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House Kaliaxix Session 15

Squeegy Sep 10th, 2013 46 Never
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  1. Sep 03 17:49:41 <SqueeGM>       When we left off, the caravan had arrived at Lakehxixehdnehohsis-em-a and soaked in the marvels of the faux-industrial city. They decided to head immediately to the House Hadnehrxix manor, to meet with the ancestors of the House and seal the trade agreement with what remained of their goods. They were deferred to a clerk, who deliberately undersold and insulted Lehkurehn until the merchant convinced him he was worth their time. He now leads them across the grounds into the grand manor with its spires, to meet the People In Charge.
  2. Sep 03 17:53:55 *       Latrehkiks shifts his look between both the clerk and lehkurehn as they're lead around, feeling the slightest bit uneasy.
  3. Sep 03 17:55:07 *       Zehrahlixia lols toungue, clearly not worried or concerned about the upcoming negotiations.
  4. Sep 03 17:57:03 <SqueeGM>       The clerk opens the door and ushers the party inside, where it is dark and lit only by torches, their feet scuffing on fine carpet as they pass closed doors into a large, circular room. Surrounding them are grand thrones upon which sit larger-than-life corpsebound in luxurious robes, their time-bleached bones nailed into a sitting position and held together by spectral energy. Their mouths are bound, ridding them of their perpetual skeletal grin and making each look all the more sinister. Above them are stern pictures of authoritative tombdogs in formal dress, likely paintings of them in life. They level their gazes on the group, and as Lehkurehn approaches, he must decide how he wishes to address them.
  5. Sep 03 18:11:34 *       Lehkurehn gives a curt nod. "Greetings-offered, Of-Hadnehrxix. I come to settle a trade contract in my house's name." He proffers the scroll.
  6. Sep 03 18:23:06 <SqueeGM>       The corpsebound straight ahead of them stares at the scroll when Lehkurehn proffers it. The clerk coughs politely and takes it from him, unrolling it for the corpsebound to see. It stares at it for a moment, then nods, and the clerk lowers it. "So, of-Kaliaxix. You come to us from your tiny, squabbling House on the coast, and think it just to demand an audience with the wisest and most senior of Hadnehrxix, seeking to secure
  7. Sep 03 18:23:06 <SqueeGM>       a trade agreement that will grant your fledgling House relevance in its political circles?"
  8. Sep 03 18:24:30 <Zehrahlixia>   "That's one way of looking at it."
  9. Sep 03 18:25:12 <SqueeGM>       The corpsebound's ghostly eyes shift to Zehrahlixia, as if noticing her for the first time.
  10. Sep 03 18:26:52 *       Latrehkiks shifts his weight uneasily, but keeps silent.
  11. Sep 03 18:28:19 <Lehkurehn>     "With all due respect, we asked for an audience so that we might befriend such an august and revered house as your own."
  12. Sep 03 18:33:26 <SqueeGM>       The corpsebound looks back to Lehkurehn and reaches up and tugs away the bindings over their mouth, grinning at him. "Good. Then you're no fool. You have the perseverance to persist when lesser dogs may have turned away in a huff." Haeliksis lets out a breath of air and relaxes his shoulders as the corpsebound continues, "But you will learn the best response to thinly-veiled insults is subtle jabs of your own. There is no need to take it lying down, as it were. What terms do you propose for this agreement your House requested we discuss?"
  13. Sep 03 18:48:11 <Lehkurehn>     "You are interested in what we trade and we in what you produce. It seems natural that we form friendly trade relations. House Kaliaxix can provide you a direct and steady supply of goods from across the remnants in exchange for what you produce."
  14. Sep 03 18:48:55 <Lehkurehn>     3d6+2 inf
  15. Sep 03 18:48:56 <Dicey> Lehkurehn, inf: 17 [3d6=3,6,6]
  16. Sep 03 18:49:21 <Zehrahlixia>   "Sooo it is just what it sounds like. A simple trade offer."
  17. Sep 03 18:49:58 *       Zehrahlixia lolls toungue, looking very much like the fool in blissful ignorance
  18. Sep 03 18:51:28 <SqueeGM>       The corpsebound addresses Lehkurehn. "Quite. You will not find better arms and armor or luxury goods any further south. When your House grows fat on its influence, you will look to us for your indulgences. And we find it difficult to produce our high-quality and exotic goods without the raw materials you provide from over the sea."
  19. Sep 03 18:54:03 *       Zehrahlixia leans over and whispers in Lehkurehn's ear
  20. Sep 03 18:54:32 <Lehkurehn>     "And with you arms and armor we can protect our trade routes and ships and bring better goods and better prosperity to us both."
