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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. 1023107 ID: ab48d9

>and see about getting you an invitation to the dinner in a few days, if you'd care to learn more about our house."

Ribbons would give a bow as the payment was taken and shakes their head. What info they had gather was good for now and having an invitation to see the one in charge seemed like a good follow up when it is received.

"Then I shall await the invitation. I shall be hanging about the town, for now, you should catch up and deliver that payment to your Mother. Till we meet once more~"

Ribbons gave a final smile before heading back to town, once out of view, turning off the elegance of their regalia and pulling out some parchment to begin transcribing the info gathers. Family name, the prepared speech, the reason given for being here. Ready to pass this on as they went to go regroup, or be dragged off somewhere by a sorcerer on a broom.
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No. 1023298 ID: 59f01e

rolled 10, 2, 6, 2, 1, 8, 2, 10, 3, 9, 7, 9, 5, 5, 9, 7, 1, 8, 7, 2, 3, 7, 9, 5, 5, 9, 4, 6, 8, 1, 2, 9, 1, 8, 4, 3, 3, 7, 4, 7, 6, 4, 4, 2, 5, 1, 5, 5, 9, 5, 9, 7, 10, 9, 3, 4, 10, 10, 8, 10 = 344

>>1021629
>It's up to you whether the bigger problem here in town was you being sick in bed, or you being in a position of power, and alive
>>1021726
>I formally declared that I was temporarily assuming the duties of Satrap

"Take it." Ruban starts in a hoarse whisper.
"I resign. Lock me up, I don't want the house or the silks or the office. If you don't try me then I'll head to the isle myself, submit myself to the order. Whatever you do, just keep me far away from the threshold. I've..."
"I've see the horrors lurking beyond the island. I've got a few tools that help me understand bureaucracy better, and I found a way to turn a blind eye to certain administrative duties, delegate them out, and thereby avoid violating the contract directly. People are scared. Every day there's talk that the monsters on the edge of the world are getting closer and that families are going to have to fend for themselves when the legions are too busy strangling money or blood out of each other to defend them. So, when I talk to certain elders or foremen, I make it clear that I don't need to count the production myself- if iron yields are down a couple hundred pounds from last year, it can't be helped, times being what they are, no reason to doubt them. Balancing safety and productivity are fine lines- giving the people trust to care for their needs goes a long way towards keeping them loyal."

Full confession essentially amounts to... well, it's questionable if it's technically breaking any laws. Essentially boils down to admitting less strict enforcement of tribute oversight to try and keep the population safe and loyal, stave off growing unrest in the time of tumult. Posu could certainly find some way to throw the book at her if desired. Loyalty to the realm specifically seems questionable- she seems concerned with self preservation first and administering to the town second.

>>1021771
Alright, sweep of the town doesn't produce anything, so the oath-bound can feel confident no one here is secretly infected and that whatever orchids were here are gone. Out in the woods you get a few false alarms- ants, infected with some sort of fungus that uses them to disperse spores, frogs with too many legs eaten, wasps that lay their eggs in still living creatures, that sort of thing. Nothing which seems out of the ordinary or part of a plot to subjugate this region of creation. I don't have good numbers on demense size or area outside the town that could house people, so I'm just gonna say based on the math in the discord that you spend an hour searching without any alarm-bell pings being discovered.

>>1022047
2, 4, 6, 7, 4, 6,
Single success, but you've got magic compass powers, so that's probably sufficient to not get lost while you're out and about.

>>1022269
>>1023106
Ribbons, Hortense, and Posu all converge on the town hall at once- Posu and Hortense looking for Buonaparte, and Ribbons following her senses to meet up with Posu, the only other oath-bound still in town. Hortense looks surprised at the sight of Posu, before giving a bow and asking after her in Old Realm.
"Ah, a soldier of the dragons, no? I did not expect Ironport to be visited again so soon. Are you here to speak to the Satrap? If you haven't been formally greeted, then allow me to introduce our house and explain the going ons of the past few days."
If not stopped she simply regurgitates information Posu, Ribbons, and the players as a whole, have already heard. Star-wipe-propeller-noise what do next?
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No. 1023374 ID: f57349

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

After any other urgent medical problems among the townsfolk have been dealt with, Agent Lobelia will ask to examine the rooms where the previous sworn brotherhood stayed while they were here. That should be an adequate starting point for tracking them with Inevitable Pursuit, assuming the trail wasn't supernaturally concealed.
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No. 1023380 ID: ef8ef0

rolled 5, 1, 2, 4, 8, 8, 7, 1, 10, 5, 2, 3, 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 3, 9, 9, 2, 5, 2, 1, 5, 5, 9, 1, 2, 6, 5, 1, 7, 2, 8, 2, 9, 5, 5, 8, 9, 4, 6, 4, 10, 5, 8, 6, 10, 7 = 266

>>1023298
"You will be able to resign at a future date when the issues of the present Wyld Hunt are dealt with. You will be tried at that time, though your cooperation will earn you a lessened sentence provided duty in the short run. Your duties will also include identifying a suitable replacement for training. I will have further questions about the previous group of Dragons that visited this city when I am done handling the potential danger in the city."

And Posu would head off with the orb in hand keeping an eye on Buonaparte. Stopping, though keeping an eye on the scrying, only as Ribbons and Hortense arrive, and being sure to find out about the general. And after exchanging a brief greeting with the stirge turned to Ribbons.

"Good that you are here, I was hoping to ask some questions to the 'satrap' regarding some items found and your particular skills would expedite the process significantly and with less possible damage."
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No. 1023390 ID: 287555

>>1023374
After the sweep, Marisa will tag along with the monk, for now. If nothing else, she's got dots in Awareness and Survival, and can provide cooperation dice on the attempted tracking action.
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No. 1023411 ID: 59f01e

rolled 4, 10, 4, 4, 4, 4, 7, 9, 5, 8, 2, 6, 3, 6, 9, 9, 2, 3, 10, 9, 5, 9, 2, 1, 9, 5, 1, 7, 10, 3, 3, 10, 1, 10, 1, 6, 10, 3, 10, 5, 6, 4, 5, 7, 5, 6, 3, 4, 8, 4, 5, 4, 6, 8, 7, 8, 8, 3, 3, 2 = 335

>>1023374
You pass out minor miracles to the huddled unwashed masses at the immaculate temple- a colicky baby nurses again, a logger regains lost fingers, an orphans fever breaks, etc, before you hear a soft knock at the door. A scream from one of the populace is quickly stifled by their neighbor as the strigfolk give you rough bows. They request you meet them outside the temple, and quickly explain they came to you in search of healing, having been told you were a doctor of sorts, but that they didn't want to show off an injured man to the people in the temple, lest it upset them further and sour impressions for the wrong reasons. They gently lower him to the ground- he's asleep, with a minor head wound, but is easily roused and taken care of.

"Ah don't rightly know what happened." the man says, sitting up groggily and rubbing the back of his head. "I was leaving the camp cause I wasn't have none more-a this nonesense, and I just felt a sudden wave overcome me. Everythings warm and dark and rushing wind and then next thing I know I wake up here. You folks our new overlords or something like that? I can tell ya where the gods of the woods are holed up, don't need to be no trouble or pointy sticks if you're thinkin-a that sorta thing."

> That should be an adequate starting point for tracking them with Inevitable Pursuit, assuming the trail wasn't supernaturally concealed
Interested in resolving this soon, just wanna finish the current conversation first.
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No. 1023588 ID: 911880

rolled 3, 4, 2, 4, 5, 3, 10, 10, 2, 3, 3, 7, 4, 4, 7, 5, 5, 7, 4, 7 = 99

>>1023380
> particular skills would expedite the process significantly and with less possible damage

"would that be the skills I have demonstrated, or the Skills you think I have?"

Ribbons would joke, handing them the notes they took on the interaction with the Stirgefolk, looking around to see if Keri was nearby.

"And I may be one step ahead of you on that. If you wish to question them, would it not be apt to talk to the Mother? after all, she is the one in charge and her second in command seem to just be following orders. Besides if the corruption in this city is true and the stirgefolk are enacting a legal take over with a paper trail and everything, would that not be a net positive? Assuming the Mother has been telling her Daughter the truth. Perhaps we can Lure her out by offering to help expedite her request and help make it more legal? allow us to press her for this information as well as if she is Guilty of playing a part in this poisoning scheme was it? not have to fight her on her home turf."
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No. 1023722 ID: cff2d9

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

>>1023588
Posu ignored the leading comment as she responded to the second.

"Consider for a second the kind of political disunity that such an action would imply, willingly selling out Ragara family holdings to a known would be usurper. Taking such an action would say to the world that our hold on our lands is tenuous at best, rolling over and making it easier for the people who would think to capitalize on the rare occasion where that might be true would open too many possible fires to maintain proper order. A better solution can be exacted without paving the way for the barbarians at the gate to tear down the great works. The fact that they stand accused of possession of a Chakra Blossom Orchid capable of wiping entire villages off the face of the map is the Daiklave sized dagger in the heart of any real chances they have of actually being allowed to persist.

"Besides, this strictly speaking isn't her home territory. The stirge are as much visitors as anyone else."
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No. 1023743 ID: 287555

rolled 2, 5, 2, 5, 9, 9, 4, 6, 6, 9, 5, 3, 9, 3, 6, 4, 4, 6, 10, 7, 8, 10, 7, 1, 2, 5, 6, 1, 10, 2, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 10, 10, 3, 2, 10, 9, 7, 1, 9, 3, 6, 4, 6, 5, 10 = 285

>>1023411
>You folks our new overlords or something like that?
"Don't worry!" Marisa replies in high realm with a grin "The good-old overlords are still in charge."

