posted Jun 20, 2020, 12:19 PM by Stephen Pliska-Matyshak

Nonotina 22nd, Year One of the Reign of High King Ran

The day following the eating contest, Perri needs to be at the castle early. Fortunately, the overeating isn't as bad as the overdrinking. She is ready to go with plenty of time for breakfast.
Rael departed once the two eaters retired to their rooms, sleeping in his own bed for the first time in over a week. He arrives at The Fiery Stag as breakfast is being served.
Perri Elastime eats a moderate breakfast: oatmeal, eggs, bacon, coffee, toast and jam.
Rael Octavius: Good day, Perri. Rest well?
Perri Elastime: Yes, I feel good this morning.
Rael Octavius: Where is our rotund friend?
Perri Elastime: Come have some breakfast.
Rael Octavius sit at the table with Perri.
Rael Octavius: I ate already, thanks.
Fennimore: Yes, please join us before Perri turns into a halfling.
Rael Octavius: Oh, there you are. How did I miss you, Fenn?
Fennimore: I'm small and easy to overlook.
Rael Octavius: Perri isn't that big yet.
Perri Elastime: Not yet, but if I really, really work at it, maybe someday.
Rael Octavius: Then you'll be a jolly fat elf, eh?
Fennimore: You seem to be well on your way.
Rael Octavius: Really? She is still as thin as a rail.
Perri Elastime: Yes, all 95 pounds of me.
Fennimore: I'll buy you a red suit with white fur cuffs.
Perri Elastime pats her belly.
Fennimore: 95? See, she outweighs me already.
Rael Octavius: I imagine it is hard to bladesing if you are overweight.
Perri Elastime: I don't know. Maybe bladesinging burns off fat.
Rael Octavius: I'm sure it does.
Rael Octavius: It's an arcane burn.
Fennimore: Well, I guess that's a profession I'll never be taking up.
Fennimore pats his robust tummy.
Perri Elastime: That's alright. We need soft halflings too in life.
Rael Octavius smiles.
Fennimore sniffs.
Fennimore: Who you calling soft?
Perri Elastime: You are jiggly like jelly.
Rael Octavius: I am pretty certain you have not been eating rocks.
Fennimore: Rocks are hard on the chompers. I need to keep them sharp for tastier treats.
Fennimore: Talk about an arcane burn. I don't think you'll be needing those lessons.
Perri Elastime: I think the lessons will be fun.
Rael Octavius: Speaking of lessons, should you not be off to them now?
Perri Elastime: The King said mid-day. That is lunchtime.
Rael Octavius: Oh, right. Sometimes it is hard to tell when mid-day is.
Perri Elastime: Well, it is after breakfast and snack.
Fennimore: And elevenses.
Perri Elastime: I wouldn't want to miss a chance to eat.
Rael Octavius: I ought to head over there sooner for court.
Perri Elastime: I could head toward the castle, but I hate doing nothing and just waiting.
Fennimore: I don't know. After yesterday, I don't think I should visit the castle anytime soon.
Rael Octavius: There are plenty of shops along the road leading up to the gates. You could do some window shopping.
Perri Elastime: What? The King was quite nice to you.
Rael Octavius: It couldn't have been that bad...could it have been?
Fennimore: I was thinking of afterward.
Perri Elastime: What, you mean talking with everyone while trying to figure out if they want to stab you?
Rael Octavius frowns.
Perri Elastime: What? I have been stabbed by several marquees already in my life.
Perri Elastime: Shopping could be fun. I need some hair dye and some beads.
Fennimore: That, and then discovering I, uh, we had been duped by You-Know-Who.
Perri Elastime: Oh, yeah. Forgot about that.
Rael Octavius: At least Forget-Me-Not doesn't make a habit of stabbing people.
Fennimore: I hope not.
Perri Elastime: She probably thinks you are cute and wants to eat you up.
Rael Octavius smirks.
Fennimore: Everybody thinks that.
Fennimore smiles and winks.
Fennimore: It's my boyish charm.
