1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer

1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:07 am by Jonathan.Link

Fiona is a delegate to the Grand Tribunal and needs to make arrangements for transportation. I had asked about maintaining the Portal, and I believe that had been affirmed. Quarters for Fiona and two grogs are available to all delegates.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:01 am by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Is transportation for her and her two grogs included, or does she need to pony up the fees for her and her two grogs to go from Mons Electi to Harco, to Durenmar? And can she claim Sheelagh as one of her “grogs”?

She will write to Durenmar, to the Grand Tribunal Steward (by name, if she knows it), to let them know that she will also be needing accommodations for another magus.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:38 pm by Jonathan.Link

It’s free. Normally, delegates are responsible for making their own way to Harco or Durenmar, whichever is more convenient. The portal from Harco to Durenmar is free to Delegates and their attendants for the Grand Tribunal and one week on either side of Grand Tribunal.

((Who’s the other magus, is Fiona going to name the magus?

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:10 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
It’s free. Normally, delegates are responsible for making their own way to Harco or Durenmar, whichever is more convenient. The portal from Harco to Durenmar is free to Delegates and their attendants for the Grand Tribunal and one week on either side of Grand Tribunal.

((Who’s the other magus, is Fiona going to name the magus?

I was under the impression that Gerulf would be accompanying her, but now that I look back, I’m not quite sure where I got that from. He is dining with her once or twice a week, though (I think), and she can ask him if he wants to go. Assuming he agrees, he would be the other magus. And random “Secretive” roll says that she would, simply because, being from there, they might want to put them in a particular part of the covenant when it comes to housing.

If not, I guess it would be simply her, Sheelagh, and Jehanne (unless someone comes to Fiona and says they want to come).

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:14 pm by Jonathan.Link

The steward for the Grand Tribunal responds

“Dear Fiona,
We received your request for housing for one Gerulf of House Bonisagus. We appreciate your desire to introduce a young magus to the workings of the Grand Tribunal, but we simply cannot make an exception and provide housing for every magus who wishes to attend that is not a delegate. Doing so would create a significant precedent and would put undue hardship on Durenmar. Gerulf must find his own accommodation if he wishes to attend the proceedings.

Yours,
Philippus Niger doctrinae Flambonis ab Durenmar

((Yeah, I did the name from memory, if there are Latin snobs in the troupe, my apologies.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:55 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Fiona reads the letter, then sets it on her table and leans back for a quick think. She then makes her way to Gerulf’s sanctum.

“I’ve just received a letter from Durenmar,” she says after she’s (presumably) been invited into his sitting room.

“Unfortunately, they say that you must find your own accommodations if you wish to attend the proceedings. Now, we could share a room,” she says with a smile and a wink, “but I’m not sure how comfortable we would be.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:52 pm by Ulfengaard

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
Fiona reads the letter, then sets it on her table and leans back for a quick think. She then makes her way to Gerulf’s sanctum.

“I’ve just received a letter from Durenmar,” she says after she’s (presumably) been invited into his sitting room.

Gerulf invites Fiona in the usual manner, and they cross several wards at the threshold. Fiona has seen them on her previous visits. He motions for her to have a seat in her customary chair: a stuffed, comfortable thing, made just her size after their first rather awkward meeting in his newly furnished sitting room, during which Fiona either sat uncomfortably or stood much to Gerulf’s embarrassment..

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
“Unfortunately, they say that you must find your own accommodations if you wish to attend the proceedings. Now, we could share a room,” she says with a smile and a wink, “but I’m not sure how comfortable we would be.”

“I see,” he replies, sitting back in his similar, though smaller, chair. Next to him stands a small table with wine bottle and goblet atop. He casually pours himself a bit, then looks to Fiona to see if she would like any.

“Always so accommodating, Durenmar,” he says, staring deeply into the shining cup. “Although, it isn’t unexpected, by any means. Durenmar is the seat of politics for the entire Order. One can expect that, without significant acclaim, a magus will be treated as some indigent mongrel,” he scoffs. He at last takes a sip and then sets the drink aside, leaning forward and interlacing his fingers. His eyes seem to glisten in the dim light filtering through the sitting room curtains.

“It is to you, Lady Fiona. I wouldn’t presume to prevail upon your hospitality. My father lives in nearby Strassburg, and the journey to and from the Tribunal would not be a difficult one. However, if you prefer to have my counsel more readily available, I’m sure we can… make do with the space,” he says, then waits for her reply.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:33 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Ulfengaard wrote:
“I see,” (Gerulf) replies, sitting back in his similar, though smaller, chair. Next to him stands a small table with wine bottle and goblet atop. He casually pours himself a bit, then looks to Fiona to see if she would like any.

Fiona nods yes, then thanks him when he hands her the wine.

Ulfengaard wrote:
“Always so accommodating, Durenmar,” he says, staring deeply into the shining cup. “Although, it isn’t unexpected, by any means. Durenmar is the seat of politics for the entire Order. One can expect that, without significant acclaim, a magus will be treated as some indigent mongrel,” he scoffs. He at last takes a sip and then sets the drink aside, leaning forward and interlacing his fingers. His eyes seem to glisten in the dim light filtering through the sitting room curtains.

“It is to you, Lady Fiona. I wouldn’t presume to prevail upon your hospitality. My father lives in nearby Strassburg, and the journey to and from the Tribunal would not be a difficult one. However, if you prefer to have my counsel more readily available, I’m sure we can… make do with the space,” he says, then waits for her reply.

Fiona watches him intently as she takes a drink of the wine ((Going for Folk Ken to see if she can tell if he has any preference one way or the other, or if he’s intimidated by the thought of sharing a room with her, or what. Per 0 + Folk Ken (Magi) 2 + die roll of 4 = 6 (Invisible Castle seems to be down ))

“I’ve never been to Grand Tribunal before. I intend to get there as early as they will let me and enjoy it. Let’s give it a night or two, and if you don’t like it, we’ll work it out.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:46 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Some weeks before they depart for Tribunal, Fiona will ask both Jehanne and Sheelagh (separately) if they have gowns for Tribunal. “After all, we are both, in a way, representing not only Normandy but Mons Electi, and we want to look our best.”

She will also sit Sheelagh down for a little “girl talk” a few days before they leave (since Fiona’s a de facto mother for her apprentice, she’s already had “the talk” with her).

“I hope you’re as excited about going to the Grand Tribunal as I am,” she says. "When I was an apprentice, I never got the chance. This is a great opportunity we both have, and we should take advantage of it. We will be meeting magi from all corners of the world. This could be a chance for both of us to meet people the likes of which we never could have dreamed of six months ago. I, for one, don’t want to miss this opportunity, and I hope you don’t either.

“That being said…I also plan on enjoying myself while I’m there, and I’d like you to, as well. You’re, what, 16 now? You’re a beautiful young woman*, and I’m not going to tell you how to spend your free time while we’re there. I will tell you, though, to be careful, and know that you can always talk to me about anything.”

*It almost physically pains her to say that.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:18 am by Ulfengaard

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
Fiona watches him intently as she takes a drink of the wine ((Going for Folk Ken to see if she can tell if he has any preference one way or the other, or if he’s intimidated by the thought of sharing a room with her, or what. Per 0 + Folk Ken (Magi) 2 + die roll of 4 = 6 (Invisible Castle seems to be down ))

((Fiona can detect a subtle anxiety, but there is some brief distance in Gerulf’s eyes, giving her the impression that she is not the direct source of the fear. Who or what that might be is a mystery.))

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
“I’ve never been to Grand Tribunal before. I intend to get there as early as they will let me and enjoy it. Let’s give it a night or two, and if you don’t like it, we’ll work it out.”

Gerulf nods his agreement. “Very well, then. I’ll make preparations. Just let me know when we will be leaving, and I’ll be ready.” He stands, finishing the remaining wine in his cup. At slightly below the giantess’s eye level, he extends his hand. “I do look forward to the journey. We will have much to discuss. I only hope our preparations will prove valuable to you and the covenant.” He smiles weakly, but having spent some time with him (more than any other covenant member, to her knowledge), Fiona may surmise that it is genuine.

He waits for her reply, then, “I hope you won’t mind, but since you decided to visit, I will take the liberty of having lunch brought here this afternoon. We can try to tie up a few loose ends before setting out.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:40 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Ulfengaard wrote:
Gerulf nods his agreement. “Very well, then. I’ll make preparations. Just let me know when we will be leaving, and I’ll be ready.” He stands, finishing the remaining wine in his cup. At slightly below the giantess’s eye level, he extends his hand. “I do look forward to the journey. We will have much to discuss. I only hope our preparations will prove valuable to you and the covenant.” He smiles weakly, but having spent some time with him (more than any other covenant member, to her knowledge), Fiona may surmise that it is genuine.

He waits for her reply, then, “I hope you won’t mind, but since you decided to visit, I will take the liberty of having lunch brought here this afternoon. We can try to tie up a few loose ends before setting out.”

Fiona would like to arrive a week before and leave a week after, taking full advantage of the travel allowance that she gets as Grand Tribunal Delegate. ((Only think I can think of at the moment is who carries their luggage through the Portals to Harco and Durenmar.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:18 pm by Ulfengaard

((Ditto. Sorry. I may have painted us into a corner with the lunch comment. Wasn’t sure where else to go from here. We can run a scene with one of Fiona and Gerulf’s customary discussions about the Tribunal. Or, we could move on to preparations for portal or overland travel, depending on Fiona’s preference.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:29 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

((I honestly have no idea what to expect from Grand Tribunal. My plan is for her to show up, get a feel for the place, enjoy everything the Tribunal has to offer, and hope for the best. If Gerulf (or JL through him or someone else) has any ideas, I’m open to suggestions.

As to how to get there…we have the Portal connecting us to Harco, and I believe there’s one from Harco to Durenmar. No need to go overland if we don’t have to, right? The sooner we get there, the sooner we can party.

If we can take a grog or to to take our luggage, so much the better. Or is our shield grog and apprentice supposed to do that?))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:43 pm by Jonathan.Link

((Need a trunk like Professor Lupin. You can’t take porters, but you can have porters at Harco and there will be some at Durenmar. Don’t forget to tip.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:45 pm by jebrick

(( Take Claude He would do well at the Tribunal ))

((I think you mean like Mad-eye Moody))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:55 pm by Jonathan.Link

((When I said have porters, I meant at Harco and Durenmar, there will be porters to address your needs. Actually, Barty Crouch Jr’s, and that one would work, too.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:57 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
((Need a trunk like Professor Lupin.

((Is that possible with Ars, without having the trunk be a regio entrance or something?))
Jonathan.Link wrote:
((You can’t take porters, but you can have porters at Harco and there will be some at Durenmar. Don’t forget to tip.))

((Sounds like a plan.))

jebrick wrote:
(( Take Claude He would do well at the Tribunal ))

((Wait…seven feet tall, good looking, and stamina to beat the band? Why isn’t he in Fiona’s little black book?

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:25 pm by jebrick

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
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jebrick wrote:
(( Take Claude He would do well at the Tribunal ))

((Wait…seven feet tall, good looking, and stamina to beat the band? Why isn’t he in Fiona’s little black book?

((Read up on Claude before you put him in your book.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:28 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

jebrick wrote:
Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
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jebrick wrote:
(( Take Claude He would do well at the Tribunal ))

((Wait…seven feet tall, good looking, and stamina to beat the band? Why isn’t he in Fiona’s little black book?

((Read up on Claude before you put him in your book.))

((What am I missing, besides Int -1?))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:37 am by jebrick

((Claude is always right. About everything. He knows how to do everything better than you and will tell you. All the time. Both Jolanda and Claude are Korvin’s shield grogs ( which I need to update). Jolanda loves Claude even though they, initially, could not speak a common language. By this point they may be married. But I was more referring to the loud, boisterous and is always right.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:19 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

jebrick wrote:
((Claude is always right. About everything. He knows how to do everything better than you and will tell you. All the time. Both Jolanda and Claude are Korvin’s shield grogs ( which I need to update). Jolanda loves Claude even though they, initially, could not speak a common language. By this point they may be married. But I was more referring to the loud, boisterous and is always right.))

((Ah. Got it. So, good for one or two tumbles, but he’d quickly grow tiresome.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:36 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

((And now, back to the story))

Seven days before Tribunal, the earliest that delegates can start to arrive, Fiona arrives at Gate 9-3/4 shortly after sunrise, with Sheelagh and Jehanne in tow, with Claude and Blanche along to act as porters, to get their baggage through to Harco.

(Gerulf, do you know if we tip the porters with silver or vis?)

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:31 pm by Ulfengaard

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
(Gerulf, do you know if we tip the porters with silver or vis?)

“I would presume silver, though I’ve not traveled by portal before. Should be fascinating. I once read a-” he begins, then cuts off as he becomes aware of himself. “Another time. In any case, there is no way of knowing whom or what will be waiting for us on the other side. The covenant might have selected just about anyone in their employ, and we can’t be sure which option will be more appealing. Let us default to silver and then see how things go.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:40 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Ulfengaard wrote:
Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
(Gerulf, do you know if we tip the porters with silver or vis?)

