>>1224848
A distraction seems like a good idea yes. While there are less traveled areas of goblin town, getting to the trash heap unavoidably goes through frequented areas.

So if a distraction it is, go ahead and roll for the success of it.
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Rolled 66 (1d100)

>>1224859
oh boy here goes
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>>1224873
>66

A good distraction indeed, Nera has some of the goblins with her run ahead and plan to make a ruckus so you can get to the trash heap without worry.

So you wait for a little while, and when Yiva comes running back letting you all know the coast is clear, you hurry along with them up to the walls of the little township. A small gate sized for goblins is the way in so you have to crawl to fit, and once inside your fortunes don't improve much since the whole town is appropriately sized for goblins. You have to keep your head low, duck or even crouch at times. Still though it's quite impressive the make of this place. It's looks pretty precariously built what with all the trash and simple wood, but for as dense as it is, there must be a ton of goblins in the clan, and you're only seeing part of it along the way.

So eventually you come to a widening of the street, and another walled area within the already walled town. Nera has you wait behind a street corner and goes in, to which before long you see plenty of goblins come streaming out and go their separate ways. If you had to guess, she must have sent them home, but either way you're pressed on by the goblins you're with, and you fit your way inside the inner walled area.

What you're met with is very unappealing, but from what you know of the culture and economy here, it makes sense. Within the inner walls is a small mountain of trash and assorted junk, like a mini landfill. Fortunately it looks as though they were smart enough to not mix food or anything that could rot easily in, so it's not like some stinking moldy pile of refuse. Nera is there waiting, and invites you to look to your heart's content and take as long as you need.

It's up to you how involved you want to get with your looking, if you want to jump right in and start digging around, but go ahead and list some things you'd like or hope to find, either for the goblins or for yourself, and make a roll. The better the roll, the more likely you are to find those things.
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Rolled 1 (1d100)

>>1224909
You're not real sure what to look for. You are amazed by the pile in front of you. You remember they were amazed by the flashlight so batteries and battery powered stuff come to mind. You also try to think of stuff that would get lost out here a lot like of tools, or camping/survival gea. Maybe even a working boat motor or generator and some gasoline.You keep your eye out for anything that really catches your eye or you are surprised to find

sorry really had to think about this one
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>>1225025
oh my god
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>>1225025
>1

Oh dear...
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>>1225025
>>1225031
So while you are rooting through the trash heap looking for what you want and what might benefit the goblins, you start to pick out some of the things. Some batteries here and there gotten from damaged electronics, a small collection of tools and camping gear. You even think to see a portion of a boat motor sticking out.

While going about this though, some goblins not under Nera's direct control happen in and seeing you, start shrieking about there being an orc in the trash pile! Nera and the others try to stop or calm them down, doing so with a couple, but others ran out at the first sign and you can hear their racket carrying out into the street.

Obviously Nera hopes to get things under control, and with the others, leaves to try and deal with the goblin commotion.
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>>1225089
You trust Nera but you don't think she'll be able to talk her way out of this one. You decide to you need to find another exit before you find out what happens to orcs (or even worse humans) that trespass in the trash pile. This may be your chance to escape captivity as well
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>>1225120
It's unfortunate since you seemed to have stumbled upon a great stash of potential supplies here, but you don't want to risk it. With Nera trying to deal with the issue outside, you figure to try and escape. From the goblins altogether, if you have to.

Make a roll to see how well you fare.
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Rolled 91 (1d100)

>>1225137
please not another disaster
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>>1225145
>91

You manage to bust your way out through the wall, and back into goblin town proper, and without even being noticed it seems. That's problem one taken care of. Now you have to decide what to do and how to proceed. You can try and wait, lie low till you can find help again, or just get out altogether. There's the way you came into the town through the back entrance, but without the distraction you're not sure how well you could make it out that way again. It may be better though than wandering around and trying to find a main exit.

At the very least though, with all the shrieking and commotion around the entrance of the trash heap, you managed to elude the initial suspicion of being caught in the pile, and you can probably move around without a whole lot of trouble for the time being.
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>>1225173
You decide you're stuck in town for the time being, so you need to lay low now. You check your surroundings to see where you can go.
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>>1225194
Depending on where you want to go will probably rely on where you are. While in goblin town you stand out quite a lot due to your height and stature. You did happen to see one orc on the way over to the trash heap so it's not like there aren't any, but you'd be drawing attention for sure. If you want to hide though you can look around for a suitable place, roll if you care to. From where you are there's a small plaza not far from where you are, and then several streets around between the rows of tall shack buildings.

From what Yiva told you of the settlement proper though, there is a central area connected to goblin town where all the settlement inhabitants mingle around without much concern. So there are options available.
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Head towards the central area. You should be able to blend in there and be able to collect your thoughts
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>>1225217
So you wander around through goblin town for awhile, attracting some looks but otherwise passing just fine. After exploring enough, you find what must be the biggest entrance or exit to the little town, at least big enough for anyone bigger than a goblin to pass through.

Making your way you, you enter upon a busy central area at a center point between three different settlement areas, with goblin town behind you, and what must be the orc and troll portions at different sides. You're seeing them for yourself for the first time though, and it's a little shocking, and fearsome to say the least. Not as many as the goblins but still plenty, the orcs are strong and tough looking to a man, varying skin colors from gray to green and some others too. Unlike the goblins though they are dressed more in normal human clothes where they can, and leather or fur where they can't, no sign of trash wearing. And then separate of them are the trolls, fewer in number but twice as noticeable. Huge and broad, easily several feet above you. Their looks range from vaguely humanoid to quite beastly, and they are clothed only in leather and furs.

A lot to take in at first, and you try and find a place to sit and process the situation. Just by the look of the orcs, whom you're trying to imitate, right away you lose the blue tarp. It makes you stand out visually and is trash, so it's probably for the best. For the time being though you're able to pass by well enough and find a place where you're not jostling between folks coming and going.
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You try to get a feel for the area and what the buildings are around you.
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>>1225272
Well this area that you're currently in doesn't have many buildings at all, it's more like a central mustering ground between the three smaller portions. Folks come and go between the areas as they please, though from your experience at the trash heap, obviously there are some areas where different people are not allowed, like orcs in the goblin area of value (the trash heap). The only terrain of note is a large tree in the middle of the grounds here.

The one thing you can easily notice for sure is that everyone here speaks that other language. The goblins do seem to know English a little, but the orcs and trolls don't, or if they do they don't display it.

If you want though you can try and move to get a better impression of the other smaller portions of the settlement. Not go inside (unless you want to) but get closer for a look.
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>>1225310
You begin to realize how in over your head you are. You decide its best to go back to the goblin settlement and see if things have calmed down. While the goblins were your captors they were also your best chance of survival
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>>1225329
That does seem like the best course of action, yes. With the options before you, you'll go for the one you know is safe than to risk your life over something.

Along the way though you get sidled up to by a couple of orcs, thinking you one of their own perhaps. One drapes an arm around you, and though you can't tell what they're saying, they don't sound hostile at least. However they do start half-pulling at the bits of trash on your clothes as if to draw attention to them, and they speak to you about who knows what.
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Rolled 88 (1d100)

>>1225360
play it cool
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>>1225368
>88

Well you manage to act convincingly enough, and though you don't understand what they're saying, or what you assume to be their questions, you get by well enough by laughing when they laugh, and responding in grunts to anything you think directed at you.

It's worked really well you find, perhaps against your wishes, because the orcs seem to have taken a liking to you and start walking with you, leading the way in part with his arm around your shoulder.

It would appear, if you had to guess, that they're taking you to the orc side of the settlement, away from goblin town.
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>>1225380
proceed with the orcs
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>>1225387
You accompany them, since it's been going well so far. Leading the way into the orc part of the settlement, you obviously see many more orcs, and get a look at how they live. The houses are made of wood, but fairly well made, and there's a pretty even mix between house and very large tents, pavilion style. You see a lot of shows of force and violence, but also a lot of friendliness and camaraderie to it all, as orc men and even women behave rather boisterously and take to talking and laughing loudly, getting in tussles and having competitions, and eat and drink.

The latter is where you're led, to one such of the big open tents, near to where a fire blazes and cooking is easily smelled. A very strong smell at that, acrid but also hearty. They sit down with you at a bench among other orcs, and join in the conversation. You get nudged and spoken to on occasion, but your act of laughing with them and grunting back seems to work for the most part and you fit in.

Before long a big wooden mug is shoved in your hands as others are drinking as well, and a big charred leg of some animal is passed down.
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>>1225408
You double down on your charade. Down the mug and gnaw into the leg
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>>1225426
Fake it till you make it is your mantra! Without exposing your skin too much, you take to sipping the drink after a big bite of the meat and passing it on. The meat had a very strange taste and burned too, but not altogether unpleasant. The drink though is very sharp and strong, and catches you off guard. To keep up appearances you try to maintain the act, but the booze might be too strong overtime.

Roll to see how well you tolerate this awful stuff.
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Rolled 95 (1d100)

>>1225433
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>>1225437
>95

For as bad as it is, it could be a taste you get used to. Definitely one you can handle, as you keep up with the best of them there, and even get a refill.

So you keep up the orc act and eventually things start getting more rowdy as folks are getting drunker. Commotion is abound, but among them you get challenged to something of an arm wrestling contest by an orc guy, as he clears off a portion of table after jabbing you in the arm. Some of them seem interested to watch, though most people are doing their own thing.
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You accept his challenge as you are afraid of the alternative.
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>>1225461
Well it's not like you stand much a chance when the guy's arms are like twice your size, but you can't really refuse, at least not to feel safe about it. It goes as expected, the guy basically throws you on the floor with the force he pounds your arm down. There's laughing all around but he picks you up and slaps you on the arm warmly, before sitting you down again. This time though there's an orc lady seated across looking for a challenge.

You can put up marginally more of a challenge though she still wins, but she seems to like that you bothered in the first place, and ends up scooching around to your side, offering to share her drink with you. Naturally being this close to to being discovered is worrisome, but at the same time you don't get bothered by any more challenges, when next it looked like another guy wanted to have a play fight. She just shoos him off and puts your arm around her, talking about who knows what and looking to share.
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>>1225469
play along
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>>1225480
Make a roll for this then, to keep up an act on a personal level. You're not trying to convince a bunch of people, but instead one person spending time with you.
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Rolled 51 (1d100)

>>1225480
>>1225484
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>>1225485
>51

Not terrible, you aren't able to have a meaningful conversation with her, but you can play along well enough to just share a drink with her and grunt your way through. This continues into the evening, where more and more orcs filter back into their side of town, and people are having dinner proper and celebrating more. You even see some performances put on, and some worthwhile confrontations. You're not totally sure of it all, but she's cheering so you cheer.

After your third drink together, and during some dance performance by a few guys, she gets up and takes your hands along with her, heading outside. Maybe this is your chance to get away you think, where she makes a path past some other big tents with similar happenings going on inside, till rounding behind a house where it's darker and she pulls you against a wall and tries to get frisky, leading your hands on her. Utterly caught off guard, her efforts are enough at first but by the time you make sense of what's happening, she's obviously looking for you to reciprocate.

More than anything you're just dumbfounded how you got dragged along to this.
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>>1225492
You're drunkenness is clearly affecting you're judgement as you return the affection however stupid as it may be. You surprisingly had a good time with her since meeting
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>>1225500
Just because you were able to handle the drinking, doesn't mean it didn't effect you. Enough at least, to cloud your normal judgement. A strong no usually, but having wound up in some strange other world, having to hide out with goblins and now posing as an orc, you toss reason to the wind and reciprocate.

It even sort of works given how dark it is, and you lean into her for more body contact as you feel her up. To help she loosens her shirt some, before trying to get her hands in your pants. She's enjoying it though for sure and perhaps creepily so are you, for as strange as it is. How far are you willing to go with this though? Or maybe rather, how much do you care for your original plan of escaping, compared to feeling in the moment with her?
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>>1225505
You snap out of it and decide to resist temptation even if she does look like pic related One hasty decision isnt worth your life. You try to communicate this to her and make an attempt to leave
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>>1225513
Against any suicidal urges, you come to your senses and resist the green. Trying to pull things back and get less involved though, the problem arises from your being unable to properly communicate with her. Maybe if you could, you could talk your way out, but grunting doesn't work. She seems a mix of confused and hurt, maybe thinking she did something wrong. Probably trying to rekindle things between you though, she moves to try and kiss you but poorly stifles a scream when she realizes you don't have tusks, like she and the other orcs do.

Now you're both a little inebriated but she has the sense to notice this, and while she doesn't immediately pin you as human and start screaming about it, she does grab you by the arm with a strong grip, and is trying to move you out of the shadows to get a better look at you.
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>>1225516
You don't put up a fight as she pulls you, feeling some trust having stifled her scream
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>>1225519
You avoid a fight, and get dragged into the light, trying to remain calm as she looks you over. Without warning, she quickly pulls at the clothing on your head, fully exposing your face which does call her to scream in surprise. You look around in worry if anyone heard but so far not, while she's recollecting herself. She lets out a confused and angry slew of words you don't understand, except one. "Human", that you understand.

You don't really know how to answer her, but maybe it would be better if you didn't. You just prepare in case she attacks or you have to run, but surprisingly she doesn't. She just grabs you with both hands and shakes you, speaking in frustration before putting you in a headlock but not forcing it, and settling down and clearly trying to think about what to do, looking around occasionally in case anyone happens by.

Just to check, you pull at her arm as if too tight, and she does loosen it and says something that sounds like an apology. She doesn't let you go though.
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>>1225523
Oh boy.

Can we conceive of what she plans to do? Can we try to soothe her?
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>>1225523
"Can you understand me?"
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>>1225527
You try talking to her but she either chooses not to respond in English, or she actually doesn't understand you. She does respond but it sounds like a question, and in her language.

>>1225526
You can guess at what she's thinking about and considering. How you act though is your choice to make.

At the very least, if you believe the goblins, then you can't imagine things going well. Though, she intentionally *not* create a scene or raise the alarm, and hasn't attacked or tired to kill you.
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>>1225531
Can you assure her we wont flee or fight back if she lets us go. Perhaps we can establish a more solid, common basis of trust. The easiest way to do that is by first establishing eye contact. Though that's perceived as a challenge in some societies so careful how we do it.
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>>1225531
Best to try and soothe her
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>>1225533
>>1225535
Yes, we can hum a soothing tune or try and stroke her arm gently. Perhaps go limp in her arms so she knows we won't fight back.
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>>1225535
>>1225533
>>1225537
Figuring to try and not give her a reason to kill you at least, you behave non-threateningly, and end up faking passing out in her headlock. She doesn't notice at first, but when she does, she picks you up and slings you over her shoulder, moving along through the streets. Eventually making some distance and avoiding other folks, she makes it to a house and moving inside she carries you to a room and draws the curtain. Setting you down on an actual bed, she looks you up and down and removes the outer disguise clothing so you're down to normal clothes. Looking at your hand and checking your face, she ends up slapping you you a few times to try and wake you up, which being awake already you respond to.

She looks quite concerned and obviously conflicted, having caught herself a human it would seem. Not some violent interloper in you though, as you keep trying to behave harmlessly attempt to make physical contact and touch her arm but she shoves you off and winds back to punch you. Attempting to play it up you flinch and act afraid, which causes her to just force you down on the bed with an arm, and continue to think as she sits there on a stool beside the bed.
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>>1225543
boi.

Just...stare at her.
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>>1225543
wait for her response
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>>1225544
>>1225546
You simply keep quiet, wait and stare. Eventually she eases up on keeping you down, and takes a deep breath, cursing by the sound of things and letting you go. You're able to sit up which startles her a little and she adopts a defensive stance, but your inactivity puts her at ease, and she continue talking but more at you rather than to you.

Moving to look outside of the room, she returns and gestures at you to see if you can understand that way, indicating that she wants to see what you've got in your pockets or in your possession, something like that.
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You empty your pockets as a sign of good faith
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>>1225553
you don't have anything of value so this is an easy enough decision
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>>1225553
>>1225556
2nd
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>>1225553
>>1225556
>>1225559
Will continue from here later, I got to turn in for the night. Thanks for playing though, it's been fun!
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>>1225561
i'll do the same. see you then
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>>1225561
Thank you for running, OP.
I accidentally over-napped, which amounted to my sleep hours, meaning I'll remain awake
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>>1225145
>>1225368
>>1225437
You madman
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>>1225556
>>1225559
You guys should've actually tried getting into her pants, maybe we wouldn't be here right now who knows

Either way
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>>1225553
>>1225559
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>>1226150
>>1225559
>>1225556
So you turn out your pockets, none of the stuff she's all that interested in except the pocket knife, you figure she was just checking if you had any weapons.

Taking it all away just in case and bundling them up in a sack, she picks you up by the arm and drags you off the bed to the floor, where she ties your arms behind your back and one of your ankles to the foot of the bed. Making a gesture to stay put and probably saying so too, she covers you with the blanket on the floor, and goes about herself, getting ready to sleep.

Well you kind of had to go to the bathroom, but you guess you'll just have to hold it for the night.

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The next day you're woken as she gets up, moving around the room. Eventually she takes the blanket off and checks if you're still alive, then undoes you from the bed and affords you privacy with a bucket so you can take a leak.

She's also got food for you, but you can tell she's waiting for you to finish, so she can tie your hands again.
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>>1226173
You go about your business. When you go back to her you ask "Why haven't you turned me in?" knowing theres a strong possiblity she doesnt understand
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>>1226173
Tell her we're sorry for not being the orc she wanted us to be

Make sure she feels our sadness/regret through our words
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>>1226178
More than a strong possibility, she *actually* doesn't understand.

