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SniperWoreConverse
Mar 20, 2010







Gun Saliva

clockwork chaos posted:

>> Roz side-eyes Baker, "Baker's deal? she makes th' bes' fuckin' swee's 've eve' tasted. an' 'er dinne' s'lection is bloody fuckin' inspired, 've seen 'er turn monste' gible's int' three course meal tha' make even Big Yum swea', i 'ave.

>> "She's our newes' recrui', an' she puts alotta th' others t'shame. bu' tha' s'okay, cuz we all go' our niche, like me f'example! i gots brawn an' beau'y, so's i surround meself with a buncha ugly-rear end egghead nonces to balance th'scales f'me an' Baker.
nice cape, by th' way - I do lotta flips an' poo poo so i don't wear much loose-fittin' clothin' - i'm like, real athletic an' poo poo.
ya mentione' Baker's dagge's but if'n ya wanna talk shop I got some big weapons I like t'use. Ya should see this beau' i rescued from th' weapon shop, real nice axe, an' I got a grea' 'ammer f'smashin' stuff too - 'ow 'bout y'all?"

Hell yeah they're in. Masha slams her bow down on the table. It's well made and the kind northern barbarians make. Almost half-orcish? There's a hunter in the guild with one like this, but it's not as good.
Rachna refuses to get involved with such crass braggery but she does smile & move her cloak so you can check out a longsword. You don't catch what kind exactly.


Facebook Aunt posted:

>>Baker joins in because she has nothing at all to contribute to discussion of the archaeological expedition she didn't go on. "Funny story, I forgot to bring any weapons on the trip. I mean I brought a frying pan and a rolling pin which are both solid in a pinch, but not single use weapons. While we were out I tried a mace, a dagger, a short bow, a crossbow, a bunch of stuff. These metal fangs just felt right, you know? Good in tight spaces, don't need room for big swings. And if an enemy if farther away you can throw them. But then you need extras, you can't throw your dagger if you just have one. I may have gone a little overboard." Holding up the old bandit dagger, "This one I got off a bandit we caught spying on us, it was my first dagger." Holding up a shiny new one, " This one I threw at a guy and hit him right in the spine it was great. Except he turned out to be a vampire so it didn't hurt him." Baker gasps and brings her hand to her mouth, "Oops I wasn't supposed to say anything about the vampire. I guess the inquisition is trying to avoid a public panic so, uh, don't spread the story around, okay? Be careful at night though, there's a vampire in town."

"Anyway, daggers are great. I've got a bunch of them and they are still way lighter than Roz's mace. If I want to climb up a wall or something they don't slow me down at all. Not that the mace slows down Roz, she's super strong."

Both soldiers eyes go wide when you mention the vampire and they both swear they won't spread rumors about it. But they both also wanna know what the gently caress is going on in Xoma that there's vampires running around.

45 and Baker crits. You happen to overhear some of Cannius and Vail's conversation and it's on the surface about what his opinions are ir2 the people who went, who can do what, who can work under stress, who was professional and who wasn't. It's completely deniable, but you can tell the elf is really asking him who's willing to do crimes, and is able to do them without getting caught.

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Hipster Occultist posted:

Tog makes a mental note, pay a poet to come up with better sounding oaths.

"So look, Tog not dere so Tog not know if dis vamp really Dracula or not. What Tog pretty sure of is dat he got lotta bad mojo, and dat he prolly goona do some bad stuff to good people. Tog want to help, and so do Tog's fellow adventurers.

Tog not really sure wut dat stuff is in da Jar, Tog not remember dat too well. Tog know dat we not make it though, and if you got safe place to make it go away den please take it."

Eye Cop is absolutely certain that you're telling the truth, and probably the inquisitors believe you too. This is the breakdown: right now the Inquisition is stretched thin. There's more going on than just the vampire and it's getting to be serious. They need help and are able to provide various kinds of mystical support, and specialist knowledge that is hard to get, and they're willing to deputize you. This would give you way wider than normal legal powers and leeway, but they have to be confident you guys are able to see this thing through, and they have to be sure nobody's going to abuse the power that comes with the office, or spread panic or reveal details to outsiders.

They're willing to make it worth your while to help destroy the vampire. And the vampire is real. Somewhere in the necropolis, right this second, it's sleeping, waiting to prey upon the innocent again.



Stoner Sloth posted:

>>Marlowe points out calmly and slowly, as if the inspectors were a little simple "Look, ya wanted us to what? Hand that thing over to a gate guard? Even after I told ya what it was, even being a trained professional... ya opened it to check, didn't ya?" they pause to see if the Eye Cop and co are following this so far "Now if I'd done as ya suggest then whatever that thing is, it woulda been unleashed by the person checkin' it. People would be dead now and that thing'd be loose."

>>The beholder gives that a moment to sink in and then adds "And also if we were somehow sinisterly usin' this thing as you flat out accused us, then why would we decide to march in with it openly carried and tell ya about it? Makes no sense whatsoever.". They finish this line of arguing, not trying to insult the authorities - just a little frustrated with them accusing the detective of murder randomly.

>>"As for the vampire, well...." and the beholder proceeds to describe the creature's appearance and how closely it matches the fearsome, legendary fiend - enough that we were told it was The Dracula on sight! :P

>>They finish up with "Look, we told ya that we can't be certain it was Dracula... but it was definitely a vampire lookin' like how he's supposed to look. And the main point is that we stopped a drat vampire murderin' someone. No offense but I kinda think we should get a little credit for that."