Perri Elastime: And of course setting you up is how she says she likes you.
Fennimore: Great.
Rael Octavius: Come. Walk with me. I'll show where to start shopping. I'll come and check on you when you are done with your lesson.
Perri Elastime: Or maybe that is just the Fey.
Fennimore: Remind me not to visit your family.
Perri Elastime: You said you would like to visit. Backing out already?
Rael Octavius gets up from his seat and leaves a few copper on the table as a tip.
Perri Elastime: Come on. Let's see if the shops have anything interesting.
Perri Elastime stands and checks to see that her gear is in order.
Fennimore: Yes, shopping sounds better than being eaten, poked, prodded, or teased.
Perri Elastime: Aw. Do I tease too much?
Perri Elastime pays her bill.
Fennimore: Never.
Perri Elastime grins.
Perri Elastime: Are you ready?
Rael Octavius: I will meet you out front. I need to clean up that scorch mark on the bulletin board.
Fennimore pays his bill.
Fennimore: Let's go.
Rael Octavius walks toward the door.
Perri Elastime: How is your Mama doing, Fennimore?
Rael Octavius: After waiting a moment, Rael exits the inn.
Fennimore: Now that it's light again, we should check on her.
Perri Elastime: Good plan.
Perri Elastime exits the inn.
Fennimore follows Perri.
Rael Octavius stands before the bulletin board casting a spell.
Perri Elastime checks the notices for anything interesting.
Rael Octavius: My father posts most of them. We'll have to wait for him to return from Tesalurk...unless the King gives me one to post.
Perri Elastime: Exciting times.
Fennimore: Do know about any of the postings your father left? There are a few of interest there.
Rael Octavius: That was quite a scorch mark. It took two tries to fix that.
Fennimore frowns.
Rael Octavius: I don't know specifics. He posts general ads, but keeps the specifics to himself.
Rael Octavius: I could venture a guess on a couple of them though.
Perri Elastime: And leaves for out of town?
Fennimore: There is one that mentions finding things?
Rael Octavius: This is a side project of his, so it waits when he is traveling.
Fennimore: Pity, I hope he returns safely from Tesalurk, and soon too.
Perri Elastime: I bet we could find whatever he needs.
Rael Octavius: I'm sure we could. That finding things one could refer to almost anything. Trinkets, secrets, captives, fugitives; a lot of things.
Perri Elastime sighs.
Fennimore: Hmm, count me as interested.
Rael Octavius: Shall we?
Perri Elastime: Let's go.
Fennimore: Well, we have a plan for today anyway. Let's go.
The trio head towards the castle and enter the main road that leads to the gates. Shops of all kinds line each side of the street.
Perri Elastime: You know what you need, Fennimore?
Perri Elastime: A handsome hat with a feather.
Fennimore: I try not to buy anything that extravagant. I don't like drawing attention to myself.
Rael Octavius (pointing at a shop): Hats are there.
Perri Elastime: It doesn't have to be extravagant. It can be very tasteful.
Fennimore: I do have new clothes waiting at the haberdashery by The Rogue Spoon. It's a short walk from here.
Perri Elastime: Do they have feathers in the hat store?
Fennimore: Maybe a hat without the feather.
Fennimore: Something with a broad brim to keep the suns out of my eyes.
Rael Octavius: You have plenty of time to retrieve your purchase. I need to get to court.
Perri Elastime: How about a dapper ribbon on the brim.
Fennimore: I shall deliver Miss Perri to the bailey by mid-day.
Perri Elastime: See you later, Rael.
Rael Octavius: Ciao.
Fennimore: Bye.
Rael Octavius heads for the castle gate.
Fennimore: Phew.
Fennimore: He gives me the creeps.
Perri Elastime frowns.
Perri Elastime: Why? He is a little stiff but not really bad.
Fennimore: It's like he could see right through me last night, and he caught Forget-Me-Not in the act of stealing the amulet.
Fennimore: I don't think anyone has come that close to catching her before.
The pair feel an odd sensation as they walk down the street.
