House Kaliaxix Session 12

Squeegy Aug 7th, 2013 42 Never
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  1. Aug 06 17:08:10 <SqueeGM>       When we left off, the group had managed to make it to the town without further incident. However, whilst there, they encountered a stubborn towndog who sounded like he was looking for the bodies that they had discovered on their way here. Oddly enough, though they had only found two bodies, he mentioned three people. After a somewhat terse exchange wherein Lehkurehn neglected to tell the whole truth to the dog, he left, seemi
  2. Aug 06 17:08:10 <SqueeGM>       ng dissatisfied. Haeliksis took the wagons to park and left the rest of them to do what they wish.
  3. Aug 06 17:11:21 <Latrehkiks>    i assume it's the day after, after getting some rest?
  4. Aug 06 17:11:33 <SqueeGM>       Nope. It was only the evening.
  5. Aug 06 17:12:00 <Lehkurehn>     I think we were going out for food on the towndogs illicit dime
  6. Aug 06 17:12:25 <Latrehkiks>    Sounds right.
  7. Aug 06 17:12:39 <SqueeGM>       Still time to sort out your sleeping arrangements, get something to eat, go shopping, whatever.
  8. Aug 06 17:15:05 <Lehkurehn>     Well, I guess we get some food then. I think Haeliksis was handling the inn. Any shopping we could do.
  9. Aug 06 17:16:43 <Kerosis>       Sounds about right.
  10. Aug 06 17:18:21 <Lehkurehn>     "So where you guys want to go? Never been here before so I'm kinda lost."
  11. Aug 06 17:18:45 <SqueeGM>       One of the other guards shrugs.
  12. Aug 06 17:19:59 <Latrehkiks>    "Maybe we could ask some locals? I don't have a good recollection of this place."
  13. Aug 06 17:21:38 <Lehkurehn>     "Sounds like a plan."
  14. Aug 06 17:24:32 *       Lehkurehn flags down a town dog. "You there! Stranger-greetings offered. Do you know a place where me and my friends could find a good meal?"
  15. Aug 06 17:28:43 <SqueeGM>       The towndog trots over to Lehkurehn. "A meal, eh?" He seems amused. "You do know what town you're in, yes? You came in through the front? Just take a walk."
  16. Aug 06 17:31:41 <Latrehkiks>    Latrehkiks rubs at his snout idly and humns. "Well, walking around looking for a place never hurt anyone."
  17. Aug 06 17:32:15 <Lehkurehn>     "Fair enough. Thank you."
  18. Aug 06 17:34:24 <Latrehkiks>    "So, Lehkurehn. I guess we pick a direction and start walking."
  19. Aug 06 17:36:36 <SqueeGM>       The other guards seem to have wandered off already, leaving only you two and Kerosis.
  20. Aug 06 17:36:40 <Lehkurehn>     "That guy seemed to say all the food was at those stands near the wall. Perhaps there, Latrehkiks?"
  21. Aug 06 17:37:36 <Latrehkiks>    "As good a place as any, really." He shrugs, turning to head over to the stalls.
  22. Aug 06 17:37:40 <Kerosis>       "Makes it easier to decide what to order, I suppose."
  23. Aug 06 17:38:38 <SqueeGM>       Latrehkiks leads the way, and has barely walked down the street before he hears a voice calling out to him. "Hey! Hey you! You want some spineboar burgers? I have them! Cheap, tastes good!"
  24. Aug 06 17:38:41 <Lehkurehn>     "More where than what I'd guess."
  25. Aug 06 17:39:39 *       Lehkurehn shudders at the mention of spineboars. He's not quite sure why.
  26. Aug 06 17:39:44 <SqueeGM>       He hears another voice from the other direction. "No! You don't want his meat. It is dirt and shit! Come and buy a kebab! We have cold drinks!"
  27. Aug 06 17:40:20 <SqueeGM>       The first one yells back. "Hey, fuck you! Don't listen to him! He undercooks his kebabs, and does not wash them! You will get sick if you eat his food!"
  28. Aug 06 17:42:27 <Latrehkiks>    "Well, that was particularly quick." he laughs some, looking at the stalls. "Although admittedly I don't want to listen to either of these guys if they're fighting like this. Shall we see what else there is?" he whispers to Lehkurehn.