Yet the evil powers within the pot didn't hurt anyone. Because he opened it in a controlled environment. Mildew frames it like this: there are things in this world that don't adhere to everyday logic and your usual magical mumbo jumbo. Dangerous things. That pot could have been accidentally opened at any point, and nothing that occurred from that point on would have been any good. is not poison in any normal sense. It's not an outside entity like a demon, but it's not merely a bound spirit, either.

"Despite the fact that you're a detective, you've obviously been out of town for some time. Officer Galenos is right to be jumpy. Someone, or something, has been murdering guards."
Eye Cop takes it from here. "Not just guards. Paladins. It started with Terminus's. You know them. They patrol the border between the wastes and Xoma's inner lands and do other things. They're not weak. And more than once they've been found dead in the road." Galenos is trying not to betray any emotion, but he's wound pretty tight about this.


Stoner Sloth posted:

>>"Also the vampire was able to turn themself into a cloud of glittering mist and then a single spark... and were able to resist powerful antimagic while doing it, strong enough to automatically shut down most supernatural powers or spells. And resist a blast of holy magic right to the face, mighta scarred them up a bit at least." they add.

Skulky has the answer for this one. "It didn't turn itself into a cloud of anything. It was an illusion. The vampire's an illusionist."

"Is there anything else you've got for us. Any other detail?"

quote:

>>"As for the vampire, well...." and the beholder proceeds to describe the creature's appearance and how closely it matches the fearsome, legendary fiend - enough that we were told it was The Dracula on sight! :P
"What... exactly do you mean by this?"

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Stoner Sloth
Apr 2, 2019



SniperWoreConverse posted:

Yet the evil powers within the pot didn't hurt anyone. Because he opened it in a controlled environment. Mildew frames it like this: there are things in this world that don't adhere to everyday logic and your usual magical mumbo jumbo. Dangerous things. That pot could have been accidentally opened at any point, and nothing that occurred from that point on would have been any good. is not poison in any normal sense. It's not an outside entity like a demon, but it's not merely a bound spirit, either.

"Despite the fact that you're a detective, you've obviously been out of town for some time. Officer Galenos is right to be jumpy. Someone, or something, has been murdering guards."
Eye Cop takes it from here. "Not just guards. Paladins. It started with Terminus's. You know them. They patrol the border between the wastes and Xoma's inner lands and do other things. They're not weak. And more than once they've been found dead in the road." Galenos is trying not to betray any emotion, but he's wound pretty tight about this.

>>"Yeah... alright, apologies for being defensive - when ya look like a monster then people tend to jump to conclusions. I had NOT heard that. Can understand ya jumpin' to conclusions a bit in that case. At any rate I'm glad ya know what to do with that pot cause I weren't too happy carrying it around any longer, figured it were just a matter of time till Rozalin tried to eat it or something. In terms of the guards... one thing I am good at is keepin' my eyes peeled... if ya tell us what ya know about the murders I'd be happy to help if I can. Same with the vampire."


SniperWoreConverse posted:

Skulky has the answer for this one. "It didn't turn itself into a cloud of anything. It was an illusion. The vampire's an illusionist."

"Is there anything else you've got for us. Any other detail?"

"What... exactly do you mean by this?"

>>"Well if that's the case it was a very powerful illusion - my anti-magic cone is strong, strong enough that it cancels out my own eyebeams and strong enough to force that Gu poison thing back into the jar easily. Not only that I'm very familiar with that kinda shape shiftin' so they'd have had to get the details perfect. But if it's as ya say that might explain the vampire's appearance being a dead ringer, if you'll excuse the pun, for Dracula... by which I mean he looked exactly like descriptions I've seen, read and heard of him."

>>The detective pauses for a moment, attempting to use all of their detective powers to remember any other details that might be important. "Obviously the guy had thralls, and was able to kinda mesmerize me briefly when I looked at him so he's got some kinda mind control magic. Also... if ya okay with me using eye magic here, I could try and project the perps image from one of my eyes... let ya judge what he looked like for yaself, if that's okay?"

Hipster Occultist
Aug 16, 2008

He's an ancient, obscure god. You probably haven't heard of him.




"Well, Tog pretty sure dat Paladin Code say he gotta help, so Tog probably gotta go try to get dis dead guy one way or da other. Can't let him snack on good people. Tog will accept deputy badge.

Tog not know a lot about vampires, so maybe after we do da paperwork you tell Tog about'em. Tog only know the basics."

reignofevil
Nov 7, 2008


Sometimes you gotta break the rules.


SniperWoreConverse posted:


They want to know how you've come to the conclusion that it is in fact the Dracula instead of any other vampire.


>>Ighty uses ELDERLY

>>'Because I've been alive a long time! And while you probably only HEARD about the Dracula Panic of Ought-Six I actually lived it! We had posters on the walls and ceilings! Posters on the floor! They all said the same darn thing Say No To Dracula and This is your Brain on Dracula and I never forgot it! And whats more I've given that damned Dracula a piece of my mind when I saw him yank a nice old ladies card at Night Bingo and then he went and turned in her winning card for what was a REALLY EXPENSIVE cloak with a silky red in-line! That cloak had belonged to famed Moonmancer Joey Craters who was runnin' magic shows just before he had been mysteriously drained of his blood and left for dead in his hotel room.... And I didn't like his show! They didn't give out a discount for senior citizens and I had to pay full price! I've been subject to injustice after injustice that has never been investigated and Dracula has been at the center of all of them!'

clockwork chaos
Sep 15, 2009






SniperWoreConverse posted:

Hell yeah they're in. Masha slams her bow down on the table. It's well made and the kind northern barbarians make. Almost half-orcish? There's a hunter in the guild with one like this, but it's not as good.
Rachna refuses to get involved with such crass braggery but she does smile & move her cloak so you can check out a longsword. You don't catch what kind exactly.


