[pnpgm] Game Update #68 - File #564 - Raban gets a suit

Scott Adams longshot at cybermax.net
Fri Jan 29 06:54:13 CET 2010

  HT Alias/Player          Character Name    Type    Status/Notes  Sex
  -- -----------------------------------------------------------------
  R1.John Haight...........Arawn.............Druid  .Normal/Alfar  Ma
  ??.Chris Wells...........Ben'dar...........Warrior.Normal/Human  Ma
  R4.Tom Corckett..........Caladan...........Wizard  Normal/Human  Ma
  W2.Marcel Liberty........Chion.............Sailor..Normal/Human  Ma
  W3.Ryan Torres...........Farseeker.........Warrior.Normal/Human  Ma
  --.Tobie Bonahoom........Fremea............Sidh....Normal/Faerry Fe
  R2.Mark Murtha...........Kell..............Trader..Normal/Human..Ma
  Do.David Sanders.........Kiet.Sunan........Acrobat Normal/Human  Ma
  R4.J H Hooten............Raban.Usherwood...Bard....Normal/Human..Ma
  W2.Robert Maxwell........Strie'bog.........Bard....Normal/Human..Ma
  R1 NPC...................Shu.Yeoh..........Wizard..Normal/Human..Fe
  W4.Wout Broere...........Unali.............Ninja...Normal/Human  Fe
  R1 John.Stowman..........Will..............Hunter..Normal/Human..Ma
  R4.Alex Koponen..........Z'leyra...........Healer..Normal/Human  Fe
  R1 NPC...................Zhou Kiwat........Noble...Normal/Human..Ma
     Animals: Corona [Eagle] Z'leyra, Tef'wo (Horse) Ben'dar, 

  Cover Story Info: [HD- House member, F-Foreigner, N-native non house]
     Arawn      aka Arawn         as Teacher to daughter [F]
     Ben'dar    aka Bu Da         as Horse expert        [F]
     Caladan    aka Ca Lu         as Guard/Archer        [N]
     Chion      aka Capt. Chu Mai as Sailor Trustee      [HD]
     Farseeker  aka Fu Sa         as Guard               [F]
     Fremea     aka Lin Mong      as Noble child         [HD] [Disguised]
     Kell       aka Swan          as Trader              [F]
     Kiet       aka Kiet Sunan    as Zhou's servant      [F]
     Raban      aka Toban Nu      as Entertainer/Guard   [F] 
     Strie'bog  aka Sun Zhu       as Entertainer         [N]
     Shu        aka Shu           as Niece               [HD]
     Unali      aka Tun Au        as Zhou's wife         [HD]
     Whitney    aka Whitney       as Herbalist/Tailor    [F]
     Will       aka Sun Tzu       as hunt master         [F]
     Z'leyra    aka Kakita Junami as Healer              [F]
     Zhou       aka Zhou Wa       as Baron Noble         [HD]

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     Game Update #68 in sequence (file #564)      
     Admin Notes: None. 

        From Fremea: [Re: Actions]
          Lin (aka Frema) will talk to the tailor when he comes to check
          on Raban and get his measurements.

          Talk to the tailor, "You will make sure he is still able to move
          quickly, I do not want a slow bodyguard when I call for him.
          Understood? He is to have better traveling clothes, along with
          one set that will represent me when I am in the presence of other
          Noble families. You will listen what he needs in clothing
          otherwise, as I trust him on representing ME correctly." She
          throws a glance in Raban's direction to make sure he understands
          that his appearance is very important to how she looks. She will
          then take out 2 gold coins (Katai) and hand them to the tailor.
          "This is also to be done as quickly as possible, as my father
          is not sure how long we will stay here, so being done today will
          be your answer." Staring at him, tempting him to defy her.

          She will keep an eye on the tailor to see his reaction to a kid
          telling him what to do and the gold that is placed in his palm
          for doing what she said.
        GM: Ack. 

        From Z'leyra: [Re: Actions]
          Beyond making sure that her healing supplies are more than
          adequate and looking at jewelry and herbs available and their
          prices, Z'leyra will get fitted for some fine silk clothing, (2
          dresses: one dark, one light; 4 tunics and 2 leggings).
        GM: Ack.  I need to know what the healing supplies you buy are.

        From Raban: [Re: Actions]
          <Not much for me to say on Raban's behalf. Just Daily Bath at
          same time each day or maybe twice a day? Forgot price but he
          should be able to afford it.

          <Tailor scene- Raban needs some clothing proper for a Nobles
          Guard and the heat. I would assume good materials or better but
          Silk may not be appropriate?

