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953982 No. 953982 ID: 5fc3a0

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>"It's time to go, Valsano." I don't know that person, but he must be one of Valsano's current team that's going back down into the mausoleum.
>"Yeah yeah, I just wanted to see how my main squad is doing, living it up."
>"Oh, yeah, it's great!" says Firzel. "I'll tell all my grandkids about the good old days, in which every single day was spent having Zall beat the shit out of us."

We all listen to Valsano, who will make a typical quip back to Firzel.

It doesn't come. He loses his expression and marches off.
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No. 956191 ID: a9af05

I agree. Don't tell Nawm about the secret mail drop.
No. 956192 ID: 48ce40

Nawm is probably at least a little mad at you, since you promised not to do anything that could earn enemies, so no getting much from her for a little while. Probably can't trust anyone else, either, though. Best chance is to try subtly flash Cheese's signals at people bringing you things and see if any of them are secret agents.

You could ask for a pair of earplugs or similar to help you with the prisoners' screaming. Besides that, perhaps a book? If there are any secret agents around, they could slip you a note in it.

As for your defense, you should probably focus on Sayanos repeatedly disrespecting Krix by sneakysnooping around and being bossy to his underlings without permission, before other points. In conflict with a noble your best appeal is to the rights of a bigger noble, not your own.
No. 956195 ID: 5fc3a0
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"Some pen and paper. A book to pass the time, and a bucket and cloth to clean myself up. Will I be allowed visitors and mail?"
>"Both will be allowed under the rule that we'll read your outgoing mail and be present during your visits." The warden says while giving a nod to a guard to the side and soon returns with the items.

"I'd like a friend named Gahn to come visit me." I give him the details I can, but he may not be easy to find.
>"We'll do what we can. Oh, and your personal items will be stored in a private locker for the time being."

Using the pen and paper, I make my case. When I read it over, it looks more like a report of what happened from one event to the next, rather than a plead of innocence. I think I like it like that, but maybe I should play it up with thoughts of loyalty, or how I'm protecting Krix's interests, or whatever. I need more time to collect my thoughts to make sure it doesn't just sound desperate from me, but I think I have a lot of material to give to a fair court. If the court's not fair, then I'm screwed no matter my defense.

The prisoners slowly go back to their normal noises, and only the most persistent of prisoners keeps yelling at me despite no indication I hear them.
No. 956196 ID: 5fc3a0
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Some guards begin walking by, as their shift ends and the night crew takes their places. I'm glad I was right to think Nawm would visit on her own. She stops by on her way out.

>"When I said try not to get kicked in the crotch again, I didn't mean stab the guy."
"It worked, didn't it?"

She coughs out a little 'pf'.

>"You can still joke, huh?"
"I guess I can, even if I shouldn't."
>"I brought you a training sword and a straw rod."
"You were allowed?"
>"Yeah. I talked it over with the captain and the other guards, and we know how bad it can be locked up for a long time. I mean, I hope it isn't a long time, but if it is, it's best to be able to beat the hell out of some inanimate objects."
No. 956197 ID: 10c408

Honestly, I think Krix would appreciate integrity more than ass-kissing or flattery.

Add on an apology for having killed Sayanos, you woke up with a knife in your pillow right next to your head and during your shift you find out he's returned to assault you again.
No. 956199 ID: 48ce40

"Thanks, Nawm. You know I actually held my knife out in front of my crotch and he kicked it himself?"

I wonder if you should include that in the report, actually. It emphasizes how arrogant and foolish Sayanos was that he didn't even keep an eye on your weapon while alone with you (nobles seem to be quite open to stories of other nobles being idiots, from what we experienced with the trial), and might amuse Krix. It is the truth, too, matching up with the wounds on his corpse if they take a look at it.
No. 956200 ID: c2f1f6

Add on a couple points-
-You'll accept any judgement they render, but in any case you'd like the court to protect Gahn and your ex from Sayanos' henchmen, co-conspirators or string-pullers, as the case may be.
-make the point that you answer to Warlord Krix and not Sayanos. Maybe Krix will appreciate that, maybe leave it out if it looks like he's in no mood for suckups.

Tell Nawm that at current interest rates, if or when you get out of here you'll owe her a lot of lunches.
No. 956201 ID: a0dfd2


Nice of her.

