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    Post  DM Audra on Sat Mar 21, 2015 3:07 am

    Welcome to the seaside city of Kevash. Previously a meager town of little renown, the now sprawling port city is the capital of The Palavine Dominion.

    The city and Dominion both owe much of its growth to those fleeing the Elven Conclave during the war with the dwarven Ironwrought Empire. Due to its close proximity to Gold'are a large percentage of the Dominion is elven, however the active ports found throughout the country, especially in Kevash (the biggest port of them all), ensure a steady stream of all races (and gold) flow through its lands.

    Governed by the King and The Council of the Triad, a group of three advisers that are experts in their respective fields of diplomacy, intelligence, and war. The Palavine Dominion's government has managed to find a delicate balance of laws lax enough to encourage the constant growth of it's Trade District, yet just strict enough to maintain order. This balance is upheld by the Sentinel Order, the county's stalwart defenders. A step above your average guard, a Sentinel is trained to deal with higher risk issues that may prove troublesome for a city's common guardsman.

    Though as in any city, especially those that receive high traffic from the seas, Kevash has its own seedy underbelly. Thieves prowl in the Trade District, pirates throw down anchor in the docks, and bandits roam the sprawling countryside. It's not uncommon for guards to outsource minor issues to adventurers passing through the town via job boards posted in the Citadel District.

    Daily Life and the Atmosphere of Kevash (Optional information):
    During the day Kevash is awash with activity under the high and bright sun. It's warm but not oppressively so, unless you are one of the dockworkers unloading heavy crates of goods and fish from the numerous ships making dock or a blacksmith slaving over a forge. At night the activity of the city only slightly calms down and the streets are illuminated by lanterns powered by the soft, everlasting glow of sagestone, a magically enhanced rock. Taverns are just barely getting into full swing and some night owls still roam the streets.

    The city of Kevash is divided into 5 districts:

    The Citadel District is home to the Sentinel Order's headquarters, the barracks, assorted government buildings, and the Citadel itself, a towering castle where court is held. The Citadel District is the quietest part of the city given is it's "official" nature. You won't find many citizens roaming the spacious square unless on business. Those that prefer the atmosphere found in the docks often comment that the Citadel is so quiet because any that visitors die of boredom.

    The Trade District sits in the heart of the city and is constantly bustling with activity. The sprawling square is lined with shops and stalls of all kinds. Shops are run by locals while the stalls are rented out on a short term basis for visitors to sell their wares, creating a forever changing stock of goods and trinkets. Given the melting pot of races that call Kevash home, the scent of an assortment of foods can be found wafting through the district. From staples like freshly baked bread and roasted herb chicken to jambalaya and fried shrimp made from fresh seafood caught just outside the city. A soft murmur of music can be heard from the couple of inns that pepper the district or from the occasional street performer seeking tips.

    The Dock District boasts the largest docks for hundreds of miles. The district is peppered with pubs, warehouses, and slightly seedier establishments that cater to the needs of the sailors passing through. By day it's often loud and bustling with activity of ships being loaded and unloaded and boisterous sailors shouting at one another about their plans for shore leave as they head into the city proper. By night only the dock work dies down, but the taverns remain busy well into the wee hours of the morning, though it's largely only sailors or dockworkers that hang around as the persistent scent of raw fish often puts off those not accustomed.

    The Rose District is home to the more notable families of the city and the King himself, though his estate is walled off from the remainder of the district and under constant guard. Their spacious estates all border around the city's impressive garden that grows all manner of flora and home to many small type of fauna. At night the garden is illuminated by so many fireflies that many believe some kind of magic must be involved.

    The Residential District is where the remainder of the townsfolk live. The size of the district nearly rivals that of the trade district and there are all manner of houses in various shapes and sizes. During the day the Residential District is often bustling with average citizens on their way to or from work and children laughing and playing in the streets. At night the district settles in to a comfortable quiet as people retire to their homes seeking sleep and comfort before their routines begin anew the next day.

    Outside the city there is a main highway that leads from the gates of the city to the other towns nearby and passes by the numerous farms and farmhouses interspaced with lush, green fields peppered with wildflowers. Farther beyond the reach of the city lays forests rife with wild game.



    This is where your group finds themselves, standing before the job board finding meager offerings not really worth your time. You're about to return to your inn to hopefully hunt down some rumors when a well dressed man approaches your group. He's a short and round fellow in a suit, though the coattails extend farther down than the norm. His suit may be well made, but it was clearly not made for him. His face is flushed and he does his best to look down at you, despite his short stature.