>I can tell ya where the gods of the woods are holed up
"So uh, what's the story there, anyways? What'sa quarter of the townsfolk doing camped out in the forest in the company of spirits?"

Marisa will commit 2m personal (and spend another 1m surcharge) to activate Auspicious First Meeting Attitude (their last meeting didn't count, he was unconscious and she didn't even get a look at him) and she'll roll (Essence 4 + Willpower 10) to activate her Stone of Recognition. I'm not sure social combat is needed to get answers out of him if he's cooperative or disillusioned with the forest gods at this point, but if so, the dice pool is (Charisma 4 + Presence 3), +3 specialty dice from AFMA, possible benefits from the hearthstone, Appearance 2.
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No. 1024149 ID: 59f01e

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

>>1023743
So, first off, stone of recognition, Marisa got
>2, 5, 2, 5, 9, 9, 4, 6, 6, 9, 5, 3, 9, 3, 6, 4,
And the villager, with e2 and WP 6, got
>>4, 10, 4, 4, 4, 4, 7, 9
Unlikely tie, no mechanical bonus.
>(their last meeting didn't count, he was unconscious and she didn't even get a look at him)
>Cumulatively reduce the Charm’s specialty by -1 per prior scene of social combat in which the Exalt and the target both participated.
First Meeting still goes off though, as you said- haven't had any social combat in the same scene before now.

4, 6, 10, 7, 8, 10, 7, 1, 2, 5, 6, 1, 10, 2, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 10, 10, 3, 2, 10, 9, 7, 1, 9, 3, 6, 4, 6, 5, 10 = 285
>What'sa quarter of the townsfolk doing camped out in the forest in the company of spirits?"
>4, 6, 10, 7, 8, 10, 7, 1, 2, 5, 6, 1, 10
Yeah, social combat or not, that's looking like nine success, more than enough to beat MDV 4.

The man with the treated head wound introduces himself as "Young Orsen" (he says it was a less confusing name when his father was alive) with a deferential bow.
"Begging your pardon, I mean no disrespect. We heard thems with spears were out to get the town, and I don't have it about me to defend mayselfs. I hope it's not too grave an insult to give mayselfs up that way m'liege. Anyways, your question!" he says, lifting his head from the bow and casting about your faces, judging approval levels as he continues:
"The Man O' the Woods thinks the other godsa jealous a him. Priests added him onto the calendar and tookaway from the sea gods favor, right? Long time ago, but that's only something that matters to us wee folks, them gods have a mind to hold onto grudges. So, when the woodsman gets his promotion, all it takes is an opportunity for the sea to get back at him. Thinks there's no other reason for him to be seen talking to armed outsiders. Suppose its not that odd to see an army let in the gates overnight and get spooked, but he's a mess. Thinks everyones out to get him, wouldn't let anyone leave, wants us to be ready to hold the earth hostage and I just couldn't take it. Found my way out, figured I try to throw my lot in with whoever he was so scared of here, hope they treated me better than a hungry captive."
At that his stomach rumbles and his face pales a bit.
"...I think I'd best be sitting down for a bit now."
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No. 1024255 ID: 287555

rolled 1, 1, 7, 9, 9, 5, 7, 2, 8, 9, 10, 8, 6, 4, 10, 7, 8, 8, 2, 6, 7, 5, 4, 9, 6, 7, 6, 6, 6, 3 = 186

>>1024149
Marisa turns to Lobelia "Sounds like we got an uppity god in need of smiting. Wanna broom-pool, or are you taking the medicopter?"

Pretty much waiting long enough for Young Orson to give directions towards wherever the King of the Wood is holed off with his hostages (and leaving the stirgefolk with an instruction to see he gets the care he needs), and then she's off.
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No. 1024260 ID: f57349

rolled 8, 1, 1, 8, 9, 4, 4, 5, 10, 4, 9, 2, 9, 4, 1, 8, 1, 8, 1, 4, 1, 8, 9, 9, 1, 1, 5, 9, 10, 5, 8, 6, 8, 4, 10, 5, 5, 10, 7, 3, 4, 7, 3, 9, 10, 8, 8, 5, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10, 9, 6, 4, 1, 8, 4, 10 = 366

>>1024255
>Wanna broom-pool, or are you taking the medicopter?"
"The latter. In fact, I'll race you, if you can name stakes which wouldn't violate my monastic vows. Once we arrive, please remember 'hostage situation' means that only 'zero fatalities' counts as a win... but if you end up needing to dismember somebody in self-defence, or as part of putting an overambitious spirit back in their place, I'll understand."

For that race, I'll be using Destiny-Knitting Entanglement and Mirror-Shattering Method for speed, Inevitable Pursuit for navigation - should be a simple matter of back-tracing Young Orsen's trail. Speaking of whom, I'll write up a quick letter of recommendation praising his adherence to the Fifth Diligent Practice, along with any other plausibly-relevant positive qualities he seems to possess, then shuck my resplendent destiny, direct that letter toward his next employer with Predestined Delivery Shaping (paid for with peripheral motes) and toss it vaguely heavenward over my shoulder with a shout of "Paper is in the sky, all's right with the world!" just before I submerge the medevac pod in the harbor to activate MSM.
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No. 1024267 ID: ab48d9

>>1023722
"Hm, true. Though if we intervene and show we are willing to help sanction such actions, may prevent future uprising. They initially planned to just take over and prove they can do a better job to validate their take over. If we intervene it will show other that the realm truly cares to make things better. Plus if you don't humor this idea, how do you plan to lure the leader out? If you use violence they will respond with such in return. Best not kick the beehive of you think they carry poison."

They would state, waiting to see what path they would take. Ribbons personally is on board with helping clear up corruption and giving the store a chance, so long as they are not behind the claim Posu was making.
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No. 1024268 ID: 17c4d8

rolled 10, 7, 5, 10, 6, 9, 1, 1, 7, 5, 4, 5, 1, 5, 4, 2, 4, 9, 8, 8, 4, 2, 4, 4, 3, 9, 8, 1, 9, 7, 2, 3, 5, 7, 7, 6, 3, 4, 2, 9, 9, 9, 4, 7, 5, 7, 10, 10, 5, 2 = 278

>>1024267
Posu would look at Ribbons with... Not a puzzled look, but the kind of look that one gives when they have said something that flies in the face of common sense.

"Because decentralizing your political power base into the hands of barbarians at best and a known infestation of heretics at worst that don't even have the proper decency to go through official channels is bad, actually. Anyway, the matter is already at least somewhat past that stage since I have already declared emergency powers as the most senior representative of House Ragara in the middle of a crisis, and I will have to personally root out corruption and train up competent replacements myself when this whole mess is over with. Or I might have the perfect son in mind to take over that job if this area can be made relatively safe.

"But, I plan on luring them out by walking through the door." Posu will take another look at the scrying orb locked on Buonaparte, and open the door to the office she is in, not paying Hortense a mind at all.
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No. 1024405 ID: 287555

rolled 9, 4, 6, 9, 9, 8, 5, 9, 9, 9, 1, 10, 5, 6, 9, 7, 5, 2, 8, 2, 6, 3, 3, 5, 5, 7, 7, 8, 1, 2, 6, 10, 1, 10, 3, 5, 5, 7, 5, 8, 2, 1, 7, 5, 1, 1, 4, 4, 2, 4, 10, 10, 2, 6, 5, 3, 5, 5, 4, 10, 8, 1, 4, 3, 7, 8, 4, 7, 6, 1, 9, 5, 4, 9, 1, 8, 6, 4, 9, 7, 6, 9, 5, 1, 1, 9, 6, 7, 5, 3, 2, 3, 10, 10, 3, 3, 3, 2, 5, 6 = 540

>>1024260
>I'll race you, if you can name stakes which wouldn't violate my monastic vows.
"Ooh! Loser has to polish the winner's ride?" Perhaps generous terms, given that the monk's ride is bigger than Marisa's, but she's excited to see Lobelia is less of a stick-in-the-mud than he seems, and she's trying to encourage that.

Base navigation roll is (I assume) (Mental Attribute + Survival), perhaps Sail, in a different context. Base difficulty reduced by 1 thanks to the RPA looted from Lintha pirates Marisa is currently carrying.

For the piloting action, and I assume the actual dice pool for racing, it's (Dexterity 5 + Ride 5 + Brooms 3) plus 2 autosuccess from the Gem of the Flight Zone.

If the end-goal and/or spirit sanctum needs to be located, Marisa's got (Perception 3 + Awareness 3) and she's willing to burn 3m for an autosuccess with the second perception excellency. She's also not afraid to break out the Illusion-Shattering Mirror, to commit 2m to Spirit-Detecting Mirror Technique or to shamelessly follow and blow past Lobelia if he gets a bead on the target before she does. (If there's an opposed roll to try and feint and send the other off on a false trail, I'm guessing that would be Larceny based?)