(Now why do I get the feeling that rod isn't what we think it is ...?)
No. 956202 ID: 86eb65

Krix is a warlord so he probably would prefer a honest military style report. Be polite and respectful but don't try to suck up.

Honestly if Krix shows up to find you training hard in your cell with a nice easy to read report on the table it will probably do more for you than any amount of false flattery.

Also a apology for making him come all this way to have to deal with your mess.

"Nawm you are the best. Thank you for everything."

"Oh and if you bring me ingredients I will make you lunches while I am locked up."
No. 956203 ID: a8720f

You're correct that the last is the key, the first two were support the case that he'd become crazy, or was a traitor.
No. 956204 ID: a9af05

Thank Nawm for what she brought to you.

Unless she's able to bring a source of fire to use for cooking, I doubt she'll be able to bring ingredients for cooking.
No. 956205 ID: bb78f2

Thanks a lot, Nawm.
No. 956234 ID: fa2754

Apologize on not being able to make her any meals.
No. 956236 ID: 91ee5f

Tell Nawm that you’re sorry that you can’t make any meals for her to nom on.

Yeah, a military style report and seeing us training in our cell sounds like a good plan.
No. 956239 ID: b1b4f3

Maybe you can ask for exercise equipment too. GET SWOLE.
No. 956248 ID: dbd72b

Nawm's cool. Let her know. Also? Ask if she can put a note in Cheese's place. But don't mention Cheese, or any other details. Let Cheese know the spot is compromised, and give a status report. Your factual, by the books testimony is good enough for this (and won't compromise your testimony if anyone extra reads it). Three folds, this is important.
Agreeing with general sentiment to train, because what else are you going to do? Sorry, revenge isn't fun.
As far as I can see, your job is to keep people from fucking with Krix. So if someone less than Krix fucks with you, they're fucking with Krix's security system, and therefore Krix himself. Simple reason why Cheese knows what you did is ok, and something he'd want to encourage.These are good details to add to your testimony. But maybe said nicer?
No. 956250 ID: 015bf2

Take the stuff.

"Damn, you're all being way too nice. You told them I make good lunches, didn't ya?"

Don't mention Cheese's drop off point to Nawm. If you get out of this, you could use it as replacement drop-off for Fen mail. That, and getting your one friendly face in this dump involved with all this cloak and dagger stuff doesn't quite seem worth it.

Your report seems fine, but you're going to get questioned and if a truth wizard's there, so you need to consider carefully not just the facts of the report, but how you express yourself. Leaving yourself open to questions like 'did you plan to kill Sayanos' may fluster you, so you ready answers like 'I'd rather not have had to kill him right then, but I can't deny I wanted him dead for threatening me and my friends.' You can, and should, honestly present yourself as a victim of circumstance and idiot noble overreach.
No. 956255 ID: 1047cb

>noble overreach
Bad idea. The empire's system is set up to harm people who disobey authority, regardless of how stupid the authority is, to keep the system's power. Moss must seem loyal. His victim must seem disloyal.
No. 956256 ID: 015bf2

Noble overreach can be considered traitorous.

See also: the two dead golds at Fen’s trial.

By presuming to give orders to Moss without asking for permission to give said orders, Sayanos placed himself above Warlord Krix in rank. Moss is no dragon knight, but if Sayanos did not have the strength to resist even s lowly dungeon guard, he has clearly proved himself unworthy of contesting Krix’d power.
No. 956257 ID: 48ce40

Getting swole might actually be a good strategy. The Empire values strength. Sayanos was a scrawny fella, and wasn't a mage to excuse it, so if a big buff upstanding warrior guy is held up in comparison to him, there'll be a predisposition to favor the guy who fits the cultural ideal better. It's shitty, but might as well work in our favor.
No. 956262 ID: a9af05

>Don't mention Cheese's drop off point to Nawm. If you get out of this, you could use it as replacement drop-off for Fen mail. That, and getting your one friendly face in this dump involved with all this cloak and dagger stuff doesn't quite seem worth it.
I agree with all of this.
No. 956274 ID: ce39da

Make sure not to make any claims based on stuff you learned from Cheese and no-one else. Even if the court discovers your info to be accurate, it might raise some awkward questions about how you knew.
No. 956285 ID: 6325da

Much better, though I'd be highly cautious with that. The trial was partially (or mostly) a power play. Moss's judge will have a lot of leeway, too.
No. 956290 ID: 10c408

Moss's judge will probably be Krix for all the right reasons.