    "Excuse me. Would you happen to be... 'adventurers' seeking employment." The man spits out the word 'adventurers' like its something filthy.
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    Post  Dungeon Master Orange on Sat Mar 21, 2015 11:54 pm

    Zieffar watches the portly man for a few moments, analyzing him. He gives his wife, Ameilia, a glance. Well, we are certainly all too familiar with his type, aren't we? She smiles and rolls her eyes, keeping her grip on Zieffar's arms. The wizard visibly adjusts his own perfectly tailored suit, and puts on a smile.

    "Why yes, in fact I am indeed an adventurer," Zieffar says, with pride and the tiniest drop of venom, "My name is Zieffar del'Mar, how may I be of service?"
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    Post  DM Audra on Sun Mar 22, 2015 12:44 am

    The man's face, unbelievably, reddens even further at your apparent pride in your occupation and sniffs in disdain. However, your fine dress, lovely wife, and clear dignified manner cows him somewhat. He further straightens his posture before addressing you,

    "Oh. Well, good." He clears his throat and begins a clearly practiced introduction. "My name is Oswald Bonner, seneschal to Lord Edric Tyne. My Lord has had something that he holds utmost dear stolen from him by a thieving scoundrel. He feels a private party, such as yourselves, would have greater success in returning it to him unharmed. My Lord is more than willing to pay you a most generous sum for its prompt retrieval." He can't seem to control the slight sneer as he mentions your reward. He pulls an envelope from his coat pocket and holds it out to you. "All the details we have are in this envelope if you believe yourself up to the task."



    Open the Letter:
    The envelope is sealed with a wax crest. When you open it the letter is written on fine, heavy paper with elegant calligraphy.

    To Whom It May Concern:

    My name is Edric Tyne and I give you my heartfelt thanks for accepting this task. I do hope that my manservant was not overly unpleasant. He has self-importance beyond his station.

    But on to the manner at hand. A painting of incredible personal value has been taken from my home. It has been with my family for countless years and I don't see why anyone outside my blood would have any desire for it. However, due to it's sentimental value, I have in recent years had a tracking rune engraved into its frame. An investment I find was not as paranoid as previously believed. It's last location was the second story of a home at 192 Pendragon Lane in the Residential District. The method of retrieval is, of course, up to you as well as the time of day.

    I, of course, do not expect you to take this job out of the kindness of your undoubtedly generous hearts. I am willing to pay your party one hundred gold coins each for it's safe delivery to my estate.

    In Your Debt,
    Lord Edric Tyne.




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    Post  Dungeon Master Orange on Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:02 pm

    Do we have an exact address listed in the letter, or is it a .. "you will know it when you see it" sort of situation?
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    Post  DM Audra on Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:08 pm

    I edited the letter to include an address.
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    Post  Dungeon Master Orange on Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:32 pm

    Zieffar reads over the letter, and pockets the letter in his suit. "We will certainly consider the offer, thank you." The wizard nods a goodbye, and begins to walk away when he turns back towards the short man. "Tell me, Mr. Boenner, what exactly did the painting look like?"

    I kinda wonder if we should head to a bar or somewhere and figure out if this address is.. notorious for any reason. What kinda people are at the house. Cause, while going at night souuuuunds like a good plan, I don't want to get accused of a burglary either without realizing it.
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    Post  DM Audra on Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:47 pm

    Mr. Bonner bristles and sputters at your undoubtedly intentional mispronounciation of his name before gaining his composure enough to answer you, "It is a very large portrait of a man in an ornate, gilded golden frame. It's rather grisly looking if you ask me, but the best artists often push the envelope." He looks down his nose and sniffs haughtily. "Though I'm sure you're much to busy adventuring to have any experience with fine art."

    He turns away, effectively dismissing Zieffar.



    As an aside, just because Zieffar and Ameilia seem to be heading to a tavern/inn doesn't mean everyone has to follow. Those of you that haven't posted yet can still talk to Mr. Bonner if you wish or explore the town. I will keep responding to posts until someone hits a major plot point/road block that would require everyone in the party. Once we hit one of those I'll give everyone a day or two to answer before I just progress with whoever is here.
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    Post  Leopold von Vechtan on Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:50 am

    i'm here now lol

    goddamnit ------------------------> looks crazy


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    Post  Xhiero/Val on Mon Mar 23, 2015 1:15 am

    A figure cloaked in a tattered brown cloak walked past the conversation and made his way to the tavern. He entered the tavern and settled down at a small table at the far corner of the room. A waiter approached him, "What can I get for you, sir?" Xhiero slightly pulled the cloth that covered the bottom half of his face and answered, "Just a slice of cake." The waiter raised his eyebrows, but nodded before getting Xhiero's order.
    (I like this smilie...yes... bounce )
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    Post  Limbo von Vechtan on Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:00 pm

    Dungeon Master Orange wrote:"Tell me, Mr. Boenner, what exactly did the painting look like?"

