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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by revanne on June 15, 2018, 09:22:27 am »
With apologies to Dhugal, Richard and Andras for my last post. I decided I would get some dice rolls in hand. Bad idea !!I had to find a way of using some of them up which did not create too much havoc.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by revanne on June 15, 2018, 09:19:31 am »
Dhugal led Richard at a rapid pace through the castle towards the library and the portal which would lead them back to Ballymar and away from the nightmare of the last days. He spared a thought for his blood brother, the king, for whom there could be no such escape but he knew he would be grateful to smell the fresh sea air and rebuild his relationship with the man keeping pace with him as they set in motion the ships which would sail to protect,  or God forbid, relieve Laas.

His first inkling that it would not be so simple came when he went to grasp Richard''s hand to take him through the hidden veil protecting the portal. The seaman pulled his hand away as though burnt , ((Dhugal takes control of Richard to take him through the veil. 4+1=5 d9bsn2692p))

"I'm sorry Dhugal, I don't think I can do this! There's no offence to you, but I cannot stop thinking of what that man did to me."

It was a sign of his deep distress that a man normally so punctilious with the public use of honorifics should use his first name in the presence of three Haldane guards for, in addition to Andras who had accompanied them, there were two archers on guard in the library. Dhugal understood but he had to struggle to keep his own calm. What had Alaric said to him all those years ago?

"It's not the power that is good or evil, Richard, but the man who wields it, and when have you ever seen me use my power for evil?"

"Never, and I'm not sure whether it's you I don't trust or myself. I just know I don't want anyone else controlling me."

"Maybe, if I was to blur what I told you?"

((Dice roll 3+1=4 same verification as above. Nice try Dhugal))

Richard made an obvious attempt to calm himself as he replied more formally,

"I know you mean well, your Grace, but no!"

"Well yer canna ride to Ballymar, an' I canna manage oor ships a'  ba mysen."

"Well knock me out then, and take me through like that!"

Dhugal breathed deeply to calm himself, though he was sorely tempted to take the other at his word.

"Don't be ridiculous! How does assaulting you help?" He snapped. "There must be something we can do."

He beckoned to the guardsman who had accompanied them.

"Andras, isn't it? Fetch us some strong ale!"

Andras bowed but there was obvious hesitation in his manner and Dhugal felt his patience slipping perilously through his fingers.

"Well! The order was obvious enough and I daresay we can just about manage without your protection. Perhaps you would be good enough to explain your failure to obey an order"

Andras flushed at the sarcasm but stood his ground. "I'm not disobeying your Grace but if I go to the buttery and ask for best quality ale  for your Grace there'll be a right kerfuffle as they send down to the cellars and it'll be the best part of an hour before I'm back here. Always supposing I'm not questioned as to what I'm doing in the buttery at this hour when I'm on duty. I was only going to suggest that, if your Grace would so condescend I can fetch you some ale from my quarters."

"Thank you, but I doubt that watery stuff you get as ration would serve the purpose."

Andras reddened even further but replied easily enough,

"It's not exactly what I had in mind Your Grace!"

Neither Dhugal nor Richard could entirely hide a smile, and Dhugal felt a real sense of gratitude to the soldier who was prepared to quibble with a Duke to do what he could to help.

"Do so then, and you have my thanks. And I promise neither of us will have any idea where it came from."

Andras saluted and left. True to his word he was soon back with a leather flask. Dhugal took it and drank, then with an appreciative noise handed it to Richard.

"Here. Drink this, and see if that will help you relax enough to get us through that damned veil and the portal beyond."





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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Laurna on June 14, 2018, 04:05:31 pm »
At least they know about the ring. And the thought that he would have targeted Darcy first was a little unnerving. At least there is some good reason for Darcy and Columcil to have gone to Desse.

