Post by scottenkainen on Jan 21, 2016 10:18:11 GMT -6
The area surrounding the Inner Wall (designated as A on the city map).
The High Quarter includes the following locations: 1) Brewery of the Reverend Brothers (includes shrine to Rao), 2) Royal Moneychangers, 3) Hebert Manor (the Mayor’s House), 4) Harvester Theater (bard school), 5) Segal’s Antiquities (and rare goods), 6) Old Chapel of Saint Cuthbert (still used by the Order of the Billets), 7) Sargent Manor (home of the Lady Sargent, 8) Nieves’ Silks & Finer Tailory, 9) The Spruce Goose Dining Hall, 10) City Hall, 11) Hardy’s Stables & Livery, 12) Grandmother Herrero’s House of Rest (and Shrine to Fharlanghn), 13) Grisa Museum & Galleries, 14) Verbobonc College, 15) Royal Barracks of the Viscount’s Standing Army, 16) Boardinghouse of the Heavenly Virtues (acolytes only).
All posts taking place in the High Quarter should go here.
Post by scottenkainen on Jan 21, 2016 16:51:27 GMT -6
Day 15, turn 1 for Semeragin:
Semeragin had never felt more alive than when he was facing death in the dungeon under Ryemend.
But, for now, the Temple of the Heavenly Virtues had chosen not to send him back to Ryemend. He had assumed the church hierarchy was pulling back the Church's Standing Army to defend the temple or the inner bailey, so he was surprised and confused when he was dispatched into the surrounding High Quarter to guard a shop -- even one as prestigious as Segal's Antiquities.
The Segals is a well-known, wealthy merchant family, known for their generosity to the church as much as for their store. They are known to be the foremost collectors in the Viscounty, with their store having the largest collection of rare goods in the city. The store is as posh as its neighborhood, with an atmosphere of old wealth. Expensive rugs from Keoland line the floors, rare artwork from Nyrond adorns the walls, and all manner of antiques fill the various rooms in the shop.
"We do not know the motives or ultimate goals yet of the Cult of the Flaming Eye," Father Danilo told Semeragin, "but they may yet strike at our allies, in addition to their direct assaults. The Segals are important contributors to the church. We would like you to help bolster the ranks of their night watchmen. Will you do this?"
Hearing the orders from father danillo, Semer says " I accept the orders and will carry them out sir. Am I supposed to be outside or do I watch from inside. Also how many days is the church doing this courtesy watch?"Hearing the answer to his questions, semer reports to duty at the shop.
Last Edit: Jan 22, 2016 2:38:26 GMT -6 by dtspurrier
Post by scottenkainen on Jan 26, 2016 10:03:15 GMT -6
Day 15, turn 2 for Semeragin:
Semeragin remembered well Danilo's words: "They will likely post you inside, but I leave it up to the manager there. This courtesy watch will be for the next one to three days, but I leave that to the manager's discretion as well."
The manager Semeragin spoke to was a dwarf named Grerin. "I only manage the business affairs of the Segals," Grerin had explained. "You will not be meeting any members of the family during your watches here."
It was now late at night, before the morning of Godsday, the 17th day of Flocktime. Semeragin was locked into the shop for the night and had free reign to tour its many adjoining rooms. Each was crammed with musty antiquity. A less noble man might have been tempted to pocket something!
With him on watch was Laurence, who was actually a female night watchman. Laurence was a pleasant-looking woman in her early 30s, covered in leather armor and light helm, always with her hand on the pommel of the sword at her side. She was not much of a talker and liked to patrol in what appeared to be a set path through the rooms, and made it clear she expected Semeragin not to always walk with her.
So it happened that they were in separate rooms when Semeragin heard what sounded like something heavy falling over, coming from a door he was told led upstairs. The upstairs had never been discussed with Semeragin, so he had neither been told to patrol it nor to stay out.
Post by dtspurrier on Jan 26, 2016 18:30:32 GMT -6
Semer looks to find Laurence if he sees her he says " I hear a noise upstairs someone should go check it out. " Since Laurence is senior watchman he waits to see if she goes or tells semer to go check it out.
Post by scottenkainen on Jan 28, 2016 9:47:31 GMT -6
Day 15, turn 2a for Semeragin:
"I was just about to suggest that," Laurence said. They went to the door together. "You know," she added before opening the door, "I've always handled solo watch duty just fine. Giving me a partner was completely unnecessary..."