          <Any question relative to what styles of clothing he will defer
          to Lin Mong (Fremea) to decide as long as it does not interfere
          with his movement. <Hopefully she will not dress him up too badly
          [From: John Hooten <jhooten at windstream.net>]

          <Wow I like it! Imperial enough to do the job and covers the
          basics needed too.

          <But it is the truth of the role, Raban is decoration until he
          needs to act. He is a doll to dress up to impress people with
          HER importance.
        GM: Ack. No teddy bear bowties or play doll uniforms huh? BTW
            your second email didn't make it.  I had to approve it. See
            the above email address.  If you post from there you will
            need to subscribe that email address.  Just a FYI. 

        From Arawn: [Re: Actions]
          Unali- Oops! Forgot to send a post with Arawn's response
          regarding the map before the last update.

          "Of course, Lady Au." Arawn replies.
-         "Any information on the buyer and, regarding the Yank...
        GM: Ack. 

     [New Stuff]

         [Julis 24th, 1634TH]
         [Location: Middle Katai Plains, Shantou Province, Shantou city]

           The night before in the first formal meal the party has had
         in over 2 weeks, Unali asks Arawn for his sketch.

           "Of course, Lady Au." Arawn replies.

           Excusing himself from the table he made his way to his room and
         pulled out one of the copies of the drawing. He looked it over and
         decided that if no news was found this time around that it would be
         worth another divination to gain further insight into this
         location. Rolling it up he moved downstairs where he handed it
         with a slight bow to Unali.


         [Julis 25th, 1634TH]
         [Location: Middle Katai Plains, Shantou Province, Shantou city]

           A couple hours after leaving the inn Kell finds the tailor who
         can do custom fittings.  Z'leyra decides to shop for some silk
         clothing of her own.  She is about 6 inches taller than most
         Katai but around the same body frame.  The tailor recommends
         some styles of clothing he has for her.  He will have to let
         down some of the pants but the tunics should be easy to find.
         In fact he finds several sets and Z'leyra tries them on in the
         small cramped dressing area.  The silk Katai style clothing
         is good but the pants are too short for now.  She will definitely
         have to improve that.  

           The tailor informs the prices as 14 BB for each tunic and
         3 copper for the pants as they are silk and the extra mending
         needed to be done.  Kell tries to haggle but the tailor only
         reduces it slightly.  He settles on a final price of 10 Copper
         for the whole amount.  Z'leyra pays the 1 silver and asks to
         have them delivered when the tailor goes to the inn.  He
         says he will do that but should be a couple hours before they
         are fixed for her size.  

           It is around 3pm when the tailor arrives at the Blue Crystal
         Inn.  He enters the tavern and looks around.  Based on his
         description of a giant it shouldn't be hard to find him.
         But of course he doubts the true size of the man as a purely
         exaggerated story.

           In the corner Fremea sits in the shadows up against the wall.
         She is listening to two large landholders.  They are talking
         about the growth of the population and how controls should be
         given to lessen the load on resources.  They complain about
         squatters and homeless people invading their properties all
         over the city and how the guards seem to not care.  They are
         clearly disgruntled but dare not to discuss open threats to
         the powers that be.

           On the other side of Fremea to the right is Raban sitting at
         another table chatting it up with a young artisan who paints
         landscapes and noble portraits.  He rolls on the charm and she
         swoons to them with little difficulty or desire to ignore them.
         Raban is aware of Fremea nearby but guarding her all day without
         some fun can be boring.  The child should tend to her book she
         is reading whatever it is.

           But even Fremea doesn't know the book as she is only holding
         it to cover her eavesdropping.  She simply selected it from
         a few the clerk had.  She believes it is on local poetry but
         hasn't paid attention to it.

           The tailor scans the crowd and approaches a rather large military
         official and asks him his name. "Toban Nu?"  The military man
         shrugs and says no.  Soon the tailor spots Raban smiling at the
         woman and stroking her hand.  He approaches and asks, "Toban Nu?"
         Raban absently doesn't hear this as he is explaining how best
         to play the mandolin in front of a fireplace with a single girl
         listening and no one else.

           Fremea slaps Raban on the back with her book and this gets
         Raban out of his tunnel vision.  Raban looks over to the tailor
         and he asks his name again.  Raban nods and stands up.  The
         middle aged tailor steps back at seeing how large the man
         is and gulps.  The tailor drops his bag of gear and stutters.
         "I was sent here by a Mister Swan to take measurements."

           Lin stands and crosses her arms as if to show he is late.  "You
         will make sure he is still able to move quickly, I do not want a
         slow bodyguard when I call for him. Understood? He is to have
         better traveling clothes, along with one set that will represent
         me when I am in the presence of other Noble families. You will
         listen what he needs in clothing otherwise, as I trust him on
         representing ME correctly." She throws a glance in Raban's
         direction to make sure he understands that his appearance is very
         important to how she looks. She will then take out 2 gold coins
         (Katai) and hand them to the tailor. "This is also to be done as
         quickly as possible, as my father is not sure how long we will
         stay here, so being done today will be your answer." Staring at
         him, tempting him to defy her.