>> Roz is lovin' this camaraderie between warriors, everything's going so nicely for once! She may be untrained at fletching but she can appreciate the fine craftsmanship.
She gently sets the axe up against the wall and smiles sheepishly, turning around for a sec. oh man this'll knock their socks off! wait are they wearin' socks?

>> Turning around with a flourish, after pulling her treasured maul out of its resting spot like some sort of tiddy-based magician, she grins and goes, "tada! 'avva ganda at this beau'!" Grinning triumphantly, she rests the maul over her shoulder and awaits applause, clear she's won the weapon contest.

Facebook Aunt
Oct 4, 2008

i like cats


SniperWoreConverse posted:

Both soldiers eyes go wide when you mention the vampire and they both swear they won't spread rumors about it. But they both also wanna know what the gently caress is going on in Xoma that there's vampires running around.

>>"I've got no idea. The City of Saints is the last place you should get things like vampires popping up, right? We've got the inquisition, we've got holy men all over the place, this is the last place the undead should be taking a vacation. Well, the bad kind of undead. Corno is okay."

"I'd almost think it was someone playing dress up, but I stabbed the guy in the spine. In the spine. Didn't even phase him. Then he jumped up on the roof next to me from ground level. Later he pulled the dagger out of his spine and there was no blood or anything. Crazy. You lot look like you can take care of yourselves, but just be careful if you're out at night."

Patriotically, "I'm sure the authorities will track him down in no time now that they know he's here."

SniperWoreConverse
Mar 20, 2010







Gun Saliva

Facebook Aunt posted:

>>"I've got no idea. The City of Saints is the last place you should get things like vampires popping up, right? We've got the inquisition, we've got holy men all over the place, this is the last place the undead should be taking a vacation. Well, the bad kind of undead. Corno is okay."

"I'd almost think it was someone playing dress up, but I stabbed the guy in the spine. In the spine. Didn't even phase him. Then he jumped up on the roof next to me from ground level. Later he pulled the dagger out of his spine and there was no blood or anything. Crazy. You lot look like you can take care of yourselves, but just be careful if you're out at night."

Patriotically, "I'm sure the authorities will track him down in no time now that they know he's here."

The soldiers are shocked and captivated by this gruesome tale of horror, so much so that they don't even seem to notice you said Corno's dead.


clockwork chaos posted:

>> Roz is lovin' this camaraderie between warriors, everything's going so nicely for once! She may be untrained at fletching but she can appreciate the fine craftsmanship.
She gently sets the axe up against the wall and smiles sheepishly, turning around for a sec. oh man this'll knock their socks off! wait are they wearin' socks?

>> Turning around with a flourish, after pulling her treasured maul out of its resting spot like some sort of tiddy-based magician, she grins and goes, "tada! 'avva ganda at this beau'!" Grinning triumphantly, she rests the maul over her shoulder and awaits applause, clear she's won the weapon contest.

They don't have socks cause they go barefoot except for some riding style armors. But based on their reactions, the socks would have been disintegrated. They know that's some serious equipment.

Cannius is flabbergasted "Rozalin! How?"
Vail is suddenly much more interested in you and Baker. "Corno, maybe you've been selling them short! How'd you happen to come by something like that?"

------------------------

reignofevil posted:

>>Ighty uses ELDERLY

>>'Because I've been alive a long time! And while you probably only HEARD about the Dracula Panic of Ought-Six I actually lived it! We had posters on the walls and ceilings! Posters on the floor! They all said the same darn thing Say No To Dracula and This is your Brain on Dracula and I never forgot it! And whats more I've given that damned Dracula a piece of my mind when I saw him yank a nice old ladies card at Night Bingo and then he went and turned in her winning card for what was a REALLY EXPENSIVE cloak with a silky red in-line! That cloak had belonged to famed Moonmancer Joey Craters who was runnin' magic shows just before he had been mysteriously drained of his blood and left for dead in his hotel room.... And I didn't like his show! They didn't give out a discount for senior citizens and I had to pay full price! I've been subject to injustice after injustice that has never been investigated and Dracula has been at the center of all of them!'

41
Both Galenos and Mildew are willing to at least entertain the notion that it may be The Actual Dracula, but Sulky isn't going for it, even after that monologue. If it's the real badass himself it's going to make this situation much, much worse.


Stoner Sloth posted:

>>"Yeah... alright, apologies for being defensive - when ya look like a monster then people tend to jump to conclusions. I had NOT heard that. Can understand ya jumpin' to conclusions a bit in that case. At any rate I'm glad ya know what to do with that pot cause I weren't too happy carrying it around any longer, figured it were just a matter of time till Rozalin tried to eat it or something. In terms of the guards... one thing I am good at is keepin' my eyes peeled... if ya tell us what ya know about the murders I'd be happy to help if I can. Same with the vampire."


>>"Well if that's the case it was a very powerful illusion - my anti-magic cone is strong, strong enough that it cancels out my own eyebeams and strong enough to force that Gu poison thing back into the jar easily. Not only that I'm very familiar with that kinda shape shiftin' so they'd have had to get the details perfect. But if it's as ya say that might explain the vampire's appearance being a dead ringer, if you'll excuse the pun, for Dracula... by which I mean he looked exactly like descriptions I've seen, read and heard of him."

