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1001856 No. 1001856 ID: 59f01e

Eight weeks ago, strange lights were reported along the coast some five hundred miles south of An-Teng- Anathema, or so the local Immaculates believe. Seven weeks ago, an oath-bound brotherhood was sent to “cut their teeth” so to speak, investigating the reported anima banner and sending word of their findings back to the Realm. Four weeks ago, they stopped reporting in, seeming to have disappeared like so many cargo ships and laborers before them. Two weeks ago, you were hired by an Immaculate Monk as bodyguards and worldly aids to travel to Ironport, the last known location of your younger cousins, with the intent to find out what happened to them, ensure stability of the realms interests in the region, and most importantly, bring in whatever anathema caused this mess, alive. About three hundred miles before reaching your destination however, a Lintha ship has been spotted, attempting to put out what seems to be a rather threatening amount of flames currently endangering hull, sail, and crew.
Post a character sheet, describe where you are physically in relation to the burning ship, the method of transportation that got you there, and provide a roll accompanying a declared action.
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No. 1008230 ID: 663e49

rolled 1, 1, 2, 7, 10, 6, 4, 1, 9, 3, 2, 8, 1, 10, 5, 8, 9, 3, 8, 10, 8, 3, 10, 3, 4, 5, 10, 3, 7, 8, 3, 6, 6, 10, 1, 3, 10, 6, 10, 1, 6, 6, 1, 6, 10, 5, 9, 8, 9, 5 = 290

>>1008223
Well, Posu doesn't exactly know what this is all about being needed underwater, but she does know that whatever she's gotten her hands on is both insanely valuable, and would be dangerous to carry around.

So, as soon as she starts to head out, she's going to drink 2 of the 4 ounces of liquid in the decanter, savoring it as best as possible to get a taste for what it is. Sealing the remaining half in the Winterbreath Jar, intent on saving it for Marisa, the only other Exalt who isn't bound by dietary restrictions here, assuming it isn't deadly poison.

And with the jar on her hip for safe keeping, she will dive down into the water to start taking an assessment of the damages, and running figures in her head for how much the cost of raw timbers would be, and an estimated cost of labor for actual repairs.

And then she started seeing if it was in the budget to upgrade some of the ship's internal architecture with the native Ironwood at the port they were intending to head towards.
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No. 1008362 ID: 59f01e

rolled 4, 10, 4, 9, 6, 5, 2, 1, 5, 6, 4, 9, 7, 6, 10, 9, 1, 8, 8, 4, 6, 4, 8, 1, 1, 7, 4, 9, 6, 3, 4, 7, 4, 9, 8, 4, 1, 8, 9, 3, 6, 3, 10, 1, 6, 8, 9, 9, 1, 6, 6, 4, 5, 1, 9, 8, 6, 6, 6, 8 = 342

>>1008230
>assuming it isn't deadly poison

Posu isn't that far off in her hunch; sypax has a damage of 8b(plus wp drain tied to damage), toxicity of 4L, tolerance of 0, penalty of -2.
>1, 1, 2, 7, 10, 6, 4, 1, 9, 3, 2, 8,
That's 5 successes, against a toxicity of 4L, which is enough to reduce the levels from automatic to rolled, but not to prevent damage entirely.
>3, 7, 5, 1, 7, 7, 1, 2,
That's three levels of bashing damage and -3 temporary wp. So, any chance to get it out of your system in ten minutes, before the next interval of damage and wp drain kicks in?
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No. 1008364 ID: afdebc

>>1008362
As a bookkeeping correction, you only roll one dice of poison every interval. So:

>3
Posu takes 0B, and does not lose any wp. She'll have to check against poison again in 10 minutes, and again every ten minutes until she's exhausted all 8 dice in the dose of poison.
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No. 1008424 ID: 40b048

rolled 6, 10, 3, 4, 4, 7, 8, 1, 5, 6, 10, 10, 6, 10, 6, 3, 10, 5, 9, 8, 10, 3, 6, 6, 2, 6, 10, 10, 10, 2, 6, 6, 3, 3, 8, 2, 6, 8, 2, 1, 5, 5, 6, 3, 6, 7, 10, 10, 7, 1 = 301

>>1008362
Well, it's almost entirely mind over matter, and Posu has work to do calculating estimates. Plus, for as much of an unspoken agreement with House Cynis where they wouldn't invite her to parties and she wouldn't bring the mood of the parties down, she wasn't a total prude in private, so it wasn't like she was some teenager drinking her first 'strong enough to kill a mortal' intoxicant all over again. So, where a lesser person might have collapsed on all 4s in pleasure, Posu didn't have so much as an outward reaction as she jumped back into the water and starts doing her estimates for cost to both upgrade the ship and to do normal repairs.

(Int + Bureaucracy -1 for Distractedness from the poison)

(Stamina + Integrity vs poison)
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No. 1008436 ID: afdebc

rolled 3, 9, 4, 5, 6, 9, 8, 9, 8, 5, 5, 9, 6, 9, 1, 6, 10, 8, 2, 2, 9, 8, 3, 4, 1, 6, 8, 6, 7, 2, 9, 8, 5, 4, 9, 10, 2, 8, 3, 9 = 245

>>1008226
Marisa idly pulls on the glove for a test fit, and holds out her arm and rolls her wrist, playing with the rather odd balance of having a large rock on the back of her hand.

>if you find yourself aligned against the Lintha, I would be happy to offer whatever assistance I can, 'on the house' so to speak
"Ain't here for the Lintha in particular, but hey, it's not like pirate hunting ever goes out of season. If yer no fan of ghosts and goulies, that's who we're gunning for. Can you play nice with others?"

Social attack I think, trying to propose a different primary target, and looking to strike a bargain for Goat's cooperation with the Sworn Brotherhood rather than Marisa alone.

>wanted to use my experience for violence, which was not an acceptable condition
"Might have violence covered, if that's not your thing. What can you do, then?"

Social attack, looking for Goat to disclose species and capabilities.

In both cases, Charisma 4 + Presence 3 + Exclusively vs Goat 3 + Stone of Recognition 2 + First Presence Excellency 2 = 14 dice before stunt. (Spending all 4m personal from my last stunt award on two excellency activations).
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No. 1009069 ID: 59f01e

rolled 5, 2, 1, 6, 5, 2, 8, 10, 8, 5, 5, 5, 2, 7, 2, 1, 10, 7, 6, 2, 6, 4, 7, 9, 9, 8, 5, 6, 1, 7, 1, 8, 1, 7, 9, 2, 2, 5, 5, 6, 5, 7, 6, 5, 4, 6, 4, 4, 3, 7, 3, 1, 10, 10, 10, 4, 2, 7, 6, 1 = 312

>>1008424
>6, 10, 3, 4, 4, 7, 8, 1, 5, 6, 10, 10,
With a two dot stunt that's exactly the successes needed to downgrade the damage from automatic to rolled and then from bashing to nothing, meaning you avoid your next dose.
>6, 10, 6, 3, 10, 5, 9, 8, 10, 3
And the next
>6, 6, 2, 6, 10, 10, 10, 2, 6, 6,
Here she reduces it to rolled which
>7
Deals one bashing damage and drains 1wp
>3, 3, 8, 2, 6, 8, 2, 1, 5, 5, 6,
And a second as an automatic level, draining a second wp.
>6, 3, 6, 7, 10, 10, 7, 1 4, 10,
Not enough dice so I'm stealing from my roll, that saves automatically again
>4, 9, 6, 5, 2, 1, 5, 6, 4, 9,
That's a third level of automatic damage and -1wp
>7, 6, 10, 9, 1, 8, 8, 4, 6, 4,
Okay, rolling damage
>5
No damage
>8, 1, 1, 7, 4, 9, 6, 3, 4, 7,
Reduces it to rolled...
>1
No damage
>4, 9, 8, 4, 1, 8, 9, 3, 6, 3,
Rolled
>7
So, overall Posu takes four levels of bashing damage, and -4 temporary will power. Probably important to mark that down and keep track of when you're sleeping, stunt rewards, etc.