  21. Sep 03 18:54:49 <SqueeGM>       "Indeed. A symbiotic relationship, would you not say?"
  22. Sep 03 18:55:56 <Lehkurehn>     "To the glory of us both."
  23. Sep 03 18:56:30 <SqueeGM>       "Name your price for a monthly shipment. Preferably more intact than this one."
  24. Sep 03 19:01:49 <Lehkurehn>     I already know the worth of this shipment. I'll give them a price between the base cost and the market price.
  25. Sep 03 19:03:05 <SqueeGM>       The corpsebound accepts it. "That seems reasonable. We will be expecting it. Come back tomorrow, and we will sign it officially."
  26. Sep 03 19:04:01 *       Zehrahlixia returns to normal posture
  27. Sep 03 19:04:31 *       Latrehkiks lets out a long held breath and visibly relaxes.
  28. Sep 03 19:06:54 <Lehkurehn>     "We look forward to great things. May your house prosper."
  29. Sep 03 19:07:09 <SqueeGM>       "And yours."
  30. Sep 03 19:12:39 <SqueeGM>       The clerk escorts the group back out the front door.
  31. Sep 03 19:12:52 <Lehkurehn>     "Well that went well."
  32. Sep 03 19:13:04 <SqueeGM>       "Eventually, yes," says Haeliksis.
  33. Sep 03 19:14:23 <Latrehkiks>    "Thankfully. I was worried about that for a bit.."
  34. Sep 03 19:15:14 <Zehrahlixia>   "We made it through today. Assuming tommorow nothing goes bad, you guys can soon enough start laughing at me when I go and smack a branch into my face.
  35. Sep 03 19:17:29 <Lehkurehn>     "We can luagh at you now it'd make you feel any better," Lehkurehn ribs at Zehrahlixia.
  36. Sep 03 19:18:02 <Zehrahlixia>   "Ah now, glad you like my jokes!"
  37. Sep 03 19:20:54 <Kerosis>       "Sorry for speaking out of turn a bit in there."
  38. Sep 03 19:21:47 *       Zehrahlixia bursts out laughing "Don't you mean me?PFFFTHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!"
  39. Sep 03 19:21:53 <Lehkurehn>     "Jokes are all the sweeter when- no problem Kero! You saved me earlier with that clerk."
  40. Sep 03 19:24:15 <Latrehkiks>    "I was honestly worried to say much of anything.. I don't know much about haggling, really."
  41. Sep 03 19:25:36 <Lehkurehn>     "It's about persistence. Also luck. Mostly luck."
  42. Sep 03 19:27:40 <Latrehkiks>    "I'm not very lucky, either. So that makes me all the more glad!"
  43. Sep 03 19:31:38 <Kerosis>       "So... tomorrow we'll be finished with all this and finally head home, right?"
  44. Sep 03 19:31:46 <SqueeGM>       "Hopefully!"
  45. Sep 03 19:32:29 <Latrehkiks>    "I certainly hope so."
  46. Sep 03 19:38:25 <Lehkurehn>     "A fun trip through the woods. Hopefully we won't need to try out those new weapons early."
  47. Sep 03 19:38:11 <SqueeGM>       Haeliksis rubs his hands together. "So! Where to next?"
  48. Sep 03 19:40:08 <Lehkurehn>     "Secure somewhere to waste our time until tomorrow? Any plans?"
  49. Sep 03 19:40:44 <SqueeGM>       "Seems it would be a shame to come all the way here and not see some of the sights you can't find elsewhere."
  50. Sep 03 19:41:12 <Zehrahlixia>   "I wanna check out that water wheel thing!"
  51. Sep 03 19:42:09 <Latrehkiks>    "Honestly, now that I actually feel relaxed, I wouldn't mind wandering around anywhere through town."
  52. Sep 03 19:44:02 <Lehkurehn>     "That sounds like a plan to me." Lehkurehn will follow whoever leads.
  53. Sep 03 19:46:19 *       Latrehkiks rubs his hands together and looks around, looking for a good direction to start walking.
  54. Sep 03 19:52:10 <SqueeGM>       Well, it depends on what you're interested in checking out first.
  55. Sep 03 19:52:59 <Latrehkiks>    ('tourist traps' sounds like a lovely idea. v: )
  56. Sep 03 19:56:04 <SqueeGM>       Well, I meant more landmarks. Is there anything here you're actually interested in seeing or are you just going to wander randomly?
  57. Sep 03 19:56:56 <Latrehkiks>    (Oh! The water wheel.. Any really large buildings. Maybe shopping district.)
  58. Sep 03 19:57:00 <Zehrahlixia>   "I'm pretty sure there was a water wheel somewhere in town...
  59. Sep 03 20:03:36 <SqueeGM>       Latrehkiks leads the group to the river like a herd of water-guzzlers. The great wheels turn in place there, moved by the strong, irresistable downstream current of the river. They grind and creak slightly against the mechanisms they're hooked up to, which power gears and axles that head toward the factory-buildings and clocktower. Looking down the river, you can see that both ends are gated to keep boats from wandering into
  60. Sep 03 20:03:36 <SqueeGM>       the wheels, which would be bad for both parties, but there is a passenger stream that splits off. A tombdog in House Hadnehrxix colors and an apron kneels over the mechanics, tinkering with them.
