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Oran Mini(?) - Bandits & Witches

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  1. [19:25:27] <Paradox> Spring X, a while ago!
  2. [19:27:32] <Paradox> The Oran Valley guard house really isn't much to look at, but it does at least have a few nice cells.
  3. [19:28:09] <Paradox> The bandits that came in from the west are still here, locked up.
  4. [19:29:15] * Barkeep walks together with Raven, his Mr. Mime, Marcel, walking by his side. "Well, Miss Bokor, I'm looking forward to seeing your techniques today."
  5. [19:30:25] * castfromhp (nnscript@sux-1065AE61.nuwlan.northwestern.edu) has joined #OranSquare
  6. [19:30:31] <Raven> Raven escorts Barkeep to the cells, puffing on a cigar.  "You give me a bit too much credit, barkeep.  I was trained for soldierin' more then this part of the gig."  She opens the door leading to the cell room, where a Growlith can be found staring down the cells.
  7. [19:31:01] <Raven> "I got quite a few of them locked in here, but haven't got much out of them thus far."
  8. [19:31:33] * Barkeep flips a coin out of his pocket and catches it. "Well, I've got a lucky feeling about today. I'm sure you'll do great, Miss Bokor."
  9. [19:34:17] <Raven_> She walks down the cells, eyeing the prisoners. "Most of them appear to be just common thugs. However, the leader of the band you guys caught...he seems a bit special.  I keep him to himself near the back."
  10. [19:35:22] <Paradox> (sorry, trying to find how many of them there were...)
  11. [19:35:49] <Paradox> ( okay, six! there's six of them!)
  12. [19:35:56] <Barkeep> "I figure you're right about that... something was off about that one."
  13. [19:36:55] <Paradox> You hear one of the bandits playing a harmonica. Another one is hitting the bars of his cell with a mug.
  14. [19:37:03] <Paradox> If you were really drunk this might pass for music.
  15. [19:38:25] * Barkeep looks aside at raven, "Well then, which one do you like the looks of?"
  16. [19:39:09] <Raven_> She shrugs, and continues to the cell with the hooded man, and pauses outside it. "You feelin' a bit more talkative today?  I know it's nice and cozy here, but when they DO send someone out to take you to a proper facilitity..."
  17. [19:39:38] <Raven_> "Let's just say it's in your interest to be cooperative?"
  18. [19:41:23] <Paradox> "Yes, you keep saying that. But it's been a month now, and I don't see any transports taking me to a 'proper' facility."
  19. [19:41:53] <Paradox> "This isn't too bad, really."
  20. [19:42:08] <Paradox> The young man leans back in his cot, with his hands behind his head.
  21. [19:42:59] * Barkeep looks intently at the man for a second before turning back to Raven.
  22. [19:43:03] <Barkeep> (also checking for psychic residue)
  23. [19:43:59] <Raven_> "Call that luck that we're far out in the boonies," she admits.  
  24. [19:46:20] * Barkeep nods silently, but keeps shooting glances at that man.
  25. [19:46:53] <Paradox> The guy just stares up at the ceiling, ignoring you.
  26. [19:47:06] <Raven_> "Granted I guess this is a two way street ; I could possibly negotiate some...shorter term benefits as well for cooperation."
  27. [19:50:39] <Paradox> "Yeah, is that so? Doubt it. Anyway, I'm rather looking forward to seeing these guys come 'pick us up'. The road is long and full of dangers, who knows what might happen on the way..."
  28. [19:50:39] * Barkeep waits to see if the man looks keen on answering her yet.
  29. [19:51:34] * Barkeep tugs on Raven a bit and points to the other room with his thumb, "Do you mind? Real quick?"
  30. [19:51:58] <Raven_> She puffs on her cigar, and eyes the man.  "Fine." she follows Barkeep.
  31. [19:52:36] <Barkeep> "Not sure if this is really hitting home for that guy."
  32. [19:52:58] <Barkeep> "I was thinking, you ever heard of the good guard bad guard strategy?"
  33. [19:53:52] <Raven_> She nods. "Course. And yeah I'm getting the impression these guys don't mind being here in the least.  They get fed, got warm beds, hell probably beats where ever they are hiding out at beyond here."
  34. [19:54:38] <Barkeep> "Think we could swing something like that? Personally I'd like to be the bad guard."