Perri Elastime: Hmm.
Perri Elastime looks around.
Fennimore looks around to see if they are being watched or followed.
Perri Elastime has felt something like this before in the Feywild.
Perri Elastime: I've felt something like this before. Maybe something is hunting us?
Perri Elastime looks for foes or scrying.
Fennimore thinks to himself, "Forget-Me-Not, are you there?"
The feeling seems to fade.
Fennimore: You sure? Maybe we're just a little paranoid right now.
Perri Elastime puts her hand on her rapier and darts across the street.
Fennimore: Where are you going?
Fennimore follows her, looking to see what she is chasing.
Perri Elastime looks to see if the sudden change in direction reveals anyone.
Perri Elastime seems to forget suddenly why you are searching for anything other than clothes, shoes, gear, etc.
Perri Elastime (whispering): Being paranoid does not mean that there is...
Perri Elastime: I wanted feathers.
Fennimore: Maybe you're right. But, If you think something is out there, the best thing is to get off the street. Let's get inside the hat shop. See if anyone follows us.
Fennimore: Feathers?
Fennimore: Are you feeling alright?
Perri Elastime: Good idea.
Perri Elastime: I'm fine.
Fennimore takes another look around to see if anyone is watching them.
Perri Elastime: goes into the hat shop looking for doodads.
Fennimore just sees common folk doing common things.
Fennimore joins Perri in the hat shop.
Perri Elastime: You should get a handsome hat to keep the sun out of your eyes.
There are all manner of hat in this shop from simple work hats to top hats to fancy dress hats.
Fennimore looks at the plainer hats, searching for something with a broad brim.
Perri Elastime looks at the fancy decorations for stuff to tie into her hair.
Fennimore finds a plain, dark, wide-brimmed hat with a shallow bowl.
Perri Elastime: It needs a hatband.
Perri finds an assortment of ribbons, pins and combs.
Shopkeeper: Finding everything alright?
Fennimore: But nothing too dapper. Not really my style. Dark, mysterious, unobtrusive, that's better.
Fennimore: Yes, sir. My companion here is looking for feathers for her hair.
Shopkeeper: Feathers, you say? Certainly.
Perri Elastime: I need beautiful, shiny, pretty.
Fennimore: And I like this bush hat, but she thinks it needs a hatband.
Fennimore keeps an eye on the door and passers-by in the street as they do their shopping
Shopkeeper: It is not meant to have a hatband, but I might be able to work something out.
Perri Elastime: It does. A double-sided one. Bright on one side, dark grey on the other.
Fennimore scowls at Perri.
Fennimore: Actually, I like it just fine without the band.
Perri Elastime: He has no fashion sense.
Fennimore: Hmph.
Shopkeeper smiles.
Perri Elastime: But he can get away with it cause he is cute.
Shopkeeper: I have ancient raven feathers. Would you like to see them?
Perri Elastime: Oh, yes.
Fennimore: Ancient Raven? Sounds expensive.
Perri Elastime: I'm going to get a job.
The shopkeeper goes over to the counter and produces a shimmering feather with a rainbow of colors that seems to flow as he moves it about.
Fennimore: You have a job. You're the King's student, remember.
Perri Elastime: Oooo! I like that. How much?
Fennimore: Wow.
Shopkeeper: Two gold.
Perri Elastime checks the contents of her pouch.
Perri Elastime: One gold? I need to have lunch and dinner.
Shopkeeper eyes Perri.
Shopkeeper: Very well. One gold.
Perri Elastime pays the shop keeper one gold.
Fennimore: How much for the hat...and hatband?
Perri Elastime: Thank you. It is so beautiful!
Shopkeeper: Two gold.
Fennimore sighs.
Fennimore: You were generous to m'lady. I won't try to haggle you down.
Shopkeeper nods and smiles.
Fennimore pays the two gold.
Fennimore: You had any trouble around here lately?
Shopkeeper: Trouble? No. This close to the castle gates is the safest place in "The City."
Perri Elastime removes a dried brittle leaf from her hair and replaces it with the feather, firmly wapping the tip in place, right there in the shop.