>>1226188
You try and apologize and seem sad and regretful. This does actually seem to register with her, and she kind of half sigh, half groans as she rubs your arm. Still though, when you're done eating, she binds your arms again, sounds like she's apologizing as well, and covers your head up before she hoists you up to carry on her shoulder again. You can feel as she makes her way out of the room and is going somewhere. If you wanted to you could try to wriggle or free yourself, but unless you're mistaken, you're in the middle of the orc settlement.
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>>1226211
Stay put and whisper one last sorry
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>>1226224
this
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>>1226224
One last sorry it is, if only she could understand it.

Eventually after being hauled around for awhile, you're set down near to where other people are, you can hear talking and such. Before long though it becomes arguing and maybe even the sound of a tussle? Without warning though the cover is yanked off your head and mix of gasps, screams and angry exclamations are heard as your eyes adjust to the light. You're met with the sight of a small gathering of orcs in the big tent you've been brought to, and they're arguing and probably trying to figure out what to do with you. A couple times some of them try to get physical, like grabbing you or something, but the orc lady stops them and consistently keeps guard of you from anything nasty happening.

Still, it looks like you've been found out by a bunch of them now, as you get lots of quick glances and stares between the fervent discussion going on.
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>>1226243
You sit quietly listening
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>>1226243
Give Orc Girl a confused look, do we know her name?
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>>1226267
If she gave you her name, you weren't aware of it being so, rather than just another word of their language. You look confused at her, but she just keeps by you to make sure no one messes you up.

>>1226266
It works well enough for awhile, but all the commotion going on attracts attention, and eventually a few better equipped or at least better dressed orcs happen in. Probably here to break up the fuss, but when they see you their demeanors change and they forcibly go to grab you. The orc lady tries to stop it, but they push her down angrily as they rather roughly grab you, harshly. At first you think her to try and free you from them as she gets up and grabs at you with angry words, but you realize she quickly passed off the pocket knife in your tied hands before they separate the two of you again and drag you elsewhere.

There's a good deal more commotion as you're led through the street, which attracts a small following. Being taken to a longhouse though, you're thrown down amidst a gathered collection of orcs and others, and similarly unceremoniously, a goblin fellow is shoved out of the crowd next to you.

He's surprised at first to see a human, but apologizes and says you're in for a bad time now.
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>>1226298
"What do you mean?" you ask "What's going to happen?"
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>>1226306
Seconding
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>>1226306
Obviously concerned about your wellbeing, you ask what he means and what your fate is to be. He says that the chieftain doesn't like humans, and that you'll probably be shown off to everyone to scare them, and after that you'll probably be killed or eaten. That's what happened to the last few humans to have been caught.

You don't have any reason to doubt him either, as you look around the room and see everyone obviously quite concerned about you. A big orc fellow at the far end though, after listening to the chatter, gets up and approaches. The chieftain if you had to guess, a tough looking guy with several visible scars and with some crude, but actual armor made of scrap metal. On the approach, he looks you over before kicking you hard to knock you on your back. There's some cheers around but you can tell by looking he enjoyed that for himself.

You do happen to notice the orc lady from before having to be restrained and shouting something, probably trying to speak on your behalf. At least you have that, though how much it will help remains to be seen, as the chieftain is clearly waiting for some reaction.
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>>1226332
Stay tough, keep quiet and look him dead in the eyes
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>>1226332
Try to move closer to Orc Lady if they let us
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>>1226340
also add "You must be Rellidve."
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>>1226340
>>1226341
Stay tough or retreat?
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>>1226351
I don't see much success in a retreat at this time
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>>1226359
Let's go with tough but let's try not to look threatening
>>1226351
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>>1226372
>>1226359
You decide to stand up for yourself, you're getting tired of being pushed around and ordered since you came to this strange place. Gathering your courage, you tough it out and stand up to face him, looking him in the eye and calling him by his name. At least you're pretty sure it's his name.

He clearly wasn't expecting this though, and after some initial confusion starts laughing. The others around him start cheering for it, but the orc lady shouts something out which makes people go quiet. The chieftain is clearly angered by this and would act, but the chanting of those around quietens his would-be violence.

In response, he takes off some of the armor, and moves forward to bump into you, basically fronting as he crosses his arms and looks down with a fierce stare. The folks around enjoy the display, but the goblin nearby tells you to back down, saying it'd be better for you just to roll over and maybe he'll be quick about killing you. For everyone else around though, including the orc lady, you can't help but feel pretty bold. Even if this guy could probably kill you with a punch.
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>>1226390
"I don't want to die like a coward." you tell the goblin. Based on your short experience with the orcs you believe they respect boldness so you'll keep it up even if you are shaking in your boots
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Rolled 13 (1d100)

>>1226390
Sigh

This is for you Orc Lady
Sneak attack with the pocket knife to the throat

If this is not that kind of battle or If that could get us killed more easily

Be the first to give out a punch
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>>1226408
Best out of three?

Can we roll one more time?
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>>1226408
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>>1226428
You can still roll
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>>1226411
>>1226428
Well other players can roll sure, though it doesn't have to be for the same thing if they don't want.
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Rolled 74 (1d100)

>>1226404
i guess i'll roll for my bluff then if that can trump the sneak attack
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>>1226445
Nice
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>>1226445
>>1226404
You're not sure if it's a fight or not, but you're not backing down. You bump him back, which he must have been looking forward to because he goes to talk to everyone else there. You take the chance with the pocket knife ready, to lunge for him and try and go for the throat. It's not that sharp but for what you need it to do, you just need to apply enough force.

And indeed you do manage to stab him in the neck, to the shock of everyone there. The chief himself doesn't even seem to register at first, but once he feels the knife handle out of his neck, he angrily winds back and punches you hard enough to send you tumbling across the floor. There's a lot of angry remarks and boos from the crowd at your action, but it's all cut off by a roar of rage from the chief as he rips the knife from his neck and throws it aside. You notice the wound to be bleeding freely, but he's more interested in exacting revenge, as he walks over and grabs you by the leg to drag you outside, hurling you across the ground.

The crowd of people who'd been following but not allowed in the longhouse can see this now, along with everyone inside streaming out, and there's a huge commotion as people give space for you, partly out of fear but mostly in anticipation for what's to happen. Even Nera you notice is there now, running to you side and asking what you did, and how things could get this bad?

The chief though you see now entering the circle cleared by the crowd. A couple people, a different orc lady and probably some of his friends or fighters try and stop him because of the neck injury, but he'll have none of it as he removes the rest of the armor, and grabbing at his neck, drags a bloody hand across his chest to mark it. Looking at you with fury, he's out for your blood now too. Nera tries to help but she's knocked aside by orcs near to you, who lift you up to your feet for the fight.
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Rolled 66 (1d100)

>>1226479
Evade then punch whenever possible, we need to wear him out

Look at Orc Lady with a "This is for you" look before the fight starts
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Rolled 35 (1d100)

>>1226500
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>>1226500
>66

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml4wAnvfM4M

A pretty decent job. You take some serious punches at first that feel like being hit by a semi, each one nearly putting you out of the fight and you barely manage to keep up with things.

However, as the fight wears on, the exertion of it is clearly getting to the chief. Especially, from his injury, as it continue to bleed free without any effort put to stopping it. He's moving slower, he's breathing heavier, and his stance is unsteady. You don't think you could go on the offensive, but you're finding it easier to evade him now and recover from the earlier beating.

Some people you notice look to be calling for a stop to the fight now, seeing the state the chief is in, especially those closest to him. The general crowd sentiment though is great entertainment and awe at seeing a human, in a fight no less. Over it all as you pass her side of the crowd by a few times you hear Nera's small voice calling up saying not to let it end in a draw. You're not sure why, but you could imagine some reasons for it.
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>>1226601
Finish the orc then counterattack when he misses a punch, uppercut him or something

Do we need to roll for this? He's in pretty bad shape already so

And how does Orc Lady look right now?
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>>1226601
Keep fighting
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>>1226616
Finish the orc, counterattack when he misses a punch
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>>1226616
>>1226617
>>1226622
A roll couldn't help. A small problem though in that despite his condition, given his size and toughness you can't really cause him much harm just by punching or kicking, you're just not that fit. You can certainly try, but depending on how far you want to go, you're kind of limited. Outlasting him isn't the problem now, so much as soundly finishing him. At least with your bare hands.

The orc lady though, like everyone else is intently focused on the fight, but seeing the state of things she looks happy for you as well. Or at least for the way things are going, considering everyone was expecting you to get slaughtered.
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>>1226655
Try to bait him into a punch and when he misses jump on his back and try to hurt the stab wound, get our fingers in there and wiggle them around or try to scratch
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>>1226671
>>1226671
yes, and if that doesnt work
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>>1226699
pic related
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>>1226671
Getting closer now, you try and lure him into another punch, and then round to his back and go for the neck wound. You land a solid hit on it and try to dig your fingers in, having some success, though he staggers a bit and manages to grab you from behind him. With a solid effort he slings you up and over him, and slams you on the ground, gripping your neck and trying to choke the life out of you. Met face to face, he's clearly struggling to stay up, but is willing to try and do this last thing and kill you in revenge. You're slipping fast against his grip, but your limbs are free, and he's definitely unsteady.
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>>1226713
Dig our thumbs into his eyes and him bleeeeeeeed
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>>1226719
Make a roll to act, while being strangled.
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Rolled 27 (1d100)

>>1226737
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>>1226770
Sigh

I guess we're dead now

Can i roll again?
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>>1226776
Only other players can roll!
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Rolled 55 (1d100)

>>1226737
rollie pollie olie eye gouge
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>>1226786
>>1226770
A decent attempt, feeling the end coming on, you flail against the chief and in a last panicked attempt, go for his eyes. It's a struggle and you're not able to just jab them out, but you scratch and cause him enough pain to let go of you to protect himself. Staggering back a bit, he struggles to keep upright and can't even see properly now. He's no longer attacking you, just fighting to stay awake.

You're on the ground choking for breath, but you notice now everyone's gone quiet, clearly not expecting the way things have gone. No one really knows what to do now and they just state in disbelief. How you act now could well determine how things end up for you.
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Rolled 31 (1d100)

>>1226799
Drop kick him, that should have enough momentum to knock him down
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Rolled 16 (1d100)

>>1226810
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>>1226810
Yeah, you attempt a pretty crappy drop kick, in your badly beaten condition. It's enough though to send the chief toppling over to the ground with a wham. Struggling to get up, you only barely manage to stand, and do so wobbly.

There's an explosion of activity though from the crowd both good and bad. Immediately the orc lady from before breaks free of being restrained and runs to hug you and lift you up in a spin. Unexpectedly though, an older orc woman after checking the downed chieftain, runs up and socks the one with you, knocking her away as the older one grabs you. They both have a fight over you, before several of the guys get involved and toss the ladies aside and handle you roughly, shouting among one another and nearly attempting to kill you more than once. You're getting thrown around like a ragdoll, but it's a big booming voice of a troll lady who shuts most people there up, as she pushes through the crowd and makes the orc guys stop shaking you around.

From all the commotion though, it's really too much, and already feeling dizzy you fade out and drop.

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You awaken some time later feeling completely awful, terribly bruised and swollen in places and agonizingly sore from the beating. You're a live though, as you look around and find yourself in an actual proper bedroom, probably given the chance to rest. You're obviously worried about things, but a friendly face is there to help you calm down.

It's Tari, the goblin lady and first person you met after coming here. She's standing beside the bed with a bowl of cold water and a wet rag, trying to get the blood off you in parts. You also notice some assorted goods like plants and such on the beside table. When she sees you awake though she drops the bowl in surprise, and happily leaps up on the bed to hug you, apologizing after for forgetting your condition and how it hurts to do most anything.

She asks how you're doing, and if you need anything? They called her back from the camp and put her in charge of taking care of you.
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>>1226841
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>>1226876
We're in pretty bad shape, everything hurts and yes, we need Orc Lady
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>>1226883
You're hurt yes, she says that's bound to happen when you challenge an orc chieftain, though that you won... no one can recall that ever happening before, at least not a true challenge for power.

She says she'll try her best to take care of you though and if there's anything she can do to help let her know. You ask for "Orc Lady" but she's confused and wonders which one? Do you have a name? If you want just any orc lady she can find the nearest one, there's a bunch around.
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>>1226876
We're glad to see her. You ask where you are and what's happening as well as the whereabouts of the orc mistress
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>>1226901
>>1226905
You drop the matter of the orc lady as Tari must not know
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>>1226901
Tell her to Ask Nera what happened to the Orc Lady that was with us and
>>1226905
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>>1226905
She's glad to see you too. You ask what's all going on, she says you're in the main long house where they're letting you rest up till you're good to go on your own. Everyone else is outside in the main area debating and trying to figure out what to do now, since you defeated the chief in a challenge for power, so technically the role should pass to you. She's not entirely sure about how it works since it's mostly orc business, but it's a big deal since it rarely only happens and between different tribes rather than within the same. From the gossip she heard, the chief only did it as a humorous gesture, but technically it should still count.

As for the orc lady, again she doesn't know who you're talking about since she only just arrived a short while ago, she wasn't here for the fight or the aftermath.
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>>1226955
Ask her if she could go find Nera
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>>1226955
Tell her that despite your weakened state you want to go down and listen to these discussions. You offer Tari to be your translator
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>>1226991
>>1226992
You'd like to see Nera at this time, but in asking to listen to all the talking, Tari says Nera is present in the discussion going on. She's the representative of all the goblins here so naturally she has a say.

She recommends against it, but you insist, so she helps you as best she can to hobble your way out of the room and through the longhouse to the main meeting room. It takes a bit before people notice you and right away there's an angry and nearly violent response, though once again the troll lady there shuts down hostile action towards you. Instead of you then they yell at Nera, who angrily asks Tari what's going on and that you shouldn't be out here, especially not in your condition.
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>>1227020
Is Orc Lady around? And mention we need to talk to her
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>>1227020
"I didn't feel comfortable sitting and waiting for someone to decide my fate. From what I understand of your customs I am technically chieftan so I believe I have some right to these discussions. Please translate for me."
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>>1227037
You ask after the orc lady, specifying the one who found you and hugged you after. The orcs know who that is, though she's not in here since this is official business and she's the equivalent to a commoner. She's probably outside somewhere if you want to find her though.

>>1227047
You get Tari to translate for you, saying how you won't just sit by and let them determine what happens to you, you have a say just as well and want to be heard, and you invoke the technical right as chief. The others there still aren't happy with you, but you can tell they respect your stance and standing up for yourself, so with the troll's saying so you'd guess, they allow you to say. Probably too presumptuous though to sit on the chief's chair, unless you want to.

Tari though climbs up next to you and whispers in your ear as the talking continues, trying to translate what she hears. From the sound of things, most people, especially the orcs are unhappy with the current situation. There's no doubt in anyone's mind that you ousted the chief, and though he survived the fight, he's disgraced now, no one wants him back. The orcs would want another orc next in line though, which the troll and Nera disagree with. Nera because she obviously thinks you being in charge would be better for the goblins, and the troll because tradition says what has to happen and she considers your defeat of the chieftain to be an omen that must be heeded. It seems while folks don't all agree or like the troll's stance, they all respect her since she's the religious leader or equivalent, for the whole collective tribe.

The orcs though still speak, argue to, and maintain their stance and sound to have many good points. Most of them have to do with you being human, and weak, but they have real concern about how other tribes will react if they find out the old chief was defeated, or that a human is ruling over them. That news alone, could spread farther than the bayou even.
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>>1227081
You interrupt the bickering "I have no intention to be your chieftain. This has all been an unfortunate turn of events. My only desire is to return home to my world. From what I understand though this is very difficult."
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>>1227081
Let's not sit on the chief's chair then

Will they accept Orc Lady? She helped us get to the chieftan so she helped bring him down

>>1227114
They could help us go back if we get them on our side
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>>1227119
I thought reassuring them of your intentions would bring the orcs to a compromise and get some cooperation from the group on a plan to return home
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>>1227119
>>1227143
we'll still be impromptu chief in the meantime
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>>1227114
>>1227119
So what's the decision to make? Of course they'll probably make the final decision whether or not to boot you out, or eat you, but your words carry weight at the moment.
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>>1227152
think i'll change to await a decision (you feel you have the majorit) and request the presence of she orc like the other guy suggested. You'll make your last statement to the court that you will respect the decision they come to
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>>1227152
>>1227196
We're okay with whatever they decide as longs as they don't try to kill us
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>>1227196
>>1227210
Respectfully you say you'll defer to their decision, which wins you points. In the meantime while they continue sorting the situation out then, you ask to see the orc lady and Tari helps you out then. Taking your leave, you head through the long house to the entrance, and door outside. Once out there, you're met with a lot of attention by a small crowd of gathered people, all focused on you with mixed reaction. A bunch of kids too of the tribe, probably interested in coming to see the human. Tari says a lot of them want to know about you and what the situation is with the rulership of the tribe. While you consider what to say though, an orc women, the older one from before exits the longhouse and joins at your side, and unexpectedly draws you in for a kiss and holds you close. So strange with the tusks and the taste of orc mouth, but she's pretty enthusiastic about it. The act gets cheers and hoots around, and she lifts your arm up to the crowd saying some things which the gathered people seem to appreciate.

You ask Tari what is going on, she says it's the defeated chief's wife, and she's telling people you ousted him and will be the new chieftain, with her remaining the chieftess to help you transition into the role and life. Whatever the case, she did a pretty good job of dispelling any anger or doubt towards you from the crowd, and you get the impression she's popular with the tribe.
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>>1227260
Fuck

Is she going to follow us around?
Either way let's keep searching for Orc Lady
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>>1227260
Uh...is she hot?

Anyway, continue searching for the Orc Lady
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>>1227260
Your starting to warm up to this whole orc chief business. A part of you thinks this might not be such a bad gig after all. You really didn't have a whole lot going on with your life at home anyway

>>1227266
Ill second this
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>>1227273
She's older than us man, that's reason enough to search for Young Orc Lady.