  35. [19:55:42] <Barkeep> "Somehow I get the feeling they don't feel as threatened by women. No offense, Ma'am, it's just the way some men are."
  36. [19:56:20] <Raven_> She bites the end of her cigar, thinking for a bit. "I...can't really disagree with that."
  37. [19:57:03] <Raven_> "Just what do you have in mind though?"
  38. [19:59:59] <Barkeep> "Haha, well... I guess really the usual way this goes is you say you'd like to see him cooperate, I say I'd like to see him get fed to Ol' Pincher... something like that. And we can take it from there."
  39. [20:01:19] <Raven_> "Ah, okay." She laughs a little. "Sorry, when you first mentioned this I imagined you trying to rough them up, which I don't think anyone would mind, here or elsewhere, but I just couldn't you picture you actually physically, well, roughin' them up." She looks to the cells. "Round two then?"
  40. [20:02:13] <Barkeep> "Sure. And hey, I've got Marcel to help a little with that."
  41. [20:02:33] * Barkeep walks out for ROUND 2
  42. [20:04:17] <Raven_> She heads back to the cell as well. "Ya know, I question your involement with this.  You seem a bit more qualified then the others from what I heard.  Just what is your angle in this?
  43. [20:10:39] <Barkeep> (dox?)
  44. [20:11:57] <Paradox> ( oh, was that directed at the bandit? I thought that was directed at Barkeep and was waiting for HIM to reply! )
  45. [20:12:19] <Barkeep> (:B)
  46. [20:12:30] <Raven> (yeah sorry.)
  47. [20:12:34] <Raven> (was @ the bandit.)
  48. [20:14:48] <Paradox> "Hm? Oh, I don't know if qualified is the right word ... but they've seen what I can do, so they're not going to boss me around."
  49. [20:16:02] <Raven> "From what I heard it sounded like you were preparing either some sort of witch craft or alchemy."
  50. [20:18:00] <Raven> "I don't get it, what do you gain from all this cat and dog, cops and robbers nonsense? Figured you'd of found some other form of employment."
  51. [20:18:06] <Paradox> "What do YOU know of Witch Craft or Alchemy, you bumpkin?"
  52. [20:18:16] <Paradox> He laughs.
  53. [20:18:44] <Raven> "Not much, admittedly. Just that mysticism runs in my family. I myself am no practitioner, however."
  54. [20:18:51] <Paradox> "Employment? Oh boy, you think we're bandits because we can't find a job? Well ... some of us, perhaps... but it's really more complicated than that."
  55. [20:19:19] <Paradox> "Most of us are convicted for some other crime, and sentenced to death. So see, you really can't give us any of this leniency you speak of."
  56. [20:19:25] <Paradox> (roll WIS~)
  57. [20:19:32] <Raven> 1d20
  58. [20:20:26] <Barkeep> 1d20-2 probably not
  59. [20:20:27] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, probably not: 17 [1d20=19]
  60. [20:22:10] <Barkeep> "Well the way I see it, being out in the boonies like this means either you wait a while and get sent to a proper cell or we get tired of waiting and things get a lot LESS proper."
  61. [20:23:47] <Paradox> "Yeah? Well, what do you want, anyway?"
  62. [20:24:21] <Barkeep> "Things happen out here in the country. Don't think anyone would bat an eye if we gave you a nice cell at the bottom of lake tyrian. Even got a cell mate for you folks around here call ol' pincher."
  63. [20:24:38] <Barkeep> "We want to know where the rest of your sorry lot are hiding."
  64. [20:25:23] <Raven> "What we want is quite simple; fine, you're felonists out for yourselves, that ain't my problem," she inspects her cigar, letting barkeep take the lead for a bit.
  65. [20:25:45] <Paradox> "Oh, that's it?"
  66. [20:25:53] <Paradox> "Sure. Get me a map."
  67. [20:26:25] <Raven> "Eh, could use a new stogie anyway." she walks off to retrieve one.
  68. [20:26:34] <Raven> along with a map.
  69. [20:28:17] * Barkeep takes this opportunity to try to tinker a bit with his mind without anyone else around to get suspicious.