  29. Aug 06 17:43:59 <SqueeGM>       The two of them are mostly arguing with each other now.
  30. Aug 06 17:44:23 *       Kerosis tries to keep her head down and hurry out of earshot.
  31. Aug 06 17:45:13 *       Lehkurehn chuckles. "I feel aiding either would just fuel their rivalry."
  32. Aug 06 17:46:33 <Latrehkiks>    "That too." He spots Kerosis sneaking away and follows after. "See anything that'd be good, Kerosis?"
  33. Aug 06 17:47:28 <SqueeGM>       "Where are you going? You will not find better meat in the city!" the first one calls after them. After a bit more walking they stumble across another person, leaning out from a counter built into the building. "Hello!" he calls out. "I have food!"
  34. Aug 06 17:48:27 *       Kerosis just tries and sees what place is the most popular based on who's drawing the biggest crowd.
  35. Aug 06 17:52:26 <SqueeGM>       "Wait, come back! At least look at it!" There are more stalls on the sides of the street than there are people, and they all yell incessantly at anyone who comes near, whether it's Kerosis and her group, a passing wagon, a group of travelers or one on their own, or a towndog unlucky enough to wander into eyeshot. The products they offer are diverse, but their methods for selling them are mostly the same.
  36. Aug 06 17:54:11 *       Lehkurehn follows Kerosis
  37. Aug 06 17:54:29 <Latrehkiks>    "Hmm.. Well, I guess it mostly depends on what our money can afford us at this point with this many stalls." he ponders aloud, looking over the various stalls. "Lehkurehn?"
  38. Aug 06 17:58:43 <Lehkurehn>     "I think we can afford most things. Get whatever you want. Meet back here." He drops a few pennies in both their palms before looking for some cheap kebabs.
  39. Aug 06 17:59:53 <SqueeGM>       The kebab vendor he is approaching is helping another customer when he approaches, but leans over to greet him. "Hello please wait your turn and I will be right with you do not go anywhere!" He wheezes and clears his throat, then accepts some coins from the dog in front of him.
  40. Aug 06 18:00:23 *       Kerosis just kinda keeps glancing around from stall to stall, afraid to upset anyone by snubbing them for a competitor.
  41. Aug 06 18:01:23 <Latrehkiks>    Latrehkiks thumbs at the coins in his hand now as he goes to find some stews.
  42. Aug 06 18:04:10 <SqueeGM>       Latrehkiks leaves Kerosis standing awkwardly in the middle of the street and wanders around in search of a stand with bowls. The tombdog in front of Lehkurehn leaves and the vendor beckons him forward. "Yes hello would you like a large or a small kebab?"
  43. Aug 06 18:04:57 <Lehkurehn>     "Small please."
  44. Aug 06 18:07:44 <SqueeGM>       The vendor selects a stick from a can full of them, opens the top on a clay pot sitting on some glowing ashes, and sticks it in a few times until he pulls it out with three assorted pieces of meat stuck on it. "Would you like hot sauce on this?"
  45. Aug 06 18:08:54 <Lehkurehn>     "Yes please."
  46. Aug 06 18:09:44 <SqueeGM>       He takes it under the counter for a moment and hands it to him covered in a layer of thick red sauce. "Three pennies, please."
  47. Aug 06 18:12:12 <Lehkurehn>     He hands him the cash and begins munching his meat stick.
  48. Aug 06 18:15:35 <SqueeGM>       The vendor takes the cash and starts yelling for more customers. Latrehkiks, after accidentally hitting up an ice cream vendor, finds someone who shouts at him about stew. "Stranger-greetings offered, what kind would you like?" the dog asks him.
  49. Aug 06 18:17:35 <Latrehkiks>    Latrehkiks walks over to the vendor and hmns a bit. "Well, how much would a small bowl of a meat stew cost?"
  50. Aug 06 18:19:44 <SqueeGM>       "Two pennies," the vendor replies, and grabs a wooden bowl, pouring hot water into it from a metal jug and scooping some lumps of meat into it, before adding some seasoning and sprinkling on a little spice, handing it over.
  51. Aug 06 18:21:12 *       Latrehkiks takes the bowl and hands over a pair of pennies to the vendor. "Thank you." he adds, before he starts consuming the stew.
  52. Aug 06 18:21:59 <SqueeGM>       "Bring the bowl back and I will pay you," he says before Latrehkiks leaves. Meanwhile, a carriage-driver shouts at Kerosis to get out of the way.