“I would presume silver, though I’ve not traveled by portal before. Should be fascinating. I once read a-” he begins, then cuts off as he becomes aware of himself. “Another time. In any case, there is no way of knowing whom or what will be waiting for us on the other side. The covenant might have selected just about anyone in their employ, and we can’t be sure which option will be more appealing. Let us default to silver and then see how things go.”

“Very well,” she says, then offers her arm to Gerulf. “Allons-y!”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:33 pm by Ulfengaard

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
“Very well,” she says, then offers her arm to Gerulf. “Allons-y!”

Gerulf looks at the arm with some trepidation. It is, after all, a little ways above him and somewhat thick. He does his best to link up, though, and they head through the portal together.

((… on a whirlwind adventure. I’m not sure of the boundaries here. Should I try describing the scene at Harco, or are we handwaving to Durenmar? And, then who takes over?))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:40 pm by Jonathan.Link

((I’ll be taking over at Durenmar.
No, that’s not right. Let’s try this one. ))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 6:04 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Ulfengaard wrote:
Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
“Very well,” she says, then offers her arm to Gerulf. “Allons-y!”

Gerulf looks at the arm with some trepidation. It is, after all, a little ways above him and somewhat thick. He does his best to link up, though, and they head through the portal together.

After a moment, when Fiona realizes how difficult it is for Gerulf, she simply walks close by his side. Inside, she’s going Stupid, stupid, stupid! She probably hides the fact that she’s kicking herself pretty well, though. ((Com 2 + Guile (hiding true feelings) 3 + (die roll of 1, followed by die roll of 6, for a 12) = 17.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 6:53 pm by Ulfengaard

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
((Com 2 + Guile (hiding true feelings) 3 + (die roll of 1, followed by die roll of 6, for a 12) = 17.))

((Per 2 + Aware 2 + die roll 3 = 7))

Gerulf doesn’t notice Fiona’s inward kicking. When she withdraws, he chastises himself for his hesitation. He then ruminates on his lack of Creo aptitude. With the right spell, he might have equalled Fiona’s stature rather than engaging in nigh-adolescent awkwardness.

((Com 1 + Guile 2 + die roll 8 = 11 to keep this to himself))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:13 pm by Jonathan.Link

Harco is buzzing with activity, and there would normally be a redcap nearby the portal, but there isn’t this time. A few minutes later someone comes by and says, “Pardon the wait, but we are quite busy. IF you’re going to Durenmar someone will be by to assist you with your luggage, eventually.” How long will you wait?

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:17 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Harco is buzzing with activity, and there would normally be a redcap nearby the portal, but there isn’t this time. A few minutes later someone comes by and says, “Pardon the wait, but we are quite busy. IF you’re going to Durenmar someone will be by to assist you with your luggage, eventually.” How long will you wait?

((Ten, fifteen minutes, or until Paul wakes up from his nap, whichever comes first.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:23 pm by Jonathan.Link

((Paul doesn’t really want to go, unless you force him. 15 minutes pass and no one stops to help.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:38 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Fiona stands there, tapping her toe and looking around to see if all the porters look like they’re busy or if they’re just making their wait.

(Assuming they’re busy) After a couple more minutes of looking around impatiently, she blows a wisp of hair out of her eyes, reaches into her purse to retrieve a couple of pennies, and (metaphorically) grabs the next empty-handed porter that scurries past. “Excuse me,” she says, making sure the pennies are visible, “How long until we can get some help with our baggage?”

((I am having a hard time not seeing this as the Bazaar at Deva, and the porters as Deveels ))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:30 pm by Jonathan.Link

HE stops for a moment, and blurts out, “I’m sorry, we have the delegations of the various Primi to take care of. Poena, Bilera, Ariel and both Primi Tytalus arrived just moments ago. And worse still, Bulliste and Harpax have begun arguing in front of the portal to Duernmar, preventing anyone from getting through. It’s brought everything to an utter stand still. We’re just hoping it doesn’t turn into a Certamen contest.” And then he’s off.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:51 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

“What do you think?” Fiona asks Gerulf. “Should we wait, or should we try to cut in line in front of the Primi?”

Fiona finds a semi-out-of-the-way place and sits down tailor-style, watching everything intently…especially whatever’s going on in the direction of the portal to Durenmar.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:59 pm by Ulfengaard

“I’m not keen on the idea of gaining the attention of two Tytalus magi in conflict,” he says, taking a seat next to her. “Besides, this could be an excellent opportunity. Several primi in such close proximity? And, Bilera,” he says meaningfully. “If we don’t become engaged with this event or at least observe carefully, we might as well tell Mons Electi that we slept through the Grand Tribunal.” He casts about, spinning his cane on its end. “Where should we begin? Shall we see how close we can safely get to Bulliste and Harpax? Or would you rather see to Prima Bilera?”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:02 pm by Jonathan.Link

((Someone could go back to Mons Electi, and get grogs and/or another magus to assist in transporting things through Harco to the Durenmar portal, so you can get a spot in line. I’m not sure whether the password is shared with any grog from ME, or how it’s restricted.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:03 pm by Ulfengaard

Jonathan.Link wrote:
((Someone could go back to Mons Electi, and get grogs and/or another magus to assist in transporting things through Harco to the Durenmar portal, so you can get a spot in line. I’m not sure whether the password is shared with any grog from ME, or how it’s restricted.))

((Thanks for the tip. I’m not versed on the mechanics of portals just yet.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:27 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
((Someone could go back to Mons Electi, and get grogs and/or another magus to assist in transporting things through Harco to the Durenmar portal, so you can get a spot in line. I’m not sure whether the password is shared with any grog from ME, or how it’s restricted.))

((As far as I know, only the magi and maybe their apprentices know the password, on the Mons Electi side.))

“It seems we sent Claude and Blanche home too early. Sheelagh, will you please go bring them back? If we’re to be waiting on Harco’s porters, we may not get there until Tribunal’s already opened.”

Fiona continues to people watch while she waits for Sheelagh to come back with some porters, especially looking for anyone familiar.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013 1:28 pm by Jonathan.Link

Sheelagh fetches the grogs back from Mons Electi and they help with the luggage to the portal towards Durenmar. Basically, thee party follows along with the direction most people seem to be headed. By the time they arrive, the line is quite long, and several groups are ahead of Fiona and Gerulf. Harpax and Buliste are at the head of the line, blocking access to the Portal, and appear to be debating. No one appears to be willing to go around them and try and slip through the portal.
At the moment, they appear to be hurling insults, or debating or both. Every once in a while flashes of magical energy dance across their finger tips as a suggestion that this could develop into a more aggressive state.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013 2:53 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Fiona watches the display for a few minutes, growing more annoyed and impatient. Finally, she silently casts Aura of Righteous Authority on herself ((CT 26 + Harco’s aura – silent 10 = 16 + Aura + die roll of 6 = 22 + aura, vs a Spell Level of 10.)) Her hair snowy white, she gets to her feet.

“I’ll be back in a moment,” she tells the others quietly and makes her way to the front of the line, with the occasional “Pardon me” and “Excuse me” along the way.

“Begging your pardon, Primi,” Fiona says as politely as she can, looking at both while trying not to favor one or the other. “We can’t help but notice that you seem to have some kind of…misunderstanding. By your leave, may I help you sort it out?” She motions to one side. ((Pre 1 + Etiquette (magi) 4 + Aura of Ennobled Presence 3 + die roll of 9 = 17. I hope that’s good enough.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:58 pm by Jonathan.Link

Fiona will notice, before she makes it towards the front of the line that she’s passing up Bilera and her party, the party includes Valerian…

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:12 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Fiona will notice, before she makes it towards the front of the line that she’s passing up Bilera and her party, the party includes Valerian…

((If I remember right, Valerian was stripped of his title as Chief Hoplite (with Alexei being voted to replace him) and joined the Inner Circle of Magvillus, I think? Bilera is the Prima of Guernicus, so it makes sense that she would be there…and, in a way, that he would be with her, although I’m surprised that he’s high enough on the totem pole to be in her entourage. How big is her party, and how many of them are obvious/apparent magi?))

Isn’t that interesting, Fiona thinks as she passes the prima’s party and nods at Valerian.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:16 pm by Jonathan.Link

Guessing maybe three or four, but what strikes Fiona is that at least one Prima is not involving herself in this dispute between the Primi Tytali, even though she looks rightly annoyed.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:46 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Guessing maybe three or four, but what strikes Fiona is that at least one Prima is not involving herself in this dispute between the Primi Tytali, even though she looks rightly annoyed.

Looking ahead, does Fiona see other Primi up at the front with the Tytalus ones? (Depending on the topic of discussion, she would have been more surprised to see that the other Primi had gotten involved than if they hadn’t.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:51 pm by Jonathan.Link

Fiona can only guess that, as she doesn’t know them all by sight…

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:03 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

So, no one that she recognizes by sight as Primus, then. She’ll do what she does.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:21 pm by Jonathan.Link

Just as Fiona’s about to speak, a redcap comes as if from nowhere and says, “Maga, do not interfere, for they will forget their contest and focus their bilious invective upon you.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:38 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Just as Fiona’s about to speak, a redcap comes as if from nowhere and says, “Maga, do not interfere, for they will forget their contest and focus their bilious invective upon you.”

Fiona looks down at the Redcap, then at the Tytalus primi. She leans down to whisper to the Redcap, “They do realize they’re blocking the portal? Is there any way to have them move to one side?” She looks around, trying to see if there is any way around the two.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:52 pm by Jonathan.Link

“Not sure they care, but when two Tytali, such as these, begin fighting, it is best to stay out of the way. They will turn the full force of their attention upon you. This should blow over soon, and everyone here is in the same situation you’re in. You’re beauty is such that I’d not want to have it snuffed out by ugliness such as theirs.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:50 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
“Not sure they care, but when two Tytali, such as these, begin fighting, it is best to stay out of the way. They will turn the full force of their attention upon you. This should blow over soon, and everyone here is in the same situation you’re in. You’re beauty is such that I’d not want to have it snuffed out by ugliness such as theirs.”

“Thank you, you are so sweet. I’m Fiona ex Miscellanea, Daughter of Circe. Are you going to be at the Grand Tribunal? If you are, look for me, we should get together sometime.”

She then looks at the dueling Tytali, shrugs, and heads back to her party. She starts to pass Bilera’s group, stops, backs up a step, and looks at Valerian as if she just recognized him.

“Valerian? It’s Fiona! How have you been, sodalis? I haven’t seen you since that unfortunate mishap last year in Normandy! How has Magvillus been treating you?” ((Com 2 + Guile (hiding true feelings) 3 + die roll of 3 = 8, to try to disguise the fact that part of her still wants to stop his head into a pulp for what he did.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:01 pm by Jonathan.Link

“Indeed, I will. Douglas is the name, and you must be Fiona. I should like to take the time to look you up.” Now that they’ve spoken a bit, she can recognize the characteristic accent from a Loch Leglean native now speaking Latin.

Valerian grunts a reply to each question. Bilera smiles but stares daggers at Fiona. Everyone else present in the party wants to disappear.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:35 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Valerian grunts a reply to each question. Bilera smiles but stares daggers at Fiona. Everyone else present in the party wants to disappear.

Fiona smiles her winningest smile at the group (but mainly Valerian and Bilera). “It was nice to see you again. I can see you’re in a bit of a hurry, so I won’t keep you. I’ll see you at Durenmar.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:18 pm by Jonathan.Link

“Mmm” is all Valerian says.

On her way back, she’s able to identify more people standing in line. In front of her are a gaggle of people that seem familiar, one more so than most. Ra’am, his daughter Elizabeth and Ulrich along with another magus of diminutive stature with wavy black hair. Elizabeth appears to spy and recognize Fiona at almost the same time as Ulrich. She whispers something to Ra’am, which Fiona guesses might be the fact that they know Fiona, “Hello, Fiona. It’s pleasant to see you again. Can you believe this wait?”

((Thinking of bringing a version of Talia into this thread at some point, too. IS that my ego or her ego talking?))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:30 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
“Mmm” is all Valerian says.

On her way back, she’s able to identify more people standing in line. In front of her are a gaggle of people that seem familiar, one more so than most. Ra’am, his daughter Elizabeth and Ulrich along with another magus of diminutive stature with wavy black hair. Elizabeth appears to spy and recognize Fiona at almost the same time as Ulrich. She whispers something to Ra’am, which Fiona guesses might be the fact that they know Fiona, “Hello, Fiona. It’s pleasant to see you again. Can you believe this wait?”

Fiona hugs Ra’am and Elizabeth, and smiles politely at Ulrich (don’t want him grabbing anything) “What a pleasant surprise! I didn’t know you would be coming. Are you delegates, or guests? And the wait is unbelievable. I hope the primi can either come to an accord or move aside before our spells all expire.”

Jonathan.Link wrote:
((Thinking of bringing a version of Talia into this thread at some point, too. IS that my ego or her ego talking?))