  70. [20:29:07] <Barkeep> 1d20+8 suggestion
  71. [20:29:08] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, suggestion: 11 [1d20=3]
  72. [20:29:18] <Barkeep> 1d20+8 first prob control
  73. [20:29:19] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, first prob control: 17 [1d20=9]
  74. [20:29:24] <Barkeep> (success :D)
  75. [20:30:21] <Paradox> The man suddenly wants to give up banditry and become a LUMBERJACK!
  76. [20:30:27] <Barkeep> (:B)
  77. [20:30:32] <Raven> (oh god what have you done0
  78. [20:30:44] <Paradox> ( PM me your suggestion~ )
  79. [20:33:39] <Paradox> (Raven can get back whenever :I )
  80. [20:33:44] <Raven> (k)
  81. [20:34:52] <Raven> Raven returns with a fresh cigar, a map of the valley and a pencil.  She slides the later two through the bars.
  82. [20:34:52] <Barkeep> "And we don't just want that. How many bandits are still at the camp."
  83. [20:35:24] <Paradox> He shakes his head.
  84. [20:35:45] <Barkeep> 1d20+8 for psychic finder JUST IN CASE
  85. [20:35:46] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, for psychic finder JUST IN CASE: 27 [1d20=19]
  86. [20:35:48] <Paradox> "No way for me to know. Honest. There's always people coming and leaving."
  87. [20:35:53] <Barkeep> (no residue left)
  88. [20:36:45] <Paradox> "And it isn't just one camp. There's several."
  89. [20:37:14] <Paradox> He puts down a red X on the map, deep in the old forest.
  90. [20:37:21] <Raven> "Hmm, take it these parts are a local hotspot for gatherings of rogues and criminals then eh?  Little more dire then I'd expected then."
  91. [20:37:24] <Barkeep> "Where are the rest?"
  92. [20:37:49] <Paradox> "Well, you have to do me a little tiny favor before I mark down any more..."
  93. [20:38:34] <Raven> "Oh, nowyou're interested in favors.  Well, have at it, what do you want?"
  94. [20:39:48] <Paradox> "A Red Herb. That's it."
  95. [20:40:16] <Barkeep> "What do you want that red herb for?"
  96. [20:40:29] <Raven> "That is an awefully...odd request."
  97. [20:42:57] <Paradox> "Not really, they're tasty."
  98. [20:43:44] <Barkeep> "How about I do you a bigger favor? I don't tell everyone you're some kind of witch and watch them burn you at the stake."
  99. [20:44:17] <Raven> Raven looks to barkeep, and shrugs.  "Eh, if that's how you handle it around here..?"
  100. [20:44:25] <Paradox> "Oh, I don't think we want to play that game, do we?"
  101. [20:44:34] <Paradox> He quirks his eyebrow at Barkeep.
  102. [20:45:16] * Barkeep shoots a glare down at the man.
  103. [20:45:25] <Barkeep> 1d20+8 suggestan gaems
  104. [20:45:26] <DiceMaid-9001> Barkeep, suggestan gaems: 22 [1d20=14]
  105. [20:46:22] <Barkeep> "I'm not in the mood for games."
  106. [20:46:50] <Paradox> "Me neither."
  107. [20:47:40] <Paradox> "I thought you might understand. Have some ... solidarity for your fellows. Oh well."
  108. [20:47:47] <Paradox> He marks down two more Xs on the map.
  109. [20:48:40] <Paradox> And then goes back to his cot. "There's at least two dozen armed men in each. I wouldn't try going up there."
  110. [20:48:54] <Raven> "Look, I don't really give two shits about this whole witch nonsense.  But hell, if it makes you feel better, I'll least try to get you andyour fellows next door some better grub.  I'm just a law enforcer, not an executioner or judge."
  111. [20:49:59] <Barkeep> "Miss Bokor, are there any more questions you'd like to ask him now?"
  112. [20:50:03] <Raven> "And even if you insist it ain't gonna do you any good, when you do get shipped out of here, there will be a little note about your good behavior, cooperation, and maybe something about these red herbs you like."
  113. [20:50:43] <Raven> "Yeah, which camp is that armored asshole with the axe at?"
  114. [20:51:57] <Paradox> He points towards the camp closest to town, the first one he marked down.
  115. [20:53:43] <Raven> "I got personal beef with him. Unlike you, I wouldn't mind blowing his god damn head off.  Being I guess you don't want to discuss any personal business, I at least got one question. What's your name, sir?"