>>The detective pauses for a moment, attempting to use all of their detective powers to remember any other details that might be important. "Obviously the guy had thralls, and was able to kinda mesmerize me briefly when I looked at him so he's got some kinda mind control magic. Also... if ya okay with me using eye magic here, I could try and project the perps image from one of my eyes... let ya judge what he looked like for yaself, if that's okay?"

"If someone had tried to eat it it would almost certainly have killed them and resorbed all their power back into the poison, by the way."
"Only an immensely powerful mage or blessed saint could have purified it that way, in fact --"
"Mildew, you're getting side tracked again."

... 55 and you crit.
You give them the details about everything you saw and have heard so far that could in any way be possibly connected to either the murders or to the vampire, all broken down, facts and rumors, everything, and they pick it up easy. They're satisfied and you're all free to go.


Hipster Occultist posted:

"Well, Tog pretty sure dat Paladin Code say he gotta help, so Tog probably gotta go try to get dis dead guy one way or da other. Can't let him snack on good people. Tog will accept deputy badge.

Tog not know a lot about vampires, so maybe after we do da paperwork you tell Tog about'em. Tog only know the basics."

They have significant practical info that is super useful for vampire hunters and absolutely will brief you guys as a group if everyone signs on for this. It's gonna have to be p much the whole group who agrees to take it on. They're not gonna like think less of you if you guys don't do it or anything, but it's maybe gonna take a while and probably you should make sure Corno's ok with sticking in Xoma for a while.

clockwork chaos
Sep 15, 2009






SniperWoreConverse posted:

They don't have socks cause they go barefoot except for some riding style armors. But based on their reactions, the socks would have been disintegrated. They know that's some serious equipment.

Cannius is flabbergasted "Rozalin! How?"
Vail is suddenly much more interested in you and Baker. "Corno, maybe you've been selling them short! How'd you happen to come by something like that?"

>> there we go! all eyes on Roz, tha's 'ow it should be!
Time to weave the tale! She's been practicing for weeks now, taking inspiration from the trashy novels.
"alrigh' alrigh', lemme lay this 'eavy story on ya - wuz back on the island, th' cursed one yeah? see we used ta 'ave this brainy sludgeball, a mimic, on our team an' it wuz greedy an' 'ad no respec' f'anyone. it kep' 'oardin' treasures from th' boss lady, Nalini - gold an' th' like. th' las' day, when we found a secre' chambe', th' bleedin' thing snuck in between egghead shifts an' swallowed th' maul 'ole."

>> She takes a quick break and lights up a cigar before continuing, "now, this 'ole trip was funde' by big Z - Mistress Zlata 'erself." She fails to keep any awe or adoration out of her voice at the mention of Zlata, she just can't help it.
"an' since i wuz raised on the Carrine streets, i know ya ain't fuckin' steal from 'er, not 'less you comfy wivvou' ya bleedin' 'ands, if ya lucky. by th' time i found ou', wuz too late to turn aroun' an' jus' 'and it back to 'er, i felt. so's i tol' th' sludge off, kicked it to th' curb an' confisca'ed this 'ere maul. i plan on returnin' it to me lov-- me lady when i getta chance, swear on me 'eart."
Only one or two fuckups, otherwise a great performance if Roz can say so herself.

clockwork chaos fucked around with this message at 03:40 on Apr 18, 2021

Stoner Sloth
Apr 2, 2019



SniperWoreConverse posted:

41
Both Galenos and Mildew are willing to at least entertain the notion that it may be The Actual Dracula, but Sulky isn't going for it, even after that monologue. If it's the real badass himself it's going to make this situation much, much worse.


"If someone had tried to eat it it would almost certainly have killed them and resorbed all their power back into the poison, by the way."
"Only an immensely powerful mage or blessed saint could have purified it that way, in fact --"
"Mildew, you're getting side tracked again."

... 55 and you crit.
You give them the details about everything you saw and have heard so far that could in any way be possibly connected to either the murders or to the vampire, all broken down, facts and rumors, everything, and they pick it up easy. They're satisfied and you're all free to go.


They have significant practical info that is super useful for vampire hunters and absolutely will brief you guys as a group if everyone signs on for this. It's gonna have to be p much the whole group who agrees to take it on. They're not gonna like think less of you if you guys don't do it or anything, but it's maybe gonna take a while and probably you should make sure Corno's ok with sticking in Xoma for a while.

>>Marlowe nods to Galenos, Mildew and Sulky and says "Alright well thanks for ya time. We'll talk to the rest of our group, see what they think, and get back to ya - don't want to sign up for something if they're not all on board and leave ya hanging. For now though we better get heading out."

>>The detective figures they better rejoin the rest of the group at the meeting place and will head directly there unless anyone else has anything they need to stop for or anything further to add before they leave. Other than they're on their way.

Facebook Aunt
Oct 4, 2008

i like cats


>>Baker settles into a chair with a mug of something hot. Wrinkles her nose at the truly inferior class of bread rolls they serve as breakfast here. Generally just listens and and observes as she waits.

reignofevil
Nov 7, 2008


Sometimes you gotta break the rules.


Stoner Sloth posted:

>>Marlowe nods to Galenos, Mildew and Sulky and says "Alright well thanks for ya time. We'll talk to the rest of our group, see what they think, and get back to ya - don't want to sign up for something if they're not all on board and leave ya hanging. For now though we better get heading out."

>>The detective figures they better rejoin the rest of the group at the meeting place and will head directly there unless anyone else has anything they need to stop for or anything further to add before they leave. Other than they're on their way.

>>Ighty is ready to go. He's got a list of complaints as long as his arm but that's nothing new for him and he figures this is one of those situations where it'll be better to talk everybody's ear off about how right he is once Dracula has been found and defeated rather than before anybody has any clue where he is.