And might i add she liked us when we first met
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>>1227283
Older women can be sexy?

But no, I just want to find the orc lady because we owe her a huge thanks. Maybe we can be friends now.
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>>1227287
Maybe we can be more than friends eh?

A new chief deserves a new wife! Not the wife of the previous disgraced chief, ew
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>>1227291
agreed.
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>>1227291
Dude.

That's all I'm going to say.

But polygamy is probably acceptable, at least for a chief tan. Keep in mind that the wife solidifies our position, whereas the orc lady, for being a mere commoner, will destabilize our position.
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>>1227266
She actually seems intent to usher you back inside, probably from the condition of your injuries. You can go looking for the other orc lady but this one seems fine accompanying you around.

>>1227273
Well she's older, not like an old lady but probably 30s if you had to guess compared to human looks. She's got a more refined, womanly attractiveness to her, and a fuller figure. She's an orc though so it's all relative, compared to a human lady she's pretty monstrous.

All this said, it's not like you're actually considering something with her, right?

Either way you wander around looking for the other orc lady. The one with you eventually asks Tari what you're up to and Tari explains, to which the orc lady leads you along in a proper direction, stopping occasionally to talk to people and introduce you to them, basically keeping up a public image you figure.

You end up being led though to a fire circle were a bunch of people are seated around, and the chieftess points out the other orc lady, while she makes herself known to those there to draw their attention and give you the chance to go meet the orc lady you know. When she does notice you, she's surprised and happy to see you, taking care not to hurt you with much physical contact. It's great to have Tari there too because she can translate what's being said, basically the orc lady is saying how great it is you survived and while she doesn't know if you winning was a good idea, she's really impressed by a human. Particularly since when they rarely do show up, they end up getting killed or eaten.
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>>1227300
That changes things, ask her if the chieftan can have more than one wife and thank Young Orc Lady for helping us out
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>>1227300
>All this said, it's not like you're actually considering something with her, right?
No actually, just male curiosity.

>>1227300
Thank her. She saved our life. She stood up for us, risking her own. Holy crap, give her all the thanks in the world. She's the sis-bro.
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>>1227296
I think with enough persuasion though, we could arrange for her to remain a figure head rather than our "queen"

>>1227300
You ask her name having never learned it and thank her for defending you. You also ask her to join you back at the long house and continue your conversation there as the council arrives at a decision
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>>1227326
>You also ask her to join you back at the long house and continue your conversation there as the council arrives at a decision
That's not a good political move with the orc wife around and to the crowd.

>think with enough persuasion though, we could arrange for her to remain a figure head rather than our "queen"
You're mistaken where the quotation belongs. Not only is a figurehead degrading, but more so what you actually mean. You mean to throw the true queen aside, nothing more an ornament, and make the orc lady our mistress.
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>>1227312
Who are you asking about the chieftain stance? It could be important.

>>1227322
You thank the orc lass profusely, Tari translating. You share a friendly moment together where she apologizes for putting you in such a dangerous situation to begin with, originally her idea was to turn you in and speak on your behalf and try to defend you, hoping that people would accept giving you over to the goblins to try and return you to the human world. Unfortunately she didn't think the chief's friends would happen by so quickly. Even so, she's amazed things actually worked out for you and thinks maybe it's a sign from the gods, like that other famous human who lived here in the past. Definitely she wishes the best for you, thinking you'll need it if you do end up as chief, since the other tribes and outsiders will change their relations towards this one if you do.

>>1227326
You take the chance to more properly introduce yourselves. Her name is Keresville, and Tari laughs when she says the orc lass thinks Trevor is a weird name, the same as what she thought.

At any rate you ask if she wants to come back to the long house, but she doesn't think that would be such a good idea. A lot of people are angry and unhappy with her, that she ended up bringing you into the situation and causing all this change. Maybe later if things calm down, but for now she's here with friends and family who will keep people from harassing or attacking her.

Also just on a personal level, Tari whispers that she doesn't think the chieftess would allow it.
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>>1227362
You realize how much you are treading on thin ice so you think it best to respect their customs and be careful of your actions hereon. You tell her you speak again soon and tell the chieftess you are ready to return.
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>>1227362
>Who are you asking?
Um Chief Wife?

And tell Keresvill i like that name that if anyone is giving her trouble she shoul come to us, we can probably help her out now that we're the chief

after that we should go back to the long house
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>>1227377
...
>>1227362
Thank her, and promise we will see each other again, as friends.

>>1227395
Bull shit, we can't do that. We arent respected enough, and we don't have power.

>Um Chief Wife?
Worst person to ask, man. We just asked Tari and she said he wife wouldnt allow it.
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>so busy criticizing others that I forgot to complete the action

>>1227362
In addition to thanking Keresville once more, say we like her name (I actually like it) and return to the longhouse with the chieftain's wife for now. Get to know her, it will help us in the long run.
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>>1227399
Calm down anon
I said probably
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>>1227418
and i only wanted to be nice
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>>1227418
Sorry, didn't mean to sound hostile. Forgive me, anon?
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>>1227399
whats with the ... ?
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>>1227445
You will regret knowing.
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>>1227439
Sadist Anon?
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>>1227465
Well I'll just leave you to your spergboy antics then.

>>1227362
It was fun while it lasted QM
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>>1227377
>>1227395
>>1227399
>>1227409
Maybe you'll hold off on asking about family structure for now. After all, it's not like you're going to just remain here, become the ruler, and pick a native woman to settle down with... right?

So you figure just to return to the longhouse and when the chieftess notices, she holds you close again and continues walking together with you. On the way back, unexpectedly you get accosted by a younger orc fellow who tries to fight you, but the chieftess after failing to get rid of him by commanding, she subtly eases from your holding each other and suddenly shoulder slams the guy to the ground, kneeing him in the chest and punching him a few times till some other orc lady yells for help or for her to stop, you're not sure. Getting up she spits on the ground between, before holding you close again and continuing along.

Naturally you ask what just happened, Tari translates and says that the guy was looking to fight you and win while you were weak, so that he might in turn win the position of chief from you. Given your condition though, the chieftess just took care of the problem instead, since she's got your back and because it would be a pathetic violation of the traditions for some brash kid to take advantage of your condition. You hear Tari mutter though that the chieftess is just protecting her investment.

Either way you return to the longhouse after again, stopping a few times to meet and greet fellow tribe members, and seeing off the people gathered outside the longhouse with another deep kiss by the chieftess, met with a cheer from the crowd. Inside again, she speaks warmly to you and traces her hand along your face. Tari says she things you did a good job together and looked great to the rest of the tribe, and that she'll take care of your injuries instead of Tari, suggesting you should get back to resting. A good strong effort to get out and see people in your state, but really you should heal up.
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>>1227494
>>1227468
>>1227465
>>1227445
What even is going on right now?
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>>1227502
HOLY SHIT

She's marriage material

Okay, lets rest then
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>>1227502
>>1227514
Pretty good, huh?

>>1227511
Humans, OP. But that also means you can ignore 40% of the things we say or do.

>>1227502
Yup, rest.
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>>1227468
*gasp!*
Masochist Anon?
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>>1227557
what
whos this, im confused now

im just a lurker from stranded
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>>1227571
Just messing with you ;)

Yup.
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>>1227590
if i may, that hostile/dick vibe follows you around

squinting

jk ;)
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>>1227617
Nah, it's true.

Squints back.

>I'm just a lurker.
You sure?
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>>1227631
Yes

I know squinting at you makes you calm down

squinting
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>>1227639
It does? You sure?{/spoiler]
Squints back.
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>>1227514
>>1227539
You agree to rest then for now, and are sorry to see Tari dismissed, but tell her to stick around as she's a great help.

On the way back to the room you figure to just go the way you came, through the hall, but notably the chieftess stops you. Kindly enough, but she says something softly while rubbing your arm, and ushers you instead another way. Through a side hallway past various rooms, you end up avoiding the main hall completely, and reach the room in short order.

Once inside she helps you to the bed and sits you down while she takes your shoes off. Having you sit up on the edge of the bed, she checks your legs and then your arms, before you get the impression that she's looking to see how injured you are. Most are around your torso which she notices when she lifts your shirt up, and sounds like she's expressing sympathy, as she lifts your arms up and takes the shirt off, so she can dab some of the remedies on where you're hurt the most. You kind of develop a back and forth where she asks a question and touches places, and when you react in pain she applies medicine, and eventually though you don't understand one another, you get the idea that what she's asking is something like "Does this hurt?" while she understands you saying "Yes" or "No".

Eventually she moves around behind you on the bed and sees to your back much the same way, and when she's done rubs your shoulders for a bit. Honestly, however things might turn out going forward, and however things have been so far, it's actually really nice just to have some close attention and a kindness shown after winding up in this weird land. You appreciate the concern, and she ends up sitting back in bed, and bringing your head to rest on her lap so she can apply medicine to your face with a gentler touch. While doing so she hums a soft tune you're not familiar with, dabbing at your face first and going on to stroke through your hair.
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>>1227649
shit
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>>1227656
Just relax, let her do her thing while we sleep
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>>1227656
Yup, just relax.
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>>1227688
You take the chance to just relax and drift off to sleep in her hands.

---

You're awoken some time later by poking and prodding, to find Nera standing beside the bed, angrily asking what you're doing and if it's true, did you really go along with the chieftess and look like a couple?

You look around startled in the moment, to see you're alone in bed, just Nera and Tari standing beside it trying to get an answer out of you.
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>>1227762
"Wot"

"Not really, it was the other way around but yes."
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>>1227762
This
>>1227772
And ask if that was a bad idea?
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>>1227787
Im fairly certain they'll tell us even without asking but yes, it wouldnt hurt to ask anyway.
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>>1227772
At your answer of yes, she gets rather angry and tries to hit you but can't really reach, jumping up and down to try and reach you since she can't easily climb up on the bed. Curses from her as well aplenty, and eventually she gets help from Tari to left her up, where she jumps on you with her little goblin feet and calls you an idiot.

Naturally confused, you ask what the problem is and she says you should have refused her or anything really, since now people think you could be a couple, that introduces the problem of sides into the matter of you as the leader. Before with you as the lone chief, everyone could roughly agree and continue on an even footing. Now though it looks like you've taken a favor to the orcs and have put them above the others in the tribe.

Calling you a traitor, she asks how you could do this to her after all she did for you. Why, you're even wearing the clothes she gave you!
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>>1227792
Smile and give her a hug. Promise her we will never forget the debt that we owe, the the length of the hospitality she and the goblins gave. If we do become the chieftain, we will lead objectively. But Nera, Tari, and the rest of the goblins that had helped us will always be on our mind--their well being, their happiness, and their wishes.
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>>1227792
Also, would it not be favorable to keep our favoritism of the goblins on the low? Otherwise, the trolls and orcs would make a commotion.
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>>1227792
Ask her if can we take Tari with us to make it look like she's our helper? Would that help?

And we didnt know, she kinda just forced it
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>>1227813
You hug her but she struggles against it with a shriek and bites you, saying she doubts now that it will matter much when it'll be the chieftess calling the shots with you under her feet.

You do consider if it would be better to keep hidden your affiliation with the goblins, but she says now you'll have to choose anyway, and hope that you or the partner you choose will be able to smooth things over anyway. Since, whoever is picked, will cause commotion from the other sides.
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>>1227845
What do you mean take with you, just always have her around?

And she's not blaming you for not knowing or for the chieftess doing what she did, she's blaming you for just accepting it and going along with what she did.
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>>1227856
I guess

well we didnt know what the fuck she was doing and we didnt know there would be consequences we're a human not an orc, we dont know their traditions what did she expect?
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>>1227847
>shriek and bites you
That's cute.

Do we have to choose? I don't think we do. I don't think having an Orcish partner determines that. We are human. And we will rule in a way that is best for the entire tribe because a tribe means family, and they need to stop the power struggle.
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>>1227866
She says she expects that you wouldn't just take to being forced into a relationship by a random woman, and not even a human at that. She even asks if you don't think the chieftess is just using you? Her husband was defeated and disgraced and lost the role of chief, so rather than giving up her position and the benefits of it, she jumped to whoever was next in command.

>>1227871
She supposes you don't have to choose, but it'll be up to you if you want to go to the effort of telling off the chieftess and ending things between you two. And should you do so, she imagines the chieftess's unhappiness would be shared with the orcs.

One way or another she thinks people would expect you to eventually have a chieftess at some point, but so soon, just makes things precarious.
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>>1227910
> if you want to go to the effort of telling off the chieftess and ending things between you two
We don't need to. Because we will still be acting in the best interest of the orcs, in addition to the trolls and goblins. Favoritism doesnt need to have anything to do with this. This is not idealism, this is realism.
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>>1227931
She thinks that a nice thought of yours, but the tribe will be harder to appease or convince of that, since favoritism has always been the way, and with this specific tribe always the orcs in recent times.

During this, the chieftess happens back into the room carrying a bucket and a big bowl as well as a large mug, but when she sees Nera she reacts hostilely, with angry shouting back and forth, while Tari crawls under the bed to hide.

Eventually setting the bucket and bowl down, the chieftess grabs Nera who shrieks and holds onto you for dear life, but with a good tug the chieftess rips her free. Holding her up by the blouse, she carries the kicking and screaming goblin out of the room and drops her outside to shut the door. You hear tiny banging and tiny yelling outside after that, but Nera must be too short to work the door bolt.

At that the chieftess returns, speaking about who knows what, and sits beside you with the bowl again and the bucket. It looks to be some soup she's brought and pours some in the bowl for you to have
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>>1227971
Firmly Stand up and let Nera in, if she tries to do anything just give her a stop signal then ask Tari to come out because we need to know what she's saying
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>>1227971
Hold up a hand like "hold on, please"
Then express that she's a friend and open the door. Then ask Tari to translate.
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>>1227997
>>1228005
The chieftess moves to act against it at first, but lets it happen when you open the door, as Nera thanks you and storms in, continuing the argument and telling Tari to come out from under the bed.

So what did you want to have translated?
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>>1228018
That they're just friends. And if we are to be a chieftain, we will hear everything every race has to say. Whether we act on their behalf, however, is up to our discretion. But she must understand that a united clan is a much more powerful clan. Everyone will benefit from this, not just the orcs, and not just the goblins.
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>>1228035
shall we use that no blinking or something like that techique you mentioned?
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>>1228046
Sorry? No blinking?
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>>1228035
You have the situation explained, that you know and are friends with the goblins. The say that the chieftess still wants them out though because she wants to have dinner with you and spend time together, not have it sat in on by friends or no.
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>>1228056
i dont know,i forgot the specifics of it, something about intimidating people by not blinking or something
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>>1228070
Oh, that only works if you do it for a longer duration. Not within 10 seconds. And we don't want to intimidate her, only have her understand.

>>1228069
Express that after we finish our conversation with Nera, we would gladly have dinner with her. This is an issue of the tribe's future. And being a leader means sacrificing your personal desires for those of your people, because as much as she is our wife, Nera and Tari is also much like our family.
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>>1228097
>>1228069
Also, apologize to the wife because you simply don't disobey your wife. Promise we'll make it up to her.
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>>1228097
Tari translates for you, though both she and Nera are flattered that you think of them that way. The chieftess upon hearing it and seeing you mean it, is a little cross but accepts for now. Since she wasn't told to though, she doesn't leave and just waits patiently.

So what did you want to discuss? Nera was just expressing her displeasure for you possibly shacking up with the chieftess, she didn't have much else to say but is willing to talk about whatever.
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>>1228116
>is a little cross but accepts for now. Since she wasn't told to though, she doesn't leave and just waits patiently.
Women...I'll probably die straight but damn, women can be a hassle

Ask Nera if she has any more concerns.
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>>1228116
well if she didnt have anything else to say she can leave, Tari must stay though, we need her to translate stuff for us
and
>>1228104
This too
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>>1228145
>Tari must stay
Uh...it isn't like she's out servant. She can leave if she likes. Im sure we can eat dinner with an orc who doesnt understand our language. Its just eating and we did it fine with the drunks...drunk being irrelevant.
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>>1228140
>>1228145
>>1228165
Well no, Nera doesn't have any other main concerns she was just angry and venting at you. She does say though it would probably be for the best to avoid getting in any other possible fights, after she heard about the little tussle earlier today.

Otherwise though she'll take her leave. Maybe Tari should go too though? It might be weird with her sitting there while you just eat dinner and have some time getting to know the chieftess.
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>>1228264
Yes, Tari should go. The chieftess requested that we eat and enjoy our time alone. Oblige her.
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>>1228280
Tari and Nera take their leave then, bidding you goodnight. Before the chieftess shuts the door though, Nera calls back that she's using you.

Either way, the chieftess returns to sit beside you in bed, as she gives you the bowl of soup to eat, and sets the mug on the side table. Waiting intently for you to eat, she talks about who knows what, not expecting you to understand but still increasing familiarity with one another.
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>>1228320
Just smile and nod. Works all the time.

Are you getting sleepy, OP? You can turn in, don't force yourself.
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>>1228264
now that you mention it, yeah she should go
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>>1228333
Shit i was late

them trips tho
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>>1228328
No not sleepy.

Anyway you play along and have a nice time together even if it isn't really that meaningful. The soup is quite good and welcome after almost a whole day without any. The drink tastes foul though and is pretty thick and green, and you'd like to not have any, but the chieftess encourages you to do so, and presses at your injuries as if to indicate. Probably for the best, you down the drink, which she responds well to and speaks warmly, rubbing your shoulder before giving you another bowl of the soup.

Eventually you're quite full and try to her her know as much, to which she gathers up the containers and takes them outside. Laying back in bed and feeling quite comfy, the soup makes you feel uncomfortably warm but you know it for the best.