           Lin will keep an eye on the tailor to see his reaction to a kid
         telling him what to do and the gold that is placed in his palm for
         doing what she said.

           The man looks to Raban and then Fremea.  He glances down at
         the coins and wonders how he could dress this giant of a man
         by tomorrow.  He'll have to hire more folks to do the sewing.
         The two gold could actually go mostly toward those expenses.
         But he is somewhat used to these people ordering him away.
         He bows toward Lin. "Yes ma'am.  One set for travelling and one
         for court like duties fit to your obvious good taste and high
         station."  Lin's expression fails to change as he tries to
         flatter her. He pockets the coins.  He bows and then says, "
         shall we get to it?  Say your room?"

           Lin considers just having it done here who cares what
         happens to her guard even if he had to go half naked in here.
         But she sighs and grabs her book and storms off to the stairs.
         The tailor glances to Raban who quickly follows and then the
         tailor follows behind.

           Lin considers her room but believes Shu is still studying some
         of her own things or books or maybe asleep.  She orders Raban
         to head into his room.  She plops onto a chair and looks bored.
         Soon Toban stands in the center of the room and stretches his
         arms out.  The tailor grabs some tape from his back and a quill
         and scroll.  He glances at Toban and wonders if the tape will
         be enough.  He begins to take the first set of measurements
         and record them on his scroll.  The tailor can't believe the
         size of the man.  He has to stand on a chair to get the man's
         neck size. He leans in and whispers. "She's a spit fire isn't
         she." As he wraps the tape around his neck.  
           Soon he finishes up. "The arms will be interesting as the
         muscles on upper arm has different size from the lower arm.
         A big difference compared to most soldiers." He checks his
         figures. "You didn't want a hat right? I didn't take the hate
         size.  Personally with your features a hat would diminish them.
         As a professional your face draws them in as the focus.  Then
         your size and build.  I would recommend less flashy colors
         like light browns, tans and the like.  This way it draws less
         attention to an already hard to avoid thing. "  He begins to
         pack up his things.  "it is only about three hours before
         sunset if I'm going to do this by tomorrow I should rush back.
         I have no time to lose.  I will hand deliver the two sets of
         clothing tonight.  It could be late.  I will leave them with
         the clerk if this is good?"

           The tailor then rushes out as fast as he can to get back to
         his shop and hire more girls.


           Meanwhile on the other side of the city the trio talk to
         Saleem.  Moments before the fence gets upset and feels
         threatened by wizards in his shop, Arawn asks more questions.

           Saleem mentioned the Yank brothers selling their warehouses
         to a person in the south city.

           Arawn follows up, "Any information on the buyer and, regarding
         the Yank brothers, do they still have a representative in town?
         And can you give directions to their warehouses in town?"

           "I doubt they have a representative.  But I can give directions.
         It is an empty warehouse now.   I heard the brothers left town
         on a much needed vacation to Katai."  Saleem sighs. "I've not
         had a vacation myself in years."

           Saleem speaks of the odd weapons he found.

           The circular bladed weapon intrigued Arawn but he wasn't sure
         if it was a Vong weapon. The second weapon, however, he was quite
         familiar with. He relied on his training and will to keep a stoic
         mask at mention of the Vong item.  Arawn asks more about it. 

           "The circular blade is new to me but I would be interested in
         acquiring one or discovering the name of the barbarian tribe if
         you know it. But it is the serpent-staff that I find more
         intriguing. What do you know of it? Where was it found? And who
         was the seller? Perhaps we might be able to track him down for
         you if you can give us a lead. I've seen such items before and
         desire to find this man's source."

           Saleem's eyes flash from anger and his face reddens.  "As I
         said I don't know the seller.  If I find him I will get my
         money back or take his hide.  If I can't find him and I know
         these streets, I doubt you could.  Folks visit me everyday
         selling small thimbles of rare art to stolen wagons.  This
         is what I do.  I don't keep records or names.  A business
         like that would not exist long."

           Zhou nods, "a matter of trust certainly."  The fence nods
         curtly to Zhou.  "Do you still have the decayed item?"  The
         man shakes his head.

           Then Saleem turns to Arawn, "as to the other blade weapon.
         It was the size of a large dinner plate.  It was serrated and
         very sharp all around.  It was worn on the upper arm like a
         arm shield.  It actually was used as both.  It deflects weapons
         and can slice bodies.  Some skilled jungle barbarians I hear
         can spin the blades while they wear it and cause even more
         damage.  It is a art I do not know.  The technology is easy
         to make though.  The skill is using it without cutting off your
         own body parts."  