  116. [20:55:40] <Paradox> "Nobody No-One."
  117. [20:56:42] <Barkeep> "Is that a bible name?"
  118. [20:56:56] <Paradox> ( wat )
  119. [20:57:03] <Barkeep> (it's a joke.)
  120. [20:57:29] <Paradox> "You could say that."
  121. [20:58:01] <Barkeep> "If it's all the same to you, Miss Bokor, I'd like to ask him a few last questions alone somewhere."
  122. [20:58:22] <Raven> "...Oh to hell with it.  I ain't here to end you, 'Nobody.'  Fine, have it as you will.  And no, I don't mind - alone?"
  123. [20:59:16] <Barkeep> "Yeah, alone."
  124. [21:01:07] <Raven> She collects the map, thinks for a bit. "Fine, I'll give you that much, you did want to assist in this.  I'll be at my desk filling out some forms for Nobodyhere when you're done.  I got a question for ya anyway my self before you head out, though."  She calls Maki from his guard duty and leaves the room.
  125. [21:02:37] * Barkeep waits for her to leave. (suppose there's no real need to do this in PM or anything right)
  126. [21:03:42] <Paradox> (no, go ahead)
  127. [21:04:55] <Barkeep> "So why bandits? You're definitely not their usual fare."
  128. [21:05:30] <Paradox> "I suppose I could go to the capitol and have my head put on a spike instead."
  129. [21:05:32] <Paradox> He laughs.
  130. [21:06:42] <Barkeep> "You really think that's your only other option?"
  131. [21:10:10] <Paradox> "Pretty much, considering how things are.
  132. [21:10:35] <Paradox> "What's it matter to you, anyway? You seem to have managed to ... fit in. Guess you must not be very strong, or at least, subtle."
  133. [21:11:30] <Barkeep> "Subtle... depends on what they're looking for anyway."
  134. [21:11:47] <Barkeep> "Things would probably make a bit more sense if anyone thought of it that way."
  135. [21:12:07] <Barkeep> "If all else fails, I just say Marcel did it."
  136. [21:13:41] <Paradox> "Clever. Wouldn't work for me though."
  137. [21:13:57] <Barkeep> "What can you do, anyway?"
  138. [21:14:41] <Paradox> "This."
  139. [21:14:58] <Paradox> And then they had sloppy psychic makesouts. </game>
  140. [21:15:10] <Paradox> (jk)
  141. [21:15:11] <Paradox> 1d20
  142. [21:15:12] <DiceMaid-9001> Paradox, 1d20: 1 [1d20=1]
  143. [21:15:17] <Paradox> Nothing happens :I
  144. [21:15:45] <Plutonis> (That must be kind of embarassing)
  145. [21:16:28] <Barkeep> "... I'm sure you probably just got a little excited. Happens to a lot of guys sometimes."
  146. [21:18:39] <Paradox> "... Hpmh!"
  147. [21:18:40] <Paradox> 1d20
  148. [21:18:41] <DiceMaid-9001> Paradox, 1d20: 9 [1d20=9]
  149. [21:18:54] <Paradox> 1d6
  150. [21:18:55] <DiceMaid-9001> Paradox, 1d6: 5 [1d6=5]
  151. [21:19:50] <Paradox> 5d12+20+7
  152. [21:19:50] <DiceMaid-9001> Paradox, 5d12+20+7: 69 [5d12=11,12,6,11,2]
  153. [21:20:27] <Paradox> Barkeep is slammed into the wall as filthy gunk and muck sprays from the man's hand and into his chest, and all over the corridor.
  154. [21:24:02] * Barkeep groans and brushes some of it off with Telekinesis.
  155. [21:24:09] <Barkeep> "Ugh... yeah, that's not so subtle."
  156. [21:26:14] <Paradox> "No, it's not."
  157. [21:29:23] <Barkeep> (bluh, sorry)
  158. [21:29:27] <Barkeep> (kept getting pulled away)
  159. [21:29:57] <Barkeep> "Still... how come being a bandit's your only option?"
  160. [21:30:26] <Barkeep> "You're a well spoken man. Don't you have other skills to get by on?"
  161. [21:32:21] <Paradox> "Why would I have to? I need to continue my studies."