Perri Elastime puts the dried leaf in her coin purse.
Fennimore: Good to know.
Perri Elastime puts her purse away.
Fennimore: What do you think, Perri? Ready?
Perri Elastime: Yes, let's go.
Fennimore: We still have a couple hours. Let's get my outfit.
Perri Elastime: Okay.
Fennimore: Maybe whatever was hunting us will follow and we can wile it out.
The pair leave the hat shop and head west away from the castle. The streets are bustling with folk.
Perri Elastime: I'll keep an eye out. Hunters usually don't disappear. They back off.
Fennimore considers whether he should introduce Perri to Madame Robert, then thinks better of it.
Fennimore (as they walk): Perri, can you keep a secret? From the King and Rael?
Perri Elastime: Of course I can keep a secret.
Fennimore: It may get you in trouble.
Perri Elastime: They might have magic that could compel me to tell them something, but I wouldn't tell on my own.
Perri Elastime: Trouble always finds me. This is nothing new.
Fennimore: Hopefully, they are more likely to try to compel me.
Fennimore: Well, I wasn't completely truthful with Rael last night. Do you want the dirty truth?
Perri Elastime: Is the street somewhere to discuss this? But, yes.
Perri Elastime: I want to know what is going on.
Fennimore: I know of more discreet places, but sometimes a crowd can be plenty anonymous.
Perri Elastime: Okay, if you find it safe enough.
Fennimore: Rael knew I was lying to him at first, but when I told him about Forget-Me-Not, he let me off the hook. He shouldn't have stopped there.
Perri Elastime: Mind control?
Fennimore: Rael? I don't think so. Just very good at telling the difference. Kind of like a paladin. Probably a useful trait to learn in court.
Fennimore: Anyway, she's been following me about and I've been feeding her news. I wanted to turn her attention to the bard.
Fennimore: He's the one who got me in all this trouble to start with and I wanted a little revenge on his rhyming, hairless toes.
Perri Elastime: I know he is loud and obnoxious but I didn't know he was such a troublemaker.
Fennimore: A regular ole thistle patch. He barges in where he isn't wanted. He tried to steal the amulet for Astrid and then went to the King to try to trap Forget-Me-Not.
Perri Elastime: So why did Rael drop the issue?
Fennimore: Who knows. Maybe be got distracted when Forget-Me-Not showed up and tried to steal back the Amulet from my pack.
Perri Elastime: You and Forget-Me-Not are working together?
Fennimore: Maybe he accepted that she was going to cause me trouble, which was truthful enough. Just not the whole truth.
Fennimore: We were.
Fennimore: Even last night.
Fennimore: She gets in my head. Telepathy or something weird.
Perri Elastime: At times you do seem distracted.
Fennimore: If she comes back, I'll have to work on that.
The pair have made their way to the center of the city and are approaching the North Market when their conversation is interrupted.
Perri Elastime: I'll help you any way I can.
Fennimore: I'm going to need it.
Thug: New friend, there, chubby?
Fennimore: What's it to you?
Perri Elastime: Yeah, I have a new friend and I am not chubby yet.
Thug: You've been making waves and The Knives don't like it.
Fennimore: I suppose you think you can sharpen your knife on me?
The thug pulls out a mace.
Thug: Dulling you, dullard.
Perri Elastime draws her rapier.
The thug keeps glancing over to his left.
Perri Elastime looks for other enemies.
Fennimore (to Perri Elastime): There's probably more of them around the corner to our right.
Perri Elastime casts a firebolt at the thug, striking him. She then instinctively goes into a fighting stance, her rapier ringing as she swishes it into a position to defend herself.
Fennimore: Your mace looks a little small. You'll need to come closer if you're going to dull anyone.
The thug doesn't take kindly to the firebolt and charges the elf.
He swings his mace at Perri twice but misses both times.
Perri Elastime: I think your weapon is too heavy for you.
A second thug comes around the corner with a heavy crossbow and takes aim at the halfling.