((Considering I was planning on having Fiona treat this like a stereotypical salesman’s convention and totally slutting it up while she was there, I don’t think anyone would get any sleep if Talia showed up too. I can almost see Talia making a contest out of it. “I bet I can do more magi than you can by the end of closing ceremonies” ))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:11 pm by Jonathan.Link

“Is Tranquillina with you, by any chance?” Ra’am asks expectantly. “I was wondering if she has seen Tria recently. She’s been ignoring us, which is unusual.” Ra’am appears concerned. The redcap with Fiona looks on expectantly, and perhaps a bit too eagerly, “But she’s done that before, I suppose. Anyway, I’m sure we can talk later.” While giving the Redcap a disapproving look. Of course, the Redcap is eyeing his daughter and Fiona in relatively equal measure, and a father’s protective stare doesn’t seem to be doing too much to dissuade Douglas.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:54 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
“Is Tranquillina with you, by any chance?” Ra’am asks expectantly. “I was wondering if she has seen Tria recently. She’s been ignoring us, which is unusual.” Ra’am appears concerned. The redcap with Fiona looks on expectantly, and perhaps a bit too eagerly, “But she’s done that before, I suppose. Anyway, I’m sure we can talk later.” While giving the Redcap a disapproving look. Of course, the Redcap is eyeing his daughter and Fiona in relatively equal measure, and a father’s protective stare doesn’t seem to be doing too much to dissuade Douglas.

“No, she isn’t,” Fiona says. “I seem to recall her mentioning something about running into Tria a few months ago, but she didn’t say anything about Tria taking a sabbatical or anything.”
She glances at Ulrich before turning back to Ra’am. “I would love to talk, we have so much to catch up on.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:09 pm by Jonathan.Link

About 6 hours later the Primi Tytali have exhausted themselves and their audience. Maybe it was less, no one is sure, though. They have publicly hashed out how they will represent the House. But by this time no one cares.
Fiona and Gerulf arrive at Durenmar about an hour later. And of course the porters are completely overwhelmed… But Douglas never seemed to wander far from Fiona, maybe he can help?

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:31 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

If Douglas is around, Fiona will flirt with him as long as she doesn’t detract him from his duties.

Once the brouhaha is over, and it looks like the line is starting to move again, Fiona will nod Douglas over as she gets to her feet. She leans over and whispers in Gaelic (since, presumably, he speaks the language), “I don’t suppose there’s any way you can help a tired fellow Scot with her luggage, is there? Maybe pull one or two of the porters this way? I would be rather grateful. And the sooner I get settled in the sooner I can start to enjoy my stay,” she says with a wink. And she doesn’t care that the cut of her robes and her posture gives him an eyeful.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:47 am by Jonathan.Link

“I’d be happy to, me darlin’.” He proceeds to pull something out of his satchel and unrolls it. He speaks a word and it becomes rigid, and lengthens and widens to be as wide as two (normal) people walking astride, which is the size of the Mercere Portal. “Let’s put the luggage on here.” He helps get trunks and what not on it and then speaks another word, where it lifts off the ground. “I’m afraid it’s not very fast, we’ll move to the side so others can pass us, and then merge back into line as we approach the Mercere portal.” That easily leaves time enough for Sheelagh1 to escort the grogs back to the Mons Electi Portal, and return.

Once everyone is back together, they merge back into line and head through the portal to Durenmar. Durenmar is sometimes unimpressive to first time visitors, because there are only a few towers, constructed from Conjuring the Mystic Tower, and the Forum of Hermes. Behind the Forum, there is a collection of housing that looks very much like housing provided at the Normandy Tribunal of 1221. Utilitarian, stone structures designed more with a military focus than any sense of comfort. Douglas escorts Fiona and her group to their designated house, which, if Gerulf doesn’t mind hot bunking with someone could accomodate him. The grogs have bedrolls on the floor, and there are only two single beds. “Maybe I’ll come by late tonight?” Douglas offers expectantly.

continuity and story purposes, it’s likely that Sheelagh would not know the password, as she has minimal resistance to Mentem magics, only that afforded by her knowledge of the Form, which is probably 0, the password could be easily lifted from her mind. And while it would be a Hermetic Crime, it’s also a security issue that Fiona and the council would be aware of and enforce vigorously. Gerulf is probably the one who needs to be doing the running, unless there is a strenuous objection, or you want me to get into Mons Electi really easily from the portal.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:59 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Once everyone is back together, they merge back into line and head through the portal to Durenmar. Durenmar is sometimes unimpressive to first time visitors, because there are only a few towers, constructed from Conjuring the Mystic Tower, and the Forum of Hermes. Behind the Forum, there is a collection of housing that looks very much like housing provided at the Normandy Tribunal of 1221. Utilitarian, stone structures designed more with a military focus than any sense of comfort. Douglas escorts Fiona and her group to their designated house, which, if Gerulf doesn’t mind hot bunking with someone could accomodate him. The grogs have bedrolls on the floor, and there are only two single beds. “Maybe I’ll come by late tonight?” Douglas offers expectantly.

Fiona glances at Gerulf quickly to see if it looks like he minds ((Per 0 + Folk Ken (Magi) 2 + die roll of 7 = 9.)) Assuming that he doesn’t mind or she can’t tell, Fiona smiles at the redcap. “Or early…it’s been a long day, and I’d like to get to bed early.”

Jonathan.Link wrote:
1For continuity and story purposes, it’s likely that Sheelagh would not know the password, as she has minimal resistance to Mentem magics, only that afforded by her knowledge of the Form, which is probably 0, the password could be easily lifted from her mind. And while it would be a Hermetic Crime, it’s also a security issue that Fiona and the council would be aware of and enforce vigorously. Gerulf is probably the one who needs to be doing the running, unless there is a strenuous objection, or you want me to get into Mons Electi really easily from the portal.

Works for me.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:10 pm by Jonathan.Link

Setting the scene, no one has been provided tokens, yet.

He seems disappointed, but he does go off, “Perhaps tomorrow, because I’ll be busy in the morning.”
The next morning there’s a note pushed through the threshold of the door.

Opening it, Fiona reads:

Fiona,
Come to my quarters, come alone. ((Directions are provided.))

Ra’am

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:26 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Setting the scene, no one has been provided tokens, yet.

Probably get them when the Tribunal actually kicks off. Hopefully. Fiona will ask Gerulf if he knows when we get tokens.

Jonathan.Link wrote:
He seems disappointed, but he does go off, “Perhaps tomorrow, because I’ll be busy in the morning.”

He, being Douglas? Fiona looks at him, feeling a little confused. He didn’t think I meant I wanted to go to bed alone, did he? she thinks.

That evening, as they get settled in, she looks at Gerulf. "Do you want to share my bed tonight? ((My understanding is that there are two beds in the room. Either one for Fiona and one for Gerulf, with Sheelagh on the floor in a bedroll with the grogs unless she finds someone to share a bed with; or Fiona and Sheelagh, with Gerulf either with Fiona or on the floor.))

Jonathan.Link wrote:
The next morning there’s a note pushed through the threshold of the door.

Opening it, Fiona reads:

Fiona,
Come to my quarters, come alone. ((Directions are provided.))

Ra’am

Fiona reads the note, then tucks it into her purse and heads to Ra’am’s directly, keeping an eye out. It should be safe at Durenmar but you never know.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:38 pm by Jonathan.Link

((I may have misunderstood what you meant. If Fiona was interested in him staying for a bit for a roll in the hay, he would have… So let’s just say that it was put off until Douglas can be alone with her, and Sheelagh and Gerulf are otherwise occupied.))

Fiona arrives at Ra’am’s quarters, which are noticeably larger than hers, and there are several other magi already there, including a very familiar face, Laetitia.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:50 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
((I may have misunderstood what you meant. If Fiona was interested in him staying for a bit for a roll in the hay, he would have… So let’s just say that it was put off until Douglas can be alone with her, and Sheelagh and Gerulf are otherwise occupied.))

((That’s okay, we can blame it on the drugs ))

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Fiona arrives at Ra’am’s quarters, which are noticeably larger than hers, and there are several other magi already there, including a very familiar face, Laetitia.

Fiona (who is her normal, giant size) looks around, then grins and goes over to give Laetitia a hug “How have you been, Laetitia? You look as beautiful as ever!” She then greets those she knows, and waits to be introduced to those she doesn’t.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:14 pm by Jonathan.Link

Laetitia doesnt say much, but Fiona takes in the scene. There are twelve magi, but no one actually does introductions. A woman’s no doesn’t bother to identify herself and who Fiona doesn’t recognize seems to take charge. “There are twelve of us here, one from each House. Some of you know each other, some of you don’t. You are all here because of what you know and because you are a representative of your House. Every Grand Tribunal, the Prima of each House or her designates perform a ritual of sorts. The ritual is believed to protect the Order, somehow. It has been performed every Grand Tribunal except for one, the one before the Schism. This time we are hoping that someone believes it will not have been performed and that they may take it as a sign to take bolder action. Please take this and keep it safe, it is a map to the location of the ritual. and do not discuss this with each other, and if you don’t know the others, don’t make any effort to introduce yourself at any time for the rest of the Grand Tribunal. We will meet tomorrow at sundown, please arrange your days activities accordingly and be on time.”"
Perhaps surprisingly everyone nods their agreement.
“Very well. We will disperse slowly. I’ll depart first, and then others of you can leave in twos mat even increments over the next hour.”. She leaves and Ra’am turns an hour glass. The people who know each other gather into groups. Fiona only recognizes Ra’am and Laetitia.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:45 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Fiona says nothing, doesn’t even nod her agreement at the instructions. She moves over by Ra’am (and Laetitia, if she’s there), and sits tailor-style on the floor. She simply sits and waits, assuming that Ra’am will not be leaving (it is his room, after all). Her mind is racing with the implications of what the unknown maga said, and what she didn’t say. She sets her talisman across her lap as she waits until either she’s asked to leave or until she’s the last one, her eyes gazing thoughtfully into space. She says nothing to anyone unless they speak to her first, and likewise acknowledges no one’s existence unacknowledged.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:56 pm by Jonathan.Link

“Did I notice you’ve taken an apprentice?” Ra’am asks in way of small talk.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:52 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

“Yes, Sheelagh. She was sent to me by my mater a few years. Marós opened her arts, but found herself in a position that precluded her from continuing her education, so she asked me to take her in. I must confess, I had my doubts that I was ready, but all in all I think I’ve done a decent job.”
As she speaks, an odd expression crosses Fiona’s face. Not fear, not discomfort, but…perhaps that she might be bothered by something?

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:03 pm by Jonathan.Link

“It is something, something I wasn’t sure I’d experience. Having an apprentice that isn’t my own child. It’s harder and easier than I expected.” Small talk continues for a while, and Laetitia and Fiona are the last in Ra’am’s quarters…

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:56 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

“Oh, I knew I’d have an apprentice someday. I was just surprised at the way it came about.”

Fiona will inquire about Ulrich, and lightly flirt with Laetitia during the conversation, and ask if the Quaesitor has taken an apprentice yet. When the group is down to the three of them, she looks around.

“Well, it looks like your guest list is down to two, Ra’am. So, I suppose I should be going. Laetitia, will you be staying, or would you like to do some sightseeing with me?”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:28 am by Jonathan.Link

Ra’am answers all of the questions she has about Ulrich.
Laetitia accepts Fiona’s invitation to stroll around, “That would be pleasant, Fiona. How have you been?”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:28 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

((Oh, and something that occurred to me on the way to work this morning.))

“There is something…interesting I’ve heard about Ulrich that I’d like to get your take on. From what I hear, and it may have gotten misconstrued by the time it reached my ears, when Ulrich was studying under Apollodorus, he…” Fiona gestures feebly with her hands as she tries to come up with the best way to put it, “did something to the boy that made him a prodigy with Rego, but also…made him dangerous, in a way.”

She looks at Ra’am.

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Laetitia accepts Fiona’s invitation to stroll around, “That would be pleasant, Fiona. How have you been?”

“I have been doing very well. We’ve amended the charter so that, instead of rotating the Princeps-ship, we actually have fixed duties. I’m in charge of dealing with visiting magi. Which can be a most enjoyable burden.” She smiles down at Laetitia with a grin and a wink. “In addition to acting as Korvin’s deputy princeps.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:33 pm by Jonathan.Link

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
((Oh, and something that occurred to me on the way to work this morning.))

“There is something…interesting I’ve heard about Ulrich that I’d like to get your take on. From what I hear, and it may have gotten misconstrued by the time it reached my ears, when Ulrich was studying under Apollodorus, he…” Fiona gestures feebly with her hands as she tries to come up with the best way to put it, “did something to the boy that made him a prodigy with Rego, but also…made him dangerous, in a way.”

She looks at Ra’am.

“There is something there. I’d been warned about it. I’ve been keeping him extremely busy, the busier he is the less chance there is at causing trouble. I can’t tell you more than that, because I don’t know more than that.”