  162. [21:33:31] <Barkeep> "Is it the only thing you're interested in?"
  163. [21:35:15] * Barkeep gathers up the sludge with telekinesis and dumps it out one of the barred windows. Now nature can take care of it.
  164. [21:35:35] <Paradox> "I don't know. As I said, why do you care? Either way, there's ... other reasons. As I said, most of us are wanted men."
  165. [21:37:38] * Barkeep shrugs.
  166. [21:38:02] <Barkeep> "Well, you never know what kind of accidents could happen on the road."
  167. [21:38:26] <Barkeep> "Not saying I'd like you to escape, but if you did, I'd like if you found something better to do with your life."
  168. [21:41:26] <Barkeep> "Bartending, perhaps."
  169. [21:47:33] <Paradox> "Bartending. I doubt it."
  170. [21:47:58] <Barkeep> "Works good enough for me."
  171. [21:48:36] <Paradox> "For you, perhaps."
  172. [21:49:24] <Barkeep> "It's just a suggestion. But I really think there has to be something you like more than killing and stealing."
  173. [21:54:28] <Paradox> He thinks for a minute.
  174. [21:55:11] <Paradox> "Killing, Stealing, Red Herb Tea. That's pretty much it now."
  175. [21:56:03] <Paradox> (bluh I need to sleep soon)
  176. [21:56:23] <Barkeep> (Kay)
  177. [21:56:44] <Raven> (got something I wanna say to barkeep before concludin though~ :3)
  178. [21:56:56] <Paradox> ( do eet then. )
  179. [21:57:57] <Raven> "Bout done in there, barkeep?" she calls from her desk.
  180. [21:57:57] * Barkeep sighs, "Well, think about it." He turns and leaves to go see Raven.
  181. [22:00:21] <Raven> She's sitting at her desk, filling out some papers. "While you were in there, I actually thought of two things to ask ya. First off, I couldn't get anything useful out of those guys till you helped. Thanks for that, I dunno what it is, but I guess you just got a way with people that I lack."
  182. [22:03:17] <Raven> "I...guess this isn't that much a question.  But you seem like the guy to ask this, I don't know why.  I'm new to town, and I don't know your ways that well yet, and as my last name suggests, my descendents were not imperials.  I guess it makes me a bit more sympathetic to guys like 'Nobuddy' back there then most.  Do you...find that odd?"
  183. [22:08:01] <Raven> "Public opinion would suggest a person in my job should oversee handing out the pitchforks and torches...I dunno if I could do that," she sighs.
  184. [22:09:11] <Barkeep> "Hm."
  185. [22:09:52] <Barkeep> "Well..."
  186. [22:10:33] <Barkeep> "Best thing I think I can say here is... your job shouldn't tell you who you are."
  187. [22:11:17] <Barkeep> "Can't say a lot of people around these parts really would take too kindly to your attitude. But I think it's important to decide these kinds of things for yourself."
  188. [22:14:20] <Raven> "I can deal with that I suppose; I'd just rather to see a person punished for their crimes, not their birth.  But...such things are ultimately beyond me.  Thanks again, though, I guess cheerin' people up a little really was your callin'."
  189. [22:15:07] <Barkeep> "I maybe can't always fix people's problems, but I like to think I can help them get by 'till they're ready."
  190. [22:16:10] <Barkeep> "You're going to be a fine Captain, Miss Bokor."
  191. [22:17:04] <Barkeep> "You're honest, just, and you've proven you can come through in a pinch."
  192. [22:17:14] <Barkeep> "Keep sticking to your guns and you'll turn out just fine."
  193. [22:17:24] <Raven> "Heh, thanks.  Got a ways to go far as that is concerned." she nods to her new dart board, a map with several red X's on a near by wall.  "Well if you ever extend your business to cheerin' up Pokemon too, lemee know, got a Shinx recently whose kinda mopey.  Dunno why," she jests.  "Guess I'll see you later at the inn after work either way.  Have a good day, Barkeep."
  194. [22:18:22] <Barkeep> "Sure, bring him on by when you get off. I'm sure my sister's going to be happy to see you too. You have yourself a fine day too."
  195. [22:18:51] <Raven> "Hah, will do."
  196. [22:20:19] <Raven> (think that's a good conclusion myself :3c)
  197. [22:20:23] <Barkeep> (yup)
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