And of course, 1m on Heaven-Graced Riding Technique for the last stretch of the race. Not gonna burn motes trying to keep it active the whole time, might need those to deal with an uppity wood god.
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No. 1024585 ID: 59f01e

rolled 2, 10, 5, 9, 5, 4, 4, 10, 2, 10, 4, 4, 2, 2, 10, 2, 1, 4, 1, 7, 10, 6, 6, 5, 1, 4, 3, 9, 8, 7, 9, 4, 1, 1, 10, 3, 7, 3, 8, 5, 9, 7, 5, 3, 4, 4, 9, 7, 7, 5, 9, 2, 8, 1, 5, 4, 5, 9, 7, 8 = 326

The race begins with a two way split. Marisa shoots off into the woods, following directions from a man who just spent the last two hours being carried unconscious through the forest due to a head wound, while Lobelia sends her flying life support machine plummeting into the sea. An auspicious start for both. The main determiner for victory would of course be knowledge- something Lobelia has in abundance. See, while Marisa is guessing where to go, Lobelia can track Orsen exactly, and being immaterial means she can easily navigate the forest. The witches broom can corner well enough that dense trees pose no problem to her, but she can only try to catch up to Lobelia and follow when she finally realizes her lead on the finish line was bunk. The deal is sealed when she speeds ahead of the monk to arrive in an empty clearing at the heart of the demense- too little too late does she realizes the circle of telluric iron, arranged like a ring of mushrooms, is a gateway to a spirits abode, as Lobelia was able to simply pass over the threshold in her de-materialized state. Of course, since you didn't agree on what the actual end finish line was, there's room to debate if getting to the door first is enough to count as a win.

The rolls, for completeness sake:
>>1024255
> 5, 2, 1, 2, 6,
Botched directions roll
>1, 1, 7, 9, 9, 5, 7,
Not botched roll to get back on track
>2, 8, 9, 10, 8, 6, 4, 10, 7,
Eight successes to recognize the spirit sanctum, against difficulty three.

So, Lobelia is inside a spirit's sanctum. The major difference between it and the forest outside is the number of people huddled inside. Tall ferrous trees have iron-truffles amongst their gnarled roots, clear gouges from foraging hooves near a few. The amassed peoples are a mix of laborers, wielding axes and shovels, along with their families. The young and old stare at the newcomer, as do three spirits who appeared to be conversing previously. A boar made of metal, a man made of wood, and an ape, face framed by a braided mane topped with a bow, begin to approach- although the ape clings to the others legs and only peers at you from behind them.

"A monk!" the one of bark announces.
"Surely you are here to save us from our plight! We are stranded, surrounded by plotters who seek to sell Ironport to the highest bidder, along with those who oppose! Have you word from the temple? What news do you bring from outside?"

"You would be better off asking for food, or sense." snorts the boar.
"I do bid you to speak though, monk, should it not violate your vows. Know you are in my home, and I do not take kindly to those who would threaten my domain."

At the boars threat, the ape yelps, throws their arms up and scampers a safe distance away, thumb in mouth as it watches the proceedings.
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No. 1024587 ID: 59f01e

rolled 6, 1, 7, 5, 5, 5, 7, 1, 7, 5, 5, 10, 1, 1, 10, 6, 7, 10, 2, 7, 6, 3, 4, 1, 5, 9, 3, 10, 10, 3, 2, 10, 7, 10, 1, 1, 5, 9, 3, 7, 9, 1, 5, 7, 5, 8, 2, 8, 6, 2, 2, 1, 9, 7, 1, 4, 2, 10, 10, 8 = 324

>>1024267
>>1024268
Buonaparte blinks, looking at Posu first, then Ribbons, then Hortense. She looks down again at her writing, takes a long pause, before setting the quill down and straightening her papers. Standing, she bows silently, and gestures to the desk, averting her gaze. Hortense stands wordless by the door, as both parties await for you to speak.
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No. 1024604 ID: 9f07ed

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

>>1024587
Posu would, most immediately, take a quick look at the paper that Buonaparte is writing on, reading as much as she can in the few seconds that she would have a good look at it, clearly straining the chair which wasn't built for a giant in jade power armor.

"So, General Buonaparte. There are some questions about some items, and especially the Chakra Orchid, found in this room that my assistant will voice more formally."

She put a particularly venomous emphasis on the epithet of general, clearly intoned that she was aware of at least a good bit of what she was hiding.
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No. 1024607 ID: 911880

rolled 10, 7, 7, 1, 6, 10, 7, 9, 6, 2, 3, 1, 4, 8, 1, 4, 3, 6, 8, 7 = 110

>>1024604
Ribbons realized that Posu already had plans for this town, one that does not involve giving the beastmen a chance. They may barbaric, but they seemed to be doing the best they could to legally take over. They had a drafted letter and seemed to have taken over diplomatically. But this was more to confirm a suspicion. . . And seeing how she addressed themselves on being a spy, should not have been as surprise when she just bluntly asked about the poison. No time to set the mood, to establish any charms, just right to the point.
Best course of action is just to be ready to take notes and keep an eye on Bonaparte to get a read on her reaction to all this.
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No. 1024621 ID: f57349

rolled 2, 2, 2, 7, 8, 10, 9, 10, 6, 6, 6, 1, 7, 1, 6, 1, 4, 4, 7, 5, 4, 7, 8, 7, 3, 6, 4, 8, 8, 4, 8, 1, 8, 2, 10, 4, 3, 7, 2, 7, 10, 3, 10, 1, 5, 2, 10, 3, 8, 5, 5, 5, 8, 4, 7, 4, 4, 3, 10, 1 = 323

>>1024585
Spending willpower to re-don my resplendent destiny just a moment before arrival.

First I'll look around to gauge the size and shape of the sanctum interior and number of people present without saying anything. When Marisa gets close, I'll try reaching an arm out through the sanctum entrance, pull her in.

Once she's there, and assuming no immediate fight...
"I am currently investigating allegations of improper geomancy and extorted worship. Is anyone being held here against their will, or in need of medical care? Safe transit can easily be arranged to an area under Ragara Bolang Posu's control, even for those unable to walk."
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No. 1024731 ID: 287555

rolled 5, 4, 7, 8, 10, 6, 4, 4, 8, 9, 7, 9, 6, 7, 10, 4, 1, 5, 10, 5 = 129

>little too late does she realizes the circle of telluric iron, arranged like a ring of mushrooms, is a gateway to a spirits abode
Hmmmmm.
>When Marisa gets close, I'll try reaching an arm out through the sanctum entrance, pull her in.
Meep!

>>1024585
I'm going to assume the spirits were talking in old realm, but Marisa's got a transparent hummingbird hanging out by her shoulder who's plenty used to acting as a translator, so she gets the gist.

>Tall ferrous trees have iron-truffles amongst their gnarled roots, clear gouges from foraging hooves near a few.
Ooh, metal mushrooms you say? Not much good for eating then, but maybe they have some interesting alchemical properties... though probably can't go borrowing any with everyone watching, and those might just be fighting words Lobelia just uttered. Marisa bouncers her mini-hakkero one-handed, while eyeing the spirits, waiting to see if she's going to have to resort to explosions or not.
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No. 1025178 ID: 59f01e

rolled 8, 6, 5, 5, 4, 4, 9, 7, 10, 3, 5, 1, 10, 1, 10, 3, 3, 7, 6, 1, 2, 9, 9, 6, 1, 1, 3, 8, 3, 7, 5, 6, 3, 9, 1, 8, 2, 9, 8, 1, 7, 9, 7, 10, 9, 7, 5, 9, 10, 5, 7, 1, 8, 9, 8, 7, 10, 7, 10, 4 = 358

The letter reads as follows:

"To the house Ragara, rightful stewards of this region of Creation:

Know me by my family name, Morose. Know me by my given name, Buonaparte. I, like you, was born special. I am set apart from the peers in my family, and because of this, I have had a duty, as do you. To lead, to do what others cannot, because to fail to do so means ruin and a slow, wasteful exsanguination. The walls of the world are not what they once were. They fiends that prey on the edges of creation are numerous, as is the rot that plagues it from within. It is true that the miraculous deeds of a few have forestalled the slow spiral into oblivion, but we cannot count on this forever. We must grow strong, forge a new world, and find the path that leads ahead.

To this end, I have been raised and to this end my children and peers have been raised. Yet we are but one family. I have been tasked with securing our future by expanding the claims and resources my family has, such that new lands could grow strong as well. I see house Ragara as both an ally and a threat in this endeavor. Ironport will benefit from our influence, and house Ragara will share in that as well. They have martial prowess we do not, and for this, we pay humble tribute as vassals. As our lords, they have the right to call on us as conscripts and reap the fat from the land such that they can maintain our defenses, shielding us from the greater evils lurking beyond the grave. Yet, this dynamic also means on a whim, I may be killed. The temper of a passionate soldier, the fact that I am different in build and appearance, the fact that my name is not of a favored line- all of these may set your house against me. For this reason, I feel on edge, a losing battle against short sighted prejudice already started in my mind. I have been uncouth and undisciplined allowing these feelings to rule me and assuming that your house would act on my fears, traits unbecoming of a leader. Your grace in the matter was something I did not earn, something many lessers lack. I cannot push this however; not only would it be unright, but also I am as of yet undeserving. As an outsider, you see soldiers occupying your rightful lands, and no labor or fruits to prove good will. So, allow us to propose a gift and an exchange. I shall send members of my family to a court of your choosing and pay for the time I have cost you here. I can send new trade vessels, fit for ocean or river travel, along with strong silk sails to repair or refit your current vessels.

Outside of this, I can offer a trade request. Allow me and members of my family to emigrate to ironport, and instill the official duties of Satrap to me. Not only will we see the town defended, increase health and prosperity, and send this tribute to the isle, but we will clean the shadowland to the south. I ha..."