>Repair estimate
>10, 1, 6, 8, 9, 9, 1, 6, 6, 4, 5,
So, Posu isn't a crafts woman herself. She doesn't know how much lumber and metal a job like this takes, but she does know they brought extra repair wood because they don't have supplies to restock them in ironport- as a mining town, they don't grow their own food, and the ironwood is no good for boat building, too dense for the water so you shouldn't use it in general repairs or it'll throw the boat off; she didn't really pay attention to the nautical and shipwright technicalities, but she knows enough to know you want your boat to float on water, so if you make it out of wood that doesn't, you'll have to compromise on cargo weight. If you intent to return this ship to the house for more general service to the realm at large, ironwood repairs are basically going to cost quadruple a normal repair job down the line, so it's better if you can avoid your ride being damaged. If your mission goes over quickly though, you'll have food supplies to offload and could use that to try and combat costs.
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No. 1009071 ID: 59f01e

rolled 9, 8, 4, 7, 7, 4, 7, 10, 2, 1, 3, 1, 5, 10, 9, 9, 2, 1, 2, 9, 8, 6, 9, 7, 9, 8, 9, 4, 4, 6, 5, 9, 9, 1, 8, 1, 8, 8, 8, 3, 7, 7, 6, 2, 9, 10, 6, 5, 8, 8, 2, 1, 1, 10, 9, 5, 7, 3, 9, 4 = 359

>>1008436
>When she tries on the glove, she, perhaps oddly, feels like her balance is more centered, stronger- grasping her broom feels right, like she could stand in the eye of a hurricane and remain unbudged.

> Strike a bargain for cooperation with the brotherhood
"I can certainly offer whatever services I promise you to your companions as well! If you are authorized to bargain on their behalf, I willing to make a blank agreement to terms with you and then apply that to whichever individuals you authorize. I am more concerned with the creation of life, rather than it's unnatural continuation, but as a flesh weaver I may have some skill or knowledge useful against corporeal undead, and if released I would be willing to act as a sentry or guard against the non-corporeal kind as well. I am a trained martial artist, and willing to defend myself, but the mystic arts I have studied are sacred and I am unwilling turn any art of the Jade Mountain against another in conflict. If forced to defend myself I could likely reliably stand naked and still best three mortal men, armed and clothed, but my real talents life in the use of balance, force, and illusions for the sake of comfort and sensual pleasures, as well as customary Neomah flesh crafting services, should you be interested in my charter."

Goat isn't defending against social attacks, seems eager to cooperate, potentially out of fear that you'd turn your nose up at working with a demon, and a sense of desperation at being trapped helplessly. Has roughly the capabilities of a standard Neomah who has also mastered Jade Mountain Style.

"I personally imagine I'd be more use to you if allowed to join you physically, but you may also find some use directly channeling my services yourselves? A months duty, freely channeling any of my powers so long as Jade Mountain Style charms are only used for the pleasure of controlling ones balance and redirecting the forces of immense objects for spiritual or physical gratification and never for violence or anger? A year of service as an itinerant and flesh-weaver for your house, outside the crystal?"
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No. 1009121 ID: afdebc

>I personally imagine I'd be more use to you if allowed to join you physically
"I don't think Loby would be too keen on that, being a monk and all. Maybe if we're in a jam?"

>A months duty, freely channeling any of my powers so long as Jade Mountain Style charms are only used for the pleasure of controlling ones balance and redirecting the forces of immense objects for spiritual or physical gratification and never for violence or anger?
"Deal!"

To lay out terms in more detail without having to parse it through in-character dialog:
-1 month (28 days) of being able to user Goat's charms via the yasal crystal, subject to the restrictions outlined about, followed by release.
-option to swap to more direct assistance instead of charmshare, if released before the month is up.
-other members of the brotherhood can use the crystal (well, after Marisa tells them about it, at least).

Looting complete, Marisa's going to fly back to the sworn brotherhood's ship to check in with the others and report the successful capture of one slightly burnt pirate ship, with only one little Posu-sized hole in the side! She's going to pocket and not mention the yasal crystal... just yet.
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No. 1009285 ID: 911880

rolled 8, 7, 5, 8, 8, 6, 4, 8, 3, 2, 6, 5, 3, 3, 9, 3, 3, 3, 6, 7 = 107

Weaving a Destiny should not be that hard. writing up a Sea Chantey to the spiders, Getting Lobelia to sign off on it and a little performance before giving their request to the Spider heading the call. a Destiny of the Blissful Idiot, helping to get this ship ashore in one piece.this Fate only needs to be in effect for a month. once the details are all smoothed out and sent on its way, the final part now is to go to the ship in question.

With Destiny in 'hand' Ribbons began to head out to the above Deck to get a read on what is going on, checking up on repairs and progress, seeing who is free to escort them to the Ship, under the guise of doing internal damage report, helping Posu get a complete list of damages.
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No. 1009307 ID: 14befa

rolled 5, 6, 8, 9, 9, 8, 9, 9, 5, 7, 9, 5, 2, 9, 6, 5, 10, 9, 2, 7, 7, 9, 7, 7, 10, 8, 1, 2, 7, 8, 2, 10, 7, 7, 2, 1, 9, 9, 4, 10, 2, 10, 6, 7, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 4 = 332

>>1009069
> She doesn't know how much lumber and metal a job like this takes

Maybe, but she knows how much lumber and metal a boat repair company purchases seasonally and how that gets roughly allocated from an accounting perspective to estimate it out,

But, frustrated at how pointless this diversion was she went back onto the ship, around the time that Marissa came back.

"Well, our gracious hosts had some interesting things on their leaders person. A deadly wine in something from Heaven, some likely magical chains, and a compass that I haven't tested the the efficacy of."

She let out a sigh as she stretched, the Winterbreath Jar on her hip.

"Did you find anything interesting in your check? And are you fine with the normal 60/40 split?"
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No. 1009329 ID: afdebc

rolled 6, 6, 8, 3, 1, 4, 10, 8, 7, 1, 1, 5, 7, 10, 4, 4, 1, 7, 9, 10, 4, 3, 8, 10, 4, 1, 1, 8, 1, 8 = 160

>>1009307
>"Did you find anything interesting in your check? And are you fine with the normal 60/40 split?"
"Weeeell, if you're paying taxes out of your cut... ain't you forgetting someone though? Loby might be an impoverished monk, but a cut of loot on our scale could set Ribbons up for life. Only seems fair, for a mortal doing something as risky as 'nathema hunting.

"Might not be much to pawn, though. Cargo seemed like food and cloth, both in bad shape after the fire, cold, and water. We did capture ourselves a prize ship, worth a pretty penny if we can get it ta shore, but it's got a you-shaped hole in the side. Got a buyer there?"

>A deadly wine in something from Heaven, some likely magical chains, and a compass that I haven't tested the the efficacy of.
"Poisoned pirate booze?! Master sparking em was too kind. I found a doodad, I'll show it off later, but it sounds like they took the good stuff with 'em. Here, let me see what I can make of those..."

Making academic knowledge checks, (Intelligence 2 + Occult 5) to try and identify the chains and the compass. No relevant excellencies or Charms.
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No. 1009340 ID: 14befa

rolled 5, 9, 5, 9, 4, 4, 10, 8, 4, 7, 9, 8, 3, 10, 7, 9, 10, 3, 8, 10, 7, 5, 9, 1, 6, 3, 1, 9, 2, 8, 9, 5, 6, 8, 9, 4, 7, 9, 8, 3, 5, 8, 5, 10, 9, 3, 5, 1, 5, 5 = 317

>>1009329
"If you want to give up part of your share for her that's absolutely fine." Posu would double check to make sure that the area of the deck they were on was clear with most of the commotion being bellow deck.

"But I have plenty of reason to suspect she's either a terrible spy or an insane spy who wants me to believe she's a terrible one, or I'm better at picking up the intentions of spies than I expected. After all, don't you think that it's incredibly strange that almost out of the blue I get assigned a new assistant from outside of my normal chain of command, then this whole incident happens and this new assistant is allowed to come along? My working theory right now is that she's been hired by someone who is desperately searching for dirt on me and is planning on submitting falsified records to try and retroactively torpedo my reputation to try and silence me. But, my personal observations haven't caught any overt subterfuge. I bring this up now because I both, one don't want to give someone who I am reasonably certain is conspiring against me personally funds from my own cut and I know you would want to dig for gossip or come up with something absurd if I didn't give you a reason, and this is as good an opportunity to ask you to keep your own scrutiny on her in exchange for making it a 50/50 split."

Making some kind of social attack against Marisa to try and compel her to look for incriminating evidence as she starts to her back to he cabin to work with the Air aspect to identify the chains and compass.

