Rael Octavius' Sideplots

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posted Nov 16, 2020, 3:37 PM by Stephen Pliska-Matyshak

Methyltina 1st, Year Two of the Reign of High King Ran

The trio is celebrating New Year's at The Fiery Stag Inn after a brief patrol for a werewolf on the last day of the year in the darkness. Munkustrap contacted them after they got the assignment from King Ran that the "werewolf" was actually the most recent addition to The Iris, a half-ogre named Tartarus, that had been cursed with lycanthropy while clearing out a wererat lair. The Iris figured it out with the help of Sark the Blind and got him to The Temple of The Billiken to be cured.
Perri Elastime: I need more pie!
Rael Octavius: Nice easy assignment, knowing that there wasn't actually a werewolf roaming "The City."
Fennimore: You're thinking of pie? The Iris is infected with lycanthropy. Just wait until that bard starts howling to the moon.
Perri Elastime: Rael just said that they cured the culprit.
Perri Elastime: So, yes, more pie is on the agenda.
Fennimore: But did he infect anyone else first?
Rael Octavius: Munkustrap assured me the half-ogre was the only one cursed.
Fennimore: Hmph.
Perri Elastime: I suppose there could be more of them but pie first.
Rael Octavius: Apparently not. He never bit anyone the two times he transformed. It's well documented by the City Watch.
Rael Octavius: The troublesome troubador did have his shop robbed and he and his employee mugged later.
Fennimore: Or at least no one reported their bites to the City Watch.
Perri Elastime: Oh?
Perri Elastime: Who did that?
Fennimore glances at Perri.
Perri Elastime looks at Fennimore.
Rael Octavius: According to the report some dwarven brigands lead by a fellow named Bastion.
Rael Octavius: If Tartarus did bite someone as a lycanthrope, they would be a wererat now, so we might not see them anytime soon.
Fennimore: A dwarf after this halflings heart.
Fennimore: Maybe we should track down this Bastion fellow. I think he deserves a reward.
Perri Elastime: Being mugged somewhat sucks if you'll recall.
Rael Octavius: The City Watch doesn't think so. Neither does Maggie Hardcheese, Magic's employee.
Perri Elastime: Is she okay?
Rael Octavius: Rattled, but uninjured.
Fennimore: Maggie Hardcheese? She's a halfling! Magic is putting more halflings in harm's way.
Fennimore grumbles.
Reggot Octavius approaches your table from his nook.
Perri Elastime: It is a job, Fenn. People like to eat. I wonder where the pie is.
Reggot Octavius: Greetings and Happy New Year's!
Fennimore: Happy New Year, your Lordship.
Perri Elastime: Happy New Year's to you too!
Perri Elastime: Would you like to join us for pie?
Rael Octavius: Hi, father. Happy New Year's to you as well.
Reggot Octavius: That would be lovely.
Reggot Octavius takes a seat after getting Mindartis' attention.
Mindartis has been scrambling as the inn is very busy.
Perri Elastime scoots over to make sure there is plenty of room.
Fennimore: Is this official business or are you taking a break for the holiday?
Reggot Octavius: A little of both.
A magnificent golden-scaled, winged humanoid enters the inn.
Fennimore gapes.
Reggot Octavius motions to the draconic person as she scans the place.
Perri Elastime: Wow! She's gorgeous.
Dae'Kliesys waves and approaches the table.
Rael Octavius: Mother!
Fennimore scoots over to make room for Rael's mother.
Perri Elastime: Please join us for pie.
Dae'Kliesys: Hello, all.
Perri Elastime smiles.
Dae'Kliesys: Pie? I will have minced meat, I think.
Fennimore tries to gather his jaw off the table.
Perri Elastime: I'm going to try them all. No moderation for the New Year's celebration.
Dae'Kliesys sits at the table carefully so as not to strike anyone with her wings or tail.
Dae'Kliesys gives a toothy grin.
Fennimore: We finally get to meet Rael's parents.
Reggot Octavius looks at Fennimore and Perri, smiling.
Fennimore: Rael, you've been holding out on us.
Reggot Octavius: And we finally get to meet Rael's closest friends.
Rael Octavius: It has been very busy and they were gone for a while.
Fennimore sits a little taller.
Perri Elastime tries to look regal.
Rael Octavius: My friends, these are my parents Reggott and Dae'Kliesys.
Rael Octavius: Mom and Dad, this is Perri Elastime and Fennimore.