The bolt goes astray.
Fennimore eyes up the thug with the crossbow and the fires an arrow at him with his bow. The arrow misses its target. Fennimore then slides back out of sight behind the building.
Perri Elastime: We've got three, Fennimore.
A third thug comes around the corner and aims at the elf with his heavy crossbow.
The bolt flies off down the street.
Perri Elastime slides in between the first two thugs and strikes the first with her blade that has suddenly burst into green flame. Flame leaps to the other one.
Perri Elastime moves so she is not between them, throwing up a magical shield as a reaction to the thug's attempt to hit her as she retreats.
Fennimore: Where are you going, Perri?
Perri Elastime: Not far. Get your furry toes into the fight.
Fennimore: Yes, ma'am!
The first thug runs after the elf and swings. The shield continues to protect her.
The second thug chases after the elf, dropping his crossbow and drawing his own mace.
The thug flails at the elf but has no luck getting past her magical shield.
Fennimore moves back into range a the thugs begin to gather around Perri. He focuses his attention on the first thug and fires an arrow, hitting him.
The third thug also drops his crossbow and rushes the elf with his mace.
Fennimore: Hey, I'm the one you're looking for!
The thugs can't get around Perri's shield.
Perri Elastime whirls her rapier around her and translucent blades burst forth around her.
The burst erupting from Perri strikes two of the three thugs.
The first thug continues to attack the elf who renews her magical shield. However, the thug manages to power past the defense and hammers her with his mace, knocking her a bit senseless for a moment. His second strike misses, however.
The second thug misses, bouncing off the renewed shield.
Fennimore continues to focus on the first thug and fire another arrow at him before rushing forward, dropping his bow, and drawing his rapier.
Fennimore's arrow takes the first thug out.
A crossbow bolt comes out of nowhere and drops the third thug.
Perri Elastime thrusts her rapier into the remaining thug, but he remains standing.
Forget-Me-Not (to Perri Elastime): You owe me.
Thug: What?
The thug is looking down at this fallen comrade. You both notice the fletching on the bolt that struck down the other thugs are pale blue.
He wildly swings at the elf and knocks her out.
Fennimore thrusts his rapier at the thug but misses.
The thug turns on Fennimore.
He clocks him once with his mace.
Fennimore: Tell your pointy-headed boss, I don't want to join any club that would have me.
Fennimore jabs the thug a good one.
The thug tries to return the favor.
Both swings miss.
Fennimore misses as well.
The thug continues swinging at the halfling.
The thug clubs Fennimore twice.
Fennimore manages another stab at the thug who nearly doubles over from the strike, but remains standing.
Fennimore: Forget-Me-Not, if you're here, I could use some help.
Another blue-fletched crossbow bolt comes out of nowhere and hits the thug right between the eyes. It falls dead in the street.
Forget-Me-Not (to Fennimore): We really need to do something about The Knives.
Fennimore: I'll say, this last one hurt.
Forget-Me-Not (to Fennimore): Take care of your friend.
Fennimore tends to Perri's wounds.
Fennimore: Care to introduce yourself?
Perri lies unconscious in the street, but Fennimore manages to stop the bleeding.
Dee Strongbones: Fenn? Is that you?
Fennimore: We're lucky we had help or we'd both be looking up at the daisies.
Fennimore: Dee?
Dee Strongbones: What the heck!
Fennimore: Where were you a couple of minutes ago?
Fennimore: Yeah, I seem to have made some enemies among The Knives.
Dee Strongbones: I heard a scuffle and came running.
Dee Strongbones: Is she alive?
Fennimore: We're both worse for wear, but I think we'll live if we don't take any more bashing.
Fennimore: Let me introduce you to Perri Elastime, recently of the Fae Court, and new apprentice to the King.
Dee Strongbones: Apprentice? King?
Fennimore: Perri, this is my long time friend Dee Strongbones.
Fennimore: Oh, I guess she's worse that I thought.
Dee Strongbones: We need to find you some help and fast. Do those crossbow bolts have blue fletching?