Before continuing with that, she opened the door. The upstairs looked dark, but Laurence was holding a lantern. The stairs opened up onto what appeared to be a secondary storage room, with two doors and a short hallway (containing two more doors) leading off of it. A wooden box was knocked over from a short stack of boxes and its contents -- figurines packed in straw, were partially spilled out.
They heard a noise that sounded like a cat jumping up onto something. They didn't see a cat, but there were lots of places to hide in this room, behind crates, boxes, and barrels, some stacked quite high.
"Did you hear that," Laurence asked. "There shouldn't be any cat in here..."
Post by scottenkainen on Feb 2, 2016 9:21:44 GMT -6
Day 15, turn 3 for Semeragin:
Semeragin called out, and they waited for a response. Then Semer and Laurence split up and searched opposite ends of the room. At the same time, they came to a back window that was missing a small glazed pane, large enough for a cat to have passed in and out of.
"Stupid careless," Laurence said out loud, but she did not elaborate on who she was scolding. "Help me find some wood and nails and we'll cover this ourselves. Then, in the morning, I'll talk to Grerin about this. There will be no need for you to talk to anyone about it," she said, looking directly at him and saying it like it was an order.
They covered the gap in the window with a wooden plank. Laurence said she would stay upstairs until morning and he should take the downstairs.
The rest of the night's watch was uneventful. In the morning, right at dawn, the front door unlocked. Grerin, the dwarven business manager for the Segals, stepped in. Semeragin had a moment to talk to him alone, though he could hear Laurence coming down the stairs.
Post by scottenkainen on Feb 4, 2016 9:51:15 GMT -6
Day 15, turn 3a for Semeragin:
"Good, good..." Grerin was saying, when Laurence showed up.
"Sir," she said, as if reporting to a commanding officer, "something, likely an animal and possibly a cat, was able to sneak into the upstairs rooms through a broken window some time during the night. Nothing seems to have been damaged."
"I see. Uneventful, hmm?" Grerin said with an inquisitive look back at Semer. "To be on the safe side, we will begin an inventory of the second floor and have this window fixed. Thank you for your keen attention to detail, Laurence. You are both excused."
Once they had left the store, Laurence stopped Semeragin and said, "Thank you for letting me report that. I'm not normally so...I suppose you're just a bit intimidating."
Ramon was disappointed but he wanted Daphne to be happy, "I cannot lie and say that I am not jealous of this unknown person. But I do hope we might continue our friendship, Daphne. I promise you I will be fine. But...I think I would like to walk on alone."
He saw she seemed upset, "It's alright Daphne. I just need to gather myself for this meeting with the high clergy. I will see you again soon."
Post by scottenkainen on Feb 10, 2016 21:19:39 GMT -6
Day 16, turn 9 for Caltaran:
Caltaran showed up at the appointed spot along the bank of the Velverdyva River. South of the Bailey, on the south side of the High Quarter, where the river cut across the center of the city, and east of the bridges -- was a spot for river burial ceremonies. The special landing was a granite square inset with round, bronze symbols (like giant coins) engraved with the symbols of all the deities officially recognized by the city.
With him were some laypeople from the temple, bearing the coffin of Lydia between them. They sat her down at the water's edge and stood and waited. They would stand and wait for others to arrive.
Young Winoc, another survivor of the last Ryemend expedition, was the next to show. "Hello, Caltaran," he said. "Pretty exciting last few days, wasn't it?"
Post by scottenkainen on Feb 12, 2016 13:47:58 GMT -6
Day 16, turn 10 for Caltaran:
"Sure, we'll talk about that later," Winoc said to Caltaran.
The clerics Laetitia and Ricarda joined them a minute later. They were both wearing black cloaks for the occasion.
Four minutes later, they were joined by an old couple, a man who looked to be Nydia's sibling, his wife, and their three children. The children ran around playing, not understanding the grimness of the event they were here to witness. The old couple, undoubtedly her parents, were so grief-struck that the brother and his wife had to help them walk.
"Sorry if we're late," the brother said. "I think some more of Nydia's friends are still coming."
Indeed, they had to wait 10 more minutes, but by then three more men and two women had shown up. Two of the men had come dressed in leather armor, but the others all wore somber clothing.
Since Caltaran was leading the ceremony, everyone waited for him to speak.