Fennimore: Well, Happy New Year's to the Octavius family. May it be joyous and bountiful.
Reggot Octavius: Pleased to finally meet you.
Dae'Kliesys nods.
Dae'Kliesys: Thank you, Fennimore.
Fennimore: Please, call me, Fenn.
Mindartis finally gets a break to approach the table.
Mindartis: My lords and ladies, what may I get for you this fine New Year's Day?
Perri Elastime: Happy New Year's, Mindartis.
Fennimore: Happy New Year's!
Mindartis bows.
Mindartis: Likewise.
Perri Elastime: Pie, a piece of each for me and hot-buttered rum.
Mindartis nods to Perri and looks to the others at the table.
Fennimore: Oooh, not just rum! This calls for wine. Do you have any of the sparkling strawberry halfling wines?
Mindartis: We do.
Rael Octavius: Minced meat pie sounds really good, the traditional kind, not the draconic kind.
Rael Octavius smiles at his mother.
Dae'Kliesys: I'll have the draconic kind.
Reggot Octavius: Cherry and that halfling wine sounds perfect.
Fennimore: Minced pie goes well with the strawberry wine as well.
Reggot Octavius: What kind of pie would you like, Master Fennimore?
Perri Elastime looks to Fenn.
Fennimore: Let's start with the minced meat, then some cherry.
Mindartis: Excellent, I'll be right back.
Perri Elastime: I'd like some of that wine, too.
Mindartis rushes off, acknowledging Perri's request.
Perri Elastime: Were your travels enjoyable?
Dae'Kliesys: Perri, I understand you are King Ran's bladesinger. This is quite an honor.
Reggot Octavius nods.
Perri Elastime: His student, yes ma'am. He clonks me quite regularly. I occasionally get a swipe in.
Dae'Kliesys: As I recall, he was the clonked not too long ago.
Perri Elastime: I try, but it is really had to keep a King from getting uppity.
Reggot Octavius shows mock shock at his wife's words.
Perri Elastime: But in all seriousness, he is a splendid teacher.
Rael Octavius: Perri is learning quickly and King Ran, from what I hear, is beginning to learn some things about Perri's capabilities.
Dae'Kliesys: As have I.
Perri Elastime looks surprised.
Fennimore: Gee, Perri, you're famous.
Reggot Octavius: Actually, she is.
Perri Elastime: I am?
Dae'Kliesys: You are being considered for an ambassadorial position.
Reggot Octavius nods.
Fennimore looks surprised.
Perri Elastime stares stunned.
Rael Octavius smiles widely.
Rael Octavius: My mother is the realm's most prominent ambassador.
Dae'Kliesys gives Rael a quick stare and then smiles.
Fennimore looks around.
Perri Elastime: Being an ambassador would be quite an honor.
Fennimore: I'm surprised you don't have a retinue, guards, aides, or something.
Dae'Kliesys: I often do, but there are situations when I must operate alone.
Dae'Kliesys: As Bladesinger, you will eventually become an ambassador to The Feywild. I would like to take you...under my wing...for some experience in this before you are sent off there.
Fennimore shivers at the thought of Perri returning to the Fey realms.
Dae'Kliesys looks at Fennimore.
Perri Elastime: I am not certain that being an ambassador to the Winter Court would be wise.
Dae'Kliesys: The Winter Court is something you will work up to, I am certain.
Perri Elastime: It is never good when the ambassador kills members of the hosting realm.
Dae'Kliesys: You will need all of your bladesinger skills to take on that responsibility anyway.
Perri Elastime: True enough. That is why I work hard.
Dae'Kliesys smiles.
Fennimore: I promised Perri I would accompany her when the time comes for her to return home. Would that be allowed if she is to be the ambassador?
Reggot Octavius: I have a little business to discuss as well...with Fennimore.
Perri Elastime: Fennimore, Rael, and I make a great team.
Reggot Octavius: The King is aware of the bond you two have formed and I understand there is some grooming going in regarding your skills as well, Fennimore.
Perri Elastime: Three.
Fennimore (uncomfortably): Grooming? Um, I guess that's one way to put it.
Rael Octavius: Yes, three.
Fennimore nods at Perri and Rael.
Perri Elastime: I am not sure that you are aware that I now have two brothers.
Reggot Octavius: Of course, the three of you.
Fennimore (relieved): Phew.
Perri Elastime smiles at Rael and Fenn.