  61. Sep 03 20:04:59 <Kerosis>       "So... what does this do exactly?"
  62. Sep 03 20:05:42 <Latrehkiks>    "Oooh.. I'm not entirely sure, Kerosis. But it's still impressive."
  63. Sep 03 20:09:36 <SqueeGM>       The tombdog stands up, hefting his iron bar, and wipes sweat off his forehead. He gives one of the gears a well-placed kick, and it starts turning again.
  64. Sep 03 20:13:24 <Latrehkiks>    "Huh. Well, I guess if that's how you have to fix that thing.." He cocks his head, watching the worker rather intently.
  65. Sep 03 20:15:21 <SqueeGM>       The worker tucks the bar into his apron and claps his hands clean, walking away. The large water wheel continues to turn majestically.
  66. Sep 03 20:16:14 *       Latrehkiks watches it rather hypnotically before shaking his head. "Well, guess we should keep looking around, hm?"
  67. Sep 03 20:18:33 <Kerosis>       "I'm a little curious what's at the other end..."
  68. Sep 03 20:20:47 <Latrehkiks>    "Hmm.. That is a good question, actually."
  69. Sep 03 20:21:10 *       Zehrahlixia shrugs
  70. Sep 03 20:23:33 <Lehkurehn>     "Why don't we peek inside ane see what the wheels are turning?"
  71. Sep 03 20:24:34 <Kerosis>       "Is that allowed?"
  72. Sep 03 20:26:22 <Latrehkiks>    "I don't know.."
  73. Sep 03 20:27:27 <Lehkurehn>     "We can ask."
  74. Sep 03 20:33:05 *       Lehkurehn goes to peer into one of the buildings."
  75. Sep 03 20:33:52 *       Latrehkiks follows behind lehkurehn, somewhat closely, but far enough away that he might not get in trouble if that happens.
  76. Sep 03 20:41:56 <SqueeGM>       Lehkurehn follows the trail of churning axles to a factory-building. He cracks the door open and peers inside. Immediately he notices a steady rhythm to the insides, as the beat of the machinery is regulated to a pace that the (mostly) tombdog workers inside can keep up with. Every part of the metal refining process seems to have been automated save for those that require the precision of living hands. The bellows even pump themselves. He also notices a change in the workers' attire; to combat the oppressive heat, they've rolled their sleeves up and tied their mantles into neckerchiefs. He's never seen anything like it before.
  77. Sep 03 20:46:18 *       Lehkurehn waves the others over to get a look. He moves out of the way of the heated air exiting the door. "It looks like they're making something."
  78. Sep 03 20:47:55 *       Latrehkiks peeks his head inside as well, blinking a few times at the change in attire. "Wow, that's different.. And you're right! I wonder what.."
  79. Sep 03 20:48:48 *       Kerosis blinks at the scandalous(?) attire a bit.
  80. Sep 03 20:53:28 <Kerosis>       "So... the spinning wheel outside makes a bunch of other things in here spin so... is it something to do with pottery?"
  81. Sep 03 20:56:19 *       Lehkurehn shrugs. "Maybe? Do you see what they're making? They make a lot of metal stuff in this town, it might be something like that too."
  82. Sep 03 20:57:44 <SqueeGM>       Anyway that about wraps it up! Keep talking if you like though.
  83. Sep 03 20:57:50 <Kerosis>       "Well, you don't generally spin metal when working on it do you? Blacksmiths tend to just hammer things."
  84. Sep 03 20:59:14 <Latrehkiks>    "I.. Really don't know. Maybe it's some kind of refining process?"
  85. Sep 03 21:03:03 <Lehkurehn>     "You can spin the pots by hand. Or they could be making really big pots." Lehkurehn stares off into space for a bit.
  86. Sep 03 21:04:18 *       Latrehkiks watches quite curiously and hums a bit. "I suppose that could be.."
  87. Sep 03 21:10:46 *       Lehkurehn walks away from the doorway. "It's exceedingly hot over there. More than usual. Perhaps we should find some shade and solve our mysteries there."
  88. Sep 03 21:11:22 <Latrehkiks>    "That.. Sounds like a very good idea."
  89. Sep 03 21:11:24 <Lehkurehn>     He airs out his collar a bit.
  90. Sep 03 21:13:00 *       Latrehkiks gets himself out of the doorway as well and lolls his tongue out of his mouth.
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