The Mourning After (Horror) (IC)

Hades#2

Explorer
"Horses have been used for transportation for hundreds or even thousands of years. They are reliable and reasonably easy to maintain. The idea of using other beasts for the same purpose is interesting. House Vadalis is well known for mage bred horses. Consider what someone would pay for a mage bred animal that was faster, hardier, could travel farther without rest, could carry more weight, and perhaps be used in combat as well? I myself would consider buying a beast that could travel farther and faster than a standard horse per day. Do you, perchance, ever dabble with mage breeding other creatures or beasts? I ask out of mere curiosity. "
 

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Leatherhead

Possibly a Idiot.
Eixek raises an eyebrow. "All of the animals we sell here are magebred to be faster, stronger, or yield more farming resources at a minimum."
For him, the conversation has been spinning it's wheels a bit longer than what is normal to make a sale.
"Tell me, gentlemen, what are you looking in particular?"
 

Neurotic

I plan on living forever. Or die trying.
OOC: Guard leading Malix didn't answer any of the questions and/or implications from the previous page while they were walking?


Malix rejoins the group.
"I'm a scout for this group. I'd like to have something capable of stealth, a big cat or some such, with me. Do you have anything like that? I think we saw your offer and we can huddle and make a decision. If you'll excuse us for few moments?"

Malix motions for the group to come outside in some privacy.
 

Leatherhead

Possibly a Idiot.
"A big cat you say?" Eixek perks up noticeably at the potential sale. "Why, yes, the enclave in Newthrone has a panther breeding program! We just got the word in from the last quarterly report. It would be a special order, let me find the paperwork for it." The man goes digging around in a large filing cabinet. "I'll be in here, take all the time you need!"
 

MetaVoid

Adventurer
"Bah, cats! Slinky, lazy things. A badger would be better." Ozzar comments, but immediately waves that off "I'm not going to stop you from getting your cat, Malix, go for it. I hope it will be worth it. Gods only know what we will encounter in Q'Barra. The cat might just be what we need if it can follow us."
 
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JustinCase

the magical equivalent to the number zero
Maladiel sighs. Fun though this is, it's not getting them any further.

"Hold on," he says to Eixek, fixing his gaze on the salesman. "I have a serious question for you."

Behind his back, Mal motions for the others that he'll distract the Valadis man long enough for the others to do something else if they so please.

"Clawfoots have been going missing, and some have pointed to this ranch as being involved. Now, I don't particularly like accussations, especially made against innocent people," he says smoothly, implicitly meaning he's not trying to get on a Dragonmarked House's bad side.

"And I'm pretty sure you're not involved, personally. But in order to find those who are actually guilty, I'm really hoping you can help us out. Could you assist us, Eixek?"

The half-elf puts his cards on the table, trying to be sincere in his words. He is trying to gain sympathy for their cause; if that doesn't work he can always pull out the dirty tricks.

OOC: Persuasion: 1D20+5 = [18]+5 = 23

Hopefully this will lead to something new. If anyone wants to, this is the distraction needed to go sneaking off, but I think there's no consensus on whether that's the best course of action.
 

Leatherhead

Possibly a Idiot.
Eixek pauses for a moment, a somber look upon his face.

"I've heard about the missing Clawfeet, always a tragedy to lose an animal, especially ones close enough to be family." Closing the cabinet gently, he sits at his desk, opening a drawer and pulling out a purse.

"I know you gentlemen aren't locals, and though you probably won't tell me who hired you, I have a good idea of whom that might be." He opens the purse and pulls out 5 platinum dragon coins. "This is petty cash, undocumented and untraceable you understand. I can give you this now, and an equal amount later when you come back here with a report."

He slides the coins across the desk. "I have information that will help, but that information has to stay between us, if the wrong thing is said to the wrong person, years of goodwill and hard work will become unraveled. Lots of innocents will lose their livelihoods. Worse still, lots of animals may end up slaughtered for no good reason."
 

Neurotic

I plan on living forever. Or die trying.
"Worse still...?!?! Man, you have your priorities set very...erm...peculiarly." Malix looks at the man.
"What report?"
 

Hades#2

Explorer
Xian

"It is understandable you would be concerned about the welfare of the animals. They are your main source of income. Though I fail to understand why someone would needlessly slaughter them. Please forgive our subterfuge as we were given sparse information initially."
 