Reggot Octavius: We pointed out the two of you as you are, in a manner of speaking, being initiated into the court and a level of King Ran's advisors. Rael is already ensconced there.
Rael Octavius nods.
Fennimore feels uncomfortable about getting more deeply involved with the court.
Perri Elastime: Court is a bunch of backstabbing, beautiful smiles hiding nasty teeth.
Fennimore: I'm but a simple halfling.
Reggot Octavius retrieves a long needle from his pouch and places it on the table in front of Fennimore.
Fennimore: My family's roots lie far from the halls of power.
Fennimore looks at the needle, confused.
Perri Elastime: Umm, what is that.
Reggot Octavius: You are already showing your great worth, sir halfling.
Perri Elastime: He is definitely a keeper.
Reggot Octavius: This is a reward Lord Mosifort requested that I present to you.
Fennimore blushes.
Fennimore (uncomfortable again): Lord Mosifort talked to you, about me?
Reggot Octavius: Certainly. I am the conduit between all the High Lords and those that are hired to do their bidding.
Fennimore nods, uncertainly.
Reggot Octavius: As I understand it, this is a magical tattoo. It will give you an ability that will be extremely useful for the work you are so adept at already.
Fennimore: A tattoo?
Perri Elastime: That is pretty interesting.
Rael Octavius: Do you know what this tattoo does?
Fennimore stares curiously at the needle then to Lord Octavius.
Reggot Octavius: I was not made aware of this, but applying it will let you know what it does.
Fennimore: That's a leap of faith.
Perri Elastime: At least these come off if you don't want them.
Rael Octavius: It will be something sneaky, I would imagine.
Fennimore sadly remembers Perri's scars.
Perri Elastime: Rael, he's not sneaky other are just unobservant.
Rael Octavius smirks.
Fennimore laughs.
Fennimore: It's easy for them to overlook the little folk.
Fennimore gently picks up the needle and tucks it into a pouch.
Fennimore: Well, now is a time for celebration, not for tattooing oneself.
Rael Octavius: Get drunk enough and you might end up with more than one.
Fennimore: Thank you for presenting the High Lord Inquisitor's gift. It is most unexpected.
Fennimore (to Rael): Just so long as they are all magical.
Fennimore: Lord Octavius, I've been meaning to ask, are you still in search of someone good at finding things?
Reggot Octavius: I always am.
Reggot Octavius: There are many things to be found.
Fennimore: I noticed you had a posting on the board outside and the three of us have been improving our talents in that regard.
Reggot Octavius: That you have.
Perri Elastime: I do like investigating.
Fennimore: Sometimes things find us, which we aren't even looking for.
Perri Elastime: I'm still looking for pie.
Reggot Octavius: There is quite a bit of this in the world as it is the last decade or so. Cataclysms will do that.
Mindartis finally returns to the table with two trays filled with pies and bottles of wine.
Fennimore pats his belly.
Fennimore: Dinner, at last.
Perri Elastime: My hero.
Dae'Kliesys hands Mindartis several coins.
Mindartis smiles and nods to the half-dragon.
Mindartis: Thank you, my lady.
Perri Elastime: Ma'am, we invited you.
Dae'Kliesys: I am feeling generous. Rare for a dragon.
Dae'Kliesys smiles a big toothy grin.
Reggot Octavius laughs.
Perri Elastime looks to see if her teeth are sharp.
Fennimore: Mindartis, you best sleep on your dragon's hoard tonight.
Mindartis nods and pockets the coins.
Perri Elastime: Thank you.
Mindartis: It is a good New Year's.
Perri Elastime pulls off her gloves and tucks them into her belt then starts her first piece of pie.
Fennimore flips another gold coin to Mindartis.
Fennimore: For luck in the New Year.
Mindartis snatches it out of the air.
Mindartis: Thank you, Fennimore.
Perri Elastime: Mmm! Pie.
Reggot Octavius: Well, let's enjoy this company, pie, and wine. It is a good New Year's.
Fennimore follows Perri's lead and sets in on his minced meat pie, pausing to savor the sparkling strawberry wine.
Rael Octavius: Here, here!
Fennimore: Hear what? Do you have a toast?
Rael Octavius: Just seconding my dad.
Fennimore: Oh, ah yes. Well-spoken, Lord Octavius.
Rael Octavius raises a glass.
Perri Elastime raises hers and clinks it to Rael's.
Fennimore raises his and clinks it all around.
Reggot and Dae'Kliesys join in.