  53. Aug 06 18:22:24 *       Kerosis shouts "Sorry!" and scurries over to the side of the road.
  54. Aug 06 18:25:01 <SqueeGM>       Pekohxix appears as the carriage passes Kerosis by. "Everything alright?" he asks.
  55. Aug 06 18:25:01 *       Latrehkiks would take his time eating his stew, not wandering too far from where he got it as he intends on returning the bowl, but enough to see what else there is in the area.
  56. Aug 06 18:25:41 *       Lehkurehn wanders, unconcerned as always.
  57. Aug 06 18:26:34 <Kerosis>       "Yes, I'm just being a bit indecisive is all. I've never really had to order food from one person with another shouting not to."
  58. Aug 06 18:28:04 <SqueeGM>       "They are out to get a customer, I suppose. What matters is what you want, not what they want. You have the money, after all. What do you usually get?"
  59. Aug 06 18:30:33 <Kerosis>       "Well, I don't eat out often... and usually just have what everyone else recommends. I suppose those kebabs look fairly good though."
  60. Aug 06 18:30:45 *       Kerosis heads over to order one before losing her nerve again.
  61. Aug 06 18:31:13 <SqueeGM>       Pekohxix ushers Kerosis in that direction and the vendor greets her the same way he greeted Lehkurehn. "Yes hello would you like a large or a small kebab?"
  62. Aug 06 18:32:12 <Kerosis>       "I suppose just a small one. How much is it?"
  63. Aug 06 18:33:20 <SqueeGM>       The vendor starts making one, ignoring her question. He grabs a stick and impales three pieces of meat from the jar. "And what would your friend like? Oh nevermind, he is dead, I am sorry. Would you like hot sauce on this?"
  64. Aug 06 18:33:50 <Kerosis>       "Yes please."
  65. Aug 06 18:34:59 <SqueeGM>       He dips it in the sauce while Pekohxix folds his arms behind her, then hands the stick to her. "Three coins please, thank you."
  66. Aug 06 18:36:25 *       Kerosis says "Thank you," pays, snags, and eats... then looks to see where the others wandered off to.
  67. Aug 06 18:37:54 *       Latrehkiks has, by now, finished his stew and returned to the vendor he got it from to return the bowl.
  68. Aug 06 18:39:35 *       Lehkurehn has returned to the meeting place and is enjoying the din of the city.
  69. Aug 06 18:41:19 <SqueeGM>       Lehkurehn, meanwhile, has wandered quite some ways by himself and on his way back. He passes three towndogs kneeling down over a sum of money and tossing dice, who don't so much as glance at him, and an armed Xerehn Housedog leaning against the wall, who lazily tracks him with her eyes as he walks by. Then some rounded dome buildings, and a bench sitting inside a half-circle pool of water.
  70. Aug 06 18:42:16 <Lehkurehn>     Mmmm...
  71. Aug 06 18:42:17 <SqueeGM>       Latrehkiks puts the bowl on the counter, and the vendor glances at it, takes it, and tosses it haphazardly into a soapy bin of water inside the building, before flipping him a Lefixix coin.
  72. Aug 06 18:43:02 <SqueeGM>       Pekohxix notices Lehkurehn lazing about and guides Kerosis over to him.
  73. Aug 06 18:43:08 *       Latrehkiks catches the coin! And then wanders back to the agreed meeting place himself.
  74. Aug 06 18:44:05 <Kerosis>       "Oh, there you are."
  75. Aug 06 18:44:14 *       Lehkurehn notices and waves them over. "Hey Kero! Doctor. What'dya get?"
  76. Aug 06 18:45:08 <Kerosis>       "A kebab. Fairly good. I suppose we should all try to find an inn next?"
  77. Aug 06 18:47:02 <Lehkurehn>     "Mmm... Kebabs. Haeliksis was handling that but we should find him or the others at some point. We probably should of had better communication on that front, eh?"
  78. Aug 06 18:52:18 <Latrehkiks>    Latrehkiks makes his way back to Kerosis and Lehkurehn while he rubs at a coin in his hand. "Ah, there you two are. So where do we go now?" he asks.
  79. Aug 06 18:53:12 <Kerosis>       "I suppose wherever it was Haeliksis went."
  80. Aug 06 18:53:29 <Lehkurehn>     "Agreed."
  81. Aug 06 18:53:42 <SqueeGM>       "Do you happen to know where that was?"
  82. Aug 06 18:54:12 <Lehkurehn>     "Not a clue."
  83. Aug 06 18:54:58 <SqueeGM>       "Seems to put a hitch in that plan, then," Haeliksis remarks.
  84. Aug 06 18:56:29 *       Latrehkiks snaps his head to Haeliksis, somewhat in surprise before he laughs a little. "Or does it?"