If the judge isn't Krix then we're up the creek without a paddle.
No. 956405 ID: 15a025

Well, earlier you did mention how you should pick up training again. Seems like Nawm's brought you the perfect chance, and maybe more.
Feel the training sword a little more closely later and see if there's something hiding in it?
No. 956593 ID: f133dc

I just had a nasty thought.

What Cheese said about him not getting in too much trouble for killing Sayanos, that would likely be true for any old kobold working there right now, except where Moss is a known accomplice of Fen, and just killed a noble for telling him to kill Fen, this might just be seen as him declaring himself Fen's ally.

Which Krix probably wouldn't look to mercifully on.
No. 956597 ID: 13059a

Murder Krix?
Murder Krix...
No. 956599 ID: 10c408

Okay, for real. If Krix was even aware of the connection between Moss and Fen, there's a thousand other ways for Sayanos to screw over Moss, let alone Krix who is Boss to the both of them.

Instead, Sayanos shows up unannounced, with no fanfare nor guards, has to bribe one of Krix's OTHER subordinates and then makes it perfectly clear he doesn't give a shit about the chain of command because noble title.

These are not the actions of someone who has not only rifled through Moss's mail to discover the fen-moss connection, but also got Krix's blessing. Sayanos would not have had to go around Krix's back like this if Krix approved of the machinations to get Moss to die semi-pointlessly.
No. 956622 ID: a5320c

Plus, Krix doesn't want to kill Fen without plausible deniability (he wants to remove an enemy without making an enemy of someone much more dangerous), and sending one of his own soldiers with direct orders to kill Fen is counterproductive to that.
No. 956924 ID: 5fc3a0
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"Thanks, Nawm, and send thanks to the rest of the guards who you talked it over with, too. If you fit a stove in here, I'll cook for you too." I spare her any 'nom' jokes. She's heard it so many times. Even the prisoners are tired of barking 'nom' at her.
>"Haha, I might just find a way."
"Have any iron plates?"
>"What for?"
"To exercise with. I'll break this sword if it's all I get to have."
>"You're already meaty."
"Standing around all day's put me out of good shape."
>"Hah, well as long as you don't flex your own bones apart."

I've hit a plateau with my martial skill anyway. I was never good at it past a point, so my fighting ability heavily depends on my plain physical strength. I'd best keep that high up by mindlessly swinging swords and iron around. I can do that all day as long as my body can, and I know it'll be much better for me than rotting in this cell.

After swinging the sword, I lay down for the night and realize I've never been here overnight. The prisoners don't shut up overnight. I wonder if they sleep, but a third of the prisoners may just always be asleep in the back of the cell at any time. It's possibly they've lost any sense of night and day, and each guard shift is the same as the other.

Sleeping is tough, but I manage.
No. 956925 ID: 5fc3a0
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I learn I won't be paid while I'm in jail, but that's fine, since I'm getting free room and food here, even though the former is disgusting and the latter is bland. Aside from all the free cafeteria porridge I could stomach, books and items are freely lent to me. If not for the damn prisoner's noisiness at night, this wouldn't be so bad for a few days vacation. A few weeks, though... that might give me some prisoner's insanity.

The prisoners realize Nawm was visiting me for recreational purposes, so of course by the time she visits again, they're making impressions of a bunch of chickens in an orgy. I think. What I know is that it's a mess of awful noise.

Nawm and I chat before she leaves to wind down for the evening, and I'm damn sure I'm not going to ask her to choose hanging around me and the dungeon instead of the shining palace.

I let her go, make sure the straw rod Nawm brought is securely installed, and drown out the prisoner's noise by hitting the rod with the training sword. The sword, I've noticed, is just a sword, without any secret cell keys or anything hidden inside. I was more tempted to get her to drop off a letter for Cheese, but I think Nawm's completely clean. I'm not going to drag even just her fingernail into this shady business if I don't have to, and as far as I'm concerned, Cheese should've been able to figure out anything I could tell her by now.