Leatherhead

Possibly a Idiot.
"What I have to say is strictly confidential." Eixsek clarifies. "I do care for the missing animals, but I have to protect my House. I am sure you are reporting to someone, and there are some trade secrets I cannot allow to be leaked. This knowledge will help you though, and I will pay you for the trouble."

The man gets up and pulls a key from his pocket. "If you are interested, please stay, I will bar the door for the length of our discussion. If not, you are free to leave."
 

JustinCase

the magical equivalent to the number zero
Maladiel is now fully intrigued, and he tries not to appear too eager.

"Of course," he says without thinking, eyeing the coins on the table. "You protect your house, just like we protect the identity of our employer. Neither of us wants a diplomatic incident, and I am grateful for your cooperation."

Then his suspicions come up.

"Why are you paying us for the information you are giving?"
 


Neurotic

I plan on living forever. Or die trying.
"Just to make it clear...you want us to resolve the missing beasts and NOT report to our own employer? Is that right? You too, as a House, don't know what's going on? Can you give us what you know?" Malix asks
 

Leatherhead

Possibly a Idiot.
"Completely ignoring your employer may be too hard of an ask, I'm not familiar with your circumstances." Eixek muses. "What I am asking for is certain bits of information to be excluded from your report. Generally speaking, anything regarding the details of our experiential projects."

He takes a moment to adjust his chair. "But also, things could imply liability on behalf of my House. A few of our animals have gone missing as well, I have reason to believe there is a connection between these events. Though my House has done nothing wrong, certain interest groups could exploit this link to drive a wedge between us and the halfling communities."

"Are you willing to work with us?"
 

JustinCase

the magical equivalent to the number zero
Maladiel smiles. Coins for silence, yes, that is something he is familiar with.

"Of course," he answers Eixek, leaving the platinum on the table to be collected by one of the others. "We are most grateful for any relevant information, and in return we will attempt to help find the animals that have gone missing from your ranch, as well."

He frowns, then places his hand amiably on the half-elf's arm.

"Please tell us what you can, and what interest groups you suspect may be involved. I promise not to reveal too much to our employer, only what is absolutely neccessary."
 

Leatherhead

Possibly a Idiot.
"A few of our prized breeding animals have gone missing as of late, along side tools and sensitive documents. Some of them were salvaged from Cyre before The Morning." Eixek says with a tinge of sadness as he bars the door. "Somehow, they were removed from our magebreeding facilities. Which would imply an organized effort."

He sits back down. "At first I though it was Druids: A few groups have been known to object to my House and what we do. Back in the Reaches, the Ashbound and Children of Winter often oppose us, sometimes violently. But then we found out about the clawfeet, and Druids aren't likely to target them."

"The next likely suspects would be the Valenar. They also have bad blood with my House, and are known for their unprovoked raids throughout all of Galifar. But unless they are planning a total invasion, the whole mess seems a little too subtle for their grandstanding ways."
Stroking his beard, he continues. "Maybe what we need is a fresh set of eyes on the mess. I can get you into the labs, where the animals were stolen from. Do you need to gather anything for an investigation?"
 

MetaVoid

Adventurer
"We're here to investigate disappearances. The fact that you lost some animals doesn't exonerate your House, just you specifically. But yes, I am willing to help you. The investigation progresses."
Ozzar puts in
"When did it start? Together with Clawfeet or them first or what? Also, you'll need to specify what's secret and what's not, I couldn't tell animal secrets from plant secrets from House secrets if my life depended on it."
 

Leatherhead

Possibly a Idiot.
"We noticed the missing animals first, then heard of the missing Clawfeet the following week." Eixek notes grimly.

"As for the confidential information, we have been hard at work breeding a new mount for combat. Divulging any information regarding what we are breeding, how we are doing it, and who it is for, could cause massive problems. As I am sure you understand."

"If there are no objections, I can take you to the labs now?"
 

JustinCase

the magical equivalent to the number zero
Maladiel nods silently in response to Eixek's comments, then smiles when offered to visit the labs.

"Yes, please," he says, moving up to him, ready to follow.
 

Hades#2

Explorer
"I can understand the Valenar could be suspected of raiding Vadalis ranches but see no reason for them to go after clawfeet. It is an intriguing mystery. Is it possible that House Cannith is involved? They are rumored to perform morally questionable experiments with magic. Some believe they were responsible for the Mourning. Could they be conducting their own mage bred experiments? It would provide a reason for the missing animals." Xian suggested.
 

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