Sitting at a -1 wound penalty for both dice pools.
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No. 1009606 ID: 59f01e

rolled 9, 10, 6, 3, 8, 5, 9, 5, 2, 7, 2, 5, 4, 3, 10, 6, 3, 3, 3, 9, 8, 10, 1, 1, 10, 2, 10, 8, 6, 2, 2, 4, 7, 8, 10, 7, 1, 4, 4, 2, 2, 8, 5, 9, 4, 9, 7, 10, 1, 2, 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 8, 1, 1, 3, 1 = 316

>>1009329
>6, 6, 8, 3, 1, 4, 10, 8, 7,
Compass is a Resplendent Personal Assistant, chains aren't magical, but [/i]could[i] be used as an exotic ingredient for magical restraints of some kind. Probably useful against fae creatures or for more carnal stuff depending on what suits your fancy. Probably a reason they're being stored in a lead lined box- might be that significant exposure to various common essences would spoil their usefulness.

>>1009340
Not terribly confident, but I'd call that attack Charisma+Presence, so that's six dice before stunts and penalties, meaning...
>5, 9, 5, 9, 4, 4, 10
Four successes against Marisa who has a dodge MDV of 7and a Parry MDV of four. No luck, duck stays stuck.

>>1009285
So, after setting up the destiny, Agent Lobelia goes off to ensure repairs are properly seen to, leaving Ribbons alone with Agent Aloe and the defector. Having had a short while to decompress and collect their bearings, the monks compatriot beings plying the lintha (name of Kerioth), who has identified themself as mentally aware and responsive to questioning.
>8, 7, 5, 8, 8, 6, 4
Dodge MDV of 5 beats four successes.
"Look, I appreciates the respect and help- I don't know much about no Dragon Blooded or Ironport though. Been locked up naked in the brig of a pirate ship for the past two months, so I ain't got much in the way to show for it in terms of local intel. Clearly I gots two options- sidle up with yous blokes, hope that it takes a while before the family comes and kills me, or be stubborn now and let your scary friends turn me into a charred bloody mist. Obviously that should make it clear I know what my best move here is- I wanna make myself valuable to yous guys, right? Only, I don't knows nothing about what you're after. Help me help you and maybe I can convince ya I'm worth the trouble."

Does Ribbon want to step in, help question the Lintha? Get help from someone else? Leave the Kerioth to Agent A. and pursue other goals elsewhere?
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No. 1009613 ID: afdebc

rolled 4, 9, 8, 7, 1, 5, 9, 9, 1, 2, 2, 10, 9, 5, 8, 4, 6, 10, 7, 9, 3, 2, 9, 5, 7, 4, 7, 8, 4, 4 = 178

>>1009606
>equipment ID
Marisa will share what she figured out.

>Four successes against Marisa who has a dodge MDV of 7and a Parry MDV of four. No luck, duck stays stuck.
Appearance 3 to 2, so Marisa's MDV gets penalized 1. Also, I don't have it on my sheet because the idea came up late in the chargen process, but if Marisa and Posu are long-term friends, Marisa probably has an intimacy towards her, so net -2 MDV. Still not enough to beat dodge MDV though.

>>1009340
"Posu, Posu, Posu! Don'tcha know what you do with spies? You treat them better than the other guy. Then they're your spies! Theft by not being a jerk." Marisa nods, sagely conveying the basic principle that has allowed house Nellens to establish an extensive spy network through the mortals employed by other houses, as seen through her own... unique lens. "'Sides, trying to ruin you or your rep would go right against the Sworn Sisterhood."

Social attack, Charisma 4 + Presence 2 + First Presence Excellency 3 (for 3m) + Stunt, probably Illusion-keyword if it's trying to affect Posu's belief that Ribbons is out to get her. Marisa's at a one Appearance disadvantage, but she's also likely playing off Posu's intimacy of friendship towards her, and an appeal to resist suspicions of a Sworn Brother might resonate with Temperance?
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No. 1009647 ID: 49a8bd

rolled 8, 5, 1, 2, 6, 2, 3, 4, 3, 2, 5, 4, 1, 10, 2, 1, 6, 5, 4, 5, 3, 1, 6, 10, 5, 6, 4, 2, 6, 1, 5, 10, 10, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 7, 10, 6, 1, 5, 5, 1, 7, 5, 8, 9, 10 = 250

(I accidentally hit submit too early, transcribed is the post I made too early, the original dice rolls, and the finished product.)

7, 9, 9, 1, 1, 1, 1, 7, 3, 9, 7, 8, 8, 9, 1, 5, 6, 6, 2, 1, 6, 2, 8, 5, 5, 4, 3, 8, 3, 10, 8, 9, 6, 7, 10, 2, 2, 1, 9, 3, 7, 3, 6, 5, 6, 6, 1, 4, 9, 10

"Dragons I hate having to deal with all of this cloak and dagger bullshit sometimes, especially if you aren't willing to help out with the 'being subtle' part. I will handle this whole thing when I've sobered up. Speaking of, do you want the rest of the Wine? It shouldn't be any more dangerous than any other magical drug designed with an Exalted resilience in mind. But I want that bottle back."

Mechanics WP 10+ Integrity 5+ Essence 4 for Dodge MDV of 9 +1 appearance for 10 -either 1 or 2 for intimacy or temperance

> 4, 9, 8, 7, 1, 5, 9, 9, 1, 2, 2

Which is a successful defense.
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No. 1009693 ID: 911880

rolled 9, 3, 9, 8, 10, 9, 4, 2, 9, 9, 9, 6, 8, 1, 9, 7, 9, 10, 3, 9, 1, 7, 8, 8, 8, 3, 10, 9, 6, 7 = 210

With Posu Seeming to be off with the contraband, perhaps getting it identified and getting a quote from our allied Mage on the cost of the unidentified items, this would leave Ribbons a bit free for the time being. Sauntering to where Aloe went to, making adjustments to their outfit, taking on an image fit for the Maiden her self as the clothing became a display of almost ethereal ribbons, still covering their body to be decent, but not leaving too much for their captive to wonder about( activating the appearance buff from the IRA). it should be as simple as leaning against the threshold of the door, the IRA outfit doing the work needed to draw attention to them as Ribbon smiled, giving a wink to the Lintha, as if to hint at something.
"How's the Desk Plant Treating you? Hopefully well~"

sweet words to melt the Lintha before their attention turned to Aloe.

"Got anything Interesting? Could use a nice set up for a short story I am inspired to write. Perhaps with a certain Protagonist in mind."

They mentioned with a playful smile, now just obviously flirting with the Lintha. (trying to build up an Intimacy to Ribbons)
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No. 1009704 ID: aa8cad

rolled 9, 3, 10, 10, 6, 8, 8, 1, 4, 10, 6, 8, 9, 10, 6, 4, 6, 1, 3, 8, 2, 5, 7, 1, 8, 10, 10, 9, 5, 7, 8, 5, 4, 10, 1, 7, 9, 7, 9, 6, 7, 2, 9, 5, 2, 1, 2, 1, 1, 7, 7, 10, 4, 9, 7, 10, 9, 5, 4, 5, 1, 4, 7, 9, 3, 6, 7, 6, 9, 2, 9, 5, 1, 9, 8, 1, 4, 8, 6, 2, 3, 9, 2, 8, 1, 2, 2, 8, 6, 2, 10, 5, 10, 2, 9, 4, 9, 1, 1, 1 = 569

>>1009647
>Dragons I hate having to deal with all of this cloak and dagger bullshit sometimes, especially if you aren't willing to help out with the 'being subtle' part.
"That's me, all the subtlety of a lightning bolt!"

>Speaking of, do you want the rest of the Wine? It shouldn't be any more dangerous than any other magical drug
>Temperance 1
"Magic booze? 'Su, you do love me!"

>Sypax grants its imbiber an experience of perfect pleasure, from the release of orgasm to the contentment of hard work completed.
"...dragon's [i]balls[/i ] izzat good."

All right, that's rolling (Stamina 5 + Integrity 0) against Toxicity 4L, eight times (dialog might count towards stunting the first roll, but I'm not bothering with the rest). Success means knocking the L tag off and actually getting to roll dice of damage instead of simply eating the bashing damage and wp loss. Some of the later rolls are likely gonna be subject to wound penalties.

Unless the dice are very lucky, Marisa’s probably looking at an hour and a half of being blissed out of her mind followed by a day sleeping off the hangover and penalties.