Hipster Occultist
Aug 16, 2008

He's an ancient, obscure god. You probably haven't heard of him.




Tog follows along with the others, daydreaming about all the badass ways he's going to end Dracula.


Maybe start with his dry cleaner?

Stoner Sloth
Apr 2, 2019



------One short scene skip later (hopefully not that long given that their half of the group wasn't kept waiting for even a short time)------

>>Marlowe floats on into the meeting place casually, smoking a cigar and casting their eyes around the room (metaphorically only for now) until they spot the rest of the group before hovering on over. They'll keep a little distance for now, preferring to have a bit of height since they've found this tends to be irrationally associated with status in humanoids, and allow Tog, Old Man Ighty and the Dwarf to head in first without hanging back for too long - just enough to continue scanning the rest of the dingy bar for any sign of threats or magic.

Stoner Sloth fucked around with this message at 15:26 on Apr 18, 2021

SniperWoreConverse
Mar 20, 2010







Gun Saliva

Facebook Aunt posted:

>>Baker settles into a chair with a mug of something hot. Wrinkles her nose at the truly inferior class of bread rolls they serve as breakfast here. Generally just listens and and observes as she waits.

... 2
Vails face rapidly switches between surprise, confusion, and interest as Roz tells her story. You do notice Vail give a look to her people, but you don't know what its's supposed to mean.


clockwork chaos posted:

>> there we go! all eyes on Roz, tha's 'ow it should be!
Only one or two fuckups, otherwise a great performance if Roz can say so herself.



Vail barks a short laugh and pulls out an enameled livery badge. "Ever seen this before?"


Stoner Sloth posted:

------One short scene skip later (hopefully not that long given that their half of the group wasn't kept waiting for even a short time)------

A pair of bouncers stop you from getting in. "Where's your reservation?"

Stoner Sloth
Apr 2, 2019



SniperWoreConverse posted:

A pair of bouncers stop you from getting in. "Where's your reservation?"

Marlowe doesn't break stride float? and confidently approaches the more senior looking of the two bouncers "Mornin' fellas, as ya can tell we're runnin' a bit late, I'll put in a good word for ya for checkin' but ya don't need to delay us any further." and flashes their PI badge, using their detective skills at negotiating their way into dive bars assisted by their charm eye to alleviate any concerns as quickly and subtly as possible - a tactic they're extremely used to in exactly this kind of situation being a hard boozing street detective and all.

clockwork chaos
Sep 15, 2009






SniperWoreConverse posted:

... 2
Vails face rapidly switches between surprise, confusion, and interest as Roz tells her story. You do notice Vail give a look to her people, but you don't know what its's supposed to mean.

Vail barks a short laugh and pulls out an enameled livery badge. "Ever seen this before?"



>> Color drains from Rozalin's face as recognition dawns on her, "tha's... uh Ms. Zlata's symbol, ain't it?"
gently caress. gently caress gently caress gently caress, oh poo poo. no no no... wait, maybe we can fix this - maybe they bought the story. the old maul was kinda gathering dust anyway, and maybe this is her chance to be important to Ms. Zlata!

>> Her heart's pounding and her head's spinning but she does her best to let them know that she is definitely not a thief, only wants to help and would definitely like to keep all of her fingers.
"*ahem* now if'n i knew Ms. Zlata 'ad retaine's in th' area, i woulda 'anded it off soone'! jus' make sure ya put'n a good word for me with the Lady, if ya could, pre''y please an' the like."
with an uneasy smile, she sets the maul on the table, puffs her cigar and sits down, trying to appear serene while screaming on the inside.

Facebook Aunt
Oct 4, 2008

i like cats


Baker looks on with interest, but a foreign nobility badge means nothing to her.

SniperWoreConverse
Mar 20, 2010







Gun Saliva

Stoner Sloth posted:

Marlowe doesn't break stride float? and confidently approaches the more senior looking of the two bouncers "Mornin' fellas, as ya can tell we're runnin' a bit late, I'll put in a good word for ya for checkin' but ya don't need to delay us any further." and flashes their PI badge, using their detective skills at negotiating their way into dive bars assisted by their charm eye to alleviate any concerns as quickly and subtly as possible - a tactic they're extremely used to in exactly this kind of situation being a hard boozing street detective and all.

... -12
They don't buy it, they're not having it, and they're going to bodily shove you down the street if you don't take your PI bullshit outta here till later.


clockwork chaos posted:



>> Color drains from Rozalin's face as recognition dawns on her, "tha's... uh Ms. Zlata's symbol, ain't it?"
gently caress. gently caress gently caress gently caress, oh poo poo. no no no... wait, maybe we can fix this - maybe they bought the story. the old maul was kinda gathering dust anyway, and maybe this is her chance to be important to Ms. Zlata!

>> Her heart's pounding and her head's spinning but she does her best to let them know that she is definitely not a thief, only wants to help and would definitely like to keep all of her fingers.
"*ahem* now if'n i knew Ms. Zlata 'ad retaine's in th' area, i woulda 'anded it off soone'! jus' make sure ya put'n a good word for me with the Lady, if ya could, pre''y please an' the like."
with an uneasy smile, she sets the maul on the table, puffs her cigar and sits down, trying to appear serene while screaming on the inside.

"It is." Vail picks the maul up like she expected it to be heavier, and inspects it carefully. "So who was the thief who took this again?"


Facebook Aunt posted:

Baker looks on with interest, but a foreign nobility badge means nothing to her.

