posted Jul 11, 2020, 10:43 AM by Stephen Pliska-Matyshak

Nonotina 25th, Year One of the Reign of High King Ran

The trio has no issues returning to the castle from The Rogue Spoon that evening. The next day Perri trains without interruption from any fey beasties, though Rael takes every precaution, just in case.
Fennimore: As Perri trains, Fenn begins his search for Dee.
Rael Octavius: Hey, Fennimore. Where are you off too?
Fennimore: Perri looks like she's going to be busy for a while. I thought I'd search out an old friend.
Rael Octavius: Mind if I watch your back while you are out and about? We wouldn't want The Knives ambushing you alone.
Fennimore: If you're fine leaving Perri alone. I grew up in this City. I'm pretty good at navigating it unnoticed.
Rael Octavius: Perri is with the King. She'll be fine. I'll just hang back, being visually conspicuous so you have an even easier time going unnoticed.
Fennimore: Great.
Rael Octavius: I won't need to be loud like a certain acquaintance of ours. Folks will just pay attention to me just by being present.
Fennimore: That's a relief.
Fennimore: I hope your presence doesn't scare off my friend. She likes to stay unnoticed too.
Rael Octavius: We should let Perri know we'll be out for a bit.
Fennimore: Good idea.
Rael Octavius: She has nothing to worry about if doesn't approach. It will be like I'm creating a kind of shadow of sorts.
Before the two depart, they find Perri in the bailey.
Perri Elastime: Hey, where are you going?
Rael Octavius hangs back.
Fennimore: I need to find my own trainer. I thought I would look up an old friend. You probably don't remember her but she was around the day you got conked out by The Knives.
Perri Elastime: Oh, I don't remember.
Fennimore: I'll try to be back by the time you're done training with the King, then maybe we can spend some more time showing you around the City.
Perri Elastime: That would be fun. I think I'm getting better at this.
Rael Octavius: I'll keep an eye on him.
Fennimore: He rarely lets me out of his sight. It's like he doesn't trust me or something.
Perri Elastime: Maybe I could meet your trainer sometime.
Rael Octavius smiles.
Rael Octavius: What's not to trust?
Fennimore (to Rael): My rogueish good looks?
Rael Octavius nods.
Perri Elastime: His Mama's cooking is trustworthy.
Fennimore (to Perri): I would love to introduce you.
Perri Elastime: Well, maybe giving a warning might be good.
Fennimore: She always appreciates that.
Fennimore: Enjoy sparring with the King. Try to get a couple of good licks in. We'll be back soon.
Rael Octavius: Shall we go?
Perri Elastime: I'll try, but he keeps dodging them.
Fennimore laughs.
Perri Elastime: Just make sure your back after my lesson.
Fennimore: Then we'd best hurry, Rael.
Rael Octavius gives a slight bow to those in the bailey.
Perri Elastime: Have fun, but not too much fun without me.
The pair head out of the castle and out into "The City." Fennimore searches for Dee Strongbones for a few hours while Rael tries to keep track of him before returning to the castle, unsuccessful.
Rael Octavius: This friend of yours is even better at being sneaky than you are, Fennimore.
Fennimore: I think you scared her off. She doesn't like big folk very much.
Rael Octavius: Maybe I won't need to tail you. The Knives seem to have slunk into the shadows as well.
Fennimore: All the better. Though, if they kept it up, I was thinking a visit to the Tip might be necessary.
Rael Octavius: The Tip? Is that what they call the guildmaster?
Fennimore: One of the first times The Knives attacked me, they said they had a message from "The Tip". I'm guessing they meant their guildmaster.
Rael Octavius: Good to know.
Perri Elastime: We could go to The Stag. We haven't been there in a while.
A thin, dark fellow slips out of the shadows as you gather in a hall after Perri is done.
Fennimore: You getting stir crazy cooped up in here?
Fennimore: Hey, who are you?
Rael Octavius: Lord High Inquisitor? What can we do for you?
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: I would like a word with Master Fennimore if you don't mind.
Rael Octavius: By all means, Lord Mosifort.
Fennimore: Lord High Inquisitor? My apologies. You gave me quite a fright sneaking up on us like that. By all means, share what's on your mind.
Perri Elastime: Uh. Fenn, you okay with that?
Rael Octavius nods to Perri to step away for a bit.
Perri Elastime holds up a finger waiting for Fennimore.
Fennimore looks confusedly from Rael to Perri and back then nods.