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
Jonathan.Link wrote:
Laetitia accepts Fiona’s invitation to stroll around, “That would be pleasant, Fiona. How have you been?”

“I have been doing very well. We’ve amended the charter so that, instead of rotating the Princeps-ship, we actually have fixed duties. I’m in charge of dealing with visiting magi. Which can be a most enjoyable burden.” She smiles down at Laetitia with a grin and a wink. “In addition to acting as Korvin’s deputy princeps.”

“IS that all you’re doing with Korvin?” Laetitia asks pointedly.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:43 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
“I have been doing very well. We’ve amended the charter so that, instead of rotating the Princeps-ship, we actually have fixed duties. I’m in charge of dealing with visiting magi. Which can be a most enjoyable burden.” She smiles down at Laetitia with a grin and a wink. “In addition to acting as Korvin’s deputy princeps.”

“IS that all you’re doing with Korvin?” Laetitia asks pointedly.

((Does she seem jealous? Per 0 + Folk Ken (Magi) 2 + die roll of 3 = 5. So, Fiona probably can’t tell.))

Fiona merely shrugs noncommittally, with a hint of a smile.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:59 am by Jonathan.Link

No, not jealous. Merely curious. LAetitia motions for Fiona to lean in for her to whisper, “Fiona, a storm’s coming. Pieces are being moved into place. Apollodorus’s death was the beginning of trouble, not the end. August and Marcu’s stunt at the Normandy Tribunal bought time, but it also means that the leaders of my House have less to lose and are more dangerous. Valreian is barely controlled. Do you know if the rumors are true that he went after Tria?”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:24 am by Peregrine_Bjornaer

“That’s what I heard, as well. Second-hand, but from one who had spent time under her tutelage. And Tria wasn’t alone, she was with Isen Flambonis at the time. I don’t know if Valerian was alone, or if he had a gang with him again.”

Fiona sighs. “I was hoping that, when he had been assigned to Magvillus, that they would keep him under control. I’m not sure, now that I think back on it, if he has slipped his leash or if he was acting under orders. Neither one bodes well.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:57 pm by Jonathan.Link

“Valerian is far more dangerous than I thought. I have no doubt that what happened at the Normandy Tribunal was done on purpose. Rumors had been swirling for some time about he and Praxiteles. And so, I think he sought to put those rumors to rest. Of course, having his mater close at hand to paint a veneer of legitimacy to his lie didn’t hurt him at all.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:39 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
“Valerian is far more dangerous than I thought. I have no doubt that what happened at the Normandy Tribunal was done on purpose. Rumors had been swirling for some time about he and Praxiteles. And so, I think he sought to put those rumors to rest. Of course, having his mater close at hand to paint a veneer of legitimacy to his lie didn’t hurt him at all.”

Fiona’s fists clinch tightly as she walks. “Oh, I have no doubt that it was intentional,” she says to Laetitia. “I said so at the time. But with him being under the protection of Guernicus, there was nothing we could do.”

Actually thinking about his death, much to her surprise, starts her crying again. “I’m sorry, Laetitia, can we go sit down somewhere? I need a moment.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:43 pm by Jonathan.Link

“Certainly. I’m sorry I brought it up, Fiona.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:43 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

“That’s all right,” Fiona says after a couple of minutes, once she’s regained her composure. “I still cry for Apollodorus sometimes, and I wasn’t as fond of him as I was Praxiteles.”

She dries her eyes with the sleeve of her robe and sniffles one last time. “So. Was that a random question, or is there something that can actually be done about the…about Valerian?”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:56 pm by Jonathan.Link

“Well, we’re trying to figure what’s going on with Tria. There are about two dozen Bonisagus who are up in arms about her, about her performance as the Tenens Occultorum for the Rhine, Greater Alps and Roman Tribunals. Everything is upside down for us right now. And this hair-brained scheme that Andru and Murion jumped on. I don’t even know half the magi and magae involved, let alone the one in charge.” Laetitia says in a small worried voice.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:15 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
“Well, we’re trying to figure what’s going on with Tria. There are about two dozen Bonisagus who are up in arms about her, about her performance as the Tenens Occultorum for the Rhine, Greater Alps and Roman Tribunals. Everything is upside down for us right now. And this hair-brained scheme that Andru and Murion jumped on. I don’t even know half the magi and magae involved, let alone the one in charge.” Laetitia says in a small worried voice.

“Tranquillina did mention some rumblings of discontent about Tria,” Fiona says, “that she had been…somewhat derelict in her duties, as best I understand.”

She looks at Laetitia. “What hair-brained scheme is that, or can you tell me?”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:23 pm by Jonathan.Link

“This double fake out. They are insisting that the ritual cannot be performed, because there are two Primuses of Tytalus. Bilera is reluctant to intervene on that matter, as it’s a matter for House Tytalus, and also, she no doubt would prefer that the ritual not be performed, so it suits her desires. But she’s also smart enough to wonder if something is being done behind the scenes, without her. Which leads me to the next thing. I cab’t stay much longer, need to leave soon, my excuse should arrive any moment now. I have an arcane connection to the Founder’s Fane, given to me by the leader. But we won’t be able to chat again until much later. I’m about the only member of House Guernicus who can do this without it getting back to Bilera.”

((In case it isn’t clear, this ritual is a modified ritual at the Founder’s Fane. In this saga, I’ve changed the timing so that it happens every Grand Tribunal, every 33 years, rather than every 7 years.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:34 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
“This double fake out. They are insisting that the ritual cannot be performed, because there are two Primuses of Tytalus. Bilera is reluctant to intervene on that matter, as it’s a matter for House Tytalus, and also, she no doubt would prefer that the ritual not be performed, so it suits her desires. But she’s also smart enough to wonder if something is being done behind the scenes, without her. Which leads me to the next thing. I cab’t stay much longer, need to leave soon, my excuse should arrive any moment now. I have an arcane connection to the Founder’s Fane, given to me by the leader. But we won’t be able to chat again until much later. I’m about the only member of House Guernicus who can do this without it getting back to Bilera.”

((In case it isn’t clear, this ritual is a modified ritual at the Founder’s Fane. In this saga, I’ve changed the timing so that it happens every Grand Tribunal, every 33 years, rather than every 7 years.))

“Okay. You be careful,” Fiona says as she leans over to kiss Laetitia on the cheek, “and I’ll see you later.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:38 pm by Jonathan.Link

The two chat for a bit, then a page comes by and tells Laetitia she’s needed back at Valnastium. She gets up, gives Fiona a hug and leaves.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:58 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Fiona hugs her tightly back, and checks out the page. If he’s cute, and old enough to know what goes where, she’ll give him a smile and a wink.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:29 am by Jonathan.Link

“I’m on duty, maga, but…” He looks around a bit and says, “if you’re looking for fun, meet up at the tent near the Black Fir at sundown. That’s where the party really gets interesting.” The rest of the day is a bit of a bore. The opening ceremony involves each delegate and, out of respect, each Redcap present being given a token to the Aegis. It’s a coin with the symbol of the Order on the front and in Roman Numerals on the back it says 17th Grand Tribunal. Murion gives a speech, followed by each of the Primii of the Order. The agenda is set, with the discussion and vote of the Lotharangian Tribunal being the most important item on the agenda, it’s given two days for debate, with a vote being held on the final day of debate an hour prior to sundown.

I’m sure Fiona heads over to the tent, in front of it are statues of Aphrodite welcoming everyone into the tent. The work is familiar to Fiona. There is a man in a mask standing out in front of the tent and hands one to Fiona before she enters. “Tradition suggests that this is an anonymous place, so you may wish to alter your size, if you are able to do so. Many magi come here under different disguises. And pardon me, are you looking to conceive? If so, there is a special section of the tent reserved for that, with many studs to service the magae in need.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:46 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
“I’m on duty, maga, but…” He looks around a bit and says, “if you’re looking for fun, meet up at the tent near the Black Fir at sundown. That’s where the party really gets interesting.”

Fiona heads over to the tent, in front of it are statues of Aphrodite welcoming everyone into the tent. The work is familiar to Fiona. There is a man in a mask standing out in front of the tent and hands one to Fiona before she enters. “Tradition suggests that this is an anonymous place, so you may wish to alter your size, if you are able to do so. Many magi come here under different disguises. And pardon me, are you looking to conceive? If so, there is a special section of the tent reserved for that, with many studs to service the magae in need.”

“That is so sweet of you to think that I’m still in my child-bearing years,” she says with a smile, then leans down and whispers in his ear. “Although there’s no reason we can’t pretend, is there?”

She takes the mask and, with neither words nor gestures, casts La Petite Mascarade (CT is 36, mastered for Still Casting, -10 for No Words, is 26 + die roll of 2 = 28, vs a Spell Level of 15. She lets her robe drop most of the way to the ground, catching it around her waist (and leaving her topless) as she reaches down to gather it around her.

She then looks at one of the statues of Aphrodite and casts a spontaneous Muto Herbam ((base 3 to change a plant product, R: Touch 1, D: Sun +2, for a final Target Level of 10, CT is Sta 3 Mu 17 + He 10 Aura 7 (I think) + die roll of 0 (but not a botch) = 37, halved is 19; Finesse roll is Int 1 + Finesse 3 + die roll of 3 = 7.)) to turn her robes into something reminiscent of what Aphrodite is wearing. She then dons the mask, smiling at the doorman, and makes her way inside, shivering with anticipation.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:02 pm by Jonathan.Link

Infinite variety in infinite variation. All kinds of participants doing things that Fiona may not yet thought of, or not. Two and three at a time, Genders combining in multiple ways. One of the participants appears to be clothed, but the clothing doesn’t interfere with access to her. She also seems to be exclusively interested in men. Soon after she notices the maga, she thinks she finds Douglas. She hears him grunting and speaking nearby and his Scottish brogue.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:46 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Fiona totally loses herself to the revelry, taking notes, trying things she’s never tried before, taking on anyone who would have her, as many as would have her, men, women, both. Every time she feels herself flagging, she finds people and things to reinvigorate her and keep her going even longer. She moves closer to the maga, double-teaming the man who’s currently enjoying her while Fiona tries to figure out if the maga’s clothes are moving out of the way or what. When she hears Douglas, she makes her way over to him, bringing the maga she’s fingering with her, and offers to join him and his partner(s). She’s going to try to keep going until they kick her out of the place, and then go home (hopefully not alone) to get some rest.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:02 pm by Jonathan.Link

Douglas performance is wooden, mechanical, suggesting he’s inexperienced, which is in stark contrast to what Fiona knows of any member of House Mercere… He finishes quickly and is off to another.
He eventually meets up with the woman who appears clothed, and she hears her say, Douglas, I’d know you anywhere. Shortly after they’ve begin coupling she screams, Get off me, you’re not Douglas! Nearly as soon as she says the lights in the tent are cast out, a smell of brimstone permeates the air and a hideous laugh can be heard coming from the area Fiona last saw Douglas with the other maga who recognized him. Almost simultaneously at the same time a loud sound of earth being torn asunder can be heard, followed quickly thereafter by shouts.

Roll initiative and declare first round actions.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:19 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Fiona’s initiative is Qui -1 + die roll of 6 = 5.

Her first round action is to spont a CrIg T: Room spell to create some light if no one beats her to it. If someone does, then she will look for Douglas and cast a Sight of the True Form on herself when she finds him.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:28 pm by Jonathan.Link

Someone easily beats Fiona to the light. Douglas is wrestling with the woman who is wearing imaginary clothes. “Oh Talia, I’ve watched you for so long, and you’ve never known. And Douglas, well, he was an easy mark.”
Need a roll to determine total penetration on the spell…

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:40 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

((Sight of the True Form is a Personal-range spell, allowing her to see through mundane masks and disguises, and the effects of other spells that are Level 15 or lower. But just in case: CT is 24 + Aura 7 + die roll of 8 = 39 – Level 15 = 24 + Penetration 3 = 27.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:50 pm by Jonathan.Link

I should have looked up the spell, first, my mistake.
Fiona already knows who it is, she sees Duncan wrestling with the woman he called Talia.
People are fleeing from the tent, and outside, it sounds like a war has broken outside the tent. Spells are being flown left and right.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:54 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

((I just wanted to be sure it was Douglas and not someone, or something, disguised as him. Declare Round 2, or wait?))

Oh, and with the lights on, what (if anything) does Fiona see? Per 0 + Awareness 3 + die roll of 4 = 7.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:06 pm by Jonathan.Link

She doesn’t see anything, but from outside it sounds like the a tree is being felled, the only tree close enough is The Black Fir.

She sees Talia fire a Pilum of Fire which bounces ineffectively against Duncan. Although, upon closer examination it was aimed at oil that as soaked the wooden floor of the pavilion. The oil catches and flames erupt, engulfing the two.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:30 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

The black fir is bloody huge, isn’t it? Fiona wonders briefly if it’s important or legendary or something ((Int 1 + Order of Hermes Lore 2 + die roll of 7 = 10)).