posted Sep 17, 2020, 7:40 PM by Stephen Pliska-Matyshak   [ updated Sep 18, 2020, 5:32 PM ]

Decitina 1st, Year One of the Reign of High King Ran

Back at court several days after helping Fennimore check on his Mum, Rael is beckoned to the halls beyond the throne by The Lord High Inquisitor.
Rael Octavius bows to Lord Grembar.
Rael Octavius: I am afraid I have been summoned away on urgent business by one of the High Lords, Lord Grembar. I would love to continue this conversation sometime soon.
Lord Grembar: Oh, really, my boy? Must not keep a High Lord waiting. I look forward to more discussion on the matter of City Watch coverage of the Heights. Off you go.
Lord Grembar bows.
Rael Octavius takes his leave and makes his way up the left side of the dias and exits the audience hall through the door hidden by curtains to the left of the thrones.
Entering the darkened hallway, a shadow shifts a few feet from Rael, and the face of The Lord High Inquisitor becomes visible.
Lord Grembar: Thank you for joining me, Master Octavius.
Rael Octavius: The pleasure is all mine, Lord High Inquisitor. How can I be of service?
Lord Grembar: High King Ran has a mission for you. Something your mother, Dae'Kliesys, would normally handle, but as she is already occupied, he thought you, given your ancestry, may be a fair proxy.
Rael Octavius: Of course. I am at The High King's beck and call.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort smiles.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: Very good. The mission is this: You are to travel to South Town and take the East Road out of town to a hillock covered with lillies. It will be just north of the road. There you will meet with the brass dragon, Shorixlisys, and collect the information he has gathered about the area and return to brief The High King regarding this information.
Rael Octavius: Interesting. My friends have been wanting to have an adventure outside of "The City" for some time now.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: What friends would you be referring to? The Iris or Fennimore and Perri?
Rael Octavius: Fennimore and Perri, of course, my Lord.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort frowns.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: I am afraid I cannot spare your halfling friend at this time and Perri needs to keep training with the King. He believes she is entering a crucial phase of her training and His Majesty does not want to have her interrupted just now.
Rael Octavius knows Mosifort is not being entirely truthful in either situation.
Rael Octavius tries to hide his disbelief of the reasoning for his friends not participating in this mission.
Rael Octavius: A shame, my Lord.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort smirks, knowing Rael does not believe a word he just said.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: And there is the famous Octavius family lie detection at work. The High King chooses his allies wisely.
Rael Octavius: Yes, my Lord. You operate in mysterious ways, which is your gift to The High King. You have your reasons, so I will make my way to South Town alone.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: Alone? Not at all. Alasatar Segasi will be traveling with you as your personal escort. We cannot have our valued operatives endangering themselves. Always, always have a partner or some means of back up at your disposal, my boy.
Rael Octavius: Alasatar Segasi? Is he a member of the Castle Guards? The name sounds familiar.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: That he is. He is on the fast track to Lieutenant and needs some experience beyond the castle walls. Stay close to him and you will aid each other.
Rael Octavius: Very well, my Lord. Arrangements are already in the works, I take it?
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort: They are. He will meet you here at the outer gate immediately. Gather what you need. A carriage will take you to the docks where you will board The Meskiline, one of the King's fleet, and sail to South Town. I do not know the reason for the urgency. The King was called away before he had a chance to explain it to me. Maybe the Dragonslayers are on to our informant.
Rael Octavius: Yes, my Lord. I will be ready shortly.
Rael Octavius bows.
Lord High Inquisitor Mosifort returns the bow.
Rael heads to his father's office where he has been filling in during his parent's journey and collects the gear he usually does not need rely on as he has not been out of the city himself in years and heads to the outer gate. There a tall, muscular, heavily armored fellow watches him approach.
Rael Octavius approaches the warrior.
Rael Octavius: Alasatar Segasi, I presume?
Alasatar Segasi: This is correct. Rael Octavius?
Rael Octavius: At your service.
Alasatar Segasi: As am I, at yours, sir.
Rael Octavius: Call me Rael. The formalities are for court.
Alasatar Segasi: Very well. Most call me Al, unless I am being a jerk. Then they call me Assy.
Rael Octavius smiles.
Rael Octavius: Let us keep it Al. You cannot possibly be as much of a jerk as most of the folk I deal with in court.
Alasatar Segasi unsuccessfuly tries to suppress a smile.
Alasatar Segasi: Shall we, Rael? The carriage is just around the way.