Vail glances out the window for a second and cocks her head at Von, who moves to a different spot in the bar. The chick with the bow takes it off the table and goes to Von's old spot.

Stoner Sloth
Apr 2, 2019



SniperWoreConverse posted:

... -12
They don't buy it, they're not having it, and they're going to bodily shove you down the street if you don't take your PI bullshit outta here till later.

>>Marlowe sighs meaningfully like they're being put out here and draws from their pocket what absolutely (hopefully) looks like just the document they require, a proper reservation to allow them entrance - provided, of course, that they're able to cast their eye magic successfully and make the bouncers Believe Their Lying Eyes.

clockwork chaos
Sep 15, 2009






>> Rozalin lets out a deep sigh as she racks her brain for info she can use, her claws unconsciously scratching the name Zlata on the table.
"uhh, lessee, me an' my groupa monstrous misfits tenda attrac' the unemployable, an' i figured what the 'ell - a sentien' mimic'd probbo be useful, 'specially if ya goin' dungeon divin'. coul' bypass alotta traps an' puzzles by shiftshapin' but after summonin' a demon from stolen curse gold an' stealin' the maul enuff wuz enuff, yea? 'ell if i know where it wen' after we kicked it ou', probbo eaten by a sand shark or somethin'."

Facebook Aunt
Oct 4, 2008

i like cats


SniperWoreConverse posted:

... -12
They don't buy it, they're not having it, and they're going to bodily shove you down the street if you don't take your PI bullshit outta here till later.

>> Hearing a disturbance, Baker heads over to the door. "sorry for the misunderstanding, these fellows are with us, Corno's bodyguards."

Facebook Aunt fucked around with this message at 18:55 on Apr 18, 2021

SniperWoreConverse
Mar 20, 2010







Gun Saliva

Stoner Sloth posted:

>>Marlowe sighs meaningfully like they're being put out here and draws from their pocket what absolutely (hopefully) looks like just the document they require, a proper reservation to allow them entrance - provided, of course, that they're able to cast their eye magic successfully and make the bouncers Believe Their Lying Eyes.

... -8 and you crit fail
"What part of 'gently caress off' don't you get?" Seems like these guys aren't going to let themselves get into a staring contest and they avoid looking at any of your many eyeballs.

Plus they both have spears and look like they might use them.


clockwork chaos posted:

>> Rozalin lets out a deep sigh as she racks her brain for info she can use, her claws unconsciously scratching the name Zlata on the table.
"uhh, lessee, me an' my groupa monstrous misfits tenda attrac' the unemployable, an' i figured what the 'ell - a sentien' mimic'd probbo be useful, 'specially if ya goin' dungeon divin'. coul' bypass alotta traps an' puzzles by shiftshapin' but after summonin' a demon from stolen curse gold an' stealin' the maul enuff wuz enuff, yea? 'ell if i know where it wen' after we kicked it ou', probbo eaten by a sand shark or somethin'."

"Does the mimic have a name?"


Facebook Aunt posted:

>> Hearing a disturbance, Baker heads over to the door. "sorry for the misunderstanding, these fellows are with us, Corno's bodyguards."

Vail hefts up the maul, stands, and all her crew also get to their feet if they aren't already. "Mister Corno, thank you for your time, but I think we're done here for now. Ladies, we've got business to attend to." They leave Von behind and head towards the back of the tavern, but before they leave Vail says she'll put in that good word.

Von doesn't stop you from going to the door or anything. But he doesn't leave, either.

Stoner Sloth
Apr 2, 2019



SniperWoreConverse posted:

... -8 and you crit fail
"What part of 'gently caress off' don't you get?" Seems like these guys aren't going to let themselves get into a staring contest and they avoid looking at any of your many eyeballs.

Plus they both have spears and look like they might use them.

>>"Let's see... I guess the part I don't get is how you think you can actually stop me?" and then the beholder turns to smoke form and floats in past the bouncers.

clockwork chaos
Sep 15, 2009






>> Rozalin seems puzzled, was the maul really that big a deal? weren't they talking with Corno?
"mimic wen' by th' name a Sam, i think, barely 'member it 'onestly bu' iffin the info 'elps, all th' bette'."

>> As they stand to leave, Roz can't help but feel a wave of relief flood over her. She waves exuberantly and does her best to leave a positive lasting impression.

>> She turns to Corno and sighs, "be 'onest, did i gently caress up an' ruin everythin' or no'? either way, i'm ready an' willin' t' 'elp do some avengin'."

reignofevil
Nov 7, 2008


Sometimes you gotta break the rules.


>>Ighty, who was definitely last seen hanging out with Marlowe, shrugs his shoulders at the bouncers and says 'I've never met that beholder before in my life', he goes back to the wagon where everybody who isn't a dead man floating should be adjourning shortly.

reignofevil fucked around with this message at 20:41 on Apr 18, 2021

Facebook Aunt
Oct 4, 2008

i like cats


SniperWoreConverse posted:

... -8 and you crit fail
Vail hefts up the maul, stands, and all her crew also get to their feet if they aren't already. "Mister Corno, thank you for your time, but I think we're done here for now. Ladies, we've got business to attend to." They leave Von behind and head towards the back of the tavern, but before they leave Vail says she'll put in that good word.

Von doesn't stop you from going to the door or anything. But he doesn't leave, either.

>>"It's over? Weren't we supposed to get something for this?"

SniperWoreConverse
Mar 20, 2010







Gun Saliva

reignofevil posted:

>>Ighty, who was definitely last seen hanging out with Marlowe, shrugs his shoulders at the bouncers and says 'I've never met that beholder before in my life', he goes back to the wagon where everybody who isn't a dead man floating should be adjourning shortly.