Then she sees the flames erupt around Talia and Douglas, on the wooden floor (really, what was the woman thinking?!?), and sponts a spell to put it out. Base 4 to “extinguish a fire, cooling the ashes to merely warm,” R: Voice +2, D: Momentary, T: Individual, for a spell level of 10. Her CT is Sta 3 + Pe 5 + Ig 5 + Aura 7 + die roll of 0 (luckily, not a botch (3) = 20, halved is 10. And she’s starting to think she should just give up on ever sponting spells anymore .

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:42 pm by Jonathan.Link

“What are you doing?” Talia screams at Fiona, “This man is impersonating a redcap!”.
Duncan cackles, “Ladies, there is no need to fight over me.”
Round 3 actions.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:55 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

“And burning the tent down is going to help?” Fiona yells back.

She then turns Douglas into a pig. Or tries to, anyway. Curse of Circe, CT 35 + loud words 1 + exaggerated gestures 1 + Aura 7 + die roll of 0 (oh, come on! At least it’s not a botch (3)) = 44 – spell level 30 = 14 + Penetration (Transformation) 4 = 18. (If they had just coupled, she might have possibly gotten a bonus to her Penetration, but I see that he “eventually” got to Talia, so…shrug)

If she needs to use Confidence to get the penetration to 21, she will.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:05 am by Jonathan.Link

((If you want Fiona to get an AC to home,myoull have to do something along the limes of what Tranquillina did. It’s not exactly a pristine source…))
Duncan disappears and the spell hits Talia turning her into a pig. His disembodied voice sounds, “You didn’t think it would be that easy, Fiona. Did you?”. Talia as a pig charges Fiona and oinks at her quite raucously. Outside the sound of what can best be described as an avalanche is heard.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:19 am by Peregrine_Bjornaer

((Yeah, I was thinking of using his fluid to bolster the penetration, but if it had been a while, his wouldn’t have been the most recent. And can you miss with a non-targeting spell? I thought it was either it works or it doesn’t.))

Fiona looks down at PigTalia, and realizes that her Perdo Vim isn’t nearly good enough to dispel her spell…although she might be able to pull of The Beast Remade if she can get past her Animal resistance.

“How powerful is your resistance to Animal?” she asks.

Wait….“DUNCAN cackles”?!? (or was that a typo?)

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:26 am by Jonathan.Link

Can you miss with a Pilum of Fire? They are bot technically not “aimed” spells. If you can with Pilum, then so should it be with other spells. And I only said Duncan like 30 times…

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:49 am by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Can you miss with a Pilum of Fire? They are bot technically not “aimed” spells. If you can with Pilum, then so should it be with other spells.

((I don’t think you can, since there’s no aiming mechanism involved…unless it’s “if the target isn’t there anymore when the spell goes off, it hits what’s closest to where he was” type deal. I could be wrong, though.))

Jonathan.Link wrote:
And I only said Duncan like 30 times…

Yeah, and I apparently missed it 29 times, my eyes turning Duncan into Douglas. Apparently his shape-shifting spell had…unintended consequences.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:53 am by Jonathan.Link

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
Jonathan.Link wrote:
Can you miss with a Pilum of Fire? They are bot technically not “aimed” spells. If you can with Pilum, then so should it be with other spells.

((I don’t think you can, since there’s no aiming mechanism involved…unless it’s “if the target isn’t there anymore when the spell goes off, it hits what’s closest to where he was” type deal. I could be wrong.

I could be, too, but his leaping away could be considered to do exactly what you describe, in which case it didn’t hit Talia, and Fiona can instead have a ticked off maga in front of her going off on her in Itallian.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:09 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

((Or Duncan, suspecting that he would be dealing with Fiona at some point, has some kind of MuCo-shunting ward up, knowing that Curse of Circe is her go-to “combat” spell. Not going to worry that much about it, although Fiona would like to know how he did that so she can find a way to keep it from happening again.))

((She can probably fix it with a The Beast Remade, but she very much doubts that the maga would trust her enough to lower her Parma for it, so, assuming she doesn’t answer…))

“We’ll find a way to fix this in a couple of minutes. Are you going to stay here, or come outside to see what’s going on with the tree?” Either way, Fiona’s headed outside.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:31 pm by Jonathan.Link

Outside the Black Fir appears to have been uprooted from its spot near the tent and is now near the Tower of Bonisagus. The vines surrounding the tower appeared to disengage from the tower and have now surrounded the tree and the two seem to be locked in an odd wrestling match flora-a-flora. Several magi have arranged themselves nearby and appear to be ready to cast spells, but unwilling to do so based on what is happening.

Talia squeals like a pig…

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:14 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Outside the Black Fir appears to have been uprooted from its spot near the tent and is now near the Tower of Bonisagus. The vines surrounding the tower appeared to disengage from the tower and have now surrounded the tree and the two seem to be locked in an odd wrestling match flora-a-flora. Several magi have arranged themselves nearby and appear to be ready to cast spells, but unwilling to do so based on what is happening.

Fiona takes in the scene, her jaw dropping. “Bloody hell!” she says in Gaelic, then turns to one of the nearby magi. “What’s happening?” she asks, totally not caring that she is stark naked, possibly except for the mask.

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Talia squeals like a pig…

“I can probably fix that right now,” she says as she crouches next to her, “but I’d need you to drop your parma for a moment. If you agree, tap your right paw. If not, your left.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:50 pm by cunningrat1

(( Everyone in favor of renaming this thread “I Don’t Know Who I Did That Summer”, raise their right paw… ))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:55 pm by Jonathan.Link

((PB may not have thought of this, but i think Fiona might have an epiphany: dont ever go away for Tribunal again. After this, Fiona will move heaven and Earth to get the Normandy Tribunal meeting at Mons Electi. Tribunals away from Mons Electi have some bad mojo for Fiona…))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed May 01, 2013 9:33 am by Jonathan.Link

Talia oinks loudly and seems to nod her head in agreement to Fiona.

Several of the assembled magi, all in various stages of undress and most still masked are still discombobulated when several other magi rush onto the scene, or out from the Tower of Bonisagus. The vine seems to be holding the Black Fir back from the Tower, but it doesn’t seem to be able to do much else…

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed May 01, 2013 8:53 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Talia oinks loudly and seems to nod her head in agreement to Fiona.

Fiona casts The Beast Remade normally (firm voice, bold gestures) on Talia. (Her CT is +35, spell level is 25. Does she need to roll, or will penetration be relevant?) If the spell works as planned, Talia returns to normal, except that her hair will be snowy white until the spells end.
Jonathan.Link wrote:
Several of the assembled magi, all in various stages of undress and most still masked are still discombobulated when several other magi rush onto the scene, or out from the Tower of Bonisagus. The vine seems to be holding the Black Fir back from the Tower, but it doesn’t seem to be able to do much else…

Fiona is stark naked except for her mask, but doesn’t really care at the moment. She will find someone who looks like they might be in charge (or at least a lieutenant) and walk up them. “What’s going on? And what can I do to help?”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri May 03, 2013 11:07 am by Jonathan.Link

No one looks like they’re in charge, it’s bedlam, at best.
Towards the border of the covenant’s grounds, it seems as if an Army is forming from the forest itself, waiting for something to happen. Fiona, through all the distraction manages to return Talia to her true form.

Talia cries out, “Grab anything you can we can set afire, and we’ll burn that tree to the ground!”
Someone cries out, “But it’s a vis source of Durenmar’s”
Talia retorts, “But the library is a bigger one, you dolt!”

Some people begin doing what she said, and they either light them afire themselves, or she does it on their behalf. A group of them approach the tree, and it’s branches swat them away, and what fires do get started on the tree, it quickly smothers out.
“I’m out of ideas, and I doubt I can manage to damage the tree with a Pilum of Fire, myself. Someone get a Flambeau worthy of the name to help ignite this tree!”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri May 03, 2013 9:19 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
No one looks like they’re in charge, it’s bedlam, at best.
Towards the border of the covenant’s grounds, it seems as if an Army is forming from the forest itself, waiting for something to happen. Fiona, through all the distraction manages to return Talia to her true form.

((Just to clarify, since with magic you can never be sure, but when you say an army is forming from the forest itself, do you mean literally, like an army of treants? Or figuratively, like an army is coming out of the woods?))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri May 03, 2013 9:24 pm by Jonathan.Link

It looks to be an army of multiple humanoid figures…

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri May 03, 2013 10:26 pm by cunningrat1

(( I pull in resolution, and begin
To doubt the equivocation of the fiend
That lies like truth: ‘Fear not, till Birnam wood
Do come to Dunsinane:’ and now a wood
Comes toward Dunsinane. Arm, arm, and out! ))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat May 04, 2013 7:06 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

((Maybe I’m missing something here…in fact, I probably am…but I’m not seeing what help Fiona can be here. She doesn’t have really much magic that would be offensively capable against it. She can try to spont a version of Probe Nature’s Hidden Lore on it, for whatever size mod it has, and try to get some intel on it. Other than that…I’m stumped.))

((Oh, and the army of humanoid figures… can Fiona tell if they’re friend or foe? Int 1 + Folk Ken 1 + die roll of 5 = 7.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun May 05, 2013 9:41 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

((So, I just read the wedding scene in A Storm of Swords a couple of days ago. And I’m having the same feels with this bit of the thread that I felt when I read that. No spoilers, though, but if you’ve read it, you know what I mean.))

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Talia cries out, “Grab anything you can we can set afire, and we’ll burn that tree to the ground!”
Someone cries out, “But it’s a vis source of Durenmar’s”
Talia retorts, “But the library is a bigger one, you dolt!”

Some people begin doing what she said, and they either light them afire themselves, or she does it on their behalf. A group of them approach the tree, and it’s branches swat them away, and what fires do get started on the tree, it quickly smothers out.
“I’m out of ideas, and I doubt I can manage to damage the tree with a Pilum of Fire, myself. Someone get a Flambeau worthy of the name to help ignite this tree!”

Fiona’s mind races, coming up with ideas but discarding them just as quickly. It all boils down, as far as what she personally can do to the tree, to the fact that the thing is just too frelling big for her to affect. After a brief moments of standing there stunned, she starts to look around, trying to find anyone who looks even vaguely Flambeau-ish, or Tytalian, or looks like they know more than she does about Ignem (or possibly hella-powerful with Herbam) and tries to sic them on the tree.

Even as she works, she keeps looking that way in horror.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon May 06, 2013 1:15 am by cunningrat1

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
((So, I just read the wedding scene in A Storm of Swords a couple of days ago. And I’m having the same feels with this bit of the thread that I felt when I read that. No spoilers, though, but if you’ve read it, you know what I mean.))

(( If you mean Rob Stark’s wedding, yeah, I’m getting much the same vibe. ))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon May 06, 2013 9:01 am by Peregrine_Bjornaer

cunningrat1 wrote:
Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
((So, I just read the wedding scene in A Storm of Swords a couple of days ago. And I’m having the same feels with this bit of the thread that I felt when I read that. No spoilers, though, but if you’ve read it, you know what I mean.))

(( If you mean Rob Stark’s wedding, yeah, I’m getting much the same vibe. ))

((Yeah, I just realized this morning that there are more than one wedding, but I did mean the one at Walder Frey’s. Edmure Tully’s to Roslin Frey (Rob married Jeyne off-stage).))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon May 06, 2013 9:17 am by Jonathan.Link

Talia thinks for a moment, and then calls out to the crowd of magi, "I don’t know how this will work, I just now I’m not capable of overcoming most magic resistance, but what if we cast a Pilum of Fire through a Wizard’s Communion? Talia looks at Fiona for confirmation.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon May 06, 2013 8:58 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

((Question before Fiona answers. Since Wizard’s Communion needs to be Sun duration to be effective, due to the casting time for the ritual spells that they’re normally used for (i.e. Aegis of the Hearth), does the Wizard’s Communion only work on the next casting of Pilum of Fire, or does it work on all castings by the focal magus for the duration of the Wizard’s Communion?))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon May 06, 2013 9:05 pm by Jonathan.Link

It just affects the next spell, since it goes to the leader of the communion

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon May 06, 2013 9:16 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Fiona thinks for a minute. “It should definitely get through its resistance. I know I can contribute six magnitudes to the effort. If anyone knows a version that does more damage that we can boost with a Wizard’s Communion, that may be more effective.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon May 06, 2013 10:06 pm by Jonathan.Link

Talia calls for anyone to combine with her into a communion, a few magi not dazed into inaction (most hedonists aren’t exactly combat oriented) volunteer to help. Fiona’s spell is automatically successful unless there’s a botch. There are 6 participants in the communion, so check for a botch with 6-1=5 botch dice, if you roll a 0.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon May 06, 2013 10:38 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Talia calls for anyone to combine with her into a communion, a few magi not dazed into inaction (most hedonists aren’t exactly combat oriented) volunteer to help. Fiona’s spell is automatically successful unless there’s a botch. There are 6 participants in the communion, so check for a botch with 6-1=5 botch dice, if you roll a 0.