Rael Octavius: Lead the way.
The pair get their gear loaded into the carriage and take their seats. The carriage then pulls away from the castle gates.
Rael Octavius: So, I understand you working your way to lieutenant, Al.
Alasatar Segasi: The goal is beyond that, but yes, one step at a time.
Alasatar Segasi: You are the son of the Herald and your mother is the half-dragon, Dae'Kliesys?
Rael Octavius: Correct.
Alasatar Segasi: This makes you a good fit for this mission then, being part dragon yourself.
Rael Octavius: This is true. My mother usually takes care of this contact, but she has been in Tesalurk with my father for the last several weeks.
Alasatar Segasi cringes.
Alasatar Segasi: That must be interesting with Tesalurk being the headquarters of The Dragonslayers. I suppose King Tesaylidal needs to be diplomatic as he swore fealty to High King Ran and is marrying his daughter.
Rael Octavius: Most definitely. The trip down there is kind of a feeling out of the environment to see if it is the right thing to do.
Alasatar Segasi: Well then, King Tesaylidal is sure to be on his best behavior.
Rael Octavius smiles.
The carriage arrives at the port in short order. Their gear is transfered over to The Meskiline while they board her. Within a half an hour, they are sailing down The Great Northern River towards South Town.
Rael Octavius: I understand you are new to adventures outside the castle.
Alasatar Segasi: Yes, sir. I have had plenty of combat training and the bordom of guard duty. I did get involved with the quickling incident, but did not actually engage any of them. I am hoping for some guidance from you. Your experience with The Iris will be very valuable.
Rael Octavius chuckles.
Rael Octavius: The Iris is still a bit disfunctional as a group, but they did give me some decent experience. We just need to stay close and work together and we will be fine. You swing that sword and I will sling my spells if necessary.
Alasatar Segasi smiles as he pats the pommel of his sword.
Alasatar Segasi: And we both stay behind my shield.
Rael Octavius nods.
The trip down the river takes most of the day due to a large amount of traffic between "The City" and South Town. Once the ship docks in South Town, the pair collects there things and heads to the nearest inn where they rest before heading out of town on The East Road.
The next day, the pair gear up and head east out of South Town on The East Road. They walk for several miles before Rael notices a disturbance at the side of the road and sees that there is a low hill off in the distance to the north covered with lillies.
Rael Octavius (pointing at the hill): That must be the location of Shorixlisys' lair. It looks like a group of people trod through here recently.
Alasatar Segasi: We better hurry. Hopefully, this group is not a threat.
Rael Octavius: Hopefully.
The pair follow the trail blazed by their predecessors who clearly made no effort to tread lightly in this wilderness. Their hopes are quickly dashed when the arrive at the mouth of a cave with a huge brass dragon lying to the right of the opening, unconscious.
Rael Octavius: Dragonslayers?
Alasatar Segasi: Seems to be.
Rael Octavius moves up toward the fallen dragon.
Alasatar Segasi follows.
Rael Octavius checks for signs of life in the dragon.
There seems to be no signs of life, but before Rael can check further, shouts eminate from the mouth of the cave.
An Unknown Voice: That was just brilliant! Let's get you out of here. The rest are lost.
Moments later an armored warrior dragging a cloaked figure in leather armor exits the cave.
Dragonslayer looks up to see Rael and Alasatar standing by the dragon.
Dragonslayer: Oh, no you don't. That's ours.
Dragonslayer drops the person he is dragging, hefts a greataxe and charges the pair.
Dragonslayer misses with the first swing of the axe, but nearly knocks Alasatar off his feet with follow-up blow.
Alasatar Segasi wastes no time and returns the attack.
Alasatar Segasi: The attack misses, so he gathers his second wind.
Rael Octavius realizes this opponent is a dragonslayer and decides to test his metal by breathing his own fire.
Rael Octavius expels a gout of fire that the dragonslayer manages to mostly dodge before moving behind Alasatar.
Dragonslayer continues to attack Alasatar, but smirks at Rael after he unleashes his breath weapon.
Dragonslayer again misses with the first axe swing, but lands a devastating overhand blow to Alasatar that sends him sprawling to the ground, unconscious.
Rael Octavius reaches down quickly and sends healing energy into Alasatar before unleashing another gout of fiery breath before retreating.
This blast is far more volumous, but the dragonslayer still manages to duck much of it.
Dragonslayer charges after the fire-breather, ignoring the fallen warrior.
Alasatar Segasi thrusts at the dragonslayer as he rushes by.
Dragonslayer avoids the thrust and continues after Rael.
Dragonslayer swings at Rael for a certain hit, but a shield materializes, blocking the strike.
The second swing completely misses.
Alasatar Segasi gets to his feet using his sword to assist. Leaving it in the ground, he readies his bow, aims and fires an arrow at the dragonslayer.