...it's possible this might trigger concern (or a Compassion compulsion) in the doldrum watching over her.
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No. 1009920 ID: 59f01e

rolled 8, 10, 1, 5, 9, 1, 6, 5, 1, 5, 4, 3, 8, 2, 4, 6, 2, 8, 9, 3, 9, 3, 9, 7, 1, 8, 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 2, 10, 4, 3, 6, 6, 8, 4, 1, 7, 5, 9, 6, 9, 10, 4, 8, 2, 2, 2, 5, 2, 10, 9, 8, 9, 3, 6, 3 = 322

>>1009693
Let's see, that'd be manipulation 5, Presence 5, Flirting 1, Stunt 2, so...
>9, 3, 9, 8, 10, 9, 4, 2, 9, 9, 9, 6, 8
Ten successes on thirteen dice! Relative appearance is Ribbons 9 vs Kerioth 3; don't think the IRA allows you to go over the maximum of +3, but that's still down to at least MDV 2, which, yeah, Ribbons hits. No wp to resist- the young cannibal does their best to avoid ogling to much, but is clearly interested.

Conviction 3 means that's the most work you can do on building that intimacy of Lust during this scene though, and it'll remain at (1/3) until you transition and start working him over again.

"Like I said, uh- ma'am" (he pauses to swallow a large lump in his throat, blushing a deep purple-red) "I ain't gots much of interest to a lady like yous. Been in the brig for the past couple moons, cause that blood-addled eunuch wouldn't listen when we's saids not to get involved with the dead. 'S bad luck and I ain't join the family cause I wanted to be no ghost walkin arounds Thorns. If yous needs help with a storybook I could always tell yous about some of the Don's I worked for- one of them had a great big castle on an island, and I'm pretty sure it's loaded with treasures and whatchamacallits that folk like yous could do good with. I can reads and writes and whatnot too, 'cept probably not as neat and nice as yous, on account of most of that being dock for me so I didn't have to practice too good."

Kerioth is compliant, trying to help out with your request, somewhat inept missing the point that Ribbons probably isn't interested in him for sailors stories and writing help. What specific questions do you want to cover? We can do some dialog, but to speed things up we don't have to cover all of them IC- we can just evaluate a stunt for the initial pressing and assue the rest of the interview follows suit.
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No. 1009956 ID: f57349

rolled 4, 7, 2, 2, 9, 3, 5, 6, 5, 10, 3, 10, 4, 10, 9, 10, 4, 4, 3, 9, 5, 8, 9, 6, 6, 9, 10, 2, 9, 5, 10, 10, 4, 5, 8, 9, 5, 10, 5, 7, 3, 9, 1, 10, 4, 8, 5, 8, 9, 1, 10, 1, 4, 8, 8, 9, 6, 6, 8, 4 = 383

Agent Lobelia flies up to the bow of the former Lintha ship, stands halfway out of the aerial rickshaw's control seat, and gives the (inanimate, wooden) figurehead a firm slap across the face followed by the basic "personal hygiene standards" lecture for first-coil monks, in an effort to shame the god of the ship into tidying up that domain for the sake of better service to the Realm.

Mechanically, activating Mending Warped Designs (possibly more than once and/or enhanced with the Second Craft Excellency if personal essence reserves permit) for any structural repairs necessary to keep the vessel afloat and moving toward a friendly port - and purging incidental demonic corruption if reasonably possible. Dexterity 4, Craft (Wood) 5, Essence 4, trading any stunt dice for a better target number with World-Shaping Artistic Vision.
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No. 1010210 ID: 911880

rolled 10, 3, 2, 8, 7, 7, 2, 4, 3, 6, 3, 4, 2, 2, 7, 8, 4, 4, 6, 2, 10, 1, 9, 6, 5, 6, 2, 7, 1, 7, 3, 8, 10, 7, 4 = 180

>>1009920
"oh a Don with an island full of treasure and Undead? and you got to see such a sight? I would love to hear all about your experience there. you say you are nothing but a common man part of all this, but everyone can relate to a common man's perspective."

Ribbons smiled, not breaking eye contact as they dragged a barrel over to sit upon, directly across from him, legs uncrossing for a moment, a good long moment before crossing over in the other direction as they have pulled out a clipboard with paper upon it and a quill, ready to take notes as they leaned forward with a soft grin and stated what they wanted from him.

"just tell me what you can recall going to this Island, the trip, the people, the sights, everything. a picture is worth a thousand words, so paint me a scene."
(heart Brightening Presentation to use Fateful. using 4 Peripheral and 1 WP to turn all Dice into Successes)
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No. 1010727 ID: 59f01e

rolled 8, 8, 4, 6, 6, 1, 3, 5, 6, 1, 2, 9, 3, 6, 9, 3, 2, 4, 9, 3, 6, 5, 1, 5, 7, 7, 7, 7, 5, 3, 3, 7, 2, 4, 9, 4, 9, 3, 7, 3, 4, 10, 6, 8, 10, 2, 4, 2, 1, 8, 6, 1, 9, 7, 6, 4, 9, 6, 10, 3 = 318

>>1009704
Don't think the stunt counts as more than a one dot- technically interacting with other information in the scene, and dialog always counts, but it's not really describing the action the stunt is relating to, which I'd generally prefer. Let's roll these all in succession and then count it up at the end:

>9, 3, 10, 10, 6, 8
Six successes
>8, 1, 4, 10, 6,
three
>8, 9, 10, 6, 4,
four
>6, 1, 3, 8, 2,
One
>5, 7, 1, 8, 10,
Four
>10, 9, 5, 7, 8,
five
>5, 4, 10, 1, 7,
three
>9, 7, 9, 6, 7,
four

Okay, pretty good roll overall, that's three automatic levels and five rolled:
>8, 10, 1, 5, 9

Which means total Marisa takes six levels of bashing damage and loses six temporary wp.

>...it's possible this might trigger concern (or a Compassion compulsion) in the doldrum watching over her.
Hourai, the elemental bound to watch over Marisa, only stares intently at the empty bottle; they watch emptily as Marisa stumbles over herself on the top deck, but otherwise don't seem to intervene. It's unclear if they don't consider the poison to be a threat worth addressing, just want to stay close to you while you recover, or are otherwise "motivated". Alice's toys she summons are always a little hard to read, like empty husks, and this one is doubly so on account of it actually being a empty husk.

>>1010210
"S-sorry, I thinks I misspoke- Don Charlie was a stand up character. Never gots to meets the fellow, up in the tower making things run an whatsnot, but there ain't no undead on that islands that I heard of. No, see, Captain got wind of Skullstone tryna finally make inroads with the family- apparently the Silver Prince has other things to worry about, wants the Lintha working as his privateers or something like that. So we gets set up fer a meeting with some sorta shark lady, I don't remembers her name, under the promise that she's got her ways to bring the blood purity of the family back to it's heights- old family stuff, yanno? Only, me and some of the other boys on the crew knew undead underlings for the Silver Prince were bad news no matter what they promised, and it's likely a trap of some sorts anyhow, so we's did a mutinies. Most of us ain't even got any blood to speak, at least, not important bloods anyhow- I'm only a cousin, really, but they'll hunt me down for talking anyways. But yeah- the undeads just some stupid plot our idiot of a father got himself trick into joining, which I want no parts in."