The letter cuts off, clearly unfinished.

>>1024604
>that my assistant will voice more formally
"Ah, yes, the orchids. Useful tools, when controlled correctly. Especially potent when dealing with the undead. So what questions did you want to ask?
>>1024607
That comment is directed at Ribbons directly, after Posu implied they'll ask the questions. So, going to sit back silently and take notes, or step up to lead the third interrogation?

>>1024621
Dodge MDV of 8 means there's little reason to stat this out as social combat- Boar's attack compelling you to state your name and business doesn't have much chance to land. It does however, let out a deep, grumbling laugh.
"Guffaw! Finally, these pests will be gone from my home! You hear that Tellus Dasos? You have no more excuse to quarter yours here, they are safe elsewhere!"
It begins to chase and stomp, running up to scared villagers and skidding to a halt before bellowing in their faces, laughing and taking great delight causing this terror. You can hear it speak to you still as if it were directly in front of you, despite it currently yelling and running in various parts of it's sanctum.
"Very well! Be you petulant or rude so long as you take them from my home and bother me not. If you wish a favor in return for services rendered, I will demand a proper introduction however. Barge into my home no longer than you need to do your business and begone."


The god identified as Tellus Dasos approaches Lobelia and stands in front of her, back turned, arms flung wide.

"Good people! We all want to be delivered but we know not who this agent works for! Do not deliver yourself to the jaws of the lion if you smell fresh meat inside!"

Clearly trying to counteract what Lobelia just offered. What do?
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No. 1025201 ID: 287555

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

> Dodge MDV of 8 means there's little reason to stat this out as social combat- Boar's attack compelling you to state your name and business doesn't have much chance to land.
Assuming the spirit was speaking in Old Realm, a language Marisa is not fluent in, it wouldn have had even less chance to hit, even if it is being translated by her tag-along doldrum.

> It begins to chase and stomp, running up to scared villagers and skidding to a halt before bellowing in their faces, laughing and taking great delight causing this terror.

> I will demand a proper introduction however
"Nellens goddamn Marisa", the magician yells in high realm, eyes glowing and lightning crackling over her form, personal weapon leveled at the mortal-tormenting spirit. "And you will cut that shit out now, or your name will be a burnt scorch on the earth."

Intimidation-based social attack, Charisma 4 + Presence 3, Appearance 2, Stone of Recognition (Willpower 10 + Essence 4).

Reflexively commiting 3m peripheral to Glorious Birthright Font.
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No. 1025559 ID: 911880

rolled 9, 10, 1, 1, 2, 8, 9, 2, 2, 9, 4, 1, 8, 4, 2, 1, 3, 5, 9, 3, 5, 4, 8, 6, 6, 10, 7, 2, 9, 4, 6, 7, 7, 7, 1, 6, 8, 3, 9, 2 = 210

>>1025178
>So what questions did you want to ask?

Ribbons put the writing utensil they were using in the tip of their mouth, pondering her approach. the topic was brought up, so any subtly to approaching the topic is going to be a bit hard. little time to prep and this was a bit soon for their plans. when they opened their mouth to begin to approach the subject, they 'accidentally' flicked their pen at Bounaparte, quickly fumbling to catch it as it hit her.

"Oh I am so sorry about that Miss, I was trying to . . . and kinda. . . Ahem."

Ribbons smoothed out Bonaparte's sleeve before her own.

"So, You seem to be aware of what we are talking about, meaning you know how dangerous it can be. and seeing as it was found in this room, according to Posu, we are concern of why? can you explain why such an item was found?"

They trying to come off as someone who might be out of their league here, just following orders and hoping this goes smoothly and Honest.

(Deadliest of all Weapons(3m),Blinded by Laughter(2m),Birdsong over Blades(2m) total: 7 Personal Motes)(the pen fling was the 'attack' to apply the truth Poison)
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No. 1026442 ID: 287555

rolled 3, 7, 4, 9, 5, 6, 8, 1, 7, 10, 5, 9, 10, 3, 3, 8, 9, 3, 5, 4, 10, 3, 8, 8, 10, 2, 5, 2, 10, 5 = 182

>>1025201
Summarizing combat

In an extraordinarily poor decision, the porcine spirit is enraged enough to call the bluff of the Nellen's scion, and charges the mortal. Gambling with an exalt who favors Larceny is far from wise, even less so when she's not bluffing at all, but has an armed and obvious compression of raw elemental fury aimed in your direction.

The combat is over quickly, a heron's cry splitting the air as Marisa blows the spirit back from his would-be victim with an explosion of fire, and as he hesitates, wounded and off balance, follows up with a hail of five-pointed stars, leaving him hairless but no-further harmed.

>he kneels, snout pressed into the earth with his eyes closed as a sign of submission.
>"Fine! You have bested me. I am no match for you, and will not protest your extraction of a penance." [High Realm]
"Right then buddy, you owe our friend here a boon," Marisa gestures with her thumb over her sparking shoulder at the (justifiably) terrified mortal behind her. "And behave, or next time I won't pull my shots."

"Ooh! And I want some of those shrooms."

Dice if a roll is needed. Marisa's anima is up to 7/16, lightly lighting cracking up at candle brightness, one mote before anima flux collateral damage risks becoming a problem for other people.
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No. 1026493 ID: 59f01e

rolled 6, 3, 3, 10, 2, 4, 10, 3, 7, 3, 10, 2, 7, 4, 3, 1, 7, 1, 8, 1, 7, 8, 4, 7, 9, 5, 3, 8, 2, 2, 10, 4, 10, 2, 1, 2, 8, 1, 3, 4, 1, 2, 10, 4, 4, 9, 5, 6, 4, 1, 6, 7, 1, 10, 6, 9, 4, 7, 10, 4 = 305

>>1026442
>"Right then buddy, you owe our friend here a boon," Marisa gestures with her thumb over her sparking shoulder at the (justifiably) terrified mortal behind her. [...] "Ooh! And I want some of those shrooms."
>>1011085
Marisa can bank 1xp for a combination of good stunting and IC indulgence.

Eiser Torc huffs, rolls onto his side, and goes limp, presumably resting. Tellus Dasos looks nervously back and forth between Marisa and Lobelia, as do similarly wary onlookers. What's next?

>>1025559
>Deadliest of all Weapons, Blinded by Laughter, Birdsong over Blades
First we check to see if Buonaparte notices the attack. As an attack in plain sight, Ribbons suffers a -2 external penalty to their stealth roll, but due to the feint, and Posu's intimidating form overshadowing any threat Ribbons could pose, Buonaparte suffers a -2 internal penalty on the roll to notice.
>>1025178
>8, 6, 5, 5, 4, 4,
Wits 4, Awareness 4, -2 from distraction, so that's six dice. One success.

>9, 10, 1, 1, 2, 8, 9, 2, 2, 9, 4, 1,
Dex 5, Stealth 5, stunt 2, -2 successes, that's four overall. The attack goes completely unnoticed.
>Deadliest of all Weapons, Blinded by Laughter, Birdsong over Blades
Which means, thanks to your charms, Hortense and Posu don't notice it either, and it deals no damage but successfully delivers the truth poison. Resisting the poison is a difficulty five Stam+Resistance roll. she's got Stamina 4, Resistance 3, so that's
>9, 7, 10, 3, 5, 1, 10,
Six successes on seven dice- a surprising upset, but perhaps the wyld taint in her blood has thrown off Ribbon's carefully calculated serum.
>"So, You seem to be aware of what we are talking about, meaning you know how dangerous it can be. and seeing as it was found in this room, according to Posu, we are concern of why? can you explain why such an item was found?"
She sighs, and removes her ink-stained shirt, revealing more clearly the armor underneath.
"As I understand it, there is a shadowland a months travel from here. I was planning on using these Chakra Orchids to threaten this, either cleaning it up or extorting ghosts as was more valuable. It was our hope that "being the town which cleaned a shadowland" might garner us sufficient goodwill and reputation with the Realm that it would bolster our standing and potentially give us access to greater claims, proving worthwhile stewards. It was unclear to us when exactly the Realm would next visit, so this plan was more of a far-reaching hope than a concrete action. Any further questions?"

She looks inquisitively at Ribbons, pointedly not turning towards Posu, in case doing so would show disrespect towards the "trust' the Dragon Blooded placed in her scribe.
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No. 1026587 ID: 1ff27e

rolled 1, 8, 1, 6, 7, 3, 7, 8, 9, 9, 7, 5, 1, 7, 9, 1, 6, 4, 3, 10, 8, 3, 7, 1, 10, 6, 7, 2, 2, 5 = 163

>>1026493

"I believe that I may, actually. Such a specimen can be an incredibly difficult to obtain something like that, given the dangers I have read in reports on the creatures." She was providing a lead in to help steer the conversation while still seeming a passive observer, since it did occur to her perhaps too late that unlike the usual good cop bad cop routine she liked to rope Marissa into on the occasions that she felt so inclined to need backup, that Ribbons probably wouldn't already be aware of the directions she liked to lead investigations in, and since the mark was focused so heavily elsewhere, she wanted to help break that concentration so that when Ribbons struck the Stirge would be more likely to slip up and say something she shouldn't.

Mechanically I am attempting a coordinate attacks action, which in physical combat is Charisma+War, so here it would be Charisma+Socialize, possibly Manipulation+Socialize since Posu is going at it from a less direct angle.