The arrow stikes the dragonslayer in the back of the neck, sliding between the coif and the shirt. Blood sprays from the exit wound as the arrowhead protudes from his jaw.
Alasatar Segasi grabs his sword and begins to close with the dragonslayer.
Rael Octavius produces another gout of flame followed by more fire projected from his outstretched hands.
Both cones of fire strike the dragonslayer point blank, engulfing him in flames.
Dragonslayer howls in agony as he presses his attack against Rael.
Another two desparate swings are deflected by Rael's shield.
Alasatar Segasi takes advantage of the flanking opportunity by charging up and bring an overhand swing of his sword down on the dragonslayer's head.
Rael Octavius maneuvers around the dragonslayer to be next to Alasatar and unleashes another double blast of fire.
The dragonslayer falls burning to the ground.
Alasatar Segasi leaves nothing to chance and performs coup d'grace on the dragonslayer.
Rael Octavius rushes back to the dragon to attempt to spare it from dying.
Rael Octavius: Please be alive, Shorixlisys!
Shorixlisys stirs but remains unconscious.
Alasatar Segasi limps after Rael.
Alasatar Segasi: Is he going to make it?
Rael Octavius: I believe so. I think I got to him just in time.
Alasatar Segasi: Should we wake him?
Rael Octavius: I think he may be violent when he does. I can heal him from a distance where we can duck out of sight.
Rael Octavius moves to the other side of the cave mouth, around the hill a bit.
Alasatar Segasi follows and stands further around the hill.
Rael Octavius expends some of his font of magic and casts a healing spell from a distance on the dragon.
Rael Octavius backs away out of sight.
Shorixlisys opens his eyes and raises his head, looking around frantically.
Shorixlisys gets to his feet and extends his wings threateningly, surveying the bodies lying at the cave mouth and several yards away to the south.
Shorixlisys moves toward the dragonslayer slain by Alasatar for a closer look.
Convinced there are no other threats, Shorixlisys retreats into his cave unaware of Rael and Alasatar's presence.
Rael Octavius: Once the noises from the cave calm down, Rael uses his magic to clean off the blood from the dragonslayer's throat shot.
Alasatar Segasi: What now?
Rael Octavius: I think we should camp back near the road and let Shorixlisys heal a bit. We can also prevent anyone else from using that trail.
Alasatar Segasi: Sounds like a plan. We can come back tomorrow when we all feel better.
The pair quietly retreat back to the road and sets up camp. Rael tends to Alasatar's wounds and they converse, eat and sleep until well into the next day.
Rael Octavius: It has been all quiet, so far. We should make our way back to the cave mouth. We can use that rock outcropping as cover while I try to get Shorixlisys' attention.
Alasatar Segasi: I doubt he will be very amiable. I hope you are a very convincing negotiator.
Rael Octavius: This will definitely put my skills to the test.
Rael Octavius and Alasatar approach the hill of lillies again, stopping behind the rock outcropping.
Rael Octavius: Stay down, Al. I will try and get him to talk. You may need to help me retreat if necessary. I'll form a bond between us, so we can better assist each other just in case.
Rael Octavius says a prayer to Lehnbor and lays his hands on Alasatar's shoulders.
Rael Octavius: OK?
Alasatar Segasi: Have at it.
Rael Octavius [Draconic]: Lord Shorixlisys. A representative of High King Ran wishes to parley.
The faintest of rumblings can be heard from within the cave.
Rael Octavius [Draconic]: Lord Shorixlysis? May I please have a word?
Shorixlisys [Draconic] (from deep within the cave): It is too dangerous.
Rael Octavius [Draconic]: The danger has been eliminated. High King Ran seeks your knowledge.
Shorixlisys [Draconic]: Be off! Too many have passed between "The City" and Tesalurk.
Rael Octavius [Draconic]: Too many of who?
Shorixlisys [Draconic]: Be off!
Shorixlisys roars from within his cave.
Rael Octavius: OK. We will need to try another day, Al.
Alasatar Segasi nods.
Rael Octavius and Alasatar Segasi trek back to South Town and stay there for a couple of days before returning to the cave.
Rael Octavius [Draconic]: Lord Shorixlisys, it is Rael Octavius, son of Dae'Kliesys, requesting your presence for a conversation.
Shorixlisys [Draconic]: You have returned. I recognize your voice, Rael Octavius, son of Dae'Kliesys.
Rael Octavius [Draconic]: Are your wounds healing, my Lord? I am a healer and can speed your recovery if you would join us on the lawn.
Rumbling can be heard within the cave shortly before Shorixlisys emerges.
Rael Octavius rounds the outcropping, coming out into the open.
Shorixlisys [Draconic]: I could do with a bit of mending. We can talk while you work.
Rael Octavius [Draconic]: Very good, my Lord.
Rael Octavius approaches the dragon.
Rael begins healing Shorixlisys' remaining injuries, introducing Alasatar, as well. He explains how they found him moments from death and brought him back after defeating the one surviving dragonslayer. Shorixlisys imparts his latest observation of the area, especially the heightened presence of The Dragonslayers, though there are half a dozen fewer now. With the information in mind and farewells made, the pair head back to South Town to board the yacht back to "The City."