>using 4 Peripheral and 1 WP to turn all Dice into Successes
11 successes and you've got the defector describing, as best they can, everything about their work to you. Old shipping routes, who in the family hates which bosses, where they heard rumors of the flotillas, etc. You'll be able to pass that information along to some young hero with a chip on their shoulder against slavers or a wanna-be pirate captain at some point, maybe even in Ironport- likely a coastal trade town has had some unpleasant dealings with the Lintha in the past, so you might get lucky and find an orphaned son or widowed mother to go wreak vengeance that just also happens to work in your favor in the near future.
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No. 1010804 ID: afdebc

rolled 8, 6, 5 = 19

>>1010727
Okay, six bashing, so Marisa will be sleeping that off for the next 18 hours in her bunk. Rolling Conviction 3 for willpower recovery.
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No. 1010934 ID: 59f01e

rolled 9, 2, 10, 6, 10, 8, 10, 10, 2, 2, 4, 2, 1, 8, 9, 3, 2, 2, 3, 2, 5, 5, 2, 7, 8, 7, 8, 5, 8, 9, 3, 2, 7, 4, 9, 2, 5, 8, 1, 2, 10, 2, 5, 10, 2, 1, 6, 4, 4, 6, 4, 5, 9, 10, 3, 9, 3, 3, 2, 9 = 319

>>1009956
>Monastic Naivete
Hrm- instructing the ship on proper philosophy seems like it's monastic, and maybe also naive? Not sure it quite fits, but I also think I don't have sufficiently solid grounds to reject it. Destiny lowers the TN to 6, then your two dot stunt means you lower that furth down to 4, so that's...
>4, 7, 2, 2, 9, 3, 5, 6, 5, 10, 3, 10, 4,
11 successes! Four from WSAV when those stunt dice would otherwise have only awarded you two, so good call there. Ship is still damaged, but no longer sinking- hull is still waterlogged and the deck has major repairs needed, but it'll get to the next port so long as someone takes it there.
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No. 1011085 ID: 59f01e

It takes approximately an hour to get your ships in sailing condition, and approximately three days to get to Ironport. Technically I was thinking of awarding the XP for the first "chapter" upon arrival, but to give you a chance to use training time, I'm awarding it now:

Rules are as such:
4xp per chapter as the base, then one extra for each of "pursued a mechanically-unwise indulgence," "suffered a terrible loss," and "performed a natural 3-die stunt," or similar such categories. That means Posu and Marisa are awarded 5xp each, having unwisely indulged in mystery pirate liquid, and Lobelia+Ribbons both earn 4xp. Do you make any efforts to involve yourselves in the operations of the vessel, pursue personal projects, or otherwise take notable actions before your arrival to the next port? If Ribbons pursues her novel instead of strategic mission parameters/training, I'm willing to count that as mechanically unwise and award another XP for it now. The same goes for other characters if they believe they have IC reasons to waste time and avoid the grueling diligence of labor, training, and otherwise doing hard work to accomplish your goals.
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No. 1011189 ID: afdebc

rolled 2, 9, 9, 2, 10, 3, 9, 1, 4, 9, 1, 3, 3, 7, 2, 6, 8, 4, 4, 6, 8, 4, 7, 10, 6, 6, 4, 3, 2, 8 = 160

>>1011085
The next day, after sleeping off the pirate bliss-booze, Marisa's going to scrounge around for supplies, change out of her witch's outfit, and dress up as best she can like Sesus Leyan Xian. Then, she heads off to visit her friend, and right outside of Posu's cabin, she activates Goat's Shapechange charm, targeting the water aspect.

That's Intelligence 2 + Larceny 4 for disguise, plus 2 autosuccesses from the Second Larceny Excellency, and + Conviction 3 autosuccesses from Shapechange.


Posu is interrupted in her cabin by her furious spouse bursting in through the door, wearing a fingerless glove with a large gem inset gem on one hand.

"Ragara Bolang Posu! Do you have any idea how much trouble you are in!?"

Marisa lasts less than a minute before cracking up and ending up bent over double in laughter.
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No. 1011377 ID: e69848

rolled 3, 8, 5, 6, 5, 10, 8, 8, 3, 8, 8, 7, 2, 7, 8, 10, 9, 5, 8, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 7, 1, 3, 2, 4, 4, 6, 1, 1, 1, 2, 10, 4, 3, 1, 3, 1, 1, 9, 1, 10, 7, 10, 1, 1, 1 = 255

>>1011189
Posu had to do a double take.

"Xian, we agreed to stop hooking up on boats after we sank the 5th one, so this will need to wait until we can buy a hotel at shore with a good existing fire insurance policy. Also, I do appreciate you deciding to come running to join in on the revenge quest. If I just have to worry about keeping you from killing them, I honestly probably won't need to worry about wanting to crush this Anathema's head like a soft melon."

Posu let out a sigh as she pulled out a bottle of fine brandy to pour herself and who she thought was her wife, even if the whole situation was suspect that she didn't call ahead.
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No. 1011385 ID: afdebc

>>1011377
"Xian" struggles to hold a strained smile, before losing the battle and breaking down in laughter.

"Hells, Posu, you can't even fight without fucking? Burnt down five ships!"

The water aspect is treated to a distinctly unusual sight as the Charm breaks, revealing Marisa-dressed-as-Xian. Flicking her gloved hand she offers "Toldya I found a doodad."
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No. 1011388 ID: e69848

rolled 8, 5, 8, 9, 5, 6, 5, 8, 9, 10, 2, 5, 4, 10, 7, 8, 5, 6, 3, 3, 6, 7, 7, 10, 4, 7, 2, 1, 3, 8, 4, 10, 4, 7, 2, 9, 4, 7, 3, 9 = 240

>>1011385
"Yes, that was an eventful and expensive afternoon, and I would recommend it the next time you and Alice get into a fight."

She did her best to hide the surprise and genuine disappointment behind both her mask and utter stone faced disapproval.

"Anyway, I'm honestly kind of uncomfortable. You know that this is kind of a really difficult time for me, and it's kind of fucked up that you pretended to be my wife trying to sleep with me at my lowest. But is that what the doodad does?"
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No. 1011389 ID: afdebc

rolled 4, 10, 4, 1, 2, 4, 9, 3, 6, 9, 8, 2, 9, 7, 2, 6, 1, 10, 5, 6, 7, 5, 10, 4, 3, 7, 10, 10, 6, 4, 9, 6, 7, 9, 9, 8, 3, 4, 9, 7, 10, 6, 5, 5, 2, 10, 9, 3, 6, 6, 4, 2, 7, 9, 2, 1, 1, 8, 6, 2, 1, 4, 9, 6, 10, 4, 8, 2, 2, 2, 2, 4, 4, 4, 7, 7, 1, 1, 7, 1, 8, 7, 10, 1, 6, 7, 3, 10, 9, 6, 2, 5, 3, 10, 4, 9, 10, 9, 8, 10 = 572

>>1011388
>But is that what the doodad does?
"It's a neomah-in-a-glove! They do shapeshifting, yeah. This one also knows Jade Mountain."

>Anyway, I'm honestly kind of uncomfortable. You know that this is kind of a really difficult time for me, and it's kind of fucked up that you pretended to be my wife trying to sleep with me at my lowest.
Marisa pouts. "I wasn't trying to sleep with you, you're the one who saw a perfectly good angry wife jump scare as sextimes. Ugh, sorry."

>>1011085
Right, actual productive game stuff:

After her misadventure teasing Posu, Marisa will disclose that her discovery of the neomah-in-a-yasal-crystal and outline the bargain she struck with Goat: his charms are available to whichever member of the sworn brotherhood is holding the crystal for a month (well, 27 days now), with the option to let the spirit lose for in-person help before that deadline, if needed. His Jade Mountain Charms are only available for "the pleasure of controlling ones balance and redirecting the forces of immense objects for spiritual or physical gratification and never for violence or anger". I figure we can stunt or talk OOC to decide who's got hold of the crystal in scenes as needed.

Marisa's going to recommend Posu pass the Resplendent Personal Assistant to Lobelia for now, as the monk is apparently the best sailor-slash-navigator in the group (unless Posu's suddenly decided to "live up to her aspect"). As for herself, the azure dragon is going to contribute over the next few days of sea travel by making scouting runs by broomstick, so she finds trouble before trouble finds them. The likely relevant dice pool for that is (Perception 3 + Awareness 3), and she can throw two automatic successes at that with the second excellency (unless Marisa needs to make a lot of checks in a short time, her hourly mote recovery rate can keep up with that). Might be a navigation roll on her part required for that, which I would guess uses (Survival 3 + Some Mental Attribute)? She shouldn't have much trouble finding her way back to the ship at least, since she can rely on Sworn Brother's Oath to act as a compass pointing her in the direction of the others.

If Ribbons is going to write down that wealth of Lintha intelligence >>1010727 , Marisa will use Elemental Concentration Trance to absorb it.
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No. 1011756 ID: 911880

rolled 9, 3, 9, 9, 10, 10, 8, 8, 9, 2, 6, 3, 8, 3, 7, 4, 3, 2, 5, 5, 10, 5, 5, 8, 5, 6, 6, 2, 9, 2 = 181

>If Ribbons is going to write down that wealth of Lintha intelligence

Ribbons had documented and made a copy of the Information for the Dragons to use as they see Fit, keeping the original Elsewere for now.

As for what to do now they are ashore, it was to gather what they found, finish any identifications and assessing what to do with the loot. the Ship most likely is going to be sold off, but the Contraband needed to be dealt with legally before they do anything with it. with Their reports in hand, they headed off to Posu, about to knock when they see the door already open and Posu already awake before letting out a small sigh.