    Ameilia's ladylike composure cracks as she nearly snorts her coffee purchased from some vendor down the way. She shoves Zieffar accusingly without removing her hand from his arm, gently clearing her throat and hiding her grin with another sip of her beverage. Hehe. Boners. Oh, we are so mature.

    "At least her pretty much got the fine art part right," Ameilia mutters to Zieffar as they turn to make their way to a fine gossip-rich establishment. "It is odd he specifically mentioned time in his letter though. It's as if he's suggesting thievery without directly condoning it and implicating himself."


    AHH EXPERIENCE BAR. I'll have to remove that at some point. This is my repurposed DM account so it's still there from my campaign. I was proud of that thing. But ignore it for now! IGNORE IT.

    Aw and my picture's all wonky too. SOON. FWEH.
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    Post  DM Audra on Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:32 pm

    Xhiero wrote:A figure cloaked in a tattered brown cloak walked past the conversation and made his way to the tavern. He entered the tavern and settled down at a small table at the far corner of the room. A waiter approached him, "What can I get for you, sir?" Xhiero slightly pulled the cloth that covered the bottom half of his face and answered, "Just a slice of cake." The waiter raised his eyebrows, but nodded before getting Xhiero's order.
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    A little old orc woman hustles back to Xhiero's table with a huge slab of cake. "Welcome to the Knight's Rest, love." She glances over Xhiero's frame. "Oy! Look at you! You look like death! Worry not, we'll fix you right up we will. You eat that cake, on the house. I'll fix you up something proper in the meantime." She pats Xhiero's hand and hurries off listing off numerous foods before he can even get a word in edgewise.
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    Post  Leopold von Vechtan on Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:37 pm

    Zieffar and Ameilia make their way back to the Knight's Rest inn, to meet back up with Xhiero the rest of their party. The wizard waves to his donkey, Baphomet who is stabled outside, and than walks inside to the warm interior of the tavern.

    Whoa. Found yourself a sweet thing, didn't you Xhiero? He walks over and sits down across from the reaper, curling up to Ameilia in the booth. "My dear, may I get a a hot cider when you get a chance?" he calls to the innkeeper.

    Zieffar than takes the letter out of his coat, and passes it towards Xhiero. "Friend, take a look at this."



    Open the Letter:
    The envelope is sealed with a wax crest. When you open it the letter is written on fine, heavy paper with elegant calligraphy.

    To Whom It May Concern:

    My name is Edric Tyne and I give you my heartfelt thanks for accepting this task. I do hope that my manservant was not overly unpleasant. He has self-importance beyond his station.

    But on to the manner at hand. A painting of incredible personal value has been taken from my home. It has been with my family for countless years and I don't see why anyone outside my blood would have any desire for it. However, due to it's sentimental value, I have in recent years had a tracking rune engraved into its frame. An investment I find was not as paranoid as previously believed. It's last location was the second story of a home at 192 Pendragon Lane in the Residential District. The method of retrieval is, of course, up to you as well as the time of day.

    I, of course, do not expect you to take this job out of the kindness of your undoubtedly generous hearts. I am willing to pay your party one hundred gold coins each for it's safe delivery to my estate.

    In Your Debt,
    Lord Edric Tyne.



    Zieffar turns and calls back to the innkeeper. "Also, may I ask you something when you have a moment?"



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    Not again... He let out a sigh as the old, orc lady left before he could protest. His attention quickly shifted to the Del'Mar entering the Knight's Rest and joining him at the table. Xhiero's eyes shifted down the the enclosed letter that Zieffar slid towards him. After reading the letter he placed it back on the table and looking at Zieffar. "I take it you are interested in this job offer?"

    "I suppose I will come along if you two are." Xhiero mumbled. The money could help him restock on cooking supplies that he had used up making sure the Del'Mar and Baphomet were eating properly on their journey.
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    Post  DM Audra on Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:19 am

    The innkeeper comes back out to your table in record time with a huge serving tray balanced on one arm. She places a huge mug of hot cider and a basket of sweet rolls, "For the table" she says, in front of Zieffar.

    She keeps her attention on Zieffar as she begins to unload the rest of the plates in front of Xhiero. "What can I do for you, loves?"

    First there's an entire loaf of bread.

    Followed by a steaming bowl of stew.

    Then another slice of cake.

    A platter of nachos.

    And a pitcher of ale.

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    Post  Leopold von Vechtan on Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:41 am

    Zieffar looks at the wave of food and drink that begins to cover the table. He raises his stein of cider, and smiles at the old innkeeper, "Thank you, dear. This is the best treatment I ever got at a tavern, and I used to be a duke."