  85. Aug 06 18:58:52 *       Lehkurehn has a blank stare like, "Wat?"
  86. Aug 06 19:02:03 <SqueeGM>       Haeliksis trots up and looks around, frowning. "You're what, a block or two from where I dropped you off? A little disappointing. I thought you'd be more adventurous, at least, Lehkurehn."
  87. Aug 06 19:05:12 <Lehkurehn>     "Adventure on an empty stomach? No way!"
  88. Aug 06 19:07:39 <SqueeGM>       "Fair enough."
  89. Aug 06 19:08:03 <SqueeGM>       "Anyway, you said you would be paying for the rooms with that fellow's coin?"
  90. Aug 06 19:08:30 <Lehkurehn>     "Indeed. How'd negotiations go?"
  91. Aug 06 19:09:58 <SqueeGM>       "I put the guzzlers and the carriages in at the usual place. I told them your House would pick up the tab. I expect you'll get it in the mail."
  92. Aug 06 19:11:57 <Lehkurehn>     "Excellent. Where's our inn at?"
  93. Aug 06 19:12:15 <SqueeGM>       "Like I said, I thought you were paying for it."
  94. Aug 06 19:14:04 <Lehkurehn>     "Ah. Then lead the way."
  95. Aug 06 19:14:20 <Kerosis>       "I suppose we should hurry to find one then before it gets too late."
  96. Aug 06 19:14:53 <Latrehkiks>    "Yeah.. And I think you're leading the way, Lehkurehn, as you have the money!"
  97. Aug 06 19:16:01 <SqueeGM>       "That's what I assumed."
  98. Aug 06 19:17:48 *       Lehkurehn searches for an inn
  99. Aug 06 19:20:04 <SqueeGM>       Haeliksis hums as Lehkurehn leads, and follows closely as they move along the main street. It's not hard to find signs advertising a stranger's inn... but unfortunately, there seem to be multiple of those as well.
  100. Aug 06 19:24:54 <Latrehkiks>    "Well. . . Do we go for most crowded, or least crowded?"
  101. Aug 06 19:26:00 <Lehkurehn>     "I figured you'd know. I've never slept in an inn before."
  102. Aug 06 19:26:06 <Kerosis>       "I'd imagine the most crowded wouldn't have enough rooms free."
  103. Aug 06 19:28:54 *       Latrehkiks nods to Kerosis. "Basically, but it sometimes means better quality of service, too. Probably be best to find one that won't cost us an arm and a leg, even on that dog's money." he states, taking the lead as he tries to find a middle-ground Inn, one not too crowded, but also that looks to be furnished pleasantly enough.
  104. Aug 06 19:34:11 <Latrehkiks>    3d6 searching
  105. Aug 06 19:34:11 <Dicey> Latrehkiks, searching: 12 [3d6=2,5,5]
  106. Aug 06 19:37:04 <SqueeGM>       Latrehkiks finds a place that fits his bill well enough at first glance and walks in. The bottom floor is one big open room, with a lower-set sort of pit area with a bunch of tables in it for people to hang out in, and windows all around the place. There is a corpsebound at the counter, spinning pennies on the table to see how long they'll stay up.
  107. Aug 06 19:39:06 <Latrehkiks>    He looks around the place with a nod before walking up to the counter and the corpsebound. "Stranger-greetings offered. How much are your rooms for one night?"
  108. Aug 06 19:40:08 <SqueeGM>       The corpsebound glances up. "One night?" She flicks the penny onto the tip of her finger and gets it to roll down it as she tilts it back. "How many rooms? Any married bedrooms?"
  109. Aug 06 19:41:25 <Latrehkiks>    He rubs his chin. "No married." he responds, before turning back towards Lehkurehn, Kerosis, and Haeliksis. "How many rooms would you say?"