When the chieftess returns, she sits down in bed beside you and pulls you in for another long kiss, before taking her shirt and brassiere off and drawing you close to rest your head against her chest as she speaks softly to you. You can feel her strong heartbeat, and feel very relaxed in each others arms. You're still hurting of course, but rest like this will have you back in shape in no time you're sure.
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>>1228375
>Put head between boobs
>Motorboat them
>Fall asleep
hope she didnt give us slow killing posion
And i have a question OP, how advanced are they, technology wise
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>>1228375
She's like an incestuous mother or an old, traditional wife.

Thank her and rest.

>rest
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>>1228397
holy shit thats hot
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>>1228393
Who is they? The orcs? The tribe?

>>1228397
She just wants to take care of you and see you fit. The less she has to stand up for you the better.

At any rate you feel at peace against a pair of green ones, and fall to sleep. You have very strange and vivid dreams, and distorted memories of the fight against the former chief and other things.

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The next day you awaken when a couple orc ladies enter the room with food and things to wash with, buckets of hot water and all that. The chieftess is still with you in bed snuggling together, and you think it a little embarrassing but none of them seem to care. They even hang out to talk for a bit and have some laughs while you eat breakfast. The one girl keeps ferrying buckets to and fro and eventually informs the chieftess of something. She thanks and dismisses them, has some food herself, then gets up and moves to the back of the room and calls you. Or you think she calls you. At the very least you get up to look, and are surprised how much better you feel, probably thanks to the medicine and the nasty drink. You're still very sore, but most of the swelling has gone down and you can move without much pain.

Getting up, you see a big wooden tub in the back of the room filled with the hot water. The chieftess is testing it while getting out of the rest of her clothes, kicking them aside and steps in slowly, gesturing and probably saying for you to come join. The sudden sight of a green rear end catches you off guard and it's pretty embarrassing, but you do believe at the very least a hot bath would take care of most of the symptoms of the beating you have left.
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>>1228460
>The less she has to stand up for you the better.
I'm aware.

>>1228460
Yeah, sure. Follow in. How old are we again?
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>>1228477
Supporting

>>1228460
Everyone I guess
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>>1228460
I noticed the other anon adds in our attitudes and feelings about things so, if it'll help you write, here:

We feel this is a little weird, a little too intimate too soon as opposed to our modern society norms. But when in Rome, do as Romans do, yes? So we will do so.
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>>1228486
The general advancement is pretty low, the most they seem to have advanced is metal working. They seem good at what they do have though, like the buildings and objects are all made pretty well, though there is a healthy helping of objects from the human world around either for function or for decoration. Like how most of the orcs wear human clothes at least in some part. Another example being weapons and armor, rather than going to great lengths to fashion their own they seemed to have incorporated scrap metal that winds up here some way or other, and they take to cleaning it and using it. Stuff like metal pipes for weapons or an old car door for a shield.

The trolls are less advanced from what you've seen, just leather and furs for clothes and their weapons are mostly wood with maybe metal ends. You haven't been into the troll side of town, so you can't say how they live.

The goblins are the most advanced as you saw, and they greatly value human items more than anyone, using any and all the can find, and valuing everything. Your time in goblin town, you saw how they use things like plastic pipes for drainage or plumbing, scrap metal for construction purposes, and even specific items like electronic cables for tying things or broken gear mechanisms and toys for intricate devices to do work like rope drawn doors and manual elevators. They also incorporate cloth and clothing collected in their outfits with a heavy helping of random trash for decoration.

>>1228477
Trevor is 19 this year, a sophomore college student.

At any rate, you figure to join her in the bath rather than get too hung up on it. You don't know what to expect and have some anxiety about it, but sharing the tub with her nothing untoward happens unless you seek to. Her main concern seems just to be getting clean together, as she uses the soap and a little hotel bottle of shampoo, and even has a sponge. She offers to wash you as well if you'd like to just sit there and soak for awhile, let your body ease up in the hot water.

Otherwise though, just straightforward getting clean together. Naturally you feel a little on edge when you catch glimpses of her body at times, but she doesn't seem to care, nor about seeing you so after awhile you get used to it.
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>>1228531
Let her clean us and and start washing her after shes finished with us

And try to be gentle about it, show her we're thankful for her help
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And this is where i head off op
See you later op and anon
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>>1228531
Alright, offer to clean her after she does us. Show her we're thankful.

First, when we're done, I want to know the political stance of the tribe. Our enemies, our allies. How far our territory spans. What surrounds our territory. What races are in this world with the orcs, goblins, and trolls?

>>1228561
Catch you later, man.
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>>1228558
>>1228564
You let her wash you but in turn to show thanks, you move to wash her, which she's surprised by at first but accepts. You be gentle about it, but not just a small soft thing, she's tougher and probably even stronger than you. You can tell she likes your softer touch probably compared to the former chief, but you could be rough with her and she probably wouldn't notice much. At any rate you scrub her body between the soap and sponge where you can, and then wash her thick, long black hair with the shampoo. A pretty intimate experience for you since she lays back against you for that part so you have an easier time of washing her hair. The body to body contact though, well it's a bit much for you and she notices, but doesn't mind at all, even smiles a bit.

Anyway, after you're both thoroughly clean, she gets up and out of the bath, letting you stay for longer if you like and better rest the soreness away. She has a pair of old towels sitting by you notice and takes one for herself and leaves you one when you're ready. You can stay in as long as you like, but she's quite busy with getting dry, doing more specific cleaning like scrubbing her teeth (for which she uses an actual scrub brush rather than a normal toothbrush), and putting her clothes on. You see she has a small wardrobe of human clothes, stretched over use to better fit her, probably a privilege of being married to the former chief. Lastly a dab of some old perfume you can imagine washed up as a bottle, and she's ready to go, bidding you goodbye with a kiss if you're not ready to go when she is.

If not though, yes you could just relax in the tub till the water goes cold.
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>>1228598
We have work to do. Let's go.
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>>1228564
As for the information you're interested in, some of it you already know, some of it you'll still have to find out, probably from a goblin.

The enemies you know the tribe has are two other tribes nearby within the same region. From the way humans are viewed in this land and Nera made it sound though, if you do stick around, chief or not and people know, word would spread and outsiders may react accordingly if they know a human is here, or as the ruler (even if you just accept the role as a de jure position).

The size of the territory isn't certain since you haven't seen a map or anything, but you know the settlement to be on a bend of the river, and it must control a fair amount of area in the bayou around here. Beyond that you're not sure.

Lastly for inhabitants of this land, you only know what you've seen and heard. You know from experience there are goblins, orcs and trolls. From Nera and the goblins though you heard talk of ogres and even giants. From what you've been able to glean, they're all in a sort of group race that they refer to as the brute-kin, apparently related to or descended from humans. So just off that, and common sense, you wouldn't expect say, a dragon to be flying around this land.
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>>1228605
Right then, after the chieftess is gone you get out and dry yourself up, getting dressed with the clothes you have. You notice there's also the clothes belonging to the former chief probably, but they wouldn't fit you by a long shot. Best to ask the goblins if you want more clothes your size.

Anyway so you're ready to go. You might have done better with the effects of your injuries to stay in the tub longer, but you still had a plenty long bath and are feeling much, much better now.
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>>1228613
Do they have basic weaponry? Do they know how to make it? Spears? Swords? Bows?

>ask goblins for clothes our size.
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>>1228623
The orcs can make it if they have the supplies, yes. The bayou is obviously quite poor in mineral resources, so they depend on scrap and objects that wash up from the human world. With them though they are able to fashion them as they need.

The goblins are the same but they don't really alter what they find, they just find uses for it or combine it with other things. Like rather than melting down a spoon the find, they'll sharpen it and put it on a stick.

For the clothes, do you want to head over to goblin town for them, or try and find any nearby?
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>>1228643
>find nearby
We can get better ones later.

As for the resources, this is why I wanted to know if there are other races around. I would like to pillage and adopt. Is there anywhere we can find the mineral resources? We shouldnt need to travel too far if it isnt in this region.
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>>1228652
Well that's the problem, from what little you understand of this land. It seems to be mostly bayou, swamp and wetland. In a way, it feels like a strange mirror to the real world in this same place, Louisiana. Like a little pocket realm or world that is a reflection of the general area where you fell through and ended up crossing the barrier to where you are now. There might be places that are different, but it seems like you would actually have to go far.

At any rate though, you look around and approach some goblins you find near outside (so you don't have to wander far and risk harassment), asking them for clothes. They're not willing at first, but you could trade them, like the clothes of the former chieftain that you'll likely never wear. If so, they'll gladly run over right now and fetch some clothes from goblin town in your size. You could try to use your weight as temporary chief, but they don't seem to keen on that yet.
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>>1228667
Im not sure if it would be perceived as socially acceptable should we trade the chieftain's clothes.

Ask them we'll get them some human objects later. Just tell us their names.
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>>1228674
You promise them goods later but they don't take to it well. You could offer what you have on you though, some gum maybe?
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>>1228686
Sure. I wasnt aware we had anything on us.
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>>1228692
You got your starting possessions back from Keresville, and have taken to just keeping them with you.

So yeah, you offer them some gum which they are delighted by, and they tell you to wait here, they'll be right back. In some tens of minutes they're returned, with two new pairs of pants, four new shirts, and some underwear and socks. At some point given the terrain outside of the settlement, you'd want some proper boots, but for now your shoes will do.
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>>1228698
Wear it. See what's up with the chieftess. What is she doing? Don't bother her though, just a glance.

Maybe find Nera and ask for an update on who will be the chieftain.

I plan to have us migrate in the future. But that's a momentous move and we need a solid position as chieftain if we want that.
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>>1228703
You head back inside and find an unoccupied room to change your clothes, then leave them all back in the room you're staying in.

As for the chieftess, you don't actually know where she is but if you like you can try looking. Make a roll to search if you wish.

Nera you know is in the main hall deliberating over the issue with the other tribal leaders, if you want to go bother her some more.

A migration indeed is a big deal, but not impossible. The main reason this tribe is here, is because they're not the most powerful around, being caught along with the others in constant conflicts with one another. They all keep each other kind of weak, or at least too weak to drastically change their standings in life, since any great efforts to make things better will usually get destroyed by neighboring tribes eventually.

Even food for example, you find the tribe cannot sustain itself on it's own, and most of all the food is gotten by raiding nearby ogres. Apparently everyone does that around these parts, since the ogres have proper farmsteads and grow and produce a lot of food and lifestock. So easier to try and take from them, than to put effort into something that will fail.
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>>1228720
So move out of wherever "around here" is. Would that not be possible? We are simply leaving. The rest of the tribes will have more to themselves.
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>>1228739
Easy pickings for other tribes along the way, and wherever you want to head to, will likely be occupied by someone already there.

Plus of course people here not wanting to leave. It's not an easy life but they've grown used to it, and certainly they feel this is home.

That's them though, you yourself could leave and go wherever, but it seems like you'll be met hostilely elsewhere, and you probably won't be as fortunate next time, to encounter a chief with a chip on his shoulder towards humans enough to offer a challenge to power.
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>>1228749
Hm. So we work with what we have, huh? Our greatest advantage would easily be our knowledge of human technology. And to a lesser extent, modern day knowledge of both past human history and technology over the decades.

How does war sound with a nearby tribe? Can we make alliances, perhaps?

>>1228720
I guess they're all busy. Pay a visit to orc lady? Where would Tari be? I believe we'd need her to translate but I don't want to bother her too much.
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>>1228752
>Our greatest advantage would easily be our knowledge

The goblins, Nera certainly believed that.

For politics and thins like war and tribal-level actions, you'd need to discuss with the leaders probably, to get an idea and feel of things. Apparently though combat happens on a regular basis between the tribes around here, raids and ambushes and such, so a war probably wouldn't be radically different from what they already do.

As for orc lady, you mean the chieftess? She's the only other orc lady you know, you'll have to roll to find her. Tari though you know, since Nera is busy with tribal governing, Tari is wandering around the longhouse and as well, being assigned as your helper. It wouldn't be a bother since it's basically her job for now, and she likes you anyway so spending time with the strange human is more fun than waiting around the longhouse as a servant.
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>>1228762
Keresville. We'll need many loyal friends soon. Even though she's just a commoner and therefore does not strengthen our political position, she's definitely trustworthy.
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>>1228762
Get Tari.
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>>1228767
You grab Tari who is glad to see you and tag along, and then go looking for Keres. With Tari's help it's not hard to track her back to where she was yesterday, staying with family and friends. Along the way you also attracted a following of kids of the tribe come to see the human. A few adults as well, though they are naturally unable to converse with you.

You find Keres though who is obviously happy to see you, and Tari translates, her asking how you are and how chieftain life is treating you?
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>>1228774
Fine. Ask her how the tribe's been treating her thus far. Have they cooled off yet?
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>>1228787
Well it's only been two days, so they're not as calmed down yet. She thinks it will get better when the new chief is decided for sure, she assumes that will be you.

She's fine though, been keeping safe here, just the occasional angry passerby or drunken brawl. She thinks you to be at greater risk though, just walking around freely.
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>>1228793
Eh.
>greater risk though, just walking around freely

Then say we'll just have to stay with her for the time being. Ask if she would mind our company.
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>>1228830
No she doesn't mind at all if you'd like to stay with her, and her friends and family though a little bit annoyed at you being the source of trouble for her, still welcome and respect the potential new chief.

You're invited to sit and share food and drink if you wish, and naturally you're bombarded with questions from all around, like why you came here, did the gods send you, are all humans actually as capable as you are, things like this.

Naturally, Tari is acting translator to everything.
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>>1228834
Apologize for all the trouble first. Then answer the questions truthfully.
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>>1228838
You apologize, and while the accept it, they'll consider it fair once all this blows over. In the meantime you answer questions, though they're not as easily entertained as the goblins. It's interesting to them, but after learning you're not some mythical hero of legends come to change the stars, they settle to asking more mundane questions as their fancy towards you fades. Things like how you plan to act if made chief, what would you do towards this neighboring tribe or that wandering warband, how you would respond if the settlement was attacked, have you any devotion to family and tradition? Things of that nature, and depending how you answer, might displease them or just make them lose interest altogether.

You do have the chance to ask questions yourself though if you like.
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>>1228857
Do we actually need to actively answer these questions? Or are they automatic?
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>>1228865
Your choice really, Trevor isn't stupid so can offer sufficient responses. If you want to try your luck and maybe have things go well with an answer though, or try to influence or change people's opinions or minds, you can answer yourself.

For added effect you can even roll, but either way, no you don't have to respond specifically to everything. It's just what is going on currently, for as long as you are remaining with Keres and her lot. Folks come and go about their day, so there's always someone new stopping by wanting to know about you or what you've got to say.
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>>1228889
Explain to them that many humans are scum. We reave, we rove, we rape--both our kind and any other. We are selfish and savage. But we are natural conquerors.

If we do become chieftain, one thing needs to be clear: there will be no mindless killing, no needless roving, and no rape. But in exchange, we will give them the world. We will grow and consume, orcs and trolls and goblins rolling over the tallest hills and surging up the highest mountains. We will cull our enemies, not for blood, but for a safe home and our beloved family. The orcs will be stronger, braver, more powerful, all things they are now, but more. They will be indomitable--hoisting our standard high, they will reclaim their own heritage and make their ancestors proud.

As for the neighboring tribes. we will try to unite them to us. Because they are orcs, just like them, they are trolls, like those of our tribe, they are goblins, like those of our tribes. They are the same kind. So why do they fight? But if they cannot conceive that we are, essentially, family, then we will cut them down and build our strength anew, atop their blood and ashes.

And for family and tradition, yes, we do have. When we found ourself in this world, we knew our family was left in the other. We miss them dearly. However, we will not worry for them. Because above all, family means trust. And we trust our family is strong, and that they will lose to anything merely because we are not present. And this too applies to the tribe. Since we have arrived, he have been watched, cared, and nurtured by the goblins and orcs alike. They have disposed a kindness to us, despite the deep spite they hold for humans. And for that, we are deeply ingratiated. And for that, we will return the favor tenfold. Because that is OUR tradition, to remember our friends and family, and to fulfill promises we make. We promised to make this tribe strong, so we will. We promised to survive, so we slew the last chieftain when he threatened our lives. Especially now that this will be our family, of orcs, trolls, and goblins. We will protect them fiercely, and we will father them into a new age. The tribe has been bullied too long. No longer will they live by the violent oppression other tribes and war bands. Our names will whispered with awe, with respect, with fear, and with hope because we will be free of constant war, and with us the first, they will understand that such a thing is possible.
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>>1228889
Explain to them that in our world, we have towering structures, homes filled with more happy, safe humans that orcs, trolls, or goblins in this entire world, flying beasts of steel, weapons that could obliterate the entire swamp-area, for example, if only more for the sake of protecting our home. But our fathers, our mothers, so far old, fought long and hard for it. So we know it's possible. And we can help make it a reality here. We will give them their own things, but one cries ORC, rather than human. Because they are not humans, they can be better.

>>1228913
>Explain to them that many humans are scum. We reave, we rove, we rape--both our kind and any other. We are selfish and savage. But we are natural conquerors.
Make it clear that we are not this type of human. We detest those that do, just as the orcs detest the human race. But explain that their are good humans, any amount that would undo what the humans had done so long ago if only they knew. Because we didn't.
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>>1228914
>would undo what the humans had done so long ago if only they knew.

As in kick out the orcs and other races like or whatever they did to piss the brute-kin off.
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>>1228889
Night, OP.
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Great quest OP

This is what i really want my quest to be. Great flow and freedom with a dash of realism
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>>1228913
>>1228914
That's a pretty impressive speech for sure. If you'd like you can roll to drive it home, or you can just let it lay as is
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>>1229368
>>1229368
What would happen if I get a bad roll?
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Rolled 6 (1d100)

>>1229368
I'll roll
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>>1229479
At least we still have two rolls
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>>1229483
>>1229479
Fucking shit. This never happened, OP. I never wanted to roll. These are merely test rolls. They do not exist. Forget them. Lay it as it is.
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Rolled 46 (1d100)

>>1229368
ill help
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>>1229361
Random anon are you there?

