Undine the Sea

"Okay everyone, let's have a meeting to discuss our next move. Court Mage Xanthar said he had some ideas, and we can talk to Housemistress Liore as well when they're available, but it looks like they're pretty busy right now. So let's floor all talk of sensitive subjects until we have those two available and go get a nice lunch together at the tavern to meet and learn about each other and discuss our strengths and weaknesses. Come on guys, my treat."

*Alicia makes an appointment to meet later with Xanthar and Rayne, then takes the others out to a nice restaurant.*

"Okay, I'll start. My name is Alicia Thalask. I'm from Hendrallia. I'm afraid I'm not much of a fighter, and I can't use any magic worth mentioning, but I can try to help organise the team and keep our spirits up, and I hope to do the best I can to ensure our success. Not only is this mission crucial to our safety, but the honour of the nation of Hendrallia rests on our success. I know it might not mean as much to you, but my nation's honour means the world to me. I hope we can do Hendrallia proud, and each of your homelands as well. How about each of you introduce yourself in order? I'm looking forward to meeting you all," she looks at everyone in the eyes as she speaks. Those with keen eyes might notice her lip quivering just slightly as she addresses Nura and Ximix, but if so, it is barely noticable.
 

Heckler

Visitor
A young human woman with a pleasant smile and wearing simple clothing speaks next. "Hi, everyone, I'm Babette Delacroix. I don't care about any of the politics or name-calling that's been going on, I just want to help make the world a safer place. I grew up on a farm outside of Orussus, though it doesn't sound like any of my farmhand abilities will come in handy. I can also do a little bit of magic. Nothing terribly impressive right now, but I'm hoping that'll change."
 

Amaury

Visitor
Rystil Arden said:
"Okay, I'll start. My name is Alicia Thalask. I'm from Hendrallia. I'm afraid I'm not much of a fighter, and I can't use any magic worth mentioning, but I can try to help organise the team and keep our spirits up, and I hope to do the best I can to ensure our success. Not only is this mission crucial to our safety, but the honour of the nation of Hendrallia rests on our success. I know it might not mean as much to you, but my nation's honour means the world to me. I hope we can do Hendrallia proud, and each of your homelands as well. How about each of you introduce yourself in order? I'm looking forward to meeting you all," she looks at everyone in the eyes as she speaks. Those with keen eyes might notice her lip quivering just slightly as she addresses Nura and Ximix, but if so, it is barely noticable.
OOC: what do we know about Hendrallia with a DC10?

Jallembo listens to Alicia and nods when she offers the round. But then her speech
doesn't seem to produce much enthusiasm.
what?? "make Hendralia proud??" Pff.. Another of these stupid ready-to-die-
for-my-country type! that's a good start!..
he thinks.

Jallembo produces a dry smile: "Yeah, well I don't know Hendralia, and quite frankly,
I'm not here to defend it.. but I don't want Orussus to be ran over by undeads or
burnt to the ground by a dragon, if these creatures ever existed..
As to myself, I am not a great fighter but I can surprise a few. I'd say I'm not bad at
scouting and can facilitate infiltration.. What worries me here, is that this Shard seems to be
close to some water.. I hope it's not under it, like in the middle of a lake as I'm
useless as a swimmer.."


Jallembo is a human in his mid-twenties. His green eyes contrast sharply with his hazel hair.
He wears a dark blue vest with dark red collar and cuffs, and black loose trousers held by a
pair of black leather mid-height boots. A dark grey cape made of a heavy fabric covers
his shoulders.
A fine rapier can be seen hanging on his side accompanied by a dagger on the other hip.
A dark brown leather belt carries this weaponry.
On his back rests a rather full backpack and a shortbow and quiver.
 
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(OOC: I didn't tell Jace this in the other thread because I figured he could sweet-talk Frump into letting him back in, and he did, but I'm going to be nice and give you a preemptive warning here just to help. I mentioned several times previously that there will be no compensation. That still holds. Alicia, though friendly, is idealistic unlike Frump. If you ask for money (as above) or let on you are doing this for money, she will kick you out without looking back (for several reasons, but mostly because anyone who is doing this for money could obviously be bought by the other side for a sufficiently greater sum). I know you haven't read everything to catch up, so I'll just say that Jallembo would probably have been able to figure this out about Alicia by her words and actions, so I'll give you a chance to amend his statements according to his instincts on her.