Fennimore: Can you help me get her to the castle? Maybe someone there can help her.
Dee Strongbones: Yup.
Fennimore: Blue, yeah, I suppose they do.
Dee Strongbones turns and whistles loudly.
Fennimore: Best not to mention the bolts to anyone.
Dee Strongbones: I can't hang around, but the watch will be here in a moment.
Fennimore winks.
Dee Strongbones: You might want to hide them quickly.
Dee Strongbones slips into the shadows and disappears.
Fennimore: Got it.
Fennimore yanks the bolts from the dead bodies and stuffs them in his pack.
Fennimore (to no one in particular): Why am I doing this again?
A watchman comes running down the street and sees Fennimore kneeling over Perri and the three dead thugs.
Watchman: What is going on here?
Fennimore: Help! We've been attacked.
Fennimore: The Knives were going after the King's Apprentice. She needs medical attention quickly.
Watchman approaches closer.
Fennimore: Hurry, man.
Watchman: Aye. King's apprentice? Oh, my.
Fennimore: We need to get her to the castle.
The watchman removes a bell from a pouch and begins ringing it.
About a minute later, four more warchmen arrive, one of them being Chet.
Watchman: We need to get this elven one to the castle. The Knives have gotten out of hand.
Fennimore: Is one of you a medic? She needs help.
Watchman checks Perri.
Watchman: No more than you have already done. We'll carry her to the castle.
Fennimore: Gently now. She's the King's new apprentice.
Two of the watchmen pick up Perri and begin toward the castle. Chet remains with the fallen Knives.
Watchman: Follow them, master halfling.
Fennimore watches Chet for a second, then trots off after Perri.
The watchmen rush Perri to the castle where a group of castle guards is starting to secure the bailey for what would have been a training session. Chet has since run past to alert the castle that a Perri is on the way. Rael is running out to meet the watchmen carrying the elf when they arrive.
Rael Octavius: Oh, my! What happened?
Fennimore: Rael, we were waylaid by The Knives.
Rael Octavius: Let me help, quickly. Lie her down.
Rael Octavius casts a spell.
Rael Octavius: That ought to help.
Rael Octavius: Perri?
Perri regains consciousness.
Perri Elastime: Mmm, shopping sucks big heaping wads.
Perri Elastime: Ow.
Rael Octavius: You look not much better, Fenn.
Perri Elastime: Fenn, you okay?
Fennimore: Next time, try not to get into the middle of the fight.
Rael Octavius casts a spell on Fenn, as well.
Fennimore: Now that you mention it. I've got a splitting headache where that last one bashed me with his mace.
Perri Elastime: Right.
Fennimore: Oh, that helps, but I'm not doing any more shopping today.
Perri Elastime: I wonder why they were after me?
Fennimore: Maybe they discovered your special status.
Perri Elastime: Maybe they wanted my new feather.
Fennimore looks to see if her feather was bashed during the fight.
The feather looks surprisingly untouched.
Perri Elastime: Thank you, Rael.
Fennimore: You're lucky. Your feather survived all the bashing and smashing.
Fennimore: Rael, can we come inside? I feel exposed out here.
Perri and Fennimore are taken into the castle and fixed up in the infirmary.
Chet returns to check on Perri and Fennimore in the infirmary, later on, carrying a simple coffer.
Chet: You two deserve this. It's the reward for taking down a notorious murder.
Fennimore: Notorious, huh? I wish I'd pay more attention to the wanted posters.
Chet: Here is the 2000 gold reward to split between the two of you.
Perri Elastime: Whoa! That's a lot.
Perri Elastime: He almost murdered us.
Chet: Did I not mention notorious?
Perri Elastime: We need to work on our tactics, Fenn. Almost dying is not a good plan.
Fennimore: You can say that again.
Perri Elastime: Who was he?
Chet: Borgk.
Fennimore: Sounds like his mother choked on him.
Chet: It is thought he was part orc or hobgoblin or something like that.
Fennimore: I think you're gonna be a day late, while you heal up, missy.