Die roll of 3, so not a botch. Here’s hoping this works.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon May 06, 2013 10:47 pm by Jonathan.Link

Talia successfully launches a Pilum of Fire, at the back of the tree, away from the vine, which manages to overcome the resistance of the Black Fir. The tree starts on fire.
“Another.” A sound of something like a scream comes from the area of the Black Fir.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon May 06, 2013 11:19 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Wizard’s Communion #2 goes off (die roll of 3), too.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon May 06, 2013 11:36 pm by Jonathan.Link

Unfortunately Talia double botches her Pilum of Fire.
Check for Twilight for Fiona and add two warping points. The good news is that the tree is igniting, and while the group around Talia is discombobulated others ger firebrands going and helps light the tree further ablaze.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue May 07, 2013 12:08 am by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Let’s see. Adding 2 Warping Points gives her 2(14). Whew…one more WP and she goes up a point in her Warping Score. But her Score is still a 2.

So. Sta 3 + Concentration 3 + Vim Form Bonus 2 + die roll of 2 = 10, vs. Warping Points Gained 2 + Enigmatic Wisdom 0 + Local Aura 7 + die roll of 8 = 17.

So, she enters Twilight. Um..yay?

Twilight Comprehension Roll. Int 1 + Enigmatic Wisdom 0 + die roll of 4 = 5, vs. Warping Score 2 + die roll of 2 = 4. Which means, I think, that she Comprehends her Twilight Experience.

Since her Warping Score is 2, her Base Time in Twilighth is two hours. Her Twilight Time roll is Int 1 + die roll of 4 = 5, vs. a Warping Score 2 + die roll of 2 = 4. So, her score is 1 better than her Warping Score roll, so that moves her Twilight Time to a Diameter (2 minutes).

I think I did that right.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue May 07, 2013 12:41 am by Jonathan.Link

The good news is Fiona did understand her Twilight Experience. The bad news is that she gained 10 more warping points as a result.
Since the experience has a total of 12 points, Fiona should get a relevant major virtue. I’ll have to think on it. Give some thought to the Twilight scar related to a Pilum of Fire, while I do the same with the virtue.

Fiona finds herself back in her assigned quarters with everyone asleep around her. We can say Sheelagh carried her back in her diminutive form.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue May 07, 2013 3:22 pm by Jonathan.Link

Got it!
Fiona smolders…
No, her hair now tends to move and breath like fire, it dances and moves and shimmers and the color changes as her emotions change (player can decide). It doesn’t stand straight up, like fire does, so don’t worry about that. And the other thing, well, that will come out in time.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue May 07, 2013 9:00 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Got it!
Fiona smolders…
No, her hair now tends to move and breath like fire, it dances and moves and shimmers and the color changes as her emotions change (player can decide). It doesn’t stand straight up, like fire does, so don’t worry about that. And the other thing, well, that will come out in time.

((That’s her Twilight Scar? I can live with that. It’ll take me a little while for me to remember to include it in her narrative. Stuff like, “Fiona’s hair starts to agitate, whipping like it’s in a stiff breeze save that it still falls around her shoulders.”))

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Fiona finds herself back in her assigned quarters with everyone asleep around her. We can say Sheelagh carried her back in her diminutive form.

It takes a moment or two for Fiona to awaken fully, her consciousness drifting from Twilight to consciousness like an ember on the breeze. As soon as she wakes up, she (if not already dressed) will throw something on and run outside, headed toward the library as quickly as she can.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue May 07, 2013 9:25 pm by Jonathan.Link

Fiona makes her way to the Library and can still see it standing in the distance. Coming back to where she saw the Black Fir and the vine engaged in their battle. She sees a few individuals who were involved in the Wizard’s Communion still standing, stuck in apparent Twilight. The maga Douglas/Duncan called Talia isn’t there. There is a pile of ash where the tree was. The vine has resumed its spot on the Library. A few figures can be scene on the borders of the Aegis, patrolling.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue May 07, 2013 10:04 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Fiona heaves a sigh of relief and wanders around for a few minutes, making her way to the library and to the tent (to see if she can find her clothes, and just in case there’s anybody still there), kind of looking for Douglas/Duncan, Talia, and anyone or anything else she may recognize, like the librarian from when she was there a few years ago. ((Per 0 + Awareness 3 + die roll of 7 = 10.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue May 07, 2013 10:12 pm by Jonathan.Link

There is light coming from the tent, and as Fiona makes her way, she can hear voices. Standing outside the tent are two magi, armed, and wearing insignia of House Guernicus. One says, “This area is off limits pending an investigation.” The other one ducks inside, and brings out the man who was at the tent entrance, handing out masks. “Yes, she was here.” The one who said it was off limit says, Inside, now."
Inside Fiona can see Valerian and Bilera, Murion and two magi around her. The one who was called Talia is there, too.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue May 07, 2013 11:13 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Fiona raises a brow at the presumed Guernicus magus and his brusque manner. “Not me, you won’t,” she mutters as she enters the tent.

She stops cold when she sees Valerian, then smiles wryly. “I didn’t know you were into this sort of thing, Valerian.” she says before she moves to stand near Talia, looking curiously at the two primas.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue May 07, 2013 11:21 pm by Jonathan.Link

Valerian snorts, I’m well acquainted with pleasures of the flesh, Fiona.
It looks like Valerian has more to say, but Bilera shuts him down, "Tut, tut. Valerian, I am conducting an investigation. she turns toward Talia, "Do you recognize this Maga?. Talia shakes her head. I need a verbal yes or no, for the record.
No, alright. Never saw her there.. And then it dawns on her… "You, Duncan! What have you done!?
Yes, Fiona, tell us about the events of the evening.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed May 08, 2013 8:50 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Valerian snorts, I’m well acquainted with pleasures of the flesh, Fiona.

“Not from what I’ve heard,” Fiona mutters under her breath (in Latin).

Jonathan.Link wrote:
It looks like Valerian has more to say, but Bilera shuts him down, "Tut, tut. Valerian, I am conducting an investigation. she turns toward Talia, "Do you recognize this Maga?. Talia shakes her head. I need a verbal yes or no, for the record.
No, alright. Never saw her there.. And then it dawns on her… "You, Duncan! What have you done!?
Yes, Fiona, tell us about the events of the evening.

((Did Talia just accuse Fiona of being Duncan?))
Fiona looks calmly at Bilera. “Are you referring to the diabolist apprentice who impersonated a Redcap and infiltrated Durenmar, or the giant tree that uprooted itself and attacked the Library Tower?”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed May 08, 2013 9:09 pm by Jonathan.Link

((No, Talia made an excited utterance. Probably not too many giant blooded magae of Scottish descent with red hair who were at her former covenant. No one took it as a sign that she was accusing Fiona of anything.))
“Let’s start with the former.” Bilera smiles sweetly. “Do you require refreshments or nourishment, it’s my understanding you had a brief Twilight episode, the experience can be a bit overwhelming.” Fiona needs to make some sort of counter rolls because Bilera’s demeanor is very disarming, and even with her reputation, her approach is entirely open and engenders trust. Folk Ken, Guile, Intrigue. Fiona’s Secretive nature will play a factor, too.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed May 08, 2013 10:26 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
((No, Talia made an excited utterance. Probably not too many giant blooded magae of Scottish descent with red hair who were at her former covenant. No one took it as a sign that she was accusing Fiona of anything.))

((I didn’t think so, but I was having a hard time parsing it. Talia’s probably a little not-quite-with-it, herself.))

Jonathan.Link wrote:
“Let’s start with the former.” Bilera smiles sweetly. “Do you require refreshments or nourishment, it’s my understanding you had a brief Twilight episode, the experience can be a bit overwhelming.” Fiona needs to make some sort of counter rolls because Bilera’s demeanor is very disarming, and even with her reputation, her approach is entirely open and engenders trust. Folk Ken, Guile, Intrigue. Fiona’s Secretive nature will play a factor, too.

Folk Ken: Per 0 + Folk Ken (Magi) 2 + die roll of 3 = 5.

Guile: Com 2 + Guile (hiding true feelings) 3 + (die roll of 1, followed by a die roll of 8) 16 = 21. (specialty because she’s trying to hide her nervousness and annoyance)

Intrigue: Int(?) 1 + Intrigue 2 + die roll of 5 = 8. Unless it’s Pre (1) or Com (2), in which case it’s 8 or 9, respectively.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed May 08, 2013 10:34 pm by Jonathan.Link

((To ahead and tell her the story, I’ll use your rolls for guidance for follow up questions. You can presume she will ask questions about Fiona’s first encounter with him, so if you want to cover that base now, too, that’ll work.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Thu May 09, 2013 11:27 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

“I was invited to a party here,” Fiona begins. "I mingled for a while, ran into someone I thought was the Redcap Douglas, and spent a few minutes with him. He seemed a little more awkward than I remembered him being, but I chalked it up to the crowd.

“A couple of minutes later, I saw him with our sodalis here,” she gestures to Talia, "who quickly realized that he wasn’t who he seemed to be. As soon as she called him out on it, the lights went out, I smelled brimstone, and heard…a laugh, I guess it was. And that was when the tree decided to start attacking the tower.

“Someone was able to create light in the tent again, I saw the faux Redcap struggling with Talia, I cast Sight of the True Form, and recognized him as Duncan, the apprentice of Faileas of Criamon, of Insula Canaria, Loch Leglean Tribunal. I tried to turn him into a pig, but he disappeared and was somehow able to redirect the spell, and I accidentally hit her. Again, my apologies.

“That was when we went out to see what was going on, and do what we could to help. I honestly don’t know how much help I was…I wound up in Twilight for most of the battle, I think.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Thu May 09, 2013 11:49 pm by Jonathan.Link

“Very well.” Bilera looks about at the other magi. “Caecilius, Tektonius, do you have any questions to ask?” They shake their heads. “Valerian?”
“No, mater, but I would like to make a closer inspection of the Great Library.”
The one called Caecilius appears to agree, “That seems wise, take my filius with you.”
“I hardly think it is necessary,” Valerian sneers at Caecilius.
Bilera tut-tuts Valerian, “Come now, Tektonius’s knowledge of architecture is well known, and it is their covenant, so let them be.”
Did Fiona accept or accede to refreshments being served?
“Come, Fiona, let’s chat while the boys check the tower.”. she looks at Talia, “You, too, of course, dear.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri May 10, 2013 7:47 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Did Fiona accept or accede to refreshments being served?

((If, as I understand, it’s the next day and Fiona’s in her normal form, e.g. it’s after sunrise, she will politely decline, saying “I thank you, Prima, but I had a hearty breakfast. It is most generous of you to offer, though.”))

If not, she will still politely decline.

Jonathan.Link wrote:
“Come, Fiona, let’s chat while the boys check the tower.”. she looks at Talia, “You, too, of course, dear.”

“Of course, Prima.” Does she lead them off anywhere, or just stand in the tent chatting, or pull up some seats, or…?

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri May 10, 2013 10:22 pm by Jonathan.Link

She has seating provided. What are we to do about this Duncan? He is dangerous. And what I mean when I say we, I mean you, of course.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri May 10, 2013 10:59 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

“Me?” Fiona says. “You’re asking me what I intend to do about a fugitive who has managed to elude the Quaesitores for the past, what, seven years?”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri May 10, 2013 11:01 pm by Jonathan.Link

“Do you think it is a coincidence that he is here?”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri May 10, 2013 11:38 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

“I find it curious that he would just happen to appear at Grand Tribunal when I am a delegate. I also find it curious that he’s made no attempt to…confront me in the past seven years, when I’ve made no attempt to hide. Especially considering that he is capable of carrying a magical disguise into a hostile Aegis as powerful as this one.”

Fiona thinks for a moment. “And I find myself wondering what he stands to profit by it.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat May 11, 2013 7:56 am by Jonathan.Link

It wasn’t hostile to him, though. All Redcaps were given tokens, in fact they had them in advance of the delegates. Be that as it may, we still have the problem of Duncan. It would be a shame to have to bring all the details surrounding the events to light. My preference is that those closest to him be involved in destroying him. If you would like, I could lend you a valerian for some assistance.. Bilera’s tone is authoritarian and controlled.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat May 11, 2013 9:41 am by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Fiona is taken aback by Bilera’s offer. Does she not know what that man has done to us? she thinks. Does she think I can just ignore the fact that this bastard has murdered two of the best men I knew?

She looks at Valerian, trying to hide the hate and anger she feels1, then back at Bilera. "So, it seems he was able to infiltrate the Redcaps with apparent ease. I hope this is an isolated incident.

“You said ‘those closest’ to him would be involved with destroying him. Who else is undertaking this task?”

