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[IC] JM's A Bit of Trouble (Book 2)

jmucchiello

Adventurer
Tifi is by the water's edge. The river is wide and slow here. To anyone who will listen she complains that the water is too cold for swimming. (The air is barely 60 F (15 C) so getting out of the water wouldn't be great either.) She starts picking up little sticks and twigs and dropping them in the water. Then she runs down the shore to see which of them "wins".

Anna, as you cross the garden bridge, you can see the tower clearly several hundred yards to the south. To the north, you can see several groups of people sitting along the river enjoying a picnic.
 

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doghead

thotd
"If we do this, we could well stir up a storm of trouble. It might pay to let the army know first. It might also pay to get a couple of the local lizard folk as guides ..."

Winter looks as if she is going to say more, but stops. She pushes herself to her feet and heads over to where Tifi is playing by the water to keep an eye on the girl.

Old Widow Willow knows if the girl can even swim ...
 

Surina, who had been growing anxious as she watched Tifi play along the riverbank relaxed a bit as Winter walked toward the girl. “I don’t credit the rumors that Ariamhodry is dead. I am troubled the the religious fervor of his followers that we encountered. I think he will continue to pursue his evil schemes unless we put a stop to him.” I’ve heard rumors of late of missing people—seemingly isolated incidents, this time. They may be unrelated, but I wonder about them.”
 

Mark Chance

Boingy! Boingy!
Klebba had been quiet, listening to each new comrade in turn.

"I cannot turn my heels to this menace," the halfling says. "If you need me, I am at your service."
 
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Swithun was happy that everyone seemed interested. There were some good ideas that he would not have thought of on his own.

"I will speak with Army command so that we do not - how is the words - 'step on anyone's toes'." suggested Swithun while making a stomping motion with one of his front hooves.
 

Mark Chance

Boingy! Boingy!
"I will speak with Army command so that we do not - how is the words - 'step on anyone's toes'." suggested Swithun while making a stomping motion with one of his front hooves.
Klebba tucks his toes, and says, "I'd like to go with you, Swithun. I don't what -- if any -- influence my military rank might have, but I doubt it would hurt."
 

JustinCase

the magical equivalent to the number zero
Brother Pelegon does not go after Tifi when she ventures so close to the water’s edge, although he does keep an eye on her. When Winter moves up to the girl, the monk lets his attention wander for a moment.

”Good idea on the lizard people guides. We can bring some of their drink, too. Good stuff!” he says with a grin, looking for no particular reason at the shortest adult person around - the halfling Klebba.

”So when are we leaving? And which of you is gonna look after Tifi?” he asks the others with an exaggerated wink.
 

jmucchiello

Adventurer
GM: Factoid: Talking to Army command means going to the Tillerson estate and talking to Everett's father. Swithun and Surina should have sufficient pull to get in to see him.
 

"Hmmm." Anna thinks for a minute, and decides her quest can wait for a small while; she decides to sit nearby where the picnics are, and people-watch for a bit, eating her cooling lizard-on-a-stick.

Should enough time pass that she feels it's time to resume her personal quest, she'll get back up and move towards the keep.
 

doghead

thotd
... And which of you is gonna look after Tifi?” he asks the others with an exaggerated wink.
"Oh for the love of root and branch, she has a family," mutters Winter under her breath. Doesn't she? Winter realises that she does not know. I should find out.

"Hmmm." Anna thinks for a minute, and decides her quest can wait for a small while; she decides to sit nearby where the picnics are, and people-watch for a bit, eating her cooling lizard-on-a-stick.
The solid tome welded to the young woman's non-greasy hand is a dead giveaway, Winter concludes. Wizard. The Iolanthe have their wielders of arcane magic, but none of them are wizards. None that Winter can recall, anyways.

Never trust a wizard, Tree Father Ulmus used to say. Probably still does. But Ulmus is a crotchety old Tree Father at the best of times. And besides, he just plain does not like outsiders.

Winter doesn't recall seeing the wizard ... assuming that she is a wizard ... around town previously.

"Hello." says Winter as Tifi's wandering takes them past the young woman. "I'm Snow. Join us if you wish," indicating the others with a sweep of the arm. "We are mostly new to town, and to each other."
 

"Oh! Hello. I'm - "

Anna paused as her familiar found their way out from her cloak, a small green frog that ribbited as fiercely at Winter as any frog could - which is to say, not very well.

"Oh, hush. I'm Anna. This small green ball of attitude is Eleanor. Pleased to meet you. Who are you and your friends, and what are you up to?"
 

doghead

thotd
I'm pretty sure I was speaking in Common. Perhaps she is a little slow. Or maybe hard of hearing. Most likely hard of hearing given that frog.

"I am Snow," says Winter, a little more deliberately this time. And making sure that she is speaking in Common.

"That's Tifi," indicating to the little girl nearby. "And back there," she continues, with a gesture towards the clearing nearby, "is um, the others. And we are are ... well, having a picnic."

Winter turns to Tifi. "Tifi, this is Anna and Eleanor. Eleanor is a frog. Would you like to help me introduce them to the others?"

And assuming an affirmative answer from Tifi, that's just what Winter does.
 


JustinCase

the magical equivalent to the number zero
Brother Pelegon mutters a greeting as he waves his drink halfheartedly at Anna, getting up from his spot and approaching the lady wizard with an unsteady swagger. Holding out his hand, the monk introduces himself as "Brother Pelegon, pleased t'meetya," as he keeps an eye on Tifi and the frog.

"The girl lost her parents, but she lives with her uncle. Good man, if a little rough around the edges. Works hard. Doesn't drink," he whispers to Winter with some distaste.

OOC: I would've said she has no family, but that might mean someone indeed has to look out for Tifi, and that would mean someone (i.e. Pelegon) can't come along... So there's a convenient uncle. :)
 

Steve Gorak

Explorer
ta Theremin approaches the newcomer and smiles in a flirtatious way. Without missing a beat he says while singing: “I am theremin, and love the the presence of lovely ladies”, and continues his song.
 

Surina rolls her eyes and sighs at Theremin’s flirtation, but smiles warmly at the newcomer and offers her hand, “I’m Delmirev Surina; please call me Surina.”
 

Swithun nodded to the newcomer. He had no idea what she might offer, but he was about to make a proposal, and there was no reason he could think of why she could not be included.

"My friends, I propose this: I do not know all the reasons for the trouble in these parts, but it seems that it started with the King-Priest of the Lizardfolk known as Ariamhodary. He may be dead, or he may be hatching his next plot, or he may have a successor. I suggest that we, as a small group, venture into the swamp and find out which it is; I will secure the army's permission, and whatever support they will offer."

He raised up on his hind legs and held up his spear, saying in his deep booming voice, "Are you with me?"
 



JustinCase

the magical equivalent to the number zero
”Hey, that’s not, er,” Brother Pelegon starts, then looks at what Tifi is doing.

”Is that what it looks like? I’ve got moves!” the monk finishes with a broad smile that shows his surprisingly white and perfect teeth, and a loud bellowing laugh follows.
 

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