That leaves me for a second night of prisoners, who I now think are being louder knowing that I'm not used to this crap. I end up using the sword more like a club by the end of the night.
No. 956926 ID: 5fc3a0
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I wake up. It's the 88th, and I can tell something's going on. The guards have restored their posture, and their coats and self are cleaner, and there's a certain quietness in the air as the prisoners either yell more specific taunts, or shut up entirely to listen. If it's not Krix arriving, it's still important.

The warden didn't tell me anything, but I didn't wait. I've got a well thought out report now. It turns out my body didn't let me swing sword and iron around all day, and that left me some good time to think, read, and write my report. I'm even a little proud of it, even if it's something I wish I didn't have to do.

There's no sucking up in it. If I tried to suck up to Krix, I'd either come off as the most insincere kobold to ever address him, or puke before I managed it. It's forthright, and I've studied well for every question I could imagine being asked. I'm pointing out what I did was loyalty to the province and the empire, and it was Sayanos who was at odds with them, not I.
No. 956927 ID: 5fc3a0
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For the first and only moment that I've been in this dungeon, it falls completely silent. I shut my eyes to focus on the sounds. A few unusual thuds approach.

The prisoners burst at their cages.

No. 956928 ID: 5fc3a0
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>"I'm sorry Lord Krix, but on short notice, we could not move the prisoners." I hear the warden, followed by what must be Krix.
>"Why would you?"
>"This is the only passage that you may fit through, and, as you can see, the prisoners don't behave."
>"You allow this?"
>"They are more animal than kobold, by now. The only way to keep them from acting as they are is to also keep them from being any good at hard labor."

>"Naw try it!"
>"Yeah come on just a little closer my gourd!"
>"Come on you know you wanna see what happens."
>"You aren't scared of a few starving prisoners are ya?"
>"I bet you're the new chickenshit around here!"

>"I'm sorry, Lord Krix, but your size means this is the only available hall that leads to Moss. I would recommend we bring Moss to you, not wait - "
>"I am above this nonsense."
No. 956929 ID: 5fc3a0
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I hear a crunch of wood as the hall door opens in the wrong direction.

>"He's going for it!"
>"Pull him in guys, fuck him u -
No. 956930 ID: 5fc3a0
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No. 956931 ID: 5fc3a0
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I hear noises and screams that I didn't need to listen so carefully for.
No. 956932 ID: 5fc3a0
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It's followed by a silence I've never heard in the dungeon. There's still cries of pain, but the ambient noise of prisoners, chatter and activity is simply gone to a point I didn't know was possible.

Krix finds me and faces the bars. I avert my gaze, not entirely because he's a noble, but I'd like to make an effort to hide some of my contempt for him.

>"Why did you not take the chance to kill Fen?"

I didn't expect that question to be first, but I arrange my thoughts where my report addressed that.

"... To do so would undermine a mission arranged by one higher than Sir Sayanos was."
>"So you killed him, instead?"
"It was done in self defense." Shit, I had a half dozen reasons why that's the case, but Krix's stare bores at me harder with every extra word I say. "For reasons of threats and sending me on a suicide mission."
>"Why did he come to you to kill Fen?"
"Sir Sayanos believed that because I was a familiar face, Fen would let me approach his back."

Krix pauses, then squints.

>"Have you been writing to Fen?"
No. 956933 ID: 465a14

Not recently.
No. 956934 ID: 86eb65

Be honest.

"Yes Lord Krix. I met Fen before he gained his current fame and we have kept in touch. I suspect that Sir Sayanos was reading my mail and that is why he approached me."
No. 956935 ID: c4c8ec

Lying to this question will only get you dead, I think. Say "yes" matter-of-factly. If he presses on, say Fen struck your curiosity so you wanted to know if he was successful or not.
No. 956936 ID: 3ce8ff

I should hope you already know, as my mail has been compromised for a while now, but yes back when I could send mail.
No. 956938 ID: cdabe3

these all sound good
No. 956940 ID: c2f1f6

I've been trying to keep tabs, but my letters have been compromised.

Remember refer to him as WARlord Krix.
No. 956941 ID: e2f5cc

Hey, at least you know that Fen has experience in fighting affronts to all known deities that can rip him limb from limb with all the ease of breathing, so fighting Krix might not even be too big a departure from what he's doing now!