As for Hendrallia, I'll roll you a Knowledge Geography and Know Nob&Roy untrained and see how you do--okay

[SBLOCK=Jallembo's Knowledge on Hendrallia]Hendrallia is a northern nation known for its strong expansionist policy.[/SBLOCK]
 

Voda Vosa

Visitor
"Krindorf is tha' name, Ah'm here fer glory, fer treasure! If Ah' can cut some throats in tha' way, much better HA! Tha' honor thin's are not fer me, not a bi' human city lover anyway. But, it seems like a great mission, ma' clans name will be remembered, if we succeed." the Dwarf says, smiling broadly, his cheeks are quite reddish, probably due to alcohol, since he is not that red haired dwarf type. His blond beard and hair, have many braids. "Oh Ah' forgot, count me fer scouting, and skirmishing." Krindorf adds, his clear eyes, blazing with adventure hunger.
 

Dargon

Visitor
A small Emerald eyed and feeble looking lady with silver hair falling down to her hips she is dressed in an orange robe. She has a friendly and smiling attitude.
"I am Nura Emzotel, alchemist and spell collector living in Orussus. As Babette I know a little bit of magic. I am here because the world as we know it might be in danger and I am not going to sit idly and wait for the destruction to hit us unlike an other unnamed elf. As for glory it would be nice but I am ready to forgo that if that is what’s needed to do what is right."
There is no doubt that she looks foreard to give a hand in saving the world

KN on Hendrallia both trained
nobility and royalty: 19
Geography: 26
 
[SBLOCK=Nura's Knowledge]Hendrallia is a strongly expansionist kingdom situated north of Medibaria and east of Silverwood. Though the rulers of Hendrallia are almost insatiably greedy for land and power, many of the common people and lower echelon nobility are substantially less avaricious. Hundreds of years ago, Hendrallia attempted to annex Medibaria, since the former Empire has never been extremely strong since its fall. They attacked with significantly superior forces, but their assault was completely demolished by the Medibarians. Also, Hendrallia's conflict with Rivenblight has been ongoing since the city's founding united the elven kingdoms and made Hendrallia's incursions into the Silverwood for lumber that much more difficult.[/SBLOCK]

"Alright, well met, Babette, Jallembo, and Krindorf," Alicia smiles at each of them, "Nura...I am glad you do not share the opinion of your superior. I know what it is like to have some disagreements with the politics of the high players. My people are not known for our love of the elves, but I'm glad you're one of the good ones."
 

Amaury

Visitor
Krindorf's own description brings a smile that Jallembo cannot hide. this Krindorff! Same
bravado as when we faced these ants! Always straight to the point! We'll see if he's that
hungry for glory when he'll be sitting in a dodgy boat facing waves after waves.. eh eh eh
thinks Jallembo.

He bows slightly to Babette who he doesn't know and turns to the others expecting Lokin
and Ximix to introduce themselves as well.
 

Ximix

Visitor
Ximix sits at the table with a glass of wine untouched at his elbow. He watches and listens, and when there is a lull he seems to realize that the others are looking at him to speak.
"I am called Ximix, and am originally from the war-torn region of Rivenblight. I left my home in search of knowledge for myself in Gliran's name, and perhaps someday for the help of my own homeland. I know nothing of glory, nor care to. My capabilities lie with healing in these circumstances, though I can also use lesser arcane items should that be needed. I am not a fighter, nor am I stealthy. I will stand with you and advise and heal as I am able through the gifts of my lord Gliran." His speech stops clipped, as though he is embarrassed to speak so much, and he lowers his gaze to his wine.

The cleric sits in his rich blue-purple vestment robe, a heavy looking dark-blue metal disk embossed with a longsword over an open book hangs from his neck. His features are atypically Elven, sharp nose and tipped ears revealed from his long hair which is bound back from his face severely by cords... his eyes however are a soft gray, and his stare seems to be distant.
 