Or maybe Darcy would have caused enough resistance to have drawn attention to himself. One could have hoped.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by DerynifanK on June 14, 2018, 10:28:42 am »
I wasn't expecting  they would get much from him. Didn't  think he would know much and unfortunately  nothing about Feyd. I have to agree Revanne, that dungeon sounds like a place to avoid at all costs. Do wish they could have examined the amulet. Ah well.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by revanne on June 14, 2018, 10:11:19 am »
Well at least they gained some information. I think I'll be careful not to end up in the dungeons though. Very frightenly described.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Jerusha on June 14, 2018, 09:04:01 am »
King Kelson of Gwynedd and Prince Javan descended the stone stairs down to the Rhemuth Castle dungeon.  The steps had been worn smooth over hundreds of years, so care had to be taken not to slip and fall.  More than one prisoner over time had fallen down the stairs; one could never be sure if it was by accident or design. 

Two guards in Haldane livery proceeded the king and his heir and two more followed.  Water could be heard dripping as they reached the bottom of the stairs.  The air was damp and musty.  It was not healthy to be here; but then, it wasn’t supposed to be.  The depressing atmosphere helped to put prisoners in the proper state of mind for questioning.

Lord Jaxom had been put in a cell closer to the stairway where conditions were marginally better.  The Moorish prisoner had been placed in a cell farther down where little light penetrated except for that provided by the torches that were lit beside some of the cells. 

The guard outside the cell door snapped to attention.  “The prisoner has been pretty quiet since he was given the merasha,” the guard reported. “Except for the initial cursing and swearing.” 

“Did you find anything when you searched him?” Javan asked.

“A fair amount of coin, a crystal amulet on a leather cord, a belt knife; nothing else out of the ordinary.  They are wrapped in that cloth on the floor beside the door.  Duke Dhugal advised us not to touch them with our bare hands.  The guard unlocked the door and swung it open for the king and his party to enter. 

The Moorish tradesman huddled on the floor with shackles secured to his wrists and ankles.  Stout chains further secured him to a central ring in the wall.  He did not look up as one of Kelson’s guards entered with a torch; nor did he stir as king and prince entered.

“Look at me,” the king commanded.  The man on the floor before him did not move.  At a nod from Kelson, the second guard came forward, grabbed the man by his hair and forced him to look up.

The man was not a pretty sight.  The blood that had gushed from his nose had dried and caked the side of his mouth and jaw.  The eyes had trouble focusing, whether from the merasha or from Dhugal’s punch to his head Kelson could not be sure. 

Will Kelson set off a death trigger when he begins to question the prisoner?
Jerusha   !roll 2d6
15:41   derynibot   1, 1 == 2
(Failure can be a friend.  With snake eyes, Kelson may not be able to shut him up.)

Will Kelson be able to force the prisoner to tell him the truth?
Jerusha   !roll 2d6
15:42   derynibot   4, 2 == 6
(I’m reading a 4 as success, since Kelson is ritual trained due to the Haldane Potential.)

“You will answer all my questions with the truth,” Kelson said, sending the Truth-Say compulsion to the merasha soaked mind.  He could not read the man’s mind directly because of the merasha, but he could send the compulsion with minimal distress.  He drew back from the mental disruption as quickly as possible.

“What is your name?” Kelson asked.

The man glared at the king and spat.  “Jabir Ibn Habib.” 

The king noticed that the man had lost both front teeth.  “Where are you from?” he asked.

“Khasifa.”  Jabir looked at the king blearily.  “What if I make you a bargain?  What if I tell you what I know, and you release me after?”

Kelson barked a short laugh.  “You know I will not let you go.  But tell me what you know, and I will decide how swift your death will be.”

“How do I know you will grant me that consideration, if I tell you all?”

Kelson looked at him coldly.  “You don’t.  But you have my word I will at least consider it.”

“I will tell you what I know.”  The change rattled as Jabir shifted his position on the hard floor.  At a nod from Kelson, the guard released his grip on the prisoner’s hair.

“I was contracted to capture your Lady Aliset and move her by Portal to a destination in Meara.  I was not told the destination; I would be told after I captured her successfully.  I discovered two men best able to assist me, whose affections for the lady were plain to see if one looked closely enough.  My first choice turned out to be unavailable, having left Rhemuth in the morning, but the second played right into my hands.”