This image still has the faded outline of the previous pic
No. 956942 ID: c4c8ec

I think "my lord" will do for now. Using someone's title (or worse, title and name) to their face sounds a bit confrontational.
No. 956943 ID: baec18

Add something to the effect of "we keep light on the details", maybe, to make sure it's clear you're not -too- buddy-buddy, but that yes, you are friends for the most part.
No. 956944 ID: ce39da

Come to think of it, the story was supposed to be that you hated Fen's guts, right?

"I felt I had some choice words for him after we parted ways, and he had some responses. I'm still not sure how I feel about him."

This is all true while doing nothing to play up our relationship with him.
No. 956945 ID: 48ce40

"Yes. Enough to know Sir Sayanos' plan would not have worked."

If you can, try keep to the idea that Sayanos was weak and incompetent. He was. He literally kicked your knife. That sort of response might make him ask you how you would kill Fen, yourself, to which the answer you'll probably need to give is that you wouldn't while he was in Erja, you'd wait until he was in a more accessible situation. You probably can get away with simply being honest about your distaste for underhanded things like backstabbing, too. He knows by now you're an honest guy, because at the trial it came out as why you didn't steal the cloth, so he'll believe it - he's probably had you investigated by now, anyway, if he's smart and wary of Apanya. You might have to buy yourself out a bit by giving a real opinion on how you would kill Fen. Fortunately, and uh no offense, I don't think you can actually figure out a way to kill Fen, by yourself.

I don't know if Moss knows this, but given Krix directly sent guys to Fen saying "hey become one of my dudes or you'll regret it" suggests maybe Krix isn't interested in the underhanded tactics himself? The general bounty offer could be from other people. Or Fen's successes might have elevated him to the point where Krix's dominance is more questionable. If I'm understanding kobold culture right, Krix might have to somehow publicly defeat Fen somehow to secure his right to own the dragoncloth, in people's minds and in his reputation, if not officially. I wouldn't imagine Krix is "honorable" but he is probably concerned with being absolutely perceived as strong without a doubt.
No. 956954 ID: c4c8ec

>The general bounty offer could be from other people.
It is: As far as we know it was set by the merchants of Pocktown. Krix ensured everyone from Turtle knew about it, but also made a point of not setting a bounty of his own and not giving direct orders against Fen.
I think he's trying not to cross a line that would make Zall actively want him dead.
No. 956956 ID: bb78f2

Yes. I gifted him a pair of socks and gave him a status update of my lifestyle, given he's responsible for my current position. I'm hesitant to call us friends, as I am somewhat angry at him for throwing so much chaos in my life. Still, I wouldn't kill him unless he's declared a criminal, within my patrol, and won't submit to arrest. I am a guard, I am to either arrest or kill those who resist arrest. Subterfuge, bounty hunting, and assassination is beneath me.
No. 956958 ID: 015bf2

The letters are already a known factor to some people and, presumably, a feature of your report as to how Sayanos decided to target you. It makes denying them or pretending to outright hate Fen quite pointless, so you don't have to be defensive about it.

I think the only additional danger here is your contempt for Krix and how unsettled he is making you. So rein in your feelings. You are a stony mcstone-faced soldier who guts stones all day long.

"Yes, Warlord. After the trial, the barbarian sent me a letter inquiring about my state, seemingly out of concern. After some thought, I decided to send him one back. We have corresponded since, neither of us telling the other more than light details of our lives - nothing others wouldn't be able to suss out, and better. I am still of mixed feelings when it comes to him, but at least our treatment of scheming petty nobles has turned out to be pretty similar."

Maintain your tone.

"Sayanos' revenge scheme was poorly planned, doomed to failure and had him admit to having messed with imperial mail. He was more pawn than stone and I am confident your rule of the Turtle is better off without him. I will accept whatever punishment you order due to his death, but he was neither in the right place nor within his authority to order me to attempt to kill Fen through assassination."

We can at least hope your dislike for scheming petty nobles resonates with Krix.
No. 956961 ID: 10c408

Yeah, okay. I'd keep it brief and honest. Krix *hates* the game that all the nobles play openly and others play quietly. Trying to verbally manipulate him is only going to get us killed.