1Com 2 + Guile (hiding true feelings) 3 + (die roll of 1, followed by a die roll of 9) 18 = 23.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat May 11, 2013 1:48 pm by Jonathan.Link

((Valerian and Fiona can safely assume the magus Teltonius left to inspect the library tower.))
Bilera deftly ignores Fiona’s question and says, well my report from Laetitia indicated he has some source of infernal power, so a flawless disguise wouldn’t be hard. The Redcaps in attendance come from all over the Order, so his ability to fool other redcaps may not have been to difficult. Apparently talia had been intimate with the real Douglas and was able to tell easily. Hubris and pride tend to undo diabolists plans more than skill. Certainly that is the case here. It is my wish to uncover any other plots that are ongoing against the Order and this Grand Tribunal. Has anything else out of the ordinary happened?. Her last question has Bilera looking at Fiona with the faintest of smiles, as if daring Fiona to lie to her.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat May 11, 2013 5:28 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Bilera deftly ignores Fiona’s question and says, well my report from Laetitia indicated he has some source of infernal power, so a flawless disguise wouldn’t be hard. The Redcaps in attendance come from all over the Order, so his ability to fool other redcaps may not have been to difficult. Apparently talia had been intimate with the real Douglas and was able to tell easily. Hubris and pride tend to undo diabolists plans more than skill. Certainly that is the case here. It is my wish to uncover any other plots that are ongoing against the Order and this Grand Tribunal. Has anything else out of the ordinary happened?. Her last question has Bilera looking at Fiona with the faintest of smiles, as if daring Fiona to lie to her.

((I have the distinct feeling that Bilera’s setting a trap for her. But, on the other hand, I am drawing a blank on what she could possibly mean. Let’s see…we have the Diedne that we’ve rescued in the Magic Realm (which she really shouldn’t know about), we have…um…we have…I honestly don’t know off the top of my head. ))

Fiona thinks for a very long moment, going over everything that’s happened since she arrived. “Considering that this is my first Grand Tribunal, everything is out of the ordinary, but I can’t think of anything.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat May 11, 2013 7:00 pm by Jonathan.Link

((You mean other than a secret cabal of magi and magae involved in a ritual that must be kept secret from Bilera?))
Bilera looks unconvinced and says, Very well, you leave me little ch-" but before she finishes Tektonius rushes into the pavilion and whispers to Caecilius.
Caecilius turns his attention to Bilera, Bilera, can you explain why Valerian is chipping off pieces of Bonisagus’s Tower?" using the name with some sense of reverence. “Such assistance of yours is not required, nor has it been requested. As a member of the council of Durenmar and a Quaesitor in good standing, I’m invoking my right to investigate this matter in the manner I see fit. I require Valerian to submit all piece he has acquired to me. Failure to do so will see me request a point of order with Murion during tomorrow’s proceedings,and I will make the request formally and publicly.”
Bilera’s face changes imperceptibly, (folk ken of 15) and in an even voice, “Talia, Fiona, you’re dismissed.”
((Talia will exit with Fiona. In case you want to have a bit of a dialog with her.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat May 11, 2013 7:29 pm by cunningrat1

Jonathan.Link wrote:
((Talia will exit with Fiona. In case you want to have a bit of a dialog with her.))

(( Is that what we’re calling it these days? A ‘dialog’? ))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat May 11, 2013 7:31 pm by Jonathan.Link

((Talia is kinda meh about the sapphic pleasures.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat May 11, 2013 9:56 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
((You mean other than a secret cabal of magi and magae involved in a ritual that must be kept secret from Bilera?))

((Well yeah, but I was hoping she didn’t know about that. Although Fiona has no reason to believe that Bilera doesn’t know about it (the bit about the performers being representatives of their house, and the ritual being performed by the Prima of each house or her designates), but Fiona was also told not to discuss it with anyone, so she won’t.))

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Bilera looks unconvinced and says, Very well, you leave me little ch-" but before she finishes Tektonius rushes into the pavilion and whispers to Caecilius.
Caecilius turns his attention to Bilera, Bilera, can you explain why Valerian is chipping off pieces of Bonisagus’s Tower?" using the name with some sense of reverence. “Such assistance of yours is not required, nor has it been requested. As a member of the council of Durenmar and a Quaesitor in good standing, I’m invoking my right to investigate this matter in the manner I see fit. I require Valerian to submit all piece he has acquired to me. Failure to do so will see me request a point of order with Murion during tomorrow’s proceedings,and I will make the request formally and publicly.”
Bilera’s face changes imperceptibly, (folk ken of 15) and in an even voice, “Talia, Fiona, you’re dismissed.”
((Talia will exit with Fiona. In case you want to have a bit of a dialog with her.))

((Per 0 + Folk Ken (magi) 2 + die roll of 4 = 6…not even close.

Oh, and thinking back, does Fiona remember Douglas’s performance the first night being as…lackluster as Duncan’s was at the party? Int 1 + die roll of 0 (botch check is a 9) = 1. So, probably not…too many orgasms since then.))

Fiona looks for a vendor where she can buy Talia a drink and sit down to talk (her treat). (I’m sure some Verditius somewhere sold a case that can create up to a hundred wooden goblets with Sun duration on command…next best thing to paper cups.) Once they sit down, Fiona raises her goblet in a silent toast. “So…what happened after I…blacked out last night?” she asks.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat May 11, 2013 10:08 pm by Jonathan.Link

“You and another magus in our communion became in responsive, while another one disappeared entirely, so we figured my botched spell triggered a twilight episode. We pressed on, recruited others and continued the efforts until a Flambeau arrived to finish the job.”. Talia seems a bit miffed by this. “You have my apologies for the taillight episode, but given the circumstances I would have done the same thing the exact same way.” Her apology seems genuine, though.
((I thought he begged off that first night, too busy.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat May 11, 2013 10:27 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
“You and another magus in our communion became in responsive, while another one disappeared entirely, so we figured my botched spell triggered a twilight episode. We pressed on, recruited others and continued the efforts until a Flambeau arrived to finish the job.”. Talia seems a bit miffed by this. “You have my apologies for the taillight episode, but given the circumstances I would have done the same thing the exact same way.” Her apology seems genuine, though.

Fiona waves a hand dismissively. “Don’t worry about it, it happens sometimes. As many times as I push things, I’m surprised it hasn’t happened to me more often.”

She takes a sip. “So, how do you come to know of Duncan?” ((As far as I know, she doesn’t know that Talia’s at her former covenant.))

Jonathan.Link wrote:
((I thought he begged off that first night, too busy.))

((That was a miscommunication between player and gm that I thought had gotten cleared up and he showed up when he had time; of course, if he said he would show up and then got too busy for her and stood her up, that works, too. She probably could have gone out and picked someone up, since I think Gerulf indicated that he just wasn’t interested, and Fiona’s kind of determined to not spend a night alone there. Or whatever.))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat May 11, 2013 10:40 pm by Jonathan.Link

((Yeah, play it that he was too busy and he sent a note apologizing.))
“I’m at your former covenant, Fiona. Or at least I’m assuming your from Insula Canaria. Don’t know how many Giant-blooded, Scottish magae with red hair named Fiona there are, but my guess is one. Douglas has left us alone for the most part. The Redcap he was impersonating was close to me… We have been complacent with regards to him.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat May 11, 2013 11:14 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

“So, Duncan hasn’t been bothering you much, then,” Fiona says thoughtfully. It’s a pleasant surprise to find someone from her old covenant at Grand Tribunal, and she would love to get caught up, but first things first.

“And I haven’t seen or heard anything of him since I was there last, so I assumed…well, out of sight, out of mind, I suppose. As much my fault as anyone’s. But I wonder what he’s been doing the last seven years, and I wonder what brings him here? And I wonder what was up with the Black Fir uprooting itself and attacking the tower. I don’t think that was coincidence, the attack happened almost immediately after you exposed him…so to speak.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat May 11, 2013 11:40 pm by Jonathan.Link

Talia offers up the best of what she knows. "I heard Bilera and Caecilius talking, apparently Durenmar angered some Dark Fae hundreds of years ago. Caecilius believes the Black Fir may have decided this was the best time to attack. Maybe Duncan could communicate with it somehow? And I think there was and army of something preparing to invade. I saw man shapes against the Aegis border, and some others not man shaped. I got the sense that we were lucky, more than anything.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat May 11, 2013 11:57 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Fiona nods. “I saw them too, I didn’t know which side they’d be on. I wonder if the Black Fir attacking had anything to do with the primi not doing the ritual this cycle?”

Fiona takes another sip as she checks out Talia. “Are you going to be involved in handling Duncan? And what do you know of Valerian?”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun May 12, 2013 12:15 am by Jonathan.Link

“I don’t know about any ritual. Talia asks.

“I don’t know know much of politics, honestly. I get really luck recalling facts I’ve heard from time to time, I’m here because I was outsmarted in politics. Tried to get some senile Verditius sent here for a sodalis at Insula Canaria, wound up here. Looks good enough, I’d roll him in the sack, but he probably likes men more than women. As far as Duncan, until that business with Valerian and the tower, I thought we were both going to be sent to do it. Now? I’d bet Bilera or Valerian or both underestimated that Tektonius.”. Talia begs off, “I have to go, I have a couple of men who are waiting on me. Thanks for the drink, see you around.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun May 12, 2013 12:21 am by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Fiona bids her good day. “We’ll have to get together before Tribunal ends, so I can get caught up on what’s going on back at Insula Canaria.”

She thinks for a couple of minutes as she finishes her wine, and decides that Talia definitely has the right idea. So she sets out to find a couple of people to pass the time with. Maybe at least three. Can’t let a skinny little thing like that out-do her.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun May 12, 2013 8:04 am by Jonathan.Link

Fiona has slim pickings for the rest of the evening, but she does manage to find someone who is interested at this late hour.
The next morning begins a day of busy events, the First item on the agenda is discussed for almost the entire day and it sees Florum’s supporters throughout the order defending the theory behind establishing a new Tribunal. At the end of the day, the votes are cast, and the creation of the Lotharingian Tribunal is narrowly defeated.

That evening Fiona makes her way to the Founder’s Fane and all are gathered together and perform the ritual. When finished several of the magi disappear as soon as they are finished, including the unnamed leader. The pavilion is up again and Fiona can distract herself there again…

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun May 12, 2013 10:29 am by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Fiona has slim pickings for the rest of the evening, but she does manage to find someone who is interested at this late hour.
The next morning begins a day of busy events, the First item on the agenda is discussed for almost the entire day and it sees Florum’s supporters throughout the order defending the theory behind establishing a new Tribunal. At the end of the day, the votes are cast, and the creation of the Lotharingian Tribunal is narrowly defeated.

Fiona will keep an eye on, or open for, Bilera and Valerian during the day. Not stalking, but just trying to be aware of where they are throughout the day and what they’re up to.

Jonathan.Link wrote:
That evening Fiona makes her way to the Founder’s Fane and all are gathered together and perform the ritual. When finished several of the magi disappear as soon as they are finished, including the unnamed leader. The pavilion is up again and Fiona can distract herself there again…

Fiona will do so, in her La Petite Mascarade for and casting Disguise of the New Visage on herself to make herself look like not herself (but still as jaw-droppingly beautiful as she can imagine); she has the latter mastered for Disguised Casting, so she can make her hair not white, but blonde instead. And she’s going to cast a spontaneous Creo Herbam to make a Sun-duration toga – something easily removable and that she doesn’t worry about having to find again later. ((Base 2, +2 for treated and processed, R: Touch +1, D: Sun +2, T: Individual, for a Spell Level of 15. Her CT is Sta 3 + Cr 6 + He 10 +Aura 7 + die roll of 9 = 35, halted is 17. Her Finesse roll is Int 1 + Finesse 3 + (die roll of 1, followed by a die roll of 8) 16 = 20, in trying to make it sheer enough to almost see through.

She keeps an eye open during the revel for anyone she may recognize (even with the masks and disguises) and anything out of the ordinary. Or she’ll try to, anyway. And she’ll exhibit absolutely no gender bias.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Mon May 13, 2013 11:12 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Also, during recesses or evenings, Fiona is going to wander the merchants’ booths looking for presents for her sodales. I’m putting together a wish list now.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed May 15, 2013 9:15 pm by Jonathan.Link

Can I get some rolls for Fiona from the ritual of the Founders Fane?

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed May 15, 2013 10:04 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Can I get some rolls for Fiona from the ritual of the Founders Fane?

Sure. I take it it would be Wizard’s Communion? And how many?

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed May 15, 2013 10:10 pm by Jonathan.Link

Nahh…awareness and observation rolls…
Unless you have any complaints, I’m not interested in inflicting another botch risk on Fiona here…

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed May 15, 2013 10:25 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Aren’t Awareness and Observation the same rolls?

Regardless.

Awareness roll: Per 0 + Awareness 3 + die roll of 0 (botch check is a 9) = 3.

Observation roll: Per 0 + Awareness 3 + die roll of 9 = 12.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Thu May 16, 2013 9:21 am by Jonathan.Link

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
Aren’t Awareness and Observation the same rolls?

Indeed they are, but in fairness, I asked for a couple. So naming them seemed reasonable.
Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
Regardless.

The Tytalus in me wants to say, you mean irregardless, don’t you?
Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
Awareness roll: Per 0 + Awareness 3 + die roll of 0 (botch check is a 9) = 3.