Because there are 2 people being set up for attack (Posu and Ribbons) that's difficulty 1, and in 5 ticks if this goes off an opening will present itself.
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No. 1026741 ID: f57349

rolled 3, 8, 8, 4, 10, 6, 9, 7, 4, 2, 9, 5, 1, 1, 1, 8, 2, 1, 2, 8, 5, 6, 3, 8, 4, 6, 5, 7, 6, 6, 2, 10, 2, 6, 2, 6, 7, 10, 7, 10, 8, 7, 2, 7, 4, 3, 7, 3, 8, 7, 9, 3, 6, 7, 4, 6, 4, 2, 3, 10 = 327

>>1024621
>>1026442
"Thank you, Marisa, for handling that with such restraint. However, on the subject of boons owed..."
I'll pass her a sponge, crevice tool, and tube of the right sort of alchemical goop to prevent recent saltwater exposure from corroding an aerial rickshaw's impeller panels, gesture toward the medevac pod, then turn back to the wood spirit and switch from High Realm to the heavenly dialect of Old Realm.

"As I was saying, I at first considered it unlikely that a divinity so wise and esteemed as yourself would - as was alleged - grasp for worship beyond the ordained calendar," (using the High Realm word for 'worship')
Pause and give the crowd of captive mortals a meaningful look.
"Yet here we are. Is it also true that you have adopted spiteful scorched-earth tactics, like the anathema Samea? Absurd as that may seem, considering the sheer distance from Blackwater Mammoth lands, at this point it would be an act of negligence on my part to wholly discount the possibility. Nonetheless, a quick review of your office's geomantic maintenance log should be quite sufficient to settle the matter. If I may?"
I'll start walking toward the sanctum's writing desk (or wherever such papers seem likely to be kept) - in no hurry, but with confidence, implying that I'd search those records unless actively given reason not to.
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No. 1026807 ID: 911880

rolled 8, 7, 4, 10, 2, 8, 9, 1, 9, 3, 2, 3, 5, 1, 1, 3, 1, 9, 2, 1, 3, 3, 9, 3, 8, 6, 2, 4, 2, 2 = 131

>>1026587
"well Posu here has a point about it. Regardless of its use, it is concerning if this infestation did get out of hand. How did you get a hold of it? if found in the wild, and it isn't well contained. . . that can be an issue in its own right, plus with how much tension there is . . . It can be a problem if a Person could obtain their own dose and use it unskillfully. Look, I can understand what you are doing, and yea kinda sucks that we are here throwing your plans into the air, but your end goal. . . Help us and show you want to work with the Empire and please Posu, We can get this all formalized up and have the backing of a Dragon House in this endeavor. But we need to make sure this town isn't in danger of a Bio-hazard."

Ribbons put concern in their voice to emphasize that they are not accusing them of anything, put this is an act of concern. It was a concern, not that she had this, put that This bio-weapon was here to begin with and the uncertainty of how much was around.

(reward for Motes. and spending 2 Personal Motes on fateful on my social attack to decrease TN by 2)
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No. 1027295 ID: 59f01e

rolled 3, 4, 8, 3, 5, 1, 6, 3, 10, 3, 7, 3, 8, 7, 1, 3, 4, 7, 7, 10, 4, 7, 10, 1, 3, 3, 5, 6, 5, 9, 2, 7, 10, 6, 4, 4, 7, 2, 10, 2, 6, 8, 6, 7, 9, 9, 5, 8, 2, 1, 7, 1, 10, 10, 5, 6, 2, 5, 8, 1 = 326

>>1026741
> grasp for worship beyond the ordained calendar,
Tellus Dasos sputters, aghast-
"You must have me confused for the treacherous Limani! He schemes with mortals to advance beyond his domain! I have secreted these people away for their protection, not for illicit worship! Indeed, you should consult the heavenly offices to find I am not being awarded tribute outside my right good monk!

>Is it also true that you have adopted spiteful scorched-earth tactics, like the anathema Samea? [...] Nonetheless, a quick review of your office's geomantic maintenance log should be quite sufficient to settle the matter. If I may?"
>I'll start walking toward the sanctum's writing desk (or wherever such papers seem likely to be kept)

At this the Boar snorts from his position on the ground, then lets out a low rumbling chuckle that makes the ground ripple. With a sputtering cough though, he thinks better of showing insolent behavior again, and keeps whatever thoughts amuse him to himself. Limani shoots him a glare and speaks up
"This is not my office, but his. While i was once the god of this demense, when I was ordained to run the city as my domain Eiser Torc took on these duties in my stead. I believe he keeps no written records or files of any kind. It is true I have threatened to hold the demense hostage- but you must understand that is a last resort, not our primary function! Limani has had his pride wounded and he would see me broken into starmetal and any who offered me prayer during the calendar sold like cattle! We would rather die than let him use our bodies to fuel some punk rebellion or barter away the land and people of creation."

Eiser Torc stirs, lifting his head with an angry bellow-
"I may be whipped and beaten boy, but my body is not broken into metal yet! I've told you I'll have none of this fool talk about your suicide plot! My favor owed to you is cleared, you will not stand between me and my duty. Speak once more of your folly to churn my earths veins and disrupt her bloodflow and I shall breath down your neck hot as dragons fire and heavy as Gaia's rebuke!"
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No. 1027413 ID: f57349

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

>>1027295
> keeps no written records or files of any kind
Left hand rises to cover my caste mark with the Mudra of Exasperation. "Alright, so even if we write off the mass imprisonment and assault as a misunderstanding, you're definitely on the hook for either gross negligence, interfering with an investigation, or both. Wonderful start. To the best of your recollection, then, have there been any solars, lunars, or abyssals in or near your territory in... say, the past thirty months? Even just briefly passing through."

There are more than a hundred mortal witnesses in here, right? Ought to be enough to fact-check at least some parts of the story with Efficient Secretary Technique.
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No. 1027489 ID: 287555

rolled 9, 7, 2, 9, 10, 3, 7, 5, 5, 8, 5, 4, 8, 4, 9, 7, 5, 4, 5, 10 = 126

>>1026741
>I'll pass her a sponge, crevice tool, and tube of the right sort of alchemical goop to prevent recent saltwater exposure from corroding an aerial rickshaw's impeller panels, gesture toward the medevac pod
Marisa catches the tools, but tucks them into her pockets instead of immediately getting to work. Chores take time, and there's still a lot of mortals here who need to be escorted home, and...
>>1027295
...it's not especially sure there won't be a second round with all that shouting that started up after Lobelia brought up worship.

Mechanically, Marisa's going to continue to float between the misbehaving divinities and the mortals (blockade movement), ready to resume blowing things up if they don't cooperate—usually if she's playing the big stick it's Posu doing the bureaucratic diplomancy, but it's a familiar rhythm.
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No. 1027710 ID: 59f01e

rolled 7, 5, 9, 9, 7, 1, 5, 3, 1, 6, 7, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 7, 9, 9, 4, 4, 9, 1, 10, 7, 4, 3, 2, 8, 7, 4, 4, 1, 8, 7, 4, 2, 6, 10, 5, 2, 5, 1, 1, 10, 7, 2, 5, 6, 9, 1, 10, 6, 4, 7, 6, 2, 8, 6, 9 = 328

>>1026587
>1, 8, 1, 6, 7, 3, 7,
Posu rolls four successes against difficulty one, so Buonaparte will have her DV penalized by 2 when Posu and Ribbons attack.
>>1026807
Okay, so base pool of ten plus one for stunting, don't think you've got any scenelong buffs up, TN5,
>8, 7, 4, 10, 2, 8, 9, 1, 9, 3, 2
Seven successes on a compulsion keyword attack to tell you where she got the plants, against dodge mdv of 6, penalized down to 1 by relative appearance (5 vs 3) and the coordinated attack. So yeah, the attack lands- relevant intimacies and stunting aren't enough to boost it back into defensible range.

"They were gifts from the family, meant to aid in our establishment as I outlined before. The Count, part of my mother's court, cultivates a garden of them for defense and utilitarian needs around the manor. They're on a secluded island, and well maintained, but if you're against the very notion of their existence, or at the very least against their existence in the hands of house Morose, I can arrange a meeting with the Count, or guide you to the island myself. I was told they would be having a feast soon, in celebration of our house's expansion- I believe you all would be welcomed as honored guests, should you wish to attend. Mother would be thrilled to host dignitaries from House Ragara, as she gets too little opportunity to make use of her courtly skills and would likely relish the chance to have guests of worthy status."

I'm unsure exactly how to handle responses- is following through on Ribbons attack supposed to be modeled as an attack on her tick, essentially forcing you to forfeit a turn if you get hit by a social attack, or does she get to talk out of turn as a response? Getting hit doesn't take your turn in normal combat, but it also usually doesn't require the participant actively do something for the effect to work. Hit sword, they bleed- hit with words, and they bleed words back?