"Yes, I have. And Sayanos admitted to reading all of it in our first meeting."
No. 956963 ID: 13059a

You got a point, might wanna tell Krix that Sayanos is exactly the backstabby, snaketongued, 7D mindchess greedy and yet oh so petty noble someone of a warlods background would hate with every fiber in their body.
No. 956966 ID: 10c408

My concern is that even giving him the letter instead of answering his yes/no questions will only result in further violence. Those bars will undoubtedly not protect Moss from Krix (and that's not even accounting for the warden)
No. 956980 ID: a0dfd2


Might as well just give a simple yes.

If pressed: you've had some correspondence, and he's the one who has been keeping you up to date on the campaign in Erja Nokol.

We already know someone has been reading our mail, but they don't need to be aware that we know. So long as we believe that nothing we've done is wrong, then the only fault is whatever may have made it through the mail.
No. 956986 ID: 10c408

Actually, I take it back. We can manipulate Krix a little bit. Disguise your disgust for Krix with your disgust for this cloak and dagger shit that Sayanos brought to your doorstep, forcing you to consult Cheese about and cost you a job that you've learned to tolerate if for nothing else other than simply having adjacency to title that most nobles would consider you irrelevant.
No. 956998 ID: 1ed92d

Yes, you have been writing to Fen. That's what he wants to know. Krix already knows you hate his incredibly huge guts, he probably assumes anyone he meets hates him, so no need to bring that up.
No. 957034 ID: 5fc3a0
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"Yes, Warlord. Sir Sayanos had found out by reading my mail."
>"You said you did not attempt Fen's life, because it would hurt the Erja Nokol campaign."

I'd succeed at killing Fen in face to face combat sooner than succeed in keeping my tone in check, so I talk about Sayanos so that my contempt is direct towards him instead of Krix.

"Yes, and I had no faith in Sir Sayanos' poorly planned revenge scheme, nor his position to order me to kill Fen." I pause. I'm sure what I wrote sounded better.
>"Warden, free him."
>"One moment, sir." The warden says and runs to get the keys.

Krix faces me again.

>"If you have anything to say to me, now is the time, deserter."

... The only group I've ever deserted was Krix's own rebellion.
No. 957035 ID: 465a14

For all your anger you haven't changed anything about the system. Your rebellion failed even if it got you a title.
No. 957036 ID: 695467

I feel like saying anything here would be a trap, best to keep your mouth shut.
No. 957038 ID: 48ce40

Huh. Is him suddenly speaking quietly (not bold text) deliberate, I wonder? I notice he just sent the only other person away, as well. Just not wanting the whole history to be brought up, or actually looking for something specific? I dunno, maybe if it'd make you feel better you might say something about him deserting the promises his rebellion made or its ideals or something, or comment about how he treats his own rebels or some such. He's probably expecting something, might think less of you if you just say nothing, so if you word it right you might not technically admit to anything while emphasizing that whole history as something the both of you should leave behind. Or something.
No. 957039 ID: 5298bf

In the end of things, you'll be much more than just a memory.
No. 957040 ID: e2f5cc

"Is... Is there something you want me to say, my lord?"

Saying nothing is also a good plan, and I feel that calling Krix Warlord here will probably be seen as sucking up a bit too much.
No. 957044 ID: 13059a

"Do you really want to call someone who was forced into a difficult situation by someone else who clearly didn't know what they were doing in a attempt to gain more vain power, and thus chose the only way out that didn't kill themselves a deserter?"
No. 957045 ID: c4c8ec

If you feel really cheeky, you can tell him you're surprised he bothers to remember one of the countless people whose family he massacred.
Or that his recruitment pitch sucked.
But I advise against it.
No. 957046 ID: a0dfd2


Let's not. There's a better time and place for that, then unarmed, in a cell, and just having had our life spared.

Krix is an asshole, but right now, we kind of owe him a bit of gratitude. Anything else can wait, considering we've gotten very good at doing just that.
No. 957047 ID: c4c8ec

Or less murder-inducing, can say desertion requires legal authority to conscript.
No. 957050 ID: 86eb65

Probably best to shut up if you can not keep your emotions in check.

What is this deserter talk?
No. 957051 ID: 65e83b

What do you expect of me now? What do you gain from this situation?
No. 957052 ID: baec18

You really shouldn't say anything, but if you absolutely NEED to, do NOT make character attacks, provoke a fight, or question his legitimacy.
DO (if you need to) express that -you- are still angry about your extended family being murdered for not joining a rebellion. If you keep it limited to how angry -you- are, and not how much of an asshole -he- is, it becomes much less likely for him to murder you in response.
You definitely want him dead, and he definitely knows, but if you choose your words carefully here you may get something (very) loosely resembling an apology, or (more likely) he'll say something that absolutely cements his position as king dickhead.
But seriously don't be cheeky.
A lot of work went into you not dying, so don't waste it now.
No. 957062 ID: ce39da

"Part of me still can't believe he actually went and kicked the knife I held to my crotch without looking."