  110. Aug 06 19:42:09 <SqueeGM>       "Uh," Haeliksis says. "Four guards, me, the driver, and you two, so eight."
  111. Aug 06 19:44:13 <Latrehkiks>    He turns back towards the corpsebound. "Eight rooms. No married."
  112. Aug 06 19:45:13 <SqueeGM>       "Dollar and two pennies," the corpsebound responds promptly.
  113. Aug 06 19:46:21 *       Lehkurehn proffers the coin
  114. Aug 06 19:46:49 <SqueeGM>       Marketeering roll?
  115. Aug 06 19:47:44 <Lehkurehn>     3d6+1 merc
  116. Aug 06 19:47:44 <Dicey> Lehkurehn, merc: 11 [3d6=5,3,2]
  117. Aug 06 19:49:29 <SqueeGM>       Lehkurehn has 3 Kaliaxix pennies, 2 Xerehn coins, and 14 Xerehn pennies. He determines with some quick calculations that she is asking him for 13 and one third Xerehn pennies, or two coins and three pennies.
  118. Aug 06 19:51:51 *       Lehkurehn will pay in pennies as they'll lose value quickly once we leave the town.
  119. Aug 06 19:52:45 <SqueeGM>       Can't exactly pay with a third of a penny.
  120. Aug 06 19:54:05 <Lehkurehn>     Then the coins and 3. Either way this stuff will get spent.
  121. Aug 06 19:54:42 <SqueeGM>       You could pay with 14 pennies, if you want.
  122. Aug 06 19:54:51 <Lehkurehn>     yes
  123. Aug 06 19:55:01 <SqueeGM>       Which is it?
  124. Aug 06 19:55:19 <Kerosis>       14 I believe
  125. Aug 06 19:56:07 <Lehkurehn>     yes
  126. Aug 06 19:56:28 <SqueeGM>       Ok.
  127. Aug 06 19:57:09 <SqueeGM>       The corpsebound accepts the pennies and smiles at the tip as she counts them out. She selects eight keys from pegs on the walls and spreads them out on the table with one quick motion. "Enjoy your stay."
  128. Aug 06 19:58:20 *       Latrehkiks takes a key for himself with a nod. "Thank you."
  129. Aug 06 19:58:52 <SqueeGM>       Haeliksis takes six of the keys. "I'll make sure these get to the right hands."
  130. Aug 06 20:01:48 *       Lehkurehn takes a key, spinning it in his fingers. "So..."
  131. Aug 06 20:02:57 <SqueeGM>       "Yes."
  132. Aug 06 20:05:28 <Latrehkiks>    "Well, I don't know about you three. But after that night next to the river, I can't wait for an actual bed." He says with a stretch, key still in hand as he goes to find his room.
  133. Aug 06 20:06:00 <SqueeGM>       "Going to bed already? What a shame," Haeliksis says, his tongue lolling out.
  134. Aug 06 20:06:17 <Lehkurehn>     "Something you had in mind?"
  135. Aug 06 20:07:29 <SqueeGM>       "Hmm? Well, the night life here is good. I thought I would find a smoky room to play miniatures in."
  136. Aug 06 20:07:47 <Kerosis>       "Miniatures?"
  137. Aug 06 20:08:19 <SqueeGM>       "You know. The board games?"
  138. Aug 06 20:08:20 <Latrehkiks>    "Yeah, I'm heading to bed. As much of this town as there is to see, I need sleep." he laughs, giving a wave to the others. "Good night when you get there."
  139. Aug 06 20:09:05 <Lehkurehn>     "Ah yes. That could be arranged."
  140. Aug 06 20:09:31 <Lehkurehn>     "Kero, you play?"
  141. Aug 06 20:11:07 <Kerosis>       "No... I don't believe I'm familiar with that one."
  142. Aug 06 20:11:35 <Lehkurehn>     "Want to learn?"
  143. Aug 06 20:11:46 <SqueeGM>       Lehkurehn actually got one from the closet he found in the Kaliaxix manor before they left.
  144. Aug 06 20:12:30 <Kerosis>       "Well... it's tempting, but I believe Pekohxix was planning on giving me some medical pointers."
  145. Aug 06 20:12:38 <SqueeGM>       "Yes," Pekohxix pipes up.
  146. Aug 06 20:13:34 <SqueeGM>       "No need to arrange anything. I can find a place."
  147. Aug 06 20:14:56 <Lehkurehn>     "Surely you two can afford some time for a game or two," Lehkurehn chides.
  148. Aug 06 20:15:23 <SqueeGM>       "What, did you want to come with?"
  149. Aug 06 20:25:43 <Kerosis>       "Well. I suppose we may as well get started with that then. The rest of you have fun though."