           Arawn asks about contacts in the south.  Saleem reports it
         depends on where the party goes.

           "Thank you I'm not sure where just yet but will let you know if
         and when it is decided." Arawn replies back. 

           Zhou nods, "We should know by tomorrow morning in more general

           Arawn asks about maps.  After Saleem explains the shop the
         trio are in isn't a cartographer's shop, Arawn continues.

           Arawn commented to the others, "It might be worth purchasing a
         map or two."

           Zhou shrugs, "We have several already.  But if you wish."

           Near the end Arawn finally comes back to the subject of the
         baroness.  Asking of a name but Saleem doesn't know or seem to
         care as it isn't in his business to need to know.

           Arawn leans forward and speaks softly, "I had heard something of
         a group called the 'Night Demons' that are linked to her
         disappearance. They are said to be linked to some sort of unusual
         cult in a place 'in between worlds'. Do you know anything of

           "As for the Baroness, could you discover her name and what
         business she had in town or else a contact that we might talk to
         who would know."

           Saleem sits and stares at the three men in front of him.  He
         suddenly begins to tense and it doesn't take an empath to see
         he becomes very nervous.  His eyes dart back and forth. He
         almost reaches for a dagger the three men know he has hidden
         under the desk and likely one in his boot and another likely
         in a desk drawer.  These type of men seem to need security.  But
         the man hesitates.  He glances at the window at the sunlight
         streaming in and then around his spartan room as if looking for
         a fly on the wall.  Confused the trio just watch this man seem
         to consider his next words.

           Finally Saleem leans forward and whispers. "We do NOT speak of
         such things.  Not without good need.  They are things to scare
         kids into eating their meals or go to bed or behave.  But I
         have heard stories.  The legend of this group is as big as the
         legends of old.  They are said to be Empire wide.  You don't find
         them they find you.  If they exist," he waves a hand, "and
         I'm not saying they do.  You should stay clear of them.  They
         remain cloaked in darkness for a reason and wish to remain that.
         That is all I'll say on it."

           Arawn begins to consider more questions but when the man seems
         to remain stone faced he decides maybe it is best to come back
         to this subject later.

           Then Arawn asks about magic detection.  Saleem goes into a rage
         and tries to kick the trio out.

           Using his Influence and Rhetoric Arawn will attempt to calm the
         man down. "Calm yourself. You need not worry about wizards being
         present but as you can tell we have interest in certain items that
         could set off detectors. I ask as it would be a waste of time and
         resources if we were to purchase from you only to find an item
         inadvertently sets off a detector. We might even have need to use
         them and if so wanted to know the best way to throw off trackers
         should the need to activate them arise."

           The man stares at full height to Arawn.  By now his bodyguard
         has stood and so has Farseeker eyeing each other.  Saleem exhales
         heavily.  "You speak of treason!  I may deal in stolen goods but
         even those are laws you can get around.  Bribes and other methods.
         But to get such items is highly highly risky.  Only users of
         such things would ask ..or dare to ask such things."

           Zhou now standing turns to the fence.  "My friend here is a bit
         new to this land.  If you can't help in such matters maybe we
         can find others." He walks past Saleem. "Come, we will leave you
         to be safe alone."

           As Zhou walks toward the door he winks at Farseeker.  He isn't
         a gambler but bluffs sometimes work.  As he reaches for the door
         knob, Saleem raises a hand.  "Damn you!"  With his honor somewhat
         at risk as well as his reputation.  "What do you want?"

           Zhou turns, "We could use knowledge on such devices and maybe
         a market for hard to obtain items."

           Saleem nods, "the black market is found all over the city.  That
         isn't the problem.  But if you want other things it will take
         time and money.  For this high of a risk it will take a LOT of
         coin."  He crosses his arms.  "What do you have in mind?"

         Actions? Comments?

         Next Update...Monday...

         GM: About all I have time for tonight.  I need to add a small
             scene for Mark and his buying and email him this weekend
             on that.  Arawn if you have specific things in mind to
             your questions on detectors and such please outline it.
             I hope to move us onto night 2 by monday's update.  So if
             you can finish up all day activities.  It seems to be
             winding down.  If you have more stuff to do please let
             me know.  If it is a bunch I can delay night 2 till later.
             It isn't a vital thing to move it on but some things during
             the day could affect night stuff.  Cause/effect.  We still
             have a lot of behind the scenes stuff going on.  Fun. :)
             So anyone including those in Inns can post final actions
             for this day.

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