Fennimore: Um, I suppose so, if the Lord prefers some privacy.
Perri Elastime: Perri steps away with Rael
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: Yes, privacy is appropriate.
Perri Elastime: But within sight!
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort waits for Rael and Perri to move down the hall a bit.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: I have a proposition for you, master halfling. I have heard you have a knack for sussing things out, a skill highly prized by myself and the King.
Fennimore watches his friends retreat, unsure of how to act around the Lord High Inquisitor.
Perri Elastime watches the body language of the two.
Fennimore is slack-jawed for a moment, astonished that his skills have impressed upon the King then gathers his wits together.
Fennimore: I think you've heard rightly. Though, I am but a little halfling. It helps me find things that others often overlook.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: Then you are interested?
Fennimore: By all means.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: Lord von Rumm has been pedaling his influence a bit more than prudent regarding the watch and the activities of his son, Munkustrap. We cannot have our Senators interfering in the security of "The City,", so I would like to know what you know about this situation and investigate it a bit more. Any information you can provide would be quite...valuable.
Fennimore hesitates as he recalls the incident between Munkustrap and the City Watch.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort seems to be reading his body language as he hesitates.
Fennimore: I met Lord von Rumm and his son once, each on separate occasions. They both seemed to be upstanding citizens.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: As one would expect.
Perri Elastime picks up the gist of the conversation without hearing the specifics.
Fennimore: I would be happy to investigate further, though, courtly intrigue can be more dangerous than walking the streets in the dark of the moon.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: Very true.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: I am looking for more of a street-level view anyway.
Fennimore (motioning to Rael and Perri): I was just about to give my friends a street-level view, as you say, of "The City."
Fennimore: I think their participation could be beneficial to your request.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: Rael is a busy body and Perri is very close to The King. I'd like this to be more compartmented.
Fennimore: That will complicate things.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: I really just need your observations. Don't provide them with any specifics.
Fennimore: Well, if I have anything to report, how do I contact you, since you want to keep this discrete?
Rael Octavius -> Perri Elastime: I am pretty sure he does not like me; finds me to be a busy body.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort hands Fennimore a key.
Fennimore examines the key.
Fennimore pockets it.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: There is a secret room in The Fiery Stag behind one of the fireplaces. The one in Reggot's area...near that stuffed bear. Within is a mirror. We can communicate through this.
Fennimore (surprised): Well, that seems convoluted.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: It is obfuscation.
Fennimore: I hope I'm tall enough to reach your mirror.
Perri Elastime: High muckity spygreaalyness.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: It is a hand-mirror. You'll have no trouble with it.
Fennimore sighs thinking, "What have I gotten myself into this time?"
Fennimore: Then, I'm your halfling but what you seek may take time.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: Our profession requires time.
Fennimore: I'm glad you're understanding.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: So, what do you know of the incident outside The Rogue Spoon in which Master Munkustrap was involved?
Fennimore: Not much. I only heard about it after the fact. There were some scripture pounders harassing The Spoon. The City Watch wasn't doing anything about it. Then, von Rumm the Younger appeared and dispersed them.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: This is the extent of the situation as I have heard as well.
Perri Elastime is ready to expeditious retreat in if Fenn looks concerned.
Fennimore: Later that day, I overheard a watchman talking about the event. He was upset that Munkustrap upstaged him. Seemed to set his mind on getting revenge. Though, I can't say what for.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: That is very interesting. I definitely have found the right man, halfling, for the job.
Fennimore: That was weeks ago, before the dark. I thought this had all blown over by now. What brought it to your attention?
Rael Octavius -> Perri Elastime: Lord Mosifort is actually one of the more reasonable High Lords.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: Hearsay from a watch commander that Lord von Rumm was throwing his weight around. However, it is justified. I should have figured.
Perri Elastime -> Rael Octavius: He seems to be making an offer that can't be refused.
Fennimore: A father's love for his son is not to be taken lightly. If the Watch was trying to sully his son's name, I don't fault Lord von Rumm at all.
Rael Octavius -> Perri Elastime: Aren't they always that way?
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: This information has been enlightening. Thank you, Master Fennimore. I owe you a favor. If you come across any more information, you know how to reach me.
Perri Elastime -> Rael Octavius: Fennimore is going to need someone to watch his back.
Fennimore: I do and I shall.
Fennimore: If I may, I think I've kept my friends waiting too long.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: As you were and good day.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort vanishes into the shadows.