Or original anon?
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>>1229488
Aw yeah
That's better, thanks Anon
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>>1229491
wha?
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>>1229488
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>>1229502
>below 50th percentile
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>>1229530
Well
we rolled the dice

Someone is not sacrificing their tribute today
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>>1229530
You're always that guy what're you talking about?

Jk

And 46 is better than a 16
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>>1229560
Are we talking about waifus?
Better milf orc than goblins

Although i love goblins
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>>1229560
True, but out of all the number, why below 50? The dice gods are are being assholes as of late. If you haven't noticed, higher numbers are less common now. Or maybe I, just usually lucky. Regardless, the fear of getting a bad roll was the reason I didnt want to roll in the first place. Just lay it as it is and it should suffice well.

>milf orcs
Yeah boi
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>>1229573
There are two typos here. Sorry.
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>>1229573
You should try reading black company quest

The dicegod is playing with your feels
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>>1229591
Oh yeah, I do. It's pretty awesome. There's one up right now. Or was. I need to catch up on the last few threads so I cant read any current ones.
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>>1229573
>>1229566
So how are you guys feeling about Orc wife? Is she going to use us? Perhaps we should cozy up to her and hopefully prevent getting used
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>>1229621
I don't trust her. So we make her give us a reason to trust her. Make us like her. She's obviously politic-savvy, meaning she knows how to appear, what to do, her role and how to advance it. She's already using us, yes. But we too her to stabilize our position. I don't want to cut her off though, it'll be a massive blow to our position. So we have one effective choice: make her like us. Woo her, earn her respect, live to break her expectations from achieving something far greater. If loyalty isn't there, forge it.
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>>1229652
>Make us like her
Wrong order. I meant make HER like US.
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>>1229621

I agree what he said>>1229652

She know the politic of the orcs and will force favoriticism on us. We still have connection to the goblins and the troll follow the tradition.

But first we need to learn their language as quickly as possible, making it easy to communicate.
Then we make the chieftess like us or rather increase our public opinion without her. We must make sure she is dependant on use, not the opposite
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>>1229652
>>1229672
Yeah we need to speak the language first, Tari could help with that right?
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>>1229672
She plans to be dependent on us. That's why she's helping us get on our feet.

What I mean is have her become enamored with us. If she's going to be our wife, she better be our wife for more than politics and housework.

>>1229678
Yup. Orc language can't be that hard. I mean, English is one of the most difficult languages to master if not the most--and this is coming from someone who has English as a first language and is actually good at it.
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>>1229672
>>1229678
By the way, it isn't hard to make someone like you (without kissing up, I mean, no need to throw away your dignity). The hard part is retaining their favor when you have many others to maintain as well. It's a juggling act. But currently, we only need to forge a sturdy bond of loyalty between these people:

1. Nera
2. Chieftess
3. Troll chief/tess
4. Friends: Tari and Keresville

Already, there's a lot, and they're all dramatically different. But it would be best to get one more close friends, with Keres in the Orc faction, Tari in the goblin faction, we need a troll friend.
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>>1229734
>She better be our wife for more than politics and housework
Damn right, I'm in for that
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Ok I'm back, let me just catch up with everything.
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>>1229942
OP, can you deem the rolls as to not count? I would like for my question to be answered before we proceed.
>>1229397
What happens if we roll bad?
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>>1229397
For the amount of work you put into it, and writing it, you won't fail at all. The roll will just be how well you deliver it. So a 1 would by you stutter and forget things and are timid about it, but you still get the general idea across.

>>1229488
So a 46 is decent yeah.
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>>1229972
I still want to cry. But okay. There were a few typos in the "speech" by the way.
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>>1229972
awwright
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>>1228913
>>1228914
>46

So in trying to answer their questions, you kind of end up getting into it and making a speech of things. You do recognize you're getting carried away, but figure why not play it up and try and make it something really stirring if you can? So you do your best, it's not perfect and a little shaky, but you're able to maintain a proper flow of logic and coherency such that even you get a little stirred up in spirit by it.

The main problem of course is that everything you say has to be translated, so you have to stop and pause ongoing, and while it gives you time to think between portions of speaking, you know some will be lost in translation. As a breakdown of sorts though, you are able to judge the reaction to parts, and see their response. For realism sake, assume that Tari tells you these things, as best she can translate, after the fact and after you've spent time with these folks, rather than during.

So, for your plans as potential chief, they like your idea of growing in power and dominance, but not just because of mindless violence or brutality. At least around these parts, usually the most brutal figure gets to be chief, which carries over to their governing. You though have an interest in growing for the benefit of the inhabitants of the tribe, not just because it's fun or for glory of the tribe as an entity. Like the idea of orcs being proud for and of themselves, is very appealing to them and gets a very positive response, rather than if it were just they should strive to benefit someone else's motive for the tribe. It's not as though they don't want to be proud of their tribe and work for it, it's just that things have always been kind of bleak with constant squabbling so the idea of striving to be great on their own, and make the tribe great as a result of that, is a welcome idea to them.

For the neighboring tribes, they're not big fans of your idea though. As petty as it may be, they kind of like the way it is with their neighbors. No one has seething, cruel hatred for each other, it's more like an angry rivalry and they like being able to head on over to raid them and not feel too bad about it, while at the same time not totally wiping them out and visiting atrocities on them.

>Cont.
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>>1228913
>>1228914
They very much like your devotion to family, though not so much on tradition. While they like your bold plans, it does go against tradition which they also value a lot. Especially the trolls. Still, if more power means more stability and safety for the settlement at least, and not worrying about getting kidnapped for ransom or robbed when going for a walk, then they can't fault such a plan.

Lastly for your talk of the human world, some believe it and some don't. Those who do though, you actually scare with imaginings of such a strange and dangerous world, and probably jokingly but they remark how it makes sense why they always kill humans that come here. Considering the last one that wasn't killed changed this land so much, they are a little wary of what you could do.

Either way though, more than anything else, you earn a lot of respect for your stance and your opinions. You have aspirations, which really sets you apart as a leader, and they can't help but be moved by your ambitions. That human spirit and will of wanting to always strive higher. Not that the orcs don't have that too, but you think countless time of them being used to tradition and the status quo, that it's probably become dormant.

The main issue being of course, that they genuinely like and care about tradition and the status quo (for the most part), so while they like your dreams of strength and power, and they *definitely* respect them, they're also worried about such amount of change.
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>>1230074
>>1230130
So yeah, that's more or less how things go down, with Tari translating. Your speech through her moves the orcs to favor and support, where before they were doubtful and thought you just a curiosity probably likely to die in a month, now they view you as strong chief material and with cheering and agreeable efforts, they even hoist you up and lug you around on their shoulders and stuff for awhile, to show support.

A pretty good effort, and a decent understanding of the orcs, at least this group of them, of this tribe.

Eventually when things settle down and they take to spreading around your words to those that come and go, without you having to answer everything yourself, you're able to find a seat again where Tari is able to translate and explain their responses to your speech in detail; >>1230074 , >>1230130

Keres also takes the chance to compliment you, and says she's glad now for having stood up for believing in you.
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>>1230158
Thank them.

OP, I don't know what to do now. Any suggestions? What time is it? Time will determine what I think we should do, just me though. The other anons will undoubtedly have their own ideas.
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>>1230130
Also, ask Keres who was the other human.

>inb4 Adolph Hitler
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>>1230231
I also don't know what to do, maybe you could give us options after each post? We could use those or change then use them

Let's go to the longhouse again then, we need to get Orc Wife to fall for us
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>>1230158
Can we now learn orc and goblin languages?
We better do it as soon as possible before becoming the chief
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>>1230231
It's a little after noon by now. What you can do is up to you though, you just want to be careful since right now you're in a tentative position where someone could challenge and beat you up, and then you're back to square one.

>>1230237
Well you can ask her but Tari can also answer. Some generations ago a human woman came to this land and managed not to get killed, and was taken as a trophy mistress by an orc chieftain. She proved to be quite clever though and managed to win the respect of the chief to the point of being elevated to his actual wife and even advisor. Together by her smarts, that tribe came to grow in power and dominate much of the land, to the extent that the position of Lord of the lands was created. Even today that tribe still maintains the big position of power in this land, and the ruling Lord family still have human features generations later, from when originally the orc chief and his human wife bore half-human children.

It's a story most everyone in this land knows and is pretty important, which is why she thinks the trolls might see your presence and success as an omen. Like history possibly repeating itself.

>>1230252
Given that the quest was begun and has remained open ended, I'd rather not do the option of giving choices to make, but if the players want it I could. You'd have to expect posting to be a lot slower because of it though.

>>1230256
You imagine you could learn their language sure, but like any language it would take time of course to learn. Probably not something you can just pick up on the fly and have fluency in a couple months.
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>>1230351
Start with the basic language then: such as You, I, Your name,food...etc

We still have our book and pencil yeah?
Make some notes
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>>1230351
>a human woman and half-orc babies
Did not expect that. I expected a male douchebag.

>Probably not something you can just pick up on the fly and have fluency in a couple months.
You can do that with many languages. But even then, I highly doubt Orcish is that complicated.

Uuuuuh does staying here mean we're safe?
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>>1230351
What if we roll a 100 or close to it? Would we be able to speak it on a basic level?

We should head back to the longhouse and ask Tari to teach us
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>>1230414
Maybe itd be better to remain here for the sake of a lesser chance for encounters and learn Orkish with Keres and Tari. That way, we can also bond with Keres a little.
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>>1230435
Okay, that sounds better
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>>1230383
You definitely figure it's worth it to learn the language, it'll just be some effort to do so. You still have some pencils and pens yeah and the little notebook if you want to use it.

For starters you ask Tari for some of the most basic things, like words referring to people, and things like food, drink, etc... for which you're able to take notes. Between Tari and Keres, you're able to start picking up words and such.

>>1230397
Well her and her half-human progeny, according to Tari they inherited her cleverness, or at least were smarter than normal orcs.

As for safety it's not like you're in constant risk of getting ganked, but like yesterday, you could run afoul of some upstart or person looking to defeat you. If you're with people who like you though, or keep to places where there aren't a lot of people, then you'd be safe. Since folks who like you would try to prevent a challenge, and if there aren't a lot of people around then a challenge would be pointless.

>>1230414
You can always roll for anything, if you rolled a 100, then in one sitting you could retain some basic phrases probably.

>>1230435
At any rate you decide to stay here and just work on the language. How long you stay is up to you, though you could easily stick around for dinner if you wanted.
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Rolled 16 (1d100)

>>1230450
Let's stay for dinner and if Orc Wife comes looking for us let's go with her if she asks us to

And im rolling for Language
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Rolled 64 (1d100)

>>1230467
This

Im going to nap for an hour or two, anons. Dont screw up ;)
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>>1230488
[i]squinting[/i]
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Rolled 76 (1d100)

>>1230450
I shall roll for language
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>>1230517
SHit. didnt meant to tripfag
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>>1230517
>76

A pretty good effort, as you stay for a few more hours till dinner, trying to pick up the brute language. With the help of Tari and Keres, and taking notes, you're able to learn some basic words and a phrase or two.

The dinner is pretty good, not the best quality food but it hits the spot, and even a drink or two on the side. Some of the folks there want to engage you in some games or competitions, but Keres speaks on your behalf, saying you're still recovering from the fight so maybe another time, as translated by Keres. Instead of physical activities then, some of the orcs take to telling stories with a lot of laughter and brevity around. Some of them would like to hear a story from you, if you're willing. Could be about anything you suppose, or you could decline for now.
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>>1230562
Tell some stories and jokes that appease the ork's taste.
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>>1230571
Make a roll to entertain them if you like!
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Rolled 19 (1d100)

>>1230581
Hmm. The odds are not good
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>>1230600
Halp anyone?
pls
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Rolled 8 (1d100)

>>1230600
Here you go anon
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>>1230581
one more roll?
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>>1230616
oh my
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>>1230622
Stop asking for more rolls! Only one per player!

>19

So you figure to tell a story but on the spot you have trouble thinking, and just default to a personal anecdote, which to the orc is boring and confusing since the human world is a mystery to them.

You get some boos and what sounds like ridicule, and someone kicks Tari probably for being a bad translator, at least they think that's why the story sucks.

Well that was a disaster but at least your position towards them is not determined by how good of a storyteller you are. For you figure to just sit back then and make it through the rest of dinner, till eventually as you may have expected, the chieftess comes looking for, and finds you. She's happy to see you and sits beside, greeting you with a kiss and taking some food and drink herself to share with you. She seems to want to go, but for now is fine staying as long as you want to.
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>>1230656
Or should better clarify, the chieftess seems to have something on her mind or that she wants to see too, but for now is content to spend time with you here as long as you want.
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>>1230656
Lets stay a while and whisper (if we can) if she need us for anything? after that we can leave with her after saying goodbye to everyone
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>>1230656
Go to bed. Maybe get some exercise or try to train up a bit first. Getting to a point where we can take more than one punch would be good.

We have to demonstrate that we are a valuable asset other than bad stories or mediocre speeches-lets go sort through trash and display our superior intellect.
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>>1230705
Well Tari has to translate, but you ask if she needs anything. Tari says she's got something kind of important, but it can wait. So you spend time together with everyone there and have a nice evening, before you decide to leave. You bid everyone goodbye and a good night, but you get quite a response from the folks there, from shoulder and back claps to pick-up hugs, and the chieftess more than once has to intervene so you don't get roughed up too much. She helps you back though speaks to Tari, translated that she's impressed and proud of your efforts at building familiarity and support among the tribe.

Eventually you reach the longhouse again and would have thought to go to your room or something, but the chieftess leads you to the main hall and lightly pushes for you to enter. You look back confused, but she seems enthusiastic and gestures you to go on in without her.

>>1230783
That's probably a good idea, if you're going to be living among these folks it would be good to be able to hang out with them and not get your arm broken from an arm wrestling match. Same with the usefulness of the trash and your ability to sort it.

Do you want to do this tonight though, or save it for another time?
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>>1230800
i say we save it for another time, onwards! we have important bussiness at the longhouse!
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Just a heads up, going to duck out for a little while, will continue when I return!
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>>1230880
okay
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Longhouse business, but put a pin in the training and tool-making.
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>>1230800
Onwards!

>>1230783
>mediocre speeches
I didn't try my hardest but I did invest some degree of effort. I'm offended.
Run, anon. You anonymous status will not save you now. I am coming.
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I return, continuing now.
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>>1230820
>>1230981
>>1231144
I thought it was a good speech.

Anyway you head into the main hall as suggested by the chieftess. As usual there's folks gathered who acknowledge you or otherwise show respect when you enter, and Nera in particular calls you over.

She asks how you've been first of all, then says things have been progressing along well. A lot of deliberation and concern for how things could go, but it seems they've reached the agreement that you will be the new chief of the tribe, if you'll accept it, and if so they'll present it to the settlement tomorrow in a gathering, so everyone can know and see you as officially to the position.

You're curious as to what made them finally agree to it, she says it wasn't easy for sure. She did her best and managed to convince the goblins, but the biggest opponents to you were the orcs and the trolls. However, the shaman troll woman was able to convince her side of the religious validity for your rule, seeing it as an omen. The one who won the orcs over though, was the chieftess, which she's been busy with all day since this morning, and not an hour or two ago, after a day of arguing and convincing she finally convinced them to accept it. Her main point was that like it or not, their traditions dictated that anyone to beat a chief in a challenge of power, had the right to rule and that had to be respected. If a goblin could become a chief that way, then so could a human, as much as they may not like it.

So Nera, despite her concerns about you and the chieftess and orcs, is still quite happy for you and says to be ready for tomorrow when they do the presentation. She also says that if you need any help with anything, or understanding the reasons or ways behind anything, you can always get help from her. She knows this must be a really strange and difficult time for you, not to mention sudden, so she wants to help out any way she can so that you can be the leader she knows you can be.
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>>1231443
Ask her what the presentation tomorrow entails.
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>>1231443
Ask her what values goblins value the most. What values the orcs value the most. What values the trolls value the most.
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>>1231443
Ah, and hug and thank her for all that she's done for us.
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>>1231466
It's nothing much, since you can't speak the language they'll talk for you, but basically they'll just gather everyone in the settlement center for some elders to proclaim you chief, then there will be some celebrations and usually the heads of different families will pledge loyalty to you.

>>1231474
For goblins she can tell you herself, goblins care about being clever and skillful and they value ways that allow them to compete with the other brute-kin. In this case objects from the human world, because technology, despite not understanding it often, is a huge equalizer for them.

For the orcs it's family values, tradition, strength, stability, and having a good time. They do always love a capable leader though, if you can't fit all their usual requirements.

For the trolls it's pretty much entirely tradition and their religion.

>>1231538
You kneel down to hug her in thanks and though you can tell she likes it, she's embarrassed by it and tells you to knock it off, in front of the other tribal leaders.

Perhaps by seeing this though, the troll shaman approaches, asking Nera something which makes her shriek in indignation and jabber back at the troll. You're not sure what was said, but Nera tells you it's nothing. The troll seemed to be waiting for a response from you though, or something, but Nera would rather wave her off.
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>>1231553
What?
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>>1231586
What what?
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>>1231618
I don't know. What're we supposed to say to the troll?
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>>1231620
You're not sure yourself, Nera didn't translate it.
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>>1231644
Just nod. Because I have an idea of what they just said due to you, OP. And it would be funny to do so even though we think of Nera as a little sister.
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>>1231678
You just nod along, though the troll lady doesn't really respond, and says something that seems like a goodbye before wandering off again.