Ximix said:
Ximix sits at the table with a glass of wine untouched at his elbow. He watches and listens, and when there is a lull he seems to realize that the others are looking at him to speak.
"I am called Ximix, and am originally from the war-torn region of Rivenblight. I left my home in search of knowledge for myself in Gliran's name, and perhaps someday for the help of my own homeland. I know nothing of glory, nor care to. My capabilities lie with healing in these circumstances, though I can also use lesser arcane items should that be needed. I am not a fighter, nor am I stealthy. I will stand with you and advise and heal as I am able through the gifts of my lord Gliran." His speech stops clipped, as though he is embarrassed to speak so much, and he lowers his gaze to his wine.

The cleric sits in his rich blue-purple vestment robe, a heavy looking dark-blue metal disk embossed with a longsword over an open book hangs from his neck. His features are atypically Elven, sharp nose and tipped ears revealed from his long hair which is bound back from his face severely by cords... his eyes however are a soft gray, and his stare seems to be distant.
*Alicia raises an eyebrow.*

"Rivenblight? I trust that you do not share the opinions of your representative?" she asks with a measured and carefully cool tone.
 

Ximix

Visitor
Rystil Arden said:
*Alicia raises an eyebrow.*

"Rivenblight? I trust that you do not share the opinions of your representative?" she asks with a measured and carefully cool tone.
[sblock=OOC: ]The following is ROLE PLAYING, not REAL LIFE, please don't take this seriously, I am not.[/sblock]

Ximix stares at Alicia for a full minute. His gaze is not harsh, rather more thoughtful. When he speaks it is in the same measured tones he always speaks, crisp, clear and without emotion.
"I meant to say no more or less than the words that I selected. However, the ambassador of my people is a source of conflict which has led to a preconception of my people. I will defend myself before further misconceptions can form based merely on my race and homeland, for which my only hope is for peace: I do not accept that a person is more or less than another based on their race alone. I am sorry that people have not advanced past such base views, yet I have no such prejudices, with the sorrowful exception of certain of the humanoid races such as the goblish and orcish peoples.
It was ignorant of me to mention my homeland considering the current atmosphere without clarifying for those who would jump into the morass of conflict over racism. I will attempt to select my words more carefully in the future.
That is the last time I should expect to explain myself for something I have neither said nor done. My words and actions speak for me, if someone chooses to read something that is not there I will not bother to correct them again. If however I say or do something to offend anyone here, simply tell me, I will do whatever I can to relieve the burden I have placed upon you."

The Elf simply releases his gaze at the end of his statement, and stares at his wine, as if contemplating what he should do with it.
 
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Voda Vosa

Visitor
"Its me or this tree hugger speaks too much?" Krindorf jokes patting Ximix in the back. "Relax flower head, we are all on the same side here. Ah' tell ye more, Ah'm more on yer side of 'the same side', owe ye my life pointy ears."
 
Ximix said:
The following is ROLE PLAYING, not REAL LIFE, please don't take this seriously, I am not.
(OOC: I know ;))

"It is very simple. The nation of Rivenblight has declared itself opposed to us. What's more, I have lost family to the blades of soldiers of Rivenblight. I would like to think that I am able to look past a person's race--I didn't comment on anything based on the fact that you were an elf, did I?--it is your political affiliation that deeply worries me. As I'm sure you know, Hendrallia is the country that is usually in skirmishes with Rivenblight. In that regard, your comments about Rivenblight's peace are somewhat disturbing--it would likely be a peace drenched in Hendrallian blood. I would like to think that despite our nations' mutual dislike that we could work together, but you have not given me any more reason to trust you."
 

Amaury

Visitor
Jallembo frowns as he hears the words and the conclusion of the Hendrallian girl.
"Hey! Stop there! Are you doubting Ximix's words?? I know Ximix.
We've fought together and he's always been loyal to the group and to Life generally
speaking. Plus, we've all gone through this lie detection magic thing. He was not excluded
and I see no reasons why political matters between two countries should fore-judge of
Ximix's attachment to this cause.
That the loss of some of your family affects you is understandable but not to the point of
doubting Ximix's intentions! Judge him on his actions!..."
Jallembo says in a growingly
angry tone.
He adds: "Now, I hope this issue is over and that you can start giving us
some information about this shard and mission!"