Fennimore beckons to Perri and Rael.
Rael Octavius approaches.
Perri Elastime runs up.
Perri Elastime: So, what did he want you to do?
Rael Octavius: I'm not even going to ask what he wanted because he probably "suggested" you don't share.
Fennimore: Ug, courtly intrigue. You're right, Rael.
Perri Elastime: You definitely need backup.
Fennimore: When the time comes, I'll be sure to ask for it.
Rael Octavius: He did look pleased.
Fennimore: For now, he merely asked me to watch and listen. Tasks I am particularly adept at.
Perri Elastime: Don't worry. I'll be there whether you want it or not.
Fennimore smiles.
Fennimore: Glad to hear it.
Rael Octavius: Did I hear a trip to The Stag was in order?
Fennimore: By all means. I could use a pint or two after that.
Rael Octavius: No doubt.
Perri Elastime: I haven't started plucking the whiskers from the King's hound yet, but it is close.
Fennimore: Sounds dangerous.
Perri Elastime: Need a little excitement is all.
Rael Octavius: Excitement at tavern usually involves bruises.
Perri Elastime: Might.
Fennimore: I think I've had my share of excitement for the day. I'll be happy to sit, drink, relax, and watch you be exciting.
Perri Elastime: Do we get to go to the orcish tavern?
The trio heads over to The Fiery Stag. It is busy today, enough to require a second bartender. Most of the tables and stools are taken.
Rael Octavius: It is a good thing that my father has a private area.
Perri Elastime: Well, this place is jumping.
Fennimore: I like that idea.
Rael Octavius waves to Mindartis and then points to the raised area where they sat before.
Mindartis nods in acknowledgment.
Perri Elastime: I wonder why it is so busy.
Fennimore positions himself in a chair facing the fireplace and tries to unobtrusively study the fireplace for the secret chamber.
Rael Octavius: Everybody is back on their schedules after the darkdays.
Perri Elastime: Hmm.
Perri Elastime: So, did you find your teacher?
Fennimore: Not today. She can be skittish. It may take a few days to track her down.
Rael Octavius: I gather too much of a crowd.
Fennimore: Maybe next time you'll let me go out without a chaperone.
Perri Elastime: Not likely, I'm coming next time.
Fennimore sighs and stares into the fire some more.
Rael Octavius: You're stealthy, I stick out.
Perri Elastime snickers.
Perri Elastime: I stick out too but I think people are getting used to me.
Rael Octavius just sits back and relaxes, especially once Mindartis manages to bring food and drink.
Fennimore: You're not the only elf in town, but nearly so. I bet some of the big folk go their whole lives without ever talking to an elf.
Perri Elastime: You need someone at your back if you are going to do the bidding of his High Great Spyness.
Fennimore takes a deep draught of his ale to try to calm himself.
Fennimore: Yes, being inquisitioned by the Inquisitor was wracking.
Perri Elastime: It looked more like a job offer to me.
Fennimore: A bit of both.
Perri Elastime: Sorry.
Rael Octavius: It seemed like he got some of what he was looking for.
Fennimore: I had a nugget for him to chew on.
Rael Octavius: That never hurts.
Fennimore: Funny thing, he called you a busy-body.
Rael Octavius: Not surprised.
Fennimore: I tried to include the two of you in his request but he declined.
Perri Elastime drinks some beer.
Rael Octavius: Also, not surprised.
Fennimore: I don't know how you handle these courtly things so calmly. They make me a nervous wreck.
Rael Octavius: I was born into it. It is just normal.
Rael Octavius: Street combat, not so normal.
Fennimore: I can't begin to imagine it.
Perri Elastime: It doesn't bother me nearly so much since they can't draw blood.
Rael Octavius: Won't. Won't draw blood.
Fennimore: The streets are where I grew up. That's my home.
Perri Elastime: I haven't found my home yet.
Rael Octavius: Would you return to The Feywild?
Fennimore: Seems like the Summer Court was better than the Winter?
Perri Elastime: It is hard to be where you are considered their rescue, but I will go back and rescue some others.
Perri Elastime: The Summer Court is better than the Winter Court. Not nearly as cruel.
Fennimore: When you're ready to return, perhaps, I'll be ready to accompany you. The thought of children being tortured in the Winter Court is heartrending.
Rael Octavius: Yes. Quite unpleasant.