"See! Be reasonable like pops here."


Stoner Sloth posted:

>>"Let's see... I guess the part I don't get is how you think you can actually stop me?" and then the beholder turns to smoke form and floats in past the bouncers.

69 & you crit
"ah poo poo" "what the gently caress!?" and you simply smoke on by through a gap in the door.


clockwork chaos posted:

>> Rozalin seems puzzled, was the maul really that big a deal? weren't they talking with Corno?
"mimic wen' by th' name a Sam, i think, barely 'member it 'onestly bu' iffin the info 'elps, all th' bette'."

>> As they stand to leave, Roz can't help but feel a wave of relief flood over her. She waves exuberantly and does her best to leave a positive lasting impression.

>> She turns to Corno and sighs, "be 'onest, did i gently caress up an' ruin everythin' or no'? either way, i'm ready an' willin' t' 'elp do some avengin'."

"You didn't gently caress up anything for me, Roz." He seems a little contemplative. "So are we going to deal with this witch, or what."


Facebook Aunt posted:

>>"It's over? Weren't we supposed to get something for this?"

Von watches and when it's clear Vail has left with the mace he shrugs. "I guess I made a deal with a detective."
You can hear the sound of hooves leaving and probably the main thing they were looking for was the priceless irreplaceable ancient maul.

Misha & Rachna come back in and see smoke come in around the door and start to resolve into a more solid form.
"OH poo poo IT'S THE VAMPIRE"

Facebook Aunt
Oct 4, 2008

i like cats


SniperWoreConverse posted:

Misha & Rachna come back in and see smoke come in around the door and start to resolve into a more solid form.
"OH poo poo IT'S THE VAMPIRE"

>>"Everybody calm down, it's just Marlowe making a dramatic entrance. Marlowe, you're late. You missed everything."

Crowsbeak
Oct 9, 2012

Lol. This is nothing like throwing kids in cages. Its just ensuring egotistical freaks like you are eventually kept in mental institutions where you belong. You and your kind have been nothing but a giant waste of time and resources for the left and we know what kind of emotional vampires you are.


Lipstick Apathy

Gnomes are also bviously why we only see half ogre males and no half ogre females.

clockwork chaos
Sep 15, 2009






>> Roz is comforted by Corno's words, in a 'becoming the mask' kind of way. A fire sparks in her belly and she's revved up and ready to tackle the day, "you be' i'm fuckin' ready, been a long time comin'! gonna get ya prope' avenged an' add a new mark unde' th' name a Rozalin!"

Nooner
Mar 26, 2007
Probation
Can't post for 4 hours!


wat would happen if a gnome and a halfiling hosed??

Stoner Sloth
Apr 2, 2019



Facebook Aunt posted:

>>"Everybody calm down, it's just Marlowe making a dramatic entrance. Marlowe, you're late. You missed everything."

>>Marlowe rapidly floats on over to the group there and reforms to reply "Yeah, it's just me. Sorry I'm late."

Facebook Aunt
Oct 4, 2008

i like cats


Nooner posted:

wat would happen if a gnome and a halfiling hosed??

Gnomling?

Stoner Sloth
Apr 2, 2019



Nooner posted:

wat would happen if a gnome and a halfiling hosed??

the results would be looked down upon by both of their peoples

reignofevil
Nov 7, 2008


Sometimes you gotta break the rules.


>>Ighty faces his most pressing disaster yet!

>>Beelzebug got into the leftover chili dogs

Facebook Aunt
Oct 4, 2008

i like cats


Stoner Sloth posted:

the results would be looked down upon by both of their peoples

SniperWoreConverse
Mar 20, 2010







Gun Saliva

Nooner posted:

wat would happen if a gnome and a halfiling hosed??

dunno i think it involves having sex


Crowsbeak posted:

Gnomes are also bviously why we only see half ogre males and no half ogre females.

perhaps it is the gnome that is the half over female



Halfome?



rolling ... 38
a bunch of bolts and arrows rip through the smog cloud and slam into the door


Stoner Sloth posted:

>>Marlowe rapidly floats on over to the group there and reforms to reply "Yeah, it's just me. Sorry I'm late."

Facebook Aunt posted:

>>"Everybody calm down, it's just Marlowe making a dramatic entrance. Marlowe, you're late. You missed everything."

"Jesus Christ"
Von is not impressed by any of this (including his friends' overreactions) and asks what you want.

Corno also wants to know what the deal is and if you're gonna go avenge him or what

Stoner Sloth
Apr 2, 2019



SniperWoreConverse posted:

"Jesus Christ"
Von is not impressed by any of this (including his friends' overreactions) and asks what you want.

Corno also wants to know what the deal is and if you're gonna go avenge him or what

>>"Apologies for the dramatic entrance... bouncers were being difficult. Must have recognized me or something. Haha." they comment, a couple of their eyeballs looking over the damage to the door behind them, "Mostly just wanted to check that things had gone alright and report in with a couple of things. First off we're free to leave the city now, got offered work with the Inquisition to stop that vampire but didn't agree to it - at least as yet."

>>Looking over to Corno they say "Got in touch with an old friend and asked her to pursue some leads on your case - got a bunch of contacts built up over the years in Carrine, Frigg and all over the place. Even one or two around Passwall that may be able to help. Figured I'd get them started looking for ya murderer's current whereabouts to make things quicker and stop the trail going any colder - should get a response in a couple of days and it might shave a lot of time off gettin' ya revenge if we know exactly where to head."