Once you have the chance, Nera also informs you that you affiliation with the chieftess hasn't gone unnoticed, meaning people know you're willing or at least capable of a relationship. As such at some point or other they'll be looking to you to decide on a wife. In particular the troll shaman has been pressing that matter, suggesting they make you choose. Not just for stability, but for religious purposes and setting a good example.

She apologizes on this since from what she knows of human society, marriage isn't that different as ideally a permanent thing. She knows you want to return home, so you probably don't want to get hitched to someone, and she'll try and find a solution. In the meantime though she recommends trying to keep separate of anyone to be a potential partner, to give you a better chance.
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>>1231553
Aaaah, gotcha. Thank Nera again.

Pursue the shaman and ask him or her (what gender is the shaman) to teach us of their religion and tradition. Bring Tari?
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>>1231718
You grab Tari and head after the shaman, a lady. You try and stop her and get her attention, eventually she notices and turns her attention back to you, which is a little startling. Her size and physical features, like the horns and the tail, really make her and the other trolls stand out by comparison to the others around here.

You ask Tari to translate, but the shaman livens up when she hears what you're interested in. She wonders if you want just a quick explanation, or if you want to take a chance to sit down and discuss things at length?
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>>1231755
Discuss things at length
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>>1231780
You want the full details, which she's clearly happy with, your interest so you look for a place aside to sit and talk. Eventually she gives up finding a place for herself so she just sits on the floor next to you on a chair, and Tari on a table.

Now the shaman admits that she can give you a general idea of the faith and tradition of the tribe, however she's the expert on troll tradition and faith, so if you want a more detailed knowledge of orc or goblin ways, you may do better to ask them.

Otherwise though if you had any specific questions she could answer she'd be happy to, otherwise she can get into it and just start talking at length about the subject. Since it's something she's so familiar with, she can get carried away talking about it, so you might have a more specific interest that she could end up drowning out in total if you aren't direct. With a heavy laugh she admits, and is aware that she can bore people with the knowledge, and wouldn't want to put the new chief to sleep.
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>>1231803
What? Knowledge is the sweetest fruit of the mind. We will not be bored. Let her teach us all she knows.

Precisely mythology, their pantheon of gods, prophecies, method of worship, etc. From ancestors to repeated practices. Whatever she can tell us.
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>>1231803
We want troll tradition and religion.
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>>1231814
You ask for the whole thing and to spare nothing, which brings a smile to her face as she rests a large hand on your back and says something which Tari doesn't understand and can't translate. She thinks it troll speak, not even the common language.

So the shaman starts to talk about the passed down history of the trolls in this land specifically, getting the impression that there are other "lands". Some of it you already know, like how in times long gone the humans forced the trolls and other kin here out of the normal world, into these strange, separate worlds. You know the trolls weren't the only one pushed here, but a little eerily, she says that gods were also pushed here as well. Part of the reason she'd even considering accepting you in the first place, since she knows you're not follower of the human God. She talks about how they adjusted to this place and came to live and develop, and overtime became familiar with the gods dwelling here with them.

As she starts to get into the theology more though and explains their faith and beliefs, you're very confused and wonder if she's playing a prank on you. You're not a Louisiana native, just here (or there, now) for college, but in your short time living there, you became a little familiar with the culture. What the shaman is describing though, it sounds familiar and takes you awhile to realize, but it sounds like she's describing the voodoo traditions you know persist in the area. Specifically when she brings up prominent figures of the faith by name, that you know to have heard when visiting tourist places with friends. Papa Legba, Grand Bois, you're not that familiar but you know you've seen or heard these before. The traditions she goes into are broader, but you think they're probably tied into the faith as well.

It's a little surreal to be sure which is why you're skeptical, but the shaman seems genuine as far as you can tell, or at least as much as Tari is translating, and she doesn't act like it's weird.
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>>1231890
Continue, if you still have more information, OP.

And have they ever used voodoo here?
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>>1231907
The general knowledge she imparts is basically how the trolls became aware of these Loa gods also pushed into the same land and took to building their faith around them. It strikes you that maybe this place is more of a reflection of the normal world than you thought, since not just the physical wind up here but even beliefs or concepts. Whether or not you believe it, it sounds like the trolls and the others here, were at one point dwelling in the normal world equivalent area but got driven into this other world. The same way you came to wind up here though, it seems things besides trash and people can also wind up here too.

The important distinction she makes though is that this is pretty specific to the trolls. The tribes in general show them the most respect for it because it's the most organized faith, but the other inhabitants aren't as strong follows as the trolls are. So while Tari for example sitting there, knows all this information already, she's not as devoted a follower as the shaman is.

In terms of the actual practice, you can't say since you haven't been over to the troll quarter or seen the shaman do anything. It would explain though, how the trolls you've seen are laden with various trinkets or amulets, decorations and such. The goblins and trolls also bedeck themselves with accessories, but with the trolls it clearly has a purpose to it, the way they dress or mark their bodies.
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>>1231938
Ask her if the trolls ever perform voodoo.
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>>1231946
You ask about the nature of their faith, if it has any actual application. She says chances are most trolls probably dabble in it a little, and all should know the rituals. Actual proper use of the faith and performing rituals though with effect, is usually left to the shamans. She certainly does, as did her father who taught her, and there are one or two others in the troll quarter she knows of, who practice the applications reliably. She's the expert of the tribe though for sure, if you ever needed something seen to or taken care of by her, or a ritual she could perform.

Tari as an aside, seeing your concern and confusion, confirms that she has seen some of the things firsthand so it's not like the shaman is trying to trick you or just making things up. A goblin in the troll quarter though is often short-lived, so she hasn't seen the supposedly great or powerful uses of the faith.
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>>1231972
Ah. Is there anything we should know? About being chieftain in relation to religion and tradition?
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>>1232066
If you want to be involved you can, she can show you or maybe even teach you, if a human could accomplish it here. Of that she's not sure.

As chief though it's up to you how involved you are with things. The last three chieftains/chieftesses were barely involved at all with the religious aspects of the troll portion of the tribe, they just respected it and didn't try to control or stifle it. Same as the traditions, and it sounds like, even though she's not outright saying it, the trolls are allowed to do their own thing so that they'll remain loyal to the tribe. Given the stature of the trolls you've seen, you can imagine why this would be the case, and past leaders gave them freedom to do as they pleased, in order to keep them with the tribe.

How you act though is of course up to you, and she personally believes your coming is an important sign, and even if not all of the tribe shares the same faith, they greatly respect her decreeing your presence as a religious omen.

So yes, personally she would like you involved and would welcome it, but you don't have to. You could just do what the past rulers did, and have a few trolls kept close as religious and tradition advisors. Then you cover that base, without having to invest yourself in it.
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>>1232123
Sure, we can learn. A good king knows his subjects well.
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im back guys

at least I didn't miss much
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:bump:
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>>1232129
Your ongoing interest continues to ingratiate you to her, and she says for Tali to tell you she's glad she supported you and knew she was right about the omen. She does say though if you want to learn, it's a long investment and could be offensive to your sensibilities, and could be dangerous to you if you're not careful. If however you do make the effort and are diligent about it, then naturally it would be a great benefit to you and the tribe.

When you care to start is up to you of course, but she's usually available. You get the impression that she thinks you're interested in becoming faithful and a voodoo practitioner, though that may not be the case. It seems any level of involvement though, even just being present or watching, would please her greatly.
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>>1232167
Alright. We don;t are too much about being faithful but we do understand its important to understand what our people believe in.

What time is it OP? We can start now if shes fine and stop when its evening.
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>>1232179
Maybe you don't want to go becoming a witch doctor, but being familiar with what the tribe believes in and practices, is just good leadership.

As for the time though, it's night now, after dinner. There probably isn't time for her to do anything to show you, even if she wanted.
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>>1232203
Ah, return then to our "home" where the chieftess is.
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>>1232203
We should head back to the longhouse then, she can teach us tomorrow
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>>1232203
Thank the chieftess
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>>1232251
The troll chieftess...shaman. The one who is teaching us.
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>>1232241
>>1232242
>>1232251
You decide to see to it later, same as other things on your to-do list like getting in better shape and taking a proper look through the goblin trash heap.

You thank the shaman for her time and effort but she thanks you for your interest, and before she goes, Tali translates her asking if you've considered taking a partner. A lot of people weren't sure how that might go since you were an outsider and a human, but the orc chieftess made clear to the tribe that you are eligible so now there's consideration among people. Certainly at the ceremony tomorrow when you're officially named chief, you'll be getting a lot of propositions from the various families, at least as a gesture, since naturally the new chieftess would hold a favorable position in the tribe.
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>>1232278
Ah, that's interesting. Political mudfests are always fun.

Anyway, tell Tari we're thinking. Though if we are to marry, we believe it should be someone we love. Yes, I'm vanilla.

Then bid Tari goodnight if she's going to leave when we arrive home and hug her too. Tell her she was a huge help today.
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>>1232300
>Vanilla
My man

But are we staying with Orc Wife or are choosing someone else?
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>>1232311
We'll figure that out later. Do not act when there is no need to. Simply watch, listen, and learn until the time comes that you do need to act.
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>>1232300
It's actually the shaman asking you that, Tari is just translating. You say you're thinking about it and haven't decided, but would want to be by your heart. The shaman laughs a little and says something that sounds like a joke, that if you're after a partner your heart wants then she doesn't stand a chance, being a troll and all.

At any rate she thanks you again and wishes you goodnight before before getting up off the floor and making her way out, probably headed back to the troll quarter. You also thank Tari and give her a hug, which she likes and hugs you back, nuzzling against you with her head as well. She was a huge help and you appreciate the assistance, and promises to do even better tomorrow as she scampers off and jumps up and down waving goodbye before struggling to reach the door and needing help to be let out.

So the goblin and troll went on their way, but you're not entirely alone. Several folks live in the longhouse besides just you now, so there are servants around, one such stopping by to talk and ask you of... something? She must not know you can't speak the language yet, but you do know the word for "No." now so make use of it. She probably says goodbye or goodnight then, and continues on with her duties. Also in the main hall are a few other folks probably staying late by the fire to continue discussing things, but what you do now is your choice of course.
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>>1232338
Aww, goblins are so cute.

>Also in the main hall are a few other folks probably staying late by the fire to continue discussing things, but what you do now is your choice of course.
Anyone we know?
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>>1232402
Not any you know by name, just folks you've seen around the place and have been involved in the deliberation process about you and the position of chief.
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>>1232412
Hm, then get somewhere we can be alone, preferably wherever we now call home and exercise before we sleep.
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>>1232418
Well if you're acting as chieftain, it seems the entire longhouse is technically your home, though you do also have you own room where you've been staying. Wherever you want though is your choice, even if you want to go exploring or walk into other people's rooms.
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>>1232432
Our room. But who would be in the other rooms?
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>>1232444
You haven't checked for yourself but if you had to guess, probably some are servant rooms, while others are rooms of advisors or other close retainers to the chief. Or, former chief at least, but you haven't gone through to find if you need to do some house-cleaning, so to speak.

At any rate you head back to your room, looking over your notebook on the way at the different words and phrases learned. When you shut the door behind though you hear a voice calling your name. Startled you look around and come to see the orc chieftess in your bed. Lifting up the covers and gesturing for you to come over, by the soft light of the candle at the bedside you can see she's unclothed, providing a full view of her body under the raised sheets.

To say the least, you're a little caught off guard, as your heart jumps to your throat.
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>>1232500
We're not a virgin and we've watched enough porn in the past to be jaded.

Obey, but don't fret.
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>>1232500
Join her and if we're going to do it lets be gentle about it, she's probably used to being brutally pounced so being gentle with her and taking our time would be nice
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>>1232942
No sex. I dont know how this culture works but having sex would be like choosing her as our wife. Dont do it.
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>>1233102
IF, my man

In case it happens but if you rather not sex her now im okay with it
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>>1233107

I know you meant "if". I spoke in that context because I specifically responded to that theoritical situation and the fact that you wanted to do so gently.

But yes, I would appreciate that. It it werent such an insult, I would prefer we dont sleep in the same bed either. I dont want her to pull an "he slept with me and hes the cheiftain so by tradition we're to be wed" over us tomorrow at the ceremony. We dont want to become her puppet, remember?
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>>1233183
Okay
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>>1232518
Well it's less because lack of experience, and more because you're basically strangers. You only met yesterday, and you don't even know her name yet.

But anyway, you head over to the bedside figuring to join her because well, what else? She stops you from getting in though yet with a tut tut, getting up on her knees and moving to the edge of the bed where she takes off your clothes for you before dragging you in bed with her. Snuggling against you with a leg over, it's a little weird since she's actually bigger than you, not to mention her muscled frame. Still it's actually pretty comfy, even if you know she's got something in mind for the both of you to be doing.

For now though she content to kiss, and speaks softly at length to you about who knows what, though she sounds pleased, proud about whatever it is.
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>>1233487
Be suspicious and keep listening to her, go for a kiss if she asks us to but dont go any further
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>>1233525
Well you wouldn't know what she was asking for if anything, but you listen while she talks. No clue what she's saying, but it's polite. She's probably speaking for her own sake as well, listening to and working out her thought process and plans aloud.

The talking is intermixed with kissing though, and as time goes along it becomes less talking and more kissing, before long you're full on making out. She's quite forward about it, which is a little overwhelming but not unpleasant. Really just her tusks make it weird, and difficult for you to get used to. Eventually she guides your hand on her body, and as well she's starting to feel you up, most likely a prelude for what's to come.
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>>1233542
Uh don't go far. Stop her firmly, without room for debate but politely, if she desires penetration.

>tusks
lol I don't know why but I find this a little comical.
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>>1233550
As ashamed as you might be given the significant differences between you and her, not just appearance either, she does manage to get you raring and ready to go, so to speak. Your blood is pumping and your body wants what it wants, but your mind has the better sense. You feel like you'll regret the chance later, but making an effort you stop her and catch your breath, trying to calm down. At first she thinks maybe it's her or that she's doing something wrong, and tries to redouble her efforts, but again you struggle to stop her. Pretty blatantly, she reaches down to grab your little guy and asks you something, you can probably guess what.

You make use of your learning the language though and tell her no, being as nice about it as you can. She hesitates for a bit, but eventually accepts your choice, and acts nice about it, softening up and going back to just simple kissing and snuggling. Before she does though, you sense a flash of anger in her, and you get the feeling she's annoyed with you even if she doesn't act that way.
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>>1233619
>anger
Too bad.

What do we do now? I'd like to sleep if she's done.
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>>1233619
Can we make it up to her without doing anything sexual?

Would eating her out make her our wife by tradition?
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>>1233636
I hardly think so. And I hardly think her last husband would have done this for her. So sure, Im on board with this if it wont compromise us.
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>>1233634
Yeah if you're not going to do anything you can just drift off to sleep snuggling.

>>1233636
>Can we make it up to her without doing anything sexual?
>Oral
>Not sexual

Top jej

But you'd have no idea if that would count as you wed or not.

>>1233642
You get the distinct impression that oral may not even exist among the orcs, because of the teeth situation.
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>>1233644
Sure, eat her out. Something only we can do, huh?
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>>1233645
Make a roll then to see if you know your way around, so to speak.
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Rolled 92 (1d100)

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>>1233668
Im laughing.
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>>1233668
>92

The musky scent and the strong taste of an orc woman! She's confused at first what you're trying to do as you get down under the covers, but you can tell she's surprised and eases up when you get into it. You're a little surprised at yourself as well, as you rock her world and make her roar in pleasure. You nearly get your head crushed by her thighs when you send her over the edge, but after you're done with her she's left sweaty and struggling for breath. You figure to get a rest too, but she physically leans down to grab you and drag you up on top of her in a strong embrace. Maybe she was angry before, but the way she's talking and acting towards you, you'd think she'd fallen in love with you. She genuinely looks happy, and amazed at what you were able to do, probably because she (or most or even all orcs) has never experienced something like that.

You can tell she really wants to repay the favor to you and clearly wishes the two of you could do the deed, as she even tries again, conveniently enough as she's got you on top of her. You know better though to prevent it, leaving her a little disappointed, in herself most likely. She does reach down to grip your little guy again though, and asks a question you can probably guess, if you'd like her to try and make it up a least a little bit.
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>>1233714
What question? If it's sex, no.
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>>1233734
You already refused her on that, so she grabbed ahold of you down there. She's going for the hands on approach.
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>>1233748
Ah, I thought so, but discarded the thought it was a little weird. Orcs give handjobs? If she wants to, sure. I dont see a problem with that.
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>>1233756
>Orcs give handjobs?

I don't think you could make such a blanket statement like that, in the same way you might say birds fly or fish swim, but orcs are capable of doing that, yes. Considering they can't use their mouths easily or safely, you figure it's hands or going all the way.

But sure, you let her have a go at you with her hand. You kind of regret it though due to her strength and the toughness difference between you, and several times you have to get her to ease up and not be so rough, lest she hurt you. Still, she eventually manages to take care of you which is pretty nice, your first chance of it since winding up in this strange land. You can tell she's pretty eager about it, hoping to repay the favor at least in part.

So both feeling tired and pretty satisfied, you fall asleep in each others arms, sweaty and a little sticky.

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The next morning you wake up later than normal you think, since when the servants entered in at first with food and stuff for a bath, the chieftess sends them away. You can tell she wants to stay in bed and snuggle for awhile before getting up, and she's very affectionate and loving towards you, still grateful for last night.
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>>1233775
Uh stay with her until she's satisfied.
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>>1233775
Lets stay with her a bit, theres no need to be rude and after she gets up we should probably take a bath and get some food
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>>1233809
>>1233810
She wants to be lovey dovey and is whispering probably sweet things in your ear, so you see no reason to rush. Staying in bed together for awhile, eventually the servants come knocking again and the chieftess lets them do their thing. She gets the food brought over to the bed though, so you can eat together there before getting up.