Observation roll: Per 0 + Awareness 3 + die roll of 9 = 12.

The ritual is not hermetic in nature, but the Wizard’s communion works with it, and uses a lot of vis, more than a queen of vis.
The fane is also surrounded by a very powerful Aegis, which you are given a token to upon arrival. Before being given the token, the tingling on the skin was almost painful.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Thu May 16, 2013 8:45 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
The ritual is not hermetic in nature, but the Wizard’s communion works with it, and uses a lot of vis, more than a queen of vis.
The fane is also surrounded by a very powerful Aegis, which you are given a token to upon arrival. Before being given the token, the tingling on the skin was almost painful.

Hmm. It works with Wizard’s Communion, Fiona thinks, so it’s been at least partially integrated into Hermetic theory. Could it possibly be an Order-wide version of the Aegis? (which is the only of the Mercurian rituals she’s familiar with.)

She’s going to try to suss out a little bit about it, or make more educated guesses. Int 1 + Magic Theory 6 + die roll of 4 = 11.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Thu May 16, 2013 9:50 pm by Jonathan.Link

Change it to Perception + Magic Theory is 10.
It’s tough to tell, but some of the pawns of vis is Tremere form, and has the symbol of Corpus on it. Much of it, in fact. As to the exact nature of the ritual, it seems to be about protecting the Corpus, the Body of the Order of Hermes…

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Thu May 16, 2013 10:07 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Tremere form?

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Thu May 16, 2013 10:12 pm by Jonathan.Link

((Is that an artifact from 3rd Edition, or a figment of my memory, vis as chess pieces, with the form’s symbol carved on it…))

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Thu May 16, 2013 10:44 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

((Ah. That would explain why it wasn’t ringing a bell. I started with 4e.))

So. I take it the Ritual goes off without a hitch. Fiona will try to remember who’s there, even though she will ignore the fact that they were there unless they give some sign. And then on to other things, and shopping, and more Tribunal business.

Unless I’m missing something. (although I do note the similarity between the “Tremere form” and our ReTe vis source, I’m not sure what to make of it, or if it does mean anything.)

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat May 18, 2013 10:20 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
Also, during recesses or evenings, Fiona is going to wander the merchants’ booths looking for presents for her sodales. I’m putting together a wish list now.

So, I got my “wish list” put together for what she would like to get everyone the week or so that she’s in Durenmar and able to shop. Some of it may seem a bit pricey, but she’s from a “rich” covenant, so she’s not that worried about it. Everything should, hopefully, be good enough to be enchantable.

Abigail:…I got nothin’. I’m not sure what she would appreciate, unless Korvin knows of anything, or she gets a good impulse buy (e.g. hints from JL).
Alexei: A sword, with a reddish-orange scabbard and an amber set in the pommel.
Gerulf: A book on a mundane topic (of the player’s choosing, as I don’t know what kind of book he would want, but Fiona might.)
Isen: A sword, with an ice-blue scabbard, with an Alexandrite set in the pommel.
Jacques: A long bow made of yew.
Korvin: A finely crafted leather messenger bag, a toy rooster, and a toy cat.
Renaud: A finely crafted leather messenger bag and a set of exquisite dice. If she can find a merchant who can sell weighted exquisite dice, so much the better.
Roberto: A sword, with a white scabbard engraved with a cross, with a ruby set in the pommel.
Sheelagh: A gold and pearl necklace.
Stultus: A deck of playing cards and a box with a false bottom. She would ask the merchant/craftsman if he would be able to paint a picture on the bottom (the real bottom, not the apparent bottom) of the inside of the box.
Tranquillina: A silver looking glass. (For some reason, I was thinking a mirror gave a bonus to transformation, but I’m not finding it in the S&M list.)

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun May 19, 2013 3:26 am by gerg

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
Tranquillina: A silver looking glass. (For some reason, I was thinking a mirror gave a bonus to transformation, but I’m not finding it in the S&M list.)

HoH:TL, page 139: Bonus to summon or bind ghosts, or to display images.
Knowing Fiona, she was looking in that other S&M list….

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sun May 19, 2013 10:48 am by Peregrine_Bjornaer

gerg wrote:
Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
Tranquillina: A silver looking glass. (For some reason, I was thinking a mirror gave a bonus to transformation, but I’m not finding it in the S&M list.)

HoH:TL, page 139: Bonus to summon or bind ghosts, or to display images.

I was actually going off the downloaded Shape & Material Bonus Chart from the Atlas site (which I just realized had been updated a couple of months ago, and a second chart organized by bonus, sweet!). But no excuses on the mirror, that was apparently my brain making stuff again. But that’s where I got the stones for the pommels from.

Although a copper looking glass would work, too, so I think I’ll change it. Copper has +4 to effects that change your own shape, and mirror is +7 to illusions.

Abigail, I just got an inspiration a few minutes ago. A book in Hebrew, maybe? Like an atlas? Long shot, since I don’t think there’s a big market for any kind of Hebrew books in the Order (big enough to warrant any being sold at GT, but you never know).

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed May 22, 2013 9:29 pm by Jonathan.Link

On the evening after Fiona does her shopping, two soldiers arrive at Fiona’s quarters, before she’s able to escape to the orgy. “The Prima Tremeris sends her compliments, requests your presence.” The Tremere soldiers leave the ‘now’ hanging in the air.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed May 22, 2013 10:40 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

“Of course,” Fiona says. “I wasn’t expecting to meet with someone so prestigious this evening. May I have a couple of minutes to don something more…appropriate?”

If she’s allowed, she will change into her Hermetic robes, since a summons from the Tremere prima probably requires something not quite so risqué as what she was about to change into.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri May 24, 2013 12:10 pm by Jonathan.Link

Fiona is escorted with some degree of pomp to the Prima’s quarters, which is a palatial sized version of Fiona’s quarters. Probably enough room for a dozen magi and their retinues. Once inside, Fiona is taken to a council chamber, with several people sitting around it, one of whom is Maris.
Poena is diminutive and her hair is pulled back so tightly that any creases in her forehead are gone. She sits at the chair on the opposite side of the table from the door. She indicates the seat immediately in front of Fiona and says, “Ahh, Fiona. One of our allies from Mons Electi. Thank you for answering the summons, it was so very good of you to do so. Have you sorted out the difficulty from the other evening?” There are some light refreshments provided, but no one has placed anything on a plate yet, but soon Poena does, and then everyone begins helping themselves. Poena doesn’t wait for an answer to the question, it was more of an acknowledgment that she’d heard about it. “Are you enjoying the Grand Tribunal? Perhaps enjoy is an inapt word. Tolerating might be better. It can be terribly boring. There are few intiiatives worth pursuing these days, at least in public. We are a stagnating Order, in many ways, don’t you think?”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri May 24, 2013 9:07 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
Fiona is escorted with some degree of pomp to the Prima’s quarters, which is a palatial sized version of Fiona’s quarters. Probably enough room for a dozen magi and their retinues. Once inside, Fiona is taken to a council chamber, with several people sitting around it, one of whom is Maris.
Poena is diminutive and her hair is pulled back so tightly that any creases in her forehead are gone. She sits at the chair on the opposite side of the table from the door. She indicates the seat immediately in front of Fiona and says, “Ahh, Fiona. One of our allies from Mons Electi. Thank you for answering the summons, it was so very good of you to do so. Have you sorted out the difficulty from the other evening?” There are some light refreshments provided, but no one has placed anything on a plate yet, but soon Poena does, and then everyone begins helping themselves. Poena doesn’t wait for an answer to the question, it was more of an acknowledgment that she’d heard about it. “Are you enjoying the Grand Tribunal? Perhaps enjoy is an inapt word. Tolerating might be better. It can be terribly boring. There are few intiiatives worth pursuing these days, at least in public. We are a stagnating Order, in many ways, don’t you think?”

“How can I refuse an invitation from the Prima Tremere? I’m honored that you even know who I am, let alone wish to speak with me.” Fiona takes a quick look around, checking out who the other guests are.

Fiona nods thoughtfully at Poena’s question, nibbling a little something to stall as she chooses her words. “I can see the Order and the magus as reflections of each other. Some magi are able to achieve more by challenging themselves, while some grow…are pushed to grow by external challenges. In much the same way, the Order, it could be argued, needs an external threat to push us to even greater things than we have accomplished. Centuries ago, it was the threat of the Diedne. More recently, the threat of the Order of Odin has, to all appearances, been more of a bogeyman than a real threat. Personally, I don’t think I want to experience another Schism War.”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Fri May 24, 2013 10:47 pm by Jonathan.Link

“Empires fall when they stop expanding and begin consolidating their victories. Those involved begin looking at their internal adversaries, and they begin to tear the empire apart from within. Tremere knew this. He wished to establish a benevolent dictatorship of sorts. He rebelled at Tytalus’s choice for democracy. Democracy is its own form of tyranny. Democracies rely upon a well informed populace. And magi, as a rule are not well informed about news and events. Leave them to their Arts, that’s what they want. Very few are interested in governing themselves. And so, a well informed and well managed group can slowly control a great many. Wouldn’t you agree?”

“Of course, you may not believe that the Order of Hermes is an empire, but do we not govern an area? Do we not skirt the code here and there, with magi controlling the nobles in their areas? Didn’t Apollodorus insulate Mons Electi from the temporal concerns while he was alive? And at what cost? No, we are an empire, but few wish to admit it. And what have we done at this Grand Tribunal? We attempted to further subdivide the administrative units of the Tribunal. We, of Tremere, decided to vote against it at the last, despite Maris’s objections otherwise. But the effort was a useful diversion, wasn’t it? Who’s diversion was it, though?”

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Sat May 25, 2013 12:04 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
“Empires fall when they stop expanding and begin consolidating their victories. Those involved begin looking at their internal adversaries, and they begin to tear the empire apart from within. Tremere knew this. He wished to establish a benevolent dictatorship of sorts. He rebelled at Tytalus’s choice for democracy. Democracy is its own form of tyranny. Democracies rely upon a well informed populace. And magi, as a rule are not well informed about news and events. Leave them to their Arts, that’s what they want. Very few are interested in governing themselves. And so, a well informed and well managed group can slowly control a great many. Wouldn’t you agree?”

“I certainly see your point about empires collapsing when they stop expanding. Although, it’s not necessarily from a lack of desire coughBoddicacough. Although I don’t necessarily agree that a dictatorship, even a benevolent one, is the desired form of governance. At some point, simply by the fact that we are still merely human, whoever rules as dictator will inevitably put their own interests ahead of those of the governed. Perhaps if magi could come to realize that there is more to the world than what lies within their laboratory walls.”

Jonathan.Link wrote:
“Of course, you may not believe that the Order of Hermes is an empire, but do we not govern an area? Do we not skirt the code here and there, with magi controlling the nobles in their areas? Didn’t Apollodorus insulate Mons Electi from the temporal concerns while he was alive? And at what cost? No, we are an empire, but few wish to admit it. And what have we done at this Grand Tribunal? We attempted to further subdivide the administrative units of the Tribunal. We, of Tremere, decided to vote against it at the last, despite Maris’s objections otherwise. But the effort was a useful diversion, wasn’t it? Who’s diversion was it, though?”

“I suspect it was crafted by the same ones who have profited in the past by turning the Order against itself…although, if so, then they’re either thinking smaller than they used to or this is simply an opening gambit.”

Fiona answers slowly and carefully, feeling as though she were being tested.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Tue May 28, 2013 10:34 am by Jonathan.Link

Maris speaks up, “You’re close, but just a shade off, Fiona.” Maris proceeds after a nod from Poena. “The idea was to weaken House Guernicus, and it was mine, primarily. We helped Florum cultivate as many supporters as we could. In the end it wasn’t enough. But, it did begin stirring up the hornet’s nest, so while we didn’t achieve the desired result, we did achieve something. Proctor and Valerian are gone from Normandy, and Cavillor is a capable Presiding Quaesitor who seems more interested in doing the right thing for magi, than sticking to the letter of the law, or towing House Guernicus’ line. He stood up, subtly, to Bilera, in public. Mind you, it might be a ruse, but I have to say no one, including myself imagined that Calefacto and Augustina were one in the same. And that because of that House Guernicus was unprepared to have a suitable, at least of their preference, Quaesitor assume the role as Presiding Quaesitor of the Tribunal.” Maris is clearly taking credit for something she doesn’t appear to have had any apparent hand in. Marcus was the advocate, Calefacto/Augustina was pranking the Tribunal, or at least Rotgiers and Valerian.

Re: 1228.2 I Know What You Did That Summer
Posted Wed May 29, 2013 8:40 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

“So, Guernicus would have been weakened by, let’s say, a consolidation of Tribunals? And I can see where it would be advantageous to have Quaesitores more interested in what is right, as opposed to what their House says the law means. I’m sorry I couldn’t convince more magi to approve the new Tribunal.”

((Sorry, I’m drawing a blank on what they’re after if anything. Of course, it will probably hit me about 3am when I can’t do anything about it. ))

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