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.