>>Turning slightly to face Von they nod "Oh yeah, and figured that we should make arrangements for that payment ya were offerin'."

Stoner Sloth fucked around with this message at 03:31 on Apr 19, 2021

Facebook Aunt
Oct 4, 2008

i like cats


SniperWoreConverse posted:

Corno also wants to know what the deal is and if you're gonna go avenge him or what

>>Moving over to Corno's table and lowering her voice, "I don't know if you heard, but a few of us were attacked by a vampire last night. Well, more we attacked him, I guess. We didn't know he was a vampire at first, we thought he as just a regular guy committing murder in the streets. We hurt him, drove him off, but he's still out there."

>>"We ruined his night. Hurt his plans. Spoiled his secrecy. We reported everything to the Inquisition, they are onto him, and that's going to make whatever he was planning harder. He might hold a grudge, he might come after us. In which case getting the gently caress out of town as soon as possible is a fantastic idea and we should probably leave right now, this morning."

>>"But like Marlowe said, there's a wrinkle. The Inquisition has asked us to help with the investigation. If we do, we get some authority and prestige from being deputy inquisitors, or something like that. I'm not sure how far away from Xoma that authority carries, but if your target really is a witch then having that in our pocket could help. Inquisition helpers investigating an evil witch can get more help from local authorities than just a rag tag band of random folks. So what helps with that investigation more, getting started right now, or waiting another two weeks and having some kind of official badge? They might even have some witch-hunting tips that would help find her and catch her."

>>"And of course there is still the vampire. If we pledge to help them, then they will brief us on vampire lore and equipment. Maybe provide some anti-vampire charms or something. If the vampire does try to get revenge that would be really great to have, you know? But maybe the vampire has already forgotten us, and the real risk is in going after him. "

>>"Honestly I've been thinking of the pros and cons all night and it just makes my head spin. I'd appreciate any insights you might have, sir."

Facebook Aunt fucked around with this message at 04:10 on Apr 19, 2021

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Mar 20, 2010







Gun Saliva

The toughs from outside open the door, step in, and yank the arrows out.

Stoner Sloth posted:

>>"Apologies for the dramatic entrance... bouncers were being difficult. Must have recognized me or something. Haha." they comment, a couple of their eyeballs looking over the damage to the door behind them, "Mostly just wanted to check that things had gone alright and report in with a couple of things. First off we're free to leave the city now, got offered work with the Inquisition to stop that vampire but didn't agree to it - at least as yet."

>>Looking over to Corno they say "Got in touch with an old friend and asked her to pursue some leads on your case - got a bunch of contacts built up over the years in Carrine, Frigg and all over the place. Even one or two around Passwall that may be able to help. Figured I'd get them started looking for ya murderer's current whereabouts to make things quicker and stop the trail going any colder - should get a response in a couple of days and it might shave a lot of time off gettin' ya revenge if we know exactly where to head."

>>Turning slightly to face Von they nod "Oh yeah, and figured that we should make arrangements for that payment ya were offerin'."

"Payment, eh?" they clap their hands on whatever your shoulder-equivalent is and wave the still-sharp arrows towards your eyeballs suggestively.
The tavern keeping guy is like "What the gently caress if you wanna kill each other fine just don't bust up the joint anymore than it is," and the two guys are like "cmon tom we're just fuckin' around here you don't gotta cry about it" and they go give the arrows back to their owners and sit at the bar. Even though it's like 9am or whatever. This is the kind of place that doesn't even have stools at the bar itself so nobody gives a poo poo.

Von's all "well what do you want then?"


Facebook Aunt posted:

>>Moving over to Corno's table and lowering her voice, "I don't know if you heard, but a few of us were attacked by a vampire last night. Well, more we attacked him, I guess. We didn't know he was a vampire at first, we thought he as just a regular guy committing murder in the streets. We hurt him, drove him off, but he's still out there."

>>"We ruined his night. Hurt his plans. Spoiled his secrecy. We reported everything to the Inquisition, they are onto him, and that's going to make whatever he was planning harder. He might hold a grudge, he might come after us. In which case getting the gently caress out of town as soon as possible is a fantastic idea and we should probably leave right now, this morning."

>>"But like Marlowe said, there's a wrinkle. The Inquisition has asked us to help with the investigation. If we do, we get some authority and prestige from being deputy inquisitors, or something like that. I'm not sure how far away from Xoma that authority carries, but if your target really is a witch then having that in our pocket could help. Inquisition helpers investigating an evil witch can get more help from local authorities than just a rag tag band of random folks. So what helps with that investigation more, getting started right now, or waiting another two weeks and having some kind of official badge? They might even have some witch-hunting tips that would help find her and catch her."

>>"And of course there is still the vampire. If we pledge to help them, then they will brief us on vampire lore and equipment. Maybe provide some anti-vampire charms or something. If the vampire does try to get revenge that would be really great to have, you know? But maybe the vampire has already forgotten us, and the real risk is in going after him. "

>>"Honestly I've been thinking of the pros and cons all night and it just makes my head spin. I'd appreciate any insights you might have, sir."

Corno considers and then thinks you should do what's right. He's not going to get any undeader. More less not-dead? Honestly he doesn't know how it works but he's going to be sticking around until vengeance is complete. Doesn't mean he likes it though.

Misha butts in and says if you guys don't kill the vamp then they'll just take matters into their own hands and do it. One of the guys leaning on the bar spins around and says if you don't let Corno die they'll take that matter into their own hands and do it themselves.
"Sue, you're doing shots."
"They call it brunch Mish. Have some loving class," and he spits on the floor.

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