This is the most likely parting word to get a laugh out of Krix: stating that Sayanos is a moron without letting a direct insult slip that could get us in trouble.
No. 957063 ID: b1b4f3

Consider airing your grievances. He just gave you a blank check to do so. Why not give him a fair shot at defending his actions? It's probably gonna be "war is hell, deal with it you pansy" or something similar but he will appreciate being treated fairly.
No. 957067 ID: 91ee5f

I don’t think you should say anything to him. Just be glad that he’s not ripping your arms off.
No. 957068 ID: 10c408

He's baiting you. Do NOT say anything negative that can be used to as justification for him to snap you in half.
No. 957069 ID: c2f1f6

If he'd like information he needs to be specific, anything else you'd like to say you'll take to your grave.
No. 957073 ID: 10c408

Actually I take it back, there is one thing to say. Throw your captain under the bus here.

"I hate the game as much as you do, you know. But unlike my captain, I don't accept bribes to look the other way when treason is afoot."
No. 957074 ID: b1b4f3

Oh, we could do that, yeah. Except more direct? Like just straight up go "I'd like to report that my Captain has been taking bribes."
No. 957092 ID: 10c408

Yeah, being direct is a lot better than my mouthy response that smacks of unintentional hypocrisy.
No. 957094 ID: 015bf2

Krix has done background research on you. No surprise there. You were foisted onto him by Lady Apanya so he'd at least have checked to see what kind of dagger at his back you were intended to be. There's a lot you could unload on him with an open invitation, but with time being short and you appearing too grudge-ridden possibly getting you killed, you should keep any reply simple.

"All I can say is that Sayanos' threats of hurting all my friends and family were far weaker for having so few left to lose."

It implies that threatening friends and family isn't very effective with you. It also outright states that your service was served by your past, however chequered, which isn't something he can really criticize. That you appear to be in the middle of being let go suggests that as long as your actions were justifiable on the surface, he isn't after your blood.

If you can't express anything of the sort without making your bile deep and vicious, just lower your head and say nothing. Better he thinks he successfully shamed you with that deserter comment.

Or you can throw him a few incidental curveballs/rebuttals.

>"May I continue to write Fen?"
>"This prison is a real shithole. Can standards be improved?"
>"What even were your people looking for on those deadland islands?"
>"I've never deserted an Empire army."
No. 957101 ID: bb78f2

Throw the man a boon in exchange for him letting you go just now, information that he might find useful. It may risk making enemies of Cheese and the crows, but I doubt they can hear us down here.

Sir Sayanos's more than likely has a backer of powerful repute and is a friend of the crows, though I do believe their threat and interest in me is minimal. I did some investigating of my own between Sayanos's visits and confirmed this with several sources. They've marked my ex-wife, my associate Gahn and his family, and Sayanos when he was alive as Nonwatchable, and they've made Fen as a neutral party when they were previously allies. I'm not sure if that information's of use to you or not, but I hope it is.
No. 957106 ID: c2f1f6

You've served under him with no problems long after his rebel phase and long before this dark misstep, if he feared you a traitor motivated by revenge he'd've had you dealt with long ago. Since he cares enough to ask, you hope he cares enough to help protect the rest of your friends and family from Sayano's co-conspirators.
No. 957107 ID: 15a025

Mention the captain taking bribes.
No. 957112 ID: 10c408

I think you vastly overestimate how much Krix values Moss, whoever is left of Moss's immediate family aside from his ex-wife and Gahn and also how much soft power Krix has/is willing to use on Moss.
No. 957116 ID: 1ed92d

Wow. He knows EVERYTHING.

"I feel the same now as I did then."

For all you hate Krix and see him as a traitorous, manipulative bastard who threw good people to the wolves to advance himself...