Reason i bring this up is it determines whether or not she can be acting- say, taking the defend action, or hitting back with her own attacks or something of that nature.
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No. 1027712 ID: 59f01e

rolled 3, 4, 2, 2, 10, 1, 1, 10, 10, 9, 7, 6, 7, 6, 1, 8, 2, 9, 5, 5, 5, 1, 3, 3, 3, 1, 1, 4, 10, 9, 3, 7, 10, 6, 10, 9, 1, 3, 9, 1, 6, 4, 4, 6, 5, 10, 6, 9, 6, 7, 5, 10, 1, 9, 8, 5, 10, 9, 2, 4 = 333

>>1027413
>Alright, so even if we write off the mass imprisonment and assault as a misunderstanding, you're definitely on the hook for either gross negligence, interfering with an investigation, or both

Tellus Dasos looks confused, but has little time to act on it before Eiser Torc speaks out again-

"Imprisonment? I am assaulted by mannerless belligerents for attempting to speed forth their leaving and expedite the flush of irritants from my home, and now you accuse me of wrongdoing because they stay here?"
Then the man of bark speaks up, now glaring at Eiser Torc and Lobelia-
"Eiser is overeager to expel the villagers, but they have not been imprisoned, and I have lifted no hand against you! You would brand me for his actions, the keeping of his domain? This is ludicrous! You are arrayed with the sea god, cronies attempting to deceive these people and carry out his twisted revenge against imagined slights! He cannot stand to share the spotlight so he performs a coup and bribes the officials to stamp and seal it in a mock court- you pervert and profane the heavenly order!"

Charisma 3, performance 4, emotion keyword attack against everyone who can see/hear him conveying mistrust for Lobelia. Appearance 4 means the average laborer is going to have a dodge MDV of 0 against Tellus Dasos.
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No. 1028017 ID: 34d553

rolled 10, 10, 4, 4, 8, 10, 6, 2, 7, 8, 6, 3, 3, 9, 6, 1, 4, 5, 8, 10, 7, 1, 6, 5, 1, 2, 4, 10, 3, 8, 5, 8, 9, 8, 1, 10, 6, 2, 5, 4, 4, 3, 7, 3, 6, 2, 4, 2, 1, 6, 10, 3, 4, 6, 2, 7, 9, 2, 8, 6 = 324

>>1027712
Attempting a social Defend Other based on Charisma + Investigation. Can't even be bothered to maintain a writing desk here in his own sanctum, one of the most basic and universal responsibilities of all gods throughout Creation (even the illiterate ones!) since the very establishment of the Celestial Bureaucracy, and yet he's got the gall to accuse an actual Exalted monk of perversions against the divine order of things? Readily apparent facts contradict this claim.

Also going to use Wise Choice to consider my next move. Is there any peaceful / social tactic I can think of which would extract worthwhile information or concessions from these spirits, or does that senseless aggression and self-fulfilling paranoia run deep enough that the mission (including overall stability of Ironport) would be more efficiently advanced by Terminal Sanction?
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No. 1028079 ID: 38040d

rolled 10, 8, 4, 9, 2, 6, 2, 4, 7, 10, 6, 7, 7, 2, 6, 3, 5, 9, 8, 4, 5, 6, 1, 7, 7, 2, 2, 3, 8, 7, 7, 2, 5, 7, 8, 10, 7, 7, 10, 6, 9, 4, 6, 8, 5, 8, 10, 1, 4, 3 = 294

>>1027710
> I was told they would be having a feast soon, in celebration of our house's expansion- I believe you all would be welcomed as honored guests, should you wish to attend. Mother would be thrilled to host dignitaries from House Ragara, as she gets too little opportunity to make use of her courtly skills and would likely relish the chance to have guests of worthy status."


"Well, that sounds absolutely wonderful. I do have another discussion that needs to be carried out that will determine whether I would even be able to make it for most definitions of soon. And while we're here so I can go ahead and take care of that rather than chase down fires, would you mind having one of your daughters go fetch the local God for an interview?"
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No. 1028797 ID: 59f01e

rolled 5, 8, 10, 1, 9, 3, 1, 8, 5, 8, 5, 1, 2, 1, 8, 2, 8, 4, 4, 1, 10, 8, 6, 10, 6, 7, 5, 4, 5, 4, 6, 2, 2, 8, 7, 5, 7, 9, 3, 10, 9, 10, 10, 4, 5, 7, 7, 8, 5, 4, 10, 3, 2, 7, 4, 7, 8, 1, 9, 6 = 344

>>1028017
To be clear:

The sanctum belongs to Eiser Torc, the Iron Boar, who is god of the demense affecting Ironport and the one who assaulted Marisa and threatened the villagers.

Tellus Dasos is the man of Bark, one of the city gods of Ironport, who's jurisdiction extends to the mill, woods, and river that technically count as part of ironport for taxation and governing purposes, but are far enough outside the walls that spiritually they required a separate god. Tellus Dasos has not directly attacked the party, and he is purportedly (according to himself and the other spirits) harboring townsfolk for fear that they're under threat of lively harm due to a coup. He has encouraged the citizens not to listen to you, and claims you are working under false pretenses to falsely undermine him and pervert ironport for some nefarious purpose.

>Also going to use Wise Choice to consider my next move

>Wise Choice does not reveal options the Sidereal herself does not consider. For instance, if a Sidereal uses Wise Choice to choose between two paths in a labyrinth, the Charm won’t reveal the secret door that provides a third
option. The character must also define what sort of outcome she considers optimal: maximum profit, the shortest path
or whatever. The Charm always provides a rough estimate of personal danger, though.

Okay, defined parameters are "keeping ironport stable" and "yielding useful information/concessions" and the options considered are "work things out socially" vs "call another sidereal to utilize terminal sanction to bind the gods/replace them." then wise choice indicates social tactics would yield better results on the scale of a month.

>>1028079
Buonaparte nods at Hortense, and asks if her daughter may speak freely- she then recounts her encounter in the forest with the "spirit" who wanted to know more about their presence, and rewarded her with a precious gemstone for answering her questions. Buonaparte congratulates her, affirms that a local spirit would be welcome to dine with them- they should ensure there's no disruption to the local courts by their expansion of the town. The Viscount specifically should be notified so that his plans to correct the health and production of the town don't clash with the elementals and gods of the surrounding areas. Posu immediately recognizes that mortals working in tandem with spirits violates immaculate principles, so either Buonaparte doesn't understand this custom or is flagrantly disregarding the teachings in front of you. Of course, in turn that would mean sending them to request the presence of local gods also violates the teachings, so if Posu points this out it may she her willingness to disregard policy when it suits her- something I imagine she's not eager to do.

"The local immaculates know the rituals to beckon the spirits but... they have locked the doors and are unlikely to respond to us. My daughters nor I are aware of ways to find ironports gods directly- my scouting parties were interrupted on their search for Tellus Dasos and his would be extremists when they returned with injured townfolk who needed treatment in town. I would be happy to send her into the streets to shout and call, but we have no natural method to perceive spirits.
Posu also knows the stirgefolks have some bright morning- if they're searching for spirits the search parties may already be under the influence. Unclear if Buonaparte is attempting to hide the fact that she has access to it because she knows it's illegal, or if she's just reluctant to use it on this particular request.
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No. 1028823 ID: e51a6f

rolled 5, 2, 2, 8, 3, 7, 6, 5, 7, 7, 9, 9, 3, 1, 6, 7, 6, 8, 9, 7, 5, 7, 7, 8, 2, 9, 3, 1, 7, 9, 10, 3, 8, 4, 6, 5, 5, 3, 6, 9, 7, 10, 9, 9, 2, 9, 2, 7, 3, 6 = 298

>>1028797

She doesn't press that issue, but will again set up for Ribbons up to catch her off guard.

"I suppose that's true enough, though I actually did want to ask about your insistence on hunting down the rogue God personally. As you said, you don't have the tools to perceive a rogue God, let alone deal with them. Further, If Tellus Dasos 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."

She made sure to quote exactly the words that were spoken to presumably Buonaparte, short of any other larger Stirges in charge of this operation being around, by the god that Posu was specifically looking to speak with. The tone of her voice shifting enough that the two masters of socializing would pick up that she was quoting something from memory rather than making a genuine observation on the actions of the would be terrorists or what she should actually do.

Manipulation 3 Socialize 3

Same as before factoring in both herself and Ribbons into this coordinate attack action.
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No. 1030185 ID: 287555

rolled 10, 4, 6, 3, 6, 1, 9, 4, 9, 2, 9, 8, 3, 8, 3, 10, 6, 9, 8, 5, 4, 2, 5, 7, 7, 4, 6, 1, 3, 3, 9, 5, 4, 8, 3, 5, 5, 7, 6, 7, 4, 5, 9, 2, 8, 10, 4, 1, 7, 7 = 281

>>1028797
"Yanno, I'm not following every word, but you're not 'xactly sounding as cooperative as I'd expect someone in your position to." Marisa drawls in High Realm. "Maybe ya just forgot, because I'm not the one asking questions all nice, but I already blew up your buddy, and I got no issue master sparking you, if that's how it's gonna be."

Social attack targeting Tellus Dasos, Emotion-keyword, attempting to instill fear as intimidation. Committing 2m personal (and spending a 1m surcharge) on Auspicious First Meeting Attitude (this is still the first scene Tellus has met / interacted with Marisa), and I'll trigger the Stone of Recognition too.

Marisa is specifically acting as if she's just reacting to the tone and yelling in a language she doesn't speak- she's not going to let on about the transparent air elemental whispering translations if the spirits have overlooked it in the heat of the moment.