posted Dec 26, 2019, 4:06 PM by Stephen Pliska-Matyshak

Nonotina 6th, Year One of the Reign of High King Ran

Rael finds a letter in the street near his house on the way home one night.

Nonotina 7th, Year One of the Reign of High King Ran

The letter indicates that there should have been a package for his mother with it and the package is missing. Rael begins searching for it.

Nonotina 8th, Year One of the Reign of High King Ran

After reporting the theft and doing a lot of searching himself, the culprit is identified and the stolen items are recovered.

Rael is making his way home from the castle after a long day in court. As he approaches the house, he notices a violet-colored envelope with an indigo wax seal lying in the road a couple of doors down from his.
Rael picks up the letter and examines it.
The letter is unlabeled, and Rael does not recognize the seal.
Rael carefully peals the seal, trying to keep in intact.
Rael opens the envelope.
Managing to keep the seal intact and opening the envelope, Rael finds a folded up piece of paper within.
Rael removes the contents of the envelope and unfolds it.
The contents of the envelope are a note from Rosario Arturo, a prominent tailor that outfits much of the High King's court, to your mother Dae'Kliesys.
Rael reads the note.
Rael: I wonder where the parcel is?
Rael looks around the immediate vicinity for a parcel big enough to be a suit of clothing.
Rael finds nothing within the light of the lamp that illuminates the area around where the letter was found.
Rael: Not finding anything, I cast dancing lights and disperse four glowing orbs ten feet in the cardinal directions surrounding myself.
With his enhanced vision, he can see a good deal more around himself.
He still does not see a wayward parcel.
Rael slowly makes his way towards his door, searching for a parcel, moving the lights with him as he moves.
Rael makes his way to his doorstep but finds no parcel along the way.
Rael: It is getting late. I will talk to mother in private and see what she wants to do about this.
Rael lets himself into the house and locks the door behind him.
Rael: Mother? Are you home?
Rael hears movement above him in the second story.
Dae'Kliesys: Upstairs, dear.
Rael climbs the stairs.
Rael: I found this note in the street. It did not have an address, so I opened it. It is for you.
The half gold dragon emerges from the bedroom just down the hall.
Dae'Kliesys: Really? From whom?
Rael: Is father here?
Dae'Kliesys: No, he is at The Fiery Stag, as usual. Why?
Rael: It is from Rosario Arturo about something you bought for him.
Dae'Kliesys: Oh, let me see.
Rael hands the envelope to his mother.
Dae'Kliesys takes out the note and reads it.
Dae'Kliesys looks up from the note at Rael.
Dae'Kliesys: No parcel?
Rael: I searched between the place I found the note and the front door, but I found nothing. I even used my magic lights, but there was no parcel to be found.
Dae'Kliesys: That is a shame. I was hoping he could have the outfit before we left for Tesalurk.
Rael: Right. That is a long trip. Maybe I can track down what happened to it for you.
Dae'Kliesys: That would be wonderful. Thank you. I will bring something special back for you when we return.
Rael: Oh, good. I will begin first thing tomorrow. Goodnight, mother.
Dae'Kliesys: Goodnight, hatchling.
Dae'Kliesys teasingly smiles and winks.
Rael shakes his head and smirks.
Rael wakes up in the morning to sunlight streaming through his curtains.
Rael: Oh, good. The sun is out. That will make looking for mother's...father's parcel much easier and safer.
Rael gets breakfast and pulls his things together for a day of searching "The City" for the missing parcel.
Rael: I leave the house and make my way over to Arturo's Attire, the new shop mentioned in the letter.
Just a few blocks away, the shop is not hard to find, and its grand opening is in full swing.
Rael enters the shop in search of the proprietor.
An attendant approaches when Rael enters searching for something.
Attendant: How may I help you, young sir.
Rael: I am looking for Ms. Arturo. Will you direct me to where she is, please.
Attendant: Oh, she is very busy with the grand opening and all. You might be able to get her attention some other day.
Rael: Today would be better. A magical suit of clothing my mother ordered from here seems to have gone missing while being delivered.
Attendant: I am sorry to hear that, but today is not a good day for distractions with couriers.
Rael: It is clear you do not know who my mother is or that it was a gift for my father.
The attendant looks annoyed and is starting to get distracted by the other customers.
Rael: The High King's Herald, Reggot Octavius.
The attendant's eyes widen.
Attendant: Oh, my! Let me see if I can pull her away for a few minutes, Master Octavius.
Rael: Thank you.
The attendant pushes through the throng of customers and disappears.
A few minutes later, Rosario Arturo can be seen ascending a spiral staircase in the back of the shop. She looks down over the crowded shop until she makes eye contact with Rael and beckons for him to join her on the balcony overlooking the shop.
Rael: I will make my way through the crowd and up to the balcony.
Rosario Arturo smiles as you approach.
Rosario Arturo: Welcome to Arturo's Attire, Rael. How is Dae'Kliesys doing?
Rael: She is well and very busy. She asked me to find out what happened to the parcel she was having delivered from here.
Rael hands Ms. Arturo the envelope he found.
Rosario Arturo takes the envelope and examines it.
Rosario Arturo: This is my note to her. There was no parcel with this?
Rael: No. I found this note in the street by the house last night, but there was no parcel to be found even under magical lights.
Rosario Arturo: This is no good. I will have to have a word with the courier. They are usually quite reliable.
Rael: Might I have a description of the parcel and the contents. I will be able to recognize one or the other, hopefully, should I find out where they went.
Rosario Arturo: Of course. The parcel was one of my special delivery boxes, the same color as the envelope.
Rosario Arturo points out an example resting on a nearby table.
Rosario Arturo walks over to a mannequin with a stylish suit of traveler's clothes on it.
Rosario Arturo: The suit is just like this except deep blue.
Rael: Thank you, Madame Arturo. This is much appreciated, especially taking this time out of your busy schedule.
Rosario Arturo: You are most welcome, Rael. Give your mother my apology and good luck finding your father's gift.
Rael bows and departs down the stairs.
Rael: I make my way out of the shop and head over to the nearest watch post.
