Post by scottenkainen on Mar 2, 2015 13:58:05 GMT -6
For anyone needing to post here.
This is the east and southeast parts of the city (on both sides of the river, designated by F and G on the map). It is sometimes known as Verboekberg, the Gnomish name for it, since so many gnomes live here.
This quarter includes the following locations: 1) Players Inn, 2) Bronze Unicorn Inn, 3) Temple of the One True Path, 4) Civic Barns, 5) Maurell's Metal Emporium, 6) Pampered Polecat Bathhouse (brothel), 7) Big Weapons, 8) Higden's Place for Gnomes (tavern), 9) Clennam's Clothes & Tailor, 10) Clennam's Cheese Shop, 11) Brass Rail Tavern, 12) Bunsby's Brewery, 13) Rhenee Town (row of houses owned by the Rhenee), 14) Lestrange's (tavern & gambling den?), 15) St. Cuthbert's Orphanage, 16) Viscount's Army Station House, 17) Velverdyva Courier Service
Post by scottenkainen on Mar 2, 2015 14:14:12 GMT -6
Day 7/Turn 1 for Joaquim & Marcel:
It was Sunday morning and Joaquim and Marcel had been in Verbobonc for one week today.
And they were already busy. Joaquim convinced Marcel that he should draft a letter to the Coachman first thing, but neither man had paper and ink in their possession. They took their "about town" weapons back from the inn's guard and went off in search of some.
Luckily, there was a courier service, operating out of the Foreign Quarter, where one could pay for supplies to write a message, and then hand it off to a messenger who would leave at once on foot, by horse, or by boat -- depending on the destination. Writing a message and having it delivered all of 30 miles upriver cost all of 1 gold.
The two men worked together on drafting it. Joaquim thought he would have to do most of it, but Marcel was surprisingly good at wording what he wanted to say and dictated to Joaquim as he wrote.
"The service comes with no guarantees, of course," the courier office clerk said. "Life is just too dangerous for that. But we do inform you as soon as our courier comes back and, if there was a return message sent, it costs you nothing to receive it."
Post by scottenkainen on Mar 4, 2015 8:30:02 GMT -6
Day 7/Turn 1 for Walhorn:
Walhorn rose early off the floor of his mother's den, dressed, and waited for her in the sitting room where he had studied yesterday.
Aunt Marianalas was the first one to enter. "Oh, aren't you up early?" she said. She put on a cheery face, though she sighed through it before saying, "You know how your mother can be. When I knocked on her door, she said she's not coming out today."
Walhorn went down the hall to see if he could coax Mother out. At least she opened the door, though she didn't look pleased to see him.
"You should just go," she said coldly. "I know you're only back this time for my magic, and you'll just leave again when you've learned it. So...you should just go now."
Walhorn says, "mom I am an adventurer at heart. You and Aunt Marianalas were adventurers and can understand my reasoning. I am sorry about my human heritage but I still your son . With the money I make I will give you and Aunt Marianalas a better home and better life. The magic ability flows in my blood and it will enhance my thieving abilities that Aunt Marianalas taught me. I want you to be proud that your son will use the magic for good and also to make some money too. Please give me the chance to learn from you and teach me more. "
Post by scottenkainen on Mar 6, 2015 9:34:31 GMT -6
Day 7/Turn 2 for Walhorn:
Walhorn spent the better part of the morning trying to coax his mother out of her room, but to no avail. His aunt brought him food for breakfast into the hallway outside Mother's door, since Walhorn didn't want to leave.
Aunt Marian counseled Walhorn against spending all day here, though. "Give your mother some space, and some time," she told him quietly. "She'll come around again. Here, come help me in the kitchen..."
Once coaxed to the kitchen, Aunt Marian talked more freely. "I wouldn't say this where she could overhear, but...I think the part of this she's not saying out loud is that she's feeling a little jealous. I know how long it took her to learn magic. I'll try to talk her into giving you another chance, but...could you make it seem harder to learn your next spell?"
Walhorn smiles to his aunt and says "of course I will take slower time learning magic. If it helps remind her that her genes and the elven affinity to magic has helped me learn magic quicker. I am off to finish some businness. I will be back later,and thanks."
Walhorn heads to the brewery to find the gnome and deliver the bottle.
Post by scottenkainen on Mar 10, 2015 9:44:12 GMT -6
Day 7/Turn 3 for Walhorn:
A bit later, Walhorn was at Bunsby's Brewery, facing a disappointed-looking Burble Bunsby.
"Is there something special about this bottle?" Burble asked. "Because I can buy a bottle of their brew at almost half the taverns in the city myself. I thought you understood how this worked, Walhorn. It's not that I can't analyze the contents myself; the problem is that I can't identify what they're doing differently. That's why I needed information that I thought you could get for me. What, the rest of the money I owe you? I should ask for the half back I already gave you, after this poor showing. Now...can you do this job for me, or should I ask someone else?"