You must admit, he's incredibly perceptive and his knowledge is far reaching.
No. 957151 ID: c2f1f6

I'm thinking he may keep surprising us. That could include killing us as soon as he opens the door or maybe he'll deign to throw some token security their way, But I don't want to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by pissing him off at the last second.
No. 957155 ID: 4f51b2

Is Krix a mix a of a mountain kobold and a field kobold?
No. 957157 ID: 3ce8ff

this seems to largely be a case of 'I don't really care, but I can't condone killing nobles, so go away and don't bother me' with a possible 'good luck with whatever you do next'
No. 957164 ID: a0dfd2


Agreed. Some upstart he wanted to get rid of got himself offed without needing to get his hands dirty. He pretends to give a shit about a trial, and comes out clean.


Yes, if I'm reading Krix correctly, his use of the term "deserter" is very much an effort to goad us further. He knows we hate his guts, and wants to see if we're fool enough to act on it.
No. 957181 ID: c2ddc6

He could be calling Moss a deserter cuz he wants to frame Moss for deserting the guard so as to have a reason to kill him. While Krix doesn't need a reason to kill Moss, having one could help keep his underlings from being as scared of him.

Idk, my case is flimsy but I have this gut feeling he is going to gut Moss as soon as he walks out of the cell regardless of what he says.
No. 957183 ID: bfd57f

Yeah, can we ask for clarification? Anything to say... in confidence? As a commoner to a noble, a soldier to an officer, or as next of kin to a killer? Dont harangue him for using violence to solve his problems, you are in a cell for murder.
No. 957186 ID: 10c408

That's one way to look at it. my take is that Krix disapproves of the entire mess because of how it was handled by a suspected traitor, even though the murder victim had it coming and also that BECAUSE it was a stone noble under Krix he has to personally sort it out instead of continuing to do.. Well, whatever it is that Krix has been up to.

(I'd be very surprised if, in an alternate universe, we made this Krix's problem he would have sided with Sayanos over Moss)
No. 957244 ID: b8dddb

“I’m not the kinda guy who likes to pick fights I can’t win. We’re both in our current position not because of some barbarian, but because a particularly opportunistic noble wanted to see what’ll happen. If you care about this whole charade as much as I expect you do, which is to say little more than a passing curiosity, then I hope you’ll see me out of this cell and back at my post. I wouldn’t be able to beat Fen, I wouldn’t be able to beat you, but I could certainly handle some upstart bastard who thought he was ready for political discourse.”
Your best chance is a minor deflection; don’t draw much attention to the whole deserter thing as that will tell him what your future intentions may be, but ignoring it altogether will just solidify whatever opinion he has of you already.
No. 957268 ID: f133dc

It really can't be that easy.

Look, this guy is an asshole, but signing your own death warrant because you hate his guys is not smart. Just like you swallowed your bride when you got kneed in the nuts, you are going to do it here to.

But he wants something. He wants a reason to kill or spare you but I don't feel like he's made his mind up yet.

Tell him Sir Sayanos was a cunt, and a useless asshole, but he DID have someone backing him that had cash and men and influence, though you'd have no idea who.

This is a dangerous move, because if he takes an interest in how you know this he would have the resources to make you tell him. But saying nothing or literally everything everyone else suggested maybe bar one or two suggestions is going to net you a swift execution.
No. 957315 ID: d7664c

Deserter? Im only a deserter because I didn't make a deal first. The only reason I'm in jail for murder is because I didn't make a career out of it. The reason is I'm so damn bad at this shit. If I were vicious and cunning and embittered I'd have gone on the mission, got caught, and let you have dealt with the fallout. Everyone saw lady Apanya foist me onto you, they'll think it was your order. But I'm not and I didn't. I'm trying to be free of the past.
No. 957354 ID: be3967

"Wasn't massacring my village punishment enough for that?"
No. 957357 ID: 864e49

Ask if he knows about your past, if he says yes say nothing, if he says no say nothing, thank him for shutting up the prisoners.
No. 957435 ID: 6a5413

If this is one of those,
"How did you know?"
"You just said so!"
things, some of you fell for it.
No. 957487 ID: c2f1f6

Only if the 'how did you know' is us asking how he knew we ditched our shift and ran away to see cheese however many nights ago. Which we will very much not mention at all.
No. 957532 ID: f3f534

With all of these paranoid thoughts going through his head, Moss will finally be able to understand how Fen is always so paranoid.
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