Perri Elastime: But I have a debt I can't repay to the Summer Court and that makes the power imbalance very uncomfortable.
Rael Octavius: A debt?
Perri Elastime: Yes. The Summer Knight stole me from the Winter Court.
Rael Octavius: So this knight is on their bad, bad side.
Fennimore: Do they know?
Perri Elastime: Oh, yes.
Rael Octavius drinks and eats.
Fennimore: Foolish Knight. When you steal something, it's best not to let the owners know who is doing the stealing.
Perri Elastime: I too am on their bad, bad side. I refused the "hospitality" of the Winter Court.
Rael Octavius: Who would accept it?
Fennimore: They have a strange sense of hospitality.
Perri Elastime: You need to bargain from a position of strength with them. I had no idea of their pastimes.
Fennimore: Then, let's get strong. Time for another round of ale.
Perri Elastime: Somewhere, I might have a family I was born into but I am long lost to them. I have very few memories.
Fennimore: Then we'll be your family.
Rael Octavius: Definitely.
The trio relaxes and watches the goings-on in the tavern until fairly late.
Fennimore: As we relax, Fenn continues to study the fire and fireplace.
Rael Octavius: I am heading home. I have some chores to attend to before my parents return.
Fennimore: I'm going to hang out here for a bit, without my chaperone.
Fennimore laughs.
Rael Octavius gets up to exit the tavern.
Perri Elastime: Good night, Rael.
Rael Octavius: Good night.
Fennimore: I can't wait to meet your parents.
Rael Octavius: It won't be long. I'd like to meet you Ma. Maybe tomorrow?
Fennimore: That soon? I would be honored.
Perri Elastime: Be safe, brother.
Rael Octavius nods and slips through the doors.
Perri Elastime smiles to herself.
Fennimore: Whew, some days I wonder if I'll ever have a moment away from him.
Fennimore gets up to put a log on the fire and study the fireplace more closely.
Perri Elastime: You will. Me on the other hand.
Fennimore: I'm not worried about you, though the Inquisitor seems to be.
Perri Elastime: Why? What does he think I'm going to do?
Fennimore: Tattle on him. He thinks you're too close to the King to include in his inquisition.
Perri Elastime: If I couldn't hold my tongue, it would be gone by now.
Perri Elastime: What are you looking for?
Fennimore: The Inquisitor gave me a key to the fireplace. I'm trying to figure out how to open it.
Between the bear and the woodpile, Fennimore spots a keyhole disguised by the patterns painted on the wall.
Fennimore: Ah, here we go.
Fennimore tries to obscure what he's doing from the crowd.
Fennimore slips the key into a keyhole in the wall and gives it a twist.
Perri Elastime stands to block the view of him.
Fennimore feels air as if a door opened, but he doesn't see it.
Fennimore focuses on the wall but still doesn't see anything, but he can definitely feel the air moving.
Fennimore follows the breeze and feels along the wall to see if there is a gap in the wall.
Fennimore's hand passes into the wall between the keyhole and the bear.
Fennimore tries to gauge how big the opening is.
Fennimore -> Perri Elastime: Look at this.
Perri Elastime -> Fennimore: Whoa! Hidden entrance.
Fennimore -> Perri Elastime: Stay here for a second.
Fennimore steps through the hidden door.
Perri Elastime -> Fennimore: One breath.
Fennimore enters a small, finely appointed sitting room with a leather chair and a side table. On the table lies a handheld mirror, face down.
Perri Elastime follows Fennimore after one breath.
Fennimore: You took that pretty literally.
Fennimore: Don't touch anything, especially the mirror.
Perri Elastime: Can't be your back up if I'm not there.
Perri Elastime: What if it was an ambush by some faction.
Fennimore: Doubtful, I think the Inquisitor and Rael's father use this room for secret chats.
Perri Elastime: Likely, but I never know who wants to do harm.
Fennimore: True. Let's get back to our ale before we're missed.
Perri Elastime slips back.
They turn toward the door and can see out into the tavern.
Fennimore pulls the door shut behind him, then removes the key, and pockets it.
Perri Elastime: That was interesting.
The pair sit down back in their seats at the table, no one the wiser.
Perri Elastime: I wonder if there are secrets like that at the castle.
Fennimore: Without a doubt. When I finish the Inquisitor's task, I'm to use that room to report my findings.
Fennimore: The only question is what do I report?
Perri Elastime: I could see the general outline but not the specifics of what he wanted.