Post by dtspurrier on Mar 10, 2015 15:13:30 GMT -6
Walhorn looks to the gnome and says "look I really want to help but you were not specific as to what you want. Now I know the recipe is valuable and I would be happy to get it for you however that recipe will make you wealthy which means I need a bigger cut. So pay me 15 go more plus the 5 go you owe me and I will get you the formula or details."
Post by scottenkainen on Mar 12, 2015 9:54:05 GMT -6
Day 7/Turn 3a for Walhorn:
Burble's frown turned upside down. "Ah, I've always liked you, Walhorn; you know that! I'll give you one more chance. You steal for me the formula or recipe for their special brew and I'll give you the 20 gold you're asking for."
Post by dtspurrier on Mar 12, 2015 11:25:43 GMT -6
Walhorn smiles and thinks to himself that the formula is probably guarded and in a safe. If he can get a formula and add a few more components, maybe at a trained brewer or apothecary, then this psuedo formula will get walhorn paid and not in jail. Walhorn says, "then its a deal. I will return later just make sure you have my money."
Walhorn heads back to the hanging brothers brewery.
Post by scottenkainen on Mar 31, 2015 14:39:14 GMT -6
Day 7/Turn 6 for Walhorn:
Bunsby's Brewery was busy when Walhorn got back and Burble got short with him. "Look -- I follow your plan, but I don't have time to teach you everything you need to know. Can you maybe find a book on the subject to read? But, really, good luck, Walhorn. I'm hoping you come back with something good for me!"
With a pat on his back (lower back, since Burble was short), Walhorn was set on his way.
Plan B was to go home and ask his mother to teach him an enchantment spell. In fact, his mother and aunt wanted to have a talk with him about that and sat him down at the kitchen table, as they used to do when he was in trouble.
"Walhorn," his aunt began, "we've been talking about how we can resolve this difference between you two about training and, I think we've hit on a solution. You're still family and you're still welcome here -- but, when it comes to training, she's going to have to treat you like anyone else. She's going to need to charge you 100 gold to train you. She just wants that level of commitment from you before proceeding."
"And 200 gold per spell, from now on," his mother said sternly.
"I know you probably don't have that kind of money," his aunt continued. "You might want to see the bank about a loan..."
Post by dtspurrier on Mar 31, 2015 16:47:34 GMT -6
Walhorn looks to his family and says "I understand and will definitely would like mom to train me. However if I spend this money to learn a spell and mom is drunk then I expected to be refunded the money and that spell to be considered free. After all if I am paying for the training then mom you need to be sober. I am off to the bank."
Post by scottenkainen on Apr 10, 2015 12:18:58 GMT -6
Day 8/Turn 1 for Joaquim:
It had been an uneventful evening in the common room of the Bronze Unicorn Inn, especially so since Joaquim had retired early. Training took a lot out of him!
Joaquim was woken early the next morning, though, by something hitting his bedroom window. Marcel slept right through it. When Joaquim, curious, opened his shutters to see what it was, he only saw a black crow flying away from the building.
Post by scottenkainen on Apr 16, 2015 21:17:36 GMT -6
Day 7/Turn 15 for Marcel, Joaquim (in flashback):
The Foreign Quarter was starting to feel like home to Marcel, but his afternoon in the Dawn Quarter had been the most restful and pleasurable afternoon he'd had in...he was not sure how long.
Now he came back "home" to the Bronze Unicorn Inn. He half expected to find Caltaran there, looking for him again, but was relieved to see Joaquim. Joaquim was looking tired, unusually so this early.
A pretty serving wench came by and asked if they wanted some spiced sugar confections to enjoy before starting supper. "We'll be serving pork in a ginger broth, with pears and chestnuts soon. Can I also get you some wine while you're waiting?"
The two of them compared notes; particularly over how the Temple of the Heavenly Virtues had completely failed to inform Joaquim about the big political event coming up in just two days.
Post by Ronny Serio on Apr 20, 2015 8:31:54 GMT -6
"You'll have to talk to the priests tomorrow, find out what this business is all about," Joaquim said. "I doubt I'll have any free time. I'll talk to the mages either before or after my training. Makes sure they understand that something is likely to happen at this ceremony."
"Invisibility, eh," Marcel said with a shake of his head. "Hard to believe. We could have made a lot of money with that back in Greyhawk."
"We could make a lot of money with it now," Joaquim ventured.
"No. We left that life back in the Slum Quarter."
"You truly have. I didn't think it would last, but you truly have."
"We both have," Marcel corrected.
"So be it," Joaqum lied, raising his glass. "We both have."
Post by scottenkainen on Apr 20, 2015 22:24:15 GMT -6
Day 7/Turn 9a for Walhorn:
Trying to trick the brewers was just too hard! Walhorn went back to Bunsby's Brewery to complain about it. But here too he was blocked! Bunsby wouldn't see him, one of his workers claiming that his boss was too busy. Too busy to give him his 10 gold, apparently!