"Glad to see your up. Since we are ashore, I would like to finish up the reports so i can have some free time. We have a Ship to deal with, repairs to file, and Contraband we need to get sorted. After all, isn't that the right thing to do? We can't just sell or take some of these items for ourselves without proper Protocol."

Not so much saying it, but putting in light how a morally upstanding person might feel Guilty if they did anything with the contraband they had.

Spending 2Personal on fateful (TN 5) and 2 personal on extra dice as Ribbons is trying to make Posu feel guilty.
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No. 1011874 ID: 911880

>>1011085
Before everyone arrives to shore to deal with paperwork and contraband, there is a captive audience. with their outfit of ribbons fluttering and a rough draft of the inspired sea story in hand, they sat in front of the Lintha with a smile as Ribbons began to read the draft, taking on the perspective of a familiar sounding Lintha, painting a favorable light for this 'soon to be' ally of the Realm. a bit of a flirt to the Lintha as Ribbons let him pay attention to what he wanted, trying to win him over to their side.(4 Personal and 1 WP for Fateful Auspicious Successes)
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No. 1011891 ID: 4c1cd7

rolled 2, 7, 9, 7, 2, 3, 10, 2, 4, 6, 1, 9, 2, 5, 4, 7, 3, 2, 4, 9, 4, 3, 8, 3, 1, 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 6, 8, 8, 2, 10, 8, 4, 8, 8, 10, 5, 4, 9, 2, 10, 1, 6, 7, 8, 6 = 272

>>1011756
Posu was sitting down at her desk as she so often was as she did her own copy of the paperwork for her personal records.

"Hm? I've already filed the paperwork for the contraband, though that's something of a misnomer since it's not contraband for an Exalt to own in any legal system I could meaningfully be held under the Jurisdiction of. I've already made a note of the amazing wine, how I legally acquired it as battlefield salvage, and that it's already been consumed, leaving behind a decorative bottle I am intending to keep."

Posu didn't even look up as she paid more attention to her paperwork. Seemingly unaware the manipulation was even happening.

"But, I should ask, before you head out on your shore leave, who do you work for? Is it some spineless puke in House Tepet looking for revenge for not giving them a leave of their taxes after their great misfortune by assaulting my integrity, or are you instead trying to find an opening to kill me yourself when it wouldn't be impermissible by the brotherhood spell?"

Alright

Raw successes, 11

Raw DV 9

-2 Appearance for 7 Dodge DV

Spending 4m personal on 3rd Integrity Excellency to take it from 19-24 to raise it to base 12 down to 10

+ At least 1 stunt modifier
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No. 1011973 ID: f57349

>>1011085
Agent Lobelia will be attending to the spiritual health of the crew - a bit of personal attention and guidance for anyone who seems particularly rattled by the violence, and (with the captain's permission of course, to schedule a suitable time) recitation of one of the Immaculate Texts. Possibly something about past occasions when Danaa'd fought the Lintha while incarnated as a human? Encouraging discussion afterward on the subject of how lessons therein can be applied to everyday life at sea.
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No. 1011976 ID: 59f01e

rolled 5, 1, 10, 7, 1, 2, 2, 10, 4, 4, 5, 9, 3, 1, 10, 6, 4, 7, 6, 10, 3, 2, 2, 7, 2, 10, 8, 2, 9, 3, 8, 3, 9, 3, 4, 1, 6, 2, 5, 4, 3, 6, 8, 2, 9, 9, 6, 1, 6, 4, 5, 9, 7, 5, 9, 4, 10, 9, 7, 10 = 329

>>1011389
>As for herself, the azure dragon is going to contribute over the next few days of sea travel by making scouting runs by broomstick, so she finds trouble before trouble finds them.
Marisa is flying about half a day ahead of the group, making sure the port is going to be safe to land in, and that there's no marauding sea monster or such. As such, she's the first to get a look at their destination.

Ironport has been of strategic importance since the end of the Balorian Crusade, as the shift in creation’s geomancy created a new demense. It has managed to remain uncapped for over seven hundred years, as it blesses the surrounding area with abundant ferrous deposits. The sands can be used to make pig iron, the trees resist pests and decay, and the people… well, the additional iron in their blood tends to leave them poorer in health, but thaumaturgical warding and the immaculate monks have managed to mitigate those issues for much of the population. From the briefing, Marisa knows immaculate monks also brought proper calendar worship to the people and spirits here. Initially the town was two separate villages about three miles apart from each other, but they grew and expanded over time, especially with the Realm's protection, so they ended up becoming a single town with two city gods.

What she sees however is... odd, maybe? The town is almost lifeless, doors shut, salterns untended, smithy dark. The signs of life she does see are two or three scales of armed beastmen. Stirge-like features make those you saw in conflict with the Lintha. There's no immediate signs of violence- buildings intact, no ships in port or loot/body piles. It's uncertain if the town has perhaps always had a high concentration of stirgefolk, maybe as a result of demesne mutations or other factors from way back before the empress took over? Certainly wasn't mentioned in the history/briefing of the town though.

So, what do? Make first contact? Try to sneak away/observe more in silence? Active your nose for treasure and hunt around before anyone else catches up with you?

>>1011874
No dice, but frankly with your pools it's trivial to instill intimacies in the young sailor- only real limit is number of scenes. Technically I might only count this as one scene, as we're not actually doing multiple different focuses during the next couple days, but if your goal is to tie this guy around your finger, consider it done. Definitely and intimacy of lust, maybe another appropriate one if you've got any other ideas in mind?
Potentially more importantly, is your informant allowed at bible study?
>>1011973
>Possibly something about past occasions when Danaa'd fought the Lintha while incarnated as a human? Encouraging discussion afterward on the subject of how lessons therein can be applied to everyday life at sea.
Could be some friction with the crew, but if you're trying to reform and bend them to your will, an intimacy towards the immaculate texts might be useful.

>>1011756
>>1011891
If we want a drawn out back and forth mental battle, probably best to do that in the combat channel; you have my permission to adjudicate each other's stunts and conduct the battle yourselves, and, as a broader thing, all intraparty social combat can be conducted that way. If you feel you need a neutral party or that the other people at the table aren't playing fairly, of course as the ST I'm happy to assume the role of adjudicator, but otherwise I don't feel as though I need to be involved in dialog and combat stuff between each other.
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No. 1012388 ID: afdebc

rolled 3, 2, 9, 9, 6, 4, 3, 4, 3, 3, 5, 4, 8, 8, 5, 6, 5, 9, 9, 8, 1, 7, 3, 3, 6, 8, 2, 8, 9, 4 = 164

>>1011976
Okay, it's now the third day after the battle with the Lintha, meaning Marisa got to sleep twice more, so rolling (Conviction x2) = 6 dice for willpower recovery.

> no ships in port
Is... that normal? Maybe there's no out-of-towners docked, but should a town this size have some of their own boats? Academic knowledge check! (Intelligence 2 + Sail 0).

>So, what do?
"Let's see if the locals have any lookouts who are awake. Look away for a sec, Hourai?" Spending 2m personal to activate Observer Awareness Method, rolling (Perception 3 + Larceny 4). Rolled successes will only matter if there's any observers close to pinpoint, which is sort of unlikely floating out over the harbor, but should return the binary yes/no if they're further than that.

Marisa's also gonna do a quick check for some kind of spiritual problem hiding from plain sight. With the harbor empty, the help of a doldrum to calm the wind (and thus the waves), and the midmorning sun, we've got a nice, _big_ mirror reflecting a good clear view of town. Committing 2m personal to activate Spirit-Detecting Mirror Technique, and rolling (Perception 3 + Awareness 3) + 1 autosuccess from the Second Awareness Excellency for another 3m personal.
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No. 1012394 ID: 59f01e

rolled 4, 10, 1, 8, 4, 5, 6, 4, 3, 4, 1, 1, 10, 8, 1, 2, 2, 3, 5, 3, 7, 5, 8, 9, 1, 3, 10, 7, 7, 10, 6, 9, 6, 9, 8, 3, 3, 4, 5, 2, 5, 1, 10, 2, 10, 7, 5, 8, 7, 1, 10, 1, 6, 4, 3, 8, 5, 4, 4, 3 = 311

>>1012388
>3, 2, 9, 9, 6,
That's two wp regained,
4, 3,
and no successes on the role to recall maritime port knowledge. Given that you've got ECT though, you have the info from the briefing locked down pretty well; the "town" as it were actually boasts a permanent population of less than a thousand. Unusual for a place of geomantic power and raw resource extraction, but the demense mutations are hard on the mortals here, and the forests are harbor to creatures not always kindly disposed of men. They boast an unusually high and valuable level of tribute in return for an unusual level of support from the local immaculate chapter which... you're pretty pretty sure one of the stirgefolk has the possessions of? You have intel on the personnel stationed there from your cousins last reports, mainly because they got in an spat apparently. Disciple of hesiesh recognized the staff of the head monk, described as being strung with rosin oiled iron hairs, as a weapon designed for non-immaculate martial arts, which caused... friction. And by the docks there is a very large stirgefolk carrying a staff strung with iron hairs.