Charisma 4 + Presence 3 + Exclusively vs Tellus Dasos 3 + Stunt, Appearance 2.
Willpower 10 + Essence 4 for the stone.
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No. 1031312 ID: 3f01d5

rolled 2, 9, 9, 7, 8, 3, 4, 7, 2, 1, 3, 1, 3, 5, 7, 6, 8, 2, 2, 7, 4, 8, 4, 1, 6, 8, 1, 6, 5, 5, 1, 6, 4, 4, 10, 8, 10, 3, 9, 8, 8, 10, 4, 3, 6, 8, 3, 1, 10, 4, 3, 6, 7, 4, 10, 1, 4, 8, 7, 9 = 323

>>1028017
>I don't care whose house it is. If Tellus Dasos has relevant files of his own, he should be telling me where those are, or personally fetching them, or something.
Okay, so, as part of using wise choice we're assuming that Lobelia knows what questions and conditions to put out better than JamesLeng does, and relying on that IC knowledge the monk essentially deduces that laying down the law, accusing them of the crimes they each have actually committed, and showing them that they're going to be better off listening to you, instead of worse, would be the most efficacious tact to take.

"So, to be clear then, Eiser Torc is being accused of fraternizing with mortals, assaulting citizens of the realm, and assaulting a Dragon Blooded.

Tellus Dasos is being accused of fraternizing with mortals, slander against the Immaculate Order, and will also be charged with impeding our investigation unless he volunteers his own records proving he is not working alongside anathema. Given that you are in fear of a coup, we can promise protection for the people of Ironport and ensure that Limani is appropriately reprimanded for infractions if they prove guilty, which records of your domain may help to prove should you be speaking the truth. I am willing to vouch for leniency if you can prove you are productive and cooperative members of the spirit court; if you continue to be obstinate and act to oppose us, I can promise you won't have to fear the other city god, because the fate the realm will have in store for you will be much more serious and immediate. Have I made myself clear?"

>>1030185
>10, 4, 6, 3, 6, 1, 9, 4, 9, 2, 9, 8, 3, 8,
That's 7 successes for Marisa vs 5 for Tellus Dasos. That's enough for the "thinks they know you effect" but doesn't count as a botch, which I think is the only time those bonus time come into play?
>3, 10, 6, 9, 8, 5, 4, 2, 5, 7, 7, 4,
Tellus Dasos has a dodge MDV of (WP 6 + E2 + Integrity 3)/2 for 5.5, rounded up to 6. Appearance 4 vs appearance 2 means a relative MDV modifier of 8- Marisa would need three more successes to land a solid hit. Eiser Torc Has an MDV of 6, no appearance modifier, and he's supressed valor for the rest of the scene which means he doesn't get an MDV bonus for going against it I think. Against that, Marisa rolls...
>6, 1, 3, 3, 9, 5, 4, 8, 3
Not enough there either. Perhaps surprisingly though, neither target elects to resist, bowing their heads in fears/respect to your threat. It seems the message of "Listen up or blow up, I don't particularly care which." doesn't need pretty words to impress it upon your targets when you've already proven it true. Marisa and Lobelia can peruse the records of each spirit's sanctums at their leasuire- it turns out that, while Eiser Torc doesn't keep an office stocked with paper and records in high realm, he does have local records- he has to use charms to remove sections of tree wood from his sanctum, which can then be read. Unfortunately, reading the tree rings is mechanically akin to a specialty dialect, so without translation magic you have to take his reports at face value, or pursue another avenue.
Before Lobelia and Marisa head to look at the paranoid city gods records, what are you doing about the sanctum full of hungry and thirsty people?
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No. 1031403 ID: f57349

rolled 3, 6, 8, 3, 10, 9, 1, 9, 7, 7, 1, 10, 10, 8, 6, 7, 9, 8, 2, 7, 4, 8, 8, 10, 8, 10, 6, 7, 6, 10, 4, 3, 8, 1, 10, 1, 8, 4, 1, 10, 10, 7, 2, 10, 9, 10, 2, 3, 7, 10, 5, 2, 1, 6, 3, 7, 3, 1, 3, 7 = 366

>what are you doing about the sanctum full of hungry and thirsty people?

Triage, first. Do any of these refugees have any medical conditions which are urgently life-threatening, contagious, or likely to interfere with walking back to town under their own power? Could use the medicine excellency or Supernal Awareness to help with that but I'm definitely going to avoid spending peripheral motes. If there are problems the medevac pod's internal tools can help with, we'll do so, and Marisa can cover mote costs - maybe call it part of the bet, since she wasn't in much of a hurry to get started on the actual cleaning.

Next priority is to bring an end to this unsanctioned consorting between mortals and spirits. Is the area immediately outside the sanctum clear of threats? Probably ought to send some hunters and lumberjacks out first, have them watch the perimeter while the rest of the group gets organized. Agent Iris (that is, Research Assistant Invocation applied to a convenient wildflower - who might very well be able to read tree rings like a native) can stay here to keep the boar-god honest while I escort the humans back home. I'll be in the rear of the column, to catch stragglers.

Probably don't have enough celestial trail rations for everybody, so, might be better to keep those tucked away for now rather than risk competition getting ugly. I'll do what I can with Bureaucracy, Craft (Wood), and/or Craft (Water) to make sure whatever mundane food is available gets distributed equitably, and as many as possible have clean socks and other hiking necessities.

As for thirst, there ought to be at least one barrel of potable water back on the ship which I have enough of a claim over to be able to tug on it with Destiny-Knitting Entanglement. Let's see if I can arrange for those supplies to meet us halfway.
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No. 1031503 ID: 911880

rolled 3, 5, 8, 1, 8, 2, 8, 6, 2, 4, 4, 1, 6, 10, 6, 8, 3, 9, 6, 2 = 102

>>1028823
Ribbons Nodded as Posu seemed to quote something, but the quote seemed like a suggestion of a course of action, giving of a light chuckle, just loud enough to draw attention to themselves as they did want to jump in on this point before their guests had a chance to poke at it.

"Well, besides what may be a bit of tension, Posu seems to be trying to point you in a direction to help with the issue in the region. I do hope you understand her concerns about the Locus plan. You seemed to mean well and can see you want to prove yourself, not only that your family can be in charge of territory but. . . "

Ribbons let that hang. They did not want to make assumptions but wanted Bouneparte to fill in that blank.

"So If you can arrange to meet the larger Family, we would appreciate it and I would like to help us work together.So keeping communication is something I would Like. . . Perhaps Assigning someone to be your representative that can keep you in the loop of our activities and give us a connection of communication."

Ribbons was trying to convince her to lend them one of her soldiers as. . . Well, Ribbons had plans and could use more Fingers.

(not using charms as trying to refill motes XP)
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No. 1031897 ID: 3f01d5

rolled 3, 5, 4, 6, 8, 8, 3, 9, 10, 3, 5, 9, 10, 9, 8, 5, 1, 7, 6, 7, 2, 10, 1, 5, 1, 1, 6, 5, 2, 10, 8, 3, 2, 2, 2, 8, 6, 5, 7, 2, 10, 9, 3, 2, 3, 9, 1, 3, 10, 8, 8, 4, 8, 4, 3, 6, 6, 3, 2, 10 = 326

>>1031403
>Do any of these refugees have any medical conditions which are urgently life-threatening, contagious, or likely to interfere with walking back to town under their own power?

Pretty much everyone here is young or old- there's maybe a dozen laborers with the majority of the flock being those who couldn't hide in the woods or stay safe on their own. Inadequate supplies means almost everyone is suffering from a -1 internal penalty from hunger and -1 internal penalty due to thirst. Travel back will take roughly four hours due to delays from infirmities and rough terrain, but most people can get there under their own power with Marisa and Lobelia helping. About two hours in though, a commotion arises as they see a small contingent of stirgefolk armed and marching their way. You count six figures total- five stirges (three large and two small) as well as a bear of a man, shirtless with a massive belt hewn from pelts and wood. They seem surprised to see you, and stop to put down their load- two large barrels, being carried between a pair each. Want to roll to join debate, try to prevent a full blown panic from splintering the people, or do you have another approach?
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No. 1031910 ID: f57349

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

>>1031897
I'll ask if they have any alms to spare for a humble monk and this hungry congregation, along with formulaic flattery and polite, cautious inquiries about who they are and where they're headed. Rolling for Join Debate, trying to make an unexpected social attack to get them to spill more information than they'd otherwise intend to.
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No. 1031926 ID: 3f01d5

rolled 10, 6, 8, 2, 1, 9, 2, 1, 9, 10, 1, 4, 4, 8, 3, 6, 4, 5, 3, 10, 10, 2, 3, 5, 5, 3, 4, 7, 1, 2, 10, 5, 8, 10, 2, 6, 8, 8, 10, 8, 8, 2, 1, 2, 3, 2, 5, 10, 3, 5, 5, 5, 1, 2, 4, 10, 5, 1, 6, 1 = 304

>>1028823
5, 2, 2, 8, 3, 7, 6, 5, 7, 7, 9, 9, 3, 1, 6, 7, 6, 8, 9, 7, 5, 7, 7, 8, 2, 9, 3, 1, 7, 9, 10, 3, 8, 4, 6, 5, 5, 3, 6, 9, 7, 10, 9, 9, 2, 9, 2, 7, 3, 6 = 298
>As you said, you don't have the tools to perceive a rogue God, let alone deal with them.
"Ah, I see the misunderstanding" she says, bowing her head.
We are looking for his flock- he will be unable to do large scale disruptions to the demense without making himself known, but if he has a large enough force he can press gang into labor, such efforts could be done much more quickly, and threaten the towns prosperity. We have a small community here, so every able body that is turned from productive work at the mills and farms into the life of a bandit is a problem- surely you agree we cannot do nothing while citizens are abducted and potentially turned into raiders, forced to attack their brothers and sisters here to survive the woods. I also have access to enhancements which can help one evade the notice of spirits, see them more clearly, and the like. Alchemical trade support is one of the things that would set the new ironport apart from its previous management, making us more resiliant against rouge gods and Lintha and the like."