Kelson let him continue, keeping his face expressionless, as did Javan.  When he reached the end, Javan spoke for the first time.  “I have questions I would like to ask.”

Kelson nodded and spoke directly to Jabir.  “You will answer Prince Javan’s questions as if they were my own.”

“What poison was on the ring?” Javan asked, studying the prisoner’s face carefully.

“It is an old recipe, carefully guarded by those who know its power.”  Jabir’s grin displayed his missing teeth.  “I do not know the formula.”

“Where did you get it?” Javan asked.

“It came with the ring.” 

Javan decided to try a different approach.  “How were you to be told the location to take Lady Aliset?”

“I was to contact the man through mind speech,” Jabir responded.  “He would tell me once we made contact, and my possession of the lady was confirmed.

Was Javan imagining it, or was the man becoming nervous?

Will Javan’s closer questioning set off a death trigger in the prisoner?
Jerusha   !roll 2d6
15:43   derynibot   5, 5 == 10
Sigh….

“Who gave you the ring?  Who was it who contracted you to kidnap Lady Aliset?” Javan demanded.

“Stop!” Jabir cried out, but it was too late.  He gripped he head with both hands and collapsed, his body jerking in the throes of death until it lay still.

“Damnation!” Javan exclaimed.   

“I expected it,” King Kelson replied calmly, laying a hand on his son’s shoulder.  “We are dealing with someone too cunning not have covered his tracks with a death trigger.  We should have a careful look at that amulet.”

As they left the cell, the guard was staring at the cloth bundle as his feet. “It was the oddest thing, your Majesty,” he said.  “All of a sudden the bundle sort of jumped a bit.  I’m sure I didn’t imagine it.”

Prince Javan looked at his father and then crouched down by the bundle.  He drew his dagger from its sheath and carefully unfolded the cloth with its tip.  The inside of the cloth was blackened.  The coins, belt knife and the leather cord were still there, but small shards of crystal were all that remained of the amulet.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by DerynifanK on June 14, 2018, 08:54:06 am »
I feel bad for Wash that he feels alone in all of this. Haven't heard anything  recently about any pursuit or rescue efforts. Surely there must be something  happening in that direction.
Also, if I remember  right the Mearan people loved  Rory and had been happy with his rule. Wonder how many Mearans really want to exchange him for the separatists  and Valerian  who is showing himself to be  ruthless and cruel. Even some separatists  might come to feel that they have made a mistake,
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Bynw on June 14, 2018, 07:24:25 am »
the Mearan loyalists know full well that without Deryni help their chances of ending Haldane rule will fail. the Haldane Kings are either Deryni or have Deryni-like powers. the Haldane Kings have Deryni allies and the Mearans know full well that the Deryni can do when it comes to extracting information from captured patriots.

the plan, if there is one, to sow seeds of distrust shouldn't be between Human and Deryni. because there are Deryni who support the Mearan loyalist cause just as there are Deryni who support the unlawful Haldane rule. it needs to be spun in the direction that the loyalist Deryni are good and the Haldane Deryni are evil, secretive, and don't allow free thinking men to guide their own destinies.

Deryni aren't the problem. it's those Haldanes and those who side with them that are the problem. usurpers all of them. usurping the will of free Meara and free men.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by revanne on June 14, 2018, 07:13:12 am »
In the long term I agree it might be a bad strategy although if he is content to rule through naked power and fear it might not matter so much. In the short-term anything that can disrupt the Pax Kelsonia  and divide the people of Gwybedd must surely be to his advantage. Hopefully though, as you suggest, this will all backfire on him.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by DerynifanK on June 14, 2018, 07:04:40 am »
But Valerian is also Deryni. If he promotes hatred and fear of Deryni  won't that also affect him and his accomplices? After his murder of Lord Dunstan as well as the massacre in the castle, I  was wondering  if the Mearan people might  turn against the separatists.
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