4, 3, 3, 5, 4, 8, 8, 5, 6,
That's two successes on Observer Awareness Style. Unsure how close Marisa is to town, but it's unlikely there's anyone within those twenty yards, much less someone watching her. Counting your...
5, 9, 9, 8, 1, 7, 3, 3,
five successes total after including your second excellency, you can pretty easily tell no one in town is aware of you, but there's stuff in the forest (about three miles from the dock) which is reacting to your presence- spirits, or animals, or both maybe, moving in response to your shadow. Too far from the water's surface, especially with the myriad of trees breaking up your sight line, to see any reflections that far in, but there's certainly birds who may speak to the fish who may tell the sailors and so on, so be careful and know you may not escape unobserved.

As for Spirit-Detecting Mirror Technique, you can see the god of the port, Limani speaking to the large stirgefolk, and as such, can hear half the conversation.
"If Tellus Dasos (a name Marisa recognizes as the other spirit given ownership of ironport) and his fanatics really can destabilize the demense, they surely would have already. They gain nothing by hiding in the woods- you must strike and take control of the mills if you want to make up for the loss in iron tribute."
He pauses then, listening to a response you presume, before speaking up again in an angry huff:
"You think yourself clever but if we don't adapt then there will be no bargain for you to uphold. Don't your masters have more forces sequestered on their island? Surely they would listen to a request to respond! Think well on my words young one and you may yet live to see another day."
With that, the spirit storms off.
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No. 1012531 ID: afdebc

rolled 10, 8, 3, 5, 1, 9, 1, 2, 9, 7, 2, 9, 6, 3, 8, 7, 2, 2, 3, 9 = 106

>>1012394
>destabilize the demense
Huh, well, that's not good. Luckily geomancy ain't fast.

So two squabbling factions, City god and stirgefolk vs Tellus Dasos and his supports, messing up iron-tax collection and possibly blowing everything up. (Tellus' guys are more alert if they're the ones who noticed her... although maybe the bats are just focused on watching land rather than sea, because that's where they expect trouble to come from). Sounds like an incident brewing! And one Posu might be interested in, too. Not the mission, but the group should probably do something about that. Noooot yet though. An hour away from the boat is too far away to hang around long if something else shows up, and she doesn't know which side to shoot, yet. (I mean, shooting both sides and sorting it out later is a classic, but that works better when they're closer together).

About face! Marisa's heading back to the others to report in.
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No. 1012764 ID: 82be69

rolled 1, 2, 7, 8, 10, 3, 8, 10, 5, 9, 4, 7, 5, 7, 9, 7, 5, 5, 7, 10, 9, 3, 1, 1, 7, 8, 6, 6, 9, 2, 8, 6, 2, 2, 5, 10, 5, 1, 3, 3, 8, 4, 8, 1, 10, 9, 7, 4, 8, 10, 1, 1, 3, 9, 4, 1, 10, 8, 5, 8 = 345

>>1012531

As Marisa comes back, Posu is done cloistering herself in her cabins, pouring over the last 25 years of tax reports, and every primary source that she could think to locate that would have gone into the briefings for the mission.

Int 4 + Bureaucracy 5 + 1st Excellency 9 (+2 Catching Fraud specialty and another +2 Excellency if it is relevant, since she will be looking for it, but that's less the primary reason she's there)

And she was performing a sort of warm up, doing 100 one handed push ups with the two heaviest individuals on the ship standing on her back with fully loaded barrels of grain.
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No. 1012765 ID: 82be69

rolled 8, 9, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 10, 7, 10, 4, 5, 7, 6, 10, 7, 7, 4, 7, 5, 1, 8, 10, 4, 2, 2, 3, 7, 3, 10, 3, 5, 1, 10, 10, 4, 3, 1, 7, 8, 2, 9, 5, 4, 9, 9, 10, 6, 7, 5, 8, 3, 1, 6, 5, 6, 9, 1 = 339

>>1012531

As Marisa comes back, Posu is done cloistering herself in her cabins, pouring over the last 25 years of tax reports, and every primary source that she could think to locate that would have gone into the briefings for the mission.

Int 4 + Bureaucracy 5 + 1st Excellency 9 (+2 Catching Fraud specialty and another +2 Excellency if it is relevant, since she will be looking for it, but that's less the primary reason she's there)

And she was performing a sort of warm up, doing 100 one handed push ups with the two heaviest individuals on the ship standing on her back with fully loaded barrels of grain.
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No. 1012819 ID: 59f01e

>>1012764
1, 2, 7, 8, 10, 3, 8, 10, 5, 9, 4, 7, 5, 7, 9, 7, 5, 5, 7, 10, 9, 3, 1, 1, 7, 8, 6, 6,
One dot stunt, for a basic description of your action and how you're accomplishing the research- as a general note, I'm stating for the sake of clarity and consistency that Posu would need magical enhancement to do 100 push ups with 1000lbs on her back. That's the sort of thing she could do once in the moment, like kicking down a door, but is pretty much at the upper limit of what she can handle under her own, unenhanced power. GURPS probably has good rules for what percentage of your maximum lift your normal carry weight would be.

>pouring over the last 25 years of tax reports, and every primary source that she could think to locate
On average, it takes two minutes to read a page. Posu can read about ten per minute, further enhanced to fifty per minute with her Jewel of Swift Comprehension (thank you Magey, I would have forgotten to include that otherwise). That makes reading over the years of tax notes pretty trivial. The town has been 5%-10% short of their proper dues the last three years, despite direct immaculate support and oversight. They Satrap cites growing Lintha boldness increasing trade prices in the area, making it more difficult to maintain a consistent output, but you can tell that's not the whole story. Their iron tribute, one of the twins two major goods that makes up the tax, is significantly lower, by almost twenty percent, and they've tried to make up for it with higher ironwood quotients but aren't fully catching up. It's obvious to Posu that the towns is stockpiling iron for whatever reason, and either assuming they're not embezzling enough to be worth the Realm's time, or that they'll accomplish whatever goal they have before the pattern became too noticable.
Of further note, looking at the tributes from each "section" of town, you can tell the "port" part of Ironport must of been bigger and more prosperous than the logging side; when the two sections were incorporated into a singular town, and two gods elevated to the status of City God, with worship appropriate to their titles, it likely improved the title and worship Tellus Dasos was receiving, at the cost of power and attention for Limani. There are no records of direct disobedience, violence, or other derelictions of duty, but it's is obvious to anyone that the Realm moving in and taking worship from the god of the port might not please them overly.
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No. 1012824 ID: 82be69

rolled 10, 1, 8, 10, 3, 2, 3, 6, 10, 5, 6, 7, 9, 5, 5, 4, 4, 1, 6, 6, 5, 5, 10, 10, 4, 3, 1, 4, 7, 2, 7, 5, 4, 9, 2, 1, 9, 2, 8, 5, 3, 2, 1, 10, 1, 10, 9, 9, 3, 9 = 271

>>1012819
Yeah, I came up with those numbers with the Power Armor stats, where 100 pushups with 200 pounds under load makes more sense for that.

>>1012531

"Well, this whole conversation seems fishy. 10 Obols says this winds up including a coup attempt from Limani aimed at ousting Tellus Dasos from the shared position of City God, and possibly trying to usurp the whole city from Realm control, as revenge for being forced to share with what was a god of a smaller village before the merger."

Posu would stand up, allowing the crew to actually step off before stretching out.