>Further, If Tellus Dasos and his fanatics really can destabilize the demense, they surely would have already.
"We are of a like mind! No, this is preventative care, looking after the safety and well being of the town.
She seems genuinely happy you share the same opinion of her- it's likely that this quote has flown over her head, and she simply believes you have common ground."

>5, 2, 2, 8, 3, 7, 6, 5,
Manipulation 3 Socialize 3 and stunt two, clearly that difficulty one check to coordinate with twice as many dice as you needed.

>>1031503
Yes, that sounds delightful. I would be happy to accompany you myself, or if you prefer I stay here, you may take any of my daughters- perhaps I could assign you a personal retinue? Five from our family should be plenty I imagine?

>>1031910
The large man with the large belt steps up and introduces himself to you as Illicium.
"Trader by day, champion wrestler by night!" he bleats out with a might guffaw, attempting to clasp your arm in one hands and clap you on the back with the other. You notice, as he looks over the crowd and whistles, that he hasn't broken a sweat, despite carrying heavy cargo for at least a mile over uneven ground.
"I'm not in the business of giving my goods away for free but... I suppose if you're looking for alms, or food and shelter, I could make that work. Yeah, I reckon that'd work just fine.
I've got a deal set up about a days walk from here little place called Esca. You and a few of your friends pitch in, help tend the garden and clean and such and we can make arrangements to make sure no one in your flock goes hungry. I can even wait around to guide you, ifn yous needs it. 'course, you can just head back to town, but I dunno if they can care for a buncha hungry folks like you- sizable population boost you all are getting these days, huh?"
He elbows one of the stirges in a friendly manner, who just looks back confused and disgruntled, as if the man spat on their shoes.

Lobelia hears a whisper from an immaterial Tellus Dasos:
"This must be a trick! I know this trader but he make no business that makes sense- he buys rainwater and salt, but not saltwater, and hauls it into the woods. Sometimes he is back three times in a month, sometimes he is not seen for six, but he possesses unnatural strength. The interlopers must have hired him as a mercenary to steal supplies from the town and weaken it! They should be tied to trees in the woods and left until you can confirm what Limani is up to and expel these sellswords!"
People are anxiously creeping back the way you came, spreading towards the trees and moving out of sight in case they need to hide or run. No one is making any sudden movements yet, but the barrel carriers are leaning on their spears as they rest.
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No. 1031928 ID: 287555

rolled 7, 10, 4, 3, 3, 9, 8, 8, 3, 4, 9, 3, 6, 5, 7, 1, 6, 9, 10, 10 = 125

>>1031910
If Lobelia is up front meeting with the new group, Marisa is probably around the rear of the group, making sure no one is getting left behind. She can catch up quick if she needs to, but an obvious dynast flying up on a magic broom with artifact gear seems like it would undercut the monk asking for alms approach. (Can you contribute cooperation dice by just making the choice to keep out of an ally's way?)
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No. 1031944 ID: f57349

rolled 2, 5, 7, 9, 6, 6, 6, 1, 4, 10, 5, 1, 1, 6, 4, 2, 2, 9, 9, 9, 7, 6, 7, 9, 6, 4, 7, 4, 9, 1, 1, 7, 2, 2, 3, 8, 1, 3, 7, 8, 6, 10, 5, 8, 10, 10, 8, 7, 7, 4, 2, 1, 5, 10, 8, 10, 5, 1, 2, 8 = 333

>>1031926
>I'm not in the business of giving my goods away for free
"As is only wise and proper, in accordance with the teachings of Danaa'd regarding self-sufficiency. Nonetheless, in accordance with the teachings of both Pasiap and Sextes Jylis, needful supplies donated to the Immaculate Order are not 'for nothing' - rather, a just repayment for past services, as well as an investment in personal spiritual growth, and even the defense and enrichment of the wider world. A farmer in spring may appear to be carelessly throwing seeds away, but if this is not done, come autumn there will be no crops to harvest.
"On a related subject, however, I am quite curious what price you paid in order to acquire those two barrels of provisions which appear to be marked, not only as charitable donations bound for an Immaculate Order monastery in An-Teng, but also plunder seized by the Lintha?"

>"Trader by day, champion wrestler by night!"
Seems like an ideal opening to name-drop Ragara Bolang Posu, as subtle intimidation to put them off-balance and thereby expose any flaws in their story.
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No. 1032062 ID: 3f01d5

rolled 1, 3, 5, 5, 4, 5, 5, 1, 5, 10, 6, 8, 4, 6, 8, 3, 2, 4, 4, 3, 7, 2, 6, 1, 5, 10, 2, 10, 1, 6, 2, 2, 2, 6, 4, 4, 2, 4, 5, 2, 3, 4, 8, 5, 7, 3, 6, 3, 5, 9, 1, 2, 9, 2, 6, 6, 8, 1, 5, 9 = 277

>>1031944
>Nonetheless, in accordance with the teachings of both Pasiap and Sextes Jylis, needful supplies donated to the Immaculate Order are not 'for nothing' - rather, a just repayment for past services, as well as an investment in personal spiritual growth, and even the defense and enrichment of the wider world. A farmer in spring may appear to be carelessly throwing seeds away, but if this is not done, come autumn there will be no crops to harvest.
>"On a related subject, however, I am quite curious what price you paid in order to acquire those two barrels of provisions which appear to be marked, not only as charitable donations bound for an Immaculate Order monastery in An-Teng, but also plunder seized by the Lintha?"

Oh-ho! Now the temples talk of seed money? I've certainly heard this story before!"
He lets out another hearty chuckle after issuing what could be taken as an insult- mixing edged words and jovial tone is a tactic Lobelia has oft observed among those who want to have an air of plausible deniability if they were ever accused of meaning what they say.
"Well, let it not be said that Illicium neglects his debts and takes without giving back! Here- I'd have no good trade if you didn't keep the seasons right and the demons at bay as you so rightly point out my friend."
He tosses about three dinars of mixed silver coinage into the alm bowl and takes a look over the barrels.

"Well, if that doesn't just pin me to a rock. I didn't realize these weren't town property- if I'd have even noticed the markings I'd of assumed they were just part of this towns donations being sold for temple upkeep and stuff. Usually I just pay the price of the barrels, and if I bring 'em back I get my money back, minus a nominal service fee. Hired some help this time though, to get 'em where I'm going. If'n that's rightly your property, we can go back right now, get it sorted out, and I can meet this champion wrestler of yours, maybe even convince her to come down to Esca with me for a night of games!"

For clarity, Illicium is speaking in High Realm, and repeating key phrases as needed in firetongue and riverspeak.
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No. 1032216 ID: 719a05

rolled 6, 6, 2, 8, 10, 2, 4, 5, 1, 8, 2, 3, 10, 3, 5, 3, 6, 6, 5, 10, 1, 2, 1, 2, 7, 3, 6, 8, 6, 9, 10, 6, 8, 3, 6, 6, 10, 4, 6, 6, 10, 4, 9, 7, 2, 6, 2, 10, 2, 9 = 276

>>1031926
> We are looking for his flock- he will be unable to do large scale disruptions to the demense without making himself known, but if he has a large enough force he can press gang into labor, such efforts could be done much more quickly, and threaten the towns prosperity. We have a small community here, so every able body that is turned from productive work at the mills and farms into the life of a bandit is a problem- surely you agree we cannot do nothing while citizens are abducted and potentially turned into raiders, forced to attack their brothers and sisters here to survive the woods. I also have access to enhancements which can help one evade the notice of spirits, see them more clearly, and the like. Alchemical trade support is one of the things that would set the new ironport apart from its previous management, making us more resiliant against rouge gods and Lintha and the like."

"And so a contradiction is born, in claiming that you have enhancements which can allow one to see the immaterial, and that you have no method by which the city god Limani might be found. But, hopefully the god Limani might be brought to speak before me for a simple conversation before the monk in my company can hunt down the rogue god for far more in depth interrogation. But, on that note, why don't you tell me more about this Alchemical trade that you are aiming to support?"

She waved off the suggestion of adding one or more of the Stirges to their retinue with a gesture clearly indicating another time.

Making a Manipulation 3 + Presence 3 -2 Multi-Action Penalty + Stunt Illusion keyword attack aiming to convince Buonaparte to think that it would be a lot better to have the city god talk to Posu as fast as possible before the Immaculate Monk she is traveling with does.

And a Charisma 3 + Investigation 4 -3 Multi-Action Penalty + Stunt Compulsion keyword attack aiming to get her to start talking about the Alchemy business, specifically hoping she will continue spilling the beans on specific illegal things she and her family are up to.
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No. 1032616 ID: 911880

rolled 8, 8, 1, 3, 3, 7, 1, 2, 1, 1, 10, 5, 10, 1, 1, 1, 10, 4, 9, 4, 1, 5, 7, 4, 10, 3, 3, 1, 8, 7 = 139

>>1031926
>Yes, that sounds delightful. I would be happy to accompany you myself, or if you prefer I stay here, you may take any of my daughters- perhaps I could assign you a personal retinue? Five from our family should be plenty I imagine?

"hm, Well it seems Posu has use for you, but would not mind working side by side with your Daughters. I always found Beastmen culture so intriguing. Seeing as Posu still has Questions, I shall get Hmm, do not want to steal all your Daughters, perhaps just three for now? If you give me a quick writ to show them and I can work on catching them up to our standards"
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