    The wizard takes a big sip, and drags the platter of nachos towards him, rescuing them from his adopted son who appears to have never seen nachos in his life. "Say..miss. About that question I had. Have you heard anything about this address written on this letter? Good, bad, anything at all? Anything could help us out."


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    "Thank you ma'am, for your generosity." Xhiero bowed at the old orc lady before her attention was turned to Zieffar. He let out a sigh of relief when Zieffar pulled the plate of nachos away. Meanwhile the two talked, Xhiero helped himself to the sweet rolls, stew, and two slices of cake before washing it all down with some hot cider and ale. "That was delicious." he smiled.


    (Princely manners urgh)
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    The woman beams at Xhiero's apparent gusto for food, reaffirming her initial thoughts that the poor boy must have been starved. She turns her attention to the letter and skims it until she finds the address.

    "Pendragon Lane..." she murmurs to herself in thought. "I'm afraid I can't tell you much about the specific address, but Pendragon Lane itself is considered neither the good nor bad part of the Residential District. Most thieves stick to the docks, but I suppose a good one may be comfortable there. And someone that stole from Lord Tyne would have to be good."

    She hands you back your letter. "I'm sorry I couldn't be of more assistance, loves, but if you find yourself needing anything else, you let me know." She smiles at your group, gathers up the now empty plates, and heads back into the kitchen.
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    Zieffar finishes his meal(s) and sits back. Staring at the ceiling for a bit, he gets business-like with his party. "Friends, I say we head to this.. Pendragon lane first thing the morning. But until than, let us enjoy this tavern and get a good night's sleep."

    The wizard scoots out of the booth, and reaches out to his wife to aid her out of the booth as well. He turns to the innkeeper, places a generous tip on the table, and says goodnight to the elderly innkeeper. They head upstairs and find their rooms. Zieffar changes in to his red bathrobe, says goodnight to the rest of his party, and closes the door to his room.


    This is essentially me gathering the party and venturing forth..!


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    Xhiero watched as the couple scooted out of the booth and headed upstairs. "I think I will linger around a bit. I am not quite tired yet. Have a good night." He bowed to them and watched as they disappeared into their room. Xhiero turned the opposite direction of the rooms and walked towards the tavern's exit. He could sense a few lost souls that needed to be collect in the vicinity.
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    Post  Leopold von Vechtan on Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:03 am

    Zieffar walks down in his bathrobe, looking for the old innkeeper. "My dear, may I get a bottle of wine? And, my god! Forgive my manners, my dear.. but I never got your name! How selfish of me."

    Noticing the reaper stepping out the door, he turns to him and calls out. "Xhiero!" the wizard says, with a much more serious tone, ".. if you need us, you know where we are. Do not hesitate, friend."


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    Post  Xhiero/Val on Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:19 am

    He waved his hand at Zieffar, acknowledging the offer before disappearing out the door. Xhiero studied the quiet streets before walking towards Pendragon Lane. He seemed to be drawn towards that direction. Perhaps he could find some clues in the mean time.
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    Post  DM Audra on Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:25 am

    Zieffar del'Mar wrote:Zieffar walks down in his bathrobe, looking for the old innkeeper. "My dear, may I get a bottle of wine? And, my god! Forgive my manners, my dear.. but I never got your name! How selfish of me."


    The old innkeeper looks up from her work at the bar and smiles at you with a knowing smile. "Of course, love, my name is Zemi. How rude of me not to introduce myself! Now, you kids have fun." She grabs a chilled bottle of wine from beneath the counter and hands it to you with a wink.


    Xhiero wrote:He waved his hand at Zieffar, acknowledging the offer before disappearing out the door. Xhiero studied the quiet streets before walking towards Pendragon Lane. He seemed to be drawn towards that direction. Perhaps he could find some clues in the mean time.

    The sun has finally set as you step outside and the night's cool breeze carries the scent of the sea to you. As you wander aimlessly through the streets collecting wayward souls, you find yourself on Pendragon Lane in the Residential District. All is quiet aside from the faint hum coming from the dimly glowing sagestone lanterns lining the street.

    You come to a stop in front of a two story house with a perfectly manicured lawn. It's flanked by other houses built similarly with a tall wooden fence separating the lots. On the mailbox next to you, you find the number "192" painted in an elegant script. The house looks largely unremarkable to you.
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    Post  Leopold von Vechtan on Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:34 am

    "Thank you, Zemi." Zieffar smiles to the old orc, "and my name is Zieffar del'Mar. You have a good night."

    With that, Zieffar nods at the innkeeper, and heads back to his room.






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    Post  Xhiero/Val on Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:35 am

    "192.." He mumbled under his breath, remembering the digits on the letter Zieffar had passed to him earlier. "The last place the painting was located." Xhiero quietly moved into the shadows and examined the home more closely.

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