After that it's the same as yesterday, she's to take a bath and invites you to join her. You can wash and scrub up together if you like, in preparation for the day.
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>>1233825
Sure.
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>>1233852
You join her morning routine, taking a bath and getting ready for the day together. After you're clean, she takes you aside and with the former chief's wardrobe, wants to dress you it looks like. Naturally with the ill-fitting clothes she ties them off or layers them. Because of the size difference you look pretty goofy, but still quite properly dressed by orc standards and culture. You'd guess that she's dressing you up for the ceremony, which probably is to start not too long from now.

Unlike yesterday though you notice, she doesn't take her leave to go do busywork, she hangs around with you, and is probably aiming to spend the day with you.
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>>1234031
Well, Onwards with our day!
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>>1234031
Perhaps we could visit the troll shaman and learn a bit of what she offered to teach us yesterday now before the ceremony? Or would she be busy? Let's check.
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>>1234040
You head out together then, being greeted by some of the higher ups in the tribe. Nera is there as expected and she sends Tari to you, to explain the situation as it stands. Now that you're up and about, they'll head on over and start gathering people to the center of the settlement, once they've gathered a pretty big crowd, they'll fetch you and some of the elders, so the ceremony can take place. In the meantime, Nera recommends you take it easy, and and get in the mindset to face a big rowdy crowd.

So it sounds like you've got maybe an hour or a little more to yourself, though you probably don't actually have to stay in the longhouse, and with the chieftess accompanying you, you don't have to worry as much about going out and being harassed.
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>>1234060
She's there and you can ask her just that. Unfortunately it seems like Nera, she'll be busy having to head over to the troll quarter to get everyone interested and over to the center for the ceremony. She says after though if you like she'd be happy to show you.
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>>1234068
>>1234079
Who's here in the longhouse and not busy?
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>>1234068
Let's memorize the speech we gave to Keresville and her family but change the bits they didn't like to fit better, in case we need to give a speech
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>>1234138
A little mix of folks from the tribe. None you know by name since Nera and the shaman went off with some of their own, to their respective sides of the settlement to start gathering people together.

But remaining here are a few orcs, some goblins around, and a troll fellow. They're talking and by the looks of things it's just normal conversation, not deliberation or arguing. They too are probably waiting for when the tribe is gathered, and you'd imagine them to head over with you.

Those that are close or notice you, acknowledge or go as far as hugging you in support or clapping you on the back. The chieftess you imagine, thanks or responds to them appropriately.

>>1234152
A speech to be translated right? Nera said people understand you don't know the language so don't expect much, but you could probably give a speech if you want.
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>>1234168
No speech. Can we follow Nera and the troll shaman into the troll sector? I want familiarize ourselves with the troll culture, customs, and people.
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>>1234182
Well Nera is going to goblin town, but you can go with the shaman sure. You run to catch up and when she notices she slows down. Tari has the hardest time of all with her little legs, and struggling to keep breath while trying to translate as well.

At any rate the shaman would like to give you a proper tour but for now she thinks you could get a good glimpse of the troll quarter. So together you head out of the orc part, through the town center, and through a pair of big entwined trees marking the troll quarter you imagine.

Probably aptly named as indeed, there's a good few trolls around. It looks like they live in fairly big communal cabin-style houses, and work together on tasks at a time. Like from what you see, a troll fellow looks to be working on a table, around which others are gathered and look to be giving advice or offering to help in different ways. The same is true for a new house you see being built (you learn the last one burned down in a raid) and a great many trolls are all helping out together, even the children with smaller tasks, to put up the new cabin. Just from a passing glance, you get a strong sense of community and kinship.

All the while, the shaman stops at places if anyone needs help, but keeps talking to people and getting them to stop what they're doing for now, in order to gather at the town center. Her case is greatly helped by you being there since she can show you off as the new chief, and you get a lot of curiosity and concern, but Tari says the shaman is talking to them in the troll language so even she can't understand what's being said. Whatever it is though, it seems to convince them, and a lot of the trolls express interest after and take your arm as a sort of handshake.

While going through all this, the shaman says if you ever have any questions, or are interested in anything particular, she'd be happy to answer or explain.
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>>1234281
I now love these trolls
I don't have any but the other anon Might
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>>1234281
> Her case is greatly helped by you being there since she can show you off as the new chief, and you get a lot of curiosity and concern
This was actually the main reason why I wanted to go lol. I wasn't sure if you would include that however, so I didn't mention it in my last post on the possibility that I may be proven wrong.

I have a question. To what extent does privacy go? They seem very communal--sharing.
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Congratulations to the Quest Master you've made a very enjoyable narrative .
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>>1234392
You ask her about privacy, she explains it by showing you a newly-wed couple given their own small house, and when they have children they'll move up to a bigger house. Family units share larger houses, but the largest of all are more like halls or bunk houses, where younger, unwed trolls live together communally. She says it encourages friendship, sharing and cooperation, and usually ends up forcing couples to form just by proximity of everyone. When young single trolls end up all living together, males and females alike, friendships and relationships end up developing naturally. She does clarify though that there's not much a risk of impropriety if you were concerned, since intimacy is supposed to be saved for marriage, which is when couples get given a house and get to move out of the communal halls.

>>1234429
Thanks, I have fun writing it and try to make it fun and enjoyable for the players too.
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>>1234460
Aww that's cute. What's ratio of welps, young, adults, and elderly trolls? Do trolls ever fight in war? How?
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>>1234475
You're not getting a good view of the entire population here, but it seems like there's more adults than anything. You even ask, and the shaman says trolls live for a long time so tend to take things slowly, even family. Also because, they have to eat a lot so from just a raiding-based food income, they can't support too large of a population. You do see a few kids and babies being carried by adults around, but yes, mostly adult or young adult trolls. At least, what you think them to be, you're not too familiar with trolls and how the appear, and their age.

They do fight in war as you are answered, though they prefer to avoid it but of course they'll defend the tribe and settlement. Going to fight others though, they tend to engage more in displays of strength, duels more like. So when two different troll families meet, they'll send the best at something against the other side, and settle the dispute one on one. Against non trolls though they fight as normally as you'd expect and kill if they have to.
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>>1234526
Ah okay. Ask the shaman if she's wed. Do shamans hold a chaste-code like nuns? Do they have family or do they devote everything to their work?
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>>1234598
While continuing to make the rounds, you figure to learn about the shaman more herself. Tari translates that the shaman isn't wed, no. They don't have a chaste code either, she's just not gotten around to it and is pretty young by troll standards. Shamans can certainly have a family though, since they're expected to train up the next generation of shamans. As was the case for her father, and his father, and his mother, and so on and son before them.
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>>1234617
Oh right, I remember. She mentioned that back then.

And my god, that family line. How do trolls look by the way? In detail. Do you have a picture?

Otherwise, are there any religious or traditional expectations and/or restriction any of them must abide by? After that, I've finished asking my questions. We can proceed.
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>>1234634
Couldn't find a good single pic.

They're big and broad, not really fat (some are) but built like they could shrug being hit by a truck. Like the orcs they have tusks but larger and protrude forward, like an elephant instead of a pig. They also have curved horns on their heads, and a fairly long tufted tail. Height wise, they range up to 9 feet tall from what you've seen. They're not horrendously ugly, but they're definitely more monstrous looking than the orcs.

Pic related is probably a good approximation for a troll build, a female one appropriately enough, though obviously missing the specific features like tusks, horns, tail, etc...

As for traditions and expectations, there's some as per their faith and their culture, but they're not that outlandish from what you understand. Less ones about dictating how to live or behave, more like ethical or moral guidelines to strive for.
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>>1234787
Ah I see. Then no more questions. Just accompany her.
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>>1234848
So then you continue with her while she completes the rounds of the troll quarter, at least the main portions of it. Eventually it seems she thinks that's a good effort of it, and anyone who wasn't informed by her directly, will find out from someone else spreading the word.

By the time you return to the main entrance of the quarter, you can see the town center has filled up quite considerably with the tribe, and the shaman suggests for all of you to now go and take your places for the ceremony? Unless you had any other last business to take care of.
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>>1234882
Nope, let's just get to our place
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>>1234928
Well then without further ado, you head along after the shaman who is able to make a path through the crowd. You get some surprise, some looks, some shouts which sound like congratulations, and all other manner of reactions from those who see you in passing.

Eventually you reach the elevated stone and dirt base around the big tree in the center of town, where some other folks are gathered, including Nera you notice. Some older looking folks as well, of all the three types of members of the tribe. The strangest individual you can't identify though looks like an orc, though he's got a cover on his head and is seated between two orc guys with a hold on him. Walking up some wide stone steps to the elevated area, you figure to sit wherever you can, but you get led instead by the chieftess to a proper large chair partially grown over by the tree.

So the ceremony begins with one of the orcs drawing everyone's attention, which is followed by some speaking and displays. The crowd is pretty lively and rowdy, with shouting and cheering at what is being said. A few times you're made to stand up and wave or something like that, which draws the biggest reaction from the folks gathered.

The different tribal leaders take a chance to get their own speaking time, Nera and the shaman included. Tari lets you know if you wanted to give a speech or just talk to the people, around now would be your chance.
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>>1235010
Uh writing, hold on.
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>>1235010
Get their attention. Thank them. And on behalf of any decent human still alive, we apologize for how our race had forsook and exiled them.

They were fools. Because before us, we see the strong, mighty orcs. The crafty and clever goblins. The honorable and pious trolls. Three races, all brilliant in their own way. They will be more than their title: brute-kin.

>>1228913
>If we do become chieftain, one thing needs to be clear: there will be no mindless killing, no needless roving, and no rape. But in exchange, we will give them the world. We will grow and consume, orcs and trolls and goblins rolling over the tallest hills and surging up the highest mountains. We will cull our enemies, not for blood, but for a safe home and our beloved family.

>The orcs will be stronger, braver, more powerful, all things they are now, but more. They will be indomitable--hoisting our standard high, they will reclaim their own heritage and make their ancestors proud.

The goblins will no longer hide in the shadows of their fellow kin--the orcs and the trolls. Because we have seen their ingenuity, we have seen their boundless curiosity and cleverness. They are small, yes, and maybe weak compared to the orcs and the trolls. But they can do something better than any other race can, whether it be the orcs, the trolls, the giants, or others. They can innovate. If they are so interested in the human world and our inventions, we will help them make their own. They will no longer need to collect human goods, because they will have a wealth of their own--more magical, magnificent, and wondrous than our own. Follow us, and we will show them THEIR spotlight, not the shadows they have been a tenant to for so long.

And the trolls. Only recently have we come to understand more of them. But we have seen a kinship like no other, a blend of family and tradition and religion and unity. And we will make sure that their tradition and religion will bloom into a bountiful harvest so long as we are chieftain.

> Since we have arrived, he have been watched, cared, and nurtured by the goblins, orcs, and trolls alike. Nera and Tari and the other goblins have become family to us. Keresville, a dear friend who has defended and fought for us in our need. The chieftess who had cared and protected us when we were weak, guiding us back to health. And the shaman who preached to us religion tradition. They have disposed a kindness to us, despite the deep spite they hold for humans. And for that, we are deeply ingratiated. And for that, we will return the favor tenfold. Because that is OUR tradition, to remember our friends and family, and to fulfill promises we make. We promised to make this tribe strong, so we will. We promised to survive, so we slew the last chieftain when he threatened our lives. Especially now that this will be our family, of orcs, trolls, and goblins. We will protect them fiercely, and we will father them into a new age.
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>>1235010
>>1235173
And age where they orcs will have their own pride and glory, their strength revered by the neighboring tribes. When they strike, they will not merely be raiders, they will be a FORCE. An age where the goblins will have their own place, will CREATE things that surpass anything that is human. An age where the trolls have their gods smile down upon them.

Holy shit I hope I got what they wanted right. I really wasnt feeling it this time.
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>>1235211
>>1235173
Pretty good, if you want you can roll for the delivery.
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Rolled 77 (1d100)

>>1235247
oh god
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Rolled 37 (1d100)

>>1235247
Watch my shit roll.
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>>1235263
>77

Pretty good stuff, you make the speech which itself isn't understood, but Tari translates it to one of the orc guys who can speak it out in a booming voice for you.

Of course some things are lost in translation, but the crowd seems to like it quite a lot and show their approval, doing things like cheering and throwing goblins in the air. The tribal leaders up on the elevated area with you also look pleased, and impressed, seeing that you're not just a weird outsider human who got lucky.

The ceremony is continued on after things calm down a bit, and it seems like the final speech giving part, as the crowd focus even more all in anticipation and go relatively quiet. The covered head orc is brought forward before you, and you are given a knife as the cover is removed, revealing the former chief you defeated. Nera leans over to you saying best to make it quick, and you realize everyone is expecting you to finish the job and kill the former chief.
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>>1235309
>throwing goblins in the air
lol Cute.

>you realize everyone is expecting you to finish the job and kill the former chief
Thought as much. But do we have to? Got me depressed, man. The brute-kin are strong on tradition, yes? So we can't refuse, no? Asking them for mercy or the questions would make us appear as incompetent and win us disapproval, yes?

Apologize to the orc and make it quick.

:(
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>>1235309
Welp

Just be quick about it
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>>1235338
>>1235356
The orc looks angrily up at you as some in the crowd start calling for his death you imagine, and booing him, some thrown rocks even. You feel a deep internal struggle about this though, shakily holding the knife in your hand and wondering if you can do this, if he deserves this.

The chieftess though helps you, holding your hand steady as she moves to stand behind you, and resting her chin on your shoulder after a kiss. The former chief sees this and starts screaming something through his mouth gag, but his wife (or former wife) just looks at him with disgust, whispering something in your ear with a cruel smile.

Witness to this, you see the former chief no longer angry, but tears start to form in his eyes, and run down his green face to soak into the gag around his mouth. Trying to push down any doubts or concerns, you apologize to the orc, before finishing the job and doing your best to slit his throat after a stab.

You feel him choke and struggle for breath as his life fades, and the crowd goes wild in response, excited over the bloodshed and dismissal of that disgrace of a former chief. Nera calls well done, and you figure the shaman allows you to sit back down after taking the knife from you and holding it up. The chieftess also seems to compliment you, as you take a seat again.

Staring at your bloody hands as the ceremony continues though, you notice of everyone, Tari beside you having covered her eyes through the whole thing, obviously scared by it all. You're eventually brought back to the moment by the shaman drawing you up to your feet again, to place upon you some of ceremonial shoulder wreath, whereafter she takes you before each elder seated around the tree so they can give you their blessing or approval, you assume. They each want to see the blood on your hands first though.
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>>1235468
Oblige. We feel remorse for what we have done. But we will carry his blood and sorrows into the battle of our mind and body, the trials that await us, and the victory of it all. It is the least we can do for him.

There will be more to die, more blood to flow, more, more blood to borough deep into the lines of our hand. He will not be the first and we know this. So we will keep our empathy in, present but withheld, and our resolve outward, bold, and steadfast. We will not falter because we cannot.
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>>1235468
Why must you hurt me op?
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>>1235514
>>1235518
You accept the process, and gain acceptance of all the elders, before being brought back around to sit in the chair then.

There's cheering all around as folks hail their new chief, and the crowd takes to various celebrations for the even, like busting out the drinks and food, a small festival starts underway.

You though are expected to sit and wait, as the heads of various families and groups filter past you one after the other, each swearing loyalty to you as Tari explains, and offering goods or some service as a gift. As you were told, being known as eligible you also are offered the hand of, or propositioned to be married to many ladies of the tribe, either belonging to a family or group with the leader offering them as their gift, or just female heads of such families or groups offering their own hands, or even just the occasional individual woman proposing to you. A few even, Tari explains, are like offers for a one-time bedding with the lady in question as a sign of respect, like some weird first-night inversal.

Whether or not you entertain any of this is your call, but fortunately Nera called Tari over and sent her back to teach you a simple phrase to decline politely, basically saying that you'll consider their proposal for the time being. Either way you find that most of these offers are gestures more than anything, and while anyone would gladly accept you, no one is offended at your polite refusal.
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>>1235651
is young orc lady here?

lets continue the festivities until it dies down
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>>1235651
Can we get some descriptions of these families?

Also, OP, when you're done for the day, can you tell us before leaving? And I'm enjoying this, if you care. Your writing evokes life. It is realistic and inclusive of the many noticeable and simultaneous events that happen around us. Even in what a character may say. Thank you.
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>>1235696
You mean like when I sign off? Sure I can do that.

>>1235692
Her's is one of the families that passes by to pledge loyalty.

>>1235696
Going into detail and describing the different families and groups might be a bit much, there's a lot of them and you're only getting a short look at them. And not understanding what they're saying either, let alone much information about them. The general idea is that anyone who's anyone is pledging their loyalty.
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>>1235651
>A few even, Tari explains, are like offers for a one-time bedding with the lady in question as a sign of respect, like some weird first-night inversal.

Is she one of these ladies? if shes between these ladies or is willing to

>>1235696
can we screw her anon?
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>>1235724
>>1235724
Can we get the most affluent families described then? Anyone we should keep note of? And can you describe Keresville's family? She has balls, metaphorically speaking, and sympathy in a society of the ruthless. I want to know if this is on part of her parents or those who she was raised around.

>>1235744
uuuuuuuuuuuuh I want to a bit but Im not sure thats the best way about it. It's more my style to woo a woman outside of bed first, you know? And how would the chieftess feel if we did? From what Ive seen thus far, she can be one of our most formidable enemies is we get on her bad side.
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>>1235754
well its a one night thing its not like we're changing her

But anon! its to show our respect to her and we can still be friends with her after it
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>>1235744
She wasn't one such lady offered in that way, though you suppose you could ask her directly. Out of confusion and curiosity you're ashamed to admit, you ask Tari what the deal with it is. Basically it's an arrangement where a couple sees if they're compatible, including intimately, sort of a trial-period prelude to a marriage. It's an orc thing really, and most folks don't do it, but it happens sometimes when the match would be important. And in this case as the chief there's none more important. So basically with the hope of marriage some of these families, or ladies themselves, are willing to go through this trial-period with you in the hopes that you're both compatible and they can win your heart. Most aren't offering this but some are.