Caltaran says "hello everyone. My name is Curate caltaran Nesmith cleric of heironeous and I have been tasked to give the eulogy today. To Nydia family and friends I am sorry for your loss. She will be missed but not forgotten. She was a fine kind woman who also was a brave soldier. Her sense of duty and commitment will not be forgotten. I had the pleasure of meeting her and recruited her for a mission for the cathedral. Besides me, winoc. Leticia,ximo, and Ricarda set off in the mission. In the dungeon we encountered goblins and we tried to held them off. There were too many and even though we escaped Nydia did not make it. She fought bravely and died trying to save us. "
Caltaran takes a deep breath and says looking at the family" I am sorry for your loss. I lead this group on the mission and I take the blame for her death. She followed orders and the mission cost her life. I have vowed to go back there and destroy the goblins so that her death will not be in vain. Please forgive me. Now let's pray. Holy god heironeous God of law and order protect Nydia spirit and guide her soul into the heavens. Bless over this body and protect it from anyone who tries to disturb it. Protect and keep safe the friends and family of Nydia. In lord heironeous name amen. "
Caltaran now let's everyone come up and make any additional eulogies.
Post by scottenkainen on Feb 15, 2016 12:04:11 GMT -6
Day 16, turn 11 for Caltaran:
Adept Laetitia flashed Caltaran a look. What was that for, he wondered. But then she stepped forward and picked up where Caltaran left off. "Nydia had a special reverence for Heironeous, but she loved all the gods, and they loved her. From Cuthbert, she gained the wisdom to know that she could make a difference in her life by joining the Church's Army. Her love for Delleb encouraged her to learn to read and write while in the church's service. From Zilchus, she learned to be careful with her money. From Rao, she found peace and contentment in her life. These are all things the church gave to her. And what she gave to the church was the ultimate sacrifice, a debt we can never fully repay."
Her brother came forward next. His name was Noe, and Caltaran learned he had worked as a caravan guard and a mariner before finding love and settling down to work in his wife's father's barbershop. Noe talked more intimately about what it was like growing up with Nydia and Caltaran got his first sense of what it would have been like to have truly known her -- until, overcome with emotion, Noe had to stop.
Neither of her parents could form a full sentence, so awful was their grief. And so, while Ricarda and Laetitia sang a hymn, Caltaran and Winoc lowered her coffin into the river's water, and they all watched it float away (and, because coffins for river burial were not made watertight, the coffin soon sank out of sight).
Once the body is lowered caltaran approaches Letitia and says " nice eulogy Letitia. " He then heads over to the family and says " I am truly sorry for your loss. She was a fine woman and I am sure will be missed. The gods are watching over her soul and body. You all have fond memories of her and always remember she is always with you and you will see her again in the afterlife. "
Caltaran sticks around until the family leaves trying to be the last person to leave. He then heads to the bronze unicorn for dinner unless it is pass curfiew then he will head back to the cathedral.
Post by scottenkainen on Feb 17, 2016 12:29:47 GMT -6
Day 16, turn 11a for Caltaran:
If they hurried, there was still enough time for Caltaran, Laetitia, and Ricarda to make it back into the Inner Bailey before the gates were closed for the night. Winoc followed, at least as far as the gates.
"About Ryemend..." Winoc began. "I'm concerned about it being worth our while to go back. We may have already picked those goblins clean. I'll go back...but want a guarantee that I'll get at least 40 gold, even if our equal shares don't come to that much. The church could compensate us the rest, right?"
"You should be ashamed of yourself, Winoc," Laetitia said. "The temple's high priests themselves have ordained the importance of this mission. And you would sully their decision with such base considerations...?"
"Which is why someone who isn't sure of themselves should not go," Ricarda surprisingly countered. "I felt...under-qualified for our last mission. Had I been a better fighter, perhaps Nydia would still be alive. No, I'll make room for more experienced adventurers, and not get in their way."
Post by dtspurrier on Feb 17, 2016 15:46:18 GMT -6
Caltaran stops and says, "Ricarda, everyone, did their best in the dungeon. Everyone brings their own individual and group skill set. Had I been a better leader I would have requested each of you take healing spells. Nydia did her job and sacrificed herself in a noble and honorable way. My duty to respect and honor her death and to defeat the cult is to go back there and defeat the evil inside. Everyone is welcome to come back with me and help. As far as future missions Winoc the choice is yours, I make no guarantee as to what we find in the dungeon not can I promise a certain cost or compensation if we do not find any minimum gold pieces. Ricarda and Letitia the choice is yours I am not giving you any orders. I will say you both are very capable adventurers and I understand if you decide to pass . As i said it has been an honor to work with each of you. "
Post by scottenkainen on Feb 24, 2016 15:51:11 GMT -6
Day 16/Turn 11 for Ramon:
Still flush with success from his castle visit, Ramon moved on to City Hall out in the High Quarter after speaking to Ximo.