OOC: I and Jallembo have no clue as to who this Alicia is, whether she has some authority
or else. so i play as she's just a NPC who's been selected to guide us. if I misunderstood, let
me know and i'll correct - maybe... :)
 
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(OOC: Ah yes, I'd forgotten that you still haven't read the other thread yet to know what's going on. Each mission is sponsored by one of the nations. Alicia is the representative in charge of this expedition, since this mission will be the one sponsored by her nation, Hendrallia, so yes, she does have that authority. Actually, Hendrallia is the nation that seemed most tenuous in supporting the coalition but eventually said yes, so someone who was aware of that would probably not want to piss off Alicia, who was one of the only Hendrallians who seemed enthusiastic. Also, whenever you find time to read the thread, you'll find that Alicia is correct that the delegate from Rivenblight declared that the nation of Rivenblight is opposed to the expedition and will do everything it can to make it fail, so she's not making that up. Even ignoring Alicia's personal factors, someone who overstates loyalty to Rivenblight has an excellent reason to be distrusted, even if they are known not to be a cultist, as they may still support thwarting the expedition (Sage Thiliaerin of Rivenblight is against it though not because he is a cultist). In character, she has more reason because of personal factors, but even if she hadn't been from Hendrallia, questioning after that opener from Ximix would have been likely from pretty much any of the sponsors).

She has no idea about the information yet either, that's Rayne Liore who will tell you that.)
 
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Amaury

Visitor
OOC: thanks for the explanation. i have read the story, but it was not clear whether that would place her as a authority of just as a mere sponsor. anyway Jallembo doesn't like authority too much.. so I kind of softened my reply a bit ;)
 
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Amaury said:
Jallembo frowns as he hears the words and the conclusion of the Hendrallian girl.
"Hey! Stop there! Are you doubting Ximix's words?? I know Ximix.
We've fought together and he's always been loyal to the group and to Life generally
speaking. Plus, we've all gone through this lie detection magic thing. He was not excluded
and I see no reasons why political matters between two countries should fore-judge of
Ximix's attachment to this cause.
That the loss of some of your family affects you is understandable but not to the point of
doubting Ximix's intentions! Judge him on his actions!..."
Jallembo says in a growingly
angry tone.
He adds: "Now, I hope this issue is over and that you can start giving us
some information about this shard and mission!"




OOC: I and Jallembo have no clue as to who this Alicia is, whether she has some authority
or else. so i play as she's just a NPC who's been selected to guide us. if I misunderstood, let
me know and i'll correct - maybe... :)
"Huh? No, It isn't over just on say-so. Just because he isn't a cultist does not mean that he is on our side. For instance, I don't suspect Sage Thiliaerin to be a cultist, but there's no way I would let him into our group for this mission, as he has stated that he wants to sabotage us," Alicia tries to explain patiently, but she is clearly a bit irritated with Jallembo, "I'm going to need to know that he's on our side here and not Rivenblight's side--the side that will be trying to stop us and cause us to fail. Considering that his nation is actually literally against us now, that is not too much to ask, and there's really no room to debate over whether or not it is. This has nothing to do with Hendrallia being against Rivenblight and everything to do with Rivenblight being quite literally against us. I'm sure Ximix understands that too. He is, after all, the one who said that if anything he says or does causes a problem, we should tell him. Let the man talk. IF he is truly with us, I am sure he can convince us of it with his own words."

(OOC: Poor Alicia--she's the only sponsor nice enough to take everyone out for a free meal and she gets beat on more than Frump :lol: Based on that, this group may be in trouble for the diplomatic part of this mission. Ironically, Ximix might have fit in better politically in the Sylvan group where Rinaldo initially placed him. Though these new groups do have a good class balance now except clericless Sylvan.)
 
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