"At least, that's about what I would expect from what you just said and the tax records."
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No. 1012830 ID: f57349

rolled 3, 3, 1, 4, 4, 9, 7, 4, 10, 9, 4, 5, 7, 2, 10, 5, 2, 9, 6, 1, 5, 9, 9, 6, 5, 10, 4, 3, 2, 9, 1, 6, 3, 6, 4, 3, 7, 2, 10, 3, 3, 3, 5, 4, 9, 6, 7, 1, 7, 4, 8, 5, 4, 9, 4, 9, 1, 2, 3, 3 = 309

Quick questions for Efficient Secretary Technique to assess how much of a hurry we should be in:

First, attendance lists for the last three Immaculate religious services in Ironport, sorted by how far they'd traveled during the 75 hours immediately prior to the service (as a proxy for whether they live and work in town).
Of those people, how many are currently injured, imprisoned, dead, or 'not found?'
How many are inside the town?
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No. 1012834 ID: 911880

rolled 7, 8, 6, 1, 4, 5, 4, 4, 5, 7, 1, 4, 5, 5, 6, 8, 5, 2, 2, 9, 2, 3, 10, 1, 2, 10, 7, 7, 5, 3 = 148

After the debate with Posu and trying to deal with the accusations they have brought to light. Ribbons decided to take it easy, toning down their looks (disable the Appearance buff of the IRA) and Just work on the rough draft of their western chapter of their book, playing with Kerioth. light role-playing, having him reenact some scenes she had in mind of Sword fights, giving tips on how to seem more heroic and charming, someone the Realm might swoon over, and perhaps hands on learning on what to do with those that are Swooned (Committing 1 Peripheral to make in a Shadow Finger, on top of rolling conviction 3 times for the 3 nights rest for 9 dice to recover WP). The main thing they waited on was Marisa as she did want a private word with her about a concern.

"Hey Mari, you got a moment? Is Posu doing okay? the other day I came in to get our paperwork and documents in order and she kinda snapped at me and shut it down before. . . well accusing me of being an agent against her. something about maybe being an assassin or a saboteur. When I asked why she thought that. . . . her reason was she had no evidence and my background check was clean. Even when i pointed this out, she flared up her aura and drove me to tears, wanting me to confess to something she thought she was right on. This seemed sudden and was wondering, since you seem to be close to her. . . is she doing okay? or am I about to be killed for a Crime i didn't do?"
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No. 1012908 ID: afdebc

rolled 2, 2, 8, 4, 2, 4, 2, 6, 2, 8, 3, 6, 7, 1, 8, 2, 1, 10, 1, 9 = 88

>>1012824
>10 Obols says this winds up including a coup attempt from Limani aimed at ousting Tellus Dasos from the shared position of City God, and possibly trying to usurp the whole city from Realm control, as revenge for being forced to share with what was a god of a smaller village before the merger.
"Psha~w. My money's on them going after each as soon as they figured out no one from the Isle was paying enough attention to stop 'em.

>>1012834
>Is Posu doing okay?
Marisa lets out an unhappy sigh. "You know who we're looking for. It's her kid out there with the missing fang. It's messing with her head, I think."

>or am I about to be killed for a Crime i didn't do?
"Aheheh, you should be fine, a real stickler for the rules, our Posu. 'Scuse me."

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"Oi! Posu! What the Hell do you think you're doing, terrifying a sworn sister? Don'tcha got more important things to be focused on? Didn't I tell ya not to do that? Do I haveta force sense through that mask?"
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No. 1013007 ID: 59f01e

rolled 6, 3, 8, 7, 7, 2, 1, 3, 10, 6, 5, 7, 8, 9, 3, 1, 10, 6, 1, 5, 8, 6, 10, 4, 4, 2, 4, 7, 6, 2, 1, 10, 7, 4, 8, 2, 5, 4, 6, 2, 8, 10, 5, 6, 7, 2, 5, 10, 2, 4, 3, 6, 3, 3, 10, 10, 2, 9, 5, 10 = 330

>>1012830
The three most recent services (starting with the one furthest from today's date) contained 201 attendees, 222 attendees, and 214 attendees respectively. The master set of attendees from all three services contains 430 non-repeating individuals, of whom 164 live more than one mile away from the temple, and none of whom live more than four miles from the temple.
Of the master set, ten individuals are currently injured, zero are imprisoned, four are dead, and 108 are unsearchable, no results found, implying that information regarding them is being actively concealed.
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No. 1013016 ID: 82be69

rolled 2, 9, 6, 7, 4, 5, 5, 5, 2, 7, 7, 9, 8, 10, 10, 4, 7, 7, 6, 9, 10, 5, 8, 4, 7, 5, 10, 3, 7, 9, 5, 6, 1, 8, 8, 4, 9, 7, 3, 9, 3, 8, 3, 8, 1, 7, 7, 1, 3, 5 = 303

>>1012908
Posu was looking out at the starless night sky over the mostly still ocean as Marisa came up to her.

"I have barely any idea of what you're talking about. I asked a simple question, I didn't yell or use any explicit threats of violence, and I kept in mind that mortals tend to see broken limbs as 'horrible life changing injuries' instead of a frustrating week at worst."

"But anyway, I'm not going to get into a serious fight on our only method of transportation. If we were going to get into a fight it would be out in the open ocean where you wouldn't be able to get me under the water and I wouldn't be able to fly to fight you in the relative sky. We might as well wait until we're actually in the city and have a free minute outside of the investigation. First to a solid bruise?"
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No. 1013125 ID: afdebc

rolled 8, 2, 9, 7, 4, 1, 8, 2, 6, 2, 9, 1, 7, 10, 2, 10, 9, 1, 10, 5 = 113

"GAaah, don't play dumb Posu, I know you're smarter than me, that's insulting. Ya don't think that, maybe, offering to fight your sworn sister over 'not explicit' threats towards another sworn sister is missing the point?"

The frustrated witch collapses against the rail by Posu.

"Look, I know you don't know magic for a damn, but she literally cannot be out to get you without breaking the Sworn Brother's Oath. Could you stop trying to break the spell and focus on the 'nathema busting and rescuing we gotta do?"
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No. 1013378 ID: 82be69

rolled 5, 6, 2, 8, 10, 9, 3, 10, 9, 4, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 9, 10, 1, 10, 4, 5, 2, 6, 3, 7, 10, 7, 4, 7, 1, 1, 9, 4, 4, 1, 1, 9, 6, 9, 5, 8, 4, 10, 10, 9, 6, 10, 6, 6, 1 = 290

>>1013125
"Have you ever tried to remove implicit threats from inherently confrontational conversations? Anyway, I offered to get into a fight because it's really fun, as opposed to a particularly strong position."

Posu would let out a sigh.

"However, there's new things I am going to be keeping an eye on regarding Ribbons. But, there's a lot of suspicious things going on here. But, as I don't have any kind of proof yet, which I will be collecting as a personal thing. Since even if my gut feeling is unfounded, there is something hiding here and things that don't add up to me.

"You don't need to worry about any actual kind of retaliation or whatever dumb thing she's worried about,provided I don't turn up years of missing back taxes or anything like that."

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Alright, so I am having trouble putting this into words, but I would like to propose is just going in and politely asking to be caught up on the situation and using their unpayed taxes as leverage to push them into helping us if they really don't want to help out and get things back on track.
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No. 1013379 ID: f57349

rolled 8, 5, 6, 1, 10, 4, 2, 3, 6, 7, 5, 6, 6, 1, 10, 8, 6, 7, 3, 2, 3, 5, 4, 8, 2, 10, 4, 9, 2, 1, 8, 2, 8, 9, 6, 1, 7, 3, 4, 8, 10, 2, 1, 7, 7, 7, 8, 1, 4, 6, 7, 3, 3, 2, 10, 4, 5, 10, 6, 6 = 319

>>1013007
Lobelia's going to share this information with the rest of the team while squinting at the forward horizon, as if those attendance records were posted on a barely-visible road sign.
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No. 1013466 ID: afdebc

>Alright, so I am having trouble putting this into words, but I would like to propose is just going in and politely asking to be caught up on the situation and using their unpayed taxes as leverage to push them into helping us if they really don't want to help out and get things back on track.
"Eh, so just go up to the mayor and ask to be filled in? Or... Limani or whoever's actually in charge right now? I guess that works... though they're probably not gonna be honest if they're in the wrong and ran Tellus 'n co out of town.

"...you could probably smooze someone lower down depending on who we hand the prize ship off to? The beastfolk in town looked like the same kind we saw a few days ago too, if they've been fighting pirates, probably looking at some useful gratitude."

>>1013379
"A quarter of the faithful have dropped off the map? Sounds like we got an incident on our hands all right."
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