Post by Ronny Serio on Apr 20, 2015 23:00:15 GMT -6
The next morning, Joaquim stared dumbfounded at the crow flying off into the distance. Normally he'd think little of such a minor occurrence, but these were strange times. Perhaps the bird was magic, sent by ally to draw his attention. Perhaps the bird was an agent of the enemy. Perhaps it was just a dumb bird that flew into a building. In any case, he was awake now. Might as well get on with the day. He scooped into his belt pouch the twenty gold Marcel had left out for him the night before, made his way downstairs and headed directly to the Consortium.
In sharp contrast, it was a couple hours later when Marcel finally roused himself. He enjoyed an ample, leisurely breakfast and then made for the Bailey.
Post by scottenkainen on Apr 21, 2015 12:04:58 GMT -6
Day 8/Turn 1 for Marcel:
Marcel woke up to the start of his second week in Verbobonc and a partly cloudy Moonday morning. Joaquim was already gone, as he had expected, and he was 20 gold pieces poorer, as he had expected.
Marcel ate a leisurely breakfast of porridge, made better by the addition of fresh fruit and honey, beside a watered-down beer. The common room was sparsely populated this morning and he had no interesting conversation to have or overhear.
So, about mid-morning ((10 am)), he made his way to the Inner Bailey and to get some answers from the clerics there.
((Which will have to wait until his next turn!)) ((Wandering encounter roll: 5))
Post by dtspurrier on Apr 21, 2015 14:03:33 GMT -6
Getting fed up with this entire business venture walborn stops and has an idea. Breaking into the brothers brewery especially with security is dangerous. Trying to intimidate the workers and demand to speak to tbe gnome would get walhorn thrown out. Maybe he can try to create a false recipe and see if the gnome will fall for the subterfuge. He thinks maybe the library of verbobonc owned by some knowledge temple may have a book on brewing. Then maybe a book on herbology should give him the hoops and barley and other ingredients brewers use. He figures he would create a false recipe and give it to the gnome pretending this as the brothers recipe. He then heads to the library.
Last Edit: Apr 21, 2015 14:08:06 GMT -6 by dtspurrier
Post by scottenkainen on Apr 30, 2015 15:30:16 GMT -6
Day 7/Turn 11 for Walhorn:
Walhorn went back to Bunsby's and was initially rebuffed again for a private interview -- until Walhorn told an employee that he had a recipe for Burble Bunsby himself, and then he got pushed into Burble's office right away!
"Walhorn!" Burble exclaimed, reaching up and shaking his hand vigorously. "You have something for me...?"
Burble took the parchment and looked it over very carefully. "Oh....Oh....Hmm....Ah..." he mumbled as he read. "Could this work? I wouldn't have thought so, but..." Finally, he looked up and said, "Walhorn, this is exciting material. Exciting material! Let me get you your money."
Walhorn was handed a small sack with 15 gold in it, but Walhorn did not let go of it right away. "Of course, if this recipe doesn't work...well, let's hope that it does..." he said menacingly before letting go of the sack.
Walhorn takes the money and says to the gnome. "Are you threatening me? I did not have to do this mission for you. You are lucky I just didn't ask for my money or took it out of your hide. This is the formula I obtained. This was our deal." Walhorn takes the money and heads home
Post by scottenkainen on May 5, 2015 8:26:14 GMT -6
Day 7/Turn 12 for Walhorn:
If Burble Bunsby had any retort to that, he said it so low that even Walhorn could not hear it as he boldly strode off.
It was late afternoon when Walhorn returned home. When his mother heard his voice, she came running and hugged him tight. "I thought you had left me again!" she wailed. Her eyes looked like she had been crying again and her breath smelled of booze, though not as strongly as usual. "Oh Walhorn, sit down and let me make you a big supper. If you'll stay, we'll get back to your training first thing in the morning. Oh, whatever you have to pay with will surely be enough," she said, waving off her earlier concern as she gushed over him.
walhorn smiles and sits with mom and enjoys dinner with the family. He says , "well I have finished my prior adventuring mission and the gnome that hired me has paid the money he owes me. I also have taken a loan out with the bank of zilchus so I can continue my training. I was hoping to learn how to read magic writing and texts next. Now after this I am going to find a way to pay this money back. I am going to either join an adventuring group here or do some adventuring for the town in order to pay back my loan. I know this is dangerous work but I need to provide a living for myself and take care of both of you. "
Post by scottenkainen on May 11, 2015 22:43:12 GMT -6
Day 7/Turn 13 for Walhorn:
"Don't worry about money," Glendalas said, putting her hand on her son's. "We'll find a way to pay back whatever you owe. Would you like to get started on your next spell tonight?"
He did, so they did. Glendalas again showed her son the book of spells and, this time, a page with the Read Magic spell on it. "Repeat after me," she told Walhorn, "and try to read along. If you learn this spell, you will not need my help reading magical text ever again."
They studied hard together for hours, practicing over and over.
"Now, even once you have this spell prepared, there is a complex set of verbal and somatic components to activate it. You will have to perform every step perfectly in order for a full minute, uninterrupted. But...the hour is getting late. We should pick up in the morning and go over everything again. If you learn this spell as quickly as you learned your first one, you'll know it by noon!"