Tari also says though that you wouldn't want to abuse it, it's a pretty big deal and eventually people are going to be wise, if you go and test compatibility with a bunch of women and reject all of them after. It's an important part of their tradition, and you as an outsider, would naturally be under the heaviest scrutiny for it.

>>1235754
Well how about, afterward the ceremony is over, if you want to can go around to each family of note in the settlement, and get to know them better? It seems like something Trevor would do anyway, given his habit of it so far.
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>>1235780
That changes things, we're not asking then, we already have milf orc wife
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>>1235780
Sure. For now, just decline in the way that was recommended earlier.

Go through the pledges.
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>>1235801
>>1235805
For now then you drop the idea, and even if you wanted to it's not like you'd ask them then and there, it'd be something you go and arrange with them after.

Anyway, you sit through the rest of the loyalty pledges, ending up with a sizeable pile of gifts, a lot of services or favors offered, and plenty of marriage proposals. With Nera's help though you were able to politely decline them all, at least for now if you want to reconsider any later.

So once the pledges are through, the loudest orc fellow once again just gets everyone's attention to let them know things are concluded and that you are now officially the tribe's chief. This is met with a unanimous cheer and hooray-equivalent, whereafter everyone up on the elevated area congratulate you again, the elders and advisors, before doing their own thing. Some take their leave, some join in with the festivities, some stick around to speak with those closest to you, like Nera, the shaman or the chieftess.

You though are free to do as you please, and you suspect you'll be well-met wherever you go, while the celebrations are on. Gaining actual useful information might be difficult though, given that everyone is engaged in the festivities. At least, trying to get information from them personally.
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>>1235840
>Well how about, afterward the ceremony is over, if you want to can go around to each family of note in the settlement, and get to know them better?
This
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>>1235846
So within a couple hours the celebrations die down as people are either partied out or still have a busy day and things to take care of.

To you this is the chance to go around and get a better idea of those sworn to you now. So where would you want to start checking first? The goblin groups, the orc groups or the troll groups?
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>>1235900
Orcs. Though it shouldnt matter as I intend to get to all of them.
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>>1235908
Orcs first. With the chieftess and Tari's help, you come to understand that of the orc groups to pledge loyalty, about 20 of them are "important" for various reasons and worth your time and effort. Not that you can't meet everyone, but these are worth meeting first. The rough breakdown is;

>7 are prominent warrior families and groups, 2 of which tend to include the most commander-like individuals and advisors.
>4 are prominent cultural families and groups, like artists, performers and entertainers.
>4 are prominent craftwork oriented families and groups, like blacksmiths and builders.
>3 are prominent external focused families and groups, like hunters and scouts, and the equivalent of diplomats.
>2 are prominent organizational oriented families and groups, like administrators and keepers of the peace.

Of each of these "categories" is a venerated family, the orc equivalent to nobility, who governs that area of expertise, except the warrior area which has two venerated families.
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>>1235944
Forgot to specify, so of the groups and families you can go around to them, but have you any specific requests or plans towards them, or even just questions?
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>>1235908
Im letting you handle this dude
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>>1235944
Go around to:
>2 of which tend to include the most commander-like individuals and advisors.
>3 are prominent external focused families and groups, like hunters and scouts, and the equivalent of diplomats.
>2 are prominent organizational oriented families and groups, like administrators and keepers of the peace.
Then meet each "venerated" family from each category.
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>>1235953
lol
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>>1235961
I don't have the brain power or ideas for this
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>>1235957
Of the first category, those two are the venerated families. Of the second, the venerated family are the hunters. Of the third, is administrators.

For all of them though, how do you want to go about this? What would you like to know of them.

>>1235972
Neither do I lol
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>>1235976
Freaking everything. Their loyalties, their ambitions, their passions, their aspirations, their values, their creed. But sorry, if this is too much to ask of you, we can just minimize it to the commanders and administrators.

I need to them to like us. To swear their absolute loyalty, not just by tradition, but by their own desire. I also would like to know when and for what tasks related to their fields I can depend on them for. Im also using them as a face for their field, meaning what they want and what their sentiments are towards whatever concerns them and the present and future of the tribe to vaguely represent that of all the families in the particular category.
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>>1235976
Our presence and personal attention is also important. They need to know we "see" them.
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>>1235990
It's not too much to ask, it'll just take me a good while to figure out and then write out
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>>1235976
Oh, when I said meet the venerated families from each of the categories, I meant all 5 categories.

I still want to meet all 2 of the most prominent war families. I want to meet the most prominent diplomat family, hunter family (since they're venerated), and both of the prominent organizational families.
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>>1236009
Ah, then this
>Neither do I lol
Do you understand why Im doing this? Imagine Trevor as a large bird of prey. A god. he unfurls his wings and stretches both them and their shadow over the tribe and it's territory, over every goblin, orc, and troll within. That is his sphere of influence. And we are building on that. This is just an analogy for the simplest explanation I can give.
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>>1236024
I understand and I don't mind, it's just that I hadn't yet worked out this much detail, so it's not like I'm begrudging you choosing to do this, and it's not like I'm not able to supply all this information. It will just take awhile to formulate.

Also I am a little concerned because of a important choice that is soon to come, which may invalidate the efforts of coming to meet and greet each group.
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>>1236034
>Also I am a little concerned because of a important choice that is soon to come, which may invalidate the efforts of coming to meet and greet each group.
Sonuva-
OP, even if they become enemies, we can still use the info. But we can't if we decide to go home so soon or if they all die anyway. In that case, I will bequeath unto this thread a most colorful string of curses the board has ever seen.
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>>1236066
>>1236045
I wouldn't worry THAT much, it's not like they'll all die or turn enemy. They just may not be so friendly depending on the decision made.
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>>1236074
So worst case scenario is that we anger them?
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>>1236074
ALMOST JUST AS BAD.

What is it? Denying the chieftess? Sparing a human? Marrying the wrong imbecile? Wrong action towards war?
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>>1236104
>>1236098
Well I don't want to spoil it of course, but it would be happening later. You're kind of close to what it is though.
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>>1236127
Either way
Onwards I say!
We'll deal with it when the time comes
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>>1236127
NOT marrying the wrong imbecile? Some half-wit spreading shit about us because we didnt marry her? Or is it someone who cared for the previous chieftain that does something?
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>>1236141
You believe he's actually going to tell us? If anything I would believe that last one
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>>1236141
Yooouuu'll have to find out~

>>1236139
Ok so,

>>1235990
For now you can at least meet with the prominent warrior groups. The two venerated families bear the surname Pereldya and Grumulned.

The first family, they are a proud seeming lot and you understand they traditionally have been the closest thing to tacticians and military advisors. They seem very loyal to you because it is a requirement of a chief to have them as advisors, that they remain respected. Their aspirations originally were to orchestrate a raid on the neighboring tribe to celebrate your coronation, but now their ambitions are potentially broadened with your own goals, they've been discussing it among themselves. Their values are to attain victory at the lowest cost to the tribe, basically to have the best tactics to minimize casualties and maximize damage to the enemy. Their creed is in line with this, sort of a saying roughly translated about beating the enemy in the battlefield of the mind. The commanders are an old patriarch figure who technically is in charge, but aged, his adult children all orchestrate plans together and play wargames against each other, and call the shots.

So naturally they welcome you and ask how you liked their gifts and if you have any requests of them to start working towards, in line with your plan for the tribe? They also invite you to examine their strategies that would have been used for the raid in your honor at least. You can understand now the value of this family, because they have a lot of experience translating their plans to actual practice, and orchestrating the tribe's warriors to following said plans.
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I'm going sleep guys
See you all later
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>>1236207
> They also invite you to examine their strategies that would have been used for the raid in your honor at least.
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>>1236214
I as well. Night, OP. I gave a long day tomorrow.
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>>1236207
The second family, are a big and ferocious lot, even by orc standards and you learn that generations past they were an intermarrying of orc and troll, and ever since they've tried to keep that trend up, which explains their increased stature over other orcs. They're basically the family that puts out the biggest, toughest, strongest warriors of the tribe. At least by orc standards, naturally a full troll will be better, but the orcs are more battle inclined and more skillful warriors at least.

They are more loyal to the tribe as a whole than specifically the chieftain, and naturally they have a strong affinity for the trolls. Their ambitions are just to remain the biggest and strongest, in a way that it kind of seems like a mini eugenics program. Their passions are being able to solo multiple orc opponents. Their values are trying to find a balance between troll-improved physicality, and orc battle skill and favor. Their creed is in line with this, always trying to get bigger and badder.

The official leader is a troll-bred orc woman, having had many children by her troll husband, and it's her job like each leader of the family before her, to carefully play matchmaker and determine if a member of the family will end up marrying a troll or an orc, in order to play that balancing act between both sides of the gene pool.

Similarly they hope you liked their gift, and hope to remain the strongest of your forces while chieftain, and certainly will continue to try and make sure you've always got plenty of members of their family for combat.
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>>1236249
Thank them for bringing good soldiers to the tribe and lets visit the scouts families

And ask Tari if she heard what did the chieftess said to the previous chief
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>>1237103
Well the amount of time visiting these two families takes up the rest of the day after the ceremony, so to meet more you'll have to save for tomorrow.

For now it's approaching the general dinnertime for most in the tribe, if you wanted to go find a place to eat or return home.
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>>1237463
Is there dinner at the longhouse?
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>>1237466
Well it's your house so yes you'd expect there to be dinner there. You make your way over, not far since you were meeting with the families in the orc side of town, and are welcomed in by some of the folks hanging around outside. Tari says they're folks not associated with the bigger families and groups, but still come by to see the new chief and express their support. Thus on the way in, you get a bunch of loud exclaimations, some strong hugs, more small gifts, a goblin asks you to hold her baby, and an orc lass steals a quick kiss.

Once inside, one of the servants happening by welcomes you back and asks if you need anything, as translated by Tari. In the main hall ahead you can see a good number of folks, the usual suspects around, gathered for a big dinner around a big fire.
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>>1237513
Join them for dinner then! And sit next to Orc Wife
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>>1237545
You go to dinner to be welcomed by all, and people get pretty rowdy trying to find a spot for you and wanting you to sit next to them. Naturally though, the chieftess disquiets any conflict, and clears a seat for the both of you, before getting a portion of the food available and some drinks for you and her to share, and even some for Tari.

Between the eating and conversing, the chieftess handles conversation directed at you, but you do get asked a few questions from people that Tari translates and you could answer. Mainly they're along the lines of wondering how your first day as chief has been, and if you need any help with anything be sure to ask them. You also get asked if you've given thought to your advisors and other close trusted folks, or if you'll just be keeping the same as the former chief? There's also some curiosity if you'll be sharing any of your human culture with them or making any changes relating to it. This isn't out of concern but interest, as you can tell some are curious to see any new customs, like they ask how you'd be having dinner if you were back in your original home.
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>>1237574
Oh crap Im late
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>>1237574
Tell them our first day had been amazing. Especially with the aid of Nera, the chieftess, troll shaman-senpai, and the rest of the elders and tribespeople.

Well we can certainly introduce human fashion if they have tailors. We've lived at least 18 yaers, surely we've witnessed some things, yes? And experienced some too?

As for the advisors, we would still like to meet each persinally and properly before making a decision. But the commmanders we have met today are quite impressive.
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>>1238481
This is the decision that will breed dissent, am I correct? The selection of advisors?
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>>1238481
You thank everyone for the day as well as the assistance, not all of them are present there, but it goes over well. Especially expressing gratitude to the elders, they like that.

Trevor is young, but not too inexperienced, no. He could probably show a thing or two, and teach what he's able to remember.

>>1238493
That is most likely the case, if you clean house then people will get upset.
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>>1238507
Was this the decision you were speaking of?

Because
>>1238481
>But the commmanders we have met today are quite impressive.
Was meant to imply that we'll likely be keeping them--to curry their favor for now of course, but they dont know that. This is why I wanted to meet each family individually. Some may be better suited, enough to reproportion the loss of loyalty.
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>>1238540
Not the one, but a one. The families you met today though aren't the same as this situation. This is more, close retainers and personal advisors, several of whom also live in the longhouse. Showing favor to families or groups you like is one thing, but this is a matter of who you immediately surround yourself with. In the case of these folks who many fit that role, for the former chief, some are his relatives, some his friends.
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>>1238546
>relatives
>friends
Oh well shit

Tell them we would like to get to know them better. Though we have no doubt about their competency to serve the tribe, we would like to know them first, as brother and sisters in arms, and then as aids by our side that will help hoist the tribe into glory. Or some shit like that.
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>>1238579
Should also note that it's the general household, like even the servants or mistress of the former chief, are included in this sort of group of folks, be they friends of the chieftess or female relatives of her, or the former chief.

At any rate though you let them know of your faith in them, and that you would like to get to know them, and say some stuff about being glad to have them there and such. Either way after an hour or so since you joined late, things start to die down, and those who don't reside in the longhouse take their leave. Those who do, some go to their, or other rooms, some just laze around the main hall or are already asleep, dozed off from drinking and eating. The chieftess is still sitting with you, holding you close and enjoying the time by the fire, but she mentions to Tari who translates, that whenever you feel like retiring for the night you're welcome to.
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>>1238625
Caress her cheek and tell her whenever she's ready to, we are fine.

OP:
1. Your thread is saged. It wont be getting more players so if you want, consider making another thread to continue
2. I have a headache. I will nap. The plan is one hour but it never works out to be that short.
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>>1238667
I'm aware it's been in autosage since a few days now, though I'd rather not make another thread for it till this one drops off the board.

This is if the players want it, I wasn't sure if this would continue beyond one thread but if people like it, it can.
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>>1238676
Ah okay. And I'm back. OP, if you're there. Here's my action:
>>1238667
>Caress her cheek and tell her whenever she's ready to, we are fine.
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>>1239489
>>1238667
So you share a close moment with her and tell her that, though she obviously doesn't understand. You figure you can act though and she'll get it, as you move to get up and she joins you. Before you can leave though Tari pulls at your leg and wants to talk. The chieftess seems a little annoyed, but after a short conversation between them, she gives you a kiss and heads off on her own leaving you with the goblin.

Tari wants you to lean down or pick her up so she can whisper, but you just sit down so she can climb up on the bench and stand to your ear. Trying to act covert about it, she lets you know that she's heard talk from Nera and others, that there might be some troubles if you end up picking a lady as a partner. No one is expecting you to get married right away, but certainly from Nera and she can imagine from the others, because who you pick in their eyes means your showing favor to that race, there could be trouble from the others.
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>>1239517
Well we can temper troll relations by being religious, can we not? And arent the trolls used to not being selected? All we have to worry about are the orcs and goblins.

Thank her, though. Does she know any specific problem that might arise?
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>>1239741
It's not as much a matter as that they'll just turn against you completely if you end up choosing one over the others, but you probably wouldn't be able to expect their support as much. There's obviously some pros and cons to any choice as well, so that's up to you to determine.

The only outright problem she can imagine, is if you choose an orc as a partner and it's not the chieftess. Not so much that people wouldn't approve, since she is an older woman and no one would ever hold it against you for choosing a bride closer to your age or younger even, but Tari doesn't trust the chieftess so thinks she would cause significant problems if you chose an orc and it wasn't her. On top of the other expected problems from the races of the tribe in general or course. Knowing you though, she hopes you won't make a choice just because you're afraid of other outcomes.

Otherwise that's all she knows for now, if you didn't have anything else to talk about or ask her, she's willing to bid you goodnight.
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>>1239784
Ah, we're done. Hug the kiddo and bid her a good night.
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>>1239833
You hug Tari and thank her, once again getting nuzzled before she scampers off. So you're on your own again and free to do as you please. It's pretty late though, so are you just headed to bed?
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>>1239844
I'd prefer to exercise but that's at least an hour and the chieftess probably doesn't like to wait.
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>>1239864
The busy life of a chief, as you put off exercise for now, like other things on your to-do list, and decide to get an early-er-ish night.

So you head to the back of the longhouse, stopping along the way to use the toilet before reaching your room. Inside you find the chieftess there already of course, having changed out of her clothes and currently making the bed up for the two of you. A little surprised to see you so soon but glad, she calls you over and wants to take your clothes off, but this time to check on your injuries again and see how you're doing. Much better now it seems, and you barely hurt anywhere, the couple places remaining you do, she puts some more medicine on them again. After that though, she pulls you in bed with her to snuggle together, and talk and kiss. She sounds quite accomplished and proud, probably now that you're the chief officially, largely in part by her actions. Same as last night eventually as well, she pushes things between you, to see if you'd want to be intimate with her.
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>>1239905
Nope, not yet if ever.
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>>1239905
Just press our hand to her chest, just beneath her collarbone to express a "no" and promptly distract her with some kisses before she can respond.
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>>1239961
>>1239955
As before, you refuse her in a polite way. As opposed to last night though she seems to understand and accepts it, expressing remorse if you had to guess, but quickly draws you close in a loving embrace. So you fall asleep wrapped up together, after kissing snuggling for awhile more.

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Without the exertions of any intimacy, you both are able to wake up early when the servants first come in. The chieftess has them set a table for you so you can eat breakfast together, while one of the girls fills the bath as usual.

Assuming you go through the usual morning routine then, of washing and getting dressed for day together, you can head out with her and go about your day. If so, what would you be interested in then for today?
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>>1239979
Lets go meet with the families with the scouts
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>>1239988
Hue I knew it
>>1239979
Let's meet the rest of the families on the list. And then the advisers.
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AWEWWWWWWW SHIIIET
The cat's out of the bag!
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>>1239988
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