You arrive at the watch post, which is about halfway between the shop and the castle. The watch captain is berating a pair of guards for the way they handled an incident outside The Rogue Spoon earlier in the day.
Watch Captain: What were you two thinking?! Knights do not have any authority to investigate crimes of any sort! You are just lucky von Rumm convinced the crowd to disperse peacefully! He may just as well have started cleaving through them with his glaive if his charm had not been compelling. Then you two would have been thrown in the cells after cleaning up the mess! Now, get out of my sight!
The two guards, sufficiently chastised, slink away through the door to the barracks. The captain turns to you, still noticeably frustrated.
Watch Captain: What do you want?
Rael: Nice to see you too, Captain Brumbart.
Rael gives the captain an understanding smile.
Captain Brumbart: Oh, sorry, Master Octavius. Had a close call with a local knight and a crowd of scripture-pounders that could have gone really badly.
Rael: And, a knight without my father's backing?
Captain Brumbart: I doubt it. It would have been bad for the knight's family in any case if it had not gone the way it did.
Rael grimaces.
Captain Brumbart: Anyway. What can I do for you?
Rael: I explain the situation with the parcel from Arturo's Attire and describe the said parcel and its contents to the captain.
Rael: Will you please disseminate this information to the watch to be on the lookout? The parcel will not have the customary note attached to it since I found it in the street near the house.
Captain Brumbart: Sure, Rael. It may take a while to get the word out, but I have just the two that could use the walk-about.
Captain Brumbart smiles, evilly.
Rael: Thank you, Captain.
Rael nods and departs the watch post.
Rael: I continue searching the neighborhood immediately around the house.
You search much of the rest of the day without success, but finally, find the parcel wrapping in an alley near the border between Castle Ward and Star Plaza just as you are about to call it a day. You think that a vagrant may have absconded with the parcel and now they have some really nice clothes. If they are wandering around with such distinctive garments, they should be easy to spot.
Rael: I head back to the watch post to let the captain know that I found the packaging and suggest that whoever has the contents is now wearing them and should be easy to spot. Afterward, I go home to get some rest.
After resting and taking breakfast before heading out for another day of investigation, the doorbell rings.
Rael: I answer the bell.
One of the two guards that the captain was disciplining the previous day is standing at the door.
Guard: Good day, Master Octavius.
Rael: Hello, watchman. Is there news?
Guard: Yes, sir. We found the perpetrator that stole your father's gift.
Rael: Really? I will be right over. Thank you.
Guard: As you wish, sir. You are welcome.
Rael: I pack my things for the day and make my way over to the watch post.
You arrive at the watch post and are escorted into a dreary room where the captain is standing over a bedraggled man wearing the clothes in question sitting in a chair.
Captain Brumbart: So, your name is Reggot, is it?
Vagrant: As the tags say, sir.
Rael: Reggot Octavius? You are my long lost father?!
Vagrant: What? No! Who are you?
Rael: The son of Reggot Octavius. You are wearing my father's clothes, and you claim his name, so does it not follow that you are my father?
Rael turns his back on the vagrant and winks at the captain.
Captain Brumbart: Sounds like a logical conclusion to me.
Rael: While the captain is speaking, I move around behind the vagrant and cast friends with the vagrant as my target.
Rael: Does it not, though.
Rael walks back around to face the vagrant.
Rael: You are going to tell us who you really are now.
Rael: No one will find out.
Vagrant: Zim. My name is Zim.
Rael: Those are lovely clothes. Where did you get them?
Vagrant: I found them.
Rael: Really? Where?
Vagrant: The market in Star Plaza near the bridge.
Rael: That is a long way from this watch post. When did you buy them?
Vagrant: A week ago.
Rael smirks at the captain.
Rael: But you just said you found them, so you must have stolen them.
The vagrant sits silently, eyes shifting, trying to think of what to say next.
Rael: Let me posit this. You took the parcel from the doorstep of a house in Castle Ward two days ago and waited until you got into an alley leading into Star Plaza to open it. You left the wrappings in the alley and emerged a sharply dressed man. Does that sound about right?
Vagrant: From the "two days ago" part on, sounds right, but I was handed the package by some nice lady in a street in Castle Ward. I did not steal it.
Rael: A nice lady just handed you a shiny, expensive-looking package and sent you on your way?
Vagrant: Yup.
Rael: You have been lying all along! Who is she?
Vagrant: I do not know.
Rael addresses the captain.
Rael: He is lying, right?
Captain Brumbart: Absolutely.
Rael: He is in possession of stolen property that belongs to the High King's Herald.
Captain Brumbart: Apparently.
Vagrant: Wait! It was Forget-Me-Not!
Rael: Who?
Captain Brumbart: The Knives? That makes sense.
Vagrant: Do not forget the Rakes.
Captain Brumbart: Oh, right. She operates between them. She is probably taking a shot at your father, but not getting either in trouble.
Rael: What do you mean?
Captain Brumbart: The Deep Bend Rakes like to mess with the High King and his officials.
Captain Brumbart turns to the vagrant.
Captain Brumbart: We are going to confiscate the clothes. You will be given different ones and released.
The vagrant sighs in relief.
Captain Brumbart: Sit tight, and I will have someone bring you a change of clothes.
Captain Brumbart turns to leave, opening the door.
Rael leaves the room.
Captain Brumbart leaves the room and closes the door.
Captain Brumbart: Wait around, and I will bring you the clothes shortly.
Rael: Thank you, Captain.
Rael waits while the captain gets different clothes for the vagrant and delivers the pungent-smelling clothes.
Captain Brumbart: Sorry, they are a bit ripe.
Rael: There is magic for that.
Rael smiles and casts prestidigitation, which quickly cleans the clothes.
Rael: Thank you again, Captain.
Captain Brumbart: Happy to help, Rael.
Rael: I head home and repackage the clothes, reseal the envelope, and set it all on my parent's bed for when they return from Tesalurk.
Rael: The next day, I walk over to Arturo's Attire and let Rosario know that the parcel was recovered intact and delivered to its proper destination.

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