  150. Aug 06 20:25:59 *       Kerosis snatches up a key and gets to getting lectured.
  151. Aug 06 20:26:15 <SqueeGM>       Kerosis goes to snatch a key, but finds none left.
  152. Aug 06 20:26:39 <Lehkurehn>     "Yeah, I'll come with."
  153. Aug 06 20:26:49 <Kerosis>       "Um... did someone miscount?"
  154. Aug 06 20:26:55 <SqueeGM>       "Pardon?"
  155. Aug 06 20:27:17 <Kerosis>       "I need a key for my room, still."
  156. Aug 06 20:27:28 <SqueeGM>       "Isn't there one?"
  157. Aug 06 20:28:08 <Kerosis>       "No, you took them all to hand out to the guards."
  158. Aug 06 20:28:36 <SqueeGM>       "Yes, there's four guards, me, and the driver."
  159. Aug 06 20:28:41 <SqueeGM>       "And then you and Lehkurehn."
  160. Aug 06 20:29:54 <Kerosis>       "Um... excuse me, are you sure you handed us eight keys?"
  161. Aug 06 20:30:18 <Lehkurehn>     "Uh, what?"
  162. Aug 06 20:30:25 <SqueeGM>       The corpsebound turns back to Kerosis. "Hmmm? Yes, quite. I counted eight."
  163. Aug 06 20:33:07 <Lehkurehn>     "Eh. Don't worry about it. Someone  probably grabbed two. It'll show up. Until then, come play with us Kerosis, you need to live a little."
  164. Aug 06 20:33:54 <SqueeGM>       "I need to give the keys to the rest of the boys first, though," Haeliksis says. "Work first."
  165. Aug 06 20:34:59 <Kerosis>       "I'd just as soon get this sorted out. I mean, if you have 6, and you have just 1, the other has to be here somewhere, doesn't it?"
  166. Aug 06 20:35:07 *       Kerosis starts looking around on the floor.
  167. Aug 06 20:35:34 <SqueeGM>       Haeliksis steps back a bit, amused, as Kerosis searches the floor.
  168. Aug 06 20:36:24 <Lehkurehn>     "I think you're worrying a bit much. The manager probably has a spare."
  169. Aug 06 20:39:59 <Kerosis>       "Why not just give me one of those you're holding there then?"
  170. Aug 06 20:42:00 <SqueeGM>       "Hmm? Then I won't have enough."
  171. Aug 06 20:42:06 *       Lehkurehn tosses her his key.
  172. Aug 06 20:42:16 *       Lehkurehn shrugs
  173. Aug 06 20:43:21 <Lehkurehn>     "If it will give you piece of mind."
  174. Aug 06 20:44:21 <Kerosis>       "Right then."
  175. Aug 06 20:44:33 *       Kerosis wanders off to nerd it up.
  176. Aug 06 20:44:50 <SqueeGM>       Kerosis heads up the stairs to find her room.
  177. Aug 06 20:52:12 *       Lehkurehn heads off with Haeliksis
  178. Aug 06 20:54:54 <SqueeGM>       Meanwhile, Kerosis finds her room, unlocks it, and enters it. It's pretty plain; just a window, a bed, a bath, and a table with a chair.
  179. Aug 06 20:58:09 *       Kerosis sets her bag down and says "So... instruct away?"
  180. Aug 06 21:00:14 <SqueeGM>       A medical instruction lesson later, Haeliksis and Lehkurehn end up at a gambling den on the west side of town.
  181. Aug 06 21:02:52 <SqueeGM>       "So, where did you learn to play miniatures?" Haeliksis asks.
  182. Aug 06 21:06:15 <Lehkurehn>     "Every house dog worth his mantle knows the rules. It's been a while since I've played though."
  183. Aug 06 21:06:32 <SqueeGM>       "Ever played for money before?"
  184. Aug 06 21:06:53 <SqueeGM>       Haeliksis walks down a set of stairs and opens a door into a somewhat darkened room full of smoke.
  185. Aug 06 21:07:21 <Lehkurehn>     "Not really."
  186. Aug 06 21:07:46 <SqueeGM>       Haeliksis turns and raises an eyebrow at Lehkurehn. "What, don't you gamble?"
  187. Aug 06 21:10:06 <Lehkurehn>     "Not seriously. I don't really hurt for money, the house provides."
  188. Aug 06 21:10:41 <SqueeGM>       "That's not really the point. It's fun. You meet new people, too. I wouldn't have half my connections if I didn't gamble."