City hall was a large, three-story, brick building with a portico entrance. The foyer was decorated with murals of Verbobonc history -- its founding as a small town; the importance of river traffic; the first treaty between men, gnomes, and elves in the valley; and the construction of the castle and cathedral in the Inner Bailey.
The foyer was manned by armed guards in platemail armor. "Keep your hands off your weapons at all times within these walls," Ramon was told. "And carry your helmet."
The foyer opened onto a high-celinged rotunda that opened onto all three floors, with a frescoed dome above it depicting great warriors and civic leaders in the city's past. These same characters were also portrayed by marble busts on pedestals that could be found down any major corridor in the building.
The rotunda had nine people in it, two being guards in platemail armor, two were dressed in uniforms like clerks, and the rest were five petitioners from various social strata trying to get the clerks' attention. There seemed little organization, and the clerks seemed to using this as an excuse to be able to ignore these petitioners.
There were stairs that went up here to a second level, as well as three hallways that led on compass points off the rotunda -- left, straight, and right.
Try as he might, Ramon could not get the clerks to notice him. It was like they were purposely ignoring him.
Ramon decided that in this case appealing to Zilchus might be the best method. So he took out his coin purse and made a show of counting it, making sure to convey to everyone in the place that he was a person of financial significance. Then he approached one of the clerks directly.
"What is the usual fee for a consultation with one of you gentlemen? I have important business from the Temple of Heavenly Virtues and the Viscount, acting together in this matter. And I would welcome a skilled man's counsel on how to bring my business before the Mayor."
Post by scottenkainen on Feb 26, 2016 14:29:55 GMT -6
Day 16/Turn 12 for Ramon:
His money did get Ramon the attention he was looking for, but it was surprisingly costly. The clerk seemed a slick, well-rehearsed con man who always had another excuse for delaying the meeting with the mayor as Ramon got a tour of the hall. The bribes eventually racked up to 16 gold! They passed a guard who was announcing "City Hall is closing in 15 minutes!" -- and Ramon had not even seen the mayor yet!
But their next stop was the Mayor's Office, on the third floor. It was a nice room with a broad window view of the city, though not overly opulent. If Ramon had expected opulence, though, at least Mayor Harman delivered it personally. He wore furs and jewelry like a badge of office. Perhaps it was.
The clerk, for his part, finally earned his bribe. He had been listening all along, and now glowingly described Ramon's position in the church and the importance of his fundraiser for the hapless victims of the tragedy of a week earlier.
"That seems reasonable," the mayor said at last. He produced quill, ink, and paper and took it to the writing desk. Then he stepped back and let the clerk write as the mayor dictated. There was an awful lot of legalese to it, and requests for documentation from the temple, but the mayor promised 30 gold to the cause.
The clerk handed a copy of the letter to Ramon.
"Have one of the church elders sign off on this, and the 30 gold can be picked up from our treasurer right away. Pleasure doing business with the Church, Curate Orfino."
Post by scottenkainen on Jun 26, 2016 9:26:20 GMT -6
Day 17, turn 24 for Ximo:
Ximo the Humble and Archdeacon Ferrero walked the high side of the road through the High Quarter. Ximo, having worked for nobility, had always felt entitled to use the better-maintained, cleaner high side of Verbobonc's streets, leaving the slightly lower, hoof-damaged, and filthy side for the common folk. It was nice to see that archdeacons felt the same way.
Before they reached the Business Quarter, they came across a scene in the street. Ten bystanders were crowded around a man lying in the street. The man, probably in his 50s, was wearing a finely decorative suit of leather armor, was helmet-less and just wearing a tight hood over his head, and clutched an exquisitely carved spear in his hand. The man was injured -- there was blood on the hood and smeared down the back of his armor -- and was trying to use the spear to help him get up with great difficulty. "I'm fine!" the man was saying as he discouraged the bystanders from approaching him, though it was clearly not so.
"What's happened here?" Ferrero asked.
A bystander turned and gave a slight bow to the archdeacon. Ximo could not be sure if the man knew the archdeacon or if the man only paid respect to the clerical raiment. "This man was jumped by two attackers, in broad daylight, just moments ago!"