  189. Aug 06 21:10:57 <SqueeGM>       Haeliksis finds an open table and starts to reset the pieces on the board.
  190. Aug 06 21:11:07 <Lehkurehn>     "Fair enough. Lead the way."
  191. Aug 06 21:11:40 <SqueeGM>       "We're here."
  192. Aug 06 21:12:13 *       Lehkurehn takes a seat.
  193. Aug 06 21:15:57 <SqueeGM>       "Okay, well, you know which side is yours, of course. Those are your infantry, those are your javelin-throwers, that's your house-father and house-mother, and so on, you know how it works. Here's how the gambling part works..."
  194. Aug 06 21:16:27 <SqueeGM>       Meanwhile, in Kerosis's room, Pekohxix is going over the names of obscure diseases.
  195. Aug 06 21:16:49 *       Kerosis does her best to commit all these to memory.
  196. Aug 06 21:17:54 <SqueeGM>       "Otosclerosis. Have you heard of it?"
  197. Aug 06 21:20:28 <Kerosis>       "I don't believe I have.... something involving bones, yes?"
  198. Aug 06 21:23:22 <SqueeGM>       "It is a rare condition in which bone grows abnormally in the ear, leading to hearing loss. It's rare, but if it doesn't correspond to any other symptoms in the ear and there's no inflammation, they may have it. Particularly if their family is prone to it.
  199. Aug 06 21:23:37 <SqueeGM>       "I've only read of it in a book once."
  200. Aug 06 21:25:53 <Kerosis>       "That sounds rather difficult to treat."
  201. Aug 06 21:26:00 <SqueeGM>       "It's untreatable."
  202. Aug 06 21:26:25 <SqueeGM>       "The best you can do for them is a diagnosis. Let them know it's not fatal."
  203. Aug 06 21:28:52 <SqueeGM>       "That is something you will have to accept at some points. At many times there is nothing you can do for your patients. The best you can do is make them feel as though you have done something and that will make them happy."
  204. Aug 06 21:30:57 <Kerosis>       "I suppose that makes sense."
  205. Aug 06 21:31:52 <SqueeGM>       "Here is a scenario for you. A man comes to you seeking treatment for a severe pain that is impeding his ability to work. You go through the motions and find no symptoms that you recognize. You have no idea what is wrong with him. What do you do?"
  206. Aug 06 21:33:45 <Kerosis>       "Give him a pain reliever and say to come back if it gets any worse?"
  207. Aug 06 21:35:05 <SqueeGM>       "A pain reliever? How? You don't know what's wrong to treat."
  208. Aug 06 21:36:43 <Kerosis>       "Well... what would you do then?"
  209. Aug 06 21:38:29 <SqueeGM>       "I would make an herbal tea for him and tell him it will fix his pain. If he believes me, it may go away on its own. If it doesn't, it will likely worsen to the point where either I can figure out what it is and treat it, or he will die and it won't matter. But either way, he will feel as though I have done something and know what I am doing."
  210. Aug 06 21:39:47 *       Kerosis nods.
  211. Aug 06 21:40:49 <SqueeGM>       "If you admit that you don't, then your reputation will suffer, and people will stop coming to you for help. Try what you can and maybe you will fix it."
  212. Aug 06 21:42:03 <Kerosis>       "At least with no other doctors in the area, yes."
  213. Aug 06 21:45:37 <SqueeGM>       "...and that's pretty much how it works," Haeliksis finishes. "It benefits you if you're winning, but even more if you manage to pull off a victory from a losing position. They don't have time to back out, you see."
  214. Aug 06 21:48:56 *       Lehkurehn nods. "A sort of trap then."
  215. Aug 06 21:49:58 <SqueeGM>       "Yes; it's the best way to win money at this. Few expect it. There's a few strategies you can use to make them think that they are winning and overbet, without putting yourself in too much risk. Of course, if they do something you don't plan for then you'll have to pay for it considerably."
  216. Aug 06 21:51:57 <SqueeGM>       "Now," Haeliksis says, leaning forward and baring his teeth in a grin a little, "shall we begin? We don't have much money between us, so we don't have to play for it."
  217. Aug 06 21:53:33 <Lehkurehn>     "What's a little coin between friends?" Lehkurehn responds, pushing the little figurines back into position.
  218. Aug 06 21:53:59 <SqueeGM>       "Very well